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Potro - Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

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73
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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 26.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
English Stout |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Granted, this beer doesn't fit exactly in the definition of a Stout --any Stout.
But an e-mail from the brewmaster of this facility clearly states that their intention is to make a lighter version of an English Stout.
Why tone it down? Weather issues.
They want a beer that can be enjoyed in our mostly hot climate so it can appeal Mexican beer drinkers.

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 01-25-2005)
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Reviews by WMBierguy:
Photo of WMBierguy
2.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A Mexican Porter in a weird blue bottle? I had to try it. I'd never had anything but Mexican lagers... and they range from decent (Dos Equis, Tecate) to trendy and crappy (Corona and Sol). Could Mexico brew a truly great beer? Alas, my answer after trying this beer is still "no."

The beer pours out a dark black, and resembles a flat coke... no bubbles, no head. I caught a whiff of coffee right after I poured. Then I took a taste...
what a disappointment!

It's not that this beer tastes bad, it that it has almost no flavor. The first thing that hits the tounge is a sour tang, then the faintest hint of coffee, then nothing. No trace of hops. This is the weakest tasting porter I've ever had (maybe it comes from its relatively low ABV).

The one good thing about this beer is that you can really drink it like water. There's no chance of savoring any flavor, just pour it down the hatch (like a Natty lite). Of course, the $5 price tag for one of these babies maks drinking a dozen of these cost prohibitive.

Ultimately, this is a session beer disguised as a craft beer. I'd get it again if I could get a 12 pack for $7, but there's no way I'm spending $5 for a bottle of this weak beer. My search for a great Mexican beer continues...

WMBierguy, Mar 12, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this one randomly on the shelf and was intrigued by the blue bottle so I picked it up. Pours from the stylish blue bottle into my tulip glass a nice dark black with a small tan head. Not much light getting through here. Aromas are nice and roasty with a slight cocoa undertone. A touch of coffee that's slightly smoky. Maybe a hint of dark fruit as well. Pretty nice, mellow.

First sip brings a thin roasted maltiness with a mellow cocoa flavor. This is met by a touch of smoky coffee as it flows down. Slighty bitter with some dark fruit as well. Overall, everything seems to be understated here and nothing really keeps my attention. A decent brew and still probably the best Mexican brew I've yet to sample.

Mouthfeel is on the light side with lots of active carbonation. Ends up a bit too watery. I don't recall what I paid for this bottle, but I don't see it as something I'd be coming back to again soon. Worth a try, but it doesn't end up doing it for me.

orbitalr0x, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

World class, cobalt blue bottle. Pours almost black, dark tan head and wispy lacing. Nose is of powdered sugar, chocolate and coffee. Fairly thin body wise, Watery in the mid section. Nice subtle notes of more chocolate and coffee picked up. Can't pick up much if any hops/bittering late. Eh, I didn't have real high hopes for a porter from Mexico. This one tastes more like a light sweet Caribean stout. there is much better porter/stout out there...

Billolick, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of yael6666
2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It pours a very dark beer with little or no head.

It smells very fruity and sour.

The taste is very very sour, with a touch of coffee and roasted malts.

It feels very watery and hard to hold in the mouth because it's sourness...

I wont have more than 1 if i were you, but is nice for a mexican stout... Im glad that we are exploring the ales world and not just sticking to the old corona and sol adjunct lager type of beer

yael6666, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Imbiber
3.8/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle picked up at Key Food, Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. The ultraviolet-blue bottle itself is very eyecatching, the neck being longer than the rest of the container.

Very dark - black - minimal head. Not much carbonation (which I find a bonus for drinkability). Aroma has pleasant hints of coffee. Quite dry with subtle burnt and roast flavours coming through; it fades a bit on the finish. Reminds me a lot of a British Dark Mild in some ways.

A surprisingly decent beer from Mexico.

Imbiber, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev -1%

matjack85, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Lupin
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Wow. Watery does not begin to describe this beer.

Popped the cap on the fantastic, dark blue bottle--which was pretty much the only reason I bought the beer in the first place.

Smells pretty foul. Like negra modelo after getting skunked, with a little bit of stale coffee to back it up. Not friendly in the least. Vague stouty airs, but no spiciness. Pours an oily dark brown. Head was less than a quarter of an inch. Just a few bubbles.

Taste is nowhere near what you're expecting. Thin, but balanced. A little dry and chalky. Vague dark chocolate and coffee notes. No spiciness to be spoken of. Looks so much darker than it tastes.

This is kind of like a watered down stout for people on low carb diets, but that doesn't really make sense. So essentially, it's pointless. It would be worth a try if it weren't as expensive as it is. Definitely not, as the bottle claims, 'Mexico's Finest.'

