Willett Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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From:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
11.7%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 6.19%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
122
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Feb 12, 2021
Added:
Oct 09, 2016
Wants:
  10
Gots:
  18
SCORE
96
World-Class
Notes: None
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Rated: 4.33 by Boone757 from Virginia

Feb 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Bjcox11381 from Indiana

5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Best bang for your buck. Literally half price compared to founders and goose island, And any other barrel aged beer.And very competitive in taste. Just goes to show they charge way to much
Jan 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.59 by BeerManDan from California

Nov 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Jun 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Emagnus

5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Possibly the best value to quality ratio for any Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. An instant favorite in our house. Excellent color, smell, taste and experience. The quality and character changes as it warms in a tulip glass.
Apr 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.19 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Feb 09, 2020
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown with a little over a finger of beige head. The whiskey appears in the nose but really comes out in the flavor profile. This offering is boozier than most top-tier barrel-aged stouts primarily because the body is thinner than average.
Dec 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Nov 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.7 by mrklnvl from Ohio

Nov 22, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by BenHoppy from Michigan

Nov 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Arjen from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Draught @ Beer Temple. Pours a black color and a frothy mocha-colored head with good lacing. Aroma's: roasted malts, dark chocolate, wood, umami, boozy. Retronasal: sweetish, roasted, boozy, woody, chocolate, rye. Flavor is above moderate sweet with bitter chocolate and roast. Medium bodied. More dark chocolate in the finish, light bitter.
Oct 25, 2019
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Reviewed by JamarcusMarinovich from California

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours deep dark with shallow head. Oak and bourbon nose but not overpowering, and same can be said about the taste. At 12.9% (wow!), there is not an overwhelming alcohol to it. Smooth like a good bourbon, slight bubbles on the tongue and a good, roasty malt finish. Obvious oak aged and bourbon flavors with the toasted/roasted malt, and definite coffee tones. Very unlike most other Lagunitas offerings (their beers tend to have a very distinct flavor profile throughout their line, but not this one). The recent Lagunitas barrel aged bourbon stouts have been nothing short of spectacular.
Sep 28, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Liked the coffee willetized more. This one still has a wonderfully thick and chewy body. Great vanilla, whiskey, leather, charred wood, fudge, booze, and sneaky amount of rye spice. The smell is flatter, with some good dark notes, but kind of dry overall. A good sipper
Mar 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Mar 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.63 by WingBolt73 from Florida

Feb 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by scottyshades from Florida

Feb 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Jan 17, 2019
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A solid bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with coffee. Looks great, has a thick/sticky mouthfeel and the predominant aromas and flavors are coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark roasted malts, and yes, some spicy rye notes which I noticed even though I forgot there was rye in the beer. Pretty much exactly what I expected and a very tasty beer.
Dec 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Dec 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by smithj4 from New York

Dec 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky

Dec 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by mattycasey from Massachusetts

Nov 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Jul 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.14 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

May 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.08 by taospowder from New Mexico

Apr 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.33 by Craftballer from California

Apr 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.36 by NWHopinator from Oregon

Feb 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.59 by Giggy from Michigan

Feb 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.31 by WormGod from New York

Jan 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.59 by festizio from California

Jan 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.31 by Gkruszewski from New York

Dec 28, 2017
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2017 version w/ Rye - Poured a black body with one-finger khaki head that quickly died. Spicy rye smell mixes with coffee for a mildly harsh but pleasing aroma. Heavy body so it's a slow sipper but it's well-balances so it is easy to drink. Notes of coffee, chocolate, spice, roasted malts and a touch of booze that adds heat in the finish work well together and considering the price of this stout it is a must-try.
Dec 24, 2017
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Reviewed by dbell23 from Tennessee

4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This is an incredible stout. I drink a lot of Lagunitas beers because of availability and, quite frankly, price but this one is something special.

Poured into a tulip at a temperature of around 45 or 50. It came from the fridge and was out around 20 minutes. Nice fluffy creamy beige head that recedes to a thin line. Little or no lacing with this black as night beer.

Smell is whiskey malt sweetness. Maybe a little chocolate but mostly whiskey.

Taste is unreal. Roasted malt with incredible whiskey sweetness. Really really good. One of the best, if not the best, (Sorry KBS) barrel aged stouts I've enjoyed.

Mouthfeel is the best stout mouthfeel I've enjoyed. Silky smooth and thick. Perfect for this style.

Overall one of the best stouts I've had. I know price shouldn't be a factor but at 12.99 a sixer this is a steal. I've determined that lagunitas is one of my favorite breweries. Great beers at a great price and readily available in Hooterville where I live.
Dec 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.95 by Chris7482 from Illinois

Dec 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by Powderhornphil from Minnesota

Dec 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Dec 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Beerswag from California

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours dark but not thick or viscous. Head is showing lighter in tone than expected for the coffee. Coffee comes very light on the nose. Definately not a dark or roabustee coffee nose; more on the chocolate and malt forward approach. Malt speaks for itslelf- chocolate, and roasty medium mouthfeel which is surprising considering the abv.
Not much lacing on the glass or lingering flavors that are memorable.
As for someone who enjoys Willet , this does cary the dry notes well. I feel that the barrel is slightly influencial but not enough to applaude. Enjoyable for Holiday season. Pair with molasses ribs, dark roasts, and vanilla desserts.
Dec 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.37 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Nov 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.31 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Nov 24, 2017
Willett Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 154 ratings