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Cruising With Ruben & The Jets - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 12-05-2008)
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Chugger, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Derranged
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this at a store. Only after I bought it did I realize it was a one time release in 2008. Had I known this, I probably wouldn't have bought it. I'm trying this today 3/3/12.

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith Pint.

A- Black cola like in color. Huge fluffy tan head that lingers for a bit. Lots of retention on the glass. So far so good.

S- Slightly sour, coffee cocoa powder, chocolate, raisins, roasted malts.

T- It isn't bad considering its age. I'm getting a lot of malt, with some raisins and chocolate. Its also a bit sour with a lingering coffee like bitter aftertaste.

M- Thick and oily, very little carbonation.

O- Memories of what once was a solid stout is what I got from this. Not bad considering its age, but definitely not something I'd try again. Definitely past its prime. I'll finish the glass but not so sure I want to finish the bottle.

Derranged, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of ToasterChef
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a cellared bottle I've had since August, 2009. I've poured it into my Lion's Pride tulip.

The beer is opaque and colored dark brown. Small spots of ruby are visible where the light makes its way through the liquid. A thin head of tan foam formed as I poured the beer, but now it has settled to a mere skim. Swirling the glass leaves plenty of film and patchy foam on the sides, but the head itself doesn't reform. Streams of carbonation can be seen rising to the top, but only near the top and right at the sides of the glass.

The beer still has plenty of big chocolate notes in the aroma. There is still some alcohol discernible. Also present is a scent that recalls dark fruits, like plum. It is still an enticing aroma 2+ years after bottling.

The flavor is still good as well, although no longer too complex or robust. Chocolate, raisin, coffee bitterness and alcohol are all present. There isn't too much sweetness, although you can still tell this is a malt forward beer. There is also still a roasted aspect, but it is minor. I can taste it as the beer first hits my tongue, but it doesn't last long.

The beer is full-bodied and has medium carbonation levels. The bubbles still manage to tickle my tongue. A pretty good layer of stickiness is left on my lips, but the internal coat isn't too thick.

This stout is enjoyable, but it is probably past its peak at this point. I never drank it fresh, so I can't know for sure. If you have a bottle in your cellar, I'd recommend opening it soon. If you never were able to try it, don't go looking for a bottle now.

ToasterChef, Mar 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

mcallister, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

YaKnowBrady, Feb 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

pperez38, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

mmcnaughton, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

litheum94, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Siggy125
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into taster glass. Mirky dark brown, not pleasing appearance. Lots of floating crap, perhaps yeast cells. Talked to lagunitas about this and they claim it's normal for this beer and harmless. Didnt affect the taste. yum

Deep roasted malts on the nose, a bit sweet, a little vanilla. A bit a coffee, burnt sugars.

Strong roasted flavors, brown sugar, molasses, syrupy toffee. Flavors increase with temp. ABV well hidden.

Very drinkable brew for something that appears heavy. very smooth mouthfeel. recommended.

Siggy125, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

550th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

Thanks to my 4 year old for picking the funny looking faces for daddy's birthday.

App- Dark chocolately brown in the glass and a lot of red out of the bottle with a softer looking one finger tanish head. One whisp of cling.

Smell- Doesn't smell like a stout. Smells the same as a flat coke with some water. I get some roast, some faint hops and a little ABV.

Taste- Certainly does not taste like a stout. A lot of fade and flavor loss. It's a lot sweeter like a barley wine with some dark sugars and some toffee, caramel notes.

Mouth- I like the feel on this beer a lot. It's very sweet and creamy but not at all like a double stout.

Drink- I appreciate the fact my little girl picked with her eyes and it was a double stout. She knows her daddy well. I wish this was better but it's okay. Something new and it was probably better fresh.

FosterJM, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of mactrail
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one heck of a beer. I had several bottles of it over the years. I still had one left ($3.39 markdown at my favorite place, Grapevine Wine & Liquors, Denver). The previous two bottles were full of floaters and gone downhill, but this last one is great.

In its prime, a fine example of gloriously rich, malty Lagunitas style. The licorice is the noticeable flavor. Huge, warm rather than hot with alcohol, dark malt roasted to a beautiful sweet mellowness.

