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La Muerta - Freetail Brewing Company

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 308
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 197
Gots: 84 | 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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Reviews: 90 | Hads: 308
Photo of rwf08
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber shared among friends at a tasting. Huge thanks to JonathanL7890 for hooking me up with a bottle after winning his LIF.

Black pour. Maybe some reddish brown highlights. A bit of tannish foam. Some rings of lacing left on the glass.

Very smoky and bacon-y aroma. Makes me think of having BBQ in a smokehouse somewhere. The chocolate and dark fruit are there, but are pretty much overshadowed by the smoke.

The flavor is all smoke and bacon. It's got a good roasty quality to the flavor, without being overwhelming. Texas smokehouse, all the way. There's a bit of chocolate sweetness in there, too.

Medium body, but not thin. Carbonation level is appropriate. 10.2% never comes through. Despite the smoke and bacon flavors, which I could see being overwhelming for some, La Muerta is still quite drinkable. Very happy to have had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of rudylaw
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz waxed bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours opaque with a 1 finger cappuccino crown that shows a little retention and a lot of lace.

Smell: Deep roasted malt, a bit of coffee, a hint of smoked cedar chips and soy sauce.

Taste: Same as smell but with a lot of tang.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick but with enough carbonation to get it down well.

Drinkability: Not bad considering the thickness and abv.

Fairly decent brew but nothing I'd go out of my way to seek out again.

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Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle topped with gold wax. sampled jan 1/2010.

pours pretty much opaque inky black with a thin layer of fine brown head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass with lots of spotty lace.

aroma is good. dark chocolate. bacony smoke. roasty. light alcohol. bittersweet chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. bit of caramel. just a touch of orangey citrus, lending a bit of terry's chocolate orange slant.

taste is great. big smokey blast up front, much more than in the aroma. caramel sweetness. milk and dark chocolate. hint of espresso. light alcohol, more like 8% than the listed 10.2% ABV. light roast. toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. the smokey sweet character is really neat and enjoyable.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. just under medium carbonation.

drinkability is great. good balance. nice depth. i really like the smokey sweet character, and it works surprisingly well. good stuff. i'll definitely have my eye out for more of this one.

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Photo of Viggo
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, big thanks to my boy GregMcQ for sending this treat my way. Awesome label as there is nothing but the beer name and brewery name on it.

Pours a dark dark brown, almost black, very thick brown head forms, settles down to a medium ring and thin layer, tons of lace sticks to the glass, looks pretty good.

Smell is neat, quite sweet, brown sugar and a bit of soy sauce, malty, nutty, toffee, roast, vanilla, like chocolate and toast, a bit of butter, alcohol, woody, nice stuff.

Taste is great, very smokey, lots of chocolate, caramel, nutes, heavy roast, brown sugar, hickory sticks, a bit of soy sauce and tobacco, sweet and rich in the finish, night dark fruit, pretty intense with the smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, a little oily, medium carbonation, but goes down pretty smooth for the weight. This is a great stout, the smoke character in the flavour is just right, although the nose is a little funny. Thanks Greg!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Dajtai007
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

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Photo of blatherbeard
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of champ103
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to pwsoldier for the trade.

A: Pours pretty much opaque black. A two finger tan head gently rises and sticks around for a minute. The foam finally recedes and sticks around as a small cap. Light lace.
S: Roasted malt. Chocolate, dry wood, molasses, smoke. A huge aroma that is great.
T: Incredibly complex. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, dry wood, smoke. Slightly bitter in the finish. Some warming alcohol. Lots of great layers.
M/D: A huge full body. Low on the carbonation. Velvety smooth, decedent, and rich. The alcohol is noticeable, but it is a great beer to sip on.

One of the best Imperial Stouts I have tried. A great winter warmer or after dinner drink. I wish I had another bottle to cellar. Something I highly recommend.

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Photo of phatbc
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Freetail Brewing.

This is a great Imperial Stout. Dark black with a tan foamy head. Aroma has chocolate, coffee, and molasses fragrances. Flavor is deep and rich, starts at the front with roasted malt and coffee, develops into a sweet then slightly bitter crisp finish. For 10.2%, the alcohol is devilishly hidden. Very easy to drink for the style, and very balanced.

