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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,468 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,468
Reviews: 1,189
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 134
Gots: 400 | FT: 7
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004

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Photo of Jdmpolk
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer pours a coppery brown, like a cola, then settles to a dark brown amber which allows some light to pass through. The head is about a fingers length and colored a creamy tan. The head appears thick but dissipates quickly.

S- There is a lot going on here. Very malty aroma with notes of cheese, chocolate, dried fruit. Very roasty, almost earthy hints as well.

T- The coffee flavor is definitely the star of the show but an almost lactose sweetness brings up the back end. There is a hint of bitter cucumber on the edges. Certain sips have faint traces of soft cheese.

M- For such a substantial front end it certainly doesn't linger. Very soft around the edges with a hint of coffee dryness hitting the middle and back end of the tongue.

D- The coffee is aspect is certainly part of the body, but the brewers seem to have elements of a milk stout to give this brew a frothiness I have not experienced outside of the milk stout average. I would definitely like to have this beer again.

Photo of xnicknj
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at devils den in philly. served in a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black with a brownie tanned head, bubbled film and patchy lacing left behind on the glass.

Decent coffee bean nose with light chocolate sweetness and roasty malts.

Bittersweet dark chocolate swirled with espresso and cappuccino. Brownie and mocha sweetness with a bit of syrup. Dark roasted malt and some richer toffee tones. Finishes with some hop bitterness, dryness, and a light touch of warmth.

Fuller medium body, higher carbonation, decent creaminess, a bit chewy. Definitely drinks pretty quickly, and the alcohol is masked really well for almost 9%. This is essentially on par with other Lagunitas beers, but isn't anywhere near delicious as FBS or WnB.

Photo of Zodijackyl
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber split with my brother.

Pours black with a thin, light mocha head. Very faint aroma, but it has notes of dark-roast coffee, chocolate roasted malt, and some faint hops. Taste is mildly bitter slightly charred malt and coffee. not much from the hops except a slightly green aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit astringent but fairly smooth for a heavier stout. Could be much more drinkable as the flavor just isn't really appealing for a heavier stout due to the lack of bold flavors.

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

Poured black with hints of ruby, nice tan head , very nice retention with a lasting collar and very heavy lacing.

Aroma of roasted barley and coffee.

Taste follows the nose with toasted barley, wheat and mild coffee finish.

Medium body with light carbonation, chewy but finishes silky smooth at the end. Some warming from the alcohol, less than I was expecting.

This is a nice stout, does not have the dry finish lthat I like in a stout, however, this is a nice enjoyable beer.

Photo of daliandragon
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up today at Carrboro beverage. Many things to like about Lagunitas: great price, good to great beer, cool artwork and names, and usually something witty and flippant on the side label.

Dark brown in color with a reddish tint on the wings and bottom. Plenty of head and sticky lace. Nose is lightly roasted malts with coffee and chocolate tones. Nothing overpowering.

Some intense coffee flavor takes over this one in the second half of the sip. Roasted is also a note that keeps hitting. Plenty of alcohol as well, highlighted by the thinner than expected mouthfeel. hoppy edginess cloaks the whole enterprise.

Tasty but not really a sipper, this is very worthwhile. Lagunitas strikes again.

Photo of tewaris
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

29.50 IBUs
OG 1.076
22 oz bomber bottled on 361st day of the last year, I believe, poured into a big snifter on 2/17/2011. Quite fresh for a beer of this kind.

Appearance 3.5/5
Thinner looking and shades lighter than any other "Imperial" Stout and most regular Stouts and Porters, the color was thoroughly unimpressive although the magnificent creamy cappuccino head almost made up for it in it's excellent formation, retention, and lacing. Just doesn't have the looks of a stout.

Aroma 3/5
Chocolate, coconut & banana notes. Perhaps some sharpness of coffee underneath. Later some malty notes emerge, but aroma doesn't seem to be all about coffee as one would think.

Taste 4/5
Bitter and milky smooth, lives up to the name in taste. Not big on the roasted malt character until it gets warm. Long and bitter finish with some alcohol warmth. Very good.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Rather thin but not as thin as I anticipated. Low carbonation, silky mouthfeel and clean finish.

Drinkability 4.5/5
Good drinkability at the ABV. Good taste too. Overall recommended and killer at its price point.

