Captain Stout
Alpine Beer Company

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Style:
Stout - American
Ranked #720
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #30,211
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 10.85%
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
528
From:
Alpine Beer Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  36
Gots
  63
SCORE
85
Very Good
Captain StoutCaptain Stout
Notes: The Captain is leader of a fire crew. This beer takes charge of your taste buds with its rich flavor. Roasty malt character that has hints of chocolate and coffee which balances the smooth, velvety finish. The thick, creamy head lasts and lasts, leaving lace in your glass as your beer disappears. This beer pairs well with food. Great with dinner or as breakfast or even with a rich vanilla-bean ice cream.

1.060 OG
31 IBU
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mhksuccess from California

3.25/5  rDev -14%

Oct 09, 2013
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another goodie from Alpine that I picked up from Joey this past week. I had been anxious to try this one, and I was in the mood for something a bit more flavorful without being to terribly heavy due to the enormously hot temperatures outside. This one seemed to be the one that would suit the bill just fine. I proceeded to serve it in the Mock Turtle at cellar temp for sipping this evening.

Appearance - The pour on this one was nothing short of outstanding. A rich mixture of dark browns and almost black rippled though the glass, obscuring all but the slightest bit of light peaking through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. A huge, towering three inch head of tan foam then came up over the top and hung around for what seemed like literally forever before finally calming down and resting into a small tan pillow that managed to stick around throughout the entire session. Rich side glass lace then ensued throughout the session, very big looking stout, and I was very pleased so far.

Smell - The aroma was very nice. A deep rich, and very sweet chocolate note was the first thing I took notice to. Really quite nice, with lots of burnt and roasted notes sitting up in the back. There was a nice bit of earthy malts as well as a hint of molasses and a touch of caramel. A very sweet smelling stout.

Taste - Here is where it starting getting a touch tacky for me if I am being honest. It really was just not meshing well at all at first, so I let it warm up a bit and that seemed to have solved the problem. Now do not get me wrong, the flavor was great it was just the feel I was having a problem with, but I will save that. A nice sweet flavor, with lots of chocolate and caramel hints riddled though out. Some nice light caramel, and loads of toasted and burn malts coming through now. Really quite nicely done, but the finish was so quick that it really just did not do it for me. Some astringency and bitterness that was off placed and really not working itself as well as I hoped to.

Mouthfeel - The feel on this one was just way too light. It should have had a good amount of fullness to it, but instead just felt way too light for me, I do not maybe it was me. The flavor and aroma and look were of a big, sweet, almost milk stout, but the feel was that of a dry Irish stout. Strange turn of events, but what can you do, it is what it is.

Drinkability - A very session able stout due to the less filling nature of it and the nice warm flavors. Low ABV only served to add to this and really pulled the whole thing together in a nice drinkable package.

Overall this was a mixed bag for me. I was expecting it to be much fuller then it was. The aroma, look, and flavors were really quite nice, but that bitter and acidy taste in the finish combined with a less then full Mouthfeel were real distracters for me. Still though, a very worthy stout and something that is definitely worth trying out.

Jun 16, 2008
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt walnut brown that is several photons away from being absolute black. Backlighting results in no more than a thin silver of dark gold along the bottom edge of the pint glass. The sandalwood colored crown is lightly creamy and is beginning to deposit a thin blanket of lace.

Alpine describes Captain as a 'chocolate oatmeal dry stout'. I think it smells like a milk stout thanks to bittersweet chocolate mixed with a hefty portion of sugared vanilla bean. Brown sugar and butterscotch are appreciated as well. There's no maple, although it's an actual ingredient.

This is interesting beer that tastes like it contains something other than malt, hops, yeast and water. I still don't appreciate maple per se, but I can see how some might get that impression. It's more a melange of tangy caramel, sour cream and butterscotch. C'mon guys... what did you add to get it to taste this way?

