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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,285 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,285
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 104
Gots: 310 | FT: 7
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 aficionado
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of an Orval Chalice.

Dense dark brown body, somewhat clear with hints of red and a one finger creamy light tan head. Looks like a Belgian Dubbel really.

Aromas of Cappuccino and deep toasted nutty homemade bread that are much more apparant if you smell the beer when it's in your mouth.

Pruney, brown sugary Cappuccino flavor and nice hop support. Very balanced with a slight nod toward the sweetness spectrum. More of the same notes from the aroma, but more intense with an added note of burnt vanilla bean. Lagunitas yeast choice was brilliant in this beer. The esters lend some subtle dark fruit flavors like raisins and dates.

Lagunitas is making quality stouts??? Huh? They actually executed this one quite well, but I wouldn't call it a stout based on the look and flavor. Perhaps "Dubbel Cappucino" would've suited this better.

aficionado, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of IIKaRuII
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an amazing shade resembling a dark ruby. forms a very frothy cappuccino like head that is not going anywhere. being imperial it in the lower category for ABV though, although it holds quite well.

S- Malty goodness. almost a cream kinda smell, roasted coffee beans. almost like they have just been grind-ed up and are waiting to be brewed. Slight hint of hops in the background.

T- Roasted all the way. Wow that packs a punch off coffee. has a very bready presence. the alcohol is there and doesn't seem to linger because the espresso seems to cover it wonderfully. slightly bitter finish. all around AMAZINGLY balanced and each drink leaves you beckoning for more. brilliant.

M- Creaminess makes this a smooth drinker. the carbonation is amazingly balanced, just enough to clean the palate. this one is a medium... maaayyybe full bodied.

O/D - Pleasently drinkable... being that it is of a lower ABV for its class... i would have to say it makes it that much more drinkable in a sense that you CAN drink more then one. roasted to perfection, i would want to take this to work with me in my mug anyday...

IIKaRuII, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout pours with a black colour and a 1cm tan head that lasts well. It smells very malty with some coffee character. The taste is malty and roasty into a more bitter coffee flavour. The aftertaste is charcoal and coffee flavour. It has a delicious milky mouthfeel. Overall, a lovely beer, but the bitterness and charcoal build a bit too much.

vandemonian, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a snifter glass.

A- Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue, with a thin white lace of head.

S- Deep coca, roasted coffee bean, licorice, vanilla and presence of alcohol.

T- Hazelnuts, coffee, bitter dark chocolate.

M- Full bodied,creamy, sweet and dry.

O- great beer for a great price, i will revisit this again for sure.

gabedivision, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly light brown for an imperial stout. A bit of nice off-white frothy head. Smells incredibly coffee heavy a touch of malt on the back of the nose but overpowered by coffee smells. Tastes similar. A bit thin for my taste but a very solid coffee flavour. Overall not too shabby

Urbancaver, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of pburland23
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Pours a dark, warming brown with a thin layer of khaki head.

Coffee smell is very in your face in a wonderful way. If you've ever been to a tropical locale and encountered fresh coffee beans there you know there's a certain earthy funky smell that the beans have. It smells great and for some reason, Cappuccino Stout has that smell and it is very enticing.

Yet, somehow the coffee flavor isn't as intense as I was expecting. The roastiness from the dark malts and the bitterness from the combination of hops and coffee are good, but not great. The same can be said for mouthfeel. For a coffee stout, it drinks a little thin in my opinion. Carbonation is good though.

Overall, Cappuccino Stout is another solid offering from the folks at Lagunitas. It's a rung below FBS and Wake & Bake, but still a nice coffee stout. Worth seeking out if you like the style.

pburland23, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a growler into a pint glass. The growler was filled at The Village Beer Merchant in Buffalo NY.

Appearance: The body has a dark brown color with some reddish highlights. My aggressive pour produced a tall tan head on top of the beer. This tall head quickly settles to just a thin ring of slick lacing.

Smell: I was expecting coffee and it delivered. The nose was full of roasted coffee, roasted malt, some raw grain and a touch of alcohol.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a nice blend of toasted bread and roasted barley malt notes with some mild maple like sweetness and dark roasted espresso like coffee that adds a mild bitterness. Hop flavor is subdued and picks up on the coffee bitterness. The palate feels smooth with mellow carbonation inside a medium to full body.

Notes: Overall a solid coffee stout with a good blend and balance of flavor.

generallee, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of richkrull
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown color with a small amount of beige head on it. Smells of heavy chocolate and coffee. Taste is about the same. Very Strong tasting, not bad though. Strong coffee flavor upfront with a bitter chocolate finish. Very syrupy heavy mouthfeel. Pretty good beer overall. I've never had an imperial stout before, but this one was a good one to try.

richkrull, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of AnPiobaire
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was surprised as I poured this stout at the reddish brown coloring. It had a cream colored thin head that slowly faded. Certainly much more carbonation then I am used to seeing in an imperial stout style. It is closer to a dark ale in appearance then it is a stout or porter for that matter.

