Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

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English Stout
Ranked #132
Ranked #46,209
3.04 | pDev: 25.66%
Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
Notes: Granted, this beer doesn't fit exactly in the definition of a Stout --any Stout.
But an e-mail from the brewmaster of this facility clearly states that their intention is to make a lighter version of an English Stout.
Why tone it down? Weather issues.
They want a beer that can be enjoyed in our mostly hot climate so it can appeal Mexican beer drinkers.
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 44
Photo of crossovert
1.17/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Elegant packaging to this one, that is setting it up for fail. It comes in a mash tun shaped 500ml cobalt blue bottle with a tag and plastic over the cap.

It pours a coca-cola colored brown with a fizzy but decent-lasting tan/off-white head. It leaves behind no lacing.

The smell is off-putting and hard to wrap your mind around. It is confusing, I have never smelled these scents before in this style. It sort of smells like sulphuric farts mixed with wood varnish with a hint of tangy berry vomit surprise. I seriously have low hopes for this one after that rancid smell. Why Miguiel would you quit drysacking your hairy, sweaty dirt-grimed nuts in my beer!

Perhaps they don't set the highest quality control standard. It has a peaty cocoa powder undertone but a tangy lactic foreground. It has to be infested with unidentifiable matter, but even so the base of it is weak.

Not worth 6 freakin dollars, screw you cool looking bottle!

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Photo of roddwolff
1.7/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Look: Very dark brown almost black color, shiny foamy head; Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate and some acidity, like radish; Taste: Roasted malt and toffee, unripe hops; Mouthfeel: Sour, high carbonation and medium body; Drinkability, very bad, i guess it's made with hops too green or not mature enough.

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.97/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Root beer brown, ivory head; thick but not what I would call stout. Oddly sour aroma; raisins, tobacco, Balsamic vinegar, citric acid. Coffee? Chocolate? Anything to suggest this is a stout and not some botched Mexican Flanders red? Nope. This does not bode well.

Fruity and quite sour on the palate - really, venturing into Flemish territory, it's that sour. Could this have been the brewer's intent? If so, then he has odd tastes, and an odd comprehension of the style. Sour orange, unripe strawberry, a hint of prunes. Quick, sharp finish and fairly fizzy carbonation. I am not sure what to make of this beer - as a stout it can only be called a failure, but it succeeds, in a way, as a sour ale.

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Photo of alexw
2.16/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Smells like a Corona imitation -- but darker. Also has slight smell of raisins.

Poured a deep brown color into a tulip glass. The minuscule head of foam dissipated quickly in the glass, but there was some slight lacing across the sides.

The taste is fizzy from the start -- like champagne, or ginger ale or something. Mouthfeel was full and heavy, which went against that fizzy taste as well.

Not impressed with this beer overall; maybe it was the fact that it was brought back all the way from Mexico in a cargo hold before I got to drink it, but it just doesn't seem very well thought out. At least it's in a cool blue bottle!

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Photo of yael6666
2.66/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It pours a very dark beer with little or no head.

It smells very fruity and sour.

The taste is very very sour, with a touch of coffee and roasted malts.

It feels very watery and hard to hold in the mouth because it's sourness...

I wont have more than 1 if i were you, but is nice for a mexican stout... Im glad that we are exploring the ales world and not just sticking to the old corona and sol adjunct lager type of beer

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Photo of gerardoluna
2.35/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Strange but cool bottle 500ml,

[Eyes] Looks brown black color with cream small head, no retention and little carbonation.

[Nouse] Light and in deeep Fruitycitric aroma with notes of coffee and cereal toast aroma.

[Mouth] Medium Body a little sweetness gentile afther taste,

Tasted 16/10/08

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Photo of AltBock
2.48/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer comes in a beautiful 25 oz. cobalt blue bottle. This has to be one of the better looking bottles that a beer can be bottled in. The front label has a drawing of a horse and the name of the beer in big bold silver letters. The back label contains all the manadory US information, as well as their symbol of a Native American wearing a head dress and a lot number. Mine was lot number 00132. If you're lucky, your bottle will have a small neck label that talks about where their equipment came from and what kind of ale it's suppose to be.

Appearance: When poured into a Sly Fox Imperial pint glass, this "English Stout" is a dark chocolate colored beer with a few cola highlights along the sides. The head of foam on this beer was 1/2 an inch max and was a light beige/tan color. I thought it had pretty good retention that only left behind a few foamy beige/tan rings along the side. It didn't bother to leave any lace behind for some reason. It was being lazy!

