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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 randawakes
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm great drinkability, sweet malty, thick flavor, newcastle with more boost. Dark chocolate, dark fruits, figs, and toffee. I enjoyed this beer, alcohol taste was vacant, very smooth. Smells like it tastes. I will rate this a bit higher than the average, I was fairly impressed.

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

A - Pours a nice dark brown with minimal mocha head.
Edit: a high altitude pour for the second glass left 3 fingers of head with good retention and nice lacing.

S - Molasses and dark chocolate. Nothing too powerful.

T - Up front some chocolatey and peppery flavors with some caramel malt in the back. More molasses. Plums in the aftertaste. Like others have said, more similar to a BSDA than an imp stout.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D - Good, a bit on the heavier side. Nice and warming between the pepper and alcohol, perfect for the start of winter cold.

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Photo of seand
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very dark opaque brown, with a fair amount of foamy tan head. A thin layer is all that really retains, but it does keep enough around the rim of the glass to leave pretty good lacing.

S: Very full and very sweet aroma. Strong brown sugar, toffee, and alcohol.

T: Really sweet, full flavored. The alcohol is detectable and adds a little bit of warmth, but also some harshness.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat chewy.

D: It's so sweet (and high ABV) that I don't think I'd want to go through too much at a time.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another one of the strange Lagunitas beers I've been looking for, and finally found it in CT.

A: Pours a lighter 1 finger brown colored semi thick head that slowly pops downwards. Color is pretty dark, but light finds its way through all around, so its more of a very dark brown color than a black color.

N: Nose is actually pretty fruity. Dried fruits start the aromatic train. Next car following closely is some roasted malt and light chocolate malts. It has sort of a creamy chocolate aroma, but not chocolate milk. Perhaps a hot chocolate like aroma. Next car on the track brings some caramelized brown sugar that seems to bring some sweetness, and almost a molasses aroma with it. The final caboose is a very light alcohol aroma, very light. I really have to let the beer warm up to find this.

T: Starts pretty sweet with some more roasted malt flavor. More dark fruits as well and some chewy malt flavors, almost like raw malts... some more chocolate, rich hot chocolate like flavors with some creamy flavors. It starts to really get a chocolate milk feel at this point. A slight alcohol warmth starts to build. More dark fruit flavors make another appearance towards the end of the taste. Perhaps a slight toffee flavor as well. A very slight spicy hop bitterness comes out as well.

M: Pretty smooth and rich, creamy, and mouth coating. A little heavier body, very low carbonation. Really feels like chocolate milk in your mouth.

F: Finishes slightly sweet, but still pretty creamy. Coats the mouth a little, but doesn't stick very long. A slight bitterness, earthy spicy bitterness comes out a bit on the finish. Very drinkable and creamy delicious. Doesn't overwhelm on any of the flavors. A little on the sweet end, but rich and creamy nonetheless. I'm surprised this rated so low. Perhaps people aren't interested in a lighter but still rich and creamy Imperial Stout. Or perhaps this has mellowed a lot with age, as I can only guess it's been on the shelf for a while as it was brewed in 2008 only. Either way I am enjoying this beer, and the drinkability. It's actually pretty dangerous for being 8.6%!!!

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Photo of JTahoe
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a unique brew... which I guess is the point as it was inspired by Frank Zappa (the label is the album cover of the album which this beer is meant to commemorate... ahem... Google). Tastes almost like the love-child of a doppelbock and a stout, though the label only calls this an ale.... and indeed it is an ale, so I will leave the style discussion at that.

A - Pours a dark cola color with a nearly cola like head... though the head is rocky and a bit dense and settles quickly to a cola-like ring around the edge with traces swirled and scattered across the body.

S - Molasses, and malts come through right up front with hints of licorice.

T - Rich caramelized malts with sweet molasses, smooth milk chocolate, dried fruit (raisin, prune, and perhaps apricot), quince, sweet pipe tobacco, and a nice light pepperiness on the finish. Traces of clove and star anise and fleeting floral hops.

M - Chewy, velvety, and smooth with that light spiciness. Medium to full body with light carbonation.

