Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,396 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,396
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 119
Gots: 341 | 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:
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(Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-20-2004)
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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.

Photo of bonbright7
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This came to me as a good suggestion from a worker at Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY as I looking to try darker ales.

It poured well with a slight head emerging in my little glass from the cask festival and its black contents with amber edges making a good look for the ale.

It smelled like a robust coffee mixed with Guiness and the first open flavors really kicked like the fabled Irish ale. I liked the dark malts and the crisp elements.

I could imagine this working as an after dinner drink at Thanksgiving.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. There’s also a little bit of hops in there.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of coffee but it’s not as dominant as I expected, then some dark chocolate & hops bitterness. There’s a weird twinge of sweetness in the finish that I find difficult to place. The malt character is hearty but not as heavy as most beers in the style. One thing seemed certain; the previously mentioned flavors were not very harmonious.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky and dry.

D: It wasn’t quite as filling as most stouts. The conflicting flavors detract from the tastiness of the beer and how well it goes down, I typically like the coffee-flavored beers but this one just wasn’t that good.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees. This review comes off of my longest review-hiatus in recent memory...feels strange to go a few days...

A - Pours a deep brown/almost black with a beige/tan head that leaves semi-sticky lacing on the glass.

S - More on the cocoa end than that of coffee - I suppose a mochaccino is in order! Caramel malt in the background...some mild hops present as well.

T - Mild hops are noticable at first, but are quickly consumed by cocoa, malt, and coffee flavors. Caramelized malt becomes more present as the beer flavors remain consistent. A little disappointed - Bell's Java Stout is still the most coffee-like stout I've sampled to date...but the flavors are still solid.

M - More carbonated than I expected - I mean that in a pleasant way. Thicker-medium body with a smooth finish.

D - Overall, pretty enjoyable...the ONLY thing is that the alcohol crept up on me much more than I expected. A real sneaky bastard. Other than that, a very drinkable stout.

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

Pours dark ruby with a wonderful and retentive white head. Really ruby though, not putting much of an effort towards blackness, completely translucent.

Smells lightly of roasted chocolate malt and heavily of espresso. Bitter, sweet, tasty. Not the most complicated of odors, but nice.

Tastes of espresso. Espresso against an odd chocolate. Milk chocolate. Both. Only they don't blend all that well together. The swetness of the malt is great, and the bitterness of the espresso is nice but there's no bridge between the two. Still, it's certailny not bad: the finish is a wonderful roasted malt and dry hop, and it's pretty tasty all around, but the lack of cohesion prevents this beer from reaching greatness.

Photo of tonytuffnuts
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice when poured from its bottle. Dark ruby when the light hits it right, but otherwise opaque dark brown, like the color of the bottle. Bone-white, half-finger head quickly dissapears into a lasting ring with some lace islands scattered everywhere.

Deep inhalation reveals roasted coffee beans, caramel, and ever-so-slight floral hops.

I'm a little surprised at the shyness of "Sebastapole's Own Hard Core Coffee" (as it reads on the bottle) in taste. The roasted, maybe even smokey, barley dominates. The malt reminds me more of Cooperstown's Benchwarmer. A little bitter hop finish. It's not deserving of the "Cappuccino" namesake.

Kind of dry, and small carbonation bite the tip of my tongue.

In the end, I guess some may say it's futile (and it has nothing to do with the beer itself), but I really like when micros/crafts put together a nice, classy bottle and label. Lagunitas always has simple labels printed on nice paper. I appreciate that.

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

Served from a cellar temp bomber into a Chimay goblet.

A: Dark black with just a hint of red. 1 finger tan head that recedes to a lacing.

S: Very roasted malt smell with some espresso.

T&M: Definitely lots of lasting coffee flavor, with the obligatory dark chocolate flavors. Nice bite at the end (From the hops? From the roasted malts and some carbonation? Not quite sure!). A nice, roasty hearty stout without being too thick in body. And after all that, some more coffee. Something I didn't pick up on at first with this - it actually starts sweet, but quickly transitions to the roasted coffee and bitter chocolate flavors. Delicious. Mouthfeel lends itself to easy drinking - not thick like the imperials, but the flavors are just as intense. Very dry finish.

D: Considering the combo of strong flavors and not too thick body, I could see drinking a lot of this.

