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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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1,263 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,263
Hads: 4,050
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 174
Gots: 708 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 1,263 | Hads: 4,050
Photo of Chiefy770
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint 6 Fluid Oz Bottle
Bottled on January 28th, 2014
Reviewed on March 13th, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass
(ABV 8.9% - 2014-2015 batch)

Poured a rich dark brown body. A thick and creamy light tan head formed, about half of an inch in height. Sparse amount of bubbly lacing throughout.

Sweet and creamy malts. Modest notes of espresso, toasted grains, and chocolate. I personally found the overall aroma to be somewhat compact. Everything was there, just didn't seem like the volume was turned up all of the way.

Creamy notes of coffee, cream, and toasted grains hit the tongue immediately. Sweeter milky notes set the overall tone for the flavor. Bitter notes developed towards the finish... dark chocolate, dark roast espresso, and a subtle presence of alcohol. The bitter notes were canceled by the creamy malt backbone. Full-bodied. Moderate/Low carbonation.

Excellent coffee-infused stout. The drinkability for such a dense, high ABV beer is pretty outstanding.

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Photo of Nolang84
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gotta love lagunitas they have the golden touch haven't had one of theirs I haven't liked I stopped drinking them for a while.. But I remember why I love them great taste high Abv economic price hope they keep up what they're doin.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Green coffee/bell pepper leads the aroma, with roast and sweet cocoa notes adding intrigue.

Flavor is green pepper dominant initially, becoming sweet and cocoa mid palate, and finishing a touch bitter and dry.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first sip was "wow, this really tastes like strong coffee". And it does. But I like coffee so it only took a few sips get get comfortable with it. Get aroma, well balanced, nice body, really no negatives at all. A fine brew.

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Photo of Ri0
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 22oz bottle into a chalice.

A - Deep, rich dark coffee brown with a dirty cream 1.5 finger head. Excellent retention, thick collar, and beautiful lacing.

S - Sensational aromas of rich pressed coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate. Notes of malts, caramel, and earthy hops are also present.

T - Decedent dark chocolate, fresh brewed coffee, espresso and caramel. Some bitterness from the hops along with roasted malt. This is really nice if you are into coffee beer.

M - Wow, this has a medium body but is quite creamy and silky.

O - A very good coffee stout priced well at $4.49 a bomber.

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Photo of pwlong19
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer snobs may not agree, but as others have said, at the price this is another Lagunitas winner. More details after my cold is over and I can appreciate it more.

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Photo of logicalparadox
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hefty bitter notes that remind me Starbucks or some equally bad French roast. Also not clear on what would constitute a "cappuccino" stout. Since I'm a coffee snob in addition to being a beer snob, I feel it necessary to point out that cappuccino is by definition a drink made from espresso and hot steamed milk. So, unless there is milk in this brew (or, more imaginatively, had this been a milk stout rather than an imeperial) then what we have here is a misnomer. It's an espresso stout at best. But, again, the only traces of espresso I get are of burnt beans...

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Photo of Tempo1684
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler from TurtleCreek in Bethlehem GA (shout out).

Look - This beer pours black and is next to non translucent when held up to light. The head is a heathy tan with very decent lacing. I've seen better lacing but that's beyond the point.

Smell - Very rich, slightly sweet at the top and then the coffee comes through like a champ to round out a complex smell.

Taste - I taste a nice heathy dose of hops in front. The middle comes the dark cappachono flavor but it still retains the hops. Nice touch.

Feel - Not thin and not heavy mouth feel, they found a nice spot in between the two. Maybe a little too much carbonation, but at this point I'm pea picking. Finishes slightly dry for my taste but it's not a deal breaker.

Overall - A very nicely made beer by a company who obviously takes pride in its craft brews. I would absolutely buy this bear again. Cheers!

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Photo of Rootscipio
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee, coffee, coffee, For the price it's great, but only good not great when compared to similar coffee stouts. As always with Lagunitas however, at the price point it is a great beer and hard to beat if not impossible.

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Photo of Chris33
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into pint glass.

Very dark black color with dark caramel head. Good initial lacing.

Very malty scent with hints of burnt chocolate, fig and coffee.

