Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,397 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004)
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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Very pure roasted coffee bean flavor...though not super aromatic its very fresh.

Taste: Like actually chewing on an espresso bean. Not fake, not watered down. Pure and simple. Rich coffee that is both sweet and bitter up front. Some herbal grassiness below the surface. Gets mildly bitter in the middle with some pure dark roasted flavors. Finish is mellow and smooth.

Notes: Not bad, but not great. A coffee purists coffee stout.

Photo of dpnelson1978
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.
Original tasting: 1/9/2009

22 oz. bottle into glass pint.
55°F

$4.99 / ea.

S: Smells "green" if that makes sense. Slightly peppery, and a bit sweet. Perhaps a bit like a handiwipe? Interesting. Unlike any stout I've ever smelled.

A: Small creamy head that quickly dissipates over a dark brown body. Slight lacing, and a thin cover.

T: Very odd taste. The bottle states 29.5 IBU's but the flavor has a dominant hop profile. A "green" flavor, much like the scent, with a sweet malt palate and low bitterness. No noticeable alcohol.

M: Low to medium body with medium carbonation. Oily.

D: For a 9.26% abv. brew this beer comes off very light and goes down easy. The score comes down due to a flavor that just doesn't impress me.

O: I think some people will love this beer but I just can't get past the odd hop flavor and the lack of distinct coffee notes.

Photo of TommyW
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark with some ruby highlight and a tall, tan head.

S- Coffee dominates with some faint burnt notes.

T- Again, strong coffee presence with notes of burnt toast and a faint alcohol that is covered pretty well. The finish is slightly dry and espresso-like but smoother. Very nice finish.

M- Medium body with an easy carbonation.

D- One of the better coffee stouts I've tried so far; really interesting brew worth trying.

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

Opaque black with hints of ruby at the edges, and a nice creamy tan head.

Slightly roasty aroma, with more bitter chocolate than coffee. Taste is again only mildly roasty, a nice baker's chocolate bitter flavor, and not any real coffee notes beyond what I would expect from just some dark roasted malts. Hey, I'm glad they brew this with coffee, but it just did not stand out to me. No problem, it's a great tasting stout.

I would never guess this beer at over 9% because there is not a hint of alcohol in the taste. Medium bodied with a good smooth feel. Easy to drink and very enjoyable. If I had not split this up among some friends I could ave easily drank this whole bomber on my own.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, dark brown color; ruby edges up to the light. Poured a thin chocolate skim. Laced thinly in spots.

S: Coffee, chocolate and burnt toast and caramel. Coffee most prominent.

T: Bitter coffee, chocolate and burnt toast. Not quite the what I would expect in this beer; I was looking for something bigger with some level of hop character. Disguised the alcohol fairly well.

M: Light side of medium body. Low carbonation. Almost a wet, sticky finish.

D: OK, nothing seriously wrong. Flavorful and smooth.

Photo of Wisconsinality
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a oversized pint glass.

A- Pours a very dark brown with reddish hues around the edges of the glass. Not overly transparent but not murky. A good two finger head that leaves spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A dose of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Maybe a little caramel in there as well but pretty coffee dominant.

T- There is something off putting about the flavor of this beer. There is the coffee and chocolate but there is something else in there that I can't put my finger on and gives it an unpleasant taste. I don't think it is due to an infection or being past it's date.

M- Medium bodied but a little on the lighter side. Feels a bit watery for the style. Good carbonation but again feels a little watery.

D- The high abv isn't a problem but the overall package of this beer makes me think that a bomber is even too much of it and I love coffee stouts.

Photo of samie85
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes; originally consumed 4/26/10.

A-Pours black with a medium brown, one finger head.

S-Sweet smelling coffee and chocolate with some vanilla notes.

T-Sweet chocolate and roasted malt with a dry coffee finish. Really smooth taste.

M-Smooth and thick bodied with low to medium carbonation.

D-This is one of the easiest drinking coffee stouts I've had to date. This is especially true considering how high the ABV is on this one.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark dark brown, almost black, with a really nice small head that lasts for a while.
Smells sugary, while malty but the sweet smell is a bit more than I expected from an imperial stout.
Tastes once again (like Lagunitas always seems to do) less sugary than the smell. A good amount of coffee taste but it is really not a bad amount of coffee.

The only thing I do not like is the very sweet taste, but if you like that then it is for you!

