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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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very good

2,765 Ratings

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Ratings: 2765
Reviews: 1140
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004)
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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 Gmann

New York

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dirty brown, chocolate color with a moderate frothy head that actually built up a minute or so after it was poured. The head left some nice lace rings as I drank the brew.

The aroma is of brown bread malt, lightly toasted. Some light chocolate and caramel notes. Kind of faint.

The taste is more of a milk chocolate flavor than cappuccino. There is some cocoa and caramel that gives the stout a candy bar like sweetness. Dare I say a nugat flavor? It is also a touch woody and appears to have a leafy hop flavor in the finish.

The feel is light and almost watery with weak carbonation. Sweet on the palate with mild roast bitterness.

A very flavorful stout but too light in the mouthfeel department.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2013 15:15:49 | More by Gmann
Photo of elNopalero


4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a roasted caramel color, the shade of a dark coffee or cola. It has a nice aroma of toffee and coffee notes, rounded and smooth. The flavor has a lot of the coffee and toffee notes as well, without being sharp or overly roasty. It’s a mild taste with a sweet finish and a light body. Really enjoyable!

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2013 07:01:06 | More by elNopalero
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room on East Avenue, in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, almost opaque. 2 inch mocha colored head, good lacing all the way down.

Smells like espresso beans, vanilla, and roasted malts.

Lots of chocolate in the taste that I didn't get in the aroma, but the star here is the coffee. Bitter rich espresso beans up front, with a bit more coffee like sweetness in the back, enhanced by a touch of vanilla and chocolate. Roasty bitterness is a big deal here as well.

Full bodied, not the fullest ever, but still very satisfying. Creamy and smooth, very drinkable. Low carbonation.

For 4.99 a bomber, this is one of the best deals out there for an imperial stout. Tons of great coffee flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 16:00:25 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of Flounder57


4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having on draft at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: This beer poured a small mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black with no clarity. There is spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and hints of sweetness.

Taste: Very tasty brew. The cappucino flavor is delicious and blends well with the stout flavors.

Mouthfeel: creamy smooth, full bodied, a little dry, medium carbonation, and quite the treat.

Overall: Pretty sweet stout. It's the real deal and delicious. I want more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2013 04:42:53 | More by Flounder57
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A nice dark brown in color with a nice one finger tan head at the top that leaves some lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of coffee on the nose, a slight bit of cocoa, and some brown sugar.

T: Just like the nose, follwed by some nice roasted malts and slight hint of hops throughout.

M: Mediumb bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

O: A good coffee stout from Lagunitas, I was expecting a lot more but this one was not to bad of a stout from them, a nice beer for the winter.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2013 18:22:26 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours dark black. Decent sized tan head. Mild lacing. Modest light penetration. Doesn't pour with much viscosity.

S-Sweet cappuccino. Coffee with too much sugar and no milk. Roasty and slightly chocolate. Almost like a chocolate covered espresso bean bit the espresso isn't very potent.

T-A bit more bitter here which I enjoy. Still, I like my coffee brews imitate how I drink my coffee: dark, no sugar, no milk and a shot of espresso if possible. I want big, black and bold. This is sweeter and has more chocolate than the nose. Light hop quality in the finish.

M-Thin for the ABV and style. Carbonation is soft but seems prickly at some points. A bit syrupy on the tongue.

O/D-Good not great. I tasted this via a beer flight so no real loss of dinero. I wouldn't be very happy with an entire bomber of this however.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2013 22:03:44 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub.

A- black, decent lacing with a creamy toffee coffee colour.

S- straight up bitter roasted coffee, with a thick malty and roasted body.

T- lots of coffee, mouth coasting, bitterness itn't through the roof but helps, also a slight fruity edge, nice bitter finish lingering coffee beans, really nice.

M- low carbonation, full body. Alcohol is pretty well covered up by malt and coffee, nice and creamy feel to it.

Great take on the style, really interesting and flavourful. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2013 19:41:04 | More by mick303
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had off the tap at Boulevard Tavern in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. It has a dark brown or black (in a dimly lit bar) color. It has a good thick, foamy tan head that leaves a good deal of lacing.

S. It definitely has a nut and toffee scent to it.

T. It is so cappuccino-y that it doesn't even necessarily taste like a beer. Chocolate and caramel and coffee, a slight burnt taste. Bitter bit at the end. It doesn't taste at all like a 9.2% beer.

