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Noche De Los Muertos - Aztec Brewing Company

Noche De Los MuertosNoche De Los Muertos

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BA SCORE
87
very good

43 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%


Brewed by:
Aztec Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 11-27-2011)
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azdback

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-31-2013 05:44:01 | More by azdback
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-14-2014 20:22:43 | More by ZEB89
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-15-2014 20:42:22 | More by imperialking
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BA_Berto

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

03-14-2014 02:47:36 | More by BA_Berto
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-02-2014 08:23:55 | More by drewone
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davegray

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-22-2014 17:03:17 | More by davegray
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funkel81

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

01-17-2014 02:19:37 | More by funkel81
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GNH3

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

01-03-2014 01:50:09 | More by GNH3
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DeanMoriarty

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-29-2013 19:53:27 | More by DeanMoriarty
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supertrirunner

California

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

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 16:45:43 | More by supertrirunner
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sendsilk

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-23-2013 13:46:08 | More by sendsilk
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Lucnifter

California

4/5  rDev +2%

11-10-2013 17:32:59 | More by Lucnifter
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TheBaumer

California

4/5  rDev +2%

10-02-2013 23:42:21 | More by TheBaumer
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

09-25-2013 02:31:28 | More by Kegatron
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t420o

California

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-

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 02:28:26 | More by t420o
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an ultra dark ruby color, to the point where it's *almost* pitch black. There's about three fingers of a tan-colored head, with superb retention. It's actually frustrating, because I want to pour the rest of the bottle into the glass, and I can't. Because the head is so thick and clingy, it leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy in both licorice and roasted malts, but there's a nice cinnamon note, as well. I also pick up some chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, and mild chili pepper as well. Maybe there's even a hint of umami. It's a fairly complex, enjoyable aroma, even if all the notes aren't to my liking (read: licorice).

T/M: This is a little spicier than the aroma suggested. It's also drier and cleaner than I anticipated on the finish, also. Lots of cinnamon spice open this up well, before developing tones of dry chocolate, roast, and mint near the finish. There's a sweet, wet-feeling lump in the middle of the palate that slightly harms both the feel and the flavor (it's a bit too caramel-and-licorice forward), but otherwise, it's decently dry on the sides and front of the tongue, exactly what I want out of my imperial stouts. Carbonation is low, but that's because I let it sit a while. There's enough complexity to keep it interesting, and enough concealed alcohol to give it decent drinkability.

O: When I saw this at my Neighborhood Liquor Store™, I kind of wondered if it was some half-ass contract brewed beer, since it's never good when a brand new California brewery shows up all the way in Maryland. But then I thought 'it's hard to screw up an imperial stout'. Thankfully, this isn't anything I'd call 'screwed up' - and the unique spicy touch gives it a pleasant touch without wrecking the balance. This is exactly what I'd imagine a poor man's Hunahpu's to taste like, and that's a compliment. Good work Aztec, keep it up.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 22:17:01 | More by ThisWangsChung
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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev +2%

09-16-2013 19:08:00 | More by BAsbill
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Gobzilla

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

09-02-2013 23:54:38 | More by Gobzilla
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fox227

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-01-2013 23:10:31 | More by fox227
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notchucknorris

California

3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black with a nice two finger light brown head. Nice retention in the glass.

S: Sweet and spicy with a good dose of cinnamon and something that smells a lot like chili peppers. Cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, roasted malt and a little habanero.

T: Roasted malt and cocoa upfront. Some milk chocolate and cocoa powder with a decent kick of cinnamon and chili in the middle before the finish kind of tails off. Mouthfeel is way low for 10+%, which I kind of liked. A good stout, but nothing really makes this stand out.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 21:15:18 | More by notchucknorris
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litheum94

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

07-27-2013 05:24:53 | More by litheum94
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Drknight

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

07-22-2013 23:56:32 | More by Drknight
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Zbeetleman

California

4/5  rDev +2%

07-16-2013 03:55:19 | More by Zbeetleman
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +2%

06-23-2013 03:00:31 | More by SocalKicks
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jklecko2

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-05-2013 19:46:56 | More by jklecko2
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Noche De Los Muertos from Aztec Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.