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Noche De Los Muertos - Aztec Brewing Company

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very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

funkel81, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

GNH3, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

DeanMoriarty, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of supertrirunner
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
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

supertrirunner, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of sendsilk
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

sendsilk, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Lucnifter, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

TheBaumer, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Kegatron, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of t420o
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
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


t420o, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

ThisWangsChung, Sep 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

BAsbill, Sep 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Gobzilla, Sep 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

fox227, Sep 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

azdback, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

notchucknorris, Aug 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

litheum94, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Drknight, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Zbeetleman, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

SocalKicks, Jun 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

jklecko2, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Slatetank, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Rudy, May 20, 2013
Photo of hopsputin
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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

hopsputin, May 11, 2013
Photo of Nugganooch
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Nugganooch, May 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Hopfenpeter, May 03, 2013
Noche De Los Muertos from Aztec Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.