Imperial StoutSeptember 1, 2011 Petaluma, CA
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
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Color: Dark Brown/Black
Original gravity: 1092
Dank, burnt and a bit smoky; deep nose, almost a bit peaty, but with some fruity bits hiding in the back. The beer floods into the mouth, an overdone carbonation foaming across the tongue―it’s sweet and darkly roasted, with a hammer of bitterness coming down at the end. This is not crushingly bitter, nor hugely sweet: a balanced imperial stout, and quite warming at the end. Desserts and cigars are obvious, but Westphalian ham on pumpernickel with hot honey mustard would be fantastic.
- Lew Bryson
There seems to be two schools of imperial stout in America today: the soft-spoken, fist-in-a-velvet-glove kind and the oily, roasty, in-your-face style. This is definitely in the former camp, with a sweetly plummy, barely roasty, port wine-ish nose and gentle, chocolate cake body with accents provided by raisin, cinnamon and roasted sugar cane. A sweet mocha finish completes the picture. Forget pairing this gentle giant with dessert, it is dessert.
- Stephen Beaumont
Lew Bryson writes about beer and whiskey from his home in southeast Pennsylvania. He has a family and two dogs. That's all you need to know.
Once described as “beerdom's Brillat-Savarin,” Stephen Beaumont is the author of five books and countless articles on beer, spirits, food, travel, and how it all goes together.