Cocoa Cacao
Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB

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Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,410
Ranked #7,928
4.08 | pDev: 8.33%
Oct 28, 2021
May 12, 2017
Cocoa CacaoCocoa Cacao
Notes: Collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal

In collaborating with Stillwater Artisanal we always focus on distinct, clear, punchy flavors. This beer is no exception. Inspired by everyone’s favorite candy, this is a chocolate bar in a bottle. Unwrap!
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4.25 by paulish from New York on Oct 28, 2021
4.12 by smithj4 from New York on Jul 27, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Jet black, not a photon gets through this one, even held up to a halogen bulb. Poured with a 3mm dark tan head that has largely cleared already - no surprise as it's 11.5%, and that high doesn't retain foam at all.
S- Ohhhhhh-mmmmmy... absolute MEGA chocolate. Absolute full-on rich cocoa, one of the cocoa'ist beer I think I have ever encountered. Surely this must have cocoa beans added to it to get the smell so intense... ?
T- Oh wow, it's like a chocolate trifle (cocoa/rich), with a shot of liquor (brandy?) and into a rich creamy (as in dairy cream) + vanilla finish.
F- Deep, pungent, rich, creamy. Absolutely THE beer for slow-sipping with or after Xmas dinner.
O- Nothing more to add overall, this is a beast of winter, what a joy it is. You like dark/black-beer exotics?> Give this a shot. ps I could have rated this higher as a very high impact beer but it's deffo not something I could drink often. It's way too full-on to be versatile. It's much more a special-occasion beer to me...
Bought from: TremblingMadness/York/UK as part of a mixed build-your-own case for home delivery. 330ml bottle £6.99. Damned $, but as a treat ... it's a real treat.
BB: printed in black ink on the black cap (!) is 03/03/2022

Nov 02, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pathman from Ohio

08/12/20 bottle @ home

Aug 12, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ohknows from Nevada

This beer pours a dark black with no head.

I like the flavor of this beer, it’s not overwhelming sweet. It was a little flat, but I’ll definitely look for this beer again. What I like about this beer is that is 11% ABV and you can’t taste the alcohol.

Aug 11, 2020
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3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by Scotchboy from Idaho

11.2oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A: Pours jet black and viscous, with a dark khaki head that fizzles loudly away.

S: Simply overpowering punch of vanilla, not entirely natural smelling either, strong cloying sweetness, with undertones of coconut and milk chocolate. Lots of marshmallow.

T: Better as it warms up; vanilla bites with sweetness but isn’t overwhelming; Marshmallow fluff and coconut are always there too and the chocolate fades in and out on the finish.

MF: Viscous. Slightly dry finish.

O: Tough to rate; I’m sure lots of pastry stout and vanilla beer lovers would crap themselves on a blind tasting of this one. For me, it was too much and ultimately kept me from finishing more than 6oz.

Jul 10, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by schoolboy from Ohio

I had two of these sitting in my aging box and my no-contact beer shopping landed me another bottle from the same batch, so it is drinkable now. In reality, I don't think they need aged much more.

It pours black with a little head. The aroma is scary - nasty, boozy cocoa. The taste is the real deal. Chocolate stout for the serious chocolate and stout lover. The aftertaste is boozy chocolate, and exquisite.

Highly recommended as a chocolate sipper.

PS 11-14-2020 Since I have two bottles, still, and the zombie apocyclypse is still happening, I hit the aging bin again today. This is a real nice treat. Now I only have one left. It's still chocolatey but not nearly so boozy smelly. It was worth the wait. I love having great brews in my aging bin.

May 26, 2020
4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Feb 24, 2020
3.85 by desint from Belgium on Feb 12, 2020
4.11 by Eltrandos from France on Feb 05, 2020
4.31 by Bruno74200 from France on Jan 29, 2020
3.93 by stephenlee93 from England on Jan 12, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Roguer from Connecticut

Slow-building head, with about 3/4 of a finger of dark tan foam eventually being produced from a careful pour. Retention is excellent.

Incredibly strong chocolate note on the nose! It really comes across as sweet cocoa accented by vanilla and cream. Brown sugar and coconut are present, and a faint molasses in the background.

Surprisingly a touch sour on the palate, with the chocolate tones leaning more toward bitter cacao (instead of the sweet chocolate on the nose). Coconut likely contributes to the mildly sour note. Chocolate is present up front, allows the malt base, coconut, and vanilla to emerge a bit more in the middle, before returning for the finish.

Building back-end heat. Full bodied; not exactly chewy.

Dec 20, 2019
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4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

Poured hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, eventually forming a finger of dark tan head. Color is a deep brown, pretty much opaque. Smell is amazing, a strong chocolate smell mixed with something else, possibly coconut but hard to place; not too sweet. Taste is similar, with a strong chocolate flavor, also not too sweet, that is followed by coconut and something else. Body is just shy of thick, with pretty minimal carbonation. Amazing chocolate stout.

Dec 20, 2019
4.51 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky on Dec 01, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Seeking out to make a beer so rich that terms like "lavish", "decadent" and "endulgent" just doesn't quite cut it, Dugges teams up with Stillwater brewers for a beer that's a chocolate bar in a glass.

Aptly named Cocoa Cacao, the strongly flavored Imperial Stout pours like chocolate syrup in a viscous and patient settling in the glass. As a rich mocha froth separates from the stout, the nose is awakened by sultry chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch and coconut with a spicy twinge of kaluha for extra measure. An absurdly amount of malt sweetness swirls around molasses, toffee, brown sugar and milk chocolate flavors and a the creaminess of condensed milk.

And those rich malt flavors continue to seep deeply into each and every tastebud for a long and savory middle palate. Those strong complementary flavors of vanilla, butterscotch and coconut takes the mind to butterfingers, then almond joy and caramelo before a gentle coffee and mocha taste introduces a mild mannered bitterness toward the end.

