Bockyhorsey (2627) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big Bottle. Sweet molasas, some carmalized malted candy and roasted grains.. Dark red body with thin head. Sweet caramel and barley grain malt flavor at first. Then sugary sweet mild citrus with some cohoclate and more barley and caramel. Filling brew good night cap.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
smells slightly aged and sherry-like, with a sweet molasses background, some charred sugar, and a smidgen of hops. THe color was a nice glowing chestnut, but the head was so too thin and revealing. Very smokey and charred-sugar like flavors..balancing hop character...I like the smokey rustic nature of this though the mouthfeel is too wet and I wish it was thicker and/or creamier. Other than mouthfeel, I think the flavors are nicely unique...It hides the alcohol rather well, though you can certainly feel the warmth in your belly.
ABUSEDGOAT (2539) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Toronado. Darker amber, almost no head. Aroma is very fruity, some sherry notes, some caramel as well. Medium to full body, quite sweet. Possibly the best Mexican beer I’ve had.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks by ucusty. Thanks, David! Deep clear amber pour with light yellow head. Sweet but astringent aroma; a bit boozy. Slightly peaty and smoky. This seemed like an imperial Scotch ale in a lot of respects. Lots more malt than hop presence. Disappointing.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a deep red body with little head and no lacing. It’s sweet and malty with an underlying hop note and a touch of roast. Full bodied, warming and tingly on the tongue from the carbonation.
fordest (2377) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at O’Brien’s. Very sweet aromas off this medium brown pour with barely any head. Banana and dark fruit. Flavors were similar with some caramel and vanilla. Nice hoppy finish too. Not bad. By far the best Mexican beer I have ever had.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Picked up while at Perry’s in Livermore. I wasn’t nearly as enthralled about this beer as I was hoping I would be. Pretty rare to find a Mexican barleywine. And while it was pretty nice, it just wasn’t top shelf good.
The beer pours out a medium amber color with a 1/2" creamy off-white head. Medium carbonation with large bubbles floating to the top and the body was clear.
Aroma is toffee, light caramel...mostly sweet but tons of toffee and a good bit of alcohol show up. Flavor is pretty one dimensional with the toffee angle going pretty strong. I thought I was tasting some light caramel notes, but it just kept reverting back to the same toffee routine. Medium alcohol also shows up on the palate. Good, and thankfully I had my brother to and sister-in-law to share the 750ml bottle with, because I know that after a pint of this, I would be looking for something else.
StefanSD (2324) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a dark amber color with a small head that rapidly dissipates and leaves no lacing. The aroma is sweet with caramel and dark fruits. The taste is overtly malty with caramel, black cherries, dates and licorice. There is a touch of hot alcohol, but nothing that is too distracting. The mouthfeel is full and malty. The finish is medium in duration with lingering anise. Overall: The first Mexican concoction that I have had that stands its own with the craft beer best. I very much enjoyed this tasty brew.
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: I never even noticed this until it was pointed out to me by my friend but it sounded real good and like a real treat. The aroma is caramel based malt with a whiff of alcohol. Appearance is a dark mahogany color with a puffy small head which dies in a matter of seconds after the pour. Flavors are rich with sweetness and a bit of bitterness. Tastes range from a thick caramel you would put on a green apple to English style ale with cigar tobacco.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to Beerlando for this one! Rich caramel malts on the nose, molasses and toffee with hints of citrus. Pours a reddish amber with a thin white head. Rich malts, creamy mouthfeel, caramel malts, toffee, light molasses, with hints dates, citrusy hops in the finish. Probably the best beer i’ve had from mexico!