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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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We brew our Civilization ale with dried Prussian lemons, hibiscus, tart cherries and cranberries, and finish it with cocoa nibs. We couldn’t resist the idea of taking all that complexity a step further and aged some of it in Dulce Vida tequila barrels. The result may just be the Height of Civilization.

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3.9
erikaraeb (326) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2017
Rich, flavourful brew. Like a BW combined with a BSA. Lots of cherries, toffee, wood, and spices. Tequila heat and agave sweetness comes through nicely without any bite. Not a whole lot of head. Delicious.

3.6
nearbeer (5708) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2017
750 ml. 2016 edition. Chestnut-brown with a nearly covering film of foam. Nose is toffee, berries, vanilla, wood and booze. Tastes of toffee, booze, berries, toasted pecan, oak and cocoa. Medium-plus body has medium-plus fizz and is a bit alcohol-laden.

3.8
DialSquare (5198) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Old note from Hunahpu Day ’16: brown pour. aroma of big sweet, woody, cherry. tastes are sweet malty, little booze, vanilla, cherry - lots going on. would love to try again.

3.9
jtclockwork (17769) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2015 Bottle - pours brown tan head - nose/taste of caramel, toffee, tequila, oak, cocoa nib - medium body.

3.9
vtafro (7453) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Agave, boozy, tequila aromas. Sweet vanilla and other sweet malts.

3.8
GTAEgeek (2569) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2015
22 oz. bottle, given to Joe for his bachelor party, left unconsumed, and then re-shared with me for my going away bottle share. Dark ruby-brown color, with a small, bubbly, tan head. The nose reminds me of pecan pralines. Caramel, nuts, pine, honey, toasted oak, and some light cherry. Very sweet, almost cloying, flavor, with some light bitterness. Very heavy body, syrupy, harsh, and a little boozy. This is a very unique, flavorful, and interesting beer. Overly boozy (but that doesn’t normally bother me), and a harsh mouthfeel. Still, this is a fun and tasty beer.

4.3
Ratman197 (15742) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2015
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, cherry, caramel, light lemon zest, light oak and light tequila. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, dried fruit, cocoa, vanilla, light oak and light tequila with a smooth dry lingering toffee finish.

3.8
ChainGangGuy (4949) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Appearance: Pours a hazed, murky-ish, russet-hued body with a smallish, filmy, off-white head. Smell: Well-toasted malts, cocoa, gooey caramel and brown sugar with macerated berries soaked in alcohol, fruity/floral hibiscus helps lift the tequila barrel notes, notes of spice and snappy citrus detected. Taste: Caramel-coated toasted malts dosed with some chocolaty accents and a few spoonfuls of dark brown sugar. Moderately sweet throughout. Beyond the esters and such, you do get elements of the added citrusy lemon, fruity hibiscus and berries with a ripple of tartness. Restrained spicy bitterness and subtle tannins. Latent tequila barrel quality, growing alcohol presence. Semi-dry, malty finish with some heat of the alcohol. Mouthfeel: Fullish body. Medium carbonation. A little creamy, a little sticky. Overall: A decent slow sipper.

4.1
rdixon77 (3120) - Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Awesome BA barleywine. Usually wary of tequila aging, but this worked really well I thought. Dark fruits, cocoa, booze, caramel, tangy sweetness, even get the lemon and the cranberries. surprisingly light and drinkable. Excellent beer.

3.9
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 14, 2015
750 ml into tulip. Pours a deep clear red with a finger of tan foam. Nose is very barley wine or strong ale like with loads of dark fruits, caramel and booze. Some subtle smokiness and herbs as well as some brighter fruits on the end. The taste has the adjuncts shining and it’s departing from the nose. Caramel, cherries, lemon and brown sugar. Not much cocoa. The finish is tequila smoke and agave sweetness. The taste is really unique and excellent. Finishes with vanilla and toffee. Thick mouth feel, very boozy and warm. Really opens up as it warms. Really impressive beer.


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