Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
In accordance with my effort to pay more attention to California breweries, I decided to explore the often overlooked (at least by me) offerings of Lagunitas Brewing Company. Figuring that I've had pretty good luck with her with stouts recently, I split this bomber with my fiancee, divided between two oversized wine glasses. As the now cliche'd Borat would say, "Success!"
The body was a very dark brown, almost black, and completely opaque with a thin, creamy tan head that eventually dissolved, leaving behind a thin swirling lace. I would have preferred greater head retention, but what it had to offer was appealing.
The odor was that of freshly roasted coffee beans with perhaps a dash of dark chocolate--not terribly complex or unusual, but encouragingly potent and appetizing nonetheless.
The taste caught me by surprise, and pleasantly so. In addition to a slight alcohol burn, it offered a well-balanced blend of coffee and dark chocolate. This is not unusual for a coffee-infused stout, but what was unusual was that the finish was impeccably balanced between the two--not too sweet and not too bitter.
However, this uncanny balance was a bit paradoxical. While on the one hand, I appreciated the fact that the bitterness didn't linger and cake into my tongue, I've become so accustomed to expecting this sensation from this sort of beer that because it was absent, the body actually felt almost watered down.
This disadvantage, too, gets turned on its head, as the brew's lack of "heaviness" and potency made it all the more drinkable as a result. I have several stouts in my refrigerator, and invariably, these brews tend to survive longer than the IPAs, the Belgians, and other cousins as I have to be in the right mood to consume one. However, this offering from Lagunitas is so tasty and smooth that this could very well be a brew I drink with some regularity were it not for the fact that it's not that readily available.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2007 04:29:15 | More by instrumentality
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