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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,265 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,265
Reviews: 1,171
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 104
Gots: 310 | 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 TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Sometimes I feel like Frasier when I pick up some beers... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises dark coffee, roasted malts, and toast. The taste brings in more of the same, with, unsurprisingly, the coffee taking center stage. Somehow, despite an even darker roast, the flavors never become too bitter or acrid, something I'd like to see happen more often. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a tasty, if a bit monomaniacal, coffee stout. 'Nuff said.

TMoney2591, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a deep ruby red with high clarity. A mocha cap that melts to a splotchy covering, leaving a mostly solid wall of lace behind.

Aroma - cool mix of smoky malts, chocolate amd charred coffee beans. It has a certain olfactory connection to my barbecue smoker. As it sets up the coffee aromas become a little more pronounced, the roasted grain holding it's own for the most part, but acting as back-up. It is good but I wish it were more intense.

Taste - charred grain, and lots of it. A little harsh at first swallow. That slightly japapeno tang that I sometimes taste with heavily charred beers. The powers in the aroma are reversed - now it is the coffee that struggles for identity while the grain runs rampant over the palate. Heavy roasted grain almost obliterates any coffee, but on the swallow, as the primary flavors subside, the oils of the coffee must be holding on because now they emerge. Not real heavy, but post-swallow they are left standing with the bitterness that is either hop or char induced. Either way it's a fine finish. I was kind of hoping for something creamier, maybe milkier even, with more Italian coffee presence. This is more bitter espresso than frothy, creamy cappucino, but it works.

11/18/08 update - drinking the other bottle of the pair purchased last year. This beer settles down wonderfully with a year of age on it. The haevy char subsides, the coffee smooths out, just a real notch upwards IMO.

Mouthfeel - good solid feel. Carbonation, while active looking, is kept at a tame level.

Drinkability - not quite what I had hoped for, but it's tasty and if offered, I'd have it again. 11/18/08 - though I want to edge the taste up .5, I will settle for a kick here in drinkability. Age a bottle for comparison and see if you don't like the overall balance better.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/18/2014. Pours crystal clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, light roast, herbal, floral, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of coffee and dark/roasted malt notes with moderate hop presence; and good strength. Taste of roasted coffee, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, light roast, herbal, floral, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, light roast, herbal, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors with moderate hop presence; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice coffee stout. All around good balance and robustness of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cola color, light brown around the edges, light tan head about a quarter inch thick. Light lacing around the edges. Pretty nice. Great head retention.

S: Smells like coffee grounds some hints of chocolate, and a fair hint of hops in the background, pretty balanced smells. A little on the sweet side.

T: pretty heavy on the coffee, pretty sweet, nice cream flavor as well, the coffee is the most present thing going on. fairly bitter and in your face, but not overpowering. Not much of a hop presence, but in this style of beer that's fine by me.

M: Pretty thick, and smooth overall, nice for a stout, and no alcohol burn, pretty nice in general.

D: One bomber was enough of this for me to say I had it. This would be a nice after dinner beer, pretty nice to drink especially as a one time beer.

pokesbeerdude, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of CuttDeez
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Great color of this beer. Deep brown with amber notes when the light hits it. Just what you expect out of a stout. I am not sure why(because I had it at the right temp) but not much head on this pour.
S- Nose was good, but I wanted more cappuccino notes.
T- Increadibly thin and light for a 8.8% stout. I was also searching for some more cappuccino flavor. I wanted a deeper flavor out of this beer.
M- Good mouthfeel for a stout. Like I said earlier it was lighter than expected and this made it pleasant in my mind.
D- Drinkability is high. This is both good and bad. I expected more of this cappuccino stout in terms of depth and flavor, but in retrospect it was nice, smooth, and easy. I would have one again, but would not pay a premium.

