Casta Morena (Dark Ale) | Especialidades Cerveceras S.A. de C.V.

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Casta Morena (Dark Ale)Casta Morena (Dark Ale)

Brewed by:
Especialidades Cerveceras S.A. de C.V.

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 06-15-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Absumaster
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a bit of a surprise for me, a very good Mexican beer. I did not expect this!
A red/brown beer with good carbonation and a very small head.
Smell was very extra-ordinary, there was the obvious maltiness, but also a smell that reminded me of balsamico, porto and soy sauce and molasses. Very bizarre, yet tasty!
Taste of dark malts, some caramel and grapes. The 'balsamico' smell was also apparent in the taste, giving a slight acidic and ground-like taste. Bitterness was almost absent.

This 'balsamico', as I would describe it, adds really to the flavour of the beer and although it is not something I've tasted before, I like it!

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Photo of Matcpd
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Sampled at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn)

apperance --
clear amber / light brown in color - the head reminded me of a coca-cola.

nose --
Chocolately, Coffee, Malty=VERY SWEET, Slighty Raisin/Prunes

taste/mouthfeel --
The body was light, a bit surprising for the style, although the transparent color of the beer hinted at this. Very clean, crisp and refreshing. No Bitterness. Mellow...perhaps this particular bottle has been sitting around for a few years. Also had hints of an Abbey Dubbel because of its malty sweetness.

drinkability --
Impressive for a Mexican beer. It is very drinkable in hot climates - I think that is what makes it so successful. Sessionable, but still complex.

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Photo of Phatz
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer. It is complete happenstance that I even came upon it. Thanks to BA tgbljb from Lancaster. It ended up this beer was part of a trade and I am certainly indebted. As a sweet tooth I love smooth sweet beers and the Scottish Ale style is one of my favorites. This beer does the style proud!

Appearance: Pours a solid brown with slight red hues. Nice tan head that leaves a frothy coating thought the duration of the beer. Immense and fantastic lacing.

Smell: Very thick aroma (if you know what I mean). It fills your nose; wow! It is the smell of super sweet raw sugar, burnt wood and caramelized malts. Absolutely exceptional. It makes my mouth salivate at the first waft of its aroma.

Taste: Toasted caramelized malts was the first thing that comes to mind. There is definitely the toasty-ness and the caramel but there are also hints of other dark fruits; a few plums and a couple of cherries are thrown into this mix. Then there is a bit of spiciness. Maybe it is in part the alcohol but I think the hops are playing a role here as well. It is not overly floral but the presence is just enough to keep the sugar from being cloying. The aftertaste has a bit of a black (charcoal-ish) bitter that offsets the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth full feeling medium body creamy and oily mouthfeel. Just when you think it is going to be chewy the buttery texture slide right down your throat. Magnificent.

Drinkability: What else can I say. I have run out of adjectives. By now you know I am a fan of this beer. It is too sweet to be an all nighter beer but it is good for two, and they'll go down easy. I'm certain because after one I was definitely craving more.

Hope this is helpful.

Thanks to tgbljb for the trade!
Heres to finding good beer in Lancaster PA :) Cheers!

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Photo of tesguino
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

deep brown color , characteritic of this beer, smell green, grass just harvested; broiled hops too, slightly leather notes; taste, smoky and velvet, full bodied, and caramel flavor; good for mexican haute cuisine; try in a pint glass off course; 89% recommended.

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Photo of nekronos
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first time I tried this I did not find it special, but my tastes improved and then I could appretiate its valour. This is a sweet surprise to everytone who believes lagers are the beers here. IT is like deliscious, and great for bohemins in a bar.

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Photo of bultrey
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't been too terribly impressed with Casta's beers, but this one I like. Interesting that it is a Scottish Ale, because when I first tasted it, I immediately thought it was like an old ale, brewed along the lines of Old Peculiar. Anyhow, it has a beautiful deep chestnut color with very little head or lacing. Smells like raisiny malts with a touch of cinnamon. Initially quite sweet, with that same raisiny flavor, some cocoa powder, and a chalky dry finish that prevents this from being cloying. A bit of fruity hop bitterness lingers on the palate, but not for long. If chosen to pair with Mexican food, this would be excellent with traditional mole negro or perhaps pipian sauce. I would certainly buy this at a traditional Mexican restaurant.

