Bourbon Barrel Cappuccino Stout
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
4.15 | pDev: 14.22%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: 1lb of coffee in mash and whirlpool; aged for 1 year in a Heaven Hill barrel.
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 74 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown pour, small tan head 1/4". The bourbon barrel was very faint in the aroma. Had some brown malt feels to it.

Taste had the heat, but not the bourbon flavor or malt roasting. The cappucino of the base beer was never huge, and its even more absent here. Mild residual sweetness.

I dunno, haven't been overly impressed with their barrel program. Hoppy beers though. . . damn good. Not that this was bad by any means, I'd drink it again if it were on tap.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap into tulip.

A - Nice dark black beer with a moderate khaki head.

S - Lovely roasted coffee, chocolate and vanilla scents with mild bourbon and oak undertones.

T - Awesome vanilla, coffee, milk chocolate and bourbon characteristics. Seems like a much bigger beer than around 8%. Not very boozy, very complex and delicious.

M - Very creamy, rich and thick. Carbonation is toned down a bit, but it compliments the viscosity.

O - Very glad to have had this on tap. This is bounds better than the non-barrel aged Cappuccino Stout in my eyes. It's a shame this is now apparently retired, as I'd love to try this and its variants again!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Squirrel the other day. Beer is brown / black with a thin brown head with no lacing and a little retention.

Aroma is boozy and strong with a big big presence.

Beer is relatively thin and the beer is all booze all the time. It is strong it is all liquor and a little sweet. Overall it is a fine beer but not a great barrel aged beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Black Squirrel in DC. Served in a taster glass. Pours a very dark brown with a thin light mocha head and some spots of lacing. The nose carries a heavy dose of bourbon on top of a bit of chocolate. A bit of roast and vanilla in the background. Flavor is similarly dominated by bourbon, making this a bit one dimensional, yet still nice. Body is medium-full with low-average carbonation and a bit of booze through the finish. A fine enough barrel-aged beer, but not something I’d seek out again.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glas.

Look – jet black, as one would expect, but with a very thin layer of khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – thick, syrupy, roasted type of quality. I don’t smell a lot of coffee bean in it, or at least not initially.

Taste – strong bitter taste from the hops right from the get go. But the coffee flavor actually seems to help mellow out the bitterness a bit, at least in the middle of the taste. The bitterness comes back in the finish though.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced overall, with a filmy aftertaste.

Overall – not a bad tasting brew at all, and decently interesting to think about!

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Photo of jale
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at HopCat's wood aged festival

A: Pours a light brown with little head.

S: Bourbon and coffee.

T: Loads of bourbon upfront followed by slightly sweet coffee. The booze is light. The finish and aftertaste is a very nice coffee.

M: Medium body with weak carbonation.

O: I liked the finish on this. Needed more carbonation.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.71/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a dark brown near black with a small tannish cap

S: Way to much bourbon and not enoough everything else

T: Way to much booze and bourbon. The cappucino, cocoa and other notes are minimized.

M: For me it was thin, boozy, overcarbonated

O: Nothing enjoyable about this beer.

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured at the Lagunitas tasting room into a plastic cup and drank on the lawn during a concert.

Dark brown, with a thick, light brown head. Good lacing down the glass.

Smell was predominately bourbon, with a lot of molasses. The coffee was also apparent, along with some chocolate.

Taste followed the nose. Very bourbon heavy. There was also a modest hop balance.

Whoa. This is very rich and creamy. If any beer could have "milkshake like" qualities, this would be the one.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable beer, and I'd love to see it bottled. As a side note, the atmosphere and people you meet at Lagunitas are amazing.

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Photo of divineaudio
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ beer revolution. from notes.
served in a snifter.

a - pours a deep dark brown and kinda greasy looking. a thin film of head grows thinner as you drink the beer. spotty lacing.

s - vanilla, oak, bourbon, coffee and sweet, sweet booze.

t - more of the nose, but in a really big way. nicely balanced, bittersweet finish. gets sweeter as it warms.

m - definitely full bodied, but not too heavy. lighter on the carbonation.

o - thoroughly enjoyable and holds it's own against the rest. highly recommended.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the Lagunitas event at Ashley's Westland.

A: Nothing out of the ordinary here. Deep chocolate brown. Very little head or lacing.

S: Lot of whiffs of big coffee and bourbon.

T: An initial sweetness is followed by bourbon, coffee and vanilla notes. The bourbon is a good addition to this one. It is present, but not overpowering.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: A good improvement to the standard Cappuccino Stout. I was amazed this was part of the Lagunitas event. So glad I got to try it.

