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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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very good

3,147 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,147
Reviews: 1,167
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 91
Gots: 273 | 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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Photo of DanOLeary


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

Aroma: Initial aroma of caramel that overrides a coffee and chocolate character. Though they are certainly present, the sweet caramel and toffee dominate the aroma. Fruity yeast esters follow up the malt character with unexpected strength.

Appearance: With a mildly aggressive pour this stout forms a frothy tan head that retains very well. The base of the beer is closer to brown than black, slightly hazy at the edges.

Flavor: Very sweet on the tongue with chocolate and deep caramel notes blending together evenly. Through the middle the coffee character comes out, though with only subtle intensity. Light fruity esters work into the mix before an alcoholic spice leads into a dry coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation. The body has a sticky and creamy character that aligns with the sweetness in the aroma and flavor. Alcoholic warmth dries out the beer with a spice that borders on hot but the malt-rich body balances this out.

Overall: Very nice body and malt character balance this beers relatively high 9.26% ABV (is it really necessary to go to the hundredth decimal?). This is quite a sweet stout especially to be considered a coffee beer. While the sweetness is pleasant, it detracts from the expected coffee character. I would like to see a much stronger coffee presence here and there is room in the beers profile for this.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 18:18:53 | More by DanOLeary
Photo of coldmeat23


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

This pours up big and black, just the way I like them to be. Almost two-fingers of loose brown foam forms the head. Retention is good. Lacing is lots of sticky spots and a few thin strands.

The nose is filled with dark malts which lean more to the sweet side than the roasty side. Big hints of lacto sweetness and some decent coffee notes. Hints of vanilla cream. Mild chocolate notes.
Not as coffee prominent as I'd hoped, but let's see how it tastes.

The capuccino aspect is, thankfully, more prominent in the taste. A nice balance between roasty malts, sweet caramel and vanilla cream hints, and some roasted coffee presence. Good presence of lacto gives this a mild milkiness. Light hints of chocolates.

This is on the borderline between medium and full-bodied. Carbonation level is on the lighter side of medium and imparts a mild creaminess to the smoothness that's already here. Lightly silky.

This one is not exactly what I think of when I reach for an Imperial Stout, but it's still tasty. The flavor is more to the mellow side of the scale, which makes it a fairly easy one to drink.
Not big and bold, just an easy quaffer. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 06:00:24 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, dark brown with nice khaki head. Decent lacing. Smell is of roasted grains and spent coffee grounds... pretty basic. Taste is of roasted grains and a nice blend of coffee beans with a touch of creamy/milky sweetness. Body is not as heavy or thick as would have liked, slight watery quality, minimal aftertaste. Nice beer, would have more, but not necessairly seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 15:55:14 | More by rfgetz
Photo of hophead247


3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with thick brown head that dissipates. Aroma is a rich chocolate with notes of espresso hidden. Flavor is of coffee and malts a bit milky as well. Not as much chocolate in the flavor as in the aroma. Body is medium but not as thick as expected with light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 06:40:18 | More by hophead247
Photo of jslot38


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost a pitch black with some ruby shades around the edges. Head is a thick frothy top covering of beige. Head looks like its going nowhere. Above average lacing.

Smell: Coffee grounds come through. Mostly grain, some bread and a bit of chocolate.

Taste: Can't help but notice right off that bat that the alcohol is nowhere to be found. I'd only had this on draft before and been unaware that it clocks in at over 9%. This is a smooth imperial stout. Roasted malts take over the flavor profile rounded out with faint notes of chocolate and coffee grinds. Nothing overpowering about this, but solid.

Mouthfeel: As mentioned before, this is smooth. Mid-level of carbonation up front that fades fast.

Drinkability: The ABV is untraceable, making this a very drinkable imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 04:11:12 | More by jslot38
Photo of Gtreid


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

22 oz. bottle poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

A: Deep, dark brown, with ruby highlights. The pour creates a one finger slightly off white head that receeds quickly and leaves very little lace.

A: Charred malt, coffee, and chocolate. The malts seem a little burnt, and the coffee is not as prominent as I would have hoped. Some earthiness shines through and the chocolate is actually pretty nice.

T: Again, charred malt dominate. I do get a good amount of coffee, although, it doesn't seem to be high quality. Some baker's chocolate and earthy hops also come into play.

M: Medium to heavy body. A little light for the style. Average amount of carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is a little soft. Overall, not a high quality coffee, too much of a charred flavor, just not one of the better coffee stouts out there. Probably won't pick this one up again. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 02:29:02 | More by Gtreid
Photo of ffejherb


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

22oz. bomber into goblet on 2/10/10. Shared with brewslut.

