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Lagunitas Imperial Stout brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Imperial Stout brewed by Lagunitas Brewing - Petaluma, California      

Lagunitas Imperial Stout is made with highly roasted malted barley, and plenty of it, Lagunitas Imperial Stout delivers an uncommon richness and smoky, roasty depth – just the way the 18th century Russian royalty liked it. Lagunitas’ version of the chaotic end of an era in a bottle, this high gravity brew is truly a “malt celebration” featuring extra malts to provide a strong foundation and accent the dark malts. This big brew pours dark and thick and features a sweet taste with notes of coffee, chocolate and caramel. Lagunitas Imperial Stout is a rich brew that’s filling and fulfilling on its own but also pairs well with desserts like cherry pie.

Lagunitas Imperial Stout brewed by Lagunitas Brewing

Beer Review by Beer Advocate
Appearance: Pours black with pinky finger thick, mocha colored head…nice lacing when I swirl it around…a good lookin’ stout

Aroma: Cocoa, creamy vanilla, caramel, alcohol heat, tons of roasted malts, dark fruit sweetness, mild earthiness…I’m picking up some smokiness and citrus hops aroma as well

Taste: Yum! Tons of roasted malts highlighted by creamy, dark fruit sweetness and cocoa notes…it’s sweet without being milky…there is a bit of hops bitterness bite, earthy/citrus tones that show in the later half…more milk chocolate as the brew warms…the flavor isn’t overly complex, a fairly straight forward roasted malt based imperial stout, but what I do have here is very good...alcohol warms my belly with every sip.

Mouthfeel: A full-bodied brew…medium carbonation fluffs up nicely spreading roasted malty goodness all over my palate…wet, chewy, vibrant feel…a touch of citrus bitterness in the after taste, but mostly a malt heavy brew…alcohol heat is apparent.

Overall: This is a well crafted brew…it’s not dominant in any one category, but the overall package is fantastic…at 9.9% ABV, one bomber is a nice night of relaxing with a board game or hanging out with the wifey…it’s lower upper level for the field and easily recommended for your consumption…I’d consider buying another one of these for cellaring, just to see how it plays out in a year or two

Lagunitas Brewing History
The brewery was founded in 1993 by Tony Magee in Lagunitas, California and moved a year later to nearby Petaluma, California when they quickly outgrew their original rural West Marin location. Lagunitas has been one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States, increasing from 27,000 barrels in 2004 to 106,000 barrels in 2010. As of March 2011, the company has 92 employees and sells its beer in 32 states. The brewery announced a $9.5 million expansion slated to begin early 2012 which will increase its brewing capacity to 600,000 barrels. On April 9th, 2012, Lagunitas announced plans for a new Chicago based brewery equipped with a 250 barrel brew house which will also have a 600,000 barrel capacity. The brew house is to be completed by July 2013 with the first mash in slated for Q4 2013.
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