Cappuccino Stout – Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Petaluma, CA, USA)

Cappuccino Stout – Lagunitas Brewing Co., 9.0% ABV, 22 fl.oz., (Petaluma, California, USA)


printed on the front-right label:

Up until the summer of 2010, we’d always had a little ditty on the side here that was a peon to a good old hot Cup O’ Joe. It was built on the bones of the 23rd Psalm and went sumpin’ like ‘Coffee is my sheperh, I shall not…’ but that was where the trouble started. Turns out talking about Coffee’s happy side on a ale label is verboten now in Amerika. So, the things that I am allowed to say about it are that the coffee is delicious; that the ale is delicious; and that together they are no worse than the sum of their individual deliciousness’, most all of which are delicious. The label is glued on real well too, we make darn sure there are no holes in the glass, and that the cap stays put. We are proud of this and wish to brag about it all on this label, which is allowed by law. Thanks!”

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  • Style: (flavoured – coffee) Stout
  • Taste: Thick sweet roasted coffee dark barley malt chocolate light alcohol lingering bittersweet
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $8.40 – 22 fl.oz., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes!
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: awesome in a bottle

Visual: Pours jet black without a significant head, ringed nano-micro ringed retention, steady micro streams accompanied by sporadic scatted bubbles.

Nose: roasted nutty sweet coffee, liquid barley malt in the background. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: super THICK, creamy-smooth/almost NO2

Mid-palate: roasted coffee, (lvl-6-sweetness) -> roasted barley malt, light burnt bitter chocolate, soy sauce, alcohol tang, vanilla

Finish: deep roasted coffee exhale w/ lingering bittersweet roasted malt.

Summary: This one kept me sipping and sipping… and sipping. Wonderfully smooth and approachable thick-creamy mouthfeel with a very agreeable integrated roasted coffee & barley deep body. Balanced, rich, delicious. It could use a touch of milkiness, but otherwise excellent.

Imperial Pils – Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Petaluma, CA, USA)

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Imperial Pils – Lagunitas Brewing Co., 8.6% ABV, 22 fl.oz., (Petaluma, California, USA)


printed on the front-right label:

When ya think about it, calling any PILS an IMPERIAL PILS is somewhat ironic. At the time of its creation in the dim recesses of post-stone-age / pre-X-box European citystates teh PILSENER style was indeed the IMPERIAL beer of its time, putting every other more colorful beer of its time to shame amidst a revolution of thermometer making. And without a doubt, its reign was long. No American-born ales have usurped all of the imperialness there is to usurp and for the PILS to rise again, like every aspiration-ridden social ladder-climbing creature on the planet it must further evolve … This is that! We ahve made our own not-so-ordinary PILS every week of every year since 1996 and we have come to respect its stature in our own brewery-word … but Darwin never sleeps. Evolution persists, the weak are meat and the strong will eat, and now this brew has happened … further, further, further.”

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  • Style: Imperial Pils
  • Taste: Cream-silky alcoholic sweet citrusy metallic barley malt lingering hops
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $8 – 22 fl.oz., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure do

Visual: Pours pale orange with lots of suspended sediment, a very small long-lasting 3mm micro creamy head, loose clusters of steady medium-sized bubble streams.

Nose: very faint hints of tangerine-kumquat hop oils, barley malt. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: cream-thicker-crisp

Mid-palate: zingy alcoholic heaviness, more thick creamy, (lvl-6-sweetness), metallic, tangy-light tangerine-kumquat citrusy hops, sweet barley malt

Finish: light tongue numbness, apple exhale, lingering grassy bitter hops.

Summary: Solid flavours, body and mouthfeel. Not much on the nose but otherwise very enjoyable.

Equinox Ale – Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Petaluma, CA, USA)

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Equinox Ale – Lagunitas Brewing Co., 8% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Petaluma, California, USA)

  • Style: (Oat) American Strong Ale
  • Taste: Biting bitter hoppy forest
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., June 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: hopheads only, still a bit unbalanced

Visual: pours deep copper orange with a smallish super creamy head, 2mm retention, streams upon streams of steady bubbles, a bit of lacing.

Nose: resin-spruce hops, soap undertones. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp-creamy, immediate pine-hop biting bitterness,

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) pine-spruce forestiness, toffee-caramel malts.

Finish: barley malt, spruce, biting lingering bitter hop finish.

Summary: Initially quite good, decent fullness to the body, very biting hops that compound sip after sip. Lots of green foresty flavours in this, gave me a mild headache halfway through. Super sharp hops.

