Cappuccino Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Cappuccino StoutCappuccino Stout

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
For That Extra Krunk

Coffee is my shepherd; I shall not doze. It maketh me to wake in green pastures. It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses. It restoreth my brain, It leadeth me in the paths of consciousness for it's name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of sleep, I will fear no artificial sweetener for thou art with me; Thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me. Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of my zzz's, Thou anointest my day with sunlight; My cup runneth over. Surely richness and flavor shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of Cappuccino forever... Let us sip... or whatever...

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1,369 | Ratings: 4,546
Photo of Qbdoo
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark, very dark. Predictably smells of coffee and a bit of chocolate but it's not over the top. Same is true of the taste. The coffee is fairly prominent with hints of chocolate but you can really taste the qualities of the malt. Medium body. A very good beer at a reasonable price.

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Photo of mkh012
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber poured aggressively into a tulip.

Near-black with a finger of tan head. The last bits drip like syrup from the bottle.

Sweet coffee and chocolate on the nose, with a touch of alcohol and raisin.

The taste follows, with dark coffee, light milk and sugar, and some char. Well-rounded, tasty, easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall, hard to beat for under $5 a bottle. Definitely one I'd get again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Equal parts dark brown and black, 3/4" tan head. Lots of coffee malt roast notes.

Taste has a hoppy edge and mouthfeel, but is counterbalanced by some smooth aspect too. Hides the alcohol well, still plenty of roast in the taste/mouthfeel department. Plenty chewy. Pretty good almost non adjunct stout? I dunno, I really didn't get a specific cappucino edge to this one, seemed like dark coffee if anything.

Could do without the bomber format but Lagunitas keeps everything in a respectable price per oz at least.

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Photo of Phunkle_sam
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- dark creamy decent head
Smell- malty hints of cappuccino
Taste- tastes bitter yet smooth very malty with hints of cappuccino
Feel- smooth creamy

This is my first time rating a beer I'm trying to learn and get better as I go along

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Photo of constantine_272
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with a tinge of brown. A thick creamy tan head that laces down the glass.

Bitter cocoa on the nose with a light amount of cream and definitely vanilla sweetness.

THe taste starts off smooth and light and then builds a sweet condensed milk creaminess. A bittersweet cocoa and clack coffe flavor builds strong toward the end hammering home a mouth full. A lingering sweetness on the front of the tongue remains with a dry bitter coffee on the back of the tongue. Maybe a touch of alcohol on the finish.

The texture to start with is smooth and creamy with a surprisingly juicy feel. The finish is medium dry like a good espresso.

Very nice beer. The coffee is more subtle but comes on strong at the end. I love the creaminess, very reminiscent of a cappuccino. This is a well crafted beer; high alcohol (well hidden), tons of flavor, but still an easy drinking.

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Photo of cwalter
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is very dark brown in color, nearly black. Leaves a fluffy tan head two fingers in depth. In the aroma you get chocolate malts, coffee beans, a molasses type sweetness and maybe some vanilla. This beer has a heavy mouthfeel and a smooth texture. Intially in the taste you get a cocoa sweetness, then roasted coffee beans, tobacco, a bit of oak character along with a very subtle molasses flavor that is rounded out with hints of vanilla. The bitter coffee feeling starts mid sip, goes through to the end and lingers for a while after. Pretty complex and well executed coffee stout.

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Photo of hoping4hopps
4.66/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. I'm a freaking coffee monster. As well as a stout beer fan. This hit the pallete balancing both in a synced harmony. Rich thick mouth feel with espresso like coffee notes. Hints of darker chocolate and a pleasant bitterness that allows the beer sweet side to be appreciated by drinkers who prefer higher ibu.

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Photo of 0_0
2.94/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L - Hard as my ex's heart, she loved cappuccinos
S - Coffee as predictable and boring as her
T + F - Bitter, coffee, vanilla and toasted malt
O - She was the worst, this beer is pretty ok.

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Photo of jprince103
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall, this stout is above average. You get the coffee/cappuccino flavoring of this stout. However, the price point of less than $10 per bomber, is what makes this beer even better.

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Photo of coldshowers
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Found it a bit on the thin side, but the coffee/espresso notes on the nose and the mouth were very pleasant. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Drinkable and very affordable at 5 bucks a bomber!

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

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2015 edition.

Pours dark, near black and opaque. A half finger, quickly dissipating head with some lacing. Smell is malt, coffee, chocolate, light vanilla, espresso, cocoa. The taste follows the nose with the malt, coffee and chocolate, more vanilla than the nose, some cocoa. Smooth, fairly full bodied, a bit creamy, appropriately carbonated.

Definitely a bit of a different twist on this one. Good flavor and aroma, enjoyable to drink. Might not be a standout, but the great price point ($4-5.00) for this type of quality makes it an annual purchase.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice full bodied imperial stout. Subtle chocolate and roast coffee flavors. Roasted flavors come out more in after taste. It is surprisingly smooth and easy to drink given that it has such bold undercurrent flavors. Alcohol is also quite subtle given that it’s 9.2%. I drank about half the beer just sipping on it while I was writing this. A nice stout, above average even among a category that I really like and have tried a lot of top examples of.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours black in color with a bit of light creeping through the edges, creamy off-white head with good retention

S- espresso and vanilla cream with undertones of roasted malt and chocolate

T- sweet vanilla cream up front with fresh espresso and toasted malt, sweet chocolate with more vanilla whopping cream on the finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- great espresso notes throughout, does get a bit sweet at times

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought 22oz from Times Fujiokas $4.79
Dark black color
Heavy mouthfeel
Light carbonation
Taste like an iced coffee. Relatively smooth, masks the high alcohol
Overall just ok, not really for me. Not something for me to sip and enjoy, but it does deliver as a coffee like beer.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - Jet black with thick mocha colored head that I though would never go down. Good lacing.

