There are a handful of nationally-available craft breweries which are consistently good in pretty much everything they produce. The names that come to mind include Founders, Great Divide, Ballast Point and Lagunitas. So when one of them (in this case Lagunitas) releases a new beer, it’s right up there at the top of the Must Try List.
And so it is with the arrival of Lagunitas’ new Imperial Stout on shelves this week in CBS’ home state of Massachusetts and at at price point of around $5.50. Compare that to similarly-sized bomber offerings of imperial stouts by their contemporaries, this is an excellent value. But does it deliver a great imperial stout experience at that price point? Let’s find out.
It’s a fine-looking offering poured into the glass, nice and dark and rich. I got dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and some vanilla on the nose. So far, so good. Tastes delicious, nice creamy mouth feel and medium-heavy body. The flavors delivered what the bouquet promised for the most part I’d say. Alcohol burn is pretty minimal for a beer this big, so it’s quite drinkable compared to its opposite number from, say, Founders, which I have enjoyed far more after it’s been cellared a year to tame some of that boozy burn that the fresh stuff has. This one is pretty approachable right out of the the gate.
Not the best imperial stout I’ve had, but it’s very good (as you’d expect from one of the best craft breweries in America) and at this price point with this level of drinkability, it’ll be in my fridge again this winter for sure.