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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,388 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,388
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 119
Gots: 337 | FT: 7
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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 KevinBrewer
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Eigenslam
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jgagne
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of zachary80
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of stercomm
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Krakistophales
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RickS95
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's very dark, but not quite as ebony-like as I expected from a stout. It's certainly not translucent, but it's got some brown in it. the head doesn't last very long and is only a thin off white color.

The coffee scent is not dominant, but obvious. You'd know it was a stout, but you might not guess it to be a cappuccino stout.

Like the scent, the flavor gives off coffee notes, but it's gentle and not overpowering. It contains just enough that you know it's there but not enough to be offensive.

Has a creamy mouthfeel before giving way to some bitterness in the swallow and well into the finish.

This is a good beer. It's what you want in a coffee beer even if you don't like coffee (I'm not a coffee drinker unless it's in beer), just notes of it, nothing drastic.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Great American. Music Hall before (the) Melvins' show. Pours deep brown/black with a dark tan head. Smells of coffee, booze, chocolate and some nice citrus and earthy hops. The name says it all when it comes to taste. A superb cappuccino stout. Very rich, very sexy. The perfect beer to drink before moshing to (the) Melvins. Thanks Lagunitas.
4, 4.5, 5, 4, 4.5 A+ On Tap

So... Hmm, I've had 3 bottles and a few pints on tap and I have to say, "the beer in the bottle can't be the same as on tap."
The taste and smell are muted. Same problem I had with last years. I'm going to cellar a bottle and see what happens.

Try it on tap, if you can.

Photo of Roke87
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bomber poured into a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature

Appearance- Pours a dark brown but not completely opaque when held up to a light you can pretty much see right through this one giving off a dark ruby colour. An average pour yielded me a huge 3 fingers of fluffy off white head that takes a little while to reside to a nice top of foam leaving average lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- Coffee and lots of it, at first reminds me of the smell of the grinds after you’ve brewed a pot of coffee. Not too much comes through the strong coffee grind smell maybe a small hint of roasted malts and a bit of sugary molasses.

Taste- Just like the smell the coffee grind taste dominates the palate; it almost balance’s out to the taste of a shot of espresso as opposed to a cup of cappuccino, kind of bitter on the taste from all the coffee but finishes off well with a touch of roasted malts and a very mild hint of sugary molasses.

Mouthfeel- As far as stouts go this is on the lighter side, although the bottle says it’s an “ale brewed with coffee” which would make it a full bodied ale, Carbonation is amazing on this one yielding a nice head that leaves a thick top of foam right till finish.

Overall- I’m not sure if this is a stout or an ale, for a stout there is not a whole lot going on, but for an ale it has nice flavours although coffee really dominates all aspects of this one. For coffee lovers this would be an amazing brew for you, but for me this fell a little short of what I was expecting this to be. I would have liked to see more of a sweet cappuccino taste as opposed to the strong almost bitter coffee grinds taste that I got out of this one. All in all a more average brew that I would definitely not go out of my way to acquire, but at the cheap five dollar price point for a bomber it is a good bang for your buck and a higher ABV well hid by all the coffee flavours.

Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Brown-black, red undertones, thick tan head, not very much lacing.

S: Strong Espresso, bready, smells like sourdough bread almost. Chocolate notes, almost like a prune.

T: Lots of espresso, lots of chocolate, typical stout flavors, almost hoppy?, not really any dark fruits.

M: Smooth in the front, but really dry at the finish.

O: This is a stout for people who drink their coffee as a shot of espresso. There is no creamy flavors or textures. Its pretty good

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a somewhat reddish/black in the glass. From the side, it's more black, and then from the bottom, it's sort of a reddish/brown.

S - Some mocha and molasses, a bit oakey, but not overwhelmingly so. Like a bit of a sweet coffee with a shot of syrup.

T - A full mouth of cappuccino for sure. The taste is much stronger than the smell would lead one to believe. It's bittersweet, like a mocha cappuccino. Quite good.

M - Nice mouthfeel, leaves the mouth a bit dry. Alcohol hidden very well.

