Sunday, February 17, 2013

Lagunitas Brewing Company - Cappuccino Stout

How about a cuppa joe?

Lagunitas Brewing Company puts out some mighty fine beers at some very affordable prices. I picked up a bomber of their Cappuccino Stout for $3.49. That's pretty reasonable when you consider that the average price for a 22 oz. bottle of craft beer is about five bucks or more. Let's face it, with today's "contracting" economy, it's getting harder to afford luxury items like tasty, tasty beer. The sticker price absolutely affects my selection at the cold case. Of course, I'd rather die than drink cheap crap beer.

Cappuccino Stout is an Imperial with an ABV of 9.2% It poured into my Lagunitas Mason jar-like glass a deep, dark brown color. Practically black, actually. The mocha head foamed up to about an inch thick but quickly dissipated. Minimal lacing was left behind.

Aroma is straight up coffee and booze. There is almost a wine-like quality to the smell. Roasted malt and subtle hops round out the background.

Taste is heavy hitting espresso and bitter dark chocolate. There's an interesting spicy, peppery note with the flavors of dark ripe fruit coming alive as the beer warms up. When the hop bitterness fades, rich roasted malt flavor is left on the palate. Alcohol is definitely present but not overly harsh.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thinner than expected. Carbonation also feels lively in the mouth. Still, it doesn't water down the impact or lessen the pungency of the big coffee profile. This one is an easy drink, in spite of all the flavor action going on. I like it.

Of course, this is a Lagunitas brew and Merry the Wonder Beagle started drooling the second I popped the cap off the bomber. I'm giving Cappuccino Stout a BeerguyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4 and a Droolie.


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