Captain Stout would be better beer with more roasted malt and less caramel malt. More total malt would be a good thing too. There's no reason why a 6.0% stout (as my label reads) can't taste and feel bigger than this. Why doesn't Alpine brew a double stout to rival AleSmith Speedway and Stone Imperial Russian Stout? I bet it would be fantastic.

Warming doesn't change the flavor profile in either a positive or a negative direction. This has to be one of the most caramel-like American stouts out there. It's more reminiscent of creme brulee or creme caramel than chocolate or coffee.

As previously noted, the body/mouthfeel doesn't keep pace with the rest of the beer's quality. It's too thin. At least it doesn't compound the problem by being over-bubbled. Definite room for improvement here.

Alpine Captain Stout is one of the more unique beers that I've had in quite some time. It wouldn't be a regular purchase (assuming I had easy access), but I'm having a good time nevertheless. Now, about that double stout...

Feb 06, 2008
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 21, 2015
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Klym from California

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery, review from notes.

A: Quite basically, it looks like coke with a creamier head.

S: Toasted nuts and toasted coconut with a little grain and a tad of chocolate.

T: Creamy, coconut taste with roasted grain and roasted hazelnut taste and bittersweet chocolate in the middle and end taste. Pretty nice and a surprisingly strong coconut presence reminiscent of Maui's coconut porter (though less strong in comparison).

M: Found the mouthfeel on this pretty unpleasant; very reminiscent of club soda. Could definitely have been smoother, even as a single stout.

O: A lot of good flavors and complexity running around in this considering it's a single stout. I think if you fixed up the body this would be very exceptional in-style. I loved the coconut note and might just find myself trying their captain willy mix someday; would actually probably be pretty tasty.

Jul 31, 2011
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours coffee brown with a flimsy head that quickly fades to a ringlet; stringy lacing

Smell: Chocolate, burnt toast and slightly tart tones

Taste: Chocolate and tart cherry forward, with some toast in the middle; rather bland through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This bottle has a bit of age on it so I may need to try this some other time; it has not gained anything from the aging process and I could have scored it much lower

Jul 30, 2016
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emdawg from New York

3/5  rDev -20.6%

Jan 01, 2012
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OStrungT from California

4.8/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an inky black with a fluffy brown head. The ehad fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a chocolate aroma to it. I can also detect some sweet caramel aromas. It is malty. It smells very slightly of coffee. Also, I can detect a roasted malt aroma.

This beer tastes wonderful. It has a malty flavor. I taste some mild chocolate. Also, I taste some sweet caramel. A very slight hop flavor is present. This is what a Stout should taste like.

This beer goes down very smooth, leaving a chocolate malt aftertaste. It is carbonated to perfection.

This beer would make an excelent session beer. It is not high in alcohol, and the flavor is not aggressive. This might be one of the best Stouts I have ever had. If Alpine bottled this, I would definately keep a stock of it in my beer fridge.

Feb 12, 2006
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magictacosinus from California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Aug 27, 2014
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blankboy for bringing this to the table, its definately a treat.

Pours a clear brown/red, thick tan head forms, nice lacing, very thick layer, looks like a stout. Smell is caramelized, roasted grain, vanilla and chocolate, nice and dry, cherries, some grain, nice. Taste is malty, oats, toffee, chocolate and coffee roast, light fruits, nice rich finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, nice dry roasty finish. Pretty decent stout, very enjoyable. Thanks Paul!

Nov 19, 2007
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Dec. 18, 2014
Consumed: Dec. 18, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of tan, frothy head. Great layered, spiderweb, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled toffee, caramel, roasty nuts, dark chocolate, light hazelnut, espresso, dark chocolate milk, faint vanilla, coffee malts and chocolate ice cream. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted a tad better than the nose, pretty good actually. Got dark chocolate, roasty coffee beans, roasted nuts, toffee, caramel, light Rolos candy, espresso, vanilla beans, chocolate ice cream, light smokinees, some bitter crayon and chocolate syrup. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.50)

A pretty good stout overall. Initially liked the taste, but not as good as I thought after a few sips. (Overall - 3.75)

3.76 | 85 | B+

Dec 19, 2014
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qchic from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, roasty, and dry with balancing hop bite. Drinkable, and while I'm more likely to consume other variations of stouts, having a solid example such as this one brings happy memories of my earlier drinkin days.

