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Cruising With Ruben & The JetsCruising With Ruben & The Jets

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BradLikesBrew on 12-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, no bottled date, 2008 vintage. Acquired a bottle of this awesome, retired stuff for a nice price, so I'm willing to give it a go. My oldest bottle of Lagunitas, and one of the oldest beers I've tried; 8 years in the bottle. Brewed to honor the 40th anniversary of the Frank Zappa album.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter.

A - Was pleased to hear a slight hiss upon uncapping; it pours a dark brownish-black chocolatey body, just a few shades away from opaque, with some reddish-brown hues showing near the surface. Brings up about a finger of frothy mocha / milk chocolate head that hangs as a ring. Minor spotty lacing. Very impressive looking for an 8 year old bottle.

S - Aroma gives off notes of mustiness, oak wood / damp wood, malted milk chocolate, hints of band-aid, roastiness, maybe some subtle notes of barrel character, but nothing distinct.

T - Taste brings in lots of dark dried fruits - raisin, fig, dates, plum, cherry, with a bitter roasty chocolate malt / dark coffee roastiness, vanilla, caramel. Notes of woodsiness / barrel character.This thing has held up nicely.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, all the while still retaining a bit of carbonation crispness. Notes of smooth milk chocolate / malt bitterness on the end ; finishes semi-dry. Very drinkable stuff for the moderate 8.60% abv, plus the age.

Overall, an interesting stout from Lagunitas; would love to try this again fresh to see how it has held up.

Lagunitas Cruising With Ruben & The Jets -----4/5.

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Photo of zac16125
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2008 vintage
4oz pour from the bottle
at brevival 2015

Thought this beer was excellent. Surprised to come here and see it so lowly rated. 6 years in the bottle did wonders for this, IMO.

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Photo of Etan
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this '08 oddity randomly. "BoppaDooAyDoo Style Ale," poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a brownish-black with a small tan-head. A little bit of lacing.

S: Molasses, brown sugar, a bit of mushy dried fruit like prune, a bit of chocolate.

T: Tastes more like a dark barleywine than an RIS. Smooth dark fruit (fig, prune, raisin), roasted grain, brown sugar, subtle chocolate, a little bit of alcohol. A bit of oxidation and metallic notes in the middle.

M: Very fine carbonation with a relatively thick body.

O: Not nearly as bad as I expected. Obviously past its prime, yet still pretty tasty.

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Photo of Derranged
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Siggy125
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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!"

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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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.09/5  rDev -43.4%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz twist-off bottle.

Pours dark brown with a one finger light brown head that leaves a ring of lacing and holds a wispy cap and ring.

Aroma is a lot of chocolate, some sweet dark fruits and coffee, roasted malts, some toasted bread, a hint of cardboard/oxidation. Good strength.

Flavor is predominately chocolate, with some coffee, caramel, toffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, fairly sweet, not getting much of the peppercorns except for just a hint on the finish. Alcohol is completely absent in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side for an Imperial Stout yet still creamy and foamy with lowish carbonation.

Tasty chocolate stout, albeit a big aged and slightly oxidized.

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Photo of Aaron420
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Have had this one before almost 2 years ago or more, but found a couple on sale a while back, so I sent some to the back of the cabinet for a rainy day.

A: Pours what I would call a deep black with hints of cherry when held to the light. I didn't get much head but the little I got was a light tan.

S: Rich malty aroma with a mix of sweet notes and alcohol.

T: The initial flavor came off with what I would say was a little like a burnt flavor along with a touch of a sweet toffee and vanilla flavor. It finishes up with more of the sweet notes and a hint of alcohol flavor.

D: This a definitely a sipping beer. It was no where near undrinkable but could never sit down to more than a glass or two.

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Photo of jera1350
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thinner bodied, yet still all black in color. Light brown ring of foam around the glass with a little lacing.

Blackstrap molasses and lots of raisin. Smells quite sweet like raisins as well.

Lots of raisin here as well. Caramel sweetness with some roasty malts, but not real heavy. Getting some black licorice and fig as well.

They body is thin for the style, but the carbonation is nicely creamy.

