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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.


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.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle to snifter thanks (DalzAle). Pours is hazy bright amber with floaties and a white soapy head that fades to a collar. Aroma is awesome peaches and appricots, passion fruit. Taste is bitter pine and grapefruit with a subtle caramel sweetness. Palate is full and creamy with a chaulky dry finish. Awesome, please give me more!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
riversideAK (5591) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Wonderful nose. Citrusy, juicy, tequillay. Smells amazing. Light dank, earth, dough, more citrus. Pours hazy orange, great head sticky lace. Oranges, lemons, limes tequilla, pale malt, dough. Earth . Lingering citrus, light tequilla. Like a tequilla sunrise or taking a shot followed by a lime. Really damn good!

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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1966) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle thanks to Cletus! Hazy apricot colored pour, little carbonation, tons of floaties and an aroma of booze and bitter blood oranges. Flavor is some bitter hops, then mellow tequila, more bitter orange, apricot and finished with a boozy tequila margarita aftertaste. Extremely unique and enjoyable, really glad I got try this one. Trade big for this one if you need to.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10467) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured cloudy amber color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex hop, lemon and pepper aroma. Medium to full body with slick smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy bittersweet flavor with a heavy spice bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout brew.

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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9542) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattyb83 (736) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Bottle courtesy of my secret santa blklab2007! Pour is light orange in color with a small white head. Sweet citrus aroma of what seems like candied grapefruit and orange. Some alcohol is present, too. Taste is on the sweeter side with just a minimal amount of bitterness in the finish. Sweet, juicy fruit candy flavor with a little bit of a bite and warmth towards the finish. Loads of fruit flavor in this beer. I’m not much a tequila drinker, but this is definitely a step up from regular gandhi-bot.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Bottle shared with mattyb83. Pours a super clean, light orange with a small white head that dissipated down to a slight film. Very interesting aroma of watermelon, citrus, and a little bit of booze. The body is very will rounded and soft. It seems the barrel aging moved the emphasis on sweetness and less on bitterness. Honeydew melons, grapefruit, and just a hint of tequila comprise of the flavor. Balanced, pleasant, and all around interesting.


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