Anniversary Ale XII | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

2 Ratings

Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spiced Braggot - a blend of Brown Ale aged in a Templeton rye whiskey barrel and a metheglin made with lemon, lime, ginger, and Simcoe hops.

Added by BuckeyeNation on 08-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All I can say is WOW, this is one heck of a beer. When Rock Bottom wants to do something special they don't disappoint.

The color was between a dark amber and light brown with white head going to the top of the glass. The aroma was malts and a hint of of a faux-citris. Taste wise it's very sweet, very bold, with the same faux-citris taste dissipating with each sip (or gulp should you prefer) til it's not noticeable. This is a glass of pure enjoyment.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sun tea brown with juicy orange and radiant gold highlights. The attractive slice of beige colored foam was especially smooth and creamy. It stayed around for a while, so I didn't mind that the glass was decorated with just a few smears of sudsy lace in the end.

This might be a good place to note Anniversary Ale XII's unique list of ingredients. One of the Rock Bottom regulars, Lumpy Dog Brown, was blended with a honey ale that includes fresh ginger, lemon juice, lime juice and Simcoe hops... and was aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels. Whew!

My first thought (prior to tasting) was that the beer had a good chance of being either too busy, too unfocused or too unbalanced. I'm happy to report that it's none of those things. Instead, it's one of the most interesting ales, of any style, that I've ever had.

It was obvious from the first sniff that the beer was dry-hopped with Simcoe. It was nicely aromatic and featured tropical fruity notes of mango, orange and lime. Possibly a grating of fresh ginger as well, but only as it warmed. Although less complex than the flavor, the nose was easily enjoyable enough to earn the above score.

The most amazing thing about Anniversary Ale XII was that so many of its ingredients were easily indentifiable, and they were perfectly balanced to boot. They also worked together extremely well, which is why the beer is such a rousing success. Juggling this many seemingly disparate ingredients couldn't have been easy.

Since cocoa was absent and tea-like notes were present, the brown ale was more altbier than American brown ale. The mango and peach of the Simcoe hops blended seamlessly with the tart citrusiness of the lemon and lime juices; the ginger added a spicy, exotic, Asian vibe; the honey provided more sweetness than flavor; and the rye whiskey was neither too subtle nor too bold.

Rather than some flavors making their mark early in the mouthful, some in the middle and others late, they were all present from beer entry to beer exit. I'll admit, it sounds like a dissonant mess on paper, but it was a beautiful symphony on the buds. Which is the only place that matters. I haven't even mentioned the fact that sweet, bitter and tangy were incredibly complementary to one another as well.

The mouthfeel started out light-medium and became solidly medium by the bottom of the glass. The carbonation was on the lightly sparkly side, but it wasn't buzzy or annoying in the least. In fact, the energy was welcome. The finish was both lightly sticky (probably from the honey) and drying.

Anniversary Ale XII went beyond merely interesting and into the realm of fascinating. It isn't the single best beer that wdmrock was ever created, but it's one of the most unique. The bottom line is that it took a great deal of imagination to dream this beer up and it took even more talent to pull it off. Well done.

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Anniversary Ale XII from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 2 ratings
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