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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 didnít know better, youíd think it was carbonated horchata.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11860) - 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 (1455) - 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 (2451) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1200) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle from the bruery store online. Pours golden copper. With sweet candy aroma. Taste reminds me of one of those carmal chew candys your grand parents had. You know where you canít get all the plastic off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6773) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle shared by oRos. Pours murky golden with a craggy beige head and a vanilla and fruit aroma. There is a strange funky rice malt flavor with some cinnamon and vanilla. Sweet and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
bottle pours light hazy caramel brown white foam, head nose was toast, caramel, cereal, butterscotch, vanilla, alcohol, light sweetness, a&w cream soda almost nice hints of cinnamon and rice characteristics average carbonation, slick feel, i used the side panel on this rate lol good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2680) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2014 Pours lighter amber with a golden hue and light tan head. The aroma brings some lactose, big vanilla, and baked custard notes. The flavor brings the vanilla, sweet bread pudding, and as well as some notes of the Belgian yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
On tap at 10 East. A really nice beer, but super sweet. Like drinkin vanilla frosting in a glass sprinkled with cinnamon. Aroma is cinnamon, light honey, and bread pudding. Flavor has some light spice, strong vanilla frosting, more bread/rice pudding and sugar. Definitely an interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark golden color and eggshell head. Aroma is more vanilla and some cinnamon. Taste is sweet with a faint hint of bitterness. This does taste a bit like horchata although the alcohol is pretty noticeable. Mouthfeel is creamy and milky. Not a beer I want to drink a lot of, but its a pretty cool attempt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (542) - Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2013
750-ml bottle. Light golden color and very effervescent. The nose is reminiscent of cinnamon frosting, with spices and lactose sweetness filling the nostrils. The taste is pretty darn close to a horchata with light cinnamon, cream, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel malt, and some hot spiciness. Light body with a milky palate. Itís a bit too sweet and odd to drink on a regular basis, but kudos to the Bruery for hitting the mark on a horchata-inspired brew.

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