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Photo of treyrab
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me first say that the Lagunitas brew pub is awesome! I landed in San Francisco and drove immediately up to Santa Rosa to visit the Russian River brew pub. After that, we drove a half hour down to Lagunitas. We pulled into a small industrial park which seemed out of place. Then, out of nowhere, we stepped into a beer haven. The large outdoor patio was a great, dog friendly, outdoor stage with, at the time, a Hawaiian band playing. Just awesome. Ok, onto the beer, which was the first we ordered...

A: As expected, this pours a dark brown with a light coloured khaki head. Really nothing too sexy about the look of this. Held up to the light it is transluscent maroon/burgundy with brown hues and some nice carbonation streaming up. The head does not last too long.

S: Decadent. Not super complex, but the malty vanilla characteristics of the barrel are real nice. They complement the chocolate candy aspects of the cappuccino coffee. Some decent pine hops in the background too to balance out the scent.

T: I like my stouts on the sweet side, and this was just that. Just a tad sweet with chocolate covered malt balls, nice blast of vanilla, and sweet bourbon. The bourbon is subtle (similar to BA Blackout), but just enough to complement the other flavours.

Overall, a solid beer. The experience of the brew pub and this made it a very enjoyable.

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Photo of dgilks
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark brown colour with a creamy tan head. Good head retention.

Bourbon, vanilla, oak and sugar. Mild chocolate. A very barrel aged stout. This thing involved a ton of barrel.

Big and freaking intense. Big bourbon and barrel flavours with a good malt sweetness and a slightly bitter coffee edge. Well balanced despite the big ass barrel notes. Tasty.

Medium full body with moderately-high carbonation. Decent.

This is a big, bold and unashamedly barrel aged stout. Lots of bourbon and yet some coffee still makes it out. Nice.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a small, soapy, off-white head.

S: Bourbon comes through on the nose along with a somewhat mild coffee aroma (despite being a coffee beer). As expected, a bit of vanilla and a strange spice note of cinnamon, but it goes nicely with the bit of oatmeal cookie and toffee aromas.

T: On the palate, the vanilla stands out quite nicely with the bourbon flavor being a bit less pronounced. Some mild fruit notes and a fairly minimal coffee flavor. A light oatmeal sort of flavor along with molasses, toffee, and a mild spice.

M: Unfortunately, the body is a bit light/thin. The carbonation is on the lower end of medium.

O: Good aromas and decent flavors, but sort of lacking in terms of mouthfeel.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary Party
Blue Palms BrewHouse
Los Angeles, CA

Dark brown body with a tan, khaki head. Doesn't look particularly thick or menacing and doesn't leave much lacing down the glass.

A splendid aroma: rich, full, and complex. This beer presents a wonderful marriage of bitter yet sweet coffee aromas along with wood, earth, and vanilla notes from the barrel along with just a touch of alcohol sting. Very nice.

The flavor is similar to the nose in almost every way: a wonderful balance of wood, vanilla, and alcohol heat (though not much) from the barrels along with the rich, roasted coffee and chocolate elements from the base beer. A fantastic combination. Not overly boozy either, which actually surprised me because the alcohol is definitely present in the aroma.

Thin for the style, though it doesn't detract much at all from the overall enjoyment.

A great cappuccino stout turned into something particularly special. I would absolutely love to try this one again!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Steingarten LA this evening for their Lagunitas event.

A: Deep black with a fine tan head. Somewhat surprised how long the head lasts until I hear it is cask conditioned rather than being on cask. Some lingering lacing.

N: Sweetness, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, dark chocolate, faint coffee, dark cherries. There is a lot going on here. Complex and really sublime. Could smell this forever.

T: Mostly follows the nose. Bourbon up front with some heat. Sweet vanilla notes, chocolate, faint roasted coffee on the finish.

M: Super creamy, rich, and decadent.

O: Coffee flavors muted by the bourbon, but in a really good way. The Jack Daniels barrels added a nice heat that was just right. Well balanced. Just lovely.

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Photo of avaldivia
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at lagunitas.

I will start this review by stating that I am not a fan of the cappuccino stout, but this was absolutely amazing.

A: Very nice dark brown color. Has a nice head that leaves a decent lacing.

S: Bourbon and coffee. A bit of a malt character again but it really is the bourbon that comes through.