Smell: This beer's aroma just loved the milk chocolate! That was the only aroma that stood out. I found some more aromas hiding in the back, but those were powered cocoa and watered down chocolate malts. Basically, the aroma was nothing but chocolate or something that resembled chocolate.

Taste: It started off quite nice with some dry roasted nuts, a hint of roasted coffee beans, and some lightly sweet milk chocolate. After the initial taste, the quality of the taste goes down hill. The only other taste after the milk chocolate was some watered down chocolate malts. Not just a little watery, it tasted like they watered the hell out of those chocolate malts. Nice in the beginning, but the taste ends off with too much water.

Mouthfeel: I would have to say that this is a light bodied beer and it contained an aftertaste of roasted coffee beans, milk chocolate, and watered down chocolate malts. Please stop with the watery malts! There's was far too much watery malts and not enough flavor in this beer.

Drinkability: Great looking bottle, but inside is a beer that is not so great. If they hadn't watered down the malts so much, this wouldn't have been such a bad beer. One is more than enough for me! If you're a bottle collector you should consider buying just the bottle, but if you're just a beer drinker, just be careful.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.16/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Barely opaque burnt walnut with russet and orange highlights at the bottom of the glass. The crown is basic beige and doesn't look too shabby. It features a softly whipped egg whites texture and leaves partial rings of respectable looking lace.

The nose is a dead ringer for a Euro dark lager. It's minimally toasted, musky, dark fruity and very slightly skunky. The blue glass bottle is pretty cool, but that color must not be very good against UV light. What are the odds that Cerveza Potro tastes better than it smells? Yeah, that's what I thought.

The beer doesn't taste like it smells, it tastes much worse. First of all, there's no way in hell this is a stout, brewer intent or not. I'm not sure what to call it, but I keep coming back to Euro dark lager... from one of those Eastern European breweries that are better left unmentioned.

The dominant flavor is a sour dark fruitiness whose origins are a mystery. How about 99% distilled water, caramel extract, raisin juice, metal and a pinch of salt. Believe it or not, the beer doesn't quite make it all the way to nasty. It's terrible, sure, but it's also at least as drinkable as a macro light lager, if not more so.

The mouthfeel is incredibly light, with no mouthfilling volume whatsoever. An ideal amount of carbonation (or even an acceptable amount) would have kept this score on the same level as flavor and drinkability. Unfortunately, the bubbles are of poor quality and are in short supply as well.

Cerveza Potro (potro means horse) is a lousy product in an impressive package. Don't be a sucker like I was and spend $5.99 on this swill. Far from being a thoroughbred, this nag is ready for the glue factory. Bleh.

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Photo of charlzm
1.74/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Consumed 07/29/07. Bottle labeled lot 148.

Is this supposed to be a smoked porter?

Opened cold - immediate smell of smoke. Pours very dark brown with little carbonation - I couldn't coax a head out of this one.

Aroma was all smokiness, as was flavor when cold. When warmer, sourness came out and smokiness subsided. No hop flavor at all, malt flavor not very appealing. There's that smoke again towards the end of the swallow.

Thin and watery mouthfeel. Mild astringency with lingering aftertaste of... smoke? Corn? Not pleasant, anyway.

Not recommended.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cool bottle. Very bad beer.

Pours an opaque black with a head that really doesn't stick around long at all. If it did, I'd be more inclined to give a higher score. Nose is a mix between smoky, roasted qualities and dirty water. Seems to have a bit of cheap licorice candy fragrance as well. Not impressed. Flavor is just way off. So thin and watered down and just dirty in general. Lacks elegance, body, or grace. I am not even going to bother with elaborating. Feel is thin with low carbonation and still that dirty water edge. No way is this drinkable. This is going down the drain. Avoid like the plague. I bought it because it was a cool bottle. If I had read reviews beforehand, I would have avoided. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

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Photo of mdagnew
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml blue glass, long necked bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured almost completely black with some dark red edging. Tan head poured pretty small and frothy then faded quickly to wispy covering with thick edges... some very light lacing lines....

Aroma - Very odd for a stout.... sooty notes, strong vinegar sourness - a bit like a Belgian red ale, lightly roasted malts, brown sugar / treacle sweetness, some black cherry and lime fruitiness, some liquorice mixed with chocolate, salty traces...

