Captain Stout - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 30
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a retired member of Uncle Sugar's Canoe Club aka the US Navy, so nautical names always get my attention. In fact, in conjunction with the CANQuest, maybe I will turn my attention to beers named for the high seas ...

My pour created two fingers' worth of rich, deep-tan head with great retention. The nose was very roasty, rich with coffee and chocolate. Zounds, but I found myself wishing that I had someone to share this with! It just smelled like an after dinner/dessert beer and a bomber would probably be overkill for a solo drinker. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a definite roasty/charcoal flavor on the tongue. Color was a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. Going back to the taste, I was reminded of a Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar that I purchased in c. 1970 for .10, my first allowance. My mother was with me and it remains one of my earliest memories. Seldom does a beer evoke such vivid reminiscences, but this one certainly did. The finish had a silky quality generally found in cask-conditioned beers, accompanied by the chocolate flavor that simply transported me in time. I feel justified in giving this a solid 5.

Photo of Luisfcarrizo
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown/black and very opaque. A light khaki color 2 finger head. A pleasant roasted malt aroma with some coffee and chocolate afternotes. Nice and smooth. You get the roasted malt and chocolate but it's a nice subtle flavor with a coffee back end. If a stout could be sessionable this is it. Light bodied for a stout. Light carbonation.

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 TheLongBeachBum
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A recent visit to the Alpine Beer Company with fellow BA’s xlperro and EyeChartBrew, on 12th July 2003, gave me the opportunity to try several of the ABC beers that are not yet bottled (though this may alter in the near future). They are however currently available to buy here in 5, or 15.5, Gallon Kegs, or just for filling up an ABC Growler which you can purchase for $5, and fill for $7.

ABC Name: Captain Stout.
ABC Description: Chocolate –Oatmeal Dry Stout.
ABC Listed Strength: 5.5%ABV.

Presentation: 4oz Sampler for 50¢.

Appearance: Dark brown, so much so that it often looked black when sat on the small Sampling Room Counter, but on closer examination it is a very dark brown. A leather tan head remained as a thin bubbly covering for the duration.

Nose: Deep roast malt and some coffee odors. A strong nose with a very rich “quality ingredient” aspect to it. Very nice.

Taste: Lovely smooth, rich roasted malts that swirl well in the mouth and coat the inside of the cheeks like melted dark chocolate. Bitterness in the middle measures out the roast malt and chocolate aspects, whilst the coffee elements balance all this very nicely into a well-balanced, astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Extremely impressive and very accomplished mouthfeel that lingers for some time. Dry finish on the palate is very memorable.

Drinkability: The sampler disappeared with little problem, its silky smooth feel and balanced tastes, make this a fantastic quaffer. At 5.5%, this would kick ass on draft.

Overall: One of the best Dry ‘Irish’ Stouts I have had in a very long time. The first of my ABC samplers, and still my favorite, after the other three. A larger glass would have been ordered for sure if I had not been on a quest to try as many of the offerings as possible in the limited time we had, as well as the fact that it was very early in a long day’s tour of San Diego beer establishments. Highly recommended for filling Growlers, or any container for that matter, including your stomach.

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 scottoale
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one a couple of times at O'Brien's this past week and for good reason...this is a damn tasty stout. From the nitro-tap poured into a pint glass is a black-ass brown thick ale with an upwelling thick creamy cocoa head of everlasting proportion. Lace...fat, thick rings telltale every sip with tons of it, sticking all over the glass. It's a real beauty on nitro.

On the nose is a deep, bitter espresso and some dark toasty, roasted malt with bakers chocolate undertones.

The flavor is all of the above...super rich, smooth and creamy...very tasty with a nice bitter finish. Full body with a smoothness that is easy to swallow and a mild ABV that makes it all too easy to drink. A great breakfast or dessert beer...highly recommended, cheers!

Photo of Arbitrator
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black. It's not quite opaque; in small quantities it has a ruby-tinged clarity to it. But in large quantities in a snifter, it's hard to tell the difference. I poured gingerly, producing a finger of light beige foam. It leaves patches of lace during sips.

S: The strongest part of the nose is a roasted grain note that imparts a slight acidity. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and some coffee are noted. A small wash of butterscotch and earthy hops are found, as well. A great aroma.

T: Mm. It has a nice, dry oatmeal flavor; the slightly lactic flavor of roasted grains, coffee, and milk chocolate are evident. Just a touch of vanilla. Caramel, butterscotch, and brown sugar (?) are also noticeable. It's different from other oatmeal stouts. Quite tasty, really. [EDIT: I see from the description that the brown sugar must really be maple.]

M: Light-medium bodied. It's relatively dry, with low carbonation and an altogether creamy mouthfeel. No coating stickiness, sugars, or bitterness.

D: Outstanding drinkability. I think it ran $5 a bomber, which is on the cheaper end for bombers in this state. I am impressed and will be seeking this out again.

