La Muerta - Freetail Brewing Company

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 197
Gots: 88 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: wagenvolks on 02-17-2009

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Freetail-Real Ale barrel-aged festival in San Antonio.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the smoke with some roasted malt mixed in. The flavor is heavy smoke, chocolate and roasted malt. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Very good, but I think the smoke overpowered any of the more subtle flavors that may have been in the beer. Still, glad I got to try this one.

Photo of Soonami
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of the Tx Gang Bang BIF Crew. This is a 2010 bottle

The beer is pitch black with a mocha colored head that is finely knit. The beer smeels of burnt sugar, charred oak and a smokehouse. The beer has great mouthfeel: soft and luscious. Slightly sweet, but lots of dark roast flavors, bitter chocolate, and smoky coffee. The aftertaste is long with some astrigency acrid roasted malt. Overall, a pretty good beer.

Photo of rudylaw
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review #200 and a HUGE thanks to pwsoldier for hooking this up! Khaki waxed bomber served in a red wine glass at the local BYOB.

Pours a dark brown, not quite black, with a medium head.

Smells like roast, chocolate, smoky campfire, bacon and burnt toast.

Taste is also smokey with notes of chocolate, toffee, brown sugar and dark fruit. The heavy smoke element is a little off-putting.

Mouthfeel is thin with medium carbonation. Very smooth but not thick and chewy like I prefer my RIS. Overall, a good attempt at the style but I'm not enamored with this like I hoped I'd be. Hopefully my other bottle will undergo a nice transformation in a year's time.

Photo of jeonseh
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by leftyhyzer as part of NWI tasting group bottle share

A - Dark brown with lighter accents and no head 3.75

S - Milk chocolate, light caramel, slight cream and roasted malt 3.5

T - Light chocolate and caramel with light toffee. Roasted espresso in the finish. Brown sugar. Light flavor profile overall

M - Light carbonation and body with roasted, slight oak finish

O - Decent overall stout with a good amount of coffee and roasted flavor. Nothing amazing bit solid enough

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Grant - much obliged! Bottle 103 of 406 (unsure of that last number).

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing and decent legs.

Smells of sweet molasses, roasted malts, and smooth dark chocolate, in that order. Also present are very slight amounts of char.

Tastes similar to how it smells, but less restrained. Large roasted malt and dark molasses flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of dark chocolate. Midway through the sip hints of syrupy dark fruit flavors make a brief appearance before fading into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a heavy thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I've been wanting to try this beer for a good while now and it didn't disappoint. Certainly on the more decadent and sweeter side of RIS's and one of the better ones I've had that didn't involve a barrel. Well worth a shot if you can track one down.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown with a one inch brown head on top. Nice retention, but minimal lacing.

S: Extremely smoky aroma with some charred malt, and little bit of meat/bacon. Some hints of chocolate as well. The smoke is a little too heavy for me.

T: The smoke is not as heavy as the aroma, which is a good thing here. It is mixed in with some heavily roasted malt, chocolate, and some dark fruit.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A little too smoky for my taste, especially in the aroma.

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Speedwayjim for this long time want! 2010, bottle 251/450

A: Deep black and slightly viscous. Graham cracker colored head.

S: Heavy chocolatey overtones with smoke and rich molasses underneath. No noticeable alcohol.

T: More chocolate and black strap molasses, subtle anise, and brown sugar. Well integrated hops, showing a sappy bitterness. Some hints of oxidation.

M: Lightly heavy, if you'll permit me saying so. Carbonation is a touch high and detracts a tad from the overall experience.

O: A flavorful stout, heavy on molasses notes. Quite rich but falls a hair short in overall balance.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very smooth drinker. Average mouthfeel but dangerous drinker. Great flavours cover the booziness. Brown coloured body with a creamy foam. Complex, with smoke the pleasant hook in the smell and in the taste, leaving a velvet chocolate finish. Great beer in a great style, this one is a meal in itself.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to HopsSchnapps for this one. 2010 vintage. #247/450. Poured into a Darkness snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger dense, dark mocha head with decent retention. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Average.

