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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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3,306 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,306
Reviews: 1,175
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 106
Gots: 316 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004)
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Photo of MPLS
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Minnesota now has every liquor store packed with Lagunitas, this was my second experience with the brewer after having had their IPA. Under $5 for a bomber seemed extremely reasonable.

A: Poured from a Bomber into a pint glass, a mere 1 cm of head perhaps. I expected some tan cappuccino head, but that did not happen. The color was what I expected and it looked quite flat.

S: Smells a lot like...well not coffee, smells sweet and typical stout smell

T: Much like the smell there wasn't a whole lot of coffee, was this really brewed with "Columbian Coffee"? I first though the alcohol was hidden very well (8.3%), as it got warmer it became only slight more apparent. I didn't get a whole lot of roasted coffee flavor. Pleasantly sweet, partly earthy, and was smoothly uncomplicated.

M: Light, smooth, and flat.

D: Drinkable considering the high ABV, was definately smooth and didn't make the gut feel full.

In the end I expected more coffee flavoring, more head, and more roast.

MPLS, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of Stonebreaker
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The head was weak but the lacing was there.

Smell: ? I have a cold so I'll be generous.

Taste: I have a coffee chocolate porter I brewed recently and it's very similar, all sweetness up front with a little nutty, burnt smoky thing going on from the dark roasted coffee and the dark malts. The coffee is only apparent at the very end, and in the finish where it is bitter, like cold black coffee I suppose. I drink my coffee with cream and sugar, perhaps that's why I'm not overly enthusiastic.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy.

Drinkability: A nasty aftertaste is turning me off to coffee beers but since I've only had a couple we'll see, keep the mind open...

Stonebreaker, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into my tasting goblet a deep brown. Minimal head. A little too light for a double stout.

S - Aroma consists of chocolate, brown sugar, and of course, espresso.

T - Good hit of coffee, like drinking a Starbucks Double Shot spiked with a standard stout. Not really all that sweet, this finishes bitter, more attributable to the coffee used than hops.

F - Carbonation is adequate. This one leaves you wanting water after you finish it.

D - A quality coffee stout, I like it. Despite the 8% ABV, this gave me a decent caffeine jolt, testifying to the amount of coffee in here.

Patrick999, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with one inch of tan head that had decent retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. The coffee aroma is surprisingly subdued in this one. Has more of a roasted malt aroma. The coffee comes through more in the flavor. Slightly sweet overall with a coffee bitterness. Some alcohol warming is noticed. The body is a bit watery for a stout. Also a touch overcarbonated. This stout was a bit of a let down. An OK stout but I was expecting much more. Coffee lovers should look elsewhere for their fix.

morimech, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of yossarian14
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great dessert beer. Serve in place of coffee with chocolate. Light in color and body for an imperial stout. Looks like a porter. Smells like coffee, sweet chocolate and toffee. Tastes like slightly bitter strong coffee. Thickens as it warms and gets better with time as well. Very drinkable for a dessert beer, which is where I would place this. A great beer to serve to those who may have opted for coffee.

yossarian14, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Bubslang
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured a dark garnet brown but was not extremely thick as light easily passed through it. nice medium sized dark head with some nice lacing. Nice coffee and dark malt aroma. Taste was of dark malt with some bitter coffee notes. didn't really get any cappuccino flavor at all.Extremely thin and watery for a stout. A mild disappointment for me a I have enjoyed other lagunitas offerings, or maybe I'm just spoiled because I can't help but compare it to founders breakfast stout which Is readily accessible to me.

Bubslang, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brown and syrupy with very little carbonation or head, what little head clings to the edge of my glass is khaki hued

S - rich sweetened black coffee, earthy

T - earthy, dark roasted malt and coffee, with the sharpness of a strong cappuccino.

M - medium bodied, has a crispness of strong coffee that tingles the edges of your tongue

D - delicious, a little heavy, bit overall good drinkability.

HeyItsChili, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of long-lasting, tan-colored head and some good lacing.

S: Had a strong coffee smell, along with some roasted malt.