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

Appearance - Pours deep brown with dark ruby highlights. Soapy, 1 finger offwhite head. Little lacing.
Smell - Coffee, and hints of dark cocoa.
Taste - Dark roasted malts, coffee, slight pine, lots of bitterness. Slight sweetness, could use more for balance.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, slight creaminess, on the high end of carbonation. Surprisingly light.
Drinkability - The bitterness and heat limit the sessionabliity of this one. Not very sessionable.
Overall - A fine, light, stout, but one that could use more malt sweetness to balance out the bitterness in this beer. Coffee flavor is good, but lacks complexity and additional flavor elements. This beer is fine, but not very interesting.

Photo of reeverbythespeak
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've enjoyed this twice now at Leon's Full Service. This beer had a surprisingly light colored rocky head and body. Dark amber hues were visible in the sunlight. I love this style of beer, so I was very pleased to find the taste of clean coffee leading the way for the roasted malts that followed. This is a fantastic gateway beer for coffee lovers! It's the first beer my parents have ever agreed to enjoying!

Photo of Pahn
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half-inch, off-white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing. Pours a very dark reddish brown that's mysteriously translucent. Translucent (imperial!) stouts are a strange thing. Not much lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt notes, caramel, and espresso. What's there is good, but it's a little faint.

Taste: Coffee grounds and hot alcohol. Some unwelcome cola flavor. There's a mild hop influence, which along with the coffee and roasted malt contributes to a high overall level of bitterness. The coffee taste is good. The malt is decent. Hard to pick out much of anything else. Way too hot.

Mouthfeel: Really thin for a stout, imperial or otherwise. Too much carbonation. Feels like a porter, and not a particularly good one. Obviously, the feel is as dominated by alcohol heat as the taste.

Drinkability: When mixing coffee and whiskey aren't enough, there's this beer. Otherwise, I don't see myself going back. I was happy to have only 1 glass and let two friends have the rest--and I'm pretty greedy when it comes to beer.

While clearly not the worst tasting beer in the world, this is nevertheless a disaster. Calling it a stout at all is being generous, and overall the beer is a case study in imbalance. If you like coffee, like alcohol, but don't like moderation, this may be the perfect beer for you. I like both, and I like drinking a lot of both, but I need more to be impressed by a beer. Poorly executed on most fronts. I suppose aging it would mellow out the alcohol, but I'm not convinced there's any reason to bother.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This year's release. 22 oz bottle-- $4.50.

Appearance: A disappointing dark brown which light easily passes through. Slightly darker than a Coke, but with much less head. The light brown head is thin and rapidly recedes. Some nice lacing does form though. Cmon, an imperial stout really needs to be black.

Smell: Some roasty sweet malt. I'd like to say I smell strong aromas of fresh coffee, but I really don't. A slight hint of that sour/tart yeast twang you get in UK stouts is appreciated. Nothing bad, but very weak.

Taste: Malty sweetness with a decent caramel dose and some definite coffee flavor and bitterness coming through now. The coffee flavor is that of this morning's coffee, still in the pot, that you drink at room temp when you get home from a bar late-- not a great coffee flavor, but not devoid of charm. On the plus side, I taste almost no alcohol, just sweet roastiness and coffee that goes down easy.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side. Carbonated about right.

Drinkability: So overall, a pretty decent beer. Nothing bad about it really. Compared to good imperial stouts, its weakish and boring. Compared to my idea of something called a cappuccino stout, its not very coffee-ey and not silky smooth in the mouth. A bit of a let down, but pretty cheap and worth getting to try or split with someone, as it does drink nice if you don't overanalyze it. Its actually much better than my numbers make it seem, but in reality, its not in the same ballpark as the really good imperial stouts.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured very dark brown with a thin, creamy head.
S: There is a moderate aroma of dark, roasted malts.
T: The taste has lots of coffee flavors--which really stand out in the finish--along with flavors of dark, roasted malts and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate; there is some dryness in the finish.
D: It is relatively easy to drink this stout and the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of sweemzander
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220z. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a pitch dark black color that produced a fluffy head. Good retention.

(S)- A roasted coffee nuance behind an absolutely massive spicy hot chili pepper aroma. Bits of bread in there, but this is crazy. Not a fan of this smell.

