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Caracu - Cervejarias Reunidas Skol-Caracu

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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervejarias Reunidas Skol-Caracu visit their website
Brazil

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with bottom fermenting yeast.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2003)
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Photo of nekronos
4.88/5  rDev +44%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yumi!, One of the best beers I have ever tried worlwide. This type of Bock is what I like, very sweet but at the same time strong, with coffee tastes. The can is Black with a BUll drinking, is great!. My brother brought it to me from SouthAmerica some years ago, and it was deliscious.

nekronos, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black. A nice looking creamy brown head rests on top and leaves ample lace as I drink. Nice aroma of roasted malts, coffee bean, vanilla and nuts. I really like this aroma. The flavors are nice and bold in this beer. Definitely sweet. Like a cup of hot chocolate that has cooled to room temperature. Some vanilla bean. Nice milk sugar feel to it. And some graininess as well. Nice texture. Really an enjoyable beverage. Thanks to the Bum for my first (I believe) Brazillian beer. Could it be that Brazil is a great Beer Nation;>)

I kind of liken this to Xingu in that it really surprised me with some nice bold flavors.

Bighuge, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)
from a grocery in Porto Alegre BR.
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a bubbly thick tan head that fades to a sticky thick ring of head and last a good bit. The body is too dense to see any carbonation.

S- The aroma of slightly sweet roasted black malt has some nice molasses and raw sugar aromas to support it. There is a nice graham cracker aroma that comes through as the beer opens.

T- The creamy black malt flavor is a bit roasted with no bitterness and a touch of prune/vinous quality to it. There is a brewer's licorice and coffee hint in the finish with some more slightly sweet molasses flavor with a tang in the finish.

M- The tight fizz has a medium-light creamy mouthfeel to it with no alcohol notes.

O- This is a classic tropical Foreign Export Stout. A bit sweet but the fizz cleans it up in the finish and with a nice fruity and roasted character with no bitterness it makes a nice session beer in the heat.

rhoadsrage, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of schiaveto
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caracu can easily be included as a "sweet stout" beer, despite the fact that it is a bottom fermented beer, using lager yeast. The recipe includes roasted malt, maltose sirup, and the fermentation in interrupted when the beer is about 7 to 8 °Plato.
You'll find notes of chocolate and roasted, the foam could be better, if the brewery improves the ratio malt/(non-malted grains+sugar). Very smooth and flavourfull, I consider this beer one of the best brazilians, and by far the best among the "industrial beers" of Ambev.

schiaveto, May 01, 2006
Photo of BTHU
4/5  rDev +18%

BTHU, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have a liking for this Brazilian dark brew, so whenever my colleague heads south to his homeland Brazil he always brings me some of this back. This time however it was a 350ml squat Can as opposed to the usual 355ml bottle.

The 350ml Can is of the short squat type, all black body with a gold colored upper surface. The decoration on the black body is exactly as the Bottle, namely a rather simple black, red and gold round label. It has the word “Caracu” printed above the picture of a Black Bulls Head and “Cerveja Forte Escura, Desde 1899” below it. Listed strength is 5.4% and has a date of 130405 on the underside of the base. This is now a part of the wonderful world of AmBev.

Appearance: Very black, as the name suggests. In the glass in low volumes when swirled it has a very dark brown body. Thick creamy milky-coffee 1” deep head quickly forms on the pour. Average carbonation helps maintain the thin ¼” thick darkish brown freshly tanned leather head once settled down. Nice smattered lacing with a decent enough appearance.

Smell: Aromas, like the Bottle, are of burnt toast and dark malts with a hint of dark chocolate. Some light Coffee is also detectable.

Taste: Silky sweet lacto-stout feel at first. The sweet malts make way for a coffee middle which in turn proceeds into a clean finish that has a lingering light roasted feel. The same tastes as the bottle, but in the Can it feels as if it is presented in a more palatable format. Some bitterness in the finish. Sweet, roasted, creamy yet clean.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, filling and very smooth. A much more rounded body and feel from the Can than the bottle, the latter suffers low carbonation at times.

Drinkability: I can always easily despatch a few of these with no problems what so ever. In the long run it is a tad too sweet for my liking but even that is balanced with some nice sharp Cheddar!

Overall: I like this brew, it’s not a great brew but one of the better Brazilian beers for my money, and it’s a dark one at that which is rare!! I had this from the bottle several times, but this is the first time I had it from the Can – and to my surprise I think that this is much better from the Can than the Bottle, but only just. Nothing outstanding overall but given the ubiquitous number of generic thin watery lagers from Brazil, this is a nice change of pace, and as a stand alone brew it is well worth trying if you get the chance.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed the Caracu beer. I don't know if I would classify it as a Milk Stout, to me it seemed more a dark lager. The beer poured dark not quite opaque with nice tan head. The smell carried roast and malt. The taste also included roast and malt, but there was also presence of chocolate/molasis sweetness. The mouthfeel was pretty light and tasted great on a mid-winter evening (25C) in Ipatinga Brazil. Overall this was a good beer.

