La Muerta (pre-2015) | Freetail Brewing Company

La Muerta (pre-2015)La Muerta (pre-2015)
319 Ratings
La Muerta (pre-2015)La Muerta (pre-2015)

Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wagenvolks on 02-17-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a 2010 & 2011 side by side in November of 2011. Major difference between the 2010 & 2011.

2011: thicker, coffee, toffee & bourbon notes. Mouthfeel was much better on this one & color was slightly darker. More viscous & in my opinion more delicious.

2010: age did not do this beer well in my opinion. Although I still enjoyed, it was almost a cascading dark tast & sight to me rather than a American Double/ RIS.

Great great offering by Freetail!

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4.86/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Updated notes:

2011 vintage, with two years on it. Tasted on La Muerta Day, 2013.

As dark as ever with this amazing cocoa-tan colored foam. The beer smells of dark cherries and dark chocolate, with the faintest whisper of smoke and vanilla.

The flavor runs on for days, with more dark cherries, dark chocolate, worn leather and vanilla-spiked sugar. There’s a long lingering mouthfeel. Two years makes this beer mellow and subtle and oh so divine. Seek it out.

2011 vintage.

Split this bad boy the first week of June after cellaring it since November. Time has definitely taken what was already an excellent imperial stout and made it … transcendent. Just incredible all around.

This poured an inky black with thick, creamy cocoa-colored foam. It has that wonderfully glorious roasty aroma with cocoa nibs and dark coffee, and just a wisp of smoke. No noticeable booze.

The flavor is incredible, with dark chocolate and a roasty smoothness to it. There’s a hint of smoked malts on the finish, and a wonderful body that holds up as it warms and opens further, revealing layers of dark, worn leather and dried tobacco.

Smooth and slick, like Barry White’s voice, with a lingering finish like a sustained note held through the finish. Or something like that.

An all around exceptional brew. Bring it back, I want another glass for an encore.

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4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in a snifter at Freetail. Limited edition bombers are coming soon I'm told - this review is not meant to reflect that version. Appearance is black with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is rich chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a very faint hint of hops. Flavor of chocolate, coffee, hints of smoke, roasted malt and slight alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy but creamy. A nightcap of a brew if there ever was one.

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4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

09 vintage, opened March 2017

Appearance: Black as night, holds a thin halo of tan head but doesn't lace.

Aroma: Malt monster, mild soy sauce note of age, lots of sweet toffee and molasses.

Taste: Hints of tobacco, leather, citric hops, all crushed by a huge malty base that is mellow and soothing.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body with a small chew, lingering but dry finish.

Overall: A real gem, one of the best beers made in Texas. Big sweet flavor with enough depth to keep me interested and entertained. One of my favorite labels too.

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4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to pwsoldier for the trade.

A: Pours pretty much opaque black. A two finger tan head gently rises and sticks around for a minute. The foam finally recedes and sticks around as a small cap. Light lace.
S: Roasted malt. Chocolate, dry wood, molasses, smoke. A huge aroma that is great.
T: Incredibly complex. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, dry wood, smoke. Slightly bitter in the finish. Some warming alcohol. Lots of great layers.
M/D: A huge full body. Low on the carbonation. Velvety smooth, decedent, and rich. The alcohol is noticeable, but it is a great beer to sip on.

One of the best Imperial Stouts I have tried. A great winter warmer or after dinner drink. I wish I had another bottle to cellar. Something I highly recommend.

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4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #0010, 10.2% abv

A - Nearly pitch-black when the glass is full, with some translucency around the edges that become more apparent as the glass becomes more empty. Pours with a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing.

S - Definitely the highlight of this beer, absolutely delightful! Dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and some faint aromas of dark fruit all combine to create a magnificent, complex nose.

T - Slightly bitter up front, with hops and coffee notes dominating. Plenty of sweetness comes through in the finish though, with the roasted malts complimented by flavors of vanilla and sweetish dark chocolate. Very nice balance.

M - Full-bodied, creamy finish, lingering chocolatey bitterness on the palate.

D - This is a very enjoyable stout, and incredibly easy to drink. Definitely my favorite local beer.

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