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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,307 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,307
Reviews: 1,175
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 106
Gots: 316 | 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 jhoban19
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: deep, dark brown with some amber and ruby hues when held to the light. Thick tan head (2 fingers worth) with good retention that settles into a thick ring around the edges. Minimal lacing forms with each sip and quickly slides back into the liquid. -The second pour produces a better set of lacing that holds its place on the glass after each sip.

S: sweet chocolate and herbal, almost minty hop aroma at the outset. As it warms I start to get the coffee aromas I was expecting. Further warming produces even more roasted malts. Some warm alcohol notes are also present. -The second pour (I left the bottle on the counter while drinking the first pint) produces some hints of dark cherries, raisins and vanilla that creep into the nose- very subtle hints.

T: tastes of milk chocolate while still at fridge temps. As with the aroma, the coffee flavors start to develop about half way through the first pint. And again, further warming brings out more and more roasted malt and coffee flavors. Coffee flavors are not bitter like some coffee stouts- more like a freshly ground dark coffee with cream and sugar. The unexpected hops do a wonderful job of balancing out the sweet and roasty malts.

M: smooth and silky, with just a medium body when still a bit on the cold side. As it warms, this brew becomes full-bodied and very thick. Long, sweet finish with fizzy carbonation that tickles the sides of the tongue.

D: this beer could be the poster child for drinking beer at the proper temperature. At first, when still at near-fridge temps, Cappuccino Stout was fairly average. But man oh man if this brew didn't morph into a beautifully complex yet well-balanced beery masterpiece. I bought 2 bottles of this one with the intention of cellaring one for a year or so- I think I've changed my mind about that plan. This beer is good for many reasons, one of them being the unexpected hop profile- I'm starting to think that aging this beer would eliminate that feature to the beer's detriment.

jhoban19, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of ifnkovhg
2.6/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

In a blind test, I'd give this beer a better review -- it reminds me of a hoppy stout such as Bear Republic's Black Bear Stout.

The only trouble is, this is supposed to be a cappuccino stout, and there was nothing vaguely coffee-like about this beer.

ifnkovhg, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of angelmonster
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin 2 finger beige head, body is black. Head retention was average and lacing was above average

Smell is of sweet bitter coffee, similar to FBS. Roasted chocolate malts are present, as well as hops. Alcohol is slightly in the background. God I love the smell of Coffee Stouts

Taste is of bitter roasted coffee. Roasted malts are also there, very sweet. Hops are also present and combine with the coffee well. Alcohol is pretty light for 9 percent.

Mouthfeel is pretty light for a Imperial Stout. Carbonation was on the aggressive side. Body was thin and sadly the head wasnt present to contribute to the beer.

Drink ability was good. For such a strong beer it was sessionable and alcohol was very light. Wish the head stuck around longer and the body was thicker. For only 5 bucks a bomber this beer is very good. It's like a poor mans version of Peche Mortel and Beer Geek Breakfast.

angelmonster, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light chocolate pour, light lacing. Smooth coffee aroma, almost heavenly!..taste is as expected, smooth, yet that bitter coffee flavour just blends in nicely with the malt and chocolate. Thanks to Lagunitas for a flavourful stout that is palate pleasing!

thequeen711, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a delightful contribution from Lagunitas, dark brown, even black, smooth coffee aroma, doing very well to hide the high abv.

Taste, how can something be so bitter and smooth at the same time? This is some strong coffee, but something, I dunno, manages to roll the bitter and smooth around and hide the alcohol. A great amount of everything in this stout, burnt malt, big hop character, well hidden alcohol and smoothness at the same time that enhances the chewiness of the beer. A lot of cool stuff rolled into one here.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of natelocc787
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got plentiful amounts of coffee in this unlike some others. The body lets light pass through it, and the nose isn't quite there. Mild coffee and roasted barley in the nose. In the taste is more supreme coffee, roasted coffee beans and a burnt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel offers very sharp bubbles, almost a seltzer quality. Is lacking a mouthfeel similar to other high abv stouts. More watery like a 6% porter.

natelocc787, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with beige head. Aroma is lots of roasted coffee with some hop bitterness. The flavor is teh same with lots of coffee and hops. The finish is more roasted malt. This is one of the hoppier coffee beers I have had, but not quite as hoppy as Mikkeller's Beer Geek Breakfast. A good beer with a great, creamy medium-thick mouthfeel. Recommended.

