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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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3,260 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,260
Reviews: 1,171
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 104
Gots: 307 | FT: 6
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 deanhead
3.83/5  rDev -2%

Dark colored with a rich toffee colored head which reduced to no lace a tinge of bubbles circulating the top of my beer.

Aroma of toffee, with hints of chocolate
Taste is sweet and rich, almost mocha like. Chocolaty with a lightly alcoholic taste.

Medium bodied mouthfeel, which improved as the beer warmed up. Finishes with a slight solventy hint.

Fairly drinkable stout. I liked it. Not my favorite, but if you do enjoy American style stouts reach out for this one to sample.

deanhead, May 12, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%

22oz bottle with IBUs, Original Gravity, and ABV but no date. Wtf.

A - Poured a clear dark amber color with a small tan had that has very little retention. Why is this stout see through?

S - High level of roasted malts with a surprisingly low level of coffee and cocoa for what the name of this beer is. No hop aroma of any kind.

T - Strong maltiness and a slight bitter hop flavor with a dry, bitter coffee finish. For a coffee stout, this is very light.

M - Medium body at best that's far too light for its style. Has a crisp, sharp bite to it much more so than the smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel you would find in a typical Imperial Stout.

D - It's an easy drinker which is attributed to its much lighter body for a stout, however, it shouldn't be this way.

This beer was a disappointment. It seemed like it was constantly off on the style requirements of a stout of this style. It could do very well to up the mouthfeel to full-bodied with a creamy smoothness while also darkening the color. This could help the flavor too. More roasted malts and coffee if that's what the name is going to be. Close, but no cigar.

BeerFMAndy, May 12, 2009
Photo of jeremyd365
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a dark brownish amber with a bit of a light tan head. It smells rich of chocolaty coffee. It's got a thick, solid body which let's the richness of the flavor slide down your throat like an oil slick of goodness. Very drinkable and delicious. Can't beat the price of Lagunitas either. Highly recommend!

jeremyd365, May 11, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
3.83/5  rDev -2%

My first Lagunitas brew. A dark/reddish brown,like coffee with a small tan head,light carbonation,and loads of lacing. Aroma of coffee with sugar,and just a dash of cream. Flavor is pretty rich for the body being on the thin side, flavors of coffee,sugar,toffee,and hints at chocolate, I detected little hops or any of the higher alcohol content, smooth creamy mouthfeel with a sweet coffee aftertaste, very nice but I would have liked a touch more coffee type bitterness. A very drinkable brew despite being 8.3% ABV, I picked up this bomber for under $5 a very good value IMO,

WakeandBake, May 10, 2009
Photo of kingothewoods
4.3/5  rDev +10%

Looks reddish and lighter - similar to Coke-a-Cola. White head that stays lacey. Doesn't look like a typical stout. Smells of fruit, roasted barley, and sweet malt. Ouch.... thick pour as it hits your mouth. A little strong and tastes of real thick coffee followed by molasses then the burn of alcohol as it coats down your throat.

kingothewoods, May 05, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%

2008 bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark chestnut brown with a very small tan head that recedes slowly to a collar and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is dark chocolate malts, slightly roasted, with the espresso coming in on top. It's got plenty of sweetness in the nose with vanilla especially which balances the bitterness of the espresso fairly well.

The taste continues the theme of espresso bitterness balancing out the dark chocolate malts and vanilla sweetness. There are also some citrus hops thrown in the mix which don't exactly fit in but it's not too intrusive.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and there is a bitterness from both the espresso and hops that come through in the finish.

This is a big roasted coffee-bomb of a stout that is certainly not the most drinkable stout, especially for the relatively low ABV. Nonetheless, it's a good stout.

gford217, May 03, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev +1%

Black with a hot chocolate colored head. Ok lace and good retention.

Aroma is of esspresso, sour vanilla (almost granny smith apple-ish?), licorice and fudge. Good stuff.

Tastes like cappucino with burnt brownie chocolate and vanilla. Sugary up front, bitter in the back. Mouthfeel is tolerable but a tad thin.

donkeyrunner, May 02, 2009
Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%

Pours brown with ruby highlights, curiously light for a stout. Nice looking minimum head, off white to tan with decent lacing.

