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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,126
Reviews: 1,167
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 90
Gots: 267 | FT: 2
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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:
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(Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004)
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Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a light brown, five-finger head that goes slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Virtually black color. Nose is roasted coffee. Smooth, roasted/burnt coffee flavor. Lingering
burnt coffee after taste. $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Haggens Beaverton, OR.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 04:22:37 | More by jdhilt
Photo of largadeer


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 batch.

Appearance: Black with a head of dark brown and some amber highlights around the edges. Head retention is fairly good.

Smell: A huge aroma of coffee is most immediate, with subtle alcohol and burnt toast. The coffee is dominating but nicely done - it has the character of freshly roasted coffee beans rather than the stale coffee aroma that I find in many coffee-infused beers.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sharp, dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate and toast. Hops, roasted malts and coffee create a long, bitter finish with a creamy mouthfeel.

Notes - Quite good and better than last year's batch from what I remember. The coffee character is strong but I'm impressed with the fresh, aromatic quality of it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2007 01:23:33 | More by largadeer
Photo of ccrida


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (labeled 8.3% ABV btw) into a nonic, Cappuccino Stout is dark black with a amber tinged dark tan head that leaves medium light lace.

Smell is sharp coffee grinds and cocoa dusted chocolate truffles (served ~55F).

Taste is very nice, richness of cappuccino mingles well with what essentially is an imperial stout. Full flavored and satisfying, but a bit acrid and boozy on the lingering malty finish.

Mouthfeel is slick and the body is on the lighter side.

Drinkability is pretty good, drinks like a huge imperial stout but is a bit lower then average at 8.3, with a nice touch of cappuccino providing another layer of depth.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 03:35:28 | More by ccrida
Photo of Sweasty


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark Mahogany almost Black with ruby hues when held up to the light. Shortish off white head. Falls quickly to a ring that provides decent lacing. I am usually weary of stouts that aren't opaque black.

Smell - Initial smell is of roasted malt. Thats followed by a subtle cappuccino aroma, and some sweet chocolate.

Taste - Matches the nose. The coffee is much more pronounced in the taste, but never overpowering. Initial taste is of roast, followed by that more pronounced coffee, and dark chocolate flavors. There are faint citrusy hop notes as well. Not surprised to see those hops in yet another Lagunitas brew. They work well with the dark roasted/coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat full bodied, and oh so heavenly smooth and velvety.

This has always been one of my, if not my, favorite stouts. The more subtle, by comparison, coffee notes make this beer much better than most coffee brews. Its dangerously drinkable for its girth. I could definitely knock back a few of these with out problem.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 01:05:33 | More by Sweasty
Photo of shroompod


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small head, no lacing.

Smell is faint , some hop aroma , dark malts.

Hops and the malts meld nicely for a strong initial taste. The aftertaste yields some burnt malt , with an afterthought to the coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium , almost dry considering the ABV.

Overall a nice dry , high ABV offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 23:37:40 | More by shroompod
Photo of jkdrummer


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ummm - WOW! Sure the coffee is there but there's also a dry chocolate flavor that dominates too. Not much of a head but a nice creamy mouth feel. Exceptional and very very unique flavor roasted and not too sweet. Very little bitterness but I recommend this to those you enjoy coffee -- remember when Red Hook's stout was made with Starbucks coffee -- this is similar but 10x better.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 01:17:02 | More by jkdrummer
Photo of beeragent


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz. bomber. The beer pours a dark brown, forming a 1/2 inch creamy tan head. Medium rings of lace stick to the glass. The aroma is less coffee based than expected, with more emphasis on the roasted malt, which isnt really that bad. The taste follows a similar pattern. Strong roasted malts up front, followed by a good amount of chocolate, and then ending with a light creamy coffee/cappuccino flavor. The flavor is quite enjoyable, but again, not like I expected from a stout labeled as a "cappuccino stout." Thick mouthfeel coats the inside of the mouth, leaving a thick aftertaste. Decent flavor, slightly above average abv., and good mouthfeel, make this an enjoyable and drinkable stout. Overall, not quite what I expected, but when viewing this as just another American Stout, I have to say it is definitely above average. Worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 23:24:47 | More by beeragent
Photo of Stoneman78


