Lucifer's Cuvee - Double Chocolate Rye Stout
Latitude 42 Brewing Company

Lucifer's Cuvee - Double Chocolate Rye StoutLucifer's Cuvee - Double Chocolate Rye Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,142
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
90
Ranked #12,513
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.33%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
103
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Latitude 42 Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Whyteboar from Michigan

3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I really wanted to like this but either something went wrong during the canning process or their target audience is a very different type of beer drinker.
Very light in both color and feel, excessive carbonation and more root beer taste than stout. The aroma was good though!

Nov 15, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I got a 4 pack of as a gift. There must have been something wrong with the batch I got. The carbonation was so extreme it was barely drinkable. When poured, the head would foam up 3 inches very dense with fine lacing and would not recede for at least an hour, so you can't exactly empty a can all at once, you gradually had to pour little by little as you drank after letting the carbonation recede, which by that time it would be room temperature. Also, when you pealed away the plastic labeling on the can it revealed a different label of a reused can from the brewing company. Beach Cruiser. Interesting... It does have a delectable smell and decent taste, all else aside. I won't bash it, I just wouldn't try it again unless it was on tap.

Dec 24, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice imperial stout - no date on can. Pours a thick black opaque color with just a little tan film of head and some nice rings of lingering lacing. Nice aromas of medium coffee, fudge dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, malt, nuts, bread and brown sugar. Taste follows the nose, very nice chocolate and roasty flavors and was well balanced and complex with good depth. Smooth, luscious, sticky mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. A very enjoyable beer.

Nov 13, 2019
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EHak from Washington

4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's like getting married for the first time - awesome at first but as it goes on, it gets old and you start to think about other beers. Great flavor, but the body gets heavy over time and you're glad you're done with it.

Apr 14, 2018
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am trying to clear my palate for this - a bunch of tasty food is dominating it. The stout itself is pretty powerful and seems to be doing the clearing without a lot of help.

It pours beautifully with tons of head and lacing. The aroma is mostly clean, sweet and cholatey. The taste is similarly very cholatey, but not really all that creamy. There are bitters that seem to come from hops and chocolate, which is very pleasant. It's a nice balance and very drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden by the flavors.

Recommended.

Feb 16, 2018
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Lukass from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Swollen, tight feeling can, with the bottom bulging out... this ones gonna be a gusher. Opened in my utility sink and sure enough, a massive spray of foam. All foam in the glass. Gave this one about 15 minutes of sitting and it finally settled out nicely. Bit on the carbonated side for a stout, but as I let it warm, and swirled the carbonation out of it, this beer is very tasty. Bittersweet bakers chocolate dominates, with the spiciness of the rye on the back end. Some ash, tobacco flavors as well. A nice brew in the end, but the gushing was a let down.

Aug 10, 2017
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On sale cheap. Bought a 4 pack of 12 oz cans dated 12/9/15.
L: Dark brown pour, small tan head. The beer leaves a nice oily film on the glass.
S: Bitter chocolate, old stale coffee and roasted malt.
T: Flavor matches aroma quite well, a little spice at the finish.
F: Mouthful is thinner than expected.
O: Very nice beer.

Mar 03, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of pine, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, sweet malt, and slight lactose. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong roasted bitterness. Tastes of strong chocolate, sweet malt, strong roasted malt, alcohol, slight piney hops, hint of wood, and lactose. Overall, good appearance, great body, good aroma, but the blend is too much roasted malt, and the feel is too bitter.

Jan 24, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with small bubbly tan head that doesn't last. Medium lacing

Smells of roasted malts dark chocolate and char/smoke

Tastes roasted malts and dark chocolate followed by a smokey charred taste medium body smooth and creamy with lighter side of medium carbonation.

Jan 09, 2017
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, stamp on bottom says 12/09/15 but I'm not sure if it's the canned on date or the best by date. Oh well, I'm drinking it anyway. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice and sweet, it smells like milk chocolate, cream and some burnt/charred malt. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but I think the burnt/charred flavors are more even with the sweet milk chocolate ones. There's a good balance between the sweet and bitter roasty flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good chocolate stout, hopefully I'll get to try a fresher version of this in the future but I can say it ages well!

Oct 08, 2016
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz can in a snifter. This fine stout pours a nice
muddled blackish brown with a nice thick head of light tan foam that settles
to a thick ring, thin layer, and nice lacing. Nose of coffee, powdered bakers cocoa,
mild sweet malts, and moderate char---very intense and intriguing. Flavors follow
with rich cocoa and coffee with a touch of cream and char on all sides, yet on the
back is a strong bittering hops note that touches the char notes and amplifies them
decreasing from the fantastic nose. Decent mouth feel, full, bitter malt and hop accentuated
notes are cut through by the carbonation that while light still aids in the thickness yet
finishes a touch on the watery side. Well hidden alcohol till warmth hits it.

Overall a solid brew that is a bit on the hoppy side for most stout drinkers.

Solid but could use a touch of refinement.

Cheers

Aug 24, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is very chocolatey, roasty, fairly sweet, with light notes of dark fruit.

Flavor is even more chocolatey, fairly sweet upfront, with a biting bitter finish. Bitterness is out of balance, but I like the overall flavor.

May 15, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a can of Latitude 42's Lucifer's Cuvee for $2.29 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this since I first heard about it, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter.

