La Migra Imperial Stout | Cucapá Brewing Company

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La Migra Imperial StoutLa Migra Imperial Stout

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Cucapá Brewing Company

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by scottoale on 01-17-2008

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of davidtarantino
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark and oily black with a little hint of brownish red. Moderate bubbles and a decent two fingers of tan head that slowly fade to a thin layer. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with some good hints of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and toffee. Also some hints of molasses, anise, and vanilla. Hops are pretty faint. Chocolate and coffee is pretty rich in the aroma. Promising smell.

Taste: A pretty rich tasting stout. Nicely sweet dark roasted malts with good notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and molasses. Light hints of anise and oats. Light presence of earthy hops adds some balance towards the finish. A very good tasting stout.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and rich feel. Somewhat syrupy. Very smooth for a imperial stout.

Overall: Another impressive beer from this brewery. Nicely rich and robust take on a imperial stout. The chocolate and coffee flavors are very solid.

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Photo of luisfrancisco
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice RIS. I had it on a 750ml. bottle and it is called La Migra, which is how we call the border patrol troopers.
It pours a dark brown and very thick liquid. Nice brown tan one inch head on an easy pour.
At 8.5% ABV the alcohol presence is felt a bit warm, but is surprisingly drinkable.
Nice cocoa and coffee flavors, as expected. The finish is bitter and dry.
Some good complexity, since it also has some sweet caramel notes, and very well balanced overall. A heavy dry RIS. The bottle claims some use of a mexican sweet candy called piloncillo. Although I couldn't exactly taste it, it does have some sweetness to it. All in all more of a bitter beer.
I would have to say this is easily one of the best brews south of the border I've tasted. And as a RIS it compares well the the American examples. Try it.

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Photo of Randroid
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown pint bottle with a white and green label in what I think of as the Cucapá style. Beer poured a very dark black/brown with a thick tan head.

Smell: Dark chocolate malt, a hint of molasses and spice, and just barely a bit of hops. Smells damn fine!

First Drink: Earthy stout flavors - chocolate, caramel, a bit woody, and again just a bit of hops bite.

Mouthfeel: Very thick mouthfeel, a little tacky, but goes down smooth with just a bit of carbonation that keeps the beer flavor going.

Last Drink: More of the bitter hops coming through now, and the high ABV is hidden fairly well.

Drinkability: A beer with a lot of flavor that seems tailor made for slow drinking.

Notes: First beer I have had from this brewery and it seems extremely well crafted! Looking forward to trying more brews from Cucapá. Not overly complex but it hits all the right points on time.

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Photo of fernz18
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap @ Beerbox TJ on 12/27/2011. One of the couple of IRS brewed in Mexico, by one of the forefront craft breweries in the country. I wanted to compare this with the Old Rasputin.

A - Thin tan head with little lacing. Medium thick body, dark dark color.

S - Nice, really nice roasted malts. Heavy on the chocolate and coffee notes. This promises to be a good above-average beer. The hops aren't really there, which I'm glad for because it distinguishes itself from the typical IRS that are being brewed form SD currently.

T - Nice powerful coffee taste and a good backdrop of chocolate. Good, really good IRS. Really little booze, could drink this all day and then find myself hugging the toilet for getting a bit over-confident.

M - Mmmm, the most disappointing part of otherwise a strong IRS showing. I really wished it could be thicker and more vicious. No burn what-so-ever from the alcohol.

O - Very surprised by this wonderfully crafted brewery. Typically consistent brewery from Mexico, kinda like Sierra Nevada. Doesn't blow your mind, sometimes surprises but never dissapoints. Simple and well-crafted RIS. Better than Old Rasputin I believe, but that's because I don't like my RIS's to be too hoppy.

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Photo of Bonis
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought this would be a fitting beer to review on this Cinco de Mayo. This is the first Mexican craft beer that I've had.

A - Looks like a stout should, basically pitch black with a bit of light peaking through in the corners. Nice half inch of tan head fades pretty quick to a very thin layer. Nothing out of the ordinary.

S - Very roasty with mostly notes of bitter chocolate and burnt sugars. A nice hop presence is there, but nothing I can pinpoint. A touch of alcohol, but quite pleasant overall.

T - Chocolate bitterness dominates again, but not overwhelming. It is a bit on the sweeter side, but that's no complaint coming from me. There is a subtle coffee taste which adds to some acidic bitter qualities that come through, which aren't a turn off, but rather an addition to the complexity of flavors in this beer. Some hop bitterness mingles in as well. This one somewhat reminds me of Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout. Alcohol is much more noticeable as it warms, but this one is very tasty overall.

M - This is a very smooth one. Not too carbonated. Leaves some bitter alcohol feel in the mouth, but pretty good overall.

O - Pick this one up if you see it. Fairly priced at $5.99 a bomber which is 8.5% and an import from Mexico. Definitely worth the purchase. I'll be sure to try more beers I see from this brewery.

