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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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very good

2,767 Ratings

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Ratings: 2767
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 scruffwhor


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

Pours a nice tan head with doughy retention and lacing. The color is a deep, deep brown that sill allows some garnet highlights in the middle of this brew. Almost more creamy than coffee. But I gues a true "cappuccino" beer just by the smell. The makes me think think of a classic English stout with a caring dash of coffee. Hints of caramel and amber malts linger around. Almost like I'm tasting Godiva like chocoalte with coffee. No tartness That I expect from beers with coffee added. Great, smooth palate with a lot of mild stou qualities that is refreshing. Full bodied, but not thick necessarily.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 05:45:48 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Morris729


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

Pours black ruby in color with a thick tan head that fades into a sheet of lace. Nose is sort of a mix between fresh brewed coffee and chocolate milk. Taste has a nice blend of coffee and chocolate malt, but these flavors are a bit subdued at first until the beer is allowed to warm. A lightly fruity hop bitterness follows the initial coffee and chocolate flavors. The alcohol level is nicely hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2006 07:00:10 | More by Morris729
Photo of BeerManDan


3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When first poured, it was a very dark brown with very little tan foam that dissapated almost instantly. The smell of roasted malts and grain was evident, with a hint of evergreen.

The flavor was overpowering on a piney taste. It had a very bitterness along with a touch of sourness. I didn't think this was an overpowing good beer. In fact, I was a little dissapointed with the flavor and mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 23:45:33 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of dirtylou


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

22oz bomber, steve's university

appearance: poured into great dane imperial pint glass...dark mahongany body, decent garnet tinting, creamy mocha head...nice tan lace left behind. no complaints visually on this one

smell: strong dry cocoa powder, noticeable citrus hopping (big surprise lagunitas), creamy medium roast, milky and rich

taste: rather dry, cocoa powder, light bitterness, creamy and milky...I dont know about cappuccino as i'm a black coffee guy, but the dry roastiness is definitely present, sweet citrus hopping present. No majore complaints, its a good beer, but i've had better within the style

mouthfeel: rich, dry yet creamy, light bitterness, abv masked

drinkability: fine

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 02:18:33 | More by dirtylou
Photo of chadspivey


4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a quarter inch light brown head that dissipates down to a ring in about 45 seconds.

S: smells like a stanard dark american ale, but with chocolate and a definite coffe flavor.

T: dark, robust flavor.dark chocolate, but definitely cappucino flavor dominating in aftertaste. really nice blend...well balanced

M: nice full body, perfect for the flavor. Helps to balance this woderful ale.

D: I feel like I could definitely drink another, too bad i'm aging the rest. I think it will age well, but who knows...

In conclusion, this is a really nice, well-balanced cappuccino stout. The coffe flavor doesn't over power, but definitely is quite apparent and very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 08:09:05 | More by chadspivey
Photo of msubulldog25


3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 22 oz. bottle of Lagunitas' 2006 version of this seasonal. Label says "Brewed with Sebastapol's Own Hard Core Coffee"; IBU 29.5, O.G. 1.076, ABV 7.99% (can't we just round it to 8%?).

A: Dark mahoghany brown with with some rusty/amber tint. A big creamy cap of tan head.

S: Sweet, spicy and yeasty. If I didn't know better I'd think I was sniffing a malty Belgian ale. Hints of grain and metal with a roast coffee bean backbone... an unexpected aroma, definitely not a traditional 'stout' smell...it's a fairly nice aroma, but grading on style it's a '3' at best...

T: Again, malty and spicy. I'd swear they put the wrong beer in this bottle - not the rich coffee/bitter flavor I'd expected. Flavors are sweet, spicy, a little maple syrup-y and a little powdered milk chocolate-y. Lactic sweet and creamy - is that what a cappuccino tastes like? More like the International Foods instant version, I think...disappointing...

M: Medium body and mouthfeel. Somewhat acerbic with a lightly sour/bitter finish. Lingers for an extended period. Only at the end does a coffe-bean/roasted flavor come out.

