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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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3,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,789
Reviews: 1,269
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 159
Gots: 579 | FT: 10
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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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Ratings: 3,789 | Reviews: 1,269
Photo of brobeerbot
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter from bottle

A- pours a dark brown with very little head.

S- honestly I didn't get much. of a smell. My nose is slightly stopped up. What I did get was of course strong coffee and hints of cocoa

T- It drinks like a dream. Get that strong coffee taste and what seems like a slight milky taste buried in there.

M- The carbonation is nice but not very thick. Could be a bit thicker.

D- This a pretty easy drinking stout for the abv. I could have a couple of these a night easily.

Photo of GilGarp
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cold in an imperial pint glass.

Cappuccino Stout has a cola brown color with great clarity and creamy off-white head. The head was pretty long-lasting. Some lacing is left behind.

Aroma is sweet and roasty. There is a little bit of bourbon in the smell as well.

Flavor is similar, sweet and full of roasted malts. There is a great coffee flavor too, especially strong but that's good for a coffee-lover like me. It's not the best coffee stout, nowhere near a FBS but still darn good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and low+ carbonation. It's too light for the style but acceptable. Alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden. I would never guess it's over 9%.

Overall it's tasty but needs a little improvement in body and aroma. Still a good imperial coffee stout.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Tyler's Tap Room in Apex, NC

Dark brown to black, very little opacity, with a thin tan head that went to a ring relatively quickly. Surprising lace for such a thin head.

Aromas were strong on coffee with secondary chocolate, as you would probably suspect with the name.

Flavors were clearly coffee and chocolate, but with less intensity than the aromas suggest. The lighter carbonation tends to lend to a slightly heavier mouthfeel but that isn't necessarily bad. There must be something in here that brings it to some semblance of balance, but I can't figure it out. Finish is slightly bitter, but seemingly from the coffee malts, nothing hoppy that I could denote.

Overall, I enjoyed this pint. It's a solid stout and basically lives up to it's name. Good stuff.

Photo of Threelittlefish
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice stout obviously rich with strong coffee aroma and flavor. During the pour I noticed a little less carbonation than I would have liked. The head was thin and dissipated quickly. The aromas are huge. Like a big piece of double chocolate cake and an esppresso. The mouth feel was a little thinner than what I would have xpected but all the big chocolate espresso flavor is there with very less bitterness than expected. A very drinkable stout. Too bad it's just a seasonal. I could drink this year round.

Photo of Chico1985
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sierra Grille into a 8 oz glass. Pours dark brown with a decent beige head, sticks around and leaves some lacing. Not picking too much up for smells, faint bitter espresso and maybe a touch of dark fruit. Has a pretty good espresso taste the first few sips, but the taste becomes less and less strong as you go on. Slight pepper, milk chocolate. Drinks more like a porter than a stout. Tiny alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is thin. Drinkability, it's easy to drink and the price is definitely good. It mostly suffers from not being interesting, there are plenty of coffee beers that are better than this, and more stouty than this. Decent but nothing to write home about.

Photo of Onenote81
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a few bottles of this as I'm not sure how often this one comes around. Poured into a goblet. Pours a thin dark black/brown that shows some ruby highlights in the light. A very small tan head caps this off. Leaves a good bit of sticky lace though. Scents of milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet toffee, and just faint whiffs of coffee on the backend.

The body is a little thin for the style. I expected the body to be a bit thicker. Carbonation level is moderate. Starts out pretty sweet, like a cheap cappucino. Some plum(?) in the middle a bit, and a good black coffee finish. I like the aftertaste. This is just a little too sweet for my liking, but this would be a good starter for one wanting to get into coffee-beers. Not bad.

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Fluffy 2 finger head that fades slowly over a very dark brown colored beer.

N: Some sweet dark malts, a little coffee and roast, some fruit, a slight booze, and a weird aroma that reminds me of glue... weird.

T: Dark malts all over it, with some sweet malts, a little porter-esque roasted malt flavor. Some dark dried fruits, a little metallic flavor, some coffee with heavy over charred espresso beans.

M: Decent body with good carbonation.

