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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,237 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,237
Reviews: 1,171
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 100
Gots: 298 | 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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Pahn

New York

3.1/5  rDev -20.7%

22oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half-inch, off-white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing. Pours a very dark reddish brown that's mysteriously translucent. Translucent (imperial!) stouts are a strange thing. Not much lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt notes, caramel, and espresso. What's there is good, but it's a little faint.

Taste: Coffee grounds and hot alcohol. Some unwelcome cola flavor. There's a mild hop influence, which along with the coffee and roasted malt contributes to a high overall level of bitterness. The coffee taste is good. The malt is decent. Hard to pick out much of anything else. Way too hot.

Mouthfeel: Really thin for a stout, imperial or otherwise. Too much carbonation. Feels like a porter, and not a particularly good one. Obviously, the feel is as dominated by alcohol heat as the taste.

Drinkability: When mixing coffee and whiskey aren't enough, there's this beer. Otherwise, I don't see myself going back. I was happy to have only 1 glass and let two friends have the rest--and I'm pretty greedy when it comes to beer.

While clearly not the worst tasting beer in the world, this is nevertheless a disaster. Calling it a stout at all is being generous, and overall the beer is a case study in imbalance. If you like coffee, like alcohol, but don't like moderation, this may be the perfect beer for you. I like both, and I like drinking a lot of both, but I need more to be impressed by a beer. Poorly executed on most fronts. I suppose aging it would mellow out the alcohol, but I'm not convinced there's any reason to bother.

05-01-2010 08:57:45 | More by Pahn
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -20.7%

This year's release. 22 oz bottle-- $4.50.

Appearance: A disappointing dark brown which light easily passes through. Slightly darker than a Coke, but with much less head. The light brown head is thin and rapidly recedes. Some nice lacing does form though. Cmon, an imperial stout really needs to be black.

Smell: Some roasty sweet malt. I'd like to say I smell strong aromas of fresh coffee, but I really don't. A slight hint of that sour/tart yeast twang you get in UK stouts is appreciated. Nothing bad, but very weak.

Taste: Malty sweetness with a decent caramel dose and some definite coffee flavor and bitterness coming through now. The coffee flavor is that of this morning's coffee, still in the pot, that you drink at room temp when you get home from a bar late-- not a great coffee flavor, but not devoid of charm. On the plus side, I taste almost no alcohol, just sweet roastiness and coffee that goes down easy.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side. Carbonated about right.

Drinkability: So overall, a pretty decent beer. Nothing bad about it really. Compared to good imperial stouts, its weakish and boring. Compared to my idea of something called a cappuccino stout, its not very coffee-ey and not silky smooth in the mouth. A bit of a let down, but pretty cheap and worth getting to try or split with someone, as it does drink nice if you don't overanalyze it. Its actually much better than my numbers make it seem, but in reality, its not in the same ballpark as the really good imperial stouts.

04-25-2010 01:55:13 | More by rapidsequence
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

A: It poured very dark brown with a thin, creamy head.
S: There is a moderate aroma of dark, roasted malts.
T: The taste has lots of coffee flavors--which really stand out in the finish--along with flavors of dark, roasted malts and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate; there is some dryness in the finish.
D: It is relatively easy to drink this stout and the alcohol is well hidden.

04-21-2010 23:11:09 | More by metter98
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

220z. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a pitch dark black color that produced a fluffy head. Good retention.

(S)- A roasted coffee nuance behind an absolutely massive spicy hot chili pepper aroma. Bits of bread in there, but this is crazy. Not a fan of this smell.

(T)- A nice roasted coffee profile with a dry cocoa thing and a light spice. Thankfully, that chili pepper thing was just in the smell.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. A good roasted coffee profile and light bitterness.

(D)- A good stout with an unfortunate off-putting aroma, but the rest of this brew is good. A good coffee beer.

04-21-2010 23:03:36 | More by sweemzander
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tripelx

California

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

A - black / dark brown with moderate to thin off white head. Good lacing.

S - wonderful overwelming aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and malts. Hints of raisins could be detected.

T - not nearly as good as the smell. I picked up the same notes as I was smelling, but much more mellow. Maybe a little too mellow for me. I could not pick up an hops, and even the malt notes were weak.

M - It had a slightly light mouthfeel for a stout, at least from my experience.

D - It drank easily and was very smooth and well rounded. A good choice for beginers.

04-19-2010 01:17:57 | More by tripelx
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VaTechHopHead


3.65/5  rDev -6.6%

A - Typical dark brown with a thick dark tan head. Good lacing down the glass and somewhat transparent.

