High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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High West-ified Imperial Coffee StoutHigh West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly ScareCity #3: High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout

Up until this brew, none of Lagunitas’ barrel-aged adventures ever made it to shelves. They’ve been super-limited draft-only releases. This time we’ve made enough to actually bottle some … The 100% barrel-aged 2015 High West-ified Coffee Stout. Ale brewed with Coffee from our friends at Petaluma Coffee & Tea, then aged in Rye Whiskey barrels from our friends at High West Distillery in Park City, Utah … barrels that held High West’s Double Rye and American Prairie Bourbon, to be exact. Cheers!

Added by jhartley on 12-24-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,922
Reviews:
338
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
6.15%
 
 
Wants:
192
Gots:
490
For Trade:
59
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.84/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.86/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - pours about a finger of dark khaki foam, body is opaque sepia brown to black, edges have barely translucent mahogany highlights, light webbed lacing after each quaff.

Smell - Wow! Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, slight molasses and coffee, and a whiff of warm brown sugar - smells epic!

Taste - begins bourbon (rye) forward, but not hot in the least, immediately joined by rich dark semi-sweet chocolate and sweetened espresso, vanilla and very light oak fill the nostrils, unsweetened black strap molasses and black licorice and some roast at the very back of the tongue. The flavors here are perfectly balanced, so complimentary, and so little alcohol presence - what's there helps to balance out the bold flavors, goose island and founders take notice!

Mouthfeel - on the heavier side of medium, just coats the palate, but not heavy or syrupy, carb is silky smooth and allows all of the flavors to really assert, such a silky and pleasant mouthfeel

Overall - I'll tell you what, I'll take this over a KBS any day, and at $12.99 a 6xer!!! I'll buy all stock available any time this comes out. I love BCBS and have the last 4 years in my cellar, but this is, bang for the buck, the very best barrel aged impy coffee stout on the planet, a must try. Easy 5's on smell and taste.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as a gift from @JackHorzempa.
Undated bottle stored at 42 degrees. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – fantastic! More like bourbon than rye, brown sugar, faint coffee. They should make an air freshener that smells like this!
Head small (Maximum < two cm, aggressive pour), tan, dense and creamy, average retention time, diminishing to a tight two mm ring and rocky partial layer.
Lacing – poor. Rare tiny island of tiny bubbles.
Body – dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – begins slightly bitter which belies the initial odor, coffee, a little roasted malt bitterness. Alcohol is weakly present. As it warms in my mouth, the barrel and rye notes become much more apparent. The alcohol asserts itself as a gastric smolder after swallowing.
Palate – actually a bit light, more of a porter than a stout, creamy, soft carbonation.

Decent. Too bad I can’t get it locally.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.5.

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4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.39 out of 5 based on 1,922 ratings.
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