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Cusqueña - Premium Dark Beer - Compania Cervecera Del Sur Del Peru S.A. (Cervesur)

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3
pDev: 22.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Peru

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UnionMade on 03-26-2002

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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 29
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Photo of Jason
3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz gold foiled brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Very dark brown with ruby hues, a minimal light tan lace retains well.

Smell: Creamed coffee, faint roasted grain and light toffee.

Taste: Sweet ice coffee, a big addition of lactose has increased the body and sweetness significantly. Light roasted flavours, faded caramel and slight hop bitterness try to help finish this very sweet brew off.

Notes: An interesting brew ... very thick due to the use of lactose sugar(an unfermentable milk sugar), a little too much on the sweet side.

Photo of BillyB
2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer is incredibly sweet! Cloying. It pours a deep dark brown with some ruby highlights. It has a chocolatey/malty sweet aroma. The taste is cloyingly sweet and choclatey. Mouthfeel is syrupy and sticky. No carbonation. Like drinking Hershey syrup.
Aftertaste is very sweet and hard to shake. I needed a drink of water after tasting this one. Overall, not very drinkable.

Photo of mlockman
4.1/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the beer that made me love beer. First encountered it during a study abroad in Peru and was drank exclusively after hard days of field excavation in Ica.

Photo of bditty187
2.23/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Basically black in hue but when held to a light a bright blood red tint is seen, I do like the color depth, a beige head reached a fourth of an inch in height. It quickly faded to a soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was essentially nil. The nose is airy and vapid, vaguely sweet, milky, the maltiness “tries” to smell like coffee and chocolate but it fails. It seems artificial and cheap. Still the bouquet is inoffensive. However it is not inviting either. The palate is sweet. It is that simple, sugary sweet, milky sweet, candy sweet, even the notes of plums and grapes seem sweet. The flavors don’t really seem to be malty sweet though; maybe the malt adds the caramel and vague coffee notes, maybe not. It lacks any notion of balance. Hops must be in short supply in Peru. Okay who are they kidding, Cusqueña Premium Dark Beer is barely tea, was yeast even allowed to eat any of the sugars? It is not worth drinking. Medium-full in body, heavy and sluggish yet the mouthfeel is adequate, if not a bit cumbersome. I’m glad UnionMade added this to our beer trade, this Sweet Stout broaden the style for me immensely, I can always say, “yes, this beer is sweet but have you tried….”

Photo of mcbiydw2
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tasted from a bottle in Nazca, Peru.

Good appearance - very dark, almost jet black. Head is small, short lasting and a little scummy looking.

Roasted scents vie with an underlying sweetness giving an appealing and appetising aroma

The taste is overly sweet, a disappointing trend in dark South American beers. As a dark beer fanatic it says a lot that I would rather drink nothing than this. Heavy going and hard to finish due to overwhelming sweet malt notes.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown twist top 33cl bottle, best before early Jul 09, drank late Jun 09. Obtained from a local cut-price store, very suprised to see it, my bottle claims 5.6% ABV.

Really dark brown, no ruby hints, this is a brown beer, a deep rich brown. The initial tan coloured foaming head soon turned into a collar and becoming more wispy as the review progressed.

Malty, slightly smoked, vimto aroma, sweet smell to be honest.

The taste mirrored the smell, a sweet, sweet, brew.

I found it too sickly, it hadn't the body to carry the sweetness. The alcohol was well hidden, but it just didn't feel right for me.

Photo of bradybeer
3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off-I love this beer. First had it at a Cuban Resturant in San Jose and was impressed by its flavor. Pours a dark brown with a sweet aroma. The taste reminds me of Cola or the NA Malt Beverages that are popular in Latin America. Little to no hops in the taste or aroma. Taste is sweet and sugary and very refreshing while the mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation..

Drinkability is medium-it is very sweet which limits its drinkablity.

Photo of hpmoon
4.94/5  rDev +64.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer in the world. It may be looked down upon by connisseurs for tasting too sweet, but it's very distinctive and the taste itself is a great memento of my travels throughout Peru, including Cusco where I first had this wonderful beer. While Cusqueña is one of Peru's most ubiquitous brands, this dark product of theirs is hardest to find -- but always well worth the search. I am desperate to find it for sale in the Washington, D.C. area, and would buy up cases to fill my pantry if I could!

