High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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High West-ified Imperial Coffee StoutHigh West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

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!

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Photo of waterski
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Got this 12 oz bottle in a beer trade. Poured nearly black with a brown head. More carbonation than I'm accustomed to seeing with an imperial barrel aged beer. To the nose is coffe, dark chocolate and dried fruit. More coffee than any of the other hints. Sampled at slightly cooler than room temp. Taste is a good balance. Not to much of any one flavor coming through although the finish is certainly coffee. Just the right amount of sweetness to absorb some of the coffee. Not too bitter as some coffee stouts overdue the roasted coffee bitterness. Lagunitas always seems to have a way of making really good affordable beers. Try this one if it's offered.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wowzers. Soggy bread and rye coming through the nose with a bunch of raisins and some coffee. This starts like a sweet high alcohol stout, then the coffee and hops come along and dry out your mouth. This is just fantastic, and I picked up a single for $2 in downtown Philadelphia. How is Lagunitas doing that? Is it magic? I won't even ask questions... this is fantastic.

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Photo of bound4er
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a 12 oz single. Pours to a nearly black appearance with a dark tan head of two fingers. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, cocoa and pitted fruit. Taste mirrors the nose with creamy vanilla, coffee, roasted malt. Finishes with a touch of whisky and hop bitterness to clean things up and limited any lingering sweetness. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. This is a damn good offering from Lagunitas. It's amazing that they can churn out such a great BA beer on a national scale. Wish I would have been able to find more than a single.

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

What a bargain this beer is, thank you Lagunitas. Pour is dark brown with about a three finger head. Smell is the barreled rye, coffee, and roasted malts. The taste is the same but with a little chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-full. Overall for the money this is a home run.

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

Black pour, smaller tan head, no lacing. Balanced aroma of coffee and whiskey, dark malt, caramel. Taste again strikes a nice balance between coffee and bourbon, dark fruit, dark toffee, dark chocolate, very mild char notes. Thicker body with an oily finish

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

First off I'm not a stout guy( I've tried several but just haven't quite gotten there yet), however this is a great beer. The coffee, chocolate, and rye meld perfectly. Not too sweet, not too boozy, thankful for this extra in a box full of top notch CA IPAs.

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good and strong smell of coffee without completely overpowering the rest of the beer. Pours a little thinner than I would've preferred. Solid overall.

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Photo of MFMB
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep black with a thick dark brown head. Nose is of whiskey, coffee roasted malts and light chocolate. Taste of roasted malt, whiskey, vanilla, light caramel, chocolate and coffee. Not a lot of barrel but enough. A lot gone on and it is done perfectly ! It is very smooth and mellow (in a good way) honestly and I'm just saying but I'd rather have this than BCBS so there is that. I'm full on the High West-Ified hype train! This is a very good quality brew that you need to seek

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Photo of tlema1
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: black, thin tan head, that hangs around
S: whiskey dominates, faint coffee and roasted malts
T: nice mix of whiskey and coffee, with chocolate and vanilla notes
F: smooth, creamy with a nice, not overpowering booze finish
O: this beer is absolutely delicious, I wish that I grabbed a six instead of 2 singles

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Photo of Celtics17
4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites of the year. Nothing bad to say, and just wanted more and more. You get all of the aromas and tastes you would expect from a big barrel-aged stout in a 12oz bottle. This is on par with Bourbon County.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on draft in Chicago in December 2016. This stout is massive. Pitch black, super boozy and chocolately in aroma. Much smoother in the taste than the smell would have suggested. Very well balanced between the sweetness of the chocolate / whiskey and the bitterness of added coffee. Goes down easy for being over 10% abv. Try it out if you find some.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Super tasty. Just enough sweetness to offset the bitter coffee. The Rye Whiskey really comes through in nose and flavors. Some spiciness in taste detected. Just a tad thin. But that doesn't matter. Delicious.