NightTime Ale – Lagunitas Brewing (Petaluma, CA, USA)

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  • My Rating: B+,  I gave it a (3.9 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

NightTime Ale – Lagunitas Brewing Co., 8.2% ABV, 65 IBU – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Petaluma, California, USA)

on the front right-side label:

“There are two kinds. There is the DayTime kind, which is bright and welcoming and then there is the NightTime kind, which should never be confused with the DayTime. NightTime is dark and deep and may take you to unexpected places, places that the DayTime cannot. But then, the NightTime is not suited for ordinary life and ordinary tasks. In fact, NightTime may be the answer for that sort of thing, meaning that those sorts of things may never get done. Things take time in the NightTime, things slow down and you can puase (you have to, actually) and investigate carefully to find that level of objective detachment that is only possible under the spell of the NightTime. Seek the Day, but fear not the Night.”

  • Style: Black IPA
  • Taste: Pineapple bitter hopped caramel malt, medium sweet
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.40 – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: ok for one shot

Visual: Pours dark cola brown with a smallish but super long lasting top-foamy/bottom bubbly head, a wall of super sticky lacing, a meteor shower of CO2 activity.

Nose: lively grapefruit citrus hops despite its stout-like appearance (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: incoming hops

Mid-palate: immediate pineapple, ultra bright (lvl-6)-sweetness, fizzy, (MAIN) soft caramel malts, resin, *hint* chocolate

Finish: sweet malts + sharp pine/grapefruit hopped bitterness, a touch of roast.

Summary: A heroic balance of bitter hopped character, bright fruitiness, dark malts and gentle sweetness. Full-bodied and very drinkable, all for a great price.

Wilco Tango Foxtrot (WTF) Ale – Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA, USA)

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  • My Rating: B

Wilco Tango Foxtrot (WTF) Ale – Lagunitas, 7.85% ABV, 59 IBUs – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Petaluma, CA, USA)

  • Style: Brown Ale
  • Taste Profile: creamy brown sugar -> malt/citrus hops/cola/elderflower -> grapefruity hops/malty bittersweet finish.
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (EDM)
  • How much: $8 (after 10% off), June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours clear beer bottle brown with a small cream/foamy head, lots of activity.

Nose: brown sugar sweet malts (6/10 aromatic strength)

Attack: creamy/tingly/fizzy mouthfeel, brown sugar sweetness(7/10)

Mid-palate: (MAIN) med-high heavy MALTS, caramel, citrus hops, alcohol (HINTS) cola, elderflower

Finish: medium grapefruity hoppy bitterness, long malty bittersweet finish.

Summary: An interesting balanced brew of sweet malts and bitter hops. Good complexity and drinkability.

Lagunitas Lucky 13. alt

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Lagunitas Lucky 13 .alt, 8.8% ABV – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Petaluma, CA, USA)

On the front label:

“From the first day of the first mash of the first recipe in the first brewhouse in the first space to this oasis 13 years on the road; We have worked hard to walk in the footsteps of our hero brewers- The Noble Brewer of the planet’s only legal Steam Beer, and Oregon’s Rebel Brewer from Newport. Thirteen years down the road, we have found our own voice as brewers but our admiration for the Great Ones has not dimmed one bit. If we walked well down the hero’s path ourselves, perhaps we too have been an inspiration for others. Beer is a Bronze Age business and we feel honored to have left our footprints on it’s path into history, at the same time leaving our flavors on your buds. Thanks for your trust over the years and we hope you enjoy this specialty brewed Hi-Gravity Auburn offering.”

  • Style: (American) Strong Ale
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: Fruity grapefruit bitterness -> medium bitter hops/mango/pine -> sharp bittery hoppy off-dry finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6, October 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours golden clear copper orange, smallish foamy head, good retention, sticky lacing, lots of active streams. Strong citrus aromas and an IPA hoppy nose. Drinks with a nice fruity 7/10-sweetness, medium-soft bitter orange peel bitterness up front, sharp-soft hops, creamy-light fizz mouthfeel, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pine, malts, finishing sharp bittery hoppy. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, decent drinkability. After many sips this one weighs on the palate.

Brown Shugga’ – Lagunitas Brewing (USA)

Brown Shugga’ – Lagunitas Brewing, 9.99% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (Petaluma, CA, USA)

On the front label:

“We believe this Special Ale is Something Unique. Feeding Brown Cane Sugar to otherwise Cultured Brewery Yeast is a’kin to feeding Raw Shark to your Gerbil. It is unlikely to ever occur in nature without Human Intervention. And it looks weird besides. But it has happened and now it’s too late.”

  • Style: Barley Wine
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: overly sweet molasses -> caramel & cane sugar -> malted prunes -> med bitter hops
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: ~$15 for 6pack, Summer 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours red-amber-brown with small quickly dissipating head, minor lacing. Aromatic toasted malts and light toffee on the nose. Tastes of major malts and molasses, unrefined cane sugar, sweet fruity prunes, resiny hops, and a sharp medium-long bitter finish. I welcome the complexity but slightly too sweet and hits too hard without a creamy body or silky carbonation to counter-balance the high ABV