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Captain Stout - Alpine Beer Company

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156 Reviews
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Reviews: 156
Hads: 493
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 31
Gots: 60 | 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 mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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?

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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?

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
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

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Photo of xnicknj
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of mindspin315
2.16/5  rDev -43.3%
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.


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Photo of iadler
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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...


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Photo of Satchboogie
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of GrumpyJunglist
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of regspeir
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Klym
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of jminsc76
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of drummermattie02
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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