Noche De Los Muertos - Aztec Brewing Company

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87
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Aztec Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 11-27-2011)
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Reviews by AdamBear:
Photo of AdamBear
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-pitch black with a nice thick and sticky tan head

S-medium roast coffee with an odd hint of chlorine.

T-comes in with a slightly spicy flavor of medium roast coffee. I find the cinnamon to be very evident with a more peppery type of spice rather than a holiday type of spice. I lasts awhile with an after-taste that seems to have some anise to it. Definitely a unique stout.

M-medium carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-this would be a lot better if the smell wasn't off. It just smells flawed, I never understand how brewmasters are okay with releasing beers like this. The flavor itself is pretty decent. As others have noted, there's not much hint of the large ABV. I don't recommend spending the money to get a bottle. They really need to work on this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of aquazr1
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Stebow1289
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jamisonspitzer
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: The aroma is subtle and pleasant. No hints of the cinnamon with which it’s been brewed.

Appearance: Pours pitch black and opaque. There’s the slightest hint of red at the edge of the glass, like really dirty transmission fluid. There’s about 1/4” of head that lingers as I let the beer warm up. Ahh…The head expands as I drink from underneath it.

*Getting deeper into it now and there is some solid lacing. The head's holding up nicely.

Taste: Definitely heavy on the roasted malts. Deep, dark and bitter. I’m still not getting the cinnamon by itself but perhaps that’s the little “extra something” on the edge of the bitterness. The flavor is balanced and smooth. No hint of the high 10.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as you’d expect for such a dark beer. It’s relatively watery but with a wine-like dryness. It’s very drinkable and I’m enjoying it, but I’m definitely going to need a glass of water when I’m through.

Overall I’d recommend this, although I’m my next trip to the shop I’m going to try something different.

Photo of SomethingClever
3/5  rDev -23.5%

A: very low carbonation jet black tried being aggressive with the pour barely any head

S: get an acidic cinnamon smell pretty much it cinnamon

T: Almost get a roast coffee taste then the cinnamon comes like a freight train and turns this beer sour bitterish with a lingering bitterness on the sides of your tongue

M: Thin semi nitro feel on the tongue without the creaminess just like flat beer

O: Just a shit average beer if your are absolutely in love with cinnamon maybe you'd love this beer but the overly sour bitter finish on the beer just is awful.

Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kmoen
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of drepreciado
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A one year old, properly cellared bottle poured into a Reuben's small snifter. Pours totally pitch black, appearing opaque in the glass, with a fine one finger brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Roasty aroma of toasted malt, coffee, cinnamon; peppery and lightly charred. Flavor starts with smoky dark toasted malt, coffee and light chocolate; cinnamon slowly develops and contributes to a quite nice chocolate / mocha malt finish with light cinnamon and hops that almost taste like mild peppers. Great creamy body with good carbonation. This tasted different than I expected; with the cinnamon and Aztec themed art, I thought it would be more like Mexican chocolate, but the chocolate flavors are much more dark chocolate. The start is a bit stark with toasted, charred malt, but the flavors that develop are great and the finish is well balanced and flavorful. I really liked this rich Russian imperial stout.

Photo of OCSA_1978
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of TheBaumer
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of GNH3
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of kerry4porters
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of supertrirunner
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big Russian Imperial Stout!!! Pitch Black with a beige Mocha head. Nose is filled with Cinnamon, chocolate and coffee. Palate is intense and heavy but balanced by the cocoa/coffee bitterness. Well made and balanced for a 10.2% RIS! Would definitely buy again

Photo of hopsputin
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: dark black with a hint of deep purple near the bottom. large 3 finger tan head, pretty even

s: roasted bitter malt, milk chocolate, definitely a little bit of cinnamon in there. something almost oaky, sweet lactose. kind of a grainy green hop towards the end

t: whoa, right up front the toasted malts fight with cinnamon and sweet chocolate for space on your tongue. the toasted malts and sweet chocolate win and dominate the flavor. the cinnamon is there, but slightly - and providing more a spice in the background. there some creamy lactose flavor with some figs. ends with a clean grassy-like flavor.

m: medium - lighter than i expected. normal amount of carbonation

o: good not great. i was expecting the cinnamon to be featured a little more an harmonize well in the beer. it's there, but in the background. the resulting flavor is still a tasty stout though with a nice mix of toasted and sweet

Photo of sendsilk
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of anthony-martinez
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of t420o
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aztec Brewing Noche de los Muertos

A- pour yields a big 2-1/2 finger mocha colored head that is nice and frothy. Decent retention before dissipating and not leaving much in the way of lacing. Beer is black in color. 3.75

S- cinnamon and sugar, chocolate, coffee, anise, some other spices on the nose (though I don't think any others besides cinnamon are present). Alcohol is present in the background. Smells interesting. 3.75

T- the cinnamon and creaminess creates a flavor similar to Horchata, which I love. Chocolate, cinnamon and sugar bread, roasted malts, light anise, some coffee. The cinnamon is slightly too strong for the beer though, in my opinion. My girl loves it though, but to each their own. I just "like" it and not much more. 3.5

M- lighter than average carbonation. Body is slightly thin for a beer with this many strong flavors. 3.5

O- it has immense potential, but the cinnamon could be toned down and other spices could be added (in limited amounts). So many other good to great RIS's out there, I won't be revisiting this one. 3

B-

Photo of Drknight
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mbeerdino21
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Nugganooch
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle with my FW snifter glass
El nota Cinco De Mayo

A: Dark oily black body with garnet edges. Looks near purple when held at certain angles in the light. Completely opaque none the less with a mocha cream head. Ample stay on it that decorates the glass with some splashes and dots of lace.

S: Super dark roast grain aromas abound. Loads of smoky charcoal partner with molasses and a brown sugar sweetness. Dark chocolate meets with a roast barley coffee likeness. No off aromas as others have picked up on. Surprisingly there are no real scents of cinnamon noted either other than a touch of earthiness in there. Pretty nice nose with lots of familiar stout character.

T: Bold and rich flavors provide a very classic style stout character with notable roast malt, coffee, bakers chocolate, molasses, and charcoal. I am getting a hint of black licorice there and a little dark fruit perks as the beer warms up. Otherwise fairly clean yeast profile. There is a nice balance from a subtle hop bitterness to the beer and the alcohol is incredibly well disguised. The cinnamon asserts more of an earthy bark note on the finish providing a nice trailer of warming spice. The restrained use of the cinnamon is appreciated and pairs fantastically well with the warming alcohol notes. Surprisingly good stout with those familiar flavors.

M: Moderately thick consistency. Nice though and not too heavy or tacky on the palate. It’s fairly light feeling actually from the creamy smooth texture and lifting carb. Some light peppering bitterness and a touch of drying towards a rather clean finish. Slight alcohol warmth exudes in the end.

D: While I was expecting to be hit with a ton of raw cinnamon flavor here what I actually got was just a really delicious and drinkable Impy Stout. Don’t let the cinnamon sticks deter.

Would be pleased to have another.

Photo of Grant35
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Noche De Los Muertos from Aztec Brewing Company
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