Cacaonut - The Bruery

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 28.48%
Wants: 24
Gots: 25 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  15.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thirdeyevision on 10-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Cacaonut is a special treat. A rare and secret blend of several different barrel aged beers that we've pulled from our cellar along with toasted coconut and cacao nibs from San Francisco's TCHO.

The inspiration for this beer were the unique flavors of a chocolate dipped coconut macaroon. After polishing off a few of those dense, sweet and delicious, coconut treats, Patrick started thinking through the flavor profiles of some of our favorite barrel aged beers, deciphering a way to replicate the luscious qualities of that favorite treat. Spice, rich toffee, cocoa and tropical notes blend deliciously and delicately in this newest barrel aged addition to our collection.
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Photo of timc100
3.67/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The sum is not greater than its parts. This is a mess, but a really enjoyable one at that. Over the top and imbalanced, but undeniably enjoyable.

Not a great looking beer - pours a murky, dirty ruby/light brown with very minimal head. Aroma is incredible sweet and boozy, overpowering any nuances. Get the sweet vanilla, chocolate, and coconut in there, but do not immediately think "coconut!" by any means. Some booze soaked stone fruits and leather - a lot of the old ale comes through. Taste is huge - very hot and boozy and nearly cloyingly sweet, drinks hard. Big sticky finish of jammy/tangy dark fruits soaked in bourbon, vanilla/coconut candied sweetness.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.31/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased in the fall of 2013 from one of the Bruery clubs.

This beer really threw me for a loop when I poured it; the color being light brown and amber when for some reason I thought it would be dark black. Then, the beer was incredibly fizzy and quickly formed a finger thick head over the liquid, only to instantly dissipate leaving nothing. Add to this a large amount of floating sediment, and this beer had me scratching my head. It's not bad to look at as it settles, but I'm not encouraged in the slightest.

After a few good whiffs, I'm even further confused. Isn't this supposed to have coconut and cacao nibs? Why do I only get the tartness of Flanders Brown? I suppose there's some hints of coconut there and something that suggests a macaroon, but that's buried under the sour characteristics. I dunno about this brewski so far.

There are glimmers of hope as I drink this. I'm getting some diverse flavors and sensations, from mouth-puckering sourness to burnt coconut, vanilla, and dark chocolate. There's some sweetness in there that quickly gives way to the sour aggressiveness.

I suppose some folks might enjoy this beer, but for me this is the second bust in a row (especially given the $20 pricetags!) after the Or Xata did nothing to impress me. Cacaonut sounded delicious in my mind as a stout or imperial stout, but as a sour, it doesn't do much for me. I'm quite disappointed, even if my rating is somewhat generous.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.32/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Bottled 9/12/13. Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Poured dark brown with an amber glow around the edges and along the bottom. Lots of carbonation on the pour and a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - A big charred oak aroma with an apparent tartness. Some chocolate and a light coconut presence. Not what I expected.

T - Sweet caramel and toffee notes with a massive tartness that is extremely distracting. Light chocolate and toasted coconut flavours come through. Massively tannic. This is an absolute mess. The tartness and astringent tannic notes completely overpower the other elements of the beer. This ended up being 90% drain poured.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

O - This was massively disappointing. This was billed as a decadent/dessert beer not a sour beer and I think it was much closer to the latter than the former. Very disappointing from the Bruery. I wish I could get a refund on my other bottles.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.14/5  rDev +31%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottled acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 9/12/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a ruddy chestnut brown with a few pale bubbles that fade so quickly that I can't call it head. No retention, no lace. Actually pretty darn ugly with small bits of what I hope are yeast or coconut.

Sweet aromas of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, mild cocoa and some booze. Freakin nice.

An initial almost chalky mild tartness followed by waves of flavor. Lots of bourbon, coconut, cocoa, vanilla, dark fruit, toffee, caramel and alcohol. The booze and bourbon are present throughout but never overshadow the nice interplay of coconut and cocoa. Quite enjoyable.

