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Captain Stout - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 483
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 31
Gots: 57 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 05-07-2003

This meal in a mug is now brewed year-round. Generous usage of roasted malt and an array of Carmel malts gives this Chocolate Oatmeal Dry Stout a coffee, maple, smooth chocolaty flavor.
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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32 oz growler into a teku. From yesterday.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is two fingers high, and mocha in shade. Typical of a good stout, it has a wonderfully creamy texture, along with okay retention. A consistent ring of lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: Firstly, I notice a nice element of piny hops to this one - it's not overdone (hi there SN Stout), it's just right. Letting it open up will unfurl notes of espresso, dark chocolate, roast, and smoke. After a while, some caramel appears. This is fairly straightforward as far as the style goes, but the individual notes stand out nicely.

Taste: Again, the hops come through nicely (especially at first), without excessive harshness or bite. These piny notes will give way to notes of chocolate, roast, and coffee. Slight oat and vanilla cream flavors appear near the back end. No one note really stands out, but the way everything ties together is what makes this work so incredibly well.

Mouthfeel: For the most part, the feel works: When it first hits the tongue, it feels creamy and dense; it evaporates from the palate in a dry fashion. So good. It could be a bit less syrupy post-swallow, but that's just nitpicking. Carbonation is slightly high, yet it only serves to give this stout a creamy, mouth-filling feel.

Overall: I mean, it's just a stout. It's roasty, chocolaty, and vaguely hoppy. So there are no frills or surprises, yet it delivers everything a great stout should bring to the table. I just wished it smelled as good as it tasted. Ah well, always glad to see more Alpine beer in my area, and always glad when it lives up to the hype.

3.83/5: Nothing fancy about this, it's just a well-rounded, tasty stout

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Photo of barczar
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I appreciate the chocolate notes and the roast malt character, but this becomes too charred and bitter, for my liking. Would prefer a little less black patent, perhaps.

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Photo of VonMisfit
4.93/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a text book stout that hits it on every point for me. If I had to choose one stout for the rest of my life this would be it. Only down side is the usual 1 bottle limit at the few places you can find it.

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Photo of VikingBeer
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Beer Trappe, Lexington, KY. Dark brown, lighter around the edges, bubbly pale-tan head that settles in a minute or so.  Smell carries an immediate, and strangely alluring, spent-gunpowder aroma, but is also roasty, with hints of nuts, roasting meat, oak, flint, and brown bread
Loaded with that same gunpowder smokiness, but much more balanced. Powder smoke, roasted chestnuts, coffee, hints of bittersweet chocolate, and woods (cherry, oak, hint of cedar). Very nice.
Lighter-bodied than many stouts, but medium-bodied, with enough substance to be pleasant. Am argument could be made for a touch more carbonation, but still a well-done beer overall.

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Photo of jwwjd
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A black beer with a lingering head. The aroma is subdued with a mild smokiness. The beer does not have a strong flavor profile on the initial sip, but has a very bitter finish. I have not had an Alpine product prior to this one but I was not impressed with this version of a stout. Not a bad beer, but not a beer I would hope to have again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a breath of fresh air drifts over the current beer scene, the normally hop-focused Alpine brewers reach into the goodie bag of history and pull out a sweet stout and then modernizes it. The restrained alcohol, lightened body and approachable, gentlemanly charm of Captain Stout shows that even when it comes to roasted flavor that Alpine is firmly in control.

Just the slimmest shade from black, the deep brown coffee-laden hues show dark tawny edges as a rich sandy lather billows above. One pass of the nose reveals the lavish intensity of molasses, dark roast coffee, roasted walnuts and caramel. Dark chocolate and coffee wash over the early palate bringing its robust molasses, toffee and caramel sweetness.

Decadently sweet, the beer's wonderfully burnt sugars prove savory and succulent as the malts wrap around each and every tastebud. With a modest carbonation, the ale sits weightily but not heavy on the tongue in full appreciation of the culinary art within. Rummy in warmth and pleasantly plump with grape and plum, layers of flavors keep announcing as the ale rolls across the middle palate.