S: Nose is very unique. Smokey maple bacon, chocolate, roasted malt bitterness, and some brownie. Booziness is very apparent. Not very subtle.

T: Opens sweet molasses, prunes, raisins, and other smoked dark fruit. Roasted malt presence is very apparent throughout, but exerts a smoky presence rather than a bitterness. Chocolate and some sweet bozziness towards the middle and end. Brownie and logan at the finish with a brief, molasses aftertaste. Interesting with some unique fruit notes.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and smooth in the mouth though a bit thin at times. Goes down with some bubbles and a touch of heat. Finish is messy with a nice, brief aftertaste. Solid.

O: A very solid offering from La Muerta, I'd be really interested in trying the Bourbon Barrel version of this one. There's a weird fruit and smoky flavor in this one that I can't quite place my finger on, but its not unpleasant. An interesting beer that's rather easy to appreciate.

Photo of rwf08
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at RealTail fest at Freetail brewpub. Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark thick black with thin mocha head. No lacing and head is very thin.

S: Vanilla, smoke, dark chocolate, and molasses.

T: Dark chocolate, molasses and smoke. Some faint vanilla on the finish. Kind of hot.

M: Thin but coats the tongue well enough. High carbonation.

D: Pretty good Impy but kind of hot. More age would do this beer good.

Photo of alleykatking
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle. 2009 vintage.

A- Pours a nice dark black with a hint of brown hues to it when held to the light. Half finger mocha colored head dies pretty fast. Some spotty lace that falls back into the glass.

S- An interesting aroma to say the least. I have had some time to ponder this one and this is what I have come up with: front starts of with a hint of chocolate and a lot of front end smoke. Middle shows some darker malt with what seems to be a peaty earthy aroma. Ending shows a little more of a chocolate tone with a ton of smoked peat. Alcohol shows up for a split second then is gone. The smoked peat doesn't last a whole while turning into a liquid bacon kind of smoke.

T- Taste is a little odd for the style and beer. Starts off with some roasted malts and a touch of liquid smoke. The middle of the beer has some very peat rich flavor to it with a hint of what seems to be caramel malts. Chocolate comes in the start of the ending flavor for me. A smoked peat comes out next which seems to die more into a liquid bacon flavor. Alcohol is present but nothing too much. Such a weird flavorful beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for the style. Roasted malts, light peat, and liquid smoke. Aftertaste is mostly smoked peat, bacon, hint of alcohol, and chocolate. Flavors kind of ran a muck with stuff turning all the time. No off flavors were present but the peat at times seemed to be a off flavor. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- Overall this beer was a little interesting. The flavor profile had a ton going on and at times it was a little overwhelming. The ABV wasn't really in the beer at all even in the ending. A beer that is worth a shot but I wouldn't age it as I did or else you might have mixed results.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Bottle is an incredible gusher with two-third of the bottle ending in the sink. Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of chocolate malt with light dry roasted malt is intriguing. Taste is an interesting mix of black chocolate malt with some light dry roasted malt with light residual sugar notes. Some small traces of smoke can also be detected. Body is lighter than expected and carbonation was exceptionally strong when I opened the bottle but died quite quickly. Interesting beers but texture and level of carbonation was definitely off in this bottle.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, with a slight mocha head. Dissipates to a slight film. Aroma is roasted, with some chocolate notes, nuttiness. and a surprising about of smokiness. A nice amount of bacon in this. Unexpected, but nice. Taste is more chocolate and roasted notes. No real coffee or roasted smoky notes. It's still good though. Not quite full bodied, with a little bit of sharp carbonation, but it's still a damn decent feeling brew.

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

El Nopalero has cellared this since November 2011.

Poured into a snifter. Thick, hot cocoa-brown head. The foam looked like the bubbles in pancakes that are ready to be flipped.

