Willettized Coffee Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Willettized Coffee StoutWillettized Coffee Stout
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4.28/5
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Willettized Coffee StoutWillettized Coffee Stout
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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,233
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
400
pDev:
5.61%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
85
Trade:
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Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out black with some reddish hues in the light, the head in tan in color and thin. The smell of the beer when its cold doesn't have a whole lot to write home about. However, if you let this one warm up a bit there is a beautiful amount of coffee and bourbon that fill the glass and it smells fantastic. The taste is much like the nose, let it warm up a bit and the flavors really start to pop. The feel is full bodied and makes for a nice sipper. Overall I really enjoyed this beer a lot.

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Photo of Vicirus
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Just-the-sip
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnnniee
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Greg, thanks for the opportunity!
Almost black in color with dark claret at the edges and a good sized long lasting frothy tan head. Spicy woody character with sweet chocolate licorice and roast. Lots of creamed coffee aroma and flavor. Bits of brown sugar and alcohol at the fringes. Chocolate roasty fruity flavor with a restrained sweetness. Spicy earthy woody vanilla from the barrel. Very nice sipper.

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

P: Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head with very nice lacing
A: chocolate, coffee, oak, & bourbon
T: bourbon and coffee upfront with chocolate in the middle and ending with a creamy bourbon alcohol bite in the finish
O: excellent bourbon coffee stout that has an excellent taste and mouthfeel that hides the alcohol better than expected.
Note: I Aged this for 6-8 months so the bourbon flavor wasn’t as strong instead it was a lot smoother.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sulldaddy
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown color with no light passing through the glass.
A 2 cm creamy tan head foams up on a gentle pour and fades to a sturdy edge layer throughout the sampling.
the aroma is roasted malt, coffee and brown sugar mixing together with hints of whiskey. There are no hop presence and no bitterness anywhere and the ABV also doesnt show up either and is well hidden for this bigger beer!
First sip reveals a lighter body than I anticipated but it is still average in thickness and the carbonation is fine and gently rolls across my palate. The texture is very smooth and the beer is very easy to drink. Flavor is roasted malt and coffee with a good dose of brown sugar and milk chocolate notes. A bit of whiskey also shows through but the heat is hidden and the booze is sneaky. Again I dont get any hops here. This is a BIG beer in ABV and it drinks super easy. Glad its in a smaller bottle or it would get me into trouble as the volume.

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Photo of robotic_being
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/29/2017. Pours dense opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, vanilla, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warmed, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and rye whiskey barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, vanilla, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild roast/char bitterness and rye whiskey/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, vanilla, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, dark bread, light molasses/smoke/char, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and rye whiskey barrel flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet and rye/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight slickness, stickiness, chalky roast, whiskey/oak tannins, and increasing dryness. Lightly increasing warmth of 12.6%, with a touch of barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic BA imperial coffee stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and rye whiskey barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Amazing balance of rich malts and fruity/nutty coffee complexity; with amazing barrel integration. Not overly boozy/drying. A highly enjoyable offering as expected. Better with age to soften the bitterness/tannins, and becomes much more silky on feel.

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

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

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

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Nosh

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

Photo of bubseymour
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of srw
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzy
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of jd2017
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like JRC1093's comments / review. About sums it up for my taste(s). Purchased a Growler off tap yesterday. Only the 2nd beer from Lagunitas' that I have tried (the first that I liked).

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

Bottle from Jon, lots of coffee

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4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Willettized Coffee Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 400 ratings