Monday, February 1, 2016

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout (review)

Beer Review #90

A few days back I reviewed Lagunitas Imperial Stout (Review #87), my first taste of a Lagunitas brew. For my 90th review I've returned to Lagunitas for a taste of their Cappuccino Stout, a limited release Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, available in January and February and originally released in 1994.

I'm not a coffee drinker. I've had it a handful of times in my life. I quite like the aroma, as long as it hasn't been doctored up too much with added flavors, but I've never 'caught the bug.' I've also reviewed a number of 'coffee stouts,' including Troeg's Java Head Coffee Stout (Review #50), and as anyone who tried out a handful of different stouts will realize that quite a few of them imbue coffee-like characteristics even without having any actual coffee beans in the recipe.

What separates Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout from the other coffee stouts I've had up to this point is the prominence of the coffee, from nose to finish. This Imperial Stout pours the expected used motor oil black, and at room temp hits a pint glass with several fingers of slowly receding tan foam that never quite fully goes away through out the life of the session.

I've never had a cappuccino , but the word makes me think of foam, milk, frothy cream and cinnamon. This tastes and smells altogether darker and richer, and evokes memories of strong ass, utilitarian, coffee percolating in the basement kitchen of a church my family attended in my youth. Along with the strong, black roasted coffee aroma there is a strong venous note that follows through to the flavor. This beer is intense and different, and distinguishes it from other stouts I've tasted.

Musical Pairing: As I Am By Dream Theater

 Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club (Sayre)
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly (Waverly)
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
River Barge Brewing (Wyalusing)
Waverly Discount Beverage (Waverly)
Soprano's Italian Market (Waverly)
The Grille at the Train Station (Sayre)

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