Smells like candy and tootsie rolls.

Smokey finish (roasted meat, but in a good way), not too thick on the palate, smokey aftertaste lingers.

I was not expecting this to be so good.

I’ll have another.

Photo of jegross2
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the La Muerta from Freetail Brewing Company out of San Antonio, Texas.

Score: 91

2011 vintage served in a mini-chalice glass and enjoyed on 06/12/13.

Appearance: Pours an inky black color that is not totally opaque at the outer edges. Pours a layer of dark khaki head that settles to a ring around the glass. Average lacing, but really good retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Smoke, chocolate and roast. Residual coffee and a touch of hops. Pretty one dimensional (almost entirely roast/smoke and chocolate), but I really like that dimension. 4.25/5

Taste: Tastes just like it smells. Lots of roast, smoke and milk chocolate. Hint of coffee too. The smokiness lingers and layers. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Smoke prickles the palate and absolutely coats the tongue. This one is kind of a palate killer, so drink it last. Delicious nonetheless. 3.5/5

Overall: Not complex, but this is a great example of doing a simple flavor profile very well. Haters of smoke beware, lovers of smoke rejoice. I have heard reports that the 2012 vintage is allegedly infected, but the 2011 is still holding up well.

Cost: $10 for an 11.2 oz (330 ml) stubby bottle.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark as night, thick and inky black with a nice two finger head of cocoa brown on top that really capped it off just about perfectly. Dripping tan lace down the sides it really just looked the part quite nicely i have to admit.

Aroma is of deep roasted malts, lots of cocoa, a touch of a light peat, or smoked flavor and a really well balanced and nicely put together coffee bitterness. This carried over well into the flavor which was rich, creamy and smooth with hints of light chocolate that welcomed the palate first and were soon followed by a nice blend of coffee, roasted malts, light hop notes that dried the palate out quite nicely and a rich, even, semi dry and sweet finish.

Photo of spaceycasey
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in a snifter at Freetail. Limited edition bombers are coming soon I'm told - this review is not meant to reflect that version. Appearance is black with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is rich chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a very faint hint of hops. Flavor of chocolate, coffee, hints of smoke, roasted malt and slight alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy but creamy. A nightcap of a brew if there ever was one.

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 oz growler poured into oversized tulip glass.

A - Pitch black with barely any head.

S - Not a strong aroma, but I get a bit of roasted malt and sweet chocolate.

T - Sweet notes of chocolate and a little bit of vanilla. This has a good amount of roasted malt and coffee. Very well balanced.

M - Moderate-to-thick body with low-to-moderate carbonation. The alcohol is surprisingly hidden in this. It drinks very smooth.

O - A good roasty and sweet stout that is deceptively strong. I love what Freetail is doing and can't wait to see more like this.

Photo of genitempo
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a shade less than black, head is tinted with a heavy lace that retreats quickly.

S - Brightened chocolate and boozy leads the way, with a hint of smokiness in the background, mild toast lingers. The smoke becomes more apparent, eventually taking the lead, as the beer warms.

T - A very well-rounded taste. Sugars make an early appearance, smokiness finishes off the tail-end. Heirs more on the side of a porter than an IS. If there were points awarded for hiding the amount of alcohol in a beer, this would take the gold.

MF - Medium bodied. Again, very impressed with how silky and lightweight the beer is for such a high ABV.

O - She's dangerous. What a well-suited name for a dark beer that cloaks it's booze so well.

Photo of Dajtai007
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried the 08 and the 09 at the first anniversary party. Two taster glasses:

A: Very dark, but when held to the light had a burnt amber lining. One finger head that held on very well.
S: The 08 had a great toasted vanilla smell with a hint of chocolate. The 09 had a similar nose, but was not as pronounced.
T: Both were fantastic, Kate-ish in flavor. Nice deep tasted malt, chocolate(raw), tiny hint of vanilla. The 08 with a year on it was sublime. Aging very very well!
M: Both had a good amount of carbonation, but not too much to bitter the palate. The 08 seemed a bit more creamier than the 09.
D: I can drink a bomber by myself if I could, but a great beer like La Muerta should be shared.

