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 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 sleazo
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cask O'briens.
A- Dark, dark brown with rich creamy head. Good lace throughout

S- is of alcohol & sweet roasted malt.

T- hits you with alittle raw alcohol taste then some red fruit followed by the bitterness of the charred malt. This is interesting but I don't love this. Too sweet for my tastes

Mouthfeel is good but this on cask.

D. Probably not more than one, a little too sweet for me.

The % is surprising, this tasted like it had alot more alcohol than 5.5%. This is an interesting stout, but i think it might be better with some age.

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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 scottoale
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one a couple of times at O'Brien's this past week and for good reason...this is a damn tasty stout. From the nitro-tap poured into a pint glass is a black-ass brown thick ale with an upwelling thick creamy cocoa head of everlasting proportion. Lace...fat, thick rings telltale every sip with tons of it, sticking all over the glass. It's a real beauty on nitro.

On the nose is a deep, bitter espresso and some dark toasty, roasted malt with bakers chocolate undertones.

The flavor is all of the above...super rich, smooth and creamy...very tasty with a nice bitter finish. Full body with a smoothness that is easy to swallow and a mild ABV that makes it all too easy to drink. A great breakfast or dessert beer...highly recommended, cheers!

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Photo of OStrungT
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

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

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Initial look was a large head, bigger than most especially since it is not nitro. Lacing maintained the look. Coffee dominates the aroma & the taste, but very little bitterness. A very respectable stout.

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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 MiScusi
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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

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

22oz. bottle poured into my Stone taster glass. Not a thick pour, but this looks like a stout. Dark brown with some tan head. Smell is fairly muted with some roasted malt and hints of chocolate and perhaps some coffee. Taste is a bit watery and muted as well. Roasted malts are the main feature. A little thin with decent carbonation. Easy to drink, but probably my least favorite beer from Alpine.

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Photo of rallison
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful black with a 2 finger light brown head. Smells ridiculously good - tons of chocolate and coffee here.

Taste follows suit nicely. Lots and lots of chocolate here - a mix of dark and milk, with a good touch of coffee. Also has a slight taste of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is relatively rich for a stout, with a nice dryness.

Drinkability is exceptionally good.

Highly recommended. One of the best American stouts I have had - and loaded with chocolate - an excellent thing. And yes, Alpine is indeed bottling this now.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to try this one for a while and I’m glad that it’s now bottled. Picked this one up about two or three weeks ago and I can’t wait any longer to try it.

This stout pours thick and dark with two fingers of mocha colored head. The foam dies down to a thin layer. The aroma is intense with roasted and chocolate malts, bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee, toffee, and oatmeal. There is also a nice subtle hop aroma in the background as well. The taste is just like it says on the label “leading the crew is the big, roasty malt character that has hints of chocolate and coffee…” The “roasty malt character” is upfront while there is a nice coffee finish.

The mouthfeel is nice and thick while being fairly smooth. This has turn into a staple stout to be in my beer fridge, and for only $3.99 per 22oz. bottle is incredible. Great job for Alpine.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color that appears almost black in the glass, with deep plum highlights. About 1" of light tan head forms, that has decent retention, and average lacing. 3.5

Smell: Smells of dark malts, roast, chocolate, and lighter scents of coffee. Not a lot of hop character, but the roast character is nice.

Taste: A moderate amount of roast, chocolate, and coffee. A nice creamy smoothness to the flavor in this beer. Again, not a lot of hop character to balance, but there is some in there.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium in body, with a great amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Overall, a good stout. Nice roast character and nicely integrated flavors. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Bomber poured into a Pub Glass.

Pours a deep black and sort of thin looking. Small tan head that dissapated fast. No lacing.

Smells like a good stout. Nice and roasty and a slight malt smell.

Taste is not as good as the smell. It tastes kind of thin for a stout ant as if it's lacking crystal malt. It needs a little more sweet backbone and mouthfeel. The roastyness is very good at first but because of the lack of maltiness the roast gets old fast.

Mouthfeel is also too thin. Nice carb though.

Overall I probably won't try this again. Especially if there are other things to try or I know are better.

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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 tonistruth
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA

A- pitch black (until only a sip or two of brown is left, then its a deep wooden brown with red hues), 1 finger creamy mocha colored head, good retent, thin lacing rings all down glass

S- rich chocolate, dry roasted malts

T- creamy chocolate and roasted malts, dry roasted chocolate malts, some coffee, hints of caramel, delicious

M- smooth and creamy, dry finish, brew feels as if it evaporates off your tongue, carbonation nearly undetectable

D- fits style well, flavor is excellent, would pair well with desserts or could be one on it's own, sessionable, recommended

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Photo of McStagger
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

A: Pours a very dark brown. Not quite to black. Finger and a half of head dissipates to a very thin cap of tan foam. Retention is moderate. Lacing is moderate to heavy.

