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Pay The Ferryman | Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

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Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 96
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle found in an Irish shop just outside the city walls of the Southern Brittany (France) town of Vannes. Yes very random.
It pours a pitch black colour with a perfect 1/2 inch foam head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is slightly sweet with chocolate, coffee, licorice and roasted malt. Medium body, soft carbonation. The finish is roasted malt and slightly dry with a mild to medium bitterness. Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, extremely opaque. Head is a medium brown, very thick with superior retention but little lacing. Black olive, maple syrup, toffee, light berry, roasty aromas. Smoky tart is the most apt descriptor of the taste, a little complexity with hints of toffee/molasses and black olives throughout and a roastiness in the aftertaste. Reminiscent of certain American and Oatmeal Stouts on the nose and palate, but weaker so not as good. Medium-bodied, a little syrupy and sticky, and semi-smooth. Fine, weak and sparse carbonation, only adding to syrupy feel.

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Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent ebony with a finger of tan head. Zero lacing & head retention

S: Iron, faint dark fruit

T: Molasses, a little bit of figs, & faint roastyness up front. Dryness, leafy hops & roastyness, a little carob. Finishes a little roasty with faint leafy hops & figgyness

MF: Fairly thin body, semi-firm carbonation

Almost could pass as a Schwartz beer, alright nothing special. Drinks okay. Might drink it if I lived in Mexico

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Photo of Myotus
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of brown foam that sadly dissipates into a line of khaki foam within 10 seconds. Black in color with a nice orange tint. I can only assume that the rising bubbles are scarce since the head is so small and I can't see through the brew. Lacing is practically absent.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of coffee (roasted malts), pale malts, bitter chocolate, toffee, vanilla, and a hint of spicy hops along with some strange and funky smell that I can't quite name.
TASTE: Initial taste is of strong vanilla flavors that mix with mild toffee, coffee, and pale malt flavors. A hint of bitter chocolate and spicy hops enter instantaneously after the initial taste as vanilla and toffee flavors persist, but coffee flavors grow from mild to strong. That strange and somewhat unpleasant aroma is detectable by the palate and enters lastly. I can still can't name what it is, but it is mild enough to bring the rating of this beer down.
FEEL: This a very light-bodied beer that somehow is also creamy. It goes down really smooth and ends in a subtle dryness that isn't exactly "crisp."
NOTE: This beer is surprisingly okay given the reputation of this brewery. This is definitely a drinkable American Porter. Nothing I would recommend to any beer connoisseur, but definitely to somebody who is wanting to try out the style.

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Photo of Merticois
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Surprisingly dark, with almost no head retention.

Smell - Malty, strong caramel note.

Taste - Coffee, caramel and a strange hint of charcoal.

Feel - Smooth, slightly thick, clean finish overall.

Overall - a very pleasant beer, not extremely unique but very drinkable.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A surprisingly hint of berry in the aroma, with your average porter look. The flavor's a little hollow, but not bad. Easy-going drinkability, but nothing phenomenal.

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Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, with best before dating printed on the bottle

Pours dark cola amber, dark mocha head, stays well at the 1/4 inch level and leaves some moderate slippery fingers of lacing.

Dusty/musty nose with some chocolate and dark malts coming forward.

In the mouth I get, milk chocolate, a slight note of lactic sour, some dusty/musty hops.

On the thin side mouthfeel wise.

Nothing overly special, but decently flavorful and easy enough drinking

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, this Mexican porter pours a dark blackish brown with a light tan head that dissipates to a thin layer and light clinging lacing. Nose of chocolate and cocoa, and moderately roasted grains. Flavors are chocolate up front, light bittering cocoa on the sides, light toasted bread and grains to the rear, and lightly bitter grain aftertaste mingling with chocolate malts and a light hop. Not a bad porter in the least. A very good session style porter for those who like a bit of chocolate and roasted goodness to their brew. Good carbonation makes it an easy drinker. A good brew for a newbie to the darker side.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle. When one beer is represented twice on this site, which seems to be a more and more common experience of late, I usually opt for the one that was added first, as this one was, a full YEAR before the other one - just sayin'.

This beer pours a solid, teetering black hole, until some pervasive basal amber highlights make themselves known, with one skinny finger of tightly foamy, and somewhat caked beige head, which leaves a few minor instances of sea plume lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of musty, lightly roasted bready caramel malt, chalky cocoa powder, earthy yeast, flat cola, a slight lactic sourness, and plain weedy and grassy hops. The taste is slightly off milk-tinged dark chocolate, crackery caramel malt, gritty yeast, ethereal cold coffee, and even more faint, and thus utterly benign, hops.

