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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,156 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,156
Reviews: 1,167
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 91
Gots: 277 | FT: 2
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:
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(Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004)
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Photo of Mazeraski

New York

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A - Pours an inky black with a dark brown-edged tint, along with a thin light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a slight bit of lacing around the glass.

S - Roasted coffee beans and toasted malt hit the nose first, followed by hints of molasses and caramelized sugars.

T - A wave of bold coffee combined with the molasses wash over the tongue shortly followed by a general creaminess in concert with a small hit of hops. The coffee and molasses stay throughout the sip, with the creaminess leaving a very satisfying feel.

MF - Full-bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. One of the creamiest and smoothest stouts I've had since first tasting Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

D - Overall, the smoothness makes this quite drinkable, however, an ABV on the higher end as well as a slight heaviness on the stomach take the drinkability down a peg.

Notes - In general, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, with it being only the 2nd beer I've sampled that comes close to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout concerning the characteristics of smoothness and creaminess (Stone's Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout being the 1st). On the whole, a great brew that earned quite a bit of my respect for Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 01:47:10 | More by Mazeraski
Photo of DannyS

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, poured from a bottle.

A - Powerfully black color with little or no head and barely any light coming through

S - Yeasty with black coffee and chocolate, great for a stout

T - Lots of dark chocolate and black coffee with a strong, yet quickly dissapating, bitter taste

M - thick and substantial, an appropriate feel for a stout.

D - One 22 oz. bottle with an 8% ABV is not conducive to continuous drinking. Would not recommend more than that.

Overall, a worthy choice for stout lovers and coffee lovers alike. It's quick to punch with bitterness, but it goes away quick enough to remain drinkable through the entire bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 21:44:16 | More by DannyS
Photo of karlf


2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was really interested in trying to beer because I really enjoyed stouts and the cappuccino addition sounded good. So I gave it a shot because the bar i was at had it on tap. The pour was a very dark brown color. The smell had some interesting aspects such as a coffee and chocolate. Unfortunately once I started to drink the beer I felt it had a strange bitter after taste that I just could not get past. I also didnt really get the strong cappuccino flavor i was hoping for.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 18:12:43 | More by karlf
Photo of joerodiii

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours with 1/4 inch of head that rapidly disappears and leaves no lacing. This is probably the least black of any stout I have ever seen...it looks more like a schwarzbier.

I am finding the hops to be the predominant aroma with a bit of malty sweetness and a slight amount of chocolate.

The flavor is definitely a voyage. The first thing I taste is citrusy hops. One of the few cascade-haters, I was immediately turned off, but hey, 22 oz of beer to finish. As the beer works its way towards the back of the mouth, different flavors reveal themselves...some roastiness, some maltiness, and finally, a predominant coffee flavor. With each sip, the hops became less offensive to me, and I really started to enjoy this beer. It is oddly balanced, although not all at once.

The mouthfeel is not stouty at all; it's more like a brown ale. In fact, the entire beer should be called a cappucino brown.

As I finished this beer, I found myself wanting another.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 01:00:21 | More by joerodiii
Photo of CoolJosh


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks treyrab for whipping this one out a tasting.

Black with a pretty decent white head that dissolves fastttt, a little see through around the around the top and edges.

Tons of oats and chocolates, great smoothed out coffee aromas. Smells like a really creamy cup of coffee.

Incredibly creamy whole milk flavor that leads into a bum rush of bitter coffee and chocolate

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 05:53:24 | More by CoolJosh
Photo of nasty15108

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

A - Poured a deep brown, almost black color with ruby hues, it looked a lot like rootbeer. The pour produced a thin head of tan foam the quickly subsided into a soapy film. Minimal lacing.

S - Slighty smokey with hints of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Tastes a bit salty.

T - Lots of vanilla and smoke with hints of strong old coffee. Finishes off bitter and slightly dry with a good amount of alcohol.

MF&D - A little thinner than I would have liked, but not bad. Lots of alcohol make this one a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 23:24:54 | More by nasty15108
Photo of Chelsea1905


3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, like many others, this isn't that much of a cappuccino stout. Tastes a little more like a porter, but to be honest no that much coffee in there

It poured nice and dark, mild brown around the edges when held up to the light. Ver small brown/off white head that laces very minimal.

