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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,362 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,362
Reviews: 1,175
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 115
Gots: 330 | 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 whatthehull
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - The color and carbonation like a porter, head subtle and pretty (no lacing)

S - Starbucks Pike's Place coffee and sweet imperial stout molasses.

T - Coffee up front, middle and end. Subtle molasses, chocolate and honey

M - Light, fluffy and not what I was expecting for this stout. Felt more like a porter, but heavy enough to stand up to excellent stouts

D - This is the Bud Light of stouts. I can recommend this to anyone who loves coffee or stouts. One of the better stouts I have had in a few weeks

Final thought - I was skeptical about this beer earlier today. Now I realize, this beer is great. Proof? Received 82 bottles at work today (I work at BevMo!) and at the end of the night had less than a case (12 bottles). If you haven't had this beer, try it.

(2011 vintage)

whatthehull, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of BikeChef
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't beat the price on Lagunitas' 22oz bottles, so they get a lot of credit for that. Have bought this beer in bottle many times, but this one was on tap, though. Very nice coffee nose and flavor to it. Alcohol is fairly well hid-- this is drinkable stuff, perhaps moreso on tap. However, it can't quite match the complexity of some other coffee stouts.

Note: This beer does not age well in my experience. Loses the coffee and picks up an unpleasantly strong raisin-y taste.

BikeChef, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Homebrew35
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this at a beer tasing. Pours a small frothy tan head which dissipates to slight tan lacing. Smells of black coffee beans, touch of sweet graininess. Tastes of acrid black coffee, touch of espresso, some lingering bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied, light carbing. Kind of hard to finish a small tasting. The acidity is that killer here. $8 a bomber.

Homebrew35, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of r0nyn
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my brandy snifter. Shared with the sister and her boyf.

Pours a dark brown that's actually somewhat translucent. allowing flickers of light through as it swirls in the glass. Quarter inch tan head dissipates quickly, leaving loose, spotty lacing. The liquid itself seems pretty loose as well; seems the viscosity is a bit thin. Smell is full of dark fruits and malts, with mild notes of caramel and anise. Coffee is also quite prevalent, with that just-ground aroma of freshly roasted beans.

Taste follows up on the nose, with a sweetish malt base establishing itself in the initial sip. A little bit of a date and fig flavoring, followed by the clean, straightforward coffee taste. Some mild astringency. I was a bit disappointed to find that it wasn't cappuccino, but just the dark roastiness that I've become accustomed to from good coffee stouts. Still a nice tasting brew all the same. Aftertaste is negligible and hops are not present at all. Mouthfeel is, as I expected, a bit on the thinnish side, with a light-medium body and a bit of carbonated effervescence.

Drinkability is good, with the lighter mouthfeel actually making it easy to quaff. The coffee taste is there too, albeit in a very tempered way. It's not very complex, but it's still got some good flavor behind it. A solid and affordable coffee imperial stout from Lagunitas.

r0nyn, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of jonvan04
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured black with a decent tan head. It had a bitter coffee aroma which was very nice. The taste was very similar to the aroma with some added sweetness thrown in. This was a full bodied beer. Overall it was enjoyable, but not anything special. Good, but not great. It was a coffee stout, nothing more, nothing less.

jonvan04, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of hdofu
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I think of buzz beer on the drew carey show I imagine it tasted just like this. The beer pour coffeish color with a tan head, the smell was smokey and sweet like a sugar sweetened coffee. The beer was bitter sweet with a finish of coffee, it wasn't overwelming just enough to set it appart from other beers, it wasn't the most intense coffee beer but drinkability wise it was very much a drinker

hdofu, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights and a thin, khaki-colored head that dissipates to a slight haze.
S - Dark malt, caramel, chocolate, and coffee with cream.
T - Very close to the nose. There's also a slight nuttiness and a ever-so-acrid burnt coffee aftertaste that I'm not digging on.
M - This is a stout? Medium-thin body with moderate carbonation. Not my thing, I prefer my Imperial Stouts to have a much fuller mouthfeel. This reminds me more of a big Brown Ale.
D - Moderately drinkable, but I won't get this again. Not a bad beer, just not what I'm looking for.

jsanford, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bomber into my harpoon ipa glass

the appearance of this beer is only average, there is a good 2 inch head but its only off white, and the beer is a dark reddish brown when held up to the light, yes thats right light makes it through this imperial stout.

the smell is another story, this has an unbelieveable aroma, the coffee notes are so strong. but there really isn't any malty or roasty notes to the nose other than the slightly roasted notes that coffee obiously impart

the taste follows the smell pretty closely, the coffee is right there in your face, which is a good thing because this is a coffee stout. again not a lot of bitterness roasty malty bitterness.

the mouthfeel is surprisingly light for an imperial stout, and not really that close to the style, but this is a delicious beer, and extremely drinkable, definitely worth trying, but not the best for the style.

rowingbrewer, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of aepb1
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown body with an airy light brown head that sticks around forever

S- Malty coffee, not really all that big though

T- Coffee up front and some sweet milk middle and finishes bitter with the coffee. As this warms, I get some sweet toffee and caramel malts in there too.

