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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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very good

1,267 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,267
Hads: 4,082
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 21.03%
Wants: 180
Gots: 737 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004

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Reviews: 1,267 | Hads: 4,082
Photo of mattster
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 22 oz Bomber, poured into Nonic glass.

Nice thick tan creamy looking head of 1", in time dies down to a respectable thin lace across top of brew.

Smell is obviously of Juan Valdez's finest Columbian beans. Taste is slightly less coffee, hits of chocolate. Nice creaminess that makes this a pleasant stout.

Good finish, real easy to drink.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature, into a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Poured out a deep brown, just on the brink of black. Two fingers of thick, creamy, coffee brown head formed. Head slowly settled into a thick gob in the glass, and left tons of thick clingy lace behind. Smell was of creamy milk chocolate, bitter burnt coffee, sweet roasted/toasted malts. A bit of toffee and caramel round out the nose nicely. Huge coffee and sweet chocolate hit the tongue first, with some roasted malts, and more caramel and toffee. Just a bit of dark fruit is buried in the background. The 8.3% alcohol went unnoticed, and there was little carbonation. Mouthfeel was a bit thin but mouth coating. Awesome drinkability.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bomber.

A: Black with some brown when help up to light. 1/2 Finger of mocha head. Some lacing.

S: Coffee, roasted malt and some sweetness from it.

T: Coffee and the associated bitterness. Finishes sweet on the back of the tongue.

M: Med body, thin for a stout. Silky with touches of creaminess.

D: Fairly drinkable. The bitterness cuts it down a little bit. The lack of a super thick body makes it more drinkable. If it had a thick body it would be hard to drink with all the bitterness. No hint of the ABV. I had this on tap twice a month ago or so. The first time it was amazing the second not so much. Like most beers seek it out on tap if you can.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(quick review)

a- black with one finger tan head, the head faded unevenly

s- coffee, sweet sugar

t- rosted coffee, very sweet, alcohol,

m- full body, creamy

d- ok drinkablility. I really enjoyed this one, I had it at the end of the night. I would love to go back to it to give another taste.

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Photo of mully
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a -- two fingers of head fall leaving a light lace on the glass dark chesnet brown around the edges opaque in the center

s -- coffee obviously, dark malts no hops

t -- cappuccino, American hop bitterness is complemented by the bitterness of the coffee some toffee notes

m -- viscous, lingering aftertaste

o -- decent coffee stout, I like it but if you can get your hands on some coffee bender I like it a lot better.

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Photo of erosier
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, almost black from the bottle with a thick tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass. It has a very rich roasted grain smell with some sweetness from sugar and a hint of coffee in the aroma. The taste is really good with a very thick and rich base of roasted malts and layering flavors of chocolate, coffee, and sugar. It really blends well together and has a very smooth and rich mouthfeel. It is a higher gravity beer so it is kind of hard to drink more than 1, since they come in pints.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown beer with a slight tan head. Small amount of lacing as you go.

Smell: Roasted malts at the front with a sweet coffee flavor mixed in along with the hops. Coffee is not as strong as you would expect.

Taste: Again, not as much coffee flavor as you would hope for. This is a decent malty stout with a good amount of hops in the back end. The coffee flavor barely registers though, as it is lost among the stronger flavors.

Mouthfeel: Decent smoothness and a good lingering taste.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, however, would be better if it featured the flavor that it is named after. This beer comes across a bit muddled as all of the flavors seem to battle for dominance. Not the most balanced beer around. Decent stout, not a great coffee stout.

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Photo of timtim
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

dark brown with ruby highlights/feet. tan head has poor retention but leaves some nice lace. nose is of light roast coffee - not dark roast espresso like the name would lead you to expect - with hints of cream and sugar, and a faint roasty malt and hop scent. not big and strong and robust as i was hoping for. taste was almost the same. kind of a let down really. light roast with some malty tastes, some sweet tastes, and a little bitter bite. mouthfeel was thin, not thick and chewy like a nice big stout usually is, or a cappuccino even, for that matter. this is the first time i've ever wished i had actually not spent the money on a lagunitas product. maybe if larry bell or founders didn't make such damn good stouts, this wouldn't have seemed so weak to me, but they do, and it did. not so hard to drink, but i won't be revisiting this one.

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Photo of pheggeseth
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear brown but settles to almost totally opaque, small head dissipates quickly

S: alcohol mixed with creamy chocolate, almost like a real cappuccino

T: more like a creamy espresso, roasted malt, alcohol in the back, nothing really all that "cappuccino" about it

M: warming, smooth, mouth coating, quite nice

D: a hefty stout with some good complexity, but still quite drinkable

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Brewing Company's Cappuccino Stout poured a ruby color that was translucent and clean. The beer had a one finger head with an off-white color that left lacing down the sides of the glass, but thinned as I drank the pint. The smell was a mixture of roasted barley and subtle coffee notes. The taste was similar to the smell, but had a slight alcohol aftertaste. Neither the coffee nor the roasted malts stood out in this brew making it seem like the flavors did not blend well. The flavor is average for any other coffee stout I have had, the boost of alcohol makes it a different stout but the flavors were not powerful enough to overcome the taste of the added octane. If you like coffee stouts, it is worth a try if you find it at a good price. Otherwise, this bottle wasn't bad, but also was nothing special.

