Captain Stout - Alpine Beer Company

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422 Ratings
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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 30
Gots: 49 | 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 illidurit
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Photo of dbmernin83
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black, light brown head.
Sweet on the nose, maple, toffee, coffee, dark chocolate.
Same as nose, just with a little lactic action goin on.
Sharp carbonation lightens the body.
A good stout, but not awesome. Almost more of a big brown, but still tasty.

Photo of hmph
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in the Bridging the Gap BIF from RobL, thanks so much, my first Alpine beer!

A - nice dark black, no light coming through, small head that dissipates quickly, looks like a stout

S - a bit of chocolate with some dark coffee roastiness, a nice well round stout smell

T - very easy drinking, smooth, very light chocolate, some roasted coffee notes, with some bitter sweet notes at the end

O - A really easy drinker, lots of stout characteristics but nothing beyond pushing it to outstanding, a really good stout but it isn't anything breathtaking

Photo of ALBuff
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Captain stout was slightly disappointing. It looked rich and beautiful, had a decent head, but lacked in flavor and mouthfeel what I typically enjoy in oatmeal stouts. Not super robust, lacking in mealiness (went down more like a porter), and I didn't detect much in the way of chocolate notes. Not bad, but not excellent.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Scott for this one!

A: Pours a nice black color with a one finger tan head that forms up nicely. Not much retention, reducing to small rather big bubbles on top. Spotty lacing around the glass.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, a little bit of dark chocolate and some oats.

T: The oatmeal comes through on the flavor profile and finishes with some bitterness on the finish. There is a little bit of chocolate and caramel.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight bitter/roasty finish.

O: An easy drinking stout. While not overly complex, there is nothing wrong with it. A little more chocolate/caramel/vanilla would have been nice.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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..

Photo of Lunch
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into my Stone taster glass. Not a thick pour, but this looks like a stout. Dark brown with some tan head. Smell is fairly muted with some roasted malt and hints of chocolate and perhaps some coffee. Taste is a bit watery and muted as well. Roasted malts are the main feature. A little thin with decent carbonation. Easy to drink, but probably my least favorite beer from Alpine.

Photo of UnknownKoger
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Stearn's Liquor in Long Beach. Poured into Bruery tulip. Good carbonation yields a nice head and leaves a fluffy ring around the glass. Smells malty and sweet. Some notes of chocolate and coffee. Taste is pretty good. Seems standard for a regular stout. A little sweet. Mouthfeel is decent.

Overall it's a solid beer. Nothing exciting but nothing disappointing. I would drink it if I found it on tap, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out

Photo of GrumpyJunglist
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a jet black with a light brown head. was a good fingers worth of head that slowly dissolved.

S: Big time aromas of freshly brewed black coffee, nice roastiness with tones of malt and a hint of dark chocolate.

T: Big difference from the massive aromas versus taste. For as big as the coffee tones hit your nose its not nearly as big on the palate. So for those who dont like big roasty taste this one is for you.

M: Relatively light, there is a mild bite of carbonation but nothing overpowering. after taste in the mouth leaves a almost milk chocolate feeling.

O: Not bad, especially for the price (around 4/5 bucks). Definitely a nice starter to stouts. I would consider this a great gateway beer from getting people off the Guinness and Murphy kind of watered down stouts.

Photo of azdback
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Alpine pint glass. About as black as can be without much highlight to speak of. Head was a small one finger of tan or cocoa dusted color and creamy in appearance. Doesn't last long though and the lace is minimal at the get go.

Smell is of dark roasted malt smells, coffee, milk chocolate, charred wood. The smell is actually kind of thin.

Taste is a very smokey and charred. There are some super roasted coffee beans in there too. Fairly sweet and delicious. Reminded me a lot of Alaskan Smoked Porter.

Mouth is smooth and the carbonation is light to creamy. Body is medium and the finish is average and on the wet side.

Overall this was a pretty solid Stout. In my opinion not as above average as Alpine IPA's are to the rest of the world but pretty good.

Photo of RoyalT
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a very dark brown in color, bordering on black, with a decent brown-white head on a rough pour.

Smell - The burnt toast and coffee beans lead the way here followed by a huge oatmeal aroma. The brown sugar is at first hard to find but it's there.

Taste - The oatmeal really comes out at the taste but begs for a sweetening balance of some kind. The big burnt character that I got from the nose was only slightly evident at the taste.

Mouthfeel - This is in between medium and full-bodied and a little bitter but not like I thought it was going to be from the nose.

Drinkability - This is one of those beers that smelled great but missed the mark at the taste. It lacked the complexity that I look forward to in the style.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Black with some mahogany hues. 1/4 inch head and no retention that settles to about a 1/8 inch collar

Smell: Lots of chocolate and vanilla on the nose with a subtle coffee note

Taste: Roasted malt upfront with just the slightest touch of ash on the finish. There are some chocolate notes mid palate

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin shide and very mildly carbonated

Overall: This is an ok stout. Based on the nose it is a let down. Great nose weak flavor

Photo of dubinsky
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter.

