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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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3,453 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,453
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 134
Gots: 381 | FT: 6
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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

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Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark black, doesn't let much light through. From a dangerously aggressive pour, only delivered a one-finger head, tan and creamy.

S: Super piney and resiny- nothing but hops come through at first. Then some dark, roasty malts, caramel, toffee, oak toasted almond. Just a pinch of cappuccino. I might not have even noticed the cappuccino/coffee bean had I not known what I was drinking. Finally, estery and slightly phenolic. Overall, hot.

T: Lots of bittering hops in this dark brew. They come across very tangy and citrusy. Heavy malts are present, with a burnt black patent side, and lots of caramel flavors. Some slight banana, and some hints of coffee, with a creaminess that could possibly be described as cappuccino. Nice dark biscuit flavor somes through - probably a graininess that results from a heavy amount of roasted barley. More cappuccino comes through as it warms. Tastes even hotter than it smells.

M: Strongly bitter on the back edges of the tongue. Watery and thin, probably from it being almost 10% ethanol. Definitely astringent, but maybe also slightly creamy, since it seems to stick on the tongue more than usual.

D: Medium. Too hot and bitter to be highly drinkable, but the flavors are intense and delicious, so I'm torn.

Overall, this is a great beer, but it is a little more bitter than I would like it to be. The coffee flavors are present, but not bold that they should be called out so strongly. I would move the word "cappuccino" from the title to the description, more like the cayenne in Great Divide's Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, and then my impression of the beer would more closely match my expectation.

Photo of blivingston1985
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Very dark brown with a reddishness around the edge of the glass. Not much head. Doesn't stay long.

Smell is of malt and coffee.

Taste is not what I was hoping for, but good for what it is. Pretty much like drinking a cold carbonated cup of coffee. This stout is definitely the most truly coffee tasting stout I have had. Slightly bitter.

Interesting, but not for me.
I think I'll stick to just coffee.

Photo of BigBigPickle
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has always been a standby for me - primarily because it is a cheap, quality coffee stout.

A: Dark Amber/Brown with Ruby Red Hues. A 1-inch off-white head with quick dissipation. Great lacing.

S: Malty with vanilla/coffee accents. Also a bit yeasty with fruity esters.

T: Coffee and alcohol with a little chocolate. Really does taste like a cappuccino.

M: Brilliant!!! Nice, smooth carbonation.

D: A really drinkable beer, particularly for the price.

Photo of satowns
2.38/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted blind with 13 other imperial stouts.

pours reddish brown; very light for a big stout.

aroma of...ginger??

the best way to describe what we were tasting was chili peppers sans the heat. it was really odd.

light on the tongue.

bizzare take on a strong stout. for a beer with "cappuccino" on the label, thre was very little coffee or cappuccino anywhere to be found.

Photo of Tucquan
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this in Porland, OR on 2010-01-22 from a 22 oz bomber.

The ale pours a dark, clear brown with a tan, 2-finger head that lasts quite awhile with moderate lacing.

The smell is mild, sweet-fruit and coffee.

It is fortunately not overly sweet or too strong a coffee taste. It's more of a well-creamed cappuccino with a mild coffee roast. There is more of an acrid instead than the hops bitterness that isn't overpowering. The alcohol is extremely well-integrated into the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium with low-medium carbonation.

In general this is an enjoyable, high-powered drink with a very pleasant but not exceptional taste.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cola brown colored beer with a red hue as light shines through. the head is a coffee color that has very little retention and leave a light lacing.

S-light nose that brings roasted coffee malts and a hint of dark chocolate

T-the taste brings more of that vanilla coffee "cappuccino" flavor. so there is some vanilla, slight espresso, and notes of dark chocolate

M-a nice full body and silky smooth, extremely thick and somewhat creamy with a good carbonation backbone

D-this is extremely tasty and has a great body. another solid offering from lagunitas, one of my favorite brew pubs in all the land

Photo of Sideswipe
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours jet black with a half finger of tan head. The head dissipates quickly, Leaving a thin white ring. Little to no lacing. Smalls great! Like my morning coffee. Tastes like it too! Sweet malt, and awesome coffee flavor. Little carbonation, and a slght hop bitterness. 9.26 ABV? Alcohol is completely hidden in the creamy coffee taste. Drinkability is very good. This beer goes down super smooth and tastes like a creamy, cup of cappuccino! Delicious!