D - A "jelly roll gum drop" of a beer (try Google again). Pretty good drinkability for a such a rich and complex brew. Really nice on a cold night like tonight... works with the holidays in my mind, though I would drink this on a cool spring or summer night just as readily.

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Photo of beveritt
2.05/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a shaker pint glass. Label is pretty busy, with a band of large nosed members (am I supposed to get this) and plenty of writing here and there. No freshness date. I picked this up a while ago,maybe several months.

Appearance: Pours with very little head, maybe 1/4 inch. This dissipates almost instantaneously, leaving a ring around the glass and s few islands here and there. The pour is exactly like pouring a glass if Coke, thin brown liquid and big, artificial-looking bubbles. The beer itself is cola colored.

Smell: Semi sweet caramel malt with hints of dark fruits. Smells like a brown ale, not at all like any type of stout.

Taste: Unbelievably sweet caramel flavor upfront, with no counterbalancing hops.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy carbonation, like one would find in a glass of soda. Body is okay, not thin, but not great either.

Drinkability: I have no idea what the hell the deal is with this beer. I am looking around for the hidden cameras. This isn't a stout, and certainly not a double or imperial stout. This is borderline un-fermented wort, it is so sweet and cloying. Drain pour.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer glass. Pours a nice dark brown. Nice tan head bout two fingers. Some lace on the glass when swriled a bit.

Smelled molasses, and caramell some really sweet smells. Got some chocolate in there as well bit not very dominate. Some what sugary!

Taste brown sugar and molasses right off the bat. WOW sweet for this style I think. Some chocolate notes and caramell on the backside. Very sweet and different me like it!

Full body thought it might be a barleywine in my initial taste. But I really enjoyed this I like what they did with it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, another psychedelic 1960s ode to Frank Zappa... way before my time and tastes, music-wise. Good thing there's beer inside to try...

This beer pours a deep, dark brown colour, with reddish edges, and some heavy floaty sediment swirling around the bottom. There is a few fingers of puffy, creamy beige head, which settles in due time, leaving fairly dense curtain-like lace around the glass. It smells of chocolate, toffee, and earthy pine hops. The taste is hoppy up front - citrus and pine essence both cutting through, and then lots of bitter chocolate, sweet caramel malt and brown sugar, followed by a subtle alcohol burn. The carbonation is average, the body thick and smooth, and it finishes sweet, chocolaty, and a bit more boozy.

There a lot going on it this beer, and it feels a tad all over the place. Big flavours, but not a lot of blend or balance happening 'round here...

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Photo of ToddT
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown almost black topped with a small tan head. Head fades quickly to a ring and leaves some spots of lace on the glass.

S- Molasses, caramel, roast malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a little coffee.

T- Sweet molasses and brown sugar dominate at first, followed by some bittersweet notes of chocolate and a final quick note of coffee. Roasted malt supports through out and there is a bit of hop in the finish as well. Finish is dry and with the lingering taste of coffee, hops, and bittersweet chocolate.

M- Full bodied and low in carbonation, right on for the style.

D- The sweetness of this brings down the drinkability of this one. The 8.6% ABV is well hidden behind the flavors though.

A little overly sweet, a nice effort, but not one I'll seek out again.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pour a murky brownish black. Much lighter than most imperial/double stouts. Small white head that quickly disappears. Body appears thin.

S: sweet roasted malts, some alcohol present. Not a whole lot in the way of coffee or chocolate.

T: the sweet malts instantly hit the tongue and are followed by heat from the alcohol. Very sweet and not as balanced as I would hope for. The malt back bone does not hold up to the alcohol presence in this beer.

M: Sticky, thin, and watery on the tail end.

D: This is not my favorite imperial stout, in fact it is one of my least favorite. I still like it since I am so partial to stouts, but compared to others...this one is very run of the mill. The drinkability is limited as the 8.6 ABV is very present in the taste. Would not seek this out again.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown. Not much head, but some decent lacing. Lots of floaters.

S- Roasted malts, some chocolate, a little sweetness as well perhaps some brown sugar and molasses and I get a little hint of the 8.6% abv.

