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Malpais Stout - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Malpais StoutMalpais Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 213
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 2.19%
Wants: 22
Gots: 38 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
La Cumbre Brewing Co. visit their website
New Mexico, United States

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: 26 | Hads: 213
Reviews by the Alström Bros:

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3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of purvis_drew
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of LXIXME
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a La Cumbre pint glass.

Funny that I've had this beer so many times and never reviewed it. I'm overdue.

Pouring Malpais from the can, I can't help but notice the engine oil appearance, and thick viscosity. This looks like a meal in a can. The liquid is pitch black and a dark khaki-colored head forms a finger-thick over it. It dissipates into a sticky lace.

Lots of dark, dry, roasted malts hit my nose. Some smokiness is there that reminds me of a campfire. There's a tiny bit of vanilla poking through too.

I'm still at the campfire with my first sip. Smoky, roasted dark malts tell me I should be in the mountains. Baker's chocolate lingers at the finish with the sweet vanilla doing away with some of the bitter, dryness. I get a slight hint of hops up front too, giving a bit of a bite. This is definitely a nice touch.

Call me crazy, but I'm loving this beer more from the can, same as how I feel about Elevated sometimes. It's creamy, thick yet smooth, and offers a touch of hips for bitterness, as well as some of that dry stout feel, yet is still sweet enough to almost to please. It's damn good.

I am headed down south to Ruidoso next week and will be picking up a 4-pack of this for the camping trip. Well done, La Cumbre. (1,255 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Roguer
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of rpsedillo
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.91/5  rDev +19.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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 (690 characters)

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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (511 characters)

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Malpais Stout from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.