NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smoky, blackstrap molasses aroma is slightly dusty. Flat black with a firm and lasting thumb thick tan head. Sweet raisin/cane syrup fore is again slightly smokey and dusty. Sulphur laden molasses? The finish is quite sweet and creamy. if not for the smokey notes I’d really dig this.
Kinz (3410) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Picked this one up solely because it said "Peru," and it had been a while since I’d run across a Peruvian brew. When I pulled it out of the fridge, I noticed for the first time that it said "dark beer." A dunkel perhaps? My hopes went up a bit, at least this wasn’t going to be yet another yellow fizzy international lager. Then I noticed the word "malta," and my heart sank again. I had run into this in Brazil, and it wasn’t exactly the fondest memory. On the other hand, it is a rather unique style, probably worthy of its own categorization, and one I hadn’t seen in the US before. So in a way, quite a neat little find. In any case, pours a very very dark brown, venturing well into porter territory, slight tan head. Sweet chocolate and malt aroma, yup, this is a malta alright. Flavor matched, milk chocolate, a bit of roast, and sickening sweetness that hints of molasses and sugar cane. Oddly, this became significantly better once it warmed up to near room temperature, as the sweetness seemed to marry to the chocolate a bit more, and it left the cloying behind. Honestly not a bad example of the style.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours black with a soda looking head that quickly dissipated to a ring. Looks of high carbonation. The aroma is light but of sweet malts. The flavor found some sweet chocolate and malts initially. Some hints of roasted malts also. As it warmed some corn flavor came out also. Medium body, light creamy texture, and a slight chocolate aftertaste. Enjoyed in Trujillo.
Braudog (5962) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle with the US label: Cusquena Premium Imported Dark Beer. Poured a dark brown with a reddish tint and a pillowtop of tan. Little but a sweet malty aroma. The beer is sugary smooth with a very syrupy malt basis, almost like a cola. Would go well with a sweet bread, I’d say.
TheBeerGod (5450) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown to black in color with a small tan head. Nose is lightly roasted with lots of burnt caramel and sweet malts. Taste is surprisingly good! Slightly burnt caramel, sweet roasty malts, light choco notes and some light pumpernickel notes. My bottle was sweet but not nearly as cloying as some others have noted. Body is light-medium and creamy with some carbonation tingle around the edges. Finishes with more roasty malts, caramel, and light choco notes. A bit one dimensional but a nice diamond in the rough from Peru!
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled. Dark brown with fizzy, quickly dissipating head. The malty big brother of the premium Cusquena, somebody has just thrown in a shit load of burn malt for colouring and inadvertently sweetened the beer well beyond its simple limits. Thanks to Stephan K. for bring it back from Peru for me.
hopdog (9525) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2006 12oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (special thanks for crossing off a new country!). Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Bready, nutty, aromas with some chocolate. Very sweet - cloyingly sweet. Tastes of brown sugar with some cocoa in the background. Reminds me of the syrup my daughter puts on her pancakes. Its really hard to get anything else out of the tastes due to the overpowering sweetness.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2006
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Held up to the light it’s a filtered amber black color with a yeasty, charcoal brown sugar nose that was only slightly detectable. Medium sized froth yet short lived with few residual effers. Flavor incorporates a defined sweetness of rootbeer with charcoal undertones. Overall; sweet with no ballancing agent. Very smooth.
Dorqui (2125) - Brescia, ITALY - MAR 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Creamy and adherent head, good volume and duration. Much dark and impenetrable color, decidedly dense and hazy one. Bitterish scent with bitter cacao and liquorice notes. Enough pungent and amazingly sugared and sweetish taste. Unusual and with light bitter end. At times it seems nearly liquid sugar. Enough extended final.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Loved it. One of my favorite beers of all time. Very, very sweet with a fair amount of malt. No hops whatsoever. Light roast. A tad chocolatey.