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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,143 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,143
Reviews: 1,167
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 91
Gots: 271 | FT: 2
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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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin looking dark brown pour with decent retention. Stout? Okay.

Bitter cappuccino dominates. One dimensional but enjoyable for it's one trick ponyness.

Appropriately dubbed as cappuccino, less appropriately dubbed as an imperial stout. Silky smooth mouthfeel with above average carbonation. I'm at a rating crossroads here. As a nice coffee delivery vehicle, this is quite nice if not simplistic. As a 9% self proclaimed Imperial Stout, this fails to deliver the goods. Overall a decent drink, but doesn't quite meet style.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 00:14:59 | More by BarrytheBear
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stimulus

New Jersey

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

2009 release.
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep brown with ruby hues and a thin tan head that dissipates.
S: Coffee and chocolate.
T: The coffee flavor seems to have faded, just a bit, but the chocolate flavor is pretty prominent, with a solid malt backbone and a light alcohol burn.
M: Medium body, good carbonation, and a very smooth finish.
D: Pretty drinkable for the style, but maybe a little bit too much.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 04:41:13 | More by stimulus
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bought from Common Market in Charlotte (what a great place) poured into a Hymans Seafood Restaurant (Charleston) pint glass

A- Deep brown, almost black. Thin coffee (tan) colored head

S- Smell is of a cappuccino from Dunkin' Donuts with a little bit of roasted malts mixed in. Phenomenal smell.

T- Roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Slight taste of caramel and that is all I get. Mainly coffee here and slight vanilla, which is expected with Cappuccino. Great taste and exactly what I expected.

M- Thick creamy coffee. Perfectly Carbonated.

D- Very Drinkable for a 9.2% beer. Great complex coffee flavor which tastes of a Coffee with Baileys. Awesome.

I was very surprised when I saw that it wasn't rated at least an A-. But can't knock a B+. Very good beer

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 02:52:13 | More by GehenHerzog
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nickhiller

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: short lived head, thin looking and surprisingly transparent, considering it's an imperial, the color of watery coffee. No lacing whatsoever.

S: I definitely smell that coffee boy, it's like hopped iced coffee.

T: more coffee, bitter and roasted, with a nice sweet finish. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for in sincerity--it is exactly what it purports to be, a coffee flavored stout that is remarkably good.

M: pretty light bodied, very mild carbonation, well hidden ABV.

D: pretty desh, not the world's best imperial but, certainly not the worst. I would have liked to see more in the way of body, carbonation and hops but, I don't think that's what they were going for and I respect that. On the upside everything is very well balanced. I would drink it again though I doubt that I will.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 23:41:48 | More by nickhiller
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

22 ounce bottle, says 8.8% ABV on label. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt and some chocolate. The taste is the same as the aroma, it's all coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. There's also a lingering bitter roasty coffee finish. No surprise at all, but the coffee is strongest in both the aroma and flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. However, it seems a little thin for a big stout. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth and goes down easy enough. I think it's a decent overall brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 23:26:05 | More by bluejacket74
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Retsinis

California

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. Bomber into a Bruery Tulip Glass.

Less Carbonation than expected, not even an inch of head, though just a swirl in the glass coaxes it out, so it is by no means flat.

Color is a milk chocolate brown, or cappuccino I suppose. Not as black as I would have thought.

Aroma's are of toast, coffee, and malt. The Taste is mostly of coffee, a little chocolate that lingers on the tongue. Light to medium body.

I am one that is up for a good cup of coffee, and in turn coffee stouts, or stouts that have great coffee flavor in them (Victory at Sea comes to mind) However, if they are done well. In this case, beyond the coffee aroma and general flavor, there are no roasty or creamy flavors in this. Being "cappuccino", I was expecting a strong French or espresso roast, but this did not have it. I sipped on this beer out of the fridge cold, 20 minutes in, 40, an hour, and then some since I was wrapping Christmas gifts at the time. Warmth of the beer did not bring any complexity I was seeking.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 21:04:29 | More by Retsinis
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Very light in color for an Impy stout. It is almost translucent as it is held up to the light but for the most part rests at a dark mahogany color. Less than a fingers worth of head with pretty sticky lacing.

S- Very strong coffee scent right off the bat. Some roasted malt scents are slightly present but the coffee roast is the most dominating scent here.

T- Very similar to taste with few difference. The coffee taste is pretty potent and pleasant too. The dark coffee grounds mix well with the roasted malts and together, mask the ABV pretty well. Lots of coffee. All over the place.

