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Cappuccino Stout - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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very good

2,770 Ratings

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Ratings: 2770
Reviews: 1141
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%

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 FelixCat


5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hands down my favorite beer in the known universe to date!

There is your general basic stout taste reminiscent of a Guinness hand crafted from heaven at least that is what my taste buds are saying. Frothy and lighter than a Guinness but the aftertaste is nowhere as pansy. No sir, there is the hit of coffee, almost like candy, sweet, not too sweet, and a very strong coffee note for those of you who are fans of coffee in general, will truly savor and relish this nectar of the GODS. This is everything I want from a beer minus all of the artificial elements that come with the territory of beer + caffeinated beverage. The taste comes through so damn well my only qualm is that this is a seasonal beer.

It's one of those find it and don't hestitate to pick this up otherwise you have FAILED IN LIFE! Yes I will go that far to describe this beer. I love coffee, and I love this beer so damn much it is the icing on the cake to what is already finely established with Guinness Beers but it adds just the extra kick that is needed for the tastes inbetween tastes. I found this at the store and I gobbled it up and bought out the store. Why? This is my hands down best tasting and expertly crafted beer I have ever tasted in my goddamn life, ever. This beats out Real Ale Coffee Porter, if the porter is a daily go to, this Stout is the grand mutha final boss. Why because it has the taste, AND the kick to whack some sense into ya. While the porter is like yeh expertly crafted coffee aftertaste. If i had to go to an island and i had to pick one thing. it would be a truckload of this beer in some forever ice cold fridge on some paradise island. End of story. Period.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 02:19:18 | More by FelixCat
Photo of shadetree67


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown in color and 1 finger of tan head. Slight lacing.

Smell - Coffee and roasted malt. Slight booze. Not much of an aroma beyond this.

Taste - Bitter Coffee. Dark malts. Milk chocolate

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin mouthfeel. Slight carbonation. A bit too thin for the style imo

Overall - It's pretty decent for the price. The high ABV is well hidden which is nice

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 03:16:05 | More by shadetree67
Photo of Furlinator


3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with 1/2 inch of tan head that fades to a thin cap on top and leaves nice spotty lace.

Smell is of freshly spent coffee grounds with a hint of vanilla.

Taste is dominated by bitter black coffee up front with roasted dark malt, faint vanilla and a trace of hop bite on the back end.

Texture is on the heavy side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a solid coffee forward imperial stout with inviting aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 21:37:51 | More by Furlinator
Photo of rangerred


3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours pitch black with a half finger medium tan head. Surprisingly decent head retention and lacing for a beer of this strength.

Aroma comes off as sweet with almost a bit of a soy sauce character. I can definitely notice the coffee but it is tucked away in the background. Caramel and brown sugar are there as well with some milk chocolate.

Coffee is more prominent in the flavor but that same funky soy/worcestershire sauce note is there. Dark caramel and a touch of dark, dried fruit along with a lighter bitterness. Sweetness is moderate to high leading to a sticky finish but the alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall, this is not one of the better coffee stouts out there but for the price and abv, it is hard to go wrong with is one.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 03:01:28 | More by rangerred
Photo of titty_mcbitty


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Black, not unexpected from a double stout. Non-existent head- but it could be because of the non-aggressive pour.

S: Yep. Big cappuccino up front. Burnt toast and malt next.

T: Big espresso, coffee bean, roasted nuts, burnt toast, vanilla bean, charred peanut brittle, syrupy malt, and bitter chocolate.

M: Medium with a descent amount of carbonation. Not the best feel for this style, as I prefer the heavier mouth feel; but not a bad one.

O: Lagunitas never disappoints me. This is an overall nice double and on the cheaper side at that, which is an even bigger plus!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 05:57:13 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of Zach136


4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into 16oz snifter.

A - Pitch black body, thin off white head. Solid lacing.

S - Totally amazing, chocolate milk powder (think yoo Hoo) with a super slight touch of coffee.

T - All of the notes from the nose sharpen/bitter up. Major notes of coffee bitterness and cocoa powder.

M - Rich, creamy and smooth.

O - Total steal at $4.25, delicious coffee beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:56:01 | More by Zach136
Photo of Erex91


3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark and earthy coloration. Very slight wine red color on the edge. Head maxed out at about 1.5 fingers for me and dissipated quickly. Left an almost coffee like foam at the top. Splotchy lacing.

Smell: Heavy notes of dark roast coffee. I also picked up some brown sugar and chocolate deep into the aroma, but coffee is dominant here. Toasted malts and nuts come into play, but in a very subtle manner.