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

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.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Classic dark malt body color of dark walnut brown and opaque. A real nice creamy top, coffee espresso light brown, only about two fingers tall, but some creamy staying power with ring like lacing. Pretty nice looking solid stout.

A real nice great simple milk to chocolate roasty nose. Hints towards cream and milk but with no hint of sugar and lactose. Chewy and deep, I could nose this all day, one of the simplest and perfect smelling chocolate examples on a stout I've had.

Palate comes wonderfully with great flavors. Good mild coffee roast finish, with a milk faint coating, no sweetness. Mid palate fills with crunchy chocolate and dark cocoa nibs in flavor. Washing chocolate everywhere. A real perfect light body, nearly nailed with the malts coating all over.

This reminds me a lot of Cadillac Mountain in some ways, what a great example of a nice straightforward stout.

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

I wanted to try this one for a while and I’m glad that it’s now bottled. Picked this one up about two or three weeks ago and I can’t wait any longer to try it.

This stout pours thick and dark with two fingers of mocha colored head. The foam dies down to a thin layer. The aroma is intense with roasted and chocolate malts, bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee, toffee, and oatmeal. There is also a nice subtle hop aroma in the background as well. The taste is just like it says on the label “leading the crew is the big, roasty malt character that has hints of chocolate and coffee…” The “roasty malt character” is upfront while there is a nice coffee finish.

The mouthfeel is nice and thick while being fairly smooth. This has turn into a staple stout to be in my beer fridge, and for only $3.99 per 22oz. bottle is incredible. Great job for Alpine.

Photo of berebrando
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

its pitch black with a thin light tan head. the head dissipated quickly and does not lace at all. smells very malty and chocolatey, perfectly stoutly, thick and oaty. taste is chocolate, massive malt backbone, something slightly nutty or sweet and fruity. I like it, its very drinksble and yes, good mouthfeeling. just what I look for in a stout.

Photo of rallison
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful black with a 2 finger light brown head. Smells ridiculously good - tons of chocolate and coffee here.

Taste follows suit nicely. Lots and lots of chocolate here - a mix of dark and milk, with a good touch of coffee. Also has a slight taste of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is relatively rich for a stout, with a nice dryness.

Drinkability is exceptionally good.

Highly recommended. One of the best American stouts I have had - and loaded with chocolate - an excellent thing. And yes, Alpine is indeed bottling this now.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a complete black with not a single bit of light coming through with a dark tan one finger head with large bubbles that quickly dies down to just about nothing. Stickiness is hardly there, disappointing in a sense...but looks can be deceiving! Smell is a great combination of roasted barley, dark chocolate malt, and french roast coffee. Sweet caramel malt is definitely there too, love this one on the nose. Tatste starts off with a fresh roasted coffee flavor soon followed by a quick hop bite. Midway through is a perfect caramel sweetness. This one ends with a big roasted barley flavor that lasts and lasts on the tongue. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light bodied with some graininess and a fair amount of carbonation. Great drinkability for this one due to the light body and complete absence of alcohol in the nose and on the tongue. Great brew overall, definitely get a hold of this one if you have the chance. Alpine continues to produce great brews.

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

22oz. bomber into a pint glass

a - pours deep dark black with a three-finger khaki colored head, good retention and lacing, great looking stout

s - aroma is of deeply roasted malt and coffee, some hints of caramel and bittersweet chocolate as well, some hops are evident

t - roasted malt up front with a body of dark chocolate and coffee, finish bitter up front with strong coffee notes with some slight hop bitterness and evolves into a sweeter caramelly taste

m - nice and creamy in the mouth, medium-to-full bodied, moderate carbonation, finish is nicely balanced between sweetness and dryness

d - very drinkable stout, complex and interesting yet pretty easy on the palate and a manageable abv

Very good stout here...another stellar offering from Alpine. This might not quite be on the level of Cadillac Mtn., but it's not far behind.

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

Nearly black yet deceivingly dark as dark brown can get. Medium loosely frothy broken chocolate brown colored crown that remains constant for a good measure; lace in minimal spots. Aroma is packed with solid roasted malt with some nice espresso and dark chocolate notes creeping through. Not fully potent or strong really but very nice to let simmer and wiff. Taste is well rounded with a smooth chocolate front thats favorably dark and lush with a creamy lingering into the middle where espresso flavors really meld in incredibly nicely. Oh, so close to burnt roasted espresso-like flavors and the bittering is subdued enough for full enjoyment. Quite nice to behold. Hence the finish, where it gets a bit of everything mixing and changing with a sweetened roast filled espresso dryness that has a chocolate twinge of bitterness to top it off. Feel is smooth and close to full with a good amount of give in each sip and is a bit sweet in areas with an espresso and chocolatey drying coming through from midway all the way to its remarkable little finish. Nice lingering capabilities with the bittering and espresso. This reminds me alot of the Bell's Java Stout, just not as over the top as the Bell's but right up there just the same. Big thanks to the Big Dog for sending me a refilled and capped bottle (from a growler I'm assuming).

