Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,397 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,397
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 119
Gots: 342 | 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: Year-round

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(Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip

A: opaque dark brown body with an inch of creamy beige head on top. Lacing and retention are both quite awesome.

S: nose is rife with fresh ground coffe beans a sweet chocolate presence is in there as well

T: the taste almost lives up to the nose: coffee, some caramel, bittersweet chocolate in there as well but there is this tinge of metallic flavor in the finish that makes it less than good.

M: full bodied but well carbonated so not heavy and not to sticky/syrupy either

D: one bottle is enough. Kind of a speedway light only the mouthfeel isn't as smooth

Photo of Thorpe429
1.93/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served in a tulip.

Pours a fairly-dark brown though not as dark as I would expect for the style. Single-finger tan head falls down slowly and leaves a bit of spotty lacing. Good collar as it fades. The nose brings coffee and cream, though it is pretty tame on both. A bit of a metallic note hits behind the roast. The taste is strong, bitter coffee with some scalded cream. Not particularly pleasant. Really, really metallic in the finish. Dry with an off bitterness. Not sire why I got this, as I haven't had too much success with any non-hoppy offerings from Lagunitas. I would not drink this again.

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

A - Pours a reddish brown into my pint glass with two fingers of tan head, nice retention and sticky lacing.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, milk and hops.

T - Deep roasted malts, then a hit of hops and bitterness that mellows into a coffee and dairy (cappuccino) combination.

M - On the light side for my stout preference and a little bright on the carbonation end as well.

D - This is drinkable, but it is lacking in body and character. Not the usual quality I am used to from lagunitas.

Photo of lstokes
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark but not opaque beer with a small tan head and minimal lacing, this had a fairly light smell, mostly just a roasted character, and tasted like a lot of coffee and roasted, even burnt, barley, with some citric hops popping through to give a note of bitterness and that 9.2 ABV showing up in the finish.

I am not sure why this is a "cappuccino" stout. I think I was expecting something much milkier and smoother than this, and so the prickly mouthfeel and somewhat abrasive/alcoholic end was upsetting and causes me to mark down drinkability.

Photo of smbslt
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. 2 finger head the color of slightly roasted marshmallow - very nice. Despite carbonation head did not last. Lacing presented but also did not last.

Good mahogany color with red highlights.

Temp 48 degrees F. To borrow from the label... Coffee is delicious, ale is delicious - but not so much in the same vessel. The bitterness the coffee at the finish detracted from the roasted malt flavors. Of the coffee/chocolate blended stouts Lagunitas is certainly the most skilled brewery of the ones I've tried but the blend does not further the art.

Good and full mouthfeel.

A drinkable beer but no more than a bomber at a time. I'll keep my coffee separate and get it from a Thai restaurant when I want it cold.

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

Review was from notes

A- Pours a very dark black hue with little to no head.

S- Roasted malt, coffee, toffee, burnt toast.

T- Taste follows the smell, lots of roasted malt and coffee flavors.

M- Medium bodied with medium/low carbonation

D- This was a decent stout. Not something I would come back to but I enjoyed it.

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

Pours a clear dark brown with two fingers of medium brown colored, dense foam, slowly settling, with rings of fine lace left behind. Smell: espresso, earthy, milk chocolate, sweet citrus note. Taste: big milk chocolate hits first, then espresso, and on into dark brown sugar with an earthy hopping in the back. The chocolate and espresso are there through the whole sip, but the chocolate seems to be the dominant flavor. Exceptionally creamy, giving it a very rich feel that's cut slightly by the coffee. Not crazily complex, just really tasty and enjoyable.

Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a very good sized three finger chestnut like head with fairly uniform bubbles, with some retention. Minimal lacing with a light walnut brown body and some small red hues. Some carbonation visible.

Smell is kind of small with coffee notes and surprisingly some cream. Faint roast characteristics but hidden but nothing even malt like to find on the nose.

Taste however is improved a bit but with a strange carbonation that goes with the coffee feel. There is also virtually no malt presence. This feels like a combination of a weak roast porter, or even to some degree an American Strong Ale that is only noticeable in heat and high abv.