Mora2000, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served with a tight foamy cap over a dark mahogany brew. Great look overall, although a little more retention would go a long way. Similarly, I like what I smell but I'd like more. I don't really get much coffee on the nose, but there is some chocolate or molasses noted. A hint of caramel rounds it out but it doesn't quite develop like I hoped.

The flavor brings it. Boozy, with tons of sweet notes to balance a fairly bitter ale overall. Coffee and chocolate are notable at first, with caramel and dark fruit coming in to relieve. Smooth sipper with a well-attenuated mouthfeel. Carbonation is right on, balance is all there. An overall pleasant sip and probably my favorite Lagunitas stout.

BretSikkink, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Chaz
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber in color, topped with a medium-tan head which quickly dissipates, leaving a ring of spotty lace. Nose is somewhat indistinct, a mix of dark-skinned fruits, light smoke, iced espresso (cold press), a muted sweetness, and a bland rummy / boozy quality. Altogether it's an interesting nose and certainly different than I expected.

Sweet/roasty/bitter/acrid on the first sip, the dark liquid goodness slides down easily after a long day of post-Holiday shopping. Easy drinking for something this punchy, the bitterness and lightly burnt espresso notes bow and curtsy while heading the sweetness off at the pass. Aftertaste is bittersweet, reminiscent of sour apple commingled with bing cherries.

Plenty of booze in the nose as I drink this -- almost gin-like!

A little thin for a stout, but definitely on-par for the style. This one is dangerously-drinkable to a degree, but I've certainly enjoyed more pleasant coffee stouts in recent years. A sipper.

Chaz, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of MOB210SA
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours average partialy dense head that dissipates rather quick leaving little to no lacing. Medium tan head, dark ruby red/brown.

Great dark smelling coffee bean, light chocolate. Nice coffee influenced stout.

Awesome nose of coffee, cappuccino/choclate that is mild and sweet.

Taste, its well.. pretty amazing. Full of coffee goodness.

Full bodied bubbly mouthfeel smooth with nice coffee aftertaste.

Drinkability isnt too high becuase I think 1 was good, but another would probably be pushing it. Its actual drinkability its high becuase its pretty good but as for "amount" drinkability rather low. It would probably be better around breakfast time!

MOB210SA, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark red/brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coffee and roasted malt up front, then slight hops and sweet malt background. Overall, a complex aroma, strong coffee flavor, and good body.

Tone, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. A small tan head forms, but sticks around as a cap. Light lace.
S: Light roasted malt. Some sweet chocolate and toffee. Plenty of coffee that is to be expected.
T: Roasted malt and sweet chocolate again. Dry, burnt coffee.
M/D: A full body that is creamy and smooth. Lots of alcohol. A little to hard to sip on.

No bad, but nothing special. Worth a try, not nearly as good as some other coffee stouts though.

champ103, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass at about 65 degrees.

The Cappuccino Stout shows a jet black in the glass with a light tan froth, above average lacing, & good retention. Aromas of bitter espresso, smoke, subtle chocolate, light citrus/orange hops, & roasted barley follow through as flavors on the palate. There is definitely a hop presence in this beer, but is well hidden by bitter fresh espresso quality. The full, bread-like texture presents the well integrated, but warming alcohol aspect. The beer drinks well from beginning through the long finish, but I really should have had this beer for breakfast as opposed to an after dinner drink. The reason I say that is because I get a caffine kick from this beer....just don't tell the FDA. Overall, a solid beer that I highly recommend due to it's limited release.