D: I wish the roasted coffee flavor that enticed me into buying this bottle was more evident. Unfortunately, it's an average tasting stout I'm left with, one I'm pleased to have tried but would probably not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 02:22:33 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of TurdFurgison


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

I like the concept of coffee stouts, and my favorites of the style are incredibly tasty (Founders Breakfast Stout, Kona Da Grind). But this version could've used more coffee flavor. With the cappuccino name, you'd expect a more robust coffee aroma and flavor, but it wasn't there. Not a bad beer overall, but just an average example of its style.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 13:55:07 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Vancer


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No surprise – black / brown edges pour into my clear plastic sippy cup, with a decent tan head that leaves ring laces. Good ol’ aroma of deep roasted coffee, no less. But the quaff left a little to be desired. I mean, pretty solid offering of coffee, but I’ve had cappuccinos – and this ain’t no cappuccino.

Rich and robust, and all that – I was just expecting more on the creamy capp. side and less coffee stout. A solid brew, but I bet you can find local coffee stouts at a better price ($6 for this bomber, I can get same quality $6 local brewery sixers).

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 02:12:29 | More by Vancer
Photo of bashiba


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 23:25:46 | More by bashiba
Photo of athensbeermaster


4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small wine glass, sorry I was at work! The head was a nice creamy light tan color. The aroma was of rich dark coffee and chocolate. The creamy taste just coates the tongue so well.
Hense the perfect 5.0 score. The roasted malts,rich coffee flavor ending with a soft chocolate finish. Makes you want to stay up all night and drink this fine stout. Get this one while you can. limited production and available only in 22 oz. bombers. But at only $3.00 a bottle what a bargain for a high gravity big btl.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 21:46:53 | More by athensbeermaster
Photo of HopasaurusRex

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lingering tan head floats on burnished ruby brown body.

Aroma of chicory, roasted nuts, anise, and milk chocolate.

Dark roast coffee leads to pronounced bitterness in finish. Underlying stout is not quite robust enough to stand up to the coffee. However, it dries out nicely and has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, it could use more malt to balance out the roasted coffee flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 22:13:28 | More by HopasaurusRex
Photo of terrabyte


3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a medium, tan head.

Aroma is thick with foamy coffee, chocolate, and nuts.

Flavor is mostly roasted malts. There is no cream or milky flavor one might expect. Towards the end there is a nice bitter hoppiness and a dark, earthy, coffee aftertaste. I wish this was present during the main course. Instead, it leaves a what-could-have-been flavor lingering and permeating through the nostrils as you breath out after swallowing. There is also a light grassy and citrus quality that doesn't dominate, but lends a lightness and uniqueness to a stout.

Mouthful is quite carbonated. Bubbles seem to react to your tongue right at the beginning. However, there is no excess foaming or creaming that would lead to a negative experience. There is a slight slick feeling in the mouth from the hops.

Drinkable. Seems to go down pretty easy, as the carbonation and light flavors make it seem like a light stout. I just realized the ABV, and am now quite impressed. It's completely masked.

I wouldn't kick this beer out of my bed, but I was not excited about it. A Cappuccino Stout Bomber seems pretty impressive by sight, but I didn't find the flavors complex, big, or difficult at all. Get that hint of an aftertaste I experienced into the main flavor and then we could talk. I also question the "Limited Release" on the label, considering the hundreds of reviews on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 08:18:47 | More by terrabyte
Photo of rhoadsrage


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

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a black body with a light tan head that last and last through most of the beer forming a meniscus that sticks to the sides of the glass. There are tiny pearl strands of carbonation that glide up the side of the glass.

S- The smell is a soft earthy dark coffee bean note with a dark roasted malt smell also. Good smell but not much depth.

T- This beer has a ark malt flavor with a cream taste in the finish. There is also a bitterness from the coffee that hangs on after each sip. There is a faint green hop flavor that comes through in the finish as it warms. There are also black malt flavors but they are very light and it is mostly coffee notes.

