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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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Grown from humble beginnings. . . born of two cultures. . . Zapata Bot is New England Breweryís famed Gandhi Bot--aged in tequila barrels for an extra kick. Guaranteed to cause a revolution in your mouth. Viva Zapata Bot! Editorís note: The beer spent six weeks in the barrel, and was dry-hopped with Simcoe and Ahtanum hops throughout. Limited to 713 bottles at the brewery.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7820) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bottle shared by someone at Oakquinox. Pours with a hazed golden body and a small white head. Aromas are a bit vegital, pepper, hops, earthy, tequila. Doesnít meld very well, but the flavor is a bit worse. Earthy, spicy, oak, bitter, spice. Lively bubbles. Confused (at least I am).

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Bottle shared by AgentZero at the post-Christmas tasting in Chicago. Served in my Cantillon tulip. I was really interested in trying this, especially as I really, really enjoy the standard Gandhi Bot. Unfortunately, itís not quite what I hoped it would be. It pours a hazy light tan color without much of any head and a thin collar. The nose brings forward some wood and strong tequila. No hops really here. Donít really know how the decision to use Gandhi Bot as the base really affected anything here. The flavor adds a slight hop presence, but tequila is still what rules here. Mouthfeel is pretty boozy,, but is actually a bit smooth. Drinks okay, but is not particularly good. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-05-2011

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle provided by Mike drank from Narke tulip...Medium straw, looks watery, whispy thin white head...The aroma is not appealing, lots of tequila, but in a weird medicinal finish, not very good at all...The taste thankfully loses most of the tequila except on the finish where the ends alcoholy tequila. More hop character throughout, slightly bitter. Not my thing, but interesting, hope this isnít a trend though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
A - Pours a bright cloudy yellow-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head reduces down to a layer on the top lacing nicely in the process. S - Lots of tequila in the nose. There is also some nice oak characteristics. There is also a decent amount of citrus and floral hops beneath the tequila. Really different aroma. T - Starts off very oaky with some sharp tequila flavor and some citrus hops. Also just of touch of malty sweetness in the background. Through the middle the tequila flavors really jump out with a touch of hop bitterness supporting. The finish has a ton of oak, and some more hop and tequila flavor. There is even a bit of vanilla mixed in. The lingering aftertaste is a mix of tequila and hops. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet and dry finish is a really interesting and satisfying mix. D - Fairly drinkable. Very interesting combination here with the DIPA and the tequila. There are a lot of strong flavors mixing together and it is much more of a sipping beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6489) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Sampled from the tap at NotB. Poured a clear gold with a white head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had a note of tequila but was mainly pine hops with a grain/bread backbone. Flavor had an interesting combination of pine hops and tequila with a bit of bread backbone. Enjoyed the tequila barrel aging.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Thanks to sideshowe for sharing. Pours a cloudy golden yellowish-orange color with golden banana hues when held to a light and a half finger off-white head that quickly fades. Minimal spots of lacing left behind. Very strange aroma with a good bit of barrel character. Subtle earthy oak with a lot of tequila and vanilla. Thereís also a decent amount of sweet citrus hops with hints of grapefruit and citrus rind. Iím also picking up pale malt with some graham cracker/biscuit character. Medium bodied with a crazy flavor profile. An interesting blend of boozy sweet tequila and sweet citrus flavor. Decent barrel character with subtle oak and vanilla and a huge tequila flavor without being hot or boozy. Lots of alcohol flavor with out being abrasively hot. This is complimented nicely by the sweet citrus presence. Lots of lemon peel and grapefruit countered by a biscuit/graham cracker malt character. This beer is really unique and odd tasting. I can see why a lot of people hate this beer but I loved it. If you donít enjoy tequila you will hate this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Huge mandarin, lime, and tequila aroma - explosive and intense. Flavor, though picks up a weird bitterness from the interaction of the tequila and hops. Gnarly stuff!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2011
shared by jtclockwork Thanks James-500ml bottle-pours cloudy yellow with white bubbles. Aroma is mild pine, tequila, some light malt. Taste is alcohol, light fruit-peach/pear/lime, light malt. Better cool/cold. Bottle #326/713

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (10606) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
A: The pour is a clear golden/yellow color with almost no head. On further inspection, this is pretty much flat. S: There is a rather intense fruitiness to the nose that seems to be of limes, lemons, and oranges. Sort of appropriate for tequila, I guess. Thereís a bit of pepper, lots of oak, and even more tequila. T: Again, tons of tequila comes through on the flavor. Thereís a fair amount of oak, too. Again, lots of citrus fruits like lemons and limes, and especially lemon peel. I get some grass notes in there as well. M: The body is medium with almost no carbonation whatsoever. D: Iím happy to say this was nowhere near as bad as I had feared, but I donít think Iím really interested in trying it again. Not really a big fan of this treatment.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2011
500ml bottle.Bottle #211/713. Iíve had this one twice now. The first bottle had little to no carbonation and a really slimy/greasy texture. This current bottle is much better. Citrusy hops (papaya and orange zest) mingle fairly pleasantly on the nose with spicy black pepper agave soaked wood. Mango, pine resin and wood tannin. Pours a hazed orange with a frothy off-white head. The tequila barrel imparts a gentle wood and spice to compliment the heavily bitter base Gandhi Bot. The tequila isnít overpowering at all. Agave spice meld fairly well with the resinous and bitter hop profile of the Gandhi. Lots of bitter orange zest and resin. Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. The finish is rather lengthy, dry and spicy with plenty of wood tannin and bitter hop resin. A unique (and fairly well executed) experiment. Thanks Joey!


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