Smells like Molases and a beef stock. Little bit of coffee in there, but not much. Roasted to burnt malts in the background.

tastes like it smells, almost like a beef broth with coffee added in for a little measure. The aftertaste is of a dark rich malt, but really not much coffee to my palate.

Has a decent mouthfeel, but as a stout, for me, is far too bubbly, most stouts are smooth on the palate.

Drinks fine, but not the best. Hides it's 8.6% well

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 04:13:49 | More by Chelsea1905
Photo of froghop


3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a ruby tint when held up to the light, small creamy tan head that goes away quickly, nice lacing.

smell is sweet, coffee, malt, cocoa, touch of vanilla, and a touch of caramel.

taste is smooth, malt, dark chocolate, a small touch of coffee, some caramel, a touch of roasted nuts, ends slightly bitter and somewhat dry.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 17:04:31 | More by froghop
Photo of ballenc


2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber brown, thin tan head, no lacing or retention

S - Toasted grains, malty, no coffee at all, hint of dried fruit and licorice

T - Quite disappointing. No coffee taste/flavor at all. Almost like a higher octane brown ale than a typical stout. I wouldn't even consider this a weak porter.

M - Pretty thin for a stout. Slight alcohol burn with considerable carbonation.

D - Almost 9% ABV. Not a bad beer but it seems like false advertising. No coffee that I could taste (or smell) and not really a stout. It did get a bit better as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 17:54:07 | More by ballenc
Photo of Gehrig


4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For many months, I've perused the shelves of the sterling Sun Singer, mulling various selections but, until today, passing by Cappuccino Stout. Why I did for so long I don't know. The price was all right. I like Lagunitas a lot. I also like coffee and coffee-flavored beer. Shame on me for not only passing up on this offering, but also for lacking an adequate excuse for doing so.

One and one-half fingers of mocha tan froth rest atop a rich mahogany brown body with ruby trim. Good duration and dense lacing provide an excellent appearance. There is just no getting around the dense coffee aroma that protrudes from Cappuccino Stout--a good if somewhat overpowering aroma to start but not to finish. What is impressive about this Stout is, as the beer warms, fruity aromas emerge--orange rind, perhaps some lemon to which the taste nods. There is more to this Stout than initially meets the nose.

I'm very fond of the taste, which not surprisingly follows the progression to which the nose alludes. Lots of coffee accosts the palate to start, but the second half is a complex and delicious amalgam of coffee and fruit, with no shortage of caramel and molasses. This is really delicious beer.

The malty texture does this a hearty favor, though I wouldn't mind a bit more effervescence. It also has a dense viscous quality that doesn't exactly render this a sipper, but doesn't make it one to quaff by any means, either. This is a great beer to enjoy by a fire on a cold winter's night, or one to pour to follow a rich, enjoyable dinner. It is bold and diverse enough to serve a few different roles.

Very good beer from Lagunitas, a distinct Imperial Stout to which I'll gladly return.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 06:52:03 | More by Gehrig
Photo of everetends


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle I picked up at Arbor Place beverage. Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-thick dark ass brown. Held to the light has some deep brown colors with really nice ruby highlights coming through. A vigourous pour actually yielded little head to mention. Zero lacing from this one. Kind of a let down.

S: The smell is a bit weak. Only some roasted malt and coffee coming through. There is also a bit of a strange smell coming out. Kinda smells like when a wine sours or resembling malted vinegar. I know that sounds terrible but it is light and in the background. It puts you off a bit but it doesn't totally kill the beer.

T: Taste makes up some ground from the look and aroma. Really nice heavily roasted malts coming through with some brown sugar and caramel. The coffee is really pleasant and tasty. The coffee dominates but is not overpowering or cloying. There is also a touch of nice nuttiness, maybe hazelnut. Finally there is a touch of cream coming out as well.

M: Full bodied brew that is actually pretty thick and viscous. I wasn't expecting something quite this thick for some reason. Still has a touch of bubbly carbonation to it that makes this a somewhat easy drinker. ABV is light on the palate and doesn't really have to heavy of a burn. Aftertaste is mostly of coffee and malt.

D: This is a decent brew that has some ground to make up in the fields of look and aroma. The shocking part is that the aroma really doesn't kill the taste. The aroma does make me not want another but it wasn't too bad finishing off the glass that I had. Not a bad beer and I will revisit this one later.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 06:51:33 | More by everetends
Photo of kevinphish


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, poured into a bubbled imperial pint. Excellent, thick, tight tan head that does dissipate a bit to a thin veil of lingering wisps of foam.

