Willettized Coffee Stout Aged in Rye Oak Barrels (2019)
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Willettized Coffee Stout Aged in Rye Oak Barrels (2019)Willettized Coffee Stout Aged in Rye Oak Barrels (2019)
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #456
Ranked #3,864
4.39 | pDev: 4.78%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Willettized Coffee Stout Aged in Rye Oak Barrels (2019)Willettized Coffee Stout Aged in Rye Oak Barrels (2019)
Notes: From our friend, the Kentucky distiller J.D. Willett himself, "We have one type of barrel: Wood. And we put two things in 'em." And once they're sufficiently spent, we score some of those scrutable casks from J.D. and put one thing in 'em: beer. The taste tells. It's good to have friends! Let us know what you think.
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Photo of Bluecrow
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-jet bottle pour with a wispy foam film atop. The aroma is boozy, whiskey, wood and tobacco. The flavor is rich: toasted sweet malt, oak and bourbon. The finish is slick. This is not typically beer-like, but it is really tasty.

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Photo of Jlabs
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass via bottle

Color is licorice black

Smell is coffee, maple syrup and faint barrel

Taste is creamy coffee up front with slight barrel presence. Some vanilla and milk chocolate thrown in for good measure

Carbonation is low and the mouthfeel is a bit light but this tastes so good, i dont care

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Photo of smbslt
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sable brown with a tight, mocha head that recedes to a ring that coats but does not lace the glass.

Woody aroma with the alcohol more a sinus cavity sensation than a assignable flavor.

Complex - sweet, charred wood; cherries jubilee

Smooth with a pleasant alcohol burn at the end.

All the flavor and none hype. Quietly doing it as well as any out there.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, 2019 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like cocoa, burnt/charred malt, oak, vanilla, rye whiskey, coffee, brown sugar and dark fruit. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some licorice, dark bread and molasses flavors. Nice balance with all the flavors, nothing seems to overpower the others. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's slick, creamy, smooth and easy to drink. Good amount of carbonation. Slightly boozy but not as much as I was expecting it to be. I thought this was a pretty good barrel aged imperial stout, definitely worth a try! $3.29 for a single bottle.

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Photo of egrandfield
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, this was a very good high ABV stout, but it did not mask its alcohol all that well. Each sip was either rich in coffee or chocolate, or too boozy. Luckily, I don't mind the boozy flavor :). Would buy again.

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Photo of dcotom
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome stout! Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a glass goblet. Pours an almost lightproof black, with a thick tan head that left a curtain of pretty lacing. The rye barrel character dominates the profile, which is not a bad thing in my book. Like the brewer says, "The taste tells." Molasses, licorice, dark fruit, lots of sweetness, and a pleasant spicy and alcoholic bite on the back end. This is a full-bodied beer, with lots of sweetness. It is also VERY dangerously drinkable for such a big beer. Proceed with caution, and enjoy responsibly!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm contributing to this page because I believe this year's Willettized is the best one I've ever had.
I've had this beer for the last two preceding years and I have been less than impressed, however this particular single bottle is making my night.

It pours night black with a creamy head of 1 finger that recedes gradually to a dense fingernail leaving alcohol legs and sparse streaky lacing up the sides.

Aroma is rich tobacco, leather, molasses, coffee, caramel, stiff oak barrel, sweet bourbon, faint black olive, very faint rubber/fusel.

Flavor is packed with caramel and milk duds, with a boozy backbone of biting dry whiskey and honey. Lots of oak sting in this one too, but it's sweet, and is complemented with dark chocolate, more caramel, and heavy booze. Coffee hangs out in the background as an overseer.

Feel is silky, and then hot, and then very hot, and then spikey with carbonation, and the burn then comes back up and continues to soothe-burn the throat. Very dry finish.

Overall, what a beer. I can't believe how utterly cheap this stuff is for what they've done. Past iterations may have simply been worth the price tag, this one is easily on par with KBS, probably better. Do not save these up, drink now, I can't possibly see it getting better in its current form.

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Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This brew, from a stubby little brown bottle, is a rich dark brown color. Wow. Full flavorful scents of wood, booze, and charcoal...layers of caramel malt and intensity. The taste is thick and full, warming and serious. Excellent. Full body and satisfying. Wonderful for a winter night.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had been saving this for review and was surprised it did not have its own entry.
Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint glass; 2019 release.
A: Pours a very opaque, black with a garnet edge, a one finger, foamy, light brown head, modest retention and lacing.
S: Boozy at first, but sweet, medium roast coffee, dark chocolate, orange zest, cranberry, star anise, and rye whiskey all come through.
T: Sweet. Chocolate and rye whiskey (reminded me a bit of Kahlua) at first, but other aroma elements definitely present. I appreciate that the bitterness prevents the sweet and flavor elements from overwhelming (it does).
M: Full bodied with no more than moderate effervescence for this style. Boozy, but creamy: think White Russian.
O: I had been waiting for this to hit the shelves after seeing it posted by so many BAs further West. I was not disappointed: really a glorious taste experience. It always seems a bit premature opening Stouts of this caliber so early, but I have another. Let's see how it ages.

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Willettized Coffee Stout Aged in Rye Oak Barrels (2019) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 29 ratings