Dugges / Stillwater - Cocoa Cacao | Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB

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Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 60
Photo of q33jeff
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Bottle to sniffer. Flavored Stout Tasting.

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

Aroma: chocolate, coconut, cherry, raisin, vanilla....like 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.


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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a tulip. Don't see a date on it.

Pours black with no head. Spooned out a couple of floating baby slugs. Little or no carbonation. Smell is chocolate and burnt caramel.

Taste is very sweet -- vanilla, caramel, chocolate. It's a dessert beer for sure.

Mouthfeel is smooth, thick, and a little too flat. Overall, it's not bad, but expect sweetness.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick viscous jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising slowly along the edges of the glass and faint very dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that quickly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of very thin film covering a little more than half the surface of the beer and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, lactose sweetness, and vanilla.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts + chocolate malts with moderate to strong amounts of lactose sweetness. Strong flavors of sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla. No discernible hop presence and no bitterness present. Moderate amounts of sweet milk chocolate linger long past the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is definitely dessert beer and it is very sweet - enjoyable but I had to sip it rather slowly due to the intense sweetness and chocolate-ness. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 6/30/2021. Pours murky/dense very dark brown color with a small light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge milk chocolate syrup, cocoa, caramel, toffee, ice cream, vanilla frosting, brown sugar, marshmallow, brownie batter, fudge, and molasses; with lighter notes of smoke, toasted dark bread, coffee, char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, cocoa, coconut, and vanilla notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk chocolate syrup, cocoa, caramel, toffee, ice cream, vanilla frosting, brown sugar, marshmallow, brownie batter, fudge, and molasses; with lighter notes of smoke, toasted dark bread, coffee, char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very mild roast/char bitterness on the finish. lingering notes of milk chocolate syrup, cocoa, caramel, toffee, ice cream, vanilla frosting, brown sugar, marshmallow, brownie batter, fudge, molasses, light coffee/smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, cocoa, coconut, and vanilla flavors; with a solid roasted bitter/sweet balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/rich, and fairly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal chalky roast or dryness. Zero warming alcohol for 11.5%. Overall this is a fantastic dessert imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, cocoa, coconut, and vanilla flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on; despite the very rich, sweet, and heavy finish. Really authentic tasting cake, fudge, and frosting flavors; while still feeling just roasty enough to be a stout. One of the sweetest tasting stouts I've ever had, but still doesn't feel cloying. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing experimental dessert beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark cola brown body, opaque, nearly black with what looks like tiny globs of sugar in it. Interesting, I suppose. Not much retention on a half finger brown head, no lacing. Smell is chocolate cake, cocoa and vanilla coconut icing. It's pretty adjunct-heavy and sweet. But the smell is more or less that cake icing, sweet sugariness. Flavour is similarly sweet with a hefty vanilla coconut icing; the vanilla is a bit more subdued compared to more noteworthy vanilla stouts, but the vanilla combines nicely with the coconut to give the beer a cake icing flavour. Slightly balanced out by the cocoa and chocolate fudge, a bit of that chocolate cake going on. Light, boozy heat rounds it out. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, lower carbonation, hefty with a good dose of icing lingering on the backend with a slightly boozy finish. Good dessert beer.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Dugges in Sweden, in collaboration with Stillwater in Maryland... 11.5% imperial stout featuring cacao, coconut, and vanilla... Clear dark brown pour produced a black-bodied beer in an over-sized snifter... A brief sheen of dark foam was gone within moments, and the beer left a dirty sheen of particulate matter inside the glass... I got a lot of rich, sweet coffee with a light char on the nose, followed by an almost tart chocolate on my first sip. the vanilla and coconut find their way in toward the back end and linger on the palate, along with some more flashes of chocolaty impressions. The feel was rather thin and slick, rich but not dense... The sugars are front-and-center all the way through, with very little by way of bitterness, and leaning toward sticky rather than drying... Surely a good beer, but not quite to my personal tastes...

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Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep, dark brown color and a thick, murky consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing here.

S: A very nice aroma of chocolate, some malt, vanilla, and caramel.

T: Tasted of some roasted malt notes, a lot of chocolate (exactly as much as needed), a little caramel, vanilla, a hint of coconut (mostly in the finish), and a light hoppiness. A fairly sweet, but extremely tasty flavor. Oddly complex, yet chocolate-centric flavor that doesn't disappoint.

F: A below average amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer has some minor flaws, it's still one of the more drinkable stouts I've tried recently. Well made.

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Photo of Ri0
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 11.2oz bottle into chalice. Bold dark brown with a very cascading brown 2 finger head that slowly fades without any lacing. The aroma is all vanilla and chocolate with very subtle coconut. The flavor is full on brownie or chocolate cake batter with extra vanilla and coconut flakes. It is sweet and delicious, but would be even better with the vanilla dialed back a bit. Feel is medium, rich and smooth with soft carbonation. Just call this dessert in a glass and sip it slowly.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought this beer at Systembolaget, Sweden at the release day.

The beer pours clear black with a thin, beige-brown head that disapears in seconds leaves no lacing on the glass.

Nose: A lot of cacao, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, fudge, caramel, brownie and coffee. This is a chocolate bomb!
Taste: Milk chocolate, cacao, a shit load of vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, Coca Cola... and dark syrup.
Mouth: Tingling carbonation, sweet mouth, medium to light body. Medium bitterness at the end.
The taste of the beer ends pretty quick - At least one complain I can find!

Sweet, chocolate, cacao, caramel... This is liquid dessert!

My rating: 3.9 of 5.
Aroma: 90 Appearance: 80 Taste: 70 Palate: 80 Overall: 75 - all out of 100.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with minimal khaki head. The smell is basically milk chocolate with touch of booze. A little thick and hearty but essentially you're drinking a boozy chocolate stout with a little heat on the end and coconut milk smoothness.

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Photo of teromous
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't see a bottle or import date listed anywhere.

Appearance: It pours oily black without any head formation.

Aroma: It has a strong chocolate aroma that smells just like a bakery full of brownie batter. The aroma is extremely enticing.

Taste: Once again, pure chocolate. Every sip is just like drinking melted chocolate. It actually has more chocolate flavor than most chocolate candy. There is a bit of alcohol flavor but it never detracts from the flavor of the beer.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit light bodied but it is still smooth and easy to drink. There is a touch of texture at the end.

Overall: If you are a chocolate lover I would highly recommend this beer. It would make a fantastic festive beer to drink on Halloween or Christmas. I would absolutely buy it again if I was in the mood for a chocolate beer.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious full on dessert type stout. Doesn't generate much of a head or lacing and kind of sits there inkily in the glass. Aroma is sweet, milk chocolate, vanilla bean, slight Hershey syrup vibe. Minimal roastiness in the aroma or flavor and very low bitterness to boot. Flavor brings a massive dose of vanilla so if that's your thing you'll be pleased. Medium body and carbonation, which is helpful. If this was a bigger bodied sticky fest it would be difficult to get through the bottle. As it was I found this highly enjoyable but an 8oz pour would have sufficed.

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Dugges / Stillwater - Cocoa Cacao from Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 60 ratings