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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,263 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,263
Reviews: 1,171
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 104
Gots: 308 | FT: 6
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 kirok1999
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Expected a coffee bomb but seemed a little decaffinated. Poured a not quite black, somewhat thin, no head and no lacing. Smells first of coffee, very mild and little else. Some caramel and very slight citrus hops.
Tastes of mild coffee, mild caramel. Pretty high carbonation for a stout. Thin is the word here. I expected a lot more, not that it's a bad stout, just weak in most areas. Thin mouthfeel and the carbonation makes it hard to drink too much.
Not impressed, although I really like most of Lagunitas' other offerings.

kirok1999, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of gbarron
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bomber.

A - dark, oily black. Hint of ruby red at the base of the glass. Clear where visible, but mostly opaque. Head is huge and rocky, filled with deep craters of air; cappucino colored and frothy. Retention and lacing are excellent.

S - primary aroma is of hops, which seems a bit odd. Fresh cut grass, earthy hops - reminds me of Fuggle or other traditional English hop (EKG?). Little bit of malt sugar and spice, but mostly hops here.

T - again, hops dominate this stout. Malt and coffee flavors seem to be somewhat of an afterthought. Nice hop flavor of green grass and herbs. Bitterness is moderate, well balanced beer. Malt flavor is subdued - largely that of roasted coffee, milk chocolate. Not getting a ton of coffee flavor other than what you would normally find in a stout.

M - very smooth drinking, creamy stout. Carbonation appears average to low, slightly sticky finish.

D - tasty beer. Would have liked to have more malt/coffee flavors come out, though. Hops are in front here and if you like that in your stouts, go for it.

gbarron, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this flavored stout pours a dark black that reveals a crimson hue when held up to a light, a thick dark chocolate milk colored head rises and laces slowly

S - strong cappuccino aromas, as to be expected, very nice and reminds me of high quality coffee, it overpowers any other aroma

T - a very strong bittersweet chocolate and cappuccino taste is up front and very strong it overpowers the tongue, a great flavor

M&D - the chocolate and coffee flavors result in a smooth mouthfeel, what a great beer, another quality brew from Lagunitas

sinstaineddemon, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color with some mahagony on the edges with the help from some artificial light...fluffy off-white head, about a finger and a half sits on top. Lacing is web-like, but plentiful as the foam disappears.
Quite inviting in the nose...dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla bean and a sweet malty backbone.
The taste is good, but not great...the espresso flavor is quite weak, but the chocolate malt is successful in adding some complexity to this underachieving coffee stout. Actually tasting some fruity hops as well...that is odd, but actually pretty darn tasty and adds that uniquie twist I come to expect from the folks at Lagunitas.
Mouthfeel is thinner than what I expect from the style. Carbonation is a touch high too...not adding to its drinkability.
This one leaves me craving a bit more...still a good beer, but like their Imperial Stout, a tad thin to keep my interest peaked.

warriorsoul, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of rajendra82
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As the 22 oz. bomber was uncapped, and the beer poured into a tulip glass, I was a little disappointed to see the dark brown color, and the clear body. I prefer my stouts black, and thick (I know there’s a joke in here, but let’s not go there). Although the body looked wimpy for the claimed style, the two finger thick foamy head was just about right.

The beer smelled roasty and bold, with the aromas of dark roasted coffee and burnt grains intermingling agreeably with toffeeish odor of the malt. The taste was a blend of the classic stout elements Broadcast first by the smell. It was a stout balanced midway between sweet and bitter extremes, and finished with a hop flourish that rode atop some alcohol warmth. Apart from the absence of vinousness this was an archetypal flavor profile. As it warmed, the beer turned a little prickly and astringent due to the presence of real strong coffee, which made the mouthfeel a touch more jagged than I prefer. Despite this, quite a drinkable beer, and worth seeking out for the fans of this style.

rajendra82, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of Matthew
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a dark black with a tan head that sticks around for the whole ride.
Huge aromas of coffee and espresso and some very light hints of bakers chocolate. Semi sweetness in the nose there too.
Coffee is what stands out most to me at first followed but faint hops and bitter black espresso.
Pretty luscious and fairly big mouthfeel, good carbonation.
Decent drinkability but I probably wouldn't have more than a glass or two.

