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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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very good

2,770 Ratings

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Ratings: 2770
Reviews: 1141
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:
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(Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004)
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Photo of deadbody


5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Friggin amazing. Pours a beautiful dark brown almost black, with a nice head. Smells of chocolate and coffee and wonderfulness. Taste is very coffee forward but outstanding. Mouthfeel is heaven.

Overall, this was one of the best beers I have had in a while. I will be buying more of this to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 16:33:28 | More by deadbody
Photo of imabluehen


5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is on tap at the bar that I work at right now and is delicious. The smell is awesome, who doesn't love the smell of coffee?! But the delicious taste really puts this beer into the 5 star range for me! It is creamy with a nice coffee finish, very dark in color.

Don't tell lagunitas, but I mixed this beer with boulevard chocolate ale and it tasted like I was drinking a dunkachino! I will be doing this until one of the kegs kicks :) cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 18:33:16 | More by imabluehen
Photo of wethead

New York

5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers of all time,

Delicious coffee / Cappuccino taste!

If you like coffee, This beer is a must try,

Not over powering like most coffee stouts .

So good !

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 09:42:53 | More by wethead
Photo of Querty8


5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this from a cask at the brewery.

A - black as night with a 1/4 inch foamy head that never disappears.

S - coffee, chocolate, signature lagunita's malt.

T - tastes just like it smells...coffee is dominant.

M - very smooth...no carbonation...a little sticky.

O - great beer...great brewery!

If anybody gets a chance, definitely check out the brewery...they had many exclusive beers along with some of the best food I've had in California. BEEF BRISKET!!!

Serving type: cask

08-23-2013 00:30:10 | More by Querty8
Photo of FelixCat


5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hands down my favorite beer in the known universe to date!

There is your general basic stout taste reminiscent of a Guinness hand crafted from heaven at least that is what my taste buds are saying. Frothy and lighter than a Guinness but the aftertaste is nowhere as pansy. No sir, there is the hit of coffee, almost like candy, sweet, not too sweet, and a very strong coffee note for those of you who are fans of coffee in general, will truly savor and relish this nectar of the GODS. This is everything I want from a beer minus all of the artificial elements that come with the territory of beer + caffeinated beverage. The taste comes through so damn well my only qualm is that this is a seasonal beer.

It's one of those find it and don't hestitate to pick this up otherwise you have FAILED IN LIFE! Yes I will go that far to describe this beer. I love coffee, and I love this beer so damn much it is the icing on the cake to what is already finely established with Guinness Beers but it adds just the extra kick that is needed for the tastes inbetween tastes. I found this at the store and I gobbled it up and bought out the store. Why? This is my hands down best tasting and expertly crafted beer I have ever tasted in my goddamn life, ever. This beats out Real Ale Coffee Porter, if the porter is a daily go to, this Stout is the grand mutha final boss. Why because it has the taste, AND the kick to whack some sense into ya. While the porter is like yeh expertly crafted coffee aftertaste. If i had to go to an island and i had to pick one thing. it would be a truckload of this beer in some forever ice cold fridge on some paradise island. End of story. Period.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 02:19:18 | More by FelixCat
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.94/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very roasty with a bold roast coffee smell with some herbal citrus smells underneath it all. Very very smooth with sweet stout malts up front evolving into a bitter coffee taste and herbal bitterness from the hops melding together perfectly.

This is a pretty bitter beer and the sweetness only rolls over for a short while. The alcohol taste is non existent and is extremely drinkable. The coffee really comes out as the beer warms a bit as does the bitterness of the beer.

This is definitely one of the best coffee beers I've had. It definitely has a sedating but uplifting buzz to it from the coffee they inject into the beer. It tastes like a bold coffee but still like a beer because of the hoppy bitterness.... a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 04:13:37 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.88/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich deep brown with mahogany hues when held up to the light. The dense, creamy tan head leaves behind chunky rings of lace.

Aroma of chocolate and coffee/cappuccino upfront with hints of roasted malt in the background

Great flavor. Bold black coffee and dark chocolate with lots of roastiness. Some earthy hops seek in but the bitterness is supplies by the roasted malt and coffee. Finishes dry with some lingering roasted flavors. No taste of alcohol at all, very well hidden.

Smooth and oh so creamy. Perfect amount of carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

Top notch.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 02:44:18 | More by Lupe
Photo of Patandnik


4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorite stouts! My biggest complaint is that it never lasts more than a day or two at my local haunt. Very few Stouts can compare, in my opinion (GD Yeti comes to mind), to this beautiful beer!