Overall it was a treat to try these two head-to-head. I'm glad to see that the 08 held up beautifully over the past year. A great treat brewed in the lone star state. Keep up the great work guys. I hear that they got a Bourbon Barrel filled with the 09 batch----YUM!

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle #136/450 of the 2010 vintage. Thanks to wolffman17 for this beauty. Pours very black with a light brown head. Retention just ok and only a few spots of lace.

Nose is dusty cocoa, dark chocolate and ripe dark fruitiness. Almost like bruised raspberries. Light smokiness comes out as it warms.

Taste mirrors the smell nicely with a catchy hop bite on the finish. Cocoa is heavy and gives the mouthfeel a viscous kick. Sweetness is right at about medium. I am not a huge fan of the heavy fruit influence, but I can see where that gets some others going. Quite complex array of flavors here. Still though, this is a high quality stout that is among the best Texas has to offer.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jeffo brought this over for random Tuesday beer night. I matched it with a Jester Black Metal and thus random night became Texas Showdown.

poured into a snifter.

Comes out thick, black, 2 finger head leaving no lacing.

Smells of coffee, chcolate, roasted malts with a boozy oak aroma and notes of dark fruits.

A peaty and smokey flavor dominate> Chocolate and coffee bitterness.

Solid medium creamy body. Good amount of carbonation and a smooth drink all together.

In the showdown this one kicked the Jester Black Metal all over the school yard. This is a solid imperial stout. Good pick, Jeff, thanks for sharing.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber courtesy of Viggo - cheers man! Bare bones labeling but looks pretty badass.

Pours jet black and viscous, this is a chewy looking beer! Thin coffee head builds and then drops to a collar.

Soy, smoke, a thick sweetness and plenty of dark roast waft to my nose.

This is a ridiculously sweet, smokey beer - reminds me of a beefed up baltic porter. Tons of roast, a thick sticky sweetness, brown sugar and molasses, loads of hickory and bacon smokiness, cigar tobacco, dark chocolate. Heavy, slick mouthfeel - this IS a badass brew.

Light carbonation. This thick brew has a lot of potential but is more big and brash than sexy and sophisticated. The smoke might throw some people off as well. I enjoyed my glass and this would be a great cigar stout but I think I would have trouble finishing the bomber by myself.

Photo of ShanePB
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 22 oz bottle

Photo of blatherbeard
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we go with another one of my infamous reviews while actually drinking a beer!...ok so much for the fanfare. ;)

A-lets just say that its pretty much one of the blackest blacks i've had to date. So black, not a shred of light pokes through. LOVE IT.

S-It surely has the smell of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and i hint of caramel. Smells DELICIOUS.

T--Hints of Caramel and chocolate hit he buds, but are immediately drowned out by coffee and alcohol tastes, with a hot bitter finish. Its not a bad thing, but it could use a mellowing. The bitter does go away nicely, but i think, like the 08, the 09 will score much higher in a years time of aging.

M--Stays with you for sure. Rich and thick mouth, that leaves a bit of a slick on the surface of your tongue and palatte. I know i drank a stout after i finish this one.

D-The high alcohol content and taste make this thing a monster, but honestly, i had no trouble drinking the whole bomber. 22oz of joy, that could only be made better if the hotness and coffee toned down a bit, letting the other flavors have their say too.

Overall a fantastic beer. I'd have to say it was much better than the KTG 09 i sampled as a tasting, and on par with The Abyss i had. (i also had this on tap, the bottle was much tamer in same flavors, so i know this beer in a year will be incredible, much like the 08 i had at the 1st anniversary)

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La Muerta from Freetail Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.