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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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Added by GClarkage on 10-20-2004

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Reviews: 1,321 | Ratings: 4,348
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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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a deep ruby red with high clarity. A mocha cap that melts to a splotchy covering, leaving a mostly solid wall of lace behind.

Aroma - cool mix of smoky malts, chocolate amd charred coffee beans. It has a certain olfactory connection to my barbecue smoker. As it sets up the coffee aromas become a little more pronounced, the roasted grain holding it's own for the most part, but acting as back-up. It is good but I wish it were more intense.

Taste - charred grain, and lots of it. A little harsh at first swallow. That slightly japapeno tang that I sometimes taste with heavily charred beers. The powers in the aroma are reversed - now it is the coffee that struggles for identity while the grain runs rampant over the palate. Heavy roasted grain almost obliterates any coffee, but on the swallow, as the primary flavors subside, the oils of the coffee must be holding on because now they emerge. Not real heavy, but post-swallow they are left standing with the bitterness that is either hop or char induced. Either way it's a fine finish. I was kind of hoping for something creamier, maybe milkier even, with more Italian coffee presence. This is more bitter espresso than frothy, creamy cappucino, but it works.

11/18/08 update - drinking the other bottle of the pair purchased last year. This beer settles down wonderfully with a year of age on it. The haevy char subsides, the coffee smooths out, just a real notch upwards IMO.

Mouthfeel - good solid feel. Carbonation, while active looking, is kept at a tame level.

Drinkability - not quite what I had hoped for, but it's tasty and if offered, I'd have it again. 11/18/08 - though I want to edge the taste up .5, I will settle for a kick here in drinkability. Age a bottle for comparison and see if you don't like the overall balance better.

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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 try....as 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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