High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. From 2016 OneHitter Series.
Inky black body. Thin tan head sticks around. Leaves behind rings of lacing.
Wonderful aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate fudge, coffee, and rye barrel.
Very solid taste of dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee, and rye barrel. Some tongue burn and aromatics in the nose from the barrel. Floral hops add in. There is a sense of molasses and dried dark fruit from the influences of the barrel on the base stout. Overall the coffee is still there but subtle, being overbalanced by the spicy rye barrel.
This beer has a mouth feel that calls for each sip to lay in the mouth in order to fully enjoy the nuances of the flavors and aromatics. Medium mouth feel, and somewhat mouth coating. Good carbonation. My tongue is getting a little numbed by the end of the session.
I have cellared this for at least a year after purchasing the bottle during a Cellar Sale at Elevated BW&S in Minneapolis. All flavors are still vivid, even the coffee. I am grateful this beer has aged so well.

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Photo of Knickfan3
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sent over from Hinda65. 12 oz bottle poured into Crane snifter.

Inky, slick, huge black pour with a thin beige ring of head.

Aroma is just intoxicating. Tons of fantastic barrel notes up front, hot slippery caramel - hot fudge - slight antiseptic bourbon heat. Some really interesting floral notes pop up from the glass as well.

Feel brings lots of hot booze, followed by hard caramel and melted fudge topping, slight (green) peppery coffee, roasted barley, dark toast, and a finish of acetone.

Feel is a bit thin for me, firmly medium bodied, quite hot, and roasty. Hot and roasty finish.

Overall, a pretty decent barrel aged imperial coffee stout. I did let this age 2 years, but the booze and coffee is still super hot. I would age this probably 3 or more years for ideal results (personal choice).

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Photo of Danny862
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was an all time favorite, it didn't blow your hair back all at once, but rather kept you coming back for a BB stout that just never felt like it was too much for any night. Descriptors include fudge, bakers cocoa, roasted malts, earthy coffee, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon. Mouthfeel medium minus, but damn if it isn't drinkable for 12%

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Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AllOfTheCats
4.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Possibly an unpopular opinion but this is the best beer for your money. Probably my favorite beer and somehow the cheapest BA beer I've ever seen at approximately $1.75-$2.25/12oz. That's about $4 a bomber where most breweries are charging $20+. Insane... I love this beer to death and glad I stocked up on it. It's an all time favorite, easy to store, not too hard to find in CA, and just an amazing value. Buy this beer if you see it.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottling, properly stored. Poured into a Belgian ale glass and allowed to warm to room temperature.

L: 1F brown head with poor retention, leaves a tiny ring and nothing else. Beer is jet black.

S: Coffee, oaky rye barrel, and roasted malts. It's basic, yet deep and complex.

T: Hoooooleeee crap, this is amazing. So much more to it than the nose. Coffee, but also caramel, fudge, chocolate, vanilla, and floral, just hugely complex up front, moves through the oak, rye, and rye spice from the barrel, and then to a solid roasty long finish. Very little alcohol heat, but there is a bit. At 12%, that is perfectly OK.

F: Surprisingly more medium than full, with a small bit of carbonation - it definitely isn't still. Construction and balance are superstrong after 3 years of storage. Enough drying to prevent serious ABV burn, but great taste lingers on the palate.

O: Wow, this is fantastic. Glad I had the foresight to put this one away. Hope they make it again sometime.

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Photo of Magery
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yancot
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LloydDobler
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into shaker pint -2016 one hitter series-

Black pour with a fluffy tan head. Coffee nose. Coffee is fairly muted in the taste, but the spice from the rye barrel shines through. Heat is present and nicely warming. Thick but not heavy.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joe1510
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber

2015 Bottling

Huge thanks to Kevin for this surprise! Thanks, dude! It's a black beer, of course. It looks black, and aggressive, and bold. A couple glugs from the glass brings forth a fingers worth of silky mocha head. The head slowly fades to a skimming but it leaves behind some purty foam in its wake. This is a nice looking beverage.

Oh, man. The nose is what's up. Balanced caramel, oak, marshmallow, and pecan from the barrel gets it moving. Roast and coffee make up the malt base. There is still a whisper of floral hoppiness lingering about. Fudge and dark chocolate make up the rest. This stuff is mouthwatering. It gets the salivary glands working.

The flavor follows suit. It's roasty and coffee forward off the bat, perfectly in balance. The barrel is of the utmost complimentary. It's drizzled with caramel. There are hints of marshmallow, oak, a pecan nuttiness, and vanilla. That barrel presence hugs the base but never exceeds it, which is as it should be. Fudgey dark chocolate, gooey, has it's place. This is a well made beverage. It's bold yet balanced with a great amount of depth.

I dig the mouthfeel as well. It leans more toward full than moderate but it's not a mouthful. The body is soft and plush, very worthy of a Russian who's Czar-ish. It still has enough bubbles to keep the beer from being sluggish. There's a touch of booze heat but it's clean and appropriate. This beer is a sipper but it's easy to sip, comrade.

High West brews up some good whiskey. Lagunitas brews up some good beer. This is a Tinder match made to be. A very well made imperial stout gets put into very well made barrels that used to house very well made whiskey and it was overlooked by folks that understand that barrel shouldn't be the main component in a beer, but rather complimentary. This beer is fudgy and delicious. The coffee is still present but it's more chocolate and roast forward now. The, barrel, compliments an already delicious beer. This is some high quality.

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Photo of Tony210
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark, light mocha head. Enormous aroma of coffee, mocha, milk chocolate, molasses. Taste is loaded with coffee, from beginning to end. In the middle you can find some sticky molasses, toffee, milk chocolate. Barrel makes its self known by a big wallop of sweet vanilla. Thick and syrupy, coats the tongue nicely. Overall this is a great beer, and it appears to have aged nicely. If this is a 2015 bottle, I am blown away by the resiliency of the coffee - usually it will fade after a few months. No bottle date.

12 oz bottle - thanks for the trade Bo!
4.25 rating.

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Photo of dbauer
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sunnovgoat
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Duncian
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mikey’s in Plover, WI on 2/3/18. Review from notes. Appears black with a dark khaki head. Smells and tastes of rye whiskey, oak, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, and molasses. Medium bitterness and some sharp notes from the rye. Some noticeable alcohol comes through. Average body and carbonation for the style. Overall, it’s a really solid BA IS with a strong rye whiskey profile.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of addicted2thebarrel
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cwarwick812
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captaincoffee
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed my 6-pack of these over nearly a year (most fresh, one at 6 months, and one now). Honestly, it is a triumph of a beer in some ways. Well...in one way really...the price. A 6-pack of a high-end BA imperial stout (a huge one in fact at 12.2%) for less than some breweries are selling their so-so NE IPAs. No brainer that this is the world'd greatest BA beer at this price point. With that said, it isn't perfect. Frankly, the barrel influence isn't as pronounced as the top BA beers. However, it is solid across the board, and I'm giving it extra overall points for the pricing. Don't agree? Kiss my ass.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chipotle
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of reyna311
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RAFH
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 ounce bottle from Crockers in Niles Michigan. Really enjoyed this beer but the aftertaste was just a tad lower than the 4.25 rating I gave it. Would definitely try it again.....very solid.

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High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 2,011 ratings