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a solid black with tan head that completely fades and leaves a little lacing.

The smell is of Vanilla, Mango, and Pineapple very strange for a Stout but I'm diggin it none the less.

The taste is also an alpine twist on a Stout. Tropical fruit with a light mouth-feel and the roasting coming in on the back.

Its a good beer for sure. Not your standard Stout so I can see how some wouldn't like it a lot but I think its tasty!

Photo of sfoley333
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle froms ports bottle shop. Bottle reads 6% not 5.5% abv. Poured a nice coffee black with a thick mocha tan head. Smells is of coffee and chocolate, like smoothing from starbucks would smell like. Taste is sweet chocolate and with a rich coffee backbone, hints of vanilla and dry out finish it out. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy but full and rich at the same time. I could drink this stout for hours, and hours, and hours, etc...Good job again alpine.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted milk chocolate malts, some coffee, and a bit of earthy hop. Touch of sweetness to it to.

T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate malts with a bit of milk chocolate sweetness and some light coffee flavor. Through the middle, some more roasted flavors come through with some stronger coffee and a bit of earthy hops. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, bitter-coffee, and a bit of sweetness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a bitter-coffee and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice stout with lots of balanced flavors, but still on the lighter side and fairly sessionable.

Photo of Overlord
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice little beer. Wish I could find it more often.

Pours a rich brown with some darker edging. Lighter brown foam head. Smells like rich roasted malt, some chocolate, and a bit of coffee. No oatmeal in nose.

Oatmeal comes through a bit in flavor, but it's mostly chocolate malt, roasted malt, and some bitter coffee. The lingering aftertaste is toasty dry, with some bitterness on the tastebuds. Really nice, and quite different.

May be a bit thin as compared to the stouts I usually flavor, but this was pretty nice. Actually, what it reminds me of is a souped up, big brother version of Stockyard Oatmeal Stout.

Photo of kmcnair
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark brown, but not quite black, its like peering into a glass of the abyss, floating atop is a clean tanned crown that fades into a small halo. Aroma of toasted caramels, burnt maple and rich roasted espresso beans. Flavor is a huge caramel malted complexity featuring notes of bittersweet chocolate, caramel, toasted brown sugar, fresh coffee and maple syrup. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a super dry finish. A really great offering from Alpine and one of the better dry stouts out there, definitely worth a try or even a session. Not to be missed on cask!!

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/21/12
*From notes

A: It kinda looks like a cup of black coffee. Clean cola brown in hue. A good pour yields a fizzy 2.25 mocha head. Proper lacing and collar follow.

S: Lightly roasted morning blend, some cocoa and a touch of dark malt.

T: This is unlike a lot of American Stouts, in that it's light, easy and approachable. It's about as laid back as you could ask for, and makes for a killer drinking experience. Light roast, milk chocolate, fresh toffee and nere a streak of green to be found. Simple, yet masterfully concocted.

M: Light and smooth. Refreshingly soft carbonation helps this go down with ease. Considering it's place of origin, I get it - this is a Sunday afternoon beer, something to kick back with and actually drink.

O: If you're looking for an everyday, (dare I say) session American Stout, you've come to the right place. I absolutely love this beer. It's such a chill beverage, yet it ain't easy to craft something this well balanced and drinkable. An easy recommendation from one of my all-time favorite breweries.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stone World Bistro

A: Jacobean color with medium tope head that disapates at an average pace. Just a few stray floaters remain on top with a ring around the glass.

S: Black patent malt, fresh espresso and cream.

T: Begins charred but moves quickly to a fruity like profile. Some grape, strawberry, pineapple mixes with vanilla cream to make the drinker think the stout isn't going to live up to its namesake. But then...the roasted in with coffee leadign the way. Finishes bitter, a little dirty and a little chocolaty.

M: Medium body but thinner across the palate than one would expect. Ok though as the carbonation fits just fine.

D: Good balance with nice complexity. Hand crafted and well done. Another fine beer from Alpine.

Photo of arizcards
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from the Frontier party store in Alpine for $5.00.

Beer poured dark brown with a decent tan head. Nose is quite nice, heavy on coffee and roasted malts. Taste is a nice blend of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and smooth from the oatmeal. Overall drinkability is good. This is a wonderful stout, full of character that I could enjoy all day.

Photo of tonistruth
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA

A- pitch black (until only a sip or two of brown is left, then its a deep wooden brown with red hues), 1 finger creamy mocha colored head, good retent, thin lacing rings all down glass

S- rich chocolate, dry roasted malts

T- creamy chocolate and roasted malts, dry roasted chocolate malts, some coffee, hints of caramel, delicious

M- smooth and creamy, dry finish, brew feels as if it evaporates off your tongue, carbonation nearly undetectable

D- fits style well, flavor is excellent, would pair well with desserts or could be one on it's own, sessionable, recommended

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Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
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