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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,144 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,144
Reviews: 1,167
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 91
Gots: 271 | FT: 2
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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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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with some ruby/mahogany highlights in the glass and a nice head that leaves moderate lacing. Strong smell of coffee in the nose along with something I can't quite place. A sweet rather than dry stout, but not too much. Mouthfeel is good if maybe a little on the thin side. Not a bad beer, but not a great one either. I like it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2009 22:12:33 | More by omnigrits
Photo of CMW


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a opaque dark brown color with a 1 inch tan head. The head slowly disappears and leaves some sticky soap-like lacing.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a little alcohol.

T - A little bit of roasted malt that quickly fades to some chocolate sweetness. Coffee beans then come through right before the bitterness kicks in the finish. Very slight tinge of booze.

M - Medium carbonation and a silky feel.

D - This is a good, but not great stout. If the bitterness could be turned down somewhat this could be improved.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 01:58:22 | More by CMW
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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is dark brown in color with a tan, three quarter inch head that slowly reduces to a splotchy skin covering.

The aroma is malty sweetness, chocolate and molasses, strong but not over powering.

The taste is a nice blend of roasted coffee and chocolate. Everything is slightly understated though, you don't have to be hit in the face with a 5 lb bag of coffee beans to know that it's coffee. Late note: as it warms, I'm getting a pleasant vanilla flavor that I had not noticed earlier.

While the body thickens during warming, overall the beer is still a little thin and I rate it medium bodied. There is very little carbonation, but very little is needed.

Drinkability is quite good for this 8.29 ABV stout. It is relatively inexpensive and goes down very smooth, with no hint of alcohol.

I find Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout to be a hidden gem. Good flavor and aroma, good value. The only knock, and a minor one, it is a little on the thin side for an imperial stout. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 17:59:53 | More by kegger22
Photo of HoppyMcStout


3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. I immediately notice that for am American Double it isn't too dark - it ends up being a fairly translucent deep brown. The head was minimal and dissipated pretty quickly. The smell is sweet and has notes of cocoa and maybe some brown sugar. The scent is probably the best thing this brew has going for it as I would soon find out. The taste is a little thin in the mouth. At least it doesn't dissappoint in that it really has some powerful coffee flavors to it. If this brew had a stronger body and thus more complexity it would be infinitely better. But I paid $3.99 for it plus tax - I can't ever recall having seen an American Double for cheaper! Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 03:04:49 | More by HoppyMcStout
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3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured black with some brownish notes, the pour was thin for such a big brew, very small dirty head. Nose of cappucino and maybe chocolate. Taste was thinner, overcarbonatied, astringent, lackig flvor and body. Not a fan of this brew and given the ABV, not very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 21:21:10 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A vigorous pour down the center on the glass produced just a small layer of bubble head which quickly dissipated to a small ring of bubbles. It poured a very dark brown with a brilliant ruby color shining through the edges.

It smelled of sweetened coffee with some powdered chocolate notes. Not nearly as strong as many of the other coffee stouts I have had.

The taste has a distinct roasty coffee flavor but it is noticeably lacking any of the bitterness which makes other coffee stouts come across a little harsh. It also is completely neutral in flavor on the backside which is interesting. Once again many other coffee stouts leave a bitter coffee taste through the whole thing but this one is only on the front end. I like that a lot but I only wish the coffee taste was a little stronger.

Mouthfeel is great. Not nearly as sweet as many others of a similar gravity in the style. It shows no hint of the 9+% ABV. The neutral flavored back end makes this beer insanely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 02:58:59 | More by weatherdog
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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours black with a small amount of quickly disappearing mostly white head. no lacing.

smell has a nice amount of coffee. but still plenty of roasted malts as well as some alchohol.

taste has a bit less coffee and it definately takes backseat to a pretty standard stout malt bill. a bit of alchohol heat.

mouthfeel: suprisingly clean and refreshing for a stout of such proportions.

drinkability: very much my style. affordable with a pretty well masked high abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 02:40:58 | More by northaustin
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3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting Notes: Stored in the wine fridge and served in a pint glass.

