Mexican Imperial Stout
Cervecería Calavera

Mexican Imperial StoutMexican Imperial Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,034
ABV:
9%
Score:
89
Ranked #18,605
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 9.74%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
67
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Cervecería Calavera
 
Mexico
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviews by ThaneMcC:
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Dec 04, 2015
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MichialTanner1 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Oct 03, 2015
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Feb 14, 2016
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shivtim from Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 13, 2016
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nickfl from Florida

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 24, 2015
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BretSikkink from Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Aug 18, 2011
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 11, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Dec 25, 2014
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waiting4lunch from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Oct 19, 2013
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jazztoloc from Mexico

4/5  rDev +2.6%

May 04, 2013
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jaimenavarrog from Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Feb 28, 2013
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

May 07, 2011
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Brabander from Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

May 16, 2014
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hreb from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Jan 15, 2017
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 07, 2017
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treque from Mexico

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Jul 23, 2011
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bundy462 from Texas

3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 25, 2016
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kjkinsey from Texas

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 22, 2016
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SmellsofMahagony from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 11, 2016
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woodchip from North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dec 26, 2018
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 24, 2015
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Texasfan549 from Texas

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 22, 2016
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Ghrymm from Canada

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Jan 13, 2017
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lilithdana from Mexico

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Apr 05, 2014
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Danobold from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

May 15, 2013
Mexican Imperial Stout from Cervecería Calavera
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 67 ratings