F: Semi bitter with a little sweetness, a little spicy, lots of roast and coffee flavors lingering. Some syrupy sweet malts and bitter taste that is a little bleh. This was actually a little disappointing to me for all the amazing beers Lagunitas puts out. Perhaps it was just a bad time for me to review it, and it seems to have some off flavors. Anyways, for what it is it's still a pretty decent beer.

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken on 3/1/10

bomber poured in to DT tulip

A: Pours a thin black, with a mocha head that shrinks to a small collar rather quickly. Clingy lace.

S: when cold this has sweet but slightly off-putting scents. Little bit of heat. Only when it warms do I notice the coffee smell.

T: Big roasty flavors. Authentic coffee flavors as opposed to artificial tasting coffee in some examples of the style.

M: A little thin for a stout this big. I would expect a little more viscosity.

D: Good overall, but near the end of the bomber the coffee starts to get to me.

Nice beer. Definitely worth a try. Given the price and availability I will revisit this one again.

Photo of jwillcourt
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a bomber into a red wine glass.

A - Near black color. Even when held to the light, it is mostly black with slight ruby patches around the edges. There is a finger of ivory head, comprised of very fine bubbles, which settles into a small cap within a few minutes. The cap never goes away, and leaves slight lacing.

S - There is a huge roast malt smell, along with a roast coffee and dark fruit. There is no hop in the nose.

T - This is a real malt bomb. The malt flavor is huge, with roasted malt, chocolate, and licorice. The coffee flavor is strong, and always present, but still takes a back seat to the malt. The coffee flavor is more notable in the aftertaste. This beer is very creamy, and I would have guessed it was a milk/cream stout. It certainly tastes like lactose has been added.

M - Medium to full body. Initially, the carbonation was high, but that smoothed out within a couple minutes, leaving a very creamy mouthfeel. Once again, I would have guessed this is a milk/cream stout rather than an imperial stout. It is really very creamy. It feels slick on the lips.

D - This beer hides its alcohol exceedingly well. I cannot believe it is over 9% ABV. The alcohol doesn't show in the taste or feel. I would have guessed it is 5% or less. This quality, along with its creaminess makes it a very smooth drinker.

Overall this beer is very malty, very creamy, and the coffee is well-balanced. I highly recommend it.

Unfortunately, it is tricky to rate as an imperial stout. Clearly, it has the malt and alcohol of an imperial stout, but the IBU is less than 30. It could easily support something in the 50-80 range, like many others in this style. So it appears to be unbalanced and lacking in depth for the style. That is a fair criticism for an imperial stout.

However, if this beer were categorized as a milk/cream stout or coffee/espresso stout, I would rate it above many others in those categories.

Photo of yesyouam
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is a very dark reddish brown ale with a thin, dense, khaki head that leaves solid sheets of lacing on the glass. It has strong roasted coffee aroma that's maybe a touch sweet. It smells delicious. It's medium bodied with a quick, dry finish that gets slightly gritty afterwards. It has a nice, roasty flavor that's well balanced. It gets bitter at the end-- both a coffee bitterness and a green bitterness. There's a lingering coffee aftertaste. It's almost a robust porter; a very nice beer.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber for 6.50 which is always a "bomb" price!

A - Pitch dark with little head. Mild lacing.
S - I smell coffee! Mild vanilla and chocolate malt touch the nose.
T - Smooth coffee taste, not overpowering, with a nice hop bite in the finish.
M - More drinkable than one would think for 9 percent! Very drinkable.
D - I will totally try this again but with so many coffee stouts still untried I will have to seek this out and try it again in a year.

Photo of twaddlac
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Jet black with decent carbonation. Very little head with a lace that hangs around for almost the entire glass life of the beer, and a very sticky head at that.

S- Strong espresso bean overtones with a very sweet, blackberry finish. Malts are also noticeable with hints of smoke and anise. Very complex and very tantalizing!

T- The taste compliments the smell perfectly! All I tasted initially was the very dark, very strong espresso bean flavor, with a bitter, hoppy finish. There are some hints of smoke, anise and cocoa, but this tastes as good as the strongest coffee you can get, and I love it!

M- Medium body, with moderate carbonation, finishing with a dry bite, and leaving a tingling aftereffect on your pallet.

D- A VERY strong beer, but if you like dark roast coffees like I do, you will really enjoy this beer (that is if you don't add any cream and, or sugar to it!). Definitely can't drink this beer fast, but that just means you are forced to enjoy it longer! I really appreciate this beer, and it would be a really good choice with a dessert!

