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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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3,639 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,639
Reviews: 1,236
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 152
Gots: 485 | FT: 8
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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 troutmask96
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bit more translucent that other imperial stouts; mouthfeel not quite as thick. But that doesn't mean that this limited release is short on taste. The coffee is prominent, as well as chocolate and cream. At 8.9, it sure goes down smoothly. Like all Imperials, let this one warm a bit, and enjoy!

Photo of wavenger
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark, with a stable, tan head, as should be expected of any stout. Smelled of roasted coffee and malts, which is sure to trigger a Pavlovian response in most habitual coffee drinkers.

It's definitely not very heavy for a stout, but it makes up for that with its bold flavors. It tastes more of coffee than any stout or porter I've ever had, and it may have given me a little caffeine rush. At the same time, it wasn't overly bitter or acidic. The malt added a nice amount of sweetness, and I wasn't overwhelmed by the "muddiness" which can be a characteristic of both stouts and certain varieties of coffee.

Overall, a nicely balanced beer.

This should be a winner with any lover of good coffee and strong beer. Felt like drinking a big, alcoholic Italian mocha.

Photo of bonbini26
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours dark brown - almost black - with ruby highlights. Thin, patchy head.

The smell is of black coffee - dark, roasted grains with an earthy bitterness.

The taste is of dark roasted coffee. Some hints of dark fruits. Some smokiness. An earthy bitterness keeps the sweetness moderate. This is coffee-like, with a bit of chocolate.

The feel is rich and creamy. Not overly thick. Medium-to-full bodied. Smooth. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

A nice coffee stout, not really cappuccino, i just read the article in this month's BA regarding caffiene in beer, and was surprised in how much there is in this one

Photo of abcfan
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent brew overall. Pours a dark brown color that is slightly opaque with no head. Roasted cappuccino taste is very prevalent throughout. Mouthfeel is very thin. Very bitter roasted coffee/cappuccino finish. Would drink again, but wouldn't seek out.

Photo of RunDWP
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm considering replacing my morning coffee with this.

Great name for this brew. It's a good, malty, roasty stout married with sweet and creamy coffee goodness. More sweet and creamy than bitter, which some people may not like, but I do. Looked good in my tulip glass, nearly jet black with a foamy tan head, and good sheeting action on the glass. Nice coffee nose, too. Mouthfeel a bit creamy. I found this really drinkable, and fans of sweet stouts will probably dig this.

Just the thing you need to get you going in the morning!

Photo of Fatduck
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a small tan head, looks black in the glass with amber highlights. Just a hint of coffee in the nose, but its there in plenty, with a strong after taste of creamy cappuccino. Full bodied and creamy, very nice for the style. Should be easy enough to finish off the bomber, but at 8.29% that will probably finish off my night too.

The website says 7.99% ABV, but the bottle in front of my says 8.29%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown to black body is nearly impenetrable to light; the hearty brown carbonation develops in to a very appealing, yet thin white head that appears very sticky in its trail of lacing.

As advertised, hearty coffee and malt aromas are dominant with some faint nuttiness and roasted scents as well.

Very pleasant flavor, slightly sweet and nutty to compliment the malt and coffee bite, but also a faint bread aspect to this brew as well.

Thick & chewy mouthfeel, strong flavor characteristics and a full body are somewhat aggressive on the palate; yet very enjoyable.

This is a darn good beer and a great value at just a few bucks per 22oz. Perfect serving if you're looking to enjoy something full of flavor character and are ready to only have a beer or two.

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

Closer to a sweet stout. Pours dark mahogany with very little head. Aroma is coffee and roasted nuts. Taste is very smooth with a light to medium mouthfeel. A lot of coffee, but not overwhelming. Kind of like Speedway Stout's younger sister. A good, smooth beer.

Photo of MPLS
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Minnesota now has every liquor store packed with Lagunitas, this was my second experience with the brewer after having had their IPA. Under $5 for a bomber seemed extremely reasonable.

A: Poured from a Bomber into a pint glass, a mere 1 cm of head perhaps. I expected some tan cappuccino head, but that did not happen. The color was what I expected and it looked quite flat.

S: Smells a lot like...well not coffee, smells sweet and typical stout smell

T: Much like the smell there wasn't a whole lot of coffee, was this really brewed with "Columbian Coffee"? I first though the alcohol was hidden very well (8.3%), as it got warmer it became only slight more apparent. I didn't get a whole lot of roasted coffee flavor. Pleasantly sweet, partly earthy, and was smoothly uncomplicated.

M: Light, smooth, and flat.

D: Drinkable considering the high ABV, was definately smooth and didn't make the gut feel full.

In the end I expected more coffee flavoring, more head, and more roast.

