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Captain Stout - Alpine Beer Company

Captain StoutCaptain Stout

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%

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 regspeir


3.45/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 03:12:38 | More by regspeir
Photo of Phelps


4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Dark, dark, dark brown. Not thick, but definitely shadowy. A fizzy one-finger head of sandy tan pops away after a few seconds, leaving sticky bubbles that grip the walls in rounded horizontal streaks.

Deep, roasty aroma. Coffee, cocoa nibs, peanuts, oatmeal. Nice earthiness too.

Same here, in the flavor. Big coffee notes, with lots of bitter dark chocolate. I also get peanuts, oats and hints of vanilla. A super good, smooth blend.

Velvety and smooth on the tongue, the brew breaks into a soft fizz as it moves. The soft, pillowy medium body exhibits almost no carbonation.

A smooth, intensely flavored stout. Alpine isn't just the best with hops; these guys know their roast as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 23:02:36 | More by Phelps
Photo of jminsc76


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a fingers length of espresso head atop a dark body. Not impenetrable – there’s a tinge of brown near the top – just dark.

Intense aromas of rich, roasted vanilla bean; a bit of maple syrup; carob; and some floral hops as I inhale more deeply. Wonderful, wonderful bouquet.

Roasted flavors with the aforementioned vanilla, bitter espresso, and at one point I tasted a feint, FEINT hint of Wendy’s frosty dessert. No french fries to dip into it. Wah!

The mouthfeel is indeed the letdown here, as the style on the bottle is billed as an oatmeal stout (or at is least brewed with oats). It’s thinner than a flat pancake hanging out on a road-paving contest. Also pretty dry but not necessarily in the way I like.

Overall, I enjoy Captain Stout greatly. Kind of a Guinness on chocolate steroids, with substantial vanilla bean and maple flavors. Just wish that mouthfeel was more than she wrote.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 03:32:05 | More by jminsc76
Photo of drummermattie02


3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into DFH snifter, extremely deep brown, light only comes through around the edges. Big white-tan head that fades to a covering that sticks around.

Smell is slightly sweet, roasty, not overly complex.

Taste is OK, a bit of bitterness from the dark malts, almost has a slightly sour finish. Thin feel, wish there was more here.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 01:33:47 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Large and bubbly head, easy three fingers during the pour, large concentration of big bubbles in the middle simmers down to a more consistent surface which retains at the one finger level, dark brown in hue, the lacing is thin yet clings impressively to the glass. The liquid is fully black, skips brown and goes straight to orange for a thin stripe at the glass bottom. The nose is noticeably dry and somewhat sour as well, oats, grains, breads, sour milk mixed in with dark chocolate, cocoa and coffee grinds, more herbaceous than nutty, the fruit is muted but what’s there is sweeter than the rest of the scents, nectarine, peach, melon, the roast outlasts all else. Medium-bodied, if flatfooted, picks a spot and just sits there. The carbonation is too weak to add liveliness. Same emphasis on coffee, cocoa, mocha with heavy roast leading to dry mouth feel. Here orange citrus sweetens the pot some, even as the apple, peach, white grape fruit struggles to find a place, not the usual darker fruit profile. The nuttiness comes through more, the bready, yeasty notes less so. Keeps its weight throughout and never gets undesirably bitter. Leaves you wishing there was more breadth of flavor as well as sweetness, drinkable but not remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 22:09:21 | More by farrago
Photo of Lunch


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 01:22:55 | More by Lunch
Photo of drabmuh


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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
Photo of seeswo


2.1/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours very dark brown with a tan head. The nose is a bit roast and oddly cherry sweet. It's actually a bit of an uh-oh nose. That taste, ugh, the taste. A huge mess of sweet dark fruit, gross cherry sweetness, a some what dry finishing stout. The whole thing was a mess and possibly and infected mess. I don't toss that term around, but this was pretty awful in that cherry, beginning vinegar way that suggests such. Alpine makes some amazing beer and this, in the state it reached me in the bottle, is not in that stratosphere. Major let down. Mouthfeel was thin, starting to get a bit watery. Let's just say that everyone in the room drain poured after 0-1 sips. I gave it a few, but after that, it was down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 03:44:49 | More by seeswo
Photo of Trilogy31


3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black and is cola brown at the edges under light. Two fingers of creamy light khaki colored head and leaves foamy sheeting on the glass. Nose is very sweet with brown sugar molasses, dehydrated tropical fruits (mango guava) and a faint whisper of roasted malts. Taste hits with roasted and almost charred malts and some coffee and again with a dark sugary sweetness and no fruit to speak of. Never really found any chocolate character in this beer. Drinkable and tasty albeit somewhat sweet and really had a hard time getting around it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 08:26:39 | More by Trilogy31
Photo of UCLABrewN84


1.3/5  rDev -65%
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
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black beer, tan head, ample, great retention. Aroma was kind of lacking, slight chocolate malt aroma, not much else.

