Cacaonut - The Bruery
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
4.31/5 rDev +31.4%
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
More User Reviews:
3.33/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 03:58:28 | More by ONovoMexicano
3.19/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 20:30:57 | More by alpinebryant
3/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2014 05:14:24 | More by bierdeflanders
Cacaonut from The Bruery
76 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.