T: The coffee flavor is most pronounced here, along with roasted malt and some notes of chocolate.

M: Fairly high amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, like many of Lagunitas beers, this is a solid entry. Not the most mind-blowing, but certainly a good, drinkable beer.

avalon07, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Dotcubed
2.88/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This bottle has been with me a while. I think I bought it last year in Detroit while finishing culinary school. $4.49 seemed like a great price for the "limited release" made with real colombian coffee. I like the little speech on the lable chaning the Lord's prayer in to some thing devoted to coffee. Good stuff. And it claims 8.3% alcohol.

Looks like coffee with nice fine milk foam (i.e. a 12oz cappichino) The only thing keeping it back is a lack of foam quantity, but since it's an old bottle I'll be generous. Why don't the high alcohol limited release special beers have dates on them?

It smells like coffee beer. not too impresive. Malt syrup and old cold coffee.

Bitter. Heavily roasted coffee. long lastin finish. How muck caffene am I getting here? Not at all sweet as it smells. It's got good black coffee characteristics, but nothing like a cappichino. It has a harshness, but not like the last cup from a press pot.

This needs some kind of dessert to go with it to help make it more drinkable. On it's own it can easily burn out your mouth with too much coffee flavor.

I really wish I knew how old this bottle was so I can tell if freshness has much to do with it.

Dotcubed, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Spikester
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bomber.
Black with red cast when held to a strong light. Aroma of cocoa and coffee. Modest tan head with a good amount of lacings. Tastes of strong rich coffee, some cocoa, trace of vanilla. Sweet dark roasted malts, long bitter finish. Good warming brew partly due to high abv that is well masked.
Not normally a fan of these "big" beers, I did enjoy slowly sipping this one.

Spikester, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of dmad50
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a similar experience as the reviewer immediately before me. This beer was quite unlike what I was expecting.

The beer is light in color for a stout and has minimal coffee flavor. The overall taste is bitter and earthy - quite different from other stouts and coffee-flavored stouts I have tried. I likewise hope I just got a bad batch because I have enjoyed other Lagunitas offerings.

dmad50, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of DoctorDog
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**NOTE** This brew is listed here as having an 7.99% ABV, while the label on the bottle I'm consuming lists it at 8.29% ABV.

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a snifter. The side of the label has a blasphemously amusing parody of "The 23rd Psalm," interjecting Coffee-isms for the original religious imagery. I should give it bonus points for this, but I'm not....

A- Deep mahogany - black, and nearly opaque. Pours with ~1 finger off-white/tan head, which settles gradually into a thin, incomplete cap.

S- A bit of earthiness and burned coffee. My chronic sinusitis is admittedly hampering my ability to cull and describe any truly subtle notes here.

T- A bit sweet on the front, and finishes with a nice, bitter coffee taste. Alcohol presence is well hidden/blended.

M- Fairly crisp tiny-bubble carbonation, and rather thin. Surprisingly refreshing feel for a stout.

D- Fairly high. This was not the sipper I anticipated, but rather a nice, smooth drinking brew that barely needed to be sat down between pulls. 22 oz's could go in a flash if I didn't force myself to savor it a bit.

Future outlook: Repeat business likely.

DoctorDog, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle to tulip glass, pours a reddish opaque black, tan head fades to lacing, carbonation is low

smells of roasty, stouty, chocolate malt/coffee

taste is of sweet lactose(?), coffee!!, roasty bitterness, hopping is well done and compliments nicely, smooth, yum! - coffee this time compared to the last bottle i had (was most likely outdated) tastes more robust, very burnt flavors, not bad

mouthfeel is smooth, thick, and sweet with a bitter twist, great heavy flavors, alcohol is hidden well

drxandy, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presented in a 22 oz. bomber and poured into a Hennepin flute. Limited release brewed with Sebastopol's own Hard Core Coffee. Coffee-themed prose worth reading on side of label: "Coffee is my shepherd; I shall not doze." Etc.

A: Pours a rich mahogany color with a creamy beige head that leaves generous dots of lacing behind.

