Noche De Los Muertos - Aztec Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
On tap at Aztec Brewing Company in Vista, CA.
Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some slight cocoa and coffee aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa beans, brown sugar, and cinnamon. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent RIS with a very nice cinnamon presence in the flavor due to the cinnamon sticks used in the brewing process.
03-07-2012 01:25:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.23/5 rDev +7.6%
Thanks to jimmy2282 for sending me a growler of this obscure offering. Served in a variety of glasses over the course of 24 hours - Kuhnhenn goblets, Darkness snifters, etc.
A - Generous tan foam settles to a thin collar, wisps on top, and splotchy lace. The body is an opaque, inky black, with a hint of dark brown at the edges.
S - Nose is quite unique - I knew this was a cinnamon beer going in, but those that were unaware thought it was some sort of earthy white pepper smell, and I'd be inclined to agree. In any case, it's well-integrated into the traditional roasted malts, dark chocolate, and licorice flavors and never threatens to overpower the base beer. No obvious alcohol, which is pretty impressive.
T - Taste is good, but maybe not in the same league. A hefty dose of melted chocolate meets dark fruit and moderate roast. The cinnamon is less present, showing up late and lingering into the finish. Again, alcohol is negligible.
M - Chewy, viscous, smooth, and creamy, with plenty of residual stickiness and a bit of roasty dryness. Perhaps a tad watery for the listed 10.2%, but still on the heavier side of medium bodied. There's some mild cinnamon tingle on the palate, and perhaps a touch of warming alcohol after a full glass. Fairly low carbonation.
D - Quite nice. I generally dislike cinnamon but this won me over with it's tasteful usage. Kind of like a Hunahpu's Light, but minus the peppers. Really easy drinking considering the ABV and cinnamon usage - I easily killed a glass while typing up my review notes.
05-14-2012 02:50:14 | More by MasterSki
4.26/5 rDev +8.4%
I picked this up at Calvert Wine & Spirits in Cockeysville, enjoyed chilled from the bomberin a goblet.
The color is practically black, very viscous looking w/ medium tan cap with small bead, the lace clings like a web -the retention is very good. The smell is rich with roast and lots of cinnamon which is fresh and almost like opening a bottle of cinnamon sticks -slight woody and sweet scent with some mild cocoa accents and gentle coffee-like roasty odors with low alcohol esters. The feel is great very rich with moderate sweetness and nice body with moderate carbonation and light astringency from grain with slight bitterness in the finish with spicy feel throughout -very mild alcohol for the strength.
The taste has the dark baked cookie taste up front very restrained black grain and roasted malt flavors with some pleasant cinnamon flavors which seemto build as it warms with some moderate vanilla/caramel accents with some light hop which is spicy and works with the cinnamon in this, the roastiness is good with a nice layered flavor combined with hops and spice. I really enjoyed this since the alcohol was mild, but it is a big beer with a full effect on the palate which is not something I would drink multiples of but one is chock full of taste -one of the best cinnamon flavored beers I think i may have had.
05-28-2013 03:31:35 | More by Slatetank
3.08/5 rDev -21.6%
Very dark velvety chocolate color. It even tastes like dark chocolate. Fine-grained foam lasts and lasts. Quite a lovely brew in the small Brugs chalice. Beautiful lacing never quits.
Huge flavor of sweet malt, candy, and fruitcake soaked in Yukon Jack. Interesting and intense, but hard to get down more than a small glass. Actually, it's unebelievably sweet. The cocoa and marshmallows keeps coming back. Hard candy, a lot of bitter chocolate. Drier finish with plenty of wood.
Has that slightly plasticky nose homebrew and in general tastes like it was brewed with extract. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Best Damn in San Diego.
01-03-2013 04:42:57 | More by mactrail
4.47/5 rDev +13.7%
On tap at Aztec Brewery. A Russian Imperial Stout spiced with cinnamon.
A: Black with a creamy beige head.
S: Rich dark chocolate accompanies roasted malt and a little licorice. I get coffee, earth, and a whisper or smoke. Cinnamon is a welcome addition and it's used in tasteful quantities.
T: Dark chocolate melds with plum and molasses. Cinnamon is light and well integrated. For 10.2% the alcohol is very well hidden, I get none of it in the taste. Earth meets coffee and a pronounced roasted malt presence. The finish is chocolate, roast, and coffee, with trailing cinnamon.
M: Full in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy and sticky with evident alcohol warming.
Overall: This is quite good. Incredibly smooth for the ABV and the cinnamon is a nice touch.
11-27-2011 17:39:00 | More by HopHead84
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
Another rando growler from Alex. :D
A - Pours black, tan-colored head, thin collar, wisps on top.
S - A nice balance of cinnamon, chocolate, and pepper. While it's straight-forward, it's done very well. The booze is barley noticeable for over 10%...wow. Light roast in there as well.
T - Basically the same as the nose with a little more chocolate sweetness and roast. The cinnamon, spice, and chocolate work well together and are balanced perfectly. No real booze, which is impressive. Finish is creamy chocolate with a slight cinnamon kick.
M - Full body, rich and smooth, creamy spiced finish.
O - This beer is exactly as-advertised and definitely worth a try if you like your RIS with a slight kick. Very creamy, barely any alcohol, and great balance help make this beer something to enjoy.
06-07-2012 15:33:30 | More by Sean9689
3.69/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
08-26-2013 21:15:18 | More by notchucknorris
3.79/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
09-19-2013 22:17:01 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.65/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
03-24-2013 02:30:26 | More by AdamBear
Noche De Los Muertos from Aztec Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.