Cappuccino Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

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

22oz brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep brown/black with one finger of off white head. Coffee and cocoa in the aroma. Big coffee flavor dominates. Medium bodied. There is some hop bitterness in the middle. Kind of a one dimensional beer. The base beer didn't come through very much.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice black, the color of motor oil with no translucence. The head was nice reddish brown with a nice lacing.

The smell is of coffee and caramel malts, the coffee smell is more prevalent as the beer warms.

The taste is great! You get the malty coffee taste on the front with a bit of hops on the finish. The brew is one smooth drink with near perfect carbonation.

The highlight of the drink is the mouth feel, it is exceptional. Nice and thick on the tongue, smooth on the finish.

This is a very drinkable brew, although at 7.99% ABV you might only be able to have a couple at a time. I know the one 22oz bottle that I enjoyed gave me a nice mellow beer buzz.

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

Bottled, consumed on 01/04/08.

Dark brown transparent pour from bottle somehow becomes VERY dark brown liquid with a dense tan head that lasts a long time in a glass. Aromas of cherries and chocolate. Soft mouthfeel: a bit thin. Flavor is less intense than expected; some mildly bitter coffee and vaguely sweet fruits. Finish is clean and light with almost no residual flavor save for the ghost of malty chocolate.

Nice but far from essential.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nearly opaque black. Tan colored head fades quickly to only a thin wispy cap.

Smells very sweet almost like a syrup. Behind the sweetness is a load of chocolate and coffee. First beer I've had from Lagunitas that was hopped over the top. I'm intrigued and hesitant. I could go for some more roasted and bitter qualities. More alcohol smell as it warms.

Tastes sweet up front with a hint of raisins. This progresses to a heavy coffee flavor that ends with a subtle bitterness that was missing in the nose. Slight alcohol warmth on the end as well. Chocolate flavors that I enjoyed are missing out as well as the roasted qualities I expect in a stout.

Mouthfeel is very thin and lifeless. Takes away from the rest of the beer. Drinkability is helped by the thin mouthfeel, but this isn't a beer I'd grab again. At $3-$4 it isn't a big loss. Coffee taste is there and enjoyable. I'd like to give some of the coffee they used a coffee.

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Photo of caminiti
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As with all of the other Lagunitas offerings, a very good beer at a great price.
Ive only had one other beer in this category, and that was at about three times the price for a bit more flavor and aroma.
I poured from a bomber into a generic, probably stolen, pint glass, and took in what I expected, a dark, almost purple black color, with a very light head.
The flavor matched the aroma, not everpowering, but with a hint of malt and a hint of coffee. While it obviously cant be tasted, the caffeine was there, as I had no problem drinking the bomber and staying up well past me bedtime, all in order to watch Tina Fey make her return to SNL. The beer was better than the episode.

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

Dark, dark brown to black pour with a big lasting tan head. Smell is a nice roasted malt and coffee smell, but a noticeable metallic smell as well, as this beer is probably a year old. Smell is not too big, but noticeable. Smooth, mouthfeel with light carbonation, a nice roastiness and cappuccino flavor on into the finish and aftertaste. Some light bitterness. This would be quite a bit better fresh, but still is pretty decent. Nice coffee stout that is not overly hopped.

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Photo of LarryV
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a creamy tan head that lingers for several minutes. Aroma of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is spot on, rich coffee flavor without the burnt/bitter flavor that seems to plague a lot of coffee inspired brews. Mouthfeel is creamy and coats the tongue. Sweetness is held in check and is at the perfect balance for this brew. Excellent Stout, one that I would like to see available all the time instead of a limited version.

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Photo of maddogruss
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brownish-black body with a tan head. Good retention with a head that holds to the finish. A solid lacing on the glass as well throughout the beer.

S: Smells like ground, roasted coffee beans.

T: A bitter, coffee taste with a hint of roasted barley and a smoother coffee taste in the aftertaste.

M: A little light, but that is expected since it is a stout, but definitely a creamy mouthfeel.

D: Good drinkability. Great mouthfeel complimented by an excellent taste.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with huge "cappuccino" head (sorry I had to). Looks like a pint full of espresso with a foamy cap. head.