A bit tart to first bite (can taste the 8.9%ABV), but overall a refreshing taste. Full malt throughout with chocolate and a light burnt coffee taste to finish off.
Quite bitter at the end. No hop notes that I tasted.

Overall I'm glad I picked this up. Wanted to try it for a while. More chocolate than coffee as the name states. A little too boozy for me but still a great grab!

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Photo of CADETS3
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice black color to it. Being a huge coffee person, I was pleased with the amount of coffee it provides. It is definitely not overwhelming in coffee flavoring what so ever. All at the same time, it keeps the foundation of a well structured stout. I can totally picture myself drinking this by my fireplace..

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Photo of arvidkoval
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black but letting some red light through, with a fluffy head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Smells like sweet espresso. Great espresso flavor, some sweetness, spicy almost. Good body. Awesome bomber for the price!

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Photo of Moose90
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into 12oz glass for tasting

A – Rich dark black with a tan foamy head. Head dissipates and settles to a thin cap, leaving behind nice lacing in its wake.

S – Oddly muted, but notes of coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malts, a little sweetness.

T – Very nice, rich, mocha, cocoa, coffee, espresso, milky sweetness.

M – Not overly thick, there is a note of alcohol on the finish, which is long and lingering.

O – Nicely done again by Lagunitas, wonderful value and great flavors.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Black Sheep, Dublin.
Puffy tan head over oily black body. 4
Raisin, dark chocolate, and burnt marshmallow make a faint nose. 3.75
Maltesers, treacle, a touch of camp coffee, a roasty kick and some spicy hops to end. Creamy coffee hard candy thing when it warms. 3.75
Harsh branchy cut to end and lean linger.
Round, smooth, medium, slight heat. 4

Big and smooth, but not so much on the coffee. What coffee there is leans to the oily, bitter side of the beans which, combined with a certain unctuousness, adds up to something like instant with Coffeemate. Plus an oddly twiggy hop bite, an unwieldy strength - a very drinkable stout, don't get me wrong. But also a lot I don’t like from a brewery I otherwise love and dies a death next to something like Founders Breakfast. 3.75

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Black with a slightly mocha tinged head and a decent collar.
S: Roasty, malty and with only a hint of coffee, which is surprising.
T: Nice and roasty with some sweet malts in there. Not actually heavy on the coffee. In a lineup of coffee stouts with one non-coffee stout, I'd probably pick this one.
M: Pretty high level of carbonation that is pretty refreshing and kind of makes this beer what it is. Seems to be a unique mouthfeel for a big coffee stout.
O: Delicious and cheap, especially for what it is. This is why people love Lagunitas, or used to.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark pour with a tan head. Lacing down the glass. Coffee notes and burnt malt, but not overly strong. Taste is really good, coffee comes though well, but doesn't overpower. Great evening beer.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Lagunitas mason jar

A: Pours deep dark brown with a fitting frothy cappuccino light brown head that settles and laces well.

S: Coffee, roasted malt, a little dark bready and earthy goodness, and some toffee sweetness.

T: Good strong coffee leads the way, followed with more roasty malt, toffee malt sweetness, faint vanilla, a hint of cocoa, dare I say a little fig and dark fruit, and a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Was expecting a richer, sweeter brew. It's still ok, but not my favorite.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A: Pour is jet black with a huge, sticky head of light brown foam that is 3 fingers in size. After several minutes the head settles to a perfect looking crown that stays for the remainder of the beer. Lots of lacing and excellent head retention.

S: Immediately you get hit with massive aromas of roastiness with fresh brewed coffee. As the beer warms I'm getting a touch of sweetness, maybe lactose.

T: Big flavors of fresh roasted coffee with some roasted malts in the background. The coffee definitely dominates the flavor, but it is perfectly done and is not too strong or overwhelming.

M: Light-medium body with a low amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth but a bit on the thin side. No bitterness on the finish but it is somewhat dry.

O: Overall I thought this was an outstanding beer. The thing I love about this beer is that it is without a doubt centered around the coffee. The coffee is definitely the main player as opposed to faintly existing along with chocolate and big roasted malt flavors (as in some imperial stouts for example.) If you love coffee, I would highly recommend this beer. I am definitely getting a few bombers of this with my next haul!

