Geokkjer (5719) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Bruery. Pours clear golden with a small white head. Aroma of cinnamon, vanilla , malt and apples. Flavor is sweet vanilla and malt with some cinnamon, white bread and fruitiness. Medium body, average carbonation.
GT2 (8354) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at The Bruery. Clear orange. Weak foam. Nose is nice chai vanilla, just a tad plastic and sunscreen. Taste is mega chai vanilla. Very delicious. SRM betrays a rich, dessert darker cinnamon to near chocolate flavor. Really nice.
thome50 (1018) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Bruery. Pours a hazy light orange to tan with no head. Aroma is cinnamon and vanilla overload. Definitely thinking of the inspiration drink here. Taste is very thin but has again loads of bread malt, vanilla and cinnamon. Weird malty thing going on here but I couldn’t really drink more than a few ounces of this stuff. Very, very sweet. Tastes similar to a horchata with a spike of pilsner for carb and beer taste.
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 2, 2013
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yikes! Way too sweet. Flavor vanilla,brown sugar, and cinnamon. some bizarre malts.Has light body and pale color. Sweet rice milk taste. Crazy light dessert beer. Yuck!
Getbetter (829) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a tap at the brewery.Theres vanilla,brown sugar, and cinammon in the taste.light body and pale brown color.
bytemesis (3076) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. I just had to try it. Pours hazy amber with a medium white creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is super spicy - cinnamon dominates, but nutmeg, orange zest and other things are present too. Flavor is the same, medium sweet, some orange zest, and tons of spices. Medium body, creamy. Not saying this is a bad beer, but it is way too spiced for me.
JohnnyJ (4307) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amberish pour, with a white head. Tons of cinnamon and some vanilla and booze in the nose. Very sweet, vanilla, light breadiness, cinnamon, creaminess, and light fruit. A little too sweet for my tastes, but still tasty and interesting.
AdamJackson (2524) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smells like delirium Noel. Cinnamon and other spices with some bizarre malts. Touch of vanilla
Taste is pretty thin. Gives a gingerbread maltiness with cinnamon and cloves. Caramel and biscuits. Lots is vanilla at the finish.
ineedbeer (698) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is mostly cinnamon with a hint of vanilla. Light sweet malt character with a bit and of a toasty quality. Some alcohol in the finish. Not exactly what comes to mind when I think of horchata, but close.
Pours a fairly clear amber with a hint of gold. Moderately thick white head with fairly good retention.
Flavor is more reminiscent of horchata. Starts sweet with some lactose sugar and a slight cinnamon note. The cinnamon becomes more pronounced in the finish with some light vanilla and the finish is light cinnamon, vanilla and lactose sweetness. There is a light rice flavor throughout. Light, faint bitterness and a bit of alcohol spice in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer is fairly creamy, but not horchata level creamy. Low astringency and medium alcohol warmth.
Overall a surprisingly good attempt at horchata beer. The flavor is better than the aroma where there isn’t enough to hide the alcohol. It could use a touch more creaminess, but maybe that would throw off everything else. Makes me wish I was eating a California burrito.
brystmar (1236) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells soapy initially, then fades to rice milk, spices, and vanilla. Interesting.
Plenty of cinnamon, milky without actually achieving the color and consistency expected, and vanilla starts to take over as the drink progresses. Cream soda. Weird, but damn, it works!
It's funny: it's entirely by coincidence that I'm drinking this with my brown friends who educated me on what traditional Or Xata actually is. Way cool.