M- There is a medium mouthfeel with a slight watery texture in the finish.

D-The flavor is good in the coffee and cream but there are not many stout beer qualities coming through. Not much complexity to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 15:48:45 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of foureyedgeek


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

Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh.

Tall, two finger had, thats creamy and tan, much like its namesake. dark chocolate color, almost black.

Smells of chocolate and coffee, slightly roasty, a little sweet.

Tastes full of coffee, with a nice light creamy sweetness. This IS just like a cappuccino in a coffee. Delicious. This is up there with North Country's Vanilla Coffee Porter in coffee-flavor, although this one had more of the creaminess associated with a cappuccino. Damn good.

Supposed this beer clocks in at almost 8% which is surprising, you can't really pick up on it. I think the FH's draft list may have had it listed lower, but I'm not sure. You can feel it as you drink it, but the heat is almost nowhere to be found in the beer itself. As it warms, the ABV becomes more apparent in the finish, but its still fairly subtle.

Mouthfeel = rich & creamy, very good. Drinkable, too though I think a few 8% stouts may get to you pretty quickly.

Serving type: growler

11-15-2006 21:59:34 | More by foureyedgeek
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 SaCkErZ9


4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on draft at the Brick Store Pub in suburban Atlanta. Poured a very dark, not quite opaque chocolate brown with a nice, tan, creamy head that leaves generous lacing and has great retention.

Aroma is that of, uhhh, coffee and cappuccino. Lots of notes of chocolate as well. The coffee outweights the chocolate but both are pretty substantial in their appreciative aromas. Pretty nice hop aroma as well. Fruity and tangy. Dark fruits such as figs and black cherries emerge as well.

Silky smooth taste. Absolutely delicious. Nice and creamy. Big time chocolate and coffee. The hops kick some ass too. Think impy stout without quite the alcohol content. Absolutely sublime.

A wonderful mouthfeel with lots of hoppy tang and bite. Big and chewy and creamy. Full bodied. If I hadnt already had lunch, this would surely suffice and satiate my appetite. The alcohol is hidden very well. Although it is nearly 8% abv, you cant taste it. This beer could get me in trouble if I ever find it in the bottle to take home. An excellent beer!

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2006 19:36:56 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of auntfloyd

New York

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

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a rich, dark, almost totally opaque brown, which appears somewhat red when held up to a light, with a small amount of tan head.

The smell is coffee and chocolate, with hints of roasted malt.

The flavor is excellent: bitter coffee, espresso, and dark bitter chocolate, ending on slightly hopped dark chocolate note. The flavor is fairly restrained, like a fine espresso, but definitely not downplayed or lacking. The resemblance to espresso is so strong that I would really not recommend this if you don't already like your espresso served black.

The mouthfeel was extremely smooth and creamy, probably among the best I've ever head. Very easy drinking, especially for the style.

This is a great stout, especially for coffee fans. Very smooth, very tasty, with no downsides at all. A bit more refined than other knock-your-socks-off American stouts, but all the better for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 01:40:11 | More by auntfloyd
Photo of carln26


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

Dark brown in color, with a mild haze, the beer is topped by an effervescent tan colored head. Mild nose. I get a little bit of cappuccino, and a touch of roasted malt, but there just isn’t much there. I hope the aromas open up a bit as the beer warms more. The flavor is more pronounced. Nice balance of cappuccino/coffee, mild light chocolate, roast malt and a hint of citrus bitterness on the finish. All of the flavors are subtle (as I should have expected from the nose, but the blend nicely. The mouth feel is a touch then, but I don’t get any alcohol heat. Nice drinkability. It’s great to experience a subtle coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 16:13:32 | More by carln26
Photo of geexploitation


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with an appropriately coffee-esque head forming a ring around the beer. The nose is full of roasted coffee notes, a bit of chocolate malts and some slight citrus fruits. Initial fruitiness followed by bitter coffee notes that never overtake the malts and hops. Creamy malts surround the tongue mid-palate; then the hops come out toward the end, as well as warming alcohol. Throughout, all the flavors are integrated very well, with none overpowering the others. The alcohol level and coffee bitterness contribute to a mouthfeel that's a little rough. There's little evidence, to my tongue, of dextrin or other sugars being added to enhance smoothness. Overall, this is quite a good stout, and definitely one that lovers of beer and coffee should check out.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 03:32:47 | More by geexploitation
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

Rich, black, bitter, acidic, coffeeish.