Matthew, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of nvsblman
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black in color with a thick, fluffy brown head. Some sticky lacing as I drink it. The coffee is most noticable in the aroma, but there is a nice chocolate complement to it. Also a light touch of hops. The coffee wasn't as up front in the flavor as I thought it would be. The chocolate seems to stand out more. It's creamy, almost like a milkshake, and well carbonated. Seemed to improve the longer I let it sit.

nvsblman, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good amount of roasted barley and coffee, with a touch of creamy cappaccino-like taste. Smooth, with some body. Black colour, good roast aroma, with some burnt part. A very good stout and a large enough bottle that it should be shared, and if I find other bottles I will share those.
Had it 2.5 years later and great coffee taste still.

Sammy, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 Edition.
22oz. bomber poured into Duvel tulip.

This is one hell of a beer.

A - Rich, deep brown, chunks of chocolate and toffee floating at the top of the beer. Aura of white incredibly lacy head stick all over the glass. A pleasant visual experience.

S - Chocolaty malty grains/earthy tones, and alcohol infused in one. Unique.

T - Deep light chocolate, and dark chocolate fight for palate champion, and end up just melding fiercely together. Yet, are overcome with dark roasted coffee sweetness. Sugary crisp bite attends the fight and leaves the palate smooth with the malty after tones that leave the palate clean and refreshed. Hop bitterness lingers, but only shows itself at the end of the sip. The long lasting aftertaste of this brew is certainly something in it's own right. Chocolate and caramel stick to the palate, and hop waves push once again after you though it was over. Tricky, yet oh so enticing.

M - Full bodied, creamy, crisp, and a tad dry.

D - These are quite filling, yet incredibly full of flavor, therefore, just average drinkability.

What a nice treat this beer was, and quite a lucky find to be honest. I am just honored to have been able to try this tasty brew.

HoustonTX, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of IceAce
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap knob proclaims that this is brewed w/ "Sebastopols own hard-core coffee".

Pours a near-black body with shades of mahogany around the edges & capped with a tan foam collar. Nose is roasty with hints of chocolate, coffee, & toffee.

Entry is smooth with a complex midtaste of roasted coffee beans, black patent malt, and a hint of milk chocolate.

The finish is ushered in with a burst of floral hops followed by a beautiful malt fade.

IceAce, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is a beautiful beer.
Pours deep amber brown to black with a thick tan head that melts to very heavy sticky lacing.
Aroma is sweet coffee...maybe hint of chocolate, but nothing heavy..nice rich aromas.
Taste is wonderfully rich coffee..sweet malt,...milk chocolate (not bitter), and maybe a hint of bitter hops that seems to melt to bitter chocolate on the tale-end.
Aftertaste is chewy coffee...much like a coffee toffee candy.
God,this is delicious.
I want more...and more...and more.

IntriqKen, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of goschool
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The BS on Lagunitas' labels make Stone's "check out the words we came up with" anniversary blurbs sound much less pompous. Anyways, the pour is dark, almost black with red hues. Its tan head is thick and foamy. The nose has medium city roast coffee, some chocolate, and a barely noticeable hops. The taste is roasty and fairly creamy. There is the coffee with some of its acidity, semi-sweet chocolate, sweet malts and a faint hoppiness. This is the coffee lover's stout.

goschool, May 10, 2006
Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a nice 0.75" mocha colored head that gradually recedes. The beer is a dark brown in color.

smell: Upfront aromas of citrusy and piney hops. Behind are slight aromas of roasted malts. Hints of ethanol, cocoa, and dark fruits are found. The hops are somewhat big and the roasted aromas are too slight to have enough of an effect.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body just under medium.

taste: Flavors of cold coffee, cocoa, and citrusy hops...as well as some sweet malt. A moderate bitterness comes in for the finish and lingers with roasted flavors. Pretty good I suppose.

drinkability: A good beer, and pretty easy drinking considering the ABV. Not as much malt character as I expected, or would have liked.

Received from Zorro in BCG-BiF and cellared a few months

blackie, May 09, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cherry with light visible on the opposite side of the glass. I'm always a little leery of such non-black, non-opaque stouts, but I'll try to keep an open mind. The attractive, reasonably persistent, golden sandstone cap is beginning to form a thick collar of lace as it deflates.

There's nothing wrong with the aroma, either in terms of power or character. Aggressively roasted malt is at least equal to black coffee, with bittersweet chocolate bringing up the rear. I've certainly smelled coffee beers that were more java-centric than this one. That's more than fine with me; I like it just the way it is.

Even though I'm not an aficionado of 'the bean', this stout tastes a good deal like coffee and I still think it's da bomb. Kudos to the brewers for that. The key is that it's recognizably a stout that is flavored with coffee rather than a barely beer flavored iced coffee. In other words, it contains a perfect stout-coffee balance that should please all comers.

