Mexicali Stout | Birdsong Brewing

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Brewed by:
Birdsong Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dvmin98 on 03-01-2013

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 67
Photo of dar482
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The aroma hits of roasted nuts, some medium roasted malt, coffee, and lots of vanilla sweetness. vanilla roasty malts, coffee

The flavor is roasted malts, lots of milk chocolate, chocolate syrup, coffee. A dessert style stout without much robust qualities backing up the beer.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is right up my ally and what I have been drinking a lot of lately. I've tried a dozen or so and unfortunately this is my least favorite of the bunch. The smell was nice, but the taste fell apart. The coffee reminds me of stale two day old starbucks, which is about as bad as coffee gets. Luckily there is some other flavor to hold this up from being rotten.

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Photo of VT9091
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man, Birdsong rocks the dark and heavy beers. They give Duck Rabbit a run for its money re: The Dark Beer Specialist. Another awesome Birdsong beer and it's also in pint CANS! Really dark brown. A little creamy head that goes away pretty quick. You notice something floating around in the thick's a lot of cinnamon. There is a lot of mouth feel from it as decent scent. And in there is a hearty dose of coffee but not as much as in the porter. As with the porter, in which I barely get the vanilla, I barely get the chili in the stout...but again, who cares. Best not so cold so the tastes aren't muted. I think I'll keep going with cans so they stick around awhile in my fridge after they're gone from the tap room.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a brown to black coloring, with a light, foamy, cream colored head. Nose of coffee roast, bitter baker's chocolate, and subtle cream. Flavors are heavily roasted coffee, with a subtle cocoa overlay. Dry, light body, with a coffee bitter aftertaste. Dry finish. Very nice.

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Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

@ Birdsong

Black with a small surface covering of off-white foam. Malty aroma that features smooth, well-integrated cinnamon spice and coffee roast…not too aggressive with either. Flavor follows the same blueprint, a nice blend of chocolaty malt and spices leading into some sweetened coffee and a hint of black malt char right at the finish. An easy drinking version of the increasingly popular Mexican chocolate themed stout. Not much, if anything, from the peppers, so spiciness isn’t an issue. Nice.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

tap at Birdsong

Pours jet black with a tan film for a head.

Smells of caramel, coffee, and biscuit malts.

Flavor is of caramel and spiced cocoa along with some light coffee and a hint of vanilla.

Medium body with a light tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

Not only is this a very good stout, it's an exceptional stout given the ABV. Normally I don't expect a flavor and body from a stout like this at anything under 8%, but this is under 6. Very impressive accomplishment.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

draft at beer study in chapel hill. into a tulip.

pours a dark opaque black with absoltely no head. smell has a bit of roasted malts but its a tad weak. taste is malty and chocolately. as you get through the glass the heat really comes through. enjoyable but not remarkable. mild body, low carbonation.

overall pretty good!

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Photo of Daktah
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Duckworth's. An interesting beer for which the style - "Chile Beer" - doesn't really seem to fit. It really is a solid stout with a bit of spice at the back end. Very dark brown with little head and minimal lacing left behind. The smell is mostly spices, nothing really hot, but kind of a cinnamon/all spice smell. The taste is smooth and light coffee with a little more of the cinnamon effect. Then a touch of heat at the end; just enough to makes things interesting. The mouthfeel on this one is the best I've experienced from Birdsong - a solid stout body with a creamy and smooth finish.

Overall this beer adds up to more than the sum of its parts. Beer synergy I guess. Very happy with this beer as part of the Charlotte beer offering.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Duckworths on Park Rd in Charlotte, NC

Strong scents of coffee and cinnamon. Nice body with decent lacing. Not much head. You taste some sweetness with some chile spice at the back end. Different combination. Good amount of carbonation. Silky on the tongue.

Overall, this isn't bad. Enjoyed it, but I think one pint a night is enough. Not something that I would order on a regular basis

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Mexicali Stout from Birdsong Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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