Smells initially of coffee and almond biscotti, then granny smith apples. Remarkable how in every sniff it repeats the two tiered smell. Very interesting and pleasant.

Tastes great. A little coffee, a little chocolate and I taste cherry as well. At the finish, the sweet coffee bitterness is the savory take-away. None of the flavors are too prominent so this is an accessible beer to a wide audience. A perfect 'gateway beer' for the Guinness lover in your family.

Mouthfeel is really nice too. A solidly medium body that finishes extraordinarily dry at the end. Carbonation is soft and cozy as it should be but still sharp enough to feel like beer.

This is a very tasty beer that one could drink a lot of. The flavor is enticing like coffee and the body is light enough that you don't get the full feeling you get from some higher gravity brews.

I'm certainly going to have more of this beer.

StrangeBrewer76, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%

This batch is listed at 8.29% ABV. I'm dosing off more than usual tonight while watching the game, Coca-Cola isn't doing the trick, and I want a tasty beverage that (hopefully) won't let me down. Hello Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout! On to the beer:

Looks deep ruby brown with hues of red, lighter color than I was expecting. It's not even close to black. Head retention is solid on top. Smells like...bitter coffee with a kick of vanilla. It's okay, I guess.

Most beers balance the beer and the coffee, but this tends to be more coffee dominant. Bitter coffee greets the palate at first. And that how it remains for the most part. There is an underlying kick of roasted chocolate underneath the coffee, with a medium body and some fizz. not much else going on here.

Well, that was less exciting than expected. It looks like an Irish Red, and taste like coffee. Not a bad beer per se, but a dissapointment in the field of double stouts.

DoubleJ, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is black with a red hue. Has a thick brownish head with some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit malty, some coffee flavor that is present but not too heavy.

The taste is creamy, a nice coffee flavor with some hints of a little bitterness. Has a nice milky flavor.

This beer is balanced well with some really nice flavor character. It's does not over power with flavor but is enjoyable with each sip.

Duhast500, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of katan
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

22oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a dark red amberish hue. Not near as black as I would expect from a stout. Head formation is strong and mocha colored, but again lighter in color. A fairly carbonated looking beer - very effervescent.

S - An odd smell to me - more malty and phenolic that roasted and coffee. Has some acidity in there that I would almost consider oxidation. A background spicing exists in there as well, almost jalapenos.

T - Starts off with amber sweet malt flavors. Little to no hopping - bitterness subdued. Finishes with a strong coffee and jalapeno pepper bite. Astringent as heck in the aftertaste. I would have to say it reinvigorated my enjoyment of the beer.

M - Moderate to thick body - creamy and coating. Carbonation bite is present. Doesn't leave a oily texture, but rather a sweet sticky substance.

D - A fairly drinkable DI by ABV standards. However coffee flavored beers tend to wear down the palette quickly. I do also find this beer to be more filling than most.

Worth a shot - good Lagunitas offering.

katan, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of yelterdow
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%

Purchased at Bottle King, Hillsdale NJ. Served at a few degrees over fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- For an imperial stout, I cracked up while pouring this because it looks like coffee being poured from a carafe... not at all dark, just a thin reddish brown. The head stood briefly at about two fingers, then it dropped to just a rim with a transparent coverlet.

Smell- Old coffee, like the cold, forgotten dregs of last night's after-dinner pick-me-up at the bottom of the percolator. Stale.

Taste- Strong coffee with milk, no sugar... bitter enough to dry the palate for the next sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Great subtle texture, seafoamy and slick at the same time. I couldn't/wouldn't recommend this one, as it feels like it should be in my morning to-go carafe with a milk and extra sugar. It doesn't work as a beer.

yelterdow, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of bsend
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured a 22 oz. bomber into a standard pint.

Appearance: Beer pours a lovely dark brown to black color with a creamy 1 1/2 finger white head. No real amounts of light are let through this one.

Smell: I get a generous amount of latte, espresso, coffee, and toasted coffee beans. Sturdy malt backbone helps this one to round out completely.

