Malpais Stout
La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Foreign / Export Stout
Ranked #5
Ranked #3,039
4.13 | pDev: 8.23%
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States
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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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 346
Photo of jhavs
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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 russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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 portia99
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter.

L - Pours pitch black in color with a finger of creamy dark tan head with good staying power.

S - Big roasted malt aroma, coffee, cocoa, a bit of charcoal and some molasses and mild hop bitterness.

T - Lots of char and dark roasted malts, a touch of astringency, cocoa powder, coffee, hop bitterness, grassy hops on the finish.

M - Big full body, frothy carbonation - rather foamy, very dry and bitter on the finish. Lots of char and burnt flavors linger after the swallow. Pretty big for the style.

O - Very nice Export Stout. Big for the style in flavor and body. Quite bitter and burnt/roasty throughout. Decent hop bitterness. Had never heard of this one before - glad to have the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium black body; not quite pitch black but quite dark; two finger brown head with very long retention time, no lacing, medium collar.

S- Earthy notes, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, a bit of what smells like oatmeal, some black coffee. Nice complexity and intensity.

F- Roasted malt, toasted grains, dark chocolate bitterness, milk chocolate sweetness, coffee flavours, earth. Very tasty beer with a nice stout profile. It's quite bitter in an earthy manner, which is the MO for La Cumbre.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, smooth and roasty, only the bitterness makes it a slight chore to drink.

O- Very hopped up Export Stout, I would have liked a bit less bitterness but the nose and flavour profiles are otherwise on point. Nice body, too.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from trade. Thanks! Pours pitch black with a pretty creamy looking one finger dark khaki head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, some sweet molasses, a hint of hops. Flavor follows with a nutty note, some roasted coffee, roasted malts, sweet molasses and lightly bitter chocolate. Nice balance of the sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Super smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, with medium carbonation. This is a really nice beer.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Deeply brown and topped with a thin and tight layer of coffee creme head.
S: Smells of dark malts, chocolate malts, burnt toffee, light coffee and a hint of burnt toast.
T: The taste is full of sweet malts, coco nibs, dark rye toast, that morphs into a palette full of hoppy toasty bitters.
M: Viscous and clingy, clings to the tongue like a hungry face hugger.
O: Thick and creamy with plenty of char, would be outstanding with BBQ meats.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black in color with a three finger tan head produced.

Aroma- Mild aroma consisting of a little bit of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate.

Taste- Creamy milk chocolate and a hint of some kind of vanilla sweetness are most noticeable at first. Towards the middle a mild burst of roasted malts comes in providing perfect balance to the creamy chocolate sweetness. Finish is a mixture of the roasted malt and chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied, mild carbonation, creamy in texture, and a good amount of residual malt in the finish.

Overall- This is incredibly well balanced with the chocolate being perfectly sweet and the malt adding just a touch of needed bitterness. Very enjoyable and easy drinking, and definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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 travolta
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as ever with a thick brown head, good retention and very nice lacing.

Nose: Sweet cocoa, toasted grain, banana, sweet bread and dark fruit, blueberry.

Taste: Smooth and easy to drink. Nice and light, while still maintaining it's "stoutness". Black coffee and cacao powder, touch of cream.

Notes: A fine, very drinkable stout.

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Photo of Roguer
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

160z can, poured into a snifter

A- pours a jet black color with with a one-finger creamy dark tan colored head that retains to eventually settle to a film on tap and a ring around the edges

S- smoky roasted malt with aromas of charred wood, day old coffee, bakers chocolate, cocoa, caramel & soap suds

T- Smoky malt up front gives lots of campfire/charcoal flavor. A hint of caramel mixes with coffee & chocolate on the mid-palate, the finish is chocolaty with a linger of smoke

M- heavy and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a super creamy and chewy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, while remaining quite drinkable

O- This one definitely is a meal in a glass. Huge creamy mouthfeel with nice smoky/chocolaty roasted notes, well done