4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Special Lager Glass
A- Pours a dark brown and black hue, brown head starts small and gets smaller, lacing is thin and wispy
S- Nose is, of course, coffee cappuccino, chocolate malts, roastiness, subtler hops, and alcohol
T- Initial taste is sweet coffee malts with a nice balance of dark chocolate, surprising hit of bitter hops comes midway, finishes with alcohol warming
M- Full-bodied beer, thick and chewy texture, moderate carbonation
D- Another bang-up Limited Release from Lagunitas, this is one big bold stout with a jolt of West Coast hops, the alcohol is far from mild and can detract from the overall drinkability but this is a wonderful overall entrant in this category

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 06:43:13 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of CortexBomb


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

Pours out properly stouty black into my dimple pint with a 1 inch thick dirty white head on top, moderate lacing. The nose is smooth and chocolatey, not bad, though certainly not overstated.

Tastes starts out smooth and chocolatey, and becomes very milky. A dark roast tone then shows up in the back of the mouth, not aggressive, just pleasant and there. The coffee is also present, lending a soft undertone to the entire flavour without becoming dominant. The finish is also notably coffee-like. Solid.

The mouthfeel on this is medium thick, not remarkable for a stout, but definitely in the good category. Drinkability solid in both the smoothness (particularly for an 8%) and for the price / rebuy ($4 for a bomber...I'm there).

The bottom line: Cappuccino Stout isn't a mouth ripping, soul crushing stout by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a pleasant, smooth drinking winter beer at a remarkably low price. It's not big enough to be one of my gold medal favourites, but for a standard stout, as opposed to an Imperial, this is very tasty stuff and I will definitely be picking it up again.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 05:26:16 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of drseamus

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark body with bright ruby notes at the edges and the center when held to the light. The mocha colored head was more like draft soda and fell pretty quick.

Coffee and chocolate. A good amount of sweetness.

Bold sweetness up front. Tons of chocolate and roasty coffee behind the sweetness.

Beautiful full body, creamy feel. The bitterness from the hops or coffee last for a while. Could use a bit more carbonation.

The aftertaste is a bit strong and lasting but this is a good tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 03:59:09 | More by drseamus
Photo of david131


2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Almost all black with a white head. Kind of thin looking for a stout.

S- Chocolate and coffee. Kind of sweet smelling. Definitely different for a coffee stout.

T- Some cocoa powder chocolate flavor, coffee and some roasted malt. Way too clean for a coffee stout.

M- This is way too thin for a coffee stout with this amount of booze.

D- Not very coffeeish for a coffee beer. At least the alcohol was hidden well.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 05:29:02 | More by david131
Photo of srandycarter


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the tulip.

A - Poured almost black, florescent light barely got through. Sturdy coffee head that leaves fairly soon. Sudsy thin lacing over time.

S - Nice deep dark malt base - smells almost like food - followed by lots of coffee and cocoa powder. Nice.

T - I like this one. Big in the mouth, silky malt and mocha coffee, with enough hops to balance it in the end.

M - Full, coating, good carbonation. Could have been a little fuller and thicker to get the 5. It's close.

D - Not many stouts of this caliber are session, and most can get old over one glass. I like this one, though. Tasted coffee for hours after. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 04:43:58 | More by srandycarter
Photo of letsgopens


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber, this stout is opaque black with some light woody highlights. The rather thin pearl head holds reasonably well and leaves a thin ring of lace.

The aroma is initially of sweet malt and the lots of dark fruit. Slightly acidic with just a bit of coffee and bitter cocoa. A bit sharper than expected.

Sweet roasted malt in the beginning that fades in to some dark fruit and light, leafy hops. The coffee really wakes up in the finish. Some nice sweet lingering coffee flavor. Somewhat acidic and juicy. Not at all dry. just a hint of bitter cocoa is present as well. Nicely balanced if not just a bit on the sweet side. Certainly a well put together selection.

