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 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 DocJitsu
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

C+

Photo of cosmicevan
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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 brystmar
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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 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 AleWatcher
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
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...

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of mulder1010
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black color with a mahogany edge in the tulip glass. Not much foam and the retention is minimal. Not very spritzy in the mouth but has a decent mouthfeel. A little body to the stuff. Some club soda taste.

Quite grainy, burnt oatmeal. A touch of perfume to the flavor. Some fruit in the nose along with the burnt caramel. Hops as pretty minimal; tastes more like the bitterness of charred malt. Tangy but not too acidic. Some nice malt sweetness. Not as dry nor as bitter as many stouts.

From the usual 22 oz bottle. Quite drinkable, but I can't see paying the bomber price for an average stout.

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  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.

Photo of orangesol
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ffejherb for sharing this one with us at a recent tasting.

A - Pours dark brown with a small one finger tall tan head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of chocolatey sweetness. A bit one diminutional really.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of dark roasted malt slowly giving way to a mix of day old coffee grounds and a bit of chocolatey sweetness. Maybe a bit of maple coming through toward the end of the glass. Finish is pretty roasty, lingering for quite awhile.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Roasty feel initially growing a bit thin toward the end of my glass.

O - This one was not too bad. It never really wowed me in any way but it was still pretty solid. A good pallet cleanser after all the sours we had.

Photo of tobelerone
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

App: Nearly black body; modest light brown head. Decent retention and lace.

Smell: Surprisingly chocolatey; good roastiness as well, light char and coffee notes.

Taste: Follows the nose. Again, more bitter chocolate character than I expected, has an appealing roastiness, coffee is faint but in there. Well balanced and tasty. Just a small hit of bitter hoppiness in the finish.

Mf: Medium-light bodied, a bit of creaminess but still on the thinner side. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: An easy drinking stout with simple, tasty flavors; appropriately dry; not necessarily outstanding for the style but certainly good. One doesn’t generally think of stouts when they think of Alpine do they?

Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to go through more of the Alpine lineup. I don't think that I've reviewed a dark offering from Alpine, so this should be the first. On to the beer:

Not much of a head from the pour, but despite that, leaves some whisps of lace around the glass. Black as ink in the body with a ruby brown hue at the bottom of the glass. It's got a fine smell...raw oatmeal sweetness crosses the mind. The chocolate malt then follows.

Despite Alpine's fetish for hops, Captain Stout doesn't show much in the hoppiness department. In fact, the beer's flavor is rather simple. Sweet oatmeal, a little chocolate malt, and a few espresso beans make the flavor. It won't take your breath away, but that's fine. The body is on the smooth side of things and medium bodied, no real astringency or roastiness getting in the way.

A rather standard beer from Alpine, but enjoyable nonetheless. Isn't it crazy how this retails for $8 in stores even around San Diego, yet $5 at the brewery?

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 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 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 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 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 mindspin315
2.16/5  rDev -42.2%
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]

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 zhanson88
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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