La Negra | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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La NegraLa Negra

Brewed by:
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ONovoMexicano on 03-11-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

good beer, but as the style goes, this wasnt a standout in any significant way for me. its dry and bitter, almost chalky textured, without the richness i prefer in the style, and while i get the char of the barrel, i get very little oak or spirit flavor of any kind, and that is a let down for a barrel aged stout, i want to taste it! i also think the alcohol is a little exposed here in the absence of some more body or malt sweetness, it comes across hot, especially when it warms up a little bit. i know these guys a lot better for their hoppy beers than this sort of thing, and its not a total miss by an stretch, but it doesnt reach the quality level established by the other beers in their portfolio. there is some nice dry cocoa powder and dark chocolate aspects to this that i think are a nice foundation, but it doesnt build up much from there. the barrel adds seemingly more bitterness than anything else, and while we drank this one fireside with a bottle of whiskey nearby, which i would reckon would be pretty near a perfect setting for this one, it didnt quite live up to the moment, at least for me. still a huge fan of what these guys do, but this was less impressive than most of the rest of the field...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"La Negra."

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz format. Brown glass. Purple label with uninteresting label art. Pry-off crown cap. Bottled 11/04/16.

"Barrel-aged imperial stout." 10.5% ABV.

Served chilled into a Guinness goblet and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

HEAD: ~1-2cm in height. Tan colour. Somewhat creamy, somewhat soft, fairly frothy. Robust, with a nice complexion. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - ~2 minutes.

BODY: Predictably for the style, the body colour is an opaque ink-black. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special.

AROMA: Vanillin from the bourbon barrel. Buried oak. No toasted coconut or barrel sugars.

Dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, Hershey's syrup, subdued hazelnut syrup, walnut, faint char.

No overt hop aromatics or yeast aromatics. Not boozy. No off-notes.

A bit reticent, but generally appealing. Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Matches the aroma, more or less. More in terms of the vanillin (artificial vanilla from the barrel), less in terms of any evocative/expressive or deep flavours. There's reticent dark and chocolate malt in the backbone, bland oak as an undertone, and hints of Hershey's syrup throughout, but it's muted as all hell and couldn't be more shallow.

Flavour duration is above average. Flavour intensity is low for the style.

Unbalanced, not imbalanced. Each shallow flavour sits alongside each other. Not a gestalt or harmonious build; the parts do not sum to excess of the whole.

Texture is gooey, syrupy, and thick, but all that isn't justified by the (lack of) depth of flavour. Smooth, wet, unrefreshing. Viscous. Not soft or approachable. Overcarbonated.

OVERALL: A swing and a miss at a barrel aged imperial stout from La Cumbre. Not a beer I'd get again or recommend to friends, and not particularly drinkable or enjoyable. Throwaway fare in an oversaturated style...why brew and release this when there're so many superior expressions of the style out there available at far better prices? It's above average, sure, but will that cut it for discerning consumers in a style as heavily brewed as the barrel aged imperial stout?


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Photo of crobinso
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $16.99. Solid black with a decent head. Aroma is booze and licorice but less barrel than I expected. It's only 10.5% but its not thin at all and also doesn't taste very hot or boozy. Flavor is mild notes of barrel, sort of sweet, and really tastes like a traditional Russian imperial stout. Tasty.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ackbar556
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kpowledge
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bfranks
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Determined_021
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Schlegelq1
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a beautiful beer, toasty malt pure flavor, does not mess around with gimmicky flavors, amazing beer!! Wish I could get it in NY.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of toothirsty
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deadliest
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 3-18-14
Pours near black with a caramel head. Moderate lacing. Aroma of charred malts and dark fruits. Reminds me a lot of Stone IRS in that respect with the intense prunes, figs, and black cherries. Some licorice creeps in. Tastes similar to nose with some increased bitterness from the intense roasted notes. Some earthy wood character. Alcohol is quite present leading to some medicinal qualities that aren't all that enticing. Thick and rich. Love the IPAs from this brewery, but this one didn't do as much for me. Flavor starts out real nice, then takes a step back with the finish.

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Photo of Danny1217
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of miggs3030
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of markgugs
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigMack61
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of MarcWP
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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La Negra from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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