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Pay The Ferryman | Los Muertos Brewing

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Brewed by:
Los Muertos Brewing
Mexico | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 120
Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pay the Ferryman is ok. It poured an opaque black with no head and no lace. The scent had some cocoa. The taste was evenly balanced but slightly bland. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's worth a try but not overly fantastic.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, no date

black, thin head that fades. can still see light in the corners of the glass. milk chocolate aroma. taste is slightly sweet, and slightly acidic. roasty. thinner bodied.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, extremely opaque. Head is a medium brown, very thick with superior retention but little lacing. Black olive, maple syrup, toffee, light berry, roasty aromas. Smoky tart is the most apt descriptor of the taste, a little complexity with hints of toffee/molasses and black olives throughout and a roastiness in the aftertaste. Reminiscent of certain American and Oatmeal Stouts on the nose and palate, but weaker so not as good. Medium-bodied, a little syrupy and sticky, and semi-smooth. Fine, weak and sparse carbonation, only adding to syrupy feel.

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Photo of Auraan
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with two fingers of thick tan head that receded to a cap of tan foam. Overall impression of appearance is of a near perfect porter. Scents of bittersweet chocolate, roast malt and black licorice upfront with supporting aromas of bread crust, caramel and coffee with cream. Overall impression of aroma is of a pleasing, true to form porter, quite nice. Flavor begins with light burnt and roasted malt, with supporting notes of bittersweet chocolate and caramel. Middle gains in bitterness adding notes of cocoa to moderate roasted malt. Finish is bitter with notes of roasted malt, burnt malt and a light soapy off-flavor. Aftertaste is burnt malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a rather one-note porter with an impression of lightness and faintness to the flavors on display, even for a sessionable porter. While not terrible, there are certainly better porters available Mouthfeel is light bodied and slightly watery with high carbonation and a chalky finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very light porter, with a rather weak body, even for a sessionable style. Overall this is merely okay. The aroma is standard but the thin flavor and mouthfeel serve as demerits to what should be a light, yet flavorful and creamy style. This makes the beer weak and underwhelming unlike better examples of the style. Worth it if you want to sample an easily available example of Mexican craft beer, but there are certainly better examples of porter available, many at lower price points.

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Photo of ordybill
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown close to black with a very minimal head. The aroma is mostly malts, with some roasted nuts. The taste matches the aroma with the malt and the nuttiness. Overall, a good porter from Mexico.

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Photo of dcotom
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this just to try, and it did not disappoint. Poured cold. Lots of pleasant burnt-coffee bitterness on the palate right away that diminished some as the beer warmed. Also quite a bit of carbonation. Mouthfeel was a little thin, possibly due to the carbonation. Still, a very flavorful and balanced porter and well worth a try.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a taster glass.

A: Black with some brown undertones. A half finger tan head that dissipated fast. Ample lacing.

S: Bready malts, coffee, dark chocolate.

T: Chocolate rolls in with a hint of coffee. A nice malty backbone. Slightly toasty. Robust, semi-sweet.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation. A dry finish.

O: A great surprise with terrific label art. I'd drink again.

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Photo of MicTar
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a mug

L: dark black (opaque) with a tan head of about a 1/2in that did not last long

S: chocolate and coffee. As it warmed up the smell started also having a fruit scent.

T: chocolate (made me think of the dark chocolate bar I got from Godiva that was 85%). Finished with a slight coffee bite

F: smooth with small amount of carbonation.

