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Captain Stout | Alpine Beer Company

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Captain StoutCaptain Stout

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by xlperro on 05-07-2003

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of BigGold
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had on draft into tumbler. This is a straightforward yet very solid stout. In package form, Captain Stout would have a place in my beer fridge.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

App: Nearly black body; modest light brown head. Decent retention and lace.

Smell: Surprisingly chocolatey; good roastiness as well, light char and coffee notes.

Taste: Follows the nose. Again, more bitter chocolate character than I expected, has an appealing roastiness, coffee is faint but in there. Well balanced and tasty. Just a small hit of bitter hoppiness in the finish.

Mf: Medium-light bodied, a bit of creaminess but still on the thinner side. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: An easy drinking stout with simple, tasty flavors; appropriately dry; not necessarily outstanding for the style but certainly good. One doesn’t generally think of stouts when they think of Alpine do they?

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Photo of jspruit
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer in a trade from seaoflament and then drank it back in Ireland. Poured from a 22oz bottle in to a nice dark brown/black body with a 1.5 finger tan head. There is also a slight hint of reddish/rubiness to the color too that is nice. Smells of chocolate and coffee/toffee hints and is pleasant.

Sweet chocolate and coffee tones hit the tongue first. The malts kick in later too and it's a nice balance.

It's fairly smooth overall and goes down easy with a bit of bite too. As some of the other reviews comment, it does get a bit nicer as it warms up too.

I'm glad that I got to try this, and I'd recommend it to others but it's not necessarily my most favorite stout out there.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask, via hand pump, @ O'Briens (San Diego, CA) on 3/18/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black with a 1/2 finger of foamy light tan head. This retains with some froth around edges, leaving a smattering of light spotty foam down the sides of the glass. The aroma is honestly, a bit light in the nose but still brings enough notes of smokey roast, cocoa powder, caramel, a dash of coffee, and some earthy hops in the back.

The taste is chocolate and caramel sweetness, with a dense blanket of smoke, roast, and coffee behind it. A moderate hop bitterness brings that same dank and fruity character that I picked up in the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow creaminess to it but there's also a thick slickness flowing underneath that is showing itself rather boldly.

While I appreciated the richness of the flavors here, the thickness of the roasty character and overall feel just help the drinkibility back some for me, despite this being on cask. I'm interested in checking this out in the bottle or draft to see how it compares.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark, no light really, even around the edges. Very thin tan colored head adorns, and its gone in an instant.

Smell is very coffee forward, which is a plus for me. Theres a bit aof roasted, toasted malts too.

Taste is a little less coffee, a bit more coffee/cocoa bitter. Dry malts, biscuity.

Feel is a tad thinner than desired, but still smooth and slightly slick.

Lower abv, and an over all tasty brew make this an easy drinker.

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Photo of rand
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Delirium tulip glass 07/07/2010

A: A not-quite-black dark-brown ale pours a relatively small head for a stout, maybe two fingers, as I was expecting more suds given the name and style. Tight carbonation but the lacing is short-lived.

S: Nose is light but quite pleasant with roasted malts and coffee prominent. Has a nice sweet aroma, like freshly baked coffee cake. Not a hint of alcohol, which isn't surprising given the low 6% (I was reading from the bottle, BA says 5.5%)

T: Light roasted malts and coffee are immediately present, followed by hints of caramel and toffee. Aftertaste is clean - very little residue. Overall a fairly delicate profile for a stout

M: Quite light and thin even though the beer isn't very carbonated. Not as chewy as most stouts but the slight oily texture makes this go down easy.

D: By far one of the more easy-to-drink stouts I've quaffed. With the low ABV and non-offending (not that beer offends me) flavor profile, this is a stout you could drink often without feeling bloated or weighed down.

Notes: I would have guessed this was a porter if I'd tasted it blind. I think the name threw me off - Alpine makes big beer, and "Captain Stout" doesn't sound like a shrinking violet. That being said, the end product is a very tasty, easy-to-drink ale and one I would recommend to someone new to the style.

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Photo of qchic
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black beer coming in with a tan head, 1/2" deep. Aroma had some roast, was nice, but not much else going on.