Creamy, sticky, medium heavy body with very little carbonation. Every now and then I get sips that seem a bit chalky but never off putting. Mild tartness continues in the finish with notes of coconut, dark fruit and toffee.

A nice blended strong ale. My guess is that their anniversary ales provide the largest share of the base with some White Oak Sap and a touch of Black Tuesday in there too. I think The Bruery really delivered on what they were trying for. Definately worth a try if you like coconut and cocoa (and have access). I think I'll be ordering more before it's gone.

Photo of cbutova
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes taken at the Bruery tasting room in Placentia, CA during the past week.

A- Slightly hazy orange-amber body in a small goblet with a small fizzy ring but no head seems to ever form, not too surprising at 16%. Obviously no retention and lace is non-existent. Ends up looking like a murky wine.

S- Huge base of caramel sweetness supports hints of powdery cocoa nibs and toasted coconut. Big caramel and raisin Old Ale feel and that classic Bruery sweetness (in their huge beers) is dominant.

T- Old Ale-esque base grows even larger here and each sip is intensely filled with notes of caramel, raisin/spiced dark fruits and sweetness. Some good cocoa comes through with time but coconut seems to be lost in the alcohol and caramel. Something tangy and tart, which seems to be the common factor in many reviews, strange. Some good whiskey and oak with time.

MF- Low-moderately carbonated thick, oily sweet body. Alcohol burns the palate on the back end as one might suspect.

The tanginess doesn't really hurt the beer for me but I wonder more about the sweetness and coconut flavors. It still has a good Old Ale feel and obviously is a massive beer but falls a bit short in the end for me.

Photo of jlindros
3.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split with rudzud.

Light fizzy quickly disappearing head light lacing hazy chestnut reddish brown color.

Nose has faint goodness but other not so good. Nice cocoa nib aroma with flashes of bad, nutty, little decayed coconut peanut butter and plenty of buttery oak diacetyl like. Lots of vanilla bean and almost into earthy coffee bean. Mild sour fruit thing and chestnuts.

Taste starts very buttery, buttery oak, peanut butter, diacetyl, pretty sweet, nice alcohol kick with some warmth and slight tingle. Little buttery coconut and chestnuts, mild peanut butter flavor, nice mellow barrel character with a long vanilla flavor. Mild bitterness, and again an earthy coffee bean flavor probably from the vanilla and coconut. Finish is sticky and flemmy, semi sweet and nuts vanilla and little barrel with caramel malt characters.

Mouth is med to fuller bod with little carb some booze.

Overall mixed, again this hadflashes of what could have been a great beer, but some diacetyl and buttery notes, some disappointment too, could have been great, but oh well. Another one I hope they do again and get it right next time.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.94/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.3.13
Bottled 09/12/13

A - Pours a murky medium brown with an active tan head that is gone pretty fast.

S - Tons of bourbon, sweet toffee, a touch of coconut.

T - A sweet bourbon-coconut mix. A touch hot and sweet.

D - Lower carbonation and a heavy body.

O - A bit overly sweet. Good flavors, but a bit much. No signs on infection in this bottle, the second bottle was tart and infected. I will score the good one.

Photo of nrs207
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is all over the place because it's completely infected.

A - Fairly dark brown, but not anywhere near a stout. More like a brown ale.

S - Wow, this is terrible. Smells like a rotting dumpster.

T - Oddly not that bad. The more of it I drink, the worse it gets, but the original taste was fairly decent. It drinks more like a sour stout now, but it's not that unpleasant.

M - Actually pretty solid. For how high of an ABV this has, this drinks really easily.

O - I wish I could've had this as they intended. It's incredible gone at this point, and I drainpoured most of it, but it surprisingly wasn't as bad as I expected.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.14/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a deep bronze, very hazy with some floaters in suspension, and a thin white head that fades. Minimal visible carbonation. Not terribly pretty.

S: Toasted malts, moderate cacao. I don't get any coconut at first, but when the beer warms up somewhat the coconut aroma does show up. Sweet aroma.