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany with a very thin, tan head that dissipates quickly.
Overall smell is a fairly mild representation of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee beans, and malts. Mild alcohol presence as well.
Taste is faint coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa. As with the nose, a little bit of alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel is a bit watery for a stout. Medium-to-light body, and a slightly bitter finish. Decent level of carbonation.
Pretty good on drinkability, though the lackluster aspect of this beer doesn't make me crave more.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a nice dark black colour with a foamy coffee-colored head.

S - An intense coffee nose with lots of roasted malts.

T - Coffee with a hint of chocolate and a smack-you-in-the-face sweetness. A heavy roasted malt presence.

M - A creamy medium to full body with very light carbonation.

D - After a while the ABV becomes a little apparent (but after all this is a 9.25% ABV) and the sweetness also becomes very noticeable on the pallet.

Overall an excellent imperial stout and one that will be in my regular fall & winter beer list.

Photo of jwfleck
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in appearance, hold it to the light and I see red.
Nice head with good, if a bit sparse lacing.

Well, this is definitely a coffee-infused beverage. Coffee flavors hit you right away, with black licorice elements underneath. Chocolate is in there in a big way. (Agree with some of the other reviewers that it's more of a milk chocolate flavor than dark chocolate.) A bit of caramel as well.

I like this a lot, has an interesting, complex taste which I seem to get different things out of with each mouthful.
Almost feel like I smell the alcohol in this more than I taste it. (so I'd better slow down!) Reminds me of some Old Ales (North Coast Old Stock Ale) more than stouts. (in terms of being sweeter, which might put off some folks.)
Well done.

Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, dark, dark. Half-inch brown head disappears quickly.

S- Cappuccino/coffee.

T- First coffee, then chocolate. Slightly fruitcakey/datey. Good stuff.

M- Smooth, chewy mouthfeel with little carbination.

D- This 25 oz. bottle needs to be shared with friends at a table. Poker night was a great time to sample :)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown pop, nice label: no best-by date that I can find

Appearance: Pitch-black; utterly opaque beer, with bits of sediment in suspension; nice dark sand colored head with good retention

Smell: Tons of dark fruit and fresh brewed, medium roast coffee. Bits of dark chocolate as well.

Taste: Spicy and dark; lots of milk chocolate, medium-roast coffee; cappuccino is a great way to describe this, coffee and chocolate are in perfect balance. Some dark fruit and burnt coffee. Simple, very straightforward, but pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full

Drinkability: Fairly high

Conclusion: Really pretty tasty coffee stout; hides the alcohol very well; this is a great beer for people that love chocolate in their coffee stouts. Really nice balance between coffee and chocolate flavors...only issue is a BIT more depth would be nice.

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

Aroma: Initial aroma of caramel that overrides a coffee and chocolate character. Though they are certainly present, the sweet caramel and toffee dominate the aroma. Fruity yeast esters follow up the malt character with unexpected strength.

Appearance: With a mildly aggressive pour this stout forms a frothy tan head that retains very well. The base of the beer is closer to brown than black, slightly hazy at the edges.

Flavor: Very sweet on the tongue with chocolate and deep caramel notes blending together evenly. Through the middle the coffee character comes out, though with only subtle intensity. Light fruity esters work into the mix before an alcoholic spice leads into a dry coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation. The body has a sticky and creamy character that aligns with the sweetness in the aroma and flavor. Alcoholic warmth dries out the beer with a spice that borders on hot but the malt-rich body balances this out.

Overall: Very nice body and malt character balance this beers relatively high 9.26% ABV (is it really necessary to go to the hundredth decimal?). This is quite a sweet stout especially to be considered a coffee beer. While the sweetness is pleasant, it detracts from the expected coffee character. I would like to see a much stronger coffee presence here and there is room in the beers profile for this.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

This pours up big and black, just the way I like them to be. Almost two-fingers of loose brown foam forms the head. Retention is good. Lacing is lots of sticky spots and a few thin strands.

The nose is filled with dark malts which lean more to the sweet side than the roasty side. Big hints of lacto sweetness and some decent coffee notes. Hints of vanilla cream. Mild chocolate notes.
Not as coffee prominent as I'd hoped, but let's see how it tastes.