Taste: The caffeine and alcohol is strong with this one! Immediately my mouth felt like I had just taken a hot shot of espresso with the presence of coffee and alcohol at the forefront. The alcohol was a bit heavy for my taste, but not enough to make the beer unpleasant. Surprisingly I also picked up some maraschino cherry towards the middle. The after taste is a good balance of coffee and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and lighter on the carbonation. Not exactly slimy, but the beer definitely coats your mouth mechanisms like oil.

Overall: I enjoyed this one despite the alcohol tinge. This is my first coffee stout so I hope to try some more soon. I would consider a re-purchase for sure. Definitely recommend giving this one a try.


Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:14:05 | More by Erex91
Photo of McStagger


3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky dark brown with reddish hints on the edge. Not black. About a finger of tan head that dissipates rapidly.

S: Big roasted coffee notes in the nose. Sweetness from the malt. Coffee, some sweetened chocolate, bit of a woody/leafy character, vanilla extract (vanilla + present alcohol in nose).

T: Big shot of burnt coffee up front. Transitions to a fairly woody/herbal/astringent mid palate. Finishes delicious mocha/coffee ice cream with notes of graham cracker. Some alcohol and herbal components in the aftertaste.

M: A bid thin on the palate. Carbonation is underwhelming, and the notable alcohol present weighs things down a touch.

O: Solid offering from Lagunitas. Not as good as many of the other coffee stouts available, but for 4.49 a bomber, the price is hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 05:37:26 | More by McStagger
Photo of Bowers-Brew


4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown/light black - Not much foam when poured aggressively.

S - Nice sweetened coffee aroma, hint of malt and something almost nutty.

T - Sweetness up front, bitter coffee and alcohol finish.

M - Smooth and creamy.

O - It's good, not great. I would certainly drink it again. Alcohol content is higher than you would guess from taste. Lagunitas always delivers something worth trying. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 22:45:16 | More by Bowers-Brew
Photo of RoamingGnome


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) This is a very dark brown with a frothy tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

S) Delivers a nice fresh roasted coffee aroma. Some toasted malt with a little sweetness too.

T) The coffee flavor is very nice. It's like a mocha blend, because you definitely find some chocolate here as well. A splash of cream, with perhaps a drizzle of caramel. It's hard to believe this is around 10% ABV.

M) Medium to full bodied with pretty soft carbonation. A smooth, creamy treat for the palate.

O) When someone mentions Lagunitas, I pretty much think of their deliciously hoppy offerings, but I have to say this is a fantastic Stout. Glad to recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 12:36:29 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the nights are gettin a little colder here- so i decided to try this cappuccino stout from lagunitas. this beer is a near opaque black- held up to the light there is a coffee brown hidden deep in all that darkness. the smell is rich with chocolate malts, there is a little coffee there, but its not super heavy. the taste is nutty and bitter with a coffee tinge at the back end- the after taste is practically the same as if i just drank a cup of black coffee. some of the best stouts i've had are coffee stouts. when i see one from a quality brewer like lagunitas ill definitely give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 00:32:41 | More by mattkoon
Photo of jondeelee


4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cappuccino Stout opens to a rich, malty nose, the initial aromas full of yeasty rising whole wheat dough, thick brown breads, chocolate, ash, and a good dose of coffee. There’s not as much of the latter ingredient as the name would suggest – no overwhelming smack – but there is a nice layer of deeply roasted and fresh-ground beans, the aromatic coffee oils still present and savory. The beans combine with a toasted pecan overtone to create a deliciously nutty feel, and when placed next to the chocolate, come across very dessert-like. Tinges of pine resin from the hops add nuance, and more sugars and aromas are added in the forms of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and a few fruit esters (mainly raisin, plum, and black cherry, though all are relatively mild, compared to the chocolate-coffee notes). As a whole, the nose is very nice, offering a good dark series of notes, the cappuccino blending extremely well with everything else, and the mélange even producing a few dark port and bourbon-like overtones.