A - Pours a thin black color with a foamy 1/4 finger tan head. The head dicipated quickly and left some spotty lacing behind on the glass.

S - Failry sweet aroma of mild chocolate, roasted malts and some nuttiness. Slight hints of coffee.

T - Nice roasted malts with hints of milk chocolate, pecan and slight hints of coffee. Fairly sweet tasting with a healthy malt backbone. Slight smokiness towards the finish.

M - This is thinner than i like in a stout with lower carbonation than i prefer. As the beer warms up the body seams to undergo a transformation becoming more heavy.

O - This was a nice end to a rough day, but in all honesty really expect more from Alpine. It was OK, but not as in your face as the rest of Alpine's lineup that i have had.

Photo of magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev -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.

Photo of IGOTASIXPACK
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Waypoint public. Smooth

Photo of t0rin0
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery
*Notes from 08/12/11

A: The Captain poured a dark dark brown but not black. Actually thin around the edges and more of that ruddy porter brown look to it. What little mocha tan colored head formed had dissipated by time of arrival.

S: Smells are rich roasty grains, coffee, and a chocolate toffe like aroma.

T: Taste follows the nose with lots of roast barley character and def chocloate malts used. Combo is very coffee-like. Relatively bitter and a bit of a tart acrid finish.

M: Mouthfeel was probably the biggest dissapointment here. Body seemed a bit thin and watery for an Oatmeal Stout. Didn't get that preferred slick mouthcoat at all.

D: Given the lighter body here this becomes a very drinkable stout with lots of roasted earthy notes and some detectable bitterness on the palate. Finish has a slight acrid bite to it.

A bit of a miss from Alpine for me. Overall I found this enjoyable but more of a session-type stout with the thin light body that wont fill you up. But I lacked that great mouthfeel one expects with an Oatmeal Stout.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes...

A - Pours a deep brown with a one finger tan head that dissipates fairly quick. There is a little slippery lace to be had, but it is minimal...

S - Pretty docile. Roasted malts, sweet malts, and some chocolate...

T - Starts off pretty sweet with toffee, brown sugar, and a little chocolate, and roasted malts in the mix. Coffee also makes an appearance. Finishes with roast and some lingering sweet malts...

M - A little thin for my likings. On the lower end of being medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

O - I'm a big fan of Alpine, but this one was pretty average for me. Probably won't revisit this...

Cheers...

Photo of xnicknj
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter - thanks to scalene

Pours an opaque black color with a crop of lightly tanned head resting on top. Retains for a short bit, leaving some spotty streaks of lacing on the glass.

Roasted malts and soft warmth in the nose. Nutty with some coffee and light chocolate sweetness.

Malty with some chocolate and soft sweetness up front. Hints of nuts and coffee beans. Decent malt backbone with a light kiss of vanilla. Roasty towards the finish.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, a little chewy and sticky on the tongue. A pretty decent stout, although I've come to expect a little more explosive flavor from Alpine.

Photo of regspeir
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this courtesy of a trade with hamilton23. Aggressive pour of a 22 oz. bottle revealed a dark brown with a huge 3-finger coffee-colored head. Lacing was thin but lasting. Nose was coffee, roasted vanilla, some dark chocolate and grains. Taste was coffee, cocoa with some citrus, milk and a notable nutty taste.. Finish was somewhat bitter and dry. Mouthfeel was kinda' thin and not overly carbonated. If you had given me this blindfolded, I would have guessed this was a stout by looks but a porter by taste. Liked it, but with so many great offerings from this brewery, I wouldn't kill for another. Decent, but not thrilling.

Photo of sleazo
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cask O'briens.
A- Dark, dark brown with rich creamy head. Good lace throughout

S- is of alcohol & sweet roasted malt.

T- hits you with alittle raw alcohol taste then some red fruit followed by the bitterness of the charred malt. This is interesting but I don't love this. Too sweet for my tastes

Mouthfeel is good but this on cask.

D. Probably not more than one, a little too sweet for me.

The % is surprising, this tasted like it had alot more alcohol than 5.5%. This is an interesting stout, but i think it might be better with some age.

Photo of iadler
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

A- Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head. Leaves some decent lacing.

S- Coffee, cocoa and, roasted malt.

T- More robust than the aroma but still straightforward with coffee, cocoa, roasted malt and some brown sugar.

M- Medium carbonation and light body that feels watered down

O- Nice flavors, but the mouthfeel was way too light for my liking. A decent offering from Alpine.

Photo of dmsohyea
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Alpine brewpub. Served in a taster glass.

A - Dark brown with khaki head, about 1 finger. Head is very thin and bubbly. This beer is probably better suited to a nitro tap.

S - Smells like coffee with a touch of chocolate and milk.

T - taste follows the nose to a good extent. A bit of burnt malt and brown sugar followed by a bit of bitterness and a toffee/coffee finish. Average considering the style. Not big on flavor, but also easy to drink and not a strong alcohol taste.

M - thin and high carbonation. Not a good aspect for me. I was surprised how watery this was for a stout.

O - a decent, light stout, but a little too watery for my tastes. I wouldn't be opposed to having this one again.

Photo of GRG1313
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.