Ok, I'm going to stop now, before I begin to gush.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2013 21:18:31 | More by Patandnik
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a nonic (also poured enough to my chalice, nothing changed):

A: dark brown close to black colored body yielding a one finger foamy off-white/tan head appears and lasts for a good minute before slowing dieing into the body , some nice spotty lacing appears and gently slides downward.

S: cappuccino coffee up front with some roasty malts in the background covered by some light chocolate notes, wow, really impressive

T: bittersweet between the cappuccino coffee and the chocolate and malts, awesome balance between the two.

M: medium to heavy perhaps due to the fairly high ABV. Its not exactly a very drinkable beer, but no worries, it just fits its style very well. It still coats the tongue and mouth very smoothly.

O: this is an excellent beer and perhaps one of my favorites from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 19:59:49 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of bensbeers


4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to draw the line in the sand on this one. I'M NOT USUALLY A FAN OF STOUTS, but I've come to enjoy lagunitas. As far as appearance and smell go, this was spot on; perfectly pitch black, it pours a mysterious black with a layer of caramel-colored head. On the nose, I picked up, of course, coffe and milk chocolate, as well as brown sugar and a hint of something bitter - couldn't name it, but it was there. Taste was ever-enjoyable; so much roasted coffee; lots of smooth toffee and chocolate flavors; really well-balanced by the hops-fruity and sweet yet it leaves the slightest bit of bitter aftertaste that begs you to take one more sip. Mouthfeel was the only thing that threw me off here; stouts are typically creamy with minimal carbonation, but this was atypical; pretty bubbly and thirst-quenching - probably why I enjoyed it so much.

Overall, would have given if it 5s across the board if it had been more true to style. An incredibly enjoyable beer for those who are looking for an intro into the world of stouts and porters. Would recommend in a heartbeat to anyone. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 03:28:13 | More by bensbeers
Photo of atalayafr

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark stout color with coffee undertones and plenty of mouthfeel. Pours heavily and with a nice head that lingers. Aromas of chocolate and coffee with alcohol that gently snips from the glass: but a heavy enough beer that disguises the alcohol content. Mouthfeel is full and smooth and not overwhelming. Very drinkable. Plenty of character but not too heavy. I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 04:41:54 | More by atalayafr
Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al


4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought as a bomber, label art is excellent btw

Appearance: outstanding lacing, nice foamy slowly receding head after the pour

S: Has a beautifully complex combination of aromatic coffee, roasted nuts, slight boozy tinge to odor but in a welcome sort of way

T/M: perfect combination of slight-medium carbonation with a smooth bitter and sweet initial hit that ends with a slight hops feel and bitterness at the end - the perfect representation of what you would want a coffee-spiked stout to taste like

O: 9.2% goes down like water for a reason - the beer is outstanding, not exactly sessionable only because it is of such a quality that it should be savored slowly, but certainly makes you want more of it sooner rather than later. Well-balanced in every respect.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 04:53:46 | More by Cheshire_Crew_Al
Photo of pacino77


4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

generally, after i've overstuffed my gullet on a big meal of mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus, vinagretted salad, and (seemingly discordant) kimchi, followed by a course of various hard cheeses from spain and portugal, i binge further and help myself to a mugful of breyers vanilla icecream. i know there are better dessert options out there, but in terms of consistency and availability, said flavor really shines. what i do not want, historically, after giant dinners with menus akin to the one above described, is beer. enter lagunitas espresso stout, which breaks all precedent. i was full like thanksgiving, stuffed to the gills, but not ready to let the night end, and all out of breyers. so i reached into the cellar and withdrew this whopper (which, at $4.99 for twenty-two ounces, is among the best-priced beers on the market) from the cellar and pried off the cap. the first sip was a total knockout--terrifically bitter, but, beyond that, unbelievably complex. it poured handsomely with a short, dry head that dissolved quickly. i took my time drinking it, such that by the time i had an inch-or-so left in my collins glass, it was well warmed. hot coffee gone cold i find repulsively unenjoyable, but chilled espresso stout turned room temperature? outstanding. those final sips even tasted a bit like vanilla ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 02:38:44 | More by pacino77
Photo of horshack7


4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Into a snifter is a deep and dark blackness with about one finger worth of head that thins out quick.

