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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,307 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,307
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 bruachan
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

they're selling this at arrowine in arlington, va

very dark, but not quite black; looks like a dark rootbeer. the head is neither huge nor longlasting, but survives in the shape of a film and some lacing

the aroma is puzzling: not big and not featuring particularly malty or coffee aromas. something roasty, licorice. i do smell capuccino when i stick my nose in it

the coffee is not exactly dominant, and the beer not as sweet as i might have expected...a bit portery, actually. the bitterness is robust and melds well with the coffee. it seems to be the end of each sip that features most notably the beer's main selling point

bruachan, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of BadBadger
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Cappuccino Stout by Lagunitas Brewing is a very pleasant brew. It pours a dark, but not dark enough, color into the glass. The head is descent in size and duration. The smell is a rather nice aroma of bitter coffee. The cappuccino taste, for which the stout is named, is tasty. I am happy I bought multiple bottles, and I recommend you do the same.

BadBadger, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark black in color. Thick tan 3"+ head with big bubbles lingers a while. No lacing develops.

Smell: mellow chocolate and coffee tones.

Taste: dark roasted coffee tones, dark chocolates, roasted malts, and a nice bitterenss makes up a bold flavored beer. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from the start through to the finish. The aftertaste is long on the flavors and they basically stick to your tongue.

Drinkability: this is one of those beers that is a bit unique which makes it more interesting. But I found this to be easy to quaff and I wish I had another bottle to enjoy during the session.

Gavage, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a full-on head that leaves great lacing

Smell: Brown bread with a dusting of roasted chocolate and coffee elements

Taste: Brown bread, charcoal and yesterday's coffee, up front, with building pithy flavors; after the swallow, the chocolate and coffee flavors make a brief appearance, followed by a strong pithy citrus character; surprising amount of sweetness and a touch of vanilla, on the finish, however

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: What a confusing beer! Here I am expecting a coffee stout and I have something more akin to a black and tan blending a coffee stout with an IPA; not sure it works very well for me, however, as I was really looking for more coffee flavors

brentk56, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber
Binny's Willowbrook

Cappuccino Stout poured a deep dark mahogany. As close to black as you can get. Completely opaque. Glows with mahogany highlights when held to the light. A 1 finger creamy head appeared on the pour and faded to a creamy tan cap.

Smell is pretty complex. There's a bitter chocolate character that's followed by currants and some dark fruit. Maybe bing cherries make up my mind. Bringing up the rear is strong black coffee but it's mild. Along with a sprinkling of booze.

I like the taste on this one quite a bit. It seems like I'm getting different flavors with each sip. The first sip will be deeply toasted grains with a healthy dose of brown sugar. This is followed by a slight nuttiness, a sprinkling of the dark fruit, and then the bitterness of the coffee. The next sip has those same components in the same order but alcohol vapors show up about mid-palate and follow through to the finish. It changes the whole complexity. This just keeps flip-flopping. Very nice.

I really like the mouthfeel on this one. Has a medium bodied but it's somewhat airy. Goes down really smoothly and leaves a nice coffee bitterness until the next swig.

Drinkability is good. I really enjoy a good stout but very rarely find the drinkability super high. That being said I can easily finish off this bomber but that'll be all.

This was a pleasant surprise. I expected something decent but this was a good well made complex stout. I wouldn't hesitate in picking this up again.

Note: According to the bottle this is a limited release.


joe1510, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of dfried
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty black but not completly, some redish amber highlights at the bottome and edges, coco colored head. The aroma is of a well roasted, malty stout, but sure enough some espresso subtley creeps in. The taste is similar, rich, chocolatey, medium bodied stout with the coffee not really showing up until the aftertaste. It wasn't until well into the beer that I realized it is quite hoppy too, very floral and a bit resinous.

Verdict: less coffee flavor than most if not all coffee beers I have tried, which is nether good nor bad nessesarily. More of a stout than a coffee stout. I would recomend this beer, but not quite a seek outer.

dfried, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber to a pint glass. The liquid is a deep dark black. The head is a huge 3 finger display of foaming dark tan bubbles that become rocky before fading to a thin pad with some lace.

The smell is right on, sweet malty coffee.

The taste follows, yep coffee in this one, Let it warm it picks up. Not quite as much coffee as bells Java Stout, but that may be a good thing for some.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, very nice body and the carbonation is light yet pleasant.

The drinkability is good, I kind of put this one down fast and it was nice, Very Nice. Think coffee, Thats what this one is, Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black under normal light; shows a deep ruby red when backlit. A thick, moussy tan head that lasts. Has an aroma reminiscent of my espresso machine when the first drops hit the demitasse cup. Some coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium with no carbonic bite. Flavor is surprisingly mild, with a strong taste of sweet coffee and no bitterness. No hops evident in aroma or flavor. Alcohol is masked, like in a Mudslide. Very drinkable; one of the most drinkable beers of this abv I have had. It's not a good "american stout", it's more of a novelty beer for me. But I like it!

