Cappuccino Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GClarkage on 10-20-2004

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Reviews: 1,342 | Ratings: 4,441
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has sweetened milk coffee with some dark chocolate on top. Taste follows with the sweet coffee at first but gets more bitter and roasty towards the finish lingering with coffee flavor on the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a really nice coffee stout with balanced flavors.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the nose I didn't get as much coffee as I would expect but from the first drink I was all in. Tons of coffee flavor. Creamy feel and a lingering aftertaste that hangs around just long enough to appreciate everything working together here.

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Photo of TIG_show
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The best coffee flavored beer I can remember having. The coffee flavor is very prominent and stays throughout the entire beer. Very dark body with a dark tan head, this beer was a very welcome surprise, although most of what comes from Lagunitas is pretty good. If you like stouts and coffee, this is the one for you, and at just $5 a bomber and 9.2% with a low IBU, it's very drinkable.

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Photo of stevepat
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look is a lovely dark brown that picks up some coppery tones through the light with a thick, chocolate mouse head that lingers.
Smell is coffee soaked raisins. Sweet and tart and hinting at a booziness that you usually find in bourbon stouts.
Taste is very bitter. Lots of coffee and a hint of chocolate and that ever present Lagunitas hoppy backbone. The raisins and bourbon in the nose don't come through hardly at all.
Feel is a little thin for my taste with a stout. Very clean but not really what I look for in a stout. Has the staying power of a much lighter beer.
Overall a strong showing from Lagunitas. I like their Russian Imperial a bit more as a stout but this one doesn't disappoint and really highlights the coffee flavor. Also works well with their ubiquitous hop presence. Also, though I'm drinking this one on a particularly rainy night here in norcal, a great stout for the warmer months. And probably a good choice for folks who like the drier stout style, and at 9% they aren't holding anything back. Certainly a beer any Lagunitas fan would never be disappointed by.

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Photo of PaulElk
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ok medium brown pour. Head sticks around for awhile. Smell of hops and with my tongue, taste of hop bitterness. To some it balances the nuances of the coffee/chocolate creaminess. I get the hop flavor more than anything else so for me it reminds me of Storm King. Still good and perhaps I'll develop a like for the bitterness in time. Will age one just to see

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Photo of matcris
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black with a finger+ of tan foamy head that sticks to the glass. Aroma is very mild. This was bottled about 2 months before I am reviewing it. Some sweet cream, and I really have to dig for the wee bit of mocha I'm getting off this. The boozy, a tiny bit astringent, coffee and chocolate are there, but, very laid back. Huh. The feel is medium body, very dry, and a little below average carbonation. Overall, first disappointment from these guys. Too boozy, and not nearly enough Java for a CAPPUCCINO stout.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is brown black with a light tan head. Smell is mildly astringent, but with something sweet behind it. Mouthfeel is fantastic, taste doesn't remind me much of a cappuccino, just quite a basic, yet delicious stout. Would enjoy again!

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark black beer with a caramel brown head. Nice bubbles make a spotty, luscious looking lace as I sip on this underpriced stout.

Good caramel malt, coffee smell, pretty typical for the style with a little bit of alcohol thrown in. Pleasing to drink, with the dark roasted malt, espresso, and a little bit of bready taste coming through. The alcohol remains as light as the smell. Goes down smooth and is only lightly dry after a minute or two of not drinking. A little bit creamy. Cool cocoa addition rounding out the dark cappuccino beer.

Feels a little lighter than I expected, really gulpable. I feel it deserves a higher rating then the BeerAdvocate average. It really is well priced for a 22 oz and doesn't lack any qualities that some of the higher priced ones have. We're talking minute differences here. It may not be the best stout out there but this is a damn good beer and deserves over a 4.

