Casta

This brewery is located in Monterrey, Mexico and is imported into the US by B1 imports, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624.

Morena Dark Ale

This is a medium, dark ale registering at 6.0% alcohol/volume.

The initial aroma is that of a sweet, dark, roasted, malt. There are very subtle hop characteristics

The color is very dark, brown, amber with yellow hues. Pretty. Clear. Head dissipates quickly and could be better.

In contrast to the nose, the initial taste is actually of hop bitterness. It is well conditioned and the bubbles wrap around the tongue satisfactorily. The malt is suspiciously absent considering the nose. There is a nutty flavor on the finish however. Ironically, the beer does seem well balanced.

Medium bodied. Lighter than one expects in a darker beer. But nonetheless, pleasant.

A very drinkable beer. Perfect for the barbecue if you're not in the lager mood, but also very appropriate for steaks and other meats.

An interesting note: as the beer warms, the malt characteristics strengthen and beer becomes more the silky glove one would expect from a strong, dark ale. Thus, my recommendation is to serve this beer at cellar--not refrigerator--temperature.

The judges give this a 43, Excellent.

CategoryPoints
Bouquet/Aroma9
Malt3
Hops3
Other Fermentation Characteristics3
Appearance5
Color2
Clarity2
Head Retention1
Flavor17
Malt2
Hops3
Conditioning2
Aftertaste3
Balance4
Other Flavor Characteristics3
Body4
Drinkability and Overall Impression8
Total43

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