Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lagunitas Imperial Stout

The other stout I drank over the weekend was a Lagunitas Imperial Stout. Not a terribly original name for a beer but at least you know what to expect. Apparently I bought it back in 2010 at some point so it was probably around a year to a year and a half old. Not sure how aging changed the flavors that much without having a fresh sample on hand though.
Interesting nose. Sweet with hints of chocolate and then almost a salty or soy sauce like flavor. It sounds gross, but somehow it worked with the sweetness. Thick body which was nice. Not as thick as BA Boris from yesterday, but close enough. I like a nice, viscous imperial stout as it gives it a nice mouthfeel and makes it more interesting to drink. On first sip, I found some chocolate, roast and then caramel and malt. The salty flavor from the nose was present but blended into the whole and was eventually subsumed by the maltiness. Didn't change much as it warmed up other than the saltiness mostly going away. Pretty unique stout with a different flavor profile than most which made for a nice change of pace.

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