Captain Stout - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 436
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 30
Gots: 52 | FT: 4
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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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Reviews by jminsc76:
Photo of jminsc76
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a fingers length of espresso head atop a dark body. Not impenetrable – there’s a tinge of brown near the top – just dark.

Intense aromas of rich, roasted vanilla bean; a bit of maple syrup; carob; and some floral hops as I inhale more deeply. Wonderful, wonderful bouquet.

Roasted flavors with the aforementioned vanilla, bitter espresso, and at one point I tasted a feint, FEINT hint of Wendy’s frosty dessert. No french fries to dip into it. Wah!

The mouthfeel is indeed the letdown here, as the style on the bottle is billed as an oatmeal stout (or at is least brewed with oats). It’s thinner than a flat pancake hanging out on a road-paving contest. Also pretty dry but not necessarily in the way I like.

Overall, I enjoy Captain Stout greatly. Kind of a Guinness on chocolate steroids, with substantial vanilla bean and maple flavors. Just wish that mouthfeel was more than she wrote. (931 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another goodie from Alpine that I picked up from Joey this past week. I had been anxious to try this one, and I was in the mood for something a bit more flavorful without being to terribly heavy due to the enormously hot temperatures outside. This one seemed to be the one that would suit the bill just fine. I proceeded to serve it in the Mock Turtle at cellar temp for sipping this evening.

Appearance - The pour on this one was nothing short of outstanding. A rich mixture of dark browns and almost black rippled though the glass, obscuring all but the slightest bit of light peaking through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. A huge, towering three inch head of tan foam then came up over the top and hung around for what seemed like literally forever before finally calming down and resting into a small tan pillow that managed to stick around throughout the entire session. Rich side glass lace then ensued throughout the session, very big looking stout, and I was very pleased so far.

Smell - The aroma was very nice. A deep rich, and very sweet chocolate note was the first thing I took notice to. Really quite nice, with lots of burnt and roasted notes sitting up in the back. There was a nice bit of earthy malts as well as a hint of molasses and a touch of caramel. A very sweet smelling stout.

Taste - Here is where it starting getting a touch tacky for me if I am being honest. It really was just not meshing well at all at first, so I let it warm up a bit and that seemed to have solved the problem. Now do not get me wrong, the flavor was great it was just the feel I was having a problem with, but I will save that. A nice sweet flavor, with lots of chocolate and caramel hints riddled though out. Some nice light caramel, and loads of toasted and burn malts coming through now. Really quite nicely done, but the finish was so quick that it really just did not do it for me. Some astringency and bitterness that was off placed and really not working itself as well as I hoped to.

Mouthfeel - The feel on this one was just way too light. It should have had a good amount of fullness to it, but instead just felt way too light for me, I do not maybe it was me. The flavor and aroma and look were of a big, sweet, almost milk stout, but the feel was that of a dry Irish stout. Strange turn of events, but what can you do, it is what it is.

Drinkability - A very session able stout due to the less filling nature of it and the nice warm flavors. Low ABV only served to add to this and really pulled the whole thing together in a nice drinkable package.

Overall this was a mixed bag for me. I was expecting it to be much fuller then it was. The aroma, look, and flavors were really quite nice, but that bitter and acidy taste in the finish combined with a less then full Mouthfeel were real distracters for me. Still though, a very worthy stout and something that is definitely worth trying out. (2,919 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt walnut brown that is several photons away from being absolute black. Backlighting results in no more than a thin silver of dark gold along the bottom edge of the pint glass. The sandalwood colored crown is lightly creamy and is beginning to deposit a thin blanket of lace.

Alpine describes Captain as a 'chocolate oatmeal dry stout'. I think it smells like a milk stout thanks to bittersweet chocolate mixed with a hefty portion of sugared vanilla bean. Brown sugar and butterscotch are appreciated as well. There's no maple, although it's an actual ingredient.

This is interesting beer that tastes like it contains something other than malt, hops, yeast and water. I still don't appreciate maple per se, but I can see how some might get that impression. It's more a melange of tangy caramel, sour cream and butterscotch. C'mon guys... what did you add to get it to taste this way?

Captain Stout would be better beer with more roasted malt and less caramel malt. More total malt would be a good thing too. There's no reason why a 6.0% stout (as my label reads) can't taste and feel bigger than this. Why doesn't Alpine brew a double stout to rival AleSmith Speedway and Stone Imperial Russian Stout? I bet it would be fantastic.

Warming doesn't change the flavor profile in either a positive or a negative direction. This has to be one of the most caramel-like American stouts out there. It's more reminiscent of creme brulee or creme caramel than chocolate or coffee.

As previously noted, the body/mouthfeel doesn't keep pace with the rest of the beer's quality. It's too thin. At least it doesn't compound the problem by being over-bubbled. Definite room for improvement here.