Smells heavilly of high quality, somewhat acidic espresso. Some hint of the alcohol is there too. Tastes of roasted malts, coffee bitterness and like said before hgih quality, fruity acidic tones. Aftertaste of a extremely good cup of coffee from a place other than Starbucks. Feel is like a cup of military coffee, thicker than normal coffee, but not as thick as I like stouts.

Easy drinker. As a life long third shifter, I have enjoyed many cups of coffee, stronger the better. As a BA I have enjoyed many good beer, more creative the better. This is a blend of both. I hope they release this one a few more times. I know there is that rule about drinking before noon, but this bends that. Good beer for breakfast.

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

Pours a deep brown almost opaque black with a decent light tan head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is certainly reminiscent of cappuccino, both espresso and cream are present. The taste is heavier on the roastiness, but the cappuccino is right behind. The beer is on the light side of medium and the stated 8.3% abv is very well hidden. This is a very enjoyable brew on to wrap up what will hopefully be the last really cold day this winter.

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

I picked this up at Quick 6 in York on Mt Rose Avenue. Decanted cool from the brown 22oz bottle into my Guinness Nonic.

A - Deep Brown w/ a light tan band of approximately 3 fingers that settles down to an inch. The head is frothy like a true cappuccino and I might be crazy, but speckles of coffee bean fragments appear in the head. The lace is thick and creamy and holds well w/ an ultra fine bead.

S - Like the namesake, a mocha aroma w/ roasty coffee fragrance w/ a light sweet odor. There is a nuttiness, but mostly roasted coffee shows up here.

M - Rich, smooth and creamy -almost buttery w/ a dryness and nutty feel. The smooth roast w/out any acidity or harsh burned feel of overroasted beans. The sweetness is subtle and the carbonation level is ample for a beer of its stature.

T - The first sips ar malt, then the dry coffee columbian bean flavor comes through w/ slightly oily buttery and cocoa tinged notes. The stout is creamy w/ subtle sweet and dry notes. The coffee get mellow and really only accents the roastiness of the barley and chocolate malt flavors as it warms. The subtlety is welcome and allows more stout/coffee nuance to wow the palate in tandem. The sweetness and subtle citrus of the coffee w/ the caramelized qualities of the dark malt do a push/pull or back and forth dance w/ a slight tinge of hop bitterness and citrus falvor adding to the complextity and earthy toasted malt w/ dry yet spicy bean flavors which makes this on that is hard to resist.

D - Friggin' great, what can I say? This is just a flavor combo that pushes my inner beer geek buttons in a good way when done well. I found myself finishing this bomber quickly on an empty stomach which isn't my M.O. I like the subtleties and the seemingly effortless blend of all the flavors means this is a Very well crafted ale IMO. I loved the roast taste it made me want coffee from Sebastopol, CA and the stout was too smooth to be believed @ 8%. I recommend it highly, just wish it wasn't limited release only. This ale went well w/ my teriyaki rice.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up today from South Bay Drugs & Liquor, thanks Joey ;o)

Pours a dark caramel color with garnet spots when held to the light and a thick inch of foam.

Lots of coffee, hazelnut, oatmeal cookie, milk-chocolate, nutmeg, toast, and nuts. Also picking up some warm milk and cream aromas. I wasn't expecting too much from this one but it's really quite good on the nose. Halfway through the beer I'm starting to pick up some "green" aromas, not sure how to describe that better.

On the first sip I get coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate followed by chocolate malts and dry, bitter, roasted barley. A mix of coffee with cream and light chocolate on the finish.
Some dry graham cracker flavor or burnt toast in the aftertaste. Not the freshest coffee flavor I've had in a coffee stout but still a good aggressive coffee presence.

A little thin on the mouthfeel, a tad too carbonated on the tongue.

Overall, it's a little better than I expected and for the price of $2.99 for a bomber I'd say it's a good deal.

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Photo of smttycty
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to go to an aggressive pour the second time to get a decent crown in my snifter glass, but that did the trick. Coffee-with-extra-cream colored rocky crown fading to a solid cap. Not so much thick lacing as gooey legs indicating a fair amount of alcohol (my bottle says 8.3, not the 7.99 listed here). A non-stouty dark brown body, but fairly opaque.

