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NightTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 319
Hads: 2,445
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 99
Gots: 732 | FT: 4
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-14-2014

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Photo of taters21
4.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours an oily black with a finger and a half deep tan head that lingers, receeding to a quarter inch
Smell: Juicy citrus, burnt sugar, roasty malt
Taste: Follows well with fruit, malt, coffee, and then a lingering grassy bitterness
Mouthfeel: Creamy and chewy like a stout, but with more carbonation, awesome!
Overall: Phenomenal, regardless of style, if you enjoy both IPAs and Stouts, you'll love this! (416 characters)

Photo of MacMalt
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass. The color is dark-brown, nearly black, with toffee-colored head and lacing. The smell is an interesting combination of malt, dark fruit (raisin?), burnt coffee, and hoppy citrus. This beer can best be described as a hybrid between a porter and a black IPA. When sipped, the first flavor I experienced is the malt, followed by the coffee and a touch of burnt sugar and fruit for sweetness. Then the hoppy citrus-pine hits you with a moderately bitter finish. This beer has a very nice mouth feel: thick and chewy like a stout and nicely carbonated. I'm not noticing the 8.2 ABV. Overall, this a very fine offering from Lagunitas; an interesting combination of porter and IPA. I could see how fans of both would like it. (748 characters)

Photo of GregHarold
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a unique hybrid: a grassy/fruity flavor with a malt spine. Slightly sweet with a bitter aftertaste. It's rich and dark in color though the head fizzles out pretty fast. I prefer to drink this without food. Would certainly buy it again. (243 characters)

Photo of BigGold
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First season for this beer in Mississippi. Had from 12-oz. bottle poured into tumbler. Hits all the right notes for an American Black Ale, a hybrid style which is growing on me. (179 characters)

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not much of a dark beer/stout guy myself but I had to try this one. Not bad at all. Dark malts / dark fruits on the nose. Dark fruits, roasted malts, a little caramel/burnt sugary type taste. A lingering bitter after taste. Would I get it again? Probably not.....but glad I tried it. (283 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought at brewery on July 24th. Very sad to see at home that bottling date was in January for this black IPA. Boo on you Lag. I could understand from a second rate retailer, but a 6-month old hippy beer direct from the brewery? That sucks.
Poured almost black with floating chunks of debris (hops or yeast residue). Nose is hoppy with some black malt, but not as much as expected. Flavor is well balanced between IPA and toasty notes.
Overall good, but probably not something I would search out again. (507 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

I've heard such great things about this one for quite a while so I'm excited for it. Let's just hope it lives up to the hype.

Look - Pours black with a large three finger heavily off white head. Can't comment on carbonation as I can't see through the depths of this one. Leaves a fair amount of sticky lacing.

Smell - Really not getting much here.. Upon ten whiffs all I'm able to pick up is the malt..dabs of smoke..

Taste - Dark fruits up front consisting of plum and a touch of figs. Coffee in medium flavorings with a malty backbone that keeps it all together. Roast beef smokiness and a tinge of alcohol. The smoked meat aspect really takes its hold as the beer warms.

Feel - Body is a bit watery with virtually no carbonation. No creamy coating despite the head so it will suffer in this category.

Overall - The rating on this one may look lower than it should actually be simply based on the underwhelming smell and feel. It is a tasty beer that would be best suited to a winter night up North around the fireplace. Besides, all that truly matters after all in the taste ;). (1,086 characters)

Photo of ZakFaruki
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Despite claims that this is a black ale, its more like a dark IPA. Strong hop profiles and roasted malts come along for the ride. Tends to linger like an imperial stout. A very good beer to be honest, but the label is rather deceiving. (235 characters)

Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown and opaque with an inch high head of oatmeal colored foam that lingers long. Low aroma of dark malt and floral hops. Flavors of darky toasted malt, root beer, caramel, leather. Subtle hops come along for the ride, this is tasty and well balanced beer. Moderate mouthfeel, even and full, some carbonation tingles. (327 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Aroma is really dank/grassy hops with a hint of dark malts. The flavor is dank hops, dark malts, mild sweetness and a bitter/dryish finish. I paid either 5 or 6 dollars for a bomber of this, the best bang for the buck as far as beer I have ever bought. (252 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brown ale? More like a stout. Pours a super dark brown with a full brown large head that leaves a nice lace on the glass.
Hops hit the noise straight off. Caramels, burnt sugars and toffee aromas.
Taste isn't a stout. Pitted fruit, burnt sugars, caramel and toffee.
Mouth feel is a sugary, bitter mess. Very nice!
Another great beer from Lagunita! (347 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, looks like from this year. Served in a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Mostly black, with some very dark ruby red tints when held up to the light. Nicely persistent 1/16" tan head with fine strands and big sheets of lacing noted. Nice looking beer.

Smell: An enticing blend of burnt sugars, dark fruits, bready malts, and citrus hops.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma - well blended sweetness and bitterness. I can taste caramel, toffee, burnt sugars, sweet bready pastry, bitter fruits, pine and citrus hops. The term hop fudge or a hop danish comes to mind.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation, smooth, nicely thick. Definitely sticky.

Overall / Drinkability: A very well done beer. Not a hop bomb, but very hoppy and perfectly balanced with an equal level of malt. The bitter and sweet flavors have their own presence and distinctive tastes, and I definitely get best of all those roasted malts and hops which is typical of a ABA. A pleasant slow sipper and I will finish off the whole bottle slowly over the course of an evening, and I know I'll be done. Well done Lagunitas - well done. (1,136 characters)

Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First taste said porter, but second taste said no, dark ale. Color is dark red to black. Taste is warm and less malty than other Lagunitas brews. Aroma has a coffee tinge. (171 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle label lists the ABV as 7.9%

Deep, dark mahogany colored body; thick, sticky head. Very spicy and pine-scented aroma. Roasted malt flavors; mild hint of chocolate; minty, spicy, very hoppy and bitter taste. Medium bodied; smooth on the palate.