Good smooth oatmeal stout. No surprises. Smooth. Chewy. Chocolate malt. Little to no chocolate or coffee added I would guess, maybe a slight % of coffee malt. Thick viscosity, not overly sweet. A little bit nutty downbottle. Couldn't appreciate the caramel if it was there.

I appreciate this is a fairly ($6) priced bottle of a sessionable oatmeal stout, but I just don't see the complexities in this beer that other reviews do. Coffee, vanilla, caramel, just don't taste it in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 22:39:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Eriktheipaman


4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a solid black with tan head that completely fades and leaves a little lacing.

The smell is of Vanilla, Mango, and Pineapple very strange for a Stout but I'm diggin it none the less.

The taste is also an alpine twist on a Stout. Tropical fruit with a light mouth-feel and the roasting coming in on the back.

Its a good beer for sure. Not your standard Stout so I can see how some wouldn't like it a lot but I think its tasty!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 03:21:51 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of biglite351


3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - considerable orange around the edges. Tall tight light tan head.

S - heavy roasted malts, cocoa and a touch of coffee in the finish.

T - roasted malts, raisins, prune, mild cocoa and coffee.

M - thin with mild tingle on sides of tongue and throat.

O - easily drinkable but I would rather go for something with a bit more depth.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 20:57:49 | More by biglite351
Photo of Rizalini


2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a very deep, dark brown color. When held up to the light, you can barely see thru it. Barely. Thin tan head that leaves no lacing.

S - I get roasty, caramel aromas. That's about it. Having a hard time getting anything more.

T - Slight coffee flavor in the front, but fails to finish. Ends dry, with a slight lingering taste. Definately not a "meal in a bottle" as advertised.

M - Not as heavy as I would prefer a stout to be. It's medium mouthfeel, not velvety at all, like the bottle says. A little too lite on the pallete for me.

D - It's an average stout at best. Personally, I wouldn't buy another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 07:16:40 | More by Rizalini
Photo of GRG1313


3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Says 6% ABV on bottle and listing says 5.5%.

3.5 A: Black color. Nearly two fingers of pillowy light brown head with below average retention and just a touch of sparse lacing.

3.0 S: This has a nice roastiness to it with hints of coffee. However, there's also something strange about this. Smells a bit like "rancid caramel" if such a thing exists or some sort of corrosive industrial chemical. There's also a good deal of regular caramel. There's some underlying fruitiness as well. This is okay, but whatever off-flavor is in there is a bit off putting.

3.5 T: The taste is pretty good though and it doesn't have the weird rancid caramel taste in it. Roasted barley, caramel, and just hints of coffee, fruit, and chocolate. Not bad, but lacking in the strength column.

3.0 M: Lighter body. Moderate amounts of carbonation, but it is a "dead carbonation" leaving the beer lying lifeless on my tongue. Not very creamy and sure as hell not "velvety smooth" as advertised on the bottle.

3.0 D: Pretty mediocre across the board. Worth a try, but mainly to know that this shouldn't be sought after.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 01:10:06 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of berebrando


4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

its pitch black with a thin light tan head. the head dissipated quickly and does not lace at all. smells very malty and chocolatey, perfectly stoutly, thick and oaty. taste is chocolate, massive malt backbone, something slightly nutty or sweet and fruity. I like it, its very drinksble and yes, good mouthfeeling. just what I look for in a stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 03:03:59 | More by berebrando
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sooo happy to try this beer. Sounded like it would be right up my alley when I first heard about it. Got this bottle from the super generous provider of noms, irishgurl4. Bomber goes into a pint glass.

A - Black body. I held it up to the light and none shone through. But... where is the head? There is a little circle of off white stuff on top but not what I would call a head.

S - Mix of oatmeal, roast and a hint of chocolate. Not too pungent but what is there is pleasant.

t- Nice mix of roasted malts with a big dose of chocolate. A smooth oatmeal flavor is in there as well. Some coffee notes but not much.

M - smooth, low carbonation and about as good as you can get for the style.

