Cappuccino Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout
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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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Ratings: 4,514 |  Reviews: 1,363
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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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark opaque brown with a half-inch thick head. Aroma has some coffee, some alcohol, some milk stout elements.

Taste is some very good coffee, lots of dark malts. More on the bitter side than sweet, although bitter with coffee instead of hops. Nice, rich coffee comes through but its bitterness is a little too far, a little off-putting. The alcohol detected in the nose is not present in the flavors. But where is the cappuccino?

Mouthfeel is medium but thin for the style. Tastes more like iced coffee than a real beer, much of the stout flavors are lost with the addition of the cappuccino. Decent, but maybe a touch more malty sweetness would take the edge off.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Pours out a deep, dark ruby once held up to the light. Very creamy and frothy head. Looks like it'd been poured out of a nitro can. Pretty lacing all the way down. Smell of roasted grains, coffee, some "perfumey" smell I can't quite pin down (hops?), and alcohol. Tastes like a very (too) sweet cafe au lait with fruity undertones. Incredible mouthfeel. As it warms, it gets a nutrasweet taste to it. Full and creamy as if it was poured from a nitro can.

The major selling points of this beer are it's mouthfeel and it's visual presence. I felt this was not nearly bitter enough to take on the almost syrupy sweetness. This is stomachache material.

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

Bottle Inspection: Nice stats given: 7.99% abv (couldn’t squeeze out the extra .0001?) IBU 29.50, O.G. 1.076

Aroma: Cold coffee and roasted grains. There is a slight medicinal alcohol note, but it’s so faint as to not even be a distracter.

Appearance: Thick ruby edges in a dark brown glass covered by a thin tan brown head that laced.

Flavor: Coffee, roasted grain, sweet malt, bitter hops and coffee and roasted malt. It has a very interesting profile. Starts like double sweet coffee then crosses over into a deep roasted grain/coffee hop bitterness that finishes very dry. It’s not balanced so much as diametrically opposed forces in the same bottle.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mild chew and a slick texture. The alcohol gives a very drying finish.

Overall Impression: Just a great coffee stout. The more I drank it, the more I enjoyed it. Well made and recommended. Thanks to Pegasus.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a quite dark beer, ruby-tinted when you hold it against the light, with tan foam and clinging, frothy lace. Cocoa aroma, lightly roasted. Very nice flavor, full of rich, dark, milky chocolate and roasted coffee. Just enough hop bitterness to keep the sweetness at bay. Finishes with a long malty taste. Smooth and creamy body.

Hard to believe this is an 8% beer at first: it's so drinkable, even quaffable. But I do feel it after finishing it. A very tasty offering from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is dark brown with a ruby glow when viewed against a light source. The average-sized head is light brown and creamy. The aroma has an overall mild strength. Rich, semi-sweet chocolate smells are most prevalent with just a bit of coffee and roast. Taste is dominated by dark malt flavor, mostly semi-sweet chocolate flavors with a bit of dark chocolate bite. Cappuccino flavors mix in throughout alongside a mild roastiness. Anyway, the flavor is fantastic, maybe not as filled with coffee as expected, but still a very rich and flavorful combo. Only the 7.9% hampers the drinkability. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with crimson highlights. Head quickly settles to a fine laced cap. Smell is of sweet toffee and subtle mocha. This brew has a medium body that is bitter-sweet and smooth on the palate. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but expressive enough as to not be a weakness. Taste is of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee dreg, and hop spiciness. A solid brew.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a deep rich garnet color with an inch and a half of tannish foam on top that seemed like it was going to be around for a while. There are numerous bubbles rising to maintain the head. The beer leaves a whole bunch of lacing after drinking.

Aroma: Pretty mild aroma from what I was expecting. There is quite a bit of roast in there along with some subtle fruitiness. As the head falls a bit, you can tell that there is some coffee aroma here that isn't just roasted malts.

Taste: There is a defined coffee like roastiness that is a very dominant part of the flavor profile. It has a tad of hops and a bit of this roastiness that leads the flavor, but then it lends a bit of sweetness in the middle. After the malt tries to make a significant contribution, it gives up the ghost and lets the coffee flavors give the beer a bitter finish.

Opinion: I really like this beer. It is really flavorful, and hides the 8%ABV well. I am not a big roast beer fan, but I will definitely be drinking this beer again if I am so fortunate to get some before it is all gone.

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Photo of germaniac
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a coffee bomb, but instead I wound up with a rich, creamy stout with a hint of roastiness. The aroma doesn't really give much of a clue as to what's inside, just a faint roasted chocolate smell. The overall sweetness blends well with a slight bitter chocolate flavor.Very nice. I think Lagunitas might do well to release this on a more regular basis. The best big American/Sweet stout I've had in awhile. From the Elk Grove BevMo.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber. No best-by date.

Dark brown, semi-translucent color. Basically the color of coffee. Large pillowy head actually reminds me of frape (greek style shaken ice coffee). Hint of coffee on the nose. Basically smells like beer with a little coffee aroma in the background. Taste is bittersweet like dark chocolate (more sweet than bitter). A bit of molasses. Stale coffee in background. Not a big fan of this. Although, strangely, I think this would make a good holiday beer.

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