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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,388 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,388
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 119
Gots: 337 | FT: 7
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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Photo of lighthabit
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a bomber bought for a friend in december '12, opened sept '13. dark, dark, dark, but a bit of light shines thru from my phone's flashlight, a deep blood/garnet red. delicate lacing on the top transitions to nice, stronger lacing down the glass. smell is thick, sweet malty dark roast coffee. it's picked up some smoky old world character, taste is mellowing out a touch. very approachable for such a coffee forward brew, and with an abv that's sure to get you in trouble if you aren't careful. interesting that it seems to be missing some of their characteristic sweetness. i was a big fan of this specialty from lagunitas, no i am even more so, and will look forward to grabbing several this winter to age longer. very recommended.

Photo of miffsudd
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass; thanks, CorgiDad.

A: Very black with a tan one-finger head that lingers. Light lacing.

S: Heavy coffee takes center stage with a light chocolate malt background.

T: Cappuccino strong. Chocolate malts; smooth robust. A pleasant sipper. A great breakfast stout. I'm awake now.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Coffee lovers will love this wallop-packing stout. Lagunitas kicks ass again.

Photo of Furlinator
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with 1/2 inch of tan head that fades to a thin cap on top and leaves nice spotty lace.

Smell is of freshly spent coffee grounds with a hint of vanilla.

Taste is dominated by bitter black coffee up front with roasted dark malt, faint vanilla and a trace of hop bite on the back end.

Texture is on the heavy side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a solid coffee forward imperial stout with inviting aromas and flavors.

Photo of lostandwandering
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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 mattffrost
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Beer is dark brown, can not see through the glass. Head is a tan. Head evaporates rather quickly. some lacing on the glass but not a lot.

S- Roasted malt, Coffee, some fruity smells with a little chocolate aroma.

T- Chocolate coffee flavers. A touch of sweetness that finishs just a little bitter. Nothing really strong here. Very rich. The more I taste the more I think of this as a sweet beer. Almost like a syrup in some ways but it does finish a bit bitter.

M- Very little carbonation makes this very mild in the mouth. The chcolate is nice for the mouth.

D- This one is confuing. For me its just a tad bit sweet to be a really drinkable beer but 22 oz is easy to finish. One is enough for me. I would drink this again.

Photo of Heatwave33
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Color: Deep dark brown with a brown head.

Smell: Strong coffee up front. Followed by toasted malts with a hint of vanilla and oak.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, lightly coarse with a medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: Has a nice great BIG coffee flavor and aroma. Medium bodied with a great balance. This is a definite coffee lovers choice. Cheers.

Photo of bashiba
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black with a nice thick Cappuccino colored head, solid lacing all the way to the bottom.

Smell has a light bitter black malt odor with hints of chocolate and coffee.

Flavor is smooth and rich with a nice bit of of coffee and black burnt malts leading to a nice stouty bitterness in the finish. While the coffee is present its not cloying like some I have had in the past.

Moutfeel is creamy and very coating, it really sticks to the tongue.

Very drinkable and tasty with the ABV being very well hiden, will be having more of these, well done again Lagunitas.

Photo of Kinsman
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance? Yup, it's a stout for sure. Nice black body and thick tan head on top. Some rings of lace left behind.

Nice freshly brewed coffee aroma up front. Some fruitiness in there as well and a bit of a sweeter malt side.

Rich and roasty coffee flavors pair with with a sweeter and slightly toasty biscuity flavor. Some berry fruit flavors mixed in make for a nice coffee-forward flavor while still retaining some resemblance of stout.

Mouthfeel is rich and quite creamy. Overall, Lagunitas presents you with a thoroughly enjoyable coffee stout that makes for quite a nice nightcap.

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, opaque. Started well with a thin but solid head that receeded to a very thin film.

Roasted malts and coffee greet the nose.

Nearly all coffee, and the coffee is slightly creamy. Just a hint of bitterness at the end. Not much else to say, not overly complex, but good. Just a hint of vanilla at the end.

A bit thin for a stout, but certainly an easy drinker. Cheap, too.

Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a nice 0.75" mocha colored head that gradually recedes. The beer is a dark brown in color.

smell: Upfront aromas of citrusy and piney hops. Behind are slight aromas of roasted malts. Hints of ethanol, cocoa, and dark fruits are found. The hops are somewhat big and the roasted aromas are too slight to have enough of an effect.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body just under medium.

taste: Flavors of cold coffee, cocoa, and citrusy hops...as well as some sweet malt. A moderate bitterness comes in for the finish and lingers with roasted flavors. Pretty good I suppose.

drinkability: A good beer, and pretty easy drinking considering the ABV. Not as much malt character as I expected, or would have liked.