D - Drinkability is pretty high. A pleasant stout for sure but not a mindblowing one. Really this is a solid beer and I am glad to try it. I would happily drink more of these if the opportunity arose.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 19:34:17 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of Arbitrator


4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black. It's not quite opaque; in small quantities it has a ruby-tinged clarity to it. But in large quantities in a snifter, it's hard to tell the difference. I poured gingerly, producing a finger of light beige foam. It leaves patches of lace during sips.

S: The strongest part of the nose is a roasted grain note that imparts a slight acidity. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and some coffee are noted. A small wash of butterscotch and earthy hops are found, as well. A great aroma.

T: Mm. It has a nice, dry oatmeal flavor; the slightly lactic flavor of roasted grains, coffee, and milk chocolate are evident. Just a touch of vanilla. Caramel, butterscotch, and brown sugar (?) are also noticeable. It's different from other oatmeal stouts. Quite tasty, really. [EDIT: I see from the description that the brown sugar must really be maple.]

M: Light-medium bodied. It's relatively dry, with low carbonation and an altogether creamy mouthfeel. No coating stickiness, sugars, or bitterness.

D: Outstanding drinkability. I think it ran $5 a bomber, which is on the cheaper end for bombers in this state. I am impressed and will be seeking this out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 20:27:43 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of EgadBananas


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark, no light really, even around the edges. Very thin tan colored head adorns, and its gone in an instant.

Smell is very coffee forward, which is a plus for me. Theres a bit aof roasted, toasted malts too.

Taste is a little less coffee, a bit more coffee/cocoa bitter. Dry malts, biscuity.

Feel is a tad thinner than desired, but still smooth and slightly slick.

Lower abv, and an over all tasty brew make this an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 02:56:34 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Palesmith


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark black with a very small tan head.

S - Coffee and a little dark chocolate. Not a very strong smell but very smooth and inviting.

T - Roasted coffee, malty and rich and also effervescent. Not over powering but very enjoyable.

M - I found it to be clean, crisp and dry. More carbonation than I was expecting but this left the beer feeling light and smooth.

D - very drinkable. Not overly thick or heavy. I will be drinking this again.

Alpine really makes some very enjoyable beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 22:37:58 | More by Palesmith
Photo of uturn


3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz capped bomber poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: This beer pours a very dark brownish black with a thin fluffy dark tan head. The head dissipated rapidly leaving only a minimal lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is roasted malts & strong coffee.

T: The initial taste is of coffee followed by sweet roasted malts then mildly bitter chocolate.

M: The mouthfeel is of a mild to medium smooth texture with carbonation on the low side.

D:This beer had a nice drinkability factor and was quite pleasant overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 01:13:43 | More by uturn
Photo of RoyalT


3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 00:49:29 | More by RoyalT
Photo of rand


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Delirium tulip glass 07/07/2010

A: A not-quite-black dark-brown ale pours a relatively small head for a stout, maybe two fingers, but expected more in the tulip glass. Tight carbonation but the lacing is short-lived.

S: Nose is light but quite pleasant with roasted malts and coffee prominent. Has a nice sweet aroma, like freshly baked coffee cake. Not a hint of alcohol, which isn't surprising given the low 6% (I was reading from the bottle, BA says 5.5%)

T: Light roasted malts and coffee are immediately present, followed by hints of caramel and toffee. Aftertaste is clean - very little residue. Overall a fairly delicate profile for a stout

M: Quite light and thin even though the beer isn't very carbonated. Not as chewy as most stouts but the slight oily texture makes this go down easy.

D: By far one of the more easy-to-drink stouts I've quaffed. With the low ABV and non-offending (not that beer offends me) flavor profile, this is a stout you could drink often without feeling bloated or weighed down.

Notes: I would have guessed this was a porter if I'd tasted it blind. I think the name threw me off - Alpine makes big beer, and "Captain Stout" doesn't sound like a shrinking violet. That being said, the end product is a very tasty, easy-to-drink ale and one I would recommend to someone new to the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 06:36:56 | More by rand
Photo of IdrinkGas


3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

THanks to Crazeguy for sending this and a few other Alpine Beer Co brews to me!!
Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with one finger of tan head which disappears quickly.

S:Cream cheesy smell along with roasted malt and a hint of chocolate.

T: Creamy chocolatey flavor.

M: Smooth and creamy with very little carbonation.

D: Low ABV and good flavors make it a very drinkable Stout IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 23:57:15 | More by IdrinkGas
Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.