Bakery: Coconut Macaroons
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #547
Ranked #1,966
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.
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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.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Apr 01, 2020
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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.

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stortore from Illinois, Mar 24, 2020
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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.

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), Mar 15, 2020
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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.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, Feb 29, 2020
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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

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Anders91 from California, 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.

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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.

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ThaneMcC from Germany, Dec 25, 2019
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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. . . .

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Kendo from New York, Dec 03, 2019
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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.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Nov 25, 2019
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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.

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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

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metter98 from New York, Oct 23, 2019
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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.

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Radcpa from Washington, Oct 13, 2019
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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

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Oct 06, 2019
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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

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Photo of lucius10
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!

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lucius10 from California, Sep 24, 2019
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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.

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arizcards from Arizona, Sep 18, 2019
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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.

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maximum12 from Minnesota, Aug 08, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 2/6/2019 16 ouncer into a DFH tulip. Nice rich blackish brown body with a small tan head that dissipated quickly except around the edges and above the etched fish in the center of the bottom. Smell at first was hot boozy vanilla but after it warmed up started detecting coconut and brown sugar. Taste was remarkably smooth for 13% with no risk of coughing jags. Again mostly tasted vanilla initially but upon warming the coconut became apparent on the back end. Mouthfeel was full without being thick. Nice imperial stout; I hope I can find another for cooler weather.


Found another one of these. Age hasn't diminished the carbonation because the head, if anything, was larger and lasted longer than on 8/4/2019. Smell and taste are similar except I can't detect the coconut that I previously noticed in both. Plus, counterintuitively, it seems to have gained more alcohol heat with aging. And the mouthfeel seems to be thicker.

This was in no way a bad experience but I don't think aging did anything positive for this. Probably fresher is slightly better.

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2.09/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This Stout's hype is puzzling to me. The idea of a "pastry stout" seems inviting on the surface - and so too is this Stout's appearance when poured. Ink black and foamy.

A vanilla scent absolutely dripping with ethanol is quick to warn you of what you're about to endure.

Bourbon violently assaults the senses, followed by a grossly artificial vanilla that lingers on the tongue. Coconut is not at all detectable, overpowered by the other flavors.

I would not recommend this brew to anyone.

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4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smells like sweet dark chocolate with some vanilla and faint cinnamon/coconut blend. Taste is uber pastry stout. Reminds me of wicked weed’s BA milk & cookies or bam burana by Oskar blues/cigar city. Some say it’s fusel hot from the bourbon, but given its 13%, it’s probably a combo of the bourbon and abv but it’s not really warm going down. The adjuncts and flavor mask the heat as well as the residual sweetness. FG = 1.045 ish?? Ace

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TijuanaTovar from North Carolina, Aug 02, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Zundert Tulip

A - Thick oily Black with nolight visible through the beer. Beige creamy head that reduces to a small head.
S - Sweet smoky aromas of chrdness.
T - Some sweetnes up front with vanilla completely taking over in the mid palate. The finish is linf=gering and dry
M - Full body and low carbonation
O - A winner. Must try

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eric5bellies from Australia, Jul 27, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this at March Madness 2019 because someone's uninvited wife is entitled AF and simply helps herself to things that aren't hers in other people's coolers. Thankfully we caught this act of selfishness and greed so we could still get a few ounces each for ourselves.

Pours out a color that looks dark brown and black. The head was thin and tan, 1/6". The aroma wasn't a lot going on, I wasn't really picking up on the bourbon barrel nor was I getting anything pastry wise. I dunno, maybe my nose was broke at the time, but it was really reserved in what it brought.

The taste is much more pronounced, everything I couldn't smell started showing up. Its sweet, but it has a relatively dry finish and mouth feel to it. You don't notice the 13% as a hot beer. Vanilla is a major player. Coconut, I've had less, I've had more. Was kind of middle of the road. Don't perceive the roastiness of the malt, but there is clearly quite a bit of barley in this. A lot of breweries have followed the Bruery's lead and went in on pastry stouts and huge ass stouts barrel aged. Nice to see they still have the market cornered on this kind of thing.

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

canned 3.13.19, opened 7.2.19


poured into a snifter, dark cola appearance, one finger fizzy brown foam cap, receded to a creamy layer, some lacings

aroma is smoke, char, ash,

taste is vanilla, bourbon barrel, coconut on the finish, roast malts, barrel char

medium sudsing , barrel taste lingers

good beer

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, Jul 02, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date and batch number printed on the bottom. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The dense, tan colored, three finger head stays around for a very long time and leaves behind a lot of patchy lacing all over the glass. It's a pure black color.

Smell: It's a strong, earthy aroma of oak, cocoa, brown sugar and coconut.

Taste: It's quite sweet at first with some brown sugar, coconut, vanilla, dried fruits and milk chocolate. There's slightly more bitter notes in the background of cocoa, coffee and wood. There's a hint of an alcohol kick in the aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel: It's extremely smooth, oily even, creamy and very robust with low carbonation. It's not cloying at all despite the strong sweetness.

Overall: A rich, complex and silky smooth beer that's surprisingly easy drinking and goes down easy enough for 13% ABV.

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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico, Jun 25, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally picked a can off the shelf after realizing $9.99 for a pint of higher-gravity Bruery suds is a decent value considering how much their bombers run. Pours near-black with a brown head. Body appears slick and velvety. Moderate lacing.
Nose is very nice chocolate notes with coffee and vanilla, a hint of some black licorice as well.
Taste has more of the coffee note than anything, but wow is it tasty. The bourbon barrel is translating as coffee to my taste buds, so be it. Coconut hint lingers on the back end.
Feel is creamy, velvety and full, just slightly sticky. Extra-nice finish here. The sweetness is there, brown sugary and all, but it easily holds off from going overboard. After pouring some extra from the can, I now get more coconut nose with each glass-tilt. This is a rich, decadent dessert beer that was meant to be BBA ‘d. I like big stouts to be on the sweeter side, so others could feel this to be near-cloying, however I’m certain most would find it delicious. The last beer that comes to mind as tasting somewhat similar is BBA Ten Fidy...if you dug that then you’ll dig this.

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Bakery: Coconut Macaroons from The Bruery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 298 ratings