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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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3,269 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,269
Reviews: 1,171
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 104
Gots: 311 | 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:
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(Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004)
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Photo of LordofTime25
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Beer is dark brown almost black with a creamy tan head that disapates quicky. Does leave lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malt, Coffee, some fruity smells with a little chocolate aroma.

T- Chocolate coffee flavors that is very rich and finishes with a bitterness.

M- Has very little carbonation and not to thick.

D- A very decent American Stout. 1 or 2 every now and than would be enough,

LordofTime25, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish/black. Inch or two of tan foam head.

Smells ... surprisingly sweet. Chocolate? I was expecting to be blown away by coffee. There's definitely more coffee in the taste, and the mouthfeel is nice and bubbly. Actually, bit of a dry coffee finish.

Unusual. Don't know if it's my fave, but interesting.

Overlord, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of mattffrost
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Beer is dark brown, can not see through the glass. Head is a tan. Head evaporates rather quickly. some lacing on the glass but not a lot.

S- Roasted malt, Coffee, some fruity smells with a little chocolate aroma.

T- Chocolate coffee flavers. A touch of sweetness that finishs just a little bitter. Nothing really strong here. Very rich. The more I taste the more I think of this as a sweet beer. Almost like a syrup in some ways but it does finish a bit bitter.

M- Very little carbonation makes this very mild in the mouth. The chcolate is nice for the mouth.

D- This one is confuing. For me its just a tad bit sweet to be a really drinkable beer but 22 oz is easy to finish. One is enough for me. I would drink this again.

mattffrost, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of abfraser
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was after a long day of drinking at The Trappist in Oakland as a nightcap so my memories are a little hazy. Not going to do a full in depth review. It's no question a coffee stout, but it doesn't taste too strong or like used coffee grounds. Surprisingly dry and not sweet, especially when you consider that most Lagunitas are the opposite. Overall, I thought this a good brew. I was pleasantly surprised

abfraser, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep copper color, bordering on brown/dark brown. When held up to light, the beer was nicely clarified. Head was white with a hint of brown and dissipated quickly.

Smell: Dominated by malt aromas on the lines of roasted, chocolatey-coffee mix. The capuccino aroma was prevelant. I didn't percieve any hop aroma.

Taste: An initial sweetness mixed with a roasted/darkened malt character was soon countered by the hop bitterness, but just enough to compliment the malt. Cappuccino heartiness entered mid-taste, and as the hop bitterness slightly subsided, more chocolatey malt came through. The beer finished with a pleasant bitterness and an alcholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel. This beer felt heavier than what I expected, based on the relatively lighter color (as far as stouts go). I could definately tell that this beer was almost 8% alcohol, as its subtle warmth came through.

Drinkability: This beer went down nicely. I would surely drink this one again, but in a single sitting, I think one or two pints would be enough.

CHSLBrew, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of Buebie
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a 120z glass.
Dark in color, with a ruby red glow when held to light.
Thick off white 2 finger head. Nice drapeing of lace, with thin retention.

Mild coffee at the knose, with malt backing.
Sweet upfront, somwhat big carbonation. More carbonation then desired.
Hints of molasses in the backround. Minerally water flavors. Some hints of bittersweet chocolate.
Mild alcahol warming at the swallow.
Bittering chocolate malts at the swallow, with pine hops whispering in the background.
Some oaky woody like flavors in there.

Woulda liked less carbonation, more coffee and a creamier texture to smooth things out.

Buebie, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of erikm25
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 22oz bomber poured into a goblet. Pours a dark coffee brown, almost black. The head is dense, minimal, and a caramel milky brown. Torched amber highlights as it sits in the glass. Decent retention and unremarkable lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, cocoa, and almonds balanced against dark ripe cherries and grapes. Even a burnt citrus and spiced backdrop. Toasted toffee coupled with sharp sweet aromas making a perfect balance.

T: Smooth and creamy coffee taste with a snip of residual citrus hops. Much like the nose the balance here is interesting. Creamy and rich with burnt caramel malts, expresso, and noticeable bitter chocolate finish. Ripe fruits coated in brown sugar and peppered with sweetened candy. The mocha taste appears even more as this warms but so does the sweetness.

M: Heavy medium body with no hints of alcohol and good carbonation.