My initial nosing found that there was a very subtle coffee note among the roasted malts. I think I was expecting a bolder coffee note from a cappuccino stout. PErhaps the bottle of Black Xantus I had yesterday spoiled me.

I was definately happier to see that the coffee comes into play upon the palate. There is a very subtle sweetness that accompanies the roasted coffee flavor that is quickly over taken by a slightly bitter coffee finish, that is not unpleasant.

Like most areas I again was surprised at the light and moderate to high carbonation of this brew. I know what the bottle says but my senses are having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that this is a stout.

Overall, this is was a decent brew but not one that I would go after again.

AnPiobaire, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A thin fingers worth of slightly creamy tightly packed light tan colored head with a couple of big chunky bubbles mixed in... Moderate retention gives way to a lacing of much the same character... A surprisingly translucent medium-to-dark brown caramel coloring with a faint red hue... Loaded with sluggish small bubbled carbonation... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - No surprise that the coffee if first and foremost... It takes a moderate-to-heavy roasted bean characteristic... Also present are some very minor vanilla and woody notes... The coffee is the dominate play and overpowers all else, which is what I expect from a beer with such a name...

T - Leaded with dark roasted coffee... Some bitter dark chocolate notes... Very minor notes of vanilla and licorice... Even a slop hop component buried beneath the surface... A very subtle touch of booziness on the finish...

M - Medium to full bodied... Clean... Crisp... Dense and sturdy... A bit lush and creamy to start... Very nice carbonation levels... A bit of a bitter (from the coffee, not the hops) roasted dry finish... A bit chalky on the finish as well...

D - Coffee beers are amongst my favorites and this one is quite well executed... Doesn't excel in any on category, but well above average in all facets... Lagunitas continues to churn out solid beer after solid beer and this one is no exception...

philbe311, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of broken22
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like Lagunitas Brewery and I love coffee stouts. So I felt it was about time to give them a review.

I poured my beer into a nice Duvel tulip glass. A little bit of head formed that quickly dissipated leaving you with this nice dark brown beverage. The smell is sweet with a subtle bitter note to it. The beer itself has a bold bitterness not subtle at all. The flavor of the coffee really comes through and the beer finishes off nice. It kind of trails off on the back of your throat after you swallow. The mouthfeel is nice with a medium carbonation with full bodied beer.

Overall this beer is great and very tasty. I could really drink a lot of this one. The label says limited release but I see it all over the place here in San Diego. I imagine they may be referring to the coffee that is being used for this batch. Maybe they will use another blend the next time. If you like coffee stouts then pick one of these bad boys up, or would it be dog because of label. In that case pick up one of these good bad dogs up. Your mouth will thank you.

broken22, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown with garnet hues. A one-inch off-white head crowns the beer. Head is short lived. Delicate rings of tiny bubbled lacing are left behind.

S: Striking smell of creamy vanilla. Fresh cappuccino scent muscles this aside. Faint fruity esters and some plum. Vague chocolatey smells underneath. not as strong in the nose as I would like.

T: Fruity esters of cherry and plum hit first. Cappuccino tastes try to butt in, but never really take a central role. Vanilla blends with the fruity esters to create a creamy raspberry taste. Chocolate covered oranges. Dry finish with cappuccino, chocolate, and lingering esters.

M: Medium bodied, slightly syrupy. Low carbonation. Nothing special here.

O: Very average, didn't really do anything for me.

Notes: The cappuccino tastes don't take the central role that they should. The flavors here don't mesh together well. They clash and leave the palate confused and wanting. The thin body did not impress me either. Not absolutely terrible, but I won't be buying this one again.

ryan1788a5, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is dark brown brown in color with a surprisingly large tan head.

S: I get more coffee grounds than cappuccino, but there is a nice roastiness. Some dark chocolate which seems to be slightly bitter and there is a touch of acidity. Mild sweetness of toffee in the background.

T: Dark and slightly bitter chocolate with a strange spiciness. Fairly bitter with coffee grounds and roasted malts that are a little bit astringent. Fairly minimal sweetness to the beer.

M: Medium in body with the carbonation on the low end of medium.

O: Not really the best coffee flavor and not a terribly good base beer either.

womencantsail, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of chickenflea
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep mahogany, the head tall and tan with good lacing and retention. Nose is malty with notes of coffee, nuts and peach. Taste is malty sweet with a mild fruitiness. Finish is burnt coffee, hops delectable in their spiciness, very dry with a modest acidity, a thick and tongue coating aftertaste lasts long. A fine sturdy stout. Well blended.

chickenflea, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a deep brown with reddish highlights fingers width lumpy head.

S-chocolate,roasted coffee,vanilla and a little dark fruits.

T-creamy but not heavy bitter chocolate and coffee. A lingering smoky/ashiness.

M-medium to heavy without being viscous or coating.

D-very nice taste smooth and creamy very nice warming sipper.


drinkiusmaximus, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of ebrauser
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 to a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a ruby brown with a very thin light brown head. No lacing visible

Smell: Coffee, apricot, and chocolate ice cream

Flavor: Thick, milky, coffee/cappuccino flavors are huge. Sweet like a milk stout, but with added bitterness from the coffee and hop additions.

