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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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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cappuccino Stout opens to a rich, malty nose, the initial aromas full of yeasty rising whole wheat dough, thick brown breads, chocolate, ash, and a good dose of coffee. There’s not as much of the latter ingredient as the name would suggest – no overwhelming smack – but there is a nice layer of deeply roasted and fresh-ground beans, the aromatic coffee oils still present and savory. The beans combine with a toasted pecan overtone to create a deliciously nutty feel, and when placed next to the chocolate, come across very dessert-like. Tinges of pine resin from the hops add nuance, and more sugars and aromas are added in the forms of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and a few fruit esters (mainly raisin, plum, and black cherry, though all are relatively mild, compared to the chocolate-coffee notes). As a whole, the nose is very nice, offering a good dark series of notes, the cappuccino blending extremely well with everything else, and the mélange even producing a few dark port and bourbon-like overtones.

On the tongue, the beer is more ashy than the nose let on, with tobacco ash and near-burnt coffee grounds blasting away at the tongue, joined quickly by a relieving dose of heavy whipping cream, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and caramel. Bits of milk and dark chocolate add further sugary nuance, playing well off of the thick brown breads and whole wheat dough. Very light touches of piney bitterness add bite and balance, and the few fruit esters – again, raisin, plum, and black cherry, and again, all of them light – give the sugars a nice body. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, even slightly heavier on the ash, and lingers for a good while. Late in the mouthful there’s an alcoholic burn, the vapors filling the nasal cavities in bourbon-like fashion. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a very nice stout, the cappuccino notes in here thankfully largely blending nicely with everything (as opposed to overpowering them, as often happens), and the wide range of sugars balancing out the dark ashes. There is still a rather large coffee presence that does slightly overpower some of the more subtle notes, and the alcoholic vapors in the aftertaste are quite potent, but there’s still much in here to enjoy.

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3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a bomber bought for a friend in december '12, opened sept '13. dark, dark, dark, but a bit of light shines thru from my phone's flashlight, a deep blood/garnet red. delicate lacing on the top transitions to nice, stronger lacing down the glass. smell is thick, sweet malty dark roast coffee. it's picked up some smoky old world character, taste is mellowing out a touch. very approachable for such a coffee forward brew, and with an abv that's sure to get you in trouble if you aren't careful. interesting that it seems to be missing some of their characteristic sweetness. i was a big fan of this specialty from lagunitas, no i am even more so, and will look forward to grabbing several this winter to age longer. very recommended.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours very dark, mahogany colored (it appears clear, but I only get a little light coming through at the edges to judge). Head is a single finger of light tan foam that lingers nicely, lacing is fair.

S: Malted grain initially, then floral and citrus hops notes, then more grain (toasted/burnt) with some dark fruit notes, and finally (later than I'd expected) I picked up the coffee aromas.

T: Delicious, and complex. Initially sweet, transitioning to a malty/burnt-grain sweetness. It doesn't take long for slightly-tart fruit flavors to show up (orange, raisins, maybe some dates). Then the coffee appears, and lingers on the palate for a moment before slowly melding into the bitter hops in the finish; even at the end, there are a number of lingering flavors playing together in the mouth.

M: Smooth, although I wouldn't go as far as "creamy" (as I'd expected from a beer using "cappuccino" in the name). Nice carbonation, nice balance of moist early and dry in the finish. The only thing I can partly fault is the very present boozy feel from the high ABV.

O: I've had a couple of better coffee stouts, but just one or two. This is really good, and impressive in its complexity and balance (not many brewers could fit this many flavors together and have them work so well together). I could nit-pick about how it could have been creamier and a few other minor issues, but that would take the focus off the fact that this is a mighty good beer, and very reasonably priced for the quantity and quality you get.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From my tasting notes: The Cappuccino Stout poured a deep brown almost black with creamy tan head. The aroma held sweet malts and the punch of coffee that was a good sign of things to come. The taste had everything I was looking for in a coffee stout. It was big and bold with a good coffee flavor and a deep bittersweet chocolate malt on a full creamy body that was full and satisfying. Lagunitas made another great beer and exactly what I wanted in a satisfying coffee stout.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this from a cask at the brewery.

A - black as night with a 1/4 inch foamy head that never disappears.

S - coffee, chocolate, signature lagunita's malt.

T - tastes just like it smells...coffee is dominant.

M - very smooth...no carbonation...a little sticky.

O - great beer...great brewery!

If anybody gets a chance, definitely check out the brewery...they had many exclusive beers along with some of the best food I've had in California. BEEF BRISKET!!!

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Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 4,473 ratings
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