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

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Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a glass and received a thick, syrupy looking beer that resembled cola in both stature and color. A decent head that stuck around for a minute, minor lacings. The smell is dominated by the coffee malt (it is a cappucino stout, after all), so it is not bad but not intricate. However, the brew is also dominated bythe coffee malt and it is great. The body is medium to full and slightly syrupy, but this stout is coffeeish and a tad sweet with no drying out of the tongue by the malt. One of the smoothest stouts I've ever had. Can't desribe it too much more, I mean there might be caramel or honey in there that would account for the texture and sweetness I picked up, and it isn't like the hop presence is real noticeable. A great beer to try if you haven't, stout fan or not, but not sessionable due to price and high ABV. Still, I am glad I got to have one.

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

22 oz bottle

A: Deep black with some slightly lighter hues under a smallish off-white head. Some nice lace and decent retention.

S: Smells of roasted malt and mild cappuccino smell. Not really big in either aspect.

T: A little of the same. Cappuccino character is a bit bigger with some chocolate mixed in and some hops become apparent as well.

M/D: Full bodied, a little towards the lighter side, low carbonation. Pretty good drinkability. Very easy to drink, not really mind blowing and there are better examples of "coffee" stouts out there, but a good beer regardless.

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Photo of Sconnie
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the first Lagunitas beer i've had, and after hearing a lot of good things about this brewery, I have to say I'm pretty disappointed. As a lover of both good beer and good coffee, I really like coffee stouts if they are done well, which they are usually not. This one was far to bright and acidic tasting for a stout; not a lot of roasty or creamy flavors, just a lot of acidity from the Columbian coffee, probably in conjunction with citrusy American hops. The choice of coffee might be the problem here; a darker roast like a french or espresso roast usually translate better to stouts. Overall I'd avoid this one.

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Photo of illidurit
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decidedly non-black for a stout, closer to a dark mahogany. Sand colored head is modest at about a centimeter. Leaves some thin paisley lacing.

Aroma is very deep. A coffee bean note is detectable behind the sweet vanilla and chocolate. A lot of stouts have muddled aroma profiles where it's hard to discern what's going on but each note here is distinct and clear, while still maintaining synergy.

Flavor is sweet up front with lactose and chocolate, then roasty with a ton of coffee. Hops are apparent in the finish as they contribute a rindy, citric twang to the roasted bitterness. Tasty but not very robust.

Carbonation is just about perfect, body is a little thinner than it could be, alcohol is nowhere to be tasted.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black/dark brown body, ruby highlights, topped by a big dentable tan head. Dripping good lacing.

Big assertive roasted coffee aroma.

Coffee beginning, less roast, bit of milk, hints of chocolate. Earthy hops rise and crest at the swallow without being abrasive. COuld use a little more roast.

Mouthfeel is ok, could be a bit fuller, chewier, without moving into bigger neighborhoods.

Good drinkability, flavors blend and flow well.

Not a knockout, but a good solid coffee stout.

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

650 ml cap stout. Though the abv on here says 7.99, this bottle says 8.3%. As always a nonsensical story on the side, this time biblical in nature. Always good reading, especially after two or three glasses of the stuff. Poured into my glass a lovely ebony hue, with a great, healthy looking bed of light brown/off red head. Lacing is spotty but thick. Delicious looking. Aroma at first struck me with sweet coffee, or damp cardboardish vanilla like notes. Unexpected, this. I mean after that and as the beer warmed I got some extremely sweet coffee notes, but the initial hit was a tad...underwhelming, shall we say. Pretty one-sided coffee/root beer aroma, but that's to be expected...or is it? Again a strange herbal tinge as I take the first sip. Almost medicinal, like a brief hint of Jagermeister or something. Good news is this a tasty coffee beer. The coffee taste is not souring or distracting, but rather complementing. Not the best I've tasted, but good. Decent bitterness and actually, conversely, a deep maple syrup finish. There isn't a hell of a lot else to describe in the taste. But it gets the job done. Mouthfeel was a little lacking, seemingly due to not enough carbonation for me personally. Drinkability? I'm the wrong person to ask, because coffee stouts/porters have never been my preferred style. For me, drinkability is good enough at one bottle. Worth a try, all. Worth a try.

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Photo of asabreed
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Initially opaque-looking, but then cut through by some light. Decent lacing and head retention.

