Speyside Cacao
Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB

Speyside CacaoSpeyside Cacao
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #494
ABV:
14%
Score:
94
Ranked #3,812
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 5.06%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
34
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Speyside CacaoSpeyside Cacao
Notes: Collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal

Whisky barrel aged chocolate stout brewed with cacao, coconut, and vanilla.
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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle decanted into a large snifter at Wet City in Baltimore. More of a dessert stout than I'm normally partial to, but its a VERY good dessert stout.

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DanO1066 from Maryland, Dec 28, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

**
11/30/19

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: thick dark black, motor oil. no head.
AROMA: vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, whiskey. Very nice.
TASTE: coconut comes through here with the chocolate. Other flavors noted in aroma are also present in taste to a lesser extent.
FEEL: thick, full bodied. some carbonation is detected in mouthfeel, even though appearance doesn't show any head or bubbles.

Very tasty stout. Grows on you as you go. Maybe a tad sweet, but this is working well as a compliment to my Day 3 Thanksgiving leftover dessert.

**

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q33jeff from New Jersey, Dec 01, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a fairly thick ruddy semi-dark brown color with an off colored eggshell white head, some flakiness but graced the sides of the glass fairly nice. Some concave lace seemingly falling in streams.
The aroma had a fantastic whiskey sensibly sweet offshooting into vanilla, milk chocolate and dark chocolate qualities. Marshmallow fluffy creaminess coating sweet woody barrel character.
The flavor leans towards the sweet side wrapping together marshmallow fluff, vanilla cream, sweet whiskey woodiness, woody spice and the dark/milk chocolate tones. Aftertaste snips at the whiskey spicy wood but mainly sticks to that marshmallow fluffy sweetness, lingers nicely and a touch of ash.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good, maybe starting to fall off a bit. Lots of smoothness, some stickiness. Finishes with some milk chocolate, vanilla cream and marshmallow fluff.
Overall, there's coconut in this somewhere? Hmmmm.....well, I never smelled or tasted anything of it and I even cleaned my palate appropriately. I still would have this again because it is well brewed.

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4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Dark brown with a one inch light mocha head.

Nose: Lots of sweet caramel, marshmallow, graham cracker, milk chocolate.

Taste: Follows the nose. Milk chocolate, caramel, coconut. A bit more coffee presence here. More caramel sweetness on the finish.

Feel: Full-bodied, rich. Carbonation a touch heavier than expected.

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emyers from Illinois, Jun 13, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce crowler into snifter, filled on 4/26/2019. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin ring of lace eventually. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, fudge, coconut, whiskey, toasted oak, brownie batter, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with light notes of licorice, molasses, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, peat smoke, char, leather, tobacco, and yeast/roast/oak earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Incredible aromas with amazing complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, cocoa, vanilla, coconut, and whiskey barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, fudge, coconut, whiskey, toasted oak, brownie batter, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with light notes of licorice, molasses, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, peat smoke, char, leather, tobacco, and yeast/roast/oak earthiness. Very mild herbal, roast, char bitterness; and whiskey/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, fudge, coconut, whiskey, toasted oak, brownie batter, roasted nuts, biscuit, dark bread/crust, light dark fruit/smoke/char, leather, tobacco, and yeast/roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Insane complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, cocoa, vanilla, coconut, and whiskey barrel flavors; with a solid roasted bitter/sweet and whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering roast/char bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and extremely full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, bready mouthfeel that was perfect. Light slickness, chalky roast, and whiskey/oak tannins lingering after the finish. Mild increasing warmth of 14%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an insane flavored imperial stout! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, cocoa, vanilla, coconut, and whiskey barrel flavors; dangerously smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Perfectly soft/silky feel. Insanely rich malts; with perfectly balanced cocoa, vanilla, coconut flavors; and barrel presence/integration. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly amazing offering, and world class dessert style example. One of the best I have had.