T: Wow. The overly bitter flavor I've never liked from the Cappuccino Stout is gone. Bourbon and vanilla are in the forefront with a nice malty flavor in the finish. The coffee is still there but it has mellowed down and now is more of a roasty flavor.

M: Thick. Will completely coat your palate, and you will like it. Still well carbonated.

O: Some people might be upset that the coffee flavor has subsided, but I am not one of them. The burnt bitter taste has become more roasty and rich. On the rare occasion this is on tap, I will be ordering it.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bourbon barrel barrel type at 11% abv

a bourbon barrel is emptied in kentucky; then we bake it in a shipping container to drive off the excess bourbon and concentrate the flavor. not looking for booze, looking for flavor of dessert - chocolate, vanilla, rumraisin; pour it on ice cream and enjoy with a cherry cobbler

sampled this at the bistro west coast barrel aged beer festival november 13, 2010

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good pour, dark brown, tan head. A little more bourbon aroma than expected, was thinking it would be more balanced with some kind of coffee essence.

Taste, pretty smooth, again, kinda muted on the coffee tip, but remained pretty easy to drink despite some of the bourbon heat. Lots of creaminess here, seemed to lose carbonation or maybe it never had it to give it that smoothed out feel with lactose.

Sweet, kinda thin for style, not massive coffee edge. Certainly good, not my favorite from Lagunitas that day.

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Photo of nickd717
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bistro barrel aged fest 2010.

Pours black, as far as I can tell, with a well-formed one-finger tam head and decent lacing.

The aroma is excellent - lots of capuccino as well as bourbon barrel notes. A great base stout also comes through, with chocolate, roast, and vanilla.

The flavor is absolutely huge and goes on forever. Great espresso, along with rich dark chocolate, vanilla, roast, sugary sweetness, oak, and bourbon. There's also a spiciness to it, almost like chile peppers were added. Very complex.

Full-bodied, decadent and rich, with a good carbonation level.

This may be a little amateurish of me, but I liked this beer a lot. Really awesome and intense stuff.

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Photo of largadeer
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft at The Bistro for their 5th annual Barrel Aged Beer Festival. Black, nearly opaque with a thin tan collar. Smells like an Irish coffee; lots of whiskey sweetness, cream and coffee. Similar on the palate, coffee and bourbon forward, again bringing to mind Irish coffee. The mouthfeel is quite thin, verging on watery. Very nicely balanced; roasted malt, coffee and bourbon are on equal ground. Pretty enjoyable stuff, this is sort of like KBS Jr. A fuller body would do wonders for this beer, however.

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Photo of nataku00
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the bistro for the west coast barrel aged beer fest poured into a tulip glass. Pitch black and viscous when I swirl this beer around. Small amount of light tan head with a little bit of medium bubble lacing on the glass, but it quickly slides back into the glass.

Nose is medium roasted coffee (i.e. not burnt and bitter), vanilla and oak sweetness, some roasted malt, but no presence of bitterness.

Taking a sip, the coffee is dominant. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but the coffee roast style is similar to a Kona coffee, something that is on mid levels of roast that still allows some of the fruitiness of the bean to come through. Oak and vanilla from the bourbon barrel is there, but the alcohol is well hidden and complementary flavors for the coffee.

Medium bodied and creamy in the mouth, the good amount of small bubbled carbonation really makes the beer enjoyable. Not easily drinkable as the coffee is still fairly strong, but a good effort.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler fill of this at the Lagunitas Draft Takeover day at Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head that left decent lacing on the glass. Appeared a little thick as I was pouring it

S - You can smell the vanilla and oakiness from the bourbon barrel. Also, this smells of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruits. There is also a definite alcohol presence, but it is not too strong smelling.

T - Bourbon and boozy up front. Chocolate, a caramel sweetness, coffee, and some vanilla. There is also a bitter finish on this one.

M - The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium with low carbonation. Feels kind of creamy.

D - Surprisingly this is pretty drinkable. It goes down nice and smooth. I could probably only drink about 2 glasses of this in a row, but I still think its pretty drinkable and enjoyable. Good job on this one Lagunitas. Cheers.

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Photo of illidurit
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

RBSG on cask at the brewery. Dark ruby brown color. Mostly still with a smattering of tan air bubbles. Big brownie aroma and smooth vanilla from the bourbon with some oakiness and subdued coffee. Chocolate cakey flavor with a nice medium bourbon influence. Light, moussey, airy body makes this beer hugely drinkable for a barrel imp stout.

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Bourbon Barrel Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 74 ratings