Received from Zorro in BCG-BiF and cellared a few months

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My thanks to ThaFATkid for sending this bottle.

Poured extremely dark mahogany into a tulip. Very, very dark, but when held up to the light there is a tiny bit of ruby red light peeking through. Fairly low carbonation yields a thin light tan head. Faint nose of toast and coffee and a slight hint of vanilla.

Flavor is excellent. Toasted malt with nice figgy flavors quickly joined by a nice rush of coffee and bitter chocolate. The creaminess of the malt complements the coffee nicely and the beer is well-balanced and not bitter. The brewer asserts on their `virtual tasting' on Youtube that this beer tastes like beer and not coffee. I concur. The hops are mostly prevalent in the back of the palate and lend a spiciness to the beer that is like added ginger or allspice. Mouthfeel is firm-to-creamy even though the beer is not excessively rich and thick.

This is not the best coffee stout I've had, but it is very, very good. Fans of coffee stouts should try this.

Photo of BigBigPickle
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has always been a standby for me - primarily because it is a cheap, quality coffee stout.

A: Dark Amber/Brown with Ruby Red Hues. A 1-inch off-white head with quick dissipation. Great lacing.

S: Malty with vanilla/coffee accents. Also a bit yeasty with fruity esters.

T: Coffee and alcohol with a little chocolate. Really does taste like a cappuccino.

M: Brilliant!!! Nice, smooth carbonation.

D: A really drinkable beer, particularly for the price.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a hot chocolate colored head. Ok lace and good retention.

Aroma is of esspresso, sour vanilla (almost granny smith apple-ish?), licorice and fudge. Good stuff.

Tastes like cappucino with burnt brownie chocolate and vanilla. Sugary up front, bitter in the back. Mouthfeel is tolerable but a tad thin.

Photo of yossarian14
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great dessert beer. Serve in place of coffee with chocolate. Light in color and body for an imperial stout. Looks like a porter. Smells like coffee, sweet chocolate and toffee. Tastes like slightly bitter strong coffee. Thickens as it warms and gets better with time as well. Very drinkable for a dessert beer, which is where I would place this. A great beer to serve to those who may have opted for coffee.

Photo of kinupanda
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The snifter pour is a dark reddish-black that is moderately opaque. A thin, foamy head that dissipates rapidly, yet still allows for a little bit of lacing. The nose is, perhaps obviously, a sweet fresh-ground coffee aroma. The taste is a good combination of bitter and sweet coffee flavors, possibly some cacao, with some earthiness. The high ABV is almost unnoticeable. The mouthfeel is actually very smooth (possibly too smooth for a stout) and finishes almost clean, much like a well-made dark coffee would be (if it had alcohol and carbonation, that is).

FourthBeer potential: ABOVE AVERAGE. The similarity to coffee could make this a good closer, but the hidden alcohol might make that a bad idea, and there are certainly more complex stouts out there.

Photo of adam42381
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled on December 14, 2010 per Julian dating code printed on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown that is fairly transparent featuring ruby red highlights and a 1/2 finger foamy off-white head. Decent head retention with minimal lacing. Not exactly what I expect an Imperial Stout to look like.

Smell: Coffee is dominant with touches of molasses, milk chocolate and alcohol.

Taste: Nice mix of roasted malt, dark chocolate and a touch of coffee up front followed by molasses, burnt toast and bitter hops in the middle before ending with a full blast of coffee at the finish. Aftertaste is a mix of coffee and bitter hops. Very well-balanced flavor. Aftertaste is long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability. This would be a great winter beer. That said, I'm having no problem drinking it on a hot summer evening.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I'd definitely recommend this, especially if you're a coffee lover (which I'm not). Another solid offering from Lagunitas.

Photo of lynx1245
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown with a good amount of light tan head. Medium retention with very little lacing.

Smell: Heavy on chocolate and roasted malts. However, I was kind of surprised by the aroma. The smell is actually very subdued.

Taste: Very well balanced between the roasted malts and the hops. Just enough bitterness. Also some mocha flavor, a little more heavy on the coffee than the chocolate. The alcohol is very well masked in the taste although it introduces a nice warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: Wow. A nice medium body and it just goes down smooth. It has just the right amount of carbonation. Good warming sensation from the alcohol. Reminds me of another Lagunitas seasonal release (Lumpy Gravy).

