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Cruising With Ruben & The JetsCruising With Ruben & The Jets

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BradLikesBrew on 12-05-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 265 | Ratings: 315
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - on first glance an almost black colour, one finger of tan head that dissipated to a nice lace ring, but on second glance there are may white floaties suspended in the beer, maybe having to do with the fact that they probably stopped making this a year ago, so I'm giving it average hrer because I can't be sure
S - rich sweet molasses malt and alcohol smell very sweet, light chocolate notes and some fruitiness
T - sweet molasses and a burnt flavour, light chocolate, coffee, and licorace, along with some alcohol sweetness
M - flat and chewy, with an alcohol kick and a little tangy sensation
D - generally tasty with a mix of classic stout flavours with some extra sweetness, the alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant, didn't taste like a rotten or bad beer, but seeing things floating in your beer is always troublesome, but was still a good enough brew

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

I had no idea what to expect from this beer but it was on sale so why not

A: Pours dark, very dark almost black. Had to pour aggressively but was rewarded with a 3/4 inch tan head

S: There is some coffee on the nose, along with what I can only describe as a soy sauce aroma...interesting

T: An interesting combination of malty sweetness with a very slightly bitter finish. Flavors of coffee and chocolate malt balls are present as well. There is also something of a slight fruit flavor (maybe dark cherries). Luckily the soy sauce-like smell did not carry over to the taste.

M: Thick and full bodied with light carbonation

D: This beer was a pleasant surprise and highly drinkable, I might have to go back and buy the rest while they are still on sale

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Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep black with a slight tan head. The aroma is strong, plummy and sweet with a brown sugar character. The flavor is sweet and brown sugary, with plum and a sharp sting of tobacco. Herby and raisiny, with a tannic, oxidized sherry edge. The finish is bitter to the point of a burn. The mouthfeel is slick and gooey.

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Photo of asnow
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice tan head when poured, leaving a bit of lace as it disappeared from the glass. The color is more brown than black - a bit lighter than expected for an imperial stout. The smell is heavy of sorghum syrup and roasted malt with a hint of dried ancho chilies. The taste is similar to the smell without being too sweet. The sorghum fades into roasted preserved plums without much hop character, finishing with a faint burn on the tongue and nose from the chilies. The mouthfeel is quite thin for the style and a beer of this strength with little to no alcohol burn, making me feel like I could drink a couple of these in one sitting.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a plastic hotel cup (it's all I could round up). Very dark, copper/brown color with an extremely thick, rich head which was very persistent. Smelled both fruity and malty. This is not a subtle brew; sweet barley and fruit flavors present right up front. Reminiscent of Dog Fish Head's Burton Baton. This is not a beer that I would drink frequently or in large quantities, however it is a very delightful 'one off'. I do recommend it. As previous review mentioned, Lagunitas rarely disappoints. I appreciate that they are willing to push the envelope.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 2 Jun 2010.

Served in a Twisted Pine shaker pint. Medium sized thick head. Hazy with a few floaties, very dark brown. Aroma is boozy, syrupy, dried fruit and molasses. Fairly sweet, lots of dried fruits. Rum and vanilla. Touch of burnt sugars in the aftertaste. Medium milky body. Ethanol is warming.

Recommended, Lagunitas rarely disappoints.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into Nonic. Poured a nice dark brown almost black with a slight amount of off-white head. Upon sitting it developed a very nice tan sediment layer on the bottom. The aroma comprised of malts and a much sweeter note that I could not figure out. The flavor of this brew was malty with a slight hint of nutty that ends with a slight coffee note upon swallowing. It maintained nice lacing throughout. Overall this was not a bad stout. I really enjoyed all of the flavors including the subtle coffee aftertaste as it does not overpower the other flavors as most stouts with coffee flavors do for me. This is a very nice beer from Lagunitas and hate they are currently only brewing this one once as I would definitely buy more.

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Photo of jammapamma
4.71/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this. Before I looked it upI guessed that this was a Russian imperial stout.

