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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,326 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,326
Reviews: 1,175
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 108
Gots: 319 | 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 Daktyls
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark coffee color with very little head that dissipates almost immediately to a small amount of minuscule bubbles.

S: Roasted malts and a lot of general earthy tones make up the initial nose. Slight bits of coffee and a very light amount of milk chocolate is picked up as well.

T: As expected by the name, there is a predominance of coffee and a little bit of milky flavors similar to a milk stout, but not too heavy. A bit of chocolate-y flavors similar to a a brownie are present as well.

M: Medium amount of carbonation for a heavier bodied beer.

D: Fairly drinkable, though the heavier flavors don't work particularly well with the higher carbonation.

Daktyls, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of cosmo4u
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

purchased: 2/18/11
joe canals egg harbor township NJ

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.

cosmo4u, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Fernans
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas does make a nice assortment of beers. This is a good coffee stout. Dark as pitch with a caramel head. Smelled like... well.. coffee and caramel. Taste was as you would expect, bold but not overwhelming coffee flavor mixed with a hint of caramel. The mouthfeel was quite smooth and long. Easily drinkable if you are in the mood for the style.

Fernans, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Pellinore1
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown and slightly translucent. A finger of light tan head fades away fairly quickly

The aroma is a very nice balance of big, roasty malts, coffee, and a bit of sweetness.

I get more coffee in the flavor than in the smell. That, and the some bitter roastiness make for a very pleasant taste. I enjoy it more and more as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is good, but noticeably thinner than I expect from an imperial stout.

On the other hand that thinner character improves the drinkability of this beer. Very little detectable alcohol.

Pellinore1, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
2.33/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a double right? Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Not dark at a all. Looks like a brown ale. I reviewed this based on other doubles/Imperials. I would be happy to try this again, but I'm not paying for it. Tasted like a slightly heartier version of Brown Shugga. We split a large bottle and my friend said he could taste a little coffee. I didn't taste any. Couldn't smell it either. Fail.

I will adjust review if/when I try it again but this is a failure as an imperial stout to me.

However, I gave a few charity points for a decent mouthfeel with some chewiness and the ample carbonation makes it perfectly drinkable - but nothing earth-shattering.

Hellabeerguzzler, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of legalpete19340
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured very dark brown with a sexy walnut colored head. The beer looks thin in the glass but hang on to the sides.

S: Whoa the coffee is there and big earthiness with a hint of those chocolate covered orange stix.

T: Huge coffee, some bitterness balanced by sweet roasty malts. Wet earth, basically, forest mud and a note of rain water. Dark chocolate and I noticed the alcohol burn between swigs.

M: Feels thin especially for a stout.

D: It goes down way too easy for its octane. The coffee weighs after a while but hides the alcohol.

This beer is what it says it is: a coffee stout. It executes that well. I am buying more tomorrow.

legalpete19340, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A perfectly executed coffee stout. Pours a deep coffee brown, with a half-finger tan head. Smell is mostly coffee and roasted malt. Flavor is exquisite, a wonderful balance of powerful coffee and stout flavors - coffee up front, followed by rich roasted malts, with a touch of hoppy bitterness in the finish. The really amazing thing is that the flavor is strong and complex, but incredibly balanced. Mouthfeel is a tad light for a big bad stout. This is simply a fantastic beer.

[After drinking this again recently (February 2012), I dropped my taste rating from a 5 to 4.5. But I still think it's an excellent coffee stout, and one of the best I've had.]

zeledonia, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.

Pours a barely see-through, deep brown. A bold, tan ring washes the glass with foam. Smell is dense and earthy, dark malts taking over on a leaf-litter bed. First feel is melatonin-inducing smoothness, with an alcoholic edge and a tight, coffee bean flavor. Finishes tannic and bitter, like a shot of cappuccino appropriately. Drinks good, but can tell this is a *heavy* beer. Darn tasty.

sixerofelixir, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Jdmpolk
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer pours a coppery brown, like a cola, then settles to a dark brown amber which allows some light to pass through. The head is about a fingers length and colored a creamy tan. The head appears thick but dissipates quickly.