CH3CH2OH, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its great to see more and more Lagunitas brews showing up here in wny,poured a deep but not pitch black there was ruby highlights shown thru out when held up to the light a well formed one finger mocha colored head atop.Big espresso roast coffee aromas and dry unsweetened chocolate lingers,roasted to the hilt flavors somewhat earthy in the finish but the coffee flavors really steal the show.A light earthiness in the finish rounds out the beer nicely,if you like big roasted uncompremising stouts this is for you and with the alcohol very well hidden it goes down easily.

oberon, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown almost black. Decent head that is lighter than one would expect.

Smell is full of nice roasted coffee and hops with malt in the background.

The coffee taste really comes through, but the beer is really balanced. More espresso flavored than cappuccino, though. The hops and coffee are perfectly interplayed off one another.

Mouthfeel is creamy without being too thick. Very drinkable.

Georgiabeer, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a beautifully laid out stout. The color was near black to black with light tan head. The lacing was exceptional, straight rings from the top to the bottem. The aroma was full of coffee and a little nutty as well. The taste copied the aroma, but added some balancing hop flavor and brought out a little more sweetness. I found the texture to be a little odd as it felt a little thin on the palate, reminding me more of a porter than a stout, but I could still go through a couple pints in a sitting.

dbalsock, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of Finnman
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black...thin creamy head. Aroma consisted of malt, some chocolate, and obvious coffee notes flying around. The flavor was of roasted coffee, a hint of bitter chocolate, and a bit of a sweet caramel touch at the end. A very nice stout indeed. Recommended.

Note: I took the advise of DogFood11 and tried this stout more at room temp with just a slight chill. Good call.

Finnman, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter for shits and giggles. I poured it aggressively and it forms a very loose and thin cover that falls to an outer ring tan head. Dark brown around the edges and black in the core.

Roasted and toastey malts are the theme here (big shock!). I took a glance at the label and indeed it says cappuccino stout..hmmmm. I cant really pick up too much in the way of coffee other than some bitterness that I can associate with the morning brew. This leaves a pretty heavy load of dry chocolate on the palate after each pull. Awww the coffee shows up much more as it warms up. Not brewed coffee but rather some freshly cut beans ready to run a batch. The majority of this offering is some heavily toasted malts. Plenty of bitterness that maybe even leans towards astringent at times. Alcohol was a blessing in this big brew and served as a sort of balancer and cut the thick malt body.

Notes: I enjoyed this very much. Drink this a bit warmer than you might ever expect it really gets better with every degree upwards to room temp.

DogFood11, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of lackenhauser
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black in color with a nice fluffy white head. Somewhat roasted and metallic like aroma. Mellow roasted flavor-the coffee taste I am looking for isn't overly present. Fairly subdued. Nice graininess flavor to it. Good mouthfeel though not as "thick" as I would have expected. Finishes somewhat dry. Very drinkable and enjoyable. I would drop the word "cappucino" in the name if it was me. Still a nice beer.

lackenhauser, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of flexabull
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color from the bomber, with a nice white fluffy head.

This beer really has a nice nose... a lot of dark bitter chocolate, and coffee aromas. A beer to spend some time sniffing.

Flavor was pretty good, but a bit off. Mostly just a bitter burnt coffee flavor to me. I was looking for more than just the coffee here, but that's mostly what I noticed.

Mouthfeel seemed to lack a bit upfront, but it was pretty good.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer, especially if you are a coffee lover, but it struck me as being a bit unbalanced.

flexabull, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of dgallina
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 6 fluid ounce brown bottle without dating.

Pours clear dark brown & ruby with small creamy head and really thick sticky lace. Smells sweet and deeply toasted; rich with chocolate and coffee malts that remind one of dark chocolate bars & espresso. Flavor is quite hop-forward, making this a definitively American stout. Pine and citrus hops flash across the tongue at first sip. These are followed by rich grainy malts & thin powdery coffee notes. The hops come to the fore again in the finish, which is dry and leafy. Fleeting toasted bread notes complete the flavor profile. Body is pleasantly creamy, but a bit thin for an 8% stout.

dgallina, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a little light for a stout, but I've been drinking a lot of Imperial Stouts. Slightly reddish/dark brown. A barely tan head fades to a ring leaving a few spots of lace.
Chocolate malt. A coffee hint. Some alcohol in the nose.
A little coffee definately shows through. Dark and chocolate malts, but more porterlike than stout. Not much roastiness at all. Still quite enjoyable.
Lighter side of full bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. A bit on the dry side.
Pretty good, but I remember the '05 being better.