Taste: Bitter to sweet coffee flavors that compliment the stout. A decent amount of malt character make this one decent. Alcohol unfortunately shines through a moderate amount.

Mouthfeel: Leaves a lovely finish in the mouth, lacing it with espresso. Unfortunately alcohol burn finishs this one.

Drinkability: Decent beer, but will wait a bit to revisit this one. The lack of alcohol masking kills the drinkability a bit.

Final Thoughts - Cheap bomber from Lagunitas makes for a good night starter. Definitely worth a shot for the various coffee flavors through out.

bsend, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Brewed with Hard Core Coffee. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 29.5 IBUs and 8.29%.

A-Dark brown, very light for a stout. Has a 1/2 finger tan head that fades fast into a foamy island in the middle. Lots of spotted lace.

S-Roasted malt, vanilla, coffee.

T-Caramel and roasted malt hit upfront. Definitely pick up on some vanilla in the middle. The coffee flavor really comes through in the back. Get some nice bite at the end from hops that seem citrusy, particularly lemon.

M-Lighter bodied, more like a porter. The first pour had very mild carbonation while the second pour resulted in a nice crisp level of carbonation.

D-The 8.29% is very well hidden and the fact that it is not as heavy as most high abv stouts makes this one that goes down fast and easy.

I really enjoyed this one. Can't beat the price ($3.49) either. Reminded me a lot more of a milk stout than an Imperial, but it was highly drinkable and I would purchase it again.

mjl21, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a light brown translucent color into a pint glass. lacing on the glass, small head.
Smells doughy, fruity with some caramel.
Tastes like sweet coffee, with a good amount of citrus hops,and some black patent malt.
Mouthfeel is a little thicker than I expected from the light color, but nice and warming with the higher abv expected from a Limited Release. Drinkability is decent, although I would hate to drink two or three of these and have to wake up early in the morning.

alpinebryant, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into an oversized wine glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.49.

A: Very translucent for an imperial stout -- dark brown hue with ruby edges 1-finger head with impressive retention and lacing.

S: The aroma is both bready and heavy with black coffee. There is a light licorice presence, some cocoa, and more citrus hops in the nose than one would expect.

T: A devilishly delicious brew with dominating toasted dark malt flavors but accentuated with big black coffee and cocoa flavors that lend a moderate degree of bitterness. Then some lemony hops dry things slightly but pleasantly.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty full for a light-hued stout. The afteraste is forever and plastered with coffee, cocoa, and licorice-tinged dark malts and drying citrus.

D: For 8.3% ABV, a singular coffee stout with a lot under the hood. Tons of flavor and the uniqueness one comes to expect from Lagunitas.

argock, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Sam Adams glass. NOTE: The bottle says the ABV is 8.29%

Appearance: Pours a light brown, almost red into the glass. Looks a dark, cloudy brown in the glass, with hints of red. One finger of off-white head, that slowly subsided into a thin layer. Pretty good lacing. Is this really a stout?

Smell: Hops and lactose...smells like a hoppy milk stout.

Taste: Very strong milk/cappuccino notes, much more than was present in the scent. A nice hoppy bite in the finish, and the cappuccino flavor lingers for quite some time. Very interesting take on the style. Tastes more like a dessert then a beer, and more like a milk stout than anything else. No way I would have guessed this one was 8% ABV. In the aftertaste, there's a slightly unpleasant chemical sweetness. Becomes very cloying as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy, highly carbonated.

Drinkability: It's very sweet, and quickly becomes too cloying to drink. It's best to split the bomber with someone else. Definitely not something I could drink multiple of, or that often.

StarlightSeraph, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured from the bomber to a dark brown with ruby tints. Aroma was a coffee-toffee mixture, with a hint of roasted nutty malts. Mouthfeel was full and slightly chewy and the taste mirrored the nose. The only surprise was that the 8.3% alcohol never made itself known in either the nose or taste. Nonetheless, the finish was smooth and long.

kimcgolf, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of mithrascruor
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a glossy black-ish color with a bit of red hints at the edges. Creamy tan head leaves nice lacing and has nice retention.

