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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 408   ABV: 13.6%
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Strong buckwheat stout brewed with agave syrup and aged in tequila, bourbon, and retired Firestone Union barrels, for the Publican National Committee.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (2272) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2016
Black with a light brown head. Aroma is chocolate fudge, vanilla wafer, bourbon, charred wood. Full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel, lightly roasty and boozy on the palate. Taste is chocolate fudge, agave, anise. Yum.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (6051) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was of tons of barrel, definitely mixed and not all whiskey. Flavor similar, dark fruity character, big blended barrel. Light oxidation. Good not great.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (2923) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Pours a deep brown black. No head. Aromas of fudge and vanilla come through from the bourbon mostly. Some dark fruits. Maybe a hint of tequila. Medium body. Very well incorporated.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Draft on tap at APEX (Portland, OR). A fun rarer find Iíve never had. Pours a deeper blackish opaque hue, darker body and subtle brownish glow on the edges makes this a fuickle, bigger monster. Creamy frothy darker brown head atop is firmly sized, a solid layer retains well enough and laces nicely. Aromas show toast and roast, cocoa nibs and roasty coffee meet agave, oak and some tannic life. Vanilla, earth and some gentle whiskey spirit meets cocoa, coffee and some gentle tequila influence. That subtle agave gives a push of gentle life, but as it warms that Bourbon influence grows, oaky and a bit warm. Nice, potent and alluring stuff. Initial is fuller bodied, caramel and cocoa meet vanillin, some espresso and more cocoa. Biscuity and caramel malts provide enough girth to support with prickly and tannic bourbon coming into play. Some decent spirit warmth, toasty roast and gentle agave residual elements kinda snap into the middle and backend. A subtle spiciness, the Tequila element is earthy, a touch spicy for a brief moment. A full enough body that doesnít end up overbarreled or thin. That spiciness, dry toasty and tannic appeal mixes with firm biscuity and roasty carmelized appeal. Cocoa, some more tannic oak as that agave element is fleeting and gone. A firm enough body hangs on with lingering deeper and darker malt elements, tapering Bourbon barrel, a lot more nib and cacao appeal as we finish and lingering on the palate for revisits. Certainly a unique spin with that Agave and Tequila waft, but an equally appropriate and flavorful Imperial Stout base, Bourbon dominance and masterful aging choice (without it ending up pverdone or too underdone and sticky or sweet). Fun stuff. Solid nose and very alluring pour lead to good flavors, palate score and overall complex flow. Honor to try.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Pitch black and opaque wih a two finger, frothy mocha head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Great retention for the style with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down. Inviting nose with a really strong barrel character thatís nicely integrated into whatever the base beer is. Plenty of damp oak, spicy bourbon, vanilla and coconut countered by sweet and roasted dark malt notes. Subtle agave/tequila presence but itís overpowered by the bourbon and oak notes. Wouldnít have guessed it was in there if I didnít know. Spicy bourbon and vanilla bean flavor followed by gourmet roast, dark chocolate and sweeter, dessert-like bakers chocolate sweetness. Smells great, I just wish that the tequila/agave was stronger/more noticeable in the aroma. Thick and viscous full body with a strong boozy barrel presence that gives off a lot of heat and spicy bourbon flavor that lingers over the malt backbone into a sweet, slightly dry and hot finish. Plenty of warmth in the chest. Agave syrup and tequilla stands out here more than in the nose with a subtle citrus/honey character but again itís overshadowed by the oak and spicy bourbon. Subtle toothpick/dry oak flavor with some vanilla, coconut and burnt sugar. Huge spicy bourbon flavor countered by a nice tequila presence that starts to stand out as it warms. Thankfully, the prominent barrel notes donít obliterate the malt flavors with plenty of roasted espresso bean, oatmeal and bittersweet dark chocolate. A little bit of dark fruit in there as well with some fig, plum and raisin. More tequila/agave than in the nose but the flavor profile isnít quite as complex. Needs some more malt sweetness and itís a bit too hot/boozy at this point for my preference. It burns a bit going down and you can feel all 13+%! This becomes more tolerable as it warms and the palate adjusts but it seems like it needs some time to mellow out.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (2350) - Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2015
2013 22oz. Thanks to tyrus for sharing. Never went after this as Iím not at all a tequila fan, and the tequila notes really stuck out on fresh 16. This was a different story. I wouldnít have guessed this was tequila beer. It was more of a perfectly balanced bourbon stout. Oak and vanilla. Smooth spirit. Chewy toasty body. There was a bit of sweet tequila agave on the back end but nothing harsh. Really enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlasgowTAD (1212) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle at all killer no filler. Aroma is vanilla, cocoa and slight heat. Taste is cocoa, slight vanilla, a touch of tequila (not overpowering), a hint of cinnamon and a touch of roast coffee.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (6057) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Roasted, tequila, agave and dark malt aromas. Sweet malt, roasted, chocolate, tequila, dark toned flavors. Smooth, age may have done this well.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (9217) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 29, 2015
Iíd had a sample of this once before, but got to split up a bottle thanks to Marcus! As w most FW barreled beers...fantastic nose and flavor. Very decadent. Sweet leaning but the tequila cuts through it as does the dark roast. Nice vanilla bourbon character and a super smooth body. Thanks Marcus.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (5172) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2015
22oz bottle pours out pitch black topped with a tan head. Nose is amazing barrel notes vanilla molasses tequila sweetness rich chocolate. Taste is so smooth barrel notes tequila sweetness wow this is out of this world.


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