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Senior Rick Mendell
Tequila Savant
235 ratings

Pepe Galvez
Tequila Savant
236 ratings

Matt Gresham
Tequila Connoisseur
69 ratings

A light straw color with really nice even legs and tears that take their time on the glass. The aroma is sweet cooked agave, hint of yeast, cinnamon, and a bit of ethanol and brine. The flavor has quite a bit going on and is really good! Nice mouthfeel with cooked agave at the forefront of course. I can definitely taste the ale (yeast & malt) but I also pick up notes from the other barrels, both sweet and wood. Surprisingly long peppery finish with a bit of bitterness that I have to believe comes from the hops. I love it!

Andy Bardon
Tequila Ninja
131 ratings

Erica Boorom
Tequila Ninja
110 ratings

My new favorite reposado! Rich aroma full of agave, ripe fruits, butter, vanilla, cinnamon and wheaty beer. The taste is similar with cooked agave, caramel, toffee, black pepper, pear, apricot and light cider. The texture is full and creamy with a small amount of sourness from the beer barrels. The finish is a bit more sour, and has stronger notes of vanilla, toffee and oak. This is great tequila that I was lucky enough to be able to find the last bottle of at my local liquor store. I suggest everyone try and do the same because this stuff is special.

Simon Gutierrez
Tequila Ninja
186 ratings

Bryce Taylor (Austin Tequila Connoisseurs)
Tequila Ninja
183 ratings

Fortaleza Winter Blend 2020 The nose is great! I can smell the American and French oak barrels while still detecting the beer barrel. It’s a very complex nose for a Reposado. I get the sweetness from the French Oak and the musty whiskey note from American Oak and then a sourness from the beer barrel. Don’t worry the cooked agave still punches through. I taste sweet agave and then I get some nice pepper on the mid-palette thanks to the higher ABV. On the back end comes the French oak sweetness that turns to a dry note thanks to the beer barrel. There’s also some sourness that dances around on the finish. This is an excellent reposado! Thank you Fortaleza!

Lou Agave (Long Island Lou Tequila)
Tequila Savant
206 ratings

I love it a lot, and I love the profile od the triple barreling. I prefer it by a hair over the 2019

Andy Bardon
Tequila Ninja
131 ratings

Nose: agave, honey, wood on the backend. Taste: long slow ramp of flavor peaking with cooked agave, then dripping into vanilla and raisins. Warm flavors without having the wood overpower the flavors Finish: balanced and warm. Well done!! The higher ABV let’s the agave shine without watering it down. Nice oily mouth feel with some valley minerality on the palate. I dig it

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