Cusqueña Negra
Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston

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From:
Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston
 
Peru
Style:
Lager - European Dark
Ranked #96
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
73
Ranked #29,258
Avg:
3.06 | pDev: 20.59%
Ratings:
64
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 21, 2020
Added:
Mar 26, 2002
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  7
SCORE
73
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3.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by mintzmeet from Washington

Nice black color. Thin tan head. Very sweet. Malty and light on the alcohol. Nicely carbonated. Refreshing.

May 21, 2020
 
3.5 by eldoctorador from Chile on Jan 10, 2020
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2.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Brown where light passes through the center of the glass. Clear. Large bubbly head which dissipates rapidly to rim bubbles. A single spot for lace.

Sweet caramel nose with a touch of chocolate.

This is an extraordinarily sweet beer. It could compete with a doppelbock but doesn't have the richness. The carbonation is also elevated. The finish is like a chocolates candy.

Jan 20, 2019
 
4 by s4s from Puerto Rico on Jan 18, 2019
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3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Mclusal from Colombia

B21

Oct 08, 2018
 
2 by BdM from Netherlands on Sep 14, 2018
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3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by chinchill from South Carolina

From a 330 cc bottle in Valpairiso Chile.
Lovely clear, red-brown body with a good before head..
This is a mild, fairly typical schwarzbier, if a bit sweeter than usual.
Better aroma than flavor (too sweet)
Medium-light body and carbonation.

Sep 06, 2018
 
3.31 by DrBass from Maryland on Aug 15, 2018
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3.49/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

Clear caramel reddish-brown with a large, beige foam.

This delivers notes of toasty but sweet caramel malt, cocoa, brown sugar and raisin bread via a soft, smooth body.

Aug 01, 2018
 
3 by iftcoach from Germany on Nov 20, 2017
 
3.01 by herman77 from Minnesota on Jun 30, 2017
 
3.93 by IRONRakkasan from California on Jun 02, 2017
 
2.77 by Kurmaraja from California on Jun 01, 2017
 
3 by dasotelo50 from Texas on Aug 28, 2016
 
2.94 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Jul 05, 2016
 
3.4 by Vivs85 from New York on Feb 26, 2016
 
3.22 by spycow from Illinois on Aug 11, 2015
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2.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by shigg85 from Japan

Super sugary and not much else. A disappointment given that their regular malt is decent.

Jun 07, 2015
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3.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by theskjoung from Spain

It was too sweet for me

May 24, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mlockman from Indiana

This is the beer that made me love beer. First encountered it during a study abroad in Peru and was drank exclusively after hard days of field excavation in Ica.

Apr 22, 2015
 
3.43 by Vinylboy20 from New York on Apr 18, 2015
 
3.32 by biernack from Switzerland on Mar 15, 2015
 
3.09 by UniversitateaDeBere from Romania on Jan 30, 2015
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2.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
by maedhros09 from Minnesota

Marketed as a "Dark Lager" it's more like a sweet porter. Color is typical of a lighter porter, not quite as dark as most stouts. While there are some roasty notes, the sweetness overwhelms pretty much anything else that might be going on (honestly, I don't think there's a whole lot going on). Minimal hops presence. Body is a little thicker than average, probably thanks to all the sugar, but unremarkable mouthfeel. OK for a few sips, but got old quick.

Jan 22, 2015
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3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
by Wobbly from Missouri

Honestly, not that bad of a beer at all. Sweet, toffee-ish flavors; solid texture. Very good with food.

Oct 09, 2014
 
3 by probert from New York on Sep 05, 2014
 
1 by ImagenSeinfeld from Minnesota on Jul 23, 2014
 
 
3 by skywizzard from Georgia on Mar 28, 2014
 
3.25 by IrishGermanAmerican from Texas on Mar 14, 2014
 
3.25 by sjh207 from Idaho on Feb 25, 2014
 
3.25 by lzepplin01 from Arizona on Jan 06, 2014
 
3.5 by cyrushire from Florida on Dec 10, 2013
 
3 by sd123 from Georgia on Jul 24, 2013
 
2.75 by sprucetip from Alaska on Jan 08, 2013
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4.94/5  rDev +61.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by hpmoon from Virginia

This is my favorite beer in the world. It may be looked down upon by connisseurs for tasting too sweet, but it's very distinctive and the taste itself is a great memento of my travels throughout Peru, including Cusco where I first had this wonderful beer. While Cusqueña is one of Peru's most ubiquitous brands, this dark product of theirs is hardest to find -- but always well worth the search. I am desperate to find it for sale in the Washington, D.C. area, and would buy up cases to fill my pantry if I could!

Oct 07, 2012
 
3 by Dethklok from New York on Aug 17, 2012
 
2.75 by oldp0rt from Canada (QC) on May 29, 2012
 
3 by cmarshall0 from Texas on Mar 30, 2012
 
2.5 by plickxt from California on Jan 12, 2012
Cusqueña Negra from Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 64 ratings