Imperial Or Xata | The Bruery

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BA SCORE
3.75/5
Very Good
92 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Rollzroyce21 on 10-24-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,162
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
92
pDev:
13.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
26
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of kingjohnh
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A_Rad
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to rate really. It delivers on the promise. It's just not a concept that you want more than 6 ounces of. The sticky but creamy thickness, the toffee colored head, the bright cinnamon & vanilla ... it fits the bill very well. But ... that 26 ounce bottle. I don't want beers that I can only drink with 4 other people.

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Photo of Lucoli
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gcamparone
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 Edition. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Thanks Scott for including this as an extra. Refrigerated since acquisition.

Pours a lightly hazy amber-orange body with a big white, pretty effervescent head that reduces fairly slowly to leave a layer of retention. Not much lacing.

On the nose, interesting aromas.. sweet and bready, barleywine-like, caramel, vanilla extract, pretty inviting but I have to ding it for zero cinnamon aroma. I was really looking forward to the cinnamon in this beer.

On the tongue - very sweet upfront, extremely sweet and syrupy. Simple syrup and caramel, cream soda, burnt sugar, light vanilla, finishes extremely sweet. Too sweet. Mouthfeel isn't super thick, medium carbonation as well. Creamy as advertised? Not so much. No cinnamon detected.

An interesting beer indeed.. where's the cinnamon? I got a bunch of vanilla and sugary sweetness, but it could have used some more body and cinnamon.

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Photo of tbryant21
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jbaker67
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbrascojr
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drummermattie02
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fitze
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gibgink
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of swanfungus
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a hazy orange topped by a small light tan head that fades quickly with minimal lacing
S: Smells of vanilla, cinnamon and sweetness
T: Taste is cinnamon, vanilla, and a good bit of sweetness. there isn't much going on as these flavors mingle together on the palate. Swallow is more vanilla and cinnamon with more lingering sweetness. I can see how the sweetness might be a bit much for some people.
M: This beer sits at the heavier side of medium with soft carbonation and a semi-dry finish which is surprising given how sweet it is.
O: Overall this is like regular Or Xata on roids. I really enjoyed Or Xata so this is pretty nice in my mind. Definitely not the most to style of American Strong Ales but upfortunately this beer doesn't quite fit anywhere else.

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Photo of cvm4
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2015 vintage

L - The fizzy one finger eggshell colored head dissipates quickly. No real retention or lacing to it. The body comes off as a ruby copper color.

S - The nose is giving off a lots of vanilla and cinnamon, but there's a somewhat cloying sweetness on the backend. The sweetness isn't overpowering the smell, but we'll see when it comes to the taste.

T - Overly sweet and boozy nose comes forth. Not a good introduction. Once you wade through the front of the taste, then the vanilla, grainy rice and caramel start from midway to the finish.

F - Medium bodied and medium to low carbonation. Cloying sweetness and some boozy alcohol.

O - Compared to regular Or Xata, this is a mess of a beer.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
2.72/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adrez86
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Beersnake1
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lare453
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of joemochas
4.56/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, i really liked this one. Almost got a citrusy taste at first, but the cinnamon came in strong and awesome. Shocked that it's as high an ABV as it is. Booziness hidden well behind the spices.

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Photo of jlindros
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hoarders split with rudzud.

Decent bubbly foamy head fades semi quickly, no real lacing, crystal clear tan orange color.

Nose is awful, weird plastic thing, vegetative and weird horse hay food thing, mild or xata spices, a strange fruitiness and boozy esters, big esters, candy wheat like hay malts.

Taste is more of the same, booze, orange candy, big booze and fruity esters, into more or xata spices, plenty actually, little vanilla and creamy like sour cream yes there's a space there not sourcream, but soured cream, bitter orange zest, etc. Finish bitter orange rind, creamy sticky, or xata spices, little vanilla, etc lingering.

Mouth thinner syrupy heavier bod, little syrupy, decent carb.

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Photo of rudzud
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear honey hue with a thin white head that fades quickly to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of loads of vegetative, cloyingly sweet, light spice notes, really odd spices. Mild or xata spice combo but is drowned in caramel sauce.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, boozy phenol, alcohol, the spice notes are on par with an or xata. Loads of caramel, sticky sweet. Ugh.

M - Mouthfeel is sticky and cloy, alcohol a bit prevalent.

O - Overall this beer was a huge disappointment. I love the regular or xata but this was a massive step backwards. Just a mess. An abomination.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Btip1969
2.82/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of stakem
2.29/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with quick dissolving white head.

This smells vegetal with vanilla and barky cinnamon overtop a mild orange citrus aspect.

The taste is also vegetal to me which is distracting and in my opinion not fitting of what the label/description depicts. Some noticeable cinnamon bark and vanilla sweetness with orange rindy bitterness.

This is medium to fuller bodied with light carbonation. I very much prefer the non imperialized version of this beer. The vegetal aspect and bitterness really distracts from what i was expecting this to be. Bigger does not always mean better, yuck.

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Photo of Fusebuddy
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Imperial Or Xata from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 92 ratings