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Malpais Stout - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 229
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 23.49%
Wants: 22
Gots: 40 | FT: 6
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La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States | website

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: t0rin0 on 04-01-2011

This is a meal in a glass. Brewed with 7 different malts and served cask-conditioned, you should be ready for a full onslaught of creamy stout intensity. Broadly in the style of a Foreign Extra Stout, this is our heaviest and most intense year-round offering.

60 IBU
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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 229
Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at brewery. I'll admit I went for the high rated beers first, but there's a reason they're highly regarded. Big roast grains in aroma and taste, bitter bite lingers. Head fades fast, pretty thick coating on the glass. But this ones all about the roast malt. Really delicious.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Black stout sits under a dark tan head, which leaves behind a light ring of lace. Great look.

Smell: Has a rich, malt smell.

Taste: A robust, filling malt taste.

Feel: Very good. Feels robust, and smooth. Excellent heavy stout feel.

Overall: Great impression of this beer. Seems to be done very well.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of denver10
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with a thick milkshake looking mocha head. Aroma is rich and roasty offering dark coffee and dark chocolate with a touch of milk chocolate sweetness. Flavor follows suit and with some bitterness from some hops in the finish. A creamy, heavier medium mouthfeel. Overall, a great stout. Hits the sweet spot for flavor, feel and strength.Really excited to now have easy access to La Cumbre's offerings, they are going to become a staple in my rotation.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Jet black with thick tan head, fades to thin layer, coats the glass with suds. Mild roasty Chocolatey aroma. A lot of flavor in this stout, burnt dark chocolate, smoke, a little touch of licorice. All strong flavors but it works, with a piney floral hop bitterness in the end. Not much sweetness here, this is a bold one. Thick chewy mouth. Flavorful stout that gives you a punch of hops at the end, liked it.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks beautiful with black/brown body and deep khaki head. Nose is big assertive roasted grain and black coffee. Hints of chocolate make the nose pretty complex.

Mouth feel is good with nice carb and body.

Flavor profile is a little problematic for me. It has a lot of IPA character to me. In fact, blind I might think this was an IPA such is the assertive nature of the bitter tones - much more a hoppy bitter than a roasted malt bitter.

Finish is also a mixture actually of roast bitter and hop bitter.

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Photo of larryi86
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you gatheredwaters for this!
16 oz can poured into a tulip

A- Balck with a three finger mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, some smoke mixed with some piney/floral hops.

T- Roasted malts, a nice char, dark chocolate, coffee, some dark fruits, floral hoppiness.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A flavorful and easy drinking stout 7.5%.

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Photo of spoony
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16 oz can to a shaker pint glass. Sticker on the can says "Danked on 4/23/15." Reviewed from notes dated June 20, 2015.

A-The beer pours with a dark khaki head of about a finger. The retention is good and the foam is dense and thick. The beer is nearly black with just a bit of light getting through on the edges of the glass.

S-The aroma is a lovely mixture of roasted grain flavors. Caramelized barley, milk chocolate, coffee bean, a hint of smoke and char, and some dark fruity sweetness lurking underneath. The smell is big and intense.

T-The taste tracks the smell. I get some chocolate, coffee bean, a wonderful roasted grain flavor, a bit of lactic, sugar taste, and some dark fruit sweetness. There is maybe some citrusy hop flavor lurking in there to cut the malt flavors just a touch.

M-The body is big and chewy. The carbonation is softer and semi-creamy.

O-La Cumbre gets tons of love for their IPAs, but this may be the better beer. I really enjoyed this thing. It is huge in aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel yet I could drink a pint without feeling tired or overwhelmed. It was June (and about 93 degrees) when I took my notes, but I would happily drink more of this...especially in the winter.

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Photo of jhavs
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Brewery.
A= Deep dark black with medium brown thick creamy head, tons of lacing rings the glass.
S=Smoky, deep roasted malts.
T= Dark chocolate and roasty malts. Has bittnerness, coffee, and smoky flavors. Bit of earthy hops.
M= Creamy with moderate to full body.
O= Great export stout, good all around flavor, aroma, etc.

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours like 15,000 mile motor oil, but mocha colored head reveals tons of carbonation. I swear you could float a quarter on this head... Great lcing, rings upon rings, above average head retention

S: Roastyness, alittle char

T: Follows the nose, a little drak choclate & smokeyness as well, plus dryness up front. Dryness, smokeyness, a little carob & char as this warms; plus some chocolate, woody & leafy hops. Finishes with dryness, leafy & woody hops, carobs, plus a touch of char & smokeyness

MF: Creamy, medium body, carbonation picks up a bit once warm

A great take on the style in fact amognst the best I've had. I wish the carbonation & nose was a little more dialed in

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Photo of portia99
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter.

L - Pours pitch black in color with a finger of creamy dark tan head with good staying power.

S - Big roasted malt aroma, coffee, cocoa, a bit of charcoal and some molasses and mild hop bitterness.