Smell-kind of sweet caramel, with some roastyness mixed with figs, strange as that may sound. It sounds weird but I love it.

Taste/mouthfeel-Super smooth, no perception of alcohol at all. There were notes of light roastyness blended with some very, very subtle malt sweetness. The aftertaste has residual flavors, previously mentioned, with a previously hidden, subtle coffee taste that emerges and disappears within a few seconds. Over all it seemed pretty dry, moderately carbonated and just (I repeat myself), just really smooth.

Drinkability-I wish everything that carries a 8 plus ABV could be half this drinkable. This one is dangerous. I'm glad it doesn't come in six packs, because I could keep going.

Appearance- it looks an awful lot like beer in the right light. no lacing, but it's an imperial stout, you shouldn't be surprised by this.

I'm a big fan of Lagunitas, anything of theirs in a 22 format I will try. I'm almost always impressed. I wish this were part of their regular line up.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, dark brown color, with very little light shining through. The medium sized tan head bubbles up slowly, with a densely foamy and creamy texture. Retention is good, although lacing is a bit inconsistent.

S: Fruity, sweet, and leathery. Dark hints of preserved plums and apricots. A definite leathery note, along with molasses and a slight vinous character. Hints of toffee.

T: Some mild roasty malt up front, with some minor coffee flavor. Significantly fruity overtones: preserved plums and apricots again, perhaps some raisin as well. Leathery and spicy/peppery. Brown sugar and molasses are also present. A mild-mannered flash of hop bitterness accompanies a faint alcoholic bite into the finish.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is soft and supple. A bit of roastiness, before a well-masked but nevertheless warming alcoholic presence.

D: A very curious Imperial Stout - a bit roasty and certainly within the range of flavors, but decidedly on the outskirts of many of its brethren. Not in bad way either - this is a uniquely fruity stout that seems to have distant Belgian hints. A bit of a palate-challenger, and sneakily warming despite well-hidden alcohol, but this is pretty tasty, even though you're unlikely to find it anywhere.

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Photo of MrYoungblood
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark brown body, tan head, little carbonation (at least my bottle).

Smell: Robust, malty, toffee, hint of chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor, chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy.

Drinkability: One and done. Very intense. Not a session beer.

Though Lagunitas is one of my favorite brewing companies, I was not impressed with this beer. I'm not a huge Imperial Stout fan, but I wanted to give their's a try.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle into SN hop pint glass.

A: Dark opaque brown with a thin dark tan head that quickly reduced into a frothy film. There was a lot of particulate and white chunks floating around in the liquid that turned into a layer of sediment in the bottom of the glass that was thicker than the beers initial head. Very off-putting. Head quickly disappeared into nothingness leaving no lacing.
S: Vanilla, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, hazelnut, malt, plums, raisins, and doughy yeast.
T: Much like the nose, toffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, and alcohol notes.
M: Not as full bodied as I would expect from the style, but I wouldn't say it is watery. Carbonation froths up a bit on the palate leaving a comfortable mouthfeel.
D: Alcohol is warm in the throat. This one is a sipper. Not a great imperial stout but not a half bad beer. However, the sediment is definitely off-putting and prevented me from finishing the entire bottle.

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Photo of pmccallum86
2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown color with a trillion sediments floating around. Small sized head, not very attractive here.

Smell is a little stale. Lots of toffee and malts come through here.

The taste is very disappointing, it has a stale flavor coming through strongly. Some toffee, some caramel, and some roasted malts. This beer is pretty weak in terms of flavor for a beer in this category, I am thoroughly disappointed in this offering from Lagunitas.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for the category, lower carbonation as well. Weird flavors in the finish, tastes stale.

Not very drinkable, one of the worse double stouts I have encountered,

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Photo of mothman
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Fades to a ring and leaves hardly any lace. Color is a dark brown. It is hardly black. It is transparent near the top and outsides of the glass. Tons of sediment in the glass. It is not very appealing at all.

Aroma: Very rich and chocolaty. Grassy hops. It simply isn't appealing. There are some flavors, but it just isn't what I look for in a double/imp stout.