The nose is bold with a balance of grape-fruity hops and roasty malts. Some bitter walnut and earthiness. I'm a coffee geek too, but I'm not finding it in the nose.

Good balance here, and fairly complex. Lots of dark malt and some orange rind come up front. The hop character is surprisingly subdued and the roast astringency is soft and smooth, with coffee notes only coming in on the long lingering finish. The 8.3% ABV just hums from the back of the chorus but you find yourself whisling it's tune after the 22 oz bomber is gone.

Med to heavy bodied and the correct soft effervescence. Reminds me of the gentleman pugilist enjoying a smoke in a leather chair at the country club. You sense the knock-out punch underneath the tweed coat, but appreciate the well-mannered conversation.

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Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany with huge light tan head and big lace. Citrus hops and alcohol malt aroma. Solid bodied with deep coffee malt and crisp lemon hops bitterness. Smooth, and fair drinkability for the style. Sweet and bitter in a smooth mix. Very enjoyable, another Lagunitas masterpiece.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 Fl Oz brown bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... "Ale Brewed With Columbian Coffee" on the logo sticker along with a "Limited Release" title... as far as the appearance is concerned, the brew pours a jet-black, ebony hue, with an impressive reddish-tan frothy head that left apparent lacing... smell is strongly suggestive of cocoa, malts, and espresso... the beer possesses a strong flavor that does well to complement the attractive aroma, with dark lattee, coffee, espresso, caramel, and a noticeable sugared and fig taste... the flavor is very aggressiv on this one, and bursts through with powerful cappuccino essences... an excellent brew from Lagunitas - one of the better ones I've sampled from this California brewery... this one is terrific in the aroma and taste, and is a top-notch representation of the style... the hefty 7.99% ABV is well masked behind a rich, creamy, and thick conglomeration of intricate flavors and smells... Excellent stuff... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic. Poured an extremely dark opaque brown. Two-fingered tan head subsided gradually into a thin layer of foam. Some lacing, but thin and inconsistent adherence. Strong scent of coffee, malt and molasses or brown sugar. Taste similar to nose but with a bit of a pronounced coffee grounds taste at the finish; not unpleasant, but just lingers a little (similar to the Bells Java Stout I just reviewed, but not as overpowering). Mouthfeel was very effervescent and tingly on the tongue, although a bit watery. Alcohol was very well hidden. I really enjoyed this brew and would purchase it regularly if more widely available in RI. It would have been outstanding if a little more full-bodied.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with some red highlites.No head what so ever.Not even a patch in the center of the glass.

Cappuccino is the dominate smell.

Cappuccino taste pretty good in this one.Chocolate and thats all I taste.

Mouthful is creamy,velvety texture.

Nice beer,I didnt know if I would like it.I would recommend this to coffee heads that get Lagunitas beers.Cheers Lagunitas

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

Poured into my pint glass. Started with a hard pour which produced a head of about an inch -- settled at half an inch then dropped to a thin layer as I sniffed at it. It is dark reddish brown. Looked a bit thin in the pour, but it's pretty opaque.

The smell is intensely roasted malt. Don't really pick up much coffee in the nose, though there's a milk-stout quality.

Taste covers all the bases -- there's the roasted malt, the lactose quality of a milk stout, and then the coffee hits at the back. Tasty!

Mouthfeel might be a skosh thin, but not by much. It lingers on the tongue a bit. Carbonation is low, but extant if a bit of foam hits the lip.

Drinkable? I've killed a bomber by myself before without much trouble, though in general I'd think of it as one just as well shared. For that reason, I'd like to see it in 12-ouncers if they ever decide to make it again.

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

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is blackish/brown with ruby hues; light passes through, but barely. Foamy head is 1-finger high, beige/chocolatey in color.

S: Blend of coffee, cocoa or milk chocolate and a hint of dark chocolate. Not terribly strong, however.

T: Coffee up front, followed by roasted malt, a hint of chocolate and then slightly burnt coffee bitterness at the finish.

