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Caracu | Cervejarias Reunidas Skol-Caracu

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Cervejarias Reunidas Skol-Caracu

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with bottom fermenting yeast.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2003

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Photo of nekronos
4.85/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yumi!, One of the best beers I have ever tried worlwide. This type of Bock is what I like, very sweet but at the same time strong, with coffee tastes. The can is Black with a BUll drinking, is great!. My brother brought it to me from SouthAmerica some years ago, and it was deliscious.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black. A nice looking creamy brown head rests on top and leaves ample lace as I drink. Nice aroma of roasted malts, coffee bean, vanilla and nuts. I really like this aroma. The flavors are nice and bold in this beer. Definitely sweet. Like a cup of hot chocolate that has cooled to room temperature. Some vanilla bean. Nice milk sugar feel to it. And some graininess as well. Nice texture. Really an enjoyable beverage. Thanks to the Bum for my first (I believe) Brazillian beer. Could it be that Brazil is a great Beer Nation;>)

I kind of liken this to Xingu in that it really surprised me with some nice bold flavors.

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Photo of Vagner
4.24/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On of the best brazilians stout.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)
from a grocery in Porto Alegre BR.
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a bubbly thick tan head that fades to a sticky thick ring of head and last a good bit. The body is too dense to see any carbonation.

S- The aroma of slightly sweet roasted black malt has some nice molasses and raw sugar aromas to support it. There is a nice graham cracker aroma that comes through as the beer opens.

T- The creamy black malt flavor is a bit roasted with no bitterness and a touch of prune/vinous quality to it. There is a brewer's licorice and coffee hint in the finish with some more slightly sweet molasses flavor with a tang in the finish.

M- The tight fizz has a medium-light creamy mouthfeel to it with no alcohol notes.

O- This is a classic tropical Foreign Export Stout. A bit sweet but the fizz cleans it up in the finish and with a nice fruity and roasted character with no bitterness it makes a nice session beer in the heat.

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Photo of schiaveto
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caracu can easily be included as a "sweet stout" beer, despite the fact that it is a bottom fermented beer, using lager yeast. The recipe includes roasted malt, maltose sirup, and the fermentation in interrupted when the beer is about 7 to 8 °Plato.
You'll find notes of chocolate and roasted, the foam could be better, if the brewery improves the ratio malt/(non-malted grains+sugar). Very smooth and flavourfull, I consider this beer one of the best brazilians, and by far the best among the "industrial beers" of Ambev.

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Photo of BTHU
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have a liking for this Brazilian dark brew, so whenever my colleague heads south to his homeland Brazil he always brings me some of this back. This time however it was a 350ml squat Can as opposed to the usual 355ml bottle.

The 350ml Can is of the short squat type, all black body with a gold colored upper surface. The decoration on the black body is exactly as the Bottle, namely a rather simple black, red and gold round label. It has the word “Caracu” printed above the picture of a Black Bulls Head and “Cerveja Forte Escura, Desde 1899” below it. Listed strength is 5.4% and has a date of 130405 on the underside of the base. This is now a part of the wonderful world of AmBev.

Appearance: Very black, as the name suggests. In the glass in low volumes when swirled it has a very dark brown body. Thick creamy milky-coffee 1” deep head quickly forms on the pour. Average carbonation helps maintain the thin ¼” thick darkish brown freshly tanned leather head once settled down. Nice smattered lacing with a decent enough appearance.

Smell: Aromas, like the Bottle, are of burnt toast and dark malts with a hint of dark chocolate. Some light Coffee is also detectable.

Taste: Silky sweet lacto-stout feel at first. The sweet malts make way for a coffee middle which in turn proceeds into a clean finish that has a lingering light roasted feel. The same tastes as the bottle, but in the Can it feels as if it is presented in a more palatable format. Some bitterness in the finish. Sweet, roasted, creamy yet clean.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, filling and very smooth. A much more rounded body and feel from the Can than the bottle, the latter suffers low carbonation at times.

Drinkability: I can always easily despatch a few of these with no problems what so ever. In the long run it is a tad too sweet for my liking but even that is balanced with some nice sharp Cheddar!

Overall: I like this brew, it’s not a great brew but one of the better Brazilian beers for my money, and it’s a dark one at that which is rare!! I had this from the bottle several times, but this is the first time I had it from the Can – and to my surprise I think that this is much better from the Can than the Bottle, but only just. Nothing outstanding overall but given the ubiquitous number of generic thin watery lagers from Brazil, this is a nice change of pace, and as a stand alone brew it is well worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed the Caracu beer. I don't know if I would classify it as a Milk Stout, to me it seemed more a dark lager. The beer poured dark not quite opaque with nice tan head. The smell carried roast and malt. The taste also included roast and malt, but there was also presence of chocolate/molasis sweetness. The mouthfeel was pretty light and tasted great on a mid-winter evening (25C) in Ipatinga Brazil. Overall this was a good beer.

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Photo of Socialiste
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of soper2000
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a midnight black with a two finger brown head that doesn't linger for too long. Aroma is full of roasted malts. Coffee notes dominate the first taste then some sweetness gradually creeps up. Body is not watery but could stand to thicken up. Overall this is probably the best beer (imo) that you will find at most Brazilian bars. It would be really rare for me to turn this one down. Note: It is not uncommon to see older men (50-60's) put a raw egg in this beer and then drink it at the cheaper bars... I haven't tried this yet.