Color is transparent, and a deep, ruby brown, that from appearance is rather un-stout like.. (Picture a pot of coffee sitting in the carafe- clear brown like that but with a definite red tea tinge)

Aroma is strong in astringent coffee, roast, some sweet chocolate malts, brown sugar playing about..

Flavor is a round, creamy, rich coffee blast that meanders towards some almond, hazelnut, and walnut flavors, and finishes with a deep coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side (especially for stout territory), but is common with coffee brews, depending on how its extracted (ie dumping brewed coffee into the mix..).. The alcohol is well hidden, (8% ? ? ) and does the trick..

A nice, enjoyable, fun brew from Lagunitas-- i'd just love to see this as a thicker, richer stout as this one is more in the porter realm for me..

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 23:53:43 | More by kevinphish
Photo of MinorThreat


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber

A- Super dark dense looking body with a nice off white head. Head shrinks down to a skim with minimal lacing.

S- I get some funky vinegar scent with the booze and roasted malt. I hope I didn't get a bad bottle.

T- nice roasty chocolate flavor with a subtle cappuccino background that balances well with the roasted malts and chocolate. I do get a slight medicinal hint in the back. I think my bottle might be on the verge of being good, did not downgrade my rating for this. ABV is well hidden.

M- One of the best I have ever had. Super soft and silky, awesome.

D-Fairly high for the ABV, a nice brew.

I get the feeling there was something in the bottle I got that the brewer had not wanted in there (contamination?). I did not downgrade my rating. I think a good bottle of this might be boardering on amazing. Try it if you get a chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 23:20:46 | More by MinorThreat
Photo of SShelly


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my 02 anchor christmas pint glass.

Pours a deep red color with thin offwhite head, no retention.

Very light aroma of roast and coffee, no hops or malt detectable.

Creamy flavor that is filled with sweet coffee, slightly astringent with a little bit of cloying that sticks around on the pallet. Slightly out of balance but good coffee in this.

This beer is interesting, not sure ill buy it again, but probably wouldnt turn down a bottle if it showed up in front of me.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 01:59:16 | More by SShelly
Photo of RJLarse


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Cappuccino Stout at a small grocery store. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a dark brown coffee color, with translucent brown sugar colored hues when held up to the light. Modest tan head sticks to the glass.

Smell is a pungent sweet aroma, a combination of coffee and caramel perhaps?

Taste is a sharp and bitter chocolate flavor, with a little caramel or hazelnut sweetness on the swallow, with a charcoal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, perhaps a bit thin, with a touch of alcohol heat.

Drinkable for an imperial stout, but not necessarily sessionable. My bottle says the ABV is 8.29%. It's not an everyday sort of brew, but great on a cold snowy winter day. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 23:32:47 | More by RJLarse
Photo of monkeylovebeer


4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally, a local brewery gets around to combining two of the best things in the world: coffee and beer. Throw in some cold pizza and Chinese food and bachelors all over the world would have this for breakfast.

This limited release from the folks at Petaluma's Lagunitas Brewing Co. adds plenty of Hard Core Coffee from Sebastopol, lending it nice, dark Columbian notes that mellow the slight alcohol finish. As an 8.3 percent brew, maybe this one is a little strong for breakfast after all.

The beer is pretty translucent for a stout, looking more like an iced coffee whose cubes have melted. It pours with a quickly dispersing cappuccino-colored head with a beautiful brown body fading to tobacco sunburst around the penumbra.

Living in Marin County, I fully appreciate how spoiled I am by living down the road from Lagunitas. They really have a knack for producing big, strong brews that make a statement but don't overpower. I haven't met one of their offerings I haven't loved and I'm looking forward to giving this one another try.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 22:47:57 | More by monkeylovebeer
Photo of Jayli


