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La Muerta - Freetail Brewing Company

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La MuertaLa Muerta

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252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 199
Gots: 77 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

mendvicdog, Dec 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Hanzo, Dec 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

LambicKing, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

oriolesfan4, Nov 30, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

genitempo, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

wreckem8010, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

H0rnedFr0gs, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of sendsilk
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this beer about 2 years ago in a trade. I believe it is a 2010, if not earlier.

Poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. It seems to have a fair amount of carbonation. No legs to speak of. Smell is malt and some cocoa.

This beer is a little light on the body. It tastes solid and is not bad at all. As the beer warms to about 60 degrees it really takes Ina nice sweetness that was not readily discernible wen it was 50 degrees or so. The chocolate and vanilla really come through and it is a totally different beer as it warms. At first I was disappointed but when it gets up there temperature wise it really shines.

Not to self, try to get some moo of the 2010 to drink with the 2012 that wash just released.

Reading reviews after I gave mine would have made me nervous for a smoke aspect of this beer. Not th case in the one that iPad, perfectly integrated?...and I don't like smoke in my beers.

sendsilk, Nov 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

BeerHunter76, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

cfh64, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Dajtai007 for sending this beer my way. Red wax, 2009(?) vintage

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger mocha colored head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey, roasted aroma with dark and sweet malt notes, dark fruit and alcohol. Some charred wood along with dark chocolate, coffee bean, oatmeal, toffee and caramel. Some fudge/chocolate cake sweetness underneath, balancing out the smoked meat/burnt malts.

Slightly viscous medium body with a nice balance of smokey, roasted malt, dark chocolate and sweet booze. Dry and toasty with lots of dark chocolate, coffee bean and oatmeal flavor but it never becomes acrid or overly burnt tasting. There is some chocolate cake, toffee and caramel sweetness balancing things out along with some strong booze in the finish. Plenty of alcohol flavor but never hot or harsh. Not overly complex but has a nice balance of roast, sweetness and alcohol. Tasty but definitely a sipper.

corby112, Oct 23, 2012
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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

brentk56, Oct 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

t0rin0, Oct 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

bum732, Sep 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

phingdong, Sep 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, opened as part of a haul from a great group of Texas BA's. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tasting glass. Pitch black in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top.

I'm getting a lot of smoke to it in the aroma, which I love. It's got some really good notes of dark chocolate and roasty coffee. I'm getting a a bit of a chili pepper like flavor out of it as well. I loved the smoky, roasted malt flavors in it.

The smoke and dark chocolate flavors continue into the taste and again are really good. I get a little more roasted malts and coffee in the finish. The smoke is definitely the highlight for me, but it's not overdone either.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and moderately slick and oily. Carbonation is on the lower side. Overall, I thought this was one of if not the best beer of the day. I really loved the smokiness in it. Everything really came together nicely in it. Great beer overall.

billab914, Aug 27, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -16%
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.

mdaschaf, Aug 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

FreshmanPour77, Aug 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Kaydogg, Aug 10, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle tried 7 Mar 2011. 2010 version, 108/450. Served in the (512) One snifter. Thanks to jefferz5000 for this bottle.

Large thick dark brown head. Medium carbonation. Clear, nearly black in color. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, cocoa and chocolate. Burnt sugars dominate at the beginning. Lots of sweet dark chocolate, turning bittersweet in the middle. Some espresso. Heavy body, viscous, almost oily, clings to the glass for a long time. Alcohol is quite noticeable. Dry cocoa finish, almost boozy aftertaste. Becomes sweeter as it warms.

One of the better imperial stouts we've had in a while.

htomsirveaux, Aug 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

duceswild, Jul 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

bpfrush, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of jegross2
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

jegross2, Jul 14, 2012
La Muerta from Freetail Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.