La Muerta (pre-2015) | Freetail Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 320
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 oz growler poured into oversized tulip glass.

A - Pitch black with barely any head.

S - Not a strong aroma, but I get a bit of roasted malt and sweet chocolate.

T - Sweet notes of chocolate and a little bit of vanilla. This has a good amount of roasted malt and coffee. Very well balanced.

M - Moderate-to-thick body with low-to-moderate carbonation. The alcohol is surprisingly hidden in this. It drinks very smooth.

O - A good roasty and sweet stout that is deceptively strong. I love what Freetail is doing and can't wait to see more like this.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been the first day of the year (since summer's end at least) that it's gotten into the thirties, good time for an imperial stout.

Pretty good looking beer, black with a nice foamy diesel head and sticky lacing.

Aroma and flavor: very different from your typical American double. A pretty good nose and great taste, roasty, chocolate, coffee, burnt, dark and mid fruits, specifically perhaps a little Brach's chocolate covered cherries notes. Roasty and burnt flavors come through more as it warms.

Hard to believe the ABV is so high. Drinks like it's 7%. Sweetish finish, but not overly so, with just a touch of chocolatey dry cocoa. Would like to try the barrel aged version, this one would be well suited for the barrel. Since I think I can still get some more of these, I'll grab a few bottles and age some. I suspect it will be quite tasty aged, although it's quite tasty in this fresh bottle too.

Freetail has been just wonderful since I discovered them. They're friendly to homebrewers and students too. Their beers are delicious, tho if they had a signature, I'd probably say it was their witbiers. Either way, Freetail rocks. And you'll likely never hear the ENTIRE ALBUM of Mars Volta, "De-loused in the Comatorium" in any other bar, ever! Cheers for that, and for the tasty beer!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
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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Photo of MacQ32
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage

A - Pours near black with a finger of chocolate head; OK retention and decent lacing

S - Tons of smokey aromas, cherry, wood, sweet chocolate malts

T - Smokey, dark fruit with an alcohol burn. Smokey/sweet chocolate medicine type flavors

M - Heavier bodied, smooth with little carbonation, quite sticky

O - tasty... very thick and smooth.

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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 crewfan16
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 22 oz bomber into a central waters snifter. thanks again to Channels321 for the beer via trade. 2012 vintage

a- fairly aggressive pour gave me about 2 fingers of thick chocolate milk colored head which took a minute or two to mellow out. beer is black with nice tan lacing on the edges of the glass.

s- smells rich. chocolate, some smoke, roasted malt

t- follows the nose. bittersweet chocolate, just a tad of smokiness, but a tiny bit of hop bite toward the finish. maybe just a tad of dark cherry. chocolate lingers more in the finish. a tad on the sweet side, not terribly complex but a very robust stout

m- really enjoy the feel of this beer. solid carbonation but the richness of it provides some thick chunky quality that i love in my imperial stouts. even though the abv is 10.2%, it is not noticeable. a very nice lingering finish hangs out in my mouth for what seems like forever. might be my favorite part of this beer.

overall, i really enjoyed this beer. a bit on the sweet side, but with just enough smokey quality to balance it out. not as complex as some other imperial stouts, but has a nice thick mouthfeel and long finish that I cant get enough of. Plus, it paired great with some roasted venison steaks that I made for dinner. happy I got the opportunity to try it, sad I dont have the opportunity to have it more often.

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Photo of suspect
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Founders Brewing Snifter.

A: Deep brown/almost black beer. Aggressive center pour leads to a thin 1 finger mocha head. Lacing is thin but consistant.

S: Toasted chocolate malts, charred coffee, cooked cocoa and a little smoke.

T: Cocoa and coffee come out first and foremost in the flavor with the malts and smokey notes coming on the back end. Bitterness is present but the ABV is not.

M: A touch thin and a touch low on the carbonation. Finishes smooth.

O: A solid stout. Not in my top tier but most definitely a *good* beer. Would like to drink again but I wouldn't kill myself trying to find it.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by leftyhyzer as part of NWI tasting group bottle share

A - Dark brown with lighter accents and no head 3.75

S - Milk chocolate, light caramel, slight cream and roasted malt 3.5

T - Light chocolate and caramel with light toffee. Roasted espresso in the finish. Brown sugar. Light flavor profile overall

M - Light carbonation and body with roasted, slight oak finish

O - Decent overall stout with a good amount of coffee and roasted flavor. Nothing amazing bit solid enough

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Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to ApostleBrewing for another interesting one from Freetail.