CuttDeez, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of booga73
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

booga73, Saturday at 05:33 PM
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black, that is only evident held up to light. Light carbonation evident and 2 inches of tan head with nice lacing.

s - Smells of coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted malts. Maybe some dark fruit as well.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and a little vanilla. Coffee comes through a lot more in the aftertaste. Not getting any of the dark fruits I smelled, but a very nice taste.

m - High carbonation and medium to full body. Little bit of alcohol warmth but not bad considering its over 9% ABV.

d - I thought this was a really nice stout. Very nice mix in the smell and taste and I was glad the coffee didn't dominate either. Would have been a little better with less carbonation but definitely worth trying out and I'll be having it again.

mdfb79, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of DoctorDog
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**NOTE** This brew is listed here as having an 7.99% ABV, while the label on the bottle I'm consuming lists it at 8.29% ABV.

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a snifter. The side of the label has a blasphemously amusing parody of "The 23rd Psalm," interjecting Coffee-isms for the original religious imagery. I should give it bonus points for this, but I'm not....

A- Deep mahogany - black, and nearly opaque. Pours with ~1 finger off-white/tan head, which settles gradually into a thin, incomplete cap.

S- A bit of earthiness and burned coffee. My chronic sinusitis is admittedly hampering my ability to cull and describe any truly subtle notes here.

T- A bit sweet on the front, and finishes with a nice, bitter coffee taste. Alcohol presence is well hidden/blended.

M- Fairly crisp tiny-bubble carbonation, and rather thin. Surprisingly refreshing feel for a stout.

D- Fairly high. This was not the sipper I anticipated, but rather a nice, smooth drinking brew that barely needed to be sat down between pulls. 22 oz's could go in a flash if I didn't force myself to savor it a bit.

Future outlook: Repeat business likely.

DoctorDog, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into my tasting goblet a deep brown. Minimal head. A little too light for a double stout.

S - Aroma consists of chocolate, brown sugar, and of course, espresso.

T - Good hit of coffee, like drinking a Starbucks Double Shot spiked with a standard stout. Not really all that sweet, this finishes bitter, more attributable to the coffee used than hops.

F - Carbonation is adequate. This one leaves you wanting water after you finish it.

D - A quality coffee stout, I like it. Despite the 8% ABV, this gave me a decent caffeine jolt, testifying to the amount of coffee in here.

Patrick999, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Ricochet
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas beverages are usually big. Most I've reviewed have been something big and bold and wonderful and lingering. What we have here is a plate of pancakes with molasses all over and no butter. Smell was a little less that stellar, advertising winey and raisin notes, not coffee. Appeared as good as any quality stout. Little lace. Little light came through. Mouth is sweet, syrupy, with raisin and alcohol. Taste: see above. Actually, where's the coffee? The burnt malt and hops really don't make this all that bitter and maybe there's a hint of coffee in the back but it's muted. Overall, a really tasty imperial with a lasting sappy flavor.

Ricochet, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of cosmo4u
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

purchased: 2/18/11
joe canals egg harbor township NJ

Appearance: Poured into a small tasting pilsner, with browns and reds, and a creamy short head. Very rich in color, with fine bubbles and viscous lacing.

Smell: Rich earth tones, with sweet malts, and hint of roast notes, from the combination of the coffee, and the roasted malts. A little bit of heat; which shows up more as the beer warms up.

Taste: Amazing! Full flavored beer, with huge amounts of sweetness with a very well balanced lactose component shows up, providing the milk component of the cappuccino namesake. The coffee component comes through in the mix like it would in a traditional cappuccino, which is prepared at a ratio of 1oz of espresso with 5oz of thickly textured milk.

Mouthfeel: Perfect; every component of this beer is extremely well balanced and shows up fantastically. It is medium bodied, creamy, with a smooth finish. The mouthfeel on such beers is where breweries fall short with beers of this size or style.

Drinkability: Surprisingly high for such a high abv beer (9.26%). This is very smooth with no sharpness or unpleasant edges.

cosmo4u, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Drewcifer
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very dark brown, bordering on black, with a very thin layer of light brown head that settles to a rim of bubbles.

Smell of roasted malts, slight bittersweet fresh-ground coffee roast, a slight hint of vanilla. Overall not as big of an aroma as I was expecting.

Lots of roasted malts, bitter coffee, bittersweet chocolate in the taste, with a nice little kick of hop bitterness at the back end, as well as a slight alcohol twang. Overall, very good balance of flavors.

A solid medium-to-full body with moderate carbonation that could be reduced, bittersweet aftertaste, some alcohol warmth.