An interesting IS, but not one that is all that outstanding. The only other beer that is like this that I've experienced is Batch 9000. Lots of raisin in both. A decent beer, but I don't see many people complaining about the retirement of it.

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Photo of mbalder2
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very Dark, with a slight cream head.

S- Of toffee, raisins?

T- Sweet, can't really taste alcohol.

M- Less thick than I expected.

D- Very drinkable. Not particularly a fan of stouts, but would definitely drink this again. Shared with my father, and we were both impressed.

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Photo of far333
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mahogany copper colored with a low light brown head that settles out low.

Aroma of raisins and dark malt, some currant and cherry tang.

Rich flavor, sharp upfront, deep cherry, some burnt espresso, cocoa, blackberry brandy, fig, molasses, deeply roasted malt and assertive bitterness. No hop flavors. A sharp almost acrid roasted malt and prune brandy flavor finishes.

Even mouthfeel, but not too rich or creamy, slightly tannic and slick at the same time. Average drinkability, the acrid flavor becomes too much at times.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice dark brown color with a small creamy tan head, that fell to a thin little ring leaving little to no lacing as it fell. Smells of toffee, caramel, vanilla, fig, and a hint of alcohol. It tasted like it smells. sweet notes like the vanilla, toffee, and caramel are up front. Roasted malts and some notes of dark fruit come into play next. Bitterness comes in at the finish. This is lighter bodied than I thought it would be. It has lower carbonation, but I think it's the right amount for this beer. It also had a creamy texture to it. I think the drinkability was really good on this because it went down really smooth, and it didn't have any harsh flavors that stood out. I think it is a really easy beer to drink. The only thing I would change about this is that I think it should be just a tad thicker, but I think Lagunitas did a good job on this one. Cheers

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 8.6% abv. Pours a dark brown, with some red hues. Seems more like a porter than a stout in the pour. Tan head fades quickly, perhaps due to age. No lace.

Lots of dark and candied fruits up front. Toffee and big fig notes. A whiff of alcohol. Maybe a very faint roasty note, but that is the only stout character.

A bit more of a stout character comes through in the mouth now. Sweet up front with toffee, followed by roasty malt. Some darker fruits come through next. Dries out as it finishes.

Body has become thin and carbonation is low. Some warming alcohol. This doesn't seem much like a stout, more like a Lagunitas American Strong Ale. Still, I think aging has made this interesting. The nose is really nice.

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Photo of kbeals
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this from mjmadden in a BIF a while back. Tonight's as good as any to crack it open.

A- Dark brown, nearly dark red in color with just a touch of tan, creamy head. Not much lacing with just the thinnest crown of head remaining around the brew for most of the session.

S- Strong notes of toffee and vanilla. Very sweet smelling, I figured this was a barleywine but the style says Double Imperial Stout? Hmm, not so sure unless this one has gone downhill. Anyways, there's even just the ever so slight touch of bitterness to this also, some remnants of hops perhaps?

T- Very similar to the aroma. Very sweet with notes of vanilla and toffee. Finishes off slightly bitter. I'm still not convinced this is a Stout.

M- Sort of thin with just a hint of carbonation. Could stand to be a little thicker.

D- It's not bad. It went down relatively easily. If this is a stout it's definitely on the way down, but still not bad.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy amber color with a very small amount of off-white head.

The scent was of dark fruits, and some roasted malts.

The taste is pretty sweet, some dark fruits, roasted malts, alcohol, decent hop presence.

Medium bodied, smooth, perfect carbonation.

This is a pretty good beer, there is very good flavor and it is actually pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of Mdog
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, good sized head.

Smell: Chocolate malted milk balls. Smells just like Whoppers candy.

Taste: Follows the smell, like drinking a beery chocolate (ice cream) malt. Plenty of sweetness but not too much. There is a kind of odd taste underlying the main flavors that takes it down a notch.

Drinkability: Limited/retired, this one tasted a little old. It was cheap though.

Picked this up on sale, I know it's a little old but I figured it is an imperial stout so should hold up. For the most part it was ok, but there was a weird off-taste to it at times. Oh well, not too bad.

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