Pours a darker creamy 1/2 finger head that fades at med pace little lacing, pitch black beer, no light coming through.

Nose starts with roast, roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, a bit of dark chocolate and cocoa, hint of char and bitter dark malt, a light smoked malt with hint of smoked cheese like and light oats I think. Just a touch of earthy hops.

Taste brings creamy dark malts, light caramel, a bit of powdered cocoa, hint vanilla even, some creamy milk chocolate as well. Light roast in the background, just a bit of fresh roasted coffee beans. The dark malts bring a hint of bitter char but not acrid. Melting choc really comes through the more it goes and warms. Slight chewy malt center with hint if oats, and faint hint of smoked malt again. Light earthy bitter hops in there somewhere, as well as a bit of warning booze. Finish is long creamy chocolate, hint if coffee, more bitter roast and earthy malts, fairly dry but slightly sticky mouth coating.

Mouth is fuller bodied, rich and a bit creamy, nice carb, just a bit of warning booze.

Overall quite a nice beer, nice malt profile with good roast and coffee, nice bitterness with roast and hops although a bit more hops would have been nicer, and a bit more coffee too. The light smoke is a nice addition, and acrid niceness kept in check well. Also nice balance and booze levels, a nice tasty beer that I'm glad I didn't age.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Thanks to both wagenvolks and twiggamortis420 for the hookups!

I feel this works as the digestif following a nice plate of tacos. It pours a straight onyx topped by a half-finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate, light coffee, and molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a hint of hickory-smoked ham. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one I'm glad to be able to try (and share) more of in the coming months. Good times.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, 2012
The Bruery snifter

A: Pours a deep dark brown. Almost black. No light gets through. Initially some light tan head that faded into a ring. Not a lot of lacing. Some alcohol feet.

S: Smelling lots of dark fruit. Some of that dark chocolate covered blueberries that you sometimes get in RIS. Lots of dark chocolate. Some roast coffee hidden underneath.

T: Deep dark chocolate. Some fruity notes. Some roast. Some alcohol is certainly there and you feel it going down the throat.

M: Full bodied.

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Photo of genitempo
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a shade less than black, head is tinted with a heavy lace that retreats quickly.

S - Brightened chocolate and boozy leads the way, with a hint of smokiness in the background, mild toast lingers. The smoke becomes more apparent, eventually taking the lead, as the beer warms.

T - A very well-rounded taste. Sugars make an early appearance, smokiness finishes off the tail-end. Heirs more on the side of a porter than an IS. If there were points awarded for hiding the amount of alcohol in a beer, this would take the gold.

MF - Medium bodied. Again, very impressed with how silky and lightweight the beer is for such a high ABV.

O - She's dangerous. What a well-suited name for a dark beer that cloaks it's booze so well.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this beer about 2 years ago in a trade. I believe it is a 2010, if not earlier.

Poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. It seems to have a fair amount of carbonation. No legs to speak of. Smell is malt and some cocoa.

This beer is a little light on the body. It tastes solid and is not bad at all. As the beer warms to about 60 degrees it really takes Ina nice sweetness that was not readily discernible wen it was 50 degrees or so. The chocolate and vanilla really come through and it is a totally different beer as it warms. At first I was disappointed but when it gets up there temperature wise it really shines.

Not to self, try to get some moo of the 2010 to drink with the 2012 that wash just released.

Reading reviews after I gave mine would have made me nervous for a smoke aspect of this beer. Not th case in the one that iPad, perfectly integrated?...and I don't like smoke in my beers.

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Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Dajtai007 for sending this beer my way. Red wax, 2009(?) vintage

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger mocha colored head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey, roasted aroma with dark and sweet malt notes, dark fruit and alcohol. Some charred wood along with dark chocolate, coffee bean, oatmeal, toffee and caramel. Some fudge/chocolate cake sweetness underneath, balancing out the smoked meat/burnt malts.

Slightly viscous medium body with a nice balance of smokey, roasted malt, dark chocolate and sweet booze. Dry and toasty with lots of dark chocolate, coffee bean and oatmeal flavor but it never becomes acrid or overly burnt tasting. There is some chocolate cake, toffee and caramel sweetness balancing things out along with some strong booze in the finish. Plenty of alcohol flavor but never hot or harsh. Not overly complex but has a nice balance of roast, sweetness and alcohol. Tasty but definitely a sipper.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been in the cellar for several years - perhaps an '08 or '09

Appearance: Pours a charcoal color with chocolate highlights; very little head and no lacing action

Smell: Fudge and smoke, but not particularly vivid

Taste: Fudge, with a growing smoked meat character that builds into the middle and lingers, after the swallow, along with the chocolate elements; gets somewhat fruity in the finish, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: Perhaps I sat on this one too long, but I notice that others have not cared for the way the smoke presents itself in this beer

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Photo of billab914
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, opened as part of a haul from a great group of Texas BA's. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tasting glass. Pitch black in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top.