(T)- A nice roasted coffee profile with a dry cocoa thing and a light spice. Thankfully, that chili pepper thing was just in the smell.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. A good roasted coffee profile and light bitterness.

(D)- A good stout with an unfortunate off-putting aroma, but the rest of this brew is good. A good coffee beer.

Photo of tripelx
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black / dark brown with moderate to thin off white head. Good lacing.

S - wonderful overwelming aromas of coffee, dark chocolate and malts. Hints of raisins could be detected.

T - not nearly as good as the smell. I picked up the same notes as I was smelling, but much more mellow. Maybe a little too mellow for me. I could not pick up an hops, and even the malt notes were weak.

M - It had a slightly light mouthfeel for a stout, at least from my experience.

D - It drank easily and was very smooth and well rounded. A good choice for beginers.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Typical dark brown with a thick dark tan head. Good lacing down the glass and somewhat transparent.

S - Lots of coffee and roasted malt flavors up front. It has a sweet smell of slight sugar and sort of a creamy aroma. No hops detected in this one.

T - Not as bold as I was hoping and the flavors sort of blend together. The coffee flavor is a bit sweeter than usual, I'm assuming it's because of the cappuccino flavor wanted by the brewers. The malt is light and refreshing but retains their roasted and caramelized flavors as well. Finishes with a creamy aftertaste with another shot of coffee in the background.

M/D - Medium body and generously carbonated for a stout. The alcohol is hidden quite well by the cappuccino/coffee flavor so no worries of off flavors. Finishes a little on the dry side like a cup of coffee would but still has that stout texture present.

Photo of sprucetip
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Dark brown with ruby highlights, and translucent ruby when backlit. Thick tan foam on top, good retention. Very active, spotty lacing, and kinda thin looking for what it is.

Yeasty and vaguely fruity up front. Some roasty and boozy esters develop. Coffee isn't prominent and could easily be taken for roasted grains. ...later some hops join the mix.

Coffee is more noticeable here as it blends with other roasty flavors and the solid sweet malty backbone. Some mild bitterness in the end. Pretty smooth, if not super complex.

Rich, medium full body and viscosity, creamy, smooth, and with modest drying and a hint of bitterness in the finish.

Smooth, tasty and easy drinking big beer. Not as full looking or feeling as expected. Solid, respectable brew, but it isn't particularly complex and doesn't push any boundaries. I'd be proud to have made it, but it ain't Espresso Yeti. A good value for the price.

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

bours a dark brown, some light comes through, a lot of off white carbonation.

smells very fresh. like fresh ground beans. a bit of the hops there too, if you're looking. Some lightly roasted smells too.

Taste is very coffee dominated, freshly roasted. Sweet vanilla there too, some hops to add to the complexity. Not much chocolate. Appropriate bitterness for the flavors. Well balanced, ssssmmmmoooth. Not much etoh noticed.

Mouthfeel a bit light, but it works in this beer. It's not a sweet, syrupy thing at all.

A good coffee stout. Try it, you'll like it.

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black, that is only evident held up to light. Light carbonation evident and 2 inches of tan head with nice lacing.

s - Smells of coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted malts. Maybe some dark fruit as well.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and a little vanilla. Coffee comes through a lot more in the aftertaste. Not getting any of the dark fruits I smelled, but a very nice taste.

m - High carbonation and medium to full body. Little bit of alcohol warmth but not bad considering its over 9% ABV.

d - I thought this was a really nice stout. Very nice mix in the smell and taste and I was glad the coffee didn't dominate either. Would have been a little better with less carbonation but definitely worth trying out and I'll be having it again.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber of this year's seasonal release, so a decently fresh bottle here. Pours a dark brown color with a thin layer of tan foam. Never reaches more than a finger in height and does not display great retention or lacing.

Nose is roasty as hell with contributions coming from both the malt and coffee it seems. Some bittersweet chocolate is noticeable and plenty of what smells like citric hops, which seems a bit out of place in this beer, like those chocolate oranges they sell around the holidays. A healthy dollop of alcohol rounds out a pretty big nose, even considering the style.

