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Captain Stout - Alpine Beer Company

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86
very good

147 Reviews
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Reviews: 147
Hads: 453
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 31
Gots: 56 | 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 jasonpeckins32
4.02/5  rDev +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. (234 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +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. (811 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 (522 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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 (352 characters)

Photo of MattXT
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Stevedore
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of Dynobolt
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (167 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

draft
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. (358 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (232 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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 i4ourgot
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours black, especially to my eyes in a dark setting. Creamy, tight, lasting head. Random lacing. Smell is pretty potent. The good old blend of roast and chocolate. Smell is dry and I don't think it will be too sweet. Flavor is a good ol' American Stout. Some black coffee and baker's chocolate. Dry as I expected it to be. I really enjoyed the simplicity. Boom! Stout to the face. A good non-imperial Stout to boot. Creamy feel. Fuller than the ABV would suggest. A good pint. I like being able to slurp a Stout that isn't 15% nowadays. (545 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great blankets of lace on the glass from a smallish head (for the style). Deep dark brown where no light shines through.

Straight up black patent malt aroma.

Lots of coffee on the tongue. Smooth but in an espresso sort of way. Rich body but with a good level of carbonation. Relatively short aftertaste. (307 characters)

Photo of Luisfcarrizo
5/5  rDev +30.5%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Dark brown/black and very opaque. A light khaki color 2 finger head.

S. A pleasant roasted malt aroma with some coffee and chocolate afternotes.

T. 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.

M. Light bodied for a stout. Light carbonation.

O. A nice stout. Not your thick stout but it's very drinkable. Nice smooth flavor. Would drink again. (507 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.76 overall rating is correct.

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Dec. 18, 2014
Consumed: Dec. 18, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of tan, frothy head. Great layered, spiderweb, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention all the way down. (Sight - 4.38)

Smelled toffee, caramel, roasty nuts, dark chocolate, light hazelnut, espresso, dark chocolate milk, faint vanilla, coffee malts and chocolate ice cream. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted a tad better than the nose, pretty good actually. Got dark chocolate, roasty coffee beans, roasted nuts, toffee, caramel, light Rolos candy, espresso, vanilla beans, chocolate ice cream, light smokinees, some bitter crayon and chocolate syrup. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.63)

A pretty good stout overall. Initially liked the taste, but not as good as I thought after a few sips. (Overall - 3.75)

3.76 | 85 | B+ (1,201 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Pours a very dark brown. Not quite to black. Finger and a half of head dissipates to a very thin cap of tan foam. Retention is moderate. Lacing is moderate to heavy.

S: Lot of roastiness. Big roasted malt, some malted milk ball, a splash of chocolate. Dark fruit underneath with a bit of chicory.

T: Moderate hit of roasty coffee flavors up front. Big roastiness in the mid palate. Malt, coffee, some super dry chocolate. Finish is very, very dry, with big roastiness hitting it again.

M: A bit on the flimsy side. This one comes across as a bit watery, especially considering the roasty taste.

O: Eh, I'm not super stoked by this. It's a decent roasty stout, dryer than most. Flavors are a bit one dimensional. (745 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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)

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Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.