Mexican Radio
Bluejacket / Arsenal Restaurant

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #411
Ranked #10,854
3.98 | pDev: 8.54%
Bluejacket / Arsenal Restaurant
District of Columbia, United States
Very Good
Mexican RadioMexican Radio
Notes: A creamy confluence of milk chocolate & vanilla is dusted in cinnamon spice & finished with a sweet & mildly smoky hint of ancho chili pepper; brewed with oats & lactose milk sugar; finished w/ vanilla beans, ancho chilies, cinnamon & cacao nibs locally-roasted by our friends at Undone Chocolate (Washington, DC).

32.2 IBUs
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 139 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

NO can date, this release is 8%abv
Pours inky black dark as night with a med-smaller frothy brown head that fades semi quickly,. a bit of lacing, long legs

NOse brings lots of chocolate, milk chocolate, dark, layered, with some cookie biscuit notes into a malted milk ball, then the lactose, fair amount of it into a chocolate milk character, some spice notes and cinnamon, a bit of roasted coffee, and some sweet caramel, with a hint of vanilla

Taste is also rich, layers of chocolate, cocoa, milk chocolate, a little ganache like, again toasted cookie dough into malted milk ball character, some caramel and sweetness, creamy milky lactose again, fair amount, with raw vanilla and vanilla ice cream, mild baking spices, then fair amount of cinnamon and pepper heat, a bit of dark fruit in the middle, and a bit of roasted coffee, pepper and cinnamon heat really increases as it goes, with a light alcohol warmth, chocolate milk, with a touch of bitterness kicking in late, and lingering pepper heat and cinnamon and spice flavors

Mouth is med to fuller bod, very creamy milky, med to a bit higher frothy carb, light alcohol warmth

Overall I do like Mexican Stouts and this was pretty nice, I think the lactose went overboard and was too milky, but the layers of chocolate, cinnamon and pepper spice and heat were quite nice

Oct 10, 2020
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can, no dating on it that I noticed. Thanks to my buddy Denis for picking this up for me on a recent trip to DC! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon and some chile peppers. Taste pretty much follows the aroma, all the flavors are well balanced with each other and the chile pepper heat is subtle but gets a little stronger as the beer warms. Really tasty! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this, certainly would like to try it again in the future!

Jul 17, 2020
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argock from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No canned on date. Served in a mead glass.

A: Dark chestnut brown with short-lived dark beige head with no lacing.

S: Aroma is light and subdued with chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit with vanilla

T: This beer picks up steam with the flavor a luxurious melange of milk chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, and light cherry note on the finish. The chiles creep in and about halfway through the can, they add some zip and extra interest to an already excellent stout. Low bitterness, enhanced by a subtle roast note, and sweet but very drinkable.

M: Feel is smooth and silky with low carbonation and full body without being heavy.

O: Exceptional beer that would really hit every area and really put it in the upper echelon of spiced adjunct stouts.

Jun 13, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at the brewery, just a ring of lacing by the time it arrived. Dark brown, near black color. Pretty thick body, light carbonation. Very similar to Mexican Hot Chocolate. Good chocolate flavor, not too strong. Smells like cocoa with tiny hint of chile. Heat of chiles is pretty mild it present. Up there with some of the chocolate/chile Prairie Ales.

Dec 09, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Had this on-tap at The Answer Brewpub, poured into a snifter glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very good aroma of chocolate, malt, a creamy quality, vanilla, chili peppers, and spices.

T: Tasted of a hint of vanilla (very fleeting), some chocolate (always welcome), a bit of spices (cinnamon), some chili peppers (milder than I thought) a hint of the creamy quality, and a fair shot of malt. A surprisingly well-balanced, focused flavor. It's not as spicy as some chili-infused stouts, but still has a nice kick to it. Tasty.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth, warm finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A subtle and balanced stout. Worth a look.

May 11, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the nicer Mexican hot chocolate stouts I've had that feels like something I could drink regularly. Instead of going all-out and overboard with either the cinnamon or the chiles, this is extremely approachable and restrained, exhibiting a pleasant balance between the various components. Moderately thin for the ABV and in comparison to other similar beers, however.

Aug 07, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draft at brewery. Dark black, kind of flat. Aromais roasty with a hint if sweetness. Taste starts with bitterness, instantly mellowed by the sweetness, vanilla, lacto. Slick, smooth, sweet.

Mar 21, 2018
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with minimal head and the aroma is mostly spicy with heat although some chocolate comes through. Like the aroma I get more spice/heat than anything and this is more of a chili beer than a milk stout to me; there is a lactic smoothness and some chocolate sweetness but the heat from the chilies is the dominant flavor and I wish it was dialed back a touch.

Aug 04, 2017
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black body with thin head that drops down to a thin ring. Well all the adjuncts are present in aroma and taste. The beer smells of earthy smoky ancho peppers, milk chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon. Taste is the same with an awesome balance of the adjuncts. A medium bodied stout with low carbonation. Extremely smooth and this beer drinks very consistently from cellar temperature to room temperature; the beer does not get boozey at all and the aroma and flavor consistently do not change either. This beer is just as good as Prairie bomb, Abraxas, and Hunahpu. Only difference is that Hunahpu is as thick as motor oil and is slightly boozier as it warms and Abraxas is slightly thicker than Mexican Radio, but is also slightly boozier too. I would say that this is slightly thicker than prairie bomb thou. This beer is flying under the radar for sure.

