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
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
60
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 60
Reviews by BretSikkink:
Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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 MichialTanner1
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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 SmellsofMahagony
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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 Thomasweir
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AdrianMendez
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of hreb
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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 KikeIPA
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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 EgadBananas
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Photo of Shafaegalo
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of magpi76
4.76/5  rDev +24.6%
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 E-McFarden
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Ghrymm
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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 bundy462
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
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 Sabre311
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of KeithE
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jazztoloc
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mateo2699
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
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 chrismann65
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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 cgrunin
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bugatti26
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of LennyOvies
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Calavera Mexican Imperial Stout from Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera
3.82 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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