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Photo of brian44556
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up today during our Stout bottling. Basically picked it up because we had never saw a craft beer from Mexico, and I'm glad we did.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

Poured a dark black with a thick brown head. Had a hoppy, chocolate smell with hints of coffee and toffee. The taste almost blew me away. It was a very sweet chocolate with an aftertaste of almost bitter hops, but was very well balanced. Great carbonation and mouthful. Overall this beer was a huge surprise. First off, never heard of the brewery and second, I didn't know a Mexico brewery brewed a stout. I will definitely be drinking this again in the future.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice, sweet smell of chocolate and malt.

T: Tasted mainly of chocolate, with a good deal of malt, a sugary quality, and a nice hoppy bitterness. This is a solid and flavorful beer. Surprisingly, there wasn't any hint of coffee (as with other stouts).

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied, though a bit thinner than most of the style.

O: This is a well-rounded, easy to like beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of OGdirty
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at O'Brien's a couple of times this past week. Poured in a pint glass almost jet black with a small light brown head.

Smells rich and roasty of dark malt, slightly burnt with notes of dark bitter cocoa and coffee.

The flavor is roasted malt, fairly bitter like a dry Irish Stout with a bit more kick. It's got a little strange funky flavor to it that I noticed in their Barleywine, but can't find the proper words to describe's not bad, just unusual.

Good bit of body to this one, mild carbonation and a nice dry finish. I definitely recommend this to those who have not been impressed with brews produced South of the border...good stuff.

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Photo of jazztoloc
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of lehueve
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Found a bottle of this at Charleston Beer Exchange.

Pours black with a minimum tan head. The best part of the appearance is the lingering tan ring-around-the-glass head with splotches in the middle. These features never go away.

After some warming, coffee and chocolate malt notes appear. The resulting smell is very clean but not entirely complex.

A bit of coffee mixed with dark chocolate provide the main flavors for this drink. A good deal of acid is apparent in the coffee taste providing a good deal of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium not offering much excitement.

A solid imperial stout that appears on the low ABV side of most imperials. I wouldn't go out of my way for this, but it is worth a try to say you've had a craft brew from Mexico.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a small dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, dark bread, light coffee, raisin, prune, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/roasted malt notes with light fruitiness; and solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, dark bread, raisin, prune, light coffee, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, toffee, molasses, dark bread, light coffee, dark fruit, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with light fruitiness; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good and unique imperial stout. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black color with a thick caramel head with eternal retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with predominant notes of vanilla chocolate, mild cocoa, nutmeg, a bit of plums and licorice.
Flavor with notes of cola, lots of cocoa, licorice, homemade coffee, dark fruits, citrusy hops, mild pine, nutmeg, lactic acid and brown sugar cane. Dry aftertaste with perseverant roasted notes and a rounded bitterness that feels lower than its 70 IBUs.
Bordering liquorish full body with appropriate carbonation and slightly sticky. Alcohol of 8.5% abv is absent.
Tasty and pleasant to drink Imperial Stout full of vanilla, licorice and cocoa notes. Roasted notes and hops have counterbalanced its residual sugarness in the backgroud. Worth trying.

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Photo of Bunuelian
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Pretty much black, layer of off white head.

Roast malt, dark chocolate some coffee, the usual suspects.

Quite a bit of roast here. A little sour at first, but turns more pleasant. Malt, coffee, dark chocolate. Finishes with a dry roast and some cocoa.

Fairly carbonated, solid medium body. Maybe a bit warming for "just" 8.5% Not bad, but for the price, not sure.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of ne0m00re
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review of a bomber.
A: Opaque black with a solid dark cream head and lacing.
S: Sweet caramel and roasted nuts (walnuts), musty greens (like cooked spinach) in the hops, whiskey or woody character, and cinnamon. It's interesting.
T: Imagine the body of a Belgian Strong Dark with candi sugar, and then add in the roast of an American Stout, and then add in the malt backbone of a Bock. This one is interesting. Cinnamon and brown sugar linger throughout, apple juice and wood, slight tingle on the end from the alcohol. It's really interesting for an Imperial Stout.
M: Thinner with a slick mouthfeel. Slow building and mild carbonation.
O: Pretty good.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep murky chocolate brown with a thinner deeper tannish colored head atop.Alot of molasses and vanilla in the aromas with undertones of dark roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate,the molasses cookie-like aromas really stood out.Sweetish with vanilla and molasses again being the main component on the palate,there is some dark roast underneath the molasses and vanilla but it doesnt stand up to the spiced sweet flavors.Hmm this isnt bad but it seems to be a bit overdone in the vanilla/molasses category,take away some of the sweetness and you have a top notch IRS.

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La Migra Imperial Stout from Cucapá Brewing Company
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