Lagunitas “Cappuccino Stout” Review (#010)

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
Petaluma, CA

This review was co written by Coe Young of the blog “From The Roasting Room” and Jay Maslar of the blog “Down The Pie-rate Hole“. Each blog will host the same posting.

From the brewery:

Big, Dark and Scary Imperial-esque Stout Brewed With Plenty of Dark Malts and Roast Barley And Loads of Sebastopol’s Hardcore Coffee for Even Bigger Roasty Flavors and that Extra Krunk.
ABV: 9.2%


Appearance: Poured into a small tasting pilsner, with browns and reds, and a creamy short head. Very rich in color, with fine bubbles and viscous lacing.

Smell: Rich earth tones, with sweet malts, and hint of roast notes, from the combination of the coffee, and the roasted malts. A little bit of heat; which shows up more as the beer warms up.

Taste: Amazing! Full flavored beer, with huge amounts of sweetness with a very well balanced lactose component shows up, providing the milk component of the cappuccino namesake. The coffee component comes through in the mix like it would in a traditional cappuccino, which is prepared at a ratio of 1oz of espresso with 5oz of thickly textured milk.

Mouthfeel: Perfect; every component of this beer is extremely well balanced and shows up fantastically. It is medium bodied, creamy, with a smooth finish. The mouthfeel on such beers is where breweries fall short with beers of this size or style.

Drinkability: Surprisingly high for such a high abv beer (9.26%). This is very smooth with no sharpness or unpleasant edges.

Notes from Coe: Easily one of the best 10 beers I have ever had; and I have had my share. I really enjoyed the lactic sweetness and was happy to see this beer in the roasteria at closing time.

Noted from Jay: As I have said before, Lagunitas is one of the best there is and have never been let down by any of their beers. I have had quite a few coffee beers as of late, and this is by far the best.

Food Pairing:

We enjoyed this beer with Gaufre de Liege – which is a tradition Belgian waffle, which was baked by our rockstar pastry chef, Sunshine Flagg.

Just another Friday afternoon at the Roasteria.

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