Tropical notes of alcohol jump out of the gate followed by a burnt, roasty and mildly sweet combo of astringent coffee and malts. Followed up by some toast, hop bitterness and more throat-warming alcohol on a dry finish. I am certainly no coffee expert, but is the name on the bottle influencing me into thinking the coffee flavor is a bit different? I've probably only had 3 cappuccinos in my life and two of those were probably from a gas station coffee machine. Maybe it is the hops, because Lagunitas loaded this beast up with plenty. The body is really not all that full, and I find the alcohol every bit the 9.26% it claims...and then some. I do not find this to be one of my favorite releases from the crew in Petaluma, but I like it enough to buy one more to see what happens in the cellar. I think it might be more suited to my tastes after a year or so of mellowing - chill out dawg!

Photo of horshack7
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Into a snifter is a deep and dark blackness with about one finger worth of head that thins out quick.

Aroma: Lots of dark roasted esspresso beans. Vanilla bean, huge maltiness. Only faint chocolate notes not much of a hop nose but those only get to swim in the background.

Taste: Massive flavor from the espresso beans with an underlying bitterness. Only a light bit of carbonation but it has a very creamy mouthfeel. The faintest of alchol notes but it's a very long way from being over powering. The dark roasted malts give off a sweetness a little like semisweet chocolate. Lots of dark roasted hopiness round everything out.

Notes: This a very drinkable american double imperial stout. A remarkable brew. Cheers.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, dark brown filtered appearance with a creamy white head.

Smells like the name describes. Rich stout with coffee tones to it.

Tastes like more of the same, a little but watery but still good.

Very drinkable. I could go back for more.

Photo of diabecktic
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Upon first pour, the light brown head explodes up the glass. It's a nice contrast to the darker reddish brown color of the beer itself. Something like ~2 fingers of airy head stay formed for quite some time; retention over time and lacing are very good.

Smell:
The aroma is both strong and somewhat sweet. I can definately pick out the roasted coffee malt and a dark fruitiness (perhaps raisin or plum). I also detect a bit of hops and vanilla, but they're far more subdued.

Taste:
The taste matches the nose for the most part. Roasted character is a bit less apparent, but the cappuccino and raisin parts of the malt stick out more. Vanilla is present throughout the tasting and a hint of hoppiness towards the end ties things together.

Mouthfeel:
Though the flavor is very strong, the body seems a bit light. I won't go so far as to say that it's watery, but its density is on the lighter side of medium. Both the sensation and the taste improve as the beer warms ever-so-slightly.

Drinkability:
I believe that some other reviewers alluded to this already, but the alcohol content is very well-hidden - I was shocked to find that it's ~9.26%. Thus, this can be deadly if you're not keeping track of things. The strong flavor and light body are an interesting contrast which, while not bad (in my huble opinion), don't improve drinkability.

Summary:
I picked up a 22 oz. bottle for ~$3.50 at one of the Binny's in Chicago - it was the last one on the shelf. This limited release brew is extremely interesting. The high alcohol content and strong mix of easily discernable flavors are exceptional, but the body is a bit of a turnoff. However, I feel that the pros outweigh the cons, so I strongly suggest that you try this beer if you get an opportunity to do so because I know I will get this again at some point.

Photo of STEG
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A-Predominantly brown, not murky as other stouts some deep reds are in here as well. Khaki one finger head that dissipates quickly

S-Mostly Coffee with some chocolate vanilla, comparable to black medium-dark roast coffee with a vanilla bean in it. Maybe some raisins in the back.

T-Coffee up front followed by a grape raisin in the middle and a cocoa powder/unsweetened chocolate finish.

M-Kind of watery and a bit syrupy, not unpleasant but not great

D-Alcohol very well hidden, but warming and at 4.50$ a bomber could be quite dangerous.

Would recommend especially given the price and will buy again.

Photo of scottfrie
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into SN hop pint glass

A: Dark woody brown with a thin frothy tan head that left good lacing.
S: Old coffee grounds, oily hop resin, tobacco, sweet roasted malt and slight dark chocolate notes.
T: Bitter espresso countered by sweet malt with a bitter hop bite in the finish. Notes of dark fruits, raisins, toffee, toasted oats and hop oils. Aftertaste has a vague tobacco burntness.
M: Medium body with a ton of flavor. The feel was a little water for a stout. I thought it could be more chewy. The bitter punch at the end is not off putting. Carbonation hits the palate sharp but melts into a creamy finish.
D: Flavors are bold and alcohol is high making this a beer to take your time with. As another reviewer put it, this stout is not that "hearty." The flavors are rich but there's just something missing.

Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,397 ratings.