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Captain Stout - Alpine Beer Company

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269 Ratings
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 28
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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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:
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.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-07-2003)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 04:08:33 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if these beers change batch to batch but my bottle says 6% abv. It pours black and thats about it. The head is tan and thin.

The smell is mostly coffee but there is a little sweet chocolatey smell behind the coffee. The taste is about the same but a little smoother. Theres also a moderate bitterness to this beer.

Its a good beer but its definitely not the most impressive stout I've ever had. Drinkable and enjoyable espeically if you want something lighter in abv but as I don't like coffee to begin with, this was pretty much a decently good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 21:41:41 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

1.3/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours an opaque dark brown with a tiny 1/2 inch beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing. Smells of slight chocolate and coffee but I think this one is infected. There is a musty gym socks smell. This would make the 2nd Alpine beer so far that has been infected. Taste is of funky chocolate/coffee that has been fermented in used gym socks. Horrible. Mouthfeel is surprisingly average. Overall, another loser of a beer from Alpine and I am disappointed once again.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 02:01:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

10-21-2012 04:41:04 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 23:40:01 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 16:26:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 10:18:00 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 00:17:37 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

10-21-2012 04:39:06 | More by acurtis
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GRG1313

California

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 21:31:38 | More by GRG1313
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largadeer

California

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 21:21:11 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

11-14-2011 18:18:40 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 05:55:56 | More by RblWthACoz
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. Overall a decent stout (from my notes). Beer is black with a tan head, some lacing, low to moderate carbonation. Looks like a beer.

Aroma is roasty and a little sweet overall weak aroma.

Beer is medium to light in body, moderate malt flavor up front, no hops to speak of, moderate bitterness and roast at the back, not a dry finish. Overall a decent average American stout. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 18:56:32 | More by drabmuh
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-29-2010 02:34:47 | More by Kegatron
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

10-14-2012 04:25:36 | More by SocalKicks
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A reasonable pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, fluffy, cocoa stained, darkish tan colored head that produces some textured surfaces and spotty lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is an opaque black color, that displays some clear, ruby hues around the edges if held up directly to the light. The nose has quite a chocolate note to it that is noticeable as I am pouring the beer. A more direct inspection of the aroma tempers this sweet chocolate note with a touch or roast coffee, a burnt tartness and ample toasted bread aromatics. I definitely like the balance between sweet, yet dark malt notes on the more roast notes; it doesn't hurt that overly burnt and acidic aromatics from the dark grains are fairly muted either.

Light and creamy up front, but a carbonic bite adds some acidity and sharpness to this brew. A quick swirl of my glass reduces the carbonation (which wasn't overly brisk to begin with) and softens the carbonic acid note. This still has a sharp acid note to it though that is produced by the ample roast malt character. This is also probably accentuated a bit by the fact that this beer is fairly dry and quite light. The light mouthfeel is nice in that it makes this a more quaffable stout. While somewhat dry, there is still a noticeable, dark-grain influenced sweetness here that accentuates flavors of chocolate.

As the beer warms it becomes a bit smoother, it never quite loses the burnt acidity, but it becomes much more in balance with the rest of the beer. This is a bit more enjoyable than it's components taken individually; it can be a bit too burnt-grain leaning at times, but for the most part the other flavors and the quaffability help to balance this out.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs Pharmacy, Imperial Beach CA

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 03:49:07 | More by Gueuzedude
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mactrail

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black color with a mahogany edge in the tulip glass. Not much foam and the retention is minimal. Not very spritzy in the mouth but has a decent mouthfeel. A little body to the stuff. Some club soda taste.

Quite grainy, burnt oatmeal. A touch of perfume to the flavor. Some fruit in the nose along with the burnt caramel. Hops as pretty minimal; tastes more like the bitterness of charred malt. Tangy but not too acidic. Some nice malt sweetness. Not as dry nor as bitter as many stouts.

From the usual 22 oz bottle. Quite drinkable, but I can't see paying the bomber price for an average stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 06:41:09 | More by mactrail
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Halcyondays

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 01:36:15 | More by Halcyondays
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kojevergas

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery; I've loved the Alpine beers I've had recently. 6.0%.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a fucking gorgeous rich tan colour head of fantastic cream, great retention, and incredible thickness. Smooth and rolling. Really, this head is just amazing. It's like a shiny golden-tan colour. I'm blown away. Mocha cream touch is impeccable. Wow. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Practically perfect appearance. The only improvement would be a better body colour (jet black a la Speedway Stout) and a bubble show. Lacing is quite good.

Sm: Heavy cream and subdued almost nitrousy roasted barley, dark malts, chocolate malt, vanilla, and caramel. Smells more like a porter than a stout. Some light coffee. A moderate strength aroma. Reminds me vaguely of Guinness.

T: Dark malts, chocolate malt, and some subdued roasted barley character. I was really hoping for more roast. Caramel, light vanilla, very light mocha coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Quite simple for a stout. I expected more based on the appearance. Nicely balanced, but underwhelming. Lacks boldness or experimentation. Not horribly subtle. Really needs more complexity.

Mf: Smooth and wet - too much so for the style on both counts. Flat-out wrong. Needs to be far more dry and far more coarse. Slick like a porter. Did they use oats in this? Thickness is good. Good carbonation. Fairly light on the palate.

Dr: Best served cold. Something of a disappointment coming from Alpine, but only because I expected so much. I guess Alpine doesn't do darker styles as well as they do lighter ones. That said, it's a decent example of the style (except for the mouthfeel). Pretty drinkable, but I wouldn't get it again. Probably equally as good on tap or nitro. Hides its average ABV well, but that's not saying much. Stick to Alpine's IPAs and sour(s). Pass this one up.

C+

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 06:26:59 | More by kojevergas
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 01:30:28 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-08-2012 21:38:58 | More by imperialking
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-22-2013 01:35:11 | More by XmnwildX12
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 18:12:02 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ffejherb for sharing this one with us at a recent tasting.

A - Pours dark brown with a small one finger tall tan head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of chocolatey sweetness. A bit one diminutional really.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of dark roasted malt slowly giving way to a mix of day old coffee grounds and a bit of chocolatey sweetness. Maybe a bit of maple coming through toward the end of the glass. Finish is pretty roasty, lingering for quite awhile.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Roasty feel initially growing a bit thin toward the end of my glass.

O - This one was not too bad. It never really wowed me in any way but it was still pretty solid. A good pallet cleanser after all the sours we had.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 01:53:10 | More by orangesol
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Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.