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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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very good

3,676 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,676
Reviews: 1,242
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 155
Gots: 511 | FT: 9
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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 Lerxst
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark brown with a decent two finger head that disappeared quickly and left a bit of lacing.

S-Coffee, a bit of chocolate and caramel, malt.

T-Heavy coffee taste up front followed by roasted malt and raisins.

M-A bit thin for my taste, leaning towards the light side of a medium body with a bit too much carbonation for my tastes.

D-One is enough. Its not bad at all, but I can't see myself having more than one. Its a sipper for sure.

Photo of damienblack
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a heavy dark brown, average lacing and appearance. Typical thin mocha head. Smells like coffee grinds, seems like it will be on the more true-to-coffee side, and it is, but it has plenty of sweetness to balance it out. Lightly hopped for a Lagunitas beer. Despite the thick body, doesn't carry great weight in the mouth and finish, but is decently drinkable if you like coffee. Not a rich coffee bomb, but like fresh espresso. Not bad.

Photo of jpro
2.76/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This stout pours a dark brown / nearly black, with a smallish light tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving a ring around the glass; lots of tiny carbo bubbles. Aroma is a letdown - sweet malts, chocolate, light roasty notes, not really much coffee (considering its a coffee stout). Taste is also average: dark chocolate, maybe a little hazelnut, pretty sweet, alcohol occasionally peeks through; there's a slight hint of coffee / cappucino that comes through in the finish. Kind of tastes like a sweet stout to me. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, nearly full-bodied, with perhaps a little too much carbonation. Its pretty drinkable, but kind of boring. I felt that this was pretty lackluster for a coffee stout (as there was very little coffee character).

Photo of goethean
2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

You know, I LOVE coffee stouts, and I didn't like this stout. At all. Too much superficial sweetness made it taste like instant coffee. Additionally, it is leaving a bitterness in my mouth. Perhaps a hoppy bitterness, but nonetheless inappropriate. My opinion: avoid. Very surprising coming from the usually-reliable Lagunitas.

Photo of steveshields
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a totally solid coffee stout. I got a 22oz bottle for just $3.99, and for that price, you really can't afford to complain about this beer. It is a bargain.

Pours completely opaque, dark dark brown. [I don't mean to knock the previous reviewer but a cappuccino does not look anything like this beer. This looks, if anything, like a dark cola as you said. (A cappuccino being a shot of espresso, mixed with steamed milk and topped with thick foam)]

Smells good, and I agree with another reviewer on the Dr. Pepper-like smell.

Tastes good! It's brewed with coffee, and I do get some coffee notes, though it still tastes like a good dark brown beer to me. Hoppy finish, but very smooth.

The mouthfeel I find good, but it's very thin for a stout.

I give it a 5 on drinkability because as I said earlier, for 4 bucks, it's a bargain for a coffee stout.

Pick one up! It's worth a try.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown and does resemble cappuccino in color. There is a tall head with an aggressive pour.

Smell is light coffee, dark fruit, and a cola that is like Dr. Pepper.

The taste is thin for a stout. Coffee, prunes, and toasted malt.

Mouthfeel is very thin and carbonated for a stout. It drinks more like a brown ale. The finish is slightly bitter and dry.

The thin body makes this easily drinkable and it's not filling at all.

Overall, this is just a slightly better than average stout. It's very thin body and less pronounced flavors detract from the overall experience, but it does have decent taste.

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

Aggressive pour just gets half a finger of cream brown foam, this dissolving down to the thinnest coating possible, lacing pretty much out of the question. It's pretty murky rather than pitch black, dark brown at the core taking on a yellow cast further out. Curiously, it's the grapey plum, cherry fruit that you notice first in the nose before the rich coffee grounds, malt, mocha, butterscotch scents spread wide, some sweet scone notes, black licorice, over time a banana edge comes out with sweet baking spices. Full-bodied without a great deal of heaviness, the carbonation as well as generally firm mouth feel ensures that it moves pretty nimbly. The licorice and ginger, cinnamon spice stronger here, as if you're drinking infused coffee - once that coffee, mocha, caramel hits the set it moves more towards a traditional center. Grape, apricot, cherry, pear fruit, an enjoyable mixture. While not bitter, does stiffen towards the end, a welcome textural change. Lack of chewy density might help make it a warmer weather stout choice.

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle into a snifter

P: Very dark, pecan brown with garnet highlights on the edges. A vigorous pour produces 2 fingers worth of dark cream-colored foam that's pretty thick and creamy. Showed average retention and left little lace.

A: Nice roasted malts with lots of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a surprising amount of citrusy hops. A little bit of booze is noticed as it warms. What's there smells promising, but it's really lacking in the strength department.

T: Tastes exactly like you would think a beer named "Cappucino Stout" would taste like; as if someone poured a mocha cappucino into a stout. Malts are lightly roasted, nowhere near being burnt or acrid and the chocolate and coffee taste especially sweet together. I suppose that is why they added so much citrusy hops in there, to try and balance it out with some bitterness. I was almost shocked at how pronounced they were! And even though I am a hophead through and through, I just didn't think all of the flavors melded very well in this particular case. Underneath all of this are some earthy-like musky notes, some molasses and a smidgeon of booze as well.