S: Roasted malt, caramel, oatmeal, coffee, raisins, and alcohol.

T: Taste mirrors the nose with roasted malt and caramel upfront, before trading notes with oatmeal, coffee, and dried fruit. Flavors come in waves: bitter chocolate into raisins, raisins into licorice. Alcohol is somewhat subdued in the background. Finishes moderately dry with a sweet, fruity tang.

M: Creamy, yet rather thin-bodied. Slight effervescence on the tongue.

D: Worth trying, but not stellar by any means. I was expecting a more robust coffee experience. Not as fragrant, flavorful, or intense as the benchmark for the style: Central Waters' Brewhouse Coffee Stout.

CaptainIPA, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of scottg
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear black color that turns to a dark garnet when held to the light, a 2 finger tan head made up of large and small bubbles with great retention and thick patchy lacing. Aromas of alcohol, raisin, plum, espresso, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Lots of coffee flavor with brown sugar, cinnamon, chocolate, roasted malt with a lemon rind/ bitter espresso finish. Full body, medium carbonation, this is creamy and mouth coating. Every sip has a different flavor come to the front, good drinkability.

scottg, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of Magpie14
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cream colored head, body teetering on black (but not quite). Rather pleasant in the glass as I poured it from a tall brown beer shuttle, just over a pint.

S: creamed malts, cocoa and faded coffee beans

T: milk-sugar sweetness, nice roasted coffee/mocha thing with roasted oaky flavor and maybe even a touch smokey. After a few sips a faint touch of hops can be detected? Hops somewhat acidic in character very distant and delicate, not a bad thing at all! But very uncommon for a coffee stout. Another thing, the alcohol content is rather subdued and maybe makes an appearance every few sips

M: creamy and slick down the hatch. Rather lifeless in the glass and feels like a good stout should. Frail dry finish can be attributed to the hops, I like!

D: I find this beer very enjoyable! Slick as a whistle and as inviting as a burlesque house. I am always in favor of having my two most favorite drinks at once: beer and coffee! A nice brew

Magpie14, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at bev mo.

A - Pours a dark brown color, wth a capuccino head (surprise), and dissipates slow. Leaves a rather sweet lacing.

S - Coffee chocolate, creamy, and bitter grapefruit.

T - Pretty much the same as the smell.

M - Well-balanced. Full bodied, but fairly syrupy and sweet.

D - This is a delicious beer to enjoy with a dark or very rich cigar. May also pair well with bitter or rich cheeses.

This may actually be a baltic porter style though.

MisterClean, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of midaszero
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Draughthouse 40th anniversary party

A - Almost opaque brown with one finger of off white head with good lacing

S - Sweet coffee and smooth. Could be a little stronger

T - CREAMY. Smooth rich coffee flavor

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Awesome and super enjoyable

midaszero, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown. Thin tan head. Nose is mild and malty coffee. Flavor is robust yet smooth. Bitterness is balanced by a consistent coffee flavor. Not really complex, but thoroughly flavorful. Smooth on liquid and slightly lower on carbonation. Very drinkable and very tasty. And very full of caffeine! This gets me wired!

RblWthACoz, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of midnite2sixman
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on draft at the always amazing HOP CAT in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. Get there.

Pours a dark dark brown like used motor oil.

Smells obviously like cappuccino with some toffee notes and chocolate all over the place.

Taste like capp, very smooth with chocoalte and vanilla tones and lots of roasty goodness.

It drinks fairly easy, with just a bit of a bite.

These guys make excellent beers!

midnite2sixman, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of chrisafari
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: chocolate, coffee a malt.

Pours: brownish black with thin white head. Dark, but not as opaque as an Imp Stout, clear.

Taste: flavor begins with sweet malt, like milk chocolate. Middle is smoky, the coffee really comes out in the middle of the pallet. The finish is dry and the smoke continues.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium heavy body. No lacing.

Drinkability: pretty easy to drink, the smoky flavor encourages you to take another sip.

Really nice stout, i really enjoyed it. The coffee is really nice throughout the beer.

