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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,366 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,366
Reviews: 1,175
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 115
Gots: 330 | 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 ColForbinBC
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

This beer poured a dark opaque brown with a two-finger head that lingered for a while. The smell is surprisingly malt-dominated with a bit of coffee and chocolate as well. The taste starts right out of the gate with a some bitter coffee flavor that gives way to malt sweetness with some chocolate character. That's followed by some bitterness and definite alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is thick with low carbonation and a bit of warming from the alcohol. This is an interesting beer that while not being absolutely stunning, is still decent and affordable to try out if the price I got it for is any indicator.

TheTrevor, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of abrand
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber poured into pint glass

A- very deep color with nice frothy head and nice retention

S- coffee, duh also roasted malts and some chocolate

T- surprisingly sweet coffee. very smooth finish

M- Medium to full bodied

D- I am really enjoying this beer. I would rate it pretty high for drinkability.

abrand, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of mphopkins99
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recv'd via a great trade with donkeyrunner

A - Dark brown, small head with some lacing.

S - Very malty, hints of chocolate and coffee with a definite alcohol presence.

T - The coffee presence hits first, big time warm alcohol taste on the back end that stays around.

M - Thick, like a stout should be. Light carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, especially for a beer with an 8.3% ABV.

A great example of a coffee stout. This is one I would dfinitely seek out.

mphopkins99, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Stimack
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After having seen this brew on the shelves for a while I thought I would give one of Lagunitas offerings a try, plus heard some good things about it on the BN. The brew poured to a dark brown color which was very surprising since this brew is suppose to be a stout. The head as not overly that large and had a real light light tan color. The retention was not that great though what was there id leave some lacing. The aroma has a nice solid coffee aroma that has some coffee highlights and seems to be anchored by a hefty alcohol scent. The flavor at first gives me the impression that the coffee flavors are going to be a little harsh but that thought quickly fades. The coffee flavors are clearly dominant here while being quite smooth. Flavors that I am also getting is chocolate but plays a minor part. Seems to have an ample hopping that I think comes out in the end as there is a nice bitterness, either that or it is from the coffee flavors but I don't think so as it seems to be a little citric. For being a +8% brew the alcohol in the flavor is very well hidden though it does come out a little more as this one warms. I understand that this brew is labeled as a stout but does not seem to have the viscosity that you normally see in this type, seems to lead to a slightly watery feel, though the overall flavors trump that. Overall this brew gets two thumbs up as it is very good, worth additional looks!

Stimack, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of JJBlanche
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Worth a try.

A - What you'd expect a carbonated stout to look like. Low head, sticks around for a bit. Lacing present.

S - Roastiness, and some more roastiness to top it off.

T - Good. Certainly has that coffee influence. Some caramel/sweetness. I'm not really seeing the whole Cappuccino thing...maybe "coffee influenced," but this isn't even close to any cappuccino I've ever had.

M - Good. Not too thick, not too light.

D - You won't be pounding them, but nothing terribly distracting in this regard.

JJBlanche, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown that is so dark you can;t see through it. A small amount of mocha head rise and there is little to no lacing on the glass.

Smell is of sweet coffee.

Taste starts with a sugary sweetness followed by a coffee and chocolate flavor that ends in a roasted taste that leaves bitterness. Comes through pretty hot as well. Feels a little too sweet as well, almost as if they added sugar in the end to sweeten it.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, not quite chewy, but more syrupy. A good amount of carbonation.

This has decent drinkability, would be more drinkable if it didn't come through so hot.

ocelot2500, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 19 Jan 2008. Courtesy of R&T, thanks!

Medium foamy brown head. Opaque molasses in color. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasty malt. Starts with a lot of coffee and chocolate flavor. Lots of coffee roastiness throughout becoming sweeter towards the finish. Aftertaste is quite burnt and roasty malt. Medium body, milky mouthfeel.

One of the more coffee flavored beers I've had but somewhat average for an imperial stout.

htomsirveaux, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of Beertracker
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout pours up with a compact tannish-brown head that covers the dark brown-black body. Good head retention for a coffee beer. The aroma is solidly roasty with some chocolate & espresso mixed in. Hint of herbal hops. Alcohol muted. The flavor starts off with some caramel, chocolate & dried cocao then moves towards a dry, almost burnt (acrid) finish from the black or roasted barley. Alcohol warms up, but never dominates the overall character. Good carbonation, body is a medium-thin per style. Lagunitas continues to surprise, as any beer lover couldn't go wrong with this selection for the price.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cappuccino Stout
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
ABV: 7.9 or 8.3% ABV?

Reviewed 12/16/08 @ home, bottle>dimpled mug
A 2.5? - deep dark opaque black/brown, almost no head
S 3.0, I can smell the alcohol, hints of malt roasty-ness
T 3.5, same as smell, with some mild coffee notes mixed in
MF 3.5 medium-low carbonation, medium-full body
D 3.0 - was just okay all around, not a standout in my opinion

unclejimbay, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of berserker256
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this 22 ounce bottle for $3.99. The ABV says 8.29%, however, and not 7.99%. It pours out very dark brown. Almost black. It churns up a pretty nice tannish and lasting thick head. It has a semi-sweet coffee and chocolate smell to it. The first impression with the taste is sweet coffee with roasted malted barley followed by a somewhat bitter aftertaste (similar to coffee) and a throat-warming alcohol sensation. It's got a nice thick creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Too heavy to drink in any quantity but this 22 ounce bottle is a great start to the beer drinking day.

berserker256, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of sophisticated
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cappuccinos are 1/3 espresso, 1/3 milk, and 1/3 foam. So I expected this beer to be a little more special than a regular old coffee stout, but was afraid the I'd be disappointed.