M- Full-bodied, milky/chalky

D- Good stout, good, not great

aepb1, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of budgood1
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the 22oz. bottle a definite shader lighter than opaque...more of a semi-murky mahoghany colour with some auburn edges. tan head, very frothy with excellent retention leaving ample lace. aroma of medium roasted coffee beans with some floral hops and dark roastd malts. nose not very impressive. acrid like coffee first on the tongue quickly relenting to some burnt bitter malts. a very long and pronounced bitter finish, seemingly shy in nature but providing enough stature to be held in esteem. alcohol warmth melds well in between the dark roasted malts and above average hopping...balanced and layered in all aspects. rock solid body... but yet the mouthfeel is big and prickly and thinnish in spots. odd and out of place for the style. drinkability is ok...i would like it more if i wasn't confused about what this offering is supposed to be.

overall...this is not a coffee stout by any stretch, but since it's listed in the DS/RIS category...well...it doesn't drink like one of those either. cappuccino stout? well it defies a category but it has more porter like characteristics than anything else in IMO. a good, relatively tasty, high ABV beer for the price.

budgood1, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Burt
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A. Brown, dark amber with a tan head, little retention and loose lacing.

S. Light espresso scent with some roasted grain.

T. Coffee (bold or burnt) that was left on the heating element for too long. Had a bitterness, not sure from the hops or the burnt coffee. Little to no sweetness. Finished dark chocolate.

M. Creamy up front but finished with a drying astringency

D. It wasn't to bad, was expecting some more sweetness from a beer that has cappuccino in its name. I like a good bold cup of coffee and the beer had that flavoring to it. Think it would of been better if allowed to warm up some more.

Burt, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark brown from a 22 oz bottle, with ABV (8.8%) on the label, into a snifter.
One finger head that dissipates fairly quickly and good carbonation, tiny bubbles constantly erupting at the center of the beer.
Aroma is a very nice blend of coffee and milk chocolate and a hint of spice (akin to chili chocolate).
Medium bodied stout, taste up-front is of cocoa/dark coffee ending with a nice, bitter finish.
Surprisingly easy to drink even though the ABV is high.
Worth a try for those who love stouts.

CaptDavyJones, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-review 1/3/2012, 2011 22oz bottle split with the wife into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glasses.

A: Pours like a thinner porter, brown and not opaque, with red highlights...good lace initially but fades quickly.

S: Nutty, herbal, lightly herbal coffee and coffee ground. Light malt sweetness. No alcohol detected.

T: Spicy cold coffee and coffee grounds, earthy and bitter, malt sweetness mixed with a light astringency. Coffee is the primary flavor but its actually not as prominent as I would have thought.

MF: Again, slightly thin and watery like the appearance. Medium-ish body with decent carbonation. Some astringent, coffee-like bitterness.

O: An ok coffee stout but not up there with any of the greats like FBS or Peche, and it reminds me slightly of Wake Up Call though Wake Up Call is superior in my opinion. Still, a good value and an easy drink.

Scotchboy, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
1.7/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottled December 7, 2011. Wasn’t terribly impressed in the past, this year’s is pretty lame. Thin, prickly mouthfeel. Tastes like Root Beer with a shot of vodka. Unnecessary smoke. What coffee is there isn’t very good. A lot of solvent alcohol...a big beer at 9% but has the body of a weak Porter, yet still gets annoyingly sticky as it warms. Lagunitas needs to give up on the Stouts and just stick with the hops...

OK, as I’m struggling to get to the end of this bomber, I think I have figured out Lagunitas’ recipe to this disaster of a Coffee Imperial Stout:

Take some cheap, generic store-brand coffee grounds and brew them with some dirty high-in-chlorine tap water in a coffee-maker that doesn’t have an auto-off function. Let the nasty coffee burninate in the coffee-maker overnight. Turn off the coffee-maker and let it sit for a minimum of 4 days. Then take the foul, burnt coffee-like substance (picking out the handful of dead gnats floating on top) and pour it into some Root Beer. And I’m not talking Sprecher or anything like that, find ya some 99 cent 2 Liter of off-brand Family Dollar Root Beer. Then go to the liquor store and purchase the cheapest, nastiest vodka they have for sale. The stuff that will make the store clerk ask "Are you sure???", and add that to the "brew". And boom goes the dynamite. You’ve just made your own Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout!