Photo of Zorro
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear dark brown beer with a good tan head.

Smell is smoke and strong coffee with a faint acid edge. I can't smell any chocolate here.

Taste is very sweet with a chocolate coffee flavor. Ugh WAY too sweet.

Mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkability here is a poor. Sweetness is OK in certain beers at certain times but this sucker is southern "Sweet Tea" sweet. I can't finish the glass.

Photo of sulldaddy
2.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well I scored a bottle of this brew from Unionmade. I told him I like malty beers and this is what he gave me. Well he was right nothin but malt the whole way through.
I sampled this brew at room temp and pour it into a snifter. The beer pours a very dark brown and I get a soft fluffy tan head to foam up Pretty good retention too.
Aroma is all malt with very sweet maple syrup scents and brown sugar also caramel. No hops at all.
First sip reveals small gentle carbonation with a thinner body than I expected from the nose. The sweetness dominates teh flavor from start to finish. I get a taste similar to a piece of hard candy or toffee with some sweetened coffee hints as well. This is probably one of the sweetest beers I have had besides some fruit brews. It is a good flavor but not something to have more than a bottle of. I bet it would go well with some light flaky pastries. Thanks Unionmade!

Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a four-fingered light tan head that quickly fades leaving no lace. Deep amber almost black color. Light-medium bodied and light carbonation. Sweet chocolate nose. Starts sweet, quiet hops in background, finish is sweet. Mouthfeel is watery at times. Sweetest stout I have had. 12 oz bottle, gift bought from Vintage Cellar Blacksburg, Va. Best by date Jun 25, 2005

Photo of DogFood11
2.77/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle foiled and capped. Poured into a pounder glass it forms a weak loose head that falls to a small island. Body is Amber to brown.

Has more of a dark lager feel to it than a stout of any kind. Its toasty and roasty around the edges. The toasted malts create a sort of astringent bitterness.

Notes: Another boring beer from this brewery. With that said I certainly could throw a few of these back if I was in Peru. Stateside theres just too much competition that are completely better to warrant another purchase. There is an element of milkiness so I can see why this is listed as a milk stout but the lager type character outweighs it in the end. Not very clean as the dry coated mouthfeel lingers. Better than its macro lager but this does not hold up well to the competition.

Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth and rich chocolate and caramel malt scent along with lactose for added sweetness. The taste is decent. I like the taste, but it's almost too sweet. It has a solid chocolate and roasted malt base with loads of lactose. It goes down real easy and finishes sweet with a lingering aftertaste. This is a pretty tastey brew. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinker for those who like sweet tasting beers. For those who don't, don't even bother. This isn't for you. This is by far the sweetest milk stout I've tried.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: Another Peruvian beer that I picked up tonight. Immediately I assumed it was the beer listed as just “Cusquena” – but it appears that the bottle I have is the dark version. I think it is from the same brewery as the previous beer I just had though. It comes in the same shaped 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle with sloping side neck. The Main label has a mottled gray background with the words ‘Cerveza Cusqueña Premium Dark Beer’. No strength or freshness date and listed on the reverse as imported by ‘Logret Import/Export, CA 91746’. Cost $1.39 for the bottle.

Appearance: Pours with a massive, thick creamy tan-brown colored head. Superb retention means that the 3” head slowly rescinds, aided by the occasional drunk mouthful, the head remnants cling to the glasses sides. The beer is indeed dark, a very dark brown, that has a blackness about it when out of direct light. Average carbonation levels.

Nose: Very sweet malts, molasses, toffee and a light sickly odor that reminded me of cheap malt extract found in off-the-shelf Homebrew Kits.

Taste: Just as sweet as the nose. Thick sweet malts and some molasses are very prevalent right past the middle of the beer. Eventually roasted malts break through the beer, but it is too late to make this beer appeal to anyone other than those who have a sweeter tooth I suspect. A bit too sickly for me.

