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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,922 |  Reviews: 338
Photo of Jacob17
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PicoPapa
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Engine Room. Pours a pitch back color with no head. Some lacing. Boozey, woody aroma with vanilla, wood, molasses, and roasted malts. Lots of barrel flavor with some black coffee, roasted malts and molasses. Bourbon and coffee finish. Medium body with minimal carbonation. This beer alluded me for awhile, but I'm glad I finally got to have it. Overall, fantastic beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with minimal head and lace. The aroma is buttery, boozy, oaky and has notes of vanilla sweetness along with minimal coffee. The ABV is hidden and for such a tasty beer the body is smooth and not heavy and it drinks easy. Touches of chocolate and mild coffee/roasted malts balance with a sweet vanilla aspect and woody/oaky beer for a really enjoyable high ABV/light stout.

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

Photo of Lucular
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. 5 oz pour on tap at Lures Bar & Grille in Crownsville, MD. This beer is comparable to BCBS. Thick and boozy with a huge barrel presence. Awesome beer.

I wonder if it's too late for me to pick up a six-pack...I hope not.

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Photo of tbryant21
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of IronLover
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color. Poured with a short, creamy, dark beige foam with low retention. Dark roasted coffee, dark malt and earthy vanilla aromas with sweet dark fruit and light bourbon notes. No hop aromas. Medium high bodied with medium light carbonation. Smooth creamy, slightly oily feel through the middle followed by intense, but not unpleasant, boozy heat to the finish. Sweet dark chocolate and dark fruit flavors with dark roasted malts and roasted coffee flavors in tow. Medium hop botyerness through the middle cits the growing sweetness. Moderate bourbon notes and earthy vanilla flavors from the middle to the end. Finished with malty, dark chocolate sweetness and roasted coffee notes tempered by light booziness. Roasty and sweet flavors balance nicely with bourbon and earthy vanilla flavors. Bourbon/rye character is subtle and doesn't overwhelm the palate. Intense flavor and feel nicely mask the intense abv.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Honeybourne
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

The pour is of a thick, black liquid. There is a light brown-colored head that forms as a ring and maintains itself throughout. Smell has the coffee and barrel detectable, but not too strong. The body matches the thick look of the pour. The taste is strong on vanilla notes, and the coffee meshes very well with these notes, as it is firmly present without being bitter. Barrel taste is a little subtle. Overall, this is an excellent beer. I think if the barrel was a tad bit more forward, and the vanilla notes a tad more subtle, this would be exceptional.

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

Photo of shmuck81
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of fireazzi
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: thin body
Smell: boozy barrel smell
Taste: not too think, pretty thin, lots of barrel taste
Feel: Mouth feel wasn't anything really memorable, pretty thin

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Photo of tbryan5
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigerbeer90
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bbtkd
4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout, 12.2% ABV, 39.6 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and black with a one finger tan head on a careful pour. Nose is a bit of coffee, and a hint of bourbon. Taste is mostly coffee, some bourbon but not heavy, some other subtle flavors I could not identify, with a slight bitter close. Not boozy. Excellent mouthfeel. Overall outstanding.

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Photo of Omniwar
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of carmike813
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vess
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of skiking70
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dd43
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's $3.50 a bottle where I am but damn if it isn't worth it. Love the rye whisky note. Haven't had an imperial stout from Lagunitas that I've liked as much as this one. Moderate roast level, dark/baking chocolate flavor, vanilla in the aroma.

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Photo of EMV
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark black pour with slightly lighter mahogany around the edge. No light getting through here... thin tannish head. Surprisingly good lacing.

S: Roasted espresso... booze... bourbon and vanilla. Smells outstanding.

T/F: Lots of rich roasted grains... Italian roast coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and char. Well balanced with alcohol sweetness and bitter roast. Moderate carbonation. Thick and creamy. Finish is warming and roasty.

O: An outstanding barrel-aged Stout from Lagunitas. Can't wait to see what some time in the cellar does for it. Thanks much to DEK196 for sending some my way. I have yet to see this one on the East Coast.

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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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