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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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3,216 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,216
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 99
Gots: 288 | 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 cassanoj


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured into a snifter. Pitch black, mocha head. Thin layer of lacing that fades real quick.

Smells like a coffee stout. Roasted malt, coffee, dusted chocolate, prunes, raisins. Some of the alcohol pulls through as well.

Tastes rich with coffee and chocolate and nuts and a slight oakiness and malty but not super bitter. I really enjoy the amount of each ingredient used. It just feels right.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking. Small amount of carbonation. The chocolate lingers on my tongue.

I thought this beer tasted really nice, which is most important. Everything else felt average.

01-14-2010 23:04:29 | More by cassanoj
Photo of Kopp

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

First off - I am a HUGE Laguinitas fan - basically every beer I've had by them I have been a huge fan of. Except Cappuccino Stout. Don't get me wrong - it's a phenomenal beer - but maybe it wasn't the beer I was looking for. Recently being on a stout kick, nothing has blown Founders Breakfast Stout out of the water, and I was hoping that this one might. Top notch beer with a great dark color, pretty good smell, excellent coffee taste that is medium bodied and very easy to drink - masking the 9.26% abv quite well - just not the beer I was looking for at the time.

01-14-2010 10:16:53 | More by Kopp
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Didn't pour out as dark as I had hoped, and once in the glass it's completely transparent. Body is deep blackish-brown in the middle and reddish-orange around the edges. A small, tan, foamy, head formed immediately, but it dissipated to a thin halo just as quickly. No lacing.

Smell: Espresso, caramel and burnt sugars, and sweet cream. Possibly chocolate too. The espresso is strong, but not overpowering; all of the components meld together nicely.

Taste: Big-time cappuccino, cola, and heavy roasted malt. The flavor is roasty throughout, but it really kicks it up a notch in the finish: very bitter and very smoky. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full with a rich, long-lasting aftertaste. The carbonation is such that the beer feels very creamy, luscious even. In my mind, this is the perfect feel for an imperial stout. I can't find any flaws.

Drinkability: Other than the appearance, this was a very good beer. Share it with a friend or drink it on your own, but beware of the alcohol content - it's hidden very well.

01-14-2010 05:57:41 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of hoplover82


4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

A-Pours a pretty clear, almost pitch black with hints of rose color accents. Has a small/medium ivory colored head that has pretty good retention and lacing.

S-The aroma is very nice pungent buttery/nutty/chocolaty coffee beans with toffee. AND BUTTERSCOTCH! I smell some faint earthy hops in the back.

T-Lots of coffee of coarse, this is my kinda beer. This beer has the most coffee flavor I've ever tasted, very much like the one I recently brewed. A very soft bitterness and very mild hop earthy flavor. Some sweet butterscotchy flavor. Very nice flavor indeed.

M-Has a big silky body and a lingering sweet coffee finish.

D-There seems to be a slight astringency, but it's very drinkable for such a big beer.

01-14-2010 04:41:03 | More by hoplover82
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.13/5  rDev -19.7%

Nose is distinctively coffee-like, especially black coffee (despite the name cappuccino), which reminds me of the Folgers half-caf we are allotted at work (i.e. robusta) which is borderline grassy, oxidized, or earthy. Some sweet malt. Smells very much like coffee. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear dark brown with little head. Looks pretty good.

Flavor is decidedly more complex. Same coffee aroma from nose manifests as flavors, and are expectedly raw-cheap-coffee-like, yet now a tantalizing array of chocolate and malt flavors kick in add depth and wonderful complexity. Coffee edge is bitter and slightly harsh, but once swallowed the lingering sweetness and maltiness take over and offer repentance. The initial harshness is peculiar after a while and begins gaining a raw earthiness akin to, well, dirt. It tastes kind of like they brewed a typical American Stout and soaked used coffee grounds in it for some time. Maybe I'm being too hard on them, maybe the level of coffee is just so strong that it seems harsh, or maybe I just had too many pots of coffee at work today. Alcohol is unnoticeable (and surprisingly high, 1.076 OG??... that works out to about 1.006 FG, and this definitely feels thicker than that.) .

