Bourbon Barrel Cappuccino Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

74 Ratings

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
1lb of coffee in mash and whirlpool; aged for 1 year in a Heaven Hill barrel.

Added by illidurit on 07-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
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 avaldivia
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
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 +11.2%
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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4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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Photo of treyrab
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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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4.44/5  rDev +8%
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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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Bourbon Barrel Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 74 ratings
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