Bourbon Barrel Cappuccino Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of largadeer
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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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3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
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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4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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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3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
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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2.71/5  rDev -34.1%
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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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of illidurit
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Bourbon Barrel Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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