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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,392 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,392
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 119
Gots: 337 | 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 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!

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a rich, black malt and coffee scent that is dry and earthy with a warm alcohol feel. The taste is good. It has a great malt flavor that's thick and rich with loads of coffee and patent malts. It's smooth with a slightly warm finish. This is a good drinker. It doesn't overpower you with the coffee. It has a nice malt balance. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent beer with lots of character. I love the coffee stouts. Cheers.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick beer with great retention

Nice alcohol and malt on the nose. Cappucino smell comes out.

Capuccino taste with hop bitterness and chocolate malts. Alcohol is present but not overbearing.;

Mouthfeel is nice and cofee like.

This beer was very easy to drink. I could have a couple of these very easily.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. 22oz bomber pours a deep dark brown color with ruby highlights and a nice half inch of tan head on top of the brew. Aromas begin with nice roasted malts met by a dark burnt coffee aroma and notes of chocolate. A touch smoky with only a hint of hops. Nice stuff.

First sip brings a nice roasty dark malt profile that moves into a rush of burnt, roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Smooth and somewhat smoky as well. Finishes with some hops and a nice sweetness on the end. All in all a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. I could see drinking this beer again with no problem at all. A solid coffee stout that doesn't fail to deliver. Easily one of my favorite Lagunitas brews so far and I look forward to having it again.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown in color with ruby hues. Fluffy tan head pours two fingers thick. Decent retention. Nice sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: Day old coffee grounds. Dark chocolate. Raw, wet hops. Caramel malts.

T: Deep roasted coffee is followed by a dark bitter chocolate that gives way to raw bitter hops that tickle the tongue. Roasted caramel malts give off a bread like flavor and are followed by the sweetness of molasses. Finishes slightly dry.

M: Smooth and slightly thin for a stout. Minimal carbonation. Slightly warm and dry.

D: Plenty of flavors swirling around in this brew. A tad thin in the mouthfeel catagory but all in all a nice change of pace. Recommended.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a deep brown to black with some cola colored highlights. Thick light brown head that sits atop the beer for a good while later forming a thin sheen of foam. Some lacing and stickage. Pleasant aromas of dark roasted coffee, black patent and chocolate malts, bakers chocolate and a light wafts of hops. Creamy and smooth, carbonation is subtle and spot-on for the body. Malty and chocolatey sweet with bitterness coming at the finish from a combo of scorched malts, coffee and hops. Very nice but a little sweeter than I expected. Further character develops as it warms, and the coffee and chocolate become more pronounced. A very nice stout I've tried on-draught before reviewing this bottle; this would be interesting to try nitrogenated.

Photo of scottoale
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the typical 22fl.oz.brown bomber, pours an ultra dark brown ale with a light brown frothy head of a finger plus. Adequate carbonation and some decent lace follow.

Smacked in the nose by a wonderful and strong coffee aroma...very nice. The taste...even more so, with big bold roasty coffee upfront, followed by more coffee and a hint of cocoa to the pleasant bittery finish.

A little thin on the body, plenty of good alcohol characteristics make this brew a pleasure to consume...easily.

If given the chance, would keep this one on hand for Sunday morning brunch year-round.

Photo of matjack85
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a large 1 pint 6 oz. brown bottle with a variation of the Old Testament's 23rd Psalm on the label. "Coffee is my shepherd, I shall not doze. It maketh me to wake up in green pastures ... and it goes on from there with both some clever and some not so clever lines ending with ... and I will dwell in the house of cappuccino forever". With all the space taken up for the psalm I guess they didn't have any room left to put on a freshness date or best consumed by date so I have no idea if this was an old or new sample. The color is dark coffee brown with some red tinting held to light and it made a huge light brown head that lasted awhile and left some nice lacing on my glass as I drank it.

The smell is not overpowering but what I could get out of it was cold coffee with a touch of roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, and even a touch of hops.

The taste had all the flavors of the smell with the only surprise being the amount of hoppiness that comes thru which gives this a bit of a bittersweet chocolate, cappuccino, and malt flavor. There is something else in here giving it some sweetness too - perhaps some caramel malts to go with the roasted ones.

