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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,631 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,631
Reviews: 1,232
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 153
Gots: 481 | FT: 8
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004

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Photo of seand
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very dark mostly opaque brown, with a small amount of light tan head. A little head retains well enough to leave reasonable spots of lacing.

S: Somewhat syrup-like sweetness, with notes of brown sugar. A touch of roasted coffee is also present.

T: Starts with a balanced sweetness but quickly moves into bitter coffee flavors. The finish has a lot going on, including a strong boozy whiskey-like note; this is not a beer that hides its ABV. Some coffee and roasted nuttiness accompanies the boozy finish.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

D: The booziness hampers the drinkability.

Photo of BeerMaverick
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a translucent dark amber...not what I was expecting for a stout, but beautiful regardless. Very thin head that is off-white in color, not the usual tan to darker tan. Minimal lacing.

S - Not much of a smell at all. Slight hints of coffee, but nothing stands out.

T - Pretty good stout. The coffee flavor definitely dominates the taste. It has a lighter taste that reflects its lighter appearance and it seems pretty bitter at 29.5 IBUs.

M - My favorite part about this beer...if you are in the mood for a coffee flavored beer, this is a winner. The coffee flavor lingers for awhile in your mouth and the coffee bitterness plays off of the hop bitterness resulting in a lasting aftertaste.

D - I would only recommend one or two of these because...really...who drinks a lot of coffee stouts at one time? Also this beer is 8.8 % in a 22 oz, so it takes a toll as a heavier beer.

Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Julian bottling date of 361 (12/27/10).

Appearance: Dark mahogany with thin head and very little lacing. Nice color even if it does not quite look like a Stout.

Smell: Milk chocolate covered espresso beans and molasses. Nice aroma but a little too simple and mild.

Taste: Espresso, chocolate and molasses really drive the flavor on this one. I really do not detect much else going on other than a little smoky dryness toward the end.

Feel: Somewhat smooth and creamy but a little too thin for the style. Low carbonation with just a barely dry finish. Warming.

Drinkability: This is fairly mild beer, whether reviewing it as an Imperial Stout or as a Coffee Ale, as even the just over 5% Surly Coffee Bender has more flavor and complexity. That said, it does have a nice flavor, is very easy to drink, and (similar to all Lagunitas brews) masks its high alcohol very well.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an ultra dark brown with a frothy white head, some good lace and head retention.

S: Sweet coffee notes with some dark chocolate, hint of chalk.

T: Dark chocolate, considerable coffee flavour. Fairly bitter with baker's chocolate and coffee beans, no real hop flavour whatsoever, just dominated by the previous two flavours.

M: Medium-full body, creamy (shake-like), frothy carbonation with a twinge of acidity in the finish.

D: A solid beer. Not enough secondary flavours to keep me really interested, but at $4.50 a bomber, it's very inexpensive in the style, so worth a pick up for the coffee fan. Not really my cup of tea with the overt bitter coffee flavours, but I can see the appeal.

Photo of Frosty80
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color: pours golden-brown. sits deep ruby/garnet with brown highlights. head is a few fingers thick with a creamy cola-color and great lacing

Smell: medium roasted malt character with a light coffee signature and just a spec of fruitiness. not very robust but clean and mellow

Taste: light coffee character carried on the back of roasted malt with a medium intensity. like the aroma there is also a hint of dark fruit as well. finish is slightly alcoholic a good charred character

Mouthfeel: low-full body with a medium carbonation

Notes: very easy-drinking stout. not as robust or intense as many.

Photo of mwthomas
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A- Nice dark brown poor. Little head, but I contribute that to the time it has spent in the growler (approximately 36 hours).

S- Rich roasted malts, cappuccino/coffee/mocha aroma is also present though surprisingly not overpowering. I also detect chocolate and hints of caramel.

T- Initially roasted malts and sweetness, but then finishes with the bitterness I personally associate with coffee/mocha. In the end, the flavors (sweet and bitter) are excellently balanced.

M- Creamy but not as thick as other stouts I have encountered. This contributes to the drinkability. The bit of flatness I encounter I probably due to the time spent in the growler.

D- As hinted above, it is surprisingly drinkable considering the style and ABV.

Conclusion: As a non-coffee/cappuccino drinker, I would have to rate this as my favorite coffee-inspired product above coffee ice cream. Lagunitas provides an excellent brew which rates high among my favorite stouts.

Photo of godfathermg57
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice

A: Dark like a stout. Head wasn't remarkable, but that may have been how I poured it.

S: Can smell malt and lots of chocolate and coffee. The cappuccino smell isn't too overpowering as I feared it might be.

T: Like the smell, this actually tastes less cappuccino-ey than I expected (reading from previous reviews). Still a defined coffee taste and a good chocolate malt taste to round it out.