Smell: Malty aroma with a bit of coffee. Also a bit of plum or something, I think? Mild, but pleasant enough.

Taste: Simple roast malt flavor up front. Then a bit of creamed coffee, then cappuccino. Bitter coffee aftertaste with a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth and medium- to heavy-bodied. Not too dense, however. Minimal carbonation, though a bit at the finish.

Drinkability: Strong in the alcohol department, but pretty easy to drink.

Nice, but not particularly impressive. I think the mouthfeel is the best thing going on here. I expected there to be a little more going on here besides coffee.

mithrascruor, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

22oz bottle poured into a tulip pint

A deep brown body with ruby highlights and a tight, tan head. Not much staying power and little to no lacing.

Roasted malt, coffee, bakers chocolate and a touch of molasses. Nothing in the nose stood out as being bold and/or assertive and were rather subdued and ordinary.

Coffee dominated the flavor, but it wasn't very assertive. Very timid beer. Roasted malt and toasted nuts round out the flavor.

For a double/imperial stout, this beer is thin and lacks some real smoothness.

It actually drinks pretty well. The abv is held in check and the flavors are all pretty subdued. Easily drinkable, just not the best example of the style.

ColForbinBC, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of BringusKilkenney
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured almost black with a blood red tint in the light. 2 finger head that smoothes down to a one finger with nice lacing.

The smell is of coffee and malts and maybe a spice or two very complex and kind of mixed.

the taste definitely has the cappuccino in there and the malts but also a hint of nut flavor maybe toasted almonds almost the taste is also complex and sort of hard to make out. It does taste well and i would recommend it this is probably the best feature.

It is kinda fizzy to my surprise and not as smooth as you would think a stout to be.

The drinkability is moderate at best and could probably not hold more than 2 or these.

i liked this beer but it is not exceptional i know lagunitas does a good job but this is not one of there best

BringusKilkenney, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Shadman
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%

Certainly looks good. Used motor oil black with and impressive head and good lacing.

Certainly had trouble smelling anything resembling cappuccino, espresso, or any coffee for that matter. Mostly a sweet molassess with some floral hop.

Molasses stout would be a better name for this brew as it was the dominant flavour. Decent hop bitterness, but that date-like twang from the malt just killed the experience for me.

Smooth enough on the palate, carbonation seems about right.

I find this brewer to be hit or miss so far. This one was a whiff for me. Prehaps it would fit better as an American Strong Ale instead of a stout.

Shadman, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.38/5  rDev +12%

Pitch black with no head, probably due to it being poured carefully from a bottle.

It took me a while to find an aroma. As it warmed up slightly, I had a hard time identifying the aroma at first, but finally figured it as being of a sweet muted molasses.

As the name says it, coffee was the dominating flavor. However, bittersweet chocolate was apparent, and the thick yet smoothness of the brew made it feel like I WAS drinking a chilled coffee with a bit of cream. For myself, there was virtually no bitterness throughout.

Depite the relatively high alcohol content, the flavors hid the alcohol to where it made the brew extremely drinkable.

I highly recommend this one for any stout lover.

IRONRakkasan, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of ToddT
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%

A- Deep brown color with a small tan head. Lots of bubbles from the pour formed on the sides of the glass and gave it a soda like appearance. Head faded to a ring that left almost no lacing on the glass.

S- Malt, chocolate, and coffee in that order.

T- Coffee that gets rounded out by the roasted malts. Some hints of the chocolate and a little hop bitterness before the final note of caramel.

M- Light in the mouth, but a little too much carbonation for a stout. Dry semi bittersweet finish.

D- No real hints of the 8% ABV. Goes down pretty easy.

Pretty decent beer, not one to seek out but not one to turn down either.

ToddT, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Voonder
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours black withone finger tan head. Smell - coffee, hint of chocolate, alcohol. Taste - definately coffee, not sure if it's cappuccino or not, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Alcohol hidden pretty well. Rich and smooth, creamy, very good beer. It's drinkable for ABV. Would definately have it again.

Voonder, Mar 23, 2009
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