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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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3,227 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,227
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 99
Gots: 294 | FT: 5
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 horshack7


4.72/5  rDev +21%

Appearance: Into a snifter is a deep and dark blackness with about one finger worth of head that thins out quick.

Aroma: Lots of dark roasted esspresso beans. Vanilla bean, huge maltiness. Only faint chocolate notes not much of a hop nose but those only get to swim in the background.

Taste: Massive flavor from the espresso beans with an underlying bitterness. Only a light bit of carbonation but it has a very creamy mouthfeel. The faintest of alchol notes but it's a very long way from being over powering. The dark roasted malts give off a sweetness a little like semisweet chocolate. Lots of dark roasted hopiness round everything out.

Notes: This a very drinkable american double imperial stout. A remarkable brew. Cheers.

04-05-2010 01:19:22 | More by horshack7
Photo of theboozecruise


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured into a pint glass, dark brown filtered appearance with a creamy white head.

Smells like the name describes. Rich stout with coffee tones to it.

Tastes like more of the same, a little but watery but still good.

Very drinkable. I could go back for more.

04-04-2010 23:06:45 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of diabecktic


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Upon first pour, the light brown head explodes up the glass. It's a nice contrast to the darker reddish brown color of the beer itself. Something like ~2 fingers of airy head stay formed for quite some time; retention over time and lacing are very good.

The aroma is both strong and somewhat sweet. I can definately pick out the roasted coffee malt and a dark fruitiness (perhaps raisin or plum). I also detect a bit of hops and vanilla, but they're far more subdued.

The taste matches the nose for the most part. Roasted character is a bit less apparent, but the cappuccino and raisin parts of the malt stick out more. Vanilla is present throughout the tasting and a hint of hoppiness towards the end ties things together.

Though the flavor is very strong, the body seems a bit light. I won't go so far as to say that it's watery, but its density is on the lighter side of medium. Both the sensation and the taste improve as the beer warms ever-so-slightly.

I believe that some other reviewers alluded to this already, but the alcohol content is very well-hidden - I was shocked to find that it's ~9.26%. Thus, this can be deadly if you're not keeping track of things. The strong flavor and light body are an interesting contrast which, while not bad (in my huble opinion), don't improve drinkability.

I picked up a 22 oz. bottle for ~$3.50 at one of the Binny's in Chicago - it was the last one on the shelf. This limited release brew is extremely interesting. The high alcohol content and strong mix of easily discernable flavors are exceptional, but the body is a bit of a turnoff. However, I feel that the pros outweigh the cons, so I strongly suggest that you try this beer if you get an opportunity to do so because I know I will get this again at some point.

04-02-2010 03:05:25 | More by diabecktic
Photo of STEG

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A-Predominantly brown, not murky as other stouts some deep reds are in here as well. Khaki one finger head that dissipates quickly

S-Mostly Coffee with some chocolate vanilla, comparable to black medium-dark roast coffee with a vanilla bean in it. Maybe some raisins in the back.

T-Coffee up front followed by a grape raisin in the middle and a cocoa powder/unsweetened chocolate finish.

M-Kind of watery and a bit syrupy, not unpleasant but not great

D-Alcohol very well hidden, but warming and at 4.50$ a bomber could be quite dangerous.

Would recommend especially given the price and will buy again.

03-31-2010 23:41:17 | More by STEG
Photo of scottfrie


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

22oz bottle into SN hop pint glass

A: Dark woody brown with a thin frothy tan head that left good lacing.
S: Old coffee grounds, oily hop resin, tobacco, sweet roasted malt and slight dark chocolate notes.
T: Bitter espresso countered by sweet malt with a bitter hop bite in the finish. Notes of dark fruits, raisins, toffee, toasted oats and hop oils. Aftertaste has a vague tobacco burntness.
M: Medium body with a ton of flavor. The feel was a little water for a stout. I thought it could be more chewy. The bitter punch at the end is not off putting. Carbonation hits the palate sharp but melts into a creamy finish.
D: Flavors are bold and alcohol is high making this a beer to take your time with. As another reviewer put it, this stout is not that "hearty." The flavors are rich but there's just something missing.

03-31-2010 02:54:55 | More by scottfrie
Photo of OlRasputin989


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured into a nonic pint...

A: Pours a deep dark brown, that is nearly opaque but not quite. tan 1-finger foamy head, that bubbles away to a thin silky layer. leaves some lacing in small arches

S: I pick up mocha first, then coffee, and some booze, reminding me of Kahlua Mocha liqeur.

T: upfront creamy coffee, with a sharp roasted characteristic (making it more like an espresso than a cappucino), hints of chocolate, and roasted grain, also just slightl . not picking up any hops, but with the roastedness of this one, I would've guessed more than 29 IBUs, as it finishes rather bitter.

