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

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 26.07%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecera 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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Lupin

Connecticut

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.'

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 03:03:14 | More by Lupin
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Potro is almost black in color with a short, light brown head. The smell strength is weak. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee is noted, as well as a hint of chocolate. Taste is that of a slightly watery stout. Roasted malt flavors are there, but seem thined out. Coffee flavor is most prevalent and is joined by a touch of chocolate. There isn't enough flavor here to get excited, the brewer needs to beef up the malt for this to improve.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 21:37:11 | More by Gagnonsux
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NordikWolf

New York

3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

05/05/05- Purchased at New City Beer in NYC, on a whim being it's Cinco de Mayo..

Presentation- 500ml cool sapphire blue bottle . Poured into my Duvel Tulip glass.

Appearance- Glorius dark brown coffee color. I love Dirty motor oil in my glass. It made a very small head and lacing that sank down the glass quick. Hey, this 40 weight oil is more like 3 in one.

Smell- Thewre's a bit of musty malty scent and maybe the slightest of raisin but I might be wrong.

Taste- OK, we got smoke here, not a Rauschbier but it's there. No fruits as I can tell but a bit of the 'ol Starbucks is present.

Mouthfeel- Kinda light to me. I expected a more bodacious body like an English porter but we are talkin' South of the Boarder here.

Drinkability- Well all I can say, It's Cinco de Mayo and if I have to have a Mexican beer then it will be this one. Corona I can water my plants with. Olé!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2005 02:14:52 | More by NordikWolf
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 23:55:23 | More by jdhilt
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Sigmund

Norway

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 21:20:23 | More by Sigmund
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GClarkage

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2005 19:49:02 | More by GClarkage
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Billolick

New York

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...

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 19:33:12 | More by Billolick
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 02:06:20 | More by sulldaddy
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting! At the outset, you have to give credit to this brewer for venturing to make a stout in Mexico. This bottle can't be beat, I love the long neck. The smell is new to me... maybe I should have expected it, but this Mexican beer has a hint of lime to it. Also a sour yeast nose, I don't have an idea where it comes from. The taste has the same sour notes, but the addition of a roasty finish. Pretty thin both in taste and consistency, but this makes it easy to drink. This would be a great beer if it was on tap at a local bar, but it is definitely not something I would seek out.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 22:48:12 | More by Toddv29424
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moonman00

Mexico

3.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an exceptional presentation, comes in a dark blue bottle, 500 ml in it. Can only find it in a local supermarket chain.

Poured into a beer glass. Nice dark chocolate-satin color, smells like chocolate and a little coffee.

It stands a nice body, but it could have been more robust because at the end it feels a little watery.

It is a nice beer one of Mexico's finest English Stout, I prefer it over Guinness.

Serving type: cask

01-15-2007 17:41:52 | More by moonman00
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Albinoh

Mexico

3.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark body, with a tiny head that leaves a good lace. When i saw this bottle i wasnt expecting a porter. Good smell, a little coffe like, roasted malt all over... Good decent taste, it leaves the feeling of eating something burnt, but i think thats the point of a porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 06:43:39 | More by Albinoh
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stoutman

Michigan

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?

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 03:28:09 | More by stoutman
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Manosbeeroffate

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 01:09:24 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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Imbiber

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 21:55:15 | More by Imbiber
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Pepeton

Mexico

3.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is certainly a surprise since it's made in the Mexican state of Guanajuato not known for it's breweries ...actually it's not made by a brewery, but a tequila distillery: Hacienda Corralejo.

Not a bad product at all:
Dark brown, little head and almost no lacing.
Malty odor, even a little fruity.
Chocolaty taste, not too strong for a dark beer.
Nice hoppy aftertaste.

As a Mexican beer lover, this one is aimed to be one of my summer favorites in a traditional Sunday carne asada (barbecue) to rinse down charbroiled thick red meats and sausages.

¡Salud!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 02:46:02 | More by Pepeton
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fido

Mexico

4.2/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color, almost black; very small head, Smell is of roasted malt and coffee, Taste is some chocolate and coffee, Mouthfeel is soft and moderate carbonation, Very drinkable.

This is a good beer, I really enjoyed this one.

I think the best mexican beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 21:47:08 | More by fido
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ryantupy

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is in my opinion is one of those comfort beers. While it not amazingly complex and unique. It was a very well balanced beer that had a good consistent flavor that was unique for its stlye. It pours a really nice mocha brown head and with a scents of butterscotch, roasted malts, and a hint of hoppy bitterness. It tasted great, nice and smooth. Hints of roasted malts, a slight hoppy bitterness, and a maybe a slight slight hint of mocha. Overal I really enjoyed this beer. And yes the bottle was very cool looking.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 22:08:47 | More by ryantupy
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tesguino

Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 15:54:14 | More by tesguino
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nekronos

Mexico

4.6/5  rDev +51.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

NIce product. As other said, it is a surprise and coming from a Tequila producer. It has toasted grains on int, smells like coffee, like a stout may say. The bottle, is really awesome for a Mexican beer, I think more products like this should be made. New in Mexican market and new from the country to the world.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 16:49:58 | More by nekronos
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Potro from Cervecera Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
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