M: Thick like a stout, but nothing overly cloying. It's not a remarkable feel but fits the style fine.

D: Jeez for ~9% alcohol and a few bucks this is definitely drinkable. It can be drunk slowly or gulped down since the flavors are not too complex and the bitterness is toned down. Really for the price point and compared to other Imperial Stouts, this is a solid buy. It's not the best IS ever, but certainly one of the best price/quality stouts.

Photo of rudzud
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle at Julio's. Definately in a stout mood. My bottle says 8.8%.

A - A nice dark dark pour. Moreso a dark brown as opposed to a oily black. Atop this sat a nice fluffy two finger head that faded at a good pace leacing a nice halo and good cloud.

S - Some nice coffee aromas here. Not really creamy but a roasty black coffee smell along with the roasted malts. Picking up some light chocolate notes too.

T - Much like the nose this has a good coffee flavour. Its not too up front, which is too bad. Doesnt have any bitter issues that one gets with black coffee. There are some nice roasted malt qualities to round this out. The alcohol his present on the tongue.

M - A bit too carbonation for me. Not as smooth/creamy as a stout normally is, especially one that has this high of an ABV. Alcohol is of course present here.

D - This isnt a bad stout, no, but its just a little off for me. Getting more of the bitter notes of coffee than the aromatic qualities. The carbonation also throws this one off for me. Perhaps with some aging it would get creamier but right now, I'd rather have a different one.

Photo of victory4me
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a thin porter-like dark brown. Not quite black and light certainly passes through. Two fingers of head dissipates quickly. Aroma is promising, roasted malts, bitter coffee and a sweet milky backbone. I'm expecting a cross between a milk stout and a strong coffee stout.

Not a bad tasting beer by any means, but not quite up to the standards my expectations from the aroma had set. Bitter chocolate and coffee with a sweet malty backbone. Where this is really lacking is the mouthfeel. The greatest thing about a cappuccino is the silky smooth and thick mouthfeel. This beer does not capture that, the feel is very watery and thin. More like a typical coffee porter.

A good beer and worth drinking, but does not live up to the expectations of it's name.

Photo of Khazadum
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Creamy cap that never dissipates, beautiful screen of lacing starts to develop. Extremely dark body with some mud hues to it. Low carbonation, but doesn't need it since it never truly dissipates below the centimeters of froth.

S- Strong bitterness of black coffee, but behind that is this delicious roasted character the reminds you of the brewing process. Some sweet character to it behind that but strongly roasted grain of a typical stout. Some minor burnt character to it and oxidized metal.

T- Opens bitter black coffee, but quickly the background starts to percolate and rise forth from the background. Some burnt grain brings out an acrid nature as a second dominant player. As this fades out the bitter of the coffee remains for a finish.

Some secondary players are an ethanolic presence, a nice roasted coffee flavor, and an odd berry sweetness.

M- Thin and watery. Gritty. Strong lingering powers, very crisp in the first quarter that distracts. The leftover residue that does show up on the lips is amazing coffee candy at least.

D- Seems to fall apart in the second half. Really a tough beer to drink if you take the time to think about it. The flavors aren't that great, the feelings are nothing amazing, and it just feels like a lackluster attempt at a commonly loved style. I guess I'd have to say I'd never drink it again.

Photo of mjurney
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby red color, see through. I could see some carbonation. Head looks fairly creamy.

Coffee, roasted malts, slight earthy.

Fresh coffee, roasty, hint of milk chocolate. There some bitter hops at the end. I notice there some hint of black pepper in the taste. Medium-light body. Carbonation is very stinging.

Bitter finish, dry roasted aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
Taste alright, but a little too watery and too much carbonation.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch-black with thick,white creamy head leaving impressive sticky lacing. Smells of coffee,toffee,thick dark chocolate, taste comes through identically with rich creamy maltiness,medium bodied.

Very tasty, maybe not the best stout/Imperial stout, but very rich in flavor and body. Better than Guinness, meets and exceeds the American stout style, worth the bucks and try.

A very good West Coast-style stout. Makes me proud to be born in CA/the West Coast.

Photo of Avagadro
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Surprisingly light, with a deep ruby color that displays garnet highlights when held to the light. Head is that of mocha, and of admirable retention.

S: Coffee is upfront, with support from chocolate and caramel.

T: Coffee, cream, and chocolate decorate a slightly sweet base.

M: A creamy texture enhances this brew's full body.

D: A delicious brew at an appealing price... 4.39 paid for the bomber. A little light on the coffee, but it is functional, adding complexity to the beer's natural flavors rather than masking them. Worth a shot!

Photo of n2185
2.19/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a very dark brown with about a finger of light tan head which recedes into a nice, thick layer with some good lacing.

