Cappuccino Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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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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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark, chocolate brown. Slight head with a stringy lace all around the edge of the glass. Not much of any nose with just bits of ground coffee beans.

Surprisingly subtle coffee flavor. Lots of roasted malts though. Tinged with vanilla around the edges. Found this beer to be (dissappointingly) one-dimensional. The carbonation kind of tingles on the tongue. A tad more than medium body. All the roastiness almost makes this a taste bud killer.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown and black hue with a large dark tan head that leaves some wavy lace patterns on the glass. Slight alcoholic tannins also present.
Aroma of dark chocolate and light coffee, almost a coffee diluted with cream and sugar kind of aroma. Expected a big burst of coffee explosion but its really very subtle, pleasant but very subdued.
Flavor has more coffee-esque tones to start, sliding to a roasted barley and chocolate flavor pretty quickly. Finish is more silky than bitter but there is a faint hint of strong cappuccino bittering.
Mouthfeel is relatively smooth, not quite full-bodied but well made and thick. Malt is palate covering with just a hint of aforementioned bittering and some roasted notes to break up the sweetness.
Drinkability is actually quite high. Lacks the coffee appeal that it named for but in a way that makes in easier to drink. Solid stout with a hint of coffee flavoring, worked for me.

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Photo of jwff
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can't remember which season this one was released, but dug this off the back shelf of a seldomly used Spec's in town. Pours a very dark ruby with ample tannish head. Smell is strong of sugary raisins. I'm not getting much cappucino in the smell but this will do. Maybe a little chocolate but I might be forcing it.

Taste isn't very cappucino, but rather a wholly overmilked coffee with an addition of plum and raisin. Has a slightly metallic aftertaste, but after THAT comes some more bitter coffee undertones. It's alright, but the coffee flavors are subdued so it tastes like drinking cold coffee with some raisins in the mix. I wouldn't recommend this one to start my day, Jason.

Mouthfeel is alright, kind of creamy and just carbonated enough. I'm still on the fence about this beer. I think my final verdict will be "it's alright." Not great, not amazing. I'd drink it again, though.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Sean. This one pours an incredibly deep ambered brown color with a light tan head over top that maintains very well. Clarity seems good. This one is not quite as dark as I expected it to be. Nose is complex. Good notes of chocolate, fig, and a solid coffee. Good balance between the different notes. Flavor right on with the nose. The dark fruityness and chocolate really seem to be the dominant flavors here. The cofffee hits on the finish, with a good hop bitter on the finish. Very tasty. The feel is moderate with a solid moderate carbonation. No hit at all of alcohol. Its well hidden in the flavor and aroma. I think there is a lot of dark fruit character in this one, and it dominates over the chocolate and coffee notes. This is a nice stout. I'd have it again.

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Photo of clvand0
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color with a moderate head that falls slowly and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is all about the chocolate, roasted malts and there is a bit of lactic sweetness in there. The flavor is all coffee at the beginning then fades to a more chocolaty thing and leaves a bit of sweetness on the tongue. Very tasty. The body is thick and the drinkability is very good on this one. Great brew.

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Photo of briman
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown with a touch of ruby when held up to the light. Head is about a half-finger, & tan.

Smells of roasted malt, touch of chocolate, but dominated by roasted coffee.

Taste is sweet in the beginning, but the flavor is more dominant in the finish. The coffee flavors come through more towards the end...finish is dry with a slight roasted malt bitterness. Really have to let this one warm up to get the full array of flavors...even more so than I expected.

Medium bodied, but actually a bit thinner than I expected.

I could definately drink a couple of these in a sitting. I didn't really notice a warming affect at first, but it does kind of creep up on you, and is definately noticeable as you get towards the bottom of the bottle. This qualifies as a comfort beer in my book.

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Photo of Ego
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$3.99 for a bomber @ DeCicco Market, pelham, ny

music - Napalm Death : Enemies of the Music Business
cheese - "our own smokehouse blue", Market Basket, Franklin Lakes, NJ

one finger of off white head, holding well... good lacing and sticky webs of beer jizz adorn the glass. dark brown.. very dark brown, not dikembe mutombo.. but pretty damn dark. nothing ground breaking but better than average.

sweet espresso. This smells like roast in a coffee house.. immediately this titilates my... um.. taste buds, yeah, that's it! Toasty and slightly burnt malts abound. Coffee notes out the wazoo. A hair too sweet imo but mouth watering for a coffee freak none the less. There are more choc notes coming out now later on down the glass but the pronounced coffee tone is the star here (obviously). Delicious nose !