Man, that roasted coffee flavor just stays with you - kind of like how a good double ipa has bitterness that just stays and stays. I love it. This straddles the line between stout and imperial like a pro! Highly recommended!

Photo of Greenfloyd
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rare full flavored stout, with session abilities...

This beer poured into my glass with a terrific black coffee appearance. A decent foamy dark tan head lingered pleasantly on top. The beer had a soft nose of bitter sweet chocolate and hops. This stout had a nice dark chocolate start, with weaving traces of coffee and hops. The finish of this medium-light bodied beer was crisp, with a surprising floral hoppy trail. The lighter body makes this beer easy to session with, when craving a good stout taste. Paired great with a honey baked ham that was finished on the grill to give it subtle smoky tones...Enjoy

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

22oz bomber -> imperial
no date

Pours black unless held to the light, the appearance than becomes a clear burnt rusted red. A tan rising thick creamy head, garnishes little lace, simply a few patches of crusty tan suds.

Nose: Roasted cocoa, some coffee, caramels,

Taste: Roasted malted chocolate dominates the slight bit of cappuccino err coffee i can detect. Slight pine hop presense. To me this one is all about the finish. A roasted dry almost smokey coffee aftertaste that lasts and lasts and lasts.

Mouth: It thick and creamy, very dry with a lingering chalkiness.

A pretty good brew, but one bomber certainly is enough for me.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I knew very little about this beer when I tried it. While I wouldn't call it excellent, I would say that is very much what I expected from a "cappucino stout."

This beer poured with a reddish-brown color, with LOTS of tan head. Aroma and flavor were both of coffee, but with a bit of sweetness added. It is a bit like a coffee stout might be, but with less coffee flavor and more sweetness. So, mission accomplished as far as making a beer that tastes as it is named. Lacing on this beer is beautiful, like a sheet on the far side of the glass. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good.

Photo of Grundle20
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is straight up BLACK. Only when placing a source of light directly behind it do I see a hint of underlying ruby tones. There's a beefy tan head which displays great retention and patchy lacing.

The scent is a smooth blend of hot chocolate and a lesser note of the cappuccino. Overall it's warming and rich but lacks a little bit of the potency and presentation to really drive the scent home.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
For a stout this is incredibly crisp. It drinks super smooth and powdery leaving full flavors of hot coco mix and just a perfect coffee hint. There's a simple kiss of hops about mid drink which brings a clean bitterness which segues in to the finish nicely. All in all some very balanced and clean flavors for not only a stout, but one pushing 8% ABV.

Easily the most drinkable stout I've had in recent memory but as a stout it does still impart a certain degree of yuck mouth which detracts from its overall drinkability too me.

Bottom Line:
It's snowing like a bastard out right now and I DGAF because this beer has me completely internally lit. A must have for any stout fans or any nay sayers of the style.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A - Pours black with a 2 finger tan head.

S - Coffee, hints of chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Black coffee with hints of roasted malt and chocolate. Slight bitterness.

M - Thin to medium bodied with a light level of carbonation.

D - All coffee and no stout in my opinion. Not a bad beer but it needs a bolder stout behind it.

Photo of hoppymeal
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small light tan head that fades to a ring. Aroma is chocolately with some fruitiness. Cherries and a bourbony aroma as well. Taste follows with more of the chocolate up front and a very small amount of cherry and cola as well. Some roasty bitter coffee notes in the somewhat dry and warming finish. Alkcohol is somewhat noticeable but well proportioned and in place in the finish. A very nice stout, I didn't get as much coffee aroma or flavor as I expected from the name, but a very nice stout

Photo of AltBock
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottle. The label is almost the same as the other Lagunitas labels I've seen. This one had the Lagunitas dog that resembles the dog from Little Rascals, "Petey" surrounded by big bold words is different fonts. I found the picture of the dog a bit on the depressing side. He has this sad look on his face like he knows that you're going to put him outside in the cold when you're done drinking this beer. Then there's this big white shell shaped spot in between his eyes. It kinda looks like while they were drawing the dog some glare shined onto the dog's head and they just drew the glare on him anyway. In small words below "Stout," is "Ale brewed with coffee." What brand of coffee? It even says that. It's brewed with Sebastopol's Own Hard Core Coffee. The main label even gives the I.B.U. and O.G. number. To the left of the label is the Government warning and to the right is a big paragraph about the beer. It's not the usual information paragraph, they did in the style of a Bible scripture. They use words like thou, shall, maketh, leadeth, and thy. I thought it was very creative on how they wrote it. There is no date anywhere on the bottle. There was only one indication on when it was released and that was the words "Limited Release" at the top of the label. When was that? I don't know?

