Cappuccino Stout – Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Petaluma, CA, USA)

Cappuccino Stout – Lagunitas Brewing Co., 9.0% ABV, 22 fl.oz., (Petaluma, California, USA)


printed on the front-right label:

Up until the summer of 2010, we’d always had a little ditty on the side here that was a peon to a good old hot Cup O’ Joe. It was built on the bones of the 23rd Psalm and went sumpin’ like ‘Coffee is my sheperh, I shall not…’ but that was where the trouble started. Turns out talking about Coffee’s happy side on a ale label is verboten now in Amerika. So, the things that I am allowed to say about it are that the coffee is delicious; that the ale is delicious; and that together they are no worse than the sum of their individual deliciousness’, most all of which are delicious. The label is glued on real well too, we make darn sure there are no holes in the glass, and that the cap stays put. We are proud of this and wish to brag about it all on this label, which is allowed by law. Thanks!”

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  • Style: (flavoured – coffee) Stout
  • Taste: Thick sweet roasted coffee dark barley malt chocolate light alcohol lingering bittersweet
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $8.40 – 22 fl.oz., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes!
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: awesome in a bottle

Visual: Pours jet black without a significant head, ringed nano-micro ringed retention, steady micro streams accompanied by sporadic scatted bubbles.

Nose: roasted nutty sweet coffee, liquid barley malt in the background. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: super THICK, creamy-smooth/almost NO2

Mid-palate: roasted coffee, (lvl-6-sweetness) -> roasted barley malt, light burnt bitter chocolate, soy sauce, alcohol tang, vanilla

Finish: deep roasted coffee exhale w/ lingering bittersweet roasted malt.

Summary: This one kept me sipping and sipping… and sipping. Wonderfully smooth and approachable thick-creamy mouthfeel with a very agreeable integrated roasted coffee & barley deep body. Balanced, rich, delicious. It could use a touch of milkiness, but otherwise excellent.

Central City / Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #24 – Jitter Buzz Imperial Coffee Stout

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #24

Jitter Buzz Imperial Coffee Stout – Central City Brewing, 9.0% ABV – 330ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

-…and that’s all folks! I’ll wrap up with an overview of the 2015 calendar shortly.

on the front-left label:

“A full bodied, rich, and complex imperial stout with pronounced coffee notes and hints of molasses, cold-pressed organic espresso, supplied by Vancouver’s very own Bean Around the World, add to this beer’s complexity and makes for a luscious drink anytime this winter.”

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  • Style: (flavoured; coffee) Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Big roast coffee throughout molasses brown sugar malt chocolate mocha
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, for future coffee stout reference
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: magnificent-o

Visual: Pours jet black with minimal head, very thin layer of retention, some tiny bubbles here and there.

Nose: deep roast coffee. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp/half-slick/micro-fizzy, immediate deep roast

Mid-palate: continual deep roast, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) molasses, brown sugar malt, bittersweet roast coffee, chocolate/dark chocolate, milky mocha

Finish: malty bittersweet chocolate roast coffee exhale, mildly cloying.

Summary: Did I say deep roast? Huge coffee roastiness with the cold-press technique shining through beautifully, exhibiting clean coffee flavour minus the acidity. Expertly balanced with very nice drinkability.

Mout & Mocca – Brouwerij de Molen (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

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  • My Rating: [A],  I gave it a (4.3 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Mout & Mocca – Brouwerij De Molen, 11.6% ABV – 330ml., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

Ingredients: water, pale, brown, cara, roasted barley malts, premiant (bitter hop), coffee, wild mocca, yeast (top fermenting). Unpasteurized.

  • Style: (coffee) Flavoured Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Deep roasted bittersweet coffee choco malt super smooth high ABV
  • Where I got it : W. 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 330ml., April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes!!! Finally a beer I’m willing to have seconds
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: absolutely 100%

Visual: A whopping 11.6% ABV!!! Should be good… Pours dark beer bottle brown, a smallish head, a thin ultra-micro bubbly layer of retention, some lacing, a few hard-to-see tiny CO2 streams.

Nose: Fragrant deep-roasted coffee, some caramel malts, lots of chocolate, trace amounts of sourness. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: slick-crisp mouthfeel

Mid-palate: immediate bold flavours of -> (MAIN) deep roasted coffee, chocolate, demerara sugar, mild alcohol detection, late -> (lvl-5) malty sweetness

Finish: light counterbalancing sourness, gentle long-soft bitter hops, background non-invasive alcohol heat, smooth bittersweet roasted coffee finish.

Summary: Initial sip = knew this was a great brew, absolutely stunningly smooth. ABV is supremely well-hidden by the full-bodied mocha-malt mix. It’s like drinking a nicely bittersweetened roasted coffee beverage. Kudos to the De Molen team for such a fab brew. Lots of roasted coffee on the inhale-exhale. Alcohol detection increases as it warms.