My first beer review of 2019! Hoping to get things started off on the right foot, I turned to this offering from my old friends at Lagunitas Brewing Company. The weather outside right now screams stout, so who was I to argue?
Beer Name: Imperial Stout Ale
Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, CA)
Style: Imperial Stout
Description: Billed on the website as imposing “dark, thick, and scary” brew, this beer is said to feature plenty of roasted malted barley to impart a rich, smoky depth. The bottle additionally tells a rather tongue in cheek tale of a proletarian toiler who may have imbibed a bit too much for his own good. Despite having spent a pretty good amount of time studying the Russian Revolution, this is quite likely the first time I’ve seen the word “buxom” applied to it!
Appearance: Poured to a dark black body. Up top some off-white lacing formed around edges, but I couldn’t convince a head to form.
Smell: Mild sweet malts with some coffee in the background.
Taste: Moderately sweet upfront with creamy, with light notes of roasted picking up as the beer went on. The finish was a touch hot with a mild lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied with low carbonation.
Hype: Despite the respect and recognition given to this brewery (by most) as an entrenched elder statesman of American “craft” beer, their regular releases don’t tend to generate a lot of hype.
Overall: Although it might not pack the wow factor of some flashier brews or barrel aged offerings, this was a very solid beer. As an excellent representation of the style it gave me exactly what I wanted/expected.