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Malpais Stout | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Malpais StoutMalpais Stout

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

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

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Photo of Todd
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Viscous, Roasty, Malty, Bold

Opaque black with a massive coffee-colored head, this beer throws off a soft aroma with some roast, earth and ripe dark fruit. The mouthfeel is velvety, viscous and chewy. Flavors from the seven malts used in this brew bring suggestions of black treacle syrup, cocoa, caramel, roast and acridness with a bitter and smoky linger to the palate. Thanks to La Cumbre for making an FES. We don't see many brewers doing the style these days, and Malpais Stout is a fantastic reminder of what we're missing.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #112 (May 2016).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ben7773
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
2.91/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet roasted chocolate grains and black patent malt with a little old coffee.

The flavor is sweet grainy chocolate malts with a heavy acidic roast bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK stout. Grains and lots of heavy roast.

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Photo of 77apm
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Dbrulet
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aquazr1
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of purvis_drew
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of LXIXME
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a La Cumbre pint glass.

Funny that I've had this beer so many times and never reviewed it. I'm overdue.

Pouring Malpais from the can, I can't help but notice the engine oil appearance, and thick viscosity. This looks like a meal in a can. The liquid is pitch black and a dark khaki-colored head forms a finger-thick over it. It dissipates into a sticky lace.

Lots of dark, dry, roasted malts hit my nose. Some smokiness is there that reminds me of a campfire. There's a tiny bit of vanilla poking through too.

I'm still at the campfire with my first sip. Smoky, roasted dark malts tell me I should be in the mountains. Baker's chocolate lingers at the finish with the sweet vanilla doing away with some of the bitter, dryness. I get a slight hint of hops up front too, giving a bit of a bite. This is definitely a nice touch.

Call me crazy, but I'm loving this beer more from the can, same as how I feel about Elevated sometimes. It's creamy, thick yet smooth, and offers a touch of hips for bitterness, as well as some of that dry stout feel, yet is still sweet enough to almost to please. It's damn good.

I am headed down south to Ruidoso next week and will be picking up a 4-pack of this for the camping trip. Well done, La Cumbre.

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Photo of m0unds
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of brokentee
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Roguer
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge dark brown head from an active pour. Brew is a solid, beautiful black. Retention is very impressive. Thick lacing. A truly beautiful stout.

Cocoa notes waft out from several feet away as the beer starts to settle. Up close, roasted barley and dark fruit are more apparent, along with dark bread and bananas.

Flavor is at first subtle: a standard stout, with roasted barley and just a hint of dark fruit. Then the flavors start to roll in: tons of very, very roasted barley; a bit of black coffee; very dark cacao (but this is not a chocolate stout); a ton of bitterness and burnt toast, especially on the back end; slightly sweet hints of cream and bananas.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Sticky, almost chewy retention. Medium-full feel, not among the thickest for a stout, but very smooth. A little alcohol heat in the chest, but none in the mouth.

This is a big, strong, bitter, but pretty traditional stout. It would be a great option for a daily drinker kind of stout - think a much bigger, bolder, and better Guinness. It's not super sweet, so it's not much of a dessert stout.

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Photo of rpsedillo
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ackbar556
4.91/5  rDev +19.2%

Photo of dailyminefield
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of CraigMack61
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours like 15,000 mile motor oil, but mocha colored head reveals tons of carbonation. I swear you could float a quarter on this head... Great lcing, rings upon rings, above average head retention

S: Roastyness, alittle char

T: Follows the nose, a little drak choclate & smokeyness as well, plus dryness up front. Dryness, smokeyness, a little carob & char as this warms; plus some chocolate, woody & leafy hops. Finishes with dryness, leafy & woody hops, carobs, plus a touch of char & smokeyness

MF: Creamy, medium body, carbonation picks up a bit once warm

A great take on the style in fact amognst the best I've had. I wish the carbonation & nose was a little more dialed in

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Malpais Stout from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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