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Horchata is a traditional, sweet, milky drink originating in Spain and Latin America that has become quite popular in Southern California, particularly with Mexican cuisine. Our take on the traditionally non-alcoholic drink is a blonde ale brewed with a heavy dosing of rice, cinnamon and fresh vanilla beans along with lactose for a litle extra creamy character. If you didnt know better, youd think it was carbonated horchata.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4615) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Rating from notes. Sampled from the bottle. Sweet with surprisingly a flavor of maple syrup. Very sweet, some cinnamon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwood04 (4175) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 15, 2014
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours cloudy copper/brown with an off-white head. Aroma of vanilla and cinnamon, pale and caramel malts, a good amount of sweetness, and some spices/dough. Flavor the same. Average texture. A unique and cool beer but something Id probably never want to drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2348) - Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle: Muddled copper with a light beige, bubbly head that reduces to a thin film. Aroma of vanilla cake, Red Vines licorice, mild cinnamon & some apparent, residual sweetness. Dessert-y. Taste has heavy angel food cake with vanilla frosting, Nilla wafers sprinkled with light cinnamon, & some clove-like spice. Lingering vanilla coated rice cake finish with just a slight hint of earthy bitterness that tries to offset some of the sweetness. Mildly creamy body. Its a sweet one, for sure, & definitely a dessert beer. Im a fan of vanilla, though, so this one was up my alley. Large servings might exhaust, but smaller pours are very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (2183) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle thanks to tectactoe for sharing. Cloudy orange-gold pour with a small foamy head that fades to a ring. Unique aroma of red pop, angel food cake, vanilla, and a little cinnamon. Tastes sugary sweet up front. Starts off like red pop and then finishes with angel food cake. Really cool mix of flavors. Medium body. Mouthfeel is ok. Pretty cool beer but definitely not for everyone. Would also be hard to drink more than 5 or 6 ozs probably.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (382) - Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Strong vanilla on the nose. Really sweet and tastes like an alcoholic cream soda. Nice little sour note on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopwine (394) - Bend, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2014 Orange-golden hue, dense white head, excellent lace. Cinnamon, vanilla, cookie dough, cream cheese icing, milky-sweet, Belgian yeast fruitiness. This is exactly how I wanted it to be. Splitting a bottle proved very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5226) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2014
750ml bottle pours a dark gold with some creamy, white head. Nose has a ton of vanilla, almond milk, cinnamon icing, doughy. Flavor is the same, chai, clove, cinnamon cake icing, cream cheese icing, carrot cake. Creamy, spicy finish. A little too sweet but very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1759) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2014
Pour from a bottle. Really nice beer actually. I wasnt sure what the style was but the vanilla and sweetness was a welcomed change from the higher ABV beers we had been opening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1729) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle shared at LeviLOL tasting. Really nice - huge vanilla and toffee in both the nose and the taste. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4546) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle courtesy of GatorGuy92. Cheers, Matt! Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is huge honey and vanilla with some cinnamon and spice. Flavor is huge vanilla with some honey, cinnamon, and lactose. Very enjoyable, uber-sweet beer. I mean really sweet and vanilla forward. Medium in body and I would drink this every day; on par with the CCB Horchata, but more vanilla.

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