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think my fiance picked this up for me.

Appearance- black color, thin head

Smell- roasted malt, coffee

Taste- roasted malt, some coffee

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good but I thought the coffee wasn't strong enough for my tastes.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter glass, served at cellar temperature, approximately 50 degrees F.

Pours a deep brown, not quite opaque, showing ruby-brown highlights when held to the light and good clarity. A moderate beige head appears and falls swiftly, settling to a crown that leaves behind some slight splotchy lacing.

Coffee is very apparent in the nose, lightly roasty in character. The roastedness gives way only slightly to mild chocolaty notes and, as the beer warms up to room temperature, a bit of alcohol begins to show itself.

Full-bodied though not quite as thick as expected. Carbonation is very mild. Lightly roasted coffee is most evident on the palate, with only a faint bit of bitter dark chocolate appearing amidst a mild hop bitterness that combines with the roasted character to bring about a heavy dryness. Finishes with a dry roastiness that mellows to reveal a bit of lingering cocoa.

Quite nice, though cappuccino is not brought to mind quite so much as mildly roasted coffee. Sure, there is some residual sweetness from the malt that sings at parts, but a bit more sweetness would help pull things together a little better. Still, alcohol is well-hidden, and this is a beer that would serve as an excellent pairing for roasted, caramelized meats or rich chocolate dessert.

Photo of BetterDarker
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into snifter.

A-Pours a deep brown with a thin one finger head which quickly dissipated and left some lacing.

S- Upfront coffee, some chocolate and roasted malt.

T- I was wondering if this would taste like cappuccino or straight coffee, and surprisingly it does taste like cappuccino, the coffee is tamed, with caramel and roasted malts in there. Nice bitter bite as well.

M-A little thin with strong carbonation.

D- A good stout to try, but there are better ones out there IMO. I'd have it again, but only if Rogues' Shakespeare or chocolate or Yeti were not available.

Photo of beerman207
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Capones on Draft on 1/17/2010

A- Pours a dark brown with nice skim and lacing left behind (no real head to speak of)

S- Buttery as well as nutty chocolate, and coffee beans being dominant in the nose

T- Similar flavors to the smell but also some maple in there along with the dominant co9ffee, has a hoppy earthy flavor to it as well. very complex.

M- Smooth, rich, and creamy.

D- Probably one of the best coffee stouts Ive consumed so far. Quite a great offering from Lagunitas as this is my first from them and look forward to possibly finding them again.

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm sure I've reviewed this before, here goes again..

Pours a mahogany hued chestnut with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & cocoa that fades a bit over time

T: Mocha, a touch if vanilla & booze up front, then coffee just dominates. Coffee grounds take over as this warms, plus a bit of vanilla & leafy hops. Finishes dry with much coffee & woody/oaky dryness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation that smooths out as time passes, also becomes pretty warming (not boozey hot), even becomes creamy

Drinkability is good, but a bit too much coffee ground & booze warmth. Let this one warm up a bit past cellar temps for better results...

Photo of cassanoj
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pitch black, mocha head. Thin layer of lacing that fades real quick.

Smells like a coffee stout. Roasted malt, coffee, dusted chocolate, prunes, raisins. Some of the alcohol pulls through as well.

Tastes rich with coffee and chocolate and nuts and a slight oakiness and malty but not super bitter. I really enjoy the amount of each ingredient used. It just feels right.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking. Small amount of carbonation. The chocolate lingers on my tongue.

I thought this beer tasted really nice, which is most important. Everything else felt average.

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

First off - I am a HUGE Laguinitas fan - basically every beer I've had by them I have been a huge fan of. Except Cappuccino Stout. Don't get me wrong - it's a phenomenal beer - but maybe it wasn't the beer I was looking for. Recently being on a stout kick, nothing has blown Founders Breakfast Stout out of the water, and I was hoping that this one might. Top notch beer with a great dark color, pretty good smell, excellent coffee taste that is medium bodied and very easy to drink - masking the 9.26% abv quite well - just not the beer I was looking for at the time.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Didn't pour out as dark as I had hoped, and once in the glass it's completely transparent. Body is deep blackish-brown in the middle and reddish-orange around the edges. A small, tan, foamy, head formed immediately, but it dissipated to a thin halo just as quickly. No lacing.