Lupin, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of roddwolff
1.6/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Look: Very dark brown almost black color, shiny foamy head; Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate and some acidity, like radish; Taste: Roasted malt and toffee, unripe hops; Mouthfeel: Sour, high carbonation and medium body; Drinkability, very bad, i guess it's made with hops too green or not mature enough.

roddwolff, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of Sigmund
3.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml blue "liqueur design" bottle, bought in Edinburgh. "Lote 00148". ABV is 4.7%. Black coloured beer, reddish brown in the highlights. Large to moderate tan head. Unusual aroma with notes of balsamic vinegar, dark fermenting fruits, ensilage, burned rubber and glue, hints of chocolate and liquorice - good and not-so-good at the same time. The flavour is moderately roasty, fruity and acidic with distinct notes of smoke, hints of liquorice. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Very far from being the best porter in the world, but worth a try.

Sigmund, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of mdagnew
2.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml blue glass, long necked bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured almost completely black with some dark red edging. Tan head poured pretty small and frothy then faded quickly to wispy covering with thick edges... some very light lacing lines....

Aroma - Very odd for a stout.... sooty notes, strong vinegar sourness - a bit like a Belgian red ale, lightly roasted malts, brown sugar / treacle sweetness, some black cherry and lime fruitiness, some liquorice mixed with chocolate, salty traces...

Taste – Again very strange if this is supposed to be a stout... everything is very light and watered down.... quite a lot of citrus fruitiness along with some apple, light sourness, some toasted bread notes, quite a lot of saltiness, faint pepperiness, some blackcurrant

Feel - Pretty smooth... light bodied... fairly refreshing but way too bland and watery to make me want to go back for another...

Overall - A very strange brew and not really in a good way.. possibly the weirdest stout i've ever had... maybe worth a try once...

mdagnew, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
3.6/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of this in West Hartford. THe bottle sold me on the purchase. Great looking bottle!!
The beer is chilled and I am pouring into a pint glass.
The brew pours a deep dark cola brown color with no lite passing through.
A sparse beige head foams up .5 cm with an agressive pour. It fades rather quickly to an edge layer.
Aroma is mild with some chocolate and caramel mixing with some lite earthy hops, but the dominant force is malt.
First sip reveals a much liter than expected body, but should have expected that due to the origin of the beer. It is hot down there lite bodied beers rule.
The carbonation is average and soft.Flavor is just as nose advertises. Fairly mild up front with some brown sugar and caramel, almost too light in flavor. After the swallow some roasted malt and chocolate lingers in my mouth. THe finish is the strongest part of the flavor profile for sure. The beer is not deep or complex, but there is some flavor and it would be good on a hot sunny beach day, but for drinking in my apartment it is average.

sulldaddy, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of charlzm
1.65/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Consumed 07/29/07. Bottle labeled lot 148.

Is this supposed to be a smoked porter?

Opened cold - immediate smell of smoke. Pours very dark brown with little carbonation - I couldn't coax a head out of this one.

Aroma was all smokiness, as was flavor when cold. When warmer, sourness came out and smokiness subsided. No hop flavor at all, malt flavor not very appealing. There's that smoke again towards the end of the swallow.

Thin and watery mouthfeel. Mild astringency with lingering aftertaste of... smoke? Corn? Not pleasant, anyway.

Not recommended.

charlzm, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of crossovert
1.15/5  rDev -62%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Elegant packaging to this one, that is setting it up for fail. It comes in a mash tun shaped 500ml cobalt blue bottle with a tag and plastic over the cap.

It pours a coca-cola colored brown with a fizzy but decent-lasting tan/off-white head. It leaves behind no lacing.

The smell is off-putting and hard to wrap your mind around. It is confusing, I have never smelled these scents before in this style. It sort of smells like sulphuric farts mixed with wood varnish with a hint of tangy berry vomit surprise. I seriously have low hopes for this one after that rancid smell. Why Miguiel would you quit drysacking your hairy, sweaty dirt-grimed nuts in my beer!

Perhaps they don't set the highest quality control standard. It has a peaty cocoa powder undertone but a tangy lactic foreground. It has to be infested with unidentifiable matter, but even so the base of it is weak.

Not worth 6 freakin dollars, screw you cool looking bottle!

crossovert, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-finger light tan head that goes quickly leaving traces of lace. Totally black color, light carbonation and light bodied. Nose is slightly malty. Starts sweet, roasted coffee and chocolate finish. One of the better Mexican beers I have had. $5.49 for 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of gerardoluna
2.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Strange but cool bottle 500ml,

[Eyes] Looks brown black color with cream small head, no retention and little carbonation.

[Nouse] Light and in deeep Fruitycitric aroma with notes of coffee and cereal toast aroma.