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Photo of Albinoh
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with a good tan head that leaves a tiny lace. Incredibly inviting aroma, sweet malt, caramel, roasted grain. Very good taste, everything is well balanced, the caramel flavor pushes at the beginning, lots of sweetness, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel, roasted/smoky afterwards... delicate aftertase... I really like this beer, the best beer brewed in mexican soil.

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Photo of Pepeton
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this beer is just like finding a long lost friend.
I've been drinking ales from Especialidades Cerveceras since the very moment they opened.
Oh! What a breeze of fresh air they were.

This one pours a dark reddish brew, with a nice short lived tan head. Almost no lacing.

Smells like ripe fruit (maybe prunes), malts and sweet.

Taste is of roasted malts. Good.

Mouthfeel is buttery, with a bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is high, since it's one of the four ales brewed in my town.
What can I say? Are we or are we not supposed to support our local microbrewer?


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Photo of tgbljb
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown crystal clear color with a nice head that fell to a sustained ring. Smell is of malt, prunes, plums, toasted grains, and figs. Taste is superb with a excellent balance of toasted grains and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is also excellent with a lingering fruitiness. An absolutely pleasnt suprise. A beer can't get much better.

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Photo of diablo14
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

the label on this beer would be one of the most bizarre ive ever seen. the guy on the front has a face where his tackle should be! apart from that its your usual mexican dark beer, good without being great, and nothing like the style it professes to be.

its a fairly fizzy, darker amber colored beer with a fair to middling head. has ok hoppy aromas with caramel tones and something nutty around the mark. leaning towards sweet in flavor, i detected a golden syrup type taste in there with the regulation nutty elements. the malt was not prominent enuff for the style, but was reasonably tasty nevertheless.the sweetness was somewhat negated on the back palate, but the semi crisp finish had more to do with carbonation than any top quality hop presence. just didnt have enuff body or fullness of flavor for my liking, and certainly not for a scottish ale. still, it was inoffensive, and didnt get sickly as it warmed up, so that alone makes it something you can easily slam down while eating your enchiladas.

this brew was a solid drinking ale that wasnt too expensive, went down nicely and tasted pretty good. i would in no way call this a scotch ale, but its still ok.

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Photo of beerceller99
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear chestnut color with a with a foamy tan head. Nice mildly sweet roasted nut smell. Light to medium bodied. Has an interesting, spicy malt taste with a sweet essence of bubblegum.
Finishes mildly bitter. A very easy drinking brew here from a quality brewer south of the border.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Villa Spirits Shoppe, Storrs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light tan head over the clear copperish brown brew. Head settles about half, with nice lacing. Aroma is minimal and somewhat generic. Taste is another story, with chocolate, caramel and the odd peat flavor dancing across the tongue. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent, my favorite Casta offering to date.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany brown with red highlights. A small, thin head is all that show up, but does stay for a bit.
Smell is unbelieveably hard to find. I spent at least 5 minutes trying to sniff out something. Came away with very light scents of roast malt, hops and, once it warmed up about 10 more minutes, vanilla.
Taste is caramel, molasses, malt, vanilla and hops. Taste gets better as it warms.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, lightly carbonated, a bit thinner that expected, a light-medium body.
Drinkability: A decent beer but not really up to the standards of other Scottish/English dark ales.

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Photo of wl0307
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this beer on 18 April 2005 at home in a bit tulip wine glass.
Appearance: dark amber to brown colour, with very delicate and thin beer head, limited carbonation.
Smell: quite tartly sweet, "expired"-raison to dried-longan-fruit flavour; also reminiscent of some English old ale style beer (e.g. Greene King's Old Suffolk ale)
Taste: vertical, but not too sweet longan-fruit palate.
Aftertaste: nice, round mouthful of, still, longan-fruit and malty taste. Not very dominating and not too sweet. In terms of body and depth, it's a bit thin nevertheless... faint bitterness.
Overall drinkability: Don't know why I kept having the impression of this beer brewed even "WITH" longan-fruit. I suppose it's either I'm preoccupied with the fruit tonight or the beer itself is, I'm afraid, too simple and straight forward. A jolly pleasant digestif (for me) though.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

pours very dark into a wine glass. head disappears quickly. smell is malty, raisins and sugars. strong and kicking in the nose. body is depressingly light. the first thing that hits you is a tartness, followed by weak malt notes and a lack of spice. very nonexistent in the finish. taking bigger an bigger sips just to capture some flavor. smooth, but light. bitterness in the aftertaste follows a big gulp. apple detected after intense scrutiny. not a bad beer, just disappointing for something so dark. flavor is there, just needs a magnifying glass.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Knowing that Morena is a Spanish word for ... uh ... morena ... as oppsed to less ena...ok ok...