Strong hop presence in the aroma and taste blends well with a relatively rich, smooth malt base. The beer delivers plenty of depth and complexity with a very nice balance between the grain and hop character. There is a strong creme de menthe feel here. All in all, a most enjoyable dark ale experience. (554 characters)

Photo of Beertsipper
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color when poured into pint glass. Aroma is wonderful. The highlight of this beer. Grapefruit, dark fruits, pine, orange pith. Taste is citrus, pine, some chocolate malt. Bitterness is also detected. Some dryness on the finish. Flavors become more pronounced as it warms. I'm usually not a fan of Lagunitas, especially their IPA's, but this was enjoyable. (369 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Jet black in color, with three fingers of rocky, fluffy, mocha-colored head that leaves spotty lacing and settles to a tiny cap. Head has almost no retention. The aroma is of pine, and the taste, in comparison, is of roasted malts and vanilla extract. Decent. (298 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Mostly black in appearance, but deep, dark cola brown near stem, where I can also make out chunks of something. Long lasting, thick, light-brown head. Aromas are dark roasted malts, pine, heavy grapefruit or oranges, and alcohol. Taste is mildly tart throughout, accentuating both the citric hop fruitiness and coffee-like malt roastiness in the back. A little piny and rindy as well, making for a lime-like flavor, especially in the finish, but not overpowering due to strength and balance of malts. And then spicy from the hops and perhaps also alcohol. Full-bodied and exceptionally smooth, with fine bubbles, though plenty of them. Nice and warm, almost tingly, and quite dry for minutes after each swallow. Paired well with a slice of chocolate cake with chocolate and caramel frosting. (791 characters)

Photo of Nigelzane
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Holding a bottle in my hand right now. Abv clearly states 7.9%. Not the 8.2 as advertised. For the taste and body I was hoping for more alcohol. Alas, it will pass (163 characters)

Photo of Myotus
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with half a fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a single foam line within 10 seconds. Black in color with a brown tint. Has scattered, large white particles that can be seen floating around the edges and a plethora of them settled on the bottom. Has strong peppery aromas of rye and strong floral and piney hop aromas. Tastes how it smells except a hint (stretching it out there) of roasted malts can be found in addition to the mix. Mouth feel is light with mild carbonation. Leaves the mouth dry. Feels like your typical IPA. (595 characters)

Photo of HunterSBeerson
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, with a good sized tan head that fades relatively quickly. Leaves decent amount of lacing down the glass. Smell is mostly hops with a bit of a chocolaty undertone. Taste mirrors the smell, assertive hops and bitterness followed by rich dark malty flavors. Feels more like an IPA than a typical dark ale. Overall, a good beer and a fine example of the style. (373 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as night with a towering tan head that leaved huge amounts of lace on the way down.

Smell: Resiny hops, yeast.

Taste: Somewhat bitter, although not nearly as much as would be expected based on the smell. Quickly taken over by malts, caramel and chocolate, becomes a bit sweet. Aftertaste returns to piney hops, just a bit of bitterness lingers. Alcohol is hidden.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Great! It helps that I like stouts and IPAs. (488 characters)

Photo of drunkenmess
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark brown with hues of amber red. Nice thick frothy tan head with nice lacing thru out. Smells of citrus/grapefruit, also a little bit of coffe too? Something burnt but not strong. Defintley smell the hops. Taste isnt as bitter as expected, complex and different. Sorta bitter but also a smooth coffee or cocoa mix taste. Idk, still pretty good. That a boy Lagunitas. Cheers (390 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A fantastic looking beer. Black as night with a dark head. Large dense head that lingers and laces.
Complex is the work for both the aroma and taste. While there are similarities that is not the whole story. initial whiff noted the dark malt with not so much roast but a thick syrupy, almost cooked dark extract. this was soon followed by the rich fruity (citrus and tropical) aroma. Here and there are hits of hop extract excess, but they are few are far between.
Flavor has more of the malt. Others have noted that it's stout like and I suppose there is more roast than most others for style, and possible begs the questions for differences between Black Ale and Am. Stout, but that is for another time. Anyway, there is more complexity here. There is some roast and others have noted nuttiness, and I get that too. A subdued sweetness and then the fruitiness of the hops with tropical very nice. This is not dry or bitter and seems to fade on the finish softly.
Quite a big feel with richness and softness.
Some takes are exceptional, but others show flavors that are not quite right, a mix of band blending of flavors and occasional hop excess. (1,163 characters)

Photo of E-McFarden
3.12/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black as knight with head Jumping out of the glass, and lacing almost like cobwebs across the glass. Immediate notes of aroma hops backed up by roasted malt scents. It's almost as though the bittering hops and roasted malts are battling each other here, and not so much complimenting each other. I'd like to see more balance with hops and malts here, I'm thinking some other fermentables maybe or longer aging. (411 characters)

Photo of beerbart
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Man, you know that dark spot around the one eye of the dog? Imagine what that tastes like -- if in (some) reality dog fur were to taste generally really good. Heh. Don't drink this and operate adult mechanical equipment. It's called Nighttime for a reason; it's for nighttime. Like, for sleepy time. Red of the spectrum (as in it will not wake you visually), not quite coal of the dark. It's an adult beverage and should be respected as such. Enjoyed as such. Plus it's Yummmy... (486 characters)

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NightTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.