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Bottleworks XIV - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 136
Gots: 42 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.95% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This NW style sour ale is a blend of Blond Quad and Blond ales that were aged in Bourbon, wine and rum barrels with orange zest for up to 24 months.

Blended to celebrate the 14th anniversary of Bottleworks.

(Beer added by: Adamostella on 02-25-2013)
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draheim

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:54:20 | More by draheim
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NWer

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

04-03-2013 22:42:48 | More by NWer
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 01:32:04 | More by Alieniloquium
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Quackus

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-01-2013 19:37:53 | More by Quackus
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wsucoug96

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-30-2013 23:27:45 | More by wsucoug96
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mroberts1204

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-30-2013 20:23:51 | More by mroberts1204
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ehammond1


3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle (2013)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 06:49:54 | More by ehammond1
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joel66

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-28-2013 19:53:36 | More by joel66
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

03-24-2013 17:28:41 | More by Thorpe429
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DaSolomon

New York

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

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

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 18:50:57 | More by DaSolomon
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Rconn006

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-23-2013 15:38:53 | More by Rconn006
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bthomas

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-21-2013 19:31:43 | More by bthomas
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jconrick1

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-19-2013 16:23:26 | More by jconrick1
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BabyTree

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

03-11-2013 18:55:56 | More by BabyTree
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harrymel

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.8%

03-11-2013 16:22:53 | More by harrymel
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leedorham

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-11-2013 14:54:45 | More by leedorham
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beerandcycling88

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-11-2013 03:19:25 | More by beerandcycling88
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adkieffer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-09-2013 21:39:15 | More by adkieffer
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jaylib

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-08-2013 05:55:18 | More by jaylib
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stx00lax

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle

A-Pours copper orange with a fluffy white head that quickly fades and leaves nice sticky bubbles around the edge of my glass

S- orange, rum, vanilla and a bit of typical cascade lactic sourness.

T- Tastes like an orange-rum cocktail. Tangerine juiciness and a light-bitter peel. Tartness isnt overly lactic and integrates well with the barrels, the wine barrel adds a nice vinous undertone. The blonde quad seems to add a bit of body and helps nicely with the 11% alcohol which is hidden extremely well. This is definitely more "orangey" than on-tap. The vanilla which i assume is from the bourbon barrel becomes more prominent as it warms.

M- Creamy with a little rum heat on the back end, but not much. Dangerously drinkable

O- Really nice and overall my favorite beer that ive had from cascade, due to the complexity and lack of insane lactic sourness. A really nice blend that i imagine will taste better fresh rather than aged. I guess well see.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 07:56:21 | More by stx00lax
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BillHilly

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-06-2013 02:08:28 | More by BillHilly
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jag21

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-05-2013 22:04:08 | More by jag21
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a copperish like color with good carbonation presenting a nice fluffy off white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a small amount of lacing

S: Rum, vinegar, bourbon, vanilla and fruit basket

T: Immediate lacto sting right upfront and perists from start to finish, Cascades signature move. This is followed by a big sweetness, Rum all the way. Bourbon and wood come to play shortly after and vinous taste and texture come to mind. An array of darker fruits.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, no major issues

O: A very good beer. Not a big fan of Cascade and their pricing antics but I wuld pay $25 for this, not $30

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 15:05:45 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.8%

03-03-2013 22:48:46 | More by mdaschaf
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours with a modest head with little retention of lacing. The color is a somewhat unattractive orange-brown, but only slightly cloudy.

S: Nice sharp lactic aroma which immediately induces salivation. Light bourbon notes, caramel, and orange.

T: Somewhat sweet with more of a rum influence in the flavor. Mild acetic acid, clearly a Cascade beer, but avoiding the acetone that's all to common in their stronger beers.

M: Medium-low carbonation with a slight sharp finish and substantial linger

O: One of Cascade's better offerings using their 'blond quad' base, but as is typical with that base beer, I like it less than some of their other beers. Still, it's nicely drinkable and hides the 12% well.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 17:31:01 | More by kscaldef
Bottleworks XIV from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.