Malpais Stout | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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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.

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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 341
Photo of MmmmBeeeeeer
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a roasty black in color with tight foam lacing atop. It has a great roast aroma full of dark chocolate & cocoa nibs. On my first sniff i picked up layers of roast, toffee, toast and roastiness but after tasting the flavor comes across on my palate, muting the complexity I found in the aroma. Don’t get me wrong, it’s just the nuances I detected while inhaling are now nuances I find on the palate. Lots of roast, lots of toast, and a wonderful dark coffee/dark chocolate flavoring. It finishes dry and goes down smoothly. Not a hoppy stout but there is a pronounced bitterness giving it definition. Thinner bodied than I tend to prefer but utterly tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of erk0607
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look:: opaque black with lingering tan, foam head
Smell: malty, chocolatey, sweet, although there's a slight sharpness I can't quite pinpoint
Taste: Bitter, chocolate, creamy vanilla notes, malt, cacao nibs
Feel: heavy, like a good stout should be, not quite motor oil level but still on the higher end of the spectrum. Minimal carbonation and thick foam.
Overall: excellent. Would get again without hesitation

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Photo of SawDog505
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, mine said 7.5% ABV. Pours a slick black with a gorgeous 2 inch light brown head that leaves behind loads of lace.

Smell is dark malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, molasses, with hints of tobacco, licorice, and leather, very complex.

Taste follows the nose. Starts will coffee, vanilla, and dark chocolate, with loads of flavors in the finish, with a warming alcohol and biscuit mixed in.

The body is medium large, with a perfect amount of carbonation, a bit dry, and very drinkable even though it feels more like a 9% ABV.

This is excellent, thanks to my friend for treating to one of these.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Black stout sits under a dark tan head, which leaves behind a light ring of lace. Great look.

Smell: Has a rich, malt smell.

Taste: A robust, filling malt taste.

Feel: Very good. Feels robust, and smooth. Excellent heavy stout feel.

Overall: Great impression of this beer. Seems to be done very well.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisit: 19 Sep 17
16 oz. Can
Canned On: 07/03/17
Best By: 12/30/17

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a very nice thick dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus tan head, which also leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice malty, nice roast note, lots of dark chocolate/toffee notes, some vanilla, licorice. The taste is very nice as well, malty, nice roastyness, very nice touch of dark chocolate/toffee, slight vanilla, licorice. Medium body, with a little bitter/dry finish. Overall, this one surprised me, very nice brew. Recommended.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 02/18/16
Best By: 08/16/16

Pours a very nice thick dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus light tan head, which also leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice malty, nice roast note, lots of chocolate/toffee notes, some vanilla. The taste is very nice as well, malty, nice roastyness, very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, slight vanilla. Medium body, with a little bitter/dry finish. Overall, this one surprised me, very nice brew. Recommended.

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Photo of spoony
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16 oz can to a shaker pint glass. Sticker on the can says "Danked on 4/23/15." Reviewed from notes dated June 20, 2015.

A-The beer pours with a dark khaki head of about a finger. The retention is good and the foam is dense and thick. The beer is nearly black with just a bit of light getting through on the edges of the glass.

S-The aroma is a lovely mixture of roasted grain flavors. Caramelized barley, milk chocolate, coffee bean, a hint of smoke and char, and some dark fruity sweetness lurking underneath. The smell is big and intense.

T-The taste tracks the smell. I get some chocolate, coffee bean, a wonderful roasted grain flavor, a bit of lactic, sugar taste, and some dark fruit sweetness. There is maybe some citrusy hop flavor lurking in there to cut the malt flavors just a touch.

M-The body is big and chewy. The carbonation is softer and semi-creamy.

O-La Cumbre gets tons of love for their IPAs, but this may be the better beer. I really enjoyed this thing. It is huge in aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel yet I could drink a pint without feeling tired or overwhelmed. It was June (and about 93 degrees) when I took my notes, but I would happily drink more of this...especially in the winter.

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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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Photo of TheStoutLord
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Good and dark with a thin, tan head. Dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Smells sweet and malty. Very roasted scents. I cant really smell any alcohol, which is good.

T: Creamy, sweet, and malty. The malts are heavily roasted but it goes so well with the sweet, nearly like a vanilla, flavor that carries with it. Its creamy but a different kind of creamy from a milk stout I think. Slight bitterness of of the hoppy variety on the end, kind of gives an abrupt end to the creaminess.

F: Heavy and thick. I feel like I could float a spoon on this stout.

O: I'm a stout and porter kind of guy and this Malpais is half the reason why. I love the roasted malt flavors and the dark bitterness of these foreign styled stouts so I'm happy to say that this one is setting a great standard for that.

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Photo of jhavs
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Brewery.
A= Deep dark black with medium brown thick creamy head, tons of lacing rings the glass.
S=Smoky, deep roasted malts.
T= Dark chocolate and roasty malts. Has bittnerness, coffee, and smoky flavors. Bit of earthy hops.
M= Creamy with moderate to full body.
O= Great export stout, good all around flavor, aroma, etc.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
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 strohme2
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
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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Photo of busternuggz
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tall boy can into a tulip.

Opaque brownish-black with a 1/2" coffee colored head. Thick lacing. Decent head retention.

The scent is roasty, licorice/anise, dark chocolate. Dark fruit, like prunes. Coffee grounds. Smells legit, spot on for the style.

Similar tastes of roasted malt, baking chocolate, coffee grounds. Bitter licorice. Raisins more than prunes. Very bitter but rich, not imbalanced.

The body comes on lush and creamy, ends bitter and dry, fairly clean.

This stout is legit and true to style. Reminds me of Western European stouts I've had. Noice!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from Tin Bucket.

Black with a dense, creamy, dark brown head, this looks great! The nose is an excellent. Roasty, creamy, malted milk, mild espresso and a deep cocoa character are present. Deep, rich and well balanced with the milky sweetness pairing really nicely with the roasted grain character, this is great! The palate opens with a blend of mild hoppy bitterness, noticeable grainy bitterness and flavors of cocoa, coffee and cream. Rich and supple on the palate with a creamy, roasty, chocolatey finish, this is really nicely done. Mildly fruity on the mid-palate as well. Medium in body and lightly carbonated, this is an excellent stout. Highly recommended.

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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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Photo of matcris
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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!!!

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Photo of M_chav
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, minimal head retention but its pretty.
Aromas of malty coffee and roasted chocolate
Taste really smooth, the malts really cover the what would have been bitterness from most chocolate stouts, this is way too drinkable. light cream and silky smooth
Feel is great like mentioned above, very drinkable and tasty.
Overall I think this is on the verge of greatness.... want more creamy/vanilla/bourbon flavors and we are there! awesome brew from La Cumbre no doubt.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black in color with a off-white color head that surpsingly dissapaites quickly. Alcohol legs are present.

Aroma is of heavily roasted malts, espresso, and dark chocolate notes. A very coffee dominated aroma.

Taste has a moderate mouthfeel with corresponding carbonation level. It’s not thin, but it’s not viscous. Taste follows the nose, very classic: heavily roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. A little burnt coffee character.

Overall, a well done stout that is true to style. While classic, it’s not necessarily interesting or memorable. It paired well with a frozen KitKat bar, post Halloween reserves. It gets a 85/100.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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 TheSixthRing
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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 BeerBobber
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Malpais Stout from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 341 ratings