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.
BOLTZ7555 (2600) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Big Pour Mesa, AZ. Another great surprise. Crystal clear crimson with an eggshell head. Aroma is of dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. A little smoky with coffee flavors and even a touch of nuttiness. Quite thin for its style. This reminded me more of a scottish ale rather than a barleywine but who really cares...I enjoyed it!!! Delicious!!!
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.
redlight (2299) - 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!
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sampled during the 2011 RBWG weekendthanks to Craig for this, probably the strongest Mexican beer I’ll ever have. Pours ruby brown with a medium off white head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, candied sugar and nuts. Flavor is caramel all the way, not overly sweet, there is some fig/apricot fruityness as well but it’s a big malty beer.
ABUSEDGOAT (2159) - 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.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Draft Magazine’s Big Pour in Mesa. Pours a clear amber with a cream colored head. Nose is caramel malt, hops, smoky malt and coffee. Taste is pretty much the same with a bitter coffee and hop finish. Lighter mouth feel. Comes off more like a scotch ale, but good regardless.
holdenn (2062) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at DLD. Poured a brown red with a tan head. Fruity nose, red fruit, sweet malts and fruity hops. Cherries and red fruit flavors, lots of caramel malt with a light bitterness. Decent beer, especially for coming from across the border.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful red pour. Caramel and orange peel aroma. Flavor is like dry Mexican chocolate. Nice.