After 1 and ½ glasses I'm left with the unfortunate conundrum of whether or not I feel like finishing the bottle. It has definite merits: nice malt, good sweetness, hellish bitterness, high alcohol I think; and it has definite downfalls: the over-the-top coffee ground harshness. Well I can say one thing: it was well priced at Central Market, less than $5/bomber. If I had paid $10 for it I would be disappointed. If you're into the coffee beers, it may be your thing. My experience with Lagunitas is that it is either impressively good or impressively disappointing... it's like they have two head brewers who are evil twins.

01-14-2010 01:43:38 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of armock

New York

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%

A - Poured a black color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of coffee and nothing else

T - Well they certinaly aren't lieing with it's name cold coffee all the way

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - To me it's drinkability is average there's nothing that
makes it worse but at the same time nothing to make it better than any other coffe beer out there if coffee beers are you thing it's worth a shot

01-12-2010 18:54:54 | More by armock
Photo of birchstick


3.3/5  rDev -15.4%

A - poured dark black with no head. Pretty average to me.

S - smells of a lot of chocolate and some coffee. Not too much going on with the nose, but I don't know if that's due to a lack of head.

T - there is a lot of roasted malt and some dark chocolates with the coffee lingering. The coffee isn't as strong as I would have liked it to be, given it is called a cappuccino stout.

M - a little watery, but smooth. Pretty average mouthfeel

D - This was a pretty good stout. Bold enough to keep my interest, yet the flavors didn't play out as I hoped. I was wanting a little more coffee

01-12-2010 04:59:52 | More by birchstick
Photo of animal69


4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

A- pours a cloudy dark reddish-brown w/ a thick short lived tan cap which leaves little lacing in my snifter

S- not a strong smell, burnt caramel on top of coffee, some minerally and woody alcoholic dark fruit like brandy soaked dates, a touch of citric
hops noted as well

T- taste is similar to smell but with a sweet slightly charred caramel/maple flavor taking center stage as notes of coffee/toffee mingle with a bittersweet darker roasted malt and chocolate, prunes, licorice and a faintly vinous woody/smokey undertone are detected in the minerally finish

M- a smooth, rich full bodied brew, not really thick but x-tra creamy feeling, a decent level of co2 may be helping that

D- a damn fine brew, you can't even detect the 9.26% ABV 'till it creeps up on you, so delicious you can get carried away, easily one of the best coffee stouts i've had

01-12-2010 01:18:12 | More by animal69
Photo of jbone78


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

I bought this beer because I have had every other core beer brewed by this company but not this one.

A- I scored the appearance so high because it does not look like your typical craft stout. brown, slight haze and a light tan head. when you see Craft stouts, these days, you see opaque/black beers with big tan heads. not here!
S- normal coffee stout. toasted malts with coffee nose.
T- meduim body, chocolate, coffee, little vanilla to counter chocolate, nice. Also, little hop character at the end.
M- light for stout, American that is, but full of flavors.
D- I like and could easily drink more than one bomber.


01-11-2010 03:29:29 | More by jbone78
Photo of jhoban19


4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: deep, dark brown with some amber and ruby hues when held to the light. Thick tan head (2 fingers worth) with good retention that settles into a thick ring around the edges. Minimal lacing forms with each sip and quickly slides back into the liquid. -The second pour produces a better set of lacing that holds its place on the glass after each sip.

S: sweet chocolate and herbal, almost minty hop aroma at the outset. As it warms I start to get the coffee aromas I was expecting. Further warming produces even more roasted malts. Some warm alcohol notes are also present. -The second pour (I left the bottle on the counter while drinking the first pint) produces some hints of dark cherries, raisins and vanilla that creep into the nose- very subtle hints.