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Photo of safaricook
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A tad too sweet but very drinkable Milk Stout. I have seen this on my trips to Brazil. It would have been a nice change from the usual adjunct lager dessert.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, brought to me from brasil by Blackie

apperance: pours into sweetwater pint glass....cola-mahogany body, light garnet highlights, light creamy tan head with minimal lace

smell: aroma is a tad unusual...strong sweetness coming out over a rich malty body...coffee, strong cocoa...creamy and milky

taste: Coming from a beer culture that I have never had any exposure to this is a strikingly different beer. The flavor rolls my tongue, not because its bad, but more just unusual. strong cocoa powder, very rich dessert-esque flavor, creamy, milky sweetness

mouthfeel: very creamy and smooth

drinkability: hmm, i can handle it

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Paracatu
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of intovert2438
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of cambabeer
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark black. Little red head.

S- Malty, mollasesy, and a little wine like. Ethanol and burnt. Good coffee.

T- Not too great of an aftertaste. A good and nice amount of malt which brings nice bitterness.

M- Big carbonation and thick body. Feels nice on the throat.

D- Not too easy, but it doesn't need to be.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

170515 on the bottle -- presumably meaning best before May 17th 2015. Well, it's May 27th. Fingers crossed I don't die. (sarcasm...)

Appearance: Looks great going into the glass. Super thick and rich looking pitch black color with a tan head. The color is just about pitch black with only a little bit of ruby on the edges of the glass. Head slims down and stays there -- virtually no lacing to be found.

Smell: Eh, something about it smells cheap. It smells very sweet -- artificially so. Very sweet on the nose with almost a corn adjunct aroma underneath some cheap milk chocolate and roastiness. Kind of nervous going into this. The aroma isn't horrible, but it doesn't smell like a beer reeking of quality.

Taste/feel: A fair bit like the smell. It has a flavor of cheap gas station coffee with two or three packets of sugar... that's the best way I can describe it. There is a definite low quality barley (maybe some corn?) flavor there that I very often get in cheaper brews. This beer goes in sweet, and stays that way. The finish has a slight (and much needed) dark roast flavor with a modest-at-best bitterness. The feel of this is fairly creamy with a slight prickly carbonation... that carbonation is much needed, as it keeps this beer from drinking a syrup. The mouthfeel is just about perfect for the particular style.

I'm a bit surprised I'm even rating this so high, since the sweetness I'm getting out of this comes off as straight corn syrup. That, coupled with the seemingly budget quality ingredients, should make for a very unappealing beer... but it's actually pretty decent. If you're looking to try a beer from Brazil and want it to not taste awful, this is probably your best bet.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

350 ml can bought at a grocery store, on to the beer:

A finger´s thick of tan head rests on top this black body with a hue of leather brown at the bottom. The coffee aroma that rises out of the body is pleasant and warms up my engine. To taste, it is very sweet. Sweet as creamer, mixed with mild notes of coffee. The body is somewhat viscous in feel, but leans towards a medium feel.

This is dessert beer. I wouldn´t have another can in a given session because of the sweetness, but it´s a tasty and inexpensive treat (cost me R$1.79, or US $0.79).

And another note, in the past, truck drivers in Brazil would consume this with an egg mixed into the beer and call it their breakfast.

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Photo of emerge077
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black body, khaki foam. A little light gets through around the edges. Retention is decent, foam has a somewhat creamy texture. Nondescript sweet coffee scent.

Sweet with a chalky dry aftertaste, mildly robust flavors of coffee grounds, molasses, fig and chocolate. Mellow feel overall, pretty light bodied. Some raw grainy malt and tangy notes of dried dark fruit come through. Pleasant enough to drink... in Brasil they mix it with light lager apparently, also heard the "raw egg mixed in this beer for breakfast" story.

Obrigado Paulo e Duda!

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Photo of matuto
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle (exp. 10/2016), pouring in a mug. 5,4% ABV. Dark and opaque liquid, with brown reflexes and short retention brown foam, which still keeps a dense ring after a while. Nice flavor from the roasted malts, which is much more complex than its aroma. Sweetness is not overwhelming. Medium body, and round mouthfeel with somewhat of a spicy finish. For its price, it has no competitor in Brazilian mass beer market.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle served in my favorite chalice.

Reviewing this beer is pure "nostalgia". It was my granpa's favorite one. So, it brings me some good memories of my early life in Brazil. :) Anyway, that's the first time that I review it after having a better beer background.

A: Pours dark brown to black color (with some particles in the bottom) and medium carbonation (with a 1 to 2 fingers beige head). Low retention and some lacings left

S: Roasted malt, caramel and coffee. Some yeasts too

T: Roasted malts, toffee and some coffee background. Sweet upfront. Mild roasted bitterness. Light sweet end. A bit too sweet, in fact

M: Medium to body, bit creamy and molasses. Mild roasted bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability, compromised by its exaggerated sweetness. Besides that, an authentic Foreign Stout

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Photo of Beertracker
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CRS's Caracu (Cerveja Forte Escura) pours up with a modest effervescance that creates a smallish tannish-brown head that neatly rings the glass above the deep reddish brown-nearl black body. Head retention OK! The aroma is very sweetish e.g. Malta Goya with hints of blackstrap molasses, burnt caramel & marshmallow cream. The flavor is very one-dimensional with sweetness overwhelming the roast towards the finish. This medium-full bodied lager is overly cloying and hard to finish. Less milk sugar & more stout. Very nourishing!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of The_Shaman
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It was pretty average all around, but looks cool

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

350 mL can,

A: Pours black with a medium off-white head, good retention, good lace.

S: Dark malt, some chocolate, does have a bit of a phenol problem.

T: Lots of chocolate malt flavour, cocoa powder. Dark porter type flavours, not really roasted. Minor phenols on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly smooth, has the lager smoothness, bitter aftertaste.

D: The malt has a good flavour, tastes a bit chemically though at times which takes away from a nice base.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -11.8%

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