2014 La Muerta by Freetail Brewing

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2014 La Muerta by Freetail Brewing is a 10.2% ABV Imperial Stout.

Label:
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. Perfect for sharing with your closest compadres, La Muerta will age wonderfully for years to come – we recommend enjoying one now and save some for the future, if you can. ¡Salud!

==Introduction==

A very special thanks to my great friend Aaron Mendiola of www.beermetaldude.com for providing me this beer. This is the 2014 version of the beer I had last year which was the 2013 version. As I recall the beer from 2013 was very extraordinary and delicious. I was able to share one of these with my friends here in California and they loved it. You want to know how this one was? Well, join me as we take a look at the beer and see what new special flavors it has. Cheers!

Aromas:
Rich Dark fruit raisins, prunes plums, caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, licorice, anise, caramel, oak, coffee, pretzels, rye, toffee, banana notes, clove spice, Chocolate abuelita, smores chocolate, marshmallows, ginger bread, piloncillo sugar cone, raisin bread pudding, tobacco, leather, brown sugar, mocha, molasses, and flan

Flavors:
Rich Dark fruit raisins, currants, prunes, plums, dark cherries, caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, earthy notes, mocha, molasses, rye bread, pretzels, bananas, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, bakers chocolate, Belgian Chocolate, German Chocolate, marshmallows, smores chocolate, chocolate abuelita hints, tobacco, leather, campfire smoke, pecan pie, flan, cinnamon, ginger bread, piloncillo sugar cone, brown sugar, candi sugar, rock candy, raisin bread pudding and pralines.

Aftertaste:
Dark fruit raisins, currants, dark chocolate, mocha, mild smokey notes, banana hints and caramel.
No alcohol in the taste, smooth, creamy and syrupy mouth feel, easy to moderate drinkability and pitch black body.

Overall:
I love this beer! This is top notch stuff and the 2014 version has more dark fruit forward than 2013’s version so I definitely enjoyed it even more. I really have to thank Aaron for getting me this one as he was able to provide me 2 of them to share with more friends here in California who really have to say that Freetail truly rules over in Texas. So much great stuff in Texas I hope we can see here someday. Please Texas legal system, open the flood gates for beer freedom!! Highly Recommended!

Anime Corner:
Original Dia De lost Muertos girl by MagicNaanavi was used in this pairing to go with the beer label as well as the whole theme of beer flavors an characteristics. I used something similar in the past for the 2013 version. Also, the one in red is basically to go with the name La Muerta or “The Dead”. Interesting stuff for sure.

Sources:
http://cdn.awwni.me/nj7h.jpg
http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/333/6/9/dia_de_los_muertos_by_magicnaanavi-d883fj9.jpg

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