NightTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 314
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rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.23%
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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 Tonyjenlasc
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 -5.8%
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 -2.7%
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 +2.4%
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 -8.7%
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 +14%
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 -2.2%
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 +2.7%
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 +16.5%
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 +0.2%
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 -6.8%
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 -8.7%
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 +10.4%
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 -6.1%
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%
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 +1.9%
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 +11.4%
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 -5.1%
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 +1.2%
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 -24.5%
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 +15%
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)

Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours black with a tan head with nice retention and good lacing
S-lots of pine, citrus, roasted notes, coffee
T-pine and citrus bitterness up front, roasted coffee followed by unsweetened cocoa,somewhat dry finish, with lingering notes of citrus and pine
M-medium-full bodied with average carbonation
O-very nice roasty and hoppy brew. Its bold but pretty drinkable. (368 characters)

Photo of takusan1000
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A wonderful brew, looks and feels like a stout, tastes like something more. Complex taste of dark roasted nuts--brazil nuts, almonds, cashews--with caramel toffee malt. Assertive but not over the top hops make for balanced brew that is the opposite of boring. A silky brew that is easily drinkable, and hides its alcohol well, but not to be approached for the faint of heart. One of the most memorable new beers I've tried in a while. (434 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Lagunitas NightTime last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this one for a little while now and since this is the first time I've seen it around I knew I had to try it out, so lets see how it goes. I couldn't decode the bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label label looks nice, it goes a little with the name and I think it's just a little eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a little over two fingers worth of creamy and bubbly slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they dominate the aroma of this beer by imparting some nice citrus, floral and light green hop aromas with the citrus hops seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast the leads into the malts which impart some roasted malt, light chocolate and sweet malt like aromas with the roasted malts coming through just enough. This beer has a really nice aroma, I enjoy it.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but much more balanced and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are much lighter this time. Up next comes the malts which show up a little more this time and they impart the same aspects with the roasted malts sticking out the most and there's some doughy yeast in the background. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a citrus hop and roasted malt aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it had good balance, but I wish the hops showed up just a little more.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, it had pretty much everything that I look for in the style, I really enjoyed the aroma and while the taste had some good balance to it I wouldn't mind if there was just a little more hop flavors, but as a whole the hop profile was nice. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma, it was very nice and it was the highlight of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that the hops didn't show up just a little more in the taste. I would buy this beer again when In the mood for the style and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Black IPAs. All in all I was happy with this beer, Lagunitas came through with a pretty good Black IPA and that's pretty much what I expect from them. This isn't a favorite Lagunitas beer, but it is one of the better Black IPAs I've had. Good job guys this is one tasty Black IPA, keep it up. (3,049 characters)

Photo of hardysf
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours dark black with a caramel colored head. Thin head with a roasty but nice crisp hop aroma. Really good mouth feel and thick with roasted flavors up front finishing with some bitter, dry, and piney hop flavor. Everything I am looking for in a black ipa. (270 characters)

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NightTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.