The flavor profile is interesting in that it changes so drastically from beer entry to beer exit. Initially, it tastes like a good, solid, roasty, chocolate stout. At the midway point, the roasted beans stick a tentative foot in the door... and then proceed to rip the door off its hinges and barge in like they own the place. The finish is 'all coffee, all the time', but again, the stout center holds firm.

Knowing Lagunitas like I do, I'm not surprised that they've added citric hops to a style that doesn't usually feature them on the palate (at least not to this extent). The sweetened grapefruit and lemon isn't enough to turn off the malt lovers. The more I drink, the more noticeable the hops and the less noticeable the coffee.

I've always thought that there was some relationship between color/opacity and flavor/body, but this beer puts the lie to that notion. Rarely have I had a stout with this degree of lucency that was this flavorful and this full in the mouth. It isn't full-bodied in comparison to the really full-bodied versions of the style, but it is supremely smooth and pleasingly silky.

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is very good beer. It's odd how the coffee portion of its personality fades with time and drinking. I would have been fine if it had stuck around, but I'm equally fine with the beer that I experienced in the second half of the bomber. Outside of the outstanding Brown Shugga', this is Lagunitas's best beer. I really wish they would re-think that 'limited release' thing.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barcade in Brooklyn.
Standard dark brown body, tan head. Smell and taste are very rich and well laced with cappucino. The cappucino does tend to take over teh taste and overall experience of the beer, but that may not be necessarily a bad thing. I enjoyed this beer, although the body was a little thin, could be a little thicker.

TastyTaste, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark, chocolate brown. Slight head with a stringy lace all around the edge of the glass. Not much of any nose with just bits of ground coffee beans.

Surprisingly subtle coffee flavor. Lots of roasted malts though. Tinged with vanilla around the edges. Found this beer to be (dissappointingly) one-dimensional. The carbonation kind of tingles on the tongue. A tad more than medium body. All the roastiness almost makes this a taste bud killer.

MuddyFeet, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of CRJMellor
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown and black hue with a large dark tan head that leaves some wavy lace patterns on the glass. Slight alcoholic tannins also present.
Aroma of dark chocolate and light coffee, almost a coffee diluted with cream and sugar kind of aroma. Expected a big burst of coffee explosion but its really very subtle, pleasant but very subdued.
Flavor has more coffee-esque tones to start, sliding to a roasted barley and chocolate flavor pretty quickly. Finish is more silky than bitter but there is a faint hint of strong cappuccino bittering.
Mouthfeel is relatively smooth, not quite full-bodied but well made and thick. Malt is palate covering with just a hint of aforementioned bittering and some roasted notes to break up the sweetness.
Drinkability is actually quite high. Lacks the coffee appeal that it named for but in a way that makes in easier to drink. Solid stout with a hint of coffee flavoring, worked for me.

CRJMellor, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of jwff
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can't remember which season this one was released, but dug this off the back shelf of a seldomly used Spec's in town. Pours a very dark ruby with ample tannish head. Smell is strong of sugary raisins. I'm not getting much cappucino in the smell but this will do. Maybe a little chocolate but I might be forcing it.

Taste isn't very cappucino, but rather a wholly overmilked coffee with an addition of plum and raisin. Has a slightly metallic aftertaste, but after THAT comes some more bitter coffee undertones. It's alright, but the coffee flavors are subdued so it tastes like drinking cold coffee with some raisins in the mix. I wouldn't recommend this one to start my day, Jason.

Mouthfeel is alright, kind of creamy and just carbonated enough. I'm still on the fence about this beer. I think my final verdict will be "it's alright." Not great, not amazing. I'd drink it again, though.

jwff, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Sean. This one pours an incredibly deep ambered brown color with a light tan head over top that maintains very well. Clarity seems good. This one is not quite as dark as I expected it to be. Nose is complex. Good notes of chocolate, fig, and a solid coffee. Good balance between the different notes. Flavor right on with the nose. The dark fruityness and chocolate really seem to be the dominant flavors here. The cofffee hits on the finish, with a good hop bitter on the finish. Very tasty. The feel is moderate with a solid moderate carbonation. No hit at all of alcohol. Its well hidden in the flavor and aroma. I think there is a lot of dark fruit character in this one, and it dominates over the chocolate and coffee notes. This is a nice stout. I'd have it again.

kmpitz2, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of clvand0
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color with a moderate head that falls slowly and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is all about the chocolate, roasted malts and there is a bit of lactic sweetness in there. The flavor is all coffee at the beginning then fades to a more chocolaty thing and leaves a bit of sweetness on the tongue. Very tasty. The body is thick and the drinkability is very good on this one. Great brew.

clvand0, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of briman
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown with a touch of ruby when held up to the light. Head is about a half-finger, & tan.