Appearance: When poured into my Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass, the beer was on the verge of being a straight up black coffee color, but if you look closer, it's more of very dark mahogany brown with plenty of ruby red highlights. I thought it had a nice medium sized head of tan colored foam. It had good retention that left behind a small skim of tan colored foam, rings and a little tan lace around the glass. If it didn't have tan colored head of foam on it and you looked at this beer from distance, it would look like you're drinking coffee/cappuccino from a pint glass. If you're doing that now, get yourself a coffee mug.

Smell: When I first popped the cap off, I thought a strong roasted coffee aroma would just come pouring out of the bottle and over power my sense of smell. That wasn't the case. The aroma that did come out of the bottle was that of hops and not coffee. When poured into a glass, the aroma of the beer was that of hops, roasted malt, a touch of caramel, a pinch of sweet chocolate, and a very minor aroma of roasted coffee beans at the end.

Taste: This is where the coffee comes to fruition. Now the coffee wasn't overwhelming where it dominated the other flavors in this beer. It was just right for this beer. After the coffee taste comes the bitter herbal hops, bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, hazelnut, and a morsel of sweet caramel. I noticed that after all that, the coffee flavor wasn't done just yet. It made its appearance again at the end, but this time it was just a small speck of what it was in the initial taste. I like roasted flavors in my beer and Lagunitas satisfied my taste buds with joy.

Mouthfeel: It was medium bodied, too smooth for its own good, and with an aftertaste of bitter dark chocolate and herbal hops. Was the aftertaste the same as a cup of Cappuccino? By it self, No. Maybe if you warm the beer up and add milk to it, it might do the trick.

Drinkability: If thou shall drink thy fine libation, thou shall be filled with much joy as a shepherd watching over thy sheep grazing in a green pasture! That was my take on the Lagunitas creative information paragraph. Basically what I was trying to say was that I enjoyed this beer very much and I would definitely drink it again in the near future. Is this beer just as good as a hot cup of exceptional cappuccino? Almost, but this beer would be a lot easier on the wallet than the cappuccino.

Photo of maundythirsty
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark, maroon-tinged brown. Foamy, short-lived head that laces in small oatmeal-colored arches. Heavy, sweet, syrupy malt smell with a strong dark-roast coffee addition.

Nice mouthful of brown-sugar-sweet malt and citrus hops bitterness. Bready, yeasty aftertaste. Coffee is in there, but it falls into the background a bit (relatively speaking.) Uncomplicated mouthfeel, mybe even a bit watery. Judiciously light carbonation.

Nice stuff. Like a big, fat, brown ale with a coffee edge.

Photo of jaluria
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, opaque, slightly viscous black color with a cream colored head that was nice and thick slowly dissipating to leave behind some nice lacing. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, sugar, and cream. The taste was sweet with roasted malt flavors; very much like a milk stout. Roasted coffee bean flavors and the hops add a nice bitterness to the beer to keep it from becoming too sweet. Rich and creamy with a slight alcohol warming sensation. The coffee taste is clear and remains throughout taking a back seat to no one.

Photo of blitz134
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks black from afar, but when held up light shows through with red highlights. Lasting tan head, quarter inch thick of dense foam. Forms a nice sheet of lacing as well.

Aroma is actually pretty light, especially when I compare it to the tap version I have had of this. Coffee and chocolate aromas mainly, kinda sweet. I'm surprised at how light the aroma is comparatively...oh well...

Taste has a solid roasted malt backbone as expected. Coffee plays in on top of that, although not too heavily. A little black patent finishes it off by adding a touch of char and a little harshness after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is medium, not as thick as some stouts but it can hold its own. Coats the mouth fairly well and the flavor seems to linger.

Good drinkability, but I'd much rather have the tap version. A decent stout with a reasonable amount of coffee flavors, but not over the top like some others.

Photo of tboom29
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a big, brown head that lingers on top of the black beer. It really clings to the side of the glass, and is very appetizing to look at.