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

Picked up a big bottle for five dollars to pair with grilled swordfish. Poured with a finger of beige head which quickly dissipated. The colour was dark, rich and beautiful showcasing a deep red/brown. I primarily receive the malt and a hint of syrupy alcohol in the nose, although lost on the coffee. The taste is complex and varied, offering a pleasant combination of malt, coffee, and hints of dark fruit. I would have liked this beer to have had better head retention and a smoother mouthfeel. It goes down pretty easy for a cappuccino stout. Happy with the purchase, paired very well with the meal, would recommend trying it.

Cheers , Matt

Photo of Wolfpack2005
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Beer pours a dark brown with a slight amber tint to it when held up to the light, does not really look like a traditional stout. Minimal head and lacing

S-Roasted malt and wheat with a mild cappuccino aroma.

T-Pretty much follows the nose, opens up with the roasted malts and finishes with the bitterness of the coffee/cappuccino beans.

M-Thin and watery mouthfeel with medium amount of carbonation.

D-Pretty drinkable for an imperial stout.

Overall a slightly above average beer, lacks any depth beyond the cappuccino. To me this is more like a dark brown beer that has coffee flavor then a stout. Would like to see more body and balance to this beer.

Photo of ehammond1
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Almost opaque dark brown nearly black pour with a huge foaming and frothy chocolate milk head. Leaves sticky spiderweb lacing all over the glass.

I smell roasted malt, coffee beans, and milk chocolate but its all a bit muted. Makes for a simple yet inviting nose.

A fantastically balanced and delicious cappuccino stout. There is sufficient coffee and chocolate flavor to lure me in for more yet enough bitterness to remind me I'm drinking one helluva beer. The alcohol is marvelously well hidden and if I didn't know any better I'd be shocked to know this beer is almost 9% ABV.

Not as full bodied, thick, and luscious as I typically prefer.

Incredibly drinkable. I want more! And more and more and more!

As a coffee lover, this beer is right up my alley. The aromas of coffee and chocolate complement the beer extraordinarily well.

Photo of vapodge
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into pint glass

A - very dark reddish-brown, sizable head, good lacing

S - roasted malts with some roasted coffee beans -- coffee smell is mild

T - definitely cappuccino, not coffee -- there's a fair amount of a milky flavor; like the nose, roasted malts and beans

M - very creamy, perfect amount of carbonation, not a dry finish

D - smooth going down, but flavors a little too muted for me to be really interesting except for the cream; perfectly fine, but doesn't wow me

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is jet black, with a slight tan-biege head that starts out around an inch but slowly recedes to a thin film of head. There are extremely heavy coffee ground smells, specifically the grounds after the coffee has been brewed. Smells delicious. The beer is initially nondescript in mouth when you first take a sip. It lingers for a second, and then BAM! you get the coffee flavors. Bitter, dark, roasted coffee, with a slightly sweet, malty backbone that does well to balance the flavor without influencing it too much. If you like coffee, you are going to love this beer. I hate coffee, and I actually like this beer. The beer is a bit on the dry side, and crisp, which goes well with the flavor characteristics. The aftertaste is all coffee, and despite the body, the finish lingers for a bit in mouth, just like a cup of coffee will. It never overpowers, despite the strong flavors and the lingering finish. Very easy to drink, and great on a cold night when the wind is a whippin. Very decent stout.

Photo of deadliest
2.79/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Black-brown body, fluffy 2-finger khaki head with good retention. Looks tasty.
S: Smells of bitter coffee and roasted malt. A little synthetic smelling, but that's ok, as long as it tastes good.
T: Damn, what happened? I'm just so sad. Bitter coffee and burnt bread. IMO, needed more sweetness to balance it out. Tastes like a burnt beer to me.
M: Decent, but watery. Not really notable.
D: This wasn't difficult to drink, just overall disappointing for Lagunitas. I generally love their products, and considering how much I like coffee I'm surprised I didn't really dig this one.

If I didn't love coffee this would have been a complete loss for me.

Photo of seand
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very dark mostly opaque brown, with a small amount of light tan head. A little head retains well enough to leave reasonable spots of lacing.

S: Somewhat syrup-like sweetness, with notes of brown sugar. A touch of roasted coffee is also present.

