Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,397 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,397
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 119
Gots: 342 | 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:
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(Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004)
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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.

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!!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of claytong
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't wild about this beer, for an imperial stout it seems so light. I had a more robust beer in my mind. I didn't have a very clear palate at the time, so maybe that's to blame. However, I am thinking not, there is light notes of cappuccino and a bit of malt, other than that, not much came through to me.

Photo of goblue3509
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown almost black color with a nice one finger khaki colored head which gives way to some nice lace. The aroma is of coffee with a slight hint of sweetness. The taste is the same a big coffee taste, but the taste has a nice sweetness to it, maybe malt or vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall it is a very solid beer, the sweetness to it, cuts the coffee enough that it keeps you very interested. The abv is also very well hidden.

Photo of wrightro07
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The appearance is black with a hue of brown around the edges when held up to the light.
S: I get mostly coffee and chocolate malts not much hop smell at all.
T: a light tasting stout with chocolate, coffee, and a sweet after taste.
M: The mouthfeel is fluffy but not as silky as it should be; feels a little acidic and over carbonated.
O: Overall it is not a bad beer just okay. I liked giving it a try but and not sure if I would buy another.

Photo of shand
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a fairly deep brown (light for the style) with less than a fingers worth of head that doesn't stay around of long. No lacing. The aroma is very sweet. Standard stuff, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. It's just very very sweet smelling for the style. The taste isn't quite as sweet as the nose would say, but it's still sweet for sure. The coffee and sweet chocolate take center stage, with just a touch of roastiness making it's way in for the finish. It tastes good, but nothing will wow you here. Quite mild tasting for an imperial stout.

The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I'd expect, but is otherwise solid, and the drinkability is quite good. This is just a pretty good stout. Nothing to search out, but a bottle isn't anything close to a bad thing. Worth the low price it commands for sure.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip

A- pours jet black with a one finger light tan colored head. Sticks around for awhile. Looks pretty nice

S- sweet smelling aroma of coffee and chocolate

T- the coffee flavor is bitter and roasty, almost to the point where it's burned. Some chocolate coming out too, but that too is bitter. Eh

M- thick without being syrupy. Just what I'm looking for

O- it's fine. I've had better. But it's not bad.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - On tap

Appearance - Dark black/tan, insane 4 inch monster creamy head.

Smell - Coffe, chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, sugars.

Taste - Wow, very mocha cappuccino but not overwelming. Smooth malts and sugars, nice chocolate flavor. Wasnt so coffee strong that i couldnt enjoy the roasted malts. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and balanced. Tounge tickled from the sweets, and bitter from the dark choclate and coffee. Aftertaste was dry and coffee influenced. Didnt pickup any booze really.

Overall - A really nice treat of a stout. Mild and very easy to enjoy. Couldnt realize by drinking it was 8.8%. A glass or two is fine. A real winner here, cant wait to try in a bottle.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The look is dark with a very dark tan head. When held up to the light it is a dark dark brown. The head is thick but does dissipate.

The aroma is sweet chocolate and a good coffee

Mmmm as the name states cappuccino it is a very smooth and lite a froothy taste. A small alcohol numb is on the tongue. It taste great and the bitter finish typical with coffee beer is drownd in a sweetness.

Photo of Rhynes2
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick dark color with a light tan head. Very quickly dissipating though which was a bit of a let down as I generally prefer my stouts to have that thick long lasting head. The smell caught my attention immediately and gave me some notes of a dark roasted coffee to start with. The first sip hits you hard with the coffee but then rounds off to the malt side of this beer. Malt flavors of chocolate, molasses, and some light fruitiness keep it fairly well balanced. The carbonation may be a touch to much on this one though but not to the extent of ruining this beer. Overall it is a great brew and I look forward to buying this one again for sure.

Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A very nice one finger head that is light tan in color with good retention. The head is foamy, creamy, and frothy. The color of the beer is opaque there is a dark brown with a reddish note. The head is leaving some lacing on the glass not to impressive.

Nose: A medium rich coffee note, molasses, brown sugar, and roasted malt, chocolate, and wood. There is notes of citrus, floral. alcohol, and spice.

Taste: A very rich roasted malt, coffee, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, and wood. There are notes of citrus, floral, alcohol, and creamy.

The mouth feel is creamy, coating, and warming.

Overall: The body of the beer is thick and the finish is full. This beer has a lot going on it it. There is flavors all over the palate. A very good beer nonetheless a little unbalanced.

Photo of beergod1
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with reddish highlights and about two fingers of beige foam with very good retention. Aroma of rich caramel, dark fruit, and a bit of roasted malts, not much "stout" going on in the nose. Flavor of smooth and lightly roasted malts, some dark fruits, and rather light velvety smooth coffee flavor. Nice smooth finish. This is better than the Imperial Stout From Lagunitas. This seems to have nice Balance between the Hops, Chocolate, and Coffee.

Photo of jmyers89
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just cracked this Cappuccino stout... an amazing beer I must say,it poured great, and had a thick head on it an pretty decent lace. This beer did not taste like a cappuccino at all, however it gave great notes of roasted coffee beans, mochoa, dark chocolate,vanilla, a bit of charcoal, with a silk alcohol flavor at the end. The beer wasn't very drinkable at first.... until the second gulp. By far another great beer by Lagunitas.

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

Typical stout with all the darkness and mocha-colored head. The head was a bit disappointing as it wasn't all that thick and didn't last all that long. No lacing...bummer.

Roast in the smell and some milk chocolate to go with your coffee. Boasts more chocolate smell than most chocolate stouts.

Bitterness hits you first, which is what you'd expect with all those roasted malts and coffee. A sense of chocolate pervades, but it's now bittersweet rather than milk. The alcohol doesn't give off much heat, but contributes a vinous tingle up on the palate.

Although this is a cappuccino (coffee) double stout you could confuse it with a chocolate stout due to its smell and taste. So I decided to have a slice of chocolate cake to go with it and man did they pair nicely. The sweetness of the cake cut into the roasty bite.

Photo of chilly460
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium to dark cloudy brown, some tan head dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Picked up coffee tones as you'd expect, some brown sugar as well.

T: The brown sugar taste hits first, which wasn't expected. Moves into the coffee flavor which is mild, but with plenty of booze which wasn't there in the aroma. Hard to explain, but it's as if you get the coffee flavoring but without the "roastiness" of the coffee that I like in this style.

M: Wasn't a fan here, almost watery.

D: Beer tastes fine but the mouthfeel held it back big time.

Photo of zeff80
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly, thick foam. It had nice retention and left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of potent cappuccino. Good roasty notes!

T - Good coffee flavor with nice notes of chocolate and roasted malts.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is a really good coffee stout. Actually one of the best coffee beers I've ever had.

Photo of Lauthaha
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a deuce-deuce (22 oz. bottle) into a beer glass.

Appearance: Beer is mahogany with deep ruby highlights, nearly opaque. Head is foamy as a cappuccino would be...moderate lacing on the sides where the head has receded. Not bad.

Smell: Caramel malt is very strong in the nose, just a touch of coffee-like scent involved. Light, if any, hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Ooooh, this is a good one. Very creamy, definitely fits the "Imperial Stout" category. An ever-present milkiness to the beer, with a tremendous chocolate flavor palette. The maltiness is perfect, heavy without being overpowering. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, almost like pure dark chocolate.

Drinkability: Good. I could only drink the one bottle, I think...perhaps I might even cork it and save the rest for later. Super, super tasty beer.

I am pleasantly surprised by this one...I'm going to have to get a few more bottles to share with friends!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,397 ratings.