Willettized Coffee Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Willettized Coffee StoutWillettized Coffee Stout

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.90%

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: 436 |  Reviews: 129
Reviews by 4DAloveofSTOUT:
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Prager62
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A twelve ounce bottle stamped with the date code 333 7 2 sold as a $2.99 single at my local store. I'm a fan of the smaller serving, but not the price when stores break them up and charge juice. Poured in a Lagunita's mason jar glass.

Look- Pours a dark cola brown generating two fingers of frothy tan foam. A typical heady Lagunita's foam cap. It slowly settles revealing some thick lacing.

Smell- Bakers chocolate, rye, whiskey and licorice. A little weak coffee emerges from the back.

Taste- Whiskey, dark chocolate, char, spicy rye and oak.

Feel- Thin and creamy with considerable alcohol heat.

Overall- If I didn't read the label I would struggle guessing the base beer was a coffee stout. The barrel presence is front and center smothering any coffee in smell and taste. A solid dose of rye whiskey and oak make this a pretty much one dimensional beer. While still good, I much prefer High Westified.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of rich, dark toasted malt, coffee, chocolate and oaky vanilla, inviting. Flavor is also rich; dark toasted malt with mild char, rye whiskey, fresh coffee, mild dark chocolate and a little vanilla. Finishes with sturdy dark malt, chocolate, coffee and a little rye whiskey burn. Medium bodied with good light creaminess and mouth feel. After the last installment, I was expecting something great here, and Lagunitas delivered. This would be a fine stout even without the coffee and barrelling, thick and rich. However, the coffee is balanced beautifully with the malt and the rye whiskey gives it a spicy extra kick that is great. I was happy that the rye was not strong enough to add tartness to the stout, but the slight fruity nature of rye is present here. The ABV is visible, but seems appropriately in synch with the whiskey flavor. This is really a fine coffee stout.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

High crafted whisky meets imperial stout as Kentucky's Willett distillery partners up with California's Lagunitas for a taste of whisky spice, charred oak and the earthy grit of rye for balance, charm and intrigue.

Willettized Imperial Stout pours an off black brown and burgundy, bleached slightly by the rye whisky barrels and taking on a dark coffee hue. As a light and creamy froth caps the beer, images of espresso and latte come to mind. The rugged scent of peppery grain, char and roast is smoothened with the scent of caramel and cream. Malty sweet on the early palate, the beer's strong taste of coffee is calmed with chocolate, walnut and nougat.

While the middle palate becomes awash with the sweet roast of the stout, much of the same flavors transpires that started on the front of the tongue.- dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, sweet caramel and cream all converge for a flavor of Kentucky's delectable bourbon ball candies. Whisky spice decorates the finish while nuances of peppery oak, husk, grain, and wood caramels add balance to the sweet char.

Full bodied and creamy, the signature flavor of Willett rye whisky never backs down to the stout. Its own whisky spice and bold charred woods balance the sweetness of barley and trails into a bitter, gritty spice of pulled rustic grains, coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Black colored pour with creamy thick toffee colored head. The top layer is very sticky and frothy.

S - Coffee, bourbon, cream, char, dark chocolate, roasted malt.

T - Coffee, dark roasted chocolate, bourbon, oak woodiness, and nice spiciness with moderate char.

M - Big, full bodied, and rich textured. Very dry on the back of the tongue and wet in the front of the mouth.

O - It's really impressive how well the ABV is hidden in this beer which lets all of the flavors blend really well and shine through. Really well done, Lagunitas!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours a dark black body, one and half finger thick offwhite head, good retention and lots of lacing. Smell is sweet whiskey, light smoke, touch of roasted barley, mild coffee astringency (not in the bad way), milk chocolate, touch of dark fruit. Definitely on the sweeter side. Flavour follows, although it seems to meld together a bit better with the coffee, barrel and base malts. A bit spicy, I suppose, but for the most part follows the flavour. Mouthfeel is thick, full bodied and creamy, nicely carbonated and smooth. Overall, a solid body to a big beer, but I would have liked the coffee to come out a bit more than it did here. Still a damn good value.

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Photo of TJSoundguy
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely noticed the heat earlier in this brew, as opposed to the High Westy version - less sweet as well. Coffee & barrel aroma right off the bat. Seems that the rye barrel gives it a spicier, perhaps also drier overall experience. Coffee is VERY present, even more so as it warms.

Super tasty beer that will benefit from a few months in the cellar - if I can hold off that long!

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Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DanGeo
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heddar33
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Wolvmar
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 OneHitter Series 1 pint 6 oz bottle. Poured into a tulip glass. Purchased at Market Square in Birmingham, MI.

Pour: Black, black and some more black. Very small tan head that ends with a few clouds and a thin ring.

Nose: coffee, no surprise but plenty of sweet booze as well. Dark fruit, maybe burnt caramel. Nice but subtle.

Taste: for a coffee stout, exceptionally smooth and creamy with little bitterness. Coffee is there but well balanced with sweet (bourbon) and spicy(rye) booze. Burnt caramel, dark fruit, dark chocolate and some coffee/hops bitters on the backend round out a complex but balanced profile. This is exceptional.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, creamy feel. But, not oily, relatively clean finish for a big stout.

Overall: could be just a good big stout feel night but I really like this. First time I've tried but will seek out another bottle. Other than the looks, which are ok, ranks with the better BA coffee stouts I've tried.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, I can find any bottling date or vintage info.

Pours very dark and Impy stout like

Loaded with coffee and dark fudge filled goodness on the nose

Super rich and thick on the palate

Absolutely loaded with dark chocolate and dark coffee notes...delicious night capper...well worth seeking out, especially if ya enjoy an over the top stout

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Photo of ledouge
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chossboss
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rsquared59
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown to light black with no light penetration. There's a quarter inch of brown on top. The aroma is of rye and sweet bourbon with just a hint of coffee. The coffee flavor reveals itself first and then the bourbon comes out in the back of the palate. I get that spicy to earthy note after the fade. The mouth is sticky and chewy.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrKarl
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GOBLIN
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Willettized Coffee Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 436 ratings