T: Starts with a balanced sweetness but quickly moves into bitter coffee flavors. The finish has a lot going on, including a strong boozy whiskey-like note; this is not a beer that hides its ABV. Some coffee and roasted nuttiness accompanies the boozy finish.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

D: The booziness hampers the drinkability.

Photo of BeerMaverick
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a translucent dark amber...not what I was expecting for a stout, but beautiful regardless. Very thin head that is off-white in color, not the usual tan to darker tan. Minimal lacing.

S - Not much of a smell at all. Slight hints of coffee, but nothing stands out.

T - Pretty good stout. The coffee flavor definitely dominates the taste. It has a lighter taste that reflects its lighter appearance and it seems pretty bitter at 29.5 IBUs.

M - My favorite part about this beer...if you are in the mood for a coffee flavored beer, this is a winner. The coffee flavor lingers for awhile in your mouth and the coffee bitterness plays off of the hop bitterness resulting in a lasting aftertaste.

D - I would only recommend one or two of these because...really...who drinks a lot of coffee stouts at one time? Also this beer is 8.8 % in a 22 oz, so it takes a toll as a heavier beer.

Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Julian bottling date of 361 (12/27/10).

Appearance: Dark mahogany with thin head and very little lacing. Nice color even if it does not quite look like a Stout.

Smell: Milk chocolate covered espresso beans and molasses. Nice aroma but a little too simple and mild.

Taste: Espresso, chocolate and molasses really drive the flavor on this one. I really do not detect much else going on other than a little smoky dryness toward the end.

Feel: Somewhat smooth and creamy but a little too thin for the style. Low carbonation with just a barely dry finish. Warming.

Drinkability: This is fairly mild beer, whether reviewing it as an Imperial Stout or as a Coffee Ale, as even the just over 5% Surly Coffee Bender has more flavor and complexity. That said, it does have a nice flavor, is very easy to drink, and (similar to all Lagunitas brews) masks its high alcohol very well.

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

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an ultra dark brown with a frothy white head, some good lace and head retention.

S: Sweet coffee notes with some dark chocolate, hint of chalk.

T: Dark chocolate, considerable coffee flavour. Fairly bitter with baker's chocolate and coffee beans, no real hop flavour whatsoever, just dominated by the previous two flavours.

M: Medium-full body, creamy (shake-like), frothy carbonation with a twinge of acidity in the finish.

D: A solid beer. Not enough secondary flavours to keep me really interested, but at $4.50 a bomber, it's very inexpensive in the style, so worth a pick up for the coffee fan. Not really my cup of tea with the overt bitter coffee flavours, but I can see the appeal.

Photo of Frosty80
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color: pours golden-brown. sits deep ruby/garnet with brown highlights. head is a few fingers thick with a creamy cola-color and great lacing

Smell: medium roasted malt character with a light coffee signature and just a spec of fruitiness. not very robust but clean and mellow

Taste: light coffee character carried on the back of roasted malt with a medium intensity. like the aroma there is also a hint of dark fruit as well. finish is slightly alcoholic a good charred character

Mouthfeel: low-full body with a medium carbonation

Notes: very easy-drinking stout. not as robust or intense as many.

Photo of mwthomas
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A- Nice dark brown poor. Little head, but I contribute that to the time it has spent in the growler (approximately 36 hours).

S- Rich roasted malts, cappuccino/coffee/mocha aroma is also present though surprisingly not overpowering. I also detect chocolate and hints of caramel.

T- Initially roasted malts and sweetness, but then finishes with the bitterness I personally associate with coffee/mocha. In the end, the flavors (sweet and bitter) are excellently balanced.

M- Creamy but not as thick as other stouts I have encountered. This contributes to the drinkability. The bit of flatness I encounter I probably due to the time spent in the growler.

D- As hinted above, it is surprisingly drinkable considering the style and ABV.

Conclusion: As a non-coffee/cappuccino drinker, I would have to rate this as my favorite coffee-inspired product above coffee ice cream. Lagunitas provides an excellent brew which rates high among my favorite stouts.

Photo of godfathermg57
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice

A: Dark like a stout. Head wasn't remarkable, but that may have been how I poured it.

S: Can smell malt and lots of chocolate and coffee. The cappuccino smell isn't too overpowering as I feared it might be.

