La Mas Negra
Green Man Brewery

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Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
ABV:
8.7%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 7.16%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
59
From:
Green Man Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  12
Gots
  11
SCORE
91
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Notes: La Mas Negra is an Imperial Black Ale with the addition of Mexican brown sugar, cinnamon, smoked morita, ancho, and guajillo chilis and then aged on cocoa nibs. Inky black with intense coffee and roast aroma and flavor blend of cocoa and fruity chilies with just a hint of burn.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 59 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a deep black color with mocha colored bubble.

Smell - Initially, I thought the beer smell like a milk stout with a sweet milky nose and a hint of peppers.

Taste - The milk stout smoothness comes to the front, but is dry. Peppers and cinnamon hit, but are more toward the back. The heat is not overly hot, but it is pleasantly impactful.

Mouthfeel - While the beer may give impressions of a milk stout, the feel is a straightforward black ale.

Overall - If this had the sweetness of Mexican Cake, it would be off the chart.

Mar 10, 2018
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farrago from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Modest head, under one finger but very thick, just watching the pour it looks like motor oil, the foam is some of the darkest brown you’ll ever see, the lacing likewise is wispy and lacks stick. As noted the liquid is jet black, close to buffed to a shine onyx, so opaque you cannot see a single bubble. Pungent lifting waft of cocoa, creamed coffee, milk chocolate, lactose, sneakily spicy and somewhat indistinct, fresh leafy underpinning, the chocolate just overwhelms all else. Full-bodied, creamy and expansive, covers the full palate. The carbonation has both more life and length than expected. Here the hot pepper spice takes on the leading role, not searingly hot, more so adds flavor. The chocolate to cocoa more woven into the whole here, sweet yet with a roasty touch too. More grainy than bready. The herbal qualities more subdued. The cinnamon and any other baking spices most present as echoes through the finish. No fruit flavors I can find. Pleasing smoky residue at the end too. Pulls off intensity without seemingly trying hard, plus deserves kudos for having balance at this level of density. It’s rare you can drink a full 750 ML of a beer like this as quickly as this went down.

Aug 20, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Pours black, finger tan head with red tinge fades pretty quickly, nice lacing. Chocolate n pepper aroma. Fiery pepper and deep chocolate flavor, some hoppy bitterness in the finish, a little lasting burn. Thin to medium slick mouthfeel. Very good pepper ale, enjoyed it.

Jul 11, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

cool beer right here, a big black stout with cinnamon, chilies, and cocoa. the chocolate is the most forward in this thick shiny black sludgy almost headless brew, but the other extra ingredients are quite prominent too, and this might in the end be one of the most balanced and flavorful beers in this dark spiced chili chocolate ale family. great aroma, the cinnamon comes through a lot, nice with the roasty dark malt and hint of smoke. the flavor is more cocoa nib focused, bitter bakers chocolate, earthy raw cacao, cocoa powder, really bold and cool, especially with the nearly charred barley at the base of all this. the cinnamon and the chilies go well together, like a pot of chili stew in the winter, its two different kinds of warming at the same time (three really if you count the booze in here, which is punchy for sure). lots of body, nice interplay between the extra ingredients. fortunately the beer is bitter enough that it covers up both the sweetness that comes with the cinnamon and the heat of the chilies, just a little heat on the way down. plenty of body here, not much carbonation but i dont miss it at all. drinks quicker than it should, excellent with grilled red meat, a fun and interesting beer from a brewery i need to get way more into if they are all going to be this clever and good...

Jun 30, 2016
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0366timmosams from Tennessee

4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a wonderful surprise for a black ale, the chocolate, the chili, and a hint of cinnamon are so well balanced its amazing. Sip after sip was absolutely wonderful.

Jun 24, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle.

Fine thick and smooth feel, with a moderate amount of heat from the chilies. Heat builds over time. Cocoa is less obvious but present. The chilies contribute some pepper flavor as well as warmth.

May 01, 2016
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HeadyHopHead from New York

4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really interesting beer. Don't usually go for the style but gave it a shot with the high marks from the Bros., and wasn't disappointed. Pitch black and tasted like a chocolate bar with chili powder. Had just a slight kick to go along with the rich body that made me come back to it again and again...until it was gone.

Apr 02, 2016
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PierceTheElder from California

4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got from my uncle in Asheville, poured into pint glass. L: wow, tons of lacing, dark mocha color with caramel head. S: chocolate, cinnamon, roasty malts, slight booze (only when warmed up a little). T: follows the nose but far more complex, tons of chocolate, light cinnamon and peppers aren't very noticeable until the beer warms up but even when cold you can feel a slight burn on your palate. Not too hot though, it actually balances out the chocolate and cinnamon perfectly. One of the most interesting beers I've ever had, tastes more like a stout than a black ale overall. F: dare I say the most full feeling beer I've ever had. The mouth feel is so complex and big with subtle carbonation. I've never given a beer a 5/5 for feel until this beer. Overall amazing beer, very different. Would love to try again next time I'm in the Asheville area.

Mar 21, 2016
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Nanothaniel from Tennessee

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black as night, very little head but rather nice lacing
Smell: Smells like artisan chili chocolate, somewhat restrained but very nice
Taste: A lot of stouts come across to me as a bit boring, this is not one of those. The dark malt and the chocolate and the chili play with each other perfectly, and the cinnamon ties it all together. The faint sweetness of the malt is held in check by the other elements. I hate to say it, but this beats the tar out of Xocoveza.
Feel: Thick, rich, spicy, stimulating. All of my hedonism buttons are at 11.
Overall: This is a great beer, although stouts were my introduction to craft beer I've been leaning away from them recently. This beer brought me right back to my roots.

Final thoughts: If I drank two of these I'd put on a mask and wrestle the closest living organism.

Mar 06, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep deep dark chocolate brown with a tinge of ruby hue with a half finger creamy mocha colored head atop.Dry roasted chili,roasted nuts,and bitter chocolate aromas over top of healthy roast.Chocolate and cinnamon upfront on the palate with a bit of earthiness and roast melding into a dry spicy chili finish wich lingers for quite awhile.I have to say this beats the pants off most of the "dark" chili beers,so much going on....fantastic.

Mar 03, 2016
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reebtaerG from Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle pours a black in color with a khaki one finger head. Nice aromas of chocolate and coffee. Taste the same as the aroma with the chilles present. Well balanced mouthfeel with a little of stickiness. Great surprising black ale beer.

Sep 10, 2015
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch black with 1/2 a finger of tan head

S - Brown sugar, and roast malts.

T - Slightly sweet but with a warming boozy spicy pepper aftertaste. Tasty!

F - Medium body and carbonation

O - A very good black ale that will warm you up!

Sep 07, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

STYLE Imperial Black Ale | ABV 8.7% | AVAILABILITY Rotating

Spicy, Chocolate, Roasty, Warming

Yes, please give me something different when it comes to a Black Ale. Green Man deliver on that front: I get big beautiful waves of chili peppers, cocoa, dark sugar, roasted malt and cinnamon. It’s a hefty brew with some warmth from the chili peppers and the alcohol, which makes for an interesting dynamic. The real draw here though, sip after sip, is the impeccable balance. By far the most interesting beer I’ve tried this year.

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #103 (AUG 2015)

Aug 25, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle shared by Chris. Thanks man.

The beer appears is opaque and near black with a dense, beach sand head. Yep, beach sand. Peppery heat with pine, resinous hops. Bold, aggressive. Chocolaty with burning spice in the finish. Solid. Fun beer. Great for sharing a few ways.

Aug 02, 2015
La Mas Negra from Green Man Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 59 ratings