Smell: Stout heaviness with cappuccino bitterness and effervescence, toasted and roasted grains, brown sugar, oats, molasses, and slight hop sourness and citrus.

Taste: Initial bitter chocolate and coffee flavors with some cappuccino bitterness and flavor, with some hop sourness, earthiness, brown sugar, maple, vanilla, woodiness, and a bit of earthy funkiness. A lot that's going on here...

Mouthfeel: A nice creaminess and moderate carbonation for a medium-bodied brew overall.

Drinkability: I'm down. For coffee lovers especially, with lots of residual bitter coffee flavors, cappuccino sweetness, and much orginality, this is a pretty great and original stout. Another kudos to Lagunitas for bringing it, and something I'd certainly try again.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 1pint, 6oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is a very dark brown that some light shines through. Head grew to about 2 and a half fingers and was light tan and foamy.

Smell: Really strong smell coming off of this one. Coffee, as one would expect, but also a hint of caramel and roasted malt underneath.

Taste: Creamy goodness makes for a very smooth, very malty beer. Milky coffee and chocolate make up the majority of the taste of this one. Black coffee finishes the taste, and lingers long after swallowing.

Overall, a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this at Scotty's place on a Saturday night before a night on the town in downtown Columbus...

Appearance: dark, dark brown, 1 inch head....looks great
Smell: coffee, alcohol, some hops
Taste: strong, great flavor (coffee, alcohol, hops)
Mouthfeel: full body
Drinkability: one a night...strong

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Photo of msolar
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with no light coming through when held up in front of a lamp. Nice ½" head with a tan color. Smells great, with hints of coffee, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol (which makes sense when you realize it's 8.3%). Doesn't taste as strong as it smells but definitely coats the palette with a coffee flavor. It reminds me of coffee-heath ice cream. Medium-to-heavy bodied beer with a decent drinkability. It's good, but there are several other milk-style stouts I'd chose over it in the future. Rogue's Chocolate Stout to name one. I'd buy this again, but wouldn't put it on tap.

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Photo of kwm13
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle from Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY. A little pricy, but after tasting, well worth it.

Pours a dark brown, with a moderate head that holds well. Looks clean and inviting. And it's Cappacino, can tou go wrong?

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and sweetness, maybe a hint of caramel and chocolate.

Tastes like your typical stout, a bit heavy, but well balanced, not watery, with a hint of bitterness.

Not a very complex flavor, you mainly taste coffee/chocolately flavor, a slight alcohol taste, with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

A very enjoyable beer. Too bad it's a limited release. Another good one from Lagunitas.

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Photo of woemad
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.49. First time I'd seen it around here. No freshness date, and the label states the abv is 8.3%.

Poured a very dark brown col,or with rubyish highlights when held to light. Half inch or so of tan foam that left spotty lace.

Dark roast coffee, cocoa and a somewhat subdued hoppiness is evident from the nose. There's also a sweet, mollasses-like scent, but it's very restrained.

More hoppy in the taste, but not heavily so. The hops and coffee bitterness hit the tastebud beachhead first (sorry, been reading "Day of Battle" lately), and is almost immediately joined by a brown sugar-mollasses sweetness, and a mild, prune-like fruitiness. The swallow is bone dry. Tasty stuff.

Full-bodied, with a sticky, prickly mouthfeel.

Drinkable by itself, I'm not sure it woul;d go with much other than a rich, darkly chocolaty dessert. Not something I'd reccomend repeated pints of, but I wish I had saved it for the end of the night when I get home from work, as I'm quite sure it would really hit the spot then. I'd really like to see some more coffee stouts make landfall here. At least until then, I'll buy this again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark opaque color with a bubbly off tan head that was moderately dissipating.

S: The nose was light citrus, dry pine and a fresh black creamed coffee hints.

T: The initial flavor was dark roasted espresso type beans, very rich and full bodied. There were sweet milk notes coming through along with some cocoa, dry chocolate and a dry bitter pine woodiness. There is some sweet darken caramel, dark fruit (raisins) and vanilla as well. The beer drinks nicely for its advertised 8.0%abv. The finish found some fresh coffee with creamer, dry chocolate, dry pine with a little acidity. There were some burbon alcohol notes as well with bittering dry hops. Wow.

M: creamy, smooth, full bodied

D: A great rich cappuccino stout that is hearty, full bodied with a great complexity of flavors.

