Dorqui (2105) - 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 (9106) - Indian River County, 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 (3435) - 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 (3033) - 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.
jimhilt (2400) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a four-fingered light tan head that quickly fades leaving no lace. Deep amber almost black color. Light-medium bodied and light carbonation. Sweet chocolate nose. Starts sweet, quiet hops in background, finish is sweet. Mouthfeel is watery at times. Sweetest stout I have had. 12 oz bottle, gift bought from Vintage Cellar Blacksburg, Va. Best by date Jun 25, 2005
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle) Clear red-black body with small tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, bread, light plum, metallic. Taste is sweet, brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup, some chocolate. No bitterness, soda-ish. Medium body, some syrup, low carbonation. Nothing to seek out, but nevertheless much better than a typical Third World offering.
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a distinct, dark, chocolatey beer with just the right amount of bitterness. best when very chilled. can only drink one though.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown with a large frothy head. Aroma of roasted malt, mustiness, and a hint of smoke. Flavor of roasted malt and strong coffee. Palate is dry, chaly and bitter in the finish.
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This looks and is much better than the regular cusquena. Very chocolaty and thick, but with hints of caffienation. A good brew, reminiscent of double bocks.