M: medium-full body, with a crispy carbonation that adds intensity to the sharp roasty finish. also some boozy warmth. finishes off dry

Overall, not the heartiest of stouts. Too much light getting through this one for my likings, also lacking in body. It does, however, pack a good amount of coffee and espresso flavors. If you like coffee and you like beer, this one is worth a try.

03-30-2010 13:58:48 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%

A: Dark brown, with a small head and some lacing.

S: Small bitter coffee aroma, subtle sourness, sweet malts.

T: Day old microwaved coffee. I don't get the fresh roasted coffee aromas or flavors from this beer. It's ok, but I was really hoping for a beer that was a little thicker and darker, had a bigger roasted malt presence, and coffee shop scents.

M: Thin, watery, light carbonation.

D: I'd rather drink coffee, or beer.

03-29-2010 02:19:22 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of mtnbikerpa


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from a bomber into my 12 ounce snifter. Poured very dark brown with about 3 inches of head and suds that clung to the side of the glass. Rich coffee and malty scents. Roasted creamy chocolate and coffee flavors. Mouthfeel is sort of watery for the rich flavors. Certainly a sippable beer one that is rich and tasteful.

03-28-2010 18:30:35 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of LittleDon


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Cola brown-red in color, it's clear with little signs of carbonation. Begins with a nice, albeit not too thick, tan head that dissipates quickly. Caramel and a tinge of alcohol in the aroma. Some alcohol up front, but definite signs of coffee in the middle and finish. Alcohol is very well disguised. Thinnish mouthfeel. Mild bitterness in the back end.

03-25-2010 21:04:20 | More by LittleDon
Photo of buschbeer


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

I poured into a pint glass to a skim of tan head. It is dark brown in color with ruby highlights. The smell is not as powerful as I expected from a stout brewed with coffee. The coffee smell and taste were both very mild. I also got some chocolate on the nose. As I mentioned the coffee taste is mild. I would prefer bigger aroma, but the taste is nice. It is not overly bitter. The drinkability of this beer is pretty amazing for an ABV over nine per cent. The alcohol is masked nicely in the smell and taste. This beer drinks very well.


03-24-2010 01:11:02 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +11%

Nice coffee stout with a lighter and pleasing texture than what is common for the style, and a rich coffee and malt taste.

Presentation: 22 oz brown bottle. Simple and almost perfunctory Lagunitas design for their limited releases, with the name of the brew around a bit of a retro range of fonts with the mascot logo at the center. Tongue in cheek side narrative reworking the Old Testament psalm 23: "coffee is my shepherd" etc. Brief front note highlights the use of Sebastopol´s Own Hard Core Coffee. Does not display date of bottling or freshness, shows IBUs (29.50), gravity at 1.076, and Alc. by Vol. (9.26%) Poured into a snifter.

A - Deep brown pour with ruby brown edges, nice short and frothy brown head, with good retention, surface memory and little lacing.

S - Aroma is nice with a rich coffee and roasted malt sense. Nice but relatively moderate in intensity.

T - The flavor picks up the aroma and brings it up quite a few levels. Rich coffee sense, with some acidic notes, a bit of chocolate, and back to the coffee range.

M - Medium body with fair carbonation and a sense of smoothness that picks up the coffee range very nicely.

D - Rich and long sipper with alcohol nicely integrated.

Notes: Another winner from Lagunitas. The first stout I have from them I think, but it keeps the standard form the brewery rather well, and the price-quality ratio for these bombers keeps on being outstanding.

03-23-2010 05:30:39 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of dogfoodman


2.23/5  rDev -42.8%

"This particular beverage is produced less than 50 miles from my home. Generally I love the Lagunitas brand, but personally I found this variety to be somewhat of a disappointment. This interation of the lagaunitas brewery appeared in the local grocery store and as I am a periodic coffee lover I thought I would give this "limited issue" beverage a try. I purchased two bottles. The first was consumed, I found the beverage to be pleasantly bitter, but the coffee overtones to be somewhat intimidating, the mouth feel was appropriately long lasting, not watery. Flavor was like nothing I had ever experienced, not wonderful but tolerable. The second bottle as consumed several days later. I am sorry to say that I was unable to finish the serving. It may have been my mood or something else but I was unable finish because of the seemingly too strong coffee flavor along with bitter hop characteristics. "

03-21-2010 20:41:06 | More by dogfoodman
Photo of biglite351


2.2/5  rDev -43.6%

A - rather see through for a coffee stout. Not that it is see through, but light does come through the middle of the glass. Foam is also rather too rootbeer like.

S - very light. Mild stout scent but it also reminds me of a regular lager.

T - eh, hard to put my finger on. Mild stout, mild coffee... but there is something else there that I can't pin point. Something that does not belong in a coffee stout.

M - a lot of tingle very active.

