Willett Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by cryptichead on 10-09-2016

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Ranking:
#859
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
131
pDev:
5.98%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NWHopinator
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Giggy
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clayrock81
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of dbell23
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerswag
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Willett Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 131 ratings