The capuccino aspect is, thankfully, more prominent in the taste. A nice balance between roasty malts, sweet caramel and vanilla cream hints, and some roasted coffee presence. Good presence of lacto gives this a mild milkiness. Light hints of chocolates.

This is on the borderline between medium and full-bodied. Carbonation level is on the lighter side of medium and imparts a mild creaminess to the smoothness that's already here. Lightly silky.

This one is not exactly what I think of when I reach for an Imperial Stout, but it's still tasty. The flavor is more to the mellow side of the scale, which makes it a fairly easy one to drink.
Not big and bold, just an easy quaffer. I like it.

Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, dark brown with nice khaki head. Decent lacing. Smell is of roasted grains and spent coffee grounds... pretty basic. Taste is of roasted grains and a nice blend of coffee beans with a touch of creamy/milky sweetness. Body is not as heavy or thick as would have liked, slight watery quality, minimal aftertaste. Nice beer, would have more, but not necessairly seek out.

Photo of hophead247
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with thick brown head that dissipates. Aroma is a rich chocolate with notes of espresso hidden. Flavor is of coffee and malts a bit milky as well. Not as much chocolate in the flavor as in the aroma. Body is medium but not as thick as expected with light carbonation.

Photo of jslot38
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost a pitch black with some ruby shades around the edges. Head is a thick frothy top covering of beige. Head looks like its going nowhere. Above average lacing.

Smell: Coffee grounds come through. Mostly grain, some bread and a bit of chocolate.

Taste: Can't help but notice right off that bat that the alcohol is nowhere to be found. I'd only had this on draft before and been unaware that it clocks in at over 9%. This is a smooth imperial stout. Roasted malts take over the flavor profile rounded out with faint notes of chocolate and coffee grinds. Nothing overpowering about this, but solid.

Mouthfeel: As mentioned before, this is smooth. Mid-level of carbonation up front that fades fast.

Drinkability: The ABV is untraceable, making this a very drinkable imperial stout.

Photo of Gtreid
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

A: Deep, dark brown, with ruby highlights. The pour creates a one finger slightly off white head that receeds quickly and leaves very little lace.

A: Charred malt, coffee, and chocolate. The malts seem a little burnt, and the coffee is not as prominent as I would have hoped. Some earthiness shines through and the chocolate is actually pretty nice.

T: Again, charred malt dominate. I do get a good amount of coffee, although, it doesn't seem to be high quality. Some baker's chocolate and earthy hops also come into play.

M: Medium to heavy body. A little light for the style. Average amount of carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is a little soft. Overall, not a high quality coffee, too much of a charred flavor, just not one of the better coffee stouts out there. Probably won't pick this one up again. Skal.

Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into goblet on 2/10/10. Shared with brewslut.

A - Poured a dark espresso brown liquid with reddish and burgundy hues and a bubbly beige cap of foam that receded to a thin patch, but deposited quite a bit of sticky lace around the edges of the glass.

S - Coffee makes its presence known right away, while a subtle chocolate character complements the coffee notes nicely. Licorice also comes to mind. A very faint soy sauce quality emerges as the liquid warmed up a bit, perhaps a sign of the bottle's age (purchased in 12/08).

T - The coffee character is apparent from the start and provides the foundation of this stout. Bitter chocolate notes appear in the middle, while an earthy hop character begins to take shape in the backend and lasts through the finish. A hint of alcohol and slight musty quality rounds out the flavor profile.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly slick, oily texture and a hint of carbonation. Finishes with mild bitterness and just a faint touch of sourness on the palate.

D - This one exceeded my expectations, and I found the coffee character to be quite authentic. While not as lush or bold as some other coffee stouts I've had, this one definitely holds its own.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"I think it tastes like potatoes... boiled potatoes."

Photo of josefnewsong
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown/black with tan head and a lot of lacing
S - toffee, espresso, vanilla, dark fruits
T - espresso, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits (mostly raisin), clean taste with no burnt or roasty flavors, a bit of alcohol in the finish
M - medium to full bodied, smooth with a crisp finish
D - definitely drinkable, especially given the ABV. well-balanced flavors (including well-hidden but not too-hidden alcohol)

I reeeeally enjoyed this

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