T: tastes of milk chocolate while still at fridge temps. As with the aroma, the coffee flavors start to develop about half way through the first pint. And again, further warming brings out more and more roasted malt and coffee flavors. Coffee flavors are not bitter like some coffee stouts- more like a freshly ground dark coffee with cream and sugar. The unexpected hops do a wonderful job of balancing out the sweet and roasty malts.

M: smooth and silky, with just a medium body when still a bit on the cold side. As it warms, this brew becomes full-bodied and very thick. Long, sweet finish with fizzy carbonation that tickles the sides of the tongue.

D: this beer could be the poster child for drinking beer at the proper temperature. At first, when still at near-fridge temps, Cappuccino Stout was fairly average. But man oh man if this brew didn't morph into a beautifully complex yet well-balanced beery masterpiece. I bought 2 bottles of this one with the intention of cellaring one for a year or so- I think I've changed my mind about that plan. This beer is good for many reasons, one of them being the unexpected hop profile- I'm starting to think that aging this beer would eliminate that feature to the beer's detriment.

01-08-2010 02:59:08 | More by jhoban19
Photo of ifnkovhg


2.6/5  rDev -33.3%

In a blind test, I'd give this beer a better review -- it reminds me of a hoppy stout such as Bear Republic's Black Bear Stout.

The only trouble is, this is supposed to be a cappuccino stout, and there was nothing vaguely coffee-like about this beer.

01-07-2010 06:14:58 | More by ifnkovhg
Photo of angelmonster


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a thin 2 finger beige head, body is black. Head retention was average and lacing was above average

Smell is of sweet bitter coffee, similar to FBS. Roasted chocolate malts are present, as well as hops. Alcohol is slightly in the background. God I love the smell of Coffee Stouts

Taste is of bitter roasted coffee. Roasted malts are also there, very sweet. Hops are also present and combine with the coffee well. Alcohol is pretty light for 9 percent.

Mouthfeel is pretty light for a Imperial Stout. Carbonation was on the aggressive side. Body was thin and sadly the head wasnt present to contribute to the beer.

Drink ability was good. For such a strong beer it was sessionable and alcohol was very light. Wish the head stuck around longer and the body was thicker. For only 5 bucks a bomber this beer is very good. It's like a poor mans version of Peche Mortel and Beer Geek Breakfast.

01-07-2010 05:34:37 | More by angelmonster
Photo of thequeen711


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Light chocolate pour, light lacing. Smooth coffee aroma, almost heavenly!..taste is as expected, smooth, yet that bitter coffee flavour just blends in nicely with the malt and chocolate. Thanks to Lagunitas for a flavourful stout that is palate pleasing!

01-07-2010 02:40:46 | More by thequeen711
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Looks like a delightful contribution from Lagunitas, dark brown, even black, smooth coffee aroma, doing very well to hide the high abv.

Taste, how can something be so bitter and smooth at the same time? This is some strong coffee, but something, I dunno, manages to roll the bitter and smooth around and hide the alcohol. A great amount of everything in this stout, burnt malt, big hop character, well hidden alcohol and smoothness at the same time that enhances the chewiness of the beer. A lot of cool stuff rolled into one here.

01-02-2010 05:22:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of natelocc787


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

I got plentiful amounts of coffee in this unlike some others. The body lets light pass through it, and the nose isn't quite there. Mild coffee and roasted barley in the nose. In the taste is more supreme coffee, roasted coffee beans and a burnt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel offers very sharp bubbles, almost a seltzer quality. Is lacking a mouthfeel similar to other high abv stouts. More watery like a 6% porter.

01-02-2010 04:48:17 | More by natelocc787
Photo of Mora2000


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours dark brown with beige head. Aroma is lots of roasted coffee with some hop bitterness. The flavor is teh same with lots of coffee and hops. The finish is more roasted malt. This is one of the hoppier coffee beers I have had, but not quite as hoppy as Mikkeller's Beer Geek Breakfast. A good beer with a great, creamy medium-thick mouthfeel. Recommended.

