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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,236 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,236
Reviews: 1,171
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 100
Gots: 297 | FT: 5
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 SHODriver


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

A: pours black with ruby hues around the outside of the glass where light can penetrate. Miniscule tan head slowly recedes to a small pool.
S: Heavy notes of coffee(duh) along with a touch of molasses and chocolate. As a coffee lover this is a beer that I could smell for awhile.
T: Starts off with a little toasted malt flavor before some coffee flavor comes into play with some nice roasty notes. A little bit of chocolate toward the back end with huge coffee flavors and a bit of oily hop presence make themselves known.
M: a bit thin for a stout but smooth and creamy with light carbonation
O: this one may have spent a bit too much time in my fridge, but it has all the hallmarks of a very good beer still. Very well crafted if down a little on flavor from sitting in the fridge for awhile.

09-05-2011 03:01:31 | More by SHODriver
Photo of Vierenner


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

A great value at $4.99 for a bomber (picked up at a little market in Horseheads, NY). Lighter than a typical stout but if blindfolded you wouldn't know the difference ... has all the other attributes of its darker cousins.

There are coffee and chocolate flavors/smells, as well as hints of caramel flavor. It's a sweet, malty brew ... delicious!

09-01-2011 23:42:43 | More by Vierenner
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3.83/5  rDev -2%

Bottle from 2010 release...January I think..

Poured into a Claret

Appearance-Murky Dark brown. Looked pretty thin when poured Almost no head at all, what I saw looked light brown.

Smell-A ton of roastiness, coffee beans. I can pick up some citrus from the Hops. Can you imagine Lagunitas actually putting hops in a beer?

Taste-The only bit of sweetness you get is when the stout first makes contact with the tongue. After that it's some bitter coffee. Aftertaste is straight coffee.

Mouthfeel-Pretty light bodied, carbonation is nice. A little too thin.

Overall-Like I always say, for the price and quality you can't ever go wrong with Lagunitas. With the intention of this being a coffee stout it definitely fit the mold, just a little bit boring after 12oz.

08-24-2011 23:49:27 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of Dhren1979


3.95/5  rDev +1%

Reviewed: March 5, 2011

Vintage: 2010

Serving Type: 22 oz Bomber poured into a Tulip glass.

A: Pour looks like an Italian dark roast coffee. Nice start! Head is minimal and quickly fades.

S: Dry roast coffee. Bitter coffee beans but not from any hops. Slight sweet aroma.

T: Coffee, which is no surprise. Chocolate & coffee malts seem to be weakened by the bitterness.

M: Medium body stout. Smooth and lightly creamy. Could be more though.

O: Very drinkable and I think some age would definitely help. A small sipper for an Imperial Stout. Would score higher with a better mouthfeel.

08-14-2011 15:47:55 | More by Dhren1979
Photo of Brewski4Drewski

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured bomber into McSorley's stout glass.
Bout time I reviewed this one had about 6 of 'em now.
A: Pours dark reddish-brown with a decent head that fades quickly, carbonation is present and seems almost like espresso soda.

S: Coffee, toasty malts and light chocolate.

T: Good balance of cappuccino flavor not overwhelming one bit. Solid Brew.

M: Medium thickness, goes down easy.

O: A delicious 8% stout at 4 duckets per 22 oz'z...whats not to love?

08-13-2011 04:19:19 | More by Brewski4Drewski
Photo of danmcg62


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

A-Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle. Pours a chocolate brown color with a thick tan that is about a pinky thick that leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass. Minor carbonation on the side of the glass Love the look of this one.

S-Smell of milk chocolate and coffee beans with a thick malt smell. Nice stuff.

T-Super malty with emphasis on the coffee and chocolate flavors. Mild spiciness from the hops come through at the back of the palate. Nice tasting brew.

M-Super thick, almost like a chocolate milkshake. Very nice feel in the mouth as I swish it around. Smooth drinking for a stout.

O-This a great stout. I like this very much. Super drinkable for 8.8% ABV. Can barely taste the alcohol. I'd definitely get this one again.

08-09-2011 02:21:45 | More by danmcg62
Photo of DUBinMIA


4.3/5  rDev +10%

poured into a weizen glass... that's all that i had clean... dark dark brown almost black but clear when held to light. about an 1 1/2 in. head that was very thick and foamy. reduced to about 1/4 in with lots of lacing.

smell of dark malts and coffee and chocolate with subtle piney like hop notes.

malt and coffee is the dominate flavor at first, but, towards the end some hop notes turn into a surprisingly strong flavor. very complex.... very good.

