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Anniversary Ale XIII | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spiced braggot - a blend of Impious Stout and a metheglin made with lemon, lime, ginger and Simcoe hops.

Added by BuckeyeNation on 08-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany brown with more and more cherry and orange highlights as there was less and less beer in the glass. A slim slice of fawn colored froth faded in minutes, becoming wispy sheets, then spots and dots of lace.

The nose was tough to pin down at first. It became bolder over time and was actually an exact match for the flavor profile in the end. For the sake of avoiding redundancy, skip down to see how the beer smelled and tasted. Prior to tipping up the stemmed glass, if blinded, black IPA would have been my first guess.

Upon hearing of the two component beers that make up Anniversary Ale XIII, my hope was that the Imperial stout wouldn't steamroll the more subtle metheglin. It didn't, which is a tribute to the brewing (and mixing) skill of wdmrock. In fact, the two were extremely complementary, which led to a stunning amount of complexity. That is the major reason why the taste score, a classic tweener, was awarded the higher number.

As with Anniversary Ale XII, most of the ingredients of both beers were appreciated. The combination of an Imperial schwarzbier-like stout and a pale malted metheglin resulted in a flavor profile dominated by caramel-toffee and honey. Also present were bittersweet chocolate, coffee-with-cream and candied citrus zest. Ginger? Perhaps.

This offering was both moderately sweet and moderately bitter, with the former leading the latter at all points except the finish of the finish, which was lingeringly tropical fruity and lipsmackingly good. Almost no alcohol was a major plus as well.

The mouthfeel started out a wee bit thin, hit a very sweet sweetspot at mid-glass, and seemed to lose a little something during the final few swallows. At its smooth and clingy best, though, it easily earned the above score. Besides, the carbonation was perfect.

Time flies. It seems like mere months ago that my review for XII was entered... and now it's time for XIII. It's entirely possible that this year's beer is better than last year's beer because Impious Stout is better than Lumpy Dog Brown. In any case, Anniversary Ale XIII oozes both complexity and drinkability. I can't wait until next August.

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Anniversary Ale XIII from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1 ratings
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