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

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Cerveceria Mexicana S.A. De C.V.

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
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 WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pay the Ferryman is ok. It poured an opaque black with no head and no lace. The scent had some cocoa. The taste was evenly balanced but slightly bland. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's worth a try but not overly fantastic.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, no date

black, thin head that fades. can still see light in the corners of the glass. milk chocolate aroma. taste is slightly sweet, and slightly acidic. roasty. thinner bodied.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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 Auraan
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with two fingers of thick tan head that receded to a cap of tan foam. Overall impression of appearance is of a near perfect porter. Scents of bittersweet chocolate, roast malt and black licorice upfront with supporting aromas of bread crust, caramel and coffee with cream. Overall impression of aroma is of a pleasing, true to form porter, quite nice. Flavor begins with light burnt and roasted malt, with supporting notes of bittersweet chocolate and caramel. Middle gains in bitterness adding notes of cocoa to moderate roasted malt. Finish is bitter with notes of roasted malt, burnt malt and a light soapy off-flavor. Aftertaste is burnt malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a rather one-note porter with an impression of lightness and faintness to the flavors on display, even for a sessionable porter. While not terrible, there are certainly better porters available Mouthfeel is light bodied and slightly watery with high carbonation and a chalky finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very light porter, with a rather weak body, even for a sessionable style. Overall this is merely okay. The aroma is standard but the thin flavor and mouthfeel serve as demerits to what should be a light, yet flavorful and creamy style. This makes the beer weak and underwhelming unlike better examples of the style. Worth it if you want to sample an easily available example of Mexican craft beer, but there are certainly better examples of porter available, many at lower price points.

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Photo of ordybill
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown close to black with a very minimal head. The aroma is mostly malts, with some roasted nuts. The taste matches the aroma with the malt and the nuttiness. Overall, a good porter from Mexico.

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Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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 dcotom
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this just to try, and it did not disappoint. Poured cold. Lots of pleasant burnt-coffee bitterness on the palate right away that diminished some as the beer warmed. Also quite a bit of carbonation. Mouthfeel was a little thin, possibly due to the carbonation. Still, a very flavorful and balanced porter and well worth a try.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a taster glass.

A: Black with some brown undertones. A half finger tan head that dissipated fast. Ample lacing.

S: Bready malts, coffee, dark chocolate.

T: Chocolate rolls in with a hint of coffee. A nice malty backbone. Slightly toasty. Robust, semi-sweet.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation. A dry finish.

O: A great surprise with terrific label art. I'd drink again.

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Photo of MicTar
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a mug

L: dark black (opaque) with a tan head of about a 1/2in that did not last long

S: chocolate and coffee. As it warmed up the smell started also having a fruit scent.

T: chocolate (made me think of the dark chocolate bar I got from Godiva that was 85%). Finished with a slight coffee bite

F: smooth with small amount of carbonation.

O: I truly liked this and am very happy my daughter pointed it out to me. Will look for it and others by the brewery in the future

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Photo of Myotus
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
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 +14.1%
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 -2.6%
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 -1.4%
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 mikeg67
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with long lasting beige foamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready, toasted malt, brown sugar, dark fruit and chocolate. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and semi-dry. OK brew

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3/17/15 (Bottle) Nice solid dark brown pour, no head, mild carbonation. Very pleasant coffee aroma, as well as coffee and malt.Roasted malt and chocolate are prevalent while drinking, a nice beer that is somewhat sweet and a bit harsh. Full flavor and texture, carbonation prevalent, nice feel and kick. Overall good offering, but sweeter than what I typically prefer.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear brown (appearing almost black) with ruby edges against the light, producing almost 2 fingers of fluffy, deep tan, shortlived head that leaves motes & a thin ring-like wash of lacing a half inch above the surface. Aroma is dark malt & brown bread, chocolate, toffee, roasted nuts & a hint of coffee. Taste is thinner than the nose, watery in fact, fronted by cola like caramel & roast with hints of chocolate & coffee, finishing with notes of heavily roasted (burnt) malt, more cola & a little smoke with a shortlived caramel cola, burnt, faintly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin, light to medium bodied, fairly heavily carbonated for the style, smooth, finishing with a little pepper. My first experience with a Mexican produced porter.

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Photo of JamieWeisen
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My new favorite porter, the look was basically spot on for what I look for in a porter and the smell was nice and like that of coffee and some earthy notes but not too strong. The taste was wonderful and wasn't too different but was exactly what I was expecting and had a nice malty finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and is among the best I have ever had in a beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark and somewhat deviant, the matra of the porter's namesake doesn't end there. One sip draws you into a toasty, chocolaty lull from which it's uncertain that we will return.

Handsomely tall and dark, the frothy porter patiently separates is ominous brown body from its mocha stained foam. Above which, a sultry scent stems forth in the form of coffee, nutty, chocolaty and marshmallowy enticement. Drifting upon the tongue, its lavish bittersweetness emerge.

Its savory dark flavor ensues in the form of those toasted marshmallows, nutty kona coffee, cocoa, and scorched toffee flavors. Beautiful in their long and lingering display, the porter slowly drifts into a bitterly toasted finish that relaxes its sweetness and allows the woodsy hops to frame a finish when you didn't see it coming.

Toasted dryness decorates the waning moments as soft fruit and spices of grape and fennel waft about in the beer's warmth. Its firm but medium body serves to a creamy-dry finish with a pleasant afterglow of coffee and dark chocolate reaching late. Paired with a sweet and nutty Swiss cheese and a marriage is made in an ominously dark heaven.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev +6%
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 -4.9%
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 Tone
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours the black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, oatmeal, hint of hop, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, oatmeal, hint of hop, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

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Photo of barczar
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +22.1%

$ 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 Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

"Brewed in the style of an English Porter". Available year round in 12 oz. 6 packs.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 51º Fahrenheit.

Pours a crisp frothy cocoa-tan head over a deep brown, near black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. The aroma combined notes of cocoa, roasted nut and toasted malt with secondary undertones of coffee bean and vanilla for a potent and detailed aroma. The flavor is similar, although slightly less full in body, with moderate roasted malt, ground coffee bean and vanilla the main characters of an lightly sweet body. The texture is slick, slightly chewy and somewhat thin with a medium crisp carbonation for a spritely, busy mouthfeel. The body is shy of medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is moderately earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is very mild and off characters are minimal to none. Overall I found the aroma promising but the flavor itself lacking the same depth and character. While English porters are not traditionally sweet, I felt the dryness of this beer warranted a touch more viscosity and body to justify the flavors coming out. Certainly not a unenjoyable porter by any means, but not an exceptional one either.

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