Full bodied and has that creamy aspect to it.

Overall a very good beer... it is a "Limited Release" too so if you see it you should definitely try it.

08-07-2011 22:10:22 | More by DUBinMIA
Photo of obrike


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

A bomber of 9% stout for just over 4 bucks at Specs Round Rock...sign me up?

Not as black as some recent stouts I've had..and the lacing is not as pronounced as I usually look for.

Holy Moly! That smells fantastic! Coffee and expresso lovers will dig this. Also getting some maple syrup, sweet malt...maybe cherry? Gotta be one of my favorite smelling brews evaaaa.

Dark roast expresso comes out big time in the taste...takes over everyting else. However, I happen to love coffee and expresso, so I don't have a problem with this.

I did find the mouthfeel a bit thin for a stout, but you know what...who cares. The taste and smell of this beer is so good that it doesn't really matter. The beer certainly does a great job of masking the 8.8.

Overall this beer is very good, but I'm afraid it will be a bit polarizing to non-coffee hounds. I happen to think it's yet another big hit for Lagunitas.

08-06-2011 23:57:59 | More by obrike
Photo of rundocrun


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured from bomber into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown. Quite translucent for a stout. Has a thin, 1/4 finger of tan head that fades quickly. Amber highlights when held to the light. Bubbles drift lazily up through the liquid indicating a viscous brew.

S - Smells of dark, acidic coffee and bitter cocoa. Some mild fruity esters and booziness come through as well. Has a good, roasty malt presence expected of a stout.

T - Strong, bitter coffee and burnt grain flavors are first up. Only very mild hints of chocolatey sweetness throughout each sip, but a very pleasant and rich dark chocolate aftertaste comes through about a minute after taking a sip. This stout only has 29.5 IBU's according to the bottle, but the coffee they brew this beer with more than makes up for the seemingly low hop bitterness. Mild caramel and vanilla notes are present in the finish.

M - Thick and chewy like a good stout should be. Possibly over-bright carbonation that makes some of the flavors seem a little too sharp for my liking.

08-06-2011 00:15:34 | More by rundocrun
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Pours a clear dark brown body with a dense, creamy, tan head. Nice head retention with light lacing.

S: No joke calling this one a cappuccino stout. Loads of roasted coffee notes and some bitter chocolate malts dominate the nose not allowing much to come out.

T: Again, roasted espresso beans is the dominate flavor in this beer making it not really a complex brew, but still very good. Others flavors include some cream, vanilla, bitter chocolate malts, and sweet molasses. Not getting a lot of bit from the high ABV, but the coffee flavor is long lasting.

M: Texture is creamy, but way too thin for a stout; medium-full body; light-moderate carbonation.

O: Great coffee-flavor stout. It wasn't too heavy for a summer evening and not too complex that it was overwhelming. Style wise, I think they did a good job. Would definitely get this again.

08-01-2011 17:53:08 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of MBrausen


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a bomber into a Town Hall sniffer.

A. Pours a dark coffee black with a 4mm head. Good retention, minimal lacing. White/light caramel head. Fades to a nice whitish caramel ring.

S. Smells of coffee, milk chocolate, and cappuccino. Bits of caramel and chewy malts.

T. A deep true cappuccino flavor, with strong toffee and rich chocolate. A little bit of a bitter chocolate finish.

M. Full bodied flavors, with a lot of bold notes. Very smooth all the way through.

O. This is a pretty decent beer. It's nothing mind blowing. Tastes like a lot of similar coffee stouts. No extreme accents that made it stick out. It's a beer worth trying, because Lagunitas makes some very fine beers. However I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

08-01-2011 06:20:08 | More by MBrausen
Photo of adam42381


3.95/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled on December 14, 2010 per Julian dating code printed on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown that is fairly transparent featuring ruby red highlights and a 1/2 finger foamy off-white head. Decent head retention with minimal lacing. Not exactly what I expect an Imperial Stout to look like.

Smell: Coffee is dominant with touches of molasses, milk chocolate and alcohol.