Oatmeal dropped smoothness accentuating the chocolate malt here. All malt driven flavor, caramel, lesser coffee and chocolate, nothing sweet or bitter really.

Would appreciate more if in a better format than bomber.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Nearly black color. Very thin brown head. Not much lacing. Looks a bit thin.

Bittersweet aroma with a hefty amount of roasted malt and some chocolate.

Mild bitterness, lots of roast, and some coffee. A simple, tasty flavor.

Thin mouthfeel. Could use a touch more carbonation and a bit more heft.

A roasty and somewhat sweet stout. Incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to go through more of the Alpine lineup. I don't think that I've reviewed a dark offering from Alpine, so this should be the first. On to the beer:

Not much of a head from the pour, but despite that, leaves some whisps of lace around the glass. Black as ink in the body with a ruby brown hue at the bottom of the glass. It's got a fine smell...raw oatmeal sweetness crosses the mind. The chocolate malt then follows.

Despite Alpine's fetish for hops, Captain Stout doesn't show much in the hoppiness department. In fact, the beer's flavor is rather simple. Sweet oatmeal, a little chocolate malt, and a few espresso beans make the flavor. It won't take your breath away, but that's fine. The body is on the smooth side of things and medium bodied, no real astringency or roastiness getting in the way.

A rather standard beer from Alpine, but enjoyable nonetheless. Isn't it crazy how this retails for $8 in stores even around San Diego, yet $5 at the brewery?

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Photo of uturn
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz capped bomber poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: This beer pours a very dark brownish black with a thin fluffy dark tan head. The head dissipated rapidly leaving only a minimal lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is roasted malts & strong coffee.

T: The initial taste is of coffee followed by sweet roasted malts then mildly bitter chocolate.

M: The mouthfeel is of a mild to medium smooth texture with carbonation on the low side.

D:This beer had a nice drinkability factor and was quite pleasant overall.

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours a solidly opaque black hue, head is full of off-white biog bubble that dissipates to a relatively thin layer, lacing is moderate on the glass
S- Nose is big-time dominated by huge coffee flavors, this is as close to a cup of java that I can think of, tons of roast and a surprising absence of any other malts or hops, i hope you like coffee!
T- Initial taste is unsurprisingly dominated by bitter and roasty coffee flavors, some slight hops peek through, but this is totally java-forward
M- Light-to-medium bodied, watery texture, light carbonation
D- Very easy-to-drink stout at 5%abv, this is definitely a good match for coffee lovers (everyone else will be less impressed), there are more solid options in both the Stout and Alpine categories (hopefully)
Buy again? Probably not (not a big coffee fan)
Personal score- 72/100

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Photo of Floydster
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at the Stone World Bistro about a week back for four dollars, reviewed from notes

A-Very dark brown with just a little light shing through, 1/2 inch light tan creamy head that stuck around for a few minutes, some retention and lacing

S-Mostly coffee, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, oatmeal, bready malt aromas, roasted barley, a hint of smokiness, and some faint sweet accents

T-Flavor did not change much over time and tasted almost the same cold right out of the tap than it did thirty minutes later, lots of coffee from the beginning that provides a crisp dryness, some chewy grainy and oatmeal in the middle, finish is slighly sweet with some dark cocoa, would be more interesting with hops or something to add more complexity, pretty roasty overall and its few tastes are nicely balanced with another, not a bad brew from Alpine

M-Thin to medium body, dry and chewy mouthfeel, nice level of carbonation, taste did not linger long, somewhat watered down in my opinion

D-Could drink quite of bit of this, its ABV is very low for its style of beer, lighter on the stomach than most stouts, smooth, no alcohol in the taste

Not my favorite Alpine brew but still good, good to see they took a break from brewing all those IPAs, will probably grab some bottles of this in the future, recommended

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Photo of jwwjd
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A black beer with a lingering head. The aroma is subdued with a mild smokiness. The beer does not have a strong flavor profile on the initial sip, but has a very bitter finish. I have not had an Alpine product prior to this one but I was not impressed with this version of a stout. Not a bad beer, but not a beer I would hope to have again.

