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The Bruery Or Xata (2013)



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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 didnít know better, youíd think it was carbonated horchata.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcartamdg (3099) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Pours a golden yellow with no head. Aroma of cinnamon, creamy rice, milk and honey. Taste follows, lots of cinnamon, vanilla, rice and honey. Sweet. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle thanks to paz..Pour is golden with a white head..Nose is nice vanilla, lactose, caramel, sweetness, dough..Taste is caramel, lacrise, vanilla, cinnamon , spice..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Pretty damn good gimmick beer. Probably not a good one to drink a bomber of all by yourself though. Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla. Does taste like Horchata without being too sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (16879) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle at the Night of Garbage, big thanks to Kenny the Bruery pimp, 20/12/13 up a shit load of stairs ! Hazed orange amber with a good sized off white head. Nose is sweet caramel, vanilla ice cream, light spice, syrupy, Danish pastries. Taste comprises vanilla, caramel, Danish pastries and doughnuts, sweet all round. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, smooth. Ok stuff but a little overly sweet for my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1964) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Caramel with frothy, beige head, some lacing / Medicinal nose of caramel, rice, cinnamon, resin / Light to medium body, very sweet, lightly cloying, balanced but could use more hopping to my taste, / Flavors of rice pudding, cinnamon, clove, caramel, vanilla, resin / For me, itís a beer to try once, but would need to be toned down with a lot more hopping to be had more often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2013
20th December 2013
The (not so) shit beer tasting at Leightons stratospheric flat. Hazy amber beer with a good pale cream coloured head. Vanilla Ice Cream! Cinnanon Danish! Spot of dried fruits. A sweet and unusual beer which presents the marriage of the aforementioned sweets fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (12507) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle thanks to Kenny at the Night of Garbage. It pours cloudy amber with a medium yellow-white head. The nose is sweet rice pudding, vanilla, coconut, passion fruit, coconut cake, milk and cinnamon. The taste is vanilla ice-cream, clove rock, candy, sweet milk, lactose, passion fruit, cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Works rather well, balance is very good. Pretty tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle shared at the Night of Garbage - many thanks to Kenno. Pours hazy gold with a tight, creamy off-white head. Inviting aroma, lots of cinnamon cake, vanilla frosting. Big sweet flavor, well spiced, plenty of cinnamon buns, hot cross buns. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Lots of pastries to finish, more vanilla frosting, creme, slight cinnamon spice. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
popery (1994) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Pours medium dark amber. Fairly cloudy but pretty far from opaquely so. Small to medium off white head, mostly dies off after a minute or two. The aroma is heavy on vanilla and ground rice. The cinnamon provides some depth and spice, as with the beerís inspiration. It smells about as close to Mexican-style horchata as I can imagine for a beer. A relatively mild boozy note. Smells a little syrupy, though less maple and more agave or simple syrupy. The taste is somewhat sweet with a lot of that same vanilla rice flavor. Itís rich but also somewhat cloying. Lots of funny sweetness in the finish with a light boozy note. Itís not altogether heavy on the palate but it is rather heavy for the abv. I would guess that this beer would be a mess at ~10% abv. Itís an interesting beverage, and I applaud the effort, but itís not altogether pleasant to drink. Itís like boozy horchata, which isnít something that I particularly like, I guess. Improves as it warms, but still, I would have preferred to split this one with a group and just get a tasterís worth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
johnnnniee (3793) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle shared at the BFD Christmas party. Cloudy amber color with a minimal head. Aroma is heavy on the vanilla sugar and cinnamon. The flavor follows the aroma. This was entirely too sweet for my palette. Iím glad to have tried it, but Iím also glad I didnít have to drink it alone.

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