Taste: Very low level of flavor for the style. It has the roasted malts and grassy hops with a slight amount of dry fruits, but it is missing something. Has some coffee flavors. The components don't blend very well. It is ok, just nothing stunning.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and bubbly. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends extremely dry and roasted.

Overall, this beer was a complete letdown for an imp/double stout. It just didn't live up to the style. It is relatively drinkable, but I don't want to drink a lot of it.

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Photo of animal69
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours an almost opaque deep reddish brown-black color w/ a pillowy beige head that settles into a ring of lace that leaves a nice lace in my ommegang goblet

S- smell is surprisingly mild, starts with licorice, dried plum & molasses w/ subtle hints of cotton candy, toffee and burnt bread, some chocolate and wood come out as it warms and i believe there's some grassy hop in there as well, no alcohol detected at all, smell is great overall, just not quite strong enough

T- taste is similar to smell, loads of licorice & sweet toffee and either plum or prunes sitting right there with it, little bitterness, def. has some grass/hay in there right about midway, some kinda spices and a touch of mineral in the finish, hardly any alcohol either, could be a bit stronger in the overall flavor, however

M- yeah, a bit thin in the mouth for an Am. IS, surprisingly med. body with a good bit of co2

D- don't know if this out of date or what but for the $4.25/22oz price and the lighter-than-yer-avg-impy body seem to work wonders for this one, def. not a sipper, watch yourself /w this one

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

Poured from the bomber to a very dark brown color with thin off-white head that lingered atop the glass for much of the drink and left decent lacing. Aroma was malty dark fruit, some chocolate and a hint of the pepper proclaimed ijn the description. Mouthfeel is mdium bodied, semi-sweet and slightly biting, as the pepper makes itself better known. Taste mirrors and enhances the scents of the nose, and the finish long and warming, as the 8.6% abv kicks in toward the end as well. Another fine offering by Lagunitas

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter: black body with a tan collar of "honeycomb" head, lots of tiny bubbles around the sides.

Smell is of tart dried fruit, dried cherries & cranberries especially. A little dark chocolate, but really dominated by the fruit.

Much more cocoa-forward in the taste, with some acidity & a very pleasantly roasty aftertaste. More acidity & alcohol than I'd expect from 8.6%. The fruit's definitely still there, but it's blended with the chocolate a little more evenly. Slightly buttery.

Mouthfeel is nice: full-bodied, soft, velvety even. The acidity & booze are there, creating a little friction, but not bad at all.

Again, for a low-ish ABV Double Stout, it's got some kick & impact on the palate. Interesting how in the taste & smell, they take some notes inherent to the style & really stretch them to the point that they becoming dominant. A nice "sit-down-&-relax" beer.

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Photo of northaustin
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

more than a year old .

poured into a schnifter. black with a layer of creamy ultra rich brown head.

smell has gotten alot more intense. overpowering caramel malty goodness. big yeast presence also.

taste: no alchohol. huge caramel/toffee notes, a yeasty sikyness and all rounded off with some classic malt flavors.

mouthfeel: nothing in the best way. the beer goes down like hot chocolate and leaves nothing hanging around.

drinkability: tastes much better now that its older, but the beer was always very flavorful. very good.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - tawny, chocolatey pour. A thin, light mocha cover, not much lacing.

Aroma - sweet, raisiny, the malts are there and thick, but I'm not picking up any roast or toast at first, but after some warming some decent roasted malt does come to the fore.

Taste - a touch sweet, the malts have a good robust flavor to them. A good strong roast quality appears on the swallow, very nice. Starts out basic but ends with a good solid roasty flavor and a breathy lightly boozy warmth.

Mouthfeel - good smoothness, almost average carbonation, and a good solid body.

Drinkability - an easy beer to sip and enjoy. Kind of a basic double, but I like it.