S: Lot of roastiness. Big roasted malt, some malted milk ball, a splash of chocolate. Dark fruit underneath with a bit of chicory.

T: Moderate hit of roasty coffee flavors up front. Big roastiness in the mid palate. Malt, coffee, some super dry chocolate. Finish is very, very dry, with big roastiness hitting it again.

M: A bit on the flimsy side. This one comes across as a bit watery, especially considering the roasty taste.

O: Eh, I'm not super stoked by this. It's a decent roasty stout, dryer than most. Flavors are a bit one dimensional.

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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 jpmclaug
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sooo happy to try this beer. Sounded like it would be right up my alley when I first heard about it. Got this bottle from the super generous provider of noms, irishgurl4. Bomber goes into a pint glass.

A - Black body. I held it up to the light and none shone through. But... where is the head? There is a little circle of off white stuff on top but not what I would call a head.

S - Mix of oatmeal, roast and a hint of chocolate. Not too pungent but what is there is pleasant.

t- Nice mix of roasted malts with a big dose of chocolate. A smooth oatmeal flavor is in there as well. Some coffee notes but not much.

M - smooth, low carbonation and about as good as you can get for the style.

D - Drinkability is pretty high. A pleasant stout for sure but not a mindblowing one. Really this is a solid beer and I am glad to try it. I would happily drink more of these if the opportunity arose.

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Photo of biglite351
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - considerable orange around the edges. Tall tight light tan head.

S - heavy roasted malts, cocoa and a touch of coffee in the finish.

T - roasted malts, raisins, prune, mild cocoa and coffee.

M - thin with mild tingle on sides of tongue and throat.

O - easily drinkable but I would rather go for something with a bit more depth.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a: its a dark black color - no light penetrating. 2 finger tan fizzy head that seems to fade and hang around 1 finger

s: smells nice. sweet chocolate, caramel, toasted malts, coffee, vanilla. a real nice smooth aroma

t: milk chocolate, toasted malts, a mixture of caramel and toffee, sugar (something sugary - not brown sugar), a cola-like flavor, and a very slight bitterness from a fresh coffee bean. something green - like grassy in here too, some dark plum

m: its a silky medium mouthfeel. pretty high carbonation for a stout

t: color me impressed. i know Alpine is know for the hops, but this is a nice beer. nice harmonization of chocolates, roast, and sweet malt. my criticism would be maybe a bit too much carbonation in the mouthfeel, almost makes it feel like a soda. otherwise its an easy drinker with nice flavors. not heavy enough to be a sipper, but not something to rush

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Photo of dubinsky
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter.

A - Pours a thin black color with a foamy 1/4 finger tan head. The head dicipated quickly and left some spotty lacing behind on the glass.

S - Failry sweet aroma of mild chocolate, roasted malts and some nuttiness. Slight hints of coffee.

T - Nice roasted malts with hints of milk chocolate, pecan and slight hints of coffee. Fairly sweet tasting with a healthy malt backbone. Slight smokiness towards the finish.

M - This is thinner than i like in a stout with lower carbonation than i prefer. As the beer warms up the body seams to undergo a transformation becoming more heavy.

O - This was a nice end to a rough day, but in all honesty really expect more from Alpine. It was OK, but not as in your face as the rest of Alpine's lineup that i have had.

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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 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 DocJitsu
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque very dark brown with a quickly dissipating pale mocha head. Chocolate up front on the nose that yields to coffee. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style. Little to no chocolate in the flavor, but smoke and coffee in spades. Finishes pretty abruptly.

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Alpine brewpub. Served in a taster glass.

A - Dark brown with khaki head, about 1 finger. Head is very thin and bubbly. This beer is probably better suited to a nitro tap.

S - Smells like coffee with a touch of chocolate and milk.

T - taste follows the nose to a good extent. A bit of burnt malt and brown sugar followed by a bit of bitterness and a toffee/coffee finish. Average considering the style. Not big on flavor, but also easy to drink and not a strong alcohol taste.

M - thin and high carbonation. Not a good aspect for me. I was surprised how watery this was for a stout.

O - a decent, light stout, but a little too watery for my tastes. I wouldn't be opposed to having this one again.

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