Smells of roasted malt, touch of chocolate, but dominated by roasted coffee.

Taste is sweet in the beginning, but the flavor is more dominant in the finish. The coffee flavors come through more towards the end...finish is dry with a slight roasted malt bitterness. Really have to let this one warm up to get the full array of flavors...even more so than I expected.

Medium bodied, but actually a bit thinner than I expected.

I could definately drink a couple of these in a sitting. I didn't really notice a warming affect at first, but it does kind of creep up on you, and is definately noticeable as you get towards the bottom of the bottle. This qualifies as a comfort beer in my book.

briman, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of Ego
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$3.99 for a bomber @ DeCicco Market, pelham, ny

music - Napalm Death : Enemies of the Music Business
cheese - "our own smokehouse blue", Market Basket, Franklin Lakes, NJ

one finger of off white head, holding well... good lacing and sticky webs of beer jizz adorn the glass. dark brown.. very dark brown, not dikembe mutombo.. but pretty damn dark. nothing ground breaking but better than average.

sweet espresso. This smells like roast in a coffee house.. immediately this titilates my... um.. taste buds, yeah, that's it! Toasty and slightly burnt malts abound. Coffee notes out the wazoo. A hair too sweet imo but mouth watering for a coffee freak none the less. There are more choc notes coming out now later on down the glass but the pronounced coffee tone is the star here (obviously). Delicious nose !

taste etc...
medium to full mouthfeel, almost reminds me of.. dare I say it... Old Rasputin ? Actually it reminds me of what Old Raspy tastes like on tap, a bit more hop kick and not as complex as in the bottle. This has a great roasted aftertaste. Carbonation is just short of prickly but carries it very well. The alcohol is perceptable but barely. This one also has a drying effect from the burnt malts and the alcohol... almost bordering on other styles like a baltic or a russian. The bomber seems much bigger than it actually is.. I guess the ABV is kickin in !

at first I thought this would be an OK offering. but the taste really develops and this one shows it's pimp hand well. If you like russian imperial stouts.. try this, you might be pleasantly surprised. I am glad I picked up 2 bottles.. at $3.99 this is hard to beat.

Ego, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of marc77
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep bister in hue, with surprisingly clear, bubbly flashes of crimson when held to light. Brown sugar sweetness and cola - like caramel hit the nose at first. A deep inhalation reveals notes of dilute mocha and floral hops. Tame in coffee character, but innocuous overall aromawise. In flavor, the initial surge of burnt barley and charcoal bitterness is immediately superceded by a pleasant, albeit one - dimensional milk chocolate sweetness. The coffee presence is present at a low level throughout, and contribute only a subtle, but rounded smoky and tannic notion that complements the residual, molasses - like malt sweetness. Thin in body, and approaching brown ale - like in that regard. Constant hop bitterness melds well with coffee tannins, and provides a bitterness that offsets residual sugar aptly. Finishes abruptly yet warm, with quickly fleeting notes of dry baker's cocoa and ethanol. A relatively enjoyable stout all around. I would've appreciated a more dextrinous body and a more pronounced coffee component. Its best attribute is its dangerous drinkability. Honestly, it drinks like a brown porter.

marc77, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber brown in color, quite clear, with a moderately-sized tan head, lots of broken lace, and small streams of carbonation.

Aroma: Bitter coffee, cocoa, toasted malts, and slight herbal hops.

Taste: Begins with bitter chocolate and coffee. It turns a bit sweet midway through the taste, and finishes with a lingering coffee and chocolate note. The finish is quite dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: Wonderful as a dessert beer, and most pleasing in cold weather. Share it with friends.

Pegasus, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of spazaru
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a 1/2" head. I don't smell the coffee but somehow I feel it before I taste it (psychological?).

Dark roasty nose with a hint of chocolate but the coffee really comes on in the aftertaste. Almost too easy to drink. 8% alcohol is barely perceptible. I could drink a couple of bombers of this quickly but would regret it. The warmer it gets the better so I took it slow.

Surprisingly, this is my first Lagunitas product. I'm impressed. Hope their year round brews are this good. This one is definitely recommended.

spazaru, Feb 11, 2006
Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,263 ratings.