Overall, a good stout, well balanced, could use some tweaking here and there, but definitely in the higher tier of stouts. One bottle is quite drinkable, but not something to drink on a regular basis.

Drewcifer, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of legalpete19340
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured very dark brown with a sexy walnut colored head. The beer looks thin in the glass but hang on to the sides.

S: Whoa the coffee is there and big earthiness with a hint of those chocolate covered orange stix.

T: Huge coffee, some bitterness balanced by sweet roasty malts. Wet earth, basically, forest mud and a note of rain water. Dark chocolate and I noticed the alcohol burn between swigs.

M: Feels thin especially for a stout.

D: It goes down way too easy for its octane. The coffee weighs after a while but hides the alcohol.

This beer is what it says it is: a coffee stout. It executes that well. I am buying more tomorrow.

legalpete19340, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep copper color, bordering on brown/dark brown. When held up to light, the beer was nicely clarified. Head was white with a hint of brown and dissipated quickly.

Smell: Dominated by malt aromas on the lines of roasted, chocolatey-coffee mix. The capuccino aroma was prevelant. I didn't percieve any hop aroma.

Taste: An initial sweetness mixed with a roasted/darkened malt character was soon countered by the hop bitterness, but just enough to compliment the malt. Cappuccino heartiness entered mid-taste, and as the hop bitterness slightly subsided, more chocolatey malt came through. The beer finished with a pleasant bitterness and an alcholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel. This beer felt heavier than what I expected, based on the relatively lighter color (as far as stouts go). I could definately tell that this beer was almost 8% alcohol, as its subtle warmth came through.

Drinkability: This beer went down nicely. I would surely drink this one again, but in a single sitting, I think one or two pints would be enough.

CHSLBrew, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a snifter. pours an opaque deep brown with a light tan head that hangs on for a while. not much lacing.

S: not much coffee aroma in this as I expected. very faint aroma of used coffee grounds, but its not very powerful. There is a beautiful sweet malty aroma, with a slight lactic bitterness.

T: after letting it warm up, there is a much stronger coffee flavor than the aroma, with a hint of molasses. The bittering hops balance out the malts wonderfully. There is also a lot of chocolate malted milk flavor. like for malted milkshakes in this.

M: warms the mouth and keeps the palate buzzing. very smooth and kind of creamy as well.

D: like anything from Lagunitas...its extremely drinkable.

paulthebeerguru, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees. This review comes off of my longest review-hiatus in recent memory...feels strange to go a few days...

A - Pours a deep brown/almost black with a beige/tan head that leaves semi-sticky lacing on the glass.

S - More on the cocoa end than that of coffee - I suppose a mochaccino is in order! Caramel malt in the background...some mild hops present as well.

T - Mild hops are noticable at first, but are quickly consumed by cocoa, malt, and coffee flavors. Caramelized malt becomes more present as the beer warms...coffee flavors remain consistent. A little disappointed - Bell's Java Stout is still the most coffee-like stout I've sampled to date...but the flavors are still solid.

M - More carbonated than I expected - I mean that in a pleasant way. Thicker-medium body with a smooth finish.

D - Overall, pretty enjoyable...the ONLY thing is that the alcohol crept up on me much more than I expected. A real sneaky bastard. Other than that, a very drinkable stout.

JohnnyM2002, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of ksimons
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep brown, almost black, with a thin layer of head that quickly disappears and leaves some lacing around the top

S-roasted malts, caramel, hint of coffee bitterness. Not very strong, but not bad either

T-Roasted coffee bitterness, the caramel and roasted malts picks up in the middle, and then finishes with more coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Overall very well balanced

M-medium to full body, low to moderate carbonation, very creamy

Overall very easy to drink and has a complexity to the flavors that I like

ksimons, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of hoppymeal
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small light tan head that fades to a ring. Aroma is chocolately with some fruitiness. Cherries and a bourbony aroma as well. Taste follows with more of the chocolate up front and a very small amount of cherry and cola as well. Some roasty bitter coffee notes in the somewhat dry and warming finish. Alkcohol is somewhat noticeable but well proportioned and in place in the finish. A very nice stout, I didn't get as much coffee aroma or flavor as I expected from the name, but a very nice stout

hoppymeal, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish red coffee color. Looks a little light and not as dark as other imperial stouts I've seen. Unique coffee colored head.