Overall - I was surprised by the taste. The smell was very underwhelming but the taste was spot on. Pretty good beer

Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cappuccino Stout wasn't convincingly black on the pour but it sure is now that it's settled in the glass. Not even Superman could see through this black hole of a beer! It began topped with an inordinate amount of foam but that gradually receded to the sides; there's now a big empty space between the walls of the glass. (Note: A second, harder pour created much more froth, and thus a much more characteristic cappuccino look.)

An ideal coffee stout will have vivid, quality, balanced elements of both coffee and stout; Lagunitas' offering does, albeit not in spades. Unlike a fresh-pulled shot of espresso first thing in the morning, this bouquet fails to really arouse the senses - despite a strong roast and easily discernible notes of coffee bean - and swirling is a necessity if you hope to extract the most possible character from this slightly docile aroma.

I'm only three sips in but I'm already grateful to be getting a full two beers worth out of this bottle; screw the little cups, this is the kind of flavourful, balanced, enjoyable stout that could captivate my taste buds by the pint-full for hours. There's enough coffee present to appreciate, but too much so as to turn away non coffee drinkers.

Cold, well frothed espresso topped with chocolate shavings and chopped nuts sums up the flavour profile, as expected. The stout indeed shares with espresso similar roasty and bitter characteristics, but also a milky, velvety texture and the tremendous gratification. There is some caramelly sweetness too, but it doesn't make it to the aftertaste.

If Lagunitas ever needs a Canadian ambassador for their brands, I'm officially calling dibs. Consider me the regional president of the fan club. This brewery seems to turn out nothing but winners and, although their specialty lies in making uber-hoppy offerings, this coffee stout is a respectably solid delve into the dark side and is every bit on the level with their usual standards of quality, value and delicious quaffability.

Photo of JayS2629
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super dark brown. Almost black. Very thick with a nice creamy head that fades fast but leaves nice lace. The smell is of roasted coffee, sweet malts, caramel, dark chocolate, and toffee. Earthy citrus peeks through and some dark fruit notes are in there as well. The taste is of sweet malty honey and caramel with a good dose of roasted coffee, char, and a touch of smoke. Good earthy notes througout with a touch of citrus. An overall good and easy to drink stout.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown that is nearly black with amber edges. Rough pour produces a finger of creamy tan head which dissipates pretty quickly.

S- Coffee beans, some dark fruitiness and light alcohol. Sweet, bready malts in the background.

T- Espresso is up front with lots of coffee beans, considerable amounts of fruit (orange and dark fruits) with relatively light alcohols. The finish is the best part of this whole beer, finishes with lots of charred malts and more coffee beans that has sort of a super-charred iced coffee effect, balanced very well with a lingering hop oil bitterness.

M- Full bodied, thick, chewy, palate-coating mouthfeel. Leaves some great bitter coffee notes that hang around for a LONG time.

O- A great beer, one of the better coffee flavored stouts I've had, the flavors all work very well together and the 8.8% ABV is nearly invisible.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of the deepest brown. It holds a quickly dissipating tannish head of one finer, which ultimately resides as a thin ring around the edge of the glass. A strong head is producible with coaxing. Small flecks of lacing appear around the glass. Little bubble islands float about the liquid. No sediment is noted, and carbonation looks to be slow. The aroma soars with raw coffee bean, white sugar sweetness, burnt malts, and a spice of jalapeño peppers. There is also a sweet kiss from cooled banana bread, but with no relation to the estery varieties. Hints of lemon and hop oil round us out on the nose. As we sip, freshly cooked malts and souring espresso beans clash up front. There is also a metallic twinge, which is probably an extension of the coffee flavoring, and a touch of yeast. Moving to the middle produces a creamy, sugary sweetness that peaks at the top of the swallow. Here, too, there is a slick hop oiliness that acts to balance us out, and move the tasting along progressively. This persists to the finish, which is wrought with deep malts, more of that hoppy bitterness, and milky coolness. The aftertaste breathes with sweet coffee, cream, and a coppery vibe. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. With the easily producible head, and the decent carbonation, the mouthfeel becomes creamy, sippable, and enjoyable. There is some coating action, but the mouth is left predominantly dried from the coffee and burnt, carbony malts. The abv is within range and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we liked most about this brew was how bold the coffee aroma and flavoring was. Of the two the nose produced the most robust aspect of tasting, with bold coffee bean scents crashing throughout, but not overwhelmingly so. The tastes followed through nicely, and this brew stayed true to its name, with a bold coffee kick, and a smooth creaminess, just like a proper cappuccino should be.