I smelled hints of vanilla and roasted malts in the nose, maybe a little hoppy, but a definite bitterness.

The maltiness was very up front and strong, as was the cappucino taste. Definitely mellows as it warms. Nice milky taste in the back that rounds out the medium to heavy mouthfeel. A little chocolate. Nice stout, just with a little more to it. Overall really tasty. It makes you want another once it's gone, and better than Dunkin Donuts any day..

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The head on this beer was oddly slow to develop and thus I didn't judge it well and overpoured... lovely tan foam running down the sides of the glass. This beer is dark dark brown/ black with a large billowy tan head that sticks around for quite awhile and leaves chunks of itself clinging to the glass after each swig I take. This isn't just lacing, it's like icebergs of foam making sweet love to the inside of my glass.

Aroma is very nice- piney hops, burnt malt, coffee, chocolate, maybe a little butterscotch sweetness. Well-rounded and very appealing- not being able to take a sip at this point would be like torture. Sip... mmm! Initial reaction: Kahlua brownies. Coffee and chocolate dominate throughout, with hops chiming in very early on and lingering in the finish. Yum, yum. Alcohol is well-hidden, only barely apparent in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little watery though, not slick like I had hoped, and leaves a bit of an astringent feeling in my mouth. Aftertaste of burnt wood is pleasing.

Mouthfeel was a bit of a let-down, but otherwise this beer is top shelf stuff in my book. Aroma, taste, appearance are all excellent. Will definately be getting more of this for myself and to share with friends.

Photo of penguinjive7
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into pint-sized glass: almost black with dark mahogany hints at the edges. About a thumb's worth of off-white head with a fair amount of lacing throughout.

Smells of roasted coffee beans with a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste is how a stout should taste! The boldness of the coffee bean and chocolate flavor is not overcast by the alcohol. As it warms, the sweetness of brown sugar begins to come through in ernest. The hops seemed to speak very little.

Drinkability was exquisite. The high alcohol level was almost undetectable over the rich roasted malty goodness. Definitely a sipping beer that you never want to run out of.

Photo of instrumentality
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In accordance with my effort to pay more attention to California breweries, I decided to explore the often overlooked (at least by me) offerings of Lagunitas Brewing Company. Figuring that I've had pretty good luck with her with stouts recently, I split this bomber with my fiancee, divided between two oversized wine glasses. As the now cliche'd Borat would say, "Success!"

The body was a very dark brown, almost black, and completely opaque with a thin, creamy tan head that eventually dissolved, leaving behind a thin swirling lace. I would have preferred greater head retention, but what it had to offer was appealing.

The odor was that of freshly roasted coffee beans with perhaps a dash of dark chocolate--not terribly complex or unusual, but encouragingly potent and appetizing nonetheless.

The taste caught me by surprise, and pleasantly so. In addition to a slight alcohol burn, it offered a well-balanced blend of coffee and dark chocolate. This is not unusual for a coffee-infused stout, but what was unusual was that the finish was impeccably balanced between the two--not too sweet and not too bitter.

However, this uncanny balance was a bit paradoxical. While on the one hand, I appreciated the fact that the bitterness didn't linger and cake into my tongue, I've become so accustomed to expecting this sensation from this sort of beer that because it was absent, the body actually felt almost watered down.

This disadvantage, too, gets turned on its head, as the brew's lack of "heaviness" and potency made it all the more drinkable as a result. I have several stouts in my refrigerator, and invariably, these brews tend to survive longer than the IPAs, the Belgians, and other cousins as I have to be in the right mood to consume one. However, this offering from Lagunitas is so tasty and smooth that this could very well be a brew I drink with some regularity were it not for the fact that it's not that readily available.

Photo of HopDerek
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a very dark red in color with about an inch of tan head that fades into about 1/2 an inch of head with good lacing within a minute. Smells of chocolate, coffee, cream, and roasted malt. Taste is a very bitter coffee, almost like its been sitting on the burner for a bit. However, this is well balanced with a good malty presence as well as a nice floral hoppy finish. As the beer warms up, the smoother and more cappuccino-like it becomes. A smooth stout with a bit of chewiness to it. With its balance, flavoring, and smoothness, it's a very drinkable beer, especially for a coffee lover.

Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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