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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

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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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with rich tan head and sticky lacing. Smells of sweet malt with some char and smoke. The taste is amazing, very creamy rich malt rush with a awesome roast/smoke backside, this is a fantastic stout, just bursting with flavor and intense notes, really impressed with this one. Clean feeling with some bitterness but a great cool weather beer all around, very pleased.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

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4.91/5  rDev +19.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

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Malpais Stout from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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