Willettized Coffee Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Willettized Coffee StoutWillettized Coffee Stout
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Willettized Coffee StoutWillettized Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our friends over at Kentucky’s own Willett Distillery have one kind of barrel: wood. And they put two things in them: Bourbon and Rye. We were fortunate enough to get some of their Bourbon barrels, and we put our Imperial Stout in them. It’s a chocolatey, coffee-y, smoky, Bourbon-y beast of a barrel-aged thing. Word.

Added by superspak on 08-20-2017

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Ratings: 345 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of smutty33
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrKarl
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass, purchased at the warehouse package in Albany GA.
A: pours a pitch black with ruby red hints, mocha coffee color foam head, long stringy lacing
S: spicy rye bourbon, deep roasted malt, espresso coffee, vanilla, oak
M: thick, rich body, slight dry finish
T: chewy malt, deep roasted malt, fresh coffee, rye bourbon starts to become more pronounced in the finish as it warms up, slight prickly finish on the tongue.
O: very tasty brew, coffee and rye bourbon fans will enjoy, I'm glad I picked this up

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Photo of Damian
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 12 fluid oz bottle
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my friend Sean for hooking me up with this.

Spectacular appearance. A billowing, two-inch tall, super tight and frothy, cappuccino colored crown rose about the oily, pitch black body. Outstanding retention. The head ever-so-slowly fell to a lasting, bubbly mass. A spotty blanket of lacing coated the glass. Later, the bubbly film transformed into a thick, foamy collar.

Intense roasted malt notes dominated in the aroma. Quite ashy and char-like. Spent coffee grounds came to mind. Somewhat grainy as well. There was a dry, powdery quality initially, perhaps from the yeast. As the beer sat, subtle brown sugar notes appeared. Bit of cold coffee too. Faint bourbon/rye notes were also detectable. Slightly woody.

The flavor profile was also very roasty and bitter. Fairly acrid with strong notes of char. Malty and robust. Some bitter espresso appeared in the center. Woody and dry on the back end. The beer finished with notes of charred grains, bitter piney hops and a kiss of booze. For a twelve-plus percent ABV imperial stout, however, this beer hid its alcohol prowess remarkably well.

Rich, thick and decadent mouthfeel. Nearly full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, moderate, tongue coating effervescence.

If you are looking for a super smooth, coffee-infused, barrel-aged pastry stout, then look elsewhere because this beer is definitely not that. Folks that dig those old school, uber roasty and bitter imperial stouts might appreciate this however.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JLK7299
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark black body. Head is Medium brown in color; it pours 3 fingers tall right out of the fridge. Drops down to a thin cap. Gentile swirl easily prompts a full finger of well formed head on the beer.

Smell: The smoke, the rye, and the whiskey all smell fantastic together! The coffee is much fainter than the robust barrel notes from those Willet barrels. Hints of vanilla and chocolate. This beer smells like an ass kicker in the best possible way.

Taste: Spicy rye whiskey right out the gates! Whiskey barrel notes of smoke, char, and dried oak are fairly prominent as well. Dark roast coffee. Hints of chocolate from the base beer and vanilla of the barrel seem to meld together to provide sweetness in this beer which is found towards the end of each sip. Also getting a hint of leather and tobacco as well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied stout. On the lower end of the medium/moderate carbonation level. I tad boozy, but nothing out of control. The carbonation makes this beer feel thinner than it actually is.

Overall: Easily the best beer that I have drank from Lagunitas. They really made a fantastic barrel aged coffee stout. Its big, ballsy, and flavorful. Lagunitas shows some barrel aging prowess here with Willettized. I would drink this over a 2016 or 2017 vintage bourbon county coffee on most days. You better enjoy rye whiskey if you are cracking open this beer.

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NickSMpls
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We have held this back for a while. A deep dark pour, light fading head. Rich aroma, faint hint of the barrels. Taste is... Tasty! Small sips with rich flavors. Very intense. Very. Strong vanilla, coffee, licorice, bitterseet chocolate -- all what we call 'the dark tastes'. The ABV stands out, no mistake about it. Very long after-taste, like cough syrup, but not in a bad way, with lingering bitterness. Highly rated.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with tan head. Sweetness on the nose, honey, maple, syrupy. A touch of coffee I guess. Vanilla and booze. This is slightly oxidized and I am not here for it.

