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

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36 Ratings

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 22.56%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Compania Cervecera Del Sur Del Peru S.A. (Cervesur) visit their website

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 03-26-2002)
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07-24-2013 16:02:16 | More by sd123
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4.95/5  rDev +66.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 04:53:46 | More by hpmoon
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New York

3/5  rDev +1%

08-17-2012 05:51:49 | More by Dethklok
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Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

05-29-2012 02:03:15 | More by oldp0rt
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3/5  rDev +1%

03-30-2012 16:10:23 | More by cmarshall0
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2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

01-12-2012 04:01:48 | More by plickxt
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Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 14:51:47 | More by wordemupg
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3.48/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had several of these while on a 2 week vacation to Peru.. hiking the Inca Trail.. hanging out by Titicaca lake... hiking in the Peruvian Amazon. This beer was available pretty much everywhere and I really came to enjoy it during the trip.

First off... the beer looks and smells great. It pours a nice dark brown with a moderate head. It smells like a stout, with a coffee aroma and something sweet... maybe a hint of chocolate?

The taste is what seems to be throwing everyone, and this is a sweet beer. I wasn't sure what to make of it the first time around, but I drank this as a 'dessert beer' and it did great by me. I definitely preferred it to the macro tasting Cusquena lager. It's not a beer you can drink several of... it's far too sweet, but for an after dinner treat this one really filled in nicely.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 05:02:34 | More by EMV
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United Kingdom (England)

2.42/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 18:22:32 | More by mcbiydw2
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2.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 21:52:28 | More by deaconoflove
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United Kingdom (England)

2.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 21:02:33 | More by BlackHaddock
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2.3/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 02:49:25 | More by tbbrown
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2.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 02:42:31 | More by wgourlay01
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2.38/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 12:53:11 | More by wagenvolks
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3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I tasted this in Cusco Peru.

It purs a dark brown with a loose head.

No hop aroma but smells of grapes or dark fruit.

Tastes more like a dark lager than a stout. Some carmel and grape flavors.

Excellent beer that does not appear to fit into the a traditional beer style. Very drinkable with some fruity esters.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 02:47:28 | More by KJH
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2.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 02:01:46 | More by DogFood11
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3.8/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 18:17:17 | More by bradybeer
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2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pour a brown and ruby with streaming carbonation and a lasting, firm, sticky head.

Fairly average dark malty nose, almost bockish.

Awful sugary flavor, syrupy thick, totally unbalanced.

This beer manages to be worse than the various Peruvian pale lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 22:30:15 | More by akahn
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4.35/5  rDev +46.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 00:44:08 | More by PorterLambic
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