BeerRun13, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice tan head with doughy retention and lacing. The color is a deep, deep brown that sill allows some garnet highlights in the middle of this brew. Almost more creamy than coffee. But I gues a true "cappuccino" beer just by the smell. The makes me think think of a classic English stout with a caring dash of coffee. Hints of caramel and amber malts linger around. Almost like I'm tasting Godiva like chocoalte with coffee. No tartness That I expect from beers with coffee added. Great, smooth palate with a lot of mild stou qualities that is refreshing. Full bodied, but not thick necessarily.

scruffwhor, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black ruby in color with a thick tan head that fades into a sheet of lace. Nose is sort of a mix between fresh brewed coffee and chocolate milk. Taste has a nice blend of coffee and chocolate malt, but these flavors are a bit subdued at first until the beer is allowed to warm. A lightly fruity hop bitterness follows the initial coffee and chocolate flavors. The alcohol level is nicely hidden.

Morris729, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of BeerManDan
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When first poured, it was a very dark brown with very little tan foam that dissapated almost instantly. The smell of roasted malts and grain was evident, with a hint of evergreen.

The flavor was overpowering on a piney taste. It had a very bitterness along with a touch of sourness. I didn't think this was an overpowing good beer. In fact, I was a little dissapointed with the flavor and mouth feel.

BeerManDan, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, steve's university

appearance: poured into great dane imperial pint glass...dark mahongany body, decent garnet tinting, creamy mocha head...nice tan lace left behind. no complaints visually on this one

smell: strong dry cocoa powder, noticeable citrus hopping (big surprise lagunitas), creamy medium roast, milky and rich

taste: rather dry, cocoa powder, light bitterness, creamy and milky...I dont know about cappuccino as i'm a black coffee guy, but the dry roastiness is definitely present, sweet citrus hopping present. No majore complaints, its a good beer, but i've had better within the style

mouthfeel: rich, dry yet creamy, light bitterness, abv masked

drinkability: fine

dirtylou, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of chadspivey
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a quarter inch light brown head that dissipates down to a ring in about 45 seconds.

S: smells like a stanard dark american ale, but with chocolate and a definite coffe flavor.

T: dark, robust flavor.dark chocolate, but definitely cappucino flavor dominating in aftertaste. really nice blend...well balanced

M: nice full body, perfect for the flavor. Helps to balance this woderful ale.

D: I feel like I could definitely drink another, too bad i'm aging the rest. I think it will age well, but who knows...

In conclusion, this is a really nice, well-balanced cappuccino stout. The coffe flavor doesn't over power, but definitely is quite apparent and very nice.

chadspivey, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 22 oz. bottle of Lagunitas' 2006 version of this seasonal. Label says "Brewed with Sebastapol's Own Hard Core Coffee"; IBU 29.5, O.G. 1.076, ABV 7.99% (can't we just round it to 8%?).

A: Dark mahoghany brown with with some rusty/amber tint. A big creamy cap of tan head.

S: Sweet, spicy and yeasty. If I didn't know better I'd think I was sniffing a malty Belgian ale. Hints of grain and metal with a roast coffee bean backbone... an unexpected aroma, definitely not a traditional 'stout' smell...it's a fairly nice aroma, but grading on style it's a '3' at best...

T: Again, malty and spicy. I'd swear they put the wrong beer in this bottle - not the rich coffee/bitter flavor I'd expected. Flavors are sweet, spicy, a little maple syrup-y and a little powdered milk chocolate-y. Lactic sweet and creamy - is that what a cappuccino tastes like? More like the International Foods instant version, I think...disappointing...

M: Medium body and mouthfeel. Somewhat acerbic with a lightly sour/bitter finish. Lingers for an extended period. Only at the end does a coffe-bean/roasted flavor come out.

D: I wish the roasted coffee flavor that enticed me into buying this bottle was more evident. Unfortunately, it's an average tasting stout I'm left with, one I'm pleased to have tried but would probably not buy again.

msubulldog25, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the concept of coffee stouts, and my favorites of the style are incredibly tasty (Founders Breakfast Stout, Kona Da Grind). But this version could've used more coffee flavor. With the cappuccino name, you'd expect a more robust coffee aroma and flavor, but it wasn't there. Not a bad beer overall, but just an average example of its style.

TurdFurgison, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No surprise – black / brown edges pour into my clear plastic sippy cup, with a decent tan head that leaves ring laces. Good ol’ aroma of deep roasted coffee, no less. But the quaff left a little to be desired. I mean, pretty solid offering of coffee, but I’ve had cappuccinos – and this ain’t no cappuccino.

Rich and robust, and all that – I was just expecting more on the creamy capp. side and less coffee stout. A solid brew, but I bet you can find local coffee stouts at a better price ($6 for this bomber, I can get same quality $6 local brewery sixers).

Vancer, Nov 22, 2006
Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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