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Photo of SABERG
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottled into the test glass,
A - Its a dark one for sure, a thin off white cap resides on top. The lacing is french and intricate.
S - Notes of vanilla, dark roast coffee, toasted chocolate malts, toffee, an interesting nutmeg component adds some spice
T - Follows the nose quite well, with black pepper and roast chilies as well
M - Delicate and full bodied, softly carbonated, with a slightly boozy linger.
O - Well finally got to try this fine offering, the total package here, well balanced and quite delightful

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BB1313
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a creamy dark khaki head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward along with some chocolate, vanilla and whiskey. Everything is balanced. The aromas might not be intense, but it still smells really nice. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More chocolate and vanilla blending well with the rye oak barrels. The rye gives it a subtle spiciness in the finish. The coffee doesn't shine or dominate and can be hard to pinpoint, although I notice it in the finish and aftertaste. Solid malt backbone. Not too sweet. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. This one is truly dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's velvety, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink. Once again, this one is dangerously drinkable. It's the epitome of being dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty nice barrel-aged stout. Balance is the key with this one. The craftsmanship is on point. It's hard to believe that this one is over 12% abv. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I really like it.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dewsby
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L) Pours a dark, oily, black color with a lovely khaki head and decent retention.

S) The nose has deep coffee, strong whisky, toasty toffee, and a surprising amount of smokiness. It blends together quite nicely.

T) The flavor profile is very coffee and cacao forward, with silky caramel and dark toffee in the background. The bourbon is present from start to finish, and while it
does have a harsh, roasty bitterness about its nature, the smokiness in the nose is not really present on the tongue.

F) The brew has a rich, creamy mouth-feel, and a medium carbonation. I actually would have liked maybe slightly less carbonation, but after some swirling and sitting it's perfect.

O) This is amazing for the price. A boozy brew that is blended harmoniously. An easy recommendation.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Imperial coffee stout aged in Willet barrels. Poured from a growler into a MadTree Teku. The pour is black, not too viscous, and sports about a half-finger of tan foam that quickly dissipates to a thin lace. On the nose I get rich coffee notes, some toffee, toasted malt, and vanilla.

Full body, creamy feel, and a rich flavor. Up front I get a lot of toffee, vanilla, and sweet malt. Around mid-palate, the coffee starts to creep in to add richness and a little balancing bitterness. Right on its heels you get some cocoa and that barrel character, which really ramps up the richness. Not boozy at all. Very intense, rich, decadent flavors. Finishes with coffee, toasted oak, and vanilla. Like a liquid mallowmar dipped in coffee.

I have had this beer 4 times now and have never been able to score any bottles of it, but managed to get a small growler full of "leftovers" at my weekly beer tasting last night. It's a terrific beer and one of the best values out there in a barrel-aged coffee stout. I only wish it would arrive in Kentucky in greater quantities. It's very difficult to score even one bottle of this where I live.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brian29
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Appearanceswc
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AleHunter805
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler into pint glass. Pours a jet black with a persistent light tan head. Initial impression is bourbon, chocolate, and coffee - revealed in that sequence. Nice sweetness to it. Mouthfeel is a little rough. It would probably smooth out somewhat with age, but I've never had the patience to cellar much of anything and besides, this is a growler. So I'm just sucking it up here and dealing with this wonderfully boozy concoction. Finish is sweet and boozy. Nice. I'm not a huge Lagunitas fan, but this is by far their best offering in my experience. Well done!

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Photo of sunnovgoat
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treyliff
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- smoky malt, campfire ash, burnt herbal coffee, toast, oaky bourbon, vanilla & caramel

T- equal mix of ashy roasted malt, oaky barrel juice & herbal coffee. The finish adds light notes of caramel and dark fruit, lingers of coffee

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- a solid BA coffee stout that can't be beat then it comes to price

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Willettized Coffee Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 345 ratings