M- A little thin on the palate but has a sustaining after taste that bellows coffee for quite some time.

D- This is a delightful stout that rests well overall. You cant beat the price @ $4.50 so you can bet on me drinking another one of these soon....And one in a year to check for development.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 06:29:42 | More by ChugginOil
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SolomonGrundy

California

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly, this stout pours a somewhat translucent, but very dark, deep mahogany. Many fingers of wicked lacing crown this ale, and it ever so slowly diminishes into a nice, creamy blanket. Excellent lacing. Decently carbonated also. Nose is very big with roasted malt. I do get some coffee hints, but not nearly as forward as I had expected. I do get some chocolate notes as well...semisweet...Nose is a bit subtle. Flavor is big, roasty, and there is a touch of delicious sweetness. This truly does have a mocha or cappuccino flavor. It's REALLY like mixing hot chocolate with coffee. Probably lactose added to develop the sweetness as this strikes me as a milk stout in many ways - body and flavor. Very delicious. This is a great campfire beer. It is reminiscient of camping in the dark forest with your pals and family. Like all Lagunitas ales, well-priced. This is definitely worth tracking down.

What I like most: The wonderful, slightly sweet and creamy flavor profile.

What I like least: The subtle nose.

Verdict: Very nice and worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 02:26:30 | More by SolomonGrundy
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a medium dark, brown color. For the style this misses. A thin off white head doesn't help its cause in appearance.

Aroma picks things up a bit. Slight caramel and chocolate, a bit of coffee richness. Some roasty characters. Still, nothing is powerful or screams out for attention. This can be good.

The flavors lack some punch. Coffee is a bit weak, yet dominates. Cocoa and caramel take a back seat. Sweetness in the middle. Finish is just that, nothing too attentive here.

Overall this doesn't live up the style. The alcohol is well hidden, but the flavors just don't pop. Maybe it's my interpretation of the style. Either way, it's a nice beer, but I won't go back to it. Plus, I'm not much of a coffee guy.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 22:02:25 | More by Mebuzzard
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BigB415

California

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

Pours a dark red into my 22oz glass. Had a good amount of head that dissipated quickly. On the nose I get the coffee that was used in this beer and it's very nice. When I take a sip I get more of the coffee but it's mellow and lingers on your palate. This beer is a winter release and I can see why, it'll be nice to sip on this while sitting next to a fire on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 03:51:37 | More by BigB415
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 2009 I put back.
appearance: More of a deep copper than a black stout. Not much of a head to speak of.
smell: Cappuccino for sure, with some mysterious spice balanced with something sweet. Very nice.
taste: As good as the nose predicts. This is nice and amazingly smooth.
mouthfeel: med creamy body, light carbonation.
drinkability: Wow, for a 9%+ and an intense cappuccino this is remarkably smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 00:56:02 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Keffa

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a date-less 22oz bomber into a large pils glass.

A: Poured a dark brown with ruby red highlights, very little head that settled into a small ring on the edges and a little patchiness in the middle. Not bad, but I've seen better.

S: Meh, nothing here other than some slightly sweet caramel malt and roasted malt, a little coffee/cappuccino, and I smell a slightly sour, cherry like edge. This might be trouble...

T:... But it isn't. The coffee isn't in your face like some stouts I've had (Stone IRS, Old Rasputin, FBS) but it's there, and the roasted malt and caramel malt are nice. There is a very faint herbal hop towards the finish, but otherwise, this one is good, if not a bit bland.

M: This one has an incredible body that belies it's ABV and it's style. For this to be a coffee based stout of almost 10%, this one is so very smooth, well carbonated and finishes so well that it carries into the drinkability. Read on...

D: Very easy to drink. The light/medium body on this, coupled with the smooth flavors inside, and lack of real bitterness make this a dangerous drinker. I'm sipping it for that very reason.

This is an alright beer. The aroma needs some work, and the taste could use some boosting (a little bit more coffee flavor, perhaps), but otherwise, it's a very easy to drink beer. Beware it's ABV though. It's dangerous to have more than a bomber or 2 in a night.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 03:03:41 | More by Keffa
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

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

Near opaque deep brown with mahogany highlights. Big frothy tan head. Nice thick espresso laces.

Dark roast espresso. Toasty caramel/candi sugar. Some dark fruit, earthiness, and nuttiness in the background. Not much hop presence to speak of.

Roasty coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Toasty caramel. Dark fruit, earthy, nutty. Great complex coffee flavors. Nice bitter coffee and hop bitterness. A bit of booze and vanilla.

