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Minerva Stout - Cervecería Minerva

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BA SCORE
86
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería Minerva visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: moonman00 on 05-14-2008)
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Photo of Barrilitos
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This "Imperial Stout", apparently the term they use for Russian style, certainly has a nice full body and dark color, the smell of chocolate and coffee is inviting as well.

The flavor is the most remarkable aspect, bitter, the chocolate and coffee on it certainly shows on a pleasing manner along with the roasted malt.

The sensation is good, the aftertaste is actually sweet, and it's good to drink at an ample range of temperatures for any time of the year.

Of all the Minerva styles this one's got to be my favorite and it's also one of the best stouts can procure among Mexican beers.

Barrilitos, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of Pexkool
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug from a bottle.

A: Pours a nice smooth head, about an inch of it, caramel-brown, dissipates almost immediately leaving no lace at all. The color is a really deep brown, almost pitch black.

S: Intense toasted coffee, and other toasted malts. A little bit of alcohol, but it's lost due to the roasted smell of coffee and slightly caramel aromas.

T: The taste of toasted malts and coffee is the first thing you notice, followed by semi-sweet chocolate and faint notes of caramel or brown sugar. The after-taste is semi-sweet chocolate and it lasts for the next few minutes.

M: The carbonation is very low, so the only thing in your tongue is the taste of malts, chocolate and coffee. A little dry at the end, but smooth at the beginning. Leaves a bitter mouth-feel at the back of you tongue.

Overall a really good beer, this was my second time tasting it, but first time reviewing, and I'm glad I did it this time, because the first time it had a little bit of infection that made me not want to have it again. But I'm glad I did taste it again! This beer made for a fantastic stout, with a mouth-full of chocolate and coffee. I would definitely recommend it and have it again.

Pexkool, May 09, 2011
Photo of abecuellar
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

abecuellar, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of AdrianMendez
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

AdrianMendez, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of tesguino
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A beer from minerva, the symbol of its city(guadalajara).

Chocolate, and coffe roasted malts;

Herbal, and phenolic smell.

Magic spirit from a eclectic microbrewery.

truly inspired it image. Good for the 12:00 hours, with english food. bad for american and german cuisine.

Please serve it in a classic pint glass.

$1.10 Dlls per bottle.

99% recommended.

tesguino, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of hopsolutely
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent stout. And not just because it can be found (with difficulty) in macro-lager-centric Mexico!

Full roasted malts and coffee on the nose and across the palate. Beautiful dark colour with a coffee coloured head and moderate lacing. Complex aroma followed by a rich and well balanced taste with a sweet chocolatey finish.

Highly recommend.

hopsolutely, May 22, 2011
Photo of hubster712
4.25/5  rDev +11%

hubster712, May 23, 2012
Photo of Le_HopHead
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Le_HopHead, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of luispesquivel
4.25/5  rDev +11%

luispesquivel, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of roddwolff
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is the best of the minervas beers.

The appearance is ok, with a coffee opaque color, seems like chocolate melted;

There are lot of cocoa in the smell;

The taste is rich, a bitter flavor with a mixture of chocolate and coffee;

The mouthfeel is tasty;

In the drinkability, i prefer to enjoy the stouts without food.

roddwolff, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of yael6666
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark beer with a reddish color when light comes through it. With a small head that lasts long and a lace that stays in the glass.

It smells like roasted chocolate malts with some coffee, but the chocolate stays in your nose.

Bitter chocolate and strong coffee with some notes of toffee and maybe a touch of claw.

Its mouthfeel is pretty good, with some crisp (a little bit too much) and bitter sweet aftertaste that makes this beer a lot better than its other mexican equals.

This is a very good beer for cold days, it has a considerable high ABV (6 %) and a very pleasant bitter aftertaste that keeps you drinking

yael6666, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of karait95
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08102010
A: Intense dark brown color almost black, when against light it cannot pass

S: Toasted malt, almost coffee can be sensed some caramel or brown sugar is at the back.

T: Really intense toasted feeling, certainly sweet at the beginning and bitter at the end, it is really a balanced combination that lets the bittersweet sensation.

M: Robust body that can be feel as creamy in the mouth, good starting and good ending, good balance for a stout but nos so bitter or heavy, alcohol good enough.