Taste: Nice mix of roasted malt, dark chocolate and a touch of coffee up front followed by molasses, burnt toast and bitter hops in the middle before ending with a full blast of coffee at the finish. Aftertaste is a mix of coffee and bitter hops. Very well-balanced flavor. Aftertaste is long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability. This would be a great winter beer. That said, I'm having no problem drinking it on a hot summer evening.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I'd definitely recommend this, especially if you're a coffee lover (which I'm not). Another solid offering from Lagunitas.

07-31-2011 23:28:06 | More by adam42381
Photo of burnerfinger


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

first review in more that half a year - have been living off homebrew.
poured from the 22 oz bomber into my New Belgium goblet:

a thick frothy milkshake head of 2+ fingers - settles down to a film quickly and leaves mesium lace.
beautiful brew - cherry red and super clear,

s very sweet - (not much hops to the nose) chocolate and coffee abound.

t- again very sweet- this has gotta be the choclatiest beer I've tasted. the hops come thru a bit more on the tongue.
a bit more hops on the after taste.

m - rich and thick, at 8.8 abv a nice warm alcohol bite.

d - maybe a bit rich but this one grows on me - not bad at all.
special credit to this beer for being from CALIFORNIA!!!

07-31-2011 04:37:52 | More by burnerfinger
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3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Shared a bomber of the Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout with my lady last night and although it was a good beer, I couldn't help feeling it was so close to being a great beer.

A: Pours deep amber and remains relatively transparent for a stout, a disappointing half finger head presents itself atop the glass and exhibited zero lacing.

S: Pungent from those sweet malts, scent of coffee was hard to ignore. There were no hints of bitterness from the smell although it was a prominent characteristic during the tasting.

T: Very sweet, cold coffee flavor following inline perfectly with the smell. Sharp bitter aftertaste came unexpected and lingered longer than desired.

M: Tingles fill the mouth after every sip from this medium bodied stout.

O: A beer I enjoyed drinking, but am not sure will have again soon since many others from this same variety remain more memorable.

07-27-2011 15:36:09 | More by tjkinate
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

A: dark brown/black body, trace head, patch lacing

S: cappuccino, roasted nuts, malt, hint of vanilla

T: dark chocolate, malt, roasted nuts, cappuccino, light bitter
burnt finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth, light chewy body

O: Great beer for great price. Not world class,
but still very good and will get this again.
I would recommend this for adventurous stout
fan. of course, this is a sipper.


07-25-2011 23:05:57 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of DrinkThemAll


3.83/5  rDev -2%

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

A-Pours a very nice deep amber with about a 1 finger tan head that dissipates rather quickly into nothing leaving little or no lacing behind...

S-Coffee, chocolate, dark roasted nuts and malts, dark fruits like plum maybe...

T-Right away you get your cappuccino along with some roasted nuts and malts, has a nice bitter chocolate finish.more bitter than i was expecting... taste like coffee with sugar and cream...and of course alcohol...lol

M-medium light body, light to medium carbonation with a slight creaminess and lingering bitter chocolate finish...

O-I never drink coffee, I drink the stuff maybe twice a year if that but i really enjoyed this brew. I would drink this on a nice cold night to warm me up, would definitely buy again to sip and relax...

07-24-2011 09:07:34 | More by DrinkThemAll
Photo of doughanson78


3.83/5  rDev -2%

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very thin pour. Dark, dark brown in color, still allows light through. Clear. One finger tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin pond. Decent lacing.

S: Cappuccino. Kind of a creamed roasted coffee scent. Light chocolate. Very faint alcohol aroma.

T: Cappuccino all the way. Nice roastiness. Light chocolate.

M: Pretty thin but not as thin as the pour would suggest. Decent creaminess.

O: Very decent beer. Although for a Imperial Stout it doesn't really live up to the style. Would be a great regular stout or top notch coffee stout, but just don't fit here. For $4.99 a bomber I would buy again though.

07-22-2011 04:37:14 | More by doughanson78
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Fell in love with this one from the first sip..

Appearance is dark, nothing too extraordinary, head is minimal and lacing is apparent. Smell is lighty of coffee, one would assume that it is cappuccino, I enjoy the smell as it is not overwhelming and wont scare you away if you are not a coffee drinker. Taste is lightly of the coffee taste and chocolatey and not too thick on the mouthfeel. Finishes clean and not overly carbonated. A little bit of nuttiness to it I am picking up on also..

Grab one, overall, this one is a winner.


07-20-2011 00:09:51 | More by gatorbreath
Photo of avaldivia


2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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.

