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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,394
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 119
Gots: 338 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004)
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Photo of Avagadro
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Surprisingly light, with a deep ruby color that displays garnet highlights when held to the light. Head is that of mocha, and of admirable retention.

S: Coffee is upfront, with support from chocolate and caramel.

T: Coffee, cream, and chocolate decorate a slightly sweet base.

M: A creamy texture enhances this brew's full body.

D: A delicious brew at an appealing price... 4.39 paid for the bomber. A little light on the coffee, but it is functional, adding complexity to the beer's natural flavors rather than masking them. Worth a shot!

Photo of n2185
2.15/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a very dark brown with about a finger of light tan head which recedes into a nice, thick layer with some good lacing.

S: Some roasted malt and sweet chocolate. There's a bit of coffee in there, but it's surprisingly weak considering its name.

T: Similar to the aroma, there's some sweet chocolate and a bit of bitter coffee. There is some vanilla flavor in there as well, leaving a kind of sweet aftertaste that isn't entirely pleasant and doesn't mix well with the coffee.

M: Medium body with little carbonation. The beer has kind of a watery mouthfeel that is pretty unpleasant. It ends up tasting like watered-down coffee with vanilla creamer.

D: Unpleasant mouthfeel and not very good taste make this a pretty undrinkable beer. Lagunitas is normally solid, but this is definitely a miss for them.

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

on draft at The Drafting Room.

Cappuccino Stout literally made me think I was drinking an alcoholic iced coffee. The wonderful smells of vanilla and coffee were present. The appearance was dark and opaque. Once in the mouth, Cappuccino Stout was creamy and chewy. Coffee was the most obvious taste- a concentration similar to espresso, with the light sugary hints of cream and sugar. Very drinkable! Enjoyed this one quite a bit...

Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.73/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Split a 22oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Looks like a double stout should look. It is dark brown with a nice white head.

S: Roasted barley is big, but the overwhelming flavour here is COFFEE. It is a pleasant smell though, let's see how it tastes.

T: Not so good. The espresso flavour dominates every aspect of the beer. There are a lot of harsh tannin-like flavours that must have come from the beans.

D: Drinkability is pretty low. No attempt whatsoever to hide the alcohol and the addition of the heavy acidic espresso taste and a watery mouthfeel make this hard to down.

Overall: Not my favorite from Lagunitas. This tastes like a sugar and cream-less Irish coffee. It's big, ugly and tough to finish. Maybe it needs a few years to mellow, but right now its not for me. Try Two Brothers "Red Eye Porter" if you need a espresso/black beer fix.

Photo of adamhimself
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer isn't bad. It's nothing to write home about though. A very dark brown-black body with a white/brown head. You can see the hues of brown in the corners of the glass.

The smell is obviously coffee. Its not overwhelming at all. There are some notes of toffee and chocolate. Not a very strong smelling stout.

The taste isn't bad. The upfront taste is lacking, but once you swallow you are left with coffee, chocolate and slight caramels. There is also a slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is the weakest part of this beer. Its very watery and not creamy at all. Its actually quite light.

The drinkability isn't bad. You could rock a few of these, but you could possibly get tired of them after 2 or 3.

Photo of Dlish
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pour deep brown color, not black. Little to almost no head, but standard for an imperial stout.

S- Very deep espresso smell. Like deep black coffee grounds after its been brewed. Still there is a refreshing Vanilla flavor in the background I assume from the malt profile.

T- Wow, that is a cappuccino stout. It is a very burnt deep bitter coffee flavor that floods the tongue. There is a fruity flavor, it might be a vanilla flavor. There is def not bitterness from the hops, which explains the low IBU count, I expected more than 30. The coffee I think makes the bitterness and why this beer is able to get away with that.

M- The carbonation, nothing great. Although the flavor is good, they don't blend well enough, and add a flavor that goes up and down.

D- Its a heavy beer, and that bitter coffee flavor is pronounced (makes since its a coffee stout) But it could be blended better, to make it more stout than cappuccino. If you are looking for a pronounced coffee beer than this will do great.

Photo of EricCioe
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep red/brown/black that light can just barely penetrate with a khaki head that fades and little lacing. On the nose it lacks the very astringent, day-old coffee note that kills Bell's Java Stout and Dark Horse Perkulator for me, so that's a plus. It's actually a pretty subtle nose for a coffee stout. Obviously coffee is present but it's deep down, among vanilla and other stuff. The Bros mentioned blood oranges, and I think I get that, too. It's a subtle bouquet but it's a very good one. On the tongue the coffee stands out more than on the nose and the other stuff gets lost a bit, but there is a hop presence that makes itself known. In the mouth it isn't a huge bodied beer and there is a nice prickly, carbonation + coffee + slight alcohol effect that lingers. It's pretty drinkable for a big stout. I'm a pretty big fan and at the price I'm not sure it can be beaten.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Jet black body that setlled in under a slight 1/2 inch of dense,creamy beige head that dissipated quickly leaving scant lacing.Honestly looks a little thin.