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours black color, opaque. Finger thick, light khaki tan head, frothy and fizzy. Moderate lacing on sides of glass, sticks and hangs around.
Aroma- Cold coffee grounds, bitter and intense. Green pepperskin quality, gives a slight heat aroma. Moderate roasted malt and subtle chocolatey/caramel creaminess pokes around in background.
Taste- Rich and intense coffee grounds, transitions into rich and decadent espresso/mocha flavors. Chocolate/caramel creaminess, slight vanilla, and lingering peppery flavor from coffee grounds.
Feel- Medium to thinner mouthfeel, slighty creamy which adds some weight, but definetly thinner. Moderate carbonation.
Overall- Wonderfully brewed to the style, big coffee aroma and taste, intense and falvorful. The interesting aspect of this beer is the green pepperskin produced by the coffee beans, adds a nice feeling of heat and warmth. Great depth of flavor, rich mocha, chocolates, caramel, and hints of vanilla. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: An opaque, midnight black body with brown hues through the light holds up a mocha colored head that recedes to a wisp of film and a bubbly ring. Nice random patchy lacing.

Aroma: Really strong dark coffee aromas, dark roasted coffee beans, semi-sweet lactose sugar, dark chocolate.

Taste: Dark roasted malts, strong dark coffee, and a lactose sugar component in the finish. The finish and aftertaste is not unlike a really decadent german chocolate cake.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, if not watery considering the ABV.

Overall: Massive coffee notes abound with enough sweetness to make this an excellent breakfast beer or dessert beer.

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Photo of Dragyourbone1
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From fridge at coop for <$5, walked a couple of blocks and poured into pint glass.
My bottle displays 8.9% ABV, IBU 29.5, OG1076.
A: Dark mahagony with inch thick tan cratered head. Tasty. Carb spires seen throughout.
S: oats, malt, subtle dark chocolate
T: Can't tell @ first (probably too cool yet). Some moderate effervescence on the finish and a little acidic bitterness that I wasn't expecting - the alcohol peeped through a little.
M: Medium fullness with a slight tongue fizz
- Let sit for a few and the profile mellowed a bit; the bitterness was not as sharp and a little fullness was lost as well.

Poured a new full glass and let it sit while making dinner.
S: Coffee notes were more pronounced though still subtle, dark chocolate and roasted oats.
T and M: That's nice. Smooth and easy with a light dark chocolate/coffee bittersweet-ness that trails to the finish and subsequent swallows. Medium fullness. The alcohol was not felt in the taste.
O: Damn I should have not been too eager. I'm not sure about the cappuccino part - it's not that sweet - but there is some coffee and bittersweet presence. Let this one sit to enjoy...but not too long.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle marked 362 4 2 at 50 degrees into tulip
Aroma – weak aroma of coffee
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm ring and layer
Lacing fair – partial curtains of small bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor – coffee, slightly bitter, bitter aftertaste; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of jcance
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing stuff. I'm a huge fan of coffee stouts but this takes the cake. The alcohol flavor is very mild behind the strong, sweet coffee flavor. Very silky mouthfeel but with adequate carbonation. Extremely easy to drink especially considering the ABV. Wish they made six packs. Definitely buy

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown in which a little light comes through. A nice thin tan head.
S- Chocolate and roasted barley.
T- Roasted barley and hop coming through. A little Carmel and vanilla notes. Wow this is good.
F- Smooth operator! Hop bite which seems required in craft community today. When take a bigger pull, a milk sweetness hits you first.
O- Great stout. Sweetness much enjoyed with the balance and required hop.

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Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an incredibly deep brown, with just a hint of light getting through towards the bottom of the glass. It has a thicker and creamier light tan head which most of it burns off pretty quickly but does linger and leave some small sticky/soapy lacing. The aroma is pretty mild, with faint hints of coffee and alcohol. The taste is more stout that coffee, with the coffee taking a back seat to the robust stout flavors and earthy hops. The body is a little oily with a bit of an alcoholic tingle on the finish.

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Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.