MF: Creamy without being too over-the-top with its coffee or chocolate flavors.

ebrauser, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of SirSketch
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very deep amber color. Light for a stout.Dense head that leaves a lot of lacing on the sides.

S - Coffee hijacks the aroma. Medium roast, nutty and earthy coffee. Smells more like whole beans than a cup o' joe. The malty aromas try to break through but fail. Still, a really nice nose.

T - If my eyes were closed, I'd swear someone actually put coffee beans in my glass of beer. Acidic and bitter dark coffee. The sweet, charred toast malt character is subdued and only sets the stage for a great coffee flavor.

M/O - The mouthfeel is slightly thin and not as creamy as I would have liked. A harsh bitter aftertaste and the mouthfeel keep this beer from being fantastic, but still a decent brew.

SirSketch, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown. Has a fantastic brown head with awesome retention. Nice amount of lacing as well. Smells very toasty and coffee like. Lots of roasted malts and graininess up front with a slight sourness in the background, along with a bit of alcohol. Very straight forward and aromatic. Taste is mostly of roasted coffee and sugar. There are hits of vanilla and chocolate as well. Finish is toasty and has a bitter chocolate aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thick with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and velvet like. Sits soft on the palate. Very nice mouthfeel. All in all its a very tasty coffee stout. Although a bomber is as much as I can have. Its high in flavor and alcohol. At 8.8 ABV. Im planning on picking up another bottle. 5.59 a bomber is a damn good price. I love Lagunitas price points. There quality is top notch as well.

depechemode1983, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of LazyL
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown with some orange highlights and a toffee coloured creamy head. Great nose for a stout. Its all about the espresso and molassess. The taste is coffee and terrific with a nice sweet start and a bitter finish. There is a bit of smokey and boozy flavours to accentuate the roasted malts and esters. The mouthfeel is very creamy with a low level of carbonation. The alcohal is well hidden and all I have left to say is yum! Not only is this a really good stout but as it turns out, makes a nice midmorning breakfast drink.

LazyL, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't wild about this beer, for an imperial stout it seems so light. I had a more robust beer in my mind. I didn't have a very clear palate at the time, so maybe that's to blame. However, I am thinking not, there is light notes of cappuccino and a bit of malt, other than that, not much came through to me.

claytong, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown almost black color with a nice one finger khaki colored head which gives way to some nice lace. The aroma is of coffee with a slight hint of sweetness. The taste is the same a big coffee taste, but the taste has a nice sweetness to it, maybe malt or vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall it is a very solid beer, the sweetness to it, cuts the coffee enough that it keeps you very interested. The abv is also very well hidden.

goblue3509, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of wrightro07
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The appearance is black with a hue of brown around the edges when held up to the light.
S: I get mostly coffee and chocolate malts not much hop smell at all.
T: a light tasting stout with chocolate, coffee, and a sweet after taste.
M: The mouthfeel is fluffy but not as silky as it should be; feels a little acidic and over carbonated.
O: Overall it is not a bad beer just okay. I liked giving it a try but and not sure if I would buy another.

wrightro07, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of shand
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a fairly deep brown (light for the style) with less than a fingers worth of head that doesn't stay around of long. No lacing. The aroma is very sweet. Standard stuff, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. It's just very very sweet smelling for the style. The taste isn't quite as sweet as the nose would say, but it's still sweet for sure. The coffee and sweet chocolate take center stage, with just a touch of roastiness making it's way in for the finish. It tastes good, but nothing will wow you here. Quite mild tasting for an imperial stout.

The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I'd expect, but is otherwise solid, and the drinkability is quite good. This is just a pretty good stout. Nothing to search out, but a bottle isn't anything close to a bad thing. Worth the low price it commands for sure.

shand, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip

A- pours jet black with a one finger light tan colored head. Sticks around for awhile. Looks pretty nice

S- sweet smelling aroma of coffee and chocolate

T- the coffee flavor is bitter and roasty, almost to the point where it's burned. Some chocolate coming out too, but that too is bitter. Eh

M- thick without being syrupy. Just what I'm looking for

O- it's fine. I've had better. But it's not bad.

bigfnjoe, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - On tap

Appearance - Dark black/tan, insane 4 inch monster creamy head.

Smell - Coffe, chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, sugars.

Taste - Wow, very mocha cappuccino but not overwelming. Smooth malts and sugars, nice chocolate flavor. Wasnt so coffee strong that i couldnt enjoy the roasted malts. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and balanced. Tounge tickled from the sweets, and bitter from the dark choclate and coffee. Aftertaste was dry and coffee influenced. Didnt pickup any booze really.

Overall - A really nice treat of a stout. Mild and very easy to enjoy. Couldnt realize by drinking it was 8.8%. A glass or two is fine. A real winner here, cant wait to try in a bottle.

wvsabbath, Mar 17, 2011
Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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