Red Sea Of Cacao
Big Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco Taqueria

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Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #30
Ranked #10,279
4.09 | pDev: 7.82%
Big Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco Taqueria
Hawaii, United States
Very Good
Red Sea Of CacaoRed Sea Of Cacao
Notes: Collaboration with Caldera Brewing Company

Brewed with barley, hops, molasses, chocolate, pink sea salt and pink peppercorns.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 36 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Amber caramel color.

This is a very unique brew. Cocoa powder for days. But it still has the red ipa flavors. Caramel, toffee, citrus. It’s like a dessert, but not. Very interesting. Not sure what to think of this one. Some sweetness, some maltiness, some hops.

Jul 02, 2021
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redresonatedragon from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious brew, complex flavors hitting so many different notes of sweet, salty, savory, bitter, and a dry cocoa finish. Right in the middle between a slow supper and a refreshing gulper, surprisingly drinkable after a long, hot day at the beach, I’m definitely going to revisit this one while visiting this majestic island

Apr 17, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at BIB. Darker amber body, almost dark brown, one half finger white head, fair retention and not much lacing. Smell is impressively chocolate forward, with a good bit of caramel, light earth and even a little bit of resin. The sea salt isn't readily apparent, perhaps just as the light earth that I smell. However, the palate is really nice- evokes a sea-salt chocolate bar; the sea salt is more readily apparent giving off a slight salty twang, on top of caramel and cocoa. Light milk chocolate as well, dab of earth. Works really well here, like a sea salt chocolate bar. Medium in body, good carbonation, reasonably balanced, chocolate on the finish.

Jan 28, 2019
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No idea which batch or how fresh this bottle was, $12.99 from Living Foods at the Kukuiula shops down in Poipu. Bougie all the way around. Dark red-brown. My wife said it was like old banana bread but I disagreed. This was caramel malt, salt, slight cacao, exactly what the label said. I found it tasty but it wasn't $13 a bomber tasty. If you're on vacation buy one but it is a terrible value for the quality.

Sep 05, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, poured into glass

dark red hue with garnet highlights, nice head. very nice chocolate aroma. taste is a nice blend of caramel malts, chocolate, and you can taste the salt in there. thicker bodied, good mouthfeel. overall, well executed.

May 08, 2016
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mschantz from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled pour from a 22 oz bottle brought home from HI. A beautiful bright mahogany color with good clarity. Just a slight head that disappears after a few sips. Nose presents caramel and sweet roast malt. The taste is very much caramel malt driven with milk chocolate notes mid pallet. As it warms the pepper becomes more apparent as provides an interesting compliment to the overall sweetness of the beer. Finishes quite clean. Interesting beer but I don't love it.

Jan 17, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

8.7% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, molasses, caramel, salt, and pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, molasses, chocolate, peppercorn, earth, and slight salt flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that sounds good on paper, but the mix of ingredients is a bit jarring in the finished product.

Serving type: bottle.

Jan 08, 2016
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rawfish from California

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

So much bittersweet chocolate and salinity. A true example of a salted chocolate bar in beer form. A touch hot but the amazing dryness from the salt comes through moreso than any gose.

Dec 31, 2015
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had chocolate stouts before, but this is the first chocolate ale I've had and surprisingly has the strongest chocolate taste I've ever had. Nice dark amber color, definite smell of chocolate, strong chocolate taste without letting you forget you're drinking a beer, has a bit of an alcohol aftertaste. Very unique tasting beer worth having at least once.

Aug 23, 2015
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JISurfer from South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this stuff is amazing! Too often, beers with chocolate have that fake flavor, this doesn't. The chocolate, peppercorns, and sea salt work so well together. It's a smooth chocolate flavor, with a slight peppery/salty finish. Kind of smells like the inside of an ice cream shop too. Definitely getting more of this. I'd love to have this barrel aged.

Feb 06, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at the brewpub into a sampler glass.

Real nice looking amber. Copper red with some real nice chestnut and light brown edges and hues. Thin light tan puck and collar.

What a unique aroma on this beer. As advertised, chocolate cocoa powder matching with a dry salinity. Faint sweet heat matching with a hint of caramel and pepper. Smells incredible I could nose this all day.

Palate comes with a few surprises. Great salty finish and lots of sticky taffy like malt body. Chocokate milk and it tastes like a Charleston Chew candy treat. Unfortunately the mouthfeel is shockingly weak particular for a high gravity imperial. Not much palate coating and quite wet.

Its too bad about the mouthfeel, and really sticks out among the poured at lubs other offerings which are very creamy. Still its a wonderful memorable beer.

Apr 13, 2014
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