07-05-2011 18:36:44 | More by avaldivia
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Thick one finger head of light brown, with solid clinging lace. The color matches a 33 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is rich and full with aromas of chocolate, coffee, molasses, malt, and vanilla. Taste is bold and robust with flavors of coffee, coco, molasses, vanilla, and malt. Mouthfeel is very full and creamy, with a bit of a bite on the back of my tongue. This beer has good taste, lots of character, and a reasonable price. I will have another.

07-05-2011 16:12:47 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of lostandwandering

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +1%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

pours black with a small tan head which fades relatively quick. Not as dark or opaque as some other stouts.

Smells strongly of coffee with some hint chocolate.

Taste is similar to how it smells. Beer and coffee, not much wrong with that. It's a little more bitter than I was expecting though.

Mouth is certainly not as creamy as some other stout styles. Light carbonation with an initial hit of bitterness.

Overall, a pretty good stout. Strong coffee flavors, with little bite of alchohol. Definitely worth a shot for those who like this style of stout.

06-27-2011 00:42:05 | More by lostandwandering
Photo of jamescain


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured into a Duvel sniffer

Apperence: Black with a thin tan head about a centimeter thick which slowly fades into a thin lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong chocolate and coffee notes with molasses and roasted grains.

Taste: More coffee in the taste then in the aroma, while there is less chocolate in the taste then in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: lingering bitterness on the finish with low carbonation and a lighter body then I would have expected from a stout with a higher gravity.

Overall: I like it, not as much as their imperial stout, but for $4 a bomber it’s hard to say no. It also went very well in a batch of brownies my girlfriend made.

06-21-2011 17:09:21 | More by jamescain
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

This pours very dark brown with a nice tan head. There is some lacing and retention, but not a lot. The smell is strong caramel and sweet coffee. The taste is very dark and toasty. I would even call it woodsy and smoky. There is a heavy body here that limits your intake, and the syrupy sweetness also doesn’t help the drinkability. This is a solid stout, but not my usual style.

06-20-2011 00:24:43 | More by beerdown77
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4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

A- Deep mahogany with a tall rocky tan head. Moderate retention and moderate patchy lacing.

N- Doughy, chocolatey malt accented with fresh roasted coffee beans. The coffee has a nice tang and spiciness to it.

T- Roasted malt blended perfectly with roasted coffee. Bitter chocolate and nuts from the malt and spiciness from the coffee work together to create a flavor reminiscent of a gourmet chocolate bar with espresso and cayenne. A light grassiness compliments the bitterness of the coffee. The finish is long with a lingering bitterness and herbal quality that is a cohesive blend of hops and coffee. It's tough to tell which component is contributing which flavor. There are overlapping qualities like bitter, herbal, nutty, and spicy that are coming from more than one ingredient.

M- Medium-light body with a light creaminess, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D- Overall, a fantastic brew. The ingredients are expertly paired, and meld together to create a unique flavor that is Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout.

06-19-2011 05:25:17 | More by KevinBrewer
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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

This will be my second stout from Lagunitas that I'll drink. I liked their RIS though it wasn't very RIS-ish...if you know what I mean. I should say that I usually don't like coffee stouts because I'm not the biggest fan of coffee, though I do like coffee notes in my stouts. Anyway, my brother recommended this to me and his recommendations are usually good ones.

This is very dark brown when poured but a lovely ruby color when held up to a light. The head doesn't grow too thick and is bubbly-frothy and tan in color. There's a bit of lacing left behind but not much.

It smells very yummy. Roasted malts, dark fruits, and coffee dominate. Obviously the coffee smell is very strong. A bit sweet.

Roasted malts help to balance out with the strong coffee flavors that adds more roastiness and bitterness. Coffee is very strong but not overpowering to me, which is good. I usually find coffee stouts to have too much coffee taste for me. Some molasses sweetness makes it more tasty. Alcohol adds some warmth in the finish but I don't pick it up so much even with its 8.8% ABV.

The Cappuccino Stout has a medium body that's not very characteristic of an imperial stout, however, it doesn't have a watery feeling like some lighter stouts do. It has a creamy mouthfeel and is a bit sticky but I'd say it has a pretty dry finish for a stout.

Another quality stout from Lagunitas though another stout of theirs that isn't heavy enough for my liking. A coffee stout that I like.

06-14-2011 03:23:48 | More by BeardedRiker
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