Taste – Again very strange if this is supposed to be a stout... everything is very light and watered down.... quite a lot of citrus fruitiness along with some apple, light sourness, some toasted bread notes, quite a lot of saltiness, faint pepperiness, some blackcurrant

Feel - Pretty smooth... light bodied... fairly refreshing but way too bland and watery to make me want to go back for another...

Overall - A very strange brew and not really in a good way.. possibly the weirdest stout i've ever had... maybe worth a try once...

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.61/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting! At the outset, you have to give credit to this brewer for venturing to make a stout in Mexico. This bottle can't be beat, I love the long neck. The smell is new to me... maybe I should have expected it, but this Mexican beer has a hint of lime to it. Also a sour yeast nose, I don't have an idea where it comes from. The taste has the same sour notes, but the addition of a roasty finish. Pretty thin both in taste and consistency, but this makes it easy to drink. This would be a great beer if it was on tap at a local bar, but it is definitely not something I would seek out.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml blue "liqueur design" bottle, bought in Edinburgh. "Lote 00148". ABV is 4.7%. Black coloured beer, reddish brown in the highlights. Large to moderate tan head. Unusual aroma with notes of balsamic vinegar, dark fermenting fruits, ensilage, burned rubber and glue, hints of chocolate and liquorice - good and not-so-good at the same time. The flavour is moderately roasty, fruity and acidic with distinct notes of smoke, hints of liquorice. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Very far from being the best porter in the world, but worth a try.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.75/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

(Lot 132)

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, cola-like body with a very thin, splotchy off-white head. Cool bottle, though!

Smell: Mercifully subtle aroma of roasted malt, metal shavings, and the puff of a fleeing magician's smoke.

Taste: Roasted, sort of ashy black grains and mild hints of fruit are covered and nearly buried by a very peculiar, nearly intolerable sour-metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but quite watery and with almost no carbonation, making for a near lifeless beer.

Drinkability: Who knows, maybe Lot #133 is right on the money. Though, I will say that that blue bottle is the bee's knees!

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Photo of AndoBrew
2.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

*i hated it and will never have again*

app: looks like a thin stout.. so so.

smell: watery black roasty malts and flowers

taste: sour SOUR! Odd .. not good, this is way off.

mf: nope, thin and no life

drinkable?: no not at all black and sour.

this beer is not anything it should be, it smells almost ok then the flavor is so off it hurts, I had to sneeze.

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Photo of moonman00
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an exceptional presentation, comes in a dark blue bottle, 500 ml in it. Can only find it in a local supermarket chain.

Poured into a beer glass. Nice dark chocolate-satin color, smells like chocolate and a little coffee.

It stands a nice body, but it could have been more robust because at the end it feels a little watery.

It is a nice beer one of Mexico's finest English Stout, I prefer it over Guinness.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

for an english stout this is on the light side. Guinness Nitro cans without the nitro...

Poured a hazy dark choclate with a minimal short lived head. no lacing evident.

Smell was definitely ale-like though weak. Some caramel, some roast coffee.

Taste was bland to slightly fruity drying slightly with some faint roasty notes.

Mouthfeel was very thin and light

It was drinkable but not worth trying again at the price I paid.

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Photo of Lupin
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Wow. Watery does not begin to describe this beer.

Popped the cap on the fantastic, dark blue bottle--which was pretty much the only reason I bought the beer in the first place.

Smells pretty foul. Like negra modelo after getting skunked, with a little bit of stale coffee to back it up. Not friendly in the least. Vague stouty airs, but no spiciness. Pours an oily dark brown. Head was less than a quarter of an inch. Just a few bubbles.

Taste is nowhere near what you're expecting. Thin, but balanced. A little dry and chalky. Vague dark chocolate and coffee notes. No spiciness to be spoken of. Looks so much darker than it tastes.

This is kind of like a watered down stout for people on low carb diets, but that doesn't really make sense. So essentially, it's pointless. It would be worth a try if it weren't as expensive as it is. Definitely not, as the bottle claims, 'Mexico's Finest.'

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
1.94/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice looking cobalt bottle with a tag around the neck. Sour, off aroma as it pours a black with decent clarity and very little head. Taste is extremely one dimensional with a bit of off malt flavor and some of the sourness promised by the smell. Mouthfeel is thin; drinkability is pour. This beer is all hat, no cattle.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful bottle, that's for sure...but the beer therein...?