D - doable but not my bag.

03-21-2010 02:32:51 | More by biglite351
Photo of brobeerbot


4.33/5  rDev +11%

Poured into snifter from bottle

A- pours a dark brown with very little head.

S- honestly I didn't get much. of a smell. My nose is slightly stopped up. What I did get was of course strong coffee and hints of cocoa

T- It drinks like a dream. Get that strong coffee taste and what seems like a slight milky taste buried in there.

M- The carbonation is nice but not very thick. Could be a bit thicker.

D- This a pretty easy drinking stout for the abv. I could have a couple of these a night easily.

03-20-2010 02:48:56 | More by brobeerbot
Photo of GilGarp


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Served cold in an imperial pint glass.

Cappuccino Stout has a cola brown color with great clarity and creamy off-white head. The head was pretty long-lasting. Some lacing is left behind.

Aroma is sweet and roasty. There is a little bit of bourbon in the smell as well.

Flavor is similar, sweet and full of roasted malts. There is a great coffee flavor too, especially strong but that's good for a coffee-lover like me. It's not the best coffee stout, nowhere near a FBS but still darn good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and low+ carbonation. It's too light for the style but acceptable. Alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden. I would never guess it's over 9%.

Overall it's tasty but needs a little improvement in body and aroma. Still a good imperial coffee stout.

03-14-2010 03:20:05 | More by GilGarp
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%

Served in a pint glass at Tyler's Tap Room in Apex, NC

Dark brown to black, very little opacity, with a thin tan head that went to a ring relatively quickly. Surprising lace for such a thin head.

Aromas were strong on coffee with secondary chocolate, as you would probably suspect with the name.

Flavors were clearly coffee and chocolate, but with less intensity than the aromas suggest. The lighter carbonation tends to lend to a slightly heavier mouthfeel but that isn't necessarily bad. There must be something in here that brings it to some semblance of balance, but I can't figure it out. Finish is slightly bitter, but seemingly from the coffee malts, nothing hoppy that I could denote.

Overall, I enjoyed this pint. It's a solid stout and basically lives up to it's name. Good stuff.

03-13-2010 13:57:41 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of Threelittlefish

New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%

This is a really nice stout obviously rich with strong coffee aroma and flavor. During the pour I noticed a little less carbonation than I would have liked. The head was thin and dissipated quickly. The aromas are huge. Like a big piece of double chocolate cake and an esppresso. The mouth feel was a little thinner than what I would have xpected but all the big chocolate espresso flavor is there with very less bitterness than expected. A very drinkable stout. Too bad it's just a seasonal. I could drink this year round.

03-10-2010 09:33:42 | More by Threelittlefish
Photo of Chico1985


3.48/5  rDev -10.8%

On-tap at Sierra Grille into a 8 oz glass. Pours dark brown with a decent beige head, sticks around and leaves some lacing. Not picking too much up for smells, faint bitter espresso and maybe a touch of dark fruit. Has a pretty good espresso taste the first few sips, but the taste becomes less and less strong as you go on. Slight pepper, milk chocolate. Drinks more like a porter than a stout. Tiny alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is thin. Drinkability, it's easy to drink and the price is definitely good. It mostly suffers from not being interesting, there are plenty of coffee beers that are better than this, and more stouty than this. Decent but nothing to write home about.

03-09-2010 20:34:03 | More by Chico1985
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%

Grabbed a few bottles of this as I'm not sure how often this one comes around. Poured into a goblet. Pours a thin dark black/brown that shows some ruby highlights in the light. A very small tan head caps this off. Leaves a good bit of sticky lace though. Scents of milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet toffee, and just faint whiffs of coffee on the backend.

The body is a little thin for the style. I expected the body to be a bit thicker. Carbonation level is moderate. Starts out pretty sweet, like a cheap cappucino. Some plum(?) in the middle a bit, and a good black coffee finish. I like the aftertaste. This is just a little too sweet for my liking, but this would be a good starter for one wanting to get into coffee-beers. Not bad.

03-08-2010 04:36:10 | More by Onenote81
Photo of jlindros


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%

A: Fluffy 2 finger head that fades slowly over a very dark brown colored beer.

N: Some sweet dark malts, a little coffee and roast, some fruit, a slight booze, and a weird aroma that reminds me of glue... weird.

T: Dark malts all over it, with some sweet malts, a little porter-esque roasted malt flavor. Some dark dried fruits, a little metallic flavor, some coffee with heavy over charred espresso beans.

M: Decent body with good carbonation.

F: Semi bitter with a little sweetness, a little spicy, lots of roast and coffee flavors lingering. Some syrupy sweet malts and bitter taste that is a little bleh. This was actually a little disappointing to me for all the amazing beers Lagunitas puts out. Perhaps it was just a bad time for me to review it, and it seems to have some off flavors. Anyways, for what it is it's still a pretty decent beer.

