Four Corners Brewing Co. was founded in 2012 by longtime friends George Esquivel, Greg Leftwich and Steve Porcari. They set out to create a Dallas brewery that would not only bring fresh flavors to the underdeveloped local beer scene, but also breathe life into their West Dallas neighborhood.

With beer names like Heart O’ Texas, El Super Bee, Block Party and Local Buzz, they have created just that, a buzz around town.

Today, I review one of its limited releases, La Lechuza:

La Lechuza (noun). Any elusive bird-like creature/spirit that terrorizes people, especially at night

Four Corners La Lechuza can

According to the can; “Inspired by Mexican folklore, Fall weather in Texas and our love of a campfire, we’re stoked to offer our version of a traditional s’more. This special release brings a creamy stout base enhanced with mellow cinnamon and smooth, semi-sweet chocolate.”

I anticipate thoughts of camping, ghost stories, and of course, making s’mores as I open the can and release :a Lechuza!

The brew pours rapidly into my glass from the oversized opening atop the can, producing a pitch black color with a touch of dark reddish-brown along the edges where the light seeps in and a finger and a half of fizzy, tan head.

Once poured, abundant aromas of cocoa, graham crackers, creamy coffee, cinnamon and earthiness spring forward fighting to be dominant. As I take the first sip, I receive heavily roasted coffee, unsweetened chocolate, raw cocoa powder, cool vanilla, bitter hops and some grassy notes.

Four Corners La Lechuza

Carbonation is medium, yet ample for the style and flavors remain bold throughout the first part of this beer. After the first few tastes, raw bitterness becomes strong and starts to mask the cool vanilla and other pleasurable flavors that were present at first. I sip again, still receiving the initial flavors but they are becoming more and more distant as the overwhelming bitterness sets in. Balance becomes skewed and I am having a hard time getting the s’mores effect that I was sure would be present’

As I let the beer warm slightly, carbonation remains pleasant and the bitterness mellows a bit, but it is still a touch too much, taking away from the drinkability.

Four Corners La Lechuza
BREWERY: Four Corners Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Dallas, Texas
STYLE: American Stout
ABV: 7.6 percent
IBU: 50
PRICE: $2.49
RELEASE DATE: 2015
AVAILABLE IN: 12-ounce cans
BEERS POURED: One
A great concept that brought a lot of anticipation but left me slightly underwhelmed. The right flavors were present but in the end, an unwelcome bitterness took center stage and caused the fire to go out, leaving the s'mores slightly undercooked.
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