Bakery: Coconut Macaroons
The Bruery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #701
Ranked #2,135
4.21 | pDev: 7.36%
The Bruery
California, United States
Bakery: Coconut MacaroonsBakery: Coconut Macaroons
Notes: Barrel-aged imperial stout blended with a pastry imperial stout with coconut and vanilla added.
Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 321 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 oz can. Pours a thick black motor oil color with a thin tan head with very little lacing. Smell is good chocolate ,macaroons vanilla and coconut. Taste follows nose with the addition of nice whiskey notes, coconut prevalent more, Mouth feel is sweet and syrupy with chocolate and coconut. I just never am impressed with The Bruegel ,had many in the last 15 yees ,i find them overpriced and just average

Oct 11, 2021
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a pitch-black color with a one finger head of brown thick foam. The head has a great level of retention, fading over time to leave lots of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is huge of a milk chocolate smell mixed with lots of sweetness of brown sugar and molasses. Along with these aromas comes a good showing of coffee and a large amount of roasted malt and toast. While present, the coconut is rather light giving just a very subtle note. Rounding out the smell is a touch of alcohol and some vanilla, which with the rest, produce a very robust and enticing smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a very big and thick roasty malt flavor that is matched by tons of brown sugar and molasses as well as a decently strong cocoa and coffee flavor. As the taste advances the cocoa flavor starts to incorporate milk and vanilla flavors into its taste, and take on a more milk chocolate like taste. At the same time coconut flavors and some dark fruit tastes of prune and raisin develop, sweetening the brew even more. Toward the end, a bit of bourbon booziness develops, and with a touch of smoke and the flavor transitions that occur, one is left with a big and sweet, roasty and warming taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is very thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the big and rich flavors of the brew the feel is great and makes for a very nice, delectable, slow sipper.
Overall – A nice big and roasty brew with a big flavor. I would have like a touch more coconut, but even that said, this is a nice big and tasty sipper.

Jun 30, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is not a bad beer at all, but I think it should be just a bit more. I am not one for silly, overwhelmingly sweet pastry stouts but this needs a little more flavor.

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Dark brown color with good initial brown head and pretty good lacing. I get mostly dark chocolate on the smell and taste. Some coconut and vanilla bean. Nice beer to try, probably not a repeat.

Jun 17, 2021
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John_M from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Apex today.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose showcases light dark chocolate, with some underlying coconut, vanilla and coffee. It's nice enough, though a bit simple and light I thought. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet stout, and on the palate, if I use my imagination a bit, there does seem to be a noticeable chocolate macaroon flavor. The chocolate and vanilla really seem to otherwise dominate the flavor profile, and the barrel character isn't overwhelming. Mouthfeel is fairly full, and the 13% abv. is very well integrated into the flavor profile. Obviously, you can tell this is a sizeable beer, but I would not have guessed 13%.

A nice enough beer from the folks at Bruery, though the sweetness is a bit much. Just got a 6 ounce pour at the Apex, which struck me as plenty.

Dec 26, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice, full-bodied, viscous dessert stout. Dark brown, tan head, nice blend of coconut and vanilla underscored by bourbon barrel aging. It's called Bakery, and blessed with a 13% ABV, so it is to be savored after dinner, and before a merciful lights out. Only quibble: Let it lay in the glass too long, and it will get boozy.

Nov 25, 2020
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msf1cnc from Missouri

4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours jet black, small head, awesome lacing on a tulip glass.

Taste is imperial stout all the way. Boozy, but not overly astringent. Sweet. The bourbon barrel doesn’t come through, and the coconut is muted.

Great dessert beer.

Nov 15, 2020
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jakecattleco from California

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 09/25/18 into a tulip glass.

L: Pours jet black with 0.5 finger of low-density chocolate colored head with limited retention and left no lacing.

S: Could smell barrel aspects a feet or more from the glass. As those lessen then prominent vanilla, subtle hints of coconut underneath.

T: Prominent roasted malt, bourbon, and vanilla, more coconut than in the nose, very light hints of cherry cordial. Plenty of bitterness on the finish.

F: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, syrupy on the tongue and swallow.

O: A nice big stout, but by Bruery standards I find it just middle-of-the-road.

