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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,229 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,229
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 100
Gots: 294 | 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 obrike


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

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 -5.1%

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
Photo of BrewCrew2010


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

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 +3.3%

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 +1.3%

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 +4.6%

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
Photo of tjkinate


3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

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
Photo of BeerLover99


4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 -1.8%

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 -1.8%

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
Photo of gatorbreath


4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

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 -29.5%

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
Photo of beerprovedwright


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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 +1.3%

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 -1.3%

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 -1.3%

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
Photo of KevinBrewer


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%

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
Photo of BeardedRiker


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

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
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Dark brown with reddish hues, quite a good head and fair lacing.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, and a sweet roasty maltiness.

Taste is very nice, and follows right from the nose. Great coffee bean flavors come through first, followed by a delicious sweet roasty malt flavors, and milk chocolate. The coffee is especially bold and strong but does not overpower.

Feels medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Bitter coffee aftertaste lingers. The coffee flavors are notably strong, but this beer has excellent balance and drinkability.

Overall this is a nice, easy to drink American Double stout that was a great value for the price. I'd be happy to recommend this one for coffee stout lovers anytime.

06-13-2011 01:14:19 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Eigenslam


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Dark color with a thin white head. Not quite completely opaque.

S - Rich smell of coffee and a hint of sweetness in the background.

T - Strong coffee taste, excellent for those who like the taste of cappuccino. A slight taste of sweet malty flavor. Bold flavor lasts from the moment it hits your tongue, leaves a nice complex aftertaste.

M - Sits heavy on the tongue, flavor builds up and plateaus. Leaves taste of coffee beans on the tongue.

O - Good beer for those who prefer dark coffee stouts, but leaves a little to be desired.

06-02-2011 01:57:14 | More by Eigenslam
Photo of jgagne


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

A-Dark smoky body with small very light brown foam head

S-Robust smell of espresso with hints of chocolate. And a good smoky scent as well

T-Great coffee taste. For someone who loves coffee this is a great beer to enjoy. Not overpowering and easy to drink considering the style. Really Good

M-Like taking a couple of those dark chocolate covered espresso beans and letting it sit in your mouth. Heavy body with medium carbonation.

O-Very good stout. Good use of the coffee, and surprisingly easy to drink. Not the best Imperial Stout i have had but definitely one i am happy i tried.

06-02-2011 01:55:44 | More by jgagne
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

05-29-2011 22:32:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of zachary80


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Black body; doesn't look too thick as pouring. Small light brown head fades but some sticks around. Nice lacing for an imperial stout

Smells of coffee, light sweetness + breadiness

Taste is good - coffee mingles well with the stout flavors and isn't overpowering. Chocolate comes in too. Great balance for a coffee beer

Mouthfeel is a litttle too thin for the style. Alcohol well-hidden

Overall pretty tasty, just a little light in the mouthfeel

05-20-2011 04:18:10 | More by zachary80
Photo of stercomm


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a bomber.

A - dark coffee colored almost black, nice tan head, starts out real foamy, quickly dissipates leaving tight lacing on the glass.

S - Out of this world, reminds me of these dark chocolate truffles dusted with mocha and filled with an orange syrup, on top of that there is a smokiness as well.

T - For a stout very approachable, loads of choclate and mocha with a nice clean maltiness andmaybe a toffee taste, not heavy at all.

M - Medium bodied, smooth carbonation

D - I really like this, well balanced very tasty. Leaves a nice coffee/chocolate finish

05-20-2011 01:55:18 | More by stercomm
Photo of Krakistophales


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

A: Pours jet black with a finger's worth of tan head that recedes into a solid film of bubbles atop the glass.

S: Dark chocolate, double espresso, caramel, toffee, dark roast, coffee

T: Double espresso, dark roast coffee right in the forefront, with a creamy middle and a grassy, hoppy, though still dark coffee and roast aftertaste

M: Thick, viscous, good carbonation, light on the alcohol, balanced

O: This is a nice, tasty stout from lagunitas. I honestly feel like I've had a cappuccino after a couple sips of this. Will buy again.

05-19-2011 05:29:29 | More by Krakistophales
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