La Muerta - Freetail Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 199
Gots: 81 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 02-17-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MrVonzipper for sharing this one at his tasting!

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, smoked malt, cocoa, coffee bean, and slight alcohol. Taste is of dark roasted malt, smoked malt, cocoa powder, and some slight coffee bean flavors. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good carbonation level with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout with nice smoke and cocoa aromas and flavors.

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Huhzubendah. Served in an Allagash tulip. Ouch.

Pairs near black with a good lit mocha head. Light collar. The nose carries a heavy amount of chili and some roast. Light chocolate. Nothing too in depth in the flavor or aroma. Lots of chili. Probably too heavy. Medium body and a roasty finish. Boom.

Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been in the cellar for several years - perhaps an '08 or '09

Appearance: Pours a charcoal color with chocolate highlights; very little head and no lacing action

Smell: Fudge and smoke, but not particularly vivid

Taste: Fudge, with a growing smoked meat character that builds into the middle and lingers, after the swallow, along with the chocolate elements; gets somewhat fruity in the finish, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: Perhaps I sat on this one too long, but I notice that others have not cared for the way the smoke presents itself in this beer

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
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 jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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 womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: An extremely dark brown (probably black) pour with a finger's worth of tan head.

S: There is quite a high level of smokiness to the nose which goes along nicely with the roasted malt, coffee, and mild chocolate aromas.

T: As if the nose wasn't smokey enough, that particular character gets a bit more intense on the palate. The roasted malt works very well with the smoke, and a bit of chocolate to sweeten the beer up a tad.

M: A full body with some low to medium carbonation.

D: I'm not always the biggest fan of these smokey beers, but this one was quite nice and had more going for it than just the smoke.

Photo of Knapp85
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a tiny, tan head that bubbles out nearly instantaneously.

Smell: Dark, roasted malts imparting fragrant notes of roasted coffee beans, black licorice, chocolate, molasses, and even some soot.

Taste: Lip-smacking combination of bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel, and ooey-gooey molasses. Pinch of chimney ash. There's a strong roastiness to be had, but also plenty of sugar. Earthy bitterness. Minor dark fruit hints here and there. Touch of alcohol heat welcomes in the sweet, roast finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Appropriately smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A full on good, enjoyable Imperial Stout to honor Día de los Muertos or any other various holiday, such as Columbus Day or Cupcake Day (August 18th).

Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Thanks to both wagenvolks and twiggamortis420 for the hookups!

I feel this works as the digestif following a nice plate of tacos. It pours a straight onyx topped by a half-finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate, light coffee, and molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a hint of hickory-smoked ham. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one I'm glad to be able to try (and share) more of in the coming months. Good times.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to ApostleBrewing for another interesting one from Freetail.

Pours a darker creamy 1/2 finger head that fades at med pace little lacing, pitch black beer, no light coming through.

Nose starts with roast, roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, a bit of dark chocolate and cocoa, hint of char and bitter dark malt, a light smoked malt with hint of smoked cheese like and light oats I think. Just a touch of earthy hops.

Taste brings creamy dark malts, light caramel, a bit of powdered cocoa, hint vanilla even, some creamy milk chocolate as well. Light roast in the background, just a bit of fresh roasted coffee beans. The dark malts bring a hint of bitter char but not acrid. Melting choc really comes through the more it goes and warms. Slight chewy malt center with hint if oats, and faint hint of smoked malt again. Light earthy bitter hops in there somewhere, as well as a bit of warning booze. Finish is long creamy chocolate, hint if coffee, more bitter roast and earthy malts, fairly dry but slightly sticky mouth coating.

Mouth is fuller bodied, rich and a bit creamy, nice carb, just a bit of warning booze.

Overall quite a nice beer, nice malt profile with good roast and coffee, nice bitterness with roast and hops although a bit more hops would have been nicer, and a bit more coffee too. The light smoke is a nice addition, and acrid niceness kept in check well. Also nice balance and booze levels, a nice tasty beer that I'm glad I didn't age.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for sharing this one on New Beer New Year's Day. Served in a Sinha tulip glass. Guessing this is the '08, but am unsure as the label lacked any info being the beer and brewery names (not even a Surgeon General's warning!).

A - A finger of dark tan/almost mocha foam that dissipates quickly to a ring and some light haze. No lace. Black, with the tiniest hint of brown at the bottom of the glass.

S - Smoked malt, hickory, roasted malts, almost meaty, a touch of salt/soy, and aged dark fruits. This really reminds me of a few Baltic Porters I've had (Surly Smoke & East End Smokestack come to mind). The booze is quite well-hidden, and the beer IS evocative of Texas.

T - The taste is quite similar, with well-hidden alcohol and a good amount of smokiness, however the dark fruit sweetness is more pronounced and there's also a touch of milky cocoa. As the brew warms the smoke character actually mellows out a bit, which was a little surprising. I like the taste a little more than the smell - probably more of a 4.25, but I'll be generous.

M - Carbonation is a little zestier than I like. Body is more on the medium side, although it's sufficiently viscous for a 10.2% brew. Nice dry finish that complements the roastiness.

D - My 5oz or so were quite delicious and I gladly would have had some more if there weren't so many people sharing. However, as with all things smoked, the flavor becomes a touch fatiguing.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Huhzubendah for hooking me up with this want of mine. Served in a Stone IRS snifter.

Beer is black with a nice tan head that recedes immediately to this wispy constellation of small bubbles on the surface of the beer that fails to rally to make a decent lacing, strained under low carbonation.

This beer makes its point with the aroma, smokier than most imperial stouts out there, still sweet with a strong malt backbone.

Beer is medium in body, smokey but not dry which saves this beer for me. The smoke on the palate is ever present but still subtle some how. Easy drinking nice finish. I'd have more of this.

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/09/12 notes. Big thanks to Huhzubendah for trading a bottle of this to me. Shared with friends side by side with the BA version. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of smoke, peat, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, light dark fruits. Pretty nice; the smoke is there but not overbearing.

t - Tastes of smoke, vanilla, roasted malts, peat, dark fruits, toasted malts, chocolate. Much more smoke and vanilla than the nose, but too much smoke for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth body but a sipper for sure.

o - Overall a pretty good smoked stout. I liked the nose, though thought the smoke dominated the taste a bit. If you like smoked beers worth checking out, though I preferred the BA version a bit.

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La Muerta from Freetail Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.