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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,389 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,389
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 119
Gots: 338 | FT: 7
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004)
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Photo of letsgopens
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber, this stout is opaque black with some light woody highlights. The rather thin pearl head holds reasonably well and leaves a thin ring of lace.

The aroma is initially of sweet malt and the lots of dark fruit. Slightly acidic with just a bit of coffee and bitter cocoa. A bit sharper than expected.

Sweet roasted malt in the beginning that fades in to some dark fruit and light, leafy hops. The coffee really wakes up in the finish. Some nice sweet lingering coffee flavor. Somewhat acidic and juicy. Not at all dry. just a hint of bitter cocoa is present as well. Nicely balanced if not just a bit on the sweet side. Certainly a well put together selection.

Robust in flavor, but moderately bodied. Somewhat thinner in texture for the style; which is not necessarily bad. Not low gravity, but not syrupy either. The mouthfeel certainly fits the flavor. Moderate/high carbonation makes for a clean finish that still allows some flavor to linger.

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from a bomber that I was given half of. I was given my half a day after it was opened and re-sealed, thus the reason you get no head at all. Body is like a black hole, letting no light thru. Nose warns of syrupy sweetness and soft coffee and coco tones. Super smooth on first sip much like cold coffee. Almost tastes like a Yahoo chocolate drink if you have had it. Overall almost taffy like sweetness and realatively thin mouthfeel for the style. Slight thickness and bitter tangle on the finish. Not bad but I will try again a little fresher next time.

Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head that has good retention and lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malts, and an explosion of coffee flavors and some hops. The taste is much like the aroma with roasted malts and a good amount of bitter coffee flavors in the finish. Overall, this is a very nice stout that is not lacking in the flavor department. Recommended.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 release 22oz purchased at the Boise Coop for about $3.50. Enjoyed from a red wine glass while grooving to the early parts of Josh Wink's "Left Above the Clouds".

Dark dark brown with short lasting 3/4" cappuccino head.

Day-Old coffee and coffee bitterness mingling with some some low hoppiness ... maybe a little alcohol.

Taste is similar with caramel and significant roasted nuts ... finish is a cup of espresso with a touch of sweetness. Very smooth mouthfeel ... it is big, not a chore to finish, but you still need to stick around and appreciate it.

Overall, this is a brew I wish Lagunitas would keep around for the whole year. When it does hit Boise, there are always a mess of other seasonals and winter brews that catch my interest, thus limiting my ability to stock up on it for the year ... Though, this brew (and most Lagunitas) kicks the hell out of value. Lagunitas is a shifty but still great brewing company and this brew is not my favorite, but definately up there.

Photo of Murchmac
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tend to like Lagunitas' special releases and this is no different.

Pours a dark brown/black with little foam and some lacing around the edges as you drink it down.

Smells of coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate, hops and alcohol round out the smell.

Tastes of roasted coffee beans, some chocolate, some bitter hops an alcohol mixed in. Good balance.

I like it, try it once if you enjoy the style. If not, you wont like it.

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brownish black with a finger worth of foam.

S: Coffee up front with a bit of sweetness and chocolate behind it.

T: Coffee is the expected dominant flavor, with some chocolate and some sugary sweetness mixed in. What's interesting is that there's also a decent hit of hoppiness in this as it warms up. It's balanced very well. Pretty tasty.

M: Smooth and a bit creamy. Very nice.

D: This is a solid stout - not spectacular, but very drinkable and very enjoyable. The hoppy notes were quite unexpected, but blended very nicely.

Photo of Drew966
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cappuccino Stout pours a very dark brown with a touch of ruby around the edges and a thick, tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. There is a very nice aroma, chocolate and coffee both being prominent. There is an appropriately thick and silky mouthfeel, but the carbonation is slightly prickly. I get quite a bit of the hops up front, a touch of citrus, but really more grassy. There is some chocolate flavors toward the middle and then bang, the coffee comes in hard. I find a lot of coffee beers taste like green pepper to me, thankfully, this one does not. Very good. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of PSUDREW
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

black color. boney/tanish head. very malty nose. And the taste does match the nose. Although there are definite grassy hint, even dare I say hints of mint, this is a malty brew. A full bodied brew. You can detect the coffee from the beginning, but it isn't overpowering. There is, however, a lot of flavor here. very creamy mouth feel. Overall, a great brew, one of the better I have seen in the category.

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

22oz bomber

appearance: Dark brown with a dark caramel hue shinning through the rim. An agressive pour yeild a three finger foamy mocha head, leaving an excellent amount of thick foamy lace on glass from top to buttom.

smell: As soon as you pop the cap a strong cuban style espresso coffee scent hits your nose. Along with coffee a dark brown sugar and molasses shines through from the grains. Chocolate and raisin hides somewhere in the middle. The ends mild with no hops present.

taste and mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a creamy and slightly syrupy texture that is accompanied by a soft carbonated feel. Coffee, bitter chocolate and molasses shine through, however the long lingering bitter and acidic taste takes away from the rest of the brew. Hints of dark sweet malt and dark brown sugar come in faintly but dissappears quickly.

drinkability: I could drink this all night. At 8.3% abv this brew drinks smooth and clean. The alcohol is well masked but it will smack you upside the head if taken lightly.

