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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ale Brewed with Coffee and then Aged in High West Whiskey Barrels.

This beer couldnt have been done without the help from our friends at High West Distillery in Park City, UT and Chicagos-own Metropolis Coffee. We brewed a rich, malty Imperial Stout with some of Metropolis Spice Island blend, then let it vintag-ize in High West Rye and Bourbon Barrels for up to 17 FREAKING MONTHS. Its good to have friends!

2016: 12.2%

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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jake65 (3493) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Draft at Growler Guys. I havent had a Lagunitas beer in while; this was fantastic. Dark brown pour with a pinky sized tan cap. The aroma is rich, sweet and swirling with mocha, vanilla, and bourbon. Huge flavor throughout. The coffee and bourbon are playing nicely together, more chocolate and vanilla. Sweet, but not too sweet. Really really good. In fact, if Im being honest, one of the best beers Ive had in a while. This was a good reminder that I need to try more of their beers.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aquilo (639) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Pours black and very thick, with very little foam, but a little bit of tan foam appeared after a few seconds. Ridiculously complex aroma, I detect chocolate, coffee, raisins, dried apricot, almonds, and wet leaves. Flavor is robust, and not too bitter. Velvety mouthfeel. This is a fantastic ale.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1736) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2017
One hell of a bourbon barrel stout. Coffee and vanilla on the nose with a spiciness and raw alcohol esters. Intense flavors of chocolate, bourbon, toast and coffee, with a zing of citrus and spice. Not too sweet, just a great complexity of coffee and whiskey together.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ronritter (434) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2017
12oz bottle pours black with tan head aroma is coffee chocolate and bourbon taste is the same well balanced very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1816) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 14, 2017
On tap at City Tavern DTLA (heard theyre closing soon - too bad). Opaque black with a two-finger tan head with good retention and oily lace. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt, oak, rye, bourbon and vanilla. Flavor profile is similarly complex, yet well balanced, as coffee and vanilla up front give way to roasted malt sweetness, bourbon/whiskey, dark fruit and oak. Full body, little carbonation, slick mouthfeel and a warming alcohol finish. Very pleasant sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DraftCaptain49 (10) - - MAR 14, 2017
Theyre definitely getting closer to nailing the tap-feel of a beer aged in a whisky barrel. This beer was amazing around Christmas but it made me miss the three percent more Id get out of a tap. Good taste, a bit too expensive for a six pack. Inevitably tap aged stouts give you all the coffee and chocolate and flavours you want whereas the bottled stouts usually miss something. An exceptional value, however. It has that great coffee almost chocolatey taste you desire. One of the better tasting stouts also adding some heaviness. Bottled stouts are getting more and more exciting, I do however wish there was a bigger market and more competitors year-round.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (4450) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 8, 2017
A very nice coffee stout. Bitter beginning with a sweet chocolate finish. Black and night. Aroma of coffee and booze. Vanilla and dirt. Tried at the Omaha Extreme Beerfest in 2017.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdolfoCC (256) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - MAR 8, 2017
Vintage 2016, servida en Spiegelau tulip. APARIENCIA: de color negro con destellos rojizos y marrones a contraluz; corona de espuma color beige de mediana retencin, con burbujas compactas y algunas abiertas al centro. Se alcanzan a ver piernas de alcohol en la copa. AROMA: bien presente el whiskey de centeno el cual se percibe muy ligeramente especiado, adems notas a coco tostado, roble, vainilla, caf tostado y herbal, frutos oscuros como pasas y ciruela, ligeramente algo de chocolate dulce. SABOR: de inicio es una combinacin entre las caractersticas de la barrica y el caf; el whiskey especiado, vainilla, roble, ms ligeramente coco tostado y el caf tostado, como si fuera cold-brew/extrado por fro y que aporta una muy ligera acidez agradable adems de algo herbal tenue, atrs quedan notas a chocolate semidulce, cocoa, algunos frutos oscuros pero mucho ms ligero que en aroma, tales como pasas y ciruelas. En el retrogusto queda un amargor ligero alto, adems de una persistencia larga a whiskey y ligeramente caf as como chocolate. SENSACIN: cuerpo medio con sensacin untuosa y cremosa en boca, baja carbonatacin. El alcohol se percibe ligeramente en boca durante cada trago, as como una sensacin calurosa no agresiva al correr el lquido por la garganta.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zebra (1989) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2017
on tap @ rattlenhumbarnyc west. huge boozy vanilla nose, lace, sweet, boozy hot, vanilla, dark fruit later, super creamy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1417) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2017
This is what I want in a good imperial stout. Coffee, yeah, lots of it, mixed with lighter bourbon and oak, dark chocolate, molasses, a touch of smoke and very light heat. A complex and challenging beer, a good sipper, warming, not too sweet. Excellent beer from Lagunitas. Admittingly, this is an up and down brewer for me. I dont always get as excited as others, especially for their hop line. This, however, gets me excited. Very good.


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