Cappuccino Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
4,459 Ratings
Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GClarkage on 10-20-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,459
Reviews:
1,347
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.51%
 
 
Wants:
208
Gots:
958
For Trade:
11
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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good amount of roasted barley and coffee, with a touch of creamy cappaccino-like taste. Smooth, with some body. Black colour, good roast aroma, with some burnt part. A very good stout and a large enough bottle that it should be shared, and if I find other bottles I will share those.
Had it 2.5 years later and great coffee taste still.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head with little retention and not much lacing on a deep brown body with light passing through.

S: definitely has a nice cappuccino/espresso presence but the vanilla is the dominant aroma with roasted malt intermixed. Oddly enough, tomato as well which may be a weird combo of coffee and vanilla. Oak notes as well.

T: milk chocolate and vanilla up front with mild hops quickly fades to a burnt toast and bitter espresso finish.

M: moderate carbonation and lighter body than expected but still medium to full bodied.

Overall: I enjoy all coffee stouts so I tend to grade these higher. This one is nicely complex and captures a nice coffee flavor while reducing the coffee bitterness.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque dark brown with a 2 inch tan head that fades to a thin cap. Fat rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and espresso grounds. Taste is of rich dark chocolate covered espresso beans and roasted dark malts. A slight cocoa/espresso bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a bit of a thin body with a good level of carbonation that makes for a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good coffee/espresso infused stout from Lagunitas. I tried a bottle of this a while back and I didn't like it from what I remember but this bottle was very good. For the price this is a great beer and an easy decision to make when you want a tasty brew for little money.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a great stout, in some ways due to the method here i think, but a great beer in other contexts im sure. i had this as a pairing with a fresh strawberry and vanilla ice cream dessert, its like an affogato orgasm, no kidding. the dark malts and the chalky bitter coffee balance out the melting ice cream and sweet strawberries, a dessert of unrivaled complexity and satisfaction. the beer itself is also lovely, although maybe not quite so divine as a standalone. it has a dense brown glow and less than in inch of airy mocha lace. the coffee isn't as forward as it is in some of these, its sort of right in balance with the dark malts and bakers chocolate elements. light in feel for its size and strength, made possible largely by its lack of sweetness and dry feel, uncommon for the style. this is one of the better lagunitas beers, and i say that because its different than the rest of them. i don't taste that same old yeast strain, and its just a little less arrogant, a little more subtle. a sleeper with a caffeine hit, go figure!

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t0rin0
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a 22 oz bottle at the stuffed sandwich in San Gabriel. Not much into coffee or stout but this one was pretty decent. Was a typical black color sitting on the table but once held up to a light a nice redness shown through. Smelled mostly of coffee but pretty mild over all, not a real strong smell especially once it warmed up.

Taste was mostly of roasted malts and coffee but there was a real mellow after taste that was enjoyable. As far as mouthfeel, I don't think I could desrcribe it any better than the last person. Its "chewey" but somehow light. Not sure exactly how to describe it. Overall a good beer and would drink it again.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Love Lagunitas, finally got around to trying this one. Pours a brownish red color. Aroma is of faint coffee. Taste is medium to heavy bodied, great mouthfeel to it. Nice hop taste on the tough, roasted coffee comes through strong, lots of roasted malts come through as well. Delicious beer, tons of taste and hides the ABV well. Glad I gave it a go, try it out for a good beer,

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured very dark brown with a thin, creamy head.
S: There is a moderate aroma of dark, roasted malts.
T: The taste has lots of coffee flavors--which really stand out in the finish--along with flavors of dark, roasted malts and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate; there is some dryness in the finish.
D: It is relatively easy to drink this stout and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bold and roasty, this American stout also shows a lot of restraint in both the design of the base beer and the execution of coffee additions to acheive balance and wonderment.

Dark brown in color, the beer builds a dainty, slightly tanned head that takes the shape of espresso creme. Low in retention or lace, the oils of the coffee supress the protiens of the stout that would normally allow for the froathiness to shine.

Coffee aromas strike the nose first, and with a nutty, moderate tone; much like well brewed Columbian styles. The more stout-like qualities support the coffee with elements of roasted grains, heavy toast, walnuts, and lightly charred woods.

Flavors are much better balanced, allowing the stout base to take hold with the roast, caramel maltiness, medium hop bitterness, and toast. Bold flavors throughout but fairly moderate compared to most American stouts. The coffee additions accentuate the roasty, nutty, caramel flavors but also add a lightly resiny bitterness that work in conjunction with the hop bitterness to round out the balance to roast and sweetness.

Full bodied early due to the expanding carbonation, but the beer relinquishes its creaminess early, allowing the beer to lay heavier on the mouth later in somewhat dull fashion. Finishes lighter and drier than expected for such boldness in flavor.