Mouthfeel: The average feel is supported by strong levels of dissolved unfermented (lactic) sugars I believe. This gives a solid average feel, but also makes it very cloying at times. This sweet dark beer may go well with a sweet desert.

Drinkability: One bottle was enough for me. I am not a great fan of overt sweetness, and this is quite the sticky sweet beer, that I found reasonably easy to finish - but it is not one I would re-order.

Overall: A new beer for me, and it was worth trying – but the sweetness of this dark beer, and my aversion to all things overtly sweet, will make it one that I will not seek again in a hurry.

Photo of JISurfer
2.82/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one was alittle hard for me to drink, due to it's immense sweetness. I really do like sweet stouts, but this one was way to sweet for me. The smell was pretty good, but that was about it. It had a good malty, ie malted milk shake smell to it. It was just the taste that was too overpowering for me to enjoy. It had the malted milk taste, plus a sugary backbone. I figurered I would be up all night after that one, but instead I crashed. I think if Willy Wonka made beer, this would be one.

Photo of wgourlay01
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More often than not a dark beer is my preference, yet with Cusquena, I was disappointed with the bottle I had in Cusco, Peru. Earlier in the week I had the lager on tap in Miraflores, and thought at that time that the dark surely would be better... It wasn't.

Go to Peru, and certainly try Cusquena. But if you favor Irish Stout as I do, then you probably won't be drinking a lot of Cusquena premium dark. Now the Pisco sours... well this is a forum for beer, isn't it?

Photo of BrewMaster
1.53/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness dating on it. It pours a dark brown color with a reddish hue but almost no light comes through. A 1 cm head floats on the top but it dissipates to islands in about 60 seconds.

Smell: Slight sweet malt scent but otherwise there is not much to smell in this beer.

Taste: Wow, this beer has a really sugary sweet flavor. There is some roasty character to it but it really tastes like coffee with an absurd amount of sugar in it. There is also a bit of a graham cracker flavor to it. There is no hop flavor and almost an astringent or turpentine flavor in the middle of it. It's too damn sweet to the point that it tastes like a fake sweetness.

Mouthfeel: It is sticky and sandy in the mouth. That's bad.

Drinkability: I poured this beer down the drain about halfway through the glass. It's just too damn sweet to be any good.

Photo of theskjoung
3.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was too sweet for me

Photo of wordemupg
3.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 2/8/11

A dark cola with some maroon highlights once held to the light, dark mocha head hangs on for a minuet but leaves no lace

S raisin, faint coffee and molasses

T as it smells but way too sweet, all I smell but covered with chocolate covered prune

M light for the color and a very sweet after taste

O didn't taste bad so that's a plus, pretty basic though but at least it has some flavor unlike many other Peruvian beers I've had

average ain't that bad in this part of the world, I drank quite a few of these before I found the Polar Pilsen that I only bought because of the Polar Bear on the label

Photo of UnionMade
2.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The beer pours a deep, deep umber brown, much like motor oil with 10,000 miles on it. Pretty much black, and pretty much opaque. A bit of blood red highlighting is apparent around the edges when put directly against a light bulb. A short taupe foam tops the viscous looking liquid, thinning to a patchy mist bordered by a thick collar. Large blobs of lace stick unevenly to the glass.
The aroma is very roasty and sweet, with an almost smoky, woody quality. Reminiscent of smoked cheese. Rather meaty and doppelbock like. It smells lagered, with that characteristic smoothness that cold conditioning provides. A bit of a fig undertone, a touch of anise, without much in the way of hops or bitterness.
The flavor starts out incredibly sweet. Smooth, mellow roasted and caramel malts. A confectioners sugar flavor is apparent immediately, staying into the middle, where a bit of plum and fig adds to the sweetness. A bit of anise and/or licorice adds a little tang, with the sweetness levelling off somewhat in the finish. A touch of smoked cheese, maybe even salmon, with a faint whisp of herbal hop flavor. A bit of a lingering smokiness, with a hint of anise, maybe a little bit of soggy construction paper in the aftertaste. The body is very thick, almost milky, with a rather dextrinous feel. The carbonation is moderate and steady, albeit lackluster, with smooth, lagery mouthfeel.
If there was ever a cloying beer, this is it. The sweetness is closer to soda or candy than any beer I've ever tried. I bought a bottle of soda once from a Peruvian market/bodega type place, and it was thick and syrupy sweet as well. I think it was some sort of mango concoction. Apparently, they like sweet things in Peru.

