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Malpais Stout - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Malpais StoutMalpais Stout

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 19
Gots: 33 | 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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Ratings: 169 | Reviews: 20
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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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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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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Malpais Stout from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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