Minerva Stout | Cervecería Minerva

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Brewed by:
Cervecería Minerva
Mexico
cerveceriaminerva.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by moonman00 on 05-14-2008

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#14,394
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
72
pDev:
13.73%
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. All Spanish on the label marketing descriptions - all I can decipher is some reference to a 'new beer revolution'...

This beer pours a cola-tinged black, with significant reddish highlights, and three fingers of thin puffy, specked tan head, which sinks away slowly and evenly, rendering a swath of layered cumulonimbus lace around the glass.

It smells of dry, roasted coffee, mild chocolate malt, a bit of savoury meatiness, some tepid caramel, and earthy, herbal hops. The taste is big toasted coffee malt, bittersweet cocoa, a twinge of milky sourness, and earthy, leafy hops, a hollow citrus essence kicking at the floorboards.

The carbonation is la Migra-spotting sedate, the body a decent medium weight, and gingerly silky smooth, some weakly prickly hop character come around to mess with it. It finishes a little more off-dry than a typical Irish Dry, but it's all good - a lingering of that nice chocolate/coffee blend is most welcome.

A genuinely tasty stout, from a heretofore unlikely source - the same region that provides the world with the devil's juice - tequila. Well balanced, big on flavour, and not complicated. Good stuff - viva la revolución!

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting, called Stout Imperial, not sure if that's supposed to mean imperial stout (which it def is not), or just a nice stout for imperial like or something. Found in Cancun.

Light creamy fizzy head fades at a med pace of almost ½ finger, very dark murky brown-black molasses color with very little light coming through.

Nose light roasted malt, a bit of black patent malt, and even a hint of chocolate, milk chocolate, crystal malts, light nougat candy, and even a touch of bright aromatic malt.

Taste starts with more roasty malts, a bit of cocoa and black patent, caramel, nougat, candy like flavors but not really sweet, toasty roasty malt flavors, hint of earthy hops. Light juicy fresh malt flavor, light semi sweet semi bitter chocolate. The bitterness ramps a bit, with more earthy hops and bitternes from the roasted malts bring a light salty briny quality. Even a touch of coffee. Finish is fairly bitter, dry, bit ofearthy hops and bitterness from the roasted malts that also linger a bit, with cocoa and caramel.

Mouth is med to full bodied, actually a little bit too much carbonation that takes away from the richness of the beer and makes it seem more like a Mexican style beer.

Overall best beer I’ve had here so far. I’ll have to try more of their beers. Nice malts, dark malts, no real off flavors, even a hint of hops, just a bit too much carbonation as the only real flaw. Also not sure if I would call this an imperial stout, but otherwise good.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was excited to find a Mexican stout at a grocery store in Cancun.

A: Pours dark black with a chunky brownish head that dissipates quickly, resulting in a ring of foam around the top of the beer. Minimal lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Heavy toasted malts with a mix of chocolate and coffee. As the beer warms the chocolate aroma intensifies and the coffee smell weakens.

T: The taste is a little weaker than the nose. There is a nice blend of bitter chocolate and coffee.

M/D: Medium bodied and pretty creamy. Has a nice finish that leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Pretty happy with this beer, something I would definitely look for in Mexico. A nice change of pace from the lagers that dominate down here.

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Photo of tommy5
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Raziel313
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of JohnParadee
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bylerteck
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black color with a one finger head with short retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of creamy chocolate and coffee beans. Hints of licorice.
Flavor with notes of dark chocolate, spices, roasted coffee beans, charred wood, prunes, mild pine and earthy and herbal hops. Dry aftertaste with a lasting residual coffee note.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
Perfectly balanced great Stout from Mexico. Not overly sweet, with all the right notes and a good depth of flavors. It is well-crafted and worth trying. Ps. not sure why they call this Imperial.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Head is smooth and creamy atop this murky dark brown beer, but unfortunately it recedes almost immediately. Good look on the body but the top needs assistance.

Nose is strong enough, with plenty of coffee, molasses, caramelized sugar, and fig to get me by. It actually smells a lot like when you get institutional coffee in a styrofoam cup (at a conference, church, a funeral) and then you let it get cold.

The flavor is quite forward with the coffee grounds and other roasted notes. It's a little thin and watery overall, which doesn't help the bitterness clean up off the palate. Mouthfeel should be brawnier to deal with the amount of roasted bitterness. That said, I like the flavors and think there's something good going on here. Hops are a mild earthy accompaniment with a weak herbal tea finish.

There's a lot of positives here, with the aggressive flavoring and use of malts, but the big negative is the soda-like body. This is supposed to be a beer for kings (according to the bottle) so let's give them even more of the good stuff.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was highly impressed by this effort from Minerva. Had this in a bottle in Mexico City, and actually brought one home to add to the collection. The beer is true to the style, pouring a solid black color (although not a ton of head). Lacing is impressive.

Taste wise, it's a very good example of the style. Nothing too crazy - tastes slightly of coffee and chocolate, but light on the palate. I like that Minerva in this case stuck to the style, and produced not just a credible result, but actually a very good beer.

All in all, a solid step forward for the Mexican craft brewing scene. If you're looking for dark beers in Mexico, this is definitely one to try.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent stout. And not just because it can be found (with difficulty) in macro-lager-centric Mexico!

Full roasted malts and coffee on the nose and across the palate. Beautiful dark colour with a coffee coloured head and moderate lacing. Complex aroma followed by a rich and well balanced taste with a sweet chocolatey finish.

Highly recommend.

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Photo of cfrobrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Mar02x
2.34/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I had a beer tasting in a pub called 'the Mug' in Middelburg. I was being introduced to the local PINT beer tasting club. The theme that night was UK Stout and Porter beers.

A - Pitch black and a ring of foam against the glass.

S - Chocolate and coffee, not bad at all.

T - a bit flat, not really much going on. Tiny bits of acids and sugar but much more bitterness.

M - no carbonation, not much going on, no sensation at all.

O - Not a beer I would be going for in the future.

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Photo of stoutman
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours pretty much black, with a thin tan head. The nose is roasted malt, charcoal, coffee, bitter chocolate and liquorice. The taste is roasted malt, rich coffee, light acidity, charcoal, bitter cocoa, hint of dark fruit, light liquorice, with a dry, toasty finish. Medium body and a fine, prickly carbonation. Well balanced and pretty flavoursome. Another good effort.

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Photo of dbattey
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lehueve
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label says "imperial stout" and this is clearly not an Imperial Stout, maybe a dry stout, very nice beer but far from the imperial style. Looks, smells and tastes right for a dry stout. Cheers!

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Photo of KingSlayer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EOC
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Minerva Stout from Cervecería Minerva
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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