Smell - After letting this warm about 10 minutes I noticed mild coffee notes some chocolate and a little roasted smell. The smell was a little underwhelming.

Taste - The taste stood out a little more with black coffee, dark chocolate roasted malts flavors.

Feel - thick coating mouthfeel little bitter from the coffee.

Overall = A decent stout would have liked to have had a little more smell.

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

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, 9% ABV, 29.5 IBU. Pours impenetrable black, moderate thickness, two fingers of head, nose is slight coffee, taste is strongly coffee/cappuccino with surprisingly light bitterness. I don't generally like bitter beers but it seems OK when it is coffee/cappuccino bitterness vs hop bitterness. Very cheap beer like most of their other offerings, so I would get it again.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with some clarity under dark khaki cap; thick creamy foam; heavy lacing. Roasted coffee bean nose. Flavors of iced mocha coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roast caramel malt and toffee. Smooth, silky medium mouthfeel; mocha coffee tongue coating; moderate plus carbonation. Roast malt and coffee linger - quite tasty and as advertised.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Of the 21 beers I've Had from Lagunitas, this is among the 5 that I've rated above average.
This is a ridiculously bad ratio for a brewery I have the greatest respect for. (Primarily because they made their new production facility in Chicago's west-side ghetto and it has been a huge success for everyone including the industry.) The brewery's founder is also one of the great characters in an industry full of characters. (Read his book: "So, You Want To Start A Brewery?"... particularly if you are ever tempted to do so.)

But the reason I rate Lagunitas beers so low is they tend to use too many hops.

Not so with Cappuccino Stout. It is a luscious beer that does everything correctly and makes a great impression.
It Looks great: inviting with its intriguing brown head.
It Smells of coffee and chocolate so much I can't figure out if it is breakfast or dessert.
It Tastes the same, but really masks its high alcohol content... like both cereal and dessert !
Wonderfully smooth. So much so that I had to save some for the tomorrow night's dessert.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

expected this to be better. appearance is nice, smell is like non existent for me and taste is decent but not quite there,.mouthfeel is the same imo it leaves something to be desired. not a bad beer, but just doesnt live up to other imperial stouts and i wont be buying this one again.

it improved as it warmed up but still wont be buying again.

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Photo of bwood06
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Moderate pour produces a 2 finger high head that is creamy in appearance with just a bit of light milk froth around the edges. The head is khaki in color and dissipates ultra slowly to a rocky creaminess that is retained. The beer itself is black and opaque with just a hint of light carbonation around the edges of the glass with small bubbles rising slowly towards the surface. 4.5/5

S - The aroma is a bit underwhelming in that it is not very strong. Aroma notes are more hints than anything and none come out and grab me. Milk chocolate, lactate, drip brewed coffee (medium roast), lightly toasted whole wheat bread and a bit of herbal hops come out. The aroma notes are spot on for this style but just are not very strong. 3.5/5

T - Brown sugar and lightly toasted whole wheat bread come out and grab me initially. Cold pressed coffee with a bit of milk chocolate and lactate comes next to fill out the middle of the flavor profile. The back end sees a bit of espresso and tobacco come to the forefront with just a hint of leather and a light smoke. Espresso bitterness finishes off the flavor profile with a lingering bitterness that is noticeable but not overpowering. 4/5

M - Light carbonation burn up front lead into a creamy smoothness with just a hint of carbonation tickle. Heavy bodied. Light drying on the back end but this drying does not linger on the palate. 4.25/5

O - Well balanced stout between sweet and bitter. Neither sweet nor bitter really one ups the other with this beer which allows for a multitude of flavors of play out on the palate. This beer would be even better if the aroma was stronger but the flavor alone is worth the buy. 4/5

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber poured into a Anchor Steam glass.Smell is Coffee,Maybe light chocolate.Taste is coffee.Overall it is a little thin.I am used to Lagunitas always being great and this is just average.It`s not bad,just not great.

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Photo of Nin10dude64
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber poured into an English pub glass

poured a dark brown, black in glass. Formed a short head of foam which left residue at the top of the glass

Strong aromas of dark chocolate malts, coffee beans

Initially very bitter, but the dark chocolate and cappuccino aftertaste kept me drinking

Thick, gets creamier with warmth (drank in 1.5 hours)

Definitely a go to coffee stout for me

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love the brewery, yet I've grown tired of coffee/bourbon stouts. With that in mind, so as not to skew judgment, this still lacks in every area. Pours dark with dissipated head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is weird, with chemical strangeness amongst coffee beans and cocoa. Finish is okay, but I'll pass on this.

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Photo of 57md
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby edges and well over a finger of head. The nose is nicely roasty but not overly pungent. The mouthfeel is sticky and full bodied. The flavor is richly roasty and includes some essence of coffee bitterness.

At the right price point, this could be an every day big stout.

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Photo of VABA
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Revisited 3/30/18

A-Pours a very dark opaque color with slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has nice coffee hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice coffee flavor
M-A medium bodied beer with decent carbonation
O-A nice stout

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Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 4,546 ratings