S: Some roasted malt and sweet chocolate. There's a bit of coffee in there, but it's surprisingly weak considering its name.

T: Similar to the aroma, there's some sweet chocolate and a bit of bitter coffee. There is some vanilla flavor in there as well, leaving a kind of sweet aftertaste that isn't entirely pleasant and doesn't mix well with the coffee.

M: Medium body with little carbonation. The beer has kind of a watery mouthfeel that is pretty unpleasant. It ends up tasting like watered-down coffee with vanilla creamer.

D: Unpleasant mouthfeel and not very good taste make this a pretty undrinkable beer. Lagunitas is normally solid, but this is definitely a miss for them.

Photo of shangwang
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at The Drafting Room.

Cappuccino Stout literally made me think I was drinking an alcoholic iced coffee. The wonderful smells of vanilla and coffee were present. The appearance was dark and opaque. Once in the mouth, Cappuccino Stout was creamy and chewy. Coffee was the most obvious taste- a concentration similar to espresso, with the light sugary hints of cream and sugar. Very drinkable! Enjoyed this one quite a bit...

Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

A: Looks like a double stout should look. It is dark brown with a nice white head.

S: Roasted barley is big, but the overwhelming flavour here is COFFEE. It is a pleasant smell though, let's see how it tastes.

T: Not so good. The espresso flavour dominates every aspect of the beer. There are a lot of harsh tannin-like flavours that must have come from the beans.

D: Drinkability is pretty low. No attempt whatsoever to hide the alcohol and the addition of the heavy acidic espresso taste and a watery mouthfeel make this hard to down.

Overall: Not my favorite from Lagunitas. This tastes like a sugar and cream-less Irish coffee. It's big, ugly and tough to finish. Maybe it needs a few years to mellow, but right now its not for me. Try Two Brothers "Red Eye Porter" if you need a espresso/black beer fix.

Photo of adamhimself
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer isn't bad. It's nothing to write home about though. A very dark brown-black body with a white/brown head. You can see the hues of brown in the corners of the glass.

The smell is obviously coffee. Its not overwhelming at all. There are some notes of toffee and chocolate. Not a very strong smelling stout.

The taste isn't bad. The upfront taste is lacking, but once you swallow you are left with coffee, chocolate and slight caramels. There is also a slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is the weakest part of this beer. Its very watery and not creamy at all. Its actually quite light.

The drinkability isn't bad. You could rock a few of these, but you could possibly get tired of them after 2 or 3.

Photo of Dlish
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pour deep brown color, not black. Little to almost no head, but standard for an imperial stout.

S- Very deep espresso smell. Like deep black coffee grounds after its been brewed. Still there is a refreshing Vanilla flavor in the background I assume from the malt profile.

T- Wow, that is a cappuccino stout. It is a very burnt deep bitter coffee flavor that floods the tongue. There is a fruity flavor, it might be a vanilla flavor. There is def not bitterness from the hops, which explains the low IBU count, I expected more than 30. The coffee I think makes the bitterness and why this beer is able to get away with that.

M- The carbonation, nothing great. Although the flavor is good, they don't blend well enough, and add a flavor that goes up and down.

D- Its a heavy beer, and that bitter coffee flavor is pronounced (makes since its a coffee stout) But it could be blended better, to make it more stout than cappuccino. If you are looking for a pronounced coffee beer than this will do great.

Photo of EricCioe
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep red/brown/black that light can just barely penetrate with a khaki head that fades and little lacing. On the nose it lacks the very astringent, day-old coffee note that kills Bell's Java Stout and Dark Horse Perkulator for me, so that's a plus. It's actually a pretty subtle nose for a coffee stout. Obviously coffee is present but it's deep down, among vanilla and other stuff. The Bros mentioned blood oranges, and I think I get that, too. It's a subtle bouquet but it's a very good one. On the tongue the coffee stands out more than on the nose and the other stuff gets lost a bit, but there is a hop presence that makes itself known. In the mouth it isn't a huge bodied beer and there is a nice prickly, carbonation + coffee + slight alcohol effect that lingers. It's pretty drinkable for a big stout. I'm a pretty big fan and at the price I'm not sure it can be beaten.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Jet black body that setlled in under a slight 1/2 inch of dense,creamy beige head that dissipated quickly leaving scant lacing.Honestly looks a little thin.

S-Strong,dark roasted coffee,scalded milk sweetness
and slightly charred malts.

T-Good roastiness with black coffee,sweetened milk,burnt sugar and dark malts with a hint of dark chocolate bitterness.

M-A touch thin.Medium bodied but lacking complexity.

D-Not a bad stout but not one I would go out of my way to purchase or recommend.

Photo of Buddha22
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost completely black with a red tinge. A little tan head when poured that resided quickly and completely disappears.