BevMoAndrew, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of omnigrits
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with some ruby/mahogany highlights in the glass and a nice head that leaves moderate lacing. Strong smell of coffee in the nose along with something I can't quite place. A sweet rather than dry stout, but not too much. Mouthfeel is good if maybe a little on the thin side. Not a bad beer, but not a great one either. I like it.

omnigrits, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of CMW
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a opaque dark brown color with a 1 inch tan head. The head slowly disappears and leaves some sticky soap-like lacing.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a little alcohol.

T - A little bit of roasted malt that quickly fades to some chocolate sweetness. Coffee beans then come through right before the bitterness kicks in the finish. Very slight tinge of booze.

M - Medium carbonation and a silky feel.

D - This is a good, but not great stout. If the bitterness could be turned down somewhat this could be improved.

CMW, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is dark brown in color with a tan, three quarter inch head that slowly reduces to a splotchy skin covering.

The aroma is malty sweetness, chocolate and molasses, strong but not over powering.

The taste is a nice blend of roasted coffee and chocolate. Everything is slightly understated though, you don't have to be hit in the face with a 5 lb bag of coffee beans to know that it's coffee. Late note: as it warms, I'm getting a pleasant vanilla flavor that I had not noticed earlier.

While the body thickens during warming, overall the beer is still a little thin and I rate it medium bodied. There is very little carbonation, but very little is needed.

Drinkability is quite good for this 8.29 ABV stout. It is relatively inexpensive and goes down very smooth, with no hint of alcohol.

I find Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout to be a hidden gem. Good flavor and aroma, good value. The only knock, and a minor one, it is a little on the thin side for an imperial stout. Recommended.

kegger22, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. I immediately notice that for am American Double it isn't too dark - it ends up being a fairly translucent deep brown. The head was minimal and dissipated pretty quickly. The smell is sweet and has notes of cocoa and maybe some brown sugar. The scent is probably the best thing this brew has going for it as I would soon find out. The taste is a little thin in the mouth. At least it doesn't dissappoint in that it really has some powerful coffee flavors to it. If this brew had a stronger body and thus more complexity it would be infinitely better. But I paid $3.99 for it plus tax - I can't ever recall having seen an American Double for cheaper! Certainly worth a try.

HoppyMcStout, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured black with some brownish notes, the pour was thin for such a big brew, very small dirty head. Nose of cappucino and maybe chocolate. Taste was thinner, overcarbonatied, astringent, lackig flvor and body. Not a fan of this brew and given the ABV, not very drinkable.

barleywinefiend, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of weatherdog
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A vigorous pour down the center on the glass produced just a small layer of bubble head which quickly dissipated to a small ring of bubbles. It poured a very dark brown with a brilliant ruby color shining through the edges.

It smelled of sweetened coffee with some powdered chocolate notes. Not nearly as strong as many of the other coffee stouts I have had.

The taste has a distinct roasty coffee flavor but it is noticeably lacking any of the bitterness which makes other coffee stouts come across a little harsh. It also is completely neutral in flavor on the backside which is interesting. Once again many other coffee stouts leave a bitter coffee taste through the whole thing but this one is only on the front end. I like that a lot but I only wish the coffee taste was a little stronger.

Mouthfeel is great. Not nearly as sweet as many others of a similar gravity in the style. It shows no hint of the 9+% ABV. The neutral flavored back end makes this beer insanely drinkable.

weatherdog, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of northaustin
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours black with a small amount of quickly disappearing mostly white head. no lacing.

smell has a nice amount of coffee. but still plenty of roasted malts as well as some alchohol.

taste has a bit less coffee and it definately takes backseat to a pretty standard stout malt bill. a bit of alchohol heat.

mouthfeel: suprisingly clean and refreshing for a stout of such proportions.

drinkability: very much my style. affordable with a pretty well masked high abv.

northaustin, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of luchris80
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting Notes: Stored in the wine fridge and served in a pint glass.

Aroma: Some roasted malt aroma, though not extreme. No burnt character noticed. A little hint of coffee is there as well as a low hop nose.

Appearance: Dark brown with a slight red hue (when held to light). Has a two-finger high tan/café au lait head that dissipates rather quickly. Quite clear and can even see some bubbles rising despite the dark brown color.