Smell: Espresso, caramel and burnt sugars, and sweet cream. Possibly chocolate too. The espresso is strong, but not overpowering; all of the components meld together nicely.

Taste: Big-time cappuccino, cola, and heavy roasted malt. The flavor is roasty throughout, but it really kicks it up a notch in the finish: very bitter and very smoky. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full with a rich, long-lasting aftertaste. The carbonation is such that the beer feels very creamy, luscious even. In my mind, this is the perfect feel for an imperial stout. I can't find any flaws.

Drinkability: Other than the appearance, this was a very good beer. Share it with a friend or drink it on your own, but beware of the alcohol content - it's hidden very well.

Photo of hoplover82
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a pretty clear, almost pitch black with hints of rose color accents. Has a small/medium ivory colored head that has pretty good retention and lacing.

S-The aroma is very nice pungent buttery/nutty/chocolaty coffee beans with toffee. AND BUTTERSCOTCH! I smell some faint earthy hops in the back.

T-Lots of coffee of coarse, this is my kinda beer. This beer has the most coffee flavor I've ever tasted, very much like the one I recently brewed. A very soft bitterness and very mild hop earthy flavor. Some sweet butterscotchy flavor. Very nice flavor indeed.

M-Has a big silky body and a lingering sweet coffee finish.

D-There seems to be a slight astringency, but it's very drinkable for such a big beer.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Nose is distinctively coffee-like, especially black coffee (despite the name cappuccino), which reminds me of the Folgers half-caf we are allotted at work (i.e. robusta) which is borderline grassy, oxidized, or earthy. Some sweet malt. Smells very much like coffee. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear dark brown with little head. Looks pretty good.

Flavor is decidedly more complex. Same coffee aroma from nose manifests as flavors, and are expectedly raw-cheap-coffee-like, yet now a tantalizing array of chocolate and malt flavors kick in add depth and wonderful complexity. Coffee edge is bitter and slightly harsh, but once swallowed the lingering sweetness and maltiness take over and offer repentance. The initial harshness is peculiar after a while and begins gaining a raw earthiness akin to, well, dirt. It tastes kind of like they brewed a typical American Stout and soaked used coffee grounds in it for some time. Maybe I'm being too hard on them, maybe the level of coffee is just so strong that it seems harsh, or maybe I just had too many pots of coffee at work today. Alcohol is unnoticeable (and surprisingly high, 1.076 OG??... that works out to about 1.006 FG, and this definitely feels thicker than that.) .

After 1 and ½ glasses I'm left with the unfortunate conundrum of whether or not I feel like finishing the bottle. It has definite merits: nice malt, good sweetness, hellish bitterness, high alcohol I think; and it has definite downfalls: the over-the-top coffee ground harshness. Well I can say one thing: it was well priced at Central Market, less than $5/bomber. If I had paid $10 for it I would be disappointed. If you're into the coffee beers, it may be your thing. My experience with Lagunitas is that it is either impressively good or impressively disappointing... it's like they have two head brewers who are evil twins.

Photo of armock
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a black color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of coffee and nothing else

T - Well they certinaly aren't lieing with it's name cold coffee all the way

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - To me it's drinkability is average there's nothing that
makes it worse but at the same time nothing to make it better than any other coffe beer out there if coffee beers are you thing it's worth a shot

Photo of birchstick
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - poured dark black with no head. Pretty average to me.

S - smells of a lot of chocolate and some coffee. Not too much going on with the nose, but I don't know if that's due to a lack of head.

T - there is a lot of roasted malt and some dark chocolates with the coffee lingering. The coffee isn't as strong as I would have liked it to be, given it is called a cappuccino stout.

