La Mesa Negra - Epic Ales
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3.65/5 rDev +9.9%
A - dark brown with hints of ruby. A tan head that faded quickly and left spots of lace as I drank.
S - coffee, rye bread and sour cherry. A little dirt as well.
T - nice sweet vanilla and sour cherry. Slight toasty bitter finish, leaving a little chalky finish as well.
M - great carbonation; enough to tickle but not overpower. Medium body, but super oily.
O - reminds me or NG old English porter in a good way. If he was going for an old world porter, this hits pretty close. Would've liked a little more roast, but very drinkable. Would love to have it again.
09-03-2011 03:20:03 | More by ChrisPro
2.9/5 rDev -12.7%
Brewed with 85 percent barley and 15 percent corn and soured with lacto culture, this beer was interesting to say the least.
I should say that I'm a huge fan of Epic Ales; Solar Trans Amplifier (spiced with ginger and chamomile) and Terra Saurus (porter with shiitake mushrooms) are two experiments that resulted in fantastic beers.
La Mesa Negra poured a deep cola brown into a tulip with just a thin slick of head. Aroma of pepper, corn, and slight sour cherry.
Lowish carbonation and a somewhat thin, syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor combination was perhaps the oddest I've experienced in a beer -- sour/burnt coffee malt, tart apple, corn-like sweetness, and tons of sour cherry on the finish.
Much as I wanted to like this one, I just couldn't finish the bottle. The flavors seemed to clash rather than integrate, and not in a good way. I hope Epic Ales continues to push the envelope with its brews, but when you experiment this much, you won't be able to please everyone every time.
06-06-2011 01:20:55 | More by grittybrews
3.53/5 rDev +6.3%
22oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.
A - Pours a smooth dark black. Clean. Medium tan head that quickly dies.
S - Light roast, not much else.
T - Tart. Almost like sweet-tarts candy with a touch of dark malts. Interesting to say the least.
M - Medium body, sharp, prickly on the tongue.
O - Not bad. Not sure what it's supposed to be, but not bad. Like a sweet and sour porter, if that makes any sense. Better than the other Epic offerings I've had, but not worth seeking out.
12-08-2011 00:45:34 | More by mrandypandy
La Mesa Negra from Epic Ales
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.