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Captain Stout - Alpine Beer Company

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86
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147 Reviews
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Reviews: 147
Hads: 455
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 31
Gots: 57 | 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 mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of mindspin315
2.16/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a small light brown head which dissipates pretty quick. Black body with faint brown around the edges of the glass. Swirling the beer reveals nice head retention and good amount of lacing.

Big roasted malts with a faint underlying of light smoke notes. Mild chocolate, used coffee grinds, and graininess at the back end. A bit of hops come through also. The back of the nose is a bit off putting.

The roasted malts really come through. A bit of an odd maltiness here. Very thin and watery. No flavors are really coming through that were present in the aroma. Disappointed in the taste and the mouth feel is not doing to much here either. Also a bit over carbonated.

I was really expecting a lot from this one. Considering that Alpine probably makes the best IPA's on the planet! I was assuming this one would be out of this world good or at least somewhere close to it. This one is in the Little League's compared to their World Series of IPA's. I even paired this beer with some delicious dark choc. with sea salt and peanuts. Expecting that the flavors/aromas would go well together. Thank God I did cause the only flavor I got was from the chocolate bar.

[63/100] (1,177 characters)

Photo of iadler
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color that appears almost black in the glass, with deep plum highlights. About 1" of light tan head forms, that has decent retention, and average lacing. 3.5

Smell: Smells of dark malts, roast, chocolate, and lighter scents of coffee. Not a lot of hop character, but the roast character is nice.

Taste: A moderate amount of roast, chocolate, and coffee. A nice creamy smoothness to the flavor in this beer. Again, not a lot of hop character to balance, but there is some in there.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium in body, with a great amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Overall, a good stout. Nice roast character and nicely integrated flavors. I enjoyed this quite a bit. (721 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dull black with light khaki head which disappears pretty quickly, leaving some large bubbles in its wake. Not much lacing.

S: Roasted malt and some coffee are nicely in balance, a little chocolate. Pretty good.

T: Same, with some woody/earthy notes, pretty light in flavor so I could imagine sessioning this. Reminds me of a British stout. Not picking up any chocolate.

M: Light carbonation and medium body.

O: Pretty drinkable and flavors are in balance. Nice stuff. (496 characters)

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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... (657 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of GrumpyJunglist
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of regspeir
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of Klym
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery, review from notes.

A: Quite basically, it looks like coke with a creamier head.

S: Toasted nuts and toasted coconut with a little grain and a tad of chocolate.

T: Creamy, coconut taste with roasted grain and roasted hazelnut taste and bittersweet chocolate in the middle and end taste. Pretty nice and a surprisingly strong coconut presence reminiscent of Maui's coconut porter (though less strong in comparison).

M: Found the mouthfeel on this pretty unpleasant; very reminiscent of club soda. Could definitely have been smoother, even as a single stout.

O: A lot of good flavors and complexity running around in this considering it's a single stout. I think if you fixed up the body this would be very exceptional in-style. I loved the coconut note and might just find myself trying their captain willy mix someday; would actually probably be pretty tasty. (887 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Nearly black color. Very thin brown head. Not much lacing. Looks a bit thin.

Bittersweet aroma with a hefty amount of roasted malt and some chocolate.

Mild bitterness, lots of roast, and some coffee. A simple, tasty flavor.

Thin mouthfeel. Could use a touch more carbonation and a bit more heft.

A roasty and somewhat sweet stout. Incredibly drinkable. (395 characters)

Photo of jminsc76
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of drummermattie02
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (1,248 characters)

Photo of Lunch
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of seeswo
2.12/5  rDev -44.6%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of Trilogy31
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of dmsohyea
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.32/5  rDev -65.5%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
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! (435 characters)

Photo of biglite351
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (335 characters)

Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.