T: Like the smell, this actually tastes less cappuccino-ey than I expected (reading from previous reviews). Still a defined coffee taste and a good chocolate malt taste to round it out.

M: Thick like a stout, but nothing overly cloying. It's not a remarkable feel but fits the style fine.

D: Jeez for ~9% alcohol and a few bucks this is definitely drinkable. It can be drunk slowly or gulped down since the flavors are not too complex and the bitterness is toned down. Really for the price point and compared to other Imperial Stouts, this is a solid buy. It's not the best IS ever, but certainly one of the best price/quality stouts.

Photo of rudzud
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle at Julio's. Definately in a stout mood. My bottle says 8.8%.

A - A nice dark dark pour. Moreso a dark brown as opposed to a oily black. Atop this sat a nice fluffy two finger head that faded at a good pace leacing a nice halo and good cloud.

S - Some nice coffee aromas here. Not really creamy but a roasty black coffee smell along with the roasted malts. Picking up some light chocolate notes too.

T - Much like the nose this has a good coffee flavour. Its not too up front, which is too bad. Doesnt have any bitter issues that one gets with black coffee. There are some nice roasted malt qualities to round this out. The alcohol his present on the tongue.

M - A bit too carbonation for me. Not as smooth/creamy as a stout normally is, especially one that has this high of an ABV. Alcohol is of course present here.

D - This isnt a bad stout, no, but its just a little off for me. Getting more of the bitter notes of coffee than the aromatic qualities. The carbonation also throws this one off for me. Perhaps with some aging it would get creamier but right now, I'd rather have a different one.

Photo of victory4me
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a thin porter-like dark brown. Not quite black and light certainly passes through. Two fingers of head dissipates quickly. Aroma is promising, roasted malts, bitter coffee and a sweet milky backbone. I'm expecting a cross between a milk stout and a strong coffee stout.

Not a bad tasting beer by any means, but not quite up to the standards my expectations from the aroma had set. Bitter chocolate and coffee with a sweet malty backbone. Where this is really lacking is the mouthfeel. The greatest thing about a cappuccino is the silky smooth and thick mouthfeel. This beer does not capture that, the feel is very watery and thin. More like a typical coffee porter.

A good beer and worth drinking, but does not live up to the expectations of it's name.

Photo of Khazadum
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Creamy cap that never dissipates, beautiful screen of lacing starts to develop. Extremely dark body with some mud hues to it. Low carbonation, but doesn't need it since it never truly dissipates below the centimeters of froth.

S- Strong bitterness of black coffee, but behind that is this delicious roasted character the reminds you of the brewing process. Some sweet character to it behind that but strongly roasted grain of a typical stout. Some minor burnt character to it and oxidized metal.

T- Opens bitter black coffee, but quickly the background starts to percolate and rise forth from the background. Some burnt grain brings out an acrid nature as a second dominant player. As this fades out the bitter of the coffee remains for a finish.

Some secondary players are an ethanolic presence, a nice roasted coffee flavor, and an odd berry sweetness.

M- Thin and watery. Gritty. Strong lingering powers, very crisp in the first quarter that distracts. The leftover residue that does show up on the lips is amazing coffee candy at least.

D- Seems to fall apart in the second half. Really a tough beer to drink if you take the time to think about it. The flavors aren't that great, the feelings are nothing amazing, and it just feels like a lackluster attempt at a commonly loved style. I guess I'd have to say I'd never drink it again.

Photo of mjurney
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby red color, see through. I could see some carbonation. Head looks fairly creamy.

Coffee, roasted malts, slight earthy.

Fresh coffee, roasty, hint of milk chocolate. There some bitter hops at the end. I notice there some hint of black pepper in the taste. Medium-light body. Carbonation is very stinging.

Bitter finish, dry roasted aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
Taste alright, but a little too watery and too much carbonation.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch-black with thick,white creamy head leaving impressive sticky lacing. Smells of coffee,toffee,thick dark chocolate, taste comes through identically with rich creamy maltiness,medium bodied.

Very tasty, maybe not the best stout/Imperial stout, but very rich in flavor and body. Better than Guinness, meets and exceeds the American stout style, worth the bucks and try.

A very good West Coast-style stout. Makes me proud to be born in CA/the West Coast.

Photo of Avagadro
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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