T: Sweet chocolate, coconut, and lightly toasted malts, some wood, and a sweet liqueur burn and flavor. Sweet with alcohol heat in hang. NOTE: As it warms over the first five to ten minutes, the problems start to show up. There starts to be a vinegary sourness that, while not overwhelming, is a funky note that shouldn't be here at all. And the acetic qualities increase as the beer sits. Apparently this bottle was affected by The Bruery's self-admitted production issues with this beer.

M: Body on the heavy side, noticeable alcohol but not over-the-top hot, and fairly low carbonation sensation.

O: Even as it was, the beer wasn't awful and it did show promise. If they can figure out a solution, I hope they re-brew this one. But the flavors present just didn't suit any amount of souring - accidental or on purpose.

NOTE: Cracked the second bottle I had directly after, and it was significantly worse (more infected). Both beers had been refrigerated since I got them. Proceed at your own risk.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to HopHeadJim for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Tiny pieces of what I assume are coconut flakes float on top as well. Smell is of malt, coconut, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour caramel and coconut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great smell but the tartness in the flavors definitely detracts from its drinkability.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.33/5  rDev +37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cacaonut was definitely not subject to the Purity Law, as this strong ale uses the adjuncts coconut and cocao. It's strong, and it's from The Bruery; two good reasons to try this beer. On to the beer:

Lighter marron, creamy brown colored with almost no head on the pour. Smells great, reminding me of past smells. There's a ton of toasted coconut to be smelled, and also a little chocolate. It smells a lot like coconut cake.

The direction of the taste goes a different way. At first is the taste of coconut before a healthy hit of liquor soaked barrels make their mark. Is that Southern Comfort I'm tasting? Lots of toffee treats, and also zesty pineapple. With the latter, the taste now reminds me of the many upside-down cakes my mother would bake. A little bit of alcohol is perceived, though that's fine given it's over 15% ABV. The beer is full bodied and smooth, and is to be consumed slowly.

A strong, but very fun beer to close out the night. Drinking an entire 750 ml bottle would be a stretch, but another 5 ounce pour in the future I wouldn't mind.

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.28/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Bruery has the best accidental infections.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a footed glass. Vintage 2013. From notes. Reviewed 15 November 2013.

A: Looks like muddy water. Opaque and gross.

S: Smells like brandy! Rich, sweet, and fruity. Vaguely tropical

T: That'll put the hair on your chest. Super strong. Kind of tart. Too boozy for me. A bit thin. A bit sour. Finish is sort of...acrid?

M: Flattish. Meh.

O: interesting beer but not great. Wouldn't pay loads of money for it.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a higly carbonated muddy old ale color , caramel and a frothy head around the edges.

S: Aromas of tartness, mild infection that seems to be growing more tart as time goes by. Mild coconut in nose, along with some hot booze and plenty of sweetness.

T: Well the tartness is definitely more present than the last time I had tried this but I dont think it is anywhere near 'drain pour' at least in my instance opening this bottle today. Maybe some bottles are worse than others. In any case, there is a lot of the tartness present from the cacao nibs, a buttery slick taste along with a nutty aftertaste from the toasted coconut. Some light cardboard mixing with oak and nuts. The final aftertaste I think is most harsh when compared to some of the other flaws here, but mainly what I am left with in the end is an earthy tart taintness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to thick in body with a slight tongue tingle.

O: This is my second bottle opened of Cacaonut and I was really excited to see this release when it was first announced. Later as the infection news was spread, I still thought I liked the one bottle I had opened enough to warrant not asking for a refund for the two others I had in the cellar. I still feel that way now. There is definite room for improvement but I think this one is overall still a beer with potential for next year.

Photo of rudzud
3.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice reddish brown hue with a thin one finger head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of lots of vanilla, cocoa nibs, light coconut, definitely some buttery barrel notes.