On the tongue, the beer is more ashy than the nose let on, with tobacco ash and near-burnt coffee grounds blasting away at the tongue, joined quickly by a relieving dose of heavy whipping cream, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and caramel. Bits of milk and dark chocolate add further sugary nuance, playing well off of the thick brown breads and whole wheat dough. Very light touches of piney bitterness add bite and balance, and the few fruit esters – again, raisin, plum, and black cherry, and again, all of them light – give the sugars a nice body. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, even slightly heavier on the ash, and lingers for a good while. Late in the mouthful there’s an alcoholic burn, the vapors filling the nasal cavities in bourbon-like fashion. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a very nice stout, the cappuccino notes in here thankfully largely blending nicely with everything (as opposed to overpowering them, as often happens), and the wide range of sugars balancing out the dark ashes. There is still a rather large coffee presence that does slightly overpower some of the more subtle notes, and the alcoholic vapors in the aftertaste are quite potent, but there’s still much in here to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 00:25:28 | More by jondeelee
Photo of lighthabit


3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a bomber bought for a friend in december '12, opened sept '13. dark, dark, dark, but a bit of light shines thru from my phone's flashlight, a deep blood/garnet red. delicate lacing on the top transitions to nice, stronger lacing down the glass. smell is thick, sweet malty dark roast coffee. it's picked up some smoky old world character, taste is mellowing out a touch. very approachable for such a coffee forward brew, and with an abv that's sure to get you in trouble if you aren't careful. interesting that it seems to be missing some of their characteristic sweetness. i was a big fan of this specialty from lagunitas, no i am even more so, and will look forward to grabbing several this winter to age longer. very recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 05:27:08 | More by lighthabit
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew


4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours very dark, mahogany colored (it appears clear, but I only get a little light coming through at the edges to judge). Head is a single finger of light tan foam that lingers nicely, lacing is fair.

S: Malted grain initially, then floral and citrus hops notes, then more grain (toasted/burnt) with some dark fruit notes, and finally (later than I'd expected) I picked up the coffee aromas.

T: Delicious, and complex. Initially sweet, transitioning to a malty/burnt-grain sweetness. It doesn't take long for slightly-tart fruit flavors to show up (orange, raisins, maybe some dates). Then the coffee appears, and lingers on the palate for a moment before slowly melding into the bitter hops in the finish; even at the end, there are a number of lingering flavors playing together in the mouth.

M: Smooth, although I wouldn't go as far as "creamy" (as I'd expected from a beer using "cappuccino" in the name). Nice carbonation, nice balance of moist early and dry in the finish. The only thing I can partly fault is the very present boozy feel from the high ABV.

O: I've had a couple of better coffee stouts, but just one or two. This is really good, and impressive in its complexity and balance (not many brewers could fit this many flavors together and have them work so well together). I could nit-pick about how it could have been creamier and a few other minor issues, but that would take the focus off the fact that this is a mighty good beer, and very reasonably priced for the quantity and quality you get.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 18:52:44 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of brurevu


4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From my tasting notes: The Cappuccino Stout poured a deep brown almost black with creamy tan head. The aroma held sweet malts and the punch of coffee that was a good sign of things to come. The taste had everything I was looking for in a coffee stout. It was big and bold with a good coffee flavor and a deep bittersweet chocolate malt on a full creamy body that was full and satisfying. Lagunitas made another great beer and exactly what I wanted in a satisfying coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 19:24:33 | More by brurevu
Photo of Querty8


5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this from a cask at the brewery.

A - black as night with a 1/4 inch foamy head that never disappears.

S - coffee, chocolate, signature lagunita's malt.

T - tastes just like it smells...coffee is dominant.

M - very smooth...no carbonation...a little sticky.

O - great beer...great brewery!

If anybody gets a chance, definitely check out the brewery...they had many exclusive beers along with some of the best food I've had in California. BEEF BRISKET!!!

Serving type: cask

08-23-2013 00:30:10 | More by Querty8
Photo of Reappropriated


3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really like coffee stouts, especially when they actually have a coffee taste. This beer definitely has a coffee taste right out front, but it falls into one of the traps that I find with anything that has coffee flavors, it tastes like coffee grounds, not the actual coffee. I think this beer is good, but there are so many other coffee beers out there now that if I am going to make a choice this is probably not going to be near the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 22:22:37 | More by Reappropriated
Photo of PieOhMy


4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter.

A Tan head. Half inch faded fast into a nice lace that remained.

S Coffee. Chocolate. Strong on both fronts. That's about it. That's a good thing though.

T Big hit of coffee bean. Toffee. Even a bit of roasted almond. Sweet tang. Piney bitterness follows.

M Medium. Not motor oil, but nut runny either. Crisp for the style.

