Leche Borracho
Bottle Logic Brewing

Leche BorrachoLeche Borracho
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #51
ABV:
11%
Score:
99
Ranked #191
Avg:
4.52 | pDev: 6.19%
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
457
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Leche BorrachoLeche Borracho
Notes: Imperial Stout brewed with ancho peppers, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, and lactose sugar aged in tequila and bourbon barrels
Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 457 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Eddieeight from Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased for $20 from a private collector. 3 year old 500 ml bottle from 2018 poured into a snifter. This is my first Bottle Logic brew, as I'm in Ohio so it's difficult to get California beer out here. Poured out thick and darkest brown with a quick and active head that bubbled up furiously for about 15 seconds then rapidly shrank into a ring around the bottle, then disappeared completely. The strongest scent coming up from this beer is bourbon, even though there's also tequila barrels at work. Also notes of vanilla, chocolate, and a little tingle on the nose from the ancho peppers. The scent is very strong and peppery, and threatens to singe my nose hairs if i inhale too deeply too quickly. Truly a delicious smell, very complex and tantalizing. There is a strong and sweet malt backbone to this beer upon first sip. It's very thirst quenching. After getting the rounded sweetness of the sugars and vanilla, cinnamon washes through my mouth, followed by the tequila and bourbon. It's funny, but i can definitely taste both the tequila and bourbon independently, and i didn't think i would be able to. Also a bit smoky. The pepper comes last, stinging the back of the throat and giving it a nice finish. Mouthfeel is definitely thicker and syrupy, with a nice douse of effervescence. Overall, the smell knocked my socks off. And the taste was very complex and layered. Although I wouldn't say this is one of my favorite beers, it's definitely the result of an interesting recipe and the chef certainly knew what they were doing, to allow all the various flavors to come out. So it's getting my top marks for being unique, an important quality i seek in beer.

Apr 25, 2021
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2018 bottling. Poured from fridge temp on 7.13.2020

Pours dark, minimal head. Nose was well blended ancho, mild cinnamon, chocolate, and bourbon barrel. Taste was well blended between the ancho, cinnamon, and got more tiquilla than bourbon on the taste. Slightly thin for style but made it easy to drink. Overall solid Mexican stout from bottle logic

Jul 15, 2020
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Sandis from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 version poured into a snifter. The peppers are not overpowering but do provide some heat in the finish. Cinnamon is very up front in aroma. I don't typically seek out beers that contain peppers but this is pretty tasty.

May 07, 2020
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A big fan of BL, and chili stouts but this missed the mark. Great smell with some nice chili heat spice but taste spice is really hidden and out of place, mouthfeel is thin slick

Jan 05, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hollingshead’s in Orange, CA.

Oh my sweet hell, like, Raul... Umm, hell! I mean, this thing is devilish. Did the Tasmanian devil get into the beer business? Cuz this one is firing on all cylinders like Cheney shooting a shotgun!

Spicy, smooth, beautiful... No, I’m not talking about my last Tinder date...

Raul shoots and he scores!

Nov 29, 2019
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 2018 release packaged in a 500ml bottle.

While filling the teku halfway, it is a viscous stout that produces a fairly frothy, brown head that not only has great retention, it never disappears. There is a constant film on top that tapers up to a thicker, cap sized ring around the glass.

First thing I can smell is definitely cinnamon. Tequila is also noticeable. To me it seems more like a white tequila because I tend to think it gives off more gin like floral notes. Otherwise there is a hint of a sriracha like pepper sauce, and chocolate.

Wow. The flavors really pop. A bit of tequila (aged this time) up front followed by chili peppers that deliver way more flavor than heat, but just enough bite to offset the sweetness and play off the, by far most dominant, flavor of cinnamon that is there throughout. It rounds off into a cocoa powder like chocolate with a touch of smokiness and lingering baking spice. As it warms, there is some vanilla in the finish too. Very nice combination of flavors. My only knock would be the sweetness starting to creep up the ladder as I make my way through it.

The body stands out the most. Which was the case for the very first beer I ever had of theirs. I said at the time that they were in the league of Bourbon County and Firestone Walker. Lush, velvety, and significant, yet so easy to drink. There is some tingling from the peppers.

Personally, I think that a touch more heat would put this right there, if not ahead of Mexican Cake for the best spiced stout I have had, but it is definitely at a level that it should appeal to everyone.

Jun 02, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from 2018 bottle. Pours black with faint light brown head. Aroma of peppers and cinnamon. Flavor is moderately sweet. Nice pepper flavor with chocolate and cinnamon. Just a faint hint of tequila that I wouldn’t have picked up without knowing. Some caramel and bourbon notes. Complex and extremely well done.