S: Sharp sour scent like an acidic coffee or chocolate.

T: Chocolate comes through more than the coffee, it being slightly bitter but not too bad. Alcohol is well masked.

M: Sits with a good body but a little light.

I think the outstanding aspect of this beer is how well the alcohol is masked. The other flavors are not blowing my mind per se but it's still a pretty solid beer. Gonna pair it with some chocolate on my second glass.

Jamesthebrit, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Corona Extra pint glass. No freshness date found.

A- Pours a black color that's almost opaque with a full two-finger off-white head that retains a good while and brings with it standard lacing.

S- Smells very hoppy for a stout but there's definitely a chocolate-covered caramel scent as well.

T- Has the signature Lagunitas hoppiness...but where's the cappuccino? There's a slight mocha taste but nothing like I'm used to with other coffee-flavored stouts. Just more of a standard roast quality that does go well with the bitterness of the hops but isn't as exciting as I was hoping. I will say the alcohol is superbly well-hidden.

M- Certainly a creamy mouthfeel I won't deny. Soft, silky medium carbonation plays its part in giving it that foamy cappuccino feel even if the taste doesn't fully deliver. Standard body for a stout.

O- Lagunitas certainly doesn't make bad beer, but this one isn't as amazing as their other offerings.

Immortale25, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of mattkoon
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the nights are gettin a little colder here- so i decided to try this cappuccino stout from lagunitas. this beer is a near opaque black- held up to the light there is a coffee brown hidden deep in all that darkness. the smell is rich with chocolate malts, there is a little coffee there, but its not super heavy. the taste is nutty and bitter with a coffee tinge at the back end- the after taste is practically the same as if i just drank a cup of black coffee. some of the best stouts i've had are coffee stouts. when i see one from a quality brewer like lagunitas ill definitely give it a try.

mattkoon, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Bear1964
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Pint glass displayed a nice dark brown brew with a small cream colored head that went away quickly, light lace hung to the glass as the tasting went down. Aroma was alcohol with smoke/tobacco hints, some roasted malt as well.
Taste was bitter roasted coffee, Caramel, tobacco with a hint of sweetness. Also noted was a bit of pit fruit tang from the hops, finished with bitter coffee and some spicy spikes on the tongue. Overall a very nice brew and for a American Double/ Imperial Stout it does the job, with more Cappuccino flavor as it warms and a 9.20 ABV it's a solid choice and I will pick this up again.

Bear1964, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a great stout, in some ways due to the method here i think, but a great beer in other contexts im sure. i had this as a pairing with a fresh strawberry and vanilla ice cream dessert, its like an affogato orgasm, no kidding. the dark malts and the chalky bitter coffee balance out the melting ice cream and sweet strawberries, a dessert of unrivaled complexity and satisfaction. the beer itself is also lovely, although maybe not quite so divine as a standalone. it has a dense brown glow and less than in inch of airy mocha lace. the coffee isn't as forward as it is in some of these, its sort of right in balance with the dark malts and bakers chocolate elements. light in feel for its size and strength, made possible largely by its lack of sweetness and dry feel, uncommon for the style. this is one of the better lagunitas beers, and i say that because its different than the rest of them. i don't taste that same old yeast strain, and its just a little less arrogant, a little more subtle. a sleeper with a caffeine hit, go figure!

StonedTrippin, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

bishopdc0, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Stonebreaker
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The head was weak but the lacing was there.

Smell: ? I have a cold so I'll be generous.

Taste: I have a coffee chocolate porter I brewed recently and it's very similar, all sweetness up front with a little nutty, burnt smoky thing going on from the dark roasted coffee and the dark malts. The coffee is only apparent at the very end, and in the finish where it is bitter, like cold black coffee I suppose. I drink my coffee with cream and sugar, perhaps that's why I'm not overly enthusiastic.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy.

Drinkability: A nasty aftertaste is turning me off to coffee beers but since I've only had a couple we'll see, keep the mind open...

Stonebreaker, Dec 08, 2008
Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,265 ratings.