Captain Stout - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 438
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
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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Photo of Satchboogie
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass:

A: Dark brown/black with nearly 2 finger tight, mocha brown head. Good retention.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, light smoke, very moderate floral hops

T: Fairly robust roasted character with milk chocolate, plenty of medium roast coffee, a touch of smoke, and a nutty/almost nougat like sweetness and flavor. Moderate sweetness with a fairly dry and moderately bitter finish.

M: Medium body, fairly smooth and creamy, perfect level of carbonation, crisp finish.

O: A really solid stout with a very nice mouthfeel and interesting flavor profile. (594 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-thinner dark brown liquid that lets just a shade of red hue through when light is shined upon the glass. The head is a milk chocolate color, thinner and little rentetion. Almost no lace is left

S-the nose is quite large and brings an onslaught of roasted maltiness.big roasted malts, some roasted coffee bean, a hint of dark chocolate, and just touch of dark fruits at the finish

T-the taste follows the nose the nose with the addition of some sweetness towards the back. The big roasted malt presence hits you up front, some roasted coffee, and a touch of the dark chocolate. The finish brings a light sweetness of dark fruits in the taste of some plum.

M-very smooth, highly carbonated, good medium body, and a bit of a crisp bite at the finish

D-easy drinking and big bold flavors, I love a good American stout with nice low abv and this is done quite well, nice roasted backbone with a touch of sweetness! (915 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 Trappissed
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found the flavors in this one to be very subtle and mild. Not really in a bad way, just a more toned down stout than I'm used to. A slight chocolaty, roasted quality. Didn't get much coffee taste. Light bitterness at the beginning that quickly mellows out into chocolate malts. Has a nice clean finish. I'm not a huge fan of stouts, but I'd probably get this one again. (371 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep brown to almost black with the slightest bit of ruby hints. A medium tan head with decent retention and spotty lace left behind.

S-Pleasant chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of smoky coffee.

T-Milk chocolate and dark roasted malt predominate. Secondary flavours of sweet caramel and coffee.

M-Quite smooth and creamy. A nice astringent finish lets you know this is a stout.

D-Full flavoured and smooth at 5.5%...this is an American session stout to be proud of! (479 characters)

Photo of oggg
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PizzaPort Solana Beach. Went great with a BBQ bacon cheeseburger pizza on whole grain crust...

This beer came out of the tap with mounds and mounds of dark brown foam. This dark dark brown stout had a smooth noble hop floral aroma with a fainter roast background. This beer tastes way bigger than 5.5%. It's terribly smooth with a firm hoppy bitterness up front. No sour notes. Finishes just slightly dry.

Overall: excellent quaffable smooth stout. (465 characters)

Photo of HoustonTX
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent pour, mocha bright swirling lace, which forms a nice 3/4 inch head.

Deep engrossing unique dark twisting malt scentalation.

Piney, resiny hops. All along a semi-thick, unfiltered malt base. Overall flavors include - pine sap, decaf coffee, green tea leaves, bitter dark chocolate, hint of smokiness(Cuban cigar note), and more dark chocolaty goodness.

I really enjoy the general flavor tone this Stout has produced.
For the alcohol percentage, 6%, I think this proves to all of us, that bigger is not always better. Great true unfiltered thick Cali Stout, which is just simply extremely enjoyable.

Seek this one out if at all possible. It's a very delicious Stout.

Much thanks to Ryan for the chance to sample this one. (735 characters)

Photo of MattXT
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (188 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refillable growler received from Xlperro as part of Growler-It-Forward 2.0. Thanks for the opportunity.

