Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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3,984 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,984
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 170
Gots: 685 | FT: 7
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004

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Photo of RoyalT
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This limited release stout poured a dark brown in color with some nice ruby highlights and a modest head that showed good retention.

Smell – Oh, does this smell good. The roasted malts are very dark and form a solid base for this stout. The cappuccino aroma is solid espresso and creamy milk. Somebody’s already added some raw sugar to this one as well. Overall the bouquet is very big and open.

Taste – Wow, this tastes actually bigger than it smells. The cappuccino flavors are enormous here. Add to that the big, roasty malt base and you have one helluva stout. I can pick up some complex fruity notes as well.

Mouthfeel – This one is almost full in the body. It is thick, thick, thick, and give a really hard core bitter coffee flavor on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability – If you live in Seattle and go to Starbucks three times a day like a lot of us do, this is the stout for you.

Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For $5 I could drink this all day long!!!

Edit: This is 9.2%?! Wow, this does a great job at the level...and price. cheers

Photo of CTbrew32
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Mostly black in color with a very dark brown hue as well. Pours a thick four finger width head that is tan in color.

Aroma- Coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, and milk chocolate.

Taste- Coffee bitterness is present at first and into the finish. The coffee gives way for moment to vanilla and chocolate flavors which balance out the coffee and roasted malts nicely. The finish sees more coffee bitterness along with the coffee/vanilla sweetness.

Feel- Medium/ full bodied, creamy, medium carbonation.

Overall- Pretty much nails everything for a coffee stout with big roasty coffee flavors, but enough sweetness to balance it out. Definitely in the ball park of the likes of an FBS, but not quite as good. For the price and quality this is a great beer.

Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its great to see more and more Lagunitas brews showing up here in wny,poured a deep but not pitch black there was ruby highlights shown thru out when held up to the light a well formed one finger mocha colored head atop.Big espresso roast coffee aromas and dry unsweetened chocolate lingers,roasted to the hilt flavors somewhat earthy in the finish but the coffee flavors really steal the show.A light earthiness in the finish rounds out the beer nicely,if you like big roasted uncompremising stouts this is for you and with the alcohol very well hidden it goes down easily.

Photo of tectactoe
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color, murky and swampy with some light shining through around all of the edges. Seemingly low carbonation with a little, light-tan head that leaves minimal lacing at best. Aroma is full of some boozy chocolate; the alcoholic character comes off as bourbon-like. Creamy vanilla notes in the background, along with more cocoa dust and maybe even oak chips. Taste is, as expected, very chocolatey and oaky; woody and vanilla notes throughout. Some deep espresso comes out about halfway through and hits heavy against the roof of my mouth - bitter and dark. The cocoa powder flavor takes on a bittersweet character and that entwines with the light floral profile of the beer - very light and ashy hops hide in the background. As it gets warmer, the booze gets stronger and the woody notes become more defined. It's funny, this almost takes on a bourbon barrel aged flavor profile, even though it's not. Medium-thick mouth feel, slightly syrupy and a touch sticky; very low carbonation.

Overall, not as good as I was expecting, perhaps my expectations for Lagunitas have been put up too high based on their other brews. Still a very solid stout, but I would've liked more of a heavy coffee flavor and maybe less of a bourbon burn.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

To set the table, I love this brewery and style of brew. I will be biased high in my review. I wish this stuff came in 6-packs and was readily available.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an English pint glass. Released a nice brown head that settled pretty quickly into a rocky foam. Nose consists of sweet malt with some dark notes of chocolate and coffee. Some raisin notes with dark currant and bread present later.

The sweetness promised in the aroma and by the OG (stated on the bottle) is just not present. There is a definite coffee flavor in the malt with chocolate notes, but the supporting sweetness expected in the malt fails to appear, leaving a slight bitter flavor sensation but for my taste that's perfect.

Finish is long coffee and alcohol dominate the malt that is present. Hop bitter is there and balances along with bitter coffee and chocolate. Really its balanced but not necessarily with hop. Kinda cool. The lack of malt sweetness lessens the need for a heavy bitter and this beer actually responds to that need with a nice complex but mild bitter from multiple sources.

Photo of weatherdog
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A vigorous pour down the center on the glass produced just a small layer of bubble head which quickly dissipated to a small ring of bubbles. It poured a very dark brown with a brilliant ruby color shining through the edges.

It smelled of sweetened coffee with some powdered chocolate notes. Not nearly as strong as many of the other coffee stouts I have had.