Aroma: Some roasted malt aroma, though not extreme. No burnt character noticed. A little hint of coffee is there as well as a low hop nose.

Appearance: Dark brown with a slight red hue (when held to light). Has a two-finger high tan/café au lait head that dissipates rather quickly. Quite clear and can even see some bubbles rising despite the dark brown color.

Flavor: Strong maltiness with a slightly burnt coffee to bittersweet chocolate flavor. The hop flavor is more prominent than the aroma implies. Slight bit of alcohol noticeable. Some dryness and very slight astringency (puckering) at the finish, which does linger a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body (maybe slightly more full) with a bit of alcohol warmth. Low level of carbonation.

Overall Impressions: Gets much better as it warms and the very slight astringency (puckering) lessens. It was actually hoppier and not quite as malty as I expected. The coffee flavor was weaker than I thought going in (that was influenced only by reading the label). Overall it was OK, but not great (looking back not near the top of my Lagunitas brews). I would like to try it again closer to room temperature to see if my impressions change.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 18:05:11 | More by luchris80
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a fresh bottle because I saw it, and have never had it. States 9.26% Alc. on the bottle.

- Dark brown, but clear... doesn't look too much like a super rich black imperial stout. Light mocha head, quickly down to a mild watery looking stout. Not too much lacing at all.

- Smell is very mild... very light coffee notes, and some sweet chocolate malt... little bit of oats and grain... light bitterness from a mild hopping.

- Like the subtle coffee flavor... though very light, and almost unnoticeable.. nice light sweet touch to the aftertaste of chocolate sugars etc... but overall a basic stout. Taste is nowhere near the strength it states in alcohol.

- Somewhat light bodied, like a good basic stout... nothing too imperial about it here. Little sweet.. leaves the palate watering.

- Very drinkable, and if the brew was truly an imperial and as strong as it states... this puppy would be a 5. But after polishing off the whole bomber rather quickly... I can only guess that this stout is about 6.5% Alc... not even close to the stated 9.26%. It's a shame... seems very watered down...

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 05:08:38 | More by Docer
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3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber split with my wife. I liked the bottle label and information.

Poured into a pint, the beer is black with some brown and garnet highlights. It has a nice tan head with good lacing.

The beer smelled of brown sugar, raisins, roasted malts and a hint of coffee.

The beer starts great with lots of roasty malts, some raisinets (chocolate covered raisins) and faint coffee. I was surprised at how faint the coffee taste was. Surprisingly turns earthy late.

The mouth was well carbonated and could be a bit thicker.

In spite of this, the beer went down easy. Perhaps my bottle was old and the coffee taste faded?

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 20:44:04 | More by Redrover
Photo of indiapaleale


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

I like to start my day with a good cup of coffee and end my day with a good pint of beer. It doesn't take much to realize why I'd be drawn to a drink that combines both! If you like coffee and you like beer...well, I don't need to justify this do I?

This is a limited release from a brewery that has loads of limited releases. Needless to say, based on prior Lagunitas experience (IPA, IPA Maximus, Kill Ugly Radio (a tribute to Frank Zappa), Censored) I just knew this one would be good.

It pours nice and dark and slightly syrupy (it weighs in at 8.3% ABV so its not going to be a low alcohol stout if thats what you're thinking). It has a great smell to it...almost like a coffee liquor. This brew uses Columbian coffee from "Sebastopol's own Hard Core Coffee". My guess is that Hard Core Coffee has some damn good coffee!

The taste is slightly bitter, like a shot of espresso, with a nice malty finish. Perfect for a coffee stout that is this strong. This is a great beer for a very, very cold winter night here in New England. I'd say it goes better with our winter weather than that of its homeland!

Thanks Lagunitas for once again making another awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 03:43:07 | More by indiapaleale
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beer poured a brown color that did not appear very thick. You can see light through it when holding it up to something bright. Minimal head.

S - I smell molasses, coffee and alcohol. Not entirely exciting leading into the taste.