In the past I haven't been much of a Lagunitas fan, but their Cappuccino stout really caught my attention. The intense acidic coffee flavor and clean feel really caters to my palate. I love this time of brew season. All the winter brews are coming out or are already out, this a good example of what's to come this season from all breweries, excellent and flavorful brews. Enjoy

Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love coffee stouts and love Lagunitas. Can’t get a better beer for the price. Drank at work the day before Thanksgiving since I’m almost the only one left here. Drank from a Starbucks cup.

Appearance- Well from what I can tell it’s a super dark brown/black that forms a huge light tan head. Leaves a huge fluffy cap and collar that lasted the entire beer. Tons of lacing is left like tree rings down the side of the glass.
Smell- Lots of coffee and cream in this explode out of the nose. A small amount of bitter bakers chocolate and dark roasted malts come through as well. Really solid nose.
Taste- Starts with a good jolt of dark roasted coffee with a hint of cream and sugar. It slowly melds into more of a sweet chocolate milk with a hair of bitter bakers chocolate. Vanilla and the gentlest of citrus enters the picture at the end with the lingering presence of lemon zest. The alcohol peaks its head through right at the end but for the most part is well hidden.
Mouthfeel- Very rich and creamy with a almost velvet texture. Not a whole lot of carbonation which is just how I like it.
Drinkability- For the price and availability this Coffee Stout can’t be beat. Sure, it’s not on par with the greatness of Founders BS or Bells Java Stout but it still has its place. Definitely worth picking up if you stumble across it!

Photo of brantadid
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown, without much light passing through, into a snifter. Formed a 1/3 inch head which diminished quickly. Some lacing.

Coffee comes through in the nose. Some hints of toasted malt. Very rich and sweet nose. Reminds me of coffee brewing on a Sunday morning.

There is a lot of flavor in this beer. It is two fold. First, you have the flavor components of the stout. Secondly, you have the flavor components of the coffee. Most of the coffee flavors come through in the mid to back palate. Nice natural sweetness with a refreshing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side with moderate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. Almost too drinkable.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Jet black with very slight ruby hint in the light. A light mocha head is a bit thin, but clings decently and adds a slight bit of creaminess.

S-Definitely a heavy stout aroma with a punch of freshly ground coffee. There are tons of cocoa and nuttiness, but coffee stands out nicely.

T-Heavy roasted taste with wonderful, smooth coffee finish. A nutty, creamy body is perfectly balanced with some acidity and bitterness.

M-Full bodied and smooth the entire way. A slight lactic feel leaves a velvet-like texture.

D-Awesome flavor for a stout or coffee lover. This is a little less intense as Founders BS, but it is still extremely drinkable.

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

a-dark copper color, 2 fingers when poured, big 1 PINT, 6 oz bottle, a big guy.

s- i do not get any coffee smells, just roast smell, cappuccino is def a sweeter coffee, it states on the bottle a hard core coffee, it def is with a 8.3 alc by vol

t-a slight roasted coffee flavor, the coffee comes out the warmer it gets, so wait alittle after you take it out of the refrig

m-normal, a long after taste, a hoppy aftertaste

d-a bottle is good enough, its a big bottle

Photo of t0rin0
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a 22 oz bottle at the stuffed sandwich in San Gabriel. Not much into coffee or stout but this one was pretty decent. Was a typical black color sitting on the table but once held up to a light a nice redness shown through. Smelled mostly of coffee but pretty mild over all, not a real strong smell especially once it warmed up.

Taste was mostly of roasted malts and coffee but there was a real mellow after taste that was enjoyable. As far as mouthfeel, I don't think I could desrcribe it any better than the last person. Its "chewey" but somehow light. Not sure exactly how to describe it. Overall a good beer and would drink it again.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The limited release of the Cappuccino Stout poured a dark black with a nice foam head that left some sea foam lacing on the side the glass. I did not see a freshness date. The aroma was dominated by the smell of coffee. I tasted the deep roasted malts with the coffee in the finish. The mouthfeel was long lasting and savory and the chewiness of the brew satisfied. Very enjoyable drink, I wish I would have bought two.

Photo of jakon
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased for $3.49 on 11-9-7 at West Union Albertsons.

Pours coffee black with a slow rising tan colored head that will creep up on you and overflow if you're not careful. A solid wash of sticky lacing coats the inside of the glass as the foam recedes at a steady pace. The aroma is of roasted coffee, crayon, caramel malt and something resembling dandelion. The taste is just as advertised. Very strong cappuccino flavor that is actually better than I had expected. That dandelion character is in there as well, and I find that to be enjoyable too. Sweeter up front and then finishes with a pretty strong coffee/baker's chocolate bitterness. The alcohol is imperceptible behind all this flavor. The mouthfeel is watery in comparison to a lot of the other big stouts I've tried, and the carbonation is somewhat restrained as well.

Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown hue with a two finger creamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light burnt grain with a very obvious sweet caramel.

