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Compañía Cervecera Hércules - Calmécac

Compañía Cervecera Hércules - Calmécac

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Imperial Stout aged in Mezcal barrels



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Compañía Cervecera Hércules - Calmécac

  • ABV: 14%
  • Bottle Size: 500-ml
  • 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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