The taste has a distinct roasty coffee flavor but it is noticeably lacking any of the bitterness which makes other coffee stouts come across a little harsh. It also is completely neutral in flavor on the backside which is interesting. Once again many other coffee stouts leave a bitter coffee taste through the whole thing but this one is only on the front end. I like that a lot but I only wish the coffee taste was a little stronger.

Mouthfeel is great. Not nearly as sweet as many others of a similar gravity in the style. It shows no hint of the 9+% ABV. The neutral flavored back end makes this beer insanely drinkable.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Tyler's Tap Room in Apex, NC

Dark brown to black, very little opacity, with a thin tan head that went to a ring relatively quickly. Surprising lace for such a thin head.

Aromas were strong on coffee with secondary chocolate, as you would probably suspect with the name.

Flavors were clearly coffee and chocolate, but with less intensity than the aromas suggest. The lighter carbonation tends to lend to a slightly heavier mouthfeel but that isn't necessarily bad. There must be something in here that brings it to some semblance of balance, but I can't figure it out. Finish is slightly bitter, but seemingly from the coffee malts, nothing hoppy that I could denote.

Overall, I enjoyed this pint. It's a solid stout and basically lives up to it's name. Good stuff.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Thick crowning of tan head with rings of lace on the glass; the brew is a shade away from pitch black. Soft espresso coffee bean notes, with blackberries and blood oranges in the nose. Thick chewy body, super smooth. Hints of chocolate, charcoal, creamy vanilla and espresso beans. Maltiness plays off of the hops even with all of the roasted chaos. Alcohol warms a bit middle to end; aftertaste is more of the espresso and high-alcohol Stout flavor.

Solid, but how can a big beer like this be so drinkable? Coffee Stouts have been all the rage over the past year, though Lagunitas was ahead of the times and near the head of the pack.

Photo of Dmann
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really looking foreward to this beer since I have been a big lagunitas fan in the past, but it turned out just average at best. The beer poured a very dark brown with a good tan head that settled into a thin layer of foam. The smell was not strong at all, with faint hints of coffee and roasted malts.
The taste was a let down as well with a hint of coffee, a nice kick of roasted malts and a slight woody flavor, but not nearly the flavor I would expect from a beer brewed with "hard core coffee".

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. 22oz bomber pours a deep dark brown color with ruby highlights and a nice half inch of tan head on top of the brew. Aromas begin with nice roasted malts met by a dark burnt coffee aroma and notes of chocolate. A touch smoky with only a hint of hops. Nice stuff.

First sip brings a nice roasty dark malt profile that moves into a rush of burnt, roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Smooth and somewhat smoky as well. Finishes with some hops and a nice sweetness on the end. All in all a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. I could see drinking this beer again with no problem at all. A solid coffee stout that doesn't fail to deliver. Easily one of my favorite Lagunitas brews so far and I look forward to having it again.

Photo of blitz134
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks black from afar, but when held up light shows through with red highlights. Lasting tan head, quarter inch thick of dense foam. Forms a nice sheet of lacing as well.

Aroma is actually pretty light, especially when I compare it to the tap version I have had of this. Coffee and chocolate aromas mainly, kinda sweet. I'm surprised at how light the aroma is comparatively...oh well...

Taste has a solid roasted malt backbone as expected. Coffee plays in on top of that, although not too heavily. A little black patent finishes it off by adding a touch of char and a little harshness after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is medium, not as thick as some stouts but it can hold its own. Coats the mouth fairly well and the flavor seems to linger.

Good drinkability, but I'd much rather have the tap version. A decent stout with a reasonable amount of coffee flavors, but not over the top like some others.

Photo of gregmoscetti
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot more malt taste than coffee taste in this one. It goes down like a porter. I was hoping for a bigger taste than I got from this stout. In the future, I think Lagunitas could push this one a lot more. If they beefed up literally EVERYTHING about this beer, it would be crazy delicious. Unfortunately, it remains the victim of my high expectations... Nor-cal does hoppy better than stout (imo and with the exception of Big Bear Black)

Photo of Beaver13
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. It has a bubbly tan head that quickly recedes the a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grainy coffee and sweet lactic chocolate with a little dark fruitiness and tobacco.

The flavor is lots of roasted coffee and black licorice with a little sweetness and a big bitter tobacco-like finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full and creamy.

Overall, a decent coffee stout. As I drank, more licorice and tobacco came out that I didn't really care for.

Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a growler into a pint glass. The growler was filled at The Village Beer Merchant in Buffalo NY.

Appearance: The body has a dark brown color with some reddish highlights. My aggressive pour produced a tall tan head on top of the beer. This tall head quickly settles to just a thin ring of slick lacing.

Smell: I was expecting coffee and it delivered. The nose was full of roasted coffee, roasted malt, some raw grain and a touch of alcohol.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a nice blend of toasted bread and roasted barley malt notes with some mild maple like sweetness and dark roasted espresso like coffee that adds a mild bitterness. Hop flavor is subdued and picks up on the coffee bitterness. The palate feels smooth with mellow carbonation inside a medium to full body.

Notes: Overall a solid coffee stout with a good blend and balance of flavor.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The look is dark with a very dark tan head. When held up to the light it is a dark dark brown. The head is thick but does dissipate.

The aroma is sweet chocolate and a good coffee

Mmmm as the name states cappuccino it is a very smooth and lite a froothy taste. A small alcohol numb is on the tongue. It taste great and the bitter finish typical with coffee beer is drownd in a sweetness.

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A treat to try a pint of this elixir on cask at the Blind Tiger in NYC. Pours near black, tan puffy and soft head, left some moderate lacing. Nose of, guess what, coffee beans. This is a very creamy, silky smooth ans soft on the tongue stout. Rich flavors of multiple differant shades of coffee, cafe au lait and coffee beans. Vanilla also slides accross the palate. Stout lovers and coffee lovers rejoice.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color with some mahagony on the edges with the help from some artificial light...fluffy off-white head, about a finger and a half sits on top. Lacing is web-like, but plentiful as the foam disappears.
Quite inviting in the nose...dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla bean and a sweet malty backbone.
The taste is good, but not great...the espresso flavor is quite weak, but the chocolate malt is successful in adding some complexity to this underachieving coffee stout. Actually tasting some fruity hops as well...that is odd, but actually pretty darn tasty and adds that uniquie twist I come to expect from the folks at Lagunitas.
Mouthfeel is thinner than what I expect from the style. Carbonation is a touch high too...not adding to its drinkability.
This one leaves me craving a bit more...still a good beer, but like their Imperial Stout, a tad thin to keep my interest peaked.

Photo of bl400315
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From bomber, pours a dark amber/red-brown color, one finger tan head with minimal lacing. Can smell the alcohol along with the roasted coffee beans, has a bready feeling. Can taste the hops, chocolate, and malts- fairly balanced. Alcohol bears a stronger presence in the after-taste. Medium body with mild carbonation (wish it was heavier). But good stout none the less.

Photo of Homebrew35
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this at a beer tasing. Pours a small frothy tan head which dissipates to slight tan lacing. Smells of black coffee beans, touch of sweet graininess. Tastes of acrid black coffee, touch of espresso, some lingering bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied, light carbing. Kind of hard to finish a small tasting. The acidity is that killer here. $8 a bomber.

Photo of Mora2000
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with beige head. Aroma is lots of roasted coffee with some hop bitterness. The flavor is teh same with lots of coffee and hops. The finish is more roasted malt. This is one of the hoppier coffee beers I have had, but not quite as hoppy as Mikkeller's Beer Geek Breakfast. A good beer with a great, creamy medium-thick mouthfeel. Recommended.

Photo of Nolang84
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gotta love lagunitas they have the golden touch haven't had one of theirs I haven't liked I stopped drinking them for a while.. But I remember why I love them great taste high Abv economic price hope they keep up what they're doin.

Photo of jamesmk48
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My bottle is labeled 8.9% ABV

Photo of lostandwandering
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

pours black with a small tan head which fades relatively quick. Not as dark or opaque as some other stouts.

Smells strongly of coffee with some hint chocolate.

Taste is similar to how it smells. Beer and coffee, not much wrong with that. It's a little more bitter than I was expecting though.

Mouth is certainly not as creamy as some other stout styles. Light carbonation with an initial hit of bitterness.

Overall, a pretty good stout. Strong coffee flavors, with little bite of alchohol. Definitely worth a shot for those who like this style of stout.

Photo of mattster
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 22 oz Bomber, poured into Nonic glass.

Nice thick tan creamy looking head of 1", in time dies down to a respectable thin lace across top of brew.

Smell is obviously of Juan Valdez's finest Columbian beans. Taste is slightly less coffee, hits of chocolate. Nice creaminess that makes this a pleasant stout.

Good finish, real easy to drink.

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Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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