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge stout here, perfect for winter. Grain from caramel to coffee and bakers chocolate. Roasty and toasty with a Denice palate encompassing expansive feel and a touch of out sweetness in there too. The abv is right on as well. Any bigger it would be hot and slow, but as it is it drinks easy despite being huge. It's a great cold weather four pack, and is just filling enough to be warming, but is almost refreshing when cold. These guys might be one of the best unsung breweries in the country, this is good as their hoppy stuff, which is insanely good. Nothing but excellence from these guys in my experience so far. A very distinct and well built stout. Yummy!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: La Cumbre Brewing Company in Albuquerque, N.M.
Price: $4.50
Purchased: Oct. 9, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 9, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a pitch black, slightly purple color with 1-to-2 fingers of rocky tan head when I got it. Good layered foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled dark chocolate, roasty malts, caramel, slight crayon, toffee, chocolate milk and some smokiness. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted roasted chocolate malts, caramel, toffee, light coffee and roasty nuts. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium-to-full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, rather smooth finish. (Feel - 4.00)

A pretty good stout overall. (Overall - 4.00)

4.00 | 90 | A-

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Photo of M_chav
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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 cbutova
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Chico1985 for hooking me up with the La Cumbre cans. Reviewed at Pinon Flats Campground, Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO.

A- Tallboy can poured to a chalice with a midnight black body. A head forms to over a finger with a toasted brown hue and foamy creamy consistency. Head retention is fairly good and a puffy ring remains. Webs and sheets of lace coat the glass.

S- Dark bitter chocolate notes almost dominate the nose for me. Dark blackened grains provide the former as malts drop notes of burnt roast grains, caramel, nuts and some sweets. Spiced dark fruits and hops beyond that.

T- The fruity part of the beer picks up here with spiced raisin and fig coming to mind. The dark cocoa still shines in the forefront and comes with a deeply roasted grain bitterness. Other notes are caramel, toasted nuts, slight sweetness and cereal grains.

MF- Fairly thick bodied overall with an oily and frothy texture when agitated. Carbonation at a medium level and it all finishes with a burnt roast bitterness.

Very dark grains bring on a super dark chocolate feel that brings along a substantial bitterness. Drinks perhaps a bit bigger than 7.5% but still flavorful and nice as a tallboy.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

:( The last from my Le Cumbre haul :(

Appearance - Pour is dark, dare I even say, black. Huge tan head falls nice and slow-like, lace and retention are decent.

Smell - Dense roast and char, chocolate bars, extra toasted bread, coffee, molasses, light earthiness.

Taste - Still big on roasted malts with other flavors being harder to pick out than in the scent. Dark chocolate, dark fruit, a bit of a sweetened coffee vibe, toasty bread/grains, light alcohol warmth, big general burnt flavor with low sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Lower-end carbonation, matches the flavor with its density, pretty hefty feel to it. Definitely a bit of a sipper.

Overall - Kinda reminds me of big bold imperial stouts like Old Rasputin, Expedition, Ten Fidy; lighter in alcohol but almost equal in dense+intense roast/dark chocolate. Definitely not an everyday stout, but if you dig this kinda thing it's sure to please.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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 BobZ
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a very well filled growler . Another extra courtesy of GHB.

Appearance: Almost black with a tan head of about 1/2", decent lacing.

Smell: Big roasted malt and coffee are upfront, maybe some chocolate too; however, the coffee dominates.

Taste: The roasted malt and dark roast coffee flavors are very much like an RIS, big and bold. You do get some dark chocolate flavors on the finish but they are secondary. The bitterness seems to come mostly from the roasted malt more so than any noticeable hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth with a nice, clean finish.

Overall: A very tasty stout and one I was glad to have the opportunity to try.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a decent tan head and good lacing

S-roasted malt, chocolate, hint of carmelized sugar and coffee

T-rich dark roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, earthy, mild bitterness to the finish

F- medium body with moderate carbonation, rich and smooth

O- a nice stout with good flavors and rich taste

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Photo of elNopalero
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
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 t0rin0
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From their site: This is a meal in a glass. Brewed with 7 different malts and served cask-conditioned, 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.

7% ABV, 60 IBUs

Sampled 3/4/2011 at a tasting held at Atlas/AZ Wine during RBWG 2011.

Pours mostly black, somewhat hazy with brown showing through, tan head that doesnt last but laces decently.

Aroma is ash, roast, some chocolate, and smoke.

Flavor is very harsh. Ash and smoke are the first things that I notice along with the bitter/acrid feel. Behind the burnt offerings quality there is some chocolate and roast along with trace amounts of maltiness.

Body is medium and not overly drinkable. Too harsh to enjoy. This beer almost needs to oxidize.


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Malpais Stout from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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