S-Strong,dark roasted coffee,scalded milk sweetness
and slightly charred malts.

T-Good roastiness with black coffee,sweetened milk,burnt sugar and dark malts with a hint of dark chocolate bitterness.

M-A touch thin.Medium bodied but lacking complexity.

D-Not a bad stout but not one I would go out of my way to purchase or recommend.

Photo of Buddha22
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost completely black with a red tinge. A little tan head when poured that resided quickly and completely disappears.

S: Took a while to get a decent smell from the glass, dont think it was washed that well. But definitely a expresso aroma that is decent.

T: Is a pretty flavorful stout. Get some chocolate and coffee flavors.

D: Very drinkable thats why I am moving on to my second.

Photo of rdilauro
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a lover of stouts and I love espresso and cappuccino.
The pour was outstanding, dark and rich with a nice golden almost brownish head.
It was easy to pick up the aroma of coffee in this one. My first sip and I thought it was a bit unbalanced. Too much espresso coffee tasting. That seemed to overpower the actual beer.
However after the second and third sip, I started to enjoy this more and more.
When we were tasting this one, we also had a side by side taste comparison with a Chocolate Stout. It was almost unfair to taste this together.
At the end, I did enjoy this Cappuccino Stout. Not at the top of my list, but something you need to try

Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Bold coffee, lots of fruit, coffee oil, some cocoa.

L: Very dark brown, tan head that dissipates.

T: Sweet coffee malt with a dark chocolate finish. Some slight fruity bitterness. Touch of sweetness in the finish with roastiness. Somewhat sweet.

M: Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation.

Really enjoyed this beer, could barely detect the alcohol. Coffee was pretty solid, but there were some off notes that i detected. I'd be curious as how they added the coffee in this beer.

Photo of StonyB
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hi, neighbor. How are you today? Welcome to StonyB's neighborhood.

Today we have a very special guest. His name is Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout. Can you say "Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout"? I knew you could!

Mr. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is a BEER, or more specifically an American Double/Imperial Stout. So when you drink him, please do so slowly, and in moderation. Otherwise your head and your tummy may feel icky the next day.

Okay, here he comes now. He's dressed as a 22 ounce bottle that has a cute little doggy on the label. The label also says this beer is brewed with coffee. That's even better than Frosted Flakes on a Saturday morning, kids.

Now since we don't want to pour the entire bottle, here's a helpful hint. Kids, get yourself one of those wine or bottle stoppers; they cost less than your weekly allowance. Then, when you're not sharing a 22 ounce bomber (of course, sharing is GOOD), you can serve yourself half, and save the rest for the next day. You're welcome.

My that Mr. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is a handsome fellow. He's kinda cloudy brown with red tinges, just like chocolate ice cream with cherry syrup. Doesn't that sound good, kids? He doesn't have much of a head on top, but neither does Grandpa, so that's okay.

Of course, you really have to smell our guest to get a better idea of what he's like. It's okay, don't be shy. Mmm. See what I mean? He smells like chocolate milk, and mild coffee, and cherry-like fruit, and maybe some of that strong alcohol stuff that's in beer. Makes you want to grab a straw and start drinking him, doesn't it?

My goodness boys and girls, what do we have here? Mr. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is definitely truth in advertising. Are you as impressed if not slightly overwhelmed by the strong, roasty cappuccino flavor up front? I knew you were! There's also some bitter chocolate, but there's a sweet lactose (that's milk, kids) finish that is nice and balancing. Have you ever eaten a chocolate-covered espresso bean? It's a lot like that, except here the espresso is on the outside and the chocolate is on the inside. And that's okay. It's okay to be different.

Do you children know what "mouthfeel" means? If not, go ask your parents. I know your Mom and Dad really like it when you ask them lots of questions. Anyway, our new friend has a moderately creamy texture, has just enough carbonation, and like we said, has a great and yummy finish. You just want to keep putting this stuff in your mouth, right? Yep.

It looks like Mr. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is getting ready to leave. Let's all say goodbye to him, boys and girls. Goodbye, Mr. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout! Thanks for coming over!

