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Cappuccino Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3.94/5
Very Good
4,472 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:
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Added by GClarkage on 10-20-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,326
Reviews:
1,348
Ratings:
4,472
pDev:
11.42%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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213
Gots:
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Photo of KFBR392
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
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 -11.2%

Photo of hockeypuck
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Kuaff
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of greencovesteve
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Brinks
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BrewThru_29
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appears black but transparent when held up to light. 1 finger head with great retention and lacing.

Smell is of mostly coffee. Some roasted malt also. Smells really good.

Taste follows the nose with a big, slightly bitter roasted coffee flavor up front. Little bit of a sweet aftertaste...maybe a touch of vanilla?

Mouthfeel is medium body. Not too thick. Moderate amount of carbonation. Can't come close to detecting the 9+ ABV.

Overall: If you like coffee stouts, you will not be disappointed with this one. Very good.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

To set the table, I love this brewery and style of brew. I will be biased high in my review. I wish this stuff came in 6-packs and was readily available.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an English pint glass. Released a nice brown head that settled pretty quickly into a rocky foam. Nose consists of sweet malt with some dark notes of chocolate and coffee. Some raisin notes with dark currant and bread present later.

The sweetness promised in the aroma and by the OG (stated on the bottle) is just not present. There is a definite coffee flavor in the malt with chocolate notes, but the supporting sweetness expected in the malt fails to appear, leaving a slight bitter flavor sensation but for my taste that's perfect.

Finish is long coffee and alcohol dominate the malt that is present. Hop bitter is there and balances along with bitter coffee and chocolate. Really its balanced but not necessarily with hop. Kinda cool. The lack of malt sweetness lessens the need for a heavy bitter and this beer actually responds to that need with a nice complex but mild bitter from multiple sources.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 4,472 ratings
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