M. A tart aftertaste.

O. It's a bit overbearing, but it is exactly what you would want from a cappuccino-inspired stout, if that makes sense. Good, but more than one and your taste palette is ruined.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 17:50:36 | More by Amalak
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with two fingers of khaki tan head. Even amount of heavy lacing on the sides, good retention on the top.

Smelled deep coffee malts, coffee beans, bitter dark malts and dark chocolate.

Tasted a quick bite of nothing, followed by a bam! of coffee, dark bitter beans, some dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, warming finish.

A nice beer, probably one of the darkest I’ve had. I don’t drink coffee, but if it tastes as good as this, then I might start having it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2012 02:57:44 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of TheRealBigC


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ridiculously drinkable for an imperial stout. The coffee flavor is very strong indeed, almost not even a beer! There is a touch of chocolate and vanilla too. Great balanced flavor. One is plenty because of the alcohol, but damn, Lagunitas knows what's up!

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2012 02:29:26 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of cagocubs


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at a local craft influenced bar.

A: Pours nearly black. The dark brown gives way to some lighter shades. A decent ivory head sticks around and grabs the glass where it can.

S: As a coffee lover, this one was nice. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts explode.

T: Once again, if you like coffee you will enjoy this brew. Very strong coffee taste mixed in with some chocolate, and roasted malts. Some bitter punch with hops, pine, and citrus. Heavily influenced by coffee.

M: Smooth mouthfeel and silky coating. Perfect carbonation level. Great aftertastes of coffee and roasted malt.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 05:58:34 | More by cagocubs
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas Cappucino Stout has a dark brown body that is opaque at its core but slightly translucent and ruby colored at its edges. The head is a solid slab of small brown bubbles and both the retention and lacing are good.

The aroma is of iced coffee, with hints of chocolate and roast thrown in.

Coffee is the strongest flavor in this one, but it isn't completely dominant. A hint of hops come through in the beginning, bringing both citrus and pine as well as bitterness. Roasted malt and hint of baker's chocolate come through as well. The coffee flavor itself is pretty good, avoiding any bitter or acrid flavors.

The mouthfeel is smooth and the carbonation is pretty active.

This is yet another Lagunitas beer that I have enjoyed. The brewery keeps earning more and more respect from despite the fact that I did not love the first offerings that I tried. The ABV in this one is hidden quite well.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 22:06:01 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of drabmuh


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Meridian Pint, believe it or not I've never had this beer.

Beer is black with a thin lazy brown head of small bubbles, lots of lacing but low retention and low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, roasty, coffee.

Beer is medium to light in body, roasty up front and on the back end, mildly bitter, finishly cleanly and nicely, hides the alcohol well too. A decent coffee stout, you like coffee? You like stout? Drink this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 02:35:24 | More by drabmuh
Photo of AleWatcher


3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas cappuccino stout

Served in goblet.

Light brown with lots of red hues floating around. It is quite translucent. Beige head of one finger disolved into a loose collection of large and lazy bubbles. Some nice sticky lacing left behind. 

Smells of caramel malt With some espresso/iced coffee notes. It actually reminds me of a caramel macchiato from Starbucks. It's all caramel an espresso...
The flavor is exactly the same--  some residual sweetness lingers on the finish, but there isn't a lot of bitterness here. 

Body feels thin and oily. 

Overall--  meh. I thought I remembered having this before and enjoying it more than this...  As it is, this is one ofthe worst beers from Lagunitas I've ever had.  One of my favorite breweries has let me down this time--  I'll forgive them. 
A- 3.5
S- 4
T- 3
M- 2
O- 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 05:14:43 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of NODAK


4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fairly pronounced coffee aroma to this one, which comes as no surprise at all. Roasted malts and coffee dominate.

Pours dark, opaque brown in my glass with a somewhat loose light brown head to it.

Taste is a pretty pleasingly strong espresso note along with a roasted malt along with it. It tastes quite a bit like a cold, carbonated coffee beverage would....but definitely a high quality coffee here. Tasty. I can't say that I find it to be overally complex or anything, but I don't think it needs to be. It's a coffee stout, after all...with a great coffee taste to it and one that covers up the booze very well. Mouthfeel, for a stout, seems pretty thin however.

All in all, a great stout that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 02:42:04 | More by NODAK
Photo of Chizoad


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky black, nice brown head that fits perfectly for this style of beer.

Aroma was ok, certainly a lot of malt but not a lot of coffee that I could detect.

Similar flavor as the aroma, but at least the coffee was more apparent. Malts, not heavily bittered, and not very complex. Not a Imperial Stout that really packs the standard Imperial Stout punch.

