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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,767 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2767
Reviews: 1140
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%


Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004)
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BB1313

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with some brown hues; fluffy khaki head that fades slowly leaving great retention and lacing. The aromas are loaded with black coffee. There's a nice amount of vanilla in the mix too. Cocoa malts and milk chocolate is there too. The flavors focus on the coffee, obviously. There's milk chocolate there giving it a sweetness along with some dark chocolate giving it a subtle bitterness. The espresso overpowers the chocolate, in my opinion. The vanilla really accents the coffee notes, giving it a solid complexity. There's a subtle earthiness going on. This is not boozy at all and the flavors are clean. Alcohol goes unnoticed and this is dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is great. It's extremely light and fluffy on the palate, but still remains full-bodied. The carbonation is active. It really enhances the experience.

This is a very nice coffee stout. It doesn't try to be anything special or out of the ordinary, but just stays true to the concept. It might not be a game changing coffee stout, but it's on point and very enjoyable. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 20:05:24 | More by BB1313
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LuvLagunitas

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Black. It's pretty black. Light can barely pass through it. Nice 2-finger tan head leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Smells tasty. Slightly sweet with smooth milk chocolate and coffee. Touch of booze.

T: Just like the nose, the creamy chocolate is upfront and fades into the rich dark malts. Towards the back, the coffee is slightly robust and bitter, as it is accompanied by a mild amount of hops. Very well balanced. . . And there's the booze. The alcohol lingers more on the tongue as it warms up.

M: Very creamy. Maybe even a little chewy. Pretty much what I would expect from a stout.

O: I really liked this coffee stout. Lagunitas has always been a reliable brewery and a go-to for me. This a pretty good coffee stout, maybe not the best, but definitely worth trying. Especially since a bomber of it is only about five dollars. I recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 21:04:45 | More by LuvLagunitas
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Mongrel

Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thinner than expected with a finger of light tan head that sees some nice lacing.

Not a big nose on this one. Smells mildly sweet with a faint whiff of coffee and roasted grains. There's also a hint of Sambuca-like booze.

First sip is a little thin with plenty of black coffee bitterness. Then the flavor rounds out with a sort of creaminess. There's some lactic tang (is lactose at work here?) and roasted barley. The dark, bitter coffee/chocolate flavors are concentrated in that inky sort of way that I enjoy in big stouts. A deep caramel richness develops which, coupled with sweet cream, results in a sweeter brew than most imperial coffee stouts.

Mouthfeel is creamy, despite its thinness in the glass. It really opens up on the palate and leaves a reasonably long sweet and roasty finish.

0verall this beer, like most Lagunitas products, is a great bargain. Big on taste -- like a milk stout on steroids, dosed with coffee -- but wont weigh you down. Doesn't drink like a 9.2% beer -- it goes down easy, but you'll feel your body start warming up pretty quickly.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 21:30:07 | More by Mongrel
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FitnessForBeer

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: looks like a stout, very dark coffee black. Little bit of head on the just barely covering
S: sweetness, coffee and espresso aromas. Was expecting a little more
T: very sweet. Looks of coffee, kind of does remind me of a cappuccino or macchiato. A little harshness like eating dark chocolate.
M: a little syrupy, with medium carbonation
O: pretty awesome for the price, was only $3.99 for a bomber, hard to beat

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 03:55:59 | More by FitnessForBeer
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Celtics17

California

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this very much, not a thick stout at all. But very good layering to this stout. You can taste the coffee, chocolate, and cappuccino aspects in different ways. They hit the taste buds at different times, which is great.

This is a sessionable stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 06:51:09 | More by Celtics17
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towelboy02

California

3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a = light brown, almost slighty watered down cappuccino. minimal head, slight lace.

smell = a nice coffee aroma. roasted malt.

taste = a strong forefront of coffee flavor. it does have a cappuccino flavor with a hoppy end. Kind of fall short on the coffee flavor. i would like a longer linger in the coffee flavor.

mouthfeel = a strong coffee feel, but seems light for a stout.

overall = good stout beer to end a night. i think it would pair well with some dessert.

comments = overal good coffee brewed stout beer. when thinking of a cappuccino stout, i was looking for a creamy flavor that would coat the tongue. Almost like the creme from a fresh brewed shot of espresso. i have another bottle that i will attempt to age. i think it will taste much better with time.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 20:24:23 | More by towelboy02
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adman08

