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Cacaonut - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
75
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191 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 28.79%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  15.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: thirdeyevision on 10-09-2013)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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DoubleJ

California

4.31/5  rDev +33.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2013 23:33:19 | More by DoubleJ
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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.

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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.

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Cacaonut from The Bruery
75 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.