Malpais Stout | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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286 Ratings
Malpais StoutMalpais Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by t0rin0 on 04-01-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
286
Reviews:
48
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
51
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of mmmbeer89
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephens101
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dropped into El Cumbre while travelling through Albuquerque.

Appears as a glass of black coffee. The tan head is airy and bubbly.

Currant, molasses, coffee bean and black grape result in a complex aroma.

Tastes of more black grape, grape juice, grain and tannin. The finish becomes more and more bitter as it warms, making for a balanced brew...ah, a touch of chocolate too.

Full in body but never heavy, just like a classic stout should be.

An excellent old-school stout that hits all the right notes. Wish I had more time to spend at El Cumbre, but will definitely be back some day.

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Photo of jera1350
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fryeguy52
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frasergrove
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylemckinnis
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ntanner83
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BradfordStuckey
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 16oz can into a tulip glass. The color is a dark brown coffee color with a tan head. The scent was quite roasty with a slight carmel nose. Very typical to the stout style, much sweeter than I had expected with an almost toffee finish. The beer tasted a bit undercarbed with a medium mouth feel. Overall a drinkable stout.

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Photo of phizill
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of coldshowers
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheDoctor
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: Nov-28-2016 (Consumed Jan-13-2017)


A:
Pours pitch black (cola coming out of the can) with two and a half fingers of airy-cream khaki head, drops to patchy cap. Decent retention, some dirty lacing rings. (4)

S:
Roasted nuts and spiced bitter chocolate. (4)

T:
Chocolate, caramelized malt sweetness, some hard water/light hop bite. (4)

M:
On the thin side of creamy with biting carbonation and a lingering cocoa finish. (4)

O:
This is a nice stout. Inn happy to finally try something from La Cumbre! It is a pretty tasty export stout.
Black with a decent head. Not quite as rich or creamy as I would personally like, but solid and very drinkable for it's alcohol content. Flavor and aroma are nutty and chocolatey. On the whole the beer could use a little more oomph, but it is solidly made and enjoyable nonetheless.
Would have again. (4.25)

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Photo of CrashingConcord
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two La Cumbre reviews in one sitting? Preposterous. I don't know what compelled me to write these guys off so quickly, but every beer I've had of theirs just reasserts regret that I didn't embrace them sooner. Elevated caught me off guard, Red Ryeot sold me, and now Malpais is the dessert course solidifying a wonderful evening spent with these fine folks. I didn't drink all three in one night, but anyway. This is one roasty stout. I've seen the word "acrid" thrown around in regards to this beer, and while its not the most appetizing term, I don't disagree. The burnt characteristic hints at almost firewood flavors, but long after the flames have died down. Not terribly sweet, the obligatory chocolate note is present, but the bold bitterness of coffee definitely takes a front seat. All in all, I'm usually a pretty hard sell on stouts, but you got me, La Cumbre. You got me again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A mixture of black and brown. Brown head, 1/2". Good retention. Aroma of roast and coffee from the malt.

Taste is a rich experience, I thought it would be a little thinner given the color, but there is plenty of malt heft here even if it isn't roasted to be the darkest possible color. A very hefty amount of bitterness that straddles the black ipa kind of line/hoppy porter vibe. Plenty acrid, minor amount of char/ash/smoke going for it.

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Photo of psweendogg
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EnzymaticHops
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can dated 5/2016:
A very dark brown that gives a tan head when at its peak. Nice lacing.

Nose is strong on the roast-with a bit of char on a chocolate flavored coffee.

Taste is more chocolatey, with a bit of an astringent char/alcohol burn that I wish were a little lighter (more noticeable when chilled). Full bodied with fairly bold flavors. A decently strong roasted bitterness holds the end taste.

Proper temperature is a friend to this bold beer, as it helps smooth the edges a little. I could use a little less bitterness, myself.

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Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ControlVolume
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Too much on the roasty end of the spectrum for me

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malpais La Cumbre
I had this beer at the La Cumbre Brewery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is a great

Look: It is black with a two inch mocca head.

Aroma: Malty, chocolate, coffee.

Taste: It's sweet, caramel, chocolate, and coffee, it's all there.

Feel: It’s full bodied, thick, smooth, and creamy, good sipping.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich smooth roasted malt with coffee and chocolate in both the aroma and taste. Nice full mouth feel that is lightened up some by the fairly heavy carbonation. Black and black on black with a very dark head. Even the rough and grainy character, and the bitterness are smooth. It does feel big without feeling heavy.
Many thanks Onovomexicano for this very nice beer.

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Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kkarimi
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Malpais Stout from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 286 ratings.
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