Aroma: Lots of dark roasted esspresso beans. Vanilla bean, huge maltiness. Only faint chocolate notes not much of a hop nose but those only get to swim in the background.

Taste: Massive flavor from the espresso beans with an underlying bitterness. Only a light bit of carbonation but it has a very creamy mouthfeel. The faintest of alchol notes but it's a very long way from being over powering. The dark roasted malts give off a sweetness a little like semisweet chocolate. Lots of dark roasted hopiness round everything out.

Notes: This a very drinkable american double imperial stout. A remarkable brew. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 01:19:22 | More by horshack7
Photo of ExtraStout


4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 23:06:09 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of SteveO1231


4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 22 oz. bomber from BevMo!

Pours black, with little ruby highlights. Awesome frothy tan head sits on top of the brew for a while, leave some awesome lacing as I sip away.

Really nice roasted malt aroma. Nice smell of chocolate, roasted caramel and toffee. I can smell the coffee and the alcohol in this brew.

Little malt sweetness, followed by the roasted flavors of chocolate, caramel. Awesome bitter chocolate and coffe flavor. Really captured a coffee flavor without over powering the beer.

This beer is awesome and went down so smooth. I didn't realize the ABV and it hit me pretty hard. I really enjoyed this beer and need to pik up a few more.


Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 04:35:12 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of boogles


4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber, about what it should be ... light head, thins out after a while. Smells delicious. Tastes even better. The same sweetness as in the Brown Shugga (sp?), but with plenty of bitterness to balance. I'm not sure if the sweetness is what makes it cappuccino instead of coffee, but it's working. I don't like gimmicky beers, and I generally don't like sweet beers--and, for that matter, Lagunitas has let me down a lot lately, but this is a true winner. I could drink this forever.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 02:10:02 | More by boogles
Photo of twaddlac


4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Jet black with decent carbonation. Very little head with a lace that hangs around for almost the entire glass life of the beer, and a very sticky head at that.

S- Strong espresso bean overtones with a very sweet, blackberry finish. Malts are also noticeable with hints of smoke and anise. Very complex and very tantalizing!

T- The taste compliments the smell perfectly! All I tasted initially was the very dark, very strong espresso bean flavor, with a bitter, hoppy finish. There are some hints of smoke, anise and cocoa, but this tastes as good as the strongest coffee you can get, and I love it!

M- Medium body, with moderate carbonation, finishing with a dry bite, and leaving a tingling aftereffect on your pallet.

D- A VERY strong beer, but if you like dark roast coffees like I do, you will really enjoy this beer (that is if you don't add any cream and, or sugar to it!). Definitely can't drink this beer fast, but that just means you are forced to enjoy it longer! I really appreciate this beer, and it would be a really good choice with a dessert!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 04:43:18 | More by twaddlac
Photo of WrathsU


4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black body with a thin albeit long lasting khaki head. Vigorous pour yielded little head. Lacing is fantastic.

S - Strong fresh roasted coffee aroma. No bitterness or astringency to it just pure coffee. Some chocolate and cream smell swirl around as well. Perhaps just a touch of vanilla and caramel.

T - Extra bold freshly ground coffee flavor up front. Great earthiness balanced along with a wonderful malt bill. Definitely some caramel and vanilla helping out the coffee. Get some faint tobacco towards the end which is nice.

M - Light-Medium bodied with good carbonation level and no alcohol burn despite the 8.8% abv.

O - A very delightful coffee beer. The stout really helps accentuate the coffee in this beer and I think the two are at great levels. A lot of coffee beers you get either too much of one or the other and this beer has just nailed it. Definitely give this one a shot if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 20:15:04 | More by WrathsU
Photo of dbell23


4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Black opaque color with a slight head with little retention. A little lacing. Looks like a stout.

Smell is really nice. Powdered chocolate (dark?) and fresh brewed coffee, dark roasted malts, hints of vanilla with expresso coffee. As usual, the aroma is more pronounced as it warms. As it warms the coffee becomes the lead smell.

Taste is great. Delicious dark chocolate to start, malty coffee in the middle with a lingering coffee slight hop finish. Really great taste.

Mouthfeel is perfect for this style. Smooth with perfect carbonation. Smooth from start to finish.

Overall a great chocolate coffee stout. Perfect on a cold winter day, sitting in front of the fire. The more Lagunitas I drink the better I like that brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 22:17:12 | More by dbell23
Photo of brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was a bomber poured into a mug.

