Bourbon Barrel Cappuccino Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
74
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
25.85%
 
 
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11
Gots:
4
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 74
Photo of treyrab
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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 +0.5%
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 -8.5%
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 +1%
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 +4.1%
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 +12.7%
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 +11.5%
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 -1.7%
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 +12.7%
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 -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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Photo of nataku00
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +6.1%
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 +1%
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
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