Captain Stout - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 483
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 31
Gots: 58 | 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 cpetrone84
4.04/5  rDev +6%
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!

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a nice, two-fingered head. The smell was nice, lots of roasted malt and a little chocolate and coffee. The taste is quite nice as well, with some sweetness from the malt as well as coffee, chocolate, and a bit of roast. A little thin, but very drinkable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Sixofsigmas
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner from a bottle.

Appearance: Very dark brown-black, opaque, nice brown head which started at about 2 inches and is now about half an inch, lacing on the glass already.

Smell: A little booziness, some nice coffee aromas, sweet malty cocoa. Everytime I take another whiff I smell something else. Coffee predominantly.

Taste: Strong bitter coffee, lots of dark malt, tiny bit of chocolatey sweetness(but I can't detect it in every drink only occasionally), some spicy hops that are warming the back of my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Strangely thin. When I poured it I got the feeling this was going to be a nice thick stout. It's a little thin, and the carbonation is more than I would have expected for this style. However this does not necessarily indicate a negative. Just a new take on the style I suppose. It's very slick, and any aftertaste is gone pretty quickly.

Drinkability: This beer may not take the world by storm, but I found it to be a very acceptable stout. Might not be my first choice for stout, but I'd not turn this one down.

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Photo of AHebel
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hadn't seen this one before so I picked up a bottle to try out. Shared with a few local BAs yesterday.

A: The pour is a nice dark, dark brown with a small tan colored head.

S: The smell is coffee, roasted malt, and just a touch of chocolate.

T: The flavors are a bit more impressive than the nose. Plenty of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of sweet malt as well.

M: The body is medium, maybe a bit on the thing side, and there is a moderate amount of carbonation.

D: This is a nice, easy drinking stout. A good stout to have that's better than your run of the mill Guiness, but not a big ol' monster of a beer either.

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Photo of Dijeriduster
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alpine is a great little brewery just outside San Diego, highly recommended for a few tasters and a growler fill ($5 for the glass, $8+ for the fill).

A - Pours a dark brown / black typical to style. Moderate head with some lacing.

S - Nice and roasty, hint of hops but not much.

T - Good solid Stout. Roasty, chocolate start with a hint of coffee and hops in the finish. Surprisingly easy to drink for a robust stout.

M - A little on the thin side, I prefer a fuller feel on stouts. Still, not thin and soy sauce like as some (ie imperials) get.

D - Good drinking stout, you can have a few pints and not be stuff. Not the best from Alpine, but that isn't saying much as they have a barrage of incredible beers.

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Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Trappissed
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of bort11
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of Overlord
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, listed as 6%,

A: Pours black with a small fizzy off-white head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Nice sweet chocolate and mocha coffee, light licorice. Hint of acidity.

T: Dark chocolate mixes with sweet creamed coffee, almost seeming like a milk stout at times, but it has more of a roasted bitterness undercurrent than that style. Bit of sour dark fruit, currant perhaps.

M: Light/medium body, mild acidity, low carbonation, smooth.

D: A real nice stout from the guys at Alpine, just wish I could get it up here, would be a solid session beer. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with bu11zeye (thanks!).

Poured a dark, dark brown color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, caramel, a little earthy, and a touch of maple. Tastes of roast, chocolate, and some coffee. Both the tastes and body on the thin side.

Notes from 12/28/07

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black, healthy head. Smells malty and tastes like it has a touch of cocoa. Not a bad stout and a nice change from all these high gravity stouts everyone seem to make these days. Solid beer and I'm glad my cousin brought it to me and I wish I had a bottle of the old chez monieux to follow it up..

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Nose is like coffee, but old truck stop coffee. Minor roasted thing going on. The flavor strikes me as a bit "green". A bit too bright and tangy. Decent roasted tones. Feel has a fairly full carbonation and the liquid is nicely thick. Overall a good stout. Nothing really earth shattering. But it doesn't suck.

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of illidurit
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle at RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Poured into my La Chouffe goblet. Black with a frothy cocoa head that leaves spotty lacing. Cocoa aroma with moderate roastiness. Bitter chocolate flavor with a metallic roasty finish. A little thin, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of jspruit
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with brown highlights, a two finger tan head rises and lasts and lasts. Awesome head retention in the usual Alpine fashion.

Smell: Pretty dry. Roasted malt, subtle coffee. A hint of sweetness appears as it warms.

Taste/mouthfeel: Again, very dry, almost like an Irish stout but with the big and chewy body of an American stout. The flavor is a straight-forward mix of roasted grain, coffee and earth. There's a slight acidity to it as well. A slight hoppy bitterness comes through in the finish, but it doesn't last terribly long.

Notes: A very solid stout, but I can think of a few others I like more.

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Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.