Calavera Mexican Imperial Stout | Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera

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Calavera Mexican Imperial StoutCalavera Mexican Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera
Mexico
calaverabeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by EgadBananas on 05-07-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
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7
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbaz
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 bundy462
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sillyhed8
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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 Texasfan549
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of nmann08
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlrejenkins
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 dbattey
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Gagnonsux
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thomasweir
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 Shafaegalo
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jame515
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Calavera Mexican Imperial Stout from Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera
3.81 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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