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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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 522
Photo of AnthonyJS
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The overwhelming flavor of this beer is the roasty malts. My criticism though is that it doesn't have enough sweetness to balance out the roasty flavor. However I think the flavor is very interesting and enjoyable, as well as a decent change of pace. This may not be exactly what I'm looking for in a stout, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes from May 13th, 2016. Has on-tap at Alley Katz in Citrus Heights, CA

Appearance - Served up in a pint with a quarter finger width, khaki colored head. The brew itself is near black with cola brown edging. Fair retention of the head, then leaves a thin, broken layer of suds. Good amount of lacing, consisting mostly of broken webbing a a few spots here and there.

Smell - Light aroma

Taste - More flavor than the nose leads on. Malts hit on milk chocolate and hints of caramel and toffee, while the hops deliver a light earthy bitterness with a hint of citrus. Light roast comes through in the finish, then the aftertaste that rings with slightly astringent coffee grounds and some grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low to moderate carbonation. Slightly silky texture that leads to a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Good stout. It's flavorful, but lacks ideal depth in so far as roasted malt is concerned. Still, I can't be mad at it.

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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 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 gandres
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

from tap to growler to wine glass
Appearance: pours black, very dark
Smell: not much aroma, slight toasted grain
Taste: very good, well balance
Fell: very good
Overall: Very good beer

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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 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 ThisWangsChung
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32 oz growler into a teku. From yesterday.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is two fingers high, and mocha in shade. Typical of a good stout, it has a wonderfully creamy texture, along with okay retention. A consistent ring of lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: Firstly, I notice a nice element of piny hops to this one - it's not overdone (hi there SN Stout), it's just right. Letting it open up will unfurl notes of espresso, dark chocolate, roast, and smoke. After a while, some caramel appears. This is fairly straightforward as far as the style goes, but the individual notes stand out nicely.

Taste: Again, the hops come through nicely (especially at first), without excessive harshness or bite. These piny notes will give way to notes of chocolate, roast, and coffee. Slight oat and vanilla cream flavors appear near the back end. No one note really stands out, but the way everything ties together is what makes this work so incredibly well.

Mouthfeel: For the most part, the feel works: When it first hits the tongue, it feels creamy and dense; it evaporates from the palate in a dry fashion. So good. It could be a bit less syrupy post-swallow, but that's just nitpicking. Carbonation is slightly high, yet it only serves to give this stout a creamy, mouth-filling feel.

Overall: I mean, it's just a stout. It's roasty, chocolaty, and vaguely hoppy. So there are no frills or surprises, yet it delivers everything a great stout should bring to the table. I just wished it smelled as good as it tasted. Ah well, always glad to see more Alpine beer in my area, and always glad when it lives up to the hype.

3.83/5: Nothing fancy about this, it's just a well-rounded, tasty stout

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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 VonMisfit
4.93/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a text book stout that hits it on every point for me. If I had to choose one stout for the rest of my life this would be it. Only down side is the usual 1 bottle limit at the few places you can find it.

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Photo of VikingBeer
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Beer Trappe, Lexington, KY. Dark brown, lighter around the edges, bubbly pale-tan head that settles in a minute or so.  Smell carries an immediate, and strangely alluring, spent-gunpowder aroma, but is also roasty, with hints of nuts, roasting meat, oak, flint, and brown bread
Loaded with that same gunpowder smokiness, but much more balanced. Powder smoke, roasted chestnuts, coffee, hints of bittersweet chocolate, and woods (cherry, oak, hint of cedar). Very nice.
Lighter-bodied than many stouts, but medium-bodied, with enough substance to be pleasant. Am argument could be made for a touch more carbonation, but still a well-done beer overall.

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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 BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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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 jp32
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 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 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 rudzud
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this growler.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of deep roast, coffee, oatmeal. Almost Irish stout like.

T - Taste is loads of roast, almost acrid, lots of coffee, nice malts and roast. Good chocolate, creamy but dry. Interesting.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Dry, creamy.

O - Overall this beer was decent, nice roast, good chocolate. Pretty decent.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on-tap in a mug at Special brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: totally black with some brown highlights around the edges. Head is a finger of creamy tan foam; it's quite attractive.

Smell: caramelly and a bit sweet with a nice roasty character. Balanced and enticing -- I like it.

Taste: roasty malt with a little bit of caramel. The roasted malt adds a fair bit of bitterness that negatively impacts it a bit, but overall it's not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess. Quite nice.

Overall: not a bad stout, but there is a roughness to the roast that impacts its enjoyability.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico Arlington, served in a chalice

A solid American style stout. Could be a good house beer.

A - Opaque black with an excellent beige lacing. 4
S - Roasted malts, some burnt bitterness. 3.75
T - Roasty, not overly bitter, a hint of sweetness like milk sugar 4
MF - Medium heavy body, smooth start but dry finish lasting on the palate. 4

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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 Stevedore
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Dexter's in Madison, Wisconsin.

Pours a medium brown body, one finger offwhite head with minimal retention time, no lacing. Smells of a grassy hop aroma, mild espresso, milk chocolate. Nothing too crazy. Flavour displays a fairly hoppy bitterness, non-descript, perhaps a bit of citrus and floral notes, but for the most part masked by a espresso and chocolate finish. Astringent earthy, floral finish on the backend. Nothing special. Mouthfeel is thinner bodied, nothing too substantial, fair carbonation. Overall, nothing to write home about.

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Photo of MisterGone
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 into tulip. Deep black brown with a dark khaki head that held nicely. Aromas of dark chocolate and some coffee with a super subtle vanilla or some other earthy yet sweet element. Flavor was just a nice uptick version of the aroma. Coffee in the foreground, chocolate in the background, and something a little earthy and sweet on the finish. Not sure if that is a yeast profile or some grain. Tasty stout, solid offering. WIll definitely have 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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Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 522 ratings.
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