High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

High West-ified Imperial Coffee StoutHigh West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout
BA SCORE
98.2%
Liked This Beer
4.38 w/ 1,960 ratings
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:
#291
Reviews:
348
Ratings:
1,960
Liked:
1,924
Avg:
4.38/5
pDev:
6.39%
Alströms:
4.06
 
 
Wants:
194
Gots:
484
Trade:
57
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,960 |  Reviews: 348
Photo of brewskis
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nguasta2
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of blackcompg
4.86/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - pours about a finger of dark khaki foam, body is opaque sepia brown to black, edges have barely translucent mahogany highlights, light webbed lacing after each quaff.

Smell - Wow! Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, slight molasses and coffee, and a whiff of warm brown sugar - smells epic!

Taste - begins bourbon (rye) forward, but not hot in the least, immediately joined by rich dark semi-sweet chocolate and sweetened espresso, vanilla and very light oak fill the nostrils, unsweetened black strap molasses and black licorice and some roast at the very back of the tongue. The flavors here are perfectly balanced, so complimentary, and so little alcohol presence - what's there helps to balance out the bold flavors, goose island and founders take notice!

Mouthfeel - on the heavier side of medium, just coats the palate, but not heavy or syrupy, carb is silky smooth and allows all of the flavors to really assert, such a silky and pleasant mouthfeel

Overall - I'll tell you what, I'll take this over a KBS any day, and at $12.99 a 6xer!!! I'll buy all stock available any time this comes out. I love BCBS and have the last 4 years in my cellar, but this is, bang for the buck, the very best barrel aged impy coffee stout on the planet, a must try. Easy 5's on smell and taste.

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

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

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

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

Photo of biggoon16
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of c_tails
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of srw
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as a gift from @JackHorzempa.
Undated bottle stored at 42 degrees. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – fantastic! More like bourbon than rye, brown sugar, faint coffee. They should make an air freshener that smells like this!
Head small (Maximum < two cm, aggressive pour), tan, dense and creamy, average retention time, diminishing to a tight two mm ring and rocky partial layer.
Lacing – poor. Rare tiny island of tiny bubbles.
Body – dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – begins slightly bitter which belies the initial odor, coffee, a little roasted malt bitterness. Alcohol is weakly present. As it warms in my mouth, the barrel and rye notes become much more apparent. The alcohol asserts itself as a gastric smolder after swallowing.
Palate – actually a bit light, more of a porter than a stout, creamy, soft carbonation.

Decent. Too bad I can’t get it locally.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.5.

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Photo of bpa112
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacob17
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PicoPapa
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -4.6%
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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4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
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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4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of IronLover
4.16/5  rDev -5%
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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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Adamostella
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: 98.2% out of 100 with 1,960 ratings
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