Mar 04, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this draft at Bluejacket served in a snifter chilled.

The color is black with opaque clarity and thin beige head a frothy look with very good retention and lace sticks well. The smell is great with a mix of spice and sweetness with some dark cocoa aroma and light fruit notes which present a subtle toffee quality. The smell is better than the feel with a mild roast and moderate sweetness with complimentary spice and carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with malt depth that includes some dark cocoa and caramel with sweetness in the taste from lactose and a nice cinnamon flavor in the back with low alcohol in the taste and moderately roasted character that is balanced well. I consider this a fantastic stout -I really like the subtlety of the spice, everything works together and nothing is really out of place, highly recommended!

Feb 09, 2016
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AryaSparge from District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From Bluejacket's new bottle shop. The smell of the ancho chili comes out more strongly than the taste, but the cinnamon and chocolate are well-balanced with roasted malt. Solid sweet stout.

Jan 23, 2016
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MyThoughtsExactly from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a standard stout. Smells like a standard small brewery stout.
Taste starts out like a standard stout (roast, yeasty) but then the milk stout creaminess, vanilla, and cinnamon come in. Vanilla is most dominate, and chilli and chocolate are generally absent.
Feel is on point for a milks stout. Silky smooth.
Overall good, but nothing mind blowing. Would I get it again, sure. Would I seek it out, nope.

Jan 14, 2016
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rjd722 from Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours jet black, nice tan foam head and solid lacing.

Aroma: Roasted, smoky and sweet chocolate and vanilla notes.

Taste: Smoky, coffee, vanilla and slight chocolate.

Feel: Medium carbonation and nice, roasted bitterness. Really like this stout.

Nov 24, 2015
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Slack from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown to black in color and nearly opaque. A razor thin amount of head.

Smells like coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, and malt.

Taste is similar to the smell with roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee.

Mouthful is medium, smooth, with low carbonation. Finish was a touch smoky.

Balanced but lacking in heat, and mouthful. Its good but the BA Mexican Radio is much better.

Nov 03, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the source.

A- Draft pour to a snifter with a black body and a glorious creamy dark tan head. The head dies out to nothing and lacing does not stick; I'd assume some oils from the adjuncts prevent this.

S- Blast of cocoa, authentic vanilla bean (lots of it) and roast grains emanate from the glass. The cinnamon is earthy and provides some counteracting balance to the dessert feel brought on by the aforementioned adjuncts.

T- Vanilla bean sweets, lactose milk sugar and cocoa nibs up front yet grounded by a solid base of roast and toasty black and browned grains. Becomes quite sweet at this stage especially with some time and warming up. Really like the level of cinnamon chosen. Slight hint of Ancho seems to come and go in certain sips.

MF- Frothy body yet only a bit creamy. Silkiness brought on by the lactose is helpful but it does come off a bit thin considering the sweetness. Light roast bitters.

The use of adjuncts here is heavy and for the most part done very well. The cinnamon, cocoa and vanilla are great but the lactose is used a bit too generously. The body also lets me down a bit considering the richness of flavor and the 7% ABV.

Aug 28, 2015
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not your typical milk stout. Sort of sticky like it's too sweet but not. This is a nice milk stout that hits and misses on the various characteristics. Some may not like it. I am not a big fan of milk stouts but it was enjoyable for me. Give me just a bit more carbonation. 3.75

L - Low carbonation, opaque black, little to no head which dissipates to zero immediately 3.0
S - Slight milk stout, rosary milk chocolate, sweetness, some jerk spiciness, 3.75
T - Spicey bitterness, maybe some very faint spicy heat, lots of vanilla, just ever so sweet - 4.25
M - Medium body, but unexpectedly thin (-), dry finish 3.5

Aug 20, 2015
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed Bluejacket Mexican Radio at a small bottle share and I am glad that I got the opportunity to try this brew. Very nice stout with chocolate and spices. Pretty good stuff!

Aug 17, 2015
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Big_V from Maryland

3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at Bluejacket brewery. Deep brown appearance with minimal head. The aroma was mainly coffee. The taste up front was strong coffee, chocolate notes. The finish was smokey. Think what hurts this beer is the mouthful. It was rather watery, would have been better if the body was thicker. Love milk stouts, this beer was meh.

Aug 01, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.
An excellent spices sweet stout.
Complex yet balanced flavor, albeit a bit sweeter than I'd prefer.
Notes of cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla and a faint but appreciated touch of chili pepper.
Smooth body is a touch thin.

Jun 23, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft at the source.

Dark chestnut brown body with a thin, oily beige collar. Aromas of roast, chocolate, vanilla, chilies, lactose. Similar flavor, with mild chili heat in the finish. I wish it was bolder, more aggressive. What's there is good, but restrained. Lighter in body than I expected with low carbonation. Pretty good.

Jun 01, 2015
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