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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:
160
Ratings:
513
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
61
For Trade:
3
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Photo of ehammond1
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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 jminsc76
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a fingers length of espresso head atop a dark body. Not impenetrable – there’s a tinge of brown near the top – just dark.

Intense aromas of rich, roasted vanilla bean; a bit of maple syrup; carob; and some floral hops as I inhale more deeply. Wonderful, wonderful bouquet.

Roasted flavors with the aforementioned vanilla, bitter espresso, and at one point I tasted a feint, FEINT hint of Wendy’s frosty dessert. No french fries to dip into it. Wah!

The mouthfeel is indeed the letdown here, as the style on the bottle is billed as an oatmeal stout (or at is least brewed with oats). It’s thinner than a flat pancake hanging out on a road-paving contest. Also pretty dry but not necessarily in the way I like.

Overall, I enjoy Captain Stout greatly. Kind of a Guinness on chocolate steroids, with substantial vanilla bean and maple flavors. Just wish that mouthfeel was more than she wrote.

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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 farrago
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Large and bubbly head, easy three fingers during the pour, large concentration of big bubbles in the middle simmers down to a more consistent surface which retains at the one finger level, dark brown in hue, the lacing is thin yet clings impressively to the glass. The liquid is fully black, skips brown and goes straight to orange for a thin stripe at the glass bottom. The nose is noticeably dry and somewhat sour as well, oats, grains, breads, sour milk mixed in with dark chocolate, cocoa and coffee grinds, more herbaceous than nutty, the fruit is muted but what’s there is sweeter than the rest of the scents, nectarine, peach, melon, the roast outlasts all else. Medium-bodied, if flatfooted, picks a spot and just sits there. The carbonation is too weak to add liveliness. Same emphasis on coffee, cocoa, mocha with heavy roast leading to dry mouth feel. Here orange citrus sweetens the pot some, even as the apple, peach, white grape fruit struggles to find a place, not the usual darker fruit profile. The nuttiness comes through more, the bready, yeasty notes less so. Keeps its weight throughout and never gets undesirably bitter. Leaves you wishing there was more breadth of flavor as well as sweetness, drinkable but not remarkable.

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Photo of Lunch
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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 seeswo
2.12/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours very dark brown with a tan head. The nose is a bit roast and oddly cherry sweet. It's actually a bit of an uh-oh nose. That taste, ugh, the taste. A huge mess of sweet dark fruit, gross cherry sweetness, a some what dry finishing stout. The whole thing was a mess and possibly and infected mess. I don't toss that term around, but this was pretty awful in that cherry, beginning vinegar way that suggests such. Alpine makes some amazing beer and this, in the state it reached me in the bottle, is not in that stratosphere. Major let down. Mouthfeel was thin, starting to get a bit watery. Let's just say that everyone in the room drain poured after 0-1 sips. I gave it a few, but after that, it was down the drain.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black and is cola brown at the edges under light. Two fingers of creamy light khaki colored head and leaves foamy sheeting on the glass. Nose is very sweet with brown sugar molasses, dehydrated tropical fruits (mango guava) and a faint whisper of roasted malts. Taste hits with roasted and almost charred malts and some coffee and again with a dark sugary sweetness and no fruit to speak of. Never really found any chocolate character in this beer. Drinkable and tasty albeit somewhat sweet and really had a hard time getting around it.

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.39/5  rDev -11%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.32/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours an opaque dark brown with a tiny 1/2 inch beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing. Smells of slight chocolate and coffee but I think this one is infected. There is a musty gym socks smell. This would make the 2nd Alpine beer so far that has been infected. Taste is of funky chocolate/coffee that has been fermented in used gym socks. Horrible. Mouthfeel is surprisingly average. Overall, another loser of a beer from Alpine and I am disappointed once again.

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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 Eriktheipaman
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a solid black with tan head that completely fades and leaves a little lacing.

The smell is of Vanilla, Mango, and Pineapple very strange for a Stout but I'm diggin it none the less.

The taste is also an alpine twist on a Stout. Tropical fruit with a light mouth-feel and the roasting coming in on the back.

Its a good beer for sure. Not your standard Stout so I can see how some wouldn't like it a lot but I think its tasty!

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Photo of biglite351
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
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 Rizalini
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a very deep, dark brown color. When held up to the light, you can barely see thru it. Barely. Thin tan head that leaves no lacing.

S - I get roasty, caramel aromas. That's about it. Having a hard time getting anything more.

T - Slight coffee flavor in the front, but fails to finish. Ends dry, with a slight lingering taste. Definately not a "meal in a bottle" as advertised.

M - Not as heavy as I would prefer a stout to be. It's medium mouthfeel, not velvety at all, like the bottle says. A little too lite on the pallete for me.