Hints of dark fruit eventually peak through the sweetness while the spice of coffee and chocolate liqueur add a gentle and simmering warmth as the beer finishes long and fat with residual malt sweetness.

Nov 19, 2019
4.31 by zbelair from Pennsylvania on Feb 23, 2019
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3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by q33jeff from New Jersey


Bottle to sniffer. Flavored Stout Tasting.

Look: dark and thick black. Almost no head fades fast. Zero retention.

Aroma: chocolate, coconut, cherry, raisin, a gooey topping heavy ice cream sundae.

Taste: super sweet. Cherryish flavor is dominating.

Feel: thick and sticky. Not working for me.

This beer needs the coffee from other dugges to round it out. Disappointed.


Oct 05, 2018
4.48 by BubbleBobble from New York on Aug 22, 2018
4.48 by pkalix from California on Jul 09, 2018
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4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

Served in a red wine glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Deep dark block to brownish body with a tan head d rising roughly quarter of an inch off the body. Lacing is almost perfect and settles perfectly even.

Smell: Heavy chocolat with a deep dose of do I say it again. A special type of inhalation required that serious after one sniff you do not share.

Taste: Sweet complex coffee and heavy syrup with doses and doses of vanilla bean. Smooth-smooth chocolate and another flavoring of Iove. Indulging taste and super eupoean compared to the craft I have crossed my eyes.

Mouth: Medium carbonation with a full dose of mocha and hard finish of vanilla leaving you with a sticky vanilla finish.

Overall: Good beer and comparable to another that I have quite a few in my stash. Dessert imperial Stout and should be your last one tonight. Salud!

Jul 02, 2018
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4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Taste: Rich robust chocolate, coconut, vanilla, boozy, sticky mouthfeel, warming finish. Intense double chocolate nose. Black/brown, mostly opaque, not much head, coating on glass. Full body. Rye, oats smooth it out but chocolate is up front. Some alcohol kick to it.

Jun 10, 2018
4.25 by freewill35 from Indiana on May 26, 2018
4.35 by Isarnan from Michigan on May 20, 2018
3.9 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Apr 24, 2018
3.5 by oline73 from Maryland on Apr 12, 2018
3.99 by rab53 from Washington on Mar 15, 2018
4.17 by Buffettman2018 from North Carolina on Feb 13, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

11.2 oz bottle, no date. Pours hazy brownish black with a very small sized head. Smells mostly of rich dark cocoa/milk chocolate and vanilla with some roasted malt, rye, and toasted coconut. The taste follows with cocoa, vanilla, roasted malt, and rye with some earthy hops and port. Average intensity. Less sweet than the smell leads on. Medium bitterness, dryness, and vinous. Some alcohol comes though. Average body and lower carbonation for the style. Overall, despite the strong cocoa smell, the taste is not as intense and leans on the bitter side. Interesting beer and worth a try.

Jan 10, 2018
3.25 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania on Jan 07, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by MaximalC from Illinois

Pours seal brown with the barest rumor of ephemeral, mocha foam. Vibrant aroma evokes a freshly opened box of gourmet chocolates, with notes of milk chocolate, toffee, and even candied fruits. Traces of booze, vanilla, and coconut round out the aroma.

The taste follows the nose, albeit more mellow. Milk chocolate, vanilla, and I would daresay raspberry ganache present up front before yielding to warming alcohol and a dose of earthy hops. The alcohol and sweetness can become cloying as the beer warms, but not egregiously so. Hefty body and meager carbonation make for a slick, smooth, almost syrupy mouthfeel that delicately caresses the palate.

Overall, this is a decadent chocolate beer that delivers on the promises of the bottle. It's almost as if a box of assorted chocolates was put in a food processor and fermented. The alcohol can be a little strident, but as far as dessert beers go, this fits the bill nicely.

Dec 28, 2017
3.88 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Dec 24, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

330 ml bottle, no dating on it that I could find. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that didn't stay around for too long. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is nice and mostly sweet, the brew smells like milk chocolate, vanilla, cream and a bit of coconut. Taste is similar to the aroma, with milk chocolate/fudge, roasted malt, vanilla, cream and some earthy flavors all noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's smooth and a bit slick with a low/moderate amount of carbonation. I think it's a good dessert beer, definitely worth picking up if you're into chocolately imperial stouts! $6.99 a bottle.

Dec 20, 2017
4.16 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Dec 19, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is jet black in color. A hard pour resulted in a short light tan head that quickly faded away, leaving only thin wisps of bubbles on the surface and a narrow ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet chocolate are present in the nose along with some hints of coconuts and vanilla.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of sweet milk chocolate (a combination of cocoa, lactose, and sugary sweetness) along with notes of vanilla and hints of coconuts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and seems to be a little thin for the style with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is almost like having a liquid candy bar as it's very sweet and packed with chocolatey flavors. It manages to hide its alcohol very well but I would consider this to be a slow sipper due to the amount of sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 18, 2017
3.94 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Nov 28, 2017
4.1 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Nov 24, 2017
3.69 by nmann08 from Virginia on Nov 23, 2017
4.25 by fosters9 from New York on Nov 20, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by oberon from North Carolina

Pours into a snifter a jet black oil slick with no head at all,not a good start.As uninspiring as the looks are the aromas are a complete 180,chocolate and vanilla over top of toasted coconut,like a Mounds bar.The feel is also very slick with no carbonation required I guess.I really like the flavors of vanilla/caramel and chocolate with underlying coconut wich is more prevalent in the finish.Not a fan of coconut or the feel/look of this beer but the flavors and aromas are top notch.Hit or miss here.

Nov 19, 2017
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