Nov 13, 2015
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javiernano from California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Mar 06, 2012
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with bu11zeye (thanks!).

Poured a dark, dark brown color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, caramel, a little earthy, and a touch of maple. Tastes of roast, chocolate, and some coffee. Both the tastes and body on the thin side.

Notes from 12/28/07

Nov 11, 2008
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CEDAMA from California

5/5  rDev +32.3%

Jan 29, 2013
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jp32 from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a khaki, nearly brown, colored head.

Aroma is malty. Lots of nice roasted malt character in both the smell and flavor. Chocolate and carmel malts come through big in the flavor. I really enjoyed this one.

Aug 17, 2015
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Altenor from California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Jun 28, 2013
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whartontallboy from New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

May 26, 2012
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jvillefan from New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Feb 16, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a breath of fresh air drifts over the current beer scene, the normally hop-focused Alpine brewers reach into the goodie bag of history and pull out a sweet stout and then modernizes it. The restrained alcohol, lightened body and approachable, gentlemanly charm of Captain Stout shows that even when it comes to roasted flavor that Alpine is firmly in control.

Just the slimmest shade from black, the deep brown coffee-laden hues show dark tawny edges as a rich sandy lather billows above. One pass of the nose reveals the lavish intensity of molasses, dark roast coffee, roasted walnuts and caramel. Dark chocolate and coffee wash over the early palate bringing its robust molasses, toffee and caramel sweetness.

Decadently sweet, the beer's wonderfully burnt sugars prove savory and succulent as the malts wrap around each and every tastebud. With a modest carbonation, the ale sits weightily but not heavy on the tongue in full appreciation of the culinary art within. Rummy in warmth and pleasantly plump with grape and plum, layers of flavors keep announcing as the ale rolls across the middle palate.

Its long and savory finish is deep and lush, but never heavy. Surprisingly drinkable, silky and smooth, the coffee and bitter chocolate outlasts the scorched molasses as the full-bodied beer descends into aftertaste.

Sep 25, 2015
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Cazlo from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Mar 22, 2013
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MiScusi from California

4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-30-07
On tap at the Stone Bistro/Gardens. Poured a real dark black, just how you would expect a stout to be colored, but the bartender poured it with pretty much no head. The smell was pretty sweet, chocolate and roasted coffee. The taste was also very similar, with a lot of roasted coffee coming through but it wasn't too bitter, the chocolate seemed to override it enough. A real tasty sweet stout.
4/4.5/4.5/4/4

3/7/08
From a growler purchased 1 week ago at Alpine. Pours with a clear black that is ruby red at the corners. Nice light tan head builds up but fades fairly fast. This from a few inches away this beer smells of high roastiness. But when you get your nose into it a ton of caramel and a little chocolate come out. The taste is like a sweet caramel liquid. It's a pretty savory beer, with some roasted bitterness at the end to still let ya know it's a stout. Upgraded rankings to 4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5

Dec 30, 2007
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Absolut from California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

May 15, 2013
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bort11 from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's another kick in the teeth from mikesgroove and the Fight Club Project Mayhem BIF.

22 oz bottle, poured into a pub glass. Thick creamy looking mocha head. Nice legs and slow to recede. Spots of lace stick to the top but end up as a ring around the surface. Color is black with garnet highlights.

Smell is bitter bakers chocolate with a hint of lactose. Taste has a hint of coffee but is mostly a dry bitter unsweetened chocolate. More lactose sourness.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a light carbonation. Gives it a chewy texture without being too heavy. Very nice.

Blipped "Captain Bobby Stout" by Earth Band

May 30, 2009
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ChaseTheAce from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 27, 2015
Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 528 ratings