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Photo of wangbruins
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep, dark maroonish brown with a nice two inch tan head

S- Lots of plums and grapes with some licorice

T- Very, very chocolatey as well as the plum that I smelled makes for an interesting mix

M- Smooth and oily, almost like bourbon but not as sugary

D- The first time I tried this I really didn't enjoy it but it's not bad. I can't lie...I bought a bunch of these simply because I like Frank Zappa

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Photo of scootny
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark but clear brown with a light brown head. A goodly amount of lace on my glass. Smell is toffee, molasses, and chocolate. A whiff of alcohol and some fruitiness from the yeast. Taste has more molasses but a nice light mochachino taste to add complexity and depth. A good deep roasted chocolaty malt flows underneath it. Some peppery spiciness. A firm hop presence brings more of the coffee to the table and the alcohol peeks out a touch. This should not be cold as this is a beer that really wants to start out at 50 degrees and develop from there. Very nicely carbonated with an effervescent creaminess that works well with the somewhat chewy weight and feel. This is quite easy to get a little quick on and I am stepping away from my glass to catch myself a little. You taste the abv now and again but you never feel the need to be careful as it is very smooth and delicious.

I let this cellar for almost a year and the time seems to have let it all come together. My first bottle of this when it appeared seemed a little light and hot. It may have also been too cold. I like it a lot now.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I poured this bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. The color was an extremely dark brown with ruby colors shining through when I held it up to the light. Head was minimal and cream colored, even with a hard pour.

The beer is a little cold. I can smell some chocolate...yeah mostly chocolate right now. It kind of smells like an aged Stone RIS.

The flavor kind of hits on that aged Stone RIS flavor as well just without all the hops, and not as good. There's not a whole lot of roastiness to this stout. It almost tastes like a basic stout with the alcohol content kicked up and a nice molasses flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky as hell. I think that's the best part about this beer. I'm definitely loving this part.

Edit: After the beer warmed up that head poured much bigger with a light brown color. Taste reminds me much more of Stone's. I had to bump up the number a little.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with caramel highlights. Sandy head that sticks around for a bit and laces decently. Smell is a bit sweet, with some dark fruit, roasted malt, some phenol, and a bit of booze. Taste isn't bad either, though not exactly what I was expecting. Malt hits first with a bit of roasty flavor, though it strikes me as a bit restrained. The other flavors that follow consist of some fruity (maybe vinous/figgy/date) flavors and some slight hop bitterness. Kind of like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. In that regard it falls a bit flat for me, not too bad, it would just be better if it were more wholly a stout or more wholly a BSDA. The flavor seems somewhat restrained in either respect--it's a decent beer, but I don't quite understand it. MF is a bit thin, but definitely silky. Decent drinker, it's definitely a unique beer. Light body makes it easy to move through. Not bad from Lagunitas, but not the best I've had from them.

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

650ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice jan2 2010

A not quite black with a good amount of large chunks of sediment throughout the glass. the thumbs worth of tan head falls pretty quick and leaves just a few patches of lace

S I get a fair bit of molasses and some licorice with a little milk chocolate

T not far off the smell just a little weaker with some mild coffee, the booze is well concealed for 8.6%

M I was expecting it to be a little thicker but not thin by any means, pretty smooth stout

D for the strength it's pretty easy to drink, I liked it but there's other stouts for the same price I'd rather drink

no reason not to try this beer no reason to go looking for either.

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Photo of Popkas
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with just a tiny bit of froth. Was looking for a little more here.

S: Smell is sweet but having trouble putting my finger on it. Possibly licorice?

T: Very sweet. Molasses, chocolate and dark fruit.

M: Started out feeling thin but then a surprise bit of carbonation filled my mouth.

D: A decent beer but not one that I would drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had this brew on cask at the Lagunitas TapRoom.

A dark black, oil looking pour. Almost no head whatsoever.

An aroma of licorice, wine, booze and a somewhat cough medicine whiff.

Creamy smooth taste with coffee beans, toffee, burnt toast and wine in the mix.

Mouthfeel is like silk.

A definite sipper beer. Drinkability is somewhat low as it was hard to put down multiples from the cask condition.

Overall I avoided this in the bottle due to an uneasiness about it, but on cask this brew rocked.

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