First imperial pint glass pours with a dense light brown 3/4" head, over this very, very dark brown, almost black hued brew. Head showed amazing staying power, and the aroma was strongly of coffee and chocolate grains. Following along those lines, the taste was as well of the roasted malts. Mouthfeel and drinkability were excellent for such a heavy brew. Wish I could try it over and over to make sure I've got my rating correct... (541 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks as always for the opportunity. Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to the light. Tightly bubbled tan head dissipates quickly to form a cap. Smells of coffee and milk chocolate, caramel, and a slight bit of ash deep in the back. Taste is roasty with coffee, chocolate, caramel, a bit of dark fruit. Lingering fruity roasted gran bitterness in the finish. Prickly carbonation, medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Nice stout. A bit high on the carbonation, but otherwise a great stout. (552 characters)

Photo of bort11
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's another kick in the teeth from mikesgroove and the Fight Club Project Mayhem BIF.

22 oz bottle, poured into a pub glass. Thick creamy looking mocha head. Nice legs and slow to recede. Spots of lace stick to the top but end up as a ring around the surface. Color is black with garnet highlights.

Smell is bitter bakers chocolate with a hint of lactose. Taste has a hint of coffee but is mostly a dry bitter unsweetened chocolate. More lactose sourness.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a light carbonation. Gives it a chewy texture without being too heavy. Very nice.

Blipped "Captain Bobby Stout" by Earth Band (613 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewpub.

Pours pitch black with faint mahogany edges and a two finger light beige head that slowly fades into  a  lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly roasted dark malt aroma with a good balance of sweet chocolate and darker roasted notes. Hints of smokey meat, roast coffee bean and dark chocolate along with caramel and toffee.  Some lactic sugar with faint hops.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a good balance of sweet and roasted malt notes. Slight creamy texture and not as smokey as the aroma suggests. Hints of toast, dark chocolate, coffee and oatmeal along with some creamy, silky chocolate.  Not overly roasted, acrid or but. Well balanced and easy to drink. (723 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (1,424 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Alpine Brewery
The beers pours a pitch black with a smallish chocolate head, the texture spumous and the lace thick and sticky. Nose has a light coffee and chocolate aroma with sweet malt underneath, start is sweet and has a pleasing malt presence, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a nice bit of hops and the acidity mild to moderate, very dry and lingering aftertaste, a nice stout overall. (405 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Dark, dark, dark brown. Not thick, but definitely shadowy. A fizzy one-finger head of sandy tan pops away after a few seconds, leaving sticky bubbles that grip the walls in rounded horizontal streaks.

Deep, roasty aroma. Coffee, cocoa nibs, peanuts, oatmeal. Nice earthiness too.

Same here, in the flavor. Big coffee notes, with lots of bitter dark chocolate. I also get peanuts, oats and hints of vanilla. A super good, smooth blend.

Velvety and smooth on the tongue, the brew breaks into a soft fizz as it moves. The soft, pillowy medium body exhibits almost no carbonation.

A smooth, intensely flavored stout. Alpine isn't just the best with hops; these guys know their roast as well. (718 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of franksnbeans
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a delicious chocolate head that is sticky and laces steadily. Smells of roasted coffee beans, ground coffee beans and minimal malt and caramel. Finishes with a bite of hops. Medium in the mouth with some nice carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it’s not a sipper but it’s not a session beer. Overall a tasty offering. (347 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a: its a dark black color - no light penetrating. 2 finger tan fizzy head that seems to fade and hang around 1 finger

s: smells nice. sweet chocolate, caramel, toasted malts, coffee, vanilla. a real nice smooth aroma

t: milk chocolate, toasted malts, a mixture of caramel and toffee, sugar (something sugary - not brown sugar), a cola-like flavor, and a very slight bitterness from a fresh coffee bean. something green - like grassy in here too, some dark plum

m: its a silky medium mouthfeel. pretty high carbonation for a stout

t: color me impressed. i know Alpine is know for the hops, but this is a nice beer. nice harmonization of chocolates, roast, and sweet malt. my criticism would be maybe a bit too much carbonation in the mouthfeel, almost makes it feel like a soda. otherwise its an easy drinker with nice flavors. not heavy enough to be a sipper, but not something to rush (889 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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 (629 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.24/5  rDev +11%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (1,089 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (809 characters)

Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.