Lagunita’s Cappuccino Stout

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Tonight’s offering is a limited release Imperial Stout brewed by one of my all-time favorite breweries – Lagunita’s.

Lagunita’s Cappuccino Stout is brewed with freshly ground coffee beans and judging by the taste, quite a bit of them. The big cappuccino notes make this brew more fit to be an after-dinner drink than a compliment to your meal. Heck, you might as well pour some into your morning coffee mug, there’s probably enough caffeine in it to keep you buzzin’ till lunch time.

Don’t get too carried away though, because you might want to save a bottle or two. Lagunita’s announced that it will not be brewed in 2013. Too bad.

Here’s my full review:

Overall rating: 4.16/5

look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Lagunita’s mason jar pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI a few months ago and kept chilled since then.

A- Pours a translucent chocolate colored body with a light mocha, fluffy head that reduced slowly to an uneven layer of foam. Leaves some lacing.

S- Subtle aromas of coffee beans, toffee, espresso. You have to strain to really get a good whiff.

T- Starts off bready with caramel, toffee, and vanilla notes. The follow through reveals a very tasty freshly brewed coffee flavor, and the finish is very delicious – very roasty like a dark roast coffee that sticks on the tongue for a while. No alcohol detected.

M- For the ABV and style of beer, I was expecting this one to have a little more body to it, it’s slightly thin and watery for an imperial stout. Medium-low carbonation.

I was pretty impressed with this offering, it was tasty and very easy to drink, especially given it’s high alcohol content. The coffee really shines in this brew. If you can still find it, pick one up.

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Stone RuinTen – “A Stage Dive into a Mosh Pit of Hops”

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On the beer menu tonight was a 22 oz bottle of Stone RuinTen – a beefed up version of Stone’s double IPA, Ruination. First brewed in 2012 for Ruination’s tenth anniversary, people must have liked it so much that stone decided to release it again this year with a different name but the same ass-kicking dose of hops – 5 lb per barrel. Doesn’t seem like a lot to you? Remember that hops are flowers and 5 lb of flowers thrown into a barrel of brew isn’t anything to scoff at. The end result is a hugely bitter, 10.2% ABV monster that will wreck your palate, so be sure to drink this one at the end of the night.

By the way, if you’re trying to find this one, act quickly because it will be gone just as quickly as it was released a couple of weeks ago. I got mine at Yankee Spirits in North Attleboro, MA but you won’t find it on the shelves there. Ask the guy (or gal) at the customer service desk and he will grab one from the rare beer safe in the back (OK, it’s probably just a box).

Here’s my full review:

RATING: 3.91/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip/snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a completely clear golden amber body with a 2 finger white head that reduces fairly slowly to some chunky foam. Leaves heavy lacing.

S- Pretty potent, the aroma hit me the second I cracked it open. Immediately I get big grapefruit-citrus and grassy, earthy aromas combined with pine and definitely caramel and toffee.

T- Wow, slightly different than I was expecting. I was expecting a hop-heavy, juicy, tropical blast, instead it’s more on the piney, resinous, citrusy side. After the initial hop blast, I get big malt notes that are almost creamy, like vanilla cake frosting (weird, I know, but I’m definitely getting this). The finish is piney, bitter and astringent, and sticks on the tongue for a while. The hops seem to be all over the place in this one.

M- Medium carbonation with a pretty heavy body. Leaves a bitter taste for a while.

I wasn’t exactly blown away by this beer given it’s hype, but it was still a good drink. I could name many other DIPAs I’d rather be drinking, including “enjoy by” and the original ruination. The balance was a little off on this one, the hops kind of just punched you in the face instead of working together. Do try it though.