Last night I happened to find on draft the Lagunitas ScareCity #3 High West-ified Imperial Stout which is a stout brewed with coffee and then aged in High West Rye Barrels. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the beastly 12.1% ABV brew, but it was complex and amazing. The aroma was sandalwood and spice with a citrus aspect coupled to oak tannins and coffee. Complexity oozes out every pore of this beer and the alcohol was surprisingly restrained. It is draft only so it may be a little difficult to locate, but it is truly amazing and well crafted. It would be mind blowing if the ABV could be dialed back just a skinch to let all the aromas and flavors seal the deal.

LHW

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