T- Roasted malts, chocolate and some coffee and toffee notes in the finish.

M- Medium & creamy.

D- This is definitely not a double stout in my opinion, I'm not exactly sure how I'd classifiy it, but I know I enjoyed it. Very different and I'd recommend.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The stout appeared a deep chestnut brown color with about two fingers of dense ecru colored foam. Flavors and aromas consist of deeply caramelized malt, roasted cereal grain, milk chocolate, dates, dark berries, earthy, cocoa, mild coffee notes. At least medium bodied with decent carbonation levels. Worth a try.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearence and Aroma - poured a deep brown with a tan head, but that's why you drink lagunitas, you drink it for the Taste & Mouthfeel. This is a big balanced beer, with a ton of flavors, about what you'd expect from these guys. Malty, strong with a smooth sweet finish. Drinkability is the only place where these guys lose me, I love 1-2 big bottles, but anything more and I'm done, on the floor, it's too sweet to drink a ton of.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades quickly but leaving traces of lace. Deep mahogany color. Caramel nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is mostly burnt caramel and chocolate with some alcohol at finish. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Whole Foods West Hartford, CT.

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Photo of cokes
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark chocolate brown body with a thin collar of mocha tan suds, dwindling quickly to a patchy lacing.
Prune juice and dark cocoa nose, with subtler notions of caramel and raspberry, all spiked with a noticed brandy-esque booziness.
It rolls through the mouth and covers it throroughly with sweet. Blackberries, caramel, carob, prune, dates, and brown sugar. No roasted counterpart. In fact, really nothing besides the initial (and lingering) rush of dark fruits and sugary sweetness. Booze hits towards the swallow, but even that is hidden behind the mountain of sweetness.
Cloyingly grabby, sticky sweet, yet texturally somewhat thin. Carbonation is almost a nonfactor, and what presents itself intially fizzles out soon.
It began somewhat argeeably oversweet, and soon became more of a chore. The lack of any balancing factors dooms it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is very sweet, it smells like caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, dark fruit (figs, raisins) and a little bit of coffee. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, except it's not as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe. There's a good mix between sweet and bitter flavors, and there's a nice lingering bitter coffee and hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with decent carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. Overall I think this is a good beer, I liked it a lot.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Very murky deep dark brown, verging on black. Held up to the light, dark caramel shades appear around the edge. Very thin light brown head quickly fades to a thin ring around the glass. Very little lacing left behind.

S - Interesting mix of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and alcohol. A very different nose for a big American stout. Hints of vanilla and bourbon.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla up front. A more bitter sweet chocoalte mixed with coffee comes through quickly. Very boozy, especially for something under 9%.

M/D - Medium bodied, a little thin for a big stout. Booziness brings the drinkability down a notch.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for giving me a bottle of this (to check if the batch had already turned).

Pours out opaque black hue, small garnet/cola highlights when held to direct light. Yeast floaters, but nothing else seems to be off with it. Two fingers of creamy off-white head that slowly settles to a wafer thin cap.

Aroma of rich sweet dark malt, figs and dates, even some vinuous raisin.

Flavour of roasted malt combined with sweet figs and dates, with a finish of dry mildly bitter coffee, sticky sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel leans to the fuller end of things, fairly smooth with some stickiness on the finish.

Definitely not a stout--let alone a double stout--as listed, more like a strong dark ale, and kissing cousins to a doppelbock on the lager side of the fence. It's got the strength and the sweet maltiness to match, but just doesn't pull it together for me. If yer into cloyingly sweet malt, then this'll do it for ya.

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

LOVED this beer! The closest tasting beer to my much beloved Old Peculiar. Wasn't really a big Lagunitas fan but a BIG Zappa fan, although this was not (by far) his best album. Overall, the best Lagunitas beer this professor has ever had. Have to admit though, taste is much more applicable to a dark English ale than an imperial stout.

A: Dark mahogany brown, but if held up to a strong light you notice the deep crimson flecks shot through the beer. Thin, tannish head leaving thin lacing on the glass.

S: Rich, sweet, wonderful smell of roasted chocolatety malty malts with a whiff of a fleeting coffee note.