I'm getting a lot of smoke to it in the aroma, which I love. It's got some really good notes of dark chocolate and roasty coffee. I'm getting a a bit of a chili pepper like flavor out of it as well. I loved the smoky, roasted malt flavors in it.

The smoke and dark chocolate flavors continue into the taste and again are really good. I get a little more roasted malts and coffee in the finish. The smoke is definitely the highlight for me, but it's not overdone either.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and moderately slick and oily. Carbonation is on the lower side. Overall, I thought this was one of if not the best beer of the day. I really loved the smokiness in it. Everything really came together nicely in it. Great beer overall.

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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 htomsirveaux
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle tried 7 Mar 2011. 2010 version, 108/450. Served in the (512) One snifter. Thanks to jefferz5000 for this bottle.

Large thick dark brown head. Medium carbonation. Clear, nearly black in color. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, cocoa and chocolate. Burnt sugars dominate at the beginning. Lots of sweet dark chocolate, turning bittersweet in the middle. Some espresso. Heavy body, viscous, almost oily, clings to the glass for a long time. Alcohol is quite noticeable. Dry cocoa finish, almost boozy aftertaste. Becomes sweeter as it warms.

One of the better imperial stouts we've had in a while.

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Photo of jegross2
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the La Muerta from Freetail Brewing Company out of San Antonio, Texas.

Score: 91

2011 vintage served in a mini-chalice glass and enjoyed on 06/12/13.

Appearance: Pours an inky black color that is not totally opaque at the outer edges. Pours a layer of dark khaki head that settles to a ring around the glass. Average lacing, but really good retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Smoke, chocolate and roast. Residual coffee and a touch of hops. Pretty one dimensional (almost entirely roast/smoke and chocolate), but I really like that dimension. 4.25/5

Taste: Tastes just like it smells. Lots of roast, smoke and milk chocolate. Hint of coffee too. The smokiness lingers and layers. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Smoke prickles the palate and absolutely coats the tongue. This one is kind of a palate killer, so drink it last. Delicious nonetheless. 3.5/5

Overall: Not complex, but this is a great example of doing a simple flavor profile very well. Haters of smoke beware, lovers of smoke rejoice. I have heard reports that the 2012 vintage is allegedly infected, but the 2011 is still holding up well.

Cost: $10 for an 11.2 oz (330 ml) stubby bottle.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/09/12 notes. Big thanks to Huhzubendah for trading a bottle of this to me. Shared with friends side by side with the BA version. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of smoke, peat, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, light dark fruits. Pretty nice; the smoke is there but not overbearing.

t - Tastes of smoke, vanilla, roasted malts, peat, dark fruits, toasted malts, chocolate. Much more smoke and vanilla than the nose, but too much smoke for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth body but a sipper for sure.

o - Overall a pretty good smoked stout. I liked the nose, though thought the smoke dominated the taste a bit. If you like smoked beers worth checking out, though I preferred the BA version a bit.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

El Nopalero has cellared this since November 2011.

Poured into a snifter. Thick, hot cocoa-brown head. The foam looked like the bubbles in pancakes that are ready to be flipped.

Smells like candy and tootsie rolls.

Smokey finish (roasted meat, but in a good way), not too thick on the palate, smokey aftertaste lingers.

I was not expecting this to be so good.

I’ll have another.

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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 bonkers
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to texasfan549 for this one, 2011 bottle. Pours jet black, thin tan head. Lots of coffee, chocolate, roasted notes. Taste like it smells, very well balanced. The beer is very viscous, smooth, abv not noticeable. A very good impy stout, lived up to my expectations.

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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 barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice black color with good carbonation leaving a nice tan head and some light lacing

S: Big smoke with some cocoa, roasted malt and a light booze sting

T: Immediate smokiness with blend of smoked meat, liquid smoke, light campfire and charred wood all rolled up into one. Cocoa, roasted malt and a light coffee note.

M: Big body, loads of taste but to smokey for me.

O: While it is a decent to good Imperial Stout the smokines and booze mix does not sit well with me

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La Muerta (pre-2015) from Freetail Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 320 ratings.
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