La Cerveceria Astilleros- Acan “Chufa” Horchata Porter


La Cerveceria Astilleros- Acan “Chufa” Horchata Porter Review

Cyperus esculentus, also called chufa or tiger nut, is cultivated as a snack or much more commonly as an essential ingredient in Aqua de Horchata. Horchata is a plant (often rice) based drink popular in Mexico and Spain. Vanilla and Cinnamon are also common ingredients.

La Cerveceria Astilleros, the Mexican inspired brewery in North Vancouver, has a Horchata flavoured porter called Acan “Chufa” Horchata Porter.  It is black with a medium tan head that lingers. The aroma is roasted barley with notes of vanilla and nuttiness. It is full-bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour really pops with big roasted nuts, vanilla milkshake and a soft roast bitterness. The cinnamon is very faint compared to the bigger flavours until the long finish when a savoury spiciness makes an appearance. The lactose sweetness is subdued and in the background.

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About This Beverage

  • Colour: Black
  • Head Size & Retention: Normal head + retention
  • Carbonation: Mild Carbonation
  • Clarity: Clear
  • Balance: Very Malty
  • Drinkability: Definitely Drinkable
  • Enjoyment: I would recommend this beer to a friend
  • Malt Characteristics: Rich/Sweet, Nutty, Toasty/Roasty
  • Other Flavours/Aroma: Pepper/Spice, Lactose, Chufa Nut
  • Palate: Full Bodied


This Horchata Porter from La Cerveceria Astilleros has great roastiness and nuttiness with notes of cinnamon and lactose sweetness.


Chufa nut provides a great nuanced nuttiness to this porter.



Not for the lactose intolerant.

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