BEER LOGIC BEER REVIEW
“Don’t take my word for it, drink it yourself”
Chad Pilbeam, Certified Cicerone, Host of What’s on Tap Radio
LAGUNITAS WOODSHOP SERIES WILLETTIZED COFFEE STOUT AGED IN RYE OAK BARRELS (2019)
On initial inspection we noticed that the name was lacking. It really needs to be longer and describe the beer. “Lagunitas Woodshop Series Willetized Coffee Stout Aged in Rye Oak Barrels” is just too short of a title.
First, THANK YOU to my buddy Jorge who hooked me up with this beer.
The mocha head pours so thick you could lay on it! From a distance it resembles a chocolate latte but under your nose you’ll realize that the only thing “GRANDE” here is the huge 12.4% ABV and an island size oasis of stout flavor (dark malt and subtle burnt notes). The mouthfeel is silky and finishes remarkably clean for a beer with this intensity (expected it to be more sticky), and it is anything but balanced. The clean finish makes the already intense alcohol note more pronounced. HOT! This beer is hot and you can feel the burn with every sip; which ironically, isn’t recommended according the the brewer.
From the bottle: “Life is uncertain. Don’t sip.”
My recommendation… sip. Sip like a cup of coffee, which is actually a bit difficult to pick up in the taste of nose given all the chocolate and barrel notes.
RATING (USING WORDS OF GRATITUDE)
“I don’t know how to thank you enough”
40 out of 50
This is a fantastic beer that would benefit with age unless you just like the burn of a boozy beer. Crafted with precision, this beer stands up with some of the best barrel-aged stouts in the world, finishing cleaner and more alcoholic than most. The label says there is coffee in here so we’ll go with that, but the chocolate and barrel notes prevail. I love this beer, but want to cellar it for awhile when I think I’ll like it better.