It's actually not bad but seems strange for what the label offers. It does represent the coffee aspect decently though so I could drink it again no problem.

Photo of pumptrick
2.23/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured hard into my snifter. Not at all what i was expecting, brown like neecastle with a lite head. Smell is all coffee. Taste is bitter coffee. Would never buy this crap again. The only reason it wasn't a drain pour, it was my last beer. This pisses me off because i love lagunitas.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It's 8pm, New Years Eve, and this is my first drink of the night. Just back from playing some basketball, and excited to throw a couple crafts back tonight. Figured I would start here, as it was the first thing I saw when I opened the fridge...

Poured from a bomber into a Old raspy pint glass...

A - Poures dark brown with a one finger tan head. Head dissipates fairly quick, and lacing is minimal...

S - Coffee, and caramel. Besides that, the smell is pretty docile...

T - Dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, and caramel. Ends on a coffee biterness followed by a smooth warmth of alcohol. Alcohol you do taste is very smooth, and is not over the top. Just enough to let you that it is present. Tasty...

M - Medium bodied with a mild amount of carbonation. Kinda watered down considering the style...

D - Can't beat the price on this one. Definitely something that I will be picking up again...

Happy New Years...


Photo of SDtastentune
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - No head some lace, dark dark brown.

S - Lager, malts and some coffee back there... not much though.

T - Coffee/cappuccino malty, finishes with a real malty coffee aftertaste.

M - Medium body, Medium to higher carbonation, great aftertaste.

D - Drinks on the medium side of stouts, especially for a double stout (or is it a Double) my bottle states 8.8% Alc., different from the 9.2 stated above

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a sticky ivory head that slowly reduces leaving delicate lacing along the sides.

Has a coffee, malty smell with a decent amount of grains. Some dark chocolate notes as well, with faint toffee.

Milky coffee taste, with decent coffee bitter following. Chocolate follows the coffee, with a chalky feeling along the sides to the back of the tongue. Turns sweeter as it warms, with caramel, toffee and molasses flavors entertaining the pallatte.

Full bodied, the tongue starts to dry as this beer is consumed.

Lagunitas is one of my favorite breweries, and never fails to put out a quality product. I recommend giving this a try, along with any other Lagunitas you may come across!

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

Poured a very dark garnet hue with a medium head. I was surprised this one wasn't darker, knowing the style. Smells of coffee, what else? The coffee is very forward in this one, maybe too little malt body to hold it's own against the coffee but it's a very good coffee flavor. Makes me want to go out and get the coffee they use. Too often, coffee stouts tend to taste a bit stale to me - like the pot that's been on the warmer all day. That's not the case with this one, a great coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit too light for the style. There's a bit of body but I like my doubles to really coat the mouth. That said the great coffee flavor and light body make it seem like I could have a couple of these in a sitting. I don't know if I'd try that with the 8.8% ABV but I feel like I could. Overall a very enjoyable brew, if it had more body (in mouthfeel and malt) I think it would be a top beer.

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer did very well for it's coffee combination with a RIS. I split this with my brother and sister-in-law who both gave high praise for it. I do give it high marks for being a well-done craft.

This is a very thick beer with plenty of hops flavor; consistent with a imperial stout variety. The coffee undertones were not overpowering and for me they were not apparent. I had to do a good amount of tasting and savoring to get the coffee to appear and it was good. I was fearing that the Lagunitas was going to have a heavy coffee presence so I am glad it did not.

Good body when poured and substantial aroma. The alcohol content was not overly - recognizable which made it easy to drink. I recommend it and according to the label it is a limited release.

Photo of mrmiles
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Bruery snifter.

A: Pour is dark brown. Color is black when held to the light. Little head save for some foam against the glass. Large bubbles.

S: Coffee hits the nose first but not overpowering. Some chocolate and tobacco hints. Slight alcohol presence.

T: Taste is as it smells, coffee with chocolate and tobacco hints. The coffee is powerful, but integrated very well. Alcohol very well hidden.

M: Lively and active. It's a lighter stout with nice carbonation.

D: This a lighter stout and very easy to drink. However the abv will catch up quickly.

Another fantastic beer from one of my favorite breweries. Lagunitas never ceases to wow me.

Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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