Beautiful appearance. Good head retention. Slightly better than average lacing.

Average stout-like nose. Nah, sorry, kind of like day-old coffee with a stout and some mild citrusy hops.

Medium-bodied; smooth and lightly crisp.

Bitter and acidic in the flavor with tons of roastiness. Some citrus, grassy, and leafy hops come through as well. Bold!... to say the least. This is definitely a wake-up call !!!! Finishes bitter and acidic with roastiness and an underlying fruitiness from the yeast that doesn't really make it's way through in the mouth.

The alcohol is well-heeled (or overshadowed by the heavy roastiness). Impressive. I'm not sure that drinkability follows with that though. This is more of a "power" pint... and, of course, I refer to an Imperial pint. I don't think I could go beyond that. It's just such an overload; but I'd consider it, so....

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 01:53:12 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of nortmand


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a solid tan head.

Huge roasted coffee nose with a bit of apparent sweetness.

Heavy chocolate and sweet roast flavors. Some bittersweet coffee aftertaste. Solid. A bit of surprising citrus hops there as well.

Full, juicy body, very enjoyable stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 01:21:57 | More by nortmand
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 04:27:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of AndoBrew


3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

*I dont mind it will not buy*

app: looks like coffee, but NOT cappuccino.. nice 2 finger head a little thin but kinda sturdy. wish it looked more RICH.

smells: a little sour and a little like toasted malts and a touch of booze.. but it does not smell much at all. some blood meal as well.

taste: has a nice lil mix of brown and thick malty soy sweets up front then booze. no real bitter or sour in the taste...YET. 2nd try: mostly good clean very drinkable booze flavor with some dark malts. good but not really complex or captivating. do not really taste much coffee.. its not a bad beer. but not a great beer.

mf: little bright and spritzy for me..

drinkable?: indeed, nothing slows you down with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 21:55:18 | More by AndoBrew
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber.
Pours a dark brown with 1/4" head. Can see thru and see light around edges of the glass.
Smell, the only thing I can pull from the nose is a slight coffee smell. Not too much anything else going on.
Taste is smooth, with a slight coffee flavor. This is a stretch to be called a stout, and I definately wouldn't say it has strong Cappuccino flavoring. This could be summed up better as a good coffee porter. In that aspect it would be a decent brew, especially at that price point, $3.99/bomber.
Mouthfeel was a bit thin, more like a porter. However it was really smooth and non-cloying. It is a very sessionable brew. It's a good beer, just not a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 14:17:01 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic, served cool. Cream-khaki head is initially noisy, then settles to a cratered mass on top of a mahogany body with russet highlights. Black malt and light toasted cocoa aromas up front; further sniffing reveals a husky grain scent along with subtle coffee notes. The coffee is far more apparent in the taste, which begins with toasted grain traits, then moves to a chocolate-vinous middle which is subsequently overwhelmed by a significantly bitter, almost acrid, and deep dark-roasted coffee flavor. This coffee aspect near the end is punctuated by spicy alcohol notes (damn near 8% abv shows just a bit, but not in an unpleasant way), and lasts quite a while in the aftertaste. Some mellow pine-flavored hops populate the burps. By and large, the mouthfeel is on the creamy side, with an occasional appearance of alcohol astringency and an off-dry finish. Not the roastiest of stouts, but certainly the most coffee-flavor I've had in a beer that I can remember. Bigger than your average stout, but far from "Imperial". If this was available where I live, I'd certainly pick this up on a regular basis. Undeniably drinkable. Go for it if you have the option.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 00:56:49 | More by orfeu
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