S - Lots of coffee and roasted malt flavors up front. It has a sweet smell of slight sugar and sort of a creamy aroma. No hops detected in this one.

T - Not as bold as I was hoping and the flavors sort of blend together. The coffee flavor is a bit sweeter than usual, I'm assuming it's because of the cappuccino flavor wanted by the brewers. The malt is light and refreshing but retains their roasted and caramelized flavors as well. Finishes with a creamy aftertaste with another shot of coffee in the background.

M/D - Medium body and generously carbonated for a stout. The alcohol is hidden quite well by the cappuccino/coffee flavor so no worries of off flavors. Finishes a little on the dry side like a cup of coffee would but still has that stout texture present.

04-17-2010 20:16:09 | More by VaTechHopHead
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

From notes. Dark brown with ruby highlights, and translucent ruby when backlit. Thick tan foam on top, good retention. Very active, spotty lacing, and kinda thin looking for what it is.

Yeasty and vaguely fruity up front. Some roasty and boozy esters develop. Coffee isn't prominent and could easily be taken for roasted grains. ...later some hops join the mix.

Coffee is more noticeable here as it blends with other roasty flavors and the solid sweet malty backbone. Some mild bitterness in the end. Pretty smooth, if not super complex.

Rich, medium full body and viscosity, creamy, smooth, and with modest drying and a hint of bitterness in the finish.

Smooth, tasty and easy drinking big beer. Not as full looking or feeling as expected. Solid, respectable brew, but it isn't particularly complex and doesn't push any boundaries. I'd be proud to have made it, but it ain't Espresso Yeti. A good value for the price.

04-17-2010 01:46:25 | More by sprucetip
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caskstrength

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

bours a dark brown, some light comes through, a lot of off white carbonation.

smells very fresh. like fresh ground beans. a bit of the hops there too, if you're looking. Some lightly roasted smells too.

Taste is very coffee dominated, freshly roasted. Sweet vanilla there too, some hops to add to the complexity. Not much chocolate. Appropriate bitterness for the flavors. Well balanced, ssssmmmmoooth. Not much etoh noticed.

Mouthfeel a bit light, but it works in this beer. It's not a sweet, syrupy thing at all.

A good coffee stout. Try it, you'll like it.

04-13-2010 20:55:12 | More by caskstrength
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mdfb79

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black, that is only evident held up to light. Light carbonation evident and 2 inches of tan head with nice lacing.

s - Smells of coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted malts. Maybe some dark fruit as well.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and a little vanilla. Coffee comes through a lot more in the aftertaste. Not getting any of the dark fruits I smelled, but a very nice taste.

m - High carbonation and medium to full body. Little bit of alcohol warmth but not bad considering its over 9% ABV.

d - I thought this was a really nice stout. Very nice mix in the smell and taste and I was glad the coffee didn't dominate either. Would have been a little better with less carbonation but definitely worth trying out and I'll be having it again.

04-06-2010 23:08:23 | More by mdfb79
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -13%

22 oz bomber of this year's seasonal release, so a decently fresh bottle here. Pours a dark brown color with a thin layer of tan foam. Never reaches more than a finger in height and does not display great retention or lacing.

Nose is roasty as hell with contributions coming from both the malt and coffee it seems. Some bittersweet chocolate is noticeable and plenty of what smells like citric hops, which seems a bit out of place in this beer, like those chocolate oranges they sell around the holidays. A healthy dollop of alcohol rounds out a pretty big nose, even considering the style.

Tropical notes of alcohol jump out of the gate followed by a burnt, roasty and mildly sweet combo of astringent coffee and malts. Followed up by some toast, hop bitterness and more throat-warming alcohol on a dry finish. I am certainly no coffee expert, but is the name on the bottle influencing me into thinking the coffee flavor is a bit different? I've probably only had 3 cappuccinos in my life and two of those were probably from a gas station coffee machine. Maybe it is the hops, because Lagunitas loaded this beast up with plenty. The body is really not all that full, and I find the alcohol every bit the 9.26% it claims...and then some. I do not find this to be one of my favorite releases from the crew in Petaluma, but I like it enough to buy one more to see what happens in the cellar. I think it might be more suited to my tastes after a year or so of mellowing - chill out dawg!

04-05-2010 22:41:04 | More by twiggamortis420
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +20.7%

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
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

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
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diabecktic

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Drinkability:
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.

Summary:
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
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STEG

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

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
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scottfrie

California

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

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
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OlRasputin989

Arkansas

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

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
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -22.5%

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
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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

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
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LittleDon

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

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
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

Cheers!

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

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

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
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dogfoodman

California

2.23/5  rDev -43%

"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
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -43.7%

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
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brobeerbot

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

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
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

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
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