Lagunitas brewery was founded in 1993 by Tony Magee in Lagunitas, California and moved a year later to nearby Petaluma, California when they quickly outgrew their original rural West Marin location. They are known for iconoclastic interpretations of traditional beer styles, and irreverent descriptive text and stories on their packaging.
The Cappuccino Stout is a winter seasonal that earned the right to be called “Lagunitas.” The beer pours a deep dark brown with reflective dark amber hues in the light. The head is a chocolate color and is both thick and rich.
On the nose there are notes of sweet cinnamon spice with undertones of chocolate, caramel and of course coffee. Surprisingly, the sweet cinnamon spice was the most dominate, however all the aromas were undeniably notable.
Appropriately, the palate was dominated by a cappuccino note. With its creamy mouthfeel and light cream flavor this dominate note is unmistakably cappuccino, not coffee. The carbonation is soft but consistent like a nitrogen infused beer. The midpalate greets you with light spice and chocolate flavors. The chocolate note is that of the unsweetened variety creating a slight bitterness that carries the cappuccino and spice notes to the finish. The finish is long and satisfying with a quick spurt of cherry after the spice note diminishes.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5
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