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a little on the thin side but nice creamy, off white head. Not as black as I'd expect for a stout. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate and coffee along with a distinct happiness. Cold coffee flavor with a fairly strong hop presence. The coffee and hops along with the hight alcohol lend an almost chili pepper flavor. For a beer called cappuccino stout I expect something more creamy. This beer is just too thin bodied. It's a nice coffee stout but it really needs more body.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 19:12:43 | More by adman08
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a surprisingly light nut brown, which settles into a dark black in the glass, with red highlights. Thick foamy 3 finger beige head, good retention, and tons and tons of lacing.

Huge chocolate malt notes with equally huge coffee notes; slightly fruity booziness in the background, a hint of cream, and an impression of dry grains and bananas.

Flavor does not disappoint, with sweet and dark chocolate up front, and dark coffee (not burnt) following. Earthy hops are noticeable, but without imparting much distinct flavor. Aftertaste starts to run a little flat and watery after a while.

Thick and silky, full mouthfeel. Long, long lasting finish that only turns dry after about a minute.

This is a solid, tasty stout. Definitely a dessert-like sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:38:57 | More by Roguer
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itsscience

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with some ruby around the edges and a big two-finger khaki head. The nose is rather subdued, but what's there is coffee, roasted malts, and maybe a little bit of chocolate, if I strain really hard to get a third descriptor. It tastes of ground black coffee predominantly, with dark chocolate, some dark fruit qualities, and vanilla far in the background. There's an earthy hop bite and it has a medium mouthfeel. Lagunitas makes some great stuff and I love coffee stouts, but this comes as a disappointment. Not terrible though.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 22:47:25 | More by itsscience
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.99 bomber poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Looks like a porter. Perfectly clear ruby black color. Finger of sand colored head that stays awhile. A bit of lacing.

Smell: Cappuccino/coffee notes are definitely there, as is a caramel sort of sweetness. Roasty and a trace of chocolate. Not picking up any sort of fruity aromas here.

Taste/feel: Nice, even if not very complex. This also drinks like a porter, in a way. Impressive beer for some not-so-great reasons. First, the feel is middle of the road with a moderate carbonation. It's certainly not bad, but a bit more thickness would be welcome -- this is coming off as way too damn drinkable for a beer that's over 9%. The flavor is cappuccino and roastiness with the slightest bit of dark fruit flavor on the end... really slight. Aftertaste is bitter and dry (thanks, alcohol!) with a bit of a lingering roastiness. Nice quick sweetness before a dark coffee bitterness comes and stays until the next sip. This beer is amazing in that the 9% is hidden flawlessly, besides the fact that this brew dries your mouth right up. This honestly gives the vibe of a 5 or 6% porter, due to its incredible drinkability.

At $4.99, the price is excellent. For the style, I'm on the fence. It's a bit more of a porter than a stout to me, as it's incredibly drinkable without a "heavy" flavor with massive flavor. I suppose that could be a good thing too, and I guess it is, and that's why I'm confused. This is an excellent beer, though, regardless of the style confusion, and I'd most definitely buy it again. Lookie here, another winner from Lagunitas.

Snap edit: As I'm sipping on this (about 45min later), the feel seems to be completely different. It's got a great silkiness to it that I was looking for when I first cracked the bottle. Where it came from/how it developed, I'll never know, but it's made me knock up the mouthfeel and overall rating from 3.75 to a 4. Fabulous brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 19:03:03 | More by Alextricity
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BingCrosby7

California

3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A This is a surprisingly light beer--a lot of variation in color. It actually looks like watered down coffee more than it looks like a stout. It becomes more and more translucent around the edges. Almost no head retention or lacing.
S There's some roasted coffee here, as is to be expected, and a little bit of booze tucked away in there. Mostly sweet coffee, though.
T Sweetened coffee. Not a whole hell of a lot going on in this one.
M It's really thin and slick, but agitating it while holding it in the palate actually makes it feel cappuccino esque. Without that, though, I kind of hate the mouthfeel. This is an emaciated beer lol.
O I'm not impressed by this beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 03:37:54 | More by BingCrosby7
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Tree House snifter.