Flavor: Strong maltiness with a slightly burnt coffee to bittersweet chocolate flavor. The hop flavor is more prominent than the aroma implies. Slight bit of alcohol noticeable. Some dryness and very slight astringency (puckering) at the finish, which does linger a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body (maybe slightly more full) with a bit of alcohol warmth. Low level of carbonation.

Overall Impressions: Gets much better as it warms and the very slight astringency (puckering) lessens. It was actually hoppier and not quite as malty as I expected. The coffee flavor was weaker than I thought going in (that was influenced only by reading the label). Overall it was OK, but not great (looking back not near the top of my Lagunitas brews). I would like to try it again closer to room temperature to see if my impressions change.

luchris80, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a fresh bottle because I saw it, and have never had it. States 9.26% Alc. on the bottle.

- Dark brown, but clear... doesn't look too much like a super rich black imperial stout. Light mocha head, quickly down to a mild watery looking stout. Not too much lacing at all.

- Smell is very mild... very light coffee notes, and some sweet chocolate malt... little bit of oats and grain... light bitterness from a mild hopping.

- Like the subtle coffee flavor... though very light, and almost unnoticeable.. nice light sweet touch to the aftertaste of chocolate sugars etc... but overall a basic stout. Taste is nowhere near the strength it states in alcohol.

- Somewhat light bodied, like a good basic stout... nothing too imperial about it here. Little sweet.. leaves the palate watering.

- Very drinkable, and if the brew was truly an imperial and as strong as it states... this puppy would be a 5. But after polishing off the whole bomber rather quickly... I can only guess that this stout is about 6.5% Alc... not even close to the stated 9.26%. It's a shame... seems very watered down...

Docer, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Redrover
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber split with my wife. I liked the bottle label and information.

Poured into a pint, the beer is black with some brown and garnet highlights. It has a nice tan head with good lacing.

The beer smelled of brown sugar, raisins, roasted malts and a hint of coffee.

The beer starts great with lots of roasty malts, some raisinets (chocolate covered raisins) and faint coffee. I was surprised at how faint the coffee taste was. Surprisingly turns earthy late.

The mouth was well carbonated and could be a bit thicker.

In spite of this, the beer went down easy. Perhaps my bottle was old and the coffee taste faded?

Redrover, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like to start my day with a good cup of coffee and end my day with a good pint of beer. It doesn't take much to realize why I'd be drawn to a drink that combines both! If you like coffee and you like beer...well, I don't need to justify this do I?

This is a limited release from a brewery that has loads of limited releases. Needless to say, based on prior Lagunitas experience (IPA, IPA Maximus, Kill Ugly Radio (a tribute to Frank Zappa), Censored) I just knew this one would be good.

It pours nice and dark and slightly syrupy (it weighs in at 8.3% ABV so its not going to be a low alcohol stout if thats what you're thinking). It has a great smell to it...almost like a coffee liquor. This brew uses Columbian coffee from "Sebastopol's own Hard Core Coffee". My guess is that Hard Core Coffee has some damn good coffee!

The taste is slightly bitter, like a shot of espresso, with a nice malty finish. Perfect for a coffee stout that is this strong. This is a great beer for a very, very cold winter night here in New England. I'd say it goes better with our winter weather than that of its homeland!

Thanks Lagunitas for once again making another awesome beer.

indiapaleale, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of TCgoalie
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beer poured a brown color that did not appear very thick. You can see light through it when holding it up to something bright. Minimal head.

S - I smell molasses, coffee and alcohol. Not entirely exciting leading into the taste.

T - Yum, taste is much better than what the appearance and smell suggest. The first taste is a medium heavy rich brown sugar taste that leads coffee and raisins. The hops add a nice addition on the back end to help with the balance. This beer seems front heavy in taste which is abnormal to most beers I'm used to. There is a slight alcohol warming once the beer sits in your stomach.

M - Medium heavy mouthfeel with not a ton of lingering aftertaste.

D - I could have a couple of these, but the richness would get to me after a while.

TCgoalie, Oct 02, 2009
Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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