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

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

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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
Reviews by wl0307:
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 RoyalT
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice dark brown color with a strong, volcanic head that laced well.

Smell – Good malt fragrance with some brown sugar and caramel and some chocolate to boot.

Taste – Wow! I don’t know if I’d call it Scottish, but this is damn good for a Mexican beer. The taste delivers the smell on all counts with terrific iterations of chocolate, malt, and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel – Nice and smooth with just enough carbonation to give it a “4.”

Drinkability – This is still a light brew, but it went down exceptionally well.

Comments – I didn’t expect this kind of complexity from a Mexican beer (this is my first tasting of the Casta line). My local Hispanic tienda has other styles, which I’ll now have to try. This one will go great in my enchiladas burrachas (drunken enchiladas – pour a dark beer in the pan with the seasoning when you’re frying the meat).

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Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very impressive 12oz custom brown bottle. No bottled on date.

Appearance: Rich, dark brown beer crowned with a tan cream head -- excellent head retention.

Smell: Roasted malts, light herbal hops and clean.

Taste: A light bodied brew that leads in with a sweet chocolatey malt flavour and a clean, crisp dryness. Creamy mouthfeel. Faint hints of buttery diacetyl smooth things out, followed by a rounded dose of light caramel malts, earth, dark fruits/grape, touch of molasses flavour and touch of smoke. A semi-astringent, leafy and coarse hop bitterness breaks through, coating and stinging the palate briefly. Take a bit of each flavour and bring it all the way to the finish, then linger. Alcohol is present.

Notes: A Scottish-style Ale from ... Mexico? Hell yeah baby! This is one fine ass beer, and highly recommended by this beer drinker. Well-crafted and a nice treat from an otherwise bland beer country.

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

Nice lacing! Light tan lace creeps up the glass and the brew holds a deep red oak hue.

Wafting malty aroma with a touch of fruitiness and toffee … faint ester and highly toasted grain as well.

Smooth and lush on the palate, medium body with a perfect level of carbonation not letting in too much crispness yet enough to provide the smoothness. Malty with a pinch or fruit within the maltiness, hints of raisins in the center of the toasted roasted flavour of the grain that throws down a mild charred character. Light on the hops but enough to balance, clean alcoholic esters form middle to end.

I like this brew a lot, something I will be going back to when I can find it again.

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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 Thrasher
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly good Mexican beer, or should I say a truly good beer made in Mexico. It doesn't resemble any other Mexican beers that I've tried. A dark red-brown ale, surprisingly foamy, but the head settles quickly and leaves small bits of lace. Excellent aroma of roasty malts, sweet caramel, shortbread. Lovely rainy day mustiness. Strong Scottish malty qualities in the flavor, but are there some Vienna malts in there? If so, it would be appropriate for a Mexican beer. Hints of chocolate, too (should be good for pairing with mole). Perfectly smooth. It's an ale, but it's soft like a German lager, although maybe a little thicker. Wow. I really like this beer. I will definitely be purchasing some more, and will also explore the full line of Casta beers.

I've heard a lot about this brewery, and their being the sole bastion of good beer in Mexico. Well, if this particular beer is any indication, the rumors are 100% true. Believe the hype folks, Casta is good! Give Mexican beer another chance.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have to thank my g/f Carrie again for this one, wow my girl is willing to smuggle me in beer from Mexico. What more can I ask for? Appearance: Deep ruby brown with a nice creamy textured tan head leaves lacing evenly in concentric rings. Aroma: Great toasted malts a dead on dunkel in my opinion very nice mild fruit note to it as well. Taste: Really grabs ahold of you what a drinkable beer, excellent tartness with the dark roasts blends nicely herbal hop character awesome beer, bravo. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied brew with steady carbonation very good all around Mexican craft beer. Drinkability: Amazingly tasty crisp and favorful better than some or must authentic German dunkels I have tasted.