A - Poured a dark espresso brown liquid with reddish and burgundy hues and a bubbly beige cap of foam that receded to a thin patch, but deposited quite a bit of sticky lace around the edges of the glass.

S - Coffee makes its presence known right away, while a subtle chocolate character complements the coffee notes nicely. Licorice also comes to mind. A very faint soy sauce quality emerges as the liquid warmed up a bit, perhaps a sign of the bottle's age (purchased in 12/08).

T - The coffee character is apparent from the start and provides the foundation of this stout. Bitter chocolate notes appear in the middle, while an earthy hop character begins to take shape in the backend and lasts through the finish. A hint of alcohol and slight musty quality rounds out the flavor profile.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly slick, oily texture and a hint of carbonation. Finishes with mild bitterness and just a faint touch of sourness on the palate.

D - This one exceeded my expectations, and I found the coffee character to be quite authentic. While not as lush or bold as some other coffee stouts I've had, this one definitely holds its own.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"I think it tastes like potatoes... boiled potatoes."

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 01:37:25 | More by ffejherb
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New York

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

A - dark brown/black with tan head and a lot of lacing
S - toffee, espresso, vanilla, dark fruits
T - espresso, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits (mostly raisin), clean taste with no burnt or roasty flavors, a bit of alcohol in the finish
M - medium to full bodied, smooth with a crisp finish
D - definitely drinkable, especially given the ABV. well-balanced flavors (including well-hidden but not too-hidden alcohol)

I reeeeally enjoyed this

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 23:17:42 | More by josefnewsong
Photo of brewerburgundy


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, goblet, no freshness information.

Discouragingly hard to rouse a head on this beer. A half inch appeared and then disappeared, remnants of a tannish nature form a fingernail width ring. Several large bubble floating atop a body that barely makes stout territory. Mahogany really, and maraschino cherry red at the bottom.

Roasty, brown malts, coffee crystals, metallic, some earthy, spicy hops, anise.

Dark roasted grain and a little associated bitterness, about 55-60% cacao chocolate. Again, cheap coffee. Maraschino cherry, earthy, herbal, spicy hop. Some coffee acidity or tannins pucker the back of mouth and make things a little more interesting.

For a beer this big the mouthfeel is that of a beer half its size. This isn't a good thing. Carbonation is a little much for the style too.

Embarrassingly un-stout like. It feels like much more of a coffee or plain porter. It really isn't a bad beer, so much as a lost beer.

Edit: I tried an experiment last night. I recapped this bomber about half full and reopened it tonight to conclude consumption. It took a straight down pour to get a head, but it was a nice and lasting quarter inch or so which has left some nice spidery lacing. I haven't detected any detrimental effects of opening and recapping after 24 hours.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 04:14:37 | More by brewerburgundy
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whoever gave me this beer. I've had it for about a year and a half now and I completely have no idea who gave it to me. If it was you shoot me a BM and I'll give you credit.

#3 in my Super Bowl of Lagunitas bombers. This beer pours a slick, oily Americano black with a decent sandy brown head that quickly dissipates into a thing ring around the outside of the glass. The aroma of this beer is pretty straightforward. Large amounts of freshly brewed espresso mixed with sweet cream, a bit of chocolate, molasses and overly ripe fruit. The flavor is very similar, and leading the way is what reminds me of a excellently made Mocha. Fresh ground espresso mixed with Ghiridelli chocolate powder and fresh sweet cream. Also a bit of hazelnut comes through. It kind of reminds me of Nutella with coffee. The mouthfeel is nice and oily, coating the mouth with a nice coffee flavor. Overall, for its price, this is a great beer. Very tasty. When this beer comes out again, I'm going to buy one fresh and compare against the aged version.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 03:11:18 | More by hwwty4
Photo of Kromes


3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a tan colored head. Appears a clear ruby color when held up to the light. Great lacing down the glass.

S: A fruity and hoppy aroma with some alcohol. Not what I expected at all.

T: The taste at first is a very sweet roasted malt and coffee. The middle is hoppy and bitter with a little bit of chocolate and the alcohol really shows up in the finish and adds quite a bite to the beer.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and the finish really leaves your mouth dry with the lingering alcohol.

D: Not that drinkable of a stout. The sweetness and then the high alcohol bitterness and bite in the finish is unique but might get too much.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 22:15:25 | More by Kromes
Photo of ryanonline


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark black with a thin tan head, good lacing. looks slightly watery for an imperial stout.

i smell coffee and a little raisin. maybe some toffee or anise as well.

taste is around the same, much more sweet though. even flavors with a slightly bitter, lasting finish.

a little more watery than i would be used to with an imperial stout, though still has sort of a creamy finish

despite strong flavors kind of dominating the palate, and a long lasting finish, this beer is reasonably drinkable. all though with 9 and a quarter percent alcohol by volume, you may be better off with only one or two.

not my favorite imperial stout, but good.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 23:58:14 | More by ryanonline
Photo of cleeze


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

So I picked up this brew after heading home from the wine expo, had to make the stop at Julio's.

