Review: Lagunitas Brewing Company Imperial Stout | Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
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Lagunitas Brewing Company Imperial Stout
85 out of 100
Lagunitas Brewing Company Imperial Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.9 IBU: 45

85/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 16
Mouthfeel: 4

Lagunitas Brewing Company Imperial Stout

What the brewers say

“Dark, thick, and scary. Made with plenty of highly roasted malted barley to give the beer a richness and smoky roasty depth, sort of like a hydraulic sandwich in a glass.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Moderate caramel, a touch of licorice and molasses, dark chocolate, moderate coffee, moderate smoke phenol. Medium alcohol heat, roasted peanuts, hint of cacao nibs, rose esters. Moderate citrus hops.”

Flavor: “Malt flavors are excellent—dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, slightly caramelized sweet finish. Moderate smoke. Hint of piney hops bitterness. Light body. Sweetened black coffee with a boozy shot added. Dark fruit reminiscent of abbey styles. I’m not sure what they’re attempting with this one.”

Overall: “The flavor profile is excellent, but the body is a bit light to support all the malt complexity. Caramel coffee—like a (boozy) specialty drink from the coffee shop. A touch of Belgian ester character.”

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