Drinkability: I could drink this all night if it weren't for the high alcohol content (bottle says 8.29%). After drinking almost the whole 22oz bottle I'm feeling almost euphoric... more so than with other alcoholic drinks. What are you putting in your beers Lagunitas? Actually, I don't want to know, but I like it; keep it up.

Photo of ales4baldo
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P-Dont know what the dog on the label is about but...ok.

A-Semi black, ive seen darker. Got a decent amount of head. About a finer. Looks solid and and rustic.

S-Well it smells like chocolate and vanilla coffee. Little stints of toffee as well. Has a nice dark esspresso smell.

T-Lots of dark chocolate and coffee. Get like an italion dark bold coffee bean flavor. The sweetness comes out towards the end. Somewhat of a vanilla. Little bit of smoke in there but nothing big.

M-Probably a medium bodied beer. Not to heavy. Has a dry finish and leaves a stale palate. Carbonation is good and high. Lots of flavors and good.

O-Good beer, nothing super special. Could be good with some aging. Wish the flavors would stand out a little more. Overall pretty decent.

Photo of teromous
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours out dark brown, with a very small tan head. It's probably only about a third of my thumb width. The head goes away very fast, leaving nothing but a tan ring. There is some lacing on the glass.

S: I get a huge nose of chocolate from this beer. It smells a bit like chocolate milk. The beer is titled "cappuccino stout" but I don't really pick up any coffee scent. There is a slight toasty scent in the back.

T: The flavor definitely brings out the coffee. I can taste it even more in the aftertaste. I get some roasted flavors, slight bitterness, coffee, light hints of chocolate, and I can even taste some of the hops in this.

M: The mouthfeel is really good. The beer is pretty smooth, but it has a light bite from the carbonation and bitterness. It starts out with a heavy body, but goes down with a medium body.

O: Overall I thought this was a very solid beer. It's not as up-front as say Southern Tier's Mokah, but it's still really good. I'd buy it again.

Photo of ISmith87
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4 - Nice dark brown black beer with some brown see through edges. Tan head that stick around with great lacing.
S - 3.75 - Roasty coffee, chocolate, little bit of vanilla.
T - 4 - Smooth coffee and chocolate, some creamy, vanilla type flavor to balance it out. Very nice.
M - 4 - Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Alc completely covered. Aftertaste is like a cafe mocha.
O - 4 - This is a great coffee stout, my favorite.

Comparables: Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout, Southern Tier Choklat, Peche Mortel, Rogue Double Chocolate Stout

Comparison Review Lagunitas' Cappucino Stout VS Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout :))

A - Santa Fe is winning in this department with better head, that leaves heavier lacing.
S - Roasty coffee, lots of chocolate and creamy vanilla in the Cappucino Stout, Heavy coffee, espresso and roasted notes in the Santa Fe Java
T - Very smooth coffee and chocolate with the Lagunitas Cappucino, Way heavier on the coffee and roasted bitterness, but still smooth with the Santa Fe Java.
M - Both are medium - heavy and very smooth beers for the ABV. Aftertaste on the Cappucino is more chocolate/creamy, while on the Java it's more roasted coffee.
O - Honestly, it's a tie. One's more creamy/chocolatey but the other i more coffee like, but at the same time, I like them both and they're both amazingly affordable.

Mix of Lagunitas Cappucino Stout and Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout:
A - 4.25 - great tan head that leaves amazing lacing. Dark brown/black beer.
S - 3.75 - Coffee, espresso, roasted malts. Seems like the Java Stout is dominating here.
T - 4.25 - Coffee, espresso, creamy vanilla, whole milk, irish cream. The taste is more complex. which isn't alway the result of blending beers. Good stuff.
M - 4 - medium heavy as usual. Alc covered. Aftertaste is coffee and whole milk.
O - 4.25 - Great blend. I'll remember this one in the future. Very affordable beers too

Photo of depechemode1983
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown. Has a fantastic brown head with awesome retention. Nice amount of lacing as well. Smells very toasty and coffee like. Lots of roasted malts and graininess up front with a slight sourness in the background, along with a bit of alcohol. Very straight forward and aromatic. Taste is mostly of roasted coffee and sugar. There are hits of vanilla and chocolate as well. Finish is toasty and has a bitter chocolate aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thick with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and velvet like. Sits soft on the palate. Very nice mouthfeel. All in all its a very tasty coffee stout. Although a bomber is as much as I can have. Its high in flavor and alcohol. At 8.8 ABV. Im planning on picking up another bottle. 5.59 a bomber is a damn good price. I love Lagunitas price points. There quality is top notch as well.