S: Took a while to get a decent smell from the glass, dont think it was washed that well. But definitely a expresso aroma that is decent.

T: Is a pretty flavorful stout. Get some chocolate and coffee flavors.

D: Very drinkable thats why I am moving on to my second.

Photo of rdilauro
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a lover of stouts and I love espresso and cappuccino.
The pour was outstanding, dark and rich with a nice golden almost brownish head.
It was easy to pick up the aroma of coffee in this one. My first sip and I thought it was a bit unbalanced. Too much espresso coffee tasting. That seemed to overpower the actual beer.
However after the second and third sip, I started to enjoy this more and more.
When we were tasting this one, we also had a side by side taste comparison with a Chocolate Stout. It was almost unfair to taste this together.
At the end, I did enjoy this Cappuccino Stout. Not at the top of my list, but something you need to try

Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Bold coffee, lots of fruit, coffee oil, some cocoa.

L: Very dark brown, tan head that dissipates.

T: Sweet coffee malt with a dark chocolate finish. Some slight fruity bitterness. Touch of sweetness in the finish with roastiness. Somewhat sweet.

M: Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation.

Really enjoyed this beer, could barely detect the alcohol. Coffee was pretty solid, but there were some off notes that i detected. I'd be curious as how they added the coffee in this beer.

Photo of StonyB
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hi, neighbor. How are you today? Welcome to StonyB's neighborhood.

Today we have a very special guest. His name is Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout. Can you say "Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout"? I knew you could!

Mr. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is a BEER, or more specifically an American Double/Imperial Stout. So when you drink him, please do so slowly, and in moderation. Otherwise your head and your tummy may feel icky the next day.

Okay, here he comes now. He's dressed as a 22 ounce bottle that has a cute little doggy on the label. The label also says this beer is brewed with coffee. That's even better than Frosted Flakes on a Saturday morning, kids.

Now since we don't want to pour the entire bottle, here's a helpful hint. Kids, get yourself one of those wine or bottle stoppers; they cost less than your weekly allowance. Then, when you're not sharing a 22 ounce bomber (of course, sharing is GOOD), you can serve yourself half, and save the rest for the next day. You're welcome.

My that Mr. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is a handsome fellow. He's kinda cloudy brown with red tinges, just like chocolate ice cream with cherry syrup. Doesn't that sound good, kids? He doesn't have much of a head on top, but neither does Grandpa, so that's okay.

Of course, you really have to smell our guest to get a better idea of what he's like. It's okay, don't be shy. Mmm. See what I mean? He smells like chocolate milk, and mild coffee, and cherry-like fruit, and maybe some of that strong alcohol stuff that's in beer. Makes you want to grab a straw and start drinking him, doesn't it?

My goodness boys and girls, what do we have here? Mr. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is definitely truth in advertising. Are you as impressed if not slightly overwhelmed by the strong, roasty cappuccino flavor up front? I knew you were! There's also some bitter chocolate, but there's a sweet lactose (that's milk, kids) finish that is nice and balancing. Have you ever eaten a chocolate-covered espresso bean? It's a lot like that, except here the espresso is on the outside and the chocolate is on the inside. And that's okay. It's okay to be different.

Do you children know what "mouthfeel" means? If not, go ask your parents. I know your Mom and Dad really like it when you ask them lots of questions. Anyway, our new friend has a moderately creamy texture, has just enough carbonation, and like we said, has a great and yummy finish. You just want to keep putting this stuff in your mouth, right? Yep.

It looks like Mr. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is getting ready to leave. Let's all say goodbye to him, boys and girls. Goodbye, Mr. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout! Thanks for coming over!

Okay, now that he's gone, do you think we should invite him over again soon? Yes? I agree. Although he is a strong beer, with an 8.8% ABV listed on the label (ABV means Alcohol By Volume, go ask your teacher about that), he is very pleasant to drink and has a bold, interesting character. I don't think he's going to become a regular cast member of StonyB's neighborhood, but Mr. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is certainly welcome back as a frequent guest. I recommend that you invite him into your home. And when you do, tell him StonyB says "Hello."

Good day, neighbor.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 22 oz. into my Duvel tulip.

A - Nice black pour with a two inch creamy brown head. Leaves a nice layer of lacing all down the glass.

S - Obviously has a great coffee and mocha smell. Hints of a chocolate and just a bit of sweetness.

T - Umm good flavor with what you would expect with the coffee and mocha tastes. Has just a tiny bit of bitter flavor but almost unnoticeable. Ends off with a slightly sweet flavor and what taste like vanilla cream. Really nice. The slightest taste of alcohol finishes well.

M - It's a wonderfully creamy tasting stout. Feels velvety smooth and leaves a nice coating. Full bodied.

D - Extremely. This is a crazy drinkable stout for and ABV of 9 plus.

Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,631 ratings.