Compañía Cervecera Hércules - Calmécac
Serving Temperature:52–58° F
Suggested Glassware:Snifter, Tulip, Teku, or Pinot Glass
The few beers we’ve gotten to try from Hércules have been exceptional, and none moreso than this potently constructed imperial stout. Aged in mezcal barrels (mezcal is essentially a smoky tequila), Calmécac combines that spicy-smoke barrel character with the densely built stout: milk and dark chocolate, roasted and dried fruits, deep almond and toffee. Decadent.
This pours ridiculously dark chocolate-brown, with minimal light getting through. A modest chocolate foam caps things. The aromatics lead with milk chocolate and roast—its complex specialty malts counterpointed by dense spices. Lightly carbonated, super creamy, Calmécac hides its potent alcohol well: leading with densely caramelized chocolate, roast, and smokiness. There’s a touch of warmth here, as one might expect, and that helps to lighten the body of this stout overall. Packed with rich malt flavor, offset by spicy-smoke edges from its barrel treatment.
Potent enough to stand at least a little bit of aging, though watch its caramelization. This feels properly matched to spicy beef kabobs, or (to contrast) creamy vanilla cheesecake.
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