Calavera Mexican Imperial Stout | Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera

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Calavera Mexican Imperial StoutCalavera Mexican Imperial Stout

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Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 61
Photo of Karibourgeois
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coal black pour with a nice tan one-finger head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and light pepper. Taste is chocolatey upfront with a bit of dark roast coffee also standing out. Slight touch of pepper heat in the finish. Medium to light bodied.

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Photo of hreb
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

cerveza de aurora. 355ml bottle served in pint glass. 9% abv and 65 ibu. oil slick black, no head. medium roast coffee aroma. thin, oily mouthfeel. easy drinking but boozy. oaky flavors meet a distinctive coffee tone in the back of the palate. raisins and figs join in as well. lots of flavor here, as a RIS (or MIS) should have. but it's all back-loaded, like an anti-IPA. delicious but flawed. alas, i'm unlikely to have to decide if i want to try this again.

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle served at 40deg date best before 10/2017 , 65 IBU,9.0 ABV
A: Pours a dark brown black with a very thin tan head and no lacing.
S: A strong nutty nose with roasted peppers and coffee old leather shoes and chocolate and tobacco.
T: Chocolate , coffee , hazelnut somewhat sweet with a hint of hot peppers.
F: Somewhat thin.
O: An ok Imperial Stout but just ok missing a lot for a Imperial.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served at Club de la Cerveza in Playa del Carmen. Served into a pint glass. Pours a dark black body, brown hued head with good retention, no lacing. Smells of rich deep cocoa, milk chocolate, a bit of vegetal pepperiness, a bit of espresso as well. Flavour is a solid milk chocolate up front, followed by cocoa, and on the finish there is a bit of peppery spicy heat, which is enjoyable. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good carbonation, smooth and silky. Not a bad representation of Mexican chocolate, although I'd have liked to have some cinnamon there too.

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown hue, nearing black with red tint along the edges. Very little ring of off white colored head, actually a pretty nice looking beer. Aroma consists of heavy roasted malts, and hints of leather and dark chocolate. Very light cinnamon scent but definitely in the background. Taste is some chocolate, hints of licorice and tabacco. No chilli or pepper whatsoever. For a stout brewed with peppers a pretty big disappointment. Tastes like a pretty one dimensional stout to me.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours a jet black body with a creamy tan head with moderate retention, leaving a thin crown until the first sip.
S- Coffee upfront, caramel and a slight plum note.
T- Starts with coffee then turns into dark chocolate. Mostly sweet but every sip ends with a bitter finish, most likely from the chili.
F- Thin and watery.
O- Very good but the mouthfeel killed an otherwise very good beer.

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Photo of Myotus
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 50°F from a bottle (no date) into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Consumed on 27Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a quarter fingers worth of cinnamon colored foam that shrivels into a khaki line after 15 seconds. Black in color with an orange tint. Rising bubbles are very small in size and subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin and very subtle.
SMELL: Mild aromas of spicy chipotle and ancho chiles, bitter roasted roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate are backed by hints of smoked goodness, caramel, wood, alcohol, and earthy hops. The spiciness from the peppers is subtle, yet makes itself known.
TASTE: Mild sweet chocolate, ancho, and chipotle flavors first strike the palate. The spiciness from the peppers are slightly stronger than they were in the aroma. Mild flavors of smoked goodness and bitter roasted malts immediately follow. Subtle wood flavors and hints of alcohol, earthy hops, and caramel enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a mild, but pleasant dryness. Spiciness from the beer is very tolerable.
NOTE: The addition of the different peppers add a unique spin to the Imperial Stout flavors. At 9% alcohol, it is difficult to tell, with only hints being detected. It is amazing to see Mexico stepping up to the craft beer world.

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Photo of davidperez
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter, it pours a complete glass of an incredible foamy, brown head that languishes at a moderate pace until it becomes just a thin layer of dark brown head, foamy, with decent retention. That is to say, this beer releases a lot of carbonation at first, but the fact that it is bottle conditioned may have a lot to do with it. The beer's color is a very dark brown, almost completely black if it weren't for its rims. A little lacing while the head lasts.

