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La Migra Imperial Stout | Cucapá Brewing Company

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La Migra Imperial StoutLa Migra Imperial Stout
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La Migra Imperial StoutLa Migra Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
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 Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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 biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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 kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -21%
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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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 oberon
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of MasterSki
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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 bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of barczar
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Bung
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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 MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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 mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Bunuelian
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tom10101
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a dense opaque pitch black, capped by a thick loose creamy beige head.

Roasty malt and espresso, some licorice on the nose. Dry character. Not overly complex yet hits the key notes well.

Very dry flavour. Dry woody, earthy, slightly smoky malt up front--almost astringent. Some warming alcohol fuels a dry heat in the middle. Quick spike of licorice and molasses nearing the finish, while the finish itself has an ash-like smoky dryness.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, slippery slick texture, moderate carbonation.

Impressive Imperial Stout from Mexico, although to be honest it's more impressive that Mexico is capable of producing beers of this calibre compared to the all-too-well-known varieties of yellow fizzy lagers they pump out into the rest of the world. As far as the beer itself it's more reminiscent of a strong dry Porter than the typical complexities of Imperial Stouts, although it holds its own nonetheless. On a personal note it's somewhat too dry and astringent for me, however there's no real flaws in it.

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