Noche De Los Muertos | Aztec Brewing Company

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Noche De Los MuertosNoche De Los Muertos

Brewed by:
Aztec Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 11-27-2011

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of LokStokN2DrnknBBLs
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fucking wonderful beer.

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Photo of supertrirunner
4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big Russian Imperial Stout!!! Pitch Black with a beige Mocha head. Nose is filled with Cinnamon, chocolate and coffee. Palate is intense and heavy but balanced by the cocoa/coffee bitterness. Well made and balanced for a 10.2% RIS! Would definitely buy again

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Photo of Rsqrd1
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.48/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Aztec Brewery. A Russian Imperial Stout spiced with cinnamon.

A: Black with a creamy beige head.

S: Rich dark chocolate accompanies roasted malt and a little licorice. I get coffee, earth, and a whisper or smoke. Cinnamon is a welcome addition and it's used in tasteful quantities.

T: Dark chocolate melds with plum and molasses. Cinnamon is light and well integrated. For 10.2% the alcohol is very well hidden, I get none of it in the taste. Earth meets coffee and a pronounced roasted malt presence. The finish is chocolate, roast, and coffee, with trailing cinnamon.

M: Full in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy and sticky with evident alcohol warming.

Overall: This is quite good. Incredibly smooth for the ABV and the cinnamon is a nice touch.

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Photo of DaveRinn
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Aztec Brewing Company in Vista, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some slight cocoa and coffee aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa beans, brown sugar, and cinnamon. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent RIS with a very nice cinnamon presence in the flavor due to the cinnamon sticks used in the brewing process.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at Calvert Wine & Spirits in Cockeysville, enjoyed chilled from the bomberin a goblet.

The color is practically black, very viscous looking w/ medium tan cap with small bead, the lace clings like a web -the retention is very good. The smell is rich with roast and lots of cinnamon which is fresh and almost like opening a bottle of cinnamon sticks -slight woody and sweet scent with some mild cocoa accents and gentle coffee-like roasty odors with low alcohol esters. The feel is great very rich with moderate sweetness and nice body with moderate carbonation and light astringency from grain with slight bitterness in the finish with spicy feel throughout -very mild alcohol for the strength.

The taste has the dark baked cookie taste up front very restrained black grain and roasted malt flavors with some pleasant cinnamon flavors which seemto build as it warms with some moderate vanilla/caramel accents with some light hop which is spicy and works with the cinnamon in this, the roastiness is good with a nice layered flavor combined with hops and spice. I really enjoyed this since the alcohol was mild, but it is a big beer with a full effect on the palate which is not something I would drink multiples of but one is chock full of taste -one of the best cinnamon flavored beers I think i may have had.

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Photo of Nick29
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jimmy2282 for sending me a growler of this obscure offering. Served in a variety of glasses over the course of 24 hours - Kuhnhenn goblets, Darkness snifters, etc.

A - Generous tan foam settles to a thin collar, wisps on top, and splotchy lace. The body is an opaque, inky black, with a hint of dark brown at the edges.

S - Nose is quite unique - I knew this was a cinnamon beer going in, but those that were unaware thought it was some sort of earthy white pepper smell, and I'd be inclined to agree. In any case, it's well-integrated into the traditional roasted malts, dark chocolate, and licorice flavors and never threatens to overpower the base beer. No obvious alcohol, which is pretty impressive.

T - Taste is good, but maybe not in the same league. A hefty dose of melted chocolate meets dark fruit and moderate roast. The cinnamon is less present, showing up late and lingering into the finish. Again, alcohol is negligible.

M - Chewy, viscous, smooth, and creamy, with plenty of residual stickiness and a bit of roasty dryness. Perhaps a tad watery for the listed 10.2%, but still on the heavier side of medium bodied. There's some mild cinnamon tingle on the palate, and perhaps a touch of warming alcohol after a full glass. Fairly low carbonation.

D - Quite nice. I generally dislike cinnamon but this won me over with it's tasteful usage. Kind of like a Hunahpu's Light, but minus the peppers. Really easy drinking considering the ABV and cinnamon usage - I easily killed a glass while typing up my review notes.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of hopsputin
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: dark black with a hint of deep purple near the bottom. large 3 finger tan head, pretty even

s: roasted bitter malt, milk chocolate, definitely a little bit of cinnamon in there. something almost oaky, sweet lactose. kind of a grainy green hop towards the end

t: whoa, right up front the toasted malts fight with cinnamon and sweet chocolate for space on your tongue. the toasted malts and sweet chocolate win and dominate the flavor. the cinnamon is there, but slightly - and providing more a spice in the background. there some creamy lactose flavor with some figs. ends with a clean grassy-like flavor.

m: medium - lighter than i expected. normal amount of carbonation

o: good not great. i was expecting the cinnamon to be featured a little more an harmonize well in the beer. it's there, but in the background. the resulting flavor is still a tasty stout though with a nice mix of toasted and sweet

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle with my FW snifter glass
El nota Cinco De Mayo

A: Dark oily black body with garnet edges. Looks near purple when held at certain angles in the light. Completely opaque none the less with a mocha cream head. Ample stay on it that decorates the glass with some splashes and dots of lace.

S: Super dark roast grain aromas abound. Loads of smoky charcoal partner with molasses and a brown sugar sweetness. Dark chocolate meets with a roast barley coffee likeness. No off aromas as others have picked up on. Surprisingly there are no real scents of cinnamon noted either other than a touch of earthiness in there. Pretty nice nose with lots of familiar stout character.

T: Bold and rich flavors provide a very classic style stout character with notable roast malt, coffee, bakers chocolate, molasses, and charcoal. I am getting a hint of black licorice there and a little dark fruit perks as the beer warms up. Otherwise fairly clean yeast profile. There is a nice balance from a subtle hop bitterness to the beer and the alcohol is incredibly well disguised. The cinnamon asserts more of an earthy bark note on the finish providing a nice trailer of warming spice. The restrained use of the cinnamon is appreciated and pairs fantastically well with the warming alcohol notes. Surprisingly good stout with those familiar flavors.

M: Moderately thick consistency. Nice though and not too heavy or tacky on the palate. It’s fairly light feeling actually from the creamy smooth texture and lifting carb. Some light peppering bitterness and a touch of drying towards a rather clean finish. Slight alcohol warmth exudes in the end.

D: While I was expecting to be hit with a ton of raw cinnamon flavor here what I actually got was just a really delicious and drinkable Impy Stout. Don’t let the cinnamon sticks deter.

Would be pleased to have another.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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