T - Yum, taste is much better than what the appearance and smell suggest. The first taste is a medium heavy rich brown sugar taste that leads coffee and raisins. The hops add a nice addition on the back end to help with the balance. This beer seems front heavy in taste which is abnormal to most beers I'm used to. There is a slight alcohol warming once the beer sits in your stomach.

M - Medium heavy mouthfeel with not a ton of lingering aftertaste.

D - I could have a couple of these, but the richness would get to me after a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 17:18:39 | More by TCgoalie
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New York

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Frank's Beverage in Glen Cove, NY. The appearance of this stout is nothing crazy, but then again, you are buying this beer for the taste. The aroma is predominantly coffee followed by some roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. The taste is of rich dark coffee and roasted malts. It finishes off with a bitter coffee aftertaste. The 8.3% ABV is well hidden behind all the flavors making this one truly drinkable. A well-behaved stout overall, but it's far from outstanding. ~

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 22:37:55 | More by Goldfish19
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big coffee drinker though I sometimes don't mind the smell of it. I used to drink coffee but moved on to tea. Still though, I wanted to give this a shot since I love stouts and love langunitas... Hoping the coffee doesn't put me off too much.

pitch black with a nice foamy tan head.

smells of roasted coffee and toasted malts.

the taste is an interesting blend of carmel malts roasted and toasted malt, and a little bit of coffee in the end. the cappuccino flavor was present but thankfully not overbearing. this was a very rich beer.

seems like it would taste good with a scoop of vanilla icecream.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 05:53:34 | More by donteatpoop
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hell of a nice stout, just bordering on imperial. 22oz bottle from BevMo.

A - Nearly black in color with a tan head.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, and hops. Maybe a hint of chocolate in there as well.

T - Lots of coffee and roastiness with dark chocolate and a slightly bitter hoppy finish. Overall, a nice, balanced flavor, and very tasty.

M - Medium-full and slightly creamy.

D - A little above average, especially if you're going to classify this as an imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 17:28:51 | More by nickd717
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New York

3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Pint glass with a Thin, 2 finger Head and rich flavors of Coffee..(obviously!). The head quickly disapates which leaves you with your Dark Brown brew.

From the first sniff there are strong smells of Coffee and a hint of Chocolate. The first sip taste like coffee..(duh!) with an aftertaste of roasted malts. It is very thin and fizzy/carbonated and must be sipped rather than gulped.

Overall, the look and smell is great, especially if you are a coffee lover. However, the mouthfeel is very carbonated with a strong, syrupy taste. Although, I do feel the aftertaste leaves you with that nice coffee flavor. I don't know if it was this particular bottle that had too much of that Carbonated/Fizzy taste or not. It did get a little bit better as it warmed up, but not much. I don't think I will be buying another.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 00:19:52 | More by truknon
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bottle had been sitting in my fridge for quite a while. I don't see any date on the bottle, but I'm sure it's aged many months at this point. Beer is poured, cold, into pint glass. Beer pours a deep, dark brown with zero head.

Aroma is faint but malty and caramelly with an edge suggesting citrusy-hop bitterness. First taste is like drinking black coffee: neither cappuccino nor stout, but moderately bitter, with a zesty carbonation. Mouthfeel is relatively thin, again, not like either stout or cappuccino.

As far as coffee beers go, this is good, but pretty middle-of-the-road. As it warms, I'm enjoying the interplay of the coffee flavors and the beery flavors, but it's nothing remarkable. A solid B+.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 00:07:49 | More by hreb
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish black.. Nice head.. looks like cappuccino foam... Yum.

S: Roasted malt. Perhaps a little coffee but not much.

T: Very nice, Roasted coffee, and dark malt, ends very nicely.. Very good. A tad bit of alcohol.

M: All around good here.

D: A nice beer, tasty and delicious. Good stout, and I like the coffee kick.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 01:21:12 | More by Beejay
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3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark brown with a decent two finger head that disappeared quickly and left a bit of lacing.

S-Coffee, a bit of chocolate and caramel, malt.

T-Heavy coffee taste up front followed by roasted malt and raisins.