a: Black with ruby highlights when seen through light. Half finger tan head receded quickly to thin patchy surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Black coffee and dark chocolate.

t: Like the nose, followed by a sharp hop bite. Bitterness cloys the sides of the mouth. Bittersweet finish. High ABV well-concealed

m: Light to moderate.

o: A very tasty stout! Considerable bitterness is nicely balanced by the sweet coffee and chocolate taste, or rather vice-versa. Really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:20:58 | More by scotorum
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a healthy amount of head which looks to have really good retention. The head is a light beige with hints of khaki while the body is a dark, chocolate brown that shows muddy burgundy in the light. Lacing is perforated sheeting.

Nose- Fairly subdued for a coffee stout. I get a slight metallic note with slight vinous qualities from the glass. The bottle shows some roasted malts, a little bit of bubble gum, some nuttiness, and caramel. Everything is extremely subdued. Swirling reveal some cream and even sour milk. Not unpleasant but odd.

Taste- Starts with a fruity front that recalls berries to begin with- not as bold as Blackberry Albert or Backyard Rye but it's there. Some cherry, bold coffee on the middle. Some roasted malts. Some chalkiness, slight sourness on the finish. Not a lot of presence and much of the complexity is subtle but I think this beer does much better under scrutiny than I thought it would. The barrel aged version of this beer was a pleasant surprise and this is certainly deserving of attention. It's very light for a coffee stout without being thin. There's nothing that really stands out except for the very subtle berry and vinous notes that hang around the edges but it is a competent stout that hides its alcohol well. I wonder about the actual quality of the coffee used but the other components seem solid. A little sweet at points and I wish there were more notes of caramel and toffee but the fruitier sweetness seems to block those. Still, a really good beer at good price. I will probably pick this up from time to time- especially when it's on sale.

Mouthfeel- Almost between medium bodied and heavy bodied with light carbonation. Some syrup to the texture with a bit of smoothness as well.

Drinkability- Very easy drinking but lacks the complexity of the better imperials. But what do you expect for a beer you can easily get for 4 bucks or less? It is dangerous and of great worth to the budget conscious. I will be buying this beer again.

Overall- Good, solid beer. Flirts with being really good but it just doesn't have the complexity I desire. It is worth a try and as it is a bargain beer, one that will have again. Standard Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 04:47:07 | More by artoolemomo
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IKR

California

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

Appearance: Very dark brown with a modest-sized medium beige head.

Smell: Coffee dominated with some faint brown sugar notes.

Taste: Coffee and roasted malt notes hit initially. The beer finishes with some slight hop and roasted malt notes. The coffee notes are the star of the show as the name suggests.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Good coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 02:01:47 | More by IKR
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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Tremens snifter. Black as usual per style, yet there is a brown ring around the edge that light can get through. MIld head on this one.

Smell is roasted coffee, cocoa, and maybe some leather. Perhaps some vanilla in there as well but its mostly just coffee.

Taste is very clean. Bitter coffee and some chocolate dominate. MIld hint of vanilla and leather. Also some creamy textures and flavors.

Feel is a bit on the thin side, with medium carb.

Overall I like these guys' beer and this one is pretty good, just not the best Imperial stout I've had, but its worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:22:55 | More by BastardKing24
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BumpyAZ

New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown to nearly black with about 1 finger of beige foamy head

S: Coffee, its big and its upfront. There's a hint of sweetness, maybe vanilla. Also has a slight Chile/pepper aroma, hits upf?ront with the coffee and works well

T: very similar to the aroma

M: Medium bodied, overly carbonated, bitter and dry on the end

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 01:14:47 | More by BumpyAZ
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HopBomb515

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Not quite black, deep brown slightly soda colored. Nice 2 finger head and sticky web like lace all over. Head doesn't stay around long. Good looking beer.

S - Very clean coffee forward nose with some roasted malt sweetness and some vanilla notes in there.

T - It's coffee forward but it doesn't dominate the scene. There is a fantastic balance here between the coffee, semi sweet roasted malt, some earthy hop presence and a nice subtle vanilla touch at the end with some lingering bitterness.

