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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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

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318
Ratings:
1,825
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
6.15%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. 12% ABV per the label.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, fudge, earth, char, wood, and slight rye whiskey aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, brownie batter, char, earth, and slight rye whiskey and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic mix of chocolate and rye whiskey characteristics all around that only get better as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of metter98
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dense dark tan head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose.
T: The taste has strong flavors of whiskey and bourbon along with notes of coffee and dark malts. Faint bits of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some warmth from the bourbon.
O: This beer is all about the rye whiskey barrels, but is quite drinkable considering its strength. It is a nice beer to sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

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

On thur curtails of Founders KBS and Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Brand Stout, craft beer aficionados seem to loose all composure and fall all over themselves for a mere sip of the sultry bourbon-barrel, coffee-aged imperial-dark tipple. And any brewers worth their weight in malt come to answer the demand.

Lagunitas High-Westified is one of those beers. It opens with a creamy and somewhat silky viscosity. Richly textured like milkshake, a creamy whipped froth adorns the crown while aromas of dark chocolate and light whisky swirl about. Then to taste, a majestic robust sweetness graces the tongue with a host of burnt sugars.

And as those deeply seared caramel and toffee flavors saturate the palate, its bittersweet chocolate and smooth espresso dominance simply slather on the tastebuds like after dinner aperitif. Candied almond and vanilla round out the taste as its warm finish is accompanied with coffee-like bitterness, peppercorn bite and an oaken whisky set of complexities and strengths.

Full and creamy, but somehow the larger-than-life stout retains a moderate sense of drinkability as its creaminess and maltiness relax and the body lightens through the middle palate. A late and warming sensation prickles gently at the tongue as the whimsy of roasted marshmallows delight the senses in aftertaste.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Currently #231 in the Top 250 list. I nabbed a sixer at a Whole Paycheck in Manhattan for $15.00. Initial impressions below:

"2016 OneHitter Series High West-Ified Imperial Coffee Stout." "Aged in High West(TM) Rye Barrels."

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Standard Lagunitas label design. Iconic branded green pry-off crown cap.

12.20% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Head is ~5-6cm in height and of khaki/pale tan colour. Head could be richer, more robust, and better coloured (a gilded rich tan with a shining complexion would be a step up). Somewhat creamy, somewhat soft. There's room for improvement there. Uneven lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body is predictably an opaque black.

True to style, but not unique or special. The head retention (~5 minutes) is pretty good considering the high ABV.

AROMA: Bourbon isn't shy in this aroma. Vanilla (vanillin) jumps out along with oak. No toasted coconut or rich white oak, but the bourbon is present - and that's sadly more than I can say about many bourbon barrel aged beers. On the other hand, rye whiskey has a signature spiciness to it, but frankly that doesn't come through aromatically.

The base beer seems standard judging by the aroma...some dark malt sweetness, some specialty chocolate malts, faint roasted barley maybe...I honestly wouldn't figure this for a coffee stout in a blind tasting (smelling?). There's just no coffee aroma whatsoever.

While both barrel and base leave much to be desired in terms of complexity and vividness aromatically, I'm hopeful the taste will deliver a bit more. Aromatic intensity is somewhat low for a bourbon barrel aged coffee stout, but there's nothing off (no off-notes, no booze, no overt hoppy or yeasty notes). Suggests a simple but balanced basic bourbon barrel stout that wants for the rye whiskey and coffee it's advertised as containing.

TASTE & TEXTURE: A bit silky, with a nice softness and almost perfect carbonation to it. Full-bodied yet smooth and wet, never feeling too heavy or overbearing on the palate. Not syrupy or sticky, to its credit, but also not gooey (which would play to the bourbon a bit more).

There's some acidity on the finish, which is - frankly - the only evidence I find of coffee at all. The power of suggestion is strong, but as much as I search for coffee - even generic shallow coffee flavour - I just don't find it. There's a bit of roasted barley and that aforementioned acidity, but I wouldn't conflate that and true coffee. In a beer purported to be amongst the best 250 in the world, I'd expect not only present coffee, but rich roasty java with identifiable richness and flavour; that just plain isn't the case here.

The base beer is pretty generic, to be honest. Dark malt sweetness, chocolate malts, a hint of vanilla (or maybe that's just the oak-derived vanillin from the bourbon barrel).