A- The can looks great, it's got a great design that goes with the name and it's very eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through with a thick ring of bubbly tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had a little better head.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some dark roasted malts sweet malts and a little bit of a coffee like aroma that's followed by the chocolate which impart a nice rich aroma that takes on more of cocoa like aroma. Right at the end there's a little more sweetness. This beer has a good aroma, I like it and it stays true to it's description,

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same roasted malt aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there's a slight charred flavor with a little bit of coffee coming through. Up next comes the chocolate which sticks out the most in this beer and it impart those same big cocoa aspects that it did in the aroma. Towards the end there's a lighter amount of bitterness with a little more sweetness coming through with a cocoa heavy aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it lives up to it's description and the chocolate is showcased nicely.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, medium bodied with a lighter amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was a little thicker and creamier.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, it really came through on the chocolate aspect and it never to got too sweet or artificial. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of these, especially during colder weather. What I like the most about this beer was that lived up to it's description and that the chocolate was showcased nicely. What I like the lest about this beer was the mouthfeel, I wish it was a little thicker and creamier. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone who likes chocolate heavy stouts. All in all I was happy with this one, it turned out to be a pretty good beer and it's a welcomed addition to this brewery's canned lineup. It's my new favorite beer from Latitude 42 and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this is one tasty Chocolate Stout.

May 06, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can received from @superspak in NBS BIF #3
Undated can at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma of chocolate, fades but not completely
Head small (< one cm, aggressive pour), light brown, rocky, rapidly diminishing to three to six mm frothy ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing poor – tiny islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown to black, opaque
Flavor chocolate, fairly bitter. No rye, no roasted malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no hops. Some chemical taste that hangs at the back of the hard palate.
Palate medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

Apr 27, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black color with a small, brown head. It smelled of chocolate with a hint of cherry. Good roasty flavors. Rye and chocolate flavors dominate with a touch of caramel sweetness.

Apr 10, 2016
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GRPunk from Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lucifer's Cuvée
12oz. Can from Greg or Mary ($2.29 Copper Vine) into Duvel Tulip

A- Very "Metal" looking can art. No mention of rye on the label. Website offers it as a flavor profile, but calls it a double chocolate oatmeal stout. A normal pour makes 1/2 finger of medium brown head atop a near black body. The head turns to a patchy film, with bubbly edges, and leaves really nice webbing on the glass.

S- It's definitely on the sweet side. Lots of chocolate, a combination of bitter dark and sweet, milk. Hints of sweetened condensed milk. A little warmth and I pick up just a touch of raisin and stewed stone fruit. In the end there's no denying the chocolate aroma. Fairly bold.

T- Much as the aroma suggests. Lots of bitter and sweet chocolate. A hint of sweetened, dark roast coffee. There is a spicy aspect that keeps the sweetness in check, maybe the rye mentioned all about. Some slightly husky grains in the aftertaste.

M- Medium-full body, though somehow lighter than expected. Rather low carbonation level. Fairly dry.

O- It's a really nice double stout, especially when looking for something to please the sweet tooth without overdoing it. Glad I tried it. Something I'd buy again if it was on tap, or to round out a mixed pack.

4.25 4.25 4 3.75 4

Feb 19, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, no canned on date or freshness information. Acquired the 4 pack from the local Binny's for $9.99 plus tax. My first beer from Latitude 42 Brewing Company - described on the can as a Double Chocolate Stout, and makes no mention of rye.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - Pours slightly thin, but appears opaque black in the glass, with a one finger khaki tan foam head that falls to a bubbly ring, leaving lots of good sticky spotty lacing behind. Looks good for what it is.

S - Huuuuge malty & milk chocolate aromas on this one. Beneath that, notes of dark roasted barley, and notes of burnt & char. Subtle cola spicing / vanilla extract flavors creep out at times also.

T - Taste is the same: huge milk chocolate, roast, & char flavors abound in this one. Very delicious stuff. Slight cola-esque spices and notes of vanilla do come through as the beer drinks on. Very creamy and flavorful.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy. Lingering roast / char flavors. It's a bit thin for the style and abv, but all around a nice offering.

Latitude 42 Brewing Lucifer's Cuvee -----4/5.

Feb 07, 2016
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gobuccos from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with very little head. Smell is of bitter chocolate. Taste lives up to smell. Add some spices to this beer and you have Xocoveza. Overall a very good beer.

Feb 04, 2016
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jp32 from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours black in color with a big, fluffy tan colored head. Huge lacings throughout.

Smell: The smell is rich and roasty. Chocolate. Roasted caramel malts. Actually, milk chocolate seems to win out in the aroma profile.

Taste: BIG on milk chocolate. Fudge. Coffee. Very sweet and malty. Some rye spiciness and and hop bittterness squeaks through the flavor at times, but it's mainly dominated by a malty, chocolatey taste. Earthy aftertaste.

Feel: Borderlines on heavy bodied. Very smooth. Creamy mouthfeel. No real alcohol presence, it's very well hidden.

Overall: Better than I thought it would be. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the heavy chocolate stouts.

Feb 02, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into snifter, canned on 12/9/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, fudge, toasted dark bread, spicy rye, light smoke/char, light dark fruit, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, fudge, toasted dark bread, spicy rye, light smoke/char, light dark fruit, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, fudge, toasted dark bread, spicy rye, smoke, char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bittersweet and spicy hop balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness as well. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and moderately sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. Pretty strong on the hop presence right now, but there is a lot of great rich/robust malt complexity as well. A very enjoyable offering.

Jan 23, 2016
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Mikus from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.4%

Lots of rye... cut right through the essential character of the IS. Wife liked it, but it was too watery and thin for me. Lacked some of the essential depth and strong notes of the style. I wouldn't buy this again. Lucie might not be too happy to have his name tied to this one.

Dec 16, 2014
Lucifer's Cuvee - Double Chocolate Rye Stout from Latitude 42 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 103 ratings