Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #730
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Ranked #22,043
3.9 | pDev: 7.44%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer that I had for the first time at the Bistro's West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival held on November 12, 2011.

Poured black with a thin ring of light brown head on the top, 1/6" deep. Aroma was of a mild contingent of bourbon first, then a tempered roasted malt quality, light sweetness in the nose.

Taste was a nice smooth experience. The mouth feel was chill, carbonation was lightly and appropriately muted to give the beer an even smoother texture. Mild notes of bourbon and oak, almost came off more like a whiskey barrel given the light sweetness and lack of a charred texture to the barrel. It isn't a gigantic kind of imperial stout, this was more in the vein of the well done Central Waters stuff moreso than a sludgefest Cigar City or Black Tuesday size beer.

This was my 12th beer of the day, and it was very much enjoyable. I don't think I've seen them put this in bottles, but if they did I'm sure it would be good and one of the best price points out there.

Mar 29, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: dark roasted malts, molasses, bourbon wood like notes with warm boozy sticky mouth-feel.
Bold smokey whiskey barrel nose.
Black, opaque, with tan foamy head. Full body. Complex and smooth out as it warms a bit. A true sipper.

Oct 05, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours reasonably black. Brown edging. Nearly zero head.

S-The bourbon is very subtle. The overall nose isn't too intense either. Sweet without too much individuality to the aroma. Dark molasses and brown sugar. Lighter notes of roast. Sweet dark fruits.

T-Again the bourbon is very tame; too tame in my opinion. More of the same here. Dark fruit, molasses, scorched brown sugar particles. Light roast coffee and maybe a bit of chocolate.

M-Nearly cloying. Booze pops up but it doesn't really detract too much. Full bodied but it has a watery element to it; it thins out as it disperses throughout my mouth.

O/D-Not their best. Just a simple barrel addition doesn't always make a beer better.

Feb 05, 2013
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TheRealBigC from Nevada

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one my first barrel aged imperial stout and it was a good starter. Everything from the appearance to the feel was typical for a RIS, but that bourbon really came through nicely on the nose and palate. The alcohol, as a result, was a little more prevalent than I may have liked in spite of the wonderful extras the bourbon brings otherwise. If you see it on tap anywhere, it's worth a go!

Aug 07, 2012
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shleepy from California

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Lagunitas on 6/12/2011 (going through older notes).

A: Black, with small off-white head.

S: Fruity, oaky, sweet/malty/syrupy; you know you're in for something complex and interesting; "evolved" roastiness.

T: Sweet and oaky, sugary/caramely; chocolate lingers win aftertaste; some black currant in lieu of roastiness; not a lot of acidity or any bitterness; couldn't quite call it roasty or toasty.

M: Thick, syrupy, very full bodied

O: Good stuff; complex and very interesting; thick, full bodied, and full o' flavor; can't drink quickly or in large amounts.

Apr 03, 2012
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky to try Lagunitas Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout at the Hop Juice Fest yesterday. The appearance was black/dark....opaque could not see thorugh it. The scent was good definite hints of bourbon, roast/coffee and oak. The taste had a sweetness to it from either chocolate or possibly vanilla extract. Certainly could tell it was aged in a bourbon barrel. The mouthfeel was hurt soemwhat du to teh hot day....this beer would be best enjoyed on a cold/cooler day. The seemingly higer abv made the beer punchy.

Jun 19, 2011
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ChugginOil from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured @ Hop Juice Fest 2011

Black with rusty edging. Barely any head. Big oak and vanilla nose contributed by the bourbon. Tastes like it smells! Pretty rich chocolate, oak, and vanilla upfront with a sweet butterscotch finish. Mouthfeel is a bit lacking in body. Kind of thin. Overall, great brew that packs a flavorful punch but could use a thicker viscosity.

Jun 18, 2011
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slaphappysnark from California

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, opaque, with a thin, tan head. Intense bourbon smell and flavor, lots of vanilla, wood is there but not too crazy. Quite smooth for 11% (I think?) but enough heat to keep me to sips.

Not what I thought I was in the mood for on our first warm weekend in a while, but it was definitely worth it.

On-tap at Lagunitas. I haven't had the base RIS

Jun 14, 2011
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NorCalYeti from California

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

chocolate, tar, toast, sweet, roasted malt

boubon barrel barrel type at 11% abv

just like the cappuccino stout but with different base beer; otherwise, treatment is the same. fill the barrel and forget about it; remember it and then empty the barrel for consumption

sampled this at the bistro west coast barrel aged beer festival november 13, 2010

Feb 19, 2011
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4000qtrap from Missouri

3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Smooth and mellow, but still in your face bourbon. Moderately boozy, lightly woody with very nice oak caramelization notes. Raisins. Light, smooth roast character and a wiff of smoke.

Taste: Smooth roasty malts with sweet wood caramelization. Not overly roasty, its quite mellow and very drinkable. Bourbon comes through strongly in the middle carrying a moderate alcohol note that's a little heavy handed. Unexpectedly fizzy and a little thin but nice flavor. There is a full roasted quality but nothing is overpowering and is well balanced between the bourbon, roasted malts, and caramelized wood characters... But no real magic unfortunately. Finish dries out a lot and becomes ever so slightly bitter - while a littly grassy it seems mostly due to the roasted malts. Some boozy bourbon lingers on the finish.

Notes: Solid but not a standout.

Jul 18, 2010
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on hand-pump at Barclay'son College in Oakland. Pours pure black with a very slight head and with some scant lacing. Huge Bourbon nose and lots of sweet vanilla, a touch of oak and with some roasty notes floating around in the background. Definitely tastes a little hot to start, followed by a long Bourbon finish, some slightly woody barrel notes complete with some tannins and some more medium roastiness. Hot and a little rough in the mouth. This beer has great potential, and already smells like its halfway to heaven, but it needs some more time to integrate and mellow out. It does loosen up some as it sits in the glass, and it is tasty, but it could be great, and for that it needs time.

Aug 06, 2009
Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 39 ratings