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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (5941) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle from Bill, 5 years old, pours black with thin neige head, notes of peat, pepper, chocolate, char, and wood. A little too spicey for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (4117) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle shared at RBWG! Pours dark brown with a small off white head that dissipates quickly to leave little to no lacing. Aroma of light booze, coffee and roasted malts, and a hint of spice. Taste follows, but less spice and more coffee. A little thin on the mouth for an imperial stout, but smooth. Interesting, decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
651mL shared at RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a low haze, deep cola. Nose is dark, baked cherry; chocolate cake; dessert, dusty cocoa powder. Taste is sweet milk chocolate. Palate is very thin, papery. Glad I didn’t trade for this back in the day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting. Pours dark brown with a small off white head that fades in a danish second. Nose is light spice, hot booze. I found this beer to be a bit raw and harsh, lots of roast, bitter coffee, light ashy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is light chocolate and coffee. Sweet chocolate dominates the flavor a nice bitter finish. Not very complex but pretty good. Smooth carbonation and a full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18744) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting. Pours dark brown with a creamy, tan head. Tangy dark malt nose, some char, earth. Big sweet flavor, dark sugars, some mocha, mellow roast. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Sweet finish with some sticky dark sugars, thick chocolate, some earthy bitterness. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5799) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2013
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque brown colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was brown malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish. The nice flavor contained notes of wood brown malt hops and bread dough. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
22 oz bottle acquired via Chad. Thanks, dude! Shared with my brother-in-law. Pours a big deep opaque black pour, midnight hues are dark and inviting, touches of ruby brown edges are slight. A frothy light brown head atop settles as a mellow layer, sticks around ok and laces well. Aromas are cocoa and toast, roasty and coffee, some gentle smokey wood. Touches of ash and cocoa, caramel and toffee. Gentle roast, toast, a bit of creamy silky sweetness. Initial is medium bodied, a bit thinner than I expected. Good smokey elements, wood and cherrywood malts, some ash and dark fruit. Gentle cocoa, caramel, and biscuits. A bit thin in body overall. Into the middle some pretzel, sweeter chocolate, toffee, silky malts. Backend shows more lingering smoke and cocoa, sweeter coffee elements. Wood and cherrywood, kiss of meaty campfire but a bigger cherrywood feel. Finish is smokey, a bit thin, cocoa, gentle sweetness, darker malts, some roast and cocoa. Solid, too thin, cherrywood smoke takes over. Meh. Solid offering, dissappointing from an Imperial Stout standpoint and not quite my bag for a Smoked offering either. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1642) - Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Deep brown with red tints and light tan head. Aroma of fruit and expresso. Alcohol is apparent balanced by fruit maltiness. Sweet dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 13, 2012
Yet another of too many consequitive days of beer drinking. Looks like an imperial stout. Aroma is hard smoke, tobacco, chocolate, tons of hard roasted malts, raisins, burnt toast, a hint of cherry. Taste is overly roasted, a lot of acrid roastiness, sour maltiness, ashes, cigarette butts (for authentic bar ambience), some cherry-like malt sweetness. Very unfocused and unbalanced malt profile, making a quite messy beer. Men can look like women, be careful out there, bro.

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