M: Medium-to-heavy in heft, feels pretty creamy in the mouth.

D: Very good. This went down pretty quickly, with no evidence of the 7.99 ABV to slow me down.

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

A- Very dark color with a creamy head that is very thick. Can hardly make out any color than black. With the light I'd guess a lil bit of reddish brown is in there, but otherwise it's opaque.

S- Big coffee presence, but not harsh. It's a wonderful smell, like being in a coffee shop. Roasty and a smooth cappuccino scent.

T- Smooth and not offensive. Sweet coffee and bitterness come together nicely in this one.

M- Very smooth like a stout should be, but not too heavy either. A medium or so mouthfeel. Some aftertaste of roasted coffee and stout. The coffee bitterness lingers. Small kick to the sip afterwards.

D- Good and I wish I was in a better coffee stout mood. This is really good and I'm not appreciating it enough. I really like coffee, tho this isn't my usual style. Still, wish I had more.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a plastic cup (sorry, no glassware available at this party).

A: Pours an opaque black with a light tan, creamy head. Lacing even in a plastic cup.

S: striking hop aroma was not expected but pleasant, American character with that refreshing citrus aroma. After taking in this surprise I was free to enjoy the coffee/chocolate aroma. A bit of roastiness also detected.

T: A roasty espresso flavor detected, followed by that refreshing hop character I detected in the aroma and mixed in with a creamy milk-chocolate flavor. Finishes on a roasty bitter note. Well done.

M: A dextrinous heavy feel but smooth and creamy at the same time. A little sticky. Roasty/bitter notes are not mouth-puckering.

D: More balanced toward hops than many stouts I had but this was a big plus. Anyone who doubts the appropriateness of citrus character together with roasty coffee (I did at first) should try espresso with the lemon peel soaked in it for a minute. Serve this with French Toast at breakfast or apple pie a la mode for dessert.

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Photo of m1ked
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark brown, barely translucent when held up to the light. Poured a sustainig off white head.

S- I smell dark red wine. Mahogany, cocoa.

T- Syrah-ish, wood, smokey, dark chocolate.

M- Slick, almost greasy.

D- mmm delicious. I really enjoy this one.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a bomber bottle and into a tulip glass it pours a pretty, dark coffee color with a nice bubbling, mostly dense tan head at the surface. Nice cascading in the glass as I poured. Sticky lacing on the glass as it dissipates to a slightly foamy surface layer.

Lots of coffee and toffee malt on the nose. A bit of dark grapes on the nose also of note, but to be honest, rather boring nose. Some char also to note on the nose.

Sipping reveals a very chocolatey and coffee flavor taht really hits my taste buds. Finish is dry and a bit thin. Expected a bit more.

Body is full, but actually just a tad thin for a full-bodied brew (if that makes sense). A bit of alcohol phenols on the finish.

Overall, not a bad brew, but i've had better Lagunitas. Nothing very exceptional.

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Photo of pwoods
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, poured into a tulip. No dating.

A: Pours nearly solid black with just a few wisps of ruby spots when back lit. 1 finger of toffee head forms and has some retention. Some nice lacing.

S: Definitely a coffee stout, haha. Also bits of chocolate and some floral hops. Pretty straight forward.

T/M: Very pleasant coffee flavors with a strong presence of milk chocolate, confirming the cappuccino part, lol. Again, just a touch of fresh hops livens things up and keeps a good balance. Mouthfeel is what I'd expect from a 'single' stout, almost making me wish this was a double/imp stout. Not sure if it's the hops or some of the alcohol finally reminding me it's there, but the finish is long and very dry.

D: Tasty brew and I'll have no trouble finishing this bomber.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up jet black with some ruby highlights. There is a thick tan head that lasts a long time.

S - Sweet roasted malt, maybe a bit of coffee in the background. Smells good.

T - Slightly creamy flavor cuts through the roast malts and the coffee. Definite coffee flavor on the edges of my tongue. Subtle and pleasant. I'm picking up some hops at the back of my tongue.

M - Full mouthfeel. Maybe a little too carbonated?

D - A little too heavy to be a session beer. One or two would be okay, but three would be hard to do.

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