The taste consisted of an upfront light roasted coffee flavor with a significant caramel sweetness. There was a noticable warming alcohol as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the full side with a slight cloying sweetness.

Overall a tasty stout with a brawny ABV. However, I would have preferred a bit more dryness.

Photo of Floydster
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber purchased from Wally's Wine in LA for about four dollars and shared with a friend

I aged this for ten months and was skeptical because most Lagunitas beers just get too sweet after that long, but this was not the case

Poured into my Westvletern chalice with an almost black, but extremely brown color, tan head that was about 1/4 inch

Smell was straight coffee and chocolate, nothing else was evident because this was dominant

Taste was a dry espresso-like taste (not cappucino like its name), dry with a little hoppy finish, chocolatey finish and a sweet bite to it, one of Lagunitas' best I have had so far

Could not drink many of these, but judging by the stout that it is, pretty drinkable

I recommend cellaring one of these like I did, very nice surprise, tasted better after almost a year than it did fresh

I am salivating just thinking how good a 2006 batch would be out of a nitro tap

Worth seeking out, some might still be around because it is an August release

Highly recommended American Stout

Photo of JamesS
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite stouts. Great aroma and a utterly fantastic taste! The fact that it comes in 22 oz bottles at almost 8% is also good in my book. It has a wonderful coffee/chocolate (well, cappuccino) taste that coffee lovers who like beer would truly enjoy.

Photo of chimney
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: quite a bit more head than i was expecting for a stout, but lasted as a residue through the entire glass. also, a little lighter looking that i expect for most stouts.

S: earthy, stout, and coffee

T: very roasted flavor like a wonderful fresh ground and brewed coffee that lasts for a long time, perfect if you love strong coffee, black, or espresso

M: like the appearance, surprisingly light for a stout; but you start to see where the "cappuccino" in the name comes from with the dark roasted coffee flavor and an almost creaminess in the mouth.

D: very easy to drink, like i said before, if you love strong coffee or espresso.

if it wasn't a limited release i would get it quite often, especially considering how affordable it is in my area.

Photo of Big78CJ
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Well I poured it into a stone stein before I thought about how it could affect my review of the appearance. I would guess it rocks a tan two-finger head and appeared to be more brown than black on pour.

S: Initially it gave off a sour aroma but that passed after letting it breathe for a few seconds. There is no strong smell jumping off the beer but there is definitely a coffee hint. Alcohol makes its presence known as the beer warms.

T: The coffee hint becomes more than just a hint when you take your first sip. However, while some coffee stouts tend to be more like coffee than beer, this ale lets you know it is still a stout. In fact, the coffee (espresso malt?) does the job of masking the high alcohol, which might otherwise have needed an Imperial sweet hop quality to mellow it out. I also taste a bit of nuttiness (pecan?).

M: Much smoother than a typical stout with not nearly the thickness. This beer does leave behind a "stoutish" coating of creamy beer. This drinks - not tastes! - more like an IBA than a stout.

D: I really like how easy it is to drink this beer. I only gave it an average on mouthfeel because i feel it did not live up to the style. This is beginning to be vexing though, was the mouthfeel good or not....it was good. Was it like a stout...it was not. Regardless, this beer was a fun experience for me. The coffee (I am guessing real coffee) seemed to keep me awake while the 8% gave my body that downer feeling. It was like speedballing but much cheaper. Who could ask for more? Maybe a Delirium with LSD in it?

Serving Type: 650ml bottle poured into Spaten stone stein.

Photo of djeffbee
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a DFH 12oz Tulip Glass

A: Deep brown color a touch of red. Nice tan head pours thick. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate. caramel notes..

T: First Coffee, then dark chocolate with a slightly bitter hop finish.

M: Seemingly low carbonation, almost mirrors a porter.

D: You don't really pick up on the 8% as this is very drinkable. A nice treat on a cool Friday evening....

Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lexx picked this one up at some point!

Pours a dark brown/red, very light, thick tan head, some lace spots, thin layer, seethrough, pretty light colour for a big stout. Smell is sweet caramel, sugars, roast coffee, some chocolate, candies, bit of fruit, alcohol, smells kind of like a cup of coffee. Taste is malty, some toffee, sugary sweet middle, roast, vanilla, light coffee, more roast, bit of iron. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth going down. Almost sickly sweet, don't get very much stout in this, more like a brown ale to me, and hardly any coffee comes out. Thanks Alexa!

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black/ deep mohogany with a small tan head. The aroma is a sweet malt and coffee. Tastes of a sweet malty coffee, and a touch of hops in there too. A very smooth stout with a bigger body than expected. Hide the alcohol, and a nice coffee taste, which just proves that this isn't just for breakfast anymore.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas- Cappuccino Stout

Appearance- Thick black with a big frothy head.
Smell- Creamy hazelnut coffee.
Taste- Big creamy coffee with a touch of hazelnut (frangelica).Light roasted black coffee bean flavor pokes through in the end.
Mouthfeel- Smooth and milky creamy up front stronger black coffee bitterness in the end.

Overall- A delicious after dinner beer. I believe this would be good for breakfast too!

Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,389 ratings.