Okay, now that he's gone, do you think we should invite him over again soon? Yes? I agree. Although he is a strong beer, with an 8.8% ABV listed on the label (ABV means Alcohol By Volume, go ask your teacher about that), he is very pleasant to drink and has a bold, interesting character. I don't think he's going to become a regular cast member of StonyB's neighborhood, but Mr. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is certainly welcome back as a frequent guest. I recommend that you invite him into your home. And when you do, tell him StonyB says "Hello."

Good day, neighbor.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 22 oz. into my Duvel tulip.

A - Nice black pour with a two inch creamy brown head. Leaves a nice layer of lacing all down the glass.

S - Obviously has a great coffee and mocha smell. Hints of a chocolate and just a bit of sweetness.

T - Umm good flavor with what you would expect with the coffee and mocha tastes. Has just a tiny bit of bitter flavor but almost unnoticeable. Ends off with a slightly sweet flavor and what taste like vanilla cream. Really nice. The slightest taste of alcohol finishes well.

M - It's a wonderfully creamy tasting stout. Feels velvety smooth and leaves a nice coating. Full bodied.

D - Extremely. This is a crazy drinkable stout for and ABV of 9 plus.

Photo of afrokaze
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a hint of red. Body isn't too thick, and about 1 finger of foamy tan head fades pretty quickly with some lacing.

S: A rush of roasted malt, followed by a coffee nose that wasn't as strong as I'd expected. Notes of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee

T: Surprisingly, the immediate taste is almost all roasted malt, with the coffee kick coming on strong in the aftertaste. The coffee taste is full and bold, and comes out more as the beer warms. Finishes just slightly too sweet sweet with some hints of dark chocolate, toffee and caramel.

M: Thinner than expected, but it makes this more drinkable than a regular stout, especially at almost 9% ABV.

D: Nice and smooth, the alcohol is present but definitely drinks below its weight. Doesn't fill me up like the stouts I'm used to, which is nice for a change.

Photo of katybee
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this before on draft in a pub, and am sorry to say it doesn't live up to my first impression, which was quite good, although it was also on the same nite I sampled Rogue's hazelnut brown nectar, and maybe that shifted my tastebuds. Tonight's tasting followed a sample of doppelbock and it's sweetness might have biased me. But I can't taste the capuccino!

Overall I'm impressed by many Lagunitas varieties. This is definitely nice...clear cola brown with 1/2" tan head, quickly disipating, but with residual lacing which is nice to see. Very little smell, if anything lightly malty. The taste is balanced...first pour cold, the light bite of hops struck me, more pungent than I remembered. But as it warmed a little open, the sweetness came on, and very light creaminess on the tongue. But overall, malts with light carmelization and sense of breadiness prevails. Pleasant, but more pungent than a flat stout, (although no hef citrus) and I have no sense of coffee or cappuccino. Light aftertaste, slightly bitter hops. Light to medium, smooth body.

Very drinkable, reliable flavor. A sippable session beer can stand on its own.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: translucent black letting some light through. Thin white head after aggressive pour into snifter.

Smell: Roasty coffee.

Taste: Coffee & Roasty flavors are prominent. Thats preety much it here.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth for 8% probably the best part of this beer.

Drinkability: Doesn't feel heavy at all.

Overall: i was excepting more of a cappuccino sweetness from this beer. So i was dissapointed. Still a tasty beer for those who love coffee stouts, lacking complexity to me. Maybe they could rename it coffee stout.

Photo of JizackFH
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap tonight at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY. Reviewed from notes taken while at the bar.

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a light tan head, that left great lacing on the glass as it fell.

S - It smells of dark roasted malts and coffee. There are also notes of chocolate, toffee, and caramel.

T - The taste is of roasted malts, and it has a big coffee presence. There are notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and brown sugar. There is a slight alcohol presence, but it's hidden very well for being 9.2%. The finish is roasty, bitter, and has a lingering coffee flavor.

M - It has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It goes down smooth, but I wish the body was a little more full.

D - The drinkability is good. Its great tasting and easy to drink. Its a good beer for the winter time. I think it would be much better though if it had more body to it. Overall, I think this is a good beer, and I'd try it again.

Photo of Blanco
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

pours a very, very dark brown. almost but not quite black with a very weak light brown head.

smell is heavy on the malt and light on the coffee, I can barely pick it up.

taste has a bit more of the coffee, but still fairly weak for a "cappuccino" stout, although it's definitely stronger in the finish and the after taste. Hints of milk, perhaps lactose?

mouthfeel is thinner than I'd like but has a nice silkiness reminiscent of an oatmeal stout.

Overall, this one falls a little short of most coffee stouts, and I LOVE coffee stouts. While still tasty, the mouthfeel was a bit thin, the coffee was a bit weak, the color a bit light, the head fades easily. It seems like everything is decent, but falls short.

edit: after drinking more of this beer from the bottle, I can't finish it. The things that seem off, intensify as you drink more of it and I just didn't enjoy it anymore.

