High West-ified Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
This brew was served on tap at The Emory in Ferndale, Michigan as part of their Lagunitas tap takeover. It arrived in a generic high stemmed chalice, showing the hues of the deepest chocolate brown, with fading rays of light browns towards the stem. It supported a one finger head of creamy, tight latte colored foam, showing good retention into a single sheet of lacing draped around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be light, but it was organized into few, yet active rising streams of bubbles. The biting sting of rye whiskey hit your nostrils before the glass had even landed on the table. The bourbon was huge and warming, with melty buttery diacetyls, sweet mossy oakiness, campfire smokiness, dank coolness of vanilla bean, sweet chocolate and coffee malt base, shiny oiliness of freshly pressed coffee beans, sunflower seeds, and a watermelon fruitiness. Our first impression was that the bourbon, as in the nose, was insanely far forward, but the sip was able to maintain a lightness, for an easy-drinking, tongue-boxing powerhouse of flavor. The taste began with rich roast of coffee that was independent from the otherwise dirty, dark, and murky malt bill of roasted barley, chocolate malts, and wheat. Riding along this wave were notes of fusel bourbon, black cherry sweetness, vanilla bean and almond extracts, and sugary sweet dark chocolate syrups. The hotness of the booze became exacerbated with each rake of it across your tongue as you rolled it around your mouth. The middle came with an even sweeter pinch of molasses and milk chocolate, soured oaky woodiness, bitter coffee bean roast, dark cocoa, white paper and cardboard dryness, slimy lime rind, soy sauce, and chive fumes. The end came crashing through with vanilla wood bourbon, fresh whipped cream, musty mineral, ground walnut shells, gingerbread, black pepper, pumpernickel and toasted rye breadiness, heavy cocoa powders, powdered cinnamon bitters, and rumbles of herbal and sticky pine sap hoppiness. The aftertaste breathed of big oaky sourness, huge boozy fires, bell pepper vegetals, fresh red cherries, coconut shavings, heavily bittering raw cocoa, and smoldering ember smokiness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was very high. Big puckering dryness comes just as the prickle sets in. Each sip gave soft and syrupy slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is left drooping with heaviness, but there is an almost immediate powder-dry astringency all around the mouth. The abv is big, but appropriate. Drinkability is as a slow sipper, but again, this too is appropriate, and comparatively easy on the drinker.
Overall, the best thing about this beer was its taste. This showed wild progression from the beginning to the end of the sip, moving from a cloyingly sweet introduction to an intensely bitter finish, progressively engaging all corners of the palate and every type of taste bud. The bourbon is robustly represented throughout, as well, but you can really appreciate the collaboration of that fusel rye character with the dark, malty base flavors of the stout. The nose, dare we say, mirrors that of Bourbon County, but it is much more fusel, and a bit more bittered. The flavoring approaches it as well, but this is much rougher around the edges, with more bite and less love. We don’t mean to compare the two side-by-side, but the general profiles resemble one another, reminding us of something akin to Bourbon County. The high carbonation kind of throws you off, as it is slightly unexpected, but it doesn’t take away from the overall quality of it. This is a highly enjoyable offering, and a big, big beer for Lagunitas, as we’ve yet to see what they can do with wood.
02-02-2014 20:14:28 | More by TheBrewo
3.99/5 rDev -4.3%
Appearance- Received with about a finger's worth of head which fades rather quickly. The head is a light, creamy beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Lacing is pretty much non-existent but hints of sheeting do extend (at points) from the surface of the beer.
Nose- Much like the Black Butte XXIII- chocolate that is mostly Tootsie Roll with huge notes of caramel that suggests toffee and vanilla. Maybe even a little bit of butterscotch. Swirling doesn't add anything; it simply intensifies the caramel notes. A touch of coffee comes out after some time.
Taste- Shows some chocolate and cocoa but then quickly moves into pretty huge barrel notes- lots of oak, vanilla, and a good amount of booze. Some coffee as well. Despite the initial big notes of bourbon barrel aging, it's quite balanced and pretty smooth. Good amount of caramel. The description is pretty close to what the flavor profile actually does. Another example of what Lagunitas does best- make really good but cheap beers. Some of the complexity does fade and this resolves into a solid and competent beer but not the really good to amazing one that I thought it might become. This is not a real criticism- it's pretty much on par with Silva Stout and is closer to the types of stouts I typically enjoy. Pretty much a good beer with a bit of inclination toward really good. Somewhat in between. Some bits of spice- think cinnamon, maybe nutmeg.
Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied which makes it seem a little thin. Fortunately, it doesn't have much carbonation so it seems fuller than it is.
Drinkability- Very easygoing and doesn't show 12% at all. I don't even know if this is bottled but if it is, it's a dangerous beer because I imagine it would also be pretty cheap. And a 3 bucks for a 250 mL pour it is. Lagunitas might not be the best brewery but it is certainly one of the most accessible.
Overall- Solid to really, good beer. There isn't anything that astounds or deviates from the norm- this is just a very solid representation of the style. I understand why this was a favorite at the Holiday Ale Fest and I'm glad that I finally get a chance to try it. Definitely worth a try and it won't hurt you wallet to do so.
01-25-2014 21:32:34 | More by artoolemomo
4.18/5 rDev +0.2%
This is a big imperial stout (I believe a stronger version of the cappuccino stout) aged on Rye Whiskey barrels.
Appearance: deep brown/black with a minimal head. Fairly viscous as would be expected from such an enormous beer.
Smell: Coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. There are some nuances as it warms.
Taste: Very sweet and chocolatey. The coffee is somewhat subdued. Detectable hop presence, but not overdone. The barrel-aging makes itself noticed, but plays a complimentary role. Not overly boozy.
Feel: A bit cloyingly sweet, but acceptable for the style.
Overall: The second barrel-aged offering I have tried from Lagunitas. This one is rather well done. Definitely a solid sipper. Worth trying if you can get your hands on it.
10-07-2013 14:21:04 | More by mxchap
High West-ified Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.