August 21st, 2013
Type: Russian Imperial Stout
Brewing Company: Lagunitas Brewing Company
Details: Betty Crocker fudge brownie mix with french vanilla ice cream on top and a Hershey chocolate drizzle.
The beer was good, the brownie was awesome, the two together were fine.
Lagunitas Imperial Stout is brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California. Lagunitas claims that their imperial stout is brewed “just the way the 18th century Russian royalty liked it.” The Lagunitas Imperial Stout is brewed with plenty of highly roasted malted barley “to give the beer an uncommon richness and smoky, roasty depth.”
Since Lagunitas Brewery is just minutes away from my house we seem to drink a decent amount of Lagunitas. The Lagunitas Imperial Stout is one of my go-to stouts. Russian imperial stouts are some of my favorite beers and the Lagunitas Imperial Stout is a good tasting, easy to get beer when you need something to pair with dessert.
The Lagunitas Imperial Stout starts with a chocolate aroma. The flavor profile includes notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and a bit of a caramel flavor. Overall, this is a good beer and one that I will likely have again.
The brownie a la mode was fantastic. How could it not be? A fresh baked brownie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup; three great food items wrapped into one.
The big question is: how was the beer with the food? The answer is: fine. The brownie flavor didn’t enhance the beer or vice versa, though they also did not impair each others flavors. The flavors really didn’t change at all so the end result is a good beer and awesome food.