This beer really surprised me. It pours a dark black with a tight head with tiny bubbles and has amazing retention as well as amazing lacing. It smells sweet and very chocolately with a hint of the coffee beans that apparent upon taste. In the taste I get a plethora of things which my pallet is no where near capable of truly explaining. Initially it is sweet and mouth warming and then I get a coffee taste which if I could find this coffee I wild buy it and drink it hourly. The after taste is amazingly pleasant and very reminiscent of the initial taste. As far as mouthfeel I feel like this is one of the biggest bodied beers I had had in months. Great arbonation and great full bodied beer. I would HIGHLY recommend this beer to anyone who likes stouts or coffee. In a moment of full disclosure I do love both stouts an coffee.

This is an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 00:39:02 | More by brewdude1982
Photo of IntriqKen


4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is a beautiful beer.
Pours deep amber brown to black with a thick tan head that melts to very heavy sticky lacing.
Aroma is sweet coffee...maybe hint of chocolate, but nothing heavy..nice rich aromas.
Taste is wonderfully rich coffee..sweet malt,...milk chocolate (not bitter), and maybe a hint of bitter hops that seems to melt to bitter chocolate on the tale-end.
Aftertaste is chewy coffee...much like a coffee toffee candy.
God,this is delicious.
I want more...and more...and more.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 03:54:51 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of JamesS


4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite stouts. Great aroma and a utterly fantastic taste! The fact that it comes in 22 oz bottles at almost 8% is also good in my book. It has a wonderful coffee/chocolate (well, cappuccino) taste that coffee lovers who like beer would truly enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 19:37:01 | More by JamesS
Photo of hustlesworth


4.64/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- just like coffee, it's a clear darkish brown when it pours but collectively seems black in the snifter. Heavy, firm tan refuses to budge. I'm like come on baby hurry up! If u look this good, I wonder what you taste like you little ratchet you. The lacing is thick and puffy like foam insulation and is definitely aiding in holding the head up.

S- that's a nice smell. Coffee isn't overbearing but is noticeably there, more so than the coffee aromas usually found in a big stout. Also cocoa and deeply roasted grains but not so much burnt. This one is on the sweet side. Somewhat citrus hops lend an acidic edge to the general earthy woodsy tobacco hazelnut soil & stone aroma.

T- now the coffee gets bizzy. Big, dark, bitter coffee (of a good quality) walks in stride with the roasted grain better was and herbal hop bitterness. That's 3 levels of bitter goodness, each distinguishable and defined, playing over a chocolate, almost fruity berry malt sweetness. Subtle hints of lemon zest, cream and coconut pull through near the finish giving this brew the overall impression of a big espresso shot with a little dollop of some lemon zest and raspberry infused cream. Only a mere sprinkle of sugar in this one though, as it finishes bitter and grainy with alcohol dryness. Well hidden alcohol.

MF- grainy powdery sandy husky extremely espresso feel. It's incredible. Feels exactly like a shot of espresso. Particles in suspension are so evident it's crazy, and the feeling stays on the cheeks for just long enough. Needless to say, this is a heavy Hittin big bodied bruiser. Some leafy hop feel is present but gets scraped away by unusually zesty carbonation. I could stand for it to be tighter and toned down a bit thinking it might achieve a creaminess, but that might be overtaken by the whole grainy particle feel so it's whatever.

D- very pleased with this one. Not so milky as cappuccino, but if you go into this one expecting a big snifter full of 9.2%abv espresso, you won't be disappointed. It's gettin me buzzed up too like I might go clean the house now idk. Great price at $5.99 as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 00:14:16 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of bendern


4.64/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Bottled on 3/11/2013. About one month old when I drank it.

Appearance - Poured dark brown to black with a frothy, khaki colored, two finger head. Retention was medium. Thin layer of head stayed throughout the glass. Good lacing.

Aroma - Coffee, toffee, caramel, dark roasty sweet malts, chocolate.

Taste - Huge coffee notes, malt forward, sweet caramel, maybe a bit of chocolate. Alcohol (9.2%) is extremely well hidden. Can barely pick up a hint of it even after the beer warms. Delicious. One of the better imperial stouts I've had.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, creamy. Decent carbonation.

Overall - I will be returning to the store to pick up another couple of these before they go out of season. Delicious imperial stout. Will most certainly look forward to trying this beer whenever I see it and I'm in the mood for a creamy, sweet stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 05:52:11 | More by bendern
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Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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