The carbonation is pretty low-key, but at least present at support duty roll-call, the body a so-so medium weight for the style, and generally smooth, not much here to report otherwise (which is a good thing, I suppose). It finishes off-dry, the pithy chocolate, understated caramel, and fading milkiness the order of the day.

Not a bad American Porter, maybe a tad watered-down, but hardly overly so, as most of the expected elements are at the very least touched upon, except maybe the hops. So, okay, they named this one well - a 'porter', as represented by the ferryman of River Styx infamy, as opposed to the original English sense. Nice.

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Photo of barczar
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smoke, tar, and lots of roasty malt character surface in the aroma. Coffee and a lack of chocolate dominate the flavor. Fairly thin, and a touch metallic.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

$ 2.19/11.2 oz twist-off bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma roasted malt
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, sloooowly diminishing to 3 mm ring and 1 mm layer
Lacing OK – partial rings and islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with roasted malt and slightly sweet milk chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.125. Final weighted average 4.25.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the land of crappy lagers and slightly better ambers – but this is a porter which is both flavorful and cheap. It is only slightly sweet with the malt coming through and some hints of chocolate as well. Unfortunately the flavor quickly vanishes leaving behind only a wet mouth.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.74/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown colour, light beige head that's just a rim. Decent but thin lace. Bit thin, yeah generally a bit lacking.

Smells chocolate grainy. Decent cocoa character, a bit of cereal gives a taste of cocoa pops. Not bad, but could use more oomph.

Taste is a bit sour upfront, just thin. Some chocolate character late-mid, but mostly just weakly bitter roast. Quite watery, tastes thin and largely disappointing.

Bit of fizz. Mostly thin, not a lot of texture.

Yeah, has mild portery character. But mostly watery and disappointing.

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Photo of MIchelle
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer pours a super dark black color with lots of bubbles and about a one inch cream colored head to it. It is nice in appearance however I thought it was odd for this style of beer not to really smell it while pouring. While the smell isn't bad at all it's just faint and not really easy to detect for me. It drinks smooth for a porter. Tastes of dark coffee and toasted malt flavor. It almost has a chocolate malt flavor going as well, I really like the flavor. It drinks kind of bubbly and it's not to smooth when it first hits the mouth due to that highly carbonated affect it has going but it's a very good tasting beer. Not my favorite for the style but overall I would buy this one again and it's smooth drinking for someone new to porters or dark beers. It doesn't leave that burnt coffee after taste like some do.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Creamy off white head that doesn't want to go away. Lots of lacing and high carbonation at first. Black.

S- Aroma gives a bit of coffee malt but it's not very powerful.

T - roasted malt gives off a hint of coffee and after taste of chocolate. Maybe a bit of vanilla in there with hop undertones towards the back.

M - creamy upfront with a bit of carbonation at the back. Medium light bodied.

O - it's an inoffensive porter. Refreshing even.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is black, almost stout-like, in appearance. Two inches of tan head retreat almost immediately after the pour.

S - I smell some cocoa and dark chocolate, but the smell is off somehow. I can't place it, but there is just something off about the smell.

T - It tastes kind of lightstruck. Maybe that is the off smell. I get some dark chocolate in the finish. It got some off things going on. Not pleasant, but it could certainly be worse.

M - Medium

O - Even with the off taste and smell, it is still one of the best Mexican beers that I have had. It is way better than the typical skunked lager.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is OK, and there's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted and burnt/charred malt, bready malt and some chalkiness. The taste is better than the aroma, it's also similar to the aroma but there's the addition of some smoked malt, chocolate and a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think it's an OK brew, but I'm glad I just bought a single of this instead of a 4 or 6 pack (whatever this comes in). Just an average porter for the most part. $1.73 a single.

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Photo of woemad
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes
11.2oz bottle purchased at the Total Wine on Spokane’s north side for $1.49. According to the label, this is best before “10/05/14.” Don’t know if that’s meant to be October 5th or May 10th, but either way it hasn’t expired.

Poured a dark brown color, taking on a shade like polished mahogany when held up to light. Big, creamy tan head.

