Mexican Coffee
Funky Buddha Brewery

Mexican CoffeeMexican Coffee
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #325
ABV:
11.3%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,780
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 10.47%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
107
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Florida, United States
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Notes: Buenos dias, amigos: We teamed up with Jose Cuervo to brew a seriously delicious cafe concoction. Mexican Coffee is an imperial stout blended with coffee, cinnamon, and sent out for an extended vacation inside reposado tequila barrels. The result is rich and roasty with a kiss of tequila; just like a classic cafe mexicano.

45 IBU
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Photo of beertunes
3.47/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Roguer for this one, a “Mystery Beer” from NBS BIF #10. Poured, consumed, and reviewed blind.

22oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a thick, full black color with an inch of brown head that very good retention and no lacing.

Coffee at the front of the nose, strong coffee, with some roasted malt behind it. Maybe a bit of vanilla, maybe some booze (bourbon?).

Very similar on the tongue, with the addition of some very strong alcohol heat. Maybe some cocoa at the back end.

The body is thick and full, with a semi-sweet finish. Some alcohol/booze lingers at the back.

Drinkability is fine, the coffee seems to fade as I work through the bottle.

Overall, a nice beer. I’m assuming it’s a stout (but, I’ve been wrong on these things before), and it’s one you should try if given the chance.

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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/30/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, cinnamon, honey, agave, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, tequila, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, toffee, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted/oaky earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, cinnamon, tequila barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, cinnamon, honey, agave, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, tequila, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, toffee, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted/oaky earthiness. Very mild herbal, grass, pepper, roast, char bitterness; and cinnamon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, cinnamon, honey, agave, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, tequila, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, dark/brown bread, licorice, molasses, toffee, dark fruit, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, cinnamon, tequila barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a fantastic roasted bitter/sweet and cinnamon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth 11.3%, and lingering cinnamon/tequila heat. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged flavored imperial stout! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, cinnamon, tequila barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/spicy/drying finish; amazingly soft/silky feel for the ABV. Perfectly balanced super rich malts, fruity/nutty coffee, cinnamon, and tequila barrel presence/integration. Mild hops/fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and top tier quality style example. Probably the best tequila barrel aged beer I've ever had. Not overwhelming on any aspect.

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4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours deep black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- Earthy, herbal and peppery espresso notes up front, followed by mocha cream and toffee. Beyond the coffee, plenty of cinnamon starts to pop out of the glass, light tequila closes it out

T- rich and creamy espresso up front mixes with a chocolate/mocha note that matches perfectly with the coffee; slightly nutty, brownie batter, caramel & toffee. Mid-palate brings out the tequila barrel, which comes across as a peppery note, with a touch of oak. The finish brings out the cinnamon, along with more rich coffee and mocha, the linger comes across with some actual tequila flavors

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- rich coffee, mocha, cinnamon and tequila. All of the adjuncts work great together, another winner from FB

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3.49/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a one-finger tan head with excellent retention. A low level of visible carbonation overall, but likely average for style.

S: Huge cinnamon, and the tequila aroma is almost as big. Some fruity and spicy notes, likely from the tequila (lime, cardamom, etc). A milder black coffee presence and the roasted malts. It's not a terrible aroma, but only if tequila and cinnamon are things you find appealing together.

T: Tequila and cinnamon again - big, up-front, and front-and-center. Again, some spice character - cardamom, maybe nutmeg. Coffee and some vanilla and chocolate from the malts. Mild oak tannins, but overall this stays pretty sweet and boozy, and is only partially balanced by the cinnamon. More cinnamon and citrus-forward tequila in the hang.

M: The body is on the light side for an Imperial Stout, especially one from Florida. Carbonation level is as expected. The alcohol presence is obvious but not obnoxious for something that's barrel-aged (especially in tequila barrels).

O: Well…there’s big cinnamon. I'm not digging the tequila and associated spices though. While trying to be objective, it's not a terrible beer. But it’s really not my favorite. The coffee is buried under the assault of tequila and cinnamon. And the notes from the other spices makes it seem almost like a Christmas beer. This isn't anything I’d look to repeat anytime soon.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blind tasted! The tequila barrel-aging of Mexican Coffee makes this a very unique beer - quite rich, but also smoother with less bite or heat than a traditional bourbon or whisk(e)y barrel. Cuervo barrels tend to have less agave and whatnot than a lot of more expensive, high brow tequilas (per my recollection), but there is still a subtle hint in Mexican Coffee - dead give-away that it's not your typical stout or BA stout from bourbon or whisk(e)y barrels.

It's impressive how cinnamon forward this beer is. I still got plenty of mildly acidic coffee from the beer, but it's most just a very sweet cinnamon bomb - quite delicious overall. Letting the beer warm to room temperature-ish is a necessarity - it really comes alive, gains richness and depth, loses a bit of acidity and bitterness. Only gets better!

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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black with big fluffy khaki head.
Smell: Cinnamon, nutmeg, spices, pumpkin, and chocolate.
Taste: Cinnamon, nutmeg, spices, pumpkin, and chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Medium.
Overall: A good funky stout from funky Buddha.