T - Taste is awfully sweet and buttery, light cocoa nibs, loads of vanilla, alcohol is hidden nicely though. Definitely had potential, just the damn buttery barrel notes. A shame.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, hard to get past the buttery feel.

O - Overall this beer had tons of potential but just had too much diacetyl notes to really make it enjoyable.

Photo of ari32
4.45/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. It had a murky, dark brown color. The nose was all cacao and coconut without any sour notes... so far so good. The taste was pure heaven; perfectly balanced flavors of cacao and coconut with some caramel and a slight booziness. It had a medium-to-full moutfeel. There was just the slightest undertone of tartness to it, but nothing even close to sour, and definitely not infected. This beer is absolutely delicious.

It's rather unfortunate to see all the low scores for this beer, but it's expected with how many infected bottles were distributed. At least some of the bottles aren't infected, and my lucky ass just so happened to get one (thank you, Beer Gods). I only hope that everyone who had an infected bottle is able to taste the true product at some point and time. It's definitely worth it.

Photo of mdfb79
3.81/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 11/25/13 notes. Bought one bottle of this in the RS this year. Bottled on 09/12/13, poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with one finger of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of white chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, toffee, caramel malts, sugar, coconuts, toasted malts, bread, burnt malts, pineapples, fruity malts, and cake. Nose is spot on to the label with a ton going on. Very complex and I dig it a lot.

t - Tastes of pineapples, tropical fruits, tart fruit, caramel malts, toffee, white chocolate, sugar, cinnamon, toasted malts, coconut, and jam. Taste is a big step down from the nose for me as the taste is way fruitier and doesn't integrate everything as well as the nose did. Little bit tart and fruity.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation. Not much alcohol heat at all which is awesome, but the body is a bit thinner than I was expecting, so they even each other to a 4 in mouthfeel for me.

o - Overall this was an itneresting beer, but the taste didn't quite make it. The alcohol is very well hidden, though I would have liked a little bit thicker of a body on it, and the nose was just awesome; tons of different flavors that mixed together perfectly. Reminded me a little bit of White Chocolate and Chocolate Rain in the nose. The taste however, was very fruity and a bit tart, and just didn't work as well as the nose did. Worth checking out and it is interesting, but would recommend sharing a bottle with people.

Photo of bcerv-ca
1.09/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Previously tried Cacaonut on draft at the Bruery, the weekend after the Black Tuesday release. Good beer. Sweet, boozy, and finished with a slight tartness.

Opened a bottle tonight and was disgusted. As I poured this into a glass, I could hear that it was highly carbonated (imagine the sizzle after quickly pouring a Coca-Cola into a glass). Appearance was a dark caramel color with strange bands of discoloration and dark floating chunks. Smelled sour with a hint of sweetness. Tasted sour, acidic, and highly carbonated. IMMEDIATE DRAIN POUR.

Back in November when I tried this on tap, it was a solid beer. This bottle was the WORST beer I have ever tasted. I know the Bruery admitted this beer was bad and offered credit, but that doesn't help me forget how putrid this brew was. Stay away from CACAONUT.

I will now be wary of any new Bruery releases.

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.2/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Burgundy body with a thin beige collar. Aromas of ripe fruit, alcohol. Lime zest and lime juice with overpowering alcohol. Coconut, cacao, vanilla? All lost. Overly tannic and completely out of balance. At least it's super strong and in a 750mL bottle. Can't drink this. Failure.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.16/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured a milky light caramel color with a good off white head. Sordove a thin and fizzy head that hung around for a while and provided spotty lacing on the glass

S: It smelled pretty sweet with a good amount of heat. Big notes of toffee, cocoa, caramel, dark fruits, bourbon and coconut. The coconut was not overpowering at all.

T: Initial taste is sweet but not overly sweet, like ST Choklat sweet. A nice blend of cocoa, coconut, toffee and bourbon upfront. The coconut seems to fade and the toffee becomes stronger as does some dark fruit notes. The bourbon is pretty powerful and stays around until the stinging finish. All sorts of flavors going on here. I swear I even received butterscotch for a moment. The finish is more dark fruits, cocoa with less coconut and a good dose of bourbon, a bit of old wood-barrel funkiness as well comes more prevelant on the end and finish.

