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NightTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,652
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 61
Gots: 303 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-14-2014)
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Photo of fscottkey
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%

A: [3.00] Dark color (like Coke when poured). Also pours a head similar to Coke. Large bubbles in the 2+ finger head. The head is khaki colored. The head recedes slowly leaving patchy lacing. The bottle has a born on date (Julian date = May 14)

S: [3.75] Really nice smell. Has the smell of fruits. I want to say tropical fruits but my eyes say dark fruits and my nose says tropical fruits.

T: [3.75] Slightly bitter on the front. Moves through some tropical flavors and sweetness and finishes with a sweet coffee taste.

M: [3.25] Slightly dry and tight. There is no biting in the carbonation it is the right level.

O: [3.50] This is a 8.2% beer but there is no taste or sense of alcohol. The 65 IBUs gives a little bitter on the tip of the tongue - but doesn't make the beer harsh. The smell and taste are nice. This is not just a dark colored IPA. There are some stout-esque characters on the finish like the hint of sweet coffee.

fscottkey, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of AtrumAnimus
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours a midnight black that is darker than the soul of Satan himself. The name is a perfect description as this one is nighttime in a bottle with a very tan head that is very thick, luxurious and settles to slowly to wait.

The nose is rich and smokey malt with earthy hoppy notes that bend nicely with the caramel, coffee, pine and wet grass.

The taste is matching the the look and nose perfectly. The palate is malty with strong caramel flavors that are perfectly blended with the strong bitter hops that pounce the palate immediately after the sweet dark chocolate dominated malt. The coffee notes are blended with earthy and caramel notes and the pine and grass of the hops.

The mouthfeel is super rich and works exceptionally well at delivering the hop experience to the palate.

Overall this is a damned fine beer and a massive experience of flavors, nose and mouthfeel that combine to be greater than the sum. I cannot recommend this one highly enough. It is a superb beer and one that everyone should experience. I will absolutely be drinking this one again.

AtrumAnimus, Yesterday at 11:11 PM
Photo of taospowder
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

taospowder, Yesterday at 02:06 AM
Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Night Time looks exactly the part: not quite pitch-black, this dark and dusky complexion nonetheless extinguishes all light, leaving neither clarity nor highlights. Its head is also tinged an overcast tone and sits steadily atop the surface, perfectly sealing in the liquid and imprinting skidmark-like lacing all around the glass as it falls.

The great thing about Cascadian Dark Ales is their ability to combine rich, bittersweet mocha notes with fruity, citrus-tinged hoppiness. Night Time does this wonderfully, offering lots of coffee-and-cream and chocolate truffle flavour alongside tastes of candied orange peel and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. It's breakfast and dessert rolled into one!

Overall, however, it's notably earthy; a kind of 'forest floor' quality prevails and with it semblances of mushroom, pine needle, spruce serum, and oolong tea. This is apparent in the nose especially - you'd think you were smelling some kind of herbal homeopathic remedy. Decadently roasted malts aside, this is pungent, piny, and a little bit astringent.

Some Black IPAs lean to the roasted malt, others to the citrusy hops. This one, it bears repeating, really emphasizes the weedy, herbal characteristics. This quality lends it some distinction in a style that can sometimes be a little monotonous; whereas others are interesting for being two-dimensional, this one is three-dimensional.

The dudes (and dudettes) at Lagunitas come across as the coolest, chillest people in the business - and they have the portfolio to match. Night Time is just another in a long list of super approachable, crazy agreeable examples of its style (the 65 IBU and 8.2% alcohol notwithstanding). As if there was ever any uncertainty about a Laguintas product... common!

biegaman, Friday at 11:56 PM
Photo of Cr1ms0nGh0st
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Cr1ms0nGh0st, Friday at 09:50 PM
Photo of HopBomb515
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark black and stout like appearance with a big light khaki colored head that has great retention and leaves chunky lacing down the glass. Nose is of dark chocolate, coffee, sweet orange and light pine. Hop forward nature catches you off guard with bright citrusy hop character. Light char notes, dark chocolate and coffee mix with the citrus by mid palate. Finish brings a light pine touch. Hops definetly shine and more than stand up to the malt. Well carbonated with a medium body and a slightly off feeling chalkiness in the finish. This isn't my favorite style, but this one is very enjoyable and drinkable.

HopBomb515, Thursday at 06:06 AM
Photo of ChewbaccaSD
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%

ChewbaccaSD, Wednesday at 06:56 AM
Photo of Kevin_Young
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Kevin_Young, Tuesday at 03:47 PM
Photo of Doomclaw
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Doomclaw, Tuesday at 05:42 AM
Photo of Vansquatch
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Solid black IPA. Nice finish without the bitter punch in the mouth.

Vansquatch, Tuesday at 01:47 AM
Photo of thkrb99
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

thkrb99, Tuesday at 01:28 AM
Photo of BabaBeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

BabaBeer, Monday at 06:33 PM
Photo of jayfarley3
4/5  rDev -2.7%

jayfarley3, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of Fordknox
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%

Fordknox, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Josh_951
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Josh_951, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of tillmac62
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BOD 114/14. Pours almost as dark as a stout with an exceptional head, lacing and retention. Nice nose of sweet tropical citrus (orange, pineapple), pine, chocolate/toffee and a touch of roast over a slight alcohol note. Almost light medium bodied with a just a touch of slick texture. Above normal carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and finish. The flavor profile is complex, well balanced and does a stellar job of hiding the alcohol. It begins with the sweet tropical, then flows to pine as the mild bitterness begins. The middle is where this beer excels. As the bitterness equilibrates, the coffee/toffee, roast and sweet chocolate come to the forefront in an effervescent flash. The finish is somewhat dry and leaves a nice lingering light bitterness on the tongue with a light toffee and chocolate flavored sweetness coupled with a hint of grapefruit rind tartness.

tillmac62, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Travisjutin
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%

Travisjutin, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of justincourts
4/5  rDev -2.7%

justincourts, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Beer4Baltimore, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of dredmahawkus
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

I really like this! its odd! Its like thin like a lager and really carbonated....but tastes like a hoppy stout! fruit and coffee notes....really enjoyable beer! dry finish.
Lagunitas really makes great beer!

dredmahawkus, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of alcohline_trip
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

alcohline_trip, Oct 16, 2014
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NightTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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