O: I truly liked this and am very happy my daughter pointed it out to me. Will look for it and others by the brewery in the future

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Photo of mikeg67
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with long lasting beige foamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready, toasted malt, brown sugar, dark fruit and chocolate. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and semi-dry. OK brew

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3/17/15 (Bottle) Nice solid dark brown pour, no head, mild carbonation. Very pleasant coffee aroma, as well as coffee and malt.Roasted malt and chocolate are prevalent while drinking, a nice beer that is somewhat sweet and a bit harsh. Full flavor and texture, carbonation prevalent, nice feel and kick. Overall good offering, but sweeter than what I typically prefer.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear brown (appearing almost black) with ruby edges against the light, producing almost 2 fingers of fluffy, deep tan, shortlived head that leaves motes & a thin ring-like wash of lacing a half inch above the surface. Aroma is dark malt & brown bread, chocolate, toffee, roasted nuts & a hint of coffee. Taste is thinner than the nose, watery in fact, fronted by cola like caramel & roast with hints of chocolate & coffee, finishing with notes of heavily roasted (burnt) malt, more cola & a little smoke with a shortlived caramel cola, burnt, faintly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin, light to medium bodied, fairly heavily carbonated for the style, smooth, finishing with a little pepper. My first experience with a Mexican produced porter.

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Photo of JamieWeisen
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My new favorite porter, the look was basically spot on for what I look for in a porter and the smell was nice and like that of coffee and some earthy notes but not too strong. The taste was wonderful and wasn't too different but was exactly what I was expecting and had a nice malty finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and is among the best I have ever had in a beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark and somewhat deviant, the matra of the porter's namesake doesn't end there. One sip draws you into a toasty, chocolaty lull from which it's uncertain that we will return.

Handsomely tall and dark, the frothy porter patiently separates is ominous brown body from its mocha stained foam. Above which, a sultry scent stems forth in the form of coffee, nutty, chocolaty and marshmallowy enticement. Drifting upon the tongue, its lavish bittersweetness emerge.

Its savory dark flavor ensues in the form of those toasted marshmallows, nutty kona coffee, cocoa, and scorched toffee flavors. Beautiful in their long and lingering display, the porter slowly drifts into a bitterly toasted finish that relaxes its sweetness and allows the woodsy hops to frame a finish when you didn't see it coming.

Toasted dryness decorates the waning moments as soft fruit and spices of grape and fennel waft about in the beer's warmth. Its firm but medium body serves to a creamy-dry finish with a pleasant afterglow of coffee and dark chocolate reaching late. Paired with a sweet and nutty Swiss cheese and a marriage is made in an ominously dark heaven.

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours the black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, oatmeal, hint of hop, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, oatmeal, hint of hop, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

"Brewed in the style of an English Porter". Available year round in 12 oz. 6 packs.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 51º Fahrenheit.

Pours a crisp frothy cocoa-tan head over a deep brown, near black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. The aroma combined notes of cocoa, roasted nut and toasted malt with secondary undertones of coffee bean and vanilla for a potent and detailed aroma. The flavor is similar, although slightly less full in body, with moderate roasted malt, ground coffee bean and vanilla the main characters of an lightly sweet body. The texture is slick, slightly chewy and somewhat thin with a medium crisp carbonation for a spritely, busy mouthfeel. The body is shy of medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is moderately earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is very mild and off characters are minimal to none. Overall I found the aroma promising but the flavor itself lacking the same depth and character. While English porters are not traditionally sweet, I felt the dryness of this beer warranted a touch more viscosity and body to justify the flavors coming out. Certainly not a unenjoyable porter by any means, but not an exceptional one either.

Cervesa De Los Muertos'
Pay The Ferryman Porter

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled also tonight on 5/17/14 while kickin' back on the upper patio deck after shopping and planting herbs and flowers on a beautiful 72 degrees Mid-May Saturday in the Mid-West. Comes in a neat 330ml (11.2 oz.) bottle with a cool label, love the artwork. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black really. A thin beige head is seen that lasts through the whole drink with some sticky lacing. The aroma is very nice of chocolate, caramel, roasted malts with a hint of toffee. The taste has more roasted malt that comes through more than the other flavors but you can taste the others mentioned above. Above average carbonation but very smooth and drinkable. Probably the best Mexican beer I have tasted to date.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark, rich brown color with just a hint of ruby highlights. Body appears to be haze-free, and the head is two fingers of fluffy brown foam with decent retention. I'm rather liking it!

Smell: caramel and chocolate notes; even a hint of toffee. Hops are a little on the vegetal side but are well within parameters. I think it's pretty decent.