Alpine Captain Stout is one of the more unique beers that I've had in quite some time. It wouldn't be a regular purchase (assuming I had easy access), but I'm having a good time nevertheless. Now, about that double stout... (1,915 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a very dark brown in color, bordering on black, with a decent brown-white head on a rough pour.

Smell - The burnt toast and coffee beans lead the way here followed by a huge oatmeal aroma. The brown sugar is at first hard to find but it's there.

Taste - The oatmeal really comes out at the taste but begs for a sweetening balance of some kind. The big burnt character that I got from the nose was only slightly evident at the taste.

Mouthfeel - This is in between medium and full-bodied and a little bitter but not like I thought it was going to be from the nose.

Drinkability - This is one of those beers that smelled great but missed the mark at the taste. It lacked the complexity that I look forward to in the style. (745 characters)

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of AHebel
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I too, hadn't seen this Alpine brew before and quickly decided to grab a bottle, not expecting to get the worlds greatest example of the style, but, still expecting a solid beer, which is what I got.

The appearance shows a nice, dark brown, almost black, with very little, quickly dissipating head, poured into a snifter.

Nose is light. Very little coffee, with roasted characteristics behind it.

Taste overall is good, but slightly underwhelming. Again, mild coffee; roasted and sweet malts, with good balancing hoppiness. The body is medium to thin with average carbonation. Could have used a little less in my opinion.

Overall a quality beer that doesn't overwhelm. This could be a stout I buy frequently, saving others to cherish at a more memorable time.

Served from a bottle, poured into a snifter. (811 characters)

Photo of Altenor
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at SD Beer Festival and O'Briens. Pours black with very little head. Aroma is malt and strong coffee. Taste is coffee and chocolate milk, with a sharp finish. Mouthfeel is not as heavy an you would expect. Not light, but creamy. Overall, a very good beer that needs a bit of time in a barrel or a little more substance. (326 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Nearly black color. Very thin brown head. Not much lacing. Looks a bit thin.

Bittersweet aroma with a hefty amount of roasted malt and some chocolate.

Mild bitterness, lots of roast, and some coffee. A simple, tasty flavor.

Thin mouthfeel. Could use a touch more carbonation and a bit more heft.

A roasty and somewhat sweet stout. Incredibly drinkable. (395 characters)

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black beer, tan head, ample, great retention. Aroma was kind of lacking, slight chocolate malt aroma, not much else.

Good smooth oatmeal stout. No surprises. Smooth. Chewy. Chocolate malt. Little to no chocolate or coffee added I would guess, maybe a slight % of coffee malt. Thick viscosity, not overly sweet. A little bit nutty downbottle. Couldn't appreciate the caramel if it was there.

I appreciate this is a fairly ($6) priced bottle of a sessionable oatmeal stout, but I just don't see the complexities in this beer that other reviews do. Coffee, vanilla, caramel, just don't taste it in this beer. (608 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Alpine.

Appearance: Clear dark-red brown but opaque in the glass; the decent looking head soon reduces to a thin ring. Essentially no lacing.

Aroma: appealing mix of medium and dark malts with a hint of caramel.

Flavor: lightly sweet; ample dark roasted malts; a touch of coffe in the aftertaste and a hint of molasses earlier on..

Feel: Medium-light body with low but lively carbonation.

O: a fine stout. (438 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an inky black with a fluffy brown head. The ehad fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a chocolate aroma to it. I can also detect some sweet caramel aromas. It is malty. It smells very slightly of coffee. Also, I can detect a roasted malt aroma.

This beer tastes wonderful. It has a malty flavor. I taste some mild chocolate. Also, I taste some sweet caramel. A very slight hop flavor is present. This is what a Stout should taste like.

This beer goes down very smooth, leaving a chocolate malt aftertaste. It is carbonated to perfection.

This beer would make an excelent session beer. It is not high in alcohol, and the flavor is not aggressive. This might be one of the best Stouts I have ever had. If Alpine bottled this, I would definately keep a stock of it in my beer fridge. (826 characters)

Photo of mocktm
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Auraan
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,421 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Reappropriated
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Johnny58
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Scott for this one!

A: Pours a nice black color with a one finger tan head that forms up nicely. Not much retention, reducing to small rather big bubbles on top. Spotty lacing around the glass.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, a little bit of dark chocolate and some oats.

T: The oatmeal comes through on the flavor profile and finishes with some bitterness on the finish. There is a little bit of chocolate and caramel.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight bitter/roasty finish.

O: An easy drinking stout. While not overly complex, there is nothing wrong with it. A little more chocolate/caramel/vanilla would have been nice. (658 characters)

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.