itsamber (13) - - AUG 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cheap at Costco!... About $3. Smells sweet, hints of wet soil, very earthy, slightly candylike too. Tastes like vanilla shake, prune, woodsy, nutty. Good balance between dry and sweet finish. Silty aftertaste.
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The alcohol comes through pretty heavily and isn't balanced by much of a body. Some dark fruits -- figs, leather and a little anise. This isn't the finest offering from Lagunitas.
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dpatchen (13) - - JUL 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Let the others talk about the lacing and aroma of toasted tahitian vanilla--I think this is a really solid IS. It’s bold with coffee and malt with a slightly viscousness that enhances the boldness. I find it a touch sweet, but that’s my only criticism.
e303 (76) - - JUL 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to stout glass. Pours black as fuck with a beige head. Lacing left but not much on my glass. Aroma is bitter coffee and roasty malt. Taste is much the same but with more chocolate notes cropping up. Finish is oily and decently thick with a hop bitter balancing. Good shit though. Cheap and worth it.
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nakedwhendrunk (2113) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes. Just when I thought I got all of Lagunitas, I find this one. Here’s the rest.
This was a 22 oz. bottle.
About half of this was poured into a pint glass and the other half was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a nice pure dark brown close to black color with a softly dissipating one finger white to off white foamy head. There’s a nice gently sliding lacing.
The smell has a nice luscious enticing chocolate to coffee to light black licorice
The taste had a fairly decent enriching bitter coffee balancing with the chocolate that has both dark and milk elements to it. The licorice does come back and lets a nice decent earthy dark fruits to come in just a tad.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body trying to show a slight heavier feel but really leaning to the medium side. The carbonation seemed right on par for the style and for me as it was mainly nice and smooth and coated my tongue nicely.
Overall, this was a really nice RIS well worthy of having again.
tmoreau (2424) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber with some age on it, brought out of the cellar to share with fellow geeks. Poured to snifters showing a black/brown hue, with a decent, brownish tan head that reduced to a bubbly layer, and left a light film along with spots of lacing. The nose was quite roasted, with notes of molasses, wood, light smoke, and caramel sweetness. Medium to full bodied, with soft carbonation, the taste was similar notes as the aroma, moderate hop bitterness, and alcohol that had mellowed some, but was well integrated into the flavor. Tastefully aged.
BucannonXC5 (855) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: 0.5L mug
From: BevMo in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.25 (special 2-for-$8.50 w/ BevMo card)
Purchased: June 26, 2014
Consumed: June 28, 2014
Poured a pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of rocky tan head. Above average-to-good amount of spider web lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average-to-average retention on the top.
Very nice on the nose. Got cappuccino, toffee, caramel, chocolate, hot fudge, chocolate milk, some bitter coffee beans and faint black crayon.
Tasted pretty close to the smell, although more bitterness. Bitter cappuccino, toffee, caramel, bitter crayon, dark chocolate, some booziness late and some bitter roasty malts.
Full body. Slick texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, bitter, rather warming finish.
A decent imperial stout, but not as good as I’d hoped.
islay (1124) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The majority of a 22 oz. bottle, consumed on 6-27-14. Scents of raisin, chocolate, plum, lemon tartness, char, clay, plastic, and caramel. Aroma definitely could be better. Pours dark brown with a large amount of thick, taupe/tan head. Produces good lacing. Simple, dry taste features flavors of caramel, roasted red pepper, and milk chocolate. Medium to full body. Lively in the palate. Overall, simple and subpar for the style. Disappointing, but, given how strong the imperial stout category is, Lagunitas’ entry is a pretty good craft beer overall.
jjgmd (1437) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark black color with a small java head. Nose is sweet malt with some chocolate, Taste is thick malt, sweet licorice and subtle chocolate, alcohol well buried. Finish is sweet and ends on the same tasting notes, a bit lacking in flavor. quaff score 7 /10
zgaier (1392) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours black with a brown head and aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt, liquorice, dark fruits, and alcohol with a warming, sweet chocolate burnt finish.