Imperial Or Xata
The Bruery

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American Strong Ale
Ranked #220
Ranked #28,483
3.78 | pDev: 13.23%
The Bruery
California, United States
Very Good
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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

So I wasn't the biggest fan of regular Horchata/Or Xata, but now I gotta do an imperialized version of what I wasn't super geeked about in the first place? Ok, just to set the tone. . . Pours a dark golden color, thin 1/4" white head. Aroma was more bitter than expected, more alcohol than expected, but plenty of vanilla and less cinnamon up front in the nose.

The taste I was even less of a fan of than the original. It seems hot and bitter. The sweetness doesn't really offset this unpleasantness. I mean, ok, it has the vanilla and cinnamon, I taste it, but nothing else really jives for me here, especially as a "beer". Its more like an experiment to see if you can, but you didn't think if you should. I could only imagine the feats of intestinal fortitude one would need to drink all of this 750 to one's self. As it was, even just a 4oz pour was a challenge for me. The alcohol burn was the worst part, I would revisit this beer if there was a 5% version of it.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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 gcamparone
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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 SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -16.1%
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 joemochas
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
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 -19.3%
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 -21.7%
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 stakem
2.29/5  rDev -39.4%
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 Domvan
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This version is definitely a lot dryer than the regular version, but still has a lot of the great qualities that are in the regular Or Xata. Sweet, smooth, and definitely an easy drinker even with the increased ABV.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's society. Bottled 3/5/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a finger and a half cap of pale froth. The head is quick to shrink back to a thin halo, leaving no lace.

Smells of Belgian yeast, faint spice, a slight vegital note and just a hint of vanilla.

The strong dose of cinnamon and vanilla I was hoping for is only a little more apparent in the flavor. A strange, almost grainy taste up front followed by mild cinnamon spice, starch, vanilla and some alcohol. There is something on the mix that just doesn't work. My impression is too much grainy, starchy presence is getting in the way of the cinnamon and vanilla.

Medium feel with light carbonation. Finishes with booze heat, old vanilla pudding and a little spice.

After thoroughly enjoying the initial Or Xata release last year I really wanted to like Imperial Or Xata more. Sure it's bigger but the flavors don't come accross as evenly scaled up from the original.

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 95 ratings