Poured a lightish inky blackness. Looks like espresso. Tanish head with decent lacing.

Smells like dark espresso laced with some vanilla and chocolate. smells enticing.

taste was alot like the smell, Coffee dominating this biznattch! medium body feel

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 07:44:54 | More by cleeze
Photo of BARFLYB


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

22oz bomber into a large snifter and then some.. My 1st time with this beer.

A- CS looks like faded black coffee with some dark stain brown around the edges. It's not completely gone in other words. The liquid looks a wee bit thin out of the bottle. A french vanilla looking foam stood on top and faded into small islands with minimal lace.

S- A bold nose that's less than 1/2 coffee and more than 1/2 sweet malt. The malt is very hight with caramel and some toffee. The coffee is big but not as pronounced as it could be and it's probably due to the high ABV and added ingredients. The coffee comes off slightly burnt with a sweet milk like scent. There is dark fruit as well which turns me off.

T- This tastes exactly like it smells, which I don't find often in coffee stouts. Sweet/ creamy milked up coffee with chocolate and a lot of dark fruit in the finish which is distracting. A little tootsie roll action with a big malt addition leading to more sweetness in the finish. Not a very roasty coffee stout, it's different so that's a plus.

M- Feels above medium bodied with a silky sweet way about itself, this might as well be called a milk/ sweet stout. There is just a touch of bitterness towards the end coming from the fighting hops in this malty ass stout. A slight prick of carbonation and a very short aftertaste.

D- Had no problem finishing the bomber although I took a break from the bottle for a hour or so between snifter fills. I think the alcohol could be tamed down a bit and the coffee boosted(especially the roast) slightly as I think the additional ingredients are holding this back some. This is a great beer that I hope to find on a nitro tap someday.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 06:29:33 | More by BARFLYB
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this many times....now time to review. Pint glass pour with a cola colored ale with a slight burgundy tint. Huge beige colored head with major lacing and staying power. Roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate and some dark fruit aroma. Hello coffee! Major dark roasted coffee flavor with a great taste of roasted malts also. Not overly bitter after the swallow and definitely leaves me wanting more. Dangerous beer with the higher alcohol content almost a non-factor. Multiples allowed.

Overall I feel this is one of Lagunitas' best beers. Perfect combination of a coffee flavored ale but also enough to keep non-coffee lovers interested. I like that fact it only comes in bombers as a 12 oz. would not do this big beer justice.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 02:28:37 | More by kaseydad
Photo of CampusCrew


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Deep dark brown. not much lacing though.

smell: heavy coffee and bready sweetness

taste: like drinkng a starbuckes latte. loats of coffee

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied

drinkability: solid stout and good coffee flavor. I would rank this up with other similar coffee stouts

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 06:28:15 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

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

This pours cloudy cocoa brown. More capuccino than stout in appearance. Slightly translucent, not opaque, with some suspended floaters throughout.

Aroma of chocolate, coffee (one would expect these two), sweet roasted malts and some molasses.

Has a decent roasted coffee bean flavor with some mocha/chocolate. Dark fruits (raisin/prunes) show up in the finish. Moderate bitterness; pretty well balanced overall. Sweet but not too sweet. Malts are a bit bland/uninteresting. Has a better coffee flavor than beer flavor. Warming in the throat indicates the high ABV which isn't really noticeable otherwise. Just a hint of hops in there also.

Light bodied for a stout, like a milk stout. Carbonation is low, lending to the overall thinness.


Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 22:25:46 | More by Hoagie1973
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New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a large snifter. Pours dark black, nice color. About a one inch head foamy off- white grows from the meniscus, quickly fading away leaving mocha colored foam on top. Moderate lacing left on the glass. Smells decent. I pick up on the coffee and roasted malts. Faint alcohol. Baking chocolate. Something else I can't quite put my nose on...almost metallic. Tastes like it smells, minus the weird aroma I was picking up on.Black coffee. Expresso and "burntness". Alcohol is there but not overbearing. Roasted malts are balanced by a slight bitter hop profile. I find the body is lacking. It is very drinkable, but the body is thin. Overall a decent beer, nothing spectacular, but decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 20:41:39 | More by mjn5036
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3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nearly opaque, deep brown with a minimal, creamy tan head that drops down to a thin cap fairly quickly. Slightly subpar retention, although it does leave a bit of lacing in its wake.

S - Roasted malts with a coffee and bitter chocolate character. There are some sweet, dark fruit aromas in there as well as some subtle hoppiness and a touch of alcohol.