taste etc...
medium to full mouthfeel, almost reminds me of.. dare I say it... Old Rasputin ? Actually it reminds me of what Old Raspy tastes like on tap, a bit more hop kick and not as complex as in the bottle. This has a great roasted aftertaste. Carbonation is just short of prickly but carries it very well. The alcohol is perceptable but barely. This one also has a drying effect from the burnt malts and the alcohol... almost bordering on other styles like a baltic or a russian. The bomber seems much bigger than it actually is.. I guess the ABV is kickin in !

at first I thought this would be an OK offering. but the taste really develops and this one shows it's pimp hand well. If you like russian imperial stouts.. try this, you might be pleasantly surprised. I am glad I picked up 2 bottles.. at $3.99 this is hard to beat.

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Photo of marc77
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep bister in hue, with surprisingly clear, bubbly flashes of crimson when held to light. Brown sugar sweetness and cola - like caramel hit the nose at first. A deep inhalation reveals notes of dilute mocha and floral hops. Tame in coffee character, but innocuous overall aromawise. In flavor, the initial surge of burnt barley and charcoal bitterness is immediately superceded by a pleasant, albeit one - dimensional milk chocolate sweetness. The coffee presence is present at a low level throughout, and contribute only a subtle, but rounded smoky and tannic notion that complements the residual, molasses - like malt sweetness. Thin in body, and approaching brown ale - like in that regard. Constant hop bitterness melds well with coffee tannins, and provides a bitterness that offsets residual sugar aptly. Finishes abruptly yet warm, with quickly fleeting notes of dry baker's cocoa and ethanol. A relatively enjoyable stout all around. I would've appreciated a more dextrinous body and a more pronounced coffee component. Its best attribute is its dangerous drinkability. Honestly, it drinks like a brown porter.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber brown in color, quite clear, with a moderately-sized tan head, lots of broken lace, and small streams of carbonation.

Aroma: Bitter coffee, cocoa, toasted malts, and slight herbal hops.

Taste: Begins with bitter chocolate and coffee. It turns a bit sweet midway through the taste, and finishes with a lingering coffee and chocolate note. The finish is quite dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: Wonderful as a dessert beer, and most pleasing in cold weather. Share it with friends.

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Photo of spazaru
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a 1/2" head. I don't smell the coffee but somehow I feel it before I taste it (psychological?).

Dark roasty nose with a hint of chocolate but the coffee really comes on in the aftertaste. Almost too easy to drink. 8% alcohol is barely perceptible. I could drink a couple of bombers of this quickly but would regret it. The warmer it gets the better so I took it slow.

Surprisingly, this is my first Lagunitas product. I'm impressed. Hope their year round brews are this good. This one is definitely recommended.

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Photo of dick783
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black as all get out. Holds a nice head thats more white than tan. All in all what youd want a stout to look like.

S: Dark chocolate, some roasted coffee, and alot of chocolate milk come barreling out of this beer. Just smells delicious.

T: Not as complex as I was hoping. The flavor doesnt linger on the tounge so, atleast for me, its hard to get a good description of it. Its sweet though, not bitter at all. Tastes like a sweet/lactose stout. No alcohol to be found in the flavor, which is somewhat surprizing given its almost 8%.

M: Thinner than I was hoping for.

This thing smells unreal. I wish it had the body and flavor to match. Im not saying dont drink it, its good, and I'll try it again when i see it, but its not a beer Id go searching for.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bold and roasty, this American stout also shows a lot of restraint in both the design of the base beer and the execution of coffee additions to acheive balance and wonderment.

Dark brown in color, the beer builds a dainty, slightly tanned head that takes the shape of espresso creme. Low in retention or lace, the oils of the coffee supress the protiens of the stout that would normally allow for the froathiness to shine.

Coffee aromas strike the nose first, and with a nutty, moderate tone; much like well brewed Columbian styles. The more stout-like qualities support the coffee with elements of roasted grains, heavy toast, walnuts, and lightly charred woods.

Flavors are much better balanced, allowing the stout base to take hold with the roast, caramel maltiness, medium hop bitterness, and toast. Bold flavors throughout but fairly moderate compared to most American stouts. The coffee additions accentuate the roasty, nutty, caramel flavors but also add a lightly resiny bitterness that work in conjunction with the hop bitterness to round out the balance to roast and sweetness.

Full bodied early due to the expanding carbonation, but the beer relinquishes its creaminess early, allowing the beer to lay heavier on the mouth later in somewhat dull fashion. Finishes lighter and drier than expected for such boldness in flavor.

