Cucapá La Migra Imperial Stout - Cucapá Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev +5%
22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a small dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, dark bread, light coffee, raisin, prune, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/roasted malt notes with light fruitiness; and solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, dark bread, raisin, prune, light coffee, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, toffee, molasses, dark bread, light coffee, dark fruit, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with light fruitiness; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good and unique imperial stout. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.
08-07-2013 04:20:58 | More by superspak
4.3/5 rDev +18.8%
Appearance: Brown pint bottle with a white and green label in what I think of as the Cucapá style. Beer poured a very dark black/brown with a thick tan head.
Smell: Dark chocolate malt, a hint of molasses and spice, and just barely a bit of hops. Smells damn fine!
First Drink: Earthy stout flavors - chocolate, caramel, a bit woody, and again just a bit of hops bite.
Mouthfeel: Very thick mouthfeel, a little tacky, but goes down smooth with just a bit of carbonation that keeps the beer flavor going.
Last Drink: More of the bitter hops coming through now, and the high ABV is hidden fairly well.
Drinkability: A beer with a lot of flavor that seems tailor made for slow drinking.
Notes: First beer I have had from this brewery and it seems extremely well crafted! Looking forward to trying more brews from Cucapá. Not overly complex but it hits all the right points on time.
01-25-2013 00:49:08 | More by Randroid
2.88/5 rDev -20.4%
1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I mean, a Mexican Imperial Stout? Call me prejudice.
Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as n carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of pretty nice cream, fair thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Light chocolate, some roast, dark malts, stale milky cream notes, and extremely light indistinct hopping. A moderate strength aroma.
T: Underlying cream, dark malts, light chocolate, a strange note I can't quite place, and hints of poorly handled roast. Rather simple for the style, and certainly a bit strange from that weird note I can't identify. I don't find it horribly enjoyable, but it's better than expected. Decently balanced. Built pretty standardly for the style. Not impressive, unique or special. Not subtle or complex.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with nice cream. Completely wrong for the style, which demands coarseness and dryness. Thickness and carbonation are adequate.
Dr: Drinkable and alright for the style, but not without its flaws. I wouldn't get this again - maybe on draught. A decent offering considering it's a Mexican brewery - as biased as that sounds. Better than expected, to its credit. Hides its ABV pretty well.
06-11-2012 04:27:30 | More by kojevergas
4.38/5 rDev +21%
Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.
Appearance: Pours a dark and oily black with a little hint of brownish red. Moderate bubbles and a decent two fingers of tan head that slowly fade to a thin layer. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.
Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with some good hints of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and toffee. Also some hints of molasses, anise, and vanilla. Hops are pretty faint. Chocolate and coffee is pretty rich in the aroma. Promising smell.
Taste: A pretty rich tasting stout. Nicely sweet dark roasted malts with good notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and molasses. Light hints of anise and oats. Light presence of earthy hops adds some balance towards the finish. A very good tasting stout.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and rich feel. Somewhat syrupy. Very smooth for a imperial stout.
Overall: Another impressive beer from this brewery. Nicely rich and robust take on a imperial stout. The chocolate and coffee flavors are very solid.
05-06-2012 05:57:44 | More by MattyG85
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
650ml bottle. Weird that the regular version has more ABV than the Winter version. And what's with the Ministry of Love-esque tilted portrait on the labels of this brewery?
This beer pours a solid oily black, thoroughly so, until late-afternoon sun backlighting exposes some lean cola edges. The foamy, bubbly, somewhat creamy mocha head stops at a skinny single finger's depth, before quickly return to whence it came, leaving a few burps of super-surface lace blobs around the meniscus of the glass.
It smells of sweet, candied chocolate, almost Tootsie Roll in nature, caramelized brown sugar, rising pastry, doughy malt, and some plain earthy hop dryness. The taste is much more roasted than the nose let on, though the malt still holds onto its caramel and sweet chocolate base, with some additional spicy, woody, root notes, lingering dark sugar, and somewhat astringent leafy, grassy hops. The biggish booze does well to remain hidden.
The bubbles are pretty restrained, but hardly absent, the body a timid medium weight, a tad creamy, and generally smooth. It finishes somehow dry, amongst the still moderately active choco-caramel malt; perhaps both the understated hops and alcohol conspire in the shadows.
While a decent-tasting affair, this offering's stout credentials need to be questioned - I'm getting much more of a PNW black ale vibe here. Lots of inherent commonalities between the styles, I get it, but I just sense a strong trend in that direction with this one.
04-28-2012 23:56:57 | More by biboergosum
3.65/5 rDev +0.8%
Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a dense opaque pitch black, capped by a thick loose creamy beige head.
Roasty malt and espresso, some licorice on the nose. Dry character. Not overly complex yet hits the key notes well.
Very dry flavour. Dry woody, earthy, slightly smoky malt up front--almost astringent. Some warming alcohol fuels a dry heat in the middle. Quick spike of licorice and molasses nearing the finish, while the finish itself has an ash-like smoky dryness.
Medium-bodied mouthfeel, slippery slick texture, moderate carbonation.
Impressive Imperial Stout from Mexico, although to be honest it's more impressive that Mexico is capable of producing beers of this calibre compared to the all-too-well-known varieties of yellow fizzy lagers they pump out into the rest of the world. As far as the beer itself it's more reminiscent of a strong dry Porter than the typical complexities of Imperial Stouts, although it holds its own nonetheless. On a personal note it's somewhat too dry and astringent for me, however there's no real flaws in it.
04-01-2012 06:57:31 | More by IronDjinn
Cucapá La Migra Imperial Stout from Cucapá Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.