Photo of ksimons
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep brown, almost black, with a thin layer of head that quickly disappears and leaves some lacing around the top

S-roasted malts, caramel, hint of coffee bitterness. Not very strong, but not bad either

T-Roasted coffee bitterness, the caramel and roasted malts picks up in the middle, and then finishes with more coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Overall very well balanced

M-medium to full body, low to moderate carbonation, very creamy

Overall very easy to drink and has a complexity to the flavors that I like

Photo of jwhancher
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light vanilla & coffee notes. Very subtle. Pours what appears to be a jet black with tannish head. A woody, oaky like flavor with light, subtle espresso notes deem this one a very likable beer. The ABV seems nonexistent. Wish this was served larger than the snifter it came in. Very impressed. A very nice beer once again from this very solid brewery.

Photo of match1112
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass a dark dark brown almost black. had a one finger khaki colored head that quickly disappeared. smells of strong burnt slightly smokey coffee. tastes like it smells with sweet malts. mouthfeel is thin (i like my stouts thicker) good carbonation and goes down easy. worth every penny.

Photo of robwestcott
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from the bottle to a portsmouth brewery balloon glass an opaque deep cola brown with a 1/2 finger, big bubbled, short lasting mocha head leaving just a wee bit of spotty lace after each sip.

aroma of coffee, maple syrup, oak and a bit of smoke.

very nice coffee brew. coffee giving way quickly to smoke and sweet malts.

thinner bodied than expected, big carbonation, smooth and sweet.

drinkable - a bomber, prolly no more than that.

overall - good example of style, not great - but a solid brew.

Photo of Jparkanzky
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into snifter.

A) Dark black, but is visible through in light. Thing light-tan head.

S) Scents of coffee grounds and mud. Pleasant aromas but somewhat overpowering on the coffee side.

T) Coffee throughout, slightly burnt, and wood notes. Very little alcohol flavoring, but this bottle was in my cellar for 6 months. Despite this, the coffee remains very prominent.

M) Well balanced carbonation, with the only negative being the consistency which more closely resembles a black lager than a really bold and dark stout.

O) Price shouldn't be an issue when rating a beer, but it's unavoidable to not mention the fantastic value this (and other) Lagunitas brews are. There are many better coffee stouts, but this one is no slouch in the category, and the fact that it remains much more reasonably priced, it makes it a happy addition to my shopping cart whenever I am in the mood for a coffee stout.

Photo of steve8robin
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second beer I try from Lagunitas. Let's see if this one is better. 22oz bottle...

A: A deep dark ruby red with a small 1/2 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Decent.

S: A bitter coffee / cocoa scent upfront. Some black licorice in the middle and some faint burnt chocolate on the backend. Ok.

T: A creamy espresso upfront followed by some nice chocolate / cocoa in the middle and some faint licorice on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation. A bitter finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a decent beer. Lacks in the first few departments, but excels in taste. Definitely try if you like coffee and stouts!

Photo of djbreezy
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - dark brown with some light transparency, head recedes gracefully but sticks to the edges, not much lacing except a light streak

smell - mostly roasty chocolate malts

taste - chocolate malts, marshmallow, a present coffee esque bitterness, alcohol is definitely there in the finish

mouthfeel - consistent medium body...on the lighter side of things for a double/imperial, sticky and lingering however

overall - it has its moments, the body could be pumped up and the alcohol/bitterness subdued, but it's okay overall

Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,388 ratings.