22042012
A: Looking is pretty good a dark brown color is almost confused with black, head is big with medium retentions and slow dissipation formed by brown small bubbles carbonation should be rich because it forms a thick permanent layer on top but as is too dark is not visible.

S: Nice aroma coffee notes along with the toasted barley malts, this beer is as expected.

T: Also tasting is good, but there is a little problem at the end with a faint flavor of something like soap, it starts with an intense toasted malt flavor, it has also some hops.

M: The sensations is balanced at some point the sweetness is mixed with the bitterness and it is balanced, the end is long but not as intense as could, some dry sensation is kept on the mouth.

karait95, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of jpadif
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%

jpadif, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Pepeton
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label on this one says Stout Imperial, which is deceiving for a beer aficionado since the Imperial Stout do exists.

So I e-mailed the brewery guys to know a little more, and they admitted the word was put there for merchandising reasons.

Anyway, according to the brewers, this beer is an Irish Dry Stout.

Pours a dark mahogany, with reddish hues when put against a light. Tan and compact head that lives long. Nice tight lacing that goes down all the glass.

Smell is all malts, roasted and chocolate malts. No hops to the nose.

Taste is, again, all malts. Mocca coffee, sour chocolate, nice mild smoky-roasted flavor hits your taste buds and palate.

Mouthfeel is round, buttery, with a somehow "watery" aftertaste. Good actually for my hot Mexican weather.

Drinkability is rather high, since this is a good rendition of an Irish Dry Stout. Of course you can find better ones, but they are way too thick for my climate.

¡Salud!

Pepeton, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. All Spanish on the label marketing descriptions - all I can decipher is some reference to a 'new beer revolution'...

This beer pours a cola-tinged black, with significant reddish highlights, and three fingers of thin puffy, specked tan head, which sinks away slowly and evenly, rendering a swath of layered cumulonimbus lace around the glass.

It smells of dry, roasted coffee, mild chocolate malt, a bit of savoury meatiness, some tepid caramel, and earthy, herbal hops. The taste is big toasted coffee malt, bittersweet cocoa, a twinge of milky sourness, and earthy, leafy hops, a hollow citrus essence kicking at the floorboards.

The carbonation is la Migra-spotting sedate, the body a decent medium weight, and gingerly silky smooth, some weakly prickly hop character come around to mess with it. It finishes a little more off-dry than a typical Irish Dry, but it's all good - a lingering of that nice chocolate/coffee blend is most welcome.

A genuinely tasty stout, from a heretofore unlikely source - the same region that provides the world with the devil's juice - tequila. Well balanced, big on flavour, and not complicated. Good stuff - viva la revolución!

biboergosum, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of ericduran
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Beer Museum in Federal District.

Bottle says "Stout Imperial," and it sure tastes like it! Big coffee flavor from roasted barley and coffee malts. Smell is again big coffeeness, just like a morning cup. Super dark in color, you can see a little red in the bottom of the glass when it's about finished. Creamy mouthfeel but a bit watery, like Negra Modelo, which makes it super drinkable.

Like a cross between Speedway Stout and Negra Modelo. A mexican imperial stout! It would be good with flan.

ericduran, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of IrvingAld
4/5  rDev +4.4%

IrvingAld, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Dodgerrigo77, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +4.4%

mvanaskie13, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of MorrisZuno
4/5  rDev +4.4%

MorrisZuno, Sunday at 06:22 PM
Photo of KingSlayer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

KingSlayer, May 24, 2013
Photo of JohnParadee
4/5  rDev +4.4%

JohnParadee, May 14, 2014
Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was highly impressed by this effort from Minerva. Had this in a bottle in Mexico City, and actually brought one home to add to the collection. The beer is true to the style, pouring a solid black color (although not a ton of head). Lacing is impressive.

Taste wise, it's a very good example of the style. Nothing too crazy - tastes slightly of coffee and chocolate, but light on the palate. I like that Minerva in this case stuck to the style, and produced not just a credible result, but actually a very good beer.

All in all, a solid step forward for the Mexican craft brewing scene. If you're looking for dark beers in Mexico, this is definitely one to try.

Danobold, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of lehueve
4/5  rDev +4.4%

lehueve, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of lalovox
4/5  rDev +4.4%

lalovox, Aug 14, 2014
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Minerva Stout from Cervecería Minerva
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