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Photo of EStreet20
2.76/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bomber, 20 ounce nonic pint glass.

A - A dark brown ale. Fairly translucent with red tint when held to the light. Light tan head about a finger thick sits atop.

S - Dark roasted malts, some coffee but not as much as I expected.

T - A dark malt taste, but less roasted flavor than I like in a stout. Some bitterness but it's missing something.

M - Medium/full, a little more carbonation than I expect for the style.

D - This one's a little out of whack. Coffee is missing, when it;s advertised as a cappucino stout. Some other flavors seem wickedly out of balance.

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a few weeks ago and didn't take any notes, so reviewing out of the bottle.

A - pours nice and dark with an off-white head

S - coffee, fruity, citrusy, some hops come through

T - coffee, bit of chocolate, some maltiness

M - pretty nice, medium-bodied, smooth, a bit of carbonation

D - not bad. This isn't Terrapin Wake-n-Bake or the Real Ale Coffee Porter, but it's good and I'd definitely say try it. Will enjoy finishing it off.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a black color with a very slight reddish tint. An aggressive pour yields a good sized tan head with average lacing.

S: I got quite a bit of coffee when I popped the cap but surprisingly little after it was poured. Otherwise there were some dark malts along with some roasted aromas.

T: A bit of coffee up front gives way to some smooth roasted malts. The coffee is definitely there bit it's not overwhelming. In fact, I've had other regular stouts with just as much coffee flavors as this one. There is a nice hop presence as well with even a bit of citrus coming through.

M: Nice mouthfeel; medium to medium-full bodied with a smooth and chewy mouthfeel.

D: A very drinkable stout, it's smooth although not all that complex. A decent stout but there are many better ones out there. I'd like to see a stronger coffee profile from a beer that calls itself a cappuccino stout.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$4.19 for a 220z bottle @ Jack's. Limited Release 2007 edition. Brewed with Sebastopol's Hard Core Coffee, which is evidently Columbian. IBU=29.50, OG=1.076, 8.3% ABV.

Pours out to a nearly black dark brown, forming a modest khaki head with average retention and moderate lacing. The nose is quite nice...the coffee aroma is that of fresh coffee, which has that twang that you don't get out of the typical stuff in the grocery. I know because I roast my own. Next, there is citric hops, then some dark fruits, maybe souring milk, and finally chalk. Actually, the chalk is pretty potent, and gives quite a mineral profile. The mouthfeel is nice. Acidic and fruity from the hops and esters, but also chalky. Medium-dense body. The taste is a recap of the aroma. There is plenty of coffee here, but also plenty of hops, giving this a very acidic pang. The chalk is very strong and really limits it's drinkability. The hops are green and leafy, very citric and herbal, providing some strong bitterness Plenty of burnt grains throughout, leaving a very burnt charcoal-like dry finish in the mouth. The aftertaste is of charcoal and grapefruit pith...Very sharp and bitter.

Wow. This beer is so potent and rich, it's really hard to finish. The astringency, bitterness, grapefruit, and burnt grains really limits it's drinkability. I can barely finish half a bottle, so it's a good thing I just bought this vacuum bottle sealer. I'll have to finish the rest tomorrow.

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Photo of pershan
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer was ink black wit a thin, nearly non-existent head. I detected a slight roasted aroma before the first taste. The beer had a decent roasted barley flavor with the usual bitter, toasted undertones. The roasted flavor dominates at the top and back of the mouth, with not much to light-up the taste buds on the tongue. I can't say I disliked this beer, because I didn't, but it wasn't really noteworthy like some of the other Lagunitas beers. It had a nice, pleasant aftertaste with some residual alcoholic warmness. A nice effort.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Ultra dark opaque brown hue (almost black) leaving no ruby edges. A two finger khaki head slowly settles to a thin cap leaving a solid wall of lacing behind.

Deep roasty malts along with a light coffee aroma. Bits of chocolate come in here and there. The alcohol is well hidden for its relatively high amount.

The roasted malts make up most of the flavor. I don't drink too many cappuccinos, but I do detect some bitter coffee flavors in the mix. The feel is thick with the beer being full bodied, and the carbonation being on the average side. The finish is lingering malt and coffee flavors.

This is one robust and flavorful stout. It's isn't the most complex stout ever, but it is loaded with flavor making it a real malt bomb. This one is a winner for malt lovers. Recommended.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a light brown, five-finger head that goes slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Virtually black color. Nose is roasted coffee. Smooth, roasted/burnt coffee flavor. Lingering
burnt coffee after taste. $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Haggens Beaverton, OR.

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 batch.

Appearance: Black with a head of dark brown and some amber highlights around the edges. Head retention is fairly good.