Dark cola hues with a stable khaki cap and a few tight beads rising.

Light aromas of rootbeer, and brewed tea cherry & red apple hints.

First swigs: Sweet red apple malts. Some roasty flavors via a tiny bit of coffee yogurt like lingering aftertaste of rootbeer.

Mouthfeel is foamy with a medium body and cloying aftertaste. Lacks a defining flavor. Muddy.

Last swigs: More like a lager than an ale.

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Photo of alexgash
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool bottle. Dark, charred-amber-red body with a creamy, light-tan head and good lacing.
Rich caramelly aromas mixed with subtle, stewed, dark fruit. There's a buttery, peaty, roastiness bubbling up along with some vegetal hops too. The vegetal hops are kind of lager-y.
Taste starts with sweetish, caramelly malts. Light roasted edge. Roasted malt notes crescendo and, along with some vegetal--almost herbal--hops, carry into the finish. Medium-full bodied. Nice. Almost seems more like an ale-ish bock as opposed to a scottish ale. Finish has a hint of cardboard. The best Mexican beer I've had (so far).

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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a white, one finger-head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Deep amber color. Light carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is malty. Starts sweet, has a raisin flavor finishes smooth and mellow. One of the better Mexican beers. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Vintage Cellar Blacksburg, VA.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with attractive local art on the label(as shown here). Casta Morena pours a clear, dark mahogany body with a one finger beige head that retains well and leaves attractive collar and patchy lace on the glass.
Aroma is similar to a doppelbock, with toffee, caramel, and molasses complimented by dark fruits and a delicate hopping.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, chewy with malts, and moderately carbonated.
Taste mirrors the aroma, with a malt dominance of toffee, caramel, and molasses. There is a quality hops bitterness that is floral and citrusy, with a touch of spicy pepper. Possibly, some smoky character, but I'm not certain if it's actually present, or only suggested.
More like a doppelbock than a Scottish ale, but well crafted and very tasty. Nice balance and surprising complexity for a Mexican brewery. Highly recommended.

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Photo of stoutman
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attractive, tawny to dark brown color. Pours with good lace. Fruity, sweetish, plum-like aroma. Clean, toffeeish, malt flavors. A hint of orange-lime zest acidity in the finish provides a dryness balance. Definitely a drinkable and tasty mexican cerveza surprise.

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Photo of putnam
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown with garnet highlights and a semi-liquid top of grey and cream-colored foam. It smells like malt. Toasty, nutty and suggestive of carefully aged calvados or brandy. Comparisons may be made to certain better Scottish ales (Traquair, Alba, etc.) or Bavarian doppelbocks : malty.
On the palate it is creamy first, then the mousse opens to reveal some brown sugar sweetness opposed by nutty, roasted tannins and tart, pineapple-like acidity. It is a dry beer and adventurous in style. Me gusta.

It's worth noting that the reference to Scottish ale above was written before any knowledge of this beer's "official" claim to that style. That it was so clear is a testament to the brewer's competence.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy colour with an off-white head that doesnt last that long. The smell is Wow. Its like being thrown into a candy shop. Toffee, Caramel, coffee, chocolate all mingle about. The flavours echo the aroma. A rich maltyness develops without being too sweet. The beer is well carbonated which helps cut some of the sweetness. Not much hoppyness at all, which is good as it wouldnt fit.

Overall a decent beer. However this one started stronger than it finished. I would drink again, but would prefer it in cooler weather on a damp fall day. Nice to see a decent beer coming from our brothers south of the border.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a fluffy beige head.
Decent lacing.
Aroma is malty, smokey, a little bread. Whiff of alcohol vapor on the pour.
Flavor is smokey with a little caramel sweetness and a light sourness (cherry Jolly Rancher) in the finish.
Very drinkable.

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Casta Morena (Dark Ale) from Especialidades Cerveceras S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 55 ratings