D: Absolutely drinkable and recommended. Though admittedly i know little about the style it went well with a night of reminiscing. For the price I'd like to trade in my morning coffee for a couple of these. And who knows, maybe I'll throw one in the mix every few Fridays.

erikm25, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of Tdizzle
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this 22oz bottle from BevMo! Cypress.

A- Poured into an Allagash tulip glass, this beer pours a clear reddish-brown color with ruby highlights. The head is tan in color and quickly settles to a thick ring along the inside of the glass that leaves no lacing behind after each sip.

S- As expected, the aroma suggests a generous amount of roasted coffee and dark, fruity malts. In the background, there is a sharp, herbal spiciness of green, leafy hops. This plant-like apsect of the aroma is slightly more noticeable than the coffee and it becomes a bit astringent and cloying. This is not the smell I was expecting from a coffee-based stout. Some sweeter accents of dark fruits and alcohol heat begin to emerge as the beer warms.

T- The coffee flavor is abundant, but it's accompanied by a moderate amount of citric hop bitterness. The finish yields traces of bitter, roasty, and spicy flavors that leave the palate bone-dry and ready for the next sip.

M- The liquid feels thick in the mouth but with watery edges. The carbonation is mild and soft on the palate.

D- This beer is puzzling. When I saw the words Cappuccino Stout, I expected a black liquid that possesed rich, chocolatey flavors and aromas not unlike Alesmith's Speedway Stout. Instead, I was greeted by a transparent liquid that was laden with hops. The overall taste of this beer is good, but it's not something that I feel compelled to revisit. That aside, the 8.29% ABV is well-hidden and I was able to finish an entire bomber of this beer over the course of a night.

Overall, this is worth a try, though there are many better examples of the style to choose from.

Tdizzle, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown color with minimal tan bubbly head.

Smells of coffee, sweet roasted malts, faint hoppiness, faint milk chocolate.

Coffee up front, some sweet maltiness, big charred malt, hop bitterness, big coffee bitterness in finish.

Kinda thin, nicely carbonated, smooth, lingering bitter finish.

Drinks well. No problems with a 22 0z bottle.

Middle of the road for me. The coffee overpowers most of the stout like flavors. That's probably the point. Still can't go wrong with the under $5 price.

bbothen, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of nightswatch
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into an EKU snifter as it was all I had clean in my new apartment. As an aside, I loved the label, especially the side where it listed the deposit for each state, ending with "MI 10c DEP (whoa...)"

Appearance: Poured with little head, a consequence of the 8.29%abv, or perhaps my relative inexperience at pouring. Sat there bubbling, a deep deep amber, nearly black. Looks delicious.

Smell: Awesome. Loaded with coffee and also dark fruit. My nose isn't as sensitive as some, but suffice it to say that the smell has me amped up to take a taste. This continued as I drank and the beer warmed up a bit.

Taste: heavy coffee flavours, as is to be expected from the name. Also a heavy taste of alcohol in the finish. More in some sips than in other, but if I had to guess without knowing I'd eyeball it at about a heady 10%. I tend to favor creamier stouts, but this more than suffices, especially if you're into coffee as it dominates the flavor. There's some sweetness in the aftertaste as well where the barley makes its presence known. Growing a bit more complex as it warms up out of the fridge, again as would be expected.

Mouthfeel: Feels great on my tongue. The carbonation is surprisingly present for as heavy as it tastes / as high as the abv is. The alcohol is definitely present in the aftertaste and makes it a slow drinker, but nothing too unpleasant.

Drinkability: Again, certainly not a session beer but I wish I had paired it with some food. If you don't like coffee this will kick you in the teeth but otherwise a solid, drinkable beer.

nightswatch, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22-ounce twist-off topped bomber bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear, dark chestnut body with a sparkle of ruby, capped with a thick creamy layer of fine-bubbled light brown sugar-colored foam. The head retains at a bubbly sheet that leaves wide sticky rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is loaded with dark-roasted black coffee front-and-center, with succulent dark-roasted malts and a note of chocolate.

The taste is luscious and coffee-centered with plenty of dark malty sweetness and a surprising swirl of juicy, citrusy hops. True to its nomenclature, Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout has a creamy cafe au lait-style mellow sweetness with a balance of mild, bitter coffee, but with a drop or two of orange and grapefruit. A bit of cool sweetened cocoa lingers in the finish.