Sticky, thick coffee. Creamy, full body. Slow low carbonation.

Pretty drinakble for 9%. Great complex coffee flavor. Like a spiked black iced espresso.

Consumed mid March 2010.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 19:44:24 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a really dark brown almost black, no light coming through. Provides a thick tan foam head with some nice lacing.

S: Big amounts of roasted dark coffee, chocolate and some vanilla. Really sweet tasting and inviting.

T: It is a very bitter coffee stout. You do get the chocolate and dark roasted coffee, but the bitterness seems to over power.

M: Leaves a very bitter taste on the palate.

D: Interesting brew. A high ABV and a bitter brew makes this a one and done for me, but it is worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 21:22:28 | More by IronCitySteve
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OakedCanuck

Washington

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

22oz bomber poured into Trois Pistoles goblet. From notes.

A - Lighter black with some dark brown edging when held up to light. Dirty sand colored head that did not stick around long.

S - Roasty malted coffee, alcohol, and maybe some spice and currants

T - Relatively well blended, roast coffee. Slight alcohol heat with a touch of hop bitterness and raisins/currants. I actually picked up a bit of pepper too.

M - Dry finish, not as thick as you might expect from the style, a bit thin.

D - Well hidden alcohol, not rich, and surprisingly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 16:54:05 | More by OakedCanuck
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my second dark brew-coffee hybrid that I've reviewed. Luckily I was able to pick this up on tap @ consumers for my growler. Yum, my friends were happy with my purchase.

Appearance:
This is a tasty looking dark beer. There wasn't much of a head and very little carbonation also. Head smell was all cappuccino and faint hints of the dark stout that lay beneath.

Smell:
This coffee smelled like a coffee. Or rather there was no beer smell in the beer...I liked the aroma because I'm a huge coffee fan. Problem is I'm also a huge beer fan and want to smell some roasted malts! At least coffee is also roasted. Coffee and stouts/porters have always complimented each other well, just this time the coffee over-powered.

Taste:
Tasting this beer was at first strong strong chocolate, maple syrup, and what was that last part...? Ah. Coffee. It was hard to get down to the actual stout that I was looking for. For what style this beer would best be categorized as (a "Coffee Imperial Stout"), it had a good coffee taste and a strong coffee liqueur aftertaste. The "real coffee" doesn't seem to feel real when tasting, too sweet for my liking. This beer could almost pass for a watery Kahlua or Baileys.

Mouthfeel:
This beer felt pretty decent, dark smooth flavors with a definite aftertaste that was sweet. It does well masking the harshness of a staggering 9.26% ABV.

Drinkability:
I could drink this beer until it's gone, but I guess that's the point of a growler anyways. It was smooth and dessert-like. I didn't mind it as a dark beer in the middle of a hot summer's night, neither did my company. There was almost none left before dinner was even served (oops...dessert before dinner foul).
I would recommend the growler fill, but would not get this beer in a bottle.

Serving type: growler

09-03-2010 02:42:40 | More by ThePorterSorter
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begforme4484

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown mocha color with a reddish hue along the edges. Almost 2 fingers with of a toffee brown/tan head with pretty decent lacing.

Smellls of vanilla, caramel, toasted malts, and a nice hint of coffee.

Taste:

Whoa. A biting bitterness comes out of nowhere on this one. Grassy hops notes surrounded by deep coffee and hazelnut flavors. A nice hint of vanilla and this beer finishes smooth and bitter.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with light carbonation. It's slick and bitter.

Drinkability is surprisingly good. I love a good stout, but my heart lies with a great IPA. The bitterness of this beer makes it all that much more attractive to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 02:25:05 | More by begforme4484
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socon67

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this thanks to CTSparky.

This is one nice stout. The pour alone is impressive. Dark with a light creamy foam.

S - Smells of coffee. Reminds me of being on line at Starbucks.

T - The taste is nice! Its like having a rich coffee and a beer. I'm enjoying this.

M - Decent. It is heavy though, and you know you are having a stout.

D - I'll have a second, but it might be alot.

A very good stout, and the cappucino is as advertised.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 02:31:16 | More by socon67
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured on tap into a pint glass, dark amber in color bordering on black with a yellowish head and not much of any lace.

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla, toffee.

Taste: Interesting flavors, and surprised to see a coffee stout this bitter. The first stout of its kind I've come accross with a whole lot of HOPS. Chocolate gives way to roasted malt, biting pine and a pleasant coffee taste at the end. The unsweetened cocoa mixes well with the hop bitterness. Altogether pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a good bite to it. Lingering coffee taste.

