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Bakery: Coconut MacaroonBakery: Coconut Macaroon
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Bakery: Coconut MacaroonBakery: Coconut Macaroon

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel aged imperial stout blended with a pastry imperial stout with coconut and vanilla added.

Added by jeff1973 on 08-10-2018

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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by beergorrilla:
Photo of beergorrilla
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeanBump
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While I do agree with the BA's who describe this beer as thin for a barrel-aged stout, I dont think it detracts from the overall experience. In my opinion, A LOT of coconut beers end up coming off too sweet...but its almost a false sugar sort of taste, kind of like saccharine. I found this beer to have just the right amount of both sweetness and coconut flavor. If anything, Id say its lacking a little extra oomph from the barrel but, to me, its not noticeable enough for me to downgrade the beer any.

Smooth, rich, definitely a sipper and perfect for a chilly night. Recommended.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer21
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can - this seems like a holiday-themed offering. Good thing the rep got it to us by the middle of January, then, eh?

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with subtle amber basal edges, and four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly brown head, which leaves some Swiss cheese pattern lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of vanilla-forward Bourbon barrel wood, bready and doughy caramel malt, some free-range ashiness, medium cocoa powder, day-old coffee grounds, some dark orchard fruitiness, and ephemeral copra notes. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, biscuity toffee squares, bittersweet chocolate pudding, vanilla cookies, a shot of decent Bourbon, bruised stone fruit, cafe-au-lait, extremely faint shredded coconut, and some ethereal earthy, musty, and dead floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly restrained in its palate-boring frothiness, the body a sturdy middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a small creaminess slowly evolving as things warm up a tad out of the ol' basement bar fridge. It finishes off-dry, the malt, cocoa, whiskey, and vanilla essences throwing a swell after-party.

Overall - this comes across as a pleasant enough BA Imperial Stout, yet the guest ingredients kind of get lost in the fray. Not a problem, really, as the 26-proof wowee sauce quotient is expertly integrated, so much so that I'm starting to not care about what I was going to complain about anymore.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured with vigor, revealing a monstrous three-finger width head. Good retention before settling to a thin, broken layer of suds with a fair ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Sweet with milk chocolate and bourbon. Vanilla. Light boozy heat nipping at the nostrils.

Taste - Follows the nose. Picking up notes of milk chocolate, molasses and bourbon, mostly. Vanilla sweetness too. Coconut? Only faint traces. Bourbon sweetness is prominent, but the usual heat that accompanies is not. Gets sweeter as it warms, and the coconut does come out more, if only marginally so. Creamy chocolate finish with hints of vanilla and bourbon still lingering.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with fair carbonation. Silky, creamy texture with a dry, slightly boozy finish, but not out of character for a 13% beer.

Overall - Pretty good BA imperial stout, but coconut macaroon? There's simply too much bourbon character and not enough developed coconut flavor to buy into that idea completely.

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Photo of Roguer
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A sweet, toasty, and roasty imperial stout, with delectable notes of coconut and vanilla. Sweet brown sugar and bourbon mash are felt throughout in what is clearly a dessert stout - but gives no notice of the 13% ABV.

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Photo of woodchip
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaveCash
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fubudu187
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the tall boy can in a snifter. This beastly little brew pours
a rich obsidian with a thick head of khaki foam that settles to a
thick ring, subtle light pool, and showcases some nice sudsy lacing.
Nose of bourbon, astringent booze, mild vanilla, toasted coconut,
and dark sweet bakers chocolate. Flavors exceed the presentation
of the nose with aplomb; rich fudge and boozy bourbon ash over
a vanilla bean encrusted in deeply toasted coconut. Dark fruit
notes of raisin also is present with a hint of cherry amongst
light notes of char and dark coffee. Decadent. Nice mouth feel;
full body, smooth, moderately coating, warming, boozy, and
finishing with a sweet moderately dry bourbon and coconut

Exceptional. A desert beer for desert beer lovers.


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Photo of VeganUndead
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spark3148857
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChipChaight
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bret717
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10/25/18, Reviewed 11/25/18

Poured from the can into a tulip after sitting for about 20 minutes out of the fridge.

