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Captain Stout - Alpine Beer Company

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314 Ratings
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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Deuane, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of oggg
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

oggg, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of Trappissed
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Trappissed, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

cpetrone84, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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...

BuckeyeNation, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of mulder1010
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip
Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for the bottle and thanks to Spicelab for bringing this back. Much appreciated on both ends.

A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled black. Just a hint of light at the head of the beer. Half finger of dark mocha colored head. Very short lived. Went quickly to part film and part collar. Better looking head on swirling as more staying power to the head. Couple wisps of lacing on the sides. Stayed at film through drinking.

S-- Dry nose off the bat. Good amount of oatmeal. Bits of coffee and hints of maple syrup. Nice amount of roast. Good balance.

T-- Dark chocolate, roast coffee, oatmeal, little bit of coffee acid and some vanilla extract and maple syrup. Once again well balanced. Nothing too over the top.

M-- Medium feel and low carbonation. Quite rich feel to this. Dry finish but what catches me is the dairy milk, vanilla coffee, and maple syrup just before it goes dry.

O-- Just light enough to be able to want to drink more but big enough to carry all the aspects of the beer. Well balanced and a lot of fun to drink. Not necessarily exciting but a well performed beer. Types of beers I wish were made more often down here and not the watery 4.5% ones.

mulder1010, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blankboy for bringing this to the table, its definately a treat.

Pours a clear brown/red, thick tan head forms, nice lacing, very thick layer, looks like a stout. Smell is caramelized, roasted grain, vanilla and chocolate, nice and dry, cherries, some grain, nice. Taste is malty, oats, toffee, chocolate and coffee roast, light fruits, nice rich finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, nice dry roasty finish. Pretty decent stout, very enjoyable. Thanks Paul!

Viggo, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of Satchboogie
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Satchboogie, Oct 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.