S- There is a lot going on here. Very malty aroma with notes of cheese, chocolate, dried fruit. Very roasty, almost earthy hints as well.

T- The coffee flavor is definitely the star of the show but an almost lactose sweetness brings up the back end. There is a hint of bitter cucumber on the edges. Certain sips have faint traces of soft cheese.

M- For such a substantial front end it certainly doesn't linger. Very soft around the edges with a hint of coffee dryness hitting the middle and back end of the tongue.

D- The coffee is aspect is certainly part of the body, but the brewers seem to have elements of a milk stout to give this brew a frothiness I have not experienced outside of the milk stout average. I would definitely like to have this beer again.

Jdmpolk, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at devils den in philly. served in a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black with a brownie tanned head, bubbled film and patchy lacing left behind on the glass.

Decent coffee bean nose with light chocolate sweetness and roasty malts.

Bittersweet dark chocolate swirled with espresso and cappuccino. Brownie and mocha sweetness with a bit of syrup. Dark roasted malt and some richer toffee tones. Finishes with some hop bitterness, dryness, and a light touch of warmth.

Fuller medium body, higher carbonation, decent creaminess, a bit chewy. Definitely drinks pretty quickly, and the alcohol is masked really well for almost 9%. This is essentially on par with other Lagunitas beers, but isn't anywhere near delicious as FBS or WnB.

xnicknj, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Zodijackyl
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber split with my brother.

Pours black with a thin, light mocha head. Very faint aroma, but it has notes of dark-roast coffee, chocolate roasted malt, and some faint hops. Taste is mildly bitter slightly charred malt and coffee. not much from the hops except a slightly green aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit astringent but fairly smooth for a heavier stout. Could be much more drinkable as the flavor just isn't really appealing for a heavier stout due to the lack of bold flavors.

Zodijackyl, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of dtivp
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with hints of ruby, nice tan head , very nice retention with a lasting collar and very heavy lacing.

Aroma of roasted barley and coffee.

Taste follows the nose with toasted barley, wheat and mild coffee finish.

Medium body with light carbonation, chewy but finishes silky smooth at the end. Some warming from the alcohol, less than I was expecting.

This is a nice stout, does not have the dry finish lthat I like in a stout, however, this is a nice enjoyable beer.

dtivp, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up today at Carrboro beverage. Many things to like about Lagunitas: great price, good to great beer, cool artwork and names, and usually something witty and flippant on the side label.

Dark brown in color with a reddish tint on the wings and bottom. Plenty of head and sticky lace. Nose is lightly roasted malts with coffee and chocolate tones. Nothing overpowering.

Some intense coffee flavor takes over this one in the second half of the sip. Roasted is also a note that keeps hitting. Plenty of alcohol as well, highlighted by the thinner than expected mouthfeel. hoppy edginess cloaks the whole enterprise.

Tasty but not really a sipper, this is very worthwhile. Lagunitas strikes again.

daliandragon, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of tewaris
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

29.50 IBUs
OG 1.076
22 oz bomber bottled on 361st day of the last year, I believe, poured into a big snifter on 2/17/2011. Quite fresh for a beer of this kind.

Appearance 3.5/5
Thinner looking and shades lighter than any other "Imperial" Stout and most regular Stouts and Porters, the color was thoroughly unimpressive although the magnificent creamy cappuccino head almost made up for it in it's excellent formation, retention, and lacing. Just doesn't have the looks of a stout.

Aroma 3/5
Chocolate, coconut & banana notes. Perhaps some sharpness of coffee underneath. Later some malty notes emerge, but aroma doesn't seem to be all about coffee as one would think.