M: Medium-full body. Lower carbonation on this beer leaves it sticky, sweet, heat is more noticable. It really feels like an English Old Ale.

O: The base of this beer really reminded me of their Old Ales(Fruet/Bois/ Coton) with perhaps a RIS touch with the addition of cocoa and coconut. Slam dunk good for me.

Photo of siege06nd
2.99/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my 512 3rd Anniversary tulip...

A. Pours a cloudy, light brown color with minimal head. Much like toilet water. I've always found beers that look like this so unattractive, and the Bruery makes more than its fair share. Mostly flat, faint lacing.

S. Chocolate, dark fruit, some caramel, and maybe some coconut? By no means am I a coconut aficionado, but I'm not getting a lot of it here. Instead, the nose on this closely resembles that of other Bruery strong ales...Melange 8, Anniversary Beers, White Chocolate. Lots of fruit, chocolate, and some booze. Not bad, but not what the brewery described it as either.

T. Initial sip is a lot of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruits. Barrel presence comes in on the mid as does a very tannic flavor that gives the beer a bit of a tang. Almost a wine-barrel like dryness and mild sourness...not saying it's infected, but this is just what I taste. Very sweet, very boozy. Not bad, not great.

M. Lots of nice flavors and fairly good balance, but the metallic tang from the mid- to finish really mucks things up. My tongue is starting to swell from the booziness and the drying barrel notes.

O. Well...hmmm....I really wanted to like this, and while I don't do a lot of coconut, I think I do enough to know what I should be looking for. That said, I didn't get much coconut presence in the nose or the flavor profile. Also, I think this beer tastes too much like many of the other Bruery strong ales, especially White Chocolate, Anniversary Beers, and Melange 8. While this wasn't a bad beer, it didn't achieve what it aspired to and I can't say I'd want another bottle of it. Distinctive only in its mediocrity, Cacaonut (and it's $20+ price tag) is one to skip.

Photo of bierdeflanders
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S: smells slighty sour, some vanilla and oak, not very aromatic.

A: reddish brown in color

T: sweet, carmel, alcohol, some nuttiness

M: medium body, with nice carbonation

O: i think this beer had some potential, but i think there is to strong of a alcohol note and the beer was starting to sour.

Photo of akang
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Opened a bottle, it was infected.

Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours with a small ammout of head that fades quickly, leaving no lacing. It is a medium copper color. I was expecting a deeper color.

S- This smells like it is going to be sour. That typical Bruery sour smell wafts from the glass. It is followed by a light barrel/oak, and vanilla.

T- Tart. Then the cacao nibs come through.

M-The carbonation seems right. The 15% or so is hidden very well, only slight undertones of alcohol.

O- This is definatly an interesting take on an old ale. Not my favorite.

Photo of pmarlowe
3.96/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Tion glass. Batch 1 (2013).

A: Pours a murky, light amber color with a few cm of yellow-tinted white head which quickly fizzles away to a persistent, thickish ring. No lacing but decent enough retention for what’s there.

S: Oak and vanilla bean, both a bit on the unrefined end, shredded coconut, some cherry/fruitiness, and vanilla bon bon. The chocolate doesn’t really come through as much as expected, but it’s there.

T: Dry oak, a little vanilla ice cream, mild sweetness, some . This does have a little tang/brightness to it, like you’d get from a saison, but not exactly sour (I understand what people mean now, though). Again, kind of on the unrefined end of the spectrum.

M: Full bodied and light carbonation. Very velvety mouthfeel. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, but not bad for the ABV.

O: I had high hopes for this beer based on the description and apparently unfounded hope that it would be a coconut-infused Chocolate Rain type concoction. But it doesn’t live up anywhere near to the coconut macaroon it was billed as.

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Cacaonut from The Bruery
73 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.