Its long and savory finish is deep and lush, but never heavy. Surprisingly drinkable, silky and smooth, the coffee and bitter chocolate outlasts the scorched molasses as the full-bodied beer descends into aftertaste.

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Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 ounce snifter. Pours a nice jet black, slight hints of raisins. Flavor is meh, lots of roasty-ness, not much else, very underwhelming.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a khaki, nearly brown, colored head.

Aroma is malty. Lots of nice roasted malt character in both the smell and flavor. Chocolate and carmel malts come through big in the flavor. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to osnapson (Reddit), shared with rudzud.

Pours decent foamy fluffy creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice soapy lacing, pitch black.

Nose brings nice roast, mild toasted malts, toasted coffee beans, little cocoa, fudgey like, fresh roasted coffee beans, hint nutty, little candy toffee, caramel sweet candy.

Taste brings sweet candy notes, roasted malt, toffee caramel, candy like notes but dry and creamy. Plenty of coffee, fresh roasted coffee beans and bitter roast, hint acrid, with fresh roasted coffee beans and fair bitterness, little acidity from the coffee and roast flavors. Hint of cocoa dust and fudgey notes. Finish is dry Irish stout like, big fresh roasted bitter coffee lingering forever with touch of cocoa dust.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy, decent carb.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from the growler.

A: A rich chocolate brown with a one finger tan head that held on for a bit before turning to a foaming layer. Thick lacing.

S: Charred chocolate, anise, leather, coffee.

T: Follows nose with more charred chocolate than coffee. Robust and sweet. A terrific sipper. Similar to a Sierra Nevada Stout.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation. A dry finish. It really does remind me of a foreign extra stout.

O: Another winner from Alpine. Would go great with a chocolate chip cookie.

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Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this growler.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of deep roast, coffee, oatmeal. Almost Irish stout like.

T - Taste is loads of roast, almost acrid, lots of coffee, nice malts and roast. Good chocolate, creamy but dry. Interesting.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Dry, creamy.

O - Overall this beer was decent, nice roast, good chocolate. Pretty decent.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on-tap in a mug at Special brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: totally black with some brown highlights around the edges. Head is a finger of creamy tan foam; it's quite attractive.

Smell: caramelly and a bit sweet with a nice roasty character. Balanced and enticing -- I like it.

Taste: roasty malt with a little bit of caramel. The roasted malt adds a fair bit of bitterness that negatively impacts it a bit, but overall it's not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess. Quite nice.

Overall: not a bad stout, but there is a roughness to the roast that impacts its enjoyability.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico Arlington, served in a chalice

A solid American style stout. Could be a good house beer.

A - Opaque black with an excellent beige lacing. 4
S - Roasted malts, some burnt bitterness. 3.75
T - Roasty, not overly bitter, a hint of sweetness like milk sugar 4
MF - Medium heavy body, smooth start but dry finish lasting on the palate. 4

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Photo of MattXT
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler, poured into a Tree House tulip a day after filling. Very nice, by the books stout. Appropriate color, light roast on the nose, and a pleasant taste. Will surely buy again.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Dexter's in Madison, Wisconsin.

Pours a medium brown body, one finger offwhite head with minimal retention time, no lacing. Smells of a grassy hop aroma, mild espresso, milk chocolate. Nothing too crazy. Flavour displays a fairly hoppy bitterness, non-descript, perhaps a bit of citrus and floral notes, but for the most part masked by a espresso and chocolate finish. Astringent earthy, floral finish on the backend. Nothing special. Mouthfeel is thinner bodied, nothing too substantial, fair carbonation. Overall, nothing to write home about.

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Photo of MisterGone
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 into tulip. Deep black brown with a dark khaki head that held nicely. Aromas of dark chocolate and some coffee with a super subtle vanilla or some other earthy yet sweet element. Flavor was just a nice uptick version of the aroma. Coffee in the foreground, chocolate in the background, and something a little earthy and sweet on the finish. Not sure if that is a yeast profile or some grain. Tasty stout, solid offering. WIll definitely have again.

