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Brewed by Cervecería Cucapá
Style: Barley Wine
Mexicali, Mexico
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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Cucapá Barleywine
This English style barleywine has a dark reddish mahogany color. A rich, thick entry leads to a very sweet molasses and chocolate covered citrus flavors. Finishes with a mild, bittering hop fade.

Es una cerveza tipo Ale. elaborada artesanalmente,única en todo el país. De color obscuro y cuerpo completo, posee una combinación de lúpulo noble al inicio con un sabor de dulce malta al final. Cucapá BW seguramente será su cerveza navideña preferida. Disfrute con su familia y amigos el placer de compartir esta edición limitada de 450 botellas.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Thanks to mkgrenwel for this - medium amber pour, fairly clear - a lot of bright fruitiness in the nose, with a hint of smoke - leads with some rich spiciness, moderate sweetness, and a lot of cherry-like fruity esters - brown sugar, earthiness, fairly present smoke - quite tasty, and the smoke really adds a lot of character, and makes this beer distinct - nice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2009
Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is not overly complex. Taste is dominated by sweet malt with light dry fruit notes with a toffee-like finish. Body is about average with low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Lacking complexity and not something I would wish to have very often.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Thanks to josh for sharing. Pours a deep amber with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, toffee, tobacco, sweet malts and earthy. Flavor of the same.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Tap @ 2007 Strong Ale Fest. Poured a clear amber color with a beige head. The aroma and flavor were sweet and fruity. The finish was odd. Some hops Warming with a semi-dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4279) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
Thanks IBrew2or3 for the share. An English Style Barley Wine from Mexico enjoyed in Florida. That is right up his alley. Pours brown with a white head. Nose is caramel, brandy, booze, and raisin with a bit of hops. Flavor is similar with raisins, brandy, malt, and some hops dominant. Interesting, medium-bodied barleywine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle shared by ucusty - thanks, David! Pour was a bit dull, with a flattish body and bright hue. The nose wasn’t bad, with some maple and caramel in there. Waxy and somewhat thin palate. Lots of booze in the flavor, with somewhat predictable peat and molasses to give shape to the malts. Meh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle shared by ucusty. The Mexicans sure do love to put meat in everything! Even their beer! What a big, meaty barleywine this is. We all seemed to taste a bit if sausage, along with big smokiness, caramel and a booziness that surrounds it all. Slightly bitter and off-putting palate. Kinda hard to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3871) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Thanks to ucusty for sharing. Pours a reddish copper with a one finger light orange yellow head. The aroma is mild and sweet, peaty, some caramel, molasses. The flavor is smoky, peaty, some bacon?, mild acetaldehyde, malty, caramel, nice bitterness. The palate is waxy and bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3751) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
750 ml bottle from Country Club Liquors. Nose of toffee, caramel, and a smoky hint. Clear cherry brown with a very small beige head. Flavor is light with mild bitterness, caramel, and a little alcohol. Not bad for an English style, Mexican barleywine.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
2008 750ml Bottle; Sampled October 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, richly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber / red color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry-red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of caramel coated hazel nuts and concentrated dried fruit laden holiday sweet breads. Some light herbal notes in the finish hint at once more present hop aromas and there is a light, almost caramelized / candied citrus character barely noticeable in the finish (this was clearly never an overly aggressively hopped Barley Wine though). At off angles this beer does pick up a solid menthol and herbaceous hop character, though this can be somewhat fleeting. Notes of something like allspice, intermingle with a really rich, toasted maltiness that has aged into a really nice nutty quality. The aroma is actually somewhat muted for what I would expect from a Barley Wine, but it is really nice and complex.

Thick and rich feeling as it hits my tongue, it has a light’ish sweetness that is mostly caramelized up front, but it finishes with a really unexpected, phenolic smokiness. I don’t think the smokiness was intended here, but it is just harsh enough that it could be from Peat-smoked malt, but my guess is that something else has taken hold here. The smokiness leans a bit towards plastic at times, though it is not so strong that it dominates everything in this beer. This has a nice, light herbal character here; somewhat grassy, not really quite menthol like, with the aged malt it really sort of reminds me of tobacco and perhaps some leather notes. There is a fairly solid bitterness here, but this is clearly a malt accented beer as this is what dominates the finish and palate; the beer clings to the palate long after each sip with a rich caramelized heft and this is clearly a sipping, contemplative brew.

A bit weird in the end; the smoky plastic character is definitely a bit out of place and it might explain why the aroma was a bit more muted than I expected. Still this is actually fairly enjoyable & even the smokiness adds something at times.


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