Robust in flavor, but moderately bodied. Somewhat thinner in texture for the style; which is not necessarily bad. Not low gravity, but not syrupy either. The mouthfeel certainly fits the flavor. Moderate/high carbonation makes for a clean finish that still allows some flavor to linger.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 02:58:55 | More by letsgopens


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from a bomber that I was given half of. I was given my half a day after it was opened and re-sealed, thus the reason you get no head at all. Body is like a black hole, letting no light thru. Nose warns of syrupy sweetness and soft coffee and coco tones. Super smooth on first sip much like cold coffee. Almost tastes like a Yahoo chocolate drink if you have had it. Overall almost taffy like sweetness and realatively thin mouthfeel for the style. Slight thickness and bitter tangle on the finish. Not bad but I will try again a little fresher next time.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 02:01:52 | More by SPLITGRIN
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head that has good retention and lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malts, and an explosion of coffee flavors and some hops. The taste is much like the aroma with roasted malts and a good amount of bitter coffee flavors in the finish. Overall, this is a very nice stout that is not lacking in the flavor department. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 05:22:57 | More by cjgator3
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 release 22oz purchased at the Boise Coop for about $3.50. Enjoyed from a red wine glass while grooving to the early parts of Josh Wink's "Left Above the Clouds".

Dark dark brown with short lasting 3/4" cappuccino head.

Day-Old coffee and coffee bitterness mingling with some some low hoppiness ... maybe a little alcohol.

Taste is similar with caramel and significant roasted nuts ... finish is a cup of espresso with a touch of sweetness. Very smooth mouthfeel ... it is big, not a chore to finish, but you still need to stick around and appreciate it.

Overall, this is a brew I wish Lagunitas would keep around for the whole year. When it does hit Boise, there are always a mess of other seasonals and winter brews that catch my interest, thus limiting my ability to stock up on it for the year ... Though, this brew (and most Lagunitas) kicks the hell out of value. Lagunitas is a shifty but still great brewing company and this brew is not my favorite, but definately up there.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 08:15:33 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Murchmac


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tend to like Lagunitas' special releases and this is no different.

Pours a dark brown/black with little foam and some lacing around the edges as you drink it down.

Smells of coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate, hops and alcohol round out the smell.

Tastes of roasted coffee beans, some chocolate, some bitter hops an alcohol mixed in. Good balance.

I like it, try it once if you enjoy the style. If not, you wont like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 01:21:46 | More by Murchmac
Photo of YonderWanderer


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brownish black with a finger worth of foam.

S: Coffee up front with a bit of sweetness and chocolate behind it.

T: Coffee is the expected dominant flavor, with some chocolate and some sugary sweetness mixed in. What's interesting is that there's also a decent hit of hoppiness in this as it warms up. It's balanced very well. Pretty tasty.

M: Smooth and a bit creamy. Very nice.

D: This is a solid stout - not spectacular, but very drinkable and very enjoyable. The hoppy notes were quite unexpected, but blended very nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2007 13:45:10 | More by YonderWanderer
Photo of Drew966


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cappuccino Stout pours a very dark brown with a touch of ruby around the edges and a thick, tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. There is a very nice aroma, chocolate and coffee both being prominent. There is an appropriately thick and silky mouthfeel, but the carbonation is slightly prickly. I get quite a bit of the hops up front, a touch of citrus, but really more grassy. There is some chocolate flavors toward the middle and then bang, the coffee comes in hard. I find a lot of coffee beers taste like green pepper to me, thankfully, this one does not. Very good. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 00:00:31 | More by Drew966
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

black color. boney/tanish head. very malty nose. And the taste does match the nose. Although there are definite grassy hint, even dare I say hints of mint, this is a malty brew. A full bodied brew. You can detect the coffee from the beginning, but it isn't overpowering. There is, however, a lot of flavor here. very creamy mouth feel. Overall, a great brew, one of the better I have seen in the category.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 06:00:00 | More by PSUDREW
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

appearance: Dark brown with a dark caramel hue shinning through the rim. An agressive pour yeild a three finger foamy mocha head, leaving an excellent amount of thick foamy lace on glass from top to buttom.