T - Lots of char and dark roasted malts, a touch of astringency, cocoa powder, coffee, hop bitterness, grassy hops on the finish.

M - Big full body, frothy carbonation - rather foamy, very dry and bitter on the finish. Lots of char and burnt flavors linger after the swallow. Pretty big for the style.

O - Very nice Export Stout. Big for the style in flavor and body. Quite bitter and burnt/roasty throughout. Decent hop bitterness. Had never heard of this one before - glad to have the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from Tin Bucket.

Black with a dense, creamy, dark brown head, this looks great! The nose is an excellent. Roasty, creamy, malted milk, mild espresso and a deep cocoa character are present. Deep, rich and well balanced with the milky sweetness pairing really nicely with the roasted grain character, this is great! The palate opens with a blend of mild hoppy bitterness, noticeable grainy bitterness and flavors of cocoa, coffee and cream. Rich and supple on the palate with a creamy, roasty, chocolatey finish, this is really nicely done. Mildly fruity on the mid-palate as well. Medium in body and lightly carbonated, this is an excellent stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium black body; not quite pitch black but quite dark; two finger brown head with very long retention time, no lacing, medium collar.

S- Earthy notes, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, a bit of what smells like oatmeal, some black coffee. Nice complexity and intensity.

F- Roasted malt, toasted grains, dark chocolate bitterness, milk chocolate sweetness, coffee flavours, earth. Very tasty beer with a nice stout profile. It's quite bitter in an earthy manner, which is the MO for La Cumbre.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, smooth and roasty, only the bitterness makes it a slight chore to drink.

O- Very hopped up Export Stout, I would have liked a bit less bitterness but the nose and flavour profiles are otherwise on point. Nice body, too.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from trade. Thanks! Pours pitch black with a pretty creamy looking one finger dark khaki head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, some sweet molasses, a hint of hops. Flavor follows with a nutty note, some roasted coffee, roasted malts, sweet molasses and lightly bitter chocolate. Nice balance of the sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Super smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, with medium carbonation. This is a really nice beer.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Deeply brown and topped with a thin and tight layer of coffee creme head.
S: Smells of dark malts, chocolate malts, burnt toffee, light coffee and a hint of burnt toast.
T: The taste is full of sweet malts, coco nibs, dark rye toast, that morphs into a palette full of hoppy toasty bitters.
M: Viscous and clingy, clings to the tongue like a hungry face hugger.
O: Thick and creamy with plenty of char, would be outstanding with BBQ meats.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black in color with a three finger tan head produced.

Aroma- Mild aroma consisting of a little bit of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate.

Taste- Creamy milk chocolate and a hint of some kind of vanilla sweetness are most noticeable at first. Towards the middle a mild burst of roasted malts comes in providing perfect balance to the creamy chocolate sweetness. Finish is a mixture of the roasted malt and chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied, mild carbonation, creamy in texture, and a good amount of residual malt in the finish.

Overall- This is incredibly well balanced with the chocolate being perfectly sweet and the malt adding just a touch of needed bitterness. Very enjoyable and easy drinking, and definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tall boy can into a tulip.

Opaque brownish-black with a 1/2" coffee colored head. Thick lacing. Decent head retention.

The scent is roasty, licorice/anise, dark chocolate. Dark fruit, like prunes. Coffee grounds. Smells legit, spot on for the style.

Similar tastes of roasted malt, baking chocolate, coffee grounds. Bitter licorice. Raisins more than prunes. Very bitter but rich, not imbalanced.

The body comes on lush and creamy, ends bitter and dry, fairly clean.

This stout is legit and true to style. Reminds me of Western European stouts I've had. Noice!

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Photo of travolta
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as ever with a thick brown head, good retention and very nice lacing.

Nose: Sweet cocoa, toasted grain, banana, sweet bread and dark fruit, blueberry.

Taste: Smooth and easy to drink. Nice and light, while still maintaining it's "stoutness". Black coffee and cacao powder, touch of cream.

Notes: A fine, very drinkable stout.

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Photo of Roguer
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge dark brown head from an active pour. Brew is a solid, beautiful black. Retention is very impressive. Thick lacing. A truly beautiful stout.

Cocoa notes waft out from several feet away as the beer starts to settle. Up close, roasted barley and dark fruit are more apparent, along with dark bread and bananas.

Flavor is at first subtle: a standard stout, with roasted barley and just a hint of dark fruit. Then the flavors start to roll in: tons of very, very roasted barley; a bit of black coffee; very dark cacao (but this is not a chocolate stout); a ton of bitterness and burnt toast, especially on the back end; slightly sweet hints of cream and bananas.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Sticky, almost chewy retention. Medium-full feel, not among the thickest for a stout, but very smooth. A little alcohol heat in the chest, but none in the mouth.