Photo of Stonebreaker
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The head was weak but the lacing was there.

Smell: ? I have a cold so I'll be generous.

Taste: I have a coffee chocolate porter I brewed recently and it's very similar, all sweetness up front with a little nutty, burnt smoky thing going on from the dark roasted coffee and the dark malts. The coffee is only apparent at the very end, and in the finish where it is bitter, like cold black coffee I suppose. I drink my coffee with cream and sugar, perhaps that's why I'm not overly enthusiastic.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy.

Drinkability: A nasty aftertaste is turning me off to coffee beers but since I've only had a couple we'll see, keep the mind open...

Photo of Patrick999
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into my tasting goblet a deep brown. Minimal head. A little too light for a double stout.

S - Aroma consists of chocolate, brown sugar, and of course, espresso.

T - Good hit of coffee, like drinking a Starbucks Double Shot spiked with a standard stout. Not really all that sweet, this finishes bitter, more attributable to the coffee used than hops.

F - Carbonation is adequate. This one leaves you wanting water after you finish it.

D - A quality coffee stout, I like it. Despite the 8% ABV, this gave me a decent caffeine jolt, testifying to the amount of coffee in here.

Photo of morimech
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with one inch of tan head that had decent retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. The coffee aroma is surprisingly subdued in this one. Has more of a roasted malt aroma. The coffee comes through more in the flavor. Slightly sweet overall with a coffee bitterness. Some alcohol warming is noticed. The body is a bit watery for a stout. Also a touch overcarbonated. This stout was a bit of a let down. An OK stout but I was expecting much more. Coffee lovers should look elsewhere for their fix.

Photo of yossarian14
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great dessert beer. Serve in place of coffee with chocolate. Light in color and body for an imperial stout. Looks like a porter. Smells like coffee, sweet chocolate and toffee. Tastes like slightly bitter strong coffee. Thickens as it warms and gets better with time as well. Very drinkable for a dessert beer, which is where I would place this. A great beer to serve to those who may have opted for coffee.

Photo of Bubslang
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured a dark garnet brown but was not extremely thick as light easily passed through it. nice medium sized dark head with some nice lacing. Nice coffee and dark malt aroma. Taste was of dark malt with some bitter coffee notes. didn't really get any cappuccino flavor at all.Extremely thin and watery for a stout. A mild disappointment for me a I have enjoyed other lagunitas offerings, or maybe I'm just spoiled because I can't help but compare it to founders breakfast stout which Is readily accessible to me.

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brown and syrupy with very little carbonation or head, what little head clings to the edge of my glass is khaki hued

S - rich sweetened black coffee, earthy

T - earthy, dark roasted malt and coffee, with the sharpness of a strong cappuccino.

M - medium bodied, has a crispness of strong coffee that tingles the edges of your tongue

D - delicious, a little heavy, bit overall good drinkability.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of long-lasting, tan-colored head and some good lacing.

S: Had a strong coffee smell, along with some roasted malt.

T: The coffee flavor is most pronounced here, along with roasted malt and some notes of chocolate.

M: Fairly high amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, like many of Lagunitas beers, this is a solid entry. Not the most mind-blowing, but certainly a good, drinkable beer.

Photo of Dotcubed
2.89/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This bottle has been with me a while. I think I bought it last year in Detroit while finishing culinary school. $4.49 seemed like a great price for the "limited release" made with real colombian coffee. I like the little speech on the lable chaning the Lord's prayer in to some thing devoted to coffee. Good stuff. And it claims 8.3% alcohol.

Looks like coffee with nice fine milk foam (i.e. a 12oz cappichino) The only thing keeping it back is a lack of foam quantity, but since it's an old bottle I'll be generous. Why don't the high alcohol limited release special beers have dates on them?

It smells like coffee beer. not too impresive. Malt syrup and old cold coffee.

Bitter. Heavily roasted coffee. long lastin finish. How muck caffene am I getting here? Not at all sweet as it smells. It's got good black coffee characteristics, but nothing like a cappichino. It has a harshness, but not like the last cup from a press pot.

This needs some kind of dessert to go with it to help make it more drinkable. On it's own it can easily burn out your mouth with too much coffee flavor.

I really wish I knew how old this bottle was so I can tell if freshness has much to do with it.

Photo of Spikester
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bomber.
Black with red cast when held to a strong light. Aroma of cocoa and coffee. Modest tan head with a good amount of lacings. Tastes of strong rich coffee, some cocoa, trace of vanilla. Sweet dark roasted malts, long bitter finish. Good warming brew partly due to high abv that is well masked.
Not normally a fan of these "big" beers, I did enjoy slowly sipping this one.

