Monday, March 11, 2013

Review: Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout 
9.2% ABV
The Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA
22 oz bottle
Served in Dogfish Head Signature Glass
No date on bottle
Reviewed on 3/2/13 

This stout pours a dark brown color with a frothy light beige head that has decent retention. Decent lacing.

Smell consists of coffee, chocolate, malt (even before you bring the glass to your nose).  Hints of dark fruit and some spice as well.

Taste consists of strong coffee and chocolate at the outset with a good hit of bitterness. Malt, mild hops, a definite coffee/espresso bean type flavor that sticks with you.  Like the smell, hints of dark fruit and spice.  A touch thinness here and there.

Mouthfeel has the strong coffee/espresso bean flavor that builds and sticks on your palate, almost like you've chewed on some coffee beans (or even some chocolate-coated ones, though the chocolate isn't as strong).  Good bitterness.

Overall, this is a bold tasting stout with strong coffee and chocolate flavors and some nice accompanying bitterness.  The effect on the palate is a bit rough at times, as it's almost like chewing on coffee beans.  Still, it's fairly tasty, even if a touch of thinness comes through here and there.

My score: 88

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