[Mouth] Medium Body a little sweetness gentile afther taste,

Tasted 16/10/08

gerardoluna, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of alexw
2.2/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Smells like a Corona imitation -- but darker. Also has slight smell of raisins.

Poured a deep brown color into a tulip glass. The minuscule head of foam dissipated quickly in the glass, but there was some slight lacing across the sides.

The taste is fizzy from the start -- like champagne, or ginger ale or something. Mouthfeel was full and heavy, which went against that fizzy taste as well.

Not impressed with this beer overall; maybe it was the fact that it was brought back all the way from Mexico in a cargo hold before I got to drink it, but it just doesn't seem very well thought out. At least it's in a cool blue bottle!

alexw, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Beer comes in the coolest bottle out there in beerland. Pours pitch black, no can see thru the light, head disappears quickly. Smells a bit like cocoa. Taste is a really nice cocoa flavor and some burnt malt (but in a good way) Mouthfeel is a bit of a let down, real thin and watery. Overall it is pretty good, one of two beers from Mexico that is pretty tasty (Negra Modelo is the other) Tastes more like a black lager rather than a porter, but it's still pretty good. Worth seeking out.

Manosbeeroffate, May 08, 2006
Photo of CH3CH2OH
1.95/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice looking cobalt bottle with a tag around the neck. Sour, off aroma as it pours a black with decent clarity and very little head. Taste is extremely one dimensional with a bit of off malt flavor and some of the sourness promised by the smell. Mouthfeel is thin; drinkability is pour. This beer is all hat, no cattle.

CH3CH2OH, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of tesguino
4.6/5  rDev +51.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely I am fascinated and contented for this beer, a real mexican porter in Mexico made by mexican in the birthplace of our independence, viva mexico, its flavor nothing requests to English porter, its aroma nothing request to the Irish, his bottle had a touch of vintage look in blue cobalt, only one thing, his label it leaves much to be desired, his caramel and chocolat malt gives a wonderful flavor.

tesguino, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of gosurfobx
2.45/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Saw the cool looking bottle at the store and grabbed one. Apparently its a mexican brewed porter, although the bottle makes no mention of the beer style. Pours a dark brown with a brown head that disappears after a minute or two. Smell has hints of malt and some chemical I can't ID. The taste is OK. Average, nothing special. Has hints of chocolate malt. All in all this beer is drinkable but average. I've had worse and a lot that are better.

gosurfobx, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
3.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/25/05- Purchased while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico.

Presentation- 500ml amazingly beautiful sapphire blue bottle in an antique shape. The code "lote 00113" on the back label. The front label pictures a horse on the front. I think "Potro" in spanish means colt. Poured into my 20oz Raeberger glass.

Appearance- Deep brown coffee grounds color. Very small head and zero lacing.

Smell- A sweet malty scent with maybe a slight roasted smell as well.

Taste- Begins with a nice sweet chocolaty and coffee taste and through the bottle you begin to pick up a decent amount of smokey tastes.

Mouthfeel- Light to moderate carbonation. A bit chewy.

Drinkability- The first bock I have had from Mexico. Not bad considering just about every beer I have had from there has been a disappointment except for maybe Negro Modello.

GClarkage, Jan 25, 2005
Photo of macrosmatic
3/5  rDev -1%

macrosmatic, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of jaimenavarrog
3/5  rDev -1%

jaimenavarrog, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of stoutman
3.73/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this for the equivalent of $2.30 in a Mexican gas station near the town of Queretaro by Mexico City. Great 500 ml cobalt blue bottle. Beer color is Dark coffee brown. Body on the heavy side, steady carbonation, but a weird smell. Do they use cactus or tequila in this brew? Toasted grain aroma. Definite licorice notes, medium sweetness, nuts, milkiness. Malty, roasted nutty aroma. Metallic and an odd flavor. This porter has something unusual in it, I just can not place it. Above average as far as mexican beers go, and not too bad, but you need to acquire a taste for this one. Maybe this is a dark lager in disguise?

stoutman, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of brentk56
2.93/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours like a root beer, with a lot of fizziness that blows off quickly, leaving literally no head after about five seconds

Smell: Rather vegetal odor (DMS, I suppose) predominates over a touch of roasted malt

Taste: Starts out with a chocolate flavor that is joined by a bizarre fruitiness; really tastes more like an unsweet soft drink rather than a beer; the finish is not bad, as it builds on the chocolate flavor in a rather nice way

Mouthfeel: Thin and fizzy

Drinkability: Despite its numerous flaws, this beer is a decent quaffer; very easy to drink with some interesting flavors; the marketing promo that is attached to the bottle describes this as an "old world style Mexican cerveza" and a "dark ale" - perhaps we are not evaluating this in the proper category as it is a poor stout or porter but would be a decent dark lager

brentk56, Jul 25, 2006
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Potro from Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
73 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.