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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
9.1% ABV, 50 IBU A growing South Texas tradition, La Muerta is brewed each year for Día de los Muertos in honor of our departed friends and family. A big, lush Imperial Stout, La Muerta is full of roast, smoke and chocolate flavors from an array of specialty malts that go into this garnetblack ale. If you are holding this bottle, it means either you (or someone you know with a kind heart) boldly stood in line for hours on the first Saturday of November. Karma rewards those who give selflessly, so share with your closest compadres or a new friend. La Muerta will age wonderfully for years to come – we recommend enjoying one now and save some for the future, if you can. ¡Salud!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7624) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2013
650 ml bottle, thanks rosenbergh. Pours a black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, peppery spiciness, smoke and earthiness. Flavour of roasted malts, smoky, pepper, salt, potato, licorice and chocolate. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Rich and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (8468) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2013
65 cl bottle.
Pours jet black color with a small beige head. Aroma is quite woody and malty, some licorice and chocolate also, faint spicy notes too. Flavor of burnt malts, chocolate, vanilla and mild salty licorice. Smooth and creamy palate with a malty finish. Quite nice and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (7789) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2013
65 cl bottle @ Tampella
Aroma is odd with cocoa notes, some soy sauce and peppery (chili?) spices. Flavour has cocoa, smoky notes & chili (chipotle?). Also some soy sauce and licorice. Finishes with moldy cellar tones that do grow stronger towards the end of the glass. Feels a bit watery and too salty, but decent anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (5603) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2013
650ml bottle, thanks rosenbergh

Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma of spices, roastiness, dark chocolate and hints of ash. Taste is smooth, slightly smoked and roasty with hints of ash, dark chocolate and spices. Finish is warming, spicy, touches of mold cellar and a bit stingy with hints of smoked roastiness and dark chocolate. Okay, a bit untypically spiced imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (1266) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
2012 edition. Thin pour for an imperial but black with no head. Lots of roast smoky malt aroma, coffee, burnt coffee, dark cherries. Taste is a nice mix of light coffee, roast malt, soy, cherries, and a nuttiness. Enjoyed it quite a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2013
It’s been the first day of the year (since summer’s end at least) that it’s gotten into the thirties, good time for an imperial stout. Pretty good looking beer, black with a nice foamy diesel head and sticky lacing. Aroma and flavor: very different from your typical American double. A pretty good nose and great taste, roasty, chocolate, coffee, burnt, dark and mid fruits, specifically perhaps a little Brach’s chocolate covered cherries. Roasty and burnt flavors come through more as it warms. Hard to believe the ABV is so high. Drinks like it’s 7%. Sweetish finish, but not overly so, with just a touch of chocolatey dry cocoa. Would like to try the barrel aged version, this one would be well suited for the barrel. Since I think I can still get some more of these, I’ll grab a few bottles and age some. I suspect it will be quite tasty aged, although it’s quite tasty in this fresh bottle too. Freetail has been just wonderful since I discovered them. They’re friendly to homebrewers, and students too. Their beers are delicious, tho if they had a signature, I’d probably say it was their witbiers (so amazing!). Either way, Freetail rocks. And you’ll likely never hear the ENTIRE ALBUM of Mars Volta, "De-loused in the Comatorium" in any other bar, ever! Cheers for that, and for the tasty beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7742) - Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2013
22 oz. bottle shared with the group (April 2012). Pours a dark brown to black color with a small tan head. The aroma has dark chocolate, roast, molasses, coffee, earth, and a nice smoke character. The flavor has more smoke than the nose, but doesn’t overwhelm; dark chocolate, coffee, peat, and molasses. Medium plus bodied with a smooth feel. I enjoy the smoky character this has.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (20065) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
31st January 2013
Opaque black - brown beer, good pale tan head. Palate is soft and slightly heavy. Rich dark malt with some molasses. Unsweet dark chocolate. Malt cream and a touch of caramel. Trace of bubblegum esters underneath.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5087) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2013
22oz bomber bonused to me by Highwine, thanks a ton Ed. Poured a good looking medium density dark black with a foamy deep beige head. Aroma is sweet, dark chocolate syrup, soy, cola, some dark cherry skins. Medium bodied that is syrupy with lighter carbonation. Flavor is a bit more balanced than the aroma, sweet dark chocolate, figs, dark toast, burnt marshmallow, cola, soy. Solid beer that grew on me the more I drank it, thanks again Ed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (2759) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2013
22oz bomber. Shared thanks to dmac. Pours a thick dark black color with a thin creamy tan head. Aroma is smokey, with notes of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, and wood. Taste of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, vanilla, and oak. Slightly boozy.

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