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Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strange nose, smelt like glacé cherry as one of the guys kindly pointed out on the night . Definite toffee/caramel happening, with some light peatyness, sweet, yes, but OK in the end, enough flavour to keep me interested. Not too bad, expected a bit more given the high score on this site. Salud!

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Photo of Imbiber
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep cherry red in colour, medium off-white head, fair carbonation. Aroma is malty with bubblegum and faint caramel notes. There's a nice malty, caramel infused taste with some vine fruit flavours, quite smooth-drinking. This leads through to quite a dry finish with a long, tart aftertaste that is very pleasant.

A well-crafted beer, far removed from the mainstream Mexican lagers more commonly seen.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown-amber in color, with rich head that slowly fades. Fruity, almost candylike aroma, reminicent of Concord grape juice. Flavor is malty, slightly sweet with raisin and roasted malt notes. finishes clean. Not bad but not something I'd buy very often.

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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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Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Scottish ale? Hmm, as good a designation as any. While I was drinking it, I kept trying to put my finger on exactly what sort of "dark ale" I had here. English brown ale? German dunkel or perhaps a schwarzbier? Smooth, with malty caramel and aged apples, like over-ripe apples that fell from the tree. Toasty and a bit sweet. Pleasant, but need a bit more horsepower in the body.

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

A clear deep ruby color, the head is beige, flimsy, the lace diaphanous. The nose is malt, sweet, hints of caramel and roasted grains. Front is ambrosial, the top spare, the finish is pleasingly hopped, fairly dry, and moderately carbonated. A quite delectable change form the "run of the mill Mexican beers.". While I appreciate Dos Equis, Negra Modelo, and Bohemia, Casta brews some top notch beers that rival any session beer I can think of.

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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 Pegasus
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unlikely as it seems, a Scottish-style Ale from Mexico - and a great one, no less. Lovely dark amber color with a large off-white head that retains very well and a thick curtain of sticky lace, very slight carbonation. Rich roasted malt aroma with nuts and hints of dark fruits. This beer boasts an extraordinary palate of flavors, roasted malt, toffee, caramel, and nuts with a smooth taste and good mouthfeel. Hops assert themselves towards the end for a dry, crisp finish. A remarkable beer.

Package reviewed was a 12 oz brown longneck with quite unusual art - a dancing frog. No freshness information. Imported by BI Imports, Capistrano Beach, CA.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 10 May 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. This is the best mexican beer I've had. It is average compared to most US & Euro micros, but finally, someone has made an ale in mexico. Clear reddish brown w/ a large head, this is by far the best Mexican beer I've ever had. Nice malty nose w/ a smooth taste.

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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 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 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 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 aracauna
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice creamy off-white head floats atop a bloodied brown body. The aroma is nicely malty and the flavor is like chocolate covered cherries, heavy on the chocolate and light on the cherries (and without any sourness). Underneath the chocolatey malt and fruitiness lurks the crisp pale malt liek the dominate malt flavor in Anchor Liberty. The carbonation makes for both a fibrous and fiery mouthfeel.

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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 RBorsato
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice brown color with a low ring light tan head which dissipates quickly. Overly sweet caramel-ish aroma. Toffee and caramel malt flavors; definitely sweet with no hop character. Medium bodied and smooth with a light dry finish.

Probably one of the best beers I've had out of Mexico (which may not be saying much...). Not a bad beer but not one I'd go out of my way for ... too much caramel sweetness.

Per M.J's notes: "A Scotch Ale"; 15 Plato; Carapils, Crystal and Chocolate malts; East Kent Goldings and Styrians hops.

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

Sweet, fruity aromas rise from a bubbly tan head. Beer is dark amber in color but still somewhat transparent. Sweet caramel flavors are dominant and continue through to the finish. Bitterness is minimal but enough to add much need complexity to this brew. Highly carbonated to the point where it detracted significanly from the flavors and mouthfeel. Don't know if the batch was off or what as my experience differs from that of the others... take that for what it's worth.

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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