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Cucapá La Migra Imperial Stout - Cucapá Brewing Company

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Cucapá La Migra Imperial StoutCucapá La Migra Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
82
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: scottoale on 01-17-2008)
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Reviews by mrfrancis:
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

mrfrancis, Feb 02, 2014
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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep murky chocolate brown with a thinner deeper tannish colored head atop.Alot of molasses and vanilla in the aromas with undertones of dark roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate,the molasses cookie-like aromas really stood out.Sweetish with vanilla and molasses again being the main component on the palate,there is some dark roast underneath the molasses and vanilla but it doesnt stand up to the spiced sweet flavors.Hmm this isnt bad but it seems to be a bit overdone in the vanilla/molasses category,take away some of the sweetness and you have a top notch IRS.

oberon, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of ExtraStout
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this at Charleston Beer Exchange.

Pours black with a minimum tan head. The best part of the appearance is the lingering tan ring-around-the-glass head with splotches in the middle. These features never go away.

After some warming, coffee and chocolate malt notes appear. The resulting smell is very clean but not entirely complex.

A bit of coffee mixed with dark chocolate provide the main flavors for this drink. A good deal of acid is apparent in the coffee taste providing a good deal of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium not offering much excitement.

A solid imperial stout that appears on the low ABV side of most imperials. I wouldn't go out of my way for this, but it is worth a try to say you've had a craft brew from Mexico.

ExtraStout, May 24, 2011
Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

tbryan5, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of magictrokini
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ O'Brien's. Pours dark brown with a tan ring of bubbles. Baker's chocolate, cocoa, cream, and sour yeast in the nose. Lots of chocolate and malt up front. Now that I see its from Mexico, it really has that Mexican bitter chocolate taste, like chicory. It eases into a slightly bitter finish. Not a bad beer.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of MattyG85
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

MattyG85, May 06, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

biboergosum, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Sammy, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Bunuelian
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Bunuelian, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Pretty much black, layer of off white head.

Roast malt, dark chocolate some coffee, the usual suspects.

Quite a bit of roast here. A little sour at first, but turns more pleasant. Malt, coffee, dark chocolate. Finishes with a dry roast and some cocoa.

Fairly carbonated, solid medium body. Maybe a bit warming for "just" 8.5% Not bad, but for the price, not sure.

Bung, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a quarter inch tan head that went away quickly. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is mostly sweet, the brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate and vanilla. The taste isn't as sweet compared to the aroma, however the sweet flavors do show up a little more as the beer warms up (I did let the bottle sit out after taking it out of the fridge for about 30 minutes before opening it). It tastes like bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some sugar and grassy hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it has good carbonation. I think it's a decent brew and worth trying, but nothing about this brew really stood out to me especially with the number of good imperial stouts out there.

bluejacket74, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of davidtarantino
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

davidtarantino, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of peabody
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out black with lots of tan suds. Lacing here.
Smell is kinda fishy. Burnt chocolate malts and hops.
Taste is awful. Something in there doesn't taste right. Fishy again.
Mouthfeel is only OK but the taste ruins this experience.
Overall an average 3 is all that I could muster.
This beer needs something else or something taken away.

peabody, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at O'Brien's a couple of times this past week. Poured in a pint glass almost jet black with a small light brown head.

Smells rich and roasty of dark malt, slightly burnt with notes of dark bitter cocoa and coffee.

The flavor is roasted malt, fairly bitter like a dry Irish Stout with a bit more kick. It's got a little strange funky flavor to it that I noticed in their Barleywine, but can't find the proper words to describe it...it's not bad, just unusual.

Good bit of body to this one, mild carbonation and a nice dry finish. I definitely recommend this to those who have not been impressed with brews produced South of the border...good stuff.

scottoale, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

IronDjinn, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of ne0m00re
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review of a bomber.
A: Opaque black with a solid dark cream head and lacing.
S: Sweet caramel and roasted nuts (walnuts), musty greens (like cooked spinach) in the hops, whiskey or woody character, and cinnamon. It's interesting.
T: Imagine the body of a Belgian Strong Dark with candi sugar, and then add in the roast of an American Stout, and then add in the malt backbone of a Bock. This one is interesting. Cinnamon and brown sugar linger throughout, apple juice and wood, slight tingle on the end from the alcohol. It's really interesting for an Imperial Stout.
M: Thinner with a slick mouthfeel. Slow building and mild carbonation.
O: Pretty good.

ne0m00re, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3/5  rDev -17.1%

liamt07, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. The bottle bears the brewery's motto, "The Best Rated Mexican Craft Beer". Not sure if that is intended to reassure or not. The label further informs that is is brewed, in part, with "piloncillo (Mexican candy)". I'm trying to picture how I'd feel about an American brewer that brewed a beer made with "American candy"...

Anyways, pours an impenetrable black, with a thin tan head that reduces to a smoky sheen, with a few bubbles ringing the glass.

Smells oaty and malty, with vanilla, hints of cocoa, and, dark fruit. The dark fruit smell combines with a smoky, tangy, almost acrid aroma that balanbces out the sweeter oat and malt smell.

The tang carries through to the taste, as well. Plenty of heavy malt, with dark, bitter coffee, hints of vanilla, chalky dark chocolate, and a tang that tastes a bit like cherries or currants. Despite the label's claim that there are "three hops" in here, the only bitterness I get is a dark, roasted coffee bitterness.

Thick, heavy mouthfeel, like an oatmeal or cream stout, with a bit of chalkiness to give it a dry finish.

A decent, if slightly different take on the imperial stout. Not sure what piloncillo is made out of, but whatever it is gives this a shot of dark fruit that works well with the roasted and oaty qualities of the stout. Just like a Mexican molé sauce has super dark, bitter chocolate, this stour similarly is dark, bitter and dry. Perhaps this is Mexico's best; if so, they could do a lot worse.

TheHoppiest, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

ygtbsm94, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of TCgoalie
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle of this in my most frequented beer store. It was new, so I had to try it. When else are you going to try a Mexican craft brew?

Pours black with a minimum tan head. The best part of the appearance is the lingering tan ring-around-the-glass head with splotches in the middle. These features never go away.

After some warming, coffee and chocolate malt notes appear. The resulting smell is very clean but not entirely complex.

A bit of coffee mixed with dark chocolate provide the main flavors for this drink. A good deal of acid is apparent in the coffee taste providing a good deal of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium not offering much excitement.

A solid imperial stout that appears on the low ABV side of most imperials. I wouldn't go out of my way for this, but it is worth a try to say you've had a craft brew from Mexico.

TCgoalie, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Boston_Steve
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Boston_Steve, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of jazztoloc
4/5  rDev +10.5%

jazztoloc, May 04, 2013
Photo of luisfrancisco
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice RIS. I had it on a 750ml. bottle and it is called La Migra, which is how we call the border patrol troopers.
It pours a dark brown and very thick liquid. Nice brown tan one inch head on an easy pour.
At 8.5% ABV the alcohol presence is felt a bit warm, but is surprisingly drinkable.
Nice cocoa and coffee flavors, as expected. The finish is bitter and dry.
Some good complexity, since it also has some sweet caramel notes, and very well balanced overall. A heavy dry RIS. The bottle claims some use of a mexican sweet candy called piloncillo. Although I couldn't exactly taste it, it does have some sweetness to it. All in all more of a bitter beer.
I would have to say this is easily one of the best brews south of the border I've tasted. And as a RIS it compares well the the American examples. Try it.

luisfrancisco, May 25, 2010
Photo of Johnhaley1989
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Johnhaley1989, Oct 05, 2012
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Cucapá La Migra Imperial Stout from Cucapá Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.