Now pour it down the drain...

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22oz bottle, 2010 batch, bottled Dec 1, 2010. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours thin dark brown with a two finger foamy light brown head that holds a good cap and leaves ample lacing.

Aroma is hoppy, yeah hoppy, pine and grass, some coffee and roasted malt, bread, caramel, toffee, nutty, light chocolate. Good strength.

Flavor is some decent coffee, nothing premium but not day old drip, chocolate, pine & grassy hops, some roasted malt, fair bitterness, some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Man this beer is hard to identify. Stout? Not really. Imperial Stout, no way. Coffee Stout, kinda. Frankly this tastes like a somewhat coffee-infused Foreign Export Stout that has been generously hopped. But regardless of what category you put it into, it still falls short. Lagunitas excels at the hoppy stuff, but for the Stouts...not so much...

App 3, Smell 3, Taste 3, Mouthfeel 3, Overall 3, Score 3

elgiacomo, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of caddybuyer
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Love Lagunitas, one of my favorite malt based breweries...never had a stout by them, (aside from Ruben & the Jets, which is not really a stout) so here it goes.

A-Dark red cola like pour. Is this a stout? Pretty brew, so I won't ding it, but if I were reviewing in style, it would not get high marks.

S-Pungent coffee bean aroma. Damn. Some malts in the background and I may be detecting some hops as well, but this, folks, is a coffee based beer.

T-Overpowering bitter coffee. Cappucino? Try double expresso. Bitter, but not in a bad way, more like a double shot of very strong Mexican expresso. Like it? Not really. I prefer my coffee beers strong and sweet, but if you like this sort of thing, you just might love it.

M-Well balanced carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. I'd like to see this beer significantly more robust.

D-For me, I love Lagunitas, but I won't buy this again. They have some awesome beers but this is not one of them. This almost seems like it should be mixed with the World Wide Stout I just reviewed to make a balanced beer. The difference is that the WWS can stand on its own as something cool and different. This is just average.

caddybuyer, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Anchorage42
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark black pour with amber tones. One finger of tan head that receded quickly with minimal lacing.

S- Chocolate sweet notes with slight coffee toast. Light aroma.

T- Coffee and malt shines through with a little showing from the bittering hops. A roasty flavor without being too bitter. A nice short sweetness.

M- Some astringency. Chewy and Oily

D- I'd have maybe one or two before moving on.

A decent coffee stout although the alcohol dominates the palate a little too much to reign supreme in the drinkability category. There are several other options on the market that I would chose first but that's not saying that this is bad in any way.

Anchorage42, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of ms11781
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/01/2010. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a decent sized, foamy, tan colored head. The head sticks around for a while then ends up being a thin cap that stays for the duration. Minimal lacing that ends up falling back down the glass after a bit.

Nose isn't terribly strong, but the smell of coffee first and foremost. Also some roasted malt aroma but the coffee is what is most prevalent. Not overly complex but the flavors that are there really complement each other nicely.

Coffee up front in the taste, along with some bitterness that seems to be from some hops in addition to the coffee. The dark, roasted malts that were in the nose also show up as does some chocolate.

This one has a mouthfeel that isn't quite heavy but isn't really in the middle either. Definitely lies somewhere in between. Stouts with the low carbonation and body of this beer tend to be on the creamier side but this thins out towards the end and finishes a bit smoother.

One bomber of an 8.8% ABV stout is good enough (or more than enough) for most but it didn't take long for all 22 ounces to disappear. No hint of alcohol, but after a while the bitterness from the coffee may make you want to take a break anyway.

ms11781, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of fourplayed
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Brown with maber & red highlights when backlit with thin lite brown head.

Smells first of Roast malts with some caramel toffee sweet notes, some coffee bean and generous hops of pine and grass.

Taste of piny hops first with nice roasted malts. the coffee and sweet notes are very mild. some alcohol comes through.

Full body, lite carboantion, creamy malts, a nice hop bite and decent dry finish and alcohol warmth.