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Photo of Slack
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle
03/30/17
$25

Deep brown to brown on the edges and clear. Some head remains as a semi circle. Some lacing as well.

Nose is strong cinnamon and vanilla, a bit of sweet malt, and a bit of booze.

Taste is tequila, barrel, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, and a subtle sweetness throughout.

Mouthful is medium-ish and a touch thin. Carbonation is average. Finish is sweet.

Nice but cinnamon heavy. Tequila barrel adds a nice backbone. Vanilla and sweetness are prevalent. At the same time, this seems like a half effort stout from FB compared to the likes of Morning Wood and Last Buffalo. Given the high price point, it's hard to recommend.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

you have to like the overly flavored funky buddha stuff, but if you do, this is among their very best i have had. there is an absolute ton of cinnamon and coffee on this thing, awesome without vanilla, cocoa, or bourbon, none of that is needed, and it would be too much, almost a distraction if it were here, i think the base stout, big and rich and roasty as it is, provides enough of that without those additives, so nice call there. the cinnamon is bursting from this, spicy and warming in the nose, a nice upbeat vibe to it, lifting the dark base beer into a cool place. the tequila isnt as intense as i thought it would be, in my head i had it overtaking the beer, but its an accent flavor only, woody and charry, great with the malt profile, but fresh and sort of spicy too, which is great with the cinnamon, but it never makes the beer too boozy or spirit-esque, its just great. the coffee is bitter enough that the cinnamon never takes on a sweet tone at all, its just earthy and spicy and awesome, super sturdy, creamy feeling, and layered in taste, its with me for an hour after i finish it. a cool move by some new friends to share this with us. some of the best beer i have had from these guys, and one of my favorite uses of cinnamon i have ever had in a beer too. loved it.

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3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taste is cinnamon coffee cake, some mellow fudge notes, coffee... Overly sweet as is the Funky Buddha way. The Cuervo reposado tequila BA treatment adds some complexity and depth to a beer I'd otherwise write off as just too sweet—some heat, barrel char and that almost botanical element that tequila barrels impart.

A cousin to Abraxas and Leche Borracho...

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Photo of ELS
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice change from the endless amount of stouts aged in bourbon barrels. The look is your typical FB dark brown stout with the thin layer of tan foam.

The smell is exactly what you would expect. You get a strong aroma of coffee and a definite whiff of the unmistakable Jose Cuervo Tequila. No cinnamon is detected.

The taste is the solid base stout that FB uses for many of their adjuncts. Dark malts that have a hint of chocolate. The coffee has a nice roasty flavor, you get a small taste of cinnamon (not as much as a Huna) and then a nice, not overpowering amount of JC Tequila on the back end. Nice balance.

The feel is a bit thin for a stout but I think it works. I personally don't want a heavy beer with a Mexican flavor like tequila.

Overall this is an excellent, creative stout that works. My only knock against the beer is that as a tequila drinker, I would have liked to see it aged in premium tequila barrels like Patron, Avion or Casa Noble. When I taste Jose Cuervo it always reminds me of a margarita or doing tequila shots in college. A smooth, high-end tequila would have taken this stout into another stratosphere (and also the price).

5/6/17 - Just opened my first bottle. Aroma now includes cinnamon unlike on tap. In addition, more cinnamon in the taste and a little less tequila and/or the tequila is more blended into the beer. One of the few times I like the bottled beer more than the tapped. If you like tequila at all, and you like FB Coffee Stouts/Porters, you must seek out this beer. I'm raising the smell to 4.75.

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3.29/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was wayyyy too sweet, which is shame due to how much better it smelled. If it was blended more with the base beer, it might have gone a long way. Just the definition of cloying.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black just like a dark cup of coffee. Has an excellent coffee smell with a nice finish of tequila. Tastes just like it smells with a nice addition of cinnamon to the finish. A bit thick but suits the beer well. Overall a great beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at Funky Buddha's Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Day on 1/9/2016. Just based on the description, this beer caught my attention right away. Overall, Mexican Coffee did not disappoint and was a tasty brew.

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Photo of Buck89
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this at their brewery. Unbelievable. Beautiful dark brown appearance with a thick tan head. Aroma filled with cinnamon, coffee, and some brown sugar with a hint of tequila. Taste was beautiful and complex, with chocolate, coffee, slight cinnamon, and a nice tequila finish that's not overpowering. The blend was really nice. Mouthfeel was thick but the finish was cleaner than expected. Gentle warming from the alcohol. This was a wonderful beer.

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3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter. Black body with a medium khaki head and thin collar. I never expect much from a tequila barrel, but this smells really nice. Some tequila. Mostly coffee and cinnamon. Taste has more tequila, which isn’t really what I’m looking for, but it’s not bad. Coffee and cinnamon are really prominent. Dark chocolate and spice in the finish. Heavy with medium carbonation. The aroma is the best part. After a while the booze takes its toll and the tequila becomes more apparent.

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