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
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
367
Ratings:
2,011
pDev:
6.39%
 
 
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Photo of Jinx989
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of BabyFaceBrew
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adidaswp
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.47/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bajdog
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dreynolds1808
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Picked up a 16oz Mason Jar from the Craft Beer Quick Stop this past Sunday for $6.00. I have missed the bottle distribution the last two years so i had to resort to paying a bit more for draft which is not a bad thing!

Beer poured black as night with a very nice head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is awesome, fresh coffee and rye whiskey with roasted malt notes.

Taste is coffee forward over a large roasted malt base. Rye whiskey melds its way in nicely with subsequent sips. The brew is a touch astringent but lots of good flavors going on.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a very fun beer to finally get to try. Would buy again in the future!

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Photo of Wybest
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer.

On draft at Local Option. Great balance between the barrel, the coffee, and the base imperial stout. One of my favorites from Lagunitas.

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Photo of gardner254
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JDizzle
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 release.
22oz bomber poured into a snifter shows a dark chocolate brown, allowing no light through, supports no head and leaves only spotted lacing.

Aroma is still coffee forward joined by oak, leather, rye, booze, and dark stone fruit.

Flavor is more booze forward, however roast coffee beans are present along with the above and a hint of cocoa as the fluid passes the tongue and dries.

Mouthfeel is the winner for me. Mouth-coatingly fuller medium that cleans and dries the pallette. Aftertaste is merely a memory of bitter coffee and chocolate.

Overall, a very well crafted brew that holds up well after 2+ years bottling.
Fresher releases are more coffee forward(not my favorite) and they won't be using High West any more.
This was the first and I can't wait to see how it compares to the next.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of btysklind
3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Garvey
4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wanderingwheelz
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I just had a chance to have one of these on draft. I'd have to taste one side by side to be sure, but I'd say it might be better than KBS. It's that good.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from rutger. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
Aged on High West rye barrels
2016 One Hitter Series

APPEARANCE: A clear black pour yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, creamy tan head with good retention. Clear black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and coats the glass with lacing. A ring remains but leaves no lacing on the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Whisky, sweet cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, toffee, and some oak on the nose. Roasted coffee with notes of molasses as well. Good stuff.

TASTE: Roasted coffee beans, whisky, oak, sweet cream and vanilla flavors up front. Very flavorful. Big, bold finish of roasted flavors, coffee beans, vanilla, caramel and butterscotch sweetness, whisky, oak, bitter chocolate and sweet molasses. Good stuff and lots going on.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Enough weight and semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a scratch and finishes a bit sticky. Some booze lingers.

OVERALL: This was great! Lots of aroma and flavor with great balance between coffee stout and whisky barrels. A quality feel here as well. One well worth checking out if you get the chance. Thanks again, rutger!

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

Photo of MHJeff06
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidR_9
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 one hitter series 12 oz poured into a snifter.

Dark dark brown-black body and a hefty tan-brown finely bubbly head. Sweet bourbon and oakiness on the nose, a bit of heat, molasses, brown sugar, plum, you get the picture. Not an intense spicy rye whiskey aroma on this one.

Big woodiness and spicy rye whiskey followed by some nice light-dark chocolate notes, molasses, toasted coconut, espresso beans. Nicely hidden heat elements of 12.4% abv. Super creamy and velvety mouth feel for a non-nitro imperial stout.

Overall a great straight up imperial stout with a slight spicy whiskey barrel aged character. An absolute steal for $12 six pack. Seriously! $11.99 for six of these. Amazing

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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