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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by EgadBananas on 05-07-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
55
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
16.24%
 
 
Wants:
7
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21
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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Photo of MichialTanner1
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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 +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AdrianMendez
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of KikeIPA
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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 -12.1%
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 +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of magpi76
4.76/5  rDev +22.7%
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 -10.6%
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 Sabre311
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of KeithE
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jazztoloc
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Mateo2699
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
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 +19.8%
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 +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bugatti26
4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of LennyOvies
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Jame515
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of treque
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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 Lovely85
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KingSlayer
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Calavera Mexican Imperial Stout from Microcerveceria Gourmet Calavera
3.88 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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