Blue Moon Cappuccino Oatmeal Stout | Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

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Blue Moon Cappuccino Oatmeal StoutBlue Moon Cappuccino Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Colorado, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our limited release stout is brewed with cocoa then a rich blend of decaf coffee is added for a fresh roasted coffee taste and a subtly sweet finish.

Added by superspak on 07-21-2015

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this beer is really good. on tap at the new brewery, which is also really good. i never knew blue moon made beer that wasnt just variants of the regular blue moon, this definitely is not a belgian white at its base, thats for sure. its a dark and delicious oaty stout that is shockingly low in alcohol for how flavorful and deep it is. i really dig it, my favorite beer over at the new place right now for sure. pours real dark and silky, with a good near inch of head on it and an amazing aroma of fresh brewed espresso. i cant believe how much coffee is in here, its not acidic at all, but the flavor is almost totally coffee, the malt almost serves to support the java, rather than the other way around, roast and raisin, char and chocolate, all there beneath the coffee. smooth body, maybe not quite big enough for all the flavor, but its mighty close, and really impressive considering the low abv. this is far better than i expected it to be, and honestly is one of the better coffee beers i have had lately. it sure seems like they are getting it dialed in over at the new brewery. great coffee stout, deep flavor and a mocha sweet finish to it, really nice.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a jet black color with a small, tan head of foam. It left some lace. It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt and dark coffee. It tasted of bitter roasted malt, rich coffee and some chocolate. It was crisp and smooth.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/8/2017. Pours slightly hazy very dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, toasted oats, brown bread, vanilla, cream, light dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/vanilla/lactose, and light fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, toasted oats, brown bread, vanilla, cream, light dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, toasted oats, brown bread, vanilla, cream, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/vanilla/lactose, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal roasted dryness. medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly silky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.9%. Overall this is a very nice Oatmeal stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/vanilla/lactose, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Really spot on to style expectations; nice balance of coffee/cream flavors, without being too sweet. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, almost opaque very dark cola brown (approaching black) in color with a moderate amount of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and a faint amount of mahogany colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of moderate aromas of lightly roasted, freshly brewed coffee with a light aroma of cocoa and a light aroma of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts with a slightly stronger than moderate flavors of freshly brewed light roast coffee and a hint of toasted oats. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of cocoa and a hint of lactose sweetness. Light amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish but it does not linger for long.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Not nearly as bad as I expected, a decent concept from the flavor/aroma perspective but a little thin in the mouthfeel (lacks the hint of creaminess I expect in an oatmeal stout). Interesting choice to use decaf coffee.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blue Moon Brewing Co. "Blue Moon Cappuccino Oatmeal Stout"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "APR2417" and sampled on JAN0517
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Cappuccino Oatmeal Stout? Interesting. Let's analyze it based on that... Cappuccino is a double espresso with hot milk and milk foam added. It can also be made with cream instead of milk, and flavored with cinnamon or cocoa. I guess we can forget about the foam because that's just for show and mouthfeel, or is there something about the foam on the beer? No, just regular short-lived head and average lacing.

So we're looking for a densely rich coffee flavor with a milky or creamy side. There is a bit of an espresso aroma to it, I'll give it that. It's not nearly as rich as it could be, and to be honest it doesn't really smell like a "coffee beer" to me, the coffee aroma that it offers could be found in other non-coffee stouts as well.

Let's move on to the flavor. Oatmeal can be used for body and a silky mouthfeel, or it can be used for flavor (as in Bell's Oatsmobile Ale). I don't find any oatmeal flavor, at least not enough to validate it on that point, but it does have that silkiness that oatmeal imparts; and that works with the idea of the kind of oily & creamy cappuccino so maybe they're onto something here... ? I get an awful lot of fruitiness out of it though, and a good deal of sweet dark chocolate. If you've added a whole lot of sugar to your cappuccino I could see the sweetness, but it still lacks the richness of the dense coffee; and although there is a distinct fruitiness to some coffees I don't think that this matches up - I find it a little bit like dark fruit, and a little bit like sweet red fruit - it's nice, but just not right. Cocoa? Yes, it's got that, so if they were going for a cocoa variation of cappuccino they've got that covered.

So we've covered cappuccino and oatmeal, stout is the only term remaining to go over. As noted, there is some coffee flavor, but it's more like a coffee-flavored candy than the coffee flavor that you find in a stout. That's OK though, but it's not particularly roasty either. I guess that's OK too. It's a stout, no one would argue that, and it's an oatmeal stout as well so we've got to go back to the term "cappuccino". I think that's a little gimmicky, and that they were just trying to make their beer stand out from the crowd, not really caring whether it tastes like a cappuccino or not, just not wanting to label it with the more commonly used "coffee".