The mouthfeel is only medium thick and the carbonation is low, so this is an easy drinker. The alcohol is pretty well hidden for being nearly 8% as I only found a trace of it in the aftertaste. Overall a good tasting stout but not a great one.

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

Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with mahogany highlights. Fine tan head with decent retention and some stickage. Aromas of dry cocoa, roast, ground coffee, and caramel. Moderate bitterness and caramel sweetness to start, some dry roasty coffee and cocoa in the middle with mild alcohol and a hint of hops at the end. Creamy, fine carbonation with a medium/full body. A little dry in the finish with some alcohol warmth. Pretty good stuff. Nothing really exceptional, but solid all around.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 22 oz. bomber for $5.25 from Four Seasons in Hadley, MA.

I have been on a stout kick lately so I was quite excited to try this offering. The cappuccino aspect truly intrigued me and had me anxious to take a taste of this stuff.

Poured directly into my pint glass, slowly- Cappuccino stout appears to be a dark black color, with light tan tints and a foamy creamy light brown head. The stout was not as thick as I had expected- which in turn made it less filling than other thicker stouts. Smelled of espresso, coffee beans, vanilla, and milk. Very pleasing to the nose.

Took a sip and swirled it around- made my mouth and lips sticky- almost like taking a bite out of a chocolate candy bar and drinking a cup of creamy coffee at the same time. Very pleasing. My girlfriend even enjoyed a glass with me- alcohol is hidden although it does sligtly warm the throat as it goes down.

A very enjoyable stout- paried with a chocolate cake this would be heaven.


Photo of arizcards
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Magnum's in early December for $3.49.

Appearance is dark brown with a wispy tan head. Nose is of sweet coffee and malts, very nice. Taste is of sweet coffee with a hint of chocolate with a pretty decent hop presence. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy, almost perfect except that it is a bit thin for the style. Drinkability is good. There is a pronouced boozy presence but the smoothness makes this beer enjoyable.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

$3,99 Michael's Beer and Wine Marietta, Ga. USA
This poured up like 100's of other stouts. Dark brown, not quite black, with medium reddish-brown edges. An aggressive pour yields a foamy off-white head that stayed around for several minutes.
Smell was quite nice and certainly true to its name with loads of coffee nuances in there. In fact, this is nearly bereft of any typical "beer" smells at all, but rather smells like a pint of cold, sweet coffee. Taste is quite heavy with coffee notes, as well. There's a very slight "mention" of hops towards the finish, but other than that, this thing is all toasted malts and coffee beans.
Mouthfeel was rather thin for the style, I felt. I suppose it's okay, but I would have much prefered this to be a bit heavier.
Overall, I thought this was a pretty good offering from Lagunitas, and probably my favourite from them so far.

Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, dark ruby. Frothy light brown head. Nice retention. Lacing is moderate in quantity.

Aroma: Mocha, dry cocoa powder, roasted malts and day old black coffee.

Flavor: Nice, smooth malt tones. Roasted malts and chocolate tones meld together nicely. Moderate amounts of coffee flavor. Just a titch of hop flavor and bitterness. Bitter roasted coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light-meidum body. Lightly carbonated. Not overly "creamy", yet this beer goes down quite easily. The 8% a/v is barely detectable. This is a pretty decent coffee stout. Worth the $4 sticker price per bomber.

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

Poured out a super dark brown a thin foamy tan head. The nose had good malt, roasted barley, choclate, and yes, coffee notes as well. The taste was creamy, metallic, bitter, cream, cherry, chocolate. Coffee ws in the finish, or even later. The second sip was more metallic and creamy. Tasted more of the steamed milk than the espresso component of a cappucinno. Finished rather creamy, and overall is a fairly enjoyable beer. Strange that a 'coffee' styled stout would have so little coffee in its flavor though.

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

Appearance: It's a very dark brown color with a creamy brown one and half finger head. Head had very good retention and left a nice coat of lace.

Smell: Very nice blend of strong cappuccino aromas and dark chocolate. Smells a little hoppier than I expected. On the outskirts are some toasted nut and smoky smells.