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Photo of zonker17
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with a light brown head, 2 fingers takes its time to settle, Nose of cocoa nib, coffee, seems to be missing the booze. Taste is coffee and sweet malts, bitter coffee finish. Alcohol hidden extremely well with just the slightest hint of rye whiskey in the taste. Heavier body and average carbonation.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HotD snifter from a howler. Opaque black body with minimal head and lacing.

Aromas of vanilla and the barrel hit the nose first, followed by fresh espresso coffee and pepper skins. Big chocolate and mocha from the barrel mixing with the base beer.

Flavors really follow the nose nicely, the whiskey barrel shines with notes of toasted coconut, vanilla, and maple syrup. Coffee bitterness is present and chocolate and mocha abound on the palate. Finishes with a slight dryness and bitterness. No alcohol presence at all, to me, other than a slight drying sensation.

Full bodied and silky, undercarbed (from the howler fill) but still manageable with this style in particular.

Overall this is good stuff, wish I had some bottles to stash away. For the price point you can't beat it, though I would love a bit more coffee character.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was generally dark in color with a mocha colored head.

Smell - The nose remind me of dark coffee with a hint of booze.

Taste - The coffee and chocolate start off dry, but gets progressively more syrupy and boozy. The thing that stands out to me that's how will masked the alcohol is. There is no burn it all.

Mouthfeel - This has a body like a Russian Imperial Stout. There's some viscosity here.

Overall - This is a great beer. But for all the hype, I was a little let down.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of fizzy caramel head. Head forms quick, and actually retains fairly well for being so fizzy. No lacing left behind. Aroma has notes of coffee, rye, barrel, and roasted malts. Strong and potent aroma, but very well balanced. Flavor profile is extremely well balanced, with notes of coffee, rye, barrel, caramel, toffee, and roasted malts. The flavor profile has a sweet flavor, but still remains very well balanced and approachable. Mouth feel is medium-thin and smooth. Overall, a fantastic beer. It features coffee with great notes in the aroma and flavor, and also features a complex, yet balanced, aroma and flavor profile caulk full of rye whiskey, coffee, and stout. Dangerously good and smooth.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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

Appearance - Dark brown nearly black body with mocha colored head

Smell - whiskey, chocolate, fudge

Taste - whiskey, chocolate, coffee, fudge, coconut, vanilla

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, lower end of medium carbonation, fudge and whiskey upfront, fudge and coffee linger on the back end

Overall - very nice beer here, the barrel works in harmony with the coffee and chocolate. Not quite as heavy as some other BA beers, but this is Great bargain of a beer! Recommended

Price Point - $13.99/6 pack 12 oz bottles

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

Coffee is distinct here. Molasses and bitter roasted notes that get mired in sweetness just right. Sticky and moderately carbonated. The barrel works this well, with the rye hint just right and the burn subtle enough to enjoy the notes of coffee, molasses and dark fruit. Very nice imperial stout.

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Photo of DallasK
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black with no head or lacing. Smell is aggressive bourbon followed by bakers chocolate/toffee and vanilla. Taste is bourbon followed by fudge, vanilla, and coffee. A pleasant blend of flavor lingers on the palate. Carbonation is about that of an old Rasputin, more than most barrel aged but overly so. Solid offering if you like bba beer, especially at 11.99 a sixer.

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

I had this on draught in a pub. It was served in a tulip glass at a cooler temperature than I'd prefer. It pours pitch black with walnut hues when held to the light, and one finger of foamy, mocha-colored head and lacing with great retention. It's a sight to behold. The first smell I notice was the bourbon but there is also delightful aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. The taste is wonderful! It follows the nose and the bourbon is strong. There is no discernible hop presence. It is rich and creamy, particularly as the glass warms, with little carbonation. There is, however, a strong alcohol presence. Overall, this is an absolute gem: rich and creamy, with great flavors and a warming alcohol burn. Now I understand why this Stout is so highly rated.

