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Captain Stout - Alpine Beer Company

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Captain StoutCaptain Stout

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156 Reviews
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Reviews: 156
Hads: 494
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 31
Gots: 61 | 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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Reviews: 156 | Hads: 494
Photo of BradMacMullin
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Row 34 while waiting to get into Trillium. This was a very tasty well balanced stout - not overly chocolately or a coffee overload, just a well carbonated malty stout. I liked this a lot. Also considering it is 4pm on a Tuesday, it makes it even better.

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Photo of i4ourgot
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These guys really know how to make a great beer. While it is not my favorite of their beers it beats a lot of other breweries stouts out of the water . It has a great coffee/ chocolate aroma and flavor. And a nice full bodied mouth feel to round out a nice beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours black, especially to my eyes in a dark setting. Creamy, tight, lasting head. Random lacing. Smell is pretty potent. The good old blend of roast and chocolate. Smell is dry and I don't think it will be too sweet. Flavor is a good ol' American Stout. Some black coffee and baker's chocolate. Dry as I expected it to be. I really enjoyed the simplicity. Boom! Stout to the face. A good non-imperial Stout to boot. Creamy feel. Fuller than the ABV would suggest. A good pint. I like being able to slurp a Stout that isn't 15% nowadays.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great blankets of lace on the glass from a smallish head (for the style). Deep dark brown where no light shines through.

Straight up black patent malt aroma.

Lots of coffee on the tongue. Smooth but in an espresso sort of way. Rich body but with a good level of carbonation. Relatively short aftertaste.

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Photo of Luisfcarrizo
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown/black and very opaque. A light khaki color 2 finger head. A pleasant roasted malt aroma with some coffee and chocolate afternotes. Nice and smooth. You get the roasted malt and chocolate but it's a nice subtle flavor with a coffee back end. If a stout could be sessionable this is it. Light bodied for a stout. Light carbonation.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Dark brown/black and very opaque. A light khaki color 2 finger head.

S. A pleasant roasted malt aroma with some coffee and chocolate afternotes.

T. Nice and smooth. You get the roasted malt and chocolate but it's a nice subtle flavor with a coffee back end. If a stout could be sessionable this is it.

M. Light bodied for a stout. Light carbonation.

O. A nice stout. Not your thick stout but it's very drinkable. Nice smooth flavor. Would drink again.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Dec. 18, 2014
Consumed: Dec. 18, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of tan, frothy head. Great layered, spiderweb, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled toffee, caramel, roasty nuts, dark chocolate, light hazelnut, espresso, dark chocolate milk, faint vanilla, coffee malts and chocolate ice cream. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted a tad better than the nose, pretty good actually. Got dark chocolate, roasty coffee beans, roasted nuts, toffee, caramel, light Rolos candy, espresso, vanilla beans, chocolate ice cream, light smokinees, some bitter crayon and chocolate syrup. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.50)

A pretty good stout overall. Initially liked the taste, but not as good as I thought after a few sips. (Overall - 3.75)

3.76 | 85 | B+

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Photo of McStagger
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Pours a very dark brown. Not quite to black. Finger and a half of head dissipates to a very thin cap of tan foam. Retention is moderate. Lacing is moderate to heavy.

S: Lot of roastiness. Big roasted malt, some malted milk ball, a splash of chocolate. Dark fruit underneath with a bit of chicory.

T: Moderate hit of roasty coffee flavors up front. Big roastiness in the mid palate. Malt, coffee, some super dry chocolate. Finish is very, very dry, with big roastiness hitting it again.

M: A bit on the flimsy side. This one comes across as a bit watery, especially considering the roasty taste.

O: Eh, I'm not super stoked by this. It's a decent roasty stout, dryer than most. Flavors are a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a: its a dark black color - no light penetrating. 2 finger tan fizzy head that seems to fade and hang around 1 finger

s: smells nice. sweet chocolate, caramel, toasted malts, coffee, vanilla. a real nice smooth aroma

t: milk chocolate, toasted malts, a mixture of caramel and toffee, sugar (something sugary - not brown sugar), a cola-like flavor, and a very slight bitterness from a fresh coffee bean. something green - like grassy in here too, some dark plum

m: its a silky medium mouthfeel. pretty high carbonation for a stout

t: color me impressed. i know Alpine is know for the hops, but this is a nice beer. nice harmonization of chocolates, roast, and sweet malt. my criticism would be maybe a bit too much carbonation in the mouthfeel, almost makes it feel like a soda. otherwise its an easy drinker with nice flavors. not heavy enough to be a sipper, but not something to rush

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Classic dark malt body color of dark walnut brown and opaque. A real nice creamy top, coffee espresso light brown, only about two fingers tall, but some creamy staying power with ring like lacing. Pretty nice looking solid stout.