May 21, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from fridge temp. Pours motor oil black with quickly dissipating brown head. Nose is amazing. Spicy peppers, bourbon, tequila, molasses, cherries, chocolate, lactose, and a touch of wood. Taste is insane. Peppery spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, tequila, bourbon, brown sugar, blackberries, cherries, chocolate milk. It's definitely sweet, but not overpowering at all. The aftertaste is really nice - a touch of spice and bourbon. Mouthfeel is super creamy and robust. Overall, an amazing BA stout.

Mar 04, 2019
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Justin. Thanks man!

Thick black body with a small khaki collar. Huge aroma of cinnamon, cocoa powder, spirits. The flavor is incredibly complex, with each component integrated beautifully into the overall flavor profile. Smooth and silky on the palate. Lingering sweetness and booze complexity. Wonderful.

Jan 20, 2019
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emyers from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into snifter.

Near black with a thin mocha head.

Nose: bourbon, rich dark chocolate, undertones of cinnamon. Tequila is subtle and provides an added layer of depth without overtly smelling like tequila. Very complex and really pops.

Taste: Follows the nose. Bourbon, rice milk, chocolate brownie batter, cinnamon. Hints of tequila on the finish. Tons of layers and depth. Only knock is that it is pretty sweet.

Feel: full-bodied, appropriately low carbonation. Smooth.

Jan 17, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It certainly had a lot of flavor, and it is a very good stout, but I thought it was too sweet.

Look: Black with a thin mocca colored head

Aroma: The aroma is very nice like a rum cake with raisins and chocolate, pepper and cinnamon.

Flavor: The flavor is chocolate, cinnamon and sugar, some pepper, and maybe vanilla, and a hint of bourbon and tequila. It is both very good and very complex but a bit too sweet.

Feel: It is fairly thick and viscous, but not as thick as some other imperial stouts I've had.

Jan 10, 2019
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2018 release.

A: Pours jet black with a ring and smattering of medium-light brown, fizzy head. Recedes quickly to a ring. No lacing.

S: Herbal (?) tequila, cinnamon, dark cocoa, spicy pepper, dusty oak barrel.

T: Pretty spot on for Mexican hot cocoa: cinnamon, cocoa powder, mild burnt char, sweet and lightly spicy pepper. A bit of sweet bourbon and some tequila, esp. on the finish. Wonderfully integrated and a nice, moderate lingering sweetness that’s appropriate for the hot chocolate thing.

M: Full bodied, chewy, with medium-light carbonation. Mild alcohol burn.

O: Flavors are well balanced and everything comes together very nicely.

Jan 08, 2019
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TheBrewsky from California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source. 2018 edition.
L: Pitch black in appearance. A tiny head that retained a tight khaki ring around the perimeter of glass. Actually get a little bit of lacing on the glass, which is commendable.
S: Aromas of cinnamon, bourbon, chocolate, dates, molasses, nutmeg and subtle milk sugar sweetness. Great smelling and not boozy.
T:Man this is unique. The thing that stands out to me is it is so flavorful even when cold. Tons of chocolate and cinnamon up front. The pepper spice is noticeable but it ins't overly done, just perfectly implemented on the finish. The lactose is prevalent as well, giving a milk complexity to the flavor reminding me of horchata. The tequila barrel is present on the initial profile but the finish is all bourbon. Fantastic.
F: Full in body, medium to heavy in weight. Nice smooth feel with decent heft.
O: An incredible offering from BL. I am super glad to try it on tap, and can't wait to see how it fares from the bottle. I am very glad to have tired. For the record, the wife approves of this beer (which is saying something as she isn't a stout drinker). Cheers!

Jan 07, 2019
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floyd_pugman from California

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 (2018), poured from the bottle into an FO b3 glass. Pours a rich chocolate fudge with next to no carbonation. Nose is pepper, cinnamon, sugar, and chocolate fudge, with both tequila and bourbon barrel characteristics coming through but not dominating. Palate is full of fudge, spicy pepper, cinnamon, and sugar. As a big non-fan of tequila-barrel beers, I'm happy to report that the barrel plays well with the rest of the beer, and overall the flavors integrate better than I expected they would. This is probably my third-ranked tequila barrel beer, with PNC and Leche b1 being the top two.

Dec 29, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Al lot going on with this one, but the flavors really played well together. A spicy aroma with cinnamon, peppers, and subtle tequila. They were all there on the palate but joined by bourbon and chocolate. There was a nuttiness from the combination. Nothing was overdone and each sip allowed a fun exploration of the flavors. Big hefty feel to support all of this. Outstanding.

Dec 24, 2018
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ctbeergeek from California

4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a taster at the brewery. Poured very dark with a sweet aroma of vanilla and spice and just a hint of chile. The flavor is extremely well balanced. The bourbon barrel and vanilla provide a sweetness that is well complimented with cinnamon and a bit of chile heat and flavor. The tequila barrel shows up in just the right amount on the finish.

Dec 23, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark appearance with nice tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a slightly sweet cinnamon and bourbon. Taste is a very pleasant cinnamon and bourbon.

