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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,365 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 3,365
Reviews: 1,175
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 115
Gots: 330 | 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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Ratings: 3,365 | Reviews: 1,175 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good amount of roasted barley and coffee, with a touch of creamy cappaccino-like taste. Smooth, with some body. Black colour, good roast aroma, with some burnt part. A very good stout and a large enough bottle that it should be shared, and if I find other bottles I will share those.
Had it 2.5 years later and great coffee taste still.

Sammy, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a 22 oz bottle at the stuffed sandwich in San Gabriel. Not much into coffee or stout but this one was pretty decent. Was a typical black color sitting on the table but once held up to a light a nice redness shown through. Smelled mostly of coffee but pretty mild over all, not a real strong smell especially once it warmed up.

Taste was mostly of roasted malts and coffee but there was a real mellow after taste that was enjoyable. As far as mouthfeel, I don't think I could desrcribe it any better than the last person. Its "chewey" but somehow light. Not sure exactly how to describe it. Overall a good beer and would drink it again.

t0rin0, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque dark brown with a 2 inch tan head that fades to a thin cap. Fat rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and espresso grounds. Taste is of rich dark chocolate covered espresso beans and roasted dark malts. A slight cocoa/espresso bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a bit of a thin body with a good level of carbonation that makes for a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good coffee/espresso infused stout from Lagunitas. I tried a bottle of this a while back and I didn't like it from what I remember but this bottle was very good. For the price this is a great beer and an easy decision to make when you want a tasty brew for little money.

UCLABrewN84, May 29, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -23.3%

djrn2, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2.3%

zestar, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
1.93/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served in a tulip.

Pours a fairly-dark brown though not as dark as I would expect for the style. Single-finger tan head falls down slowly and leaves a bit of spotty lacing. Good collar as it fades. The nose brings coffee and cream, though it is pretty tame on both. A bit of a metallic note hits behind the roast. The taste is strong, bitter coffee with some scalded cream. Not particularly pleasant. Really, really metallic in the finish. Dry with an off bitterness. Not sire why I got this, as I haven't had too much success with any non-hoppy offerings from Lagunitas. I would not drink this again.

Thorpe429, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Texasfan549, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured very dark brown with a thin, creamy head.
S: There is a moderate aroma of dark, roasted malts.
T: The taste has lots of coffee flavors--which really stand out in the finish--along with flavors of dark, roasted malts and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate; there is some dryness in the finish.
D: It is relatively easy to drink this stout and the alcohol is well hidden.

metter98, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2.3%

GRG1313, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a full-on head that leaves great lacing

Smell: Brown bread with a dusting of roasted chocolate and coffee elements

Taste: Brown bread, charcoal and yesterday's coffee, up front, with building pithy flavors; after the swallow, the chocolate and coffee flavors make a brief appearance, followed by a strong pithy citrus character; surprising amount of sweetness and a touch of vanilla, on the finish, however

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: What a confusing beer! Here I am expecting a coffee stout and I have something more akin to a black and tan blending a coffee stout with an IPA; not sure it works very well for me, however, as I was really looking for more coffee flavors

brentk56, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bold and roasty, this American stout also shows a lot of restraint in both the design of the base beer and the execution of coffee additions to acheive balance and wonderment.

Dark brown in color, the beer builds a dainty, slightly tanned head that takes the shape of espresso creme. Low in retention or lace, the oils of the coffee supress the protiens of the stout that would normally allow for the froathiness to shine.

Coffee aromas strike the nose first, and with a nutty, moderate tone; much like well brewed Columbian styles. The more stout-like qualities support the coffee with elements of roasted grains, heavy toast, walnuts, and lightly charred woods.

Flavors are much better balanced, allowing the stout base to take hold with the roast, caramel maltiness, medium hop bitterness, and toast. Bold flavors throughout but fairly moderate compared to most American stouts. The coffee additions accentuate the roasty, nutty, caramel flavors but also add a lightly resiny bitterness that work in conjunction with the hop bitterness to round out the balance to roast and sweetness.

Full bodied early due to the expanding carbonation, but the beer relinquishes its creaminess early, allowing the beer to lay heavier on the mouth later in somewhat dull fashion. Finishes lighter and drier than expected for such boldness in flavor.

A delicious beer that's a real joy to drink. Much of what this coffee stout offers is in superb balance with bold flavors that don't intimidate. Only slight elements of inconsistency keep it from higher scores.

BEERchitect, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Shp555: Poured a medium black color ale with a medium dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of coffee is dominating (what a surprise!!!) with some subtle bitter roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by the coffee with some roasted malt. Body is a bit light IMO with some adequate carbonation.