The bouquet is delicious and very assertive.
Coffee, chocolate, molasses, and caramel prevail. Boozy. You get a little bit of tobacco, and slight hints of dates and raisins.

The flavor is upfront chocolate, roasted malts, molasses and caramel. After the kick of the initial sweetness a very peculiar bitterness enters the frame, in which you also detect a subdued spicy note, most likely coming from the chili. Soy sauce, umami flavor at the end too. The alcohol is a bit recognizable after it starts warming up.
Long finish, medium body, silky mouthfeel.

A very complex and nice beer.

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Photo of E-McFarden
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with little brown head
S: Alcohol, strong roasted malts, tobacco, chocolate
T: Slight ash, molasses, chocolate, coffee, slight spiciness, alcohol
M: Very wet on the palate, little carbonation, finishes wet
O: Not bad, lots of flavor. A little too wet for me, I could go with a point or so higher on ABV to dry it up a bit.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious! Pours inky black, light brown head with strong lacing. Dark malt, chocOlate bouquet. Smooth, malty, nice coffee, cocoa flavor with just the barest heat. Well hidden abv, very smooth and easily quaffable. The chilis provide a pleasant tingle and counterpoint to this sweet stout.

In many ways, this beer is comparable to Clown Shoes' Chocolate Sombrero - with a subtley different chili profile, a little sweeter and at a solid price point.

Easily the best Mexican craft beer I've had - I look forward to trying their other offerings.

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Photo of HopBrad31
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious Imperial Stout, drank in the Mexico City Airport during a layer. notes of chocolate and Caramel. hint of Spice from the Chile but I wouldnt have detected it if it wasnt mentioned on the bottle.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Skeptical to buy anything from the cheap pale lager wasteland known as Mexico, I was compelled to see what a Mexican Imperial Stout was all about. With kind of a thin feel, bitter consistency and quickly dissipating head, it reminds me more of the traditional English RIPs more than the American styles.

A considerable part of the description on the bottle is dedicated to describe the chili content, consisting of 4 varieties (undoubtedly, there will be reviews from BA members with mutant taste buds that will claim to taste all 4). However, this just seems a mere accessory to the flavor that accents the recipe and compliments the multi-hop bitterness.

Unique and enjoyable!

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Photo of chrismann65
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had a few sips of this beer where I work , we are trying it to see if we could sell it at the bar .? Wow what a nice Mexican Imperial Stout . ! This is a rich roasted coffee,W / Mex.- chocolate, spices, mild hops and a hint of chile .!!! The spice from chiles was there, but not overwhelming . Just the right of back-end heat. Very nice ! I enjoyed this very much, it is still food friendly, Love to try this with some great mole ...!! Wow thanks for letting me try this beer... I will be looking for it . !!! mmmmm Good !!

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Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle enjoyed at La Internacional Cerveceria in Cozumel, MEX.

Pours with a fizzy and short-lived head.
The aroma is lightly spicy and has a hint of molasses.

The 9% ABV is apparent in tasting but partly hidden in the feel, but the light touch of chilies make this a bit diffcult to judge.

Flavor: mainly a nice mix of alcohol esters and dark malts; slightly too sweet; light coffee and chili pepper.

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Photo of magpi76
4.76/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I live in Mexico Capital D.F. and we are very used to hot chili peppers and strong flavors, this beer has everything you need to enjoy Mexican food, it has some notes of chocolate and chili

Appearance: Great black with a well formed off-white head. Decent glass lacing and a fair amount of alcohol legs

Smell: Rich roasted coffee, chocolate, leather, spices, mild hops and a hint of chile rich spice.

