RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Grown from humble beginnings. . . born of two cultures. . . Zapata Bot is New England Brewerys famed Gandhi Bot--aged in tequila barrels for an extra kick. Guaranteed to cause a revolution in your mouth. Viva Zapata Bot! Editors note: The beer spent six weeks in the barrel, and was dry-hopped with Simcoe and Ahtanum hops throughout. Limited to 713 bottles at the brewery.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2011
In short: A sharp and citric IPA with a spicy woody dryness. Tasty, unusual and fun.
How: Tap at Extreme Beer Fest 2011, Night Of The Barrels
The look: Cloudy yellow body topped by a small white head
In long: Aroma has citric hops, notes of mangos and something kind-of-woody and different that surely came from the tequila barrel although I would have never guessed tequila barrel without reading the description. Taste is fruity (pears, mangos, lemon), citric lemony bitterness, spicy notes, dry woody finish. Medium body, medium carbonation. Strange, very tasty and actually surprisingly refreshing. I liked that strange beast. Kudos to New England Brewery for going through with this strange idea of putting an IPA in tequilla barrels, these guys have more balls than the Rockefeller Center christmas tree.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bottle shared by someone at Oakquinox. Pours with a hazed golden body and a small white head. Aromas are a bit vegital, pepper, hops, earthy, tequila. Doesnt meld very well, but the flavor is a bit worse. Earthy, spicy, oak, bitter, spice. Lively bubbles. Confused (at least I am).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Bottle shared by AgentZero at the post-Christmas tasting in Chicago. Served in my Cantillon tulip. I was really interested in trying this, especially as I really, really enjoy the standard Gandhi Bot. Unfortunately, its not quite what I hoped it would be. It pours a hazy light tan color without much of any head and a thin collar. The nose brings forward some wood and strong tequila. No hops really here. Dont really know how the decision to use Gandhi Bot as the base really affected anything here. The flavor adds a slight hop presence, but tequila is still what rules here. Mouthfeel is pretty boozy,, but is actually a bit smooth. Drinks okay, but is not particularly good. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-05-2011

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle provided by Mike drank from Narke tulip...Medium straw, looks watery, whispy thin white head...The aroma is not appealing, lots of tequila, but in a weird medicinal finish, not very good at all...The taste thankfully loses most of the tequila except on the finish where the ends alcoholy tequila. More hop character throughout, slightly bitter. Not my thing, but interesting, hope this isnt a trend though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2011
A - Pours a bright cloudy yellow-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head reduces down to a layer on the top lacing nicely in the process. S - Lots of tequila in the nose. There is also some nice oak characteristics. There is also a decent amount of citrus and floral hops beneath the tequila. Really different aroma. T - Starts off very oaky with some sharp tequila flavor and some citrus hops. Also just of touch of malty sweetness in the background. Through the middle the tequila flavors really jump out with a touch of hop bitterness supporting. The finish has a ton of oak, and some more hop and tequila flavor. There is even a bit of vanilla mixed in. The lingering aftertaste is a mix of tequila and hops. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet and dry finish is a really interesting and satisfying mix. D - Fairly drinkable. Very interesting combination here with the DIPA and the tequila. There are a lot of strong flavors mixing together and it is much more of a sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10902) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Sampled from the tap at NotB. Poured a clear gold with a white head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had a note of tequila but was mainly pine hops with a grain/bread backbone. Flavor had an interesting combination of pine hops and tequila with a bit of bread backbone. Enjoyed the tequila barrel aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Thanks to sideshowe for sharing. Pours a cloudy golden yellowish-orange color with golden banana hues when held to a light and a half finger off-white head that quickly fades. Minimal spots of lacing left behind. Very strange aroma with a good bit of barrel character. Subtle earthy oak with a lot of tequila and vanilla. Theres also a decent amount of sweet citrus hops with hints of grapefruit and citrus rind. Im also picking up pale malt with some graham cracker/biscuit character. Medium bodied with a crazy flavor profile. An interesting blend of boozy sweet tequila and sweet citrus flavor. Decent barrel character with subtle oak and vanilla and a huge tequila flavor without being hot or boozy. Lots of alcohol flavor with out being abrasively hot. This is complimented nicely by the sweet citrus presence. Lots of lemon peel and grapefruit countered by a biscuit/graham cracker malt character. This beer is really unique and odd tasting. I can see why a lot of people hate this beer but I loved it. If you dont enjoy tequila you will hate this beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Huge mandarin, lime, and tequila aroma - explosive and intense. Flavor, though picks up a weird bitterness from the interaction of the tequila and hops. Gnarly stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12334) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2011
shared by jtclockwork Thanks James-500ml bottle-pours cloudy yellow with white bubbles. Aroma is mild pine, tequila, some light malt. Taste is alcohol, light fruit-peach/pear/lime, light malt. Better cool/cold. Bottle #326/713

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16342) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
A: The pour is a clear golden/yellow color with almost no head. On further inspection, this is pretty much flat. S: There is a rather intense fruitiness to the nose that seems to be of limes, lemons, and oranges. Sort of appropriate for tequila, I guess. Theres a bit of pepper, lots of oak, and even more tequila. T: Again, tons of tequila comes through on the flavor. Theres a fair amount of oak, too. Again, lots of citrus fruits like lemons and limes, and especially lemon peel. I get some grass notes in there as well. M: The body is medium with almost no carbonation whatsoever. D: Im happy to say this was nowhere near as bad as I had feared, but I dont think Im really interested in trying it again. Not really a big fan of this treatment.

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