Caracu | Cervejarias Reunidas Skol-Caracu

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cervejarias Reunidas Skol-Caracu
Brazil
skol.com.br

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
34
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
16.38%
 
 
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of denisconrado
2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

Accompanying a cat chokes; had never read the "stout" in the can, but he can not hide the roasted corn metallic. A very cold and in a place with no option, tin is better than a lager, or even a malzbier corn.

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Photo of Etrusco
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of srbcurti
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of FLima
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

One feels a bit melancholic when drinking this. Long time no see. Black color with a caramel head that disappeared in a blink of an eye.
Sweet aroma of caramel and toasted malts.
Taste follows nose, sweet caramel and malty taste with wood and toasted notes. Hints of earthy hops. Dry aftertaste, a bit astringent, with burnt wood notes.
Medium to full body with low carbonation.
A bit too sweet for my taste, but not as unpleasant as local malzbiers. You can better feel the toasted malts and hops, not just the caramel. Nourishing breakfast. Still… It could be more alcoholic and cut down on the sweetness.

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Photo of brother_kenneth
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of factoide
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of cervezango
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
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 Beertracker
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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 -8.6%
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 eduardolinhalis
3.2/5  rDev -8%
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 matuto
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
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 emerge077
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
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 DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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 SerialTicker
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
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 cambabeer
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
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 BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Paracatu
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of intovert2438
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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 safaricook
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
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 soper2000
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Caracu from Cervejarias Reunidas Skol-Caracu
3.48 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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