The drink is full-bodied and perfectly-carbonated with a silky feel. Wonderfully good drinker with no real trace of the 8.3% abv.

cvstrickland, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this at River's Bend about a month ago. The weather has dropped into the 50's in the past few days, so I thought I'd crack this one...

A:This pours a dark brownish color and has a nice tan head that leave attractive sticky lacing.

S/T: The nose and mouthfeel are close to the same, that being cappuccino, roasted malts, hints of brown sugar, molasses and all trailing with a nice hoppy kick to end things off.

Mouthfeel was bitter at times, but enjoyable the entire time.

This was a solid stout. Well crafted and highly drinkable, but watch out for the ABV at 8/3%.

beachbum1975, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of sevopie
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a brownish color, not very dark, with ruby highlights. Rocky tan head.

Smell - Sweet coffee laced malts smell, with a good bitter burnt smell in the background.

Taste - Coffee starts it off, but this almost straddles the line between stout and porter. I like it a lot, the bitter is well balanced with the coffee, and the dark malts make a good appearance.

Mouthfeel - Thicker than I anticipated from the look of it. Very oily and the carbonation is just right.

Drinkability - When I poured this one, I was a bit disappointed by the look, but it has redeemed itself from there on out. Great buy I will be revisiting.

sevopie, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black with a rich tan head. Good looking beer.

Aroma is awesome. Like a Founders breakfast stout with a splash of Dark Lord. If you haven't had those, then it's coffee, roasted grain, a hint of soy sauce, some alcohol, molasses, a bit of bittering hops in the back, and perhaps a bit of cocoa.

Flavor is good, but not like the nose. Bittering hops balance with some molasses, chocolate, and roasted grain bitterness. The finish is lightly hoppy, the sweetness lingers just a bit along with the roasted character, and a fairly notable alcohol note comes in.

Carbonation is medium low and mouthfeel is just a bit thin for my taste, albeit reasonably chewy for a stout. Finish is very slightly astringent and warming.

The alcohol presence in this one cuts down on the drinkability a bit, but certainly well worth a try.

khiasmus, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz standard brown bomber. Pours out a somewhat light blackish color with a hint of dark brown and something reddish. Beautiful creamy coffee colored head that seems to last.

Smell is almost exactly what I expected. Tons of coffee, chocolate, malt and some chalk. Gives you the impression that this will be sweet. Taste is almost dead on with the smell but the chocolate is kicked up even more. You also get some nice hop bitterness to try and balance this one out. Alcohol is well hidden behind a wall of coffee and malt.

Seems a bit thick in the mouth which does take away from the drinkability slightly. To me, this needs something really sweet.

CharlesRiver, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of SFRider
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown. Blood red on the sides when held up to the light. Little head.
Smell: Slightly sweet. Definitely picking up on notes of coffee and caramel.
Taste: Yep - I taste that coffee. Little bitter. No hops.
Drinkability: Medium carbonation. Creamy. Good stout consistency.

I like drinking with friends. I shared this one with a friend. We drank at the same time - he spoke first "Wow - that's like eating a second meal". As most stouts are. There's nothing light about cappuccino or stout. If it weren't dark - I'd be worried. Stout lovers will like this beer. Didn't knock me out - but I'm glad I tried it.

SFRider, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a dark, clear mahogany with no head. It smelled like fresh coffee beans with a hint of barley malt and mint. It tasted like powerful ground coffee beans with a bit of milk sweetness. It was slightly thick with no carbonation, and had a bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this has a very one-dimensional flavor, although it was very clean and drinkable. It could have used a bit more balance or depth, although I still enjoyed it. But if you don't like coffee, definitely avoid this beer.

Pencible, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of JMBSH
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks black at first but when held to a light, it reveals itself as a dark brown. A finger of head quickly shrinks to a bare coating but a pretty good caoting of lace is left behind on the glass's walls.

S - No mistaking this as anything other then a coffee beer. Not as strong as some I have had but it is there. Also a hint of chocolate but not very sweet. Dark almost bakers in smell.