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Photo of Klym
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A full brown with lots of head, dots of lace. A lactic sourness that tears through before settling on the roasty and coffee and chocolate malted finish.Mouthfeel is creamed but the body is still average at most. Its a brown beer with stouty characteristics.

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Photo of illidurit
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle at RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Poured into my La Chouffe goblet. Black with a frothy cocoa head that leaves spotty lacing. Cocoa aroma with moderate roastiness. Bitter chocolate flavor with a metallic roasty finish. A little thin, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A reasonable pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, fluffy, cocoa stained, darkish tan colored head that produces some textured surfaces and spotty lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is an opaque black color, that displays some clear, ruby hues around the edges if held up directly to the light. The nose has quite a chocolate note to it that is noticeable as I am pouring the beer. A more direct inspection of the aroma tempers this sweet chocolate note with a touch or roast coffee, a burnt tartness and ample toasted bread aromatics. I definitely like the balance between sweet, yet dark malt notes on the more roast notes; it doesn't hurt that overly burnt and acidic aromatics from the dark grains are fairly muted either.

Light and creamy up front, but a carbonic bite adds some acidity and sharpness to this brew. A quick swirl of my glass reduces the carbonation (which wasn't overly brisk to begin with) and softens the carbonic acid note. This still has a sharp acid note to it though that is produced by the ample roast malt character. This is also probably accentuated a bit by the fact that this beer is fairly dry and quite light. The light mouthfeel is nice in that it makes this a more quaffable stout. While somewhat dry, there is still a noticeable, dark-grain influenced sweetness here that accentuates flavors of chocolate.

As the beer warms it becomes a bit smoother, it never quite loses the burnt acidity, but it becomes much more in balance with the rest of the beer. This is a bit more enjoyable than it's components taken individually; it can be a bit too burnt-grain leaning at times, but for the most part the other flavors and the quaffability help to balance this out.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs Pharmacy, Imperial Beach CA

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black, light brown head.
Sweet on the nose, maple, toffee, coffee, dark chocolate.
Same as nose, just with a little lactic action goin on.
Sharp carbonation lightens the body.
A good stout, but not awesome. Almost more of a big brown, but still tasty.

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Photo of barczar
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I appreciate the chocolate notes and the roast malt character, but this becomes too charred and bitter, for my liking. Would prefer a little less black patent, perhaps.

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Photo of hmph
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in the Bridging the Gap BIF from RobL, thanks so much, my first Alpine beer!

A - nice dark black, no light coming through, small head that dissipates quickly, looks like a stout

S - a bit of chocolate with some dark coffee roastiness, a nice well round stout smell

T - very easy drinking, smooth, very light chocolate, some roasted coffee notes, with some bitter sweet notes at the end

O - A really easy drinker, lots of stout characteristics but nothing beyond pushing it to outstanding, a really good stout but it isn't anything breathtaking

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Photo of snaotheus
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Large nonic filled from a growler. Growler filled at Total Wine on Friday for an amazing $5.99.

Pours black with a very small tan head. Not much carbonation. No gasp when the growler was opened. Smell is roasty and coffee with maybe a hint of chocolate.

Taste is moderately chocolate sweet with a little coffee and a strong roast bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, too flat. Overall, not a bad beer, but not great (as served, anyway).

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Photo of ALBuff
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Captain stout was slightly disappointing. It looked rich and beautiful, had a decent head, but lacked in flavor and mouthfeel what I typically enjoy in oatmeal stouts. Not super robust, lacking in mealiness (went down more like a porter), and I didn't detect much in the way of chocolate notes. Not bad, but not excellent.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Scott for this one!

A: Pours a nice black color with a one finger tan head that forms up nicely. Not much retention, reducing to small rather big bubbles on top. Spotty lacing around the glass.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, a little bit of dark chocolate and some oats.

T: The oatmeal comes through on the flavor profile and finishes with some bitterness on the finish. There is a little bit of chocolate and caramel.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight bitter/roasty finish.

O: An easy drinking stout. While not overly complex, there is nothing wrong with it. A little more chocolate/caramel/vanilla would have been nice.

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Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 519 ratings.
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