Photo of smttycty
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to go to an aggressive pour the second time to get a decent crown in my snifter glass, but that did the trick. Coffee-with-extra-cream colored rocky crown fading to a solid cap. Not so much thick lacing as gooey legs indicating a fair amount of alcohol (my bottle says 8.3, not the 7.99 listed here). A non-stouty dark brown body, but fairly opaque.

The nose is bold with a balance of grape-fruity hops and roasty malts. Some bitter walnut and earthiness. I'm a coffee geek too, but I'm not finding it in the nose.

Good balance here, and fairly complex. Lots of dark malt and some orange rind come up front. The hop character is surprisingly subdued and the roast astringency is soft and smooth, with coffee notes only coming in on the long lingering finish. The 8.3% ABV just hums from the back of the chorus but you find yourself whisling it's tune after the 22 oz bomber is gone.

Med to heavy bodied and the correct soft effervescence. Reminds me of the gentleman pugilist enjoying a smoke in a leather chair at the country club. You sense the knock-out punch underneath the tweed coat, but appreciate the well-mannered conversation.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Another 22 ounce Limited Bomber Release from Lagunitas, I always pick them up, for $2.99 is not too much of a stumper if I get the off boring offering, and I have, but in general Lagunitas usually hit the high 3’ and low 4’s so I always take the gamble. Listed as an Ale brewed with Colombian Coffee, more specifically “Brewed with Sebastopol’s Hard Core Coffee’’. Lots of blurb as usual, most notable of the specification is I.B.U. 29.50, O.G. 1.076, Alc. 7.9% Vol., so this one kicks up in the strength stakes.

Appearance: Very dark brown body, almost impenetrable but the edges reveal a deep chestnut hue where the light is refracted through the Glass. When backlit my little single AA-battery powered Desk Torch exhibits a ruby red hint when viewed through the turbid muddy body. Darkish tan brown head with some vanilla coloring that starts out as a very nice looking ½” thick large bubbled offering. The head soon rescinds though to a bubbly covering that does get reinstated with a quick swirl thanks to the slightly above average conditioning. Leaves a very nice mottled lacing on the Glass sides.

Nose: Dark malts laden with some roasted character. Is it me or is there very little Cappuccino in the nose in this one. Very little Coffee, I expected much more from the nose, it’s nice enough but that Coffee hit is not there.

Taste: Unlike the nose, the Cappuccino really does come through in the front end of this Stout. However, it is short lived and soon makes way for a smoother roasted middle that has hints of Instant Coffee. The ending is slightly dry yet thick and roasted malts are still high in profile. The finish has a roasted malt ending that is silky with only the merest hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Smooth silky mouthfeel positively coats the mouth and covers all the available spaces in the mouth. Big and bold this one is actually heavy at times. Thick, yet smooth.

Drinkability: Not exactly a quaffer of sorts, but given that this is a ‘heavy’ Coffee laden offering I was pleasantly surprised as to how easy this one slipped down. One to sip though, it took me a while to work through the Bomber tonight.

Overall: One of the Lagunitas Limited Releases that is above par and well worth a try. Could do with a little more Cappuccino though.

An enjoyable offering, as the label says “Coffee is My Shepherd, I shall not Doze”, hey I may even consider taking one of these to work in a Starbucks Cup tomorrow!!

Photo of SykDoc
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It poured quite light but settles into a dark reddish-brown, almost opaque when held to the light. A tan head forms to ~1/2 inch and recedes to a nice lacing.

I was a bit underwhelmed by the scent initially. The coffee and chocolate aroma is definitely present, but weaker than expected. Caramel notes are also present and it improves as it warms. With time, vanilla and alcohol notes also come out, as well as something I can't quite label.

The taste is quite caramelly with some healthy cappuccino notes that come next. A nice bitter chocolate taste lingers with a minimal coffee taste at the end.

Mouthfeel could have been just a bit thicker to me. The level of carbonation is good and a sticky dryness and sweet/bitterness lingers on the tongue.

Overall, I am getting more impressed with the beer as I drink it, as the first impression was a little weak. I would certainly have it again.

Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,388 ratings.