O Stays true to the name without being over the top. The coffee is upfront but does not define the beer. I love these stouts from brewer that are more known for IPAs. They tend to be more on the bitter side. And this one has that bitterness buried down deep, but its there. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 02:54:39 | More by PieOhMy
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a great stout, in some ways due to the method here i think, but a great beer in other contexts im sure. i had this as a pairing with a fresh strawberry and vanilla ice cream dessert, its like an affogato orgasm, no kidding. the dark malts and the chalky bitter coffee balance out the melting ice cream and sweet strawberries, a dessert of unrivaled complexity and satisfaction. the beer itself is also lovely, although maybe not quite so divine as a standalone. it has a dense brown glow and less than in inch of airy mocha lace. the coffee isn't as forward as it is in some of these, its sort of right in balance with the dark malts and bakers chocolate elements. light in feel for its size and strength, made possible largely by its lack of sweetness and dry feel, uncommon for the style. this is one of the better lagunitas beers, and i say that because its different than the rest of them. i don't taste that same old yeast strain, and its just a little less arrogant, a little more subtle. a sleeper with a caffeine hit, go figure!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 03:21:08 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Lagunita's mason jar pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI a few months ago and kept chilled since then.

A- Pours a translucent chocolate colored body with a light mocha, fluffy head that reduced slowly to an uneven layer of foam. Leaves some lacing.

S- Subtle aromas of coffee beans, toffee, espresso. You have to strain to really get a good whiff.

T- Starts off bready with caramel, toffee, and vanilla notes. The follow through reveals a very tasty freshly brewed coffee flavor, and the finish is very delicious - very roasty like a dark roast coffee that sticks on the tongue for a while. No alcohol detected.

M- For the ABV and style of beer, I was expecting this one to have a little more body to it, it's slightly thin and watery for an imperial stout. Medium-low carbonation.

I was pretty impressed with this offering, it was tasty and very easy to drink, especially given it's high alcohol content. The coffee really shines in this brew. If you can still find it, pick one up.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 05:23:07 | More by gcamparone
Photo of Lemke10


4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a dark brown color with a foamy beige head. The aroma is very malty with hints of bitter hops. The taste is fairly malty with a smooth texture and a lingering cappuccino taste. There is a little bit of a spicy, hop finish. This is a pretty well rounded.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 21:52:24 | More by Lemke10
Photo of Bear1964


3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Pint glass displayed a nice dark brown brew with a small cream colored head that went away quickly, light lace hung to the glass as the tasting went down. Aroma was alcohol with smoke/tobacco hints, some roasted malt as well.
Taste was bitter roasted coffee, Caramel, tobacco with a hint of sweetness. Also noted was a bit of pit fruit tang from the hops, finished with bitter coffee and some spicy spikes on the tongue. Overall a very nice brew and for a American Double/ Imperial Stout it does the job, with more Cappuccino flavor as it warms and a 9.20 ABV it's a solid choice and I will pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 23:13:28 | More by Bear1964
Photo of Patandnik


4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorite stouts! My biggest complaint is that it never lasts more than a day or two at my local haunt. Very few Stouts can compare, in my opinion (GD Yeti comes to mind), to this beautiful beer!

Ok, I'm going to stop now, before I begin to gush.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2013 21:18:31 | More by Patandnik
Photo of richj1970


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Poured dark brown that settled to almost black in the glass. Nice frothy two finger tan head with some lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate very apparent. Some roasted malts, caramel, and maybe a hint of vanilla.

T: Again the coffee is fairly prominent. Chocolates are also big leaning towards milk chocolate or cake like flavors. A bit of caramel and nice roasted flavors you would expect with coffee stout.

M: Medium body with fair carbonation. I might have preferred a bit thicker and fuller, but it is easy drinking. So much so, that the ABV can sneak upon you.

O: Very nice coffee stout. I might prefer Founders Breakfast Stout, or Espresso Yeti a bit more, but this one is an enjoyable brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 00:56:19 | More by richj1970
Photo of pacino77


4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

generally, after i've overstuffed my gullet on a big meal of mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus, vinagretted salad, and (seemingly discordant) kimchi, followed by a course of various hard cheeses from spain and portugal, i binge further and help myself to a mugful of breyers vanilla icecream. i know there are better dessert options out there, but in terms of consistency and availability, said flavor really shines. what i do not want, historically, after giant dinners with menus akin to the one above described, is beer. enter lagunitas espresso stout, which breaks all precedent. i was full like thanksgiving, stuffed to the gills, but not ready to let the night end, and all out of breyers. so i reached into the cellar and withdrew this whopper (which, at $4.99 for twenty-two ounces, is among the best-priced beers on the market) from the cellar and pried off the cap. the first sip was a total knockout--terrifically bitter, but, beyond that, unbelievably complex. it poured handsomely with a short, dry head that dissolved quickly. i took my time drinking it, such that by the time i had an inch-or-so left in my collins glass, it was well warmed. hot coffee gone cold i find repulsively unenjoyable, but chilled espresso stout turned room temperature? outstanding. those final sips even tasted a bit like vanilla ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 02:38:44 | More by pacino77
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