Thursday, February 14, 2013

Beer Review - Lagunitas Imperial Stout.

New Brew Thursday!!! Happy VD and all that... here's one from a couple months back.

Lagunitas Brewing Company - Imperial Stout
Beer Type: Russian Imperial Stout

Appearance: 22 oz. brown bottle with the "classic" white label and some text. Beer poured a dark (dark!!) black-red-brown color with a thin off-white head that quickly faded.    

Smell: Dark roasted malt, sweet molasses/bread type aromas, and a bit of dark fried fruit.      

First Drink: Similar to the smell, but with more hints of chocolate and coffee in the roasted malt. Some nice levels of dark flavors going here!

Mouthfeel: A medium to light mouthfeel that doesn't seem as thick as other imperial stouts I have had. Carbonation seems light and the high sugars/ABV make this one a little sticky.  

Last Drink: I can taste just a hint of hops in the finish now and a lot more of the alcohol is coming through as this beer warms up.      

A nicely made imperial stout with a capital "S". I'm no expert on this style but it seems to be lacking something?      

Notes: Pretty sure this beer is available all the time but I just found this for the first time here in Michigan.    

4 out of 5. Good flavor and complexity, quite affordable, and damn tasty.

1 comment:

DrunkethWizerd said...

I'm going to be on the lookout for some big bottles from Lagunitas. I just tried my second beer from them (first Sucks and now Little Sumpin' Sumpin'), even though I've seen the brand around forever. Heard so much about people drinking Sucks, and well, it's from California my home state so no passing that up.