Phyl21ca, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cherry with light visible on the opposite side of the glass. I'm always a little leery of such non-black, non-opaque stouts, but I'll try to keep an open mind. The attractive, reasonably persistent, golden sandstone cap is beginning to form a thick collar of lace as it deflates.

There's nothing wrong with the aroma, either in terms of power or character. Aggressively roasted malt is at least equal to black coffee, with bittersweet chocolate bringing up the rear. I've certainly smelled coffee beers that were more java-centric than this one. That's more than fine with me; I like it just the way it is.

Even though I'm not an aficionado of 'the bean', this stout tastes a good deal like coffee and I still think it's da bomb. Kudos to the brewers for that. The key is that it's recognizably a stout that is flavored with coffee rather than a barely beer flavored iced coffee. In other words, it contains a perfect stout-coffee balance that should please all comers.

The flavor profile is interesting in that it changes so drastically from beer entry to beer exit. Initially, it tastes like a good, solid, roasty, chocolate stout. At the midway point, the roasted beans stick a tentative foot in the door... and then proceed to rip the door off its hinges and barge in like they own the place. The finish is 'all coffee, all the time', but again, the stout center holds firm.

Knowing Lagunitas like I do, I'm not surprised that they've added citric hops to a style that doesn't usually feature them on the palate (at least not to this extent). The sweetened grapefruit and lemon isn't enough to turn off the malt lovers. The more I drink, the more noticeable the hops and the less noticeable the coffee.

I've always thought that there was some relationship between color/opacity and flavor/body, but this beer puts the lie to that notion. Rarely have I had a stout with this degree of lucency that was this flavorful and this full in the mouth. It isn't full-bodied in comparison to the really full-bodied versions of the style, but it is supremely smooth and pleasingly silky.

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is very good beer. It's odd how the coffee portion of its personality fades with time and drinking. I would have been fine if it had stuck around, but I'm equally fine with the beer that I experienced in the second half of the bomber. Outside of the outstanding Brown Shugga', this is Lagunitas's best beer. I really wish they would re-think that 'limited release' thing.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of kylehay2004
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head with little retention and not much lacing on a deep brown body with light passing through.

S: definitely has a nice cappuccino/espresso presence but the vanilla is the dominant aroma with roasted malt intermixed. Oddly enough, tomato as well which may be a weird combo of coffee and vanilla. Oak notes as well.

T: milk chocolate and vanilla up front with mild hops quickly fades to a burnt toast and bitter espresso finish.

M: moderate carbonation and lighter body than expected but still medium to full bodied.

Overall: I enjoy all coffee stouts so I tend to grade these higher. This one is nicely complex and captures a nice coffee flavor while reducing the coffee bitterness.

kylehay2004, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jaydoc, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.3%

ygtbsm94, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very dark brown,almost black witha huge Tan three inch high head. The retention rate was huge and when it finally relented it left a ton of lace down the sides of the glass. Smell was suprisngly hoppy, with lots of hints of sweet coffe, sugar and milk. Very nice. The taste was very smooth and refreshing, very nice indeed. Extremely hoppy for a stour\t, with lots of hints of citrus flavors, orange, pineapple, mixed in with the very robust flavors of coffee and sugar, awesome balance and texture. Such a dry, almost IPA like finish that lasted literally forever. The was an extremely unique stout. I found this to be one of the most enjoyable brews I have tasted and would definatly want to try it again,great job \!!

mikesgroove, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is dark brown brown in color with a surprisingly large tan head.

S: I get more coffee grounds than cappuccino, but there is a nice roastiness. Some dark chocolate which seems to be slightly bitter and there is a touch of acidity. Mild sweetness of toffee in the background.

T: Dark and slightly bitter chocolate with a strange spiciness. Fairly bitter with coffee grounds and roasted malts that are a little bit astringent. Fairly minimal sweetness to the beer.

M: Medium in body with the carbonation on the low end of medium.

O: Not really the best coffee flavor and not a terribly good base beer either.

womencantsail, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +2.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a translucent, dark brown body with a dense, wispy beige-colored head.

Smell: The aroma is primarily milk chocolate and caramel. Soft notes of coffee that are so light it's nearly nonexistent.

Taste: Overall, the flavor is moved by sweet, chocolaty malts. Hints of coffee and vanilla. A dry, roasted astringent bitterness rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lackluster medium-thin body, with a fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: This is all wrong. This beer does little to deserve the label "cappucino." The pained lack of richness and coffee flavor was a real letdown.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +2.3%

SocalKicks, Dec 15, 2012
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Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,365 ratings.