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Cruising With Ruben & The Jets - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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83
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300 Ratings
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Ratings: 300
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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ToasterChef

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 01:25:28 | More by ToasterChef
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mcallister

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-19-2012 19:46:01 | More by mcallister
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-19-2012 01:39:15 | More by Tyrawlings
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -45.8%

02-18-2012 20:39:08 | More by chrispoint
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YaKnowBrady

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.4%

02-07-2012 02:57:52 | More by YaKnowBrady
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pperez38

California

3/5  rDev -18.7%

01-20-2012 01:06:00 | More by pperez38
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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

01-05-2012 04:36:40 | More by Stoffel
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Turbodog666

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +22%

01-03-2012 22:59:26 | More by Turbodog666
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-31-2011 01:51:11 | More by HoistinBrews
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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-17-2011 02:43:16 | More by TasteTester
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Donsmitty

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +35.5%

12-06-2011 19:04:16 | More by Donsmitty
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-28-2011 06:56:05 | More by twelveinches
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-26-2011 14:31:52 | More by mmcnaughton
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litheum94

California

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-16-2011 17:33:02 | More by litheum94
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-15-2011 04:19:38 | More by Exiled
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Siggy125

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 02:15:29 | More by Siggy125
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FosterJM

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 03:00:15 | More by FosterJM
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mactrail

Washington

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!"

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 04:45:42 | More by mactrail
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 04:24:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Ryan011235

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 04:02:06 | More by Ryan011235
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

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.

Flavoritisms
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 21:28:44 | More by MbpBugeye
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DoubleJ

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 07:21:18 | More by DoubleJ
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mdaschaf

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 22:15:12 | More by mdaschaf
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this bottle hiding in a dark shelf in the back of a liquor store I rarely go to, it had some dust on it so I assumed it was older, but was surprised to find out that this came out in December of 2008. Let's see how this brew held up. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer poured a really dark brown color with a very thin tan head that disappeared within a minute.

S- The aroma is full of sweet dark fruits blended with some chocolate and coffee.

T- Similar to the smell but the dark fruits and chocolate stick out the most. The roasted malts held up nicely in this brew, but it came off a little sweet. There was no presence of hops or white pepper, they have probably faded with time. Very little alcohol shows up in the taste.

M- A little on the thin side, and under carbonated.

D- This brew goes down fairly smooth but one bomber would be enough for me.

Overall I thought this was a nice Imperial Stout. I have never had this beer before so I don't know what it is like fresh, but it seemed like it held up good. I am glad I got to try this beer, even more so since its retired. Good job lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:59:54 | More by StoutHunter
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superspak

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Pours dark brown with a 1 finger dense light tan head with very good retention and decent lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, caramel and roasted malts. Taste of chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel and dark fruits. It has a bit of bitterness on the finish with some alcohol warming after the finish as well. This goes down surprisingly smooth for it's alcohol content, with a very creamy body. Medium carbonation and body. This is an enjoyable stout, very interesting and different from what I have had in the past. Tasty, this got better as it warmed up a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 06:04:07 | More by superspak
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets from Lagunitas Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.