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

This is a really solid BA stout that you'd never be sad to find yourself with, but the obvious attraction here is that it was $12.99 a sixer. That's just insanity, making you question whether this is a Heineken-backed loss-leader or a testament to the fact that barrel-aged beer can be made and sold for a helluva lot cheaper than 95% of breweries currently do. All questions aside, again, this is just a solid BA stout, which deliberately checks all the boxes you'd want in the style, noticeable barrel influence (whiskey and perhaps a touch of marshmallow on the nose), light but present coffee, ample roasty stout goodness, and a body thick enough to stand up to the intensity of the flavor/aroma. Is this the greatest BA stout ever? Probably not. But, bottom line, you bet your sweet bippy it's gonna scratch that BA itch and leave you with enough scratch in your pocket to fill out the cellar with these puppies. Kudos, Lagunitas.

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Photo of mmars010
2.55/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: looks like a cola in the glass. A vigorous swirl produces a thin film of head that dissipates quickly.

S: very little to speak of. Some vanilla and alcohol. There is an off smell here-subtle but present.

M: medium bodied. A dry, astringent feel washes over on the mid palate and finish.

T: my suspicions from the smell are are confirmed-this beer is infected. Dark, sour cherries and unripe blackberries dominate. There is an interplay with the sour fruits and a harsh metal flavor that tastes like galvanized steel...there is also a rust-like component. There is some vanilla and faint coffee in the background. Dark malt is almost absent.

O: worse than bad. $14.99 down the drain, but the real loss is that I don't get to drink this beer this year...at least as it was intended to be consumed. This is my third beer in the six pack-and the last one that I will drink. Each drinking experience has regressed with each beer, which makes me think this batch is total loss This six pack was purchased at the total wine in Virginia Beach, Virginia about two weeks ago. there are no discernible batch or date markings on the bottles or the six pack. I had last year's version in a bomber and it was spectacular.

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

Bottled less than two months ago. Black as night with 2 fingers of tan creamy head that slowly recedes to a thin layer. Fair lacing follows the brew down the glass. Nice looking carbonation when I tilt the glass. Forget about coffee, guys, take that shit off the label. I get a big dose of molasses right off the bat in the aroma, whiskey, sweet tobacco, leather, dark chocolate, coconut, vanilla, and I'm surprised that the coffee is non-existent in the smell. Big and bold in the flavor with lots of molasses/brown sugar, chocolate, whiskey lingers, sweet tobacco, mild coconut, vanilla, and again, maybe it's me, but, nada of a coffee flavor, here. Feel is creamy, full bodied, slightly below average carbonation, which is perfect for a brew like this. Nice that the whiskey and all the other flavors really linger and give a nice warming sensation. Very good stuff here Laggy's! Take coffee off the label!!

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a tulip. Pitch black with a good finger of dark mocha head. Not as huge of a coffee aroma as I was expecting. The barrel imparts a nice dark fruit aroma of dates and figs. Taste follows the nose. A little more coffee but again it's not as coffee forward as I was hoping. Perfect full mouthfeel, not inky at all. A lot of hype around this beer and I can see why. 94 points

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Photo of donspublic
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip, pretty aggressive yields 2 finger creamy tan head, nice retention fades to 1/4 finger after 5 minutes and still sticks around, epic lacing. Jet black in the glass, no light getting thru. Smells of rye, bourbon, roasted malt, very little coffee coming thru on the nose. Taste is whiskey on the front, leads into roasted malt and finishes with a nice smooth non bitter coffee. Lingering aftertaste is smooth coffee with a little of the whiskey hanging around on the roof of my mouth. Have a feeling none of this is going to hang around in the cellar. There is no noticeable heat, the alcohol is present, but just so damned well hidden. I fear that if this was cellared, that smooth coffee backend would disappear. I have been looking around Houston for this beer for a whole month, man I am glad I found it.

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High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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