Look- pours ruby-hued dark brown and appears black in the glass; tall light brown frothy head dissipates slowly leaving islands of foam; sporadic lines of lacing

Smell- Chocolate, toffee, toasted coconut and caramel, all pretty much in equal measure; bourbon mild at first but becomes more noticeable as the beer warms

Taste- starts off with bittersweet chocolate which is quickly followed by toffee, coconut and vanilla. Like the nose, none dominate, and they all come together really nicely to make a nice complete whole, if that makes sense. And again like the nose, bourbon is fairly mild at first but becomes more pronounced as the beer warms, but it never becomes distracting. The beer is sweet, but not in a cloying or artificial way, and there's some balance to the sweetness to from a mild roasty bitterness as well as the bourbon heat.

Feel- full bodied, creamy and lush without being syrupy; carbonation is on the lower side, which seems appropriate for this beer; The finish is sweet with a little vanilla and bitterness lingering for a bit

Overall- This is an outstanding pastry stout that does a really good job of combining the various flavors/aromas to make a nice, cohesive whole. That, and the excellent mouthfeel make this one a real standout to me.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a Bruery tulip snifter glass.

Pours oily and chestnut brown out of the can, with a thick lathering forming head. Body fills with a dark walnut nearly black color, sitting below a rich creamy nearly three finger tan head. Big crown of a puck settles the glass, with a nice beautiful round cling.

Fun and inviting aroma. Besides coconut and some milky chocolate actually as opposed to dark, there's a touch of almost fruit to this, and maybe even a hint of ferrous metal? Strangely the metal doesn't really dominate but it's almost a metallic smelling twinge accenting fruit and vanilla. I am not sure what that is.

Palate shows some very big winning. Rich lathery and cake like body full of flavors. Dense cocoa powder and coconut, mixing with almost white vanilla like icing quality. Slight touch of actualy red cherry quality as well, like the entire cake is there as well. Touches a little caramel that might be drizzled with a touch of bourbon with a chewy profile as well.

This is one real fine put together brew.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours thin, black and with a finger of head
S: chocolate, some coconut and vanilla as well
T: a little barrel, mixed with a chocolate, coconut cream thing.
F: thin but creamy

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: very dark brown with cola highlights. Thick mocha head that recedes to a sparse film. Lingering messy lace.
smell: mostly dry mild roastiness with hints of vanilla and bourbon.
taste: big bloom of flavor much richer than the nose. Quite sweet but with loads of vanilla, subtle molasses, and hints of coconut. Alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of elemenohpee1
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThickNStout
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. Canned 10/25/18. Served in a Bruery teku. Enjoyed 12/2/18.

Pours jet black with a tall cap of tan froth. The head recedes gradually, leaving a loose collar and a couple trails of lace where the initial head rested.

Smells of roasty malts, dark chocolate, coconut and bourbon.

Flavors are a smooth blend of boozey and sweet. Bourbon-drenched dark chocolate coated coconut macaroon, booze-infused vanilla-kissed oak, cooked caramel cream and some roasted coffee. This goes down with an ease that belies the 13% abv.

Full, creamy feel with fluffy carbonation. The aftertaste has a cooling alcohol effect to complement the chocolate macaroon and cooked caramel notes.

It feels strange drinking a big Bruery barrel aged imperial stout from a can but no less satisfying. Bakery may not have as much coconut character as I’d prefer but is a delicious stout that I might have to buy more of.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice creamy off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself has a nice look and texture of a melted milk chocolate bar.

The smell is good and extremely sweet. An alcohol note comes out front but it mixes well with the vanilla and coconut note.
The taste has a similar note as the smell. However, the sweet milk chocolate comes out more while the alcohol only shows up in the primarily bourbon and caramel finish.
The feel is good with a nice heavy body that has a fairly creamy feel and a slightly sticky finish.
Overall, it's a decent barrel aged pastry stout worth trying at least once.

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Photo of Buck_Jones
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ruzzal
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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