Malpais Stout
La Cumbre Brewing Co.

Malpais StoutMalpais Stout
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Style:
Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #4
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,435
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 8.23%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
361
From:
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
 
New Mexico, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  26
Gots
  60
SCORE
91
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Malpais StoutMalpais Stout
Notes: A meal in a glass. Brewed with 7 different malts, you should be ready for a full onslaught of creamy stout intensity. Broadly in the style of a Foreign Extra Stout, this is our heaviest and most intense year-round offering.
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Angel’s Trumpet in Phoenix, AZ.

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small white head and lots of lacing.

This smells like classic roasted malt, vanilla, smoke, herbal hops, and chocolate.

This is definitely what you want from this style. It’s got a nice roastiness, but the bitterness is not overwhelming at all. There’s some pretty mild hop character, along with dark chocolate, tobacco, and a touch of smoke.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy, and very drinkable.

La Cumbre is pretty consistently tasty for me.

Apr 06, 2021
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RedStickPhil from New Mexico

4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep ebony with a dense, dark, persistent head and complex lacing (or maybe my glass is a little dirty). Chocolate stout nose is the least exciting aspect. Caramel, chocolate, coffee (and probably a long list of other tastes for those with more discerning palates and better vocabularies) all balance with no lingering sweetness and terrific mouth feel. This is a fine winter beer!

Dec 20, 2020
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GatoGordo

4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this is a stout worth looking for. Pours a wonderfully dark with a persistent tan head. And then the taste, aroma, and mouthfeel take over. Very rich without overpowering notes. A little coffee bite, and a little chocolate smoothness without being sweet. My favorite so far.

Jan 15, 2020
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 6 weeks ago.

Pours near-black with a persistent tan head.

The nose is bittersweet chocolate, malt, and char.

The taste is pumpernickel bread, baker's chocolate, and faint ashy bitterness. Minor metallic undertones that subside as my palate adjusts.

The mouthfeel opens medium+ and dries out.

Overall, very nice. A classic stout.

Nov 25, 2019
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MesaDan from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have has this beer both on tap at brewery & in cans: Uses 8 different malts and UK Pilgrim hops: Slight chocolate malt nose; Velvet carbonation; chestnut hue & fine tan head that dissapates to lacey quickly; taste is very dark roasted with chocolate, with just a touch of burnt & undertones of bitter dark fruit & coffee bitterness; finish is semi-dry with dark roast & some chocolate undertones.

Oct 25, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent, very drinkable stout! Bought a four pack during a recent visit in New Mexico and wish I had bought more!

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Very dark brown color with a great, creamy beige head and beautiful curtain lacing. Wonderful roasted malt smell and taste. Toasted pumpernickel, a bit of vanilla. A great beer!

Oct 18, 2019
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DaBurls from South Carolina

4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best stouts out there. Heavy smell of malts and coffee with hints of vanilla. Taste of roast and burned grain at the end- malty, light hops, and bitter chocolate at the start. I taste a lot of complex flavors with every sip. Very drinkable stout all year around.

Jun 24, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An approachable and user-friendly stout that has a larger metallic taste on the finish. Smooth and sweet upfront, this beer is perfect for those just getting into more complex dark beers.

Jun 02, 2019
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Radome from Florida

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from a pint can in a snifter.

L - Deepest darkest brown and opaque even when held up to light. Strong, creamy, persistent tan head that does not pile high but does last.

S - Aromas are not very assertive. Coffee, charred grain and smoke.

T - Strong, roasted-to-burnt grain flavor. Some coffee and very light chocolate. Earthy hops in mid- to late palate. Not a great depth of flavors or aftertaste.

F - Medium to heavy body. Low to moderate carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness. Alcohol is well-hidden. All sensations seem appropriate for the style.

O - A solid, well-made stout, but not outstanding in any particular manner.

Apr 14, 2019
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BeerBobber from Nevada

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a thin skin of light brown headthat slicks the glass as it goes down.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and sweet dark roasted malts. Lots of cofee coming out.

Taste is a dark roasted coffee taste. Slightly chalky with a hint of chocolate, like a bakers chocolate, a bit dry and gritty.

