MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle. Pours with spare white head on a dark mahogany body. Aroma is of caramel malt, dark roast, toast. Flavor comes in lightly sweet and stock full of tons of toasty, roasty, malty goodness. Almost so damn burnt and toasty it’s overwhelming. Laced with little bits of coffee, vanilla, and dark chocolate. The finish is fairly dry while being crisp and clean both. Light in body and feels a touch flat. Nothing is in this beer that I don’t like, very good overall. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Courtesy fordest. Poured a darkish amber color with a thin film of whitish head. Clean aroma with some nuttiness. Mild flavor with nutty tones and a dry finish. Drinkable offering on a pretty bland style. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
12 oz bottle shared with fordest. Poured a medium brown with a roasty aroma and flavor. fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
12oz bottle. Brown pour with some head. Roasty aromas. Flavors were better with more roastiness and some dark fruit flavors. Better than I was expecting. ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2007
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 Bottle, presumably fresh, at the Liar’s Club on 3/23/07
guachoo (6) - USA - APR 3, 2007 does not count
These guys have so much potential with their obvious brewing skills and lagering practices. It was disappointing, albeit not surprising in the least, to see this rather heavily filtered, force carbonated (and maybe pasteurized?) beer, that is otherwise quite well-made. The head retention is moderate to poor, with a chalky-beige head leaving little/no lacing. High clarity in a dark chestnut body, with plenty of large bubbles bursting on the surface.
Sweet, rather sluggish I thought, caramel malts in the nose certainly signify that this is not going to be some undermalted fake attempt at a dark German lager. A little bit of buttercream-like toffee maltiness adds a slight touch of thickness, while some light coffee/roast notes sit on the finish, rather plainly. The aroma tapers off in to a bit of bready/toastiness that is quite dull/bland. Some yeast notes evident throughout, attempting to add dryness/crispness, but the overly sweet mats seem to rob the yeast of most of its elegance that was seen in the pils. Medium to medium-low strength overall, with no alcohol or flaws noted.
Rather simple, somewhat insipidly sweet flavor balances light vanilla-flavored coffee with a touch of cocoa and prunes. Yeast notes almost accentuate the slightly vinousness prune notes, but fail to really take a foothold against the sweetness and extremely loose carbonation. The filtration/carbonation leads to a very wet, rather soggy texture and the flavors just fall in to each other, without any distinct transitions or real brightness/crispness of flavors. No doubt on draught this stuff would be much better. I don’t expect a Mexican brewery to bottle condition a 4.5abv lager, but man if they did.......Still, a good beer, free from flaws, that just suffers from the texture/mouthfeel.
This Mexican beer is great - I have never had any other Mexican beer like this. mjg74 (3182) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Bottle from Casa De Oro Liquor. Pours a dark ruby color. Sweet roasted malty aromas. Slick mouthfeel. Sweet flavors with a fairly dry bitter roasted malty finish. Some burnt coffee beans. Good quality south of the border brew. bhensonb (15745) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Deep aroma of malt with chocolate. Deep ruby mahogany color with a head that came and quickly went. Starts darkly sweet, a bit of chocolate arrives, and it finishes with minimal bitter. I could imagine a bit of darkish fruit. Mouthfeel a bit light. Really quite nice. Has some Porter chacteristic. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2006
This poured a dark orange/brown with a beige head that didn’t last too long. Nice aroma of caramel and slightly burnt toast. That burnt toast picks up perhaps a notch too much in the flavor, but this remains an enjoyable, sessionable Vienna.BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 16, 2006
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Bottle: Dark amber mahogany color, light head and lacing. Nose of sweet plum and toffee, light roast and rye. The flavor is very nutty and toasty, a bit of plum and cherry. The finish is sweet, a bit husky and decently plain in the mouthfeel and body.