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Pay The Ferryman - Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 20.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: socon67 on 07-27-2013

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.31/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle. When one beer is represented twice on this site, which seems to be a more and more common experience of late, I usually opt for the one that was added first, as this one was, a full YEAR before the other one - just sayin'.

This beer pours a solid, teetering black hole, until some pervasive basal amber highlights make themselves known, with one skinny finger of tightly foamy, and somewhat caked beige head, which leaves a few minor instances of sea plume lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of musty, lightly roasted bready caramel malt, chalky cocoa powder, earthy yeast, flat cola, a slight lactic sourness, and plain weedy and grassy hops. The taste is slightly off milk-tinged dark chocolate, crackery caramel malt, gritty yeast, ethereal cold coffee, and even more faint, and thus utterly benign, hops.

The carbonation is pretty low-key, but at least present at support duty roll-call, the body a so-so medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, not much here to report otherwise (which is a good thing, I suppose). It finishes off-dry, the pithy chocolate, understated caramel, and fading milkiness the order of the day.

Not a bad American Porter, maybe a tad watered-down, but hardly overly so, as most of the expected elements are at the very least touched upon, except maybe the hops. So, okay, they named this one well - a 'porter', as represented by the ferryman of River Styx infamy, as opposed to the original English sense. Nice.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of superspak
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 5/8/2014. Pours clear nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, light coffee, floral, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of light milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, light coffee, floral, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very watered down but pleasant flavor balance; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and watery mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a mediocre porter. Not offensive in taste, but pleasant and smooth to drink otherwise.

Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing nearly opaque with ruby highlights at the edge; thin brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, light coffee. Flavor is very mild toasted malt with hints of char, light coffee and and chocolate, fades away quickly to a nearly flavorless finish with hints of toasted malt and hops. Light bodied. This one got my hopes up, the aroma was pretty good and the initial taste is muted, but has nice char notes to the roasted malt and the light chocolate and coffee that adds character to a porter. But the flavor really fades away quickly, pretty disappointing. Maybe a gateway porter for someone who does not want toasted malt aftertaste. Resembles the kind of faux porter Coors would make if they bought out a Mexican brewery.

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is OK, and there's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted and burnt/charred malt, bready malt and some chalkiness. The taste is better than the aroma, it's also similar to the aroma but there's the addition of some smoked malt, chocolate and a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think it's an OK brew, but I'm glad I just bought a single of this instead of a 4 or 6 pack (whatever this comes in). Just an average porter for the most part. $1.73 a single.

Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Love the bottle - I’ll save it for a Halloween decoration next year. Smoky aroma has notes of roast malt and burnt wood. It pours a deep sable with a thick, though not persistent, tan head. Flavor is rather thin, smoky and malty with a snip of molasses but that’s all. Texture is on the thin side and barely fizzy. OK, not great, but palatable. Get your muerte on.

Photo of Brenden
3.31/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This porter, dark brown in color without being too thin but letting some light in, grows a tan head up to about half a finger. It shows moderate retention with lacing that manages slightly better than average.
It's got the malt backbone, strong enough for a porter but not breaking any ground, with a safe, run-of-the-mill roast. There's a bit more to it, though, as toast gives way to earth and nut, a little leaf showing a touch of hops and chocolate underlying. There's a bit of heaviness in the char, but not until later.
The flavor brings the char out more, and while it shows a good complexity it has a little too much of an acrid note that can't be entirely eased by the chocolaty undertone.
The feel isn't overtaken by sweetness, instead actually leaning a little chalky. Surprisingly, the acridity doesn't make too much of a mark in it. It's a little too crisp, in my mind, for a porter, and use just slightly more to its medium body.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.74/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown colour, light beige head that's just a rim. Decent but thin lace. Bit thin, yeah generally a bit lacking.

Smells chocolate grainy. Decent cocoa character, a bit of cereal gives a taste of cocoa pops. Not bad, but could use more oomph.

Taste is a bit sour upfront, just thin. Some chocolate character late-mid, but mostly just weakly bitter roast. Quite watery, tastes thin and largely disappointing.

Bit of fizz. Mostly thin, not a lot of texture.

Yeah, has mild portery character. But mostly watery and disappointing.

Photo of barczar
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%

Smoky, tar, lots of roasty malt character. Coffee and a lack of chocolate dominate. Fairly thin, and a touch metallic.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pay the Ferryman Porter has a medium, beige, soapy head, a very dark brown (almost black) appearance, and lots of good lacing left behind. The aroma is of of sour, slightly burnt, brown bread crust, bread dough, malt, and maybe some chocolate syrup. Flavor is of all that with just the slightest bitterness in the background. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Pay the Ferryman Porter finishes wet, mellow, and good. It's worth trying.

RJT

Photo of buschbeer
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is black, almost stout-like, in appearance. Two inches of tan head retreat almost immediately after the pour.

S - I smell some cocoa and dark chocolate, but the smell is off somehow. I can't place it, but there is just something off about the smell.

T - It tastes kind of lightstruck. Maybe that is the off smell. I get some dark chocolate in the finish. It got some off things going on. Not pleasant, but it could certainly be worse.

M - Medium

O - Even with the off taste and smell, it is still one of the best Mexican beers that I have had. It is way better than the typical skunked lager.

Photo of Jame515
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of shigg85
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of animal69
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of HalfFull
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330 ml. capped bottle and poured into a shaker pint. Clear deep brown pour with crimson highlights and a thick and rocky inch of tan foam. Decent retention and light lace.

Aroma of light roast with a bit of chocolate and coffee. Touch of sweet fruit in the background. Aroma becomes a bit simpler with exposure and warming, quite opposite of what might be expected.

Taste is a bit less developed and a bit muted than the smell. Thin and somewhat ashen at times. This flavor segues to a rather light feel overall for the style. Opposite of the aroma, the taste improves slightly with exposure but remains a bit pedestrian.

Overall a fairly well executed yet 'light and simple' take on the stye.

Photo of woemad
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes
11.2oz bottle purchased at the Total Wine on Spokane’s north side for $1.49. According to the label, this is best before “10/05/14.” Don’t know if that’s meant to be October 5th or May 10th, but either way it hasn’t expired.

Poured a dark brown color, taking on a shade like polished mahogany when held up to light. Big, creamy tan head.

At first, all I could smell was a brown sugary sweetness. Once it warmed up a little, there was a coffee-like bitter aroma, along with a less welcome scent of minerals.

This tasted more like a dry example of a brown ale than a porter. It started off sweet, then became a little more astringent, and ended on a dry, mineralish note.

Dry, yet slightly watery mouthfeel.

Meh. Not horrible, but nothing I’d be interested in having again.

Photo of bcsbeer
2/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of socon67
2.62/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark brown pour with some soapy lacing. There is some carbonation.

S - Smells of dark malts. Too sugary in the smell. Almost smell like a shwartzbier.

T - Really lame. Too much sugar and nothing from the malts in the taste.

M -Feel slightly watery. Light feel but maybe not balanced.

O - This is Tecate trying to do craft. Stay away.

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Pay The Ferryman from Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
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