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Photo of turbine2475
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown with light ruby hints that forms an agressive two finger head that disipates relatively slow leaving a light lace.
S - Coffe beans, mocha, and slight earthy hops.
T - Coffee and cream with a bigger hop bite then was expected, but contributed to the balance of this beer also had a welcome hint of smoke.
M - Light and a little watered down than most beers of similar style but the carbonation is maintained throughout.
D - Very nice probably wouldn't have too many in a night but definately woeth a try.

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Photo of Bounty628
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the limited release of their Cappuccino Stout, Lagunitas Brewing Company based out of Petaluma, California has crafted a bottled up form of something one might have only been able to dream of. Their Cappuccino Stout offering is a brilliant coffee based stout that could serve as a leading example of what a good coffee stout should be.

With the brewing process actually taking coffee beans from Hard Core Coffee and infusing their high quality taste into the process, this stout offering certainly does not skimp on the coffee flavor. However, striking the right balance between the beer being "too coffee" and not enough beer is one that was essential to meet and thankfully Lagunitas Brewing Company has done just that.

The limited release offering of the Cappuccino Stout was found in a 22 ounce bomber and was poured into a pint glass.

The beer has a 7.99% ABV and is brewed in an American Stout tradition. Although the beer is apparently brewed year round and is available in bottles, I only seem to notice this beer from time to time and usually will only see it in the 22 ounce bomber bottle.

When poured, the Cappuccino Stout poured a dark brown to almost black color with an impressive amount of tan head that maintained itself well throughout the pint. The beer laced the glass the entire way down leaving the same noticeable tan to off-white lacing along the glass.

Once the bottle cap is removed, there is an immediate invitation to the coffee and chocolate smells noticed in the nose of the beer. The smell of the coffee awakens the palate nicely and truly leaves little to the imagination as to what will come next.

This stout has an excellent coffee taste to it and rightfully so does not maintain a burnt coffee taste like some coffee based stouts tend to not be able to get around. There is the perfect symbiosis created between the coffee and the roasted malt flavor of the beer. There is an interesting twist to this Cappuccino Stout in that there is a brief hint of hops noticed in the taste, as well.

For a stout, the Lagunitas Brewing Company Cappuccino Stout is certainly not the heaviest one out on the market and in fact maintains a rather medium body to it. This is a very smooth pour and drinking beer that does not leave the drinker with a heavy feeling post drink.

What truly makes the Cappuccino Stout a winner is that the taste has been crafted to highlight not just a great stout but also the brilliant infusion of coffee into this stout in a way that is unparalleled by some other brewers.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany brown, almost sable and barely translucent, with a very thick, tan, fine-bubbled head that hangs around a while. Aroma is rich, like well-roasted coffee, smoky and mouth-watering. Coffee flavor dominates the taste, and there is a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness. Smooth, rich, has a nice "thick" feel.

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Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Near black with some dark brown edges, and clear when heal to a strong light. The head is bleached brown, rises to an inch or so, the ebbs to a lasting fat collar.
Scented of mocha, with explicit vanilla and chocolate hues. Roasted is secondary, as the bean do finally get noticed. Some port-like vinous alcohol vapors round things out.
It begins and tend to stick with a coarse roasted/toasted graininess. It's the first thing that the tongue perceives and it lasts into the finish. Along the way, subtle caramel nougat and cocoa are noticed, as well as an oily dark roast coffee essence. The coffee addition is done tactfully as they augment rather than override the stout flavor, though they seem to beg for a slightly sweeter and thicker body to cling onto. Coffee fades, and it's back to acrid burnt toast grains. A tiny dollop of grapey alcohol flavor exists near the finish, as does a trace amount of earthy, pine needle hops.
Based on its statistics, it's basically a Double Stout, but one would be hard pressed to guess it. The body carries a fair amount of empty-feeling weight. For it's strength, it's quickly drinkable, but in long run, it lacks the depth and overall argreeability to really crave more.

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

22oz bomber into my SA glass.

A:dark, dark brown. blackish, really. two finger foamy mocha head and decentretention

S: strong coffee aroma, roasted malts and faint smoke if I'm not mistaken.

T: coffee, bitter chocolate with some sweet malt balancing

M: medium bodied, low carbonation with some creaminess. a little bitterness lingers

D: not bad, not great. I might have again. then again i might not. How's that for a stand.