M: The body of this one is a tad below being full, with a milky smooth, rich & creamy texture to it that fits the beer well.

Notes: Well, I am a sucker for mocha cappucino's, so I thought I would absolutely love a cappucino stout. To the contrary. While this is a solid effort from one of my favorite breweries, I thought it missed the mark just a bit. The chocolatey cappucino flavors were good, but they didn't feel like they came close to reaching their full potential. And the citrusy hops just didn't help matters, in my opinion. Everything seemed kind of scattered out and never really melded together like it should have. A solid effort, but not one I feel the need to drink again.

Photo of williamherbert
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a glassy reddish brown. Ruby at the edges. Solid, foamy brown head. Rings of lace are solid.

The aroma is sweet raisins and some darkly bitter mocha/coffee. Sweeter than expected. Less coffee than it is raisins and dates.

The taste is roasted mocha coffee (cappuccino perhaps?). Nutty like a burnt brown ale. Some hazelnut balances the burnt-cookie malt. Sweet and also nutty.

The feel is thick and milky; gritty on the way down. It's sweeter than I expected but well-balanced. Not bad at all.

Photo of BeTheBall
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark opaque brown with a frothy head. As I drank there was much stickage to the glass; love that. Smelled of roasted malt, caramel and coffee. Taste was big coffee, along with roasted goodness and sweetness. Finished easy; not much bitterness. Mouthfeel was good, nice carbonation all the way down. Drinkability was good, as this was very tasty and easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with reddish tint and a moderate tan head, little retention.
Smell is sweet malt, molasses.
Taste matches the aroma - brown sugar and maple. Subtle roasted taste but little in the way of coffee flavors.
Feel is pretty good - not too thin or under-carbonated, but not as thick as a typical stout.
This was a very drinkable beer at 8.3%.
Good beer, but not what you expect out of an Imperial Stout. This was more of a strong brown or milk stout and very underwhelming in the cappuccino department.

Photo of gregmoscetti
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot more malt taste than coffee taste in this one. It goes down like a porter. I was hoping for a bigger taste than I got from this stout. In the future, I think Lagunitas could push this one a lot more. If they beefed up literally EVERYTHING about this beer, it would be crazy delicious. Unfortunately, it remains the victim of my high expectations... Nor-cal does hoppy better than stout (imo and with the exception of Big Bear Black)

Photo of bl400315
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From bomber, pours a dark amber/red-brown color, one finger tan head with minimal lacing. Can smell the alcohol along with the roasted coffee beans, has a bready feeling. Can taste the hops, chocolate, and malts- fairly balanced. Alcohol bears a stronger presence in the after-taste. Medium body with mild carbonation (wish it was heavier). But good stout none the less.

Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a dark brown with red highlights. A light brown head had decent retention at one finger and left patchy lacing.
There's some heady alcohol in the aroma and an almost unnoticeable metallic tint. Otherwise, a very nice smell: rich roasted dark coffee with unsweetened dark bittersweet chocolate is complimented by caramel and toffee notes.
The taste follows suit with an underlying hint of something I can't quite place and a stronger barley undertone. A nice strong bitterness shows up at the front then again in a lingering finish. Alcohol is quite noticeable.
The body is moderate with a moderately thick mouthfeel as well.
There's no doubt this one is drinkable. It's not as good as some I've had, as it seems the coffee used might have some natural acidity that mars it a little, but worth trying if you're into coffee stouts and still good.

Photo of radshoesbro
2.69/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

how is this a stout? pours a caramel/coke with light coming through without even holding it up to the light. okay head, very spotty lace with pretty bad head retention. there's some but it's only a ring around the edge. smells of alcohol and a light cappuccino/coffee/burnt thing going on. tastes of burnt coffee and has a very light mouthfeel similar to a bad porter. this is not a very good beer and maybe if i had it a bit fresher it would've been a little bit better, but this is basically a crappy beer. lagunitas really let me down on this one.

Photo of washburnkid
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a snifter.

A: Tiny beige head dissipates quickly, retaining only as a small ring around the snifter. Beer is dark brown with ruby hues.
S: Big bready malt aromas. Not a ton of coffee on the nose, but there's a slightly citric hop character that pulls through.
T: Toffee malts really come out in the sip. Bitter residuals and a big cappuccino sense (milky and sweet) is there too. Hops provide balance and bitter chocolate lingers.
M: Light-to-medium body. A bit thin for the style. Carbonation is medium.
D: Very easy to drink, especially with the lighter mouthfeel. Reminds me a lot more of a coffee porter than a stout. The alcohol isn't noticeable at any part of the session (during OR afterwards). Another Lagunitas goodie, though not my favorite.

Photo of deanhead
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark colored with a rich toffee colored head which reduced to no lace a tinge of bubbles circulating the top of my beer.

Aroma of toffee, with hints of chocolate
Taste is sweet and rich, almost mocha like. Chocolaty with a lightly alcoholic taste.