Nice buzz too. Forgot to check when it was bottled but it either has aged well or comes out smooth from the start. Seems to get lighter as I continue drinking. Cheers to Lagunitas for the awesome beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown, nearly black color with a moderate tan head. It dissapates to a steady and thin film, ringlike crown and lacing.
In the nose there are aromas of coffee, cocoa, vanilla, cream, dark berries and even a hint of alcohol towards the end. These aromas certainly make their presence felt, but are not in your face. Bold yet mellow.
There is a lot of good stuff going on in the mouth. It is fluffy, creamy, full bodied, yet light on its toes. What I really like about this one is that beyond the espresso, nutty, roasted and caramel malt flavor, there is a creamy coating that seems to be tinged with a minty, even menthol like coating that lighten things, adds a coolness and keeps things light, refreshing and drinkable. In the middle palate, there is a modest hops bitterness that adds a nice balance. Further still, as the drink warms, the body becomes heavier and chewy, some dark fruit flavors come out, and finally there is an alcohol spiciness that is warming.
A really nice stout overall. Complex, yet drinkable and accessible. I will buy again.

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Photo of akolb
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours inky black with a 2'' cocoa head. Aroma of coffee, cream, roast. The coffee comes through strongly in the flavor, with an intense acrid bitterness and a dark chocolate finish. Tastes very burnt and alcoholic. Some dark fruit. This beer is a little unruly while young (about 1 month), with incredibly powerful burnt flavors. I feel like a year of aging would significantly improve things.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black. Finger width foamy head. Mild retention and mild lacing. Big java and licorice aroma. Strong java taste with some mild chocolate at the end. Heavy bodied with mild carbonation.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The first half of this inexpensive, locally bought (Santa Cruz County, California) Stout, I enjoyed cold (One pint, six Fluid Oz, 9.1%). Slowly sipping, the brew and I warmed up ...

L- Black as Agent Cooper's coffee, on a moonless night. Yet after a few minutes hints of deep ruby, down below. A one finger caramel head, that declined swiftly, yet lingered.

S- malty coffee, strong, blunt

Taste followed the nose, at first, after warming up a bit, while sipping, the coffee flavor continued to be aggressive, and was joined with an aftertaste of fruit and chocolate, drowned in a malty, roasted throat burn.

F- Bold, simple, high quality

Overall it reminded me of Lagunitas Imperial Stout, with barely less kick, and a grand malty, throat-lingering coffee surge.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Used a mildly-aggressive pour. Had about a finger's worth of frothy, cappuccino-style head on it. Looks pitch black in the glass with no light coming through.

S: Bittersweet dark chocolate, vanilla beans, coffee, dark roasted malts. Very pleasant on the nose. The bittersweet smell that I am picking up verges on a burnt smell.

T: Big roasted flavor. Definitely getting the coffee this one. Delicious! FInishes with that bittersweet/burnt quality that I picked up in the aroma.

F: Creamy and smooth. Good body on it. Frothy at the front, medium body in the middle, and finishes very well. No alcohol burn.

O: What a bargain for only $5. This beer is better than anticipated. It's got a great balance between roasty, sweet, and burnt flavors.

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Photo of MrFabulous
4.79/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into tulip glass. Dark with roasted malty coffee flavors. 11.5% ABV well disguised. I am a big fan of Dogfish Breakfast stout and this is very similar. Lagunitas has another great beer at a reasonable price.

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Photo of JBDE16
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee

Nose is hops and coffee.
Mouth is the coffee, but it is not bitter, its more roasted, smokey goodness than a cup of coffee in itself.

The longing taste it leaves on the palate about a minute after you drink it, is literally the same as it is with an actual cup of coffee.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Obsidian body under a creamy head of dark foam. Aromas of sweet coffee and roasted malts are backed by much of the same on the sip. Sweet, creamy coffee up front with roast afternotes of char and bittersweet chocolate. Medium sweetness, mild bitterness and roast; medium body has a nice rounded, smooth feeling. Little bit of stickiness on the finish. Sweet, creamy coffee for sure. Well-done.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Black body with a frothy brown head.

Aromas of plant and green coffee bean. Wet paper.