It was delicious. This 8.29% bomber kicked my butt with its deliciousness.

It poured black with slightly brown edges. It's tan head was not overly impressive but left a nice head. The smell was surprisingly not strong. A little sweet (malts), some coffee, but nothing very distinctive. So I was surprised for the very strong and pleasant taste. It packs a wallop! It tastes like a strong cold cup of coffee, with some milk and sugar, and perhaps some bittersweet dark chocolate. I think if someone were to smell my breath (which I will not subject them to) they'd think I was drinking coffee rather than a nice stout.The mouthfeel was creamy, if a little thin, and had great drinkability.

Truth be told, I have not had many coffee stouts, but I have had a few, and this one is definitely memorable.

sophisticated, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black with a brown tint. Minimal head and very little lacing.

Nose is a tad weak for the beer's strong taste profile. There is an implied sweetness in the nose that doesn't come out on the tongue.

Initial hit delivers some caramel notes, but quickly turns to bitter chocolate, roast, and strong coffee. Mouth is a little on the thin side for the taste.

Drinks a lot easier than the 8% on the label.

beer2day, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of scifan
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a small wispy head.
Not much on the nose. Small amount of caramel, roasted barley, and just a touch of coffee.
Taste is alot better than the nose. There's some nice sweetness too it, and some bitterness from the roasted barley and the coffee finally comes through. Alot more than the nose would imply. reminds me more of porter than a stout
Feels a tad thin for my liking. Nice carbonation.
It goes down real smooth I don't think I'll have a problem finishing this 22.

scifan, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Riverwarrior
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S = Mostly a dry chocolate/cocoa aroma.

T = Dry cocoa upfront with caramel showing up near the end. Roasted malts were detectable, but not as much as I would have liked. Some coffee bitterness in the finish.

MF = Body was medium with carbonation somewhere between low and moderate. Creamy texture as well.

Overall, this was a decent, easy to drink stout, but not as sweet as the name would imply (or should I say as I was hoping). I would prefer more coffee characteristic.

Riverwarrior, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance is very light for a stout. It's actually lighter than some porters. It's a clear ruby red with a one inch cream colored head. Leaves some decent lacing.

Aroma is pretty good, coffee is pretty much the only thing that I am detecting though. Perhaps a bit of dark fruit and some sweetness.

Taste initially has some caramel and fruit qualities, but where has the coffee gone? It is nearly undetectable now and only vaguely shines through on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but actually ends up feeling quite chewy with a very creamy carbonation.

This one is lacking what a stout needs, namely some roastiness! I'd take it over some other beers, but as a coffee beer, this one is somewhat of a failure.

roadhouse, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Have heard of this before, saw it and had to try it.

Pours a very dark brown but when held up to the light, it has a raspberry red color to it. Small head that dissapated fast with ok lacing.

Smells of black coffee and very bitter chocolate. Smell is ok.

Taste is very much of black coffee and some bitter chocolate. Little more bitter from the malts than I was hoping based on the name.

Mouthfeel is a little watery than I was hoping and I was expecting a little more creamyness. It's prett good on the carbonation though.

Drinkability is ok. I would have it again but not before trying something new if offered.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured dark brown, with red highlights, that produced a tan head that retained ok and left a little lace around the glass

S - Good coffee/chocolate mix, subtle malts

T - Black coffee, roasted chocolate malts

M - Slight carbonation, with a moderate body

D - A good Imperial Stout that burst with coffee flavors, but doesn't offer a creamy mouthful like other stouts

cvfish, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of beveritt
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into an Imperial pint glass. Label is non glossy paper and shows a dog over the words "Cappuccino Stout." A parody of Psalm 13, this one written to coffee is on the side. I like the brewers already. My first Lagunitas beer. No clear freshness date. A twist off top! Wasn't expecting that.

Appearance: Pours with less than 1 finger of tan head. This settles quickly to essentially nothing, just a few sparse patches of foam. The beer itself is dark mahogany, but easy to see through, not even close to opaque. Uh oh. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strong astringent coffee aroma with hints of bitter chocolate. Malt becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

Taste: Sweet chocolate flavors upfront which immediately lead to a dark coffee flavor. Hints of vanilla and cherry, almost like this has seen a barrel or at least staves.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation, which is fine for the style. Body is very good.

Drinkability: More mild mannered than many coffee stouts out there, but still good. The higher ABV is hidden very well, making this a pleasant sipper. A decent showing from my first Lagunitas.

beveritt, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Medium head that dispersed with a little time. Color somewhere between dried blood and mahogany. Clearly not black even with bad lighting.

S: rich coffee, malts, and toffee; enticing

T: the coffee flavor is forward but not overpowering. Finished with a slightly sugary edge. Both good things...what it's missing is the depth and body of a stout.

M: smooth and dry but not creamy. Like a strong ale that's missing it's carbonation.

D: goes down easily and pleasantly. Not my favorite stout but worthy of a try. Would behappy for a 2nd...if you're buying :)

Richardberg, Jan 31, 2009
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