Nov 14, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a can.
A: pours a black body with light, reddish brown hues with think, tan head with excellent retention and lacing.
S: sweet, chocolates s sweet alcohol smell; subtle coconut notes and hints of sweet vanilla as well.
T: very sweet, Coconut, vanilla and bourbon taste with subtle chocolate notes with some sweet alcohol and vanilla notes in the aftertaste.
M: thick, velvety smooth body
O: very solid beer; great imperial stout, great tasting beer. Given everything going in, it’s a very well balanced.

Jun 28, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

2.88/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like like stale malt, coconut, pure sugar, bourbon, and fudge.

This sort of thing is usually the Bruery's strong suit, but it falls fairly flat here for me. It just has such a stale and lifeless feel to it. It's extremely sweet - it made my stomach hurt while drinking it. Coinciding with that, there's an intense bourbon bitterness. There's also an insipid stale and chalky chocolate character. I don't get any vanilla, even though it's apparently in there.

This is medium bodied, and pretty creamy - it's at least a bit thicker than the Bruery's usual high octane stuff. It's not drinkable, though.

This is a big old swing and a miss. I don't really have much interest in the Bakery series after trying this one.

Apr 01, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can into a snifter. Canned 9/22/18, had 7/6/19.

Pours near black and opaque, with a one and a half inch foamy head with good retention and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of light roast malt, chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, coconut, toffee, light bourbon, some tobacco, light char and molasses. Flavors of chocolate, more bourbon than the nose, malt, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, coconut, some tobacco and char, some raisins. Smooth, a solid full body, well carbonated.

This is much better than expected. Very good aromas, great flavors, the barrels are strong enough to balance the sweetness. Really enjoyable, want to try others in the Bakery series.

Mar 24, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can - split two ways (13% - yeah, at least two ways).
Pours a solid black with 1/2 finger short lived reddish brown head - not a viscous as anticipated on the pour.
Aroma starts with the bourbon - this was clearly barrel aged! Chocolate and vanilla are next on the nose, a little bit of dark fruit, and a hint of vanilla; coconut note appeared as warmed.
Taste does not waver far from the nose - bourbon soaked vanilla, chocolate, a molasses note, again a bit of dark fruits. As the beer warmed the coconut began to creep in and frankly was a nice adjunct without ever overpowering. Remarkably despite the bourbon flavour, I would not call this particularly boozy, and in fact quite drinkable.
Medium mouthfeel - again not as thick or syrupy as I expected - sweet but not overly so, carbonation quite nice, easy sipper. Would definitely repeat.

Mar 15, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Decent amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate and bourbon.

T - The is coconut, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, almond and bourbon.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Solid pastry stout. The coconut is subtle and doesn't dominate the flavor. Alcohol is well hidden.

Feb 29, 2020
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Anders91 from California

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: straight up black, with a tan head

Smell: chocolate, coconut, hella bourbon

Taste: follows the nose, really nice blending of the flavors

Feel: smooth and heavy

Feb 15, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark black. Light does not penetrate the glass. Head is short-1/4-1/2" tall and dissipates quickly. Beer smell is not overly remarkable, but pleasant.

First taste-woah. Tastes more like a bourbon than a beer. You can definitely taste the bourbon barrel finish. There is a distinct bitter note at the back of the tongue. While not overpowering, it left me wanting to wash it away, some.

What's missing: Coconut and vanilla. It was undetectable in the first half of the beer and only mildly so on the second half. While I normally wouldn't be so disappointed by that, when you call your beer "Coconut Macaroon", it had better taste like something that resembles its namesake.

Jan 15, 2020
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A tasty winter warmer.
Pours a deep reddish black with a khaki head that quickly resolves.
Smells of coconut, burnt malts, leather, woody notes
Taste is sweet malts forward, molasses, vanilla, hint of coconut and transitions to those wood, acidic notes that hits you at the back of the tongue- a bourbon twang- and then transitions to a fairly clean finish with some residual cocoa notes and sticky lips to match. Overall, the acidity and astringency from the wood keeps this from becoming too saccharine/syrupy. Mouthfeels is medium- to full bodied.
A really enjoyable imperial stout with elements of a pastry stout- reminds me of tweak from Avery brewing-
Solid- definitely need to stock up on this one.

Dec 25, 2019
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Kendo from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Body is thick black with a half-finger of chocolate-colored, dense head on top - which retains very well.