M-A bit thin for my taste, leaning towards the light side of a medium body with a bit too much carbonation for my tastes.

D-One is enough. Its not bad at all, but I can't see myself having more than one. Its a sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 19:30:14 | More by Lerxst
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a heavy dark brown, average lacing and appearance. Typical thin mocha head. Smells like coffee grinds, seems like it will be on the more true-to-coffee side, and it is, but it has plenty of sweetness to balance it out. Lightly hopped for a Lagunitas beer. Despite the thick body, doesn't carry great weight in the mouth and finish, but is decently drinkable if you like coffee. Not a rich coffee bomb, but like fresh espresso. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 03:41:23 | More by damienblack
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South Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This stout pours a dark brown / nearly black, with a smallish light tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving a ring around the glass; lots of tiny carbo bubbles. Aroma is a letdown - sweet malts, chocolate, light roasty notes, not really much coffee (considering its a coffee stout). Taste is also average: dark chocolate, maybe a little hazelnut, pretty sweet, alcohol occasionally peeks through; there's a slight hint of coffee / cappucino that comes through in the finish. Kind of tastes like a sweet stout to me. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, nearly full-bodied, with perhaps a little too much carbonation. Its pretty drinkable, but kind of boring. I felt that this was pretty lackluster for a coffee stout (as there was very little coffee character).

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 01:05:55 | More by jpro
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2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

You know, I LOVE coffee stouts, and I didn't like this stout. At all. Too much superficial sweetness made it taste like instant coffee. Additionally, it is leaving a bitterness in my mouth. Perhaps a hoppy bitterness, but nonetheless inappropriate. My opinion: avoid. Very surprising coming from the usually-reliable Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 03:22:51 | More by goethean
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a totally solid coffee stout. I got a 22oz bottle for just $3.99, and for that price, you really can't afford to complain about this beer. It is a bargain.

Pours completely opaque, dark dark brown. [I don't mean to knock the previous reviewer but a cappuccino does not look anything like this beer. This looks, if anything, like a dark cola as you said. (A cappuccino being a shot of espresso, mixed with steamed milk and topped with thick foam)]

Smells good, and I agree with another reviewer on the Dr. Pepper-like smell.

Tastes good! It's brewed with coffee, and I do get some coffee notes, though it still tastes like a good dark brown beer to me. Hoppy finish, but very smooth.

The mouthfeel I find good, but it's very thin for a stout.

I give it a 5 on drinkability because as I said earlier, for 4 bucks, it's a bargain for a coffee stout.

Pick one up! It's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 01:00:49 | More by steveshields
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3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown and does resemble cappuccino in color. There is a tall head with an aggressive pour.

Smell is light coffee, dark fruit, and a cola that is like Dr. Pepper.

The taste is thin for a stout. Coffee, prunes, and toasted malt.

Mouthfeel is very thin and carbonated for a stout. It drinks more like a brown ale. The finish is slightly bitter and dry.

The thin body makes this easily drinkable and it's not filling at all.

Overall, this is just a slightly better than average stout. It's very thin body and less pronounced flavors detract from the overall experience, but it does have decent taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 12:04:00 | More by Vonerichs
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour just gets half a finger of cream brown foam, this dissolving down to the thinnest coating possible, lacing pretty much out of the question. It's pretty murky rather than pitch black, dark brown at the core taking on a yellow cast further out. Curiously, it's the grapey plum, cherry fruit that you notice first in the nose before the rich coffee grounds, malt, mocha, butterscotch scents spread wide, some sweet scone notes, black licorice, over time a banana edge comes out with sweet baking spices. Full-bodied without a great deal of heaviness, the carbonation as well as generally firm mouth feel ensures that it moves pretty nimbly. The licorice and ginger, cinnamon spice stronger here, as if you're drinking infused coffee - once that coffee, mocha, caramel hits the set it moves more towards a traditional center. Grape, apricot, cherry, pear fruit, an enjoyable mixture. While not bitter, does stiffen towards the end, a welcome textural change. Lack of chewy density might help make it a warmer weather stout choice.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 01:47:42 | More by farrago
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