Dining & Drink

Getting A Brazilian

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Beer O’ The Week: April 28

Land with Xingu for a South American treat

Wamp’s Wisdom

Xingu Black Beer is 5 percent alcohol and brewed by Cervejaria Cacador in Brazil. It pours a dense black with a malty aroma and little head. Persistent lacing follows the beer down the glass.

Aroma is sweet like cherries. Flavor is rich, sweet and nutty with cocoa and molasses making a brief appearance. It finishes silky and clean. This is a tasty black beer that from a South American country more accustomed to pilsners since German immigration in the 19th century.

Xingu Black Beer could be paired with dinner or dessert. It would go as nicely with a shepherd’s pie as it would a mincemeat pie.

Rating: 4 caps

Rico’s Reaction

Not only was it my first Brazilian beer, but it was also fun to say (and probably mispronounce): Xingu, Xingu, Xingu!

Xingu Black Beer lives up to its name. In a glass, it’s as black and impervious to light as a deep space singularity. It’s as black  as my heart, as black as my soul, as black as my dirty mind … OK, well maybe not that black.

The beer was extremely smooth. So smooth I often wasn’t sure if I was tasting anything at all — though that might partly have been due to burned out taste buds from an overzealously seasoned batch of my cilantro lime chicken soup. I certainly liked what did come through, even surprisingly, a possible hint of prune. Normally, that would leave me gagging, but with Xingu it worked, coming across like a touch of less-sweet Dr. Pepper. All in all, it was as gentle and refreshing a dark beer as I’ve had the opportunity to imbibe.

If you’re looking to try something Brazilian that doesn’t involve waxing a landing strip near your naughty bits, Xingu Black Beer gets a nice big recommendation as a South American treat.

Rating: 4 caps

Rating System

One Cap: Put it back in the horse!
Two Caps: Consume only if the other choice is Tijuana tap water or Coors Light.
Three Caps: Acceptable without standing out. The Tito Jackson of beer, if you will.
Four Caps: Nice beer that rises above most but may not deliver enough to be considered great.
Five Caps: Truly great beer that delivers on all counts. A credit to its style. Could only be better if served by scantily clad concubines.
Six Caps: Any five cap beer served by scantily clad concubines.

3 Comments

J T Wampler June 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Most of the beers we review come from Liquor Mart unless they’re not available in Arkansas and
I get them in Missouri and I’ll note those. I like Liquor Mart because you can make a mixed six pack and try several beers without committing to six of an unknown beer.

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