Category Archives: Stout
This beer is described on the bottle as a double chocolate coffee oatmeal stout. There is nothing I don’t like about that description. Numerous chocolates, two coffees, and flaked oats? Yes please.
It’s a looker in the glass. A thick black pour with a slow forming, cascading head of dark tan bubbles. Totally opaque, even around the edges. Decent retention with a creamy film of bubbles left atop and sticky lacing remaining.
The nose screams of chocolate and coffee. As someone who doesn’t care for coffee, it was this beer that taught me it was ok for the bean to be in beer. The chocolate isn’t overbearingly chocolate and while you can almost smell oats, the scent is very coffee forward.
The flavor is geared more toward bittersweet chocolate and dark chocolate than milk chocolate. Coffee is very evident and while I have no idea what hops were used, the differing ingredients head down a path of bitter rather than sweet.
Extremely creamy and smooth, initial sweetness quickly gives way to bitterness, which lasts well into the swallow. The 8.3% ABV and viscosity of the beer give the impression of a liqueur. Most beers of the type use bitterness to balance the sweetness, but here the sweetness is used to counter the bitter. Full bodied and yummy, this is a malt bomb with lots of bitterness.
As the beer warms and the glass empties and becomes painted in tan bubbles, notes of licorice or anise evolve.
This beer was rated 100 on BeerAdvocate.com and with good reason. It’s quite tasty and is easy to drink, and with good alcohol, it does its job well.
Lagunitas is becoming one of my favorite breweries. Basically everything I’ve had from that brewery has been outstanding. I expect this Imperial Stout will be no different.
Just look at it. It’s not the darkest beer ever brewed. Not exactly black, more of an extremely dark brown with the slightest hints of red when held to a light. Still, very much opaque. But look at the head up top. It’s glorious. A couple fingers of tan frothy, foamy bubbles do their thing. The do it for quite a while too. Great retention. Even when those foamy bubbles are done, they leave a map of where they’ve been with a thick, pasty lace.
Not sure they even added hops because the scent is completely dominated by roasted barley malt. There might be a splash of chocolate malt in there as well. Heck, they might have even added some coffee because it smells like a smoky cup of coffee with some sort of chocolate flavoring added. Without the hints of chocolate, it could pass as charcoal.
Can’t think of too many things that taste better than this. The only thing that comes to mind would be a few other beers that I’ve had, but this is right up there. I don’t know how they could make it better. Everything I mentioned about the smell is in the taste. The chocolate and coffee flavors are magnified and the smoky taste is there as well. It’s really an epic tasting beer.
Being a stout, it should be smooth and creamy and this beer epitomizes that. Excessively smooth and creamy, this beer is beyond drinkable. Somehow they’ve managed to squeeze in 9.9% ABV and 45 IBUs, but I didn’t notice either. Needless to say, this Imperial Stout is full-bodied and then some. It’s like a small meal.
As the beer warms a bit and the glass empties, there is a growing heat found in the throat with each sip. High alcohol eventually produces some warmth and a slight bitterness. However, this is so good I don’t mind. There’s a nice balance between smooth and sweet and warm and bitter.
I can’t find fault with this beer. I’ll be ordering a case or five as soon as I talk with my beer guy. The best part…this bomber cost $4.79. But, when you buy in excess like I do, you get a discount, so it only ran me $4.07 before taxes…for something so yummy, I’ll have to confess to stealing. The ‘snack factor’ for this is literally zero. You don’t need anything to help kill the bottle. So happy I bought one of these and already can’t wait for my next bottle.