Cappuccino Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
4,462 Ratings
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown but not opaque...I like my stouts to be black, but the taste more than makes up for it's dark brown translucent appearance with little to no head.

S - Smells like cold other way to describe it.

T - Tastes of sweetened iced coffee without the cream/milk. One of the better pure "coffee" style stouts I have tasted. I will purchase this again if I can still find it.

M - Smooth with mild carbonation on the tounge and throat on the finish.

O - While you have other great stouts such as Founders Breakfast and Yeti Oak Aged Espresso, this is among the tops as a pure coffee style stout in my opinion.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JG-90
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Cappuccino Stout pours a moderate sized light brown head that is thick and creamy. Body is a dark brown with hints of red, definitely more translucent than you would expect from a stout with this ABV. Head has good retention and leaves moderate/low lacing. Aroma consists of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee, not a whole lot of aroma, and seems a bit stale.

Taste has a ton of bitter coffee up front (seems more like espresso than cappuccino - but I'm no coffee connoisseur), move on to some earthy and herbal hops and roasty dark chocolate and malt, with an earthy, coffee, hint of vanilla finish.

Body is thin with high carbonation. Really would like a thicker, chewier body here. If this beer had that, I think it would be great, but the water feel definitely takes away from the overall enjoyment. However, this beer really packs a huge coffee punch which I appreciated.

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4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours pitch black, the beer doesn't seem to have a thick appearance to it though, leaves a very small off white, tan head and no lacing, typical stout appearance except for the color, it's pitch black but has a glossy appearance to it which is new to me, but it looks good

S: While pouring this beer you can notice the cappuccino, strong cappuccino presence with a hint of chocolate, notice some tobacco as well, note very complex but with what you get it smells really good

T: Also not incredibly complex but again, its pretty tasty, this beer doesn't really transition flavors, the cappuccino is present through out, at first you get all the flavors mixed together, then the tobacco fades and the chocolate comes in on the finish, like I said not super complex but it's really good

M: This stout is not viscous enough for my likings, it makes it more drinkable and has a slightly more carbonated feel to it which is still pretty good, but I think this stout needs a more viscous mouthfeel to it

O: Cannot beat this for the price, $5 for a stout like this, I'll take that deal any day, recommend grabbing one if you see it next time you go to the bottle shop

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Decently dark, but more of a thin, light brown coming out of the bottle. A billowy 2 finger khaki head. A decent amount of light coming through.

S- raw coffee beans and chocolate. Espresso comes through late, but not really the highlight.

T- Chocolate and raw coffee. Charcoal. A bit harsh at times. Has a solid hop profile, but nothing really stands out flavor-wise. Astringent off putting finish.

M- Like most other aspects of this beer, the feel is pretty meh. A little fuller than expected, but lacks true stout characteristics of a creamy, chewy body.

O- Simply average.

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3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Finger worth on slightly off white head. Above average active carbonation in glass. Dark brown on the pour which sat black in the glass. Creamy lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Light roasted coffee grounds and medium bodied malt tones hit first. Tones of dark chocolate and caramel pop up on the body. There isn't a ton more here then you would expect from an espresso stout, lots of coffee grounds and malt.

Taste: Oak and some smokey espresso tones hit the palate first. Dark chocolate bitterness lingers largely in the body of the brew and carries into the finish. Medium bodied roasted malt tones pop up on the back end and add to the coffee tones. Light milk chocolate sweetness is picked up on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Dry with plenty of lingering bitterness from the coffee and chocolate tones. Carbonation is brighter then expected.

Overall: Pretty much what I expected when opening up a espresso stout. Lots of black coffee and dark chocolate accents. Nothing that well blow you away but no doubt a brew that is worth of a try if this type of brew strikes your fancy.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Kuaff
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

The Cappuccino Stout has a two to three finger, light khaki head and an almost black body. It has the same slight transparency in shallow places that black coffee has.

Fabulous aroma. Vanilla, chocolate-covered raisins, caramel, a hint of molasses or maple, and the expected milky coffee, round out an incredibly good smell. Outstanding milk chocolate in there.

In the flavor, the awesome array of sweet, dessert-like qualities from the aroma are joined with the appropriate and wonderfully complementary earthiness and slightly bitter roastiness one would expect in a stout. Not quite as impactful as the aroma, but still tasty.

The feel is kind of medium-bodied. I wouldn't mind an imperial stout like this being a bit thicker, but it drinks pretty well.

A very well-put-together coffee-infused stout.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this years ago, and I figured with lots of (seemingly) fresh bottles raining down recently upon my distro, it was time to go ahead and buy it. It's $3.50 around here, for Christ's sake! What's the worst that could happen? Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass and split with a friend. No freshness date, but I'm pretty sure it's fresh.

Pours a blackened color of a stout, with some light brownish streaks at the rim - otherwise, no light penetrates this, and strangely enough, it's more opaque looking than their actual RIS. Contains a frothy mocha colored head that gives this the appearance not just of a mocha, but of a malted chocolate beverage due in part to its viscosity and thickness. Leaves behind a shrapnel coated web of foam with each swirl. Really nice and really presentable... Classic Lagunitas!

Smells great - huge roasted ground espresso notes, chocolate, and other roasted goodness, as well as a brief sweetness that rounds everything up quite well. The coffee is way up front on this, but then, a milk chocolate sweetness comes around, as well as some vanilla and caramel. It indeed smells like a cappuccino, if memory serves me well the last time I've had one. Nice dark fruit comes in, with notes of peaberries, raisins, cherry pits, as well as some molasses. Slightly pine forward at the finish, with some citrus and earthy notes, but definitely far more toned down as far as offerings from this brewery go. It's amazing how well the alcohol is well hidden here - this is nearly in the same league as Founders Breakfast Stout, to be perfectly honest. Really richly enticing.

The flavor took me by surprise, showcasing a very well balanced blend of the base beer and the addition of coffee. Extremely well roasted at the front, with bittered yet richly flavorful notes of ground espresso, followed by a sweet chocolate flavor coated with a seemingly lactic and vanilla-like sweetness. The middle is more roasted chocolate, with some notes of dark fruit (mainly cherries), more molasses, pine, and citrus zest. Finishes with a hearty sweetness, caramel and fudge included, with minimal heat from the alcohol, as well as a chocolate roasted flavor that melds with the coffee bitterness that is sharp yet overall comfortable to drink. This is quite thick and filling, and in spite of its relatively high ABV, you never taste the alcohol or really feel its effects. Well carbonated and thick, and exactly how a high gravity coffee stout should drink, without banging you over the head.

Man, I really enjoyed this, and this really confirmed to me that Lagunitas can really do no wrong overall when it comes to the quality of the beer vs. the low prices they're charging them for. This is an excellent coffee stout - simultaneously bitter and sweet, with a light spiciness, and ridiculously easy to find just about anywhere around here. Definitely difficult to tackle a bottle all on your own, but can be easily split. Delicious stuff - in my book, at this point, Lagunitas has crowned themselves as one of America's definitive breweries of the New World style brewing that occurs here.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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