3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep brown with some mahogany hues. A small, light tan, quite foamy head with no head retention. Also, no lacing to speak of. Aromas of toasted malt with a sweet caramel scent. Alcohol is notiacble, but not overpowering. Thick flavors of cream, chocolate and toasty malt. There is no cappuccino or coffee flavoring that is noticable. Given that this is a Cappuccino stout, the lack of flavoring on the coffee/cappucino side highly disappointing. Mouthfeel - left a thick, creamy coating. Alcohol is well disguised. It's an ok beer, certainly not a cappucino stout in my opinion. I wouldn't go looking for this beer, nor would I purchase it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 03:33:29 | More by Jayli
Photo of troutmask96


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bit more translucent that other imperial stouts; mouthfeel not quite as thick. But that doesn't mean that this limited release is short on taste. The coffee is prominent, as well as chocolate and cream. At 8.9, it sure goes down smoothly. Like all Imperials, let this one warm a bit, and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 02:26:35 | More by troutmask96
Photo of wavenger


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark, with a stable, tan head, as should be expected of any stout. Smelled of roasted coffee and malts, which is sure to trigger a Pavlovian response in most habitual coffee drinkers.

It's definitely not very heavy for a stout, but it makes up for that with its bold flavors. It tastes more of coffee than any stout or porter I've ever had, and it may have given me a little caffeine rush. At the same time, it wasn't overly bitter or acidic. The malt added a nice amount of sweetness, and I wasn't overwhelmed by the "muddiness" which can be a characteristic of both stouts and certain varieties of coffee.

Overall, a nicely balanced beer.

This should be a winner with any lover of good coffee and strong beer. Felt like drinking a big, alcoholic Italian mocha.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 15:10:32 | More by wavenger
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours dark brown - almost black - with ruby highlights. Thin, patchy head.

The smell is of black coffee - dark, roasted grains with an earthy bitterness.

The taste is of dark roasted coffee. Some hints of dark fruits. Some smokiness. An earthy bitterness keeps the sweetness moderate. This is coffee-like, with a bit of chocolate.

The feel is rich and creamy. Not overly thick. Medium-to-full bodied. Smooth. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

A nice coffee stout, not really cappuccino, i just read the article in this month's BA regarding caffiene in beer, and was surprised in how much there is in this one

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 19:41:36 | More by bonbini26
Photo of abcfan

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent brew overall. Pours a dark brown color that is slightly opaque with no head. Roasted cappuccino taste is very prevalent throughout. Mouthfeel is very thin. Very bitter roasted coffee/cappuccino finish. Would drink again, but wouldn't seek out.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 00:39:37 | More by abcfan
Photo of RunDWP


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm considering replacing my morning coffee with this.

Great name for this brew. It's a good, malty, roasty stout married with sweet and creamy coffee goodness. More sweet and creamy than bitter, which some people may not like, but I do. Looked good in my tulip glass, nearly jet black with a foamy tan head, and good sheeting action on the glass. Nice coffee nose, too. Mouthfeel a bit creamy. I found this really drinkable, and fans of sweet stouts will probably dig this.

Just the thing you need to get you going in the morning!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 16:39:05 | More by RunDWP
Photo of Fatduck


3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a small tan head, looks black in the glass with amber highlights. Just a hint of coffee in the nose, but its there in plenty, with a strong after taste of creamy cappuccino. Full bodied and creamy, very nice for the style. Should be easy enough to finish off the bomber, but at 8.29% that will probably finish off my night too.

The website says 7.99% ABV, but the bottle in front of my says 8.29%

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 02:47:09 | More by Fatduck
Photo of CHADMC3


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown to black body is nearly impenetrable to light; the hearty brown carbonation develops in to a very appealing, yet thin white head that appears very sticky in its trail of lacing.

As advertised, hearty coffee and malt aromas are dominant with some faint nuttiness and roasted scents as well.

Very pleasant flavor, slightly sweet and nutty to compliment the malt and coffee bite, but also a faint bread aspect to this brew as well.

Thick & chewy mouthfeel, strong flavor characteristics and a full body are somewhat aggressive on the palate; yet very enjoyable.

This is a darn good beer and a great value at just a few bucks per 22oz. Perfect serving if you're looking to enjoy something full of flavor character and are ready to only have a beer or two.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 02:15:43 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of magictrokini


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Closer to a sweet stout. Pours dark mahogany with very little head. Aroma is coffee and roasted nuts. Taste is very smooth with a light to medium mouthfeel. A lot of coffee, but not overwhelming. Kind of like Speedway Stout's younger sister. A good, smooth beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 17:34:01 | More by magictrokini
Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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