Taste: Very strong cappuccino or espresso taste is main feature. Dark chocolate flavors blend very nicely. Definitely has the toasted nut flavor. It has a nice smoked taste to it as well. It does have a nice little bitter hop bit to it. Definitely moreso than I expected.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and very easy to drink. Very, very smooth. I think the abv is perfect for this beer. It doesn't really hinder drinkability at all. Overall, it's a very good beer. I'm impressed.

Photo of sloejams
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just noticed that I haven't reviewed many of Lagunitas Brewing Co's fine beers as of yet. Over the past 2 years I've noticed a steady improvement in their offerings to become one of Northern California's most underrated brewers. Their DIPA, Maximus has become a staple in my 'fridge and their seasonals are quite tasty.

The Cappuccino Stout is brewed with Sebastapole's Own Hard Core Coffee as listed on the label. It pours a medium bodied, medium thickness dark almost opaque color. The aroma is roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and guess what? Cappuccino! Or well, most likely coffee scents. The frothing makes it more cappuccino like even if the head does not hold very long.

The taste is great. Full of flavor - the aforementioned malt, chocolate and coffee with a surprising hop bitterness. The bite of the hops, the sweetness of the chocolate at the acidity of the coffee balance well together. It's has an after dinner quality to it, but I could also see myself drinking this in the morning - after all it does have coffee in it ;-)

Photo of crwills
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bomber if this with my wife on a Sunday evening. She's a stout fan, and didn't like it. I thought it was alright, but not the best coffee-infused beer I've had. Poured surprisingly light-coloured for a stout; a clear deep reddish brown. Small head, even at near-room temperature. Not a lot of aroma, but definitely some coffee in there, as well as something sweeter like cotton candy or caramels. Taste is surprisingly sweet; this almost seems like a milk stout rather than a more traditional stout; reminds me a lot of Dragon Stout. Very little coffee flavour, and not bitter enough in my opinion, until the aftertaste which is mildly astringent. Overall, worth trying but nothing spectacular.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very dark brown,almost black witha huge Tan three inch high head. The retention rate was huge and when it finally relented it left a ton of lace down the sides of the glass. Smell was suprisngly hoppy, with lots of hints of sweet coffe, sugar and milk. Very nice. The taste was very smooth and refreshing, very nice indeed. Extremely hoppy for a stour\t, with lots of hints of citrus flavors, orange, pineapple, mixed in with the very robust flavors of coffee and sugar, awesome balance and texture. Such a dry, almost IPA like finish that lasted literally forever. The was an extremely unique stout. I found this to be one of the most enjoyable brews I have tasted and would definatly want to try it again,great job \!!

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

Nearly opaque although some light escapes the abyss. Frothy head dies down to reveal outstanding lacing.

Loads of caramel and chocolate. Only slight coffee but pleasant roasted notes and traces of cinnamon and honey makes for an enjoyable nose.

Coffee really shines through on the palate, sweetness seems to be in line with the honey scent detected earlier. Not overly complex but very satisfying.

Mouthfeel lacks the creaminess I'd like in something so skewed towards the luxurious. Still, at nearly 8% ABV, the smoothness of this beer is admirable and I could probably have a few before giving in to fullness.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Leaves less than a one finger tan colored head that has some retention, and some spotty lacing. Body is black.

Smell - dark roasted malts, medicinal alcohol, small whiff of caramel, faint hint of coffee.

Taste - dark malt bread, much caramel and sugar, spicy and medicinal alcohol. Where's the coffee ?

Mouthfeel - thin bodied, low carbonation

Drinkability - this is good, not great. High abv also holds down sessionability.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Faint hazy ruby bordering uon black. Thick decenmt sized head, lacing is everywhere.

S - Coffee, faint chocolately malt and a touch of pine hops.

T - Coffee malt. Very faint pine hops, a touch of chocolate too. The aftertaste is a mild coffee bitterness.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, pretty refreshing too.

D - Pretty good and definitely worth trying, it is a damn good stout.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Shp555: Poured a medium black color ale with a medium dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of coffee is dominating (what a surprise!!!) with some subtle bitter roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by the coffee with some roasted malt. Body is a bit light IMO with some adequate carbonation.

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

Thanks Csims for the brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little tan head, not much lacing afterwards though. The nose is nice of roasted malts, and coffee. The taste is very nice of roasted malts, and coffee. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice stout from Lagunitas.

Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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