01-02-2010 03:48:43 | More by Mora2000
Photo of BretSikkink


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Served with a tight foamy cap over a dark mahogany brew. Great look overall, although a little more retention would go a long way. Similarly, I like what I smell but I'd like more. I don't really get much coffee on the nose, but there is some chocolate or molasses noted. A hint of caramel rounds it out but it doesn't quite develop like I hoped.

The flavor brings it. Boozy, with tons of sweet notes to balance a fairly bitter ale overall. Coffee and chocolate are notable at first, with caramel and dark fruit coming in to relieve. Smooth sipper with a well-attenuated mouthfeel. Carbonation is right on, balance is all there. An overall pleasant sip and probably my favorite Lagunitas stout.

01-02-2010 03:15:46 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of Chaz


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a dark amber in color, topped with a medium-tan head which quickly dissipates, leaving a ring of spotty lace. Nose is somewhat indistinct, a mix of dark-skinned fruits, light smoke, iced espresso (cold press), a muted sweetness, and a bland rummy / boozy quality. Altogether it's an interesting nose and certainly different than I expected.

Sweet/roasty/bitter/acrid on the first sip, the dark liquid goodness slides down easily after a long day of post-Holiday shopping. Easy drinking for something this punchy, the bitterness and lightly burnt espresso notes bow and curtsy while heading the sweetness off at the pass. Aftertaste is bittersweet, reminiscent of sour apple commingled with bing cherries.

Plenty of booze in the nose as I drink this -- almost gin-like!

A little thin for a stout, but definitely on-par for the style. This one is dangerously-drinkable to a degree, but I've certainly enjoyed more pleasant coffee stouts in recent years. A sipper.

01-02-2010 01:40:38 | More by Chaz
Photo of MOB210SA


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours average partialy dense head that dissipates rather quick leaving little to no lacing. Medium tan head, dark ruby red/brown.

Great dark smelling coffee bean, light chocolate. Nice coffee influenced stout.

Awesome nose of coffee, cappuccino/choclate that is mild and sweet.

Taste, its well.. pretty amazing. Full of coffee goodness.

Full bodied bubbly mouthfeel smooth with nice coffee aftertaste.

Drinkability isnt too high becuase I think 1 was good, but another would probably be pushing it. Its actual drinkability its high becuase its pretty good but as for "amount" drinkability rather low. It would probably be better around breakfast time!

01-01-2010 02:08:00 | More by MOB210SA
Photo of Tone


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a clear, dark red/brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coffee and roasted malt up front, then slight hops and sweet malt background. Overall, a complex aroma, strong coffee flavor, and good body.

12-31-2009 20:54:27 | More by Tone
Photo of champ103


3.35/5  rDev -14.1%

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. A small tan head forms, but sticks around as a cap. Light lace.
S: Light roasted malt. Some sweet chocolate and toffee. Plenty of coffee that is to be expected.
T: Roasted malt and sweet chocolate again. Dry, burnt coffee.
M/D: A full body that is creamy and smooth. Lots of alcohol. A little to hard to sip on.

No bad, but nothing special. Worth a try, not nearly as good as some other coffee stouts though.

12-31-2009 04:18:12 | More by champ103
Photo of BevMoAndrew


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass at about 65 degrees.

The Cappuccino Stout shows a jet black in the glass with a light tan froth, above average lacing, & good retention. Aromas of bitter espresso, smoke, subtle chocolate, light citrus/orange hops, & roasted barley follow through as flavors on the palate. There is definitely a hop presence in this beer, but is well hidden by bitter fresh espresso quality. The full, bread-like texture presents the well integrated, but warming alcohol aspect. The beer drinks well from beginning through the long finish, but I really should have had this beer for breakfast as opposed to an after dinner drink. The reason I say that is because I get a caffine kick from this beer....just don't tell the FDA. Overall, a solid beer that I highly recommend due to it's limited release.

12-31-2009 01:42:23 | More by BevMoAndrew
Photo of omnigrits


4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

12-29-2009 01:58:22 | More by CMW
Photo of kegger22


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

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