Speaking of the barrel character - it's well integrated. Almost seamlessly so. But it's also reticent, lacking the vivid expressive notes that make it impressive when a bourbon barrel flavour melts into a base beer. Lagunitas plays it close to the cuff, throwing out some oak and vanillin but not going for rich toasted coconut or toasted white oak or barrel char or the like. And as for the rye whiskey? This is bourbon through and through; I find none of rye whiskey's signature spiciness, and I'd be surprised if educated drinkers could find it consistently in a blind tasting.

Like the aroma, the flavour is wanting in terms of intricacy, subtlety, depth, and vividness. The base beer seems a bit basic, but it's well balanced, and the barrel character is reticent. I don't need huge bold flavours in an imperial stout, but one does expect a bit more than this offers. It lacks the complexity of even the best non-barrel aged imperial stouts and porters, and one wonders who would reach for this when it's on the same shelf as the likes of Ballast Point's Victory At Sea, Victory's Storm King, or even North Coast's Old Rasputin. Sure, this has balance to offer, but the limb can't snap if you don't go out on it.

OVERALL: A competent bourbon/whiskey barrel aged stout from Lagunitas, but I honestly hoped for better. Stouts have never been Lagunitas' strong suit, and this is no exception - though it is the best "dark beer" they've done, by my estimation. Well worth trying and I'll happily finish the 6 pack, but where's the coffee? Where's the whiskey? $15 a sixer is pretty good for a barrel aged stout, but I'd take many regular imperial stouts over this. Surprisingly simplistic.

The vanillin is the standout, shallow though it is. And hot damn is that ABV dangerously well-hidden.

High B- (3.45) / WORTHY

***
12.05.16 2nd impression:

The coffee is there, the bourbon/whiskey less so. Indeed, the barrel character is quite wanting. For the price, this is pretty good stuff, and I'm glad Lagunitas didn't go the 22oz cash-grab format route. But it's not dazzling.

B- / WORTHY

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Photo of emerge077
3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with little fanfare, dark brownish black color. No lace, very little foam, just a brief puff of foam when poured.

Aroma of autolysed yeast, faint woodiness, round malt toastiness, whiskey. No coffee or subtlety, but it's decent.

Taste is pretty good, raisin, wet wood, coffee, whiskey, roast malt lingering in the aftertaste. Body is unfortunately thin and the feel is hot. Would rather drink whiskey with a coffee stout chaser. This is an off kilter marriage that doesn't quite coalesce. Flavors are good, the body and aroma just aren't quite matching up. Overall its worth a try, not worth going out of your way.

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

A bit bummed about this one. It just isn't the same as the last batch of barrel aged cappuccino stout that was tap only. It is over roasted and burnt. Had an ash/char flavor to it. Kind of tar like/burnt rubber. Once you get passed that the coffee shows a little with a massive about whiskey. Vanilla and chocolate. So much roast.

I didn't like this very much. Not for me. Only thing good about this is the appearance. Creamy tan head with nice retention and lace.

EDIT: Had the 2016/17 (winter) vintage in the 12 oz bottle and it was much better. Still a little burnt, roast, char, but more barrels and more goodness. The coffee is much better as well. Very drinkable. Crushed my 12 oz bottle and wanted more,

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Photo of oberon
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came in an 8oz glass nearly jet black except for a slight tinge of ruby,a frothy deep beige head atop.Sweet bourbon/vanilla and deep coffee roast in the nose,quite a combo.The feel and flavor profile is just rich and inviting,vanilla and toasted oak flavors upfront with chocolate and roasted coffee char in the finish with nothing out of balance.The feel is lush and thick and the flavor balance is awesome,a true gem of a stout here.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/12/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, rye whiskey, toasted oak, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and rye whiskey barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, rye whiskey, toasted oak, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of roasted coffee bitterness and rye whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, rye whiskey, toasted oak, light char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and rye whiskey barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a light-moderate warming lingering after the finish with a slight amount of whiskey booziness present as well. Overall this is an awesome Barrel aged imperial coffee stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and rye whiskey barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing his bottle so I could save mine.

Decent creamy dark smaller head, pitch black with decent legs.

Nose nice roasty malts, dark malts, little cocoa, little fluffy fudgey cocoa, nice caramel, some vanilla oak, nice buttery oak, little bourbon note, even a hint of fluffy nougat.

