Brewed by Cervecería Cucapá
Style: Barley Wine
Mexicali, Mexico
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.16/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Tequila Barrel Aged Ale
What is more representative of Mexico than Tequila? Our inspiration comes from the mountains of Jalisco where agave is king. This is the first tequila barrel aged beer in the world! We took a batch of our multi prized Barley Wine and put it into tequila barrels and here are the results, the experience is overwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22450) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012
31st August 2012
THE Barleywine tasting. Hazy red - brown beer. Big pale tan head. Light airy palate. Nice creamy malt base supports mild limey tequila. Trace of lemon. That’s about it - simple but really well done and it was a nice contrast to all the Bourbon and Whisky BA Barleywines. A very pleasant surpsrise!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1848) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2012
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a garnet red/copper color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention is good, with a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like dark fruit, tequila, brandy, toffee, and brown sugar. The brew tastes like dark fruit (both sweet and tangy), molasses, toffee, tequila, red grapes/wine and a bit of apricot. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s a bit slick and sticky with low carbonation. I thought this was a good overall brew. I’ve had it sitting around for a while and figured might as well drink it today. Pretty interesting beer, I’m pretty sure this is the first tequila barrel aged beer I’ve had. $7.99 a bomber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Aroma is sweet malt, very fruity, not quite cloying, but you can tell it’ll be sweet. Appearance is dark brown, ruby highlights, tight tan head, excellent lacing. Taste is barley-wine sweetness with a very smoky finish. Interesting tequila notes, citrusy, lime rinds, slightly bitter finish. Palate is a little sticky, medium-full mouthfeel, slightly viscous. Overall an interesting offering from a brewery whose wares I hadn’t tried before. Speaks of good things to come. I really enjoy wood-aged beers, especially those that use previously used liquor or wine casks and the idea of a tequila-barrel-aged barley wine was irresistable. The price-point was nice as well. I’ll have to try some of their other beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalfaro86 (309) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JAN 23, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 Aroma-9- notas de madera, vino tinto, oporto y tequila. Apariencia- - no prescenta cabeza, color cafe obscuro, muy parecido a un oporto Sabor- lo mejor parte de esta cerveza, una vez mas notas de oporto y vino tino, aunque aqui tambien se percibe malta; Sensacion en Boca- - baja carbonatacion, el comienzo es amargo, con notas de madera; despues es agridulce con un sabor muy parecido al de un oporto y finaliza con sabor amargo Calificacion general- , una excelente cerveza, compleja, con un amplio gama de sabores.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3863) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Local Belmont bottle. Pours a much darker brown than expected but you pick up the ruby highlights when you hold it to the light. Foamy, slightly off-white head that settles into bubbles. Brown sugar, slight sweetness and a little spice dominate the aroma. I honestly find only a hint of the barrel or tequila in the aroma but its nice either way. You can definitely still find the base barley wine in the flavor. Overall the flavor is fairly muted with sweetness as the strongest taste. Pretty nice and glad it wasn’t over-the-top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (726) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Pours a mahogany red with fair lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, licorice, and alcohol. Taste is complex with figs, molasses, soy sauce, and hard chocalate candy. Hints of lime and maybe agave on the backend. Surprisingly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Pours a mahogany color with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet at first with the dark fruits and caramel malts. Slight tequila notes with some oak as well. Flavor is similar with the dark fruits and caramel malts up front. Not as much tequila on the flavor but it does have some oak. Nice warming on the finish as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
So the tequila is present more in a feel in the mouth that is difficult to describe, it has a slickness, but not as much actual tequila flavor as we wanted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12711) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Bottle, thanks to Ken at THE Barley Wine Tasting, August 2012. It pours deep red-brown, with a thin yellow-white head. The nose is caramel, sweet agave, tequila, cherry, sherry and tangy dark fruit. The taste is lime, agave, tangy cherry, plum, grape, jam and agave, with a bitter-sweet finish. Full body, low carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. I wasn’t looking particularly forward to this one, so all in all was pleasantly surprised with the outcome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle @ THE Barley Wine Tasting. Cheers Ken. The pour’s deep brown with a medium tan head. The nose is light stinging hops, some cactus, agave. Vegetable. The taste is apricot, medium roasted malts, woody boose and some shocks of chocolate. Medium body, pretty drinkable. Not bad.

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