Smell: A huge aroma of coffee is most immediate, with subtle alcohol and burnt toast. The coffee is dominating but nicely done - it has the character of freshly roasted coffee beans rather than the stale coffee aroma that I find in many coffee-infused beers.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sharp, dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate and toast. Hops, roasted malts and coffee create a long, bitter finish with a creamy mouthfeel.

Notes - Quite good and better than last year's batch from what I remember. The coffee character is strong but I'm impressed with the fresh, aromatic quality of it.

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Photo of ccrida
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (labeled 8.3% ABV btw) into a nonic, Cappuccino Stout is dark black with a amber tinged dark tan head that leaves medium light lace.

Smell is sharp coffee grinds and cocoa dusted chocolate truffles (served ~55F).

Taste is very nice, richness of cappuccino mingles well with what essentially is an imperial stout. Full flavored and satisfying, but a bit acrid and boozy on the lingering malty finish.

Mouthfeel is slick and the body is on the lighter side.

Drinkability is pretty good, drinks like a huge imperial stout but is a bit lower then average at 8.3, with a nice touch of cappuccino providing another layer of depth.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark Mahogany almost Black with ruby hues when held up to the light. Shortish off white head. Falls quickly to a ring that provides decent lacing. I am usually weary of stouts that aren't opaque black.

Smell - Initial smell is of roasted malt. Thats followed by a subtle cappuccino aroma, and some sweet chocolate.

Taste - Matches the nose. The coffee is much more pronounced in the taste, but never overpowering. Initial taste is of roast, followed by that more pronounced coffee, and dark chocolate flavors. There are faint citrusy hop notes as well. Not surprised to see those hops in yet another Lagunitas brew. They work well with the dark roasted/coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat full bodied, and oh so heavenly smooth and velvety.

This has always been one of my, if not my, favorite stouts. The more subtle, by comparison, coffee notes make this beer much better than most coffee brews. Its dangerously drinkable for its girth. I could definitely knock back a few of these with out problem.

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Photo of shroompod
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small head, no lacing.

Smell is faint , some hop aroma , dark malts.

Hops and the malts meld nicely for a strong initial taste. The aftertaste yields some burnt malt , with an afterthought to the coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium , almost dry considering the ABV.

Overall a nice dry , high ABV offering.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ummm - WOW! Sure the coffee is there but there's also a dry chocolate flavor that dominates too. Not much of a head but a nice creamy mouth feel. Exceptional and very very unique flavor roasted and not too sweet. Very little bitterness but I recommend this to those you enjoy coffee -- remember when Red Hook's stout was made with Starbucks coffee -- this is similar but 10x better.

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Photo of beeragent
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz. bomber. The beer pours a dark brown, forming a 1/2 inch creamy tan head. Medium rings of lace stick to the glass. The aroma is less coffee based than expected, with more emphasis on the roasted malt, which isnt really that bad. The taste follows a similar pattern. Strong roasted malts up front, followed by a good amount of chocolate, and then ending with a light creamy coffee/cappuccino flavor. The flavor is quite enjoyable, but again, not like I expected from a stout labeled as a "cappuccino stout." Thick mouthfeel coats the inside of the mouth, leaving a thick aftertaste. Decent flavor, slightly above average abv., and good mouthfeel, make this an enjoyable and drinkable stout. Overall, not quite what I expected, but when viewing this as just another American Stout, I have to say it is definitely above average. Worth trying!

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Special Lager Glass
A- Pours a dark brown and black hue, brown head starts small and gets smaller, lacing is thin and wispy
S- Nose is, of course, coffee cappuccino, chocolate malts, roastiness, subtler hops, and alcohol
T- Initial taste is sweet coffee malts with a nice balance of dark chocolate, surprising hit of bitter hops comes midway, finishes with alcohol warming
M- Full-bodied beer, thick and chewy texture, moderate carbonation
D- Another bang-up Limited Release from Lagunitas, this is one big bold stout with a jolt of West Coast hops, the alcohol is far from mild and can detract from the overall drinkability but this is a wonderful overall entrant in this category

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out properly stouty black into my dimple pint with a 1 inch thick dirty white head on top, moderate lacing. The nose is smooth and chocolatey, not bad, though certainly not overstated.

Tastes starts out smooth and chocolatey, and becomes very milky. A dark roast tone then shows up in the back of the mouth, not aggressive, just pleasant and there. The coffee is also present, lending a soft undertone to the entire flavour without becoming dominant. The finish is also notably coffee-like. Solid.

The mouthfeel on this is medium thick, not remarkable for a stout, but definitely in the good category. Drinkability solid in both the smoothness (particularly for an 8%) and for the price / rebuy ($4 for a bomber...I'm there).

The bottom line: Cappuccino Stout isn't a mouth ripping, soul crushing stout by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a pleasant, smooth drinking winter beer at a remarkably low price. It's not big enough to be one of my gold medal favourites, but for a standard stout, as opposed to an Imperial, this is very tasty stuff and I will definitely be picking it up again.

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Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,267 ratings.