Overall flavors are not as big...namely I expected to taste more coffee. Still this is a nice blend and a worthy brew.

fourplayed, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of silentjay
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown, but settles close to black with a decent khaki colored head that retains well and laces okay.

lots of coffee on the nose with some baker's chocolate behind that. not much else.

flavor again is dominated by some coffee, maybe light espresso, with a touch of dark chocolate and maybe some milk chocolate. definitely sweet, but with a good deal of bitterness to balance that nicely.

not quite heavy on the palate with a prickly carbonation and a nice roasty, bittersweet finish.

drinks pretty well. pretty simple execution, but a tasty brew thats worth the reasonable price every year. not one I'd go too far out of my way for, however. does everything good, but not great.

silentjay, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black into a snifter. Decent brown head.

Smelled of blended light coffee, does the cappuccino name justice. Roasted malts and a bit of a nutty/earthy character.

Taste was of creamy coffee. Slight bit of caramel and malts to it. It had a pepper taste to it. The taste was close to a brew made with chipotle peppers, minus the warming heat at the end. It was a little odd and unexpected but it didn't kill the beer by any means.

Smooth and creamy. Nothing harsh here, it was nicely balanced beer.

It's good, and easily drinkable. It's got a richness to it that isn't in your face. A bit of a middle of the road with this one. Glad I had it, and have more but at the same time I'm not going to stretch myself to gather it up whenever I see it.

cjacobsen, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Thick crowning of tan head with rings of lace on the glass; the brew is a shade away from pitch black. Soft espresso coffee bean notes, with blackberries and blood oranges in the nose. Thick chewy body, super smooth. Hints of chocolate, charcoal, creamy vanilla and espresso beans. Maltiness plays off of the hops even with all of the roasted chaos. Alcohol warms a bit middle to end; aftertaste is more of the espresso and high-alcohol Stout flavor.

Solid, but how can a big beer like this be so drinkable? Coffee Stouts have been all the rage over the past year, though Lagunitas was ahead of the times and near the head of the pack.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks almost black, but when held to light you get deep tinges of blood read, even through the middle. Sort of a darker, light tan finger of head, and a bit of splotchy lacing as I drink.

Faintly hoppy on the nose, with some roasted notes and of course some coffee aromas. Nice, but just not hugely aromatic.

Taste is initially pleasantly bitter; equal parts hops and coffee to me, nice roasted malt notes and hints of sweet chocolate and toffee.

Feel is creamy, smooth, nearly full bodied, but not quite, little bit of carbonation, slick.

This isn't a brew that will change the world, but it's very drinkable, tasty and surely one of the best values out there. Definitely worthy of repeats.

EgadBananas, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of misinformed
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle reviewed 1/7/11. Pint glass.

A- Really nice brown/black color, just like coffee. Poured with 1" coffee tan head that settled to a thin coating which provided some nice web lacing.

S- Espresso mainly. Some of that nice citrus hops that Lagunitas is known for as well. Alcohol at times.

T- Smooth dark espresso. Lots of malts with sweet dark fruit and caramel notes. Citrusy hops are in there as well before a nice smooth coffee finish.

M- Full bodied. Smooth, almost creamy. Not really any noticeable carbonation.

D- I love black coffee so this is right up my alley. Just like drinking cold espresso x10. Not bitter at all, just nice and smooth. Even though the espresso tends to be the strongest characteristic it doesn't overshadow the other flavors at all. Another great offering from Lagunitas and easily my favorite coffee stout to date.

misinformed, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of JPBCrown
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass out of a bottle I got at a local ABC.

A: The head was a minor disappointment...little less than a half-inch height and didn't last for very long. This beer looks like a coffee beer. Very dark and reddish-brown when you hold it up to the light.

S: Hoppy with a hint of coffee.

T: The coffee is powerful, but not overpowering at initial taste. Bitter, woody, molasses...with a hint of bitter chocolate.

M: Full bodied beer and well-carbonated

D: Definitely a hearty meal beer...couldn't imagine drinking multiple of these in one sitting.

JPBCrown, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Erish
2.38/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes. I poured this bottle into a large wine glass.

A: medium-dark raisin color, inadequate head, cap and lacing. My first indication that this bottle is probably infected.

S: green pepper, coffee, smokey grain, molasses. Green pepper seems like an off-odor to me.

T: green pepper, coffee, molasses, herbal/floral hop finish. Again, green pepper is tasty in a salad, but not in a beer, especially alongside the roasted flavors of a stout.

M: medium-weight, silky to oily mouthfeel, light carbonation.

D: I did some research about green pepper off-flavors, but could not find anything in a quick search. I definitely do not remember green pepper flavor when I tasted this beer at Binny's.

Erish, Jan 09, 2011
Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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