Braudog (5939) - 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 (5409) - 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 (9410) - 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 (2119) - 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.
hopscotch (9846) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2006
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle... Very dark, clear, ruby lager with a small, creamy, tan head. The nose is of an old-time drugstore chocolate cola. The flavor matches the aroma... exactly. Very sweet. No semblence of balance. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with soft carbonation. Finishes sweet and chocolatey. Tastes like some sort of American Choco- Malternative marketed to sweet-toothed, chocolate loving women. Thanks go out to DarkElf for shipping the bottle my way... so that I might have the opportunity to warn others of this brewing tragedy!
zach8270 (3690) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark brown/ruby red pour with a quickly disappearing tan head. Nice aroma of roasted coffee with some chocolate malts at the end. The taste is massively sweet. Lots of chocolate and sweet malts with a bitter aftertaste. Too watery and too sweet.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Despite the obvious flavor of corn sugar, I tend to be a fan of the dark Central and South American dark lagers, a style unto their own in my opinion. Yes, this beer is intensely sweet, but I’ve had beers in other styles that were this sweet too. The difference here is that the sweetness is almost entirely sugary, and there is nothing, and I mean nothing to counter the sweetness, so the unabashed sugar just runs wild and naked along the clothing-optional beach. There is practically no bitterness at all, just a hint from the modest roastiness, with complementary flavors of chocolate and caramel. The nose is sweet and sugary, but also a bit bready at times. The body, how does one describe the body? With the intense sweetness, the mouthfeel is thick, syrupy and cloying, but it’s all from sugar. Very dark ruddy brown, nearly black through the center. The soda-like, light tan head fizzes to half an inch in height before dissipating to essentially nothing, leaving no lace of course. You gotta like the style and you gotta have a sweet tooth to enjoy this beer. I occasionally go to a Peruvian restaurant out in El Cajon, and this beer is my dessert. Very tasty, but clearly not something most beer geeks will enjoy.