Captain Stout | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
514
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
19.47%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
61
For Trade:
3
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Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hadn't seen this one before so I picked up a bottle to try out. Shared with a few local BAs yesterday.

A: The pour is a nice dark, dark brown with a small tan colored head.

S: The smell is coffee, roasted malt, and just a touch of chocolate.

T: The flavors are a bit more impressive than the nose. Plenty of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of sweet malt as well.

M: The body is medium, maybe a bit on the thing side, and there is a moderate amount of carbonation.

D: This is a nice, easy drinking stout. A good stout to have that's better than your run of the mill Guiness, but not a big ol' monster of a beer either.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours black, especially to my eyes in a dark setting. Creamy, tight, lasting head. Random lacing. Smell is pretty potent. The good old blend of roast and chocolate. Smell is dry and I don't think it will be too sweet. Flavor is a good ol' American Stout. Some black coffee and baker's chocolate. Dry as I expected it to be. I really enjoyed the simplicity. Boom! Stout to the face. A good non-imperial Stout to boot. Creamy feel. Fuller than the ABV would suggest. A good pint. I like being able to slurp a Stout that isn't 15% nowadays.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. Overall a decent stout (from my notes). Beer is black with a tan head, some lacing, low to moderate carbonation. Looks like a beer.

Aroma is roasty and a little sweet overall weak aroma.

Beer is medium to light in body, moderate malt flavor up front, no hops to speak of, moderate bitterness and roast at the back, not a dry finish. Overall a decent average American stout. Pretty good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this is excellent stout, albeit a little less flashy than their hoppy stuff, its awfully good. great in the glass (on tap at hops and pie), with a tall dark brown head of micro bubbles that never settles and a shiny obsidian base beer, dreamy looking for sure. the nose is nice, if a bit muted compared to the taste. i do smell bakers chocolate, and a cool wet earthy yeast strain, as well as the roast. the flavor is like the nose but more intense and excited. notes of coffee manifest mid palate, and the chocolate is real dry and moderately bitter. i like the cohesiveness of it, i like that its sort of yeasty, and i like that its insanely dry, so dry that even the roast goes away quick at the end. its hearty too, right where i like it in terms of both body and abv. i think this is a little underrated on here, i found it unique and splendid in overall quality. i would buy this one again for sure. almost raisin notes in the middle, but it isnt fruity. top quality stout, no need for a bourbon barrel.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Dark brown/black and very opaque. A light khaki color 2 finger head.

S. A pleasant roasted malt aroma with some coffee and chocolate afternotes.

T. Nice and smooth. You get the roasted malt and chocolate but it's a nice subtle flavor with a coffee back end. If a stout could be sessionable this is it.

M. Light bodied for a stout. Light carbonation.

O. A nice stout. Not your thick stout but it's very drinkable. Nice smooth flavor. Would drink again.

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Photo of Dynobolt
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the alpine pub, was hoping to get some seating but my party of 6 was to much for the tiny place there. All good, took my boy Jared to try out the flights and he enjoyed some Nelson, duet, hoppy bday, cap stout, and some koffee beer. So had them pour me a cap stout and I was expecting a little more. Flavor was ok, very drinkable, smell was decent, but I wanted a little excitement. Definitely drink again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, listed as 6%,

A: Pours black with a small fizzy off-white head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Nice sweet chocolate and mocha coffee, light licorice. Hint of acidity.

T: Dark chocolate mixes with sweet creamed coffee, almost seeming like a milk stout at times, but it has more of a roasted bitterness undercurrent than that style. Bit of sour dark fruit, currant perhaps.

M: Light/medium body, mild acidity, low carbonation, smooth.

D: A real nice stout from the guys at Alpine, just wish I could get it up here, would be a solid session beer. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 ounce snifter. Pours a nice jet black, slight hints of raisins. Flavor is meh, lots of roasty-ness, not much else, very underwhelming.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Nose is like coffee, but old truck stop coffee. Minor roasted thing going on. The flavor strikes me as a bit "green". A bit too bright and tangy. Decent roasted tones. Feel has a fairly full carbonation and the liquid is nicely thick. Overall a good stout. Nothing really earth shattering. But it doesn't suck.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from the growler.

A: A rich chocolate brown with a one finger tan head that held on for a bit before turning to a foaming layer. Thick lacing.

S: Charred chocolate, anise, leather, coffee.

T: Follows nose with more charred chocolate than coffee. Robust and sweet. A terrific sipper. Similar to a Sierra Nevada Stout.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation. A dry finish. It really does remind me of a foreign extra stout.

O: Another winner from Alpine. Would go great with a chocolate chip cookie.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to osnapson (Reddit), shared with rudzud.

Pours decent foamy fluffy creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice soapy lacing, pitch black.

Nose brings nice roast, mild toasted malts, toasted coffee beans, little cocoa, fudgey like, fresh roasted coffee beans, hint nutty, little candy toffee, caramel sweet candy.

Taste brings sweet candy notes, roasted malt, toffee caramel, candy like notes but dry and creamy. Plenty of coffee, fresh roasted coffee beans and bitter roast, hint acrid, with fresh roasted coffee beans and fair bitterness, little acidity from the coffee and roast flavors. Hint of cocoa dust and fudgey notes. Finish is dry Irish stout like, big fresh roasted bitter coffee lingering forever with touch of cocoa dust.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy, decent carb.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip
Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for the bottle and thanks to Spicelab for bringing this back. Much appreciated on both ends.

