Willettized Coffee Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Willettized Coffee StoutWillettized Coffee Stout
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4.27/5
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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 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#973
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
376
pDev:
5.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
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87
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 376 |  Reviews: 115
Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jangoon24
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrc1093
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: big, thick, and creamy; this has the shade of chocolate soft serve ice cream

Smell: bourbon-forward with plenty of vanilla and bits of rye spice dominate

Taste: bourbon and vanilla are toned down, while coffee and chocolate malt flavors intensify

Feel: smooth, creamy, and frothy; almost a bit sticky

Overall: clean and easy-drinking, but bourbon and vanilla become too domineering at times, creating an awkward imbalance of sorts. A solid barrel-aged offering nonetheless, even if it doesn't take full advantage of its potential range of flavor

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Photo of cp45
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phineasco
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bdiiorio
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: pitch dark. Some spare cola highlights around the edge when held to light.Modest mocha head on the pour. Messy lacing that recedes.
smell: Dark cocoa, creamy mild coffee, subtle bourbon and vanilla.
taste: Like the nose. I don't think Lagunitas can make a bad beer. Props as they are simply masters at flavor melding.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle day 333 of 2017, poured into a tulip glass, with one finger of dark tan head that moves to some lace fairly quickly. Heavy bourbon and chocolate, cocoa, and some faint iced coffee notes on the nose. The taste is more focusssed on some roast, cocoa...and when it warms the bourbon and chocolate take over. The finish is bittersweet. The mouthfeel is lighter than full, gets stickier as it warms, with a medium low level of carbonation.Wish I took notes on the fresher bottles that I have drank to compare, somewhat remember more coffee and less bourbon. This is good at 5+ months in.

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Photo of rsquared59
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mando31
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScioRevo
3.14/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sorry. I'm no expert. I don't like the taste of whiskey in my beer. Too sweet, too alcoholic... not a beer. It's like a bad cocktail. Who would go into a bar and order a shot of rye in their stout? Okay, maybe some would, but it's not to my taste. How much do I NOT like it? I am tempted to throw the other 8 oz out. That's serious. I'm cheap and I can almost drink anything.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark brown liquid with tan head

Smell - whiskey, dark chocolate, fudge, coconut

Taste - vanilla, dark chocolate, whiskey, fudge, toffee, coconut

Mouthfeel - medium plus bodied, medium carbonation, barrel notes/rye spiciness upfront, dark chocolate and fudge are long in the back end and finish

Overall - this is a nice beer here, great flavors are all integrated nicely. Add in that this is priced very affordably, I’m hoping they produce this annually. Highly recommended.

Price point - $12.99/6 pack 12 oz bottles

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Photo of maltznhopz
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kingjohnh
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NappyB
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rdoggg
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sonofliberty2
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown-black pour with a nice 1/4 finger of creamy beige head.

Aroma reminds me of a library. Wooden, dusty books. Nice sweet rye bourbon underneath, with more oaky overtones, and some hints of hot chocolate and pepper.

Flavor has almost zero sweetness, save for a bit of fudge, with some nice oat presence as well. The fudge is balanced equally with coffee, peppery rye whiskey dancing around the outside. The finish is of black pepper, alcohol heat, jalapeno, and stiff wood.

Feel is marvelously sticky, with a thickness and creaminess that is gorgeous. Tight bourbon heat, with a little bit of dryness on the finish.

Overall, feel is definitely the best part. I think I could have dealt with a little more sweetness and complexity in the flavor, but from what I hear this beer goes for an insanely low price for a 6 pack. I think for that price this beer is a no-brainer. For me since I missed out locally, it was a trade item, and I was kind of expecting more. It's still a good beer and worth a try.

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Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2017
Decent fizzy foamy smaller head fades semi quickly, very little lacing but decent legs, very dark almost black colour

Nose big bourbon, sweet candy bourbon barrel, wood dust, mild roasted malt and little roasted coffee, sweet candy syrup and dark chocolate, cocoa

Taste sweet malts, little syrupy candy, dark chocolate and cocoa syrup, little roasted coffee grinds, fudgey, fair bourbon again, mild vanilla and toasted oak, bit of tingly perfumey alcohol, finishes a bit sticky, more alcohol and roasted malts with cocoa

Mouth is fuller bod, little rich creamy, nice carbonation but alcohol is very present

Overall not bad, good bourbon decent malt, coffee is light and mostly just roast, alcohol is way too strong

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trygelski1
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barnzy78
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 12.6% ABV, 2017 OneHitter Series. Dark brown body with a thin layer of foam. Boozy aroma of oak and rye whiskey coupled with chocolatey stout. Hugely bold flavors with nice complexity: boozy and spicy rye, oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, toffee, roasted barley, black tea, earthy hops. Full body, modest carbonation, quite boozy, finishing boozy, sweet & rich. Really good beer here, just wish the coffee came through more.

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Photo of Dope
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 batch, no sign of a date. At least a few months old.

A: Black pour with an enormous dense frothy head. Great head retention and tons of lacing left behind.

S: Tons and tons of bourbon. Toasted sugars and caramel with a chocolate backing. Very sweet smelling. A touch of coffee.

T: Tons and tons of bourbon. Huge caramel and oak notes with a bit of smoke. Almost no stout but there's a decent chocolate flavor in there at least. A little stinging alcohol but it's surprisingly not bad. The coffee must be fairly muted from the age, I think this came out probably 6 months ago. There's an earthy flavor that must be coffee but it's not very strong. Bourbon makes a resurgence on the back end but it's much less sweet now. Lots of oak and toffee.

M: Quite heavy, okay VERY heavy. Low carbonation adds to the feeling. The high ABV helps thin it out, thankfully.

O: Extremely bourbon-heavy stout but at least it's an excellent bourbon. Extremely sharp alcohol despite several months on it, kinda detracts but kinda helps the heaviness. I'm a bit split on this one but it's mostly excellent.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Willettized Coffee Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 376 ratings