Photo of dmad50
2.77/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a similar experience as the reviewer immediately before me. This beer was quite unlike what I was expecting.

The beer is light in color for a stout and has minimal coffee flavor. The overall taste is bitter and earthy - quite different from other stouts and coffee-flavored stouts I have tried. I likewise hope I just got a bad batch because I have enjoyed other Lagunitas offerings.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**NOTE** This brew is listed here as having an 7.99% ABV, while the label on the bottle I'm consuming lists it at 8.29% ABV.

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a snifter. The side of the label has a blasphemously amusing parody of "The 23rd Psalm," interjecting Coffee-isms for the original religious imagery. I should give it bonus points for this, but I'm not....

A- Deep mahogany - black, and nearly opaque. Pours with ~1 finger off-white/tan head, which settles gradually into a thin, incomplete cap.

S- A bit of earthiness and burned coffee. My chronic sinusitis is admittedly hampering my ability to cull and describe any truly subtle notes here.

T- A bit sweet on the front, and finishes with a nice, bitter coffee taste. Alcohol presence is well hidden/blended.

M- Fairly crisp tiny-bubble carbonation, and rather thin. Surprisingly refreshing feel for a stout.

D- Fairly high. This was not the sipper I anticipated, but rather a nice, smooth drinking brew that barely needed to be sat down between pulls. 22 oz's could go in a flash if I didn't force myself to savor it a bit.

Future outlook: Repeat business likely.

Photo of drxandy
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle to tulip glass, pours a reddish opaque black, tan head fades to lacing, carbonation is low

smells of roasty, stouty, chocolate malt/coffee

taste is of sweet lactose(?), coffee!!, roasty bitterness, hopping is well done and compliments nicely, smooth, yum! - coffee this time compared to the last bottle i had (was most likely outdated) tastes more robust, very burnt flavors, not bad

mouthfeel is smooth, thick, and sweet with a bitter twist, great heavy flavors, alcohol is hidden well

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presented in a 22 oz. bomber and poured into a Hennepin flute. Limited release brewed with Sebastopol's own Hard Core Coffee. Coffee-themed prose worth reading on side of label: "Coffee is my shepherd; I shall not doze." Etc.

A: Pours a rich mahogany color with a creamy beige head that leaves generous dots of lacing behind.

S: Roasted malt, caramel, oatmeal, coffee, raisins, and alcohol.

T: Taste mirrors the nose with roasted malt and caramel upfront, before trading notes with oatmeal, coffee, and dried fruit. Flavors come in waves: bitter chocolate into raisins, raisins into licorice. Alcohol is somewhat subdued in the background. Finishes moderately dry with a sweet, fruity tang.

M: Creamy, yet rather thin-bodied. Slight effervescence on the tongue.

D: Worth trying, but not stellar by any means. I was expecting a more robust coffee experience. Not as fragrant, flavorful, or intense as the benchmark for the style: Central Waters' Brewhouse Coffee Stout.

Photo of scottg
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear black color that turns to a dark garnet when held to the light, a 2 finger tan head made up of large and small bubbles with great retention and thick patchy lacing. Aromas of alcohol, raisin, plum, espresso, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Lots of coffee flavor with brown sugar, cinnamon, chocolate, roasted malt with a lemon rind/ bitter espresso finish. Full body, medium carbonation, this is creamy and mouth coating. Every sip has a different flavor come to the front, good drinkability.

Photo of Magpie14
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cream colored head, body teetering on black (but not quite). Rather pleasant in the glass as I poured it from a tall brown beer shuttle, just over a pint.

S: creamed malts, cocoa and faded coffee beans

T: milk-sugar sweetness, nice roasted coffee/mocha thing with roasted oaky flavor and maybe even a touch smokey. After a few sips a faint touch of hops can be detected? Hops somewhat acidic in character very distant and delicate, not a bad thing at all! But very uncommon for a coffee stout. Another thing, the alcohol content is rather subdued and maybe makes an appearance every few sips

M: creamy and slick down the hatch. Rather lifeless in the glass and feels like a good stout should. Frail dry finish can be attributed to the hops, I like!

D: I find this beer very enjoyable! Slick as a whistle and as inviting as a burlesque house. I am always in favor of having my two most favorite drinks at once: beer and coffee! A nice brew

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

Bought at bev mo.

A - Pours a dark brown color, wth a capuccino head (surprise), and dissipates slow. Leaves a rather sweet lacing.

S - Coffee chocolate, creamy, and bitter grapefruit.

T - Pretty much the same as the smell.

M - Well-balanced. Full bodied, but fairly syrupy and sweet.

D - This is a delicious beer to enjoy with a dark or very rich cigar. May also pair well with bitter or rich cheeses.

This may actually be a baltic porter style though.

Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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