In conclusion it's an acceptable oatmeal stout with a sweet edge and limited roastiness, although it still remains balanced in the end (stout fans will probably be disappointed). It's fruity, and cocoaish, with some dark chocolate notes as well, and a limited dose of candy-like coffee flavor (I should note at this point that it's made with actual coffee, not coffee flavoring). The body is medium-light, and it could be creamier to match its name, but it is quite smooth which is nice. I think it would make a great dessert beer as its got such a sweetness to it, but I could also see having one on its own.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Very dark brown body, opaque in the glass, with a thin tan head that has surprising retention.

The aroma is mild, with coffee and chocolate mixed in with dark roasted grains; hints of toffee.

Flavor: mild, as expected from Blue Moon. Slightly more bitter than sweet, this could pass for a milk stout. A bit less dark roasted malt flavor, and flavor altogether, than I'd prefer.

Overall: A recommended coffee stout given the rarity of decaf coffee use in ales.

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Photo of vfgccp
1.65/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/2/2017 at Jillian’s Sports Pub & Grill in Somerset, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short dense beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong black coffee, roasted malts, oatmeal and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong coffee flavor and some background flavors of chocolate and licorice. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty roasted malt character and toasted oats. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth but a little syrupy, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In the Law of Unintended Consequences, The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody is enabling me to conduct a buncha brewery horizontals (same brewery, different beers) & today are Blue Moon offerings! This will be my penultimate for this horizontal.

From the bottle: "Brewed with Decaf Coffee & Oats for a Creamy Mouthfeel".

Grrr. My patience runs thin with these screwed-up screw-top bottles! The only thing that makes drinking a beer from a bottle as opposed to a CAN is performing the Pop! of the cap & I was being cheated of even that. My anger manifested itself in the in-glass swirl which created two fingers of foamy, rocky, light-tan head that resembled the foam in the cup on the label.

Man, I remember getting turned onto cappuccino during a deployment to La Maddalena, Sardinia in 1985. That, the little, short stogies called "Guinea Stinkers" & bocce. I used to play every Sunday that I had off under the tutelage of Giuseppe, a native who saw me at an outdoor café & took me under his wing. When everybody else was drunk & hung over on Monday, I was simply jazzed up on caffeine, tobacco & the wad of Lira in my pocket from winning. He was a Zen master at bocce & I still use his strategy when invited to play. But, as usual, I digress ...

Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sharpness that I may or may not have identified on my own as coffee, but it was definitely pungent. Mouthfeel was a bit thin & watery for a Stout, plus I was not getting the creaminess that the oatmeal was supposed to impart. The taste had a coffee-like bitterness, but it felt somehow muted, perhaps by the oats, perhaps by the malts. I just felt like it needed to be amped up, even by just a little bit. Finish was dry, definitely not a Sweet Stout. It was a decent enough drink, but it really did not make me think that it was cappuccino. YMMV.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I bought this off the single shelf at Meijer's. It poured a nearly opaque black with off white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had espresso. The taste was typical of most coffee stouts. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a good coffee stout and can be sessioned.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a black body with a medium-thin, light ecru head.

Smell: Grainy, modestly roasty nose with some clearance aisle coffee, middling chocolate and a light touch of oats with a lone drop of soy.

Taste: Sweetish blend of mild roast, mild chocolate and light oats with a coffee (though kind of unappealing) quality about it. Low dark fruitiness. Near nil hop character. Faintly sweetish, minimally roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: A solid idea, just an insipid, watered down execution.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Slatetank
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this from Weis enjoyed chilled in a snifter

the color is dark brown with opaque clarity and thin tan head with fine bead no lace sticks. The smell is mild with coffee -yet a roasted malt aroma is present with slight sweet caramel aroma. The feel is good with medium high carbonation and moderate sweetness with light bitterness and subtle roast with a mostly dry finish.

The taste is decent -not excessively coffee or cocoa flavored yet the malt has a mild roast and nutty quality that is pleasant with a slight sweetness mid-palate perhaps the oatmeal is giving that nuance with semi-dry finish with no alcohol or yeast pretty clean in general. This is a decent stout, better than I expected considering it is a 'Crafty' brewer. The coffee is very mild and so is the cocoa but as far as an oatmeal stout goes I think it is better than average.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnnniee
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Hannaford
Dark ruby brown with a bubbly tan head that dissipates quickly. Cocoa and light coffee on the nose with bits of earth fruit and bread. The flavor is what the aroma promised. Pretty decent beer, but I would have loved a bit more sweetness and or body in this.

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Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stakem
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a tulip appears dark brown in color with a light khaki head that fades quick leaving a thin line of head around the perimeter.

Aroma has a fruited quality about it with faint stale coffee and chocolate. Some earthiness and roast.

Tastes fruity like raison and cola with stale coffee and sweet oats. This feels like a weird version of hard cola or rootbeer moreso than beer.

Medium in body with modest carbonation, its average. Smell is the best part of it.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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