A delicious beer that's a real joy to drink. Much of what this coffee stout offers is in superb balance with bold flavors that don't intimidate. Only slight elements of inconsistency keep it from higher scores.

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

22oz bottle. Funny as hell side label, as per usual - brag about what you can, I suppose.

This beer pours a clear (I think), deep, dark cola hue, with bright orange brick highlights, and two fingers of puffy, foamy, bubbly, and eventually creamy beige head, which leaves some bushy, craggy lace around the glass as it genially fades away.

It smells of rather bitter, earthy coffee (espresso, I guess), caramel malt, medium baker's chocolate, milky vanilla, and soft leafy, grassy hops. The taste is big on the milk chocolate sweetness up front, followed by some tangy cafe-au-lait, musty caramel, boozy vanilla, and bitter citrus, leafy, and earthy hops coming 'round for yet another palate thrashing.

The carbonation is moderate, just a softly trilling frothiness throughout, the body medium-full in weight, and smooth as a zippy cocoa and milk saturated cup of java can be, which is variable, yes, but I'm speaking from third-person generalities. It finishes still fairly sweet, the chocolate malt retaining the most vigor, with some relatively understated coffee, and a new-found, swirling alcohol warmth rounding things out.

My trepidation level was in the orange, at least, for this offering, when I considered this brewer's predilection for amping any and all shit up. Turns out, the coffee is just a nice side player, for a big, chocolaty, tempered booze beast of an American stout. An ironically good, stiff swig, before I go watch the Canadians put the Yanks out of their self-inflicted misery at the WJHC here in Edmonton, and then on to the Headstones' NYE 2012 show. Boo to the fuckin' ya!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the style. ABV is 9.0% per the label.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid black. Generally appealing.

Sm: Cappuccino, coffee, cream, and chocolate. Maybe a bit of mocha. A mild strength aroma. I think I get nuts but it could be me broken nose.

T: Cappuccino is actually distinct here. It mixes with the cream quite well (which itself is present throughout, but primarily on the open and finish). No chocolate or nuts come through; perhaps I mis-identified. All apologies. It's delightfully subtle. I don't know that it's complex, but the subtlety is enough. The cream is delicious. Unlike many coffee beers, it isn't overly bitter or anything. I like how it's handled. Very well balanced and built. I really like it.

It isn't as bold a use of coffee as you'd see in say, Mikkeller, but it's just as well executed.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Also, creamy without adding too much smoothness. It's thick but needs to be. All around, it's quite complementary of the flavours. It coarsens slightly on the climax, but comes out a bit lumpy as a result - which isn't ideal. It's forgivable.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the ABV. The alcohol itself is well hidden. I don't think it would age well. I'd definitely get it again, preferably on-draught. I don't know that it'd be better on nitro-draught, as the cream balance is already so delicate.

Would pair well with simple unobtrusive bread (rye would be ideal), or understated nuts.

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Photo of oline73
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a reddish dark brown color with a layer of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Lots of roasty coffee. Slightly earthy with a peat note. I'm also getting some alcohol and dark fruit.

Taste: Quite a bit of coffee here, but not much sweetness to back it up. There is a dark fruit note along with some peat here too. The finish is quite roasty, and could use some more balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I really think this could have used some more sweetness. Not bad, but there are much better coffee stouts.

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Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a full-on head that leaves great lacing

Smell: Brown bread with a dusting of roasted chocolate and coffee elements

Taste: Brown bread, charcoal and yesterday's coffee, up front, with building pithy flavors; after the swallow, the chocolate and coffee flavors make a brief appearance, followed by a strong pithy citrus character; surprising amount of sweetness and a touch of vanilla, on the finish, however

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: What a confusing beer! Here I am expecting a coffee stout and I have something more akin to a black and tan blending a coffee stout with an IPA; not sure it works very well for me, however, as I was really looking for more coffee flavors

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers of frothy head threaten to spill over the edge...
A fine lace is left on the sides of the glass, cresting the deep crimson-brown liquid. It's not completely opaque, and pours reddish into a broad mouth glass.

Smells faintly of coffee, spicy hops, and malt.
Tastes like coffee, roasted malt, and a mild bitter hop note at the end.
Earthy note in the aftertaste, not sure of it's origin. No lactic or milk presence as the cappucino name might imply. The light carbonation adds a somewhat creamy element to the mouthfeel though.

Overall mouthfeel is pretty smooth, seems milder as it warms. Not a huge, chewy type stout. One 22 oz. bomber at a time sounds about right.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Shp555: Poured a medium black color ale with a medium dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of coffee is dominating (what a surprise!!!) with some subtle bitter roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by the coffee with some roasted malt. Body is a bit light IMO with some adequate carbonation.

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