This is a big, strong, bitter, but pretty traditional stout. It would be a great option for a daily drinker kind of stout - think a much bigger, bolder, and better Guinness. It's not super sweet, so it's not much of a dessert stout.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

160z can, poured into a snifter

A- pours a jet black color with with a one-finger creamy dark tan colored head that retains to eventually settle to a film on tap and a ring around the edges

S- smoky roasted malt with aromas of charred wood, day old coffee, bakers chocolate, cocoa, caramel & soap suds

T- Smoky malt up front gives lots of campfire/charcoal flavor. A hint of caramel mixes with coffee & chocolate on the mid-palate, the finish is chocolaty with a linger of smoke

M- heavy and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a super creamy and chewy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, while remaining quite drinkable

O- This one definitely is a meal in a glass. Huge creamy mouthfeel with nice smoky/chocolaty roasted notes, well done

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge stout here, perfect for winter. Grain from caramel to coffee and bakers chocolate. Roasty and toasty with a Denice palate encompassing expansive feel and a touch of out sweetness in there too. The abv is right on as well. Any bigger it would be hot and slow, but as it is it drinks easy despite being huge. It's a great cold weather four pack, and is just filling enough to be warming, but is almost refreshing when cold. These guys might be one of the best unsung breweries in the country, this is good as their hoppy stuff, which is insanely good. Nothing but excellence from these guys in my experience so far. A very distinct and well built stout. Yummy!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: La Cumbre Brewing Company in Albuquerque, N.M.
Price: $4.50
Purchased: Oct. 9, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 9, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a pitch black, slightly purple color with 1-to-2 fingers of rocky tan head when I got it. Good layered foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled dark chocolate, roasty malts, caramel, slight crayon, toffee, chocolate milk and some smokiness. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted roasted chocolate malts, caramel, toffee, light coffee and roasty nuts. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium-to-full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, rather smooth finish. (Feel - 4.00)

A pretty good stout overall. (Overall - 4.00)

4.00 | 90 | A-

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Photo of M_chav
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, minimal head retention but its pretty.
Aromas of malty coffee and roasted chocolate
Taste really smooth, the malts really cover the what would have been bitterness from most chocolate stouts, this is way too drinkable. light cream and silky smooth
Feel is great like mentioned above, very drinkable and tasty.
Overall I think this is on the verge of greatness.... want more creamy/vanilla/bourbon flavors and we are there! awesome brew from La Cumbre no doubt.

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Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Chico1985 for hooking me up with the La Cumbre cans. Reviewed at Pinon Flats Campground, Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO.

A- Tallboy can poured to a chalice with a midnight black body. A head forms to over a finger with a toasted brown hue and foamy creamy consistency. Head retention is fairly good and a puffy ring remains. Webs and sheets of lace coat the glass.

S- Dark bitter chocolate notes almost dominate the nose for me. Dark blackened grains provide the former as malts drop notes of burnt roast grains, caramel, nuts and some sweets. Spiced dark fruits and hops beyond that.

T- The fruity part of the beer picks up here with spiced raisin and fig coming to mind. The dark cocoa still shines in the forefront and comes with a deeply roasted grain bitterness. Other notes are caramel, toasted nuts, slight sweetness and cereal grains.

MF- Fairly thick bodied overall with an oily and frothy texture when agitated. Carbonation at a medium level and it all finishes with a burnt roast bitterness.

Very dark grains bring on a super dark chocolate feel that brings along a substantial bitterness. Drinks perhaps a bit bigger than 7.5% but still flavorful and nice as a tallboy.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

:( The last from my Le Cumbre haul :(

Appearance - Pour is dark, dare I even say, black. Huge tan head falls nice and slow-like, lace and retention are decent.

Smell - Dense roast and char, chocolate bars, extra toasted bread, coffee, molasses, light earthiness.

Taste - Still big on roasted malts with other flavors being harder to pick out than in the scent. Dark chocolate, dark fruit, a bit of a sweetened coffee vibe, toasty bread/grains, light alcohol warmth, big general burnt flavor with low sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Lower-end carbonation, matches the flavor with its density, pretty hefty feel to it. Definitely a bit of a sipper.

Overall - Kinda reminds me of big bold imperial stouts like Old Rasputin, Expedition, Ten Fidy; lighter in alcohol but almost equal in dense+intense roast/dark chocolate. Definitely not an everyday stout, but if you dig this kinda thing it's sure to please.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, mine said 7.5% ABV. Pours a slick black with a gorgeous 2 inch light brown head that leaves behind loads of lace.

Smell is dark malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, molasses, with hints of tobacco, licorice, and leather, very complex.

Taste follows the nose. Starts will coffee, vanilla, and dark chocolate, with loads of flavors in the finish, with a warming alcohol and biscuit mixed in.

The body is medium large, with a perfect amount of carbonation, a bit dry, and very drinkable even though it feels more like a 9% ABV.

This is excellent, thanks to my friend for treating to one of these.

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Malpais Stout from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.