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New England Zapata Bot

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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 Brewery’s famed Gandhi Bot--aged in tequila barrels for an extra kick. Guaranteed to cause a revolution in your mouth. Viva Zapata Bot! Editor’s 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2512) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Wow - Chalsk is going to be so jealous about this one. It pours golden yellow with an amber hue and small white head. The aroma is sweet and boozy, clear sweet notes from agave that remind me of a super smooth tequila like the Tres Generaciones. It tastes pure at first like a light-bodied IPA, but then the flavors of the blue agave from the tequila barrels come in strong and settle on the palate in a soft way. This is truly unique and a great idea from New England - big thumbs up!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9556) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2010
500 ml bottle poured a hazy golden amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of tequila, oak, carmel, orange, pink grapefruit and light pine. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of tequila, oak, vanilla, biscuit, orange, pink grapefruit and light pine with a crisp dry lingering oaky tequila finish. Way better than I expected!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Bottle #448. Pours a hazy amber with some sparse carbonation. Initially smells of melon, citrus, grapefuit before yielding to some sage elements. Tastes of dry malt, some tequila, melon, pepper, bitter, hay, some funky elements on the finish. Very different and enjoyable. I like Gandhi-bot slightly more, but this was a successful experiment.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (1941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 3, 2010
bottle from the brewery #257/713. pour is a hazy golden wheat color with a thin covering of off white head and light visible carbonation. aroma has a nice fresh dry hop, citrus, hits of tropical, sticky resins, raw oak barrels, tequila in the back round, and a nice complementing sweetness. mouth feel is thick and covers well but the carbonation is a bit on the soft side. I think the yeast needs a little more time to kick in. flavor has a definite tequila thing and it is a little woody and quite unique. the hops seem a bit thicker than in the Gandhi Bot and there is a little more bitterness. citrus does not go unnoticed and there is a hefty cocktail of hops in general in here. the finish lingers nicely with an almost salty dry thing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
$10 from the brewpub earlier today, 500mL #214/713. Slightly hazy medium gold body with a small creamy light beige white head, swirling to a thick film and thin sheet. Definite tequila and oak in the nose, but lacking the caramel from bourbon barrels. More peppery with a light fruity sweetness. There are also some herbal hops and the tangerine catty notes from the Simcoe (much stronger as this warms to room temp). I’m having fun nosing this. Flavor continues with the tequila notes, the hops still present, but not terribly so. Light caramel malt sweetness shows up to help the big dry wood and drying alcohol. The tequila barrel makes this a lot boozier than it actually is--the base beer can’t be any more than 8.5-9%--how much ABV could the tequila barrel add? Dry with earthy tangerine bitterness peaking at a 6-7 and lingering. Low smooth carbonation with a medium body. The gf said no, but I say yes--interesting to say the least.


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