These guys make some great stuff.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Getting into the Halloween spirit with this treat from BGThang. Hmmm, what mysterious secrets lie hidden within the confines of....La Muerta??? (cue spooky organ music...)

Appearance - dark, cola pour, setting up mostly opaque in the glass, maybe a hint of ruby on the edges. Some light lace on top of pale mocha doesn't last long and is quickly struggling to hold a thin collar. Any lacing has difficulty holding on as it tends to slide down the glass.

Aroma - deep grain roast, hints of espresso and bitter chocolate, and a mesquite type smokiness.

Taste - sweetened cocoa , notes of cola and smoky espresso. Very warming on the swallow. Lots of chocolate on the aftertaste, malt sweeetness and abv helping that along to make a very nice flavor. Finishes dry with shadows of cocoa and a lingering, ~~~haunting~~~ sweetness...

Mouthfeel - smooth with a good solid body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability - I imagine this would be a fine cellarable but I wasn't about to wait. Happy Halloween '09, thanks Ken!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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).

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. gold wax-sealed 2008 bomber shared at an Austin BA tasting.

Pours a dark, nearly opaque seal brown body with a good retention to the slim, custard head. Aroma is laced with big notes of dark chocolate, vinous oaken wood, dark fruit, and earthen hops.

Taste is a bit dryer that I'd expected, but delivers a flavorful burst of chocolate, dark rum, black cherry, caramelized sugar, and a kiss of soil. Hops and Baker's chocolate linger into the finish, as the medium-thick body and low carbonation level make this beer dangerously easy to drink. Overall, a solid Imperial Stout worthy of the Freetail name, but I'm not sure if it will achieve the "beer geek" status level that it appears to seek.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to goatgoat for this bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip.

An agressive pour can't coax a head, just the tiniest ring of tan bubbles around the edges. Body is almost black, with reddish-brown highlights. No lacing.

Smells really good. Chocolate-covered cherries, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark roasted malts and a hint of coffee.

I didn't pick it up in the nose, but there's a nice smokiness to this brew. Aside from that, the primary taste elements are the same- chocolate, cherry, vanilla, a bit of coffee. A nice bite of bitterness on the swallow. There is lingering burnt malt and chocolate in the finish. Very tasty beer.

Body is fairly thick, chewy and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Overall impression: Not sure when I'd ever be in the mood for an imperial stout in the Texas heat, but I'm glad to have come across La Muerta. Put a head on this one to make it look a little better, and this is absolutely a top tier imperial stout, IMO.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Allow me to begin by stating right up front that I think this is one of the best imperial stouts I've tried. If you prefer neutral-flavored mild imperial stouts, you should head elsewhere. Now don't get me wrong - La Muerta doesn't cross the boundaries into Russian Imperial Stout territory in regards to big aggressive flavor, but it does definitely hit you strong up front and continue through the finish.

A: Dark, thick, oily. Just as an Imperial Stout should be.
S: Toasted malts, hints of coffee, hints of toffee, possibly some butterscotch buried in there. Very strong molasses and some brown sugar too. My mouth is watering already.
T: Taste is true to the scent. And also one of the best imperial stouts I've ever laid into.
M: Thick. Smooooth. No complaints or identifiable faults here.
D: As good as it could be for a big, bold imperial stout. I don't know if I'd have 2 glasses of this, but I definitely enjoyed the serving I did have.

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Photo of spaceycasey
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #0010, 10.2% abv

A - Nearly pitch-black when the glass is full, with some translucency around the edges that become more apparent as the glass becomes more empty. Pours with a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing.

S - Definitely the highlight of this beer, absolutely delightful! Dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and some faint aromas of dark fruit all combine to create a magnificent, complex nose.

T - Slightly bitter up front, with hops and coffee notes dominating. Plenty of sweetness comes through in the finish though, with the roasted malts complimented by flavors of vanilla and sweetish dark chocolate. Very nice balance.

M - Full-bodied, creamy finish, lingering chocolatey bitterness on the palate.

D - This is a very enjoyable stout, and incredibly easy to drink. Definitely my favorite local beer.

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