La Migra Imperial Stout | Cucapá Brewing Company

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La Migra Imperial StoutLa Migra Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cucapá Brewing Company
Mexico
cucapa.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by scottoale on 01-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
14.91%
 
 
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of Boston_Steve
2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I mean, a Mexican Imperial Stout? Call me prejudice.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as n carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of pretty nice cream, fair thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Light chocolate, some roast, dark malts, stale milky cream notes, and extremely light indistinct hopping. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Underlying cream, dark malts, light chocolate, a strange note I can't quite place, and hints of poorly handled roast. Rather simple for the style, and certainly a bit strange from that weird note I can't identify. I don't find it horribly enjoyable, but it's better than expected. Decently balanced. Built pretty standardly for the style. Not impressive, unique or special. Not subtle or complex.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with nice cream. Completely wrong for the style, which demands coarseness and dryness. Thickness and carbonation are adequate.

Dr: Drinkable and alright for the style, but not without its flaws. I wouldn't get this again - maybe on draught. A decent offering considering it's a Mexican brewery - as biased as that sounds. Better than expected, to its credit. Hides its ABV pretty well.

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Photo of peabody
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out black with lots of tan suds. Lacing here.
Smell is kinda fishy. Burnt chocolate malts and hops.
Taste is awful. Something in there doesn't taste right. Fishy again.
Mouthfeel is only OK but the taste ruins this experience.
Overall an average 3 is all that I could muster.
This beer needs something else or something taken away.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fairly roasty, with a vinous note mid palate that lingers into the finish. Possibly a sign of infection. Hints of chocolate, but that oxidation/infection kills it.

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3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. The bottle bears the brewery's motto, "The Best Rated Mexican Craft Beer". Not sure if that is intended to reassure or not. The label further informs that is is brewed, in part, with "piloncillo (Mexican candy)". I'm trying to picture how I'd feel about an American brewer that brewed a beer made with "American candy"...

Anyways, pours an impenetrable black, with a thin tan head that reduces to a smoky sheen, with a few bubbles ringing the glass.

Smells oaty and malty, with vanilla, hints of cocoa, and, dark fruit. The dark fruit smell combines with a smoky, tangy, almost acrid aroma that balanbces out the sweeter oat and malt smell.

The tang carries through to the taste, as well. Plenty of heavy malt, with dark, bitter coffee, hints of vanilla, chalky dark chocolate, and a tang that tastes a bit like cherries or currants. Despite the label's claim that there are "three hops" in here, the only bitterness I get is a dark, roasted coffee bitterness.

Thick, heavy mouthfeel, like an oatmeal or cream stout, with a bit of chalkiness to give it a dry finish.

A decent, if slightly different take on the imperial stout. Not sure what piloncillo is made out of, but whatever it is gives this a shot of dark fruit that works well with the roasted and oaty qualities of the stout. Just like a Mexican molé sauce has super dark, bitter chocolate, this stour similarly is dark, bitter and dry. Perhaps this is Mexico's best; if so, they could do a lot worse.

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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deeply roasty Imperial Stout with a complex dance of well rooted sweetness and heavy burnt grains.

Pouring a thick and hazy very dark brown color, the beer screams "Stout" while carrying a dainty yet withstanding light tan head of tightly knit bubbles and slight pockets of lace left behind. A quentessential Imperial Stout appearance.

Burnt grains, cocoa, roasted walnuts, and slight sour scents all fill the nose with a lush and robust scent. Grain sweetness of molasses, cooked berries, and scorched cobbler all culminate in a tart, sweet, and roasty aroma.

Deep roasted coffees, dry cocoa powder, bitter walnuts, heavy toasted breads, and scorched caramel all play into the bold and full flavors. Burnt currants, grapes, berries, and apples give a bridge across the roast character and into the estery portions of mid palate. Finishing with coffee and roasty bitterness, a malty tartness arises that reminds me slightly of soured milk.

Full bodied as well, the lush and creamy initial textures actually make a quicker transition to dryness faster than expected from large Stouts. Never reaching complete dryness, the roasty acrid feel allows for a slight harsh powdery texture that falls apart and allowing a grainy sweet feel in finish.

A solid Stout, but with so many world class versions on the market, this one may get overlooked.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Mexican Imperial Stout - thanks Jason. Served in a tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a thin ring, a few wisps, and no lace. Dark brown body with a reddish glint at the edge of the glass.

S - This smells like a Black IPA. Slightly charry and smokey, some black patent character, turbinado sugar, faded hops, hint of licorice, and some sharp alcohol.

T - Again, it's very much like an American Black Ale, but with some extra sugar and chocolate added to it. Charry bitterness, some floral hops, chalky cocoa powder, and so forth.

M - Pleasant but zesty carbonation, smooth medium body, a bit sticky, and minimal alcohol presence.

D - If this was a labelled a Black Ale I would have thought it was a pretty enjoyable take on the style. However, it's pretty bizarre and unconvincing for an Imperial Stout. Drinkable for the ABV, and actually avoids the harsh astringency of most Black IPAs, which is a feat in and of itself. One of the top 5 Mexican beers I've ever had.

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3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a quarter inch tan head that went away quickly. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is mostly sweet, the brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate and vanilla. The taste isn't as sweet compared to the aroma, however the sweet flavors do show up a little more as the beer warms up (I did let the bottle sit out after taking it out of the fridge for about 30 minutes before opening it). It tastes like bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some sugar and grassy hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it has good carbonation. I think it's a decent brew and worth trying, but nothing about this brew really stood out to me especially with the number of good imperial stouts out there.

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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. Weird that the regular version has more ABV than the Winter version. And what's with the Ministry of Love-esque tilted portrait on the labels of this brewery?

This beer pours a solid oily black, thoroughly so, until late-afternoon sun backlighting exposes some lean cola edges. The foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy mocha head stops at a skinny single finger's depth, before quickly returning to whence it came, leaving a few burps of super-surface lace blobs around the meniscus of the glass.

It smells of sweet, candied chocolate, almost Tootsie Roll in nature, caramelized brown sugar, rising pastry, doughy malt, and some plain earthy hop dryness. The taste is much more roasted than the nose let on, though the malt still holds onto its caramel and sweet chocolate base, with some additional spicy and woody root notes, lingering dark sugar, and somewhat astringent leafy, grassy hops. The biggish booze does well to remain hidden.

The bubbles are pretty restrained, but hardly absent, the body a timid medium weight, a tad creamy, and generally smooth. It finishes somehow dry, amongst the still moderately active choco-caramel malt; perhaps both the understated hops and alcohol conspire in the shadows.

While a decent-tasting affair, this offering's stout credentials need to be questioned - I'm getting much more of a PAC-NW black ale vibe here. Lots of inherent commonalities between the styles, I get it, but I just sense a strong trend in that direction with this one.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ O'Brien's. Pours dark brown with a tan ring of bubbles. Baker's chocolate, cocoa, cream, and sour yeast in the nose. Lots of chocolate and malt up front. Now that I see its from Mexico, it really has that Mexican bitter chocolate taste, like chicory. It eases into a slightly bitter finish. Not a bad beer.

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La Migra Imperial Stout from Cucapá Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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