Photo of Wobbly
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%

Honestly, not that bad of a beer at all. Sweet, toffee-ish flavors; solid texture. Very good with food.

Photo of deaconoflove
2.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I first tasted Cusquena a few years ago in Peru. I loved dark beers, still do. This was the best brew among all 4 or 5 beers available in Peru. A friend brings back a bottle now and then.
Ap. Very, very dark, almost black with decent tan head. Unfortunately, the head fades quickly.
Sm. Smells like beer, kind of a chemical smell with a little lemon.
Ta. Wow...strong caramel, and burnt coffee/burnt candy, coffee/toffee. There is a lingering sweet toffee aftertaste.
Mf. coats well, thick feeling, nice.
Dr. I'd say one will do it. As others have said, it's more like a dessert. I'm struggling to understand why I loved it so much in Peru. I don't remember it being all that sweet, just better than the lager.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.35/5  rDev +45%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Discovered this brew at a local Peruvian restaurant, Javier's on Siesta Key. I assumed this was a dark lager until I drank it. Confirmed here the style was in fact a sweet stout. Very nice surprise. Had this with two other beer-knowledgeable friends and we all loved it!

I poured this one straight down the middle of a Warstiener pilsner glass, chilled by the establishment(yeah,well, what are you gonna do?). Got a huge (2 1/2"), chocolatey tan head that lasted for several minutes, excellent retention. Small to medium-sized bubbles. Some waterfall effect early in the settling. Lots of lace. An apparent brown/black until held up to the sunlight which showed the most beautiful deep garnet red I've ever seen.
Smell is roasted malts, a sweet cane sugar note, dark chocolate, light toffee note, and a subtle nuttiness. Well balanced and much more complex than I expected out of a South American brew (based on past experiences).
The palate received just what the nose was promised. Roasted malts, a nice nuttiness, a distinct but not over-powering sweetness, dark chocolate and toffee, too. Very well balanced and good complexity.
A bit thinner than a stout should be, IMO, but smooth, almost velvety texture. The beer just glided across my tongue like it knew where it was going. Very light effervescence (after that pour I was not surprised) and a light/medium body. It was just as enjoyable and a little more flavorful as it warmed 15-20 minutes after the initial pour as it was to start.
All told, a very drinkable and very enjoyable beer. Will definitley look for this again.

Photo of tbbrown
2.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Note: tasted in Aguas Calientes, Peru, July 2008--from talking to others there, I hear the brews are extremely variant depending on time and location in Peru.

Appearance: Dark brown with little tan head; didn't retain well, but could have been the glass

Smell: Very sweet, strong toffee smell

Taste: Again, very sweet, overpoweringly so. A bit of caramel, but mostly over-sweetened coffee taste. Minimal hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, undercarbonated

Drinkability: horrible because it was so sweet. I had an extremely difficult time finishing the 330mL bottle.

Definitely prefer the lager; this was very unbalanced, too much of the lactose.

Photo of wagenvolks
2.45/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

300 ml bottle poured into an REI camp glass...the joys of fieldwork in Peru.

Pours a dark brown color with a fair amt. of carbonation beneath a thin veil of custard head that retains decently well and leaves behind some touches of lacing. The aroma is that of sweet, dark Belgian candies and chocolate. Not much in the way of complexity, but still appealing.

Talk about sweet. This thing is far too sugary to be appetizing, with sickly-rich notes of high fructose corn syrup and a hint of dark roasted barley. Mouthfeel was average, with a decent carbonation level and a medium-thin body. I could barely get through half this beer...thankfully, at only 3 soles (~1 US dollar), it wasn't too much of a loss. Stick to cusquena's lighter cousin if you drink in Peru.

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Cusqueña - Premium Dark Beer from Compania Cervecera Del Sur Del Peru S.A. (Cervesur)
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