Mouth is medium and feels nice and creamy. Finish is fairly easy with just a hint of alcohol warming in the back of the mouth.

This feels and drinks like a nice lets together with friends stout. I could imagine chatting with some folks while sipping on a fine beer while i drink this. Almost like an iced coffee from the dark side

Apr 11, 2019
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kemoarps from Washington

4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a brown shade of ebony. Small tight off cream spackle colour head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving nothing but a faint galaxy swirl. Impressive lacing given the lack of head.

Roasty malts with some faint chocolate and coffee.

Flavour leans into the roasted grains with some char and a light creamy sweetness.

Sharp pricks of carbonation help usher the bitter finish, almost giving it a spicy-type kick. Elements of dry ashy finish but then there's the creamy counterbalance to bring out the coating final word.

More on the dry/char/ashy side of the stout spectrum as opposed to the rich chocolatey type, but there's a deceptive creamy character in there as well. No frills, this is just a tasty basic stout.

Feb 28, 2019
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint can:

CO 09/18/18
BB 03/17/19
stamped on bottom rim of can:

Pours black with a tan foamy head that descends to half and stays. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of milk chocolate, cream, some roast.

The taste is of milk chocolate, cream, touch of anise. Some roast but stays sweet overall. Subtle earthy undertone. Slight alcohol warmth.

Very creamy - malty - sweet but not sticky.

An excellent interpretation of the style. A great malt bomb. A bit of roast balances it. Alcohol warmth comes through. Nice rich dark malts shine through.

Feb 18, 2019
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MmmmBeeeeeer from New Mexico

4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I’m a “stout” man and this is about the best a stout can get. I won’t bore you with pretentious dribble about flavor notes. Goes great with any food or just by itself. Not too sweet, not too heavy but still robust and hearty.

Feb 09, 2019
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Ahypercube from California

4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

What an appropriate name for my first New Mexican brew. And what a fantastic stout.

L: Very dark body. Dark as most imperial stouts, but a little less viscous. Lots of light mocha colored head, lots of sticky lacing.

S: First note I get is perfectly toasted whole grain bread. There's a tiny cacao note, a drizzle of caramel, a hint of tobacco and maybe some salty pretzel. Campfire comes to mind. I've never smelled a plainer stout. There is definitely no coffee in here. It smells confusingly similar to plain, toasted bread. But it smells like some good bread...

T: I think this is the archetype of a stout. It tastes like salted whole wheat bread crust. It's really comforting actually. Roasty charcoal and barley are perfectly balanced on the palate. Sweetness is minimal, and the salt level is perfect.

F: Creamy feel on the tongue, dry and clean on the finish. Suave.

O: By far, the simplest great beer I have ever had.

Jan 29, 2019
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours black with a khaki head. fades with average speed. leaves nice lacing around the glass.
nose is roasted malt and coffee
taste follows. dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a touch of caramel, a light hop bitterness.
drinks easy with a nice lingering chocolatey roasted malt character on the finish.

Jan 20, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, good-sized brown head of foam. It smelled of roasted malt, toffee and dark chocolate. Rich roasted coffee taste with dark chocolate and molasses.

Jan 06, 2019
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can with a canned on date of 11/19/18; into a pub glass.
Appearance- a deep black hue that keeps out any light; medium thick milk chocolate brown head that fades to a thin layer but kick starts the lacing that ends up thick and gorgeous!
Smell- chocolate, coffee and some vanilla wafer!
Taste - chocolate and vanilla in the nose takes a back seat to some very robust coffee and hints of graham cracker!
Feel - fairly heavy body with a bold coffee profile of malt and bitterness!
Overall- I find most foreign stouts to be overly malty, but this one is very bold in it’s coffee profile and is absolutely amazing to look at!

Dec 16, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/19/18

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging and a tan, solid finger width head. Good retention before dying down to a thin, solid layer of suds. Good amount of lacing with broken webbing and plenty of small spots decorating the glass.

Smell - Slight roastiness, chocolate and caramel. Hints of earth.

Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolatey, roasted malts and lesser caramel. Cream. Just a wonderfully balanced blend of all that as it dives into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Near full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth and creamy as hell; makes this a dream to drink. Slightly dry finish.

Overall - Elevated might be their best selling beer, but this is the one I'll miss the most. Great flavor rivaled by it's smooth, creamy body. Well done, La Cumbre.

Nov 04, 2018
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Black as night, as it should be, good head and retention. Nice lacing.
S - Where it gets interesting - roasty, caramel whiff with some underlying oatmeal richness on nose.
T - Double down on all those notes with just enough balance between hops and sweetness to make this a super rich experience. Fantastic taste.
F - Velvety and prickly carbonation, great palate impact and finish. Fantastic.
O - one of my favorites in this style of the slightly richer export stouts. Seek it out! You won't be disappointed.

Sep 19, 2018
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matcris from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: Black, with a little light coming through the narrow part of the glass. A finger of tan head that recedes to a ring. Mild lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Dark roasted malt, java, dark chocolate, and a bit of smoke.
TASTE: Nice, rich roasted malt, black coffee, Very dark chocolate. Just enough sweetness not to let all those roasty qualities kill it. No alcohol taste at all.
FEEL: Nice and viscous, especially for a 7.5; generously carbonated, sticky.
OVERALL: Very nice ABQ!!!

Sep 15, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with a small, quickly fading, tan head.
Aroma of chocolate and coffee.
Taste a little more nuanced. Chocolate up front, then a little coffee, and finishing with more chocolate.
Heavy-bodied.
Very good beer.

Aug 28, 2018
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very solid stout. Definitely a bigger, better version of Guinness. My traditional go-to in this category is Left Hand's Fade to Black, but this beer isn't quite as strong in the licorice department. Still, it goes to show that La Cumbre can do much more than just hoppy IPAs, and that's a good thing.

Jul 10, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bit of a bubble show and then the head forms to one finger; the liquid is almost black, with tawny highlights; considerable lacing and rather leggy

Smell: Roasty tones, with Baker's chocolate and coffee

Taste: Very roasty, in the front end, with the chocolate building; coffee and earthy hop tones arrive, in the middle, briefly cutting into the chocolate; the finish brings a full reprise of the chocolate tones

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a creamy feel; moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice example of a style that you don't see very often

Thanks, M_chav, for the opportunity

May 26, 2018
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.37/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Regrettably brief impression from a 50cl can:

APPEARANCE: Pours a rich tan head, superbly creamy, with ample thickness and froth. Impressive head retention (~10 minutes).

Body is a true to style opaque black. No yeast/lees are visible within.

AROMA: Brewers' chocolate, roasted barley, dark malts, chocolate malts, scintillae of dark fruit (dates?).

TASTE: Chocolate malts are countered by subdued roasty bitterness. Coffee-like acidity is in there as well. Dark malts anchor this robust beer, and depth of flavour is nice across the board. Balanced though simplistic for an export stout.

TEXTURE: Nice push-pull between coarseness and smoothness and wetness and dryness. Medium to full-bodied. Well-carbonated. ABV is well hidden for the most part. Some may find it thick and filling.

OVERALL: A meal of a beer with enough depth of flavour and balance to keep one interested, but it does lack intricacy, nuance, and subtlety. As a classic by-the-numbers export stout, it's a success, but it won't dazzle discerning drinkers of the style. Very enjoyable and drinkable, though, and absolutely worth trying. I adore its roasty flavours, and that's what you want in a great export stout.

B- / WORTHY

Mar 14, 2018
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pounder canned on 11/16/2017 picked up in AZ and shipped by way of NC. Poured into tulip.
Pours a rootbeer color but as it sits in the glass the color is as dark as night. Very light tan head that disappears quickly. Roast, dry malts, cocoa powder on the nose. Really smells amazing. Wow. The taste is on point. Roast, mild coffee, vanilla, bakers chocolate and as it finishes, complementing earthy hoppy bitterness. Good mouthfeel, drying but overall smooth. Really happy to receive this one.

Mar 10, 2018
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