Malpais Stout - La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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4.21/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-13-2014 03:08:33 | More by ONovoMexicano
3.95/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
08-06-2014 04:16:21 | More by cbutova
Malpais Stout from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.