smell: As soon as you pop the cap a strong cuban style espresso coffee scent hits your nose. Along with coffee a dark brown sugar and molasses shines through from the grains. Chocolate and raisin hides somewhere in the middle. The ends mild with no hops present.

taste and mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a creamy and slightly syrupy texture that is accompanied by a soft carbonated feel. Coffee, bitter chocolate and molasses shine through, however the long lingering bitter and acidic taste takes away from the rest of the brew. Hints of dark sweet malt and dark brown sugar come in faintly but dissappears quickly.

drinkability: I could drink this all night. At 8.3% abv this brew drinks smooth and clean. The alcohol is well masked but it will smack you upside the head if taken lightly.

In the past I haven't been much of a Lagunitas fan, but their Cappuccino stout really caught my attention. The intense acidic coffee flavor and clean feel really caters to my palate. I love this time of brew season. All the winter brews are coming out or are already out, this a good example of what's to come this season from all breweries, excellent and flavorful brews. Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 04:53:25 | More by GimpyCane
Photo of younger35


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love coffee stouts and love Lagunitas. Can’t get a better beer for the price. Drank at work the day before Thanksgiving since I’m almost the only one left here. Drank from a Starbucks cup.

Appearance- Well from what I can tell it’s a super dark brown/black that forms a huge light tan head. Leaves a huge fluffy cap and collar that lasted the entire beer. Tons of lacing is left like tree rings down the side of the glass.
Smell- Lots of coffee and cream in this explode out of the nose. A small amount of bitter bakers chocolate and dark roasted malts come through as well. Really solid nose.
Taste- Starts with a good jolt of dark roasted coffee with a hint of cream and sugar. It slowly melds into more of a sweet chocolate milk with a hair of bitter bakers chocolate. Vanilla and the gentlest of citrus enters the picture at the end with the lingering presence of lemon zest. The alcohol peaks its head through right at the end but for the most part is well hidden.
Mouthfeel- Very rich and creamy with a almost velvet texture. Not a whole lot of carbonation which is just how I like it.
Drinkability- For the price and availability this Coffee Stout can’t be beat. Sure, it’s not on par with the greatness of Founders BS or Bells Java Stout but it still has its place. Definitely worth picking up if you stumble across it!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 22:07:33 | More by younger35
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown, without much light passing through, into a snifter. Formed a 1/3 inch head which diminished quickly. Some lacing.

Coffee comes through in the nose. Some hints of toasted malt. Very rich and sweet nose. Reminds me of coffee brewing on a Sunday morning.

There is a lot of flavor in this beer. It is two fold. First, you have the flavor components of the stout. Secondly, you have the flavor components of the coffee. Most of the coffee flavors come through in the mid to back palate. Nice natural sweetness with a refreshing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side with moderate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. Almost too drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 03:04:25 | More by brantadid
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Jet black with very slight ruby hint in the light. A light mocha head is a bit thin, but clings decently and adds a slight bit of creaminess.

S-Definitely a heavy stout aroma with a punch of freshly ground coffee. There are tons of cocoa and nuttiness, but coffee stands out nicely.

T-Heavy roasted taste with wonderful, smooth coffee finish. A nutty, creamy body is perfectly balanced with some acidity and bitterness.

M-Full bodied and smooth the entire way. A slight lactic feel leaves a velvet-like texture.

D-Awesome flavor for a stout or coffee lover. This is a little less intense as Founders BS, but it is still extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 01:58:56 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of getch


3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a-dark copper color, 2 fingers when poured, big 1 PINT, 6 oz bottle, a big guy.

s- i do not get any coffee smells, just roast smell, cappuccino is def a sweeter coffee, it states on the bottle a hard core coffee, it def is with a 8.3 alc by vol

t-a slight roasted coffee flavor, the coffee comes out the warmer it gets, so wait alittle after you take it out of the refrig

m-normal, a long after taste, a hoppy aftertaste

d-a bottle is good enough, its a big bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 01:57:52 | More by getch
Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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