03-06-2010 23:32:22 | More by jlindros
Photo of AdamGarcia


3.35/5  rDev -14.1%

Reviewed from notes taken on 3/1/10

bomber poured in to DT tulip

A: Pours a thin black, with a mocha head that shrinks to a small collar rather quickly. Clingy lace.

S: when cold this has sweet but slightly off-putting scents. Little bit of heat. Only when it warms do I notice the coffee smell.

T: Big roasty flavors. Authentic coffee flavors as opposed to artificial tasting coffee in some examples of the style.

M: A little thin for a stout this big. I would expect a little more viscosity.

D: Good overall, but near the end of the bomber the coffee starts to get to me.

Nice beer. Definitely worth a try. Given the price and availability I will revisit this one again.

03-04-2010 20:07:53 | More by AdamGarcia
Photo of jwillcourt


4.25/5  rDev +9%

Served from a bomber into a red wine glass.

A - Near black color. Even when held to the light, it is mostly black with slight ruby patches around the edges. There is a finger of ivory head, comprised of very fine bubbles, which settles into a small cap within a few minutes. The cap never goes away, and leaves slight lacing.

S - There is a huge roast malt smell, along with a roast coffee and dark fruit. There is no hop in the nose.

T - This is a real malt bomb. The malt flavor is huge, with roasted malt, chocolate, and licorice. The coffee flavor is strong, and always present, but still takes a back seat to the malt. The coffee flavor is more notable in the aftertaste. This beer is very creamy, and I would have guessed it was a milk/cream stout. It certainly tastes like lactose has been added.

M - Medium to full body. Initially, the carbonation was high, but that smoothed out within a couple minutes, leaving a very creamy mouthfeel. Once again, I would have guessed this is a milk/cream stout rather than an imperial stout. It is really very creamy. It feels slick on the lips.

D - This beer hides its alcohol exceedingly well. I cannot believe it is over 9% ABV. The alcohol doesn't show in the taste or feel. I would have guessed it is 5% or less. This quality, along with its creaminess makes it a very smooth drinker.

Overall this beer is very malty, very creamy, and the coffee is well-balanced. I highly recommend it.

Unfortunately, it is tricky to rate as an imperial stout. Clearly, it has the malt and alcohol of an imperial stout, but the IBU is less than 30. It could easily support something in the 50-80 range, like many others in this style. So it appears to be unbalanced and lacking in depth for the style. That is a fair criticism for an imperial stout.

However, if this beer were categorized as a milk/cream stout or coffee/espresso stout, I would rate it above many others in those categories.

03-04-2010 05:45:35 | More by jwillcourt
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is a very dark reddish brown ale with a thin, dense, khaki head that leaves solid sheets of lacing on the glass. It has strong roasted coffee aroma that's maybe a touch sweet. It smells delicious. It's medium bodied with a quick, dry finish that gets slightly gritty afterwards. It has a nice, roasty flavor that's well balanced. It gets bitter at the end-- both a coffee bitterness and a green bitterness. There's a lingering coffee aftertaste. It's almost a robust porter; a very nice beer.

03-03-2010 13:59:26 | More by yesyouam
Photo of DrDemento456


4.25/5  rDev +9%

Bought a bomber for 6.50 which is always a "bomb" price!

A - Pitch dark with little head. Mild lacing.
S - I smell coffee! Mild vanilla and chocolate malt touch the nose.
T - Smooth coffee taste, not overpowering, with a nice hop bite in the finish.
M - More drinkable than one would think for 9 percent! Very drinkable.
D - I will totally try this again but with so many coffee stouts still untried I will have to seek this out and try it again in a year.

03-03-2010 01:56:02 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of twaddlac


4.7/5  rDev +20.5%

A- Jet black with decent carbonation. Very little head with a lace that hangs around for almost the entire glass life of the beer, and a very sticky head at that.

S- Strong espresso bean overtones with a very sweet, blackberry finish. Malts are also noticeable with hints of smoke and anise. Very complex and very tantalizing!

T- The taste compliments the smell perfectly! All I tasted initially was the very dark, very strong espresso bean flavor, with a bitter, hoppy finish. There are some hints of smoke, anise and cocoa, but this tastes as good as the strongest coffee you can get, and I love it!

M- Medium body, with moderate carbonation, finishing with a dry bite, and leaving a tingling aftereffect on your pallet.

D- A VERY strong beer, but if you like dark roast coffees like I do, you will really enjoy this beer (that is if you don't add any cream and, or sugar to it!). Definitely can't drink this beer fast, but that just means you are forced to enjoy it longer! I really appreciate this beer, and it would be a really good choice with a dessert!

03-02-2010 04:43:18 | More by twaddlac
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