My first from this brewery and it's enough to make me explore them further.

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Photo of joepais
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip produced a tan head that turns to a thin lace quickly on top of a jet black body

Aromas of coffee roasted malts as well as some chocolate

Flavors are basically the same as the aroma coffee and chocolate but the flavor is not the typical bitter it is more balanced because of the malts

Medium body almost no carbonation so it goes down smooth

Not a bad coffee stout I had better but I would drink it again

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Photo of BeanBone
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A dark reddish-brown, nearly black, body pierced by ruby-red highlights. Up top, a little over a finger of creamy tan-tinged head that fades quickly and leaves patchy lacing.

Aroma: Grainy coffee, dark roasty malt, mildly bitter hops, and medium-high alcohol content.

Flavor: A mix of bitter dark coffee, nuttiness, bitter hops, dark fruit, and dark-roasted malt. There's a lot of coffee flavors here, but I'm not sure they're exactly cappuccino-like. That big booze character is masked more efficiently than in the nose, but still adds nice complexity. The big malt body, bitterness, and alcohol are balanced rather well, but everything gets a little jumbled. Brown coffee, bitter hops, and dry booze in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with smooth medium carbonation and a dry finish. Lots of warmth throughout.

Drinkability: Not a quite a sipper, but certainly a slower beer.

Verdict: Cappuccino Stout is a big, bitter, and bold Stout, but unfortunately it's just a little muddled and forgettable. Just keep in mind that this new recipe, you really have to watch out for the big alcohol punch.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Popped open a 22 oz bottle of this to finish off last Saturday night. Poured into into two glasses. Large fluffy head, with a dark black color to the body. Smell was of roasted barley and coffee. As for the taste, I don't know where I stand on this beer. Granted, it was quite a unique stout, so points for that. But was that really what a cappuccino stout tastes like? Tasted more like milk and coffee syrup blended into a stout. I was hoping for a more refined flavor, something a bit more memorable. A bit too sweet for what I was looking for.

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

A - 3/4" tan head. Good retention and lace. Dark brown (porter like color).

S - Light coffee and chocolate. Tangy hop (citrus) background.

T - Sweet coffee, cappucino. Roasted coffee beans. Some alcohol. Cream. Tangy hops keep this in balance. Long, pleasant bitter finish. Fairly complex.

M - Medium bodied, silky smooth. Low carbonation.

D - Very good drinkability. Impressed.

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Photo of macster
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours into the snifter an opaque dark brown, almost black color. Produces a handsome 2" thick and dense tan head with superb foam retention throughout the entire glass. Some spotty lacing adheres to the sides.

Aromas were pleasant but quite tame with faint notes of burnt malts, espresso coffee, licorice, dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla bean.

Mouthfeel was just a touch too fizzy and thin for an Impy Stout. Could have been a bit thicker and fuller for sure.

Flavors came through more agressively than the aromas. Unsweetened baker's cocoa, dark roasted malts and freshly gound espresso initially dominate the flavor profile. Some trace flavors of licorice, anise, vanilla and charred wood linger in the background. Finishes with a tad of alcohol warmth and a charcoal-like dryness.

Overall a solid coffee-Impy Stout but certainly not in the league of say an Alesmith Speedway

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Photo of DHGranstrand
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Temp - 55 degrees

Pours dark brown with very nice three-finger head. Very creamy foam with nice lacing.

Not very aromatic - chocolate & licorice

Tastes fairly watery, espresso, licorice, malt finish.

Mouthfeel a little light too.

It is well-balanced and is quite drinkable. I could handle three or four of these 22oz bombers in an evening.

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Photo of IPAcraig
2.81/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A beer I picked up at Liquor Loft and is now poured into an oversized wine glass.

A nice deep black beer, but like with too many big stouts, this one lacks a substantial head.

A nice roastiness comes through in the aroma, and a hint of coffee shows up as well. However it has bits of burnt coffee and Worcestershire sauce in it as well.

Burnt coffee balanced by a nice sweetness. I want to like this beer, as I think Lagunitas makes great beer, but it is hard to ignore the off flavors. The beer has a really nice sweet, roasty finsh; the burnt flavor does not linger.

Creamy rich, mouthfeel.

I may be able to finish this beer, the Worcestershire and burnt coffee are faint enough to notice the beers other redeeming qualities.

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Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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