Taste 4/5
Bitter and milky smooth, lives up to the name in taste. Not big on the roasted malt character until it gets warm. Long and bitter finish with some alcohol warmth. Very good.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Rather thin but not as thin as I anticipated. Low carbonation, silky mouthfeel and clean finish.

Drinkability 4.5/5
Good drinkability at the ABV. Good taste too. Overall recommended and killer at its price point.

tewaris, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of liquidsunshine
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a big bottle for five dollars to pair with grilled swordfish. Poured with a finger of beige head which quickly dissipated. The colour was dark, rich and beautiful showcasing a deep red/brown. I primarily receive the malt and a hint of syrupy alcohol in the nose, although lost on the coffee. The taste is complex and varied, offering a pleasant combination of malt, coffee, and hints of dark fruit. I would have liked this beer to have had better head retention and a smoother mouthfeel. It goes down pretty easy for a cappuccino stout. Happy with the purchase, paired very well with the meal, would recommend trying it.

Cheers , Matt

liquidsunshine, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Wolfpack2005
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Beer pours a dark brown with a slight amber tint to it when held up to the light, does not really look like a traditional stout. Minimal head and lacing

S-Roasted malt and wheat with a mild cappuccino aroma.

T-Pretty much follows the nose, opens up with the roasted malts and finishes with the bitterness of the coffee/cappuccino beans.

M-Thin and watery mouthfeel with medium amount of carbonation.

D-Pretty drinkable for an imperial stout.

Overall a slightly above average beer, lacks any depth beyond the cappuccino. To me this is more like a dark brown beer that has coffee flavor then a stout. Would like to see more body and balance to this beer.

Wolfpack2005, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Almost opaque dark brown nearly black pour with a huge foaming and frothy chocolate milk head. Leaves sticky spiderweb lacing all over the glass.

I smell roasted malt, coffee beans, and milk chocolate but its all a bit muted. Makes for a simple yet inviting nose.

A fantastically balanced and delicious cappuccino stout. There is sufficient coffee and chocolate flavor to lure me in for more yet enough bitterness to remind me I'm drinking one helluva beer. The alcohol is marvelously well hidden and if I didn't know any better I'd be shocked to know this beer is almost 9% ABV.

Not as full bodied, thick, and luscious as I typically prefer.

Incredibly drinkable. I want more! And more and more and more!

As a coffee lover, this beer is right up my alley. The aromas of coffee and chocolate complement the beer extraordinarily well.

ehammond1, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of vapodge
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into pint glass

A - very dark reddish-brown, sizable head, good lacing

S - roasted malts with some roasted coffee beans -- coffee smell is mild

T - definitely cappuccino, not coffee -- there's a fair amount of a milky flavor; like the nose, roasted malts and beans

M - very creamy, perfect amount of carbonation, not a dry finish

D - smooth going down, but flavors a little too muted for me to be really interesting except for the cream; perfectly fine, but doesn't wow me

vapodge, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is jet black, with a slight tan-biege head that starts out around an inch but slowly recedes to a thin film of head. There are extremely heavy coffee ground smells, specifically the grounds after the coffee has been brewed. Smells delicious. The beer is initially nondescript in mouth when you first take a sip. It lingers for a second, and then BAM! you get the coffee flavors. Bitter, dark, roasted coffee, with a slightly sweet, malty backbone that does well to balance the flavor without influencing it too much. If you like coffee, you are going to love this beer. I hate coffee, and I actually like this beer. The beer is a bit on the dry side, and crisp, which goes well with the flavor characteristics. The aftertaste is all coffee, and despite the body, the finish lingers for a bit in mouth, just like a cup of coffee will. It never overpowers, despite the strong flavors and the lingering finish. Very easy to drink, and great on a cold night when the wind is a whippin. Very decent stout.