Taste brings mild roast, lots of bitter cocoa and little char, nice coffee notes, earthy coffee, fluffy nougat, caramel, etc. Nice vanilla with touch of buttery oak, decent barrel but not a ton, little bourbon notes. touch of biscuit wafer cookie. Finish is little bitter, more wafer cookie and caramel, faint vanilla barrel, toffee, etc.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice carb booze is hidden well, decent creamy.

Overall nice but not phenomenal, really wish the barrel came through more.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 4/10/2015 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, bourbon, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet and creamy with flavors of coffee and milk chocolate up front. Then some background flavors of bourbon and dark fruit come in from the barrel aging. There’s a hearty roasted malts character. The hops presence is decently strong for a big barrel-aged stout and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, well-disguised strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good flavorful big stout to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the $35K Porsche killer of beers; the easy to obtain, inexpensive, but close to perfect beer capable of standing with (or above) many of the highly-sought out offerings from boutique breweries. Pours dark, nice rocky tan head. You can tell from the pour their not going for intense viscosity, which is fine by me but will lead some to make BS claims that it's thin. I'd like the lacing to be a bit stickier ... I like that appearance but it's nit picking. Smell is dark roasted malts, vanilla, sweet bourbon toffee, charred wood, dark roast coffee, a nutty chicory hazelnut smell similar to many Brazilian or Indonesian coffees. Taste follows, waves of bourbon on the finish. Scary drinkable; goes down quickly. Body is full and creamy, though not coating. Definitely on the roasty and dry end of the imperial stout spectrum though the bourbon implies a lot of sweetness. Phenomenal stuff.

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Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Viscious, decent head retention & lacing

S: Coffee, vanilla, cocoa, a little booze

T: Chocolate, coffee, a little whisky barrel & dryness up front. Boozey mocha as this warms, a touch of Rye spicyness too. Finishes oaky dry, with caramel & mocha

MF: Fairly chewy, a little sticky, slight carbonation

A nice offering, well worth a try, drinks a little slow due to the ABV & complexity

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Photo of Jason
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, sample from the brewery.

Dark and inviting with a beautiful lacing. Sweet, oaky, and boozy to start. Loads of roasted flavors of coffee, burnt toast, & dark chocolate with hints of vanilla and dark berries. A true sipper and very easy to drink as there is a lot of balance even with the barrel aged character.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very strong whiskey in the nose and taste; taste also has some milk and dark chocolate, coffee, roasted and burnt malts. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a really good BA stout; the whiskey is strong in this one and I dig it.

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

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks mang!

Dark brown body with a thin ring of beige head. Grandiose bourbon aroma. Oak, chocolate, roast. Medium / thick body. Smells and tastes similar to the FiftyFifty High West stout. Coffee notes throughout, though bourbon leads the way.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Really nice, bowling ball black body. Full finger of cream, light tan head with nice retention and lace.

S - Outrageous nose. Smooth, cream, milky, deliciously fresh brewed coffee. The balance and silkiness of the nose is ridiculous. Raisin bread toast, vanilla, and smooth cognac.

T - Outstanding flavor. Silky smooth coffee, delicious coffee washes through the profile with sweet notes of caramel, molasses, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Raisins, rum, toffee, and a touch of brown sugar through the finish.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium body. Really nice, but could use a bit more heft.

O - Simply fantastic. One of the best coffee stouts in the world.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle. Black body. Khaki head. Heavy rye whiskey aroma. Fruity. Coffee. Booze. Taste is much more coffee forward. Rich coffee. Chocolate. Rye whiskey is even more distinctive. Bitter and boozy finish. Heavy and rich. Well carbonated. Boozy. Delicious. A little too acidic and fruity from the coffee and whiskey, but it's very good.

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Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip appears black in color with a brown head that fades leaving a full wall of lace.

It smells of chocolate, coffee, citrus, booze and earth. Taste brings forth coffee, chocolate, oak, booze, caramel, vanilla, slight herbal almost green character with lingering earthy bitterness and char.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Its nice but didplays some roughness around the edges that are green.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Real nice looker of a stout. Pours nice and thick with a jet sheen of dark walnut brown and nearly black. Reddish tinge when held to light and a bit of see through color just a little at the head. Head is gorgeous with a creamy two finger appearance and some good staying power. Settles to some thin web lacing, a thick collar, and a good whispy cloudy top. Head color is real unique light espresso tan but also with a real faint hint of orange to it, it seems. Very great looking beer.