Thinner mouthfeel, almost like a Guinness. Good carbonation, but the lighter body detracts a little. Drinkability is fairly high.

Disappointing for a big stout, but still a solid offering from Lagunitas.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 19:54:21 | More by Chizoad
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 homebrew311


3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at tiny Lounge.

A: dark brown, auburn around the edged, 1 finger head, heavy lacing

S: nose features roasted malts , earthy notes, a bit of mud for lack of a better word, cappuccino is mild, not much depth in the malt profile.

T: bitter roasted notes up front, earthy malts, a bit of molasses, nice finish. Coffee is somewhat overshadowed by malts.

Mf: thin body for style, medium carbonation

O: somewhat disappointing considering that it is a cappuccino imperial stout, there are much better examples of the marriage of coffee and stout, this one is okay

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 02:32:37 | More by homebrew311
Photo of AwYeh


3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Rose and Crown in Palo Alto, from a pint glass, reviewed from notes.

A: Pretty nice looking beer; dark brown with a reddish tinge and a light coating of light brown head.

S: Good blend of powerful coffee and cocoa notes (definitely smells like cocoa powder rather than chocolate). I'm only picking up on sweet flavors but it's never overpowering in its sweetness; rather comforting smell.

T: Initially quite bittersweet, which lingers as a light sweetness and even tanginess enter the picture. That could be coming from the slightly lactic flavors that are present– Lagunitas has done a good job making this a cappuccino beer rather than a coffee one. The combination of milk along with the coffee and cocoa from the nose are really all that I'm picking up on here, but it's enjoyable in its simplicity coupled with its uniqueness.

M: Medium-bodied; a little bit lighter than I was expecting from a stout with this kind of ABV. Creamy mouthfeel (which goes well with the cappuccino theme), with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Being picky here and knocking the 0.5 off since I would have preferred a thicker body, but it did lend itself to easy, quick drinking.

O: I had a bad experience with this one in the past in a bottle, but I'm glad I tried it again on tap. Coffee stouts are generally my favorite style of beer, and while this isn't one of the best of them, it's worth a try, it's reasonably priced, and it would definitely be a good starting point for people who haven't had a coffee beer before.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 02:26:14 | More by AwYeh
Photo of StevenBilodeau


4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

American Bomber style bottle. Good label.

Pours a dark amber brown, blackish body. Creamy foam head... good lace, and retention.

Aromatic. Sweet Coffee, rich coffee, expresso...

The flavors are rich, full bodied, but smooth. Malt sweetness, rich coffee tones. Creamy feel.

Overall this was an excellent brew, one of my favorites.

A good buy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 02:27:26 | More by StevenBilodeau
Photo of avaldivia


2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Lagunitas in January. From my notes.

A: Dark brown with a very nice head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Coffee and dark malts. The coffee is strong.

T: Whoa. I like good coffe but this tastes like the coffee you would get at 7/11. Bitter without much balance. The malts are overpowered.

M: Nice. Carbonation is good.

O: I like coffee stouts, but this is not for me. It is overly bitter and lacking balance. I may try this again when they do the release later this year.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 18:36:44 | More by avaldivia
Photo of jwhancher


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light vanilla & coffee notes. Very subtle. Pours what appears to be a jet black with tannish head. A woody, oaky like flavor with light, subtle espresso notes deem this one a very likable beer. The ABV seems nonexistent. Wish this was served larger than the snifter it came in. Very impressed. A very nice beer once again from this very solid brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 21:43:14 | More by jwhancher
Photo of goblue3509


3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown almost black color with a nice one finger khaki colored head which gives way to some nice lace. The aroma is of coffee with a slight hint of sweetness. The taste is the same a big coffee taste, but the taste has a nice sweetness to it, maybe malt or vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall it is a very solid beer, the sweetness to it, cuts the coffee enough that it keeps you very interested. The abv is also very well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 20:05:59 | More by goblue3509
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - On tap

Appearance - Dark black/tan, insane 4 inch monster creamy head.

Smell - Coffe, chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, sugars.

Taste - Wow, very mocha cappuccino but not overwelming. Smooth malts and sugars, nice chocolate flavor. Wasnt so coffee strong that i couldnt enjoy the roasted malts. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and balanced. Tounge tickled from the sweets, and bitter from the dark choclate and coffee. Aftertaste was dry and coffee influenced. Didnt pickup any booze really.

Overall - A really nice treat of a stout. Mild and very easy to enjoy. Couldnt realize by drinking it was 8.8%. A glass or two is fine. A real winner here, cant wait to try in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2011 08:27:07 | More by wvsabbath
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Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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