At first, all I could smell was a brown sugary sweetness. Once it warmed up a little, there was a coffee-like bitter aroma, along with a less welcome scent of minerals.

This tasted more like a dry example of a brown ale than a porter. It started off sweet, then became a little more astringent, and ended on a dry, mineralish note.

Dry, yet slightly watery mouthfeel.

Meh. Not horrible, but nothing I’d be interested in having again.

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Photo of Brenden
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This porter, dark brown in color without being too thin but letting some light in, grows a tan head up to about half a finger. It shows moderate retention with lacing that manages slightly better than average.
It's got the malt backbone, strong enough for a porter but not breaking any ground, with a safe, run-of-the-mill roast. There's a bit more to it, though, as toast gives way to earth and nut, a little leaf showing a touch of hops and chocolate underlying. There's a bit of heaviness in the char, but not until later.
The flavor brings the char out more, and while it shows a good complexity it has a little too much of an acrid note that can't be entirely eased by the chocolaty undertone.
The feel isn't overtaken by sweetness, instead actually leaning a little chalky. Surprisingly, the acridity doesn't make too much of a mark in it. It's a little too crisp, in my mind, for a porter, and use just slightly more to its medium body.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Love the bottle - I’ll save it for a Halloween decoration next year. Smoky aroma has notes of roast malt and burnt wood. It pours a deep sable with a thick, though not persistent, tan head. Flavor is rather thin, smoky and malty with a snip of molasses but that’s all. Texture is on the thin side and barely fizzy. OK, not great, but palatable. Get your muerte on.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pay the Ferryman Porter has a medium, beige, soapy head, a very dark brown (almost black) appearance, and lots of good lacing left behind. The aroma is of of sour, slightly burnt, brown bread crust, bread dough, malt, and maybe some chocolate syrup. Flavor is of all that with just the slightest bitterness in the background. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Pay the Ferryman Porter finishes wet, mellow, and good. It's worth trying.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing nearly opaque with ruby highlights at the edge; thin brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, light coffee. Flavor is very mild toasted malt with hints of char, light coffee and and chocolate, fades away quickly to a nearly flavorless finish with hints of toasted malt and hops. Light bodied. This one got my hopes up, the aroma was pretty good and the initial taste is muted, but has nice char notes to the roasted malt and the light chocolate and coffee that adds character to a porter. But the flavor really fades away quickly, pretty disappointing. Maybe a gateway porter for someone who does not want toasted malt aftertaste. Resembles the kind of faux porter Coors would make if they bought out a Mexican brewery.

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Photo of HalfFull
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330 ml. capped bottle and poured into a shaker pint. Clear deep brown pour with crimson highlights and a thick and rocky inch of tan foam. Decent retention and light lace.

Aroma of light roast with a bit of chocolate and coffee. Touch of sweet fruit in the background. Aroma becomes a bit simpler with exposure and warming, quite opposite of what might be expected.

Taste is a bit less developed and a bit muted than the smell. Thin and somewhat ashen at times. This flavor segues to a rather light feel overall for the style. Opposite of the aroma, the taste improves slightly with exposure but remains a bit pedestrian.

Overall a fairly well executed yet 'light and simple' take on the stye.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 11.2-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: World Market in Las Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: Aug. 1, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 6, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured an almost pitch black color with almost three fingers of frothy tan head. Nice amount of uneven foamy lacing along the sides. Fantastic lacing on the top all the way down.

Smelled dark chocolate, cocoa, faint coffee beans, caramel, toffee and smoky wood.

Tasted similar to the nose, although not quite as deep. Got dark chocolate, bitter coffee beans, caramel, toffee, faint smoky wood.

Medium-to-full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly bitter, warming finish.

I really liked this porter. Would definitely try it again.

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Photo of superspak
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 5/8/2014. Pours clear nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, light coffee, floral, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of light milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, light coffee, floral, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very watered down but pleasant flavor balance; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and watery mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a mediocre porter. Not offensive in taste, but pleasant and smooth to drink otherwise.

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Photo of socon67
2.62/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark brown pour with some soapy lacing. There is some carbonation.

S - Smells of dark malts. Too sugary in the smell. Almost smell like a shwartzbier.

T - Really lame. Too much sugar and nothing from the malts in the taste.

M -Feel slightly watery. Light feel but maybe not balanced.

O - This is Tecate trying to do craft. Stay away.

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Pay The Ferryman from Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.
3.36 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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