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La Mesa Negra | Epic Ales

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Brewed by:
Epic Ales
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by grittybrews on 06-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
5
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
8.93%
 
 
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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 5
Photo of mrandypandy
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

A - Pours a smooth dark black. Clean. Medium tan head that quickly dies.
S - Light roast, not much else.
T - Tart. Almost like sweet-tarts candy with a touch of dark malts. Interesting to say the least.
M - Medium body, sharp, prickly on the tongue.
O - Not bad. Not sure what it's supposed to be, but not bad. Like a sweet and sour porter, if that makes any sense. Better than the other Epic offerings I've had, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with hints of ruby. A tan head that faded quickly and left spots of lace as I drank.

S - coffee, rye bread and sour cherry. A little dirt as well.

T - nice sweet vanilla and sour cherry. Slight toasty bitter finish, leaving a little chalky finish as well.

M - great carbonation; enough to tickle but not overpower. Medium body, but super oily.

O - reminds me or NG old English porter in a good way. If he was going for an old world porter, this hits pretty close. Would've liked a little more roast, but very drinkable. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of grittybrews
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with 85 percent barley and 15 percent corn and soured with lacto culture, this beer was interesting to say the least.

I should say that I'm a huge fan of Epic Ales; Solar Trans Amplifier (spiced with ginger and chamomile) and Terra Saurus (porter with shiitake mushrooms) are two experiments that resulted in fantastic beers.

La Mesa Negra poured a deep cola brown into a tulip with just a thin slick of head. Aroma of pepper, corn, and slight sour cherry.

Lowish carbonation and a somewhat thin, syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor combination was perhaps the oddest I've experienced in a beer -- sour/burnt coffee malt, tart apple, corn-like sweetness, and tons of sour cherry on the finish.

Much as I wanted to like this one, I just couldn't finish the bottle. The flavors seemed to clash rather than integrate, and not in a good way. I hope Epic Ales continues to push the envelope with its brews, but when you experiment this much, you won't be able to please everyone every time.

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La Mesa Negra from Epic Ales
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