A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled black. Just a hint of light at the head of the beer. Half finger of dark mocha colored head. Very short lived. Went quickly to part film and part collar. Better looking head on swirling as more staying power to the head. Couple wisps of lacing on the sides. Stayed at film through drinking.

S-- Dry nose off the bat. Good amount of oatmeal. Bits of coffee and hints of maple syrup. Nice amount of roast. Good balance.

T-- Dark chocolate, roast coffee, oatmeal, little bit of coffee acid and some vanilla extract and maple syrup. Once again well balanced. Nothing too over the top.

M-- Medium feel and low carbonation. Quite rich feel to this. Dry finish but what catches me is the dairy milk, vanilla coffee, and maple syrup just before it goes dry.

O-- Just light enough to be able to want to drink more but big enough to carry all the aspects of the beer. Well balanced and a lot of fun to drink. Not necessarily exciting but a well performed beer. Types of beers I wish were made more often down here and not the watery 4.5% ones.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark black, with a off-white head of about one inch, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells pretty heavily of roasted malt, a bit of smoke and ash, some chocolate, and a little bit of dry coffee.

This is really good and really dry stout. There's hardly any sweetness, with some bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, ashy smoke, and dry used coffee grounds. There's a really nice creaminess as well.

This is medium bodied, with a creamy and dry mouthfeel, along with a lower level of carbonation. This is very drinkable and very tasty.

A no frills, no nonsense stout, just tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass:

A: Dark brown/black with nearly 2 finger tight, mocha brown head. Good retention.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, light smoke, very moderate floral hops

T: Fairly robust roasted character with milk chocolate, plenty of medium roast coffee, a touch of smoke, and a nutty/almost nougat like sweetness and flavor. Moderate sweetness with a fairly dry and moderately bitter finish.

M: Medium body, fairly smooth and creamy, perfect level of carbonation, crisp finish.

O: A really solid stout with a very nice mouthfeel and interesting flavor profile.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-thinner dark brown liquid that lets just a shade of red hue through when light is shined upon the glass. The head is a milk chocolate color, thinner and little rentetion. Almost no lace is left

S-the nose is quite large and brings an onslaught of roasted maltiness.big roasted malts, some roasted coffee bean, a hint of dark chocolate, and just touch of dark fruits at the finish

T-the taste follows the nose the nose with the addition of some sweetness towards the back. The big roasted malt presence hits you up front, some roasted coffee, and a touch of the dark chocolate. The finish brings a light sweetness of dark fruits in the taste of some plum.

M-very smooth, highly carbonated, good medium body, and a bit of a crisp bite at the finish

D-easy drinking and big bold flavors, I love a good American stout with nice low abv and this is done quite well, nice roasted backbone with a touch of sweetness!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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...

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Photo of Trappissed
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found the flavors in this one to be very subtle and mild. Not really in a bad way, just a more toned down stout than I'm used to. A slight chocolaty, roasted quality. Didn't get much coffee taste. Light bitterness at the beginning that quickly mellows out into chocolate malts. Has a nice clean finish. I'm not a huge fan of stouts, but I'd probably get this one again.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Row 34 while waiting to get into Trillium. This was a very tasty well balanced stout - not overly chocolately or a coffee overload, just a well carbonated malty stout. I liked this a lot. Also considering it is 4pm on a Tuesday, it makes it even better.

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep brown to almost black with the slightest bit of ruby hints. A medium tan head with decent retention and spotty lace left behind.

S-Pleasant chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of smoky coffee.

T-Milk chocolate and dark roasted malt predominate. Secondary flavours of sweet caramel and coffee.

M-Quite smooth and creamy. A nice astringent finish lets you know this is a stout.

D-Full flavoured and smooth at 5.5%...this is an American session stout to be proud of!

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Photo of oggg
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PizzaPort Solana Beach. Went great with a BBQ bacon cheeseburger pizza on whole grain crust...

This beer came out of the tap with mounds and mounds of dark brown foam. This dark dark brown stout had a smooth noble hop floral aroma with a fainter roast background. This beer tastes way bigger than 5.5%. It's terribly smooth with a firm hoppy bitterness up front. No sour notes. Finishes just slightly dry.

Overall: excellent quaffable smooth stout.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent pour, mocha bright swirling lace, which forms a nice 3/4 inch head.

Deep engrossing unique dark twisting malt scentalation.

Piney, resiny hops. All along a semi-thick, unfiltered malt base. Overall flavors include - pine sap, decaf coffee, green tea leaves, bitter dark chocolate, hint of smokiness(Cuban cigar note), and more dark chocolaty goodness.

I really enjoy the general flavor tone this Stout has produced.
For the alcohol percentage, 6%, I think this proves to all of us, that bigger is not always better. Great true unfiltered thick Cali Stout, which is just simply extremely enjoyable.

Seek this one out if at all possible. It's a very delicious Stout.

Much thanks to Ryan for the chance to sample this one.

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Photo of MattXT
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler, poured into a Tree House tulip a day after filling. Very nice, by the books stout. Appropriate color, light roast on the nose, and a pleasant taste. Will surely buy again.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I try this beer from a 22 oz. bomber bottle picked up at the brewery a week ago. Poured into a pint glass it shows a rich dark pour with a hint of ruby beneath the lights. A thin tan head disappoints slightly with respect to the growler, lingering briefly before going a bit flat on the surface.

An intense chocolate and coffee nose, and a good bit of earthy hops make up for the appearance. Flavor is pleasant and tasty though perhaps a bit diminished by the relatively low carbonation of the beer. I look forward to trying this on Nitro some day.

Solid drinkability and offers a smooth feel. Recommend.

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Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.
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