Captain Stout | Alpine Beer Company

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523 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

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
Ratings:
523
Reviews:
162
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
64
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 523 |  Reviews: 162
Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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 markgugs
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drummermattie02
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into DFH snifter, extremely deep brown, light only comes through around the edges. Big white-tan head that fades to a covering that sticks around.

Smell is slightly sweet, roasty, not overly complex.

Taste is OK, a bit of bitterness from the dark malts, almost has a slightly sour finish. Thin feel, wish there was more here.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black beer, tan head, ample, great retention. Aroma was kind of lacking, slight chocolate malt aroma, not much else.

Good smooth oatmeal stout. No surprises. Smooth. Chewy. Chocolate malt. Little to no chocolate or coffee added I would guess, maybe a slight % of coffee malt. Thick viscosity, not overly sweet. A little bit nutty downbottle. Couldn't appreciate the caramel if it was there.

I appreciate this is a fairly ($6) priced bottle of a sessionable oatmeal stout, but I just don't see the complexities in this beer that other reviews do. Coffee, vanilla, caramel, just don't taste it in this beer.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black, healthy head. Smells malty and tastes like it has a touch of cocoa. Not a bad stout and a nice change from all these high gravity stouts everyone seem to make these days. Solid beer and I'm glad my cousin brought it to me and I wish I had a bottle of the old chez monieux to follow it up..

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Photo of rlee1390
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear brown when pouring, black in the glass, one finger tan head.

S-Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and vanilla.

T-Chocolate and coffee upfront, roasted malt. But the finish has an overly sweet vanilla that is not well balanced.

M-Lighter, tad watery, not much carbonation.

O-A good stout, but the unbalanced vanilla hurts it.

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Photo of zekeman17
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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 GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Gusler
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Alpine Brewery
The beers pours a pitch black with a smallish chocolate head, the texture spumous and the lace thick and sticky. Nose has a light coffee and chocolate aroma with sweet malt underneath, start is sweet and has a pleasing malt presence, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a nice bit of hops and the acidity mild to moderate, very dry and lingering aftertaste, a nice stout overall.

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Photo of Dizzy242
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mig100
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xnicknj
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter - thanks to scalene

Pours an opaque black color with a crop of lightly tanned head resting on top. Retains for a short bit, leaving some spotty streaks of lacing on the glass.

Roasted malts and soft warmth in the nose. Nutty with some coffee and light chocolate sweetness.

Malty with some chocolate and soft sweetness up front. Hints of nuts and coffee beans. Decent malt backbone with a light kiss of vanilla. Roasty towards the finish.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, a little chewy and sticky on the tongue. A pretty decent stout, although I've come to expect a little more explosive flavor from Alpine.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.04/5  rDev +6%
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 gtermi
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of rawfish
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black yet deceivingly dark as dark brown can get. Medium loosely frothy broken chocolate brown colored crown that remains constant for a good measure; lace in minimal spots. Aroma is packed with solid roasted malt with some nice espresso and dark chocolate notes creeping through. Not fully potent or strong really but very nice to let simmer and wiff. Taste is well rounded with a smooth chocolate front thats favorably dark and lush with a creamy lingering into the middle where espresso flavors really meld in incredibly nicely. Oh, so close to burnt roasted espresso-like flavors and the bittering is subdued enough for full enjoyment. Quite nice to behold. Hence the finish, where it gets a bit of everything mixing and changing with a sweetened roast filled espresso dryness that has a chocolate twinge of bitterness to top it off. Feel is smooth and close to full with a good amount of give in each sip and is a bit sweet in areas with an espresso and chocolatey drying coming through from midway all the way to its remarkable little finish. Nice lingering capabilities with the bittering and espresso. This reminds me alot of the Bell's Java Stout, just not as over the top as the Bell's but right up there just the same. Big thanks to the Big Dog for sending me a refilled and capped bottle (from a growler I'm assuming).

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Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from the Frontier party store in Alpine for $5.00.

Beer poured dark brown with a decent tan head. Nose is quite nice, heavy on coffee and roasted malts. Taste is a nice blend of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and smooth from the oatmeal. Overall drinkability is good. This is a wonderful stout, full of character that I could enjoy all day.

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Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 523 ratings.
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