M - This beer gets some knocks for being thin. It's thin. It has a nicely carbonated medium mouthfeel. Its uncharacteristic for the style, but to me it's a refreshing change of pace. I could drink this by my fire pit in the spring and it would be perfect. So drinkable for 9.2%, and for that I find it hard to fault.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. It has a nice clean well balanced taste like drinking a cold cappuccino, really. It's unique and it works. We'll done Lagunitas!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 23:00:02 | More by HopBomb515
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a nonic pint glass.

A- Big head, light khaki in color... The head is frothy, cloud-like and persistent and heavy lacing is all over the glass. The beer is pitch black.

S- Surprise! The beer is coffee-heavy like the aroma of fresh grounds. There's an interesting spice aroma that suggests a chile, and I also get sweet cream.

T- Still getting some chile spice that plays well with the coffee bean flavor. There's also some creamy lactose and sweetness and a dark roast sort of burnt toast flavor.

M- The beer has a medium body and carbonation, bitterness that seems to be from the coffee, and a bit of sweetness and cream.

O- I still enjoy this beer and I liked the chile aspect, even if I'm not entirely sure its inclusion was intentional.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 22:34:15 | More by ONovoMexicano
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NYR2

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown but not opaque...I like my stouts to be black, but the taste more than makes up for it's dark brown translucent appearance with little to no head.

S - Smells like cold coffee...no other way to describe it.

T - Tastes of sweetened iced coffee without the cream/milk. One of the better pure "coffee" style stouts I have tasted. I will purchase this again if I can still find it.

M - Smooth with mild carbonation on the tounge and throat on the finish.

O - While you have other great stouts such as Founders Breakfast and Yeti Oak Aged Espresso, this is among the tops as a pure coffee style stout in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 02:15:31 | More by NYR2
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JG-90

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Cappuccino Stout pours a moderate sized light brown head that is thick and creamy. Body is a dark brown with hints of red, definitely more translucent than you would expect from a stout with this ABV. Head has good retention and leaves moderate/low lacing. Aroma consists of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee, not a whole lot of aroma, and seems a bit stale.

Taste has a ton of bitter coffee up front (seems more like espresso than cappuccino - but I'm no coffee connoisseur), move on to some earthy and herbal hops and roasty dark chocolate and malt, with an earthy, coffee, hint of vanilla finish.

Body is thin with high carbonation. Really would like a thicker, chewier body here. If this beer had that, I think it would be great, but the water feel definitely takes away from the overall enjoyment. However, this beer really packs a huge coffee punch which I appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 15:56:47 | More by JG-90
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bpasquini

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours pitch black, the beer doesn't seem to have a thick appearance to it though, leaves a very small off white, tan head and no lacing, typical stout appearance except for the color, it's pitch black but has a glossy appearance to it which is new to me, but it looks good

S: While pouring this beer you can notice the cappuccino, strong cappuccino presence with a hint of chocolate, notice some tobacco as well, note very complex but with what you get it smells really good

T: Also not incredibly complex but again, its pretty tasty, this beer doesn't really transition flavors, the cappuccino is present through out, at first you get all the flavors mixed together, then the tobacco fades and the chocolate comes in on the finish, like I said not super complex but it's really good

M: This stout is not viscous enough for my likings, it makes it more drinkable and has a slightly more carbonated feel to it which is still pretty good, but I think this stout needs a more viscous mouthfeel to it

O: Cannot beat this for the price, $5 for a stout like this, I'll take that deal any day, recommend grabbing one if you see it next time you go to the bottle shop

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 06:54:09 | More by bpasquini
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Decently dark, but more of a thin, light brown coming out of the bottle. A billowy 2 finger khaki head. A decent amount of light coming through.

S- raw coffee beans and chocolate. Espresso comes through late, but not really the highlight.

T- Chocolate and raw coffee. Charcoal. A bit harsh at times. Has a solid hop profile, but nothing really stands out flavor-wise. Astringent off putting finish.

M- Like most other aspects of this beer, the feel is pretty meh. A little fuller than expected, but lacks true stout characteristics of a creamy, chewy body.

O- Simply average.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 02:59:32 | More by Bosoxfan20
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Finger worth on slightly off white head. Above average active carbonation in glass. Dark brown on the pour which sat black in the glass. Creamy lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Light roasted coffee grounds and medium bodied malt tones hit first. Tones of dark chocolate and caramel pop up on the body. There isn't a ton more here then you would expect from an espresso stout, lots of coffee grounds and malt.

