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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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.


LtDan's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Appearance: Pours brown with a bubbly tan ring.

Aroma: Banana, chocolate, juicy fruit. Taste. Chocolate, dark bread, banana burnt roast,oak. Mouthfeel: Full bodied modest carbonation. Overall: Very interesting and complex. Between the buckwheat and the tequila fruitiness, its one of the most bizarre strong stouts I’ve ever had, and I mean that in a fun way.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8300) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bomber shared by solidfunk at the DC Summer Saison & Sour Tasting, 7/12/14. Pours a dark brown color with a thin head that quickly fades. Aroma of roast, chocolate, buckwheat, bourbon, vanilla, agave in the finish. The taste is bourbon, tequila, chocolate, roast, vanilla, mild boozy finish. Medium bodied, slightly hot. Solid beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (10574) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle. Dark maroon color. Nice herbal aroma with cocoa and coffee. Taste is burnt espresso and chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5650) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this beer last year. Been waiting to crack it and the wait was well worth it. Black pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate, oak and tequila. The flavor is more complex. I get some nice tequila notes up front as well as some smoked malt, ash, heavily roasted malt, oak and cream. There are also some bourbon notes (mainly maple and vanilla) that really complement everything else. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice beer. Glad I got to try it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (1559) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle..Pour is dark with a tan head..Nose is Chewy brownie, dry, nutty, dark fruot..Taste is brownie, dry, dusty, some alcohol, barrel..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ataraxia (362) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Almost black pour with a moderate brown head. Chocolate, syrup, black coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and hints of tequila. Spicy and lively at first, sweet throughout, and pronounced dry bitterness in the back. Full-bodied but lighter in viscosity. Very long bitter finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (1863) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is strong cocoa and chocolate. Dark brown pour with a light brown to off white head. Taste is chocolate and light roast. A very light, pleasant tartness behind the malt; very light though. A smooth alcohol warming. Not sure I can pick out the buckwheat, agave syrup or barrel character individually, but I like the beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (3076) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle from Sean, shared at the Homer "welcome to California" tasting. Pours opaque black with small brown head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing. Aroma is rich, cocoa, bourbon, figs, dates, molasses. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter, lots of bourbon presence, but well integrated and not overpowering. Not really getting tequila here, but this is a nice beer. Medium plus body, creamy. Crossed the country twice to be shared 170 miles from where it was brewed :)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9588) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast and cookie malt, dates and figs with earthy hops and peppery alcohol. Flavor is sweet dark malt, vanilla, oak and peppery alcohol, dark fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (397) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Very dark brown, no foam. Sweet molasses, cherry, chocolate. Roasty bitterness, some licorice, fig, alcohol not too strong. Very nice, kind of dessert, but balanced just enough with bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (3872) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2014
The tequila barrel cancels out the buckwheat elements to make this a war of gimmicks. I taste tequila and some light roast but not an epic stout. Way overhyped and overpriced. Bottle taken out from monks cafe in Philadelphia.


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