T: Malty sweet, rich, smooth and even quite mellow. You can taste the rich chocolate and some fleeting coffee notes. Yum - tasty! Wonderfully balanced alcohol (8.6? really???)against the malts and the delicate dancing hops - these guys got the high abv balanced out perfectly. Very hard to believe it is an imperial stout. Bravo, Lagunitas!

M: Full & creamy. Clean and crisp finish. Very nice!

D: Thoroughly enjoyed this fine quality and expertly balanced long drinking beer.

Professor Homer HIGHLY recommends that you go "Cruisin' with Ruben & the Jets"!

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, not quite opaque, reddish-brown with ruby highlights when held up to light. Very minimal, light tan head that quickly diminishes to almost nothing. No lacing to speak of.

S - Pretty subdued on the smell side of things - roasted malt aromas with a fairly sweet quality. Maybe a little chocolate hiding in the background along with a slightly spicy quality.

T - Sweet, roasty, malty flavors dominate. Chocolate and brown sugar flavors combine with sort of overripe, dark fruit flavors. Slightly bitter hop character comes through in the end, making the finish moderately dry. Somewhat spicy quality noticeable in the aftertaste. Pretty average overall, and not too complex.

M - Medium bodied - a bit thinner than the typical stout, although at this point I'm wondering if calling this an Imperial Stout is maybe a mistake. Moderate carbonation and smooth.

D - Decent and easy enough to drink, but I think calling this one a Stout is kind of off-putting. It doesn't really fit into that category all that well, and sort of misses the style, in my opinion. Decent enough overall.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.79/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown body with ruby highlights, toppedby a level thick finger of tan froth. Slight lace.

The deepest of sniffs finally reveal some chocolate notes, but its a struggle for any real aroma at all.

Mild coffee and chocolate flavors. Earthy hop buzz, but not major. Pepper note in the afterburn, along with some alcohol kicking up from the gut.

Sturdy mouthfeel is solid, not oily, syrupy, or sloppy.

So-so drinkability. Flavor not enticing enough, and finishing heats are off putting.

Not one of Lagunitas more interesting efforts.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a deep brown, near black color with garnet highlights and a creamy, two-finger head of tan foam. Lookin' good!

S: Smells deep and roasted with good malt characteristics and a little hop spiciness.

T: Flavor is nice and smooth. A good roasted malt flavor gives off flavors of smoked wood, coal, and coffee grounds. A little smoky and a little spicy, the spice of this brew is brought out by herbal, piney hop flavors and a bit of white pepper. Finishes a little slick and malty.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied but very smooth and satisfying.

D: Great as an afterdinner stout. This is another good dessert in a bottle and a nice edition to the Zappa series. Nice body and balance of flavors lend well to the higher ABV stout to leave imbibers with a nice American version of a double stout. Good stuff!

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

I enjoyed this beer and was suprised at the low rating.

appearance: deep dark black, pure ebony, loaded head and creamy froth.

smell: no hops, and slight chocolate aromas

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste, sweet aftertaste and pleasant, goes great with dark bitter chocolate

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: great stout!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review being written from notes as I drank this one quite awhile ago now. Split a bomber of this with Passow (iamaguitargod). Poured into my snifter, this beer is a dark brown color with some amber highlights. White head is about an inch thick when poured and eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and a decent surface coating. Aromas of sweet caramel, maple syrup and brown sugar. The taste was pretty much the same, some caramel malt along with maple and brown sugar, rounded out with a slight touch of hops on the back end. Has a somewhat crisp, smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Very unique beer for a stout. I'd have never guessed it was a stout as it certainly reminded me more of some sort of brown ale.


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Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bomber of Ruben at DeCicco`s in Ardsley, NY.

The appearance is a black color with auburn one finger head.
The smell is almost like burn coffee beans, nearly overkill.
The taste is dark chocolate, more coffee beans, rich and sweet.
The mouthfeel is evident of alcohol, crispy carbonation, pleasant overall. The drinkability is above average, especially considering this is a 8.6% abv beer. Yet another solid offering from Lagunitas.

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