Bottleworks 15th Anniversary Ale | The Lost Abbey

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Bottleworks 15th Anniversary AleBottleworks 15th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by LiquidAmber on 03-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 98
Photo of flagmantho
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally cracked my Bottleworks 15 today. Looking forward to it! Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich & cloudy brown hue with a finger of creamy light-brown foam atop. Quite attractive!

Smell: big, rich malt aroma with a good dark fruitiness of raisin and date plus a dash of chocolate. Wonderful!

Taste: malty with those same dark, dusty fruit flavors, plus a sourness up front which subsides as the sweetness re-asserts itself. i love it!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and a decent creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: this is a damn fine beer. The flavors are a bit strong to drink it for a whole session, but overall very good.

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Photo of Domvan
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look - Bubbly thin head, amber colored
Smell - Tart, sour, infected
Taste - Strong alcohol flavor, nice body aside from the sour flavor, was probably a great beer originally
Feel - Infected

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Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fizzy tan head.

Slightly tart, has a twang to it. Tequila shows nicely. Very interesting. Plums, raisins, brown sugar. The quad base definitely shows. Tart cherry flavors.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of nmann08
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

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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Photo of rand
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of draheim
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL into a tulip. Pours a murky mahogany w/ a 1-finger khaki head.

Aroma is big, sticky, chewy malt and booze. Rum-soaked pipe tobacco, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, figs and dates.

Taste follows nose. Big bold sticky flavors of heavy malt, oak, spice, sugar, toffee, vanilla.

Mouthfeel is slick and sticky, coating with alcohol heat on the finish.

Overall a huge sipper of a beer on par with the Bruery anniversary beers.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Buckeyeboy provided this gem tonight... Thanks Jeremy! Pours dark brown with a thin short lasting dark tan head.. decent enough lacing. The aroma is dark malt with a good spicy yeasty phenolic note that combines well with the oak and residual tequila. I doubt my sniffer is good enough to ever identify this as tequila without coaxing, but I dig it nonetheless. Flavor really needs warmth to bloom.. Again, the tequila is there, but doesn't really get too big, I would appreciate a heavier hand personally.. with warmth, raisin and oak come out.. Agave? I guess. Surprised there is carbonation.

Interesting... Okay... Not really the best beer for a "tasting" there is a lot going on, but it is all really pretty light and never out in the open, this is a "thinker"... but honestly, it is only okay.


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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown body. Medium khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Vanilla aroma. It's got a weird tequila aroma, which is redundant. Deep caramel. Slight oakiness.

Taste - Less intense on the tequila, but it's there. Lots of vanilla and oak. Deep caramel. Some deeper malts. Nutty flavors. A little milk chocolate. Astringent finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - I can't get past the tequila barrel.

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Bottleworks 15th Anniversary Ale from The Lost Abbey
3.87 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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