A delicious beer that's a real joy to drink. Much of what this coffee stout offers is in superb balance with bold flavors that don't intimidate. Only slight elements of inconsistency keep it from higher scores.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear dark brown with some cherry highlights and a creamy light tan head that left some nice lace. Smells strongly of aromatic (not dry) coffee. If I sniff around a bit, I can pull out some sweet chocolate roasted malt. There’s also a brown ale-like honey and molasses sweetness. Tastes initially of dry coffee, but then blossoms into a light chocolate malt with a light melon-like sweetness. There’s a little awkward sourness towards the end but it is carried away by the “I just ate a hand full of espresso beans” coffee finish. There’s actually a sticky residue that’s left behind that carries with it some of the chocolate and a nuttiness, thus saving the after thoughts of beer from the over-the-top coffee finish. If that’s intentional, my hat’s off to Lagunitas! The mouth feel is light bodied with a swarm of tiny bubbles that gives this beer a thick milk shake-like feel. This is a really well done, but not flamboyant stout. The hasty palate could easily pass this by, but there’s some real quality at work here.

P.S. I finished my review and most of my tulip glass but then remembered that there’s the rest of the bomber in the fridge. Score!

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black color with a medium thick and foamy beige head. Thin wisps of lacing. Coffee is in the aroma naturally, along with some sweet malt. Medium-bodied with a coffee flavor that is actually pretty subtle. Sweet malt, caramel and hops flavors are evident. The finish is hoppy with a little cappucino kick. If this beer were richer with a more pronounced coffee flavor I would have enjoyed it more.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks deep black until it's held up to the light. Clear amber/ mahogony sits under a giant beige foam that dissapated rather quickly for it's size.
Vanilla cream hits the nose first then a slight roasted nut aroma.
Taste is very good, not as much coffee as I expected but it grew as it warmed. Rich malt, cream, and good roasted nuts with minimal hop. The higher abv was hidden very well.
Mouthfeel is good-n-chewy.
Drinkability gets high marks I'll buy this again soon especially since it was only $3.99.

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Photo of Jredner
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent lacing. Very bitter fore with a lot of alcohol for just a plain stout. That is more ABV than at least one Impy I can think of and almost as much as many Impy’s. The coffee and chocolate notes arrive together in the finish followed by a hint of black licorice in the aftertaste. Fairly big stout that probably could be in the Impy category.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a nice opaque black with an inch spongey tan head. Very nice. A very dark stout with small hints of ruby red on the edges of the glass. As the beer goes down the glass (my consuming) appeatance is a black to dark brown, like a dark tan leather as i look above it. looks clear ( not cloudy from unfiltered means).

Smells not exactly as i expected. Bottle states 29.5 i.b.u., but i seem to smell a little more hops than that. like other stouts, i get that sweet and roasted malty aroma, but for this, i dont seem to really get any coffee smell out of the usual. i think i would characterize coffee if it were another stout, but the name had me assume that it would be quite more potent.

Taste is great. initially lots of roasted malts with a slight hoppy flavor jump out. For a stout this one has a great amount of ipa flavors in it, i would like to know what hops are thrown in this one. But the roasted flavor is quite dominant, and very good. There is some notes of coffee as i let it sit in my mouth, but not much. When it lays on my toungue, the coffee flavor does come out, but it is like a creamed and very sugared coffee (coincedentally the way i like it). after taste has more of the coffee flavor i expected. still has some sweetness to it. lots of roasted flavors. small hints on the alcohol content as i swallow and the aftertaste (alc 7.99% vol. the bottle says.)

Mouthfeel is good. maybe just a tad on the thin side for a stout, but not bad. good carbonation. great balance. very enjoyable.

To me this is such a great treat to have. i wish i could have this one on demand. I would love to get my hands on this one again. freakin love it! But i think this one is one that should be enjoyed a little bit colder than warmer, if possible. As it warms up, it doesnt have that exact taste i love, but it isnt bad.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fathead's draft. Appearance: Dark ruby brown tan head leaves nice even lacing down the pint. Aroma: Chocolate coffee creamy edge dark dry roasts along with lucious layers of creaminess and a touch of herbal hops. Taste: Sweet marshmellow creamy edge wrapped around dark bitter roasted malts cocoa powder and coffee flavor nice dark beer. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated silky smooth going down, nice. Drinkability: Excellent all around coffee stout from the folks from Petaluma, I could definitely have stuck with this brew for a couple more.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, opaque. Started well with a thin but solid head that receeded to a very thin film.

