maekchu (4184) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 10, 2017
Bottle shared at KyotoLefty’s 10,000th rating celebration. Nose of big alcohol, figs, plums, all lightly phenolic. A melange of sweet fruit flavors, slightly cloying, mild bit of barrel. The tequila notes intrude a little too rudely here. Medium body. Probably too young. Needs to mellow a little more. KyotoLefty (10931) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 5, 2017
375 ml bottle, shared at my 10K rating celebration. Nose is tequila, chocolate, grapes, syrup. black and cloudy with lace. Nicely fruity but sweet and cloying and boozy too. Not my thing. BuckeyeBoy (9219) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 30, 2017
375ml bottle pours out a amber color topped with a small tan ring of a head. Nose has a lot goin on pit fruit rich malts barrel vanilla barrel notes and a bit of booze. Taste is more of the nice rich malts some toffee pitfruit vanilla from the barrel. furthur (1261) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 4, 2017
Bottle, almost black redish brown beer, cream colored head fades to a persistent skiff of foam. Aroma is red wine, oak, malt, sour apples, hint of whiskey. Taste is red wine, toasted malt, sour apple and lime, black pepper, and a hint of tequila. The tequila is very subtle, I might wish for more because I like it, but the balance on barrel and malt and sour is quite nice on this. Palate is medium, carbonation about average, very fine. Turtles (3171) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2017
375ml bottle from Systembolaget. Hazy dark brown, fizzy small head that disappear immediately, leaving no lacing. Tart and woody aroma, apple cider vinegar, dried fruit, oak, red wine and gentle notes of tequilla. Medium carbonated, tart and heavy mouthfeel. Very tart citrus taste, lime, green apples, oak, red wine, herbal, mild tequilla with hints of chocolate in the background, the alcohol is well hidden. Tart and dry finish.
Tricky brew this, not what you expect after reading the description from Lost Abbey’s website "Agave Maria has hints of black pepper, sweet sugar, oatmeal, and oak with an earthy, bitter smoked chocolate on the finish."
alobar (3993) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2017
Chestnut brown pour with no head. Aroma of vanilla, raisin, and agave. Raisin, vanilla, and agave flavor with notes of caramel. Alcohol warmth on the way down. Very nice. thorongil2 (3637) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2017
(bottle) clear, dark brown colour with a medium tall brown head; aroma of raisin, dried fruti, bitter cocoa; balanced flavour, well hidden alcohol, long light bitter and sweet finish ajnepple (7564) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2017
On tap at Hops & Pie. Brown appearance with a lacy tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee, oak, vanilla and a touch of tequila. Similar flavor, rich and complex, adding hints of black pepper, smoke, earth and honey. Full body with a sugary sweet finish. Nice. murran (708) - - JAN 6, 2017
Pours a dark body with a thin head. Aroma of wood and vinaeger. Taste is rich, stingy and a bit sour with tones of fruit and malts.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Alengrin (6013) - BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2016
Two year old vintage bottle bought at Biergenot. A very strong dark ale aged on tequila barrels - I don’t like tequila as such, but I have to admit that this sounds interesting. Irregular, quite loose, pale greyish head reduced to a coarse but stable rim, leaving some nice lacing; hazy dark bronze-tinged chestnut brown colour. Strong bouquet of caramel, kahlua, spicy tequila, soggy brown bread, medlar, overripe pear, dried banana, pomegranate ’jenever’, candied orange, raw green agave or even cactus juice, diluted coffee grounds, fresh chili pepper, biscuit, lime juice or even mojito, burnt sugar, brown rum, damp earth, wet paint, moist oak wood, hint of damp forest floor, fried mushroom, tomato juice, minerals, dates. Sweet onset, lots of residual brown sugar and some candied fruit, fig, date and pear, with a souring blackcurrant-like edge and some thin, beef stock-like umami but subtly so, along with something weirdly ’green’ (raw vegetable), softly carbonated with minerally accents. Thick, ’fluffy’, bready middle, caramelly and nutty, gaining a light chocolatey quality in the end, a tad toasted even, before plunging into the booze, represented by a lot of sweet, aged tequila flavor (as in a brown, barrel aged tequila), heating up the back of the mouth to a high degree but still not becoming overly wry; something weirdly but very notably, souring, lemon- or lime-like appears as well - as if you have bitten into a slice of lemon before pouring down a tequila shot. Drying woody tannins and herbal hop bitterishness, as well as an earthy yeastiness, add further complexity. Ends peppery mostly due to the alcohol, in this case extra peppery because this is tequila... I was a bit skeptical about this but I have to admit that, though very boozy and intense, this is a very interesting, rich barleywine; I guess you’ll either love or hate this but it is in any case a wealthy and complex beer, which has aged graciously, having acquired a light amount of sherryish oxidation on top of the sweet and sourish display of flavors. Full of personality and one to enjoy slowly sip by sip, perfectly fit for a windy autumn afternoon like today. The tequila remains soft yet very pronounced and adds an unexpected ’green’ and spicy layer of flavor to a rounded, sweet, full and demanding basic beer. Not very accessible I think, but intense for sure. I liked it.