Medium bodied mouthfeel, which improved as the beer warmed up. Finishes with a slight solventy hint.

Fairly drinkable stout. I liked it. Not my favorite, but if you do enjoy American style stouts reach out for this one to sample.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with IBUs, Original Gravity, and ABV but no date. Wtf.

A - Poured a clear dark amber color with a small tan had that has very little retention. Why is this stout see through?

S - High level of roasted malts with a surprisingly low level of coffee and cocoa for what the name of this beer is. No hop aroma of any kind.

T - Strong maltiness and a slight bitter hop flavor with a dry, bitter coffee finish. For a coffee stout, this is very light.

M - Medium body at best that's far too light for its style. Has a crisp, sharp bite to it much more so than the smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel you would find in a typical Imperial Stout.

D - It's an easy drinker which is attributed to its much lighter body for a stout, however, it shouldn't be this way.

This beer was a disappointment. It seemed like it was constantly off on the style requirements of a stout of this style. It could do very well to up the mouthfeel to full-bodied with a creamy smoothness while also darkening the color. This could help the flavor too. More roasted malts and coffee if that's what the name is going to be. Close, but no cigar.

Photo of jeremyd365
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish amber with a bit of a light tan head. It smells rich of chocolaty coffee. It's got a thick, solid body which let's the richness of the flavor slide down your throat like an oil slick of goodness. Very drinkable and delicious. Can't beat the price of Lagunitas either. Highly recommend!

Photo of WakeandBake
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Lagunitas brew. A dark/reddish brown,like coffee with a small tan head,light carbonation,and loads of lacing. Aroma of coffee with sugar,and just a dash of cream. Flavor is pretty rich for the body being on the thin side, flavors of coffee,sugar,toffee,and hints at chocolate, I detected little hops or any of the higher alcohol content, smooth creamy mouthfeel with a sweet coffee aftertaste, very nice but I would have liked a touch more coffee type bitterness. A very drinkable brew despite being 8.3% ABV, I picked up this bomber for under $5 a very good value IMO,

Photo of kingothewoods
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks reddish and lighter - similar to Coke-a-Cola. White head that stays lacey. Doesn't look like a typical stout. Smells of fruit, roasted barley, and sweet malt. Ouch.... thick pour as it hits your mouth. A little strong and tastes of real thick coffee followed by molasses then the burn of alcohol as it coats down your throat.

Photo of gford217
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark chestnut brown with a very small tan head that recedes slowly to a collar and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is dark chocolate malts, slightly roasted, with the espresso coming in on top. It's got plenty of sweetness in the nose with vanilla especially which balances the bitterness of the espresso fairly well.

The taste continues the theme of espresso bitterness balancing out the dark chocolate malts and vanilla sweetness. There are also some citrus hops thrown in the mix which don't exactly fit in but it's not too intrusive.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and there is a bitterness from both the espresso and hops that come through in the finish.

This is a big roasted coffee-bomb of a stout that is certainly not the most drinkable stout, especially for the relatively low ABV. Nonetheless, it's a good stout.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a hot chocolate colored head. Ok lace and good retention.

Aroma is of esspresso, sour vanilla (almost granny smith apple-ish?), licorice and fudge. Good stuff.

Tastes like cappucino with burnt brownie chocolate and vanilla. Sugary up front, bitter in the back. Mouthfeel is tolerable but a tad thin.

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with ruby highlights, curiously light for a stout. Nice looking minimum head, off white to tan with decent lacing.

Smells initially of coffee and almond biscotti, then granny smith apples. Remarkable how in every sniff it repeats the two tiered smell. Very interesting and pleasant.

Tastes great. A little coffee, a little chocolate and I taste cherry as well. At the finish, the sweet coffee bitterness is the savory take-away. None of the flavors are too prominent so this is an accessible beer to a wide audience. A perfect 'gateway beer' for the Guinness lover in your family.

Mouthfeel is really nice too. A solidly medium body that finishes extraordinarily dry at the end. Carbonation is soft and cozy as it should be but still sharp enough to feel like beer.

This is a very tasty beer that one could drink a lot of. The flavor is enticing like coffee and the body is light enough that you don't get the full feeling you get from some higher gravity brews.

I'm certainly going to have more of this beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.94/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This batch is listed at 8.29% ABV. I'm dosing off more than usual tonight while watching the game, Coca-Cola isn't doing the trick, and I want a tasty beverage that (hopefully) won't let me down. Hello Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout! On to the beer:

Looks deep ruby brown with hues of red, lighter color than I was expecting. It's not even close to black. Head retention is solid on top. Smells like...bitter coffee with a kick of vanilla. It's okay, I guess.

Most beers balance the beer and the coffee, but this tends to be more coffee dominant. Bitter coffee greets the palate at first. And that how it remains for the most part. There is an underlying kick of roasted chocolate underneath the coffee, with a medium body and some fizz. not much else going on here.

Well, that was less exciting than expected. It looks like an Irish Red, and taste like coffee. Not a bad beer per se, but a dissapointment in the field of double stouts.

Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,676 ratings.