WoodBrew, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Socialiste
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Socialiste, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of soper2000
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a midnight black with a two finger brown head that doesn't linger for too long. Aroma is full of roasted malts. Coffee notes dominate the first taste then some sweetness gradually creeps up. Body is not watery but could stand to thicken up. Overall this is probably the best beer (imo) that you will find at most Brazilian bars. It would be really rare for me to turn this one down. Note: It is not uncommon to see older men (50-60's) put a raw egg in this beer and then drink it at the cheaper bars... I haven't tried this yet.

soper2000, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, brought to me from brasil by Blackie

apperance: pours into sweetwater pint glass....cola-mahogany body, light garnet highlights, light creamy tan head with minimal lace

smell: aroma is a tad unusual...strong sweetness coming out over a rich malty body...coffee, strong cocoa...creamy and milky

taste: Coming from a beer culture that I have never had any exposure to this is a strikingly different beer. The flavor rolls my tongue, not because its bad, but more just unusual. strong cocoa powder, very rich dessert-esque flavor, creamy, milky sweetness

mouthfeel: very creamy and smooth

drinkability: hmm, i can handle it

dirtylou, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Paracatu
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Paracatu, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of cambabeer
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark black. Little red head.

S- Malty, mollasesy, and a little wine like. Ethanol and burnt. Good coffee.

T- Not too great of an aftertaste. A good and nice amount of malt which brings nice bitterness.

M- Big carbonation and thick body. Feels nice on the throat.

D- Not too easy, but it doesn't need to be.

cambabeer, May 12, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black body, khaki foam. A little light gets through around the edges. Retention is decent, foam has a somewhat creamy texture. Nondescript sweet coffee scent.

Sweet with a chalky dry aftertaste, mildly robust flavors of coffee grounds, molasses, fig and chocolate. Mellow feel overall, pretty light bodied. Some raw grainy malt and tangy notes of dried dark fruit come through. Pleasant enough to drink... in Brasil they mix it with light lager apparently, also heard the "raw egg mixed in this beer for breakfast" story.

Obrigado Paulo e Duda!

emerge077, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

350 ml can bought at a grocery store, on to the beer:

A finger´s thick of tan head rests on top this black body with a hue of leather brown at the bottom. The coffee aroma that rises out of the body is pleasant and warms up my engine. To taste, it is very sweet. Sweet as creamer, mixed with mild notes of coffee. The body is somewhat viscous in feel, but leans towards a medium feel.

This is dessert beer. I wouldn´t have another can in a given session because of the sweetness, but it´s a tasty and inexpensive treat (cost me R$1.79, or US $0.79).

And another note, in the past, truck drivers in Brazil would consume this with an egg mixed into the beer and call it their breakfast.

DoubleJ, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle served in my favorite chalice.

Reviewing this beer is pure "nostalgia". It was my granpa's favorite one. So, it brings me some good memories of my early life in Brazil. :) Anyway, that's the first time that I review it after having a better beer background.

A: Pours dark brown to black color (with some particles in the bottom) and medium carbonation (with a 1 to 2 fingers beige head). Low retention and some lacings left

S: Roasted malt, caramel and coffee. Some yeasts too

T: Roasted malts, toffee and some coffee background. Sweet upfront. Mild roasted bitterness. Light sweet end. A bit too sweet, in fact

M: Medium to body, bit creamy and molasses. Mild roasted bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability, compromised by its exaggerated sweetness. Besides that, an authentic Foreign Stout

eduardolinhalis, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

350 mL can,

A: Pours black with a medium off-white head, good retention, good lace.

S: Dark malt, some chocolate, does have a bit of a phenol problem.

T: Lots of chocolate malt flavour, cocoa powder. Dark porter type flavours, not really roasted. Minor phenols on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly smooth, has the lager smoothness, bitter aftertaste.

D: The malt has a good flavour, tastes a bit chemically though at times which takes away from a nice base.

Halcyondays, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Beertracker
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CRS's Caracu (Cerveja Forte Escura) pours up with a modest effervescance that creates a smallish tannish-brown head that neatly rings the glass above the deep reddish brown-nearl black body. Head retention OK! The aroma is very sweetish e.g. Malta Goya with hints of blackstrap molasses, burnt caramel & marshmallow cream. The flavor is very one-dimensional with sweetness overwhelming the roast towards the finish. This medium-full bodied lager is overly cloying and hard to finish. Less milk sugar & more stout. Very nourishing!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -11.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of factoide
3/5  rDev -11.5%

factoide, Friday at 01:39 PM
Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -11.5%

mhaugo, May 27, 2013
Photo of cervezango
3/5  rDev -11.5%

cervezango, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of srbcurti
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

srbcurti, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of FLima
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

One feels a bit melancholic when drinking this. Long time no see. Black color with a caramel head that disappeared in a blink of an eye.
Sweet aroma of caramel and toasted malts.
Taste follows nose, sweet caramel and malty taste with wood and toasted notes. Hints of earthy hops. Dry aftertaste, a bit astringent, with burnt wood notes.
Medium to full body with low carbonation.
A bit too sweet for my taste, but not as unpleasant as local malzbiers. You can better feel the toasted malts and hops, not just the caramel. Nourishing breakfast. Still… It could be more alcoholic and cut down on the sweetness.

FLima, May 25, 2013
Photo of Etrusco
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Etrusco, Jul 21, 2014
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