M - a little watery, but smooth. Pretty average mouthfeel

D - This was a pretty good stout. Bold enough to keep my interest, yet the flavors didn't play out as I hoped. I was wanting a little more coffee

Photo of animal69
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a cloudy dark reddish-brown w/ a thick short lived tan cap which leaves little lacing in my snifter

S- not a strong smell, burnt caramel on top of coffee, some minerally and woody alcoholic dark fruit like brandy soaked dates, a touch of citric
hops noted as well

T- taste is similar to smell but with a sweet slightly charred caramel/maple flavor taking center stage as notes of coffee/toffee mingle with a bittersweet darker roasted malt and chocolate, prunes, licorice and a faintly vinous woody/smokey undertone are detected in the minerally finish

M- a smooth, rich full bodied brew, not really thick but x-tra creamy feeling, a decent level of co2 may be helping that

D- a damn fine brew, you can't even detect the 9.26% ABV 'till it creeps up on you, so delicious you can get carried away, easily one of the best coffee stouts i've had

Photo of jbone78
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer because I have had every other core beer brewed by this company but not this one.

A- I scored the appearance so high because it does not look like your typical craft stout. brown, slight haze and a light tan head. when you see Craft stouts, these days, you see opaque/black beers with big tan heads. not here!
S- normal coffee stout. toasted malts with coffee nose.
T- meduim body, chocolate, coffee, little vanilla to counter chocolate, nice. Also, little hop character at the end.
M- light for stout, American that is, but full of flavors.
D- I like and could easily drink more than one bomber.


Photo of jhoban19
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: deep, dark brown with some amber and ruby hues when held to the light. Thick tan head (2 fingers worth) with good retention that settles into a thick ring around the edges. Minimal lacing forms with each sip and quickly slides back into the liquid. -The second pour produces a better set of lacing that holds its place on the glass after each sip.

S: sweet chocolate and herbal, almost minty hop aroma at the outset. As it warms I start to get the coffee aromas I was expecting. Further warming produces even more roasted malts. Some warm alcohol notes are also present. -The second pour (I left the bottle on the counter while drinking the first pint) produces some hints of dark cherries, raisins and vanilla that creep into the nose- very subtle hints.

T: tastes of milk chocolate while still at fridge temps. As with the aroma, the coffee flavors start to develop about half way through the first pint. And again, further warming brings out more and more roasted malt and coffee flavors. Coffee flavors are not bitter like some coffee stouts- more like a freshly ground dark coffee with cream and sugar. The unexpected hops do a wonderful job of balancing out the sweet and roasty malts.

M: smooth and silky, with just a medium body when still a bit on the cold side. As it warms, this brew becomes full-bodied and very thick. Long, sweet finish with fizzy carbonation that tickles the sides of the tongue.

D: this beer could be the poster child for drinking beer at the proper temperature. At first, when still at near-fridge temps, Cappuccino Stout was fairly average. But man oh man if this brew didn't morph into a beautifully complex yet well-balanced beery masterpiece. I bought 2 bottles of this one with the intention of cellaring one for a year or so- I think I've changed my mind about that plan. This beer is good for many reasons, one of them being the unexpected hop profile- I'm starting to think that aging this beer would eliminate that feature to the beer's detriment.

Photo of ifnkovhg
2.6/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

In a blind test, I'd give this beer a better review -- it reminds me of a hoppy stout such as Bear Republic's Black Bear Stout.

The only trouble is, this is supposed to be a cappuccino stout, and there was nothing vaguely coffee-like about this beer.

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

Pours a thin 2 finger beige head, body is black. Head retention was average and lacing was above average

Smell is of sweet bitter coffee, similar to FBS. Roasted chocolate malts are present, as well as hops. Alcohol is slightly in the background. God I love the smell of Coffee Stouts

Taste is of bitter roasted coffee. Roasted malts are also there, very sweet. Hops are also present and combine with the coffee well. Alcohol is pretty light for 9 percent.

Mouthfeel is pretty light for a Imperial Stout. Carbonation was on the aggressive side. Body was thin and sadly the head wasnt present to contribute to the beer.

Drink ability was good. For such a strong beer it was sessionable and alcohol was very light. Wish the head stuck around longer and the body was thicker. For only 5 bucks a bomber this beer is very good. It's like a poor mans version of Peche Mortel and Beer Geek Breakfast.

Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light chocolate pour, light lacing. Smooth coffee aroma, almost heavenly!..taste is as expected, smooth, yet that bitter coffee flavour just blends in nicely with the malt and chocolate. Thanks to Lagunitas for a flavourful stout that is palate pleasing!

Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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