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superspak from Michigan, Apr 29, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a creamy looking black color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like a big chocolate bomb - absolutely crazy aroma here. There's melted milk chocolate and also some high quality dark chocolate, along with light oak, molasses, light scotch, and some roast.

This is truly wonderful, and a great surprise for me. There's absolutely tons of rich creamy chocolate, with some nice roast and vanilla, and a subdued barrel character that mainly presents oak, and not a lot of scotch.

This is rich, creamy, and silky, and super drinkable, with absolutely no hint of the barrel here, whatsoever. How is this 14%?

This is one of the better stouts I've had lately - it's a real treat.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Apr 10, 2019
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3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours a thinner black with a small head that fades fast into a small ring around the glass
S: huge sweet milk chocolate and vanilla frosting. Smells like chocolate cake and vanilla icing
T: humm..I get butterscotch more than chocolate or vanilla upfront with the whiskey finish with some bitter chocolate notes.
F: thick but with a dryer and bitter finish
O: it’s it a $10 beer, it’s sad. The aroma set the bar high but the taste didn’t back it up.

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4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Knapp85 for sharing this bottle!

A - Very dark brown pour with thin toffee colored lacing.

S - HUGE vanilla, cocoa, and coconut aroma that's borderline candy on the nose.

T - Uncanny how it follows the nose. Alcohol forward with cocoa, vanilla, coconut, and a moderate level of booziness.

M - Thick and velvety smooth with boozy effervescence.

O - Was pretty "wow'd" by this one.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Mar 16, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep brownish black color with a thin tan head. The smell of this beer is reminiscent of brownie & cake batter, vanilla and caramel. The taste has very similar flavors as the nose does. The feel has some boozy heat in the finish but very silky otherwise. Overall this is damn good. Well worth trying out.

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania, Mar 16, 2019
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4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a red wine glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Semi-thin but still Semi-thin dark black body with a heavy brown tinted frame. Head is tab and drops before first sip rising at best half a finger's length off the body.

Smell: Sweet sweet brown sugar and heavy mocha offset with espresso and whiskey. The nostrils will be working with every sniff. Sticking taste to the nose which was like a Tyson counter punch.

Taste: Sweet molasses and heavy espresso but not bitter at all with brown sugar and vanilla bean fusion all over the beer. Like a chocolate bar sitting in a cup of Irish coffee. It is every where and one of the most complex tastes I have had in a while.

Mouth: very very sticky with a full body and medium carbonation. After effects just killed anything you have eaten or drank in the last hour.

Overall: Great beer. One of the best I have had in a while which literally is a nail in the coffin. Good luck to all if you can find, I will definitely buy it again without hesitation....Salud!

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BlurryVisi0n from New York, Feb 15, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle.
Moderate pour yields a 1/4 inch tan head over a black body with some sticky lacing. Nose of milk chocolate, milk chocolate, and milk chocolate; you know, that chocolate Easter Bunny shit. Also a bit of vanilla, coconut, and whisky. Taste mirrors nose somewhat with the whisky coming forward as it warms. Very nice feel and overall, I wasn't really expecting to like this as much as I do; I'm a bourbon drinker, but wow! The cacao really dampens the scotch to a point where it is just whisk(e)y. Do you know what I mean? Cheers to these crazy guys!!!

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bobv from Vermont, Feb 11, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours black with a decent brown head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, malt, and whiskey. Taste is sweet chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow, caramel, roasted malt, and whiskey. Very sweet. Excellent.

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22Blue from Kansas, Jan 26, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Collaboration with Stillwater - Pours jet black with thin tanned foamy head which quickly disappears. Medium carbonation. Aroma - sweet chocolate forefront, hints of vanilla and spice, dark sugar. Taste - Sweet lactose chocolate front, light hints of spice, caramelised dark sugar, notes of oak, light bitter finish with some nice alcoholic warmth. Really nice chocolate fronted stout. Impressive.

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DJ-Hophead from United Kingdom (England), Sep 07, 2017
Speyside Cacao from Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 34 ratings