T - Similar to the aroma with roasted, espresso-like malt flavors up front. There is also some sweetness that brings dark fruit and bitter-sweet chocolate flavors. The finish brings a bit of hop dryness, leading into more espresso and chocolate lingering into the aftertaste.

M - Just a bit light for the style, leaning towards the full side of medium body. Fine carbonation lends a smooth feel. Wouldn't have minded just a bit more body overall though.

D - Overall, a solid brew that gives a very nice bang for the buck. Not mindblowing, but really pretty enjoyable, and for $4.50 a bomber, definitely a good purchase.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 04:30:41 | More by GarrisWH
Photo of SPThirtyThree


3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark black, doesn't let much light through. From a dangerously aggressive pour, only delivered a one-finger head, tan and creamy.

S: Super piney and resiny- nothing but hops come through at first. Then some dark, roasty malts, caramel, toffee, oak toasted almond. Just a pinch of cappuccino. I might not have even noticed the cappuccino/coffee bean had I not known what I was drinking. Finally, estery and slightly phenolic. Overall, hot.

T: Lots of bittering hops in this dark brew. They come across very tangy and citrusy. Heavy malts are present, with a burnt black patent side, and lots of caramel flavors. Some slight banana, and some hints of coffee, with a creaminess that could possibly be described as cappuccino. Nice dark biscuit flavor somes through - probably a graininess that results from a heavy amount of roasted barley. More cappuccino comes through as it warms. Tastes even hotter than it smells.

M: Strongly bitter on the back edges of the tongue. Watery and thin, probably from it being almost 10% ethanol. Definitely astringent, but maybe also slightly creamy, since it seems to stick on the tongue more than usual.

D: Medium. Too hot and bitter to be highly drinkable, but the flavors are intense and delicious, so I'm torn.

Overall, this is a great beer, but it is a little more bitter than I would like it to be. The coffee flavors are present, but not bold that they should be called out so strongly. I would move the word "cappuccino" from the title to the description, more like the cayenne in Great Divide's Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, and then my impression of the beer would more closely match my expectation.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 01:52:38 | More by SPThirtyThree
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North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Very dark brown with a reddishness around the edge of the glass. Not much head. Doesn't stay long.

Smell is of malt and coffee.

Taste is not what I was hoping for, but good for what it is. Pretty much like drinking a cold carbonated cup of coffee. This stout is definitely the most truly coffee tasting stout I have had. Slightly bitter.

Interesting, but not for me.
I think I'll stick to just coffee.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 17:00:15 | More by blivingston1985
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has always been a standby for me - primarily because it is a cheap, quality coffee stout.

A: Dark Amber/Brown with Ruby Red Hues. A 1-inch off-white head with quick dissipation. Great lacing.

S: Malty with vanilla/coffee accents. Also a bit yeasty with fruity esters.

T: Coffee and alcohol with a little chocolate. Really does taste like a cappuccino.

M: Brilliant!!! Nice, smooth carbonation.

D: A really drinkable beer, particularly for the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 19:51:28 | More by BigBigPickle
Photo of satowns


2.38/5  rDev -39%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted blind with 13 other imperial stouts.

pours reddish brown; very light for a big stout.

aroma of...ginger??

the best way to describe what we were tasting was chili peppers sans the heat. it was really odd.

light on the tongue.

bizzare take on a strong stout. for a beer with "cappuccino" on the label, thre was very little coffee or cappuccino anywhere to be found.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 05:30:17 | More by satowns
Photo of Tucquan


3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this in Porland, OR on 2010-01-22 from a 22 oz bomber.

The ale pours a dark, clear brown with a tan, 2-finger head that lasts quite awhile with moderate lacing.

The smell is mild, sweet-fruit and coffee.

It is fortunately not overly sweet or too strong a coffee taste. It's more of a well-creamed cappuccino with a mild coffee roast. There is more of an acrid instead than the hops bitterness that isn't overpowering. The alcohol is extremely well-integrated into the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium with low-medium carbonation.

In general this is an enjoyable, high-powered drink with a very pleasant but not exceptional taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 06:37:23 | More by Tucquan
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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cola brown colored beer with a red hue as light shines through. the head is a coffee color that has very little retention and leave a light lacing.

S-light nose that brings roasted coffee malts and a hint of dark chocolate

T-the taste brings more of that vanilla coffee "cappuccino" flavor. so there is some vanilla, slight espresso, and notes of dark chocolate

M-a nice full body and silky smooth, extremely thick and somewhat creamy with a good carbonation backbone

D-this is extremely tasty and has a great body. another solid offering from lagunitas, one of my favorite brew pubs in all the land

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 02:41:07 | More by cpetrone84
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