Photo of gskitt
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with my Pop. Pours a shade or two lighter than black, has some mahogany edges. Head was two fingers thick and lasted for some time. Interestingly enough, did not have a huge aroma, really subdued. I expected a big coffee presence. Taste was huge however. Big cappuccino up front, with a little char, just enough sweetness and some bitter notes at the end. Mouthfeel was a bit thin for this style. This stout hides the 9% rather nicely making this a drinkable beer. Thumbs up!

Photo of CuttDeez
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Great color of this beer. Deep brown with amber notes when the light hits it. Just what you expect out of a stout. I am not sure why(because I had it at the right temp) but not much head on this pour.
S- Nose was good, but I wanted more cappuccino notes.
T- Increadibly thin and light for a 8.8% stout. I was also searching for some more cappuccino flavor. I wanted a deeper flavor out of this beer.
M- Good mouthfeel for a stout. Like I said earlier it was lighter than expected and this made it pleasant in my mind.
D- Drinkability is high. This is both good and bad. I expected more of this cappuccino stout in terms of depth and flavor, but in retrospect it was nice, smooth, and easy. I would have one again, but would not pay a premium.

Photo of JackieTH
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, opaque a bit flat appearing with a small amount of tan head.

Smell: A bit of coffee and lactose, malty and caramel. There's definitely all the right notes for a cappuccino.

Taste: A bit of a let down after such a nice nose. Weak coffee flavor with some light brown sugar, toffee and milk. Slightly chocolately and roasted malt. Very subtle bitterness lends a bit of balance, but overall it's a bit sweet, and too light.

Mouthfeel: Medium, but too thin.

Drinkability: It wasn't hard to drink, but not something I feel a need to repeat. It smells good.

Photo of velosuds
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Paid $3.99 at Capital Market.

A-Pours a dark brown with reddish tones and a two finger, creamy tan head with good retention and ample lacing. Color is a little light.

S-Where's the coffee? Not in the nose at least. I love coffee stouts, but this brew's aroma is disappointingly lacking. About all I get is some faint roastiness and alcohol.

T-Too weak for style. Not enough sweet, creamy malt presence. There is some coffee, but not the more complex flavors normally present. More like a porter, and the alcohol content at 8.8% ABV was too cloying given the weakness of other characteristics.

M-Is a real disappointment. Thankfully this is a limited release I won't see if for long. Much too thin, and it is also astringent. Odd.

D-This is not a bad beer. And, it did provide the needed relief from a very discouraging day at work. But, it is not remarkable in any appreciable way, except good ABV for the money.

Photo of irischmatt
2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Everything about this beer is thin. It appears much thinner than even a "regular" stout, let alone an 8.8 percent stout. It looks almost like a brown ale rather than a stout. The smell is truly the best part of the beer. It smells thinly of cappucino and generic malt, however the cappucino/coffee aroma is strong enough to make the smell generally pleasant. The problem with the taste of this beer is that all of it's flavors are too weak. Stronger taste of roast/malt, hops, or coffee/cappucino would make this a much better example of a strong coffee stout. As it stands, all three of these major style flavors come across evenly and weakly. Because of weak flavor, thin mouthfeel, and boring taste, this is a barely drinkable beer.

Photo of Axic10
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish red with a finger of khaki head. Just doesn't look like a stout to me when I look at it because of the color.

Smell: A pretty nice coffee and cream aroma mixed with chocolate, toffee and molasses.

Taste: Creamy coffee, chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and thin. Takes away a lot from the experience of this beer.

Drinkability: I'm kinda of dumbfounded by this beer. Call it am imperial coffee brown ale and I'll bump up my appearance and mouthfeel on this one. Overall at $5 not a bad beer, but the mouthfeel just makes it a bleh beer. Would try again, as the nose and taste were really good.

Photo of HosP
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought for some friends and they graciously shared with me.

A -Pours thin dark brown. Light creeps in from the sides. Small tan head sits on top.

S - Lots of coffee in the smell. Dominate any other aromas that try to creep out. Hints of caramel and roasted malts noted.

T - Again the coffee flavor dominates this stout. Once you get by the coffee flavor, some slight bitter chocolate and cream flavors come through. Burnt coffee flavors leaves a slightly bad aftertaste.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Much thinner for what I expected or wanted.

D - It was a drinkable beer, but one I doubt I'll pick up especially as a gift. A little to much coffee flavor, but what should I expect from a cappuccino stout. Just not my thing I guess.

Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,394 ratings.