Re-Rating from Above with about a 3-4 month set (note, I am rating this according to BJCP American Stout)

Nose: sweet chocolate, ,milk, coffee. Roasty, smooth and fresh.

Look: dark black, tanish full bubbly/fluffy head. Seems to retain well. Slightly opaque.

Taste: begins rich and smooth w/ a taste like chocolate milk, roasty/toasty malt throughout. The coffee really comes out nicely in the finish: rich, smooth and decedent. Finish is dry w/ a lingering coffee in the throat. Slight alcohol burn.

Feel: Smooth, smooth, smooth! Medium body w/ some nice lacing.

Drink: High! Very easy to drink and enjoy! A sipper, not a gulpper.

Overall: I would have rated this higher, but the abv is a little high for an American Stout. Other than that, I really liked this beer. This is a really well done stout and the flavors and aromas are accentuated w/ a few months of aging.

chrisafari, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear dark, dark brown, but not quite black color. The head is a half an inch in height, and just sits there holding firm. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, and some burnt malt. The taste is full of roasted malt, hints of dark chocolate, and some faint coffee in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with a velvety texture and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but there are better coffee stouts to be had.

KarlHungus, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark mahogany brown color with amber highlights. This is a stout?? Looks more like a porter or a doppelbock. Very nice tan colored head leaves some generous lacing. First aroma is a strong dose of hops, light coffee, and some roasted malts. Hints of chocolate are in the background, but it's not much. Very light nose, but we'll see how it goes as it warms. Flavor has a much bigger coffee presence, a little bit of chocolate and cream, almost like coffee flavored ice cream. Dark fruits are showing up in the flavor, but there's a light sour aspect to them. Could this be a bad bottle? There is also a light citic hop note in the background. Slightly sweet at first but a dry, earthy finish. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, average carbonation. I'm not so sure about this one. Not the color, nose or flavor profile that I look for in a stout, let alone a coffee stout, especially one that sits at 8.29% ABV. I was a bit let down by this brew. It's not bad, but it's not as good as I expected from this brewery.

KeefD, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of dnichols
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured a 500 ml capped bomber into a pint glass (two full glasses).

A: It poured a very dark brown body with ruby highlights (especially when back lit). It had a one finger tan head that receded fast and left little lacing.

S: It had a expression rich aroma with hints of bark and bunt grains.

T: It had a deeply dark roasted coffee profile with a dilute bitter chocolate accent. There was an earthy, smoked nut flavor and hints of bitter hops. The alcohol was very well hidden.

M: It was medium bodied and somewhat watery. It had little carbonation and a bitter and dry finish.

D: It is definitely a coffee stout with a light body and nice flavors. It is a bit strong and dry for a session brew but it is a nice one and done stout.

dnichols, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful dark mahogany color, building to black in the glass. A beautiful ruby when held up to the light. A nice creamy frothy head with great retention slowly dissipated leaving a thick collar with some impressive lacing.

aroma of roasted malt, espresso beans, cocoa, and dark chocolate. Beautiful and full, with an almost over-the-top coffee roaster aroma.

This is one that follows aroma pretty closely. Roasted coffee without the overly-bitter burnt coffee that many stouts have. Sweet malt and chocolate carries through. This one changes (and improves) drastically as it warms. Chilled, it's harsh, bitter, and rough. Closer to room temp, it's wonderfully rich with coffee and chocolate intermingling into an almost mocha-like flavor that can only be described as euphoric. True coffee flavor. hard to come by.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, although a touch thin given an 8.3% stout. The carbonation is exceptional and really opens up the flavors while carrying some of the lingering coffee bitterness.

Drinkability is fairly close to incredible. full flavor with rich coffee and cocoa notes that open up beautifully as it warms. The 8.3% abv isn't detectable at all... which could be potentially dangerous. Add in the reasonable pricing, and you've got an impressive beer that's impossible to pass up. Loved it last year, and this year is no different.

djeucalyptus, Nov 17, 2008
Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,306 ratings.