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Willett Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4.35/5
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120 Ratings
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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by cryptichead on 10-09-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,112
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
120
pDev:
5.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by kylehay2004:
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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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stoneyard Craft Beer Hall and Grill in Webster, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a tight dark brown head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like fudgy cookie dough all the way, with some great subtle whiskey character, some definite dark chocolate, and a good dark fruitiness.

This was surprisingly very very nice. The whiskey character is super tasty, and folded in well to the rest of the beer- there's no overt astringency or booziness added from it. The base imperial stout is always a solid choice, and stands up well to the barrel-aging here, with wonderful chocolate and dark fruit, and a hint of roastiness. There's a touch of oak, too.

This is pretty thick and chewy, with a normal level of carbonation for the style.

This is really really tasty- it's all that I want a barrel-aged stout to be, really.

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4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Craft whisky meets craft beer as Willet distillery of Louisville introduce their boozy, oaken, charred cocoons to Lagunitas' imperial stout for marriage made in Kentucky.

Willet Barrel Imperial Stout pours an off black hues, bleached slightly by the barrels, taking on a darkest coffee brown hue without crossing that threshold of tar. As a dainty creamy froth swirls on top, images of espresso come to mind. The rugged scent of char and roast is rounded with the scent of caramel and cream with coconut, booze, vanilla and chocolate. Sweet to taste, the strong beer's coffee roast is bold but smooth, its chocolate is bittersweet and not harsh, its nuttiness is smooth like pecan instead of bitter like walnut.

And as the ale washes the middle palate, much of the same transpires- dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, sweet caramel and cream all converge for a flavor that's understood in Kentucky as bourbon ball delectable candies. Bourbon spice decorates the finish while nuances of nutty oak, coconut, vanilla and cherry ebb and flow through the sweet char.

Full bodied and creamy, the signature flavor of Willet whisky certainly doesn't whimper to the stout. Its own smooth bourbon spice and bold woodiness calms the roast of barley and trails into a smooth, creamy spice of pulled candy and fresh baked brownies.

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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

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

Photo of scrizo
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

32 oz. growler. Black body with no head. Smells of bourbon, oak, nutty malts, and some chocolate. Tastes of chocolate and a very nice bourbon flavor. Oak. Vanilla. Light nutty malt flavor. No carbonation. A touch boozy. Very nice stout with an excellent barrel character.

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

Photo of Chris7482
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of GtBoros
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome full bodied stout with hints of whiskey. Tremendous beer

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Photo of kbuzz
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a minigrowler into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a thin, dark khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, whiskey, chocolate, a hint of vanilla. Flavor is dark toasted malt with slight char, dark chocolate, oaky vanilla, whiskey. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess. This is quite whiskey forward, but the malt is fully up to balancing it, creating a very well integrated balance. The malt has really nice chocolate notes. This is a great tasting stout melded with high quality whiskey flavors. Really good.

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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Imperial stout aged in Willett barrels. Poured from a growler into a MadTree snifter. The pour is black, not too viscous, and sports a half finger of tan head that quickly dies down to a thin lace. On the nose is a fair amount of char and roastiness, dark chocolate, toasted oak, and a hint of espresso.

Full body with a rather thin feel, but a nice roasty flavor enhanced by the time in the barrel. Roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, and espresso hit you first, followed by whiskey barrel, dark fruit, and a little coconut. I do detect a small amount of oxidation, but not enough to destroy the flavor. On the finish you get lingering flavors of dark chocolate, bourbon, and coconut.

Overall, a very good barrel-aged imperial stout. It lacks the richness and depth of flavor that the ``top shelf'' barrel aged beers provide, but is nevertheless an excellent beer with terrific flavor that is a pleasure to drink. Moreover, growler fills were very reasonably priced (a mere $12 for a half-gallon). Thanks to Lagunitas for bringing a keg of this to Party Town in Florence, KY for Friday Night Flights.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a frothy light brown heat that settles to a thin layer that leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Dark sugar, molasses, toffee, smooth bourbon, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and a little spice.

T: Cocoa powder, roasted malt,smooth bourbon, dark sugar,molasses, toffee, a little spice, anise, and a touch of dark fruit.

M: Full body, mild carbonation, creamy smooth.

O: Fantastic beer! You don't see a lot from Lagunitas' barrel dept but when you do it's very very good.

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4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
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 120 ratings
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