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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,311 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,311
Reviews: 1,175
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 107
Gots: 317 | 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 SolomonGrundy
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly, this stout pours a somewhat translucent, but very dark, deep mahogany. Many fingers of wicked lacing crown this ale, and it ever so slowly diminishes into a nice, creamy blanket. Excellent lacing. Decently carbonated also. Nose is very big with roasted malt. I do get some coffee hints, but not nearly as forward as I had expected. I do get some chocolate notes as well...semisweet...Nose is a bit subtle. Flavor is big, roasty, and there is a touch of delicious sweetness. This truly does have a mocha or cappuccino flavor. It's REALLY like mixing hot chocolate with coffee. Probably lactose added to develop the sweetness as this strikes me as a milk stout in many ways - body and flavor. Very delicious. This is a great campfire beer. It is reminiscient of camping in the dark forest with your pals and family. Like all Lagunitas ales, well-priced. This is definitely worth tracking down.

What I like most: The wonderful, slightly sweet and creamy flavor profile.

What I like least: The subtle nose.

Verdict: Very nice and worth the price.

SolomonGrundy, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a medium dark, brown color. For the style this misses. A thin off white head doesn't help its cause in appearance.

Aroma picks things up a bit. Slight caramel and chocolate, a bit of coffee richness. Some roasty characters. Still, nothing is powerful or screams out for attention. This can be good.

The flavors lack some punch. Coffee is a bit weak, yet dominates. Cocoa and caramel take a back seat. Sweetness in the middle. Finish is just that, nothing too attentive here.

Overall this doesn't live up the style. The alcohol is well hidden, but the flavors just don't pop. Maybe it's my interpretation of the style. Either way, it's a nice beer, but I won't go back to it. Plus, I'm not much of a coffee guy.

Mebuzzard, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of BigB415
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red into my 22oz glass. Had a good amount of head that dissipated quickly. On the nose I get the coffee that was used in this beer and it's very nice. When I take a sip I get more of the coffee but it's mellow and lingers on your palate. This beer is a winter release and I can see why, it'll be nice to sip on this while sitting next to a fire on a cold night.

BigB415, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 2009 I put back.
appearance: More of a deep copper than a black stout. Not much of a head to speak of.
smell: Cappuccino for sure, with some mysterious spice balanced with something sweet. Very nice.
taste: As good as the nose predicts. This is nice and amazingly smooth.
mouthfeel: med creamy body, light carbonation.
drinkability: Wow, for a 9%+ and an intense cappuccino this is remarkably smooth.

cindyjeffsmith, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Keffa
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a date-less 22oz bomber into a large pils glass.

A: Poured a dark brown with ruby red highlights, very little head that settled into a small ring on the edges and a little patchiness in the middle. Not bad, but I've seen better.

S: Meh, nothing here other than some slightly sweet caramel malt and roasted malt, a little coffee/cappuccino, and I smell a slightly sour, cherry like edge. This might be trouble...

T:... But it isn't. The coffee isn't in your face like some stouts I've had (Stone IRS, Old Rasputin, FBS) but it's there, and the roasted malt and caramel malt are nice. There is a very faint herbal hop towards the finish, but otherwise, this one is good, if not a bit bland.

M: This one has an incredible body that belies it's ABV and it's style. For this to be a coffee based stout of almost 10%, this one is so very smooth, well carbonated and finishes so well that it carries into the drinkability. Read on...

D: Very easy to drink. The light/medium body on this, coupled with the smooth flavors inside, and lack of real bitterness make this a dangerous drinker. I'm sipping it for that very reason.

This is an alright beer. The aroma needs some work, and the taste could use some boosting (a little bit more coffee flavor, perhaps), but otherwise, it's a very easy to drink beer. Beware it's ABV though. It's dangerous to have more than a bomber or 2 in a night.

Keffa, Oct 26, 2010
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near opaque deep brown with mahogany highlights. Big frothy tan head. Nice thick espresso laces.

Dark roast espresso. Toasty caramel/candi sugar. Some dark fruit, earthiness, and nuttiness in the background. Not much hop presence to speak of.

Roasty coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Toasty caramel. Dark fruit, earthy, nutty. Great complex coffee flavors. Nice bitter coffee and hop bitterness. A bit of booze and vanilla.

Sticky, thick coffee. Creamy, full body. Slow low carbonation.

Pretty drinakble for 9%. Great complex coffee flavor. Like a spiked black iced espresso.

Consumed mid March 2010.

CHILLINDYLAN, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a really dark brown almost black, no light coming through. Provides a thick tan foam head with some nice lacing.

S: Big amounts of roasted dark coffee, chocolate and some vanilla. Really sweet tasting and inviting.

T: It is a very bitter coffee stout. You do get the chocolate and dark roasted coffee, but the bitterness seems to over power.

M: Leaves a very bitter taste on the palate.

D: Interesting brew. A high ABV and a bitter brew makes this a one and done for me, but it is worthy of a try.

IronCitySteve, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into Trois Pistoles goblet. From notes.