Roasted malts and coffee greet the nose.

Nearly all coffee, and the coffee is slightly creamy. Just a hint of bitterness at the end. Not much else to say, not overly complex, but good. Just a hint of vanilla at the end.

A bit thin for a stout, but certainly an easy drinker. Cheap, too.

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Photo of nickss
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost completely opaque, but with some barely perceptable light brown highlights which give credit to the "cappucino" portion of this brew. A bit light on the head... less than I would have preferred, but the lacing is thick and gorgeous.

Mmm... brilliant tones of rich coffee, chocolate, and malt. Some barely perceptible notes of berries are in the backbone, but the espresso notes far overwhelm anything else... not extremely complex in the nose, but wonderfully pleasant nonetheless.

HUGE coffee notes.... I love it! A sipper to be sure, but what a wonderful rich flavour to go along with the beautiful aroma. Nothing but pure unadulterated coffee flavour.

Normally I would complain more about the thin mouthfeel on a stout, but somehow, on a coffee-stout, the thinness seems more appropriate in order to mimic coffee. I could still use it a bit thicker, but my complaints are mostly nitpicky in this regard.

A sipper to be sure, but thoroughly enjoyable nonethess.

Pure unadulterated coffee... I love the boldness and audacity of the flavour... this beer pretends to be nothing it is not, and I credit them for that... good job Lagunitas... my favorite beer of theirs.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque dark brown, with a dark tan head. The aroma was of sweet malts, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, possibly some dark fruits, mild hops.
The taste was very bitter at first, but quickly faded as more flavors became apparent. Roasted coffee, sugar, toffee and caramel, hops. It was overall quite a bit more bitter in the beginning than it was sweet at the end. Rather smooth and defintiely got better as it got warmer. I personally could drink a few of these, but not many more. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown. Almost no light shines through when held up to light. What light does shine through appears a ruby reddish brown color. The head is light brown. It fades fast leaving a thin layer of head. It also leaves a good lacing.

This beer has a strong aroma of coffee. It smells malty, with a slight chocolate aroma. It also has a slight caramel aroma. The hop aroma is not present.

This beer tastes sweet and malty. It has a decent coffee flavor. Not as strong as I hoped for, but good none the less. It has a very small chocolate flavor also. It has a very slight hoppy bitter flavor. Very well balanced.

This beer goes down smooth leaving a coffee aftertaste. The carbonation is great, contributing to the quality of this beer. It has a thick creamy mouthfeel to it.

I think this beer would make a good session beer. While the alcohol content might be just a little high, the non aggressive flavor in great. I can and will drink this beer all night long.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 22 oz. bomber from BevMo!

Pours black, with little ruby highlights. Awesome frothy tan head sits on top of the brew for a while, leave some awesome lacing as I sip away.

Really nice roasted malt aroma. Nice smell of chocolate, roasted caramel and toffee. I can smell the coffee and the alcohol in this brew.

Little malt sweetness, followed by the roasted flavors of chocolate, caramel. Awesome bitter chocolate and coffe flavor. Really captured a coffee flavor without over powering the beer.

This beer is awesome and went down so smooth. I didn't realize the ABV and it hit me pretty hard. I really enjoyed this beer and need to pik up a few more.


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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass translucent brownish black with a brown and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was coffee! Strong and black, but also fruity with a chocolate aromatic. The aroma contained dark fruits of raisins and prunes and a nice caramel aspect.

The flavor was lightly sweet at first on the palate but quickly more drying with a strong bittering component and the roasted grain and coffee flavors took that sweetness and crushed it under their heels as they dried the beer out with expresso coffee and roast. The flavor contained a bit of alcohol and a strong coffee presence along with a nice caramel and chocolate. The dark fruits from the aroma carried over into the flavor and were nicely done.

The finish was dry, bone dry, very dry with lasting impressions of hops, coffee and chocolate along with an alcohol burn that lasted well into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and just a smidge light. The alcohol was present throughout, but most notable in the warming that occurred after consumption. A nice, yet thin, stout.

22 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber. Pours a deep brown, slight ruby highlights around the edges. Thick foamy tan head, disappeared over time. Nice patch lace on the sides of the glass. Coffee with cream aroma, not too strongly roasted. Good amount of sweetness, with a creamy coffee flavor. Not as robust as I would have thought, though not subtle. Thin in the mouthfeel. Overall, I was expecting a stong coffee flavor, but this was enjoyable.

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