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Photo of Dynobolt
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the alpine pub, was hoping to get some seating but my party of 6 was to much for the tiny place there. All good, took my boy Jared to try out the flights and he enjoyed some Nelson, duet, hoppy bday, cap stout, and some koffee beer. So had them pour me a cap stout and I was expecting a little more. Flavor was ok, very drinkable, smell was decent, but I wanted a little excitement. Definitely drink again.

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Photo of vkv822
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

grumbler filled @ The Growler Run served in tulip pint

Pours black with a foamy, tan head.

Roasty espresso and cocoa notes. Very inviting.

A solid, well done stout.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this is excellent stout, albeit a little less flashy than their hoppy stuff, its awfully good. great in the glass (on tap at hops and pie), with a tall dark brown head of micro bubbles that never settles and a shiny obsidian base beer, dreamy looking for sure. the nose is nice, if a bit muted compared to the taste. i do smell bakers chocolate, and a cool wet earthy yeast strain, as well as the roast. the flavor is like the nose but more intense and excited. notes of coffee manifest mid palate, and the chocolate is real dry and moderately bitter. i like the cohesiveness of it, i like that its sort of yeasty, and i like that its insanely dry, so dry that even the roast goes away quick at the end. its hearty too, right where i like it in terms of both body and abv. i think this is a little underrated on here, i found it unique and splendid in overall quality. i would buy this one again for sure. almost raisin notes in the middle, but it isnt fruity. top quality stout, no need for a bourbon barrel.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A:pours near black with a ncie tan/khaki head. good retention and lacing.

S: lots of roasted malts upfront. slight earthy bitterness from the hops.

M: strong roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee. balanced by hop bitterness. dry.

M: toward the thicker and creamier side, but not overly so. not to the level of an imperial stout

O: delicious beer.

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Photo of seedyone
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Initial look was a large head, bigger than most especially since it is not nitro. Lacing maintained the look. Coffee dominates the aroma & the taste, but very little bitterness. A very respectable stout.

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Photo of Auraan
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, deep dark black body with brown highlights when held to light and one finger of thick, fluffy tan head. Overall impression of appearance is of a fantastic stout. Very nice. Scents of dark chocolate, smokey strong roasted malt upfront, medium-light black coffee up front and a light sweetness and a light fruity aroma. Overall impression of aroma is of a fantastic dry stout, very roast malt-forward and quite nice. Flavor begins lightly dry with strong notes of smokey roast malt, lighter amounts of fruity flavors reminiscent of raspberries, flavors of rich dark chocolate and strong black coffee also apparent, there is a light sweetness present as well. Middle opens up further dry roasted malt and smokey flavors along with bittersweet chocolate and black coffee. Finish is dry with notes of smokey malt, black coffee and bitter cocoa, with a smokey, ashy note. Aftertaste is bitter with notes of roasted malt, smoke, and dark chocolate, with a hint of coffee, the way I make it. Overall impression of flavor is of a very nice dry stout. Deep, dark, roasty and bitter, well worth trying. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium carbonation and a drying, roasty feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nice stout, true to form, light yet full enough, very nice. Overall this is a fantastic dry stout. If you like a good stout, that is true to style, dry and full try this one, it's a good one.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark black, with a off-white head of about one inch, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells pretty heavily of roasted malt, a bit of smoke and ash, some chocolate, and a little bit of dry coffee.

This is really good and really dry stout. There's hardly any sweetness, with some bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, ashy smoke, and dry used coffee grounds. There's a really nice creaminess as well.

This is medium bodied, with a creamy and dry mouthfeel, along with a lower level of carbonation. This is very drinkable and very tasty.

A no frills, no nonsense stout, just tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Row 34 while waiting to get into Trillium. This was a very tasty well balanced stout - not overly chocolately or a coffee overload, just a well carbonated malty stout. I liked this a lot. Also considering it is 4pm on a Tuesday, it makes it even better.

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Photo of i4ourgot
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These guys really know how to make a great beer. While it is not my favorite of their beers it beats a lot of other breweries stouts out of the water . It has a great coffee/ chocolate aroma and flavor. And a nice full bodied mouth feel to round out a nice beer.

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Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.