MarkPine (16) - - JUN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a cola appearance. Strong coffee taste which I really enjoy with a little bitter bite finish, not much though. Drinks well for a high ABV. Good beer
Chad9976 (1203) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 1/25/14 and cost $4.99 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Cola-like black body, though actually dark brown on close inspection. Pours to a small, tan, foamy head which laces and retains rather well.
Smell: Typical stout aroma of roasted malt, but with a significant coffee scent.
Taste: The thing about coffee stouts is they’ve got to be drank fresh to really appreciate that additive, otherwise the flavor fades quickly. I was a little concerned that even a five-month-old bottle might not be as robust as it should be. And while Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout doesn’t taste like cappuccino per se, it definitely has the strong coffee presence you want in an imperial coffee stout.
The palette, much like everything about this beer, is quite familiar. A dark malty sweetness right away with significant dark chocolate notes. A dairy-like sweetness akin to that of oatmeal and milk stouts is also noticeable. The coffee component appears out of nowhere on the finish, imparting significant bitterness and a drying sensation, though the actual coffee taste is quite pleasant. There’s a milk chocolate presence as well which gives it a nice balance. All the flavors are enjoyable, though none are particularly strong, nor is the beer as a whole especially unique. Still, it’s delectable and pleasing and more than enough to garner an enthusiastic recommendation from me.
Drinkability: For a big beer at 9.2% ABV, Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout drinks like something more normal or mainstream. The body is of course full, though the mouthfeel itself is not thick or sticky. It’s relatively light and highly carbonated, though it’s quite smooth going down. The residual coffee aftertaste is nice, though it fades rather quickly. This is a great dessert beer by itself, though it would be ideal with any kind of chocolate or vanilla flavored sweets.
tectactoe (2042) - Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2014 Bottle: Murky, brown, muddled... borderline swampy looking. Expecting darker for a stout, really. Seemingly low carbonation, only a very small khaki film that leaves relatively no lacing behind. Aroma has boozy chocolates, with an alcohol character of cheap whiskey coming off. Some vanilla, cocoa dust... Oak chips? Kind of like a charred essence somewhere in there. Strange. A little pungent. Taste is very chocolate forward, rustic, & almost woodsy. Deep, bitter & dark espresso with more cocoa powder in the finish. Ashy hops throughout, but light. Alcohol character grows towards the end & gets stronger with warmth. You can taste the 9.3% ABV, here, unfortunately. Sticky syrup mouth feel, though it’s relatively thin for a "big" stout. Overall, not a big fan of this one. Just missed the mark for me. An "off" bottle perhaps? Just thin, boozy, & run of the mill in all aspects.
kevinsenn (1096) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, courtesy of toffsbury. Sweet coffee aroma with chocolate. Pours black with a beige head. Sweet coffee and chocolate taste. Full body.
Theydon_Bois (9149) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from the Bottle Barn SR, at JF’s BBQ 15/06/14.
Black with a big old tan covering that retains well - she’s a looker!
Nose is sweet smelling, roast malt, cappucino froth, chocolate, tar.
Taste comprises big coffee grounds, dark roast malted backdrop, light chilli heat, spice, rich chocolate.
Medium bodied, easy drinking for ABV, fine carbonation, trace of booze and green pepper licks in the close.
Solid coffee driven impy!
gripweed57 (730) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a translucent brown color with a reddish hue. Large rocky beige head. Clinging lace. Aroma is bold coffee with notes of herbal hops. Slightly smoky roasted malt as well. Upfront, flavor is French Roast coffee with a dose of cane sugar. Lot’s of coffee flavor throughout. Hides the alcohol well.
MrWomey (36) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Had this one at my favorite local watering hole. It’s billed as made from Sebastopol coffee and packs a wallop without ever letting on that it contains so much ABV. Goes down smooth, finishes bitter (very nice brew). My go-to beer when they don’t have anything else I fancy.
Masterkush7 (558) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black with a one finger tan head with some light lacing. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, and some molasses. Taste is similar to the aroma with some nice coffee, vanilla cream, caramel, and light coco notes. Has a medium-full body with a creamy, silky mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter, medium-long finish
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fidemaster (282) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a big coffee fan, but gave it a shot. Smells of roasted coffee. Has a deep opaque color. Has a very strong coffee flavor. Has a mix of milk and sugar. finishes a harsh bitter flavor. It does hide the alcohol fairly well.
fhoublon (316) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dégustée (bouteille) le 8 juin 2012 au Mondial de la Bière 2012 à Montréal (D10C3KPPO). Bière noire opaque. Col beige crémeux, mince et durable. Odeur de café aigre. Très douce, assez sucrée, assez amère. Goût de café marqué et de sucre, de mélasse bien présent. Pas trop lourde ni sirupeuse, alcool ne ressort pas trop.