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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 581   ABV: 19.37%
The Sonoran 200 is literally a step beyond extraordinary. Infused with Agave nectar that takes it to 19.37% alcohol, the beer has been oak-aged for almost a year on site. The result is a full bodied yet very round and smooth beverage (can it be called beer?) that is unlike anything you have ever tasted before—and that is one reason it is so hard to describe!
Photo and description courtesy and copyright Barclay’s Wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PartyFowle (733) - - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle opened June 2015. The liquid’s quite a bit lower than it should be for a full fill of the bottle -- I’m sure some of it has evaporated. The deep copper of an old penny, mostly clear and still as water. The nose is rich and complex -- lots of smoky oak and vanilla, baked oranges, butter crackers, agave nectar and marzipan. Flavor is very sweet and packed with honey up front. Buttery oak is noticeable mid/palate, along with a smoky steak character, cocoa and old orange before a Butterfinger finish. Zero carbonation -- thought that’s expected -- and a syrupy medium-full body. Most surprising is that the alcohol content is almost unnoticeable -- a dangerous aspect of this well-aged brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2015 Bottle: Thanks, Jeff. Enjoyed at room temp, as this is basically a liqueur. LOL @ calling this a beer. Much like Utopias. Swampy brown-yellow pour. No head. Kind of murky & ugly. Aroma is extremely sweet. Plums, booze, brown sugar covered figs, potent perfume, honey, toffee. Mild nail polish remover from the alcohol (I think). Strong. Flavor is very sweet as well, though not quite as cloyingly offensive as, say, Triple Bock. Caramel apple, candied grapes, melted brown sugar, toffee, syrupy molasses, honey. Very, very sweet. The funny thing is, there’s literally no alcohol burn in the flavor. None. This could easily fool people as a 10% ABV beer, maybe even less. Very impressed in that aspect. Still, the exceeding sweetness makes this tiresome after just a couple ounces, but it’s certainly not bad, awful, or undrinkable like many other raters seem to think. Just maybe a little... unnecessary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (2207) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2013
July 3, 2013 - bottle shared by Joe. Muddy brown pour with no head. Caramel, dark fruit and wood in the aroma. Taste was consistent with the aroma, but had a touch of tartness that gives a hint of tequila. Smooth and easy to drink for almost 20% ABV. Granted this is not for the average beer drinker, but really worked for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4369) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Cloudy light amber with no head. Aroma is of agave, toffee, and light hemp. Taste is sweet with brown sugar, caramel and agave nectar with some herbal undertones. Slightly oxidized.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5001) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2013
Tequila bottle thanks to BLOZT7555. Bottle was cellared proper. Poured 6 oz. into a snifter. Color is orange / brown with no head and flat carbonation. Nose is lots of fruit tones, dark fruit followed by agave. Served chilled, lots of sweet flavors. Caramel candy, dark fruits again (plums and dates) light oaky wood tones and molasses. More complex then I was guessing. As it warmed I got secondary flavors of vanilla, honey and perhaps some grapes. I was expecting some alcohol burn even after sitting this long of a time, well no trace of ABV. Ok, yes there is after it warms up. Yes it’s sweet with flat carbonation but.. it still is really flavorful. And it gets some style points for being really unique. Plus because of the cork I was able to share with friends and then enjoy days later.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (10015) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
Ridiculous beer. Super high in alcohol, ridiculous bottle. Skunked, syrupy, flat, oak, insane beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (3892) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 28, 2013

A - Very cloudy, cloudy grapefruit juice with red hues

S - It actually smells hoppy like pine cone and a bit of lemon juice

T - Surprisingly not boozy at all, a hint of agave nectar which I actually drink quite regularly. Sweet figs and persimmons with some grape juice. not hoppy

M - Okay never mind, boozy finish. thin, syrupy and flat.

O - Very interesting and unique. more than an ounce is too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Huhzubendah (3095) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Shared by ygtbsm94 at my place last weekend. Thanks Brad. The beer appears still and is a hazy, orange, copper hue. The aroma is sweet and boozy. Malty, nutty, fruity, strong, bold, interesting. Caramel malt with some brown sugar, A bit oily on the palate. Low carbonation. Fun to try. Best in small doses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Tequila bottle thanks to the crew at the inaugural RateBeer/BeerAdvocate tasting. Pours muddy, murky, looks like mud. No head. Nose is tawny barleywine, tequila, white alcohol, toffee, smoked sea salt. Taste is tequila, super dense brown sugar, melted sugar, small amounts of savory smoke. Still fairly cloying. Palate is oily, not as boozy as I thought it would be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11055) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with no head. Aroma is nutty malt, cookie and caramel malt with dates and plums. Flavor is malt dominant with brown sugar with dates, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

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