Taste: a little bit roasty with a less-sweet character than the aroma. It's decent enough, but a little bit on the watery side, as though it's been a tad diluted.

Mouthfeel: light mouthfeel but a pretty strong carbonation. Interesting enough, but not terribly porter-ey.

Overall: highly drinkable; a porter you can quaff in the sun. I'm usually pretty impressed by darker Mexican beers anyway, and this isn't a bad foray into a craftier dark style.

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Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Having recently visited an authentic Mexican restaurant with the walls decked out in skulls and other death art this beer immediately grabbed my attention with it's art design. From the cap to the label the artwork is impeccable.

I took this beer home along with their other Pale Ale, Blonde and Amber offerings to try out this intriguing looking new brew.

It poured very dark with a thick tan-colored head. The smell was heavily smokey and somewhat fruity. Taste was surprisingly light compared to the way it smelled. Mouthfeel was really smooth, almost watery, too thin for a Porter.

Overall though, very surprised with this offering from a Mexican brewery. Very drinkable, although not mind-blowing, would definitely revisit this brew in the future. If you want to dip your toe into the Porter realm, this would be a good starter kit, as it were. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of deadxmastrees
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I cant lie - I picked this one out solely because of the awesome artwork! Lately porters have surpassed stouts in my list of fav styles so I was excited to try a new one. Unfortunately this porter did not meet my expectations.
It pours very dark and the smokey smell was immediately noticeable so I had high hopes. Some light coffee scents were also present. It had a 2 finger thick, caramel colored head that disappeared very quickly leaving almost no lacing. The taste was the biggest disappointment because I was expecting something more after seeing and smelling it. The smoked flavor overpowers any other flavors - if there are any. Its also very watery and has a bland after taste - kind of like smoked water.
I dont see myself drinking this again although it wasnt horrible. Anyone who likes smokey porters may enjoy this.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am not usually a label junkie, but the artwork was so evocative of my time in California while in the Navy that I could not resist. I would LOVE to see their beers in CANs with the attendant artwork reproduced thereupon. Right now, my 12th grade students and I are reading excerpts from both Milton's "Paradise Lost" and Dante's "The Divine Comedy: Inferno" and as such, the concept of death and the afterlife is fresh in my mind.

From the bottle: "Day of the Dead Beer[/]Cerveza De Los Muertos".

Cheeky devil, asking for payment for taking me to a place that I did not want to go! I was angry as a result and used a heavy hand on the pour, creating two dense fingers of deep-tan head, resembling the top of a chocolate milkshake. The head slowly fell, but left great lacing in its wake. Color was a deep, dark brown (SRM = 44), resembling the Stygian depths of the River Styx, across which I was being ferried. Scared? You bet your sweet bippy! Nose smelled of dark chocolate and a birthday cake when I turned 3 or 4 y/o, Devil's Food Cake with deep purple icing, my favorite color of the time. Purple still gets me revved up, but yellow is my current fave. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. It had a light smokiness with a dark chocolate and burnt charcoal taste on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry, smoky and chocolaty at once, kind of balancing one another. Was it to die for? No, not really, but if it were the only porter being served in the afterlife, I would not turn it down. In this life, I think that there are better porters, but I would certainly revisit this one if they put it in a CAN. Thanks for the ride, but I think that I would like to go home now.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle stamped with a 12 July 2014 Best By date served in a snifter. Poured a very dark mahogany; clear with a small tan head and decent lacing. No sign of sediment.

The aroma is mainly of dark malts; slightly smokey with hints of roasted nuts and dark fruits.

Taste: similar to aroma, but lacking the power or depth it suggests.

Feel: smooth with a bit of dryness; good carbonation level; a tad too thin.

O: Tasty. One of the better Mexican beers I've had. .

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. I'm impressed with it's pitch-black-ness, especially since it's only a 5% porter. There isn't much head, though - only a finger high, with a mocha shade. Even with its dinky height, the retention isn't very good

S: This one smells quite sweet. Actually, come to think of it, it's more redolent of a cream stout than a porter, with all the rich lactose and chocolate I pick up. Beyond that, there's just a kiss of roasted barley and espresso, and it does a decent job of balancing things out. Honestly, this smells like it will be a winner.