Taste: Oak and some smokey espresso tones hit the palate first. Dark chocolate bitterness lingers largely in the body of the brew and carries into the finish. Medium bodied roasted malt tones pop up on the back end and add to the coffee tones. Light milk chocolate sweetness is picked up on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Dry with plenty of lingering bitterness from the coffee and chocolate tones. Carbonation is brighter then expected.

Overall: Pretty much what I expected when opening up a espresso stout. Lots of black coffee and dark chocolate accents. Nothing that well blow you away but no doubt a brew that is worth of a try if this type of brew strikes your fancy.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 02:39:34 | More by KFBR392
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

The Cappuccino Stout has a two to three finger, light khaki head and an almost black body. It has the same slight transparency in shallow places that black coffee has.

Fabulous aroma. Vanilla, chocolate-covered raisins, caramel, a hint of molasses or maple, and the expected milky coffee, round out an incredibly good smell. Outstanding milk chocolate in there.

In the flavor, the awesome array of sweet, dessert-like qualities from the aroma are joined with the appropriate and wonderfully complementary earthiness and slightly bitter roastiness one would expect in a stout. Not quite as impactful as the aroma, but still tasty.

The feel is kind of medium-bodied. I wouldn't mind an imperial stout like this being a bit thicker, but it drinks pretty well.

A very well-put-together coffee-infused stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 00:12:43 | More by Kuaff
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magictacosinus

California

4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this years ago, and I figured with lots of (seemingly) fresh bottles raining down recently upon my distro, it was time to go ahead and buy it. It's $3.50 around here, for Christ's sake! What's the worst that could happen? Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass and split with a friend. No freshness date, but I'm pretty sure it's fresh.

Pours a blackened color of a stout, with some light brownish streaks at the rim - otherwise, no light penetrates this, and strangely enough, it's more opaque looking than their actual RIS. Contains a frothy mocha colored head that gives this the appearance not just of a mocha, but of a malted chocolate beverage due in part to its viscosity and thickness. Leaves behind a shrapnel coated web of foam with each swirl. Really nice and really presentable... Classic Lagunitas!

Smells great - huge roasted ground espresso notes, chocolate, and other roasted goodness, as well as a brief sweetness that rounds everything up quite well. The coffee is way up front on this, but then, a milk chocolate sweetness comes around, as well as some vanilla and caramel. It indeed smells like a cappuccino, if memory serves me well the last time I've had one. Nice dark fruit comes in, with notes of peaberries, raisins, cherry pits, as well as some molasses. Slightly pine forward at the finish, with some citrus and earthy notes, but definitely far more toned down as far as offerings from this brewery go. It's amazing how well the alcohol is well hidden here - this is nearly in the same league as Founders Breakfast Stout, to be perfectly honest. Really richly enticing.

The flavor took me by surprise, showcasing a very well balanced blend of the base beer and the addition of coffee. Extremely well roasted at the front, with bittered yet richly flavorful notes of ground espresso, followed by a sweet chocolate flavor coated with a seemingly lactic and vanilla-like sweetness. The middle is more roasted chocolate, with some notes of dark fruit (mainly cherries), more molasses, pine, and citrus zest. Finishes with a hearty sweetness, caramel and fudge included, with minimal heat from the alcohol, as well as a chocolate roasted flavor that melds with the coffee bitterness that is sharp yet overall comfortable to drink. This is quite thick and filling, and in spite of its relatively high ABV, you never taste the alcohol or really feel its effects. Well carbonated and thick, and exactly how a high gravity coffee stout should drink, without banging you over the head.

Man, I really enjoyed this, and this really confirmed to me that Lagunitas can really do no wrong overall when it comes to the quality of the beer vs. the low prices they're charging them for. This is an excellent coffee stout - simultaneously bitter and sweet, with a light spiciness, and ridiculously easy to find just about anywhere around here. Definitely difficult to tackle a bottle all on your own, but can be easily split. Delicious stuff - in my book, at this point, Lagunitas has crowned themselves as one of America's definitive breweries of the New World style brewing that occurs here.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 07:24:02 | More by magictacosinus
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Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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