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Captain Stout - Alpine Beer Company

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414 Ratings
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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 31
Gots: 45 | 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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Ratings: 414 | Reviews: 141
Reviews by jspruit:
Photo of jspruit
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer in a trade from seaoflament and then drank it back in Ireland. Poured from a 22oz bottle in to a nice dark brown/black body with a 1.5 finger tan head. There is also a slight hint of reddish/rubiness to the color too that is nice. Smells of chocolate and coffee/toffee hints and is pleasant.

Sweet chocolate and coffee tones hit the tongue first. The malts kick in later too and it's a nice balance.

It's fairly smooth overall and goes down easy with a bit of bite too. As some of the other reviews comment, it does get a bit nicer as it warms up too.

I'm glad that I got to try this, and I'd recommend it to others but it's not necessarily my most favorite stout out there.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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...

Photo of RoyalT
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of AHebel
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of OStrungT
4.8/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

Photo of Auraan
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Spiderhouse
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Nice bubbly pour, but very little lacing and almost no head.

S-Like iced oatmeal cookies, with a little coffee in there. More liek decaf though, from 7-11. Under the right circumstances, this is not a bad thing.

T-Tastes like it smells, with a nice spiced oatmeal flavor, and some chocolate/toffee notes.

M-Falls a bit short here, if only because the body is thin. Good carbonation though.

D-This is actually what I look for in stouts--a bit of coffee, a bit of chocolate, and sessionability. I think i could knock down a few of these around the fire and be satisfied. Good stuff.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A full brown with lots of head, dots of lace. A lactic sourness that tears through before settling on the roasty and coffee and chocolate malted finish.Mouthfeel is creamed but the body is still average at most. Its a brown beer with stouty characteristics.

Photo of aval89
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a straight black with a tan almost brown 1 finger head. It looks absolutely gorgeous in my Stone IRS snifter. Almost no light gets through the body of this brew.

S: Lots of roasty notes. cocoa, dark chocolate, dark coffee, even some toffee with dark fruits vaguely in there. Maybe even a small hint of spiciness.

T: dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, black coffee, toffee notes and a hint of vanilla. Finished with a dark chocolate/coffee bitterness.. Nicely put together.

MF: thick, chewy but smooth with spot on carbonation. Finishes dry but I like my stouts to finish dry. Leaves the bittering finish for quite some time on the palate.

D: very easy drinking stout. I like stouts but don't love them, but this stout amazed me greatly..

I'm glad I stopped in at Alpine during my trip to SD. Very nice brew!

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Bomber poured into a Pub Glass.

Pours a deep black and sort of thin looking. Small tan head that dissapated fast. No lacing.

Smells like a good stout. Nice and roasty and a slight malt smell.

Taste is not as good as the smell. It tastes kind of thin for a stout ant as if it's lacking crystal malt. It needs a little more sweet backbone and mouthfeel. The roastyness is very good at first but because of the lack of maltiness the roast gets old fast.

Mouthfeel is also too thin. Nice carb though.

Overall I probably won't try this again. Especially if there are other things to try or I know are better.

Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's in San Diego.

Black in color with a one finger tan head that fades to ring. Looks as a stout should, more or less.

Aroma is a lot of roast, coffee, a hint of dark chocolate, a and a little earth.

Flavor is smooth and well-balanced with coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and earth. To style and very good.

Palate is smooth and velvety; body is medium.

Drinkability is high. I had to down 8oz within about a minute when our cab showed up early and it was no problem (although it didn't help my brutal hangover the next day). Solid stout from Alpine.

Photo of MiScusi
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-30-07
On tap at the Stone Bistro/Gardens. Poured a real dark black, just how you would expect a stout to be colored, but the bartender poured it with pretty much no head. The smell was pretty sweet, chocolate and roasted coffee. The taste was also very similar, with a lot of roasted coffee coming through but it wasn't too bitter, the chocolate seemed to override it enough. A real tasty sweet stout.
4/4.5/4.5/4/4

3/7/08
From a growler purchased 1 week ago at Alpine. Pours with a clear black that is ruby red at the corners. Nice light tan head builds up but fades fairly fast. This from a few inches away this beer smells of high roastiness. But when you get your nose into it a ton of caramel and a little chocolate come out. The taste is like a sweet caramel liquid. It's a pretty savory beer, with some roasted bitterness at the end to still let ya know it's a stout. Upgraded rankings to 4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask, via hand pump, @ O'Briens (San Diego, CA) on 3/18/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black with a 1/2 finger of foamy light tan head. This retains with some froth around edges, leaving a smattering of light spotty foam down the sides of the glass. The aroma is honestly, a bit light in the nose but still brings enough notes of smokey roast, cocoa powder, caramel, a dash of coffee, and some earthy hops in the back.

