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Bottleworks 15th Anniversary Ale - The Lost Abbey

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 15
Gots: 19 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: LiquidAmber on 03-04-2014

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with a half inch of beige head. Roasted malt, chocolate. Oak and barrel flavors emerge more in the flavor. Mild heat. Medium bodied with some boozy cognac-like sweetness. Pretty good.

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4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, pours a dark brown color with ruby hues and a light tan head.

The smell is tequila...lots of agave mixed with dark fruit, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, lots of oak and faint smokey notes and it smells very boozy and hot. The flavor is a bit more in check and less extreme. Tastes of wet wood, more agave, a little lime, more dark fruit, a bit acidic and a little tart.

This isn't that good, to be real. It's drinkable, but very boozy, flavors are all over the place, nothing comes together well. I like tequila, not this.

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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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4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Bottleworks 15th Anniversary Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.