GarthDanielson, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of deadliest
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Black-brown body, fluffy 2-finger khaki head with good retention. Looks tasty.
S: Smells of bitter coffee and roasted malt. A little synthetic smelling, but that's ok, as long as it tastes good.
T: Damn, what happened? I'm just so sad. Bitter coffee and burnt bread. IMO, needed more sweetness to balance it out. Tastes like a burnt beer to me.
M: Decent, but watery. Not really notable.
D: This wasn't difficult to drink, just overall disappointing for Lagunitas. I generally love their products, and considering how much I like coffee I'm surprised I didn't really dig this one.

If I didn't love coffee this would have been a complete loss for me.

deadliest, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of seand
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very dark mostly opaque brown, with a small amount of light tan head. A little head retains well enough to leave reasonable spots of lacing.

S: Somewhat syrup-like sweetness, with notes of brown sugar. A touch of roasted coffee is also present.

T: Starts with a balanced sweetness but quickly moves into bitter coffee flavors. The finish has a lot going on, including a strong boozy whiskey-like note; this is not a beer that hides its ABV. Some coffee and roasted nuttiness accompanies the boozy finish.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

D: The booziness hampers the drinkability.

seand, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of BeerMaverick
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a translucent dark amber...not what I was expecting for a stout, but beautiful regardless. Very thin head that is off-white in color, not the usual tan to darker tan. Minimal lacing.

S - Not much of a smell at all. Slight hints of coffee, but nothing stands out.

T - Pretty good stout. The coffee flavor definitely dominates the taste. It has a lighter taste that reflects its lighter appearance and it seems pretty bitter at 29.5 IBUs.

M - My favorite part about this beer...if you are in the mood for a coffee flavored beer, this is a winner. The coffee flavor lingers for awhile in your mouth and the coffee bitterness plays off of the hop bitterness resulting in a lasting aftertaste.

D - I would only recommend one or two of these because...really...who drinks a lot of coffee stouts at one time? Also this beer is 8.8 % in a 22 oz, so it takes a toll as a heavier beer.

BeerMaverick, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Julian bottling date of 361 (12/27/10).

Appearance: Dark mahogany with thin head and very little lacing. Nice color even if it does not quite look like a Stout.

Smell: Milk chocolate covered espresso beans and molasses. Nice aroma but a little too simple and mild.

Taste: Espresso, chocolate and molasses really drive the flavor on this one. I really do not detect much else going on other than a little smoky dryness toward the end.

Feel: Somewhat smooth and creamy but a little too thin for the style. Low carbonation with just a barely dry finish. Warming.

Drinkability: This is fairly mild beer, whether reviewing it as an Imperial Stout or as a Coffee Ale, as even the just over 5% Surly Coffee Bender has more flavor and complexity. That said, it does have a nice flavor, is very easy to drink, and (similar to all Lagunitas brews) masks its high alcohol very well.

bsp77, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an ultra dark brown with a frothy white head, some good lace and head retention.

S: Sweet coffee notes with some dark chocolate, hint of chalk.

T: Dark chocolate, considerable coffee flavour. Fairly bitter with baker's chocolate and coffee beans, no real hop flavour whatsoever, just dominated by the previous two flavours.

M: Medium-full body, creamy (shake-like), frothy carbonation with a twinge of acidity in the finish.

D: A solid beer. Not enough secondary flavours to keep me really interested, but at $4.50 a bomber, it's very inexpensive in the style, so worth a pick up for the coffee fan. Not really my cup of tea with the overt bitter coffee flavours, but I can see the appeal.

Halcyondays, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Frosty80
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color: pours golden-brown. sits deep ruby/garnet with brown highlights. head is a few fingers thick with a creamy cola-color and great lacing

Smell: medium roasted malt character with a light coffee signature and just a spec of fruitiness. not very robust but clean and mellow

Taste: light coffee character carried on the back of roasted malt with a medium intensity. like the aroma there is also a hint of dark fruit as well. finish is slightly alcoholic a good charred character

Mouthfeel: low-full body with a medium carbonation

Notes: very easy-drinking stout. not as robust or intense as many.

Frosty80, Feb 10, 2011
Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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