The taste is chocolate and caramel sweetness, with a dense blanket of smoke, roast, and coffee behind it. A moderate hop bitterness brings that same dank and fruity character that I picked up in the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow creaminess to it but there's also a thick slickness flowing underneath that is showing itself rather boldly.

While I appreciated the richness of the flavors here, the thickness of the roasty character and overall feel just help the drinkibility back some for me, despite this being on cask. I'm interested in checking this out in the bottle or draft to see how it compares.

Photo of HalfFull
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I try this beer from a 22 oz. bomber bottle picked up at the brewery a week ago. Poured into a pint glass it shows a rich dark pour with a hint of ruby beneath the lights. A thin tan head disappoints slightly with respect to the growler, lingering briefly before going a bit flat on the surface.

An intense chocolate and coffee nose, and a good bit of earthy hops make up for the appearance. Flavor is pleasant and tasty though perhaps a bit diminished by the relatively low carbonation of the beer. I look forward to trying this on Nitro some day.

Solid drinkability and offers a smooth feel. Recommend.

Photo of Nage37
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

four and a half out of five

Photo of GRG1313
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a medium dark tan head.

Nose is a plummy sweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a light creamy character - simple, well balanced and nicely carbonated.

Flavor profile is all rich coffee and bitter black chocolate. Simple but pleasing and a nice example of a drinkable simple stout, done right and not trying to be anything else.

Finish is all medium bitter black coffee/espresso.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours beautiful as a stout should with a fuzzy active milk chocolate colored three finger head. It quickly settles to just a half inch. Body sets in the glass like a big black opal. Nose is zesty and sweet with malty spice smoke. An initial sweet and sour battle dances on the tongue. Noticeable bitter sweet feel reminds me of bakers chocolate. This tart bitter feel bounces off each other and completely dominates the palate. As for as an American stout goes this one lacks the soft rich balance I expect from this style. Mouthfeel stays with that same sour bitter with a bit of thickness. As I do some research I relize that I may have gotten a bad bottle based on other reviews I have looked at. As far as this one goes its drinkability is just OK.

Photo of TexIndy
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at brewery and shipped back during my SD trip. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No dating info but got straight from brewery so should be good. It was black in color even against the light. It had a large tan head that slowly dissipated into a thick collar and thin film. Some sticky lace.

The aroma was good. Roasted malt, chocolate, lactose and coffee. None was dominant so a good blend and overall aroma. Wish it was a little stronger though. The taste followed the aroma but was much stronger. Good roasted flavor that lingers in the aftertaste and gets you thirsty for more. The coffee was more prevalent at the start but faded as it warmed and the roasted came thru more. It's listed as an American Stout which I see but it also has some milk stout qualities along with some oatmeal stout in the flavor. Very smooth and great drinkability. Flavor really starts to kick in as it into the high 50
s/low 60's. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation.

Overall, a really good stout that for me falls a mostly into American stout but with strong hints of milk stout and a little bit of oatmeal stout. Had this at the brewery during my trip and it was just a little better on-tap. I still prefer the Pure Hoppiness and Duet from them but this is great change of pace and a quality stout. Rotation: not avail in TX - shipped to myself. Worth getting a couple shipped per year. On-tap when out West.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark, no light really, even around the edges. Very thin tan colored head adorns, and its gone in an instant.

Smell is very coffee forward, which is a plus for me. Theres a bit aof roasted, toasted malts too.

Taste is a little less coffee, a bit more coffee/cocoa bitter. Dry malts, biscuity.

Feel is a tad thinner than desired, but still smooth and slightly slick.

Lower abv, and an over all tasty brew make this an easy drinker.

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Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.