Minerva Stout - Cervecería Minerva
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3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
Interesting, called Stout Imperial, not sure if that's supposed to mean imperial stout (which it def is not), or just a nice stout for imperial like or something. Found in Cancun.
Light creamy fizzy head fades at a med pace of almost ½ finger, very dark murky brown-black molasses color with very little light coming through.
Nose light roasted malt, a bit of black patent malt, and even a hint of chocolate, milk chocolate, crystal malts, light nougat candy, and even a touch of bright aromatic malt.
Taste starts with more roasty malts, a bit of cocoa and black patent, caramel, nougat, candy like flavors but not really sweet, toasty roasty malt flavors, hint of earthy hops. Light juicy fresh malt flavor, light semi sweet semi bitter chocolate. The bitterness ramps a bit, with more earthy hops and bitternes from the roasted malts bring a light salty briny quality. Even a touch of coffee. Finish is fairly bitter, dry, bit ofearthy hops and bitterness from the roasted malts that also linger a bit, with cocoa and caramel.
Mouth is med to full bodied, actually a little bit too much carbonation that takes away from the richness of the beer and makes it seem more like a Mexican style beer.
Overall best beer I’ve had here so far. I’ll have to try more of their beers. Nice malts, dark malts, no real off flavors, even a hint of hops, just a bit too much carbonation as the only real flaw. Also not sure if I would call this an imperial stout, but otherwise good.
01-29-2012 03:35:18 | More by jlindros
2.28/5 rDev -40.2%
I had a beer tasting in a pub called 'the Mug' in Middelburg. I was being introduced to the local PINT beer tasting club. The theme that night was UK Stout and Porter beers.
A - Pitch black and a ring of foam against the glass.
S - Chocolate and coffee, not bad at all.
T - a bit flat, not really much going on. Tiny bits of acids and sugar but much more bitterness.
M - no carbonation, not much going on, no sensation at all.
O - Not a beer I would be going for in the future.
09-11-2011 05:49:28 | More by Mar02x
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
Head is smooth and creamy atop this murky dark brown beer, but unfortunately it recedes almost immediately. Good look on the body but the top needs assistance.
Nose is strong enough, with plenty of coffee, molasses, caramelized sugar, and fig to get me by. It actually smells a lot like when you get institutional coffee in a styrofoam cup (at a conference, church, a funeral) and then you let it get cold.
The flavor is quite forward with the coffee grounds and other roasted notes. It's a little thin and watery overall, which doesn't help the bitterness clean up off the palate. Mouthfeel should be brawnier to deal with the amount of roasted bitterness. That said, I like the flavors and think there's something good going on here. Hops are a mild earthy accompaniment with a weak herbal tea finish.
There's a lot of positives here, with the aggressive flavoring and use of malts, but the big negative is the soda-like body. This is supposed to be a beer for kings (according to the bottle) so let's give them even more of the good stuff.
08-24-2011 02:25:18 | More by BretSikkink
4.35/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
05-22-2011 00:24:22 | More by hopsolutely
4.72/5 rDev +23.9%
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.
05-09-2011 01:33:06 | More by Pexkool
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
Nice thick and dark, slightly syrupy feel. Pours with very little head, and just a thin film layer of carbonation on top.
Smells like coffee and some dark roasted fruits.
Taste is more of the same, excellent coffee notes, roasted malts and a little chocolate undertones. Bitterness is there, and finishes a bit dry. Some earthy hop presence, but just in the background.
Mouthfeel is very good, a little thick, but not overly so.
Overall a very good stout. Definitely not an imperial stout, like the name might suggest, but a very decent regular stout. One of the better beers of normal strength available in Mexico.
04-12-2011 14:36:40 | More by luisfrancisco
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
Was excited to find a Mexican stout at a grocery store in Cancun.
A: Pours dark black with a chunky brownish head that dissipates quickly, resulting in a ring of foam around the top of the beer. Minimal lacing down the side of the glass.
S: Heavy toasted malts with a mix of chocolate and coffee. As the beer warms the chocolate aroma intensifies and the coffee smell weakens.
T: The taste is a little weaker than the nose. There is a nice blend of bitter chocolate and coffee.
M/D: Medium bodied and pretty creamy. Has a nice finish that leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Pretty happy with this beer, something I would definitely look for in Mexico. A nice change of pace from the lagers that dominate down here.
08-15-2010 18:03:10 | More by mdaschaf
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
Labeled as "Stout Imperial, for kings". It's not imperial, it's just a marketing word.
It pours a nice reddish black and creates a wafer thin and imperfect head that stays there the entire time. Looks pretty cool.
Smells of coffee and cocoa, with underlying hop aromas.
Sweet initial choco taste, quickly contrasted by the burnt flavors from the malts. There's hop citrusness in the aftertaste with a bit of burnt taste. That hop citrusness just doesn't fit the brew very well. Doesn't really dry the palate too much, neither is it very bitter, or mildly bitter at all.
Medium to light body with good carbonation. Actually not that bad for the style which tends to be very watery. It's medium light in body, but feels like oil compared to draught Guinness.
It's not exactly a pleasure to drink, but this one goes down easily. An easy drinking stout.
It's not imperial and I definitely wouldn't offer it to a king, but it's a nice brew. If they only boiled the hops a bit more to really extract the bitterness out of them, it'd be an awesome brew.
06-25-2009 18:32:05 | More by WildMaverick1200
4.88/5 rDev +28.1%
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.
04-27-2009 18:00:39 | More by Barrilitos
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
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
04-26-2009 22:33:10 | More by yael6666
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
03-12-2009 17:33:11 | More by roddwolff
4.35/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
11-25-2008 21:21:59 | More by tesguino
4/5 rDev +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.
11-24-2008 03:10:37 | More by ericduran
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
07-01-2008 15:30:36 | More by Pepeton
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
An excellent beer form this Guadalajara's micro.
A dark beer, with a nice head almost black.
Smell is like toffee and roasted malts.
Tasting is excellent for this beer, in my opinion i like this one better than Guiness.
Drinkability is also good, since it is not very heavy.
The best beer from Minerva.
05-14-2008 03:12:42 | More by moonman00
Minerva Stout from Cervecería Minerva
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.