La Muerta (pre-2015) | Freetail Brewing Company

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La Muerta (pre-2015)La Muerta (pre-2015)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States
freetailbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
320
Reviews:
91
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
Wants:
188
Gots:
85
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 320 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of chippo33
1.25/5  rDev -68.6%

Photo of Tommo
1.55/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I was SHOCKED how awful this is. A thin brown ale with nothing to offer. Its translucent!! so terrible, i will never get those carbs back!!

As my friend put it, they should be ashamed to wax this bottle

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Photo of leschkie
2.25/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of Etan
2.38/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

22oz, 2012 vintage. This was a gusher and infected.

A: Pours out an unremarkable black with some brown hues and a large light chocolate head.

S: Unmistakable infection here. Vinegar and barnyard aromas, some light roast and chocolate malt behind.

T: The infection is less apparent in the taste, with just a hint of bacterial character, along with chocolate and coffee roast.

M: Medium-bodied, high carbonation.

O: Infected. Too bad, I was looking forward to trying this beer.

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Photo of drewone
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of kscaldef
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pretty underwhelming. Not much intensity of flavor. A bit think for an imperial stout.

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Photo of silentjay
2.79/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pitch black with a dark tan head made of big bubbles that lasts for a while and laces well.

bacon. damnit. burnt bacon. roasted malts, burnt coffee, and burnt pork. too much smoked, burnt meat.

again, burnt bacon with a melted plastic and slightly metallic flavor that is not very pleasant. a bit of cacao powder and coffee try to make it through, but don't quite pierce the smoke veil.

medium/full bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation, but a lingering smoked meat flavor that I do not enjoy.

well.... I can see why many Texans would like it, but for me.... It's just too smokey. too burnt meaty. too single-dimensional.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of BeerMeBrah
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of ShanePB
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 22 oz bottle

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Photo of ucsbmullet
3.24/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smoke is something I'm not a fan of in beer. And the bottle was a gusher when opened.

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Photo of frankthetank86
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of 3Hops
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of popery
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of alleykatking
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle. 2009 vintage.

A- Pours a nice dark black with a hint of brown hues to it when held to the light. Half finger mocha colored head dies pretty fast. Some spotty lace that falls back into the glass.

S- An interesting aroma to say the least. I have had some time to ponder this one and this is what I have come up with: front starts of with a hint of chocolate and a lot of front end smoke. Middle shows some darker malt with what seems to be a peaty earthy aroma. Ending shows a little more of a chocolate tone with a ton of smoked peat. Alcohol shows up for a split second then is gone. The smoked peat doesn't last a whole while turning into a liquid bacon kind of smoke.

T- Taste is a little odd for the style and beer. Starts off with some roasted malts and a touch of liquid smoke. The middle of the beer has some very peat rich flavor to it with a hint of what seems to be caramel malts. Chocolate comes in the start of the ending flavor for me. A smoked peat comes out next which seems to die more into a liquid bacon flavor. Alcohol is present but nothing too much. Such a weird flavorful beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for the style. Roasted malts, light peat, and liquid smoke. Aftertaste is mostly smoked peat, bacon, hint of alcohol, and chocolate. Flavors kind of ran a muck with stuff turning all the time. No off flavors were present but the peat at times seemed to be a off flavor. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- Overall this beer was a little interesting. The flavor profile had a ton going on and at times it was a little overwhelming. The ABV wasn't really in the beer at all even in the ending. A beer that is worth a shot but I wouldn't age it as I did or else you might have mixed results.

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Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 vintage

Pours no head. Color is black.

Aroma: Peat and smoke. A lot like surly smoke in that sense. Very malty. Bacon and chocolate. Not very stout like.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. Smoke, less peat, bacon, chocolate, malty, and creamy. Odd.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends with more roast and smoke.

Overall, this tasted more like a smoke beer than anything. Somewhat drinkable, but far from what the style should be.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown with a one inch brown head on top. Nice retention, but minimal lacing.

S: Extremely smoky aroma with some charred malt, and little bit of meat/bacon. Some hints of chocolate as well. The smoke is a little too heavy for me.

T: The smoke is not as heavy as the aroma, which is a good thing here. It is mixed in with some heavily roasted malt, chocolate, and some dark fruit.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A little too smoky for my taste, especially in the aroma.

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Photo of Spider889
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Urbancaver.

Pours black with moderate stout thickness. Has a short dark toffee colored head.

Smoke! Smoke! Fire? This is one smokey stout. Meaty - smoked venison and campfire cooking.

At first the smoke was interesting and actually rather tasty, but it quickly became detracting and palate-wreckingly strong.

Tastes much more balanced than it smells, but still the smoke imbues one with the urge to partake with extreme caution. Nice roastiness is going on and has a slight coffee flavor that would likely be delicious in the base (non-smoked beer). Dark chocolate rounds things out, though we lose any potential sweetness due to the smoke.

A fun beer to try.

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Photo of harrymel
3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vint 2011
Dark black with a tall mocha head. Roasty, smoky nose with additional hints of leather and chocolate. There's a slight vinyl tone on the back of the nose. Flavor follows through with plenty of smoky, mesquite character and a little charcoal even. Hints of raisin and coffee (burnt coffee) as well as the leather. Medium on full bodied with moderate, fine carb. I'm glad to have tried this one, but I fear my aversion to smoke beers continues.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to brew3crew for sharing this one.

A - Black beer with a fairly minimal head that left pretty much nothing on the sides of the glass.

S - It's got a lot of smoke in there, some earth notes, little bit of grease, caramel, and some chocolate. I actually kind of dig the smoke.

T - Taste just didn't really do it for me. It's kind of a chocolately, bacony, smokey brew, all things I like, but this combination wasn't quite right on. It wasn't bad by any means, but just not great.

M - Smooth, lower carbonation, fairly full bodied.

O - Wouldn't mind trying the barrel-aged version of this, as bourbon on the bacony smoke could be interesting. A little different, but this one wasn't quite my thing.

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Photo of nrs207
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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