940: Negra Modelo

Name: Negra Modelo
Brewery: Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Country of Origin: Mexico
City & State: Not Applicable
Style: Munich Dunkel Lager
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.4%
First Brewed: 1926

Tasting Notes
The color is bright amber brown. The nose is mostly malt sweetness with nutty aromas. The flavor profile is likewise sweet and malty with hints of vanilla, carmel, and a touch of nuttiness, like almonds. The mouthfeel is thin, but good balance and full flavors make it refreshing.

Ricky’s Thoughts
Tonight we are going south of the border. We are headed to Mexico for a Negra Modelo. I have had this beer time and time again, and I think it’s the gold wrapper that keeps me coming back. That, or its unique taste. It’s incredible, and I love a good dark beer that is drinkable like this Mexican brew. The beer is easy to find, and can be found in any grocery store. This beer is also very popular among the Mexican population.

The beer does have a nice presentation in the bottle. It’s got a gold and black label, and that foil over the cap is nice. It just looks nice, and makes me want to pop the top and pour this beer out. Bottoms up people!

In the Glass: In the glass, it’s dark, but doesn’t appear too thick. It’s got a nice amber color, almost black. It also has a small head, and fizzles in the glass like a flat cola. But that’s okay as I didn’t expect or want a thick beer. Mexico is hot… you can’t have a thick beer that far south.

Nose: The nose is smooth, and has an almost nutty note. I like that… nutty note. Anyway, it sticks around too and as I pull my nose from the glass I can still smell it. As I take a second whiff, it smells almost smokey, and somewhat dry. I don’t remember this beer being dry, but the nose begs to differ.

Flavor: This beer drinks extremely smooth, and goes down without any problems at all. For a beer this dark, you don’t expect it to be. There is subtle carbonation here, but not enough to cause concern. It doesn’t hang around that long, but we will get there with the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty boring. There is hardly any carbonation in this brew, and it sits there and just begs to be swallowed. That’s what she said! Sorry, I had to. Anyway, the beer is weak on the tongue and slides down smooth. But the flavor picks up toward the back of the palate.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is pretty weak. It doesn’t stick around for very long, yet leaves a subtle dryness on the top of your throat. That dryness sits there until I take another sip. I will take another sip, as this is a good beer… a good summer beer.

I am giving it a 3 because it’s so common. It’s good though. I will give it that.

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
We are back at the Beer Sellar tonight, and we have some friends joining us.  Our beer of choice tonight is Negra Modelo.  I think I might have actually had this beer once or twice before, I’m not sure.  At any rate, let’s see what it’s like!

It pours out into a glass with not too much head, but what is there is a foamy, very pale white color.  The beer itself is dark brown, but not thick and even has a slightly reddish tinge to it.  It doesn’t have too strong of a smell, but what I do smell has kind of a nutty smell to it.  Let’s find out what it tastes like.

Well, to me this beer tastes very carbonated.  But Ricky and I must have a very different idea of carbonation, because I just heard him say that the beer had almost no carbonation.  What’s up there?  We may have to revisit that.  But to me, the very first thing I taste is carbonation. 

The beer, to me, doesn’t really have much unique flavor.  It has kind of a dark, toasty taste to it… I’m guessing no one but me is going to know what that means, but that’s what it tastes like to me.  I like the carbonated taste to it (I don’t know what Ricky is smoking), and it’s not bad, but it’s just nothing special to write home about.  Maybe that’s good, maybe it’s bad, but what I think I would call this beer is subtle.  And sometimes that’s okay.

Rating: 3/5

939 bottles of beer on the wall…

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