Drinkability: Somewhat aggressive, but thats what makes it stand out. A hop head's breakfast or brunch beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 15:32:23 | More by Stinkypuss
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bomber poured into nonic pint glass. no date on bottle, but since it's a December release, I assume the beer's about 8 months old now.

A- initial pour into glass is a deep deep brown color, but not quite black, with minimal head except for a ring around the edge. but on the refill pour a little bit of an aggressive pour produced a nice fluffy tan head, with nice lacing.
S- big roasted coffee flavor in the smell, a little bit of bitter chocolate
T- main flavor as expected is coffee. I can see how they named it "Cappuccino" instead of "Coffee" as there is some sweetness as well. Oddly, the flavor seemed to mellow out as the beer warmed, instead of the opposite.
M - lower carbonation, but not as thick a body as expected for the style.
D- the coffee flavors are not too overpowering, providing as fairly drinkable stout. no real prominence of the higher alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 19:10:08 | More by jmdrpi
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halo21

New York

4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a small tasting pilsner, with browns and reds, and a creamy short head. Very rich in color, with fine bubbles and viscous lacing.

Smell: Rich earth tones, with sweet malts, and hint of roast notes, from the combination of the coffee, and the roasted malts. A little bit of heat; which shows up more as the beer warms up.

Taste: Amazing! Full flavored beer, with huge amounts of sweetness with a very well balanced lactose component shows up, providing the milk component of the cappuccino namesake. The coffee component comes through in the mix like it would in a traditional cappuccino, which is prepared at a ratio of 1oz of espresso with 5oz of thickly textured milk.

Mouthfeel: Perfect; every component of this beer is extremely well balanced and shows up fantastically. It is medium bodied, creamy, with a smooth finish. The mouthfeel on such beers is where breweries fall short with beers of this size or style.

Drinkability: Surprisingly high for such a high abv beer (9.26%). This is very smooth with no sharpness or unpleasant edges.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 00:28:56 | More by halo21
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4000qtrap

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Very pure roasted coffee bean flavor...though not super aromatic its very fresh.

Taste: Like actually chewing on an espresso bean. Not fake, not watered down. Pure and simple. Rich coffee that is both sweet and bitter up front. Some herbal grassiness below the surface. Gets mildly bitter in the middle with some pure dark roasted flavors. Finish is mellow and smooth.

Notes: Not bad, but not great. A coffee purists coffee stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 22:09:29 | More by 4000qtrap
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.
Original tasting: 1/9/2009

22 oz. bottle into glass pint.
55°F

$4.99 / ea.

S: Smells "green" if that makes sense. Slightly peppery, and a bit sweet. Perhaps a bit like a handiwipe? Interesting. Unlike any stout I've ever smelled.

A: Small creamy head that quickly dissipates over a dark brown body. Slight lacing, and a thin cover.

T: Very odd taste. The bottle states 29.5 IBU's but the flavor has a dominant hop profile. A "green" flavor, much like the scent, with a sweet malt palate and low bitterness. No noticeable alcohol.

M: Low to medium body with medium carbonation. Oily.

D: For a 9.26% abv. brew this beer comes off very light and goes down easy. The score comes down due to a flavor that just doesn't impress me.

O: I think some people will love this beer but I just can't get past the odd hop flavor and the lack of distinct coffee notes.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 23:24:08 | More by dpnelson1978
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TommyW

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark with some ruby highlight and a tall, tan head.

S- Coffee dominates with some faint burnt notes.

T- Again, strong coffee presence with notes of burnt toast and a faint alcohol that is covered pretty well. The finish is slightly dry and espresso-like but smoother. Very nice finish.

M- Medium body with an easy carbonation.

D- One of the better coffee stouts I've tried so far; really interesting brew worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 12:31:18 | More by TommyW
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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

Opaque black with hints of ruby at the edges, and a nice creamy tan head.

Slightly roasty aroma, with more bitter chocolate than coffee. Taste is again only mildly roasty, a nice baker's chocolate bitter flavor, and not any real coffee notes beyond what I would expect from just some dark roasted malts. Hey, I'm glad they brew this with coffee, but it just did not stand out to me. No problem, it's a great tasting stout.

I would never guess this beer at over 9% because there is not a hint of alcohol in the taste. Medium bodied with a good smooth feel. Easy to drink and very enjoyable. If I had not split this up among some friends I could ave easily drank this whole bomber on my own.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 02:49:34 | More by ZimZamZoom
Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,143 ratings.