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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,366 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 3,366
Reviews: 1,175
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 115
Gots: 330 | 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 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.

Jparkanzky, Apr 26, 2011
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!

steve8robin, Apr 22, 2011
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

djbreezy, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this last night at a sushi resturant. A good beer to acompany the spicy flavors.

Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate with earthy undertones. Mouthfeel is very light with slight carbonation. The taste is not what I expected. I can taste the dark chocolate and almost a date or fig flavor. I taste a trace amount of coffee on the finish, but not that of my expectations. Still a very nice beer that I will have again.

buyBinboaVodka, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown coffee/caramel color with a thin tan head.

S - Great coffee/cappuccino scents with some mild earthiness. Also faint smells of dark chocolate.

T - Big coffee punch with dark chocolate and a creamy finish. I feel like I ordered a chilled cappuccino with whip cream on top. Some mild dark fruit is also in there with a good blend of earthiness.

M - The cream taste feels as though its coating my mouth on the way down. Not too bitter on the aftertaste but a quick dose of chocolate there.

O - A very tasty brew. Just a great blend of all sorts of items that go well into making a stout.

brstls4drmrs, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a dark, dark brown color with a thin layer of tan head. Strong aroma of cappuccino/coffee. Somewhat earthy but mostly a big wallop of coffee beans. Smells strong. Big cappuccino taste. Roasted malts, somewhat sweet with a bitter dark coffee aftertaste. Maybe a bit of vanilla or cream perhaps. Not too boozey but its a heavy mouthfeel and lots of coffee flavor so this one will take awhile to finish. Doesn't really have the typical Lagunitas big hoppy and sweet flavors, although it is somewhat sweet. Overall its a solid choice. I may be interested in aging one to see if it mellows out the big coffee taste. I will look for this again.

PicoPapa, Apr 14, 2011
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.

PROST!!!

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
Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,366 ratings.