I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 1/25/14 and cost $4.99 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Cola-like black body, though actually dark brown on close
inspection. Pours to a small, tan, foamy head which laces and retains
Smell: Typical stout aroma of roasted malt, but with a significant coffee scent.
Taste: The thing about coffee stouts is they’ve got to be drank fresh to
really appreciate that additive, otherwise the flavor fades quickly. I
was a little concerned that even a five-month-old bottle might not be as
robust as it should be. And while Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout doesn’t
taste like cappuccino per se, it definitely has the strong coffee
presence you want in an imperial coffee stout.
The palette, much like everything about this beer, is quite familiar. A
dark malty sweetness right away with significant dark chocolate notes. A
dairy-like sweetness akin to that of oatmeal and milk stouts is also
noticeable. The coffee component appears out of nowhere on the finish,
imparting significant bitterness and a drying sensation, though the
actual coffee taste is quite pleasant. There’s a milk chocolate presence
as well which gives it a nice balance. All the flavors are enjoyable,
though none are particularly strong, nor is the beer as a whole
especially unique. Still, it’s delectable and pleasing and more than
enough to garner an enthusiastic recommendation from me.
Drinkability: For a big beer at 9.2% ABV, Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
drinks like something more normal or mainstream. The body is of course
full, though the mouthfeel itself is not thick or sticky. It’s
relatively light and highly carbonated, though it’s quite smooth going
down. The residual coffee aftertaste is nice, though it fades rather
quickly. This is a great dessert beer by itself, though it would be
ideal with any kind of chocolate or vanilla flavored sweets.