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Cruising With Ruben And The Bretts - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cruising With Ruben And The Bretts
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19 Ratings
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout brewed with cacao nibs and white peppercorns. Aged in used oak whiskey barrels from Heaven Hill distillery. Dosed in the barrel with brettanomyces and Sonoma County cherries.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 11-27-2011)
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I had this on tap at Lagunitas Brewery.

Appearance- black color, very thin head

Smell- very sweet smell

Taste- very sweet, tobacco, chocolate, dark fruit, bit of whiskey too

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good but it was very strong. I was only able to drink half of it. It was way too sweet for me.

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On-tap at Lagunitas. Labeled as Return of Ruben and the Bretts, but from what the bartender told me, this is the same thing.

Pours a black color with a thin layer of tan head. Has a nice bourbon aroma to it and plenty of tannic oak, cherry, and chocolate. A light tartness to it, too. The flavor is highly influenced by the barrel. Lots of bourbon, oak, and some tartness. A little bit of vanilla and quite a bit of chocolate. Semi-dry, too. Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

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T - Starts off with some roasted and lightly burnt dark and chocolate malts and Brett funk. Through the middle, some sourness and bitter cocoa comes through with some more Brett and some oak. The finish is a mix of lightly sour dark fruits, chocolate, funky Brett, and some roasted malts.

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Cruising With Ruben And The Bretts from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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