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Brewed by Cervecería Cucapá
Style: Barley Wine
Mexicali, Mexico
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RATINGS: 127   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3647) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JAN 2, 2010
Finally got it. NOt as big as I thought, got me really pissed but happy. It was sweet and strong at the same time.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Cask at Papago. Poured a clear dark orange color with an off white head. Smelled of pear, apple, grain alcohol, and flower blossom. Medium bodied, probably lightened up by the hefty alcohol presence. Moderately bitter and bone dry with a warming alcohol effect reminiscent of a nice peaty scotch. Very woody flavor with a tobacco accent. The flesh fruits in the aroma did not come out in the flavor. Interesting and unlike any barleywine Ive ever tasted.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3562) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Bottle shared by someone at the Bruery Reserve Society Initiation. Pours a mostly clear orangish-amber color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, wood, dark fruits, and faded hops. Flavor is pretty solid with caramel, toffee, vanilla, fruity notes, mild sherry oxidation, wood, and citrusy hops. Medium body for the style with some booze and a some slight hop oils. Maybe the best Mexican beer I’ve had, not that that is saying too much.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
LilBeerDoctor (3506) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a clear brown with a very small head. Aroma of vegetal notes, prunes, and raisins. Flavor is equally vegetal and gross and rather boozy (although apparently I am the only one to dislike this beer so much...oh well). 4/3/4/2/9 (2.2/5)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbill (3502) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle shared by notalush. Pours a lovely reddish amber. Weak aroma of caramel, maple syrup, and toast. The flavor seems a bit masked by alcohol to me with caramel, brown sugar, toast and some smokiness also present, but not enough to overcome the alcohol flavor. The sugary sweetness and the alcohol compete and never really unify. I realize that most people have rated this beer much higher; I guess it just wasn’t my thing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009
750ml bottle. shared by miketd at dlday....poured an amber brown with a thin off-white head... caramel malt, dark fruit, and a fair bit of smoke in the nose... smoke and tobacco along with sweet caramel malt flavorwise. almost had some smokey tequila resemblance in some sips. very different and unique spin on a barleywine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2007
On Draft at O’Briens. Served in a pint glass and yes it took me a while to drink. Poured reddish brown witha small head. The nose had some sweet dried fruit in it. The taste was bitter and sweet, with hints of dried fruit. Honestly I thought this was only decent, it wasn’t bad nor was it amazing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3345) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Blind rating at New Year’s Eve Blind Barleywine tasting. 5 ounce sample. Bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. The bottle was about a year old. Vinous, slightly metallic, and a little fruity in the nose. Some citrus and scant booze is also present. Transparent amber body with a decent tan head and really nice lacing. Light astringent tartness to start, but it then becomes chewy, sweet, and caramelly in the middle. Finishes with a nice sweetness. I am really digging the chewy, caramel notes in the body of this. The ethanol is well-hidden. Unfortunately, the astringency to start is a little wack. Otherwise, this is a really solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2009
750ml. Pours a dark and lightly hazy blood red color. A small, foamy, khaki colored head settles to a thin film, leaving scattered, spotty lacing on the glass. The nose is pretty true to the English barleywine style, caramel and nougat driven, with notes of light toffee and dark fruit. Mild earthy and floral hops lend nice balance. Flavors mirror the nose, rich and malty with loads of toffee and caramel. Mild cocoa roast and earthy hops keep the sweetness in check. The mouthfeel is pretty solid, substantial without being cloying and balanced on the tongue. Damn solid brew. About 110% better than your average Mexican beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Shared by Notalush. Lots of cereal grains, caramel in the aroma, pretty sweet. Similar flavor with a fairly rough body, tough carbonation. A bit too sweet for the most part.


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