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Bottleworks 15th Anniversary Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

74 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 74
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 17
Gots: 21 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LiquidAmber on 03-04-2014)
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Thanks to John11486 for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, funk, fruit, earth, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, acidic, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and interesting, but I am not getting any real tequila qualities from this one.

Serving type: bottle.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into nonic pint glass

A: The brew is reddish-brown in color, opaque, as a gentle pour yields almost no suds. Doesn't look as viscous as I thought it might be.

S: The nose is somewhat muted, with hints of carob and ripe fruit first noted. Suggestions of squaw bread surround the bouquet, with a doughy aspect. I'm not sure if it's that the aromas are subdued or just that the alcohol is well-masked, but there are faint hints of booze at the edge of bouquet.

T: Nothing muted on the palate, though. At first I thought it tasted like a spiced quad, with notes of ripe fruit and rum-raisin at the front, nutmeg as well. AS the sip progresses, a quad's fruity esters are instead hoppy astringency and phenols. Booze does pop up at the back of the sip but not as much as expected. Bitter and sweet aspects are well aligned for the ABV; everything is dialed in as the sip finishes long, with touches of hops and phenols lingering between sips.

M: One of the lighter-bodied ales I've had in this ABV range. I think the dark opacity throws off perceptions.

I was recently up in Sea-town for a high school reunion...popped into Bottleworks as I always do when I'm up there. Nice to see another local rock star collaborating with Seattle's beer scene (when I moved from Seattle to San Diego, craft beer was a bigger deal up there than down here). A nice homage to the cozy little bottleshop, with a style that's hard to pin down but with a complex flavor-profile that's easy to drink.

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750mL into a tulip. Pours a murky mahogany w/ a 1-finger khaki head.

Aroma is big, sticky, chewy malt and booze. Rum-soaked pipe tobacco, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, figs and dates.

Taste follows nose. Big bold sticky flavors of heavy malt, oak, spice, sugar, toffee, vanilla.

Mouthfeel is slick and sticky, coating with alcohol heat on the finish.

Overall a huge sipper of a beer on par with the Bruery anniversary beers.

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Bottleworks 15th Anniversary Ale from The Lost Abbey
91 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.