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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: 516
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 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 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 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 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 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 Auraan
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, deep dark black body with brown highlights when held to light and one finger of thick, fluffy tan head. Overall impression of appearance is of a fantastic stout. Very nice. Scents of dark chocolate, smokey strong roasted malt upfront, medium-light black coffee up front and a light sweetness and a light fruity aroma. Overall impression of aroma is of a fantastic dry stout, very roast malt-forward and quite nice. Flavor begins lightly dry with strong notes of smokey roast malt, lighter amounts of fruity flavors reminiscent of raspberries, flavors of rich dark chocolate and strong black coffee also apparent, there is a light sweetness present as well. Middle opens up further dry roasted malt and smokey flavors along with bittersweet chocolate and black coffee. Finish is dry with notes of smokey malt, black coffee and bitter cocoa, with a smokey, ashy note. Aftertaste is bitter with notes of roasted malt, smoke, and dark chocolate, with a hint of coffee, the way I make it. Overall impression of flavor is of a very nice dry stout. Deep, dark, roasty and bitter, well worth trying. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium carbonation and a drying, roasty feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nice stout, true to form, light yet full enough, very nice. Overall this is a fantastic dry stout. If you like a good stout, that is true to style, dry and full try this one, it's a good one.

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Photo of Spiderhouse
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Nice bubbly pour, but very little lacing and almost no head.

S-Like iced oatmeal cookies, with a little coffee in there. More liek decaf though, from 7-11. Under the right circumstances, this is not a bad thing.

T-Tastes like it smells, with a nice spiced oatmeal flavor, and some chocolate/toffee notes.

M-Falls a bit short here, if only because the body is thin. Good carbonation though.

D-This is actually what I look for in stouts--a bit of coffee, a bit of chocolate, and sessionability. I think i could knock down a few of these around the fire and be satisfied. Good stuff.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a nice, two-fingered head. The smell was nice, lots of roasted malt and a little chocolate and coffee. The taste is quite nice as well, with some sweetness from the malt as well as coffee, chocolate, and a bit of roast. A little thin, but very drinkable.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

massive thanks to ehammond1. enjoyed from a darkness snifter.

a - poured a deep black with just shy of 2 fingers of mocha cream colored head. lacing was stringy and chunky and although the head was gone quick, it left a thin skin of head on the surface.

s - nice roasted malt. not too much in any direction. some vanilla creamy coffee notes. soft cocoa powder.

t - soft. roasted black malt. very portery. tasty. some hints of cocoa powder. porter char.

m - cool and crisp. a bit charry. in a blind taste test, i'd peg this as a porter. soft.

o - overall, a nice stout...are you sure this isn't a porter? super easy drinker.

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Photo of jminsc76
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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 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 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 AHebel
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I too, hadn't seen this Alpine brew before and quickly decided to grab a bottle, not expecting to get the worlds greatest example of the style, but, still expecting a solid beer, which is what I got.

The appearance shows a nice, dark brown, almost black, with very little, quickly dissipating head, poured into a snifter.

Nose is light. Very little coffee, with roasted characteristics behind it.

Taste overall is good, but slightly underwhelming. Again, mild coffee; roasted and sweet malts, with good balancing hoppiness. The body is medium to thin with average carbonation. Could have used a little less in my opinion.

Overall a quality beer that doesn't overwhelm. This could be a stout I buy frequently, saving others to cherish at a more memorable time.

Served from a bottle, poured into a snifter.

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Photo of Palesmith
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +3.4%
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 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 ilikebeer03
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A:pours near black with a ncie tan/khaki head. good retention and lacing.

S: lots of roasted malts upfront. slight earthy bitterness from the hops.

M: strong roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee. balanced by hop bitterness. dry.

M: toward the thicker and creamier side, but not overly so. not to the level of an imperial stout

O: delicious beer.

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Captain Stout from Alpine Beer Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 516 ratings.
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