Bottleworks XIV - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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4.43/5 rDev +3%
750mL into a snifter. Pours a clear coppery amber w/ a 1-finger white head that settles to a collar and thin film of fine foam. The head has the softness characteristic of beers fermented with wild yeast. Leaves behind a thin film of very fine bubbles on the inside of the glass when tilted or swirled.
Aroma is sour and acidic with a warm hint of the rum and bourbon barrels. Fermenting oranges, peaches, and apricots there too.
Taste is rich and complex. A blend of pale and crystal/caramel malts (my guess), lactic sour yeast, sweet candi sugar, liquor barrels, vanilla, orange, and just a hint of warming booze. The body and sweetness reminds me a little bit of Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood, but of course on top of that we have the barrel aging and sour fermentation. Alcohol well hidden. Ultimately, I think the strong sweet and sour elements work as counterpoint to one another.
Mouthfeel is a little stickier and heavier than most other American wilds I've had. Clearly we have a pretty high gravity beer here. But I don't find that it detracts from the overall experience. Lively carbonation keeps it relatively crisp. Medium body.
Overall a big, bold, complex and unique beer. An imperial wild ale. Enjoyable and delicious. Hard to gauge whether it's worth the $30 admission price (I'd have preferred 375s @ $14), but as always, I'm glad I had a chance to try it.
04-14-2013 01:54:20 | More by draheim
4.13/5 rDev -4%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Deep reddish orange. Big off-white head. Retains well. Clings to the glass.
Smell - Layers of aromas. Peaches, citrus, apples, and then the barrels. Rum is most prevalent. Lots of caramel. Booze.
Taste - Perhaps a slight letdown from the nose. Sweet up front, lots of fruit. Peach and other light fruits. Sugary caramel with rum and brandy. Darkens in the back with a hint of the bourbon barrel. Sour throughout, I suppose I should mention.
Mouthfeel - It's heavy and a little bit boozy. Well carbonated.
Overall - An impressive multilayered sour. Trademark Cascade complexity.
04-02-2013 01:32:04 | More by Alieniloquium
3.48/5 rDev -19.1%
Thanks for sharing this with me, smarcoly!
Dark amber and near-copper in color. Small ring of small khaki bubbles. Leaves dots of stick down the glass.
A very sweet aroma, with definite rum barrel character, some vinegar and lactic sour character, very similar to many of Cascade's soured bottle offerings. There's some interesting fruit notes as well as some burnt sugars. A bit of alcohol as well.
The flavor is both sweeter and more layered and complex than a lot of Cascade's bottled sours. Rum and barrel are very prevalent, dark fruits, caramel and candy bar, and lots of sour character. A bit too sweet though to be that drinkable.
Somewhat heavy and full in body for a beer of the style. Moderate carbonation and a little booze.
Good, but a very rich, incredibly sweet sour ale from Cascade. Not entirely drinkable because of the alcohol presence and extreme sweetness. Too boozy for it's own good, in my opinion, but still an impressive sour ale from Cascade.
03-30-2013 06:49:54 | More by ehammond1
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
750ml bottle opened with thezoobrew
A: Orange with a nice frothy head
S: smells of vanilla, orange, rum kinda like a orange popiscle
T: tastes like the smell, orange rum cocktail with vanilla trailing, nice full bodied flavor. sour lactic of cascade throughout which brings this to another level
M: nice carbonation, solid throughout
O: a great brew by cascade, one of the best by them, love the full orange flavor of this, I am not a huge rum fan but this was made very well and has the perfect level of rum notes without throwing masking the distinct notes of the beer
03-23-2013 18:50:57 | More by DaSolomon
Bottleworks XIV from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.