A classic stout nose comes with hints of subtlety. Light notes of dark chocolate and a powdery roast grain but not too dry, and gets into a cocoa quality. Biscuit wafer and a bit of ripped coffee bean but everything seems a little sly, a little hinted, just very subtle but not completely obvious either. There's a sense of sweet chewy notes on this of grain that hint of some real good palate perhaps coming.

Palate just rings with excellent quality. Silky and rich thick mouthfeel brings a wash of dark chocolate and mellow sweetness. Soft coffee cake finish, mellow bitterness of coffee and just thick dark chocolate powder. Rich body, a hint of a little bit of woody oak just ever slightly which just finally reminds me this is actually oak aged. Spicy finish as well almost prickly/splintery wood which goes so well with all the other flavors. After some time fruit aromas really open up with a great roasty grain and char, with the spiced finish really getting accented but balanced out by sweet dark chocolate.

Excellent taker to the coffee imperial realm of barrel aging, wonderful balance too. Great job here.

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Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lag. bomber....reasonably priced at $10 and change

Pour is black, quality tiny bubble head, leaves super fine and nice looking spotty lace all over the glass

Chocolate and dark coffee all over the nose.

This is a flavor bomb of a beer with waves of dark malts, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, wood and whiskey bouncing off of each other. Dangerously drinkable and might I add...more then quite tasty....gotta get a few more bottles of this elixir

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Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cellar at Duckworths in uptown Charlotte. I've been seeking this one out for a long time. Drank it while eating a ribeye. The coffee and whiskey combo made the meat sing. Perfect combination along with a truffle mac n cheese. The nose is coffee and whiskey as is the taste. Great beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with light lacing. Nice aroma of dark chocolate, toasted malt, light coffee, whiskey, inviting. Flavor starts with strong bourbon and dark malt, but quickly settles into a smooth chocolate, dark toasted malt and coffee blend, with hints of vanilla and complex whiskey and bourbon flavors. Nice creamy medium body with peppery carbonation. A very well integrated complex stout. Start is a touch boozy with bourbon, but the base flavor is beautifully balanced, with malt, coffee and chocolate all present, but none really dominating. Good blend of barrel flavors. The body and deep malts really combine well. The only unbalanced part of this stout is the active carbonation slightly conflicts with the creamy smoothness of the mouth feel. But that's a tiny issue when balanced off the fact that many barrel aged beer are rather flat from the barreling. This was very nicely done and flavorful. Coffee, stout and bourbon go together perfectly and this is a good example. Way to go Lagunitas. Glad this is limited and hard to find, else I'd never sleep again.

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4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

This one pours a pretty, dark ashy black, with a quarter inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells really awesome, this one has a ton of sweet coffee on the nose, with some chocolate fudge, and a bit of both bourbon and rye.

I get more rye whiskey out of this than bourbon, but I did get a bourbon vibe too- there's some spiciness from the rye, but the spirit character is also fairly sweet. This does seem to make sense as the barrels held both Rye and Bourbon beforehand. There's a ton of coffee here, sweet and mildly roasty, with a small amount of roasty malt bitterness, and lots of fudgy, rich chocolate. This one is just so full-flavored and awesome, I love it.

This has a very, very creamy mouthfeel- so on point. Goes down so easily, even with the pretty thick body.

A really good effort from Lagunitas here- they absolutely nailed this one.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought On-line
12 oz. Bottle
2016 One Hitter Series

Finally!

Poured into a goblet a very nice dark brown/black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, which also leaves a medium size oil slick and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a pretty nice whiskey note, chocolate, toffee, pretty nice coffee note, with some vanilla, licorice. The taste is very nice, malty, slight roast, very nice whiskey note, very nice touch of coffee/nicely done, with some chocolate/toffee, vanilla, slight licorice. Full Body, ABV hidden very well, a pretty complex brew. Very nice sweetness with this one. Overall, a very nice Impy Stout, I really like the coffee note, done nicely. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color that is all but black. A head in line with the shade of gram crackers, and lacing like a French maid. Aroma is an All American display of bourbon, coffee and roasted malts, strong and soothing to a beer aficionado. The taste delivers with ripe bourbon notes, strong coffee, and a cocoa malt sweetness blending into char and vanilla. Alcohol is evident but not too hot, and a beer in this style without that flavor would be really missing the point. Full, lush creamy body that carries the bourbon and coffee flavor into the finish. A really nice beer. "Smart", as some might say.

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High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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