Flavor is decidedly coffee forward with hints of cream and cocoa, wet paper and a metallic finish. Lots of plant and wet paper as it warms.

Feel is roasty and dry, moderate carb.

Overall it's like drinking a coffee soaked newspaper.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewing tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown, more or less opaque. A finger of fluffy mocha-colored head, and fairly low visible carbonation after the initial blush fades from the pouring.

S: Black roasted coffee, dark cacao and chocolate malts, and a sweetness that makes me think there’s lactose in here.

T: Coffee and a dark milk chocolate that are nearly in balance. Creamy lactose-like sweetness, maltiness with mild roast character. Some hop bitterness towards the end with more bitter roasted coffee beans.

M: A nice thick sticky body, especially for a non-imperial stout. The alcohol is quite well-hidden. There’s low carbonation sensation, but an amount that really seems to fit this beer.

O: Is this going to blow you out of the water? No. But for a very price-accessible stout available on the shelf, it's really tasty. Easy enough to drink that I wish I could find it (or does it come in?) something other than a bomber for practical purposes.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep black with a moderate cola colored head that quickly fizzles away

Smells of roasted malts, dark fruits, a bit of chocolate

Taste includes a bit of lactose, chocolate, malts, some spice, milk sugar

Overall this wasn't my favorite, I do have a cold so I'll have to try it again

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black liquid, deep ruby when held to the light.

Nice khaki head; a thick curtain of lace.

Coffee nose, with a nice hop profile spicing things up.

Thick mouthfeel.

Nice flavor here, creamy cappuccino upfront; nice hop bite underneath. Very smooth but never boring.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is nearly black, prominent head fades quickly leaving a khaki ring, no lacing at all.
Smells like stale dark roasted coffee, my favorite kind.
Taste is pretty close with a hint of cocoa and dark fruit, especially noticeable after it warms.
Mouthful is fairly thin for the style.
I look for this every winter, it's awfully good.
You probably can't find a better 22oz bomber for $4.00 anywhere, unless it's from Lagunitas. They whole line-up is terrific.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma Is all coffee. Nothing else discernible. Brown black color, little head, Thin looking.Taste is mostly coffee again ; alcohol too, Styrofoam/alkaseltzer aftertaste. I like coffee flavors, but need some more beer in this one. Still good, but low for me in this style.
Update....parallel tasting with 4 coffee stouts. Lagunitas fares pretty well and upping ratings a tad. Beats Dominion Morning Glory and Southern Tier Mokah, but loses to the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti."

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Photo of BigGold
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had this beer poured from 22-oz. bomber into faceted mug. This flavorful Cappuccino Stout has a huge coffee kick, which hides the big alcohol kick.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass: color is black, with some brown on the edges; head is light tan with mainly fine bubbles; some head lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell is mainly roasted malt, then hints of coffee, espresso like notes, and some fairly prominent dark chocolate/cacao like aromas; also some notable raisin/plum like scents.

Taste is similar with more espresso presence, less chocolate; malts are roasted, nearly burnt, coffee is a bit deep and dark with near burnt notes and less chocolate sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very good, seriously tastes/feels/presentslike stout mixed with iced espresso with some strong bitterness but moderate maltiness.

Overall, a very good strong/imperial stout with moderate coffee/espresso flavors and nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of zshaft
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

pours black but not black out black. head is fizzy and dissipates quickly. nose is light chocholate, licorace, and alcohol. some coffee. strong alcohol though. body is a little thin for the style but overall feels nice. taste up front is fizzy and bitter chocholate followed by bitter cappuccino and malt. more coffee flavors follow rounding out with bitter espresso like flavors. overall the price is hard to beat and while this is a good coffee stout the bitter espresso like coffee flavors overpower anything else. rather one dimentional but if your looking for bitter coffee then this is the beer for you. I like bitter coffee so I like this but a little more balance would have made this much better. but it does st cappuccino stout so the name is complimentary to the taste. cheers!

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