Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout



A beer that delivers. 

One doesn't associate Lagunitas with stouts.  Hoppy ales with pungent pines?  Sure.  But stouts? 

Cappuccino Stout by the Lagunitas Brewing Company 
9.2% ABV
29.5 IBUs


Lagunitas' Cappuccino Stout pours dark, nearly motor oil-like, but with a very slight brown tint.  

A big, thick head provides a foamy topping like dirty snow.  And sticks around. 

The head seems to initially dampen some of the aroma. Nevertheless, the scent is pleasing with toasty malts. As it opens, it provides a strong pecan oil character.

Perhaps the cappuccino moniker asserts its influence.  Waves reminiscent of a mocha latte rise from mug to nose.  Musky, but pleasant. 

Upon sipping, first: rich, rich, rich! 

The title doesn't lie, and more than a little cappuccino hint is present. The dominating trait, though, is bitter cocoa.  Like baking chocolate.  Sans the sugar. Yet, delectable.

Surprisingly, the Cappuccino Stout's big alcohol presence is successfully masked.  Perhaps, too well.  A bit more of a warming sensation would be welcomed. 


Lacing builds, but fades.

This Cappuccino Stout offers subtle carbonation. Allowing the beer to settle in the mouth showcases popping all over, but of the most mild sort.  And only a slight sugary stickiness remains upon the teeth

Despite the massive cocoa bitterness of this beer, a slight sour note lingers in the aftertaste. 

There isn't much surprising about this beer.  The bottle's label is a promise, and its contents deliver. 

This Lagunitas production provides the thickness of a stout, the bitterness of fresh coffee grounds, and the richness of a big, bold dark beer.  Perhaps some alcohol warmth is missing.  Yet, its absence makes this Cappuccino Stout remarkably smooth. 

Lagunitas' Cappuccino Stout doesn't offer the bite of Narwhal nor the alcohol warmth of Founders' Breakfast Stout.  Both may be, overall, superior to this beer.  But, marginally.   All three are undeniably satisfying. 

The Cappuccino Stout is unlike any other in the Lagunitas collection.  And so superbly crafted.  Making one hopeful for future creativity from the brewery.  

A single word best summarizes the Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout: "solid."  3 out of 5 stars.  And, speaking of solid, such is TheCraftBeerGuru.com's recommendation.  Grab it, Narwhal, and the Breakfast Stout (if you can find it), and enjoy a deliciously dark evening. 

Cheers!


 





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