A - Lighter black with some dark brown edging when held up to light. Dirty sand colored head that did not stick around long.

S - Roasty malted coffee, alcohol, and maybe some spice and currants

T - Relatively well blended, roast coffee. Slight alcohol heat with a touch of hop bitterness and raisins/currants. I actually picked up a bit of pepper too.

M - Dry finish, not as thick as you might expect from the style, a bit thin.

D - Well hidden alcohol, not rich, and surprisingly easy to drink.

OakedCanuck, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my second dark brew-coffee hybrid that I've reviewed. Luckily I was able to pick this up on tap @ consumers for my growler. Yum, my friends were happy with my purchase.

This is a tasty looking dark beer. There wasn't much of a head and very little carbonation also. Head smell was all cappuccino and faint hints of the dark stout that lay beneath.

This coffee smelled like a coffee. Or rather there was no beer smell in the beer...I liked the aroma because I'm a huge coffee fan. Problem is I'm also a huge beer fan and want to smell some roasted malts! At least coffee is also roasted. Coffee and stouts/porters have always complimented each other well, just this time the coffee over-powered.

Tasting this beer was at first strong strong chocolate, maple syrup, and what was that last part...? Ah. Coffee. It was hard to get down to the actual stout that I was looking for. For what style this beer would best be categorized as (a "Coffee Imperial Stout"), it had a good coffee taste and a strong coffee liqueur aftertaste. The "real coffee" doesn't seem to feel real when tasting, too sweet for my liking. This beer could almost pass for a watery Kahlua or Baileys.

This beer felt pretty decent, dark smooth flavors with a definite aftertaste that was sweet. It does well masking the harshness of a staggering 9.26% ABV.

I could drink this beer until it's gone, but I guess that's the point of a growler anyways. It was smooth and dessert-like. I didn't mind it as a dark beer in the middle of a hot summer's night, neither did my company. There was almost none left before dinner was even served (oops...dessert before dinner foul).
I would recommend the growler fill, but would not get this beer in a bottle.

ThePorterSorter, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of begforme4484
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown mocha color with a reddish hue along the edges. Almost 2 fingers with of a toffee brown/tan head with pretty decent lacing.

Smellls of vanilla, caramel, toasted malts, and a nice hint of coffee.


Whoa. A biting bitterness comes out of nowhere on this one. Grassy hops notes surrounded by deep coffee and hazelnut flavors. A nice hint of vanilla and this beer finishes smooth and bitter.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with light carbonation. It's slick and bitter.

Drinkability is surprisingly good. I love a good stout, but my heart lies with a great IPA. The bitterness of this beer makes it all that much more attractive to me.

begforme4484, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this thanks to CTSparky.

This is one nice stout. The pour alone is impressive. Dark with a light creamy foam.

S - Smells of coffee. Reminds me of being on line at Starbucks.

T - The taste is nice! Its like having a rich coffee and a beer. I'm enjoying this.

M - Decent. It is heavy though, and you know you are having a stout.

D - I'll have a second, but it might be alot.

A very good stout, and the cappucino is as advertised.

socon67, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured on tap into a pint glass, dark amber in color bordering on black with a yellowish head and not much of any lace.

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla, toffee.

Taste: Interesting flavors, and surprised to see a coffee stout this bitter. The first stout of its kind I've come accross with a whole lot of HOPS. Chocolate gives way to roasted malt, biting pine and a pleasant coffee taste at the end. The unsweetened cocoa mixes well with the hop bitterness. Altogether pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a good bite to it. Lingering coffee taste.

Drinkability: Somewhat aggressive, but thats what makes it stand out. A hop head's breakfast or brunch beer.

Stinkypuss, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of jmdrpi
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bomber poured into nonic pint glass. no date on bottle, but since it's a December release, I assume the beer's about 8 months old now.

A- initial pour into glass is a deep deep brown color, but not quite black, with minimal head except for a ring around the edge. but on the refill pour a little bit of an aggressive pour produced a nice fluffy tan head, with nice lacing.
S- big roasted coffee flavor in the smell, a little bit of bitter chocolate
T- main flavor as expected is coffee. I can see how they named it "Cappuccino" instead of "Coffee" as there is some sweetness as well. Oddly, the flavor seemed to mellow out as the beer warmed, instead of the opposite.
M - lower carbonation, but not as thick a body as expected for the style.
D- the coffee flavors are not too overpowering, providing as fairly drinkable stout. no real prominence of the higher alcohol content.

jmdrpi, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of halo21
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

halo21, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of 4000qtrap
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Very pure roasted coffee bean flavor...though not super aromatic its very fresh.

Taste: Like actually chewing on an espresso bean. Not fake, not watered down. Pure and simple. Rich coffee that is both sweet and bitter up front. Some herbal grassiness below the surface. Gets mildly bitter in the middle with some pure dark roasted flavors. Finish is mellow and smooth.

Notes: Not bad, but not great. A coffee purists coffee stout.

4000qtrap, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of dpnelson1978
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.
Original tasting: 1/9/2009

22 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$4.99 / ea.