S: Bourbon over roasty and chocolate malt. Big time bourbon.

T: Chocolate malt, chocolate and cocoa powder is followed by a hint of vanilla and a little bit of bourbon. Toasted coconut is there too, but not front and center. The 13% ABV is well-buried by all the sweetness. I probably wouldn't recommend this to a diabetic.

M: Thick, heavy in weight. Carbonation is there but subdued.

O: Solid. A nice sipper for a snowy night in upstate NY as I trim the tree. . . .

Dec 03, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can from Donald
Odell snifter

Deep inky black with an angry red head of 2 fingers, receding to a thin ring leaving sparse lacing.

Aromas of coconut and vanilla and bourbon barrel, yeast farts, slight marshmallow.

Flavor brings hot chocolate, vanilla, some caramel, slight soy sauce, a little almond, and a little coconut-cherry (confection, not infection). All of this is overshadowed by bourbon heat and a general muddiness of flavor.

Feel is thick and slick, with a nice heat presence from alcohol and bourbon barrel.

Overall I was hoping for something more from this one, Bruery is letting me down a bit lately. Still not a bad beer overall.

Nov 25, 2019
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zonker17 from Texas

3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark without much head. Mild coconut on the nose, some vanilla. Taste is blander than expected, missing something in the middle. Body is above average.

Nov 21, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high dark tan head that settled down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with hints of bourbon.
T: The taste follows the smell but the bourbon flavors are stronger and there are notes of vanilla in the finish. There are some hints of alcohol, but these are mostly associated with the bourbon. Some hints of coconut also become perceptible as the beer begins to warm up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This makes for a very nice dessert stout and does a very good job at masking nearly all of the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

Oct 23, 2019
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Radcpa from Washington

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with significant rich dark tan head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is a prominent vanilla and coconut. Taste is also coconut and vanilla that is a little bitter.

Oct 13, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours deep black with a one-finger foamy dark khaki head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- the nose is a bit muted at first, once it warms, bourbon barrel pops through, as well as light coconut and vanilla

T- tangy barrel notes up front of barrel juice, oak and caramel, followed by dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses and black licorice. The finish brings out a slight hint of coconut and vanilla, as well as more boozy oak

M- medium body with medium-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy warming finish

O- not as as sweet as you'd expect from a pastry style stout, but tasty nonetheless

Oct 06, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not overly sweet for a pastry stouts. The bourbon is there alongside the natural flavouring of the beer. Big beer but lacks a bit of character which is hard to say to a ba vanilla coconut irs

Sep 30, 2019
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lucius10 from California

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Salty sweet, soy sauce vibe, hints of chocolate nose on this one!. Taste follows with mild heat from BA and then subdued coconut hints...chocolate is dominant. good!

Sep 24, 2019
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 16 oz can from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 6-7-19 for $7.99. Canned on 3-13-19; consumed on 9-18-19.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that has some good hang time.

Nose is sweet with vanilla over lightly roasted malts.

Taste is sweet with vanilla and ever so light touches of bourbon and coconut. Finishes sweet as expected for the aim of this brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth but i would expect a little more viscosity for this big of beer.

Overall an interesting concept but it did not really present the adjuncts strongly which was a bit disappointing.

Sep 18, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big 16 oz. cans of 163% stout – I like it. I have no idea where I bought this, but it sounds delicious. I hope more show up where I randomly stop.

Black. Ever used bourbon-soaked vanilla beans for nose plugs? This is like that.

Bakery: Coconut Macaroon is as decadent as a Gucci ice bucket (yes, that’s actually a thing). Ridiculously sweet, rich malts denude the senses for a moment, before the bourbon defibs them back to life. Pastry enters the mid-palate in a spades: half-and-half, enough nuttiness for every damn squirrel that lives in my yard, soft vanilla & coconut that slowly spreads & takes over the finish. Alcohol shows only in the belly warmth, & the six typos I had to correct in that last sentence. Silly smooth & going down bad easy. Glad I only saw this in singles.

The nuts inch right up to the abyss of too much before getting slapped away; this might be really up in the pantheon if not for that. But an excellent beer nonetheless.

Aug 08, 2019
Bakery: Coconut Macaroons from The Bruery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 321 ratings