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 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
Ranking:
#297
Reviews:
361
Ratings:
2,001
pDev:
6.39%
Bros Score:
4.06
 
 
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Photo of bcsbeer
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Watkinsmike83
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Had this on-tap at World of Beer, poured into a snifter glass. Had a jet black color and an opaque consistency. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Not whole lot of lacing.

S: A good aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a fair shot of dark chocolate (mostly in the finish), a hint of vanilla, a lot of coffee (not overwhelmingly so), some roasted malt, light hops, bourbon, and dark fruit (plums). A big, bold and aggressive flavor with a lot of complexity. Quite tasty and well done.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: I'm not going to say this is my favorite coffee-based stout, but it is certainly well made. Very much drinkable.

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Photo of kotzbauerm
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Techichi
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Trentt2
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of aurorabeerealis
3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A dark brown, slight mocha head, dissipates quickly.

S: Dark fruits, forest floor, a damp smell. Coffee notes is not fresh ground coffee but more roasted and brewed. Robust boozy smell from the rye barrels with a slight sweetness.

T: Complex flavors with many sections. Coffee up front fresh brewed, then moves onto a boozy sweetness from the barrels, then a roasted malt flavor with dark fruits, finishes with that coffee flavor again.

F: Slightly over carbonated for my liking but still a solid body.

O: A good beer but in my opinion is slightly over hyped. Don't get me wrong its a fine tasting stout that is well-crafted but leaves something to be desired. An above average stout but wouldn't call this great or outstanding.

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

Photo of XavierBenitez
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a black color with a tired white foamy head that dies off to leave some tired concave lace. The aroma had some fresh/green coffee bean, bold and up front. Thick dark luscious chocolatey malts. Big woody dryness. Some milk chocolate and a touch of vanilla. The flavor mostly blends between the sweet and the roast with that "fresh/green" bitter hoppiness really pummeling thoroughly. Sly rugged roastiness hits the "fresh/green" bitter hoppy portion in the aftertaste, and it gets kind of sticky in the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation seems a bit lower than expected. Subtle stickiness. Overall, well, I didn’t get the "whiskey" in this. The coffee bean seem extremely fresh as if it wasn’t fully roasted before being used in the beer. Did I just drink at the wrong time? Still, I’m not sure if even aging this beer would do it any good. I feel like I got a bad bottle judging by other reviews.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fern22
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vidblain
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jmryan8
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of koerns311
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Filabee
3.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

2016 vintage Very dark appearance with no head. Aroma is nutty with a coffee hint. Taste is mild coffee with a nutty accent. This was not as coffee flavored as I expected it to be.

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

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

High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 2,001 ratings