A trip down memory lane for both the beer and the record. A great album cover, though my favorite Frank Zappa/Ruben song "Charlena" is on the first album, "For Real!"

mactrail, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a small 1/2 inch tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random splotches Smells of dark fruits and roasted malt. Slight caramel smell as well. Taste is of the dark fruits (prunes/raisins), roasted malt, and some caramel/toffee flavors. Slight roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation level makes for a medium body and smooth feel. Overall, an above average stout but nothing too great. I bet this was better back when it was fresh.

UCLABrewN84, May 14, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip on 3/18/11
Shared by MbpBugeye

Medium brown; dark in the glass. Deep grape juice hues here and there. One finger head dissipates to a thin layer and some bubbles. Solid swaths of lace.

Smells alright, just not what; I'd expect from a stout. Sure, it's a little roasty; however, this is a subdued aspect. Far sweeter things are going on - sugars and dark fruits. Pretty well oxidized at this point. Hints of cocoa and chocolate; raisins and plum with a touch of warm booze.

Aside from obvious oxidation I think it tastes good. Lots of grain with some roasted, semi-sweet chocolate. Reminds me of chocolate granola clusters in cereals. Hints of earthiness. Faint notions of dark fruits - raisins. I'm enjoy the grain/chocolate combo, especially as time wears on.

Medium-full body. Very dry. The graininess is such that it carries over to the feel. Moderately low carbonation. Though warming, it isn't hot or boozy. The flavor profile tapers and lingers.

Despite the age and oxidation, I am, in this context, impressed. Heck, the oxidation seems to be a good thing for this beer. Perhaps it isn't all there as a stout; as a strong ale it does just fine.

Ryan011235, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Ryan011235 on a night of libation, trepidation and oxidation.

A stout by any other color
It pours very thin and light, it has me questioning its stouthood. It does collect fairly dark though, so all's well in stoutville. There is a nice sized yellowish head with spotty stuff clinging here and there.

Scents, Sense, Cents?
Healthy doses of oxidation, but I think this one really took it in stride. Rum raisin, dried fruits, licorice rope. Dusty peanut shells and raisin cookie. Its a pretty sweet smelling one. Actually pretty nice aside from the cardboard dust.

Sweet and candied dry fruits, roasted nuts, rum raisin, maple caramel and brown sugar. Its like a sweet, mellow old ale, or liquid fruit cake or something. Lots of cardboard is hidden in the finish.

Oral sensations
Quite the low carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy. It has a heavier body that it looks. Much like the Kill Ugly Radio before it, its very dried out. After these two my palate was decimated and shriveled dry.

Overall, gumball
This one weathered the storm of poor turn over much nicer than Kill Ugly Radio. Ruben is about a year younger, and a better style for aging so I guess I sound redundant saying that. I think the lighter oxidation is even a welcome addition to this at times.

MbpBugeye, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
2.08/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Another beer I put aside puchasing when it was initially released, this bottle was purchased just two weeks ago at Walnut Liquorette. On to the beer:

Good news, the appearance is likeable. Black like ink with a finger's worth of head on top which slowly tumbles to a bubbly lace. There's quite a bit of oxidation in the nose, lots of sherry simmering around with a kiss of chocolate malt and cardboard. As it warms, soy sauce comes into play. Not having tasted this at the release, I have no idea how a two year old bottle would stack against a fresh version.

At least there's some resemblance of a stout in here. Regardless, there's a generous dose of oxidation making up a majority of the flavor. The stout part is chocolate in the way chocolate mint Girl Stout cookies are. Rings of bitterness and chocolate malt stay around on the palate and into the aftertaste. As mouthfeel goes, it's medium-heavy with lightish amount of carbonation.

At two years old, I'm not digging this. The beer just doesn't come together; flavors are all over the place in a bad way. It looks like the remaining 18 ounces of the 22 ounce bottle will be used as a marinade for something in the future.

DoubleJ, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes, 11/13/10

A: Pours brown with a small head that fades quickly, no lacing. There are very large chunks floating throughout.

S: Dark fruits, cherries and raisins, little bit of alcohol

T: Similar to the nose, lots of dark fruit and cherry. A little roasty malt and some toffee.

M/D: Relatively thin with low carbonation. It was ok, not really what I am hoping for in the style though.

mdaschaf, Jan 30, 2011
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets from Lagunitas Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.