T: Indeed, it drinks like a milk stout - that initial lactic twang is unmistakable. There's just enough fruitness, though, that makes me think 'porter' instead. The finish is pure coffee-and-cream. After a while, it becomes very caramel-forward, and not the shitty 'crystal malt' kind of caramel either: it's slightly reminiscent of sucking on a piece of Werther's Original. I didn't know what to expect, but this is honestly pretty damn good.

M: Relatively full for 5%, and - like I said before - sweet. The sweetness harms the drinkability some, however. The thick, syrupy feel (almost) makes it seem bigger than it really is.

O: I'll call this one underrated. It's pretty far from being perfect, and I wouldn't even call it 'great'; but considering it's supposed to be pseudo-craft from Mexico, it could have been a LOT worse. Hell, I might even buy it again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Los Muertos Brewing's Pay The Ferryman a couple weeks ago for $1.75 at Boyne Country Provisions. I have never heard of this brewing company before and I didn't know they were available in Michigan, I don't believe I have tried any beers from a Mexican craft Brewer, but I'm interested to see what Mexico has to offer when it comes to craft beer, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label and the name are pretty awesome, i like the dark look it has, it loots like it could be a cd cover for a Mexican metal band, I don't normally buy a beer for it's name and label art, but I did this time. It poured a very dark brown color that was right on the border of being black and it really didn't let any light through. It had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy dark tan head that was close to being brown and it died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight molasses aroma to it and it was followed by loads of malts that impart some dark roasted malts and a lighter amount of coffee with chocolate seeming to stick out the most imparting a real nice dark chocolate and cocoa powder like aroma. The aroma was pretty good, the chocolate aromas were showcased nicely.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a slight molasses like flavor to it followed by loads of malts that imparted some great dark roasted malt flavors with a light amount of coffee in the background with chocolate still sticking out the most imparting that nice dark chocolate/cocoa aspect that I got in the aroma. On the finish comes a slight smokey flavor followed by a low amount of bitterness and a dark roasted malt, chocolate and coffee like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, I thought the dark roasted malts really shined in this beer.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, on the thinner side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that great, I thought it should be thicker with some creaminess to it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and decent example of the style, it was on the thin side as far as the style goes, but to me the flavor and aroma were just what I look for in a good Porter. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, not filling, and the taste did a good job at holding my attention and I actually think that the thinner body made this a little more drinkable then it should be, but it still doesn't feel right for the style, I think I could drink a few of these with out getting full or sick of this beer. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance I thought they were both pretty good and true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, I thought it was too thin and watery for the style and it was missing that creaminess that I look for in the style. I would buy this beer again if I saw it around, I think some of my friends that like Chocolaty beers would really like this and I would recommend it to people that don't mind a thinner Porter. All in all I liked this beer, even with the below average mouthfeel it was still a nice tasting and smelling beer and it satisfied my craving for a Porter. This beer made for a good first impression for Los Muertos, I have one more beer of theirs that I picked up and I'm glad I did since I haven't seen any where I live. Nice work guys, it's nice to know there's a budding craft beer scene going on with our neighbors down south.

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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, molasses, chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of molasses, coffee and chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character follows along with some background smokiness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style. I found this beer to be unexpectedly solid and worth drinking for a while if you’re in the mood for the style and don’t mind the extra sweetness.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

After two thoroughly lackluster offerings from this brewery, my doubt is no longer subtle. Now the porter steps in to try to change my mind. It pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises dark chocolate powder, very light toast, and a hint of sweet coffee. The taste holds notes of cola, a light dusting of cocoa powder, and a slight aftertaste of rye toast. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nigh-watery feel. Overall, a meek porter, but at least this beer doesn't kinda suck. That said, the lack of any effort whatsoever continues to glare at me from the label. Maybe the blonde ale can do something for me...?

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