T - There's the coffee but with the bitterness that one finds in a more hopped beer. Citrusy but understated (if that makes any sense). Also a bit of the chocolate peeks around it's edges as well.

M - A bit sticky on the back of the tongue and throat. Not to thick with just a little of the carbonation coming through in the mouth. Still very balanced.

D - A good after dinner/night cap beer. Light in some parts while heavy in others. No a beer for people who aren't too fond of coffee.

JMBSH, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of rodrot
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown color with a quarter inch light tan head. I expected something quite a bit darker considering this is a coffee flavored stout. The beer had a light aroma of roasted coffee and not much else. Taste was coffeeish with a light roasted malt flavor and just a touch of alcohol. The finish was slightly sweet. Mouthfeel was light in the palate and thin in body. Overall, I was disappointed in this beer. I expected something more aggressive in taste, aroma and body. Instead it was quite boring and nothing especially memorable. One and done for me.

rodrot, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Dangerous
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine Lagunitas brew! I am quickly becoming a fan of this fine brewer.

I love coffee and when I saw this Cappuccino stout sitting on the shelf, I had to have it. My bottle poured a rich cola colored brew with evident carbonation and a weak head. Immediately evident on the nose are a strong sense of malt intertwined with a hint of roasted coffee beans. When consumed, I was immediately hit with exactly what I had on the nose, A malt start with a slight aftertaste of roasted coffee. The brew is moderately carbonated and feels light on the palate.

I recommend this brew for anyone who enjoys coffee and beer or who are adventurous and would like to enjoy this stout after dinner with a slice of warmed apple pie a-la-mode.

Kudos Lagunitas!

Dangerous, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- black body with ruby hues around the edges. small off white creamy head not so sticky head.

S- coffee, roasted malt, and a touch of hops and chocolate

t- massive bitter hoppy/coffee finish to this one. chocolate and roasted malts upfront.

M- full bodied and creamy.

D- the finish and after taste on this one is much better than i was expecting. a great bargain brew, one bomber was enough but ill try to revisit before its gone.

jwinship83, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep, blood red hue to it. Head is creamy, rather pale, and fairly average.

S: Modest coffee & cream, some light chocolate touches, and a rounding of the malts used. Not too shabby.

T: Similar profile to the aroma. Rather heavily creamed coffee, some hints of chocolate, and a little bitterness - slightly leafy - on the finish.

M + D: Carbonation seemed maybe a bit sharp to my palate, though it does mellow out a little bit and become a little more creamy. Not too bad a brew - it seems to have been a decent choice to come home to after a long day at work.

Proteus93, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of rivertrance420
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a solid Cappuccino beer. Very drinkable, but very different than what I expected. With first pour it looked very average, and didn't look that special. I smelled it and I was not impressed. The taste is where it earns most of its points. It is a nice semi-sweet stout w/ a slight coffee backbone to back it up. Not overly coffee flavored like some stouts I see these days. The mouthfeel I felt could of been a little better. A tad bit thicker maybe. Overall, it is very drinkable for under $5 for a bomber. Give it a try. Lagunitas=quality.

rivertrance420, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of 1759Girl
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance> Not a big head... almost porter looking. Excellent lacing however, and a nice warm brown colour.

Smell> Toasted malt and dark chcolate. YUM!

Taste> Not too complex, but a hell of a good bitter chocolate start and very toasty finish. My main complaints would be that it lacked any of the cappucino notes that I expected given the name.... I expected rich creamy coffee tasting stout... And yet the finish is more like Stone's Smoked Porter. Its tasty, though just not what I exepected for its name and style.

Mouf> seltzery. Not fab.

Drinkability> Perhaps I was just drinking this in good company but I enjoyed it quite a lot. Perhaps I was just really excited to find a Lagunitas that I wasn't just 'indifferent' to.

1759Girl, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad to add this to the collection at Mile High.

Now granted, I tried Beergeek Breakfast for the first time not too long ago and I think this unfairly altered my expectations for coffee stouts, but this beer didn't blow me away. The body was thick and creamy, the aroma was sweet cocoa. I really get much coffee or espresso from this thing, mostly cocoa. Still, a nice stout I will surely try again as I only had a sample, maybe 4 ounces.

BradLikesBrew, Sep 29, 2008
Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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