D - It's an average stout at best. Personally, I wouldn't buy another bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a medium dark tan head.

Nose is a plummy sweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a light creamy character - simple, well balanced and nicely carbonated.

Flavor profile is all rich coffee and bitter black chocolate. Simple but pleasing and a nice example of a drinkable simple stout, done right and not trying to be anything else.

Finish is all medium bitter black coffee/espresso.

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Photo of HopMasterFlex
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not their best work. Not very complex compared to a lot of stouts. It pours a dark brown with a thin head a spotty lacing. It smells of coffee and chocolate but nothing to write home about. Taste is the same it's is coffee and chocolate up front but neither is spectacular. I would call this a safe beer. It isnt great but it isn't terrible I would drink it again but not while exponential is on tap.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Says 6% ABV on bottle and listing says 5.5%.

3.5 A: Black color. Nearly two fingers of pillowy light brown head with below average retention and just a touch of sparse lacing.

3.0 S: This has a nice roastiness to it with hints of coffee. However, there's also something strange about this. Smells a bit like "rancid caramel" if such a thing exists or some sort of corrosive industrial chemical. There's also a good deal of regular caramel. There's some underlying fruitiness as well. This is okay, but whatever off-flavor is in there is a bit off putting.

3.5 T: The taste is pretty good though and it doesn't have the weird rancid caramel taste in it. Roasted barley, caramel, and just hints of coffee, fruit, and chocolate. Not bad, but lacking in the strength column.

3.0 M: Lighter body. Moderate amounts of carbonation, but it is a "dead carbonation" leaving the beer lying lifeless on my tongue. Not very creamy and sure as hell not "velvety smooth" as advertised on the bottle.

3.0 D: Pretty mediocre across the board. Worth a try, but mainly to know that this shouldn't be sought after.

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Photo of berebrando
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

its pitch black with a thin light tan head. the head dissipated quickly and does not lace at all. smells very malty and chocolatey, perfectly stoutly, thick and oaty. taste is chocolate, massive malt backbone, something slightly nutty or sweet and fruity. I like it, its very drinksble and yes, good mouthfeeling. just what I look for in a stout.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Arbitrator
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black. It's not quite opaque; in small quantities it has a ruby-tinged clarity to it. But in large quantities in a snifter, it's hard to tell the difference. I poured gingerly, producing a finger of light beige foam. It leaves patches of lace during sips.

S: The strongest part of the nose is a roasted grain note that imparts a slight acidity. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and some coffee are noted. A small wash of butterscotch and earthy hops are found, as well. A great aroma.

T: Mm. It has a nice, dry oatmeal flavor; the slightly lactic flavor of roasted grains, coffee, and milk chocolate are evident. Just a touch of vanilla. Caramel, butterscotch, and brown sugar (?) are also noticeable. It's different from other oatmeal stouts. Quite tasty, really. [EDIT: I see from the description that the brown sugar must really be maple.]

M: Light-medium bodied. It's relatively dry, with low carbonation and an altogether creamy mouthfeel. No coating stickiness, sugars, or bitterness.

D: Outstanding drinkability. I think it ran $5 a bomber, which is on the cheaper end for bombers in this state. I am impressed and will be seeking this out again.

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Photo of aval89
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a straight black with a tan almost brown 1 finger head. It looks absolutely gorgeous in my Stone IRS snifter. Almost no light gets through the body of this brew.

S: Lots of roasty notes. cocoa, dark chocolate, dark coffee, even some toffee with dark fruits vaguely in there. Maybe even a small hint of spiciness.

T: dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, black coffee, toffee notes and a hint of vanilla. Finished with a dark chocolate/coffee bitterness.. Nicely put together.

MF: thick, chewy but smooth with spot on carbonation. Finishes dry but I like my stouts to finish dry. Leaves the bittering finish for quite some time on the palate.

D: very easy drinking stout. I like stouts but don't love them, but this stout amazed me greatly..

I'm glad I stopped in at Alpine during my trip to SD. Very nice brew!

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Palesmith
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark black with a very small tan head.

S - Coffee and a little dark chocolate. Not a very strong smell but very smooth and inviting.

T - Roasted coffee, malty and rich and also effervescent. Not over powering but very enjoyable.

M - I found it to be clean, crisp and dry. More carbonation than I was expecting but this left the beer feeling light and smooth.

D - very drinkable. Not overly thick or heavy. I will be drinking this again.

Alpine really makes some very enjoyable beers.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Near black, tight bubbled tan head with lots of retention. Creamy line of lace.

S - Burnt malt, maybe a little anise?

T - Roasty, malty, rich deep flavor.

M - Medium bodied, creamy, good coating, good balance.

D - Nice, but really big flavors. Would tire during session.

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Photo of uturn
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.
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