Dec 11, 2018
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RNbeerfan from New York

4.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Pours thick and a deep dark brown, almost black
S: Chocolate, tequila barrel, vanilla and a hint of pepper
T: Amazing how well all the addicts blend here to create a unique flavor profile. Chocolate, vanilla, barrel, sweetness and a touch of heat that doesn't overwhelm
F: Super thick with a bit of carb
O: One of the best beers that I have had. The balance in this is amazing.

Aug 28, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Black to flat marble mahogany with a dense mocha fizz that settles quickly to a sparse film and medium collar, then nothing, leaving behind only clear legs when swirled.

Smell blends charred oak and charred chilies to a point where they're indistinguishable from each other, and the chilies are near smoked chipotle levels. Smooth dark chocolate quickly mixes in, bringing plenty of cinnamon, a little vanilla nougat, almond, and a hint of strawberry.

Taste is chocolate chip cinnamon raisin cookies with a touch of sweet chili, red fruit, sweet vanilla and brown sugar. A hint of toasted graham emerges as it warms, as well as some root beer, with a little agave in the finish, but there is not much barrel present whatsoever.

This one's thin, fizzy, wet and slick.

Jul 05, 2017
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle from j47paco (thanks man!). 2016 release. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku

Pours jet black with about two fingers of khaki head. The bubbles fizzle away quickly, leaving a small patch, narrow brim and only a few tiny specks of lace.

Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, tequila, sugar and some vague spice.

Both tequila and bourbon are quickly discernible in the flavor. Layers of fudge, mallow, toasted nut, chili, cinnamon, oak and booze.

Full, viscous feel with gentle carbonation. Rich aftertaste of double liquor glazed mole fudge.

Bottle Logic proves once again that they know their way around both stouts and barrels. Tequila was a brilliant choice for the second barrel, bringing a spice, earth and agave character that complements both the bourbon and the mole stout. Outstanding.

Jun 26, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a bottle logic snifter. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a light brown two finger head that reduces fairly quickly to leave a ring of foam and little lacing.

Aromas of sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, light cinnamon, vanilla-bourbon, and a very light booziness come through. Aromas are not overly potent but definitely reflect the ingredients.

On the tongue is sweet but not cloyingly sweet cinnamon hot chocolate, milk chocolate and cocoa, very well executed medley of mexican stout flavors, a little spiciness from the peppers, followed by a roasty stout character. Mouthfeel is SUPER thick, rich, probably the best aspect of this beer. Medium carbonation.

A fantastic beer and great execution of the mexican style imperial stout. So thick and rich, nice balance of flavors with nothing taking over.

Jun 10, 2017
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Shogun250 from Vermont

4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great spicy brew. Good mixture of barrel and heat. Thought this was one of the best BA spiced beers I've ever had up there with BA cake and BA oro negro. Really impressed how bottle logic's descriptions are always on point.

May 22, 2017
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bgold86 from New York

4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich vanilla nose, chocolate, slight booziness to it. Big dark chocolate and cinnamon on the tongue, finishes with a slight kick. Definitely a well layered balanced beer, however I would have preferred a slightly higher bourbon profile on the nose and taste.

Apr 20, 2017
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rmpic82 from Kansas

4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately, I rushed this taste a bit. Dark pour with a little tan head to it, this beer had a nice cinnamon backbone which ran from front to back, with the peppers adding some grip and texture. Well-structured and put together.

Apr 04, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whether its a rich stout or an alcoholic malty, the line between dark ale and milkshake is a complete blur when the Bottle Logic gets ridiculous with their imperial stouts. Bourbon and tequila barrels, chilies and spice, sugars and chocolates- the entire brewer's pantry is on call with this massive beer.

Leche Borracho nearly crawls out of the bottle on its own upon a pop of the cap. As its rich and sultry darkness settles into the snifter, its milkshake comparisons are obvious. Black as night and rounding with a creamy tan lather, the beer's robust fragrance swirls around coconut and chocolate with hints of pepper, oak and margarita lurking in the recesses of scent. Lavishly rich, dense and robust in taste, its dark chocolates, espresso and nutty flavors settle on the tongue like brownie batter.

As the stout saturates the tastebuds, its sweetness holds on through the duration of the session and continues to balance the brunt of alcohol and chili spice. Sugary like chocolate cake, the beer's taste of heavy cream, vanilla and barrel caramel takes off the rougher edges of roast and has the beer feeling just as silky and malted milkshakes. Bourbon offers a bold coconut, char, vanilla, caramel and nutty taste that garners more attention nearing the finish.

Obviously thick, chewy and pleasantly cloying, the beer is designed as a long, savory, slow sipping affair while its chocolates, sweetness and viscosity won't so much pair with dessert, but rather replace dessert altogether.

Feb 28, 2017
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Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 457 ratings