A real nice great simple milk to chocolate roasty nose. Hints towards cream and milk but with no hint of sugar and lactose. Chewy and deep, I could nose this all day, one of the simplest and perfect smelling chocolate examples on a stout I've had.

Palate comes wonderfully with great flavors. Good mild coffee roast finish, with a milk faint coating, no sweetness. Mid palate fills with crunchy chocolate and dark cocoa nibs in flavor. Washing chocolate everywhere. A real perfect light body, nearly nailed with the malts coating all over.

This reminds me a lot of Cadillac Mountain in some ways, what a great example of a nice straightforward stout.

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Alpine.

Appearance: Clear dark-red brown but opaque in the glass; the decent looking head soon reduces to a thin ring. Essentially no lacing.

Aroma: appealing mix of medium and dark malts with a hint of caramel.

Flavor: lightly sweet; ample dark roasted malts; a touch of coffe in the aftertaste and a hint of molasses earlier on..

Feel: Medium-light body with low but lively carbonation.

O: a fine stout.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with swingracex. 22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, oats, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, oats, and light earthy hops; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, oats, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, oats, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, oats, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oatmeal stout. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, oats, and light earthy hop flovors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear brown when pouring, black in the glass, one finger tan head.

S-Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and vanilla.

T-Chocolate and coffee upfront, roasted malt. But the finish has an overly sweet vanilla that is not well balanced.

M-Lighter, tad watery, not much carbonation.

O-A good stout, but the unbalanced vanilla hurts it.

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Photo of ALBuff
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque very dark brown with a quickly dissipating pale mocha head. Chocolate up front on the nose that yields to coffee. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style. Little to no chocolate in the flavor, but smoke and coffee in spades. Finishes pretty abruptly.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
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.


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Photo of cosmicevan
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

massive thanks to ehammond1. enjoyed from a darkness snifter.

a - poured a deep black with just shy of 2 fingers of mocha cream colored head. lacing was stringy and chunky and although the head was gone quick, it left a thin skin of head on the surface.

s - nice roasted malt. not too much in any direction. some vanilla creamy coffee notes. soft cocoa powder.

t - soft. roasted black malt. very portery. tasty. some hints of cocoa powder. porter char.

m - cool and crisp. a bit charry. in a blind taste test, i'd peg this as a porter. soft.

o - overall, a nice stout...are you sure this isn't a porter? super easy drinker.

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Photo of hmph
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of brystmar
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle's been in my fridge for a month, about time to crack this. Waaay too much carbonation from the pour; was surprisingly difficult to pour a nice mixture of head and body.

Decent aroma: oats & chocolate, mild roast. Taste underwhelms as the excessive carbonation removes much of the flavor. Definitely an oatmeal stout; not much chocolate here, and the roast isn't as deep as I'd like either.

Nice to try, wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of azdback
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of UnknownKoger
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into founders snifter.

Some chocolate and even coffee over the roasty malts and touch of sweetness from some caramel malts.

Little thin in terms of the body, but it's not unpleasant at all, only feels watery for an oatmeal stout.

Dark body with a light sandy tan head of about a finger. Weak retention, weak lacing.

Overall-- Alpine is not known for their dark beers, and this beer is no reason for that change. It certainly isn't bad, but it is mediocre, which I suppose means it's pretty bad in terms of comparing...

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/21/12
*From notes

A: It kinda looks like a cup of black coffee. Clean cola brown in hue. A good pour yields a fizzy 2.25 mocha head. Proper lacing and collar follow.

S: Lightly roasted morning blend, some cocoa and a touch of dark malt.

T: This is unlike a lot of American Stouts, in that it's light, easy and approachable. It's about as laid back as you could ask for, and makes for a killer drinking experience. Light roast, milk chocolate, fresh toffee and nere a streak of green to be found. Simple, yet masterfully concocted.

M: Light and smooth. Refreshingly soft carbonation helps this go down with ease. Considering it's place of origin, I get it - this is a Sunday afternoon beer, something to kick back with and actually drink.

O: If you're looking for an everyday, (dare I say) session American Stout, you've come to the right place. I absolutely love this beer. It's such a chill beverage, yet it ain't easy to craft something this well balanced and drinkable. An easy recommendation from one of my all-time favorite breweries.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted milk chocolate malts, some coffee, and a bit of earthy hop. Touch of sweetness to it to.

T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate malts with a bit of milk chocolate sweetness and some light coffee flavor. Through the middle, some more roasted flavors come through with some stronger coffee and a bit of earthy hops. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, bitter-coffee, and a bit of sweetness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a bitter-coffee and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice stout with lots of balanced flavors, but still on the lighter side and fairly sessionable.

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Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.