Today is day 1 of October’s THEME WEEK. The beginning of October (or end of September, to be more precise) marked one year without caffeine for me. So, in honor of this milestone I have decided that October’s THEME WEEK would be coffee beers!
The first beer on the menu: CAPPUCCINO STOUT from Lagunitas Brewing Company. This American double/imperial stout is the Petaluma-based brewery’s December seasonal. This ale is made with Sebastopol’s Hardcore Coffee and clocks in with an impressive 9.2% ABV.
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.
Cappuccino Stout pours a dark brown with a root beer brown head. The head is a big two inches and leaves behind plenty of frosting-like lacing.
I was shocked by the fact that I didn’t pick up any coffee in the nose of this beer. All I smelled was chocolate: dark chocolate, malt chocolate, chocolate chips, etc. It actually reminded me of a delicious chocolate malt ice cream treat.
Chocolate once again dominates, but this time it’s in the flavor of the beer. The main flavors are dark chocolate and marshmallow. Coffee flavors finally make an appearance in the back-end; along with some burnt notes. Still surprised by the minimal presence of the coffee flavors/aromas.
Cappuccino Stout is a smooth and creamy beer. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and mildly sticky, with the coffee flavors remaining in your mouth after the beer has gone.
Not as much coffee as I was expecting/hoping for, but balanced nonetheless. If you would have told me that this was nothing more than your standard imperial stout, I wouldn’t have questioned it. I enjoyed the drinking experience, but I want to try this on draught to see if the coffee flavors are more prominent straight from the tap.
Overall: 7 out of 10
As an IMPERIAL STOUT: 7 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Founders BREAKFAST STOUT, Southern Tier JAHVA, Hitachino Nest ESPRESSO STOUT