Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine?

Learn more about beer and save over 53% with a 3-year subscription.

Subscribe now →

NightTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

326 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 326
Hads: 2,459
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 26.46%
Wants: 102
Gots: 743 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-14-2014

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 326 | Hads: 2,459
Reviews by DeFaz:
Photo of DeFaz
4/5  rDev -2.9%

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bisco42
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is delicious. I'm not incredibly familiar with black ales, but if this is any testament to what they can bring taste wise, than I will have to begin going on the hunt for more of them. Poured into a snifter that had been chilled. Bottled on 2015/01/21

L - Dark, jet black. A solid 2.5 finger head that is to color of milk chocolate, subsides gradually and the lacing is covering the entire glass. The big bubbles that reside on the middle-outside collect while tiny foam compiles towars the center. Interesting

S - The smell is so fresh, so clean. Almost like a smokey IPA with bits of bacon and firewood. This is basically the smell that would blend in with clothes that you have worn after a camping trip, mixed with fresh hops. Delicious.

T - Wow. Not what I expected at all. With this kind of color paired with the smell, it's like a smokey IPA that has a burnt taste. The burnt is good though, delicious in it's own unique way. Very unique.

F - Carbonated, but collects on the back of the tongue desiring more to wash it down. I enjoyed it.

O - I will absolutely pick up another 6er for $10.99 and look forward to the next time this is released!

 1,177 characters

Photo of El_Farto_Magico
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice smokey flavor. Would sleep with this beer if I could. Instead I drink it, like the dirty whore it is.

106 characters

Photo of secondtooth
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep black with minimal ruby highlights. I get a thick, frothy head of tan bubbles, and gorgeous, detailed, frilly lacing. Superlative!

Aroma: Delicious hops — floral, pine and tropical fruit galore. A bouquet of hop manna!

Taste: Rich and decadent melding of roasty malts and twangy bittering hops. The pair duke it out on the palate, with neither coming out ahead. Operative word here is balanced. Tons of flavor from both sides, with chocolatey malt goodness mixing it up with lovely hoppiness. This heavy brew (at 7.9%) is so easy to drink, I could easily enjoy another right away. Delicious? You bet. A real winner here from Lagunitas.

 656 characters

Photo of Nigelzane
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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 damndirtyape
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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 AtrumAnimus
5/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

 1,084 characters

Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this since spring but couldn't find a good time to crack it. Finally a cold rainy nasty day... well night.

Porus a darker colored creamy frothy 1 finger head that fades pretty slowly, decent lined lacing, nice frothy head and lacing, super dark beer with a bit of murky brown light sneaking through.

Nose is very strong, aromates the room, yes that's a new word... big hops, not as spicy piney as I expected though, more floral and fruity, some orange peel citrus, little tangerine even, mild earthy piney notes that are more background, and touches of a tropical fruit note. Then into dark malts, a little roast and cocoa, fluffy nougat, little caramel, some nice candy bar notes, and a little chocolate covered orange. The aromas clash a bit but blend better than I expected for this style. Just a touch of booze.

Taste starts with creamy malts, rich dark malts that quickly flash into booze, strong alcoholic and slight phenolic booze, much stronger than I expected. getting through that I get into hops again, lots of floral grassy hops out front, but then into a big bitter pithy rindy, a little citrus note but big spicy bitterness like I bit into orange rind covered in spicy hop pellets. Super bitterness cuts in, astringent and mouth numbing bitterness, I guess which is why I should fear the dark? The smooth creamy malts come back with a creamy and fluffy nougat, a little cocoa and roast, bitter acrid roast with the super bitter astringent hops bring this no-mans-land feel in my mouth. Finish brings more orange, big orange peel and zest, with some phenolic booze again, quite bitter but doesn't smash the mouth with bitterness as I expected, it's actually a bit less bitter than the back end of the taste, and a little sticky dark malt lingering.

Mouth is a bit thin feeling despite a bit creamy and fluffy, it's weird, although quite a bit of carbonation, perhaps too much it's a bit distracting, and phenolic warming booze.

Overall mixed bag and kinda meh, hard to drink this for sure, between the huge bitterness of the astringent rindy hops and the acrid roasted malt (which isn't very strong but it's there), and the phenolic booze kick in the pants, and the thin feel, those unhappy flavors way outnumber the decent ones. Nose was pretty nice though.

 2,280 characters

Photo of fscottkey
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

 951 characters

Photo of rdoggg
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours jet black/"nighttime". Good head retention and lacing.

Very strong piney, hoppy aroma. Also, hints of smoke.

Hop flavors pronounced up front followed by roasted malt and subtle smoke. Slight bitterness on finish. The flavors really pop as is it warms!

Overall a great representation of style. Hops and roasted malt that get better with each sip. The smokiness sets it apart from other black IPAs, but I think it gets in the way of the great hops and roasted malt. Still a great beer and worth enjoying!

 555 characters

Photo of Metal_N_Brew
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black as night; Off White, creamy and toasted looking head.

Smells of orange and grapefruit, slight hint of chocolate.

Hop forward, aggressive, but not too aggressive. Orange and grapefruit bear the most flavor, with a hint of mint strangely at the end. Very slight hint of chocolate -maybe- after second drink.

Feels very creamy in the mouth, with the hops bitterly spraying your taste buds. It is literally Yin and Yang in beer form.

Great beer, but I feel that Dubhe takes the competition by storm, as I feel Dubhe has more complexities, character and flavor to it.

 582 characters

Photo of dudeman
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in taster and later from growler into mug. 8.2% ABV; 62 IBU
It pours dark with tame head - not black as a stout or porter but not a brown ale either. Looks ah-ight.
The smell is incredible with burnt pineapple, over-ripe mango, and cotton candy.
I could inhale this all day er, night. Ends with a little biscuity whiff.

The taste is sweet then dry then bitter with lingering spiciness and tongue tingling.

You might not guess its a black IPA from the taste ifyou didn't see it first - but then at the end there is a bit of a nice cocoa malt flavor at the end.

Its very smooth with small bubbles mingling with the bitter malty spiciness.

As close to waldo as you'll get in a bottle.

 694 characters

Photo of Ob1wan
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorta Sucks, but dark. Need to find more.

41 characters

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black, but not pitch black, choppy tan head with plenty of lacing. Rich smells of earthy pines, nuts and dark fruits. Taste follows smells, flavors of raisin with a sweet lingering nutty finish. On the sweet bubbly side, some roastiness, but nothing dense, it stays light thoughout. Dangerously drinkable.with enough head stuck to the glass to have it for tomorrow's lunch.

I would consider it to be a black IPA, regardless very enjoyable

 444 characters

Photo of showme-beer20
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good dark ale. Complicated flavors yet smooth.

47 characters

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an imperial pint glass a deep cola color with a half finger beige head that leaves a nice full ring of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Some pine resin and earthiness in the nose,not much sweetness to be had.Pretty dry on the palate with mild roast and earthy with some pine and grapefruit hops lingering in the finish,I like the dryness.A good example of the style not uber hopped but hopped enough.Iam still warming up to the style,I like robust porters and I love IPA's but still have not found an ABA that I go crazy for ...yet.

 548 characters

Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ebony color with a tan head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with some citrus and tropical hops.

A slightly acrid burnt note leads into tropical and citrus hop notes that play nicely together (think grilled pineapple). Hops fade into a roasted bitterness before a fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty and worth checking out.

 431 characters

Photo of npala86
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Tiernan
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodchipper
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SanFranJake
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
NightTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.