Perfectly opaque appearance, slim, soon gone cocoa-tanned head...looks like a stout, if it is one...or even if it isn't...

Aroma is roasty, but surprisingly bare. I sniff and sniff, and come up empty. Nuts, maybe?

Taste: a bit thin, but smooth and, again, achingly empty. Not terrible, mind you, not bad, not suffering substantially by any stretch of the imagination, but lacking most significantly in flavor. There's a lot of beer here, but not much flavor. Resembles most of all a schwarzbier lager, but, once more, lacks the taste of that style.

Further imbibement continues an investigation of a regrettably null set. Dryish finish. Medium bodied. Utterly lackluster when it comes to anything we really look for in beer, i.e., "taste." The fancy glasswork of the bottle does not make up for this, and the $5 was not well spent. Learn from my mistake, if you've a mind to.

(And, this is certainly not an "English stout." Someone's mixed up.)

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this one randomly on the shelf and was intrigued by the blue bottle so I picked it up. Pours from the stylish blue bottle into my tulip glass a nice dark black with a small tan head. Not much light getting through here. Aromas are nice and roasty with a slight cocoa undertone. A touch of coffee that's slightly smoky. Maybe a hint of dark fruit as well. Pretty nice, mellow.

First sip brings a thin roasted maltiness with a mellow cocoa flavor. This is met by a touch of smoky coffee as it flows down. Slighty bitter with some dark fruit as well. Overall, everything seems to be understated here and nothing really keeps my attention. A decent brew and still probably the best Mexican brew I've yet to sample.

Mouthfeel is on the light side with lots of active carbonation. Ends up a bit too watery. I don't recall what I paid for this bottle, but I don't see it as something I'd be coming back to again soon. Worth a try, but it doesn't end up doing it for me.

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Photo of brentk56
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours like a root beer, with a lot of fizziness that blows off quickly, leaving literally no head after about five seconds

Smell: Rather vegetal odor (DMS, I suppose) predominates over a touch of roasted malt

Taste: Starts out with a chocolate flavor that is joined by a bizarre fruitiness; really tastes more like an unsweet soft drink rather than a beer; the finish is not bad, as it builds on the chocolate flavor in a rather nice way

Mouthfeel: Thin and fizzy

Drinkability: Despite its numerous flaws, this beer is a decent quaffer; very easy to drink with some interesting flavors; the marketing promo that is attached to the bottle describes this as an "old world style Mexican cerveza" and a "dark ale" - perhaps we are not evaluating this in the proper category as it is a poor stout or porter but would be a decent dark lager

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Potro is almost black in color with a short, light brown head. The smell strength is weak. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee is noted, as well as a hint of chocolate. Taste is that of a slightly watery stout. Roasted malt flavors are there, but seem thined out. Coffee flavor is most prevalent and is joined by a touch of chocolate. There isn't enough flavor here to get excited, the brewer needs to beef up the malt for this to improve.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.46/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured into the glass blackish bown with a brown and fizzy large bubbled head which fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was strongly fruity when first opened with a bit of a berry aspect. The aroma contained a strong fruit character coupled with a mild cheesy aromatic like that of bleu cheese. The aroma had a fairly high carbonation aspect which released an aroma similar to cherry pepsi.

The flavor was chocolate, but not milk or malt, more of a cocoa or carob flavor. The flavor was very estery and fruity with more cherry and berry, but not well done, better described as a trainwreck of flavors. Some light expresso was present with the cocoa, but the esters being extremely high made those flavors secondary.

The finish was dry with fruity cocoa lasting far too long and dry into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and watery. If the beer were less estery and was to lose the cheesy character it might be passable as a porter. For those temped to give it a try, skip it.

16.9 ounce blue bottle, fill level at nearly 4" below crown.

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Photo of ryantupy
4.38/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is in my opinion is one of those comfort beers. While it not amazingly complex and unique. It was a very well balanced beer that had a good consistent flavor that was unique for its stlye. It pours a really nice mocha brown head and with a scents of butterscotch, roasted malts, and a hint of hoppy bitterness. It tasted great, nice and smooth. Hints of roasted malts, a slight hoppy bitterness, and a maybe a slight slight hint of mocha. Overal I really enjoyed this beer. And yes the bottle was very cool looking.

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