Ryan's Folly | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Was to be an Imperial Stout, but Ryan added Caramel Malt instead of Chocolate Malt.

Added by MisterClean on 02-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by MisterClean:
Photo of MisterClean
4.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed for Sacramento Beer week. Billed as an imperial brown, but looks, smells, and tastes of an imperial porter. I dub thee Baltic Porter.

A - Pours dark brown with 2 fingers of mocha head. Dissipates moderately-slow and leaves really nice lacing. Carbonation is low.

S/T - Talk about your complex maltiness! Rounded notes of chocolate, light roast coffee, roasted caramel, and dates. Grapefruit hops and light bittering hops. Not very resiny. Slight notes of alcohol from this big beer.

M - Full bodied, malt dominated, and smooth. Left little to no dryness or alcohol feel.

D - The picture of a baltic porter. I could sip on this all day and wanted to. Make your way to Sacramento and try.

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Photo of tbizzle0
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this during Sac Beer Week two different nights. Excellent beer

A - Looked great, very dark ruby brown with a light creamy 2 finger

S - The hops smelled amazing, I got lots of pine and some citrus, and some carmelly malts.

T - Followed the smell almost exactly, nice and hoppy yet extremely balanced with the malts.The second time I had this beer, it was my first beer of the night, and I noticed a good amount of alcohol in the taste

M - Very, very smooth beer

D - Had a slight alcohol taste, otherwise it was amazing. I could drink this all day

Even though this brew was accidental, I hope it becomes a seasonal beer, or even better, a year-round brew

edit: I agree with Popery, this is definitely not a porter. After trying Lagunitas' new WTF, it's obvious that Ryan messed up while brewing it. Maybe he added to much malt, and had to hop it up to balance it out, but the Folly is pretty much an imperial WTF

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Lagunitas

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with a thin layer of khaki colored head.

S: The nose is interesting. Quite a bit of sweet brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. But, there are some nice citrus hop notes as well.

T: The sugar qualities come through immediately with notes of caramel and brown sugar. There is an underlying roasted note that provides a subtle coffee flavor. The hops are once again present, giving the beer a mild citrus and solid pine bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate carbonation level.

D: I liked this one quite a bit. In fact, it almost seems like a slightly beefed up version of WTF (which I forgot to ask about).

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Photo of Daveychu
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of kaseydad
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

I had no clue what this was when I ordered it but the bartender said it was a darker version of Wilco Tango Foxtrot. Love that so was happy to try this. Poured a dirty brown with beige colored foamy head that produced nice lacing. Sweet aroma with some candy characteristics and also some pine. The taste is much more hoppy than I expected. A pleasant surprise I must say. There is also a malty presence that evens this brew out nicely. Very easy drink though I had no idea it was 8.9% when I consumed as multiples were a' flowin'. Overall I thought this was a creative takeoff from the WTF and definitely worthy of a try....at the brewery only. :o(

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Photo of popery
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap, City Beer Store. Big and thick with a lot of caramel malt and plenty of hops. This beer pours a dark golden brown hue with a small off-white head. The aroma has a lot of pine and grapefruit rind hoppiness. There's clearly a lot of caramel malt in this beer. The flavor is on the sweet side but it works with the body. Feel is thick and full. This beer drinks a lot bigger than expected. It reminds me of a slightly darker malt version of the thicker, sweeter DIPAs, like Maharaja and 120 min. I believe the abv is quite a bit lower than those beers, but this is a heavy-drinking sipper regardless. Very good beer.

As an aside, I really don't understand why this beer was classified as a Baltic Porter. It's an American Strong Ale, verging into DIPA territory. No offense intended to anyone.

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Ryan's Folly from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 6 ratings