Taste: Follows the nose, rich roasted coffee, chocolate, leather, spices, mild hops and a hint of chile rich spice. The spice from chiles was there, but not predominant. Just the right of controlled back-end heat.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, with smooth feel and spot-on carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall: Awesome beer, grate flavor and enjoyable with a touch of Mexican style

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Photo of lilithdana
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The dark color is very attractive. Expected the most intense caramel and dried fruit aroma. But the first sip was a blast. The beverage has the right bitterness to balance the flavors. The chile and chocolate flavor is perceived. And the recommended pairing is great. Drink this beer with a plate of mole with turkey or a cut of meat (preferably lean) is highly recommended.

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Photo of FLima
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black color with a thin aired caramel head with short retention.
Nice aroma of homemade coffee, earthy hops, dark chocolate and spices.
Bold flavor of coffee, heavy on caramels, cola, roasted malts, licorice, slightly tangy and earthy from English hops. Although there was some chili addition, it does not feel much spicier than other American Imperial stouts. Its chili is more for flavor. Dry aftertaste with medium bitterness.
Medium body with medium carbonation, a bit sticky. Alcohol of 9% abv is well disguised.
I had low expectations after tasting their dull Dubbel, but this one is decent even though relatively it has a low complexity. It would have been more interesting to do something closer to a mole poblano, less sweet, salty and hotter.

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Photo of KingSlayer
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured hard into a sniffer.
poured a jet black full body liquid, no light goes thru, thick 3 fingers beige head, medium retention, little lacing, persistent beige ring on top.
nose composed of sweet dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and bread. intense roasted dark chocolate malts.
rich palate, same as smell, bit smokey, such a good balance of english hops cutting into the malt sweetness. lingering mild spicy finish, like pan roasted red tree chili pepper that blends well into the coffee chocolate bitter-sweet brew.
full bodied, nice adequate carbonation, silky and creamy brew.
definitely my favorite mexican imperial stout, might save a couple for cellaring to see how it comes. the chili addition makes it interesting. defenitely worth trying.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not as soul-sucking dark as the promotional materials would have you believe, but it's a pretty decent look. Head is quickly releasing, but initially had a nice height and bubble structure - a little too soda-pop for the major leagues but good.

The nose is strong, but could use a little complexity to round it out. Brew salts and roasted malt with a backdrop of alcohol.

Flavor is brash and a little undercooked, but I love the enthusiasm and would absolutely get it again in the Mexican context. Mild hopping mingles with a minty herbal component to create a decent second layer behind the strong roast chocolate notes. The chili really just seems to accentuate the alcohol factor which is already present in most of Calavera's beers and especially here in this 9+ monster.

Really the mouthfeel is what separates CMIS from the really high quality brews - a beer advocate from the parts of the world where you can't get absolutely top notch competitive stouts will probably find this perfectly enjoyable (palates willing, of course). But comparing this to Bourbon Co. and the Abyss is simply unfair. The cola comparison comes back in the mouthfeel: bubbly, somewhat watery and over-carbonated, but also syrupy in a way. The perfect attenuation is just not there - yet. I don't see any reason that Calavera won't evolve into an absolutely kick-ass brewery.

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Photo of treque
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber, medium brown in color, medium body, semi traslucent, a veri tiny tan head, dissipates fast, no too much carb, waste left behhind

S: hops, chile, spicies, toast, some alcohol

T: medium high body, very spicy, warmer, alcohol presence, long final

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black. Head was tan, and boisterous. 4 fingers at least, though my pour was vigorous. Lace was not bad.

S- Aroma was roast when warmer, leathery, slight chocolate, mild hops and a hint of chile spice that tingled the nose hairs slightly. There was a cold, almost minty aroma. Didn't detract in my eye.

T- That mint was there, but mostly leathery, dry, roasty, slight chocolate and coffee. The spice from chiles was there, but not predominant.

M- The feel was not wildly thick, but solid medium bodied. Carbonation was good.

O- Overall, a decent offering by one of Mexico's premier craft breweries. I would like to try more and I think they will do good things for the scene south of the border.

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Calavera Mexican Imperial Stout from Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera
3.81 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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