S: Smells "green" if that makes sense. Slightly peppery, and a bit sweet. Perhaps a bit like a handiwipe? Interesting. Unlike any stout I've ever smelled.

A: Small creamy head that quickly dissipates over a dark brown body. Slight lacing, and a thin cover.

T: Very odd taste. The bottle states 29.5 IBU's but the flavor has a dominant hop profile. A "green" flavor, much like the scent, with a sweet malt palate and low bitterness. No noticeable alcohol.

M: Low to medium body with medium carbonation. Oily.

D: For a 9.26% abv. brew this beer comes off very light and goes down easy. The score comes down due to a flavor that just doesn't impress me.

O: I think some people will love this beer but I just can't get past the odd hop flavor and the lack of distinct coffee notes.

dpnelson1978, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of TommyW
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark with some ruby highlight and a tall, tan head.

S- Coffee dominates with some faint burnt notes.

T- Again, strong coffee presence with notes of burnt toast and a faint alcohol that is covered pretty well. The finish is slightly dry and espresso-like but smoother. Very nice finish.

M- Medium body with an easy carbonation.

D- One of the better coffee stouts I've tried so far; really interesting brew worth trying.

TommyW, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black with hints of ruby at the edges, and a nice creamy tan head.

Slightly roasty aroma, with more bitter chocolate than coffee. Taste is again only mildly roasty, a nice baker's chocolate bitter flavor, and not any real coffee notes beyond what I would expect from just some dark roasted malts. Hey, I'm glad they brew this with coffee, but it just did not stand out to me. No problem, it's a great tasting stout.

I would never guess this beer at over 9% because there is not a hint of alcohol in the taste. Medium bodied with a good smooth feel. Easy to drink and very enjoyable. If I had not split this up among some friends I could ave easily drank this whole bomber on my own.

ZimZamZoom, May 24, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, dark brown color; ruby edges up to the light. Poured a thin chocolate skim. Laced thinly in spots.

S: Coffee, chocolate and burnt toast and caramel. Coffee most prominent.

T: Bitter coffee, chocolate and burnt toast. Not quite the what I would expect in this beer; I was looking for something bigger with some level of hop character. Disguised the alcohol fairly well.

M: Light side of medium body. Low carbonation. Almost a wet, sticky finish.

D: OK, nothing seriously wrong. Flavorful and smooth.

Haybeerman, May 15, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a oversized pint glass.

A- Pours a very dark brown with reddish hues around the edges of the glass. Not overly transparent but not murky. A good two finger head that leaves spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A dose of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Maybe a little caramel in there as well but pretty coffee dominant.

T- There is something off putting about the flavor of this beer. There is the coffee and chocolate but there is something else in there that I can't put my finger on and gives it an unpleasant taste. I don't think it is due to an infection or being past it's date.

M- Medium bodied but a little on the lighter side. Feels a bit watery for the style. Good carbonation but again feels a little watery.

D- The high abv isn't a problem but the overall package of this beer makes me think that a bomber is even too much of it and I love coffee stouts.

Wisconsinality, May 13, 2010
Photo of samie85
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes; originally consumed 4/26/10.

A-Pours black with a medium brown, one finger head.

S-Sweet smelling coffee and chocolate with some vanilla notes.

T-Sweet chocolate and roasted malt with a dry coffee finish. Really smooth taste.

M-Smooth and thick bodied with low to medium carbonation.

D-This is one of the easiest drinking coffee stouts I've had to date. This is especially true considering how high the ABV is on this one.

samie85, May 12, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark dark brown, almost black, with a really nice small head that lasts for a while.
Smells sugary, while malty but the sweet smell is a bit more than I expected from an imperial stout.
Tastes once again (like Lagunitas always seems to do) less sugary than the smell. A good amount of coffee taste but it is really not a bad amount of coffee.

The only thing I do not like is the very sweet taste, but if you like that then it is for you!

Spineypanda, May 10, 2010
Photo of Aenema
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours deep brown with dark ruby highlights. Soapy, 1 finger offwhite head. Little lacing.
Smell - Coffee, and hints of dark cocoa.
Taste - Dark roasted malts, coffee, slight pine, lots of bitterness. Slight sweetness, could use more for balance.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, slight creaminess, on the high end of carbonation. Surprisingly light.
Drinkability - The bitterness and heat limit the sessionabliity of this one. Not very sessionable.
Overall - A fine, light, stout, but one that could use more malt sweetness to balance out the bitterness in this beer. Coffee flavor is good, but lacks complexity and additional flavor elements. This beer is fine, but not very interesting.

Aenema, May 08, 2010
Photo of reeverbythespeak
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've enjoyed this twice now at Leon's Full Service. This beer had a surprisingly light colored rocky head and body. Dark amber hues were visible in the sunlight. I love this style of beer, so I was very pleased to find the taste of clean coffee leading the way for the roasted malts that followed. This is a fantastic gateway beer for coffee lovers! It's the first beer my parents have ever agreed to enjoying!

reeverbythespeak, May 03, 2010
Photo of Pahn
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Pahn, May 01, 2010
Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,311 ratings.