Bottleworks XIV
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Wild Ale
4.32 | pDev: 8.8%
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: 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.
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BerryKumquat from California

4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: A dark brown ale color.
S: Strong woody caramel flavor.
T: A very earth rich tarty honey with hints of spices at the end.
F: A rich light wooden honey beer.
O: A unique simple honey beer that's like a mead but overly sweet and done.

Aug 29, 2021
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andy for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear honey amber hue with a thin white hue that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of decent alcohol burn, tartness, lactic acid, light generic fruit, fair amount of oaky barrel.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, fair account of tartness. Generic fruit, sourness. There is good barrel notes, rum, bourbon, citrus zest.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, Alcohol hidden well, but, rather flemmy.

O - Overall this beer was rather solid, but, awfully flemmy. Had better.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 27, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andy, 2012.

Decent fizzy foamy head fades at fair pace, little lacing, slight chill hazed reddish orange color.

Nose big sour, big sour blond malts, tart fruity like, sour stone fruit, light funk, decent acidity, light buttery oak.

Taste brings big sour malt and funky fruit, tart stone fruit little cherry thing, sweet candy like barleywine malt, into mild rum and vinous notes, buttery oak flash, fair sour and nice acidity, light funk, tangy. Mild flemmy acidic finish, cherry funk, etc.

Mouth is med bod, flemmy acidic, decent carb.

Overall decent, tons of sour sticky flemmy fruit and malt, bit too sticky flemmy in the end but still nice.

Dec 27, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Bottle shared by James. Thanks man.

The beer is a hazy, murky, orange yellow hue with a soft white head. Incredibly profound aroma. Oranges, oak, vanilla, booze. The various barrels meld wonderfully, offering a sweet and sour blend I associate with Cascade. Delicious flavor. So much going on. Luscious and rich, coating the palate. Alcohol presence is there, but I wouldn't have guessed nearly 12%. Yikes. Another unique and tasty wild ale from Cascade.

Oct 06, 2014
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flagmantho from Washington

4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into my Selkirk Abbey tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark, deep golden hue with just a touch of haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lots of tartness right up front with a bit of malty sweetness and a light fruity complexity. Rather nice.

Taste: very nice fruitiness with cherry and apricot and perhaps some raisin. Tartness is quite bright and the overall effect is very tasty indeed. Love it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a nice, fizzy carbonation appropriate to a sour. Not creamy, but refreshing.

Overall: this is a very tasty beer. I'm going to enjoy sipping this one quite a great deal.

Jul 31, 2014
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John_M from France

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Graciouly brought to a recent bottle share in PDX (alas, I cannot recall who brought it).

The beer pours a gold amber orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is interesting and attractive. There's some noticeable fruit and vanilla, but you also pick up a light wine and rum component that is intriguing as well. On the palate, the sour component dominates, but there's enough wine and sweet citrus to counter and balance that sweetness. It really gives the beer a delightful "sweet tart" flavor that is very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long sweet tart and vanilla finish. The beer is very light on it's feet, and drinkability is exceptional (but that's typical in most Cascade made beers). Am not a big sour fan, but I could drink this all day (well, except for the 12% abv). Delicious stuff.

Feb 26, 2014
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jvillefan from New York

4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: It has a golden orange body that is very clear after leaving the bottle in my refrigerator for 3 months and then leaving the last 1 oz in the bottle. The half finger head is an orange tinged ivory that hangs around for a while.

S: The perfect balance between funk, tart, fruit, and malt. The funk from the brett comes up first. It has that barnhouse aroma that Brett is known for. The sour is mixed in nicely with the fruit. There is a sour orange flora aroma that is very pleasant. The malt lingers subtly in the back of this beer with caramel notes. The only problem I have with it is that it is very subtle.

T: The taste mirrors the aroma perfectly. The tart and sweetness come forward in this beer more in the flavor then in the aroma. Great balance between the sour, fruit, and funk. One of the best sours out there.

M: Very rich full and creamy mouth feel. The carbonation is perfect. In terms of sours, this is the best.

O: I am a little upset that this is only a one time brew. This is the top five sours that I have ever had. Very delicious and well worth trading for.

Aug 12, 2013
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tectactoe from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Kevin W for this one - definitely a brew that I thought I'd never get the chance to try. Bottleworks XIV is a burnt and toasty shade of copper; murky and nearly opaque all the way through. The white head whips around quickly on top of the brew and transcends into thin air within a few seconds of the pour. Lively carbonation with a sloppy colored body.

This beer is a mix of Blond Quad and Blond ale aged in three kinds of barrels: bourbon, wine, and rum, all with orange zest for 24 months - quite a bit to wrap your schnoz around. The wine barrel comes through heaviest; heavy, heavy vinous notes with lightly boozy grapes, cherries, apples, oak barrel, bitter orange, and sour, beautiful acidity.

A nice, complex, fruity and tart nose; after some time, I start picking up light bourbon notes from the bourbon barrel. At 12% ABV, this is one motherfunkin' sour ale; chalk that up to the three types of heavier booze-laden barrels. I end up finishing the brew without really getting any rum notes, but bourbon is there, and wine is full-force. Warming and tart at the same time.

Each sip smashes your palate with boat loads of cherry tartness, applesauce, huge vinous grapes, oaky dryness, light vanilla, slight bourbon undertones, with finishing orange and some sense slicing acidic notes. There's plenty of tartness from the fruits, but this is still not what I'd call "sour". It's actually pretty sweet which works well with the stature of the beer.

Warmth brings out some light acetone notes - at 12% ABV, it isn't too much of a surprise, and it's not nearly enough to be off-putting or distracting. It just bumps up the robustness a bit and reminds you that you've got a strong beer in your glass so you don't slam it like a bro and wake up in a strange basement the following morning. Medium bodied, creamy on the palate with a good amount of soft and smooth carbonation.

A weird brew in the way that it's kind of different than most other ales out there. It's tart, it's sweet, it's oaky and dry, it's mildly boozy, and deliciously fruity. Very complex and enjoying to drink, and at 12% ABV, it's drinks incredibly easy. Take a bottle of this to the dome and try not to lash out at the people you love. Thanks again, Kevin. Great stuff.

Jul 18, 2013
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yamar68 from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to FalconA for sending this my way!

Never would expect such a lively appearance - a burnt honey golden body shows little beading but a massive paper white head fills the glass with ease, leaving tons of sticky lace behind as it recedes.

Could smell this one from a mile away. Huge, sweet jam notes... marmalade, rum, ginger maybe (?), pear and plum. The combination of sweet, sour and heat creates something that's a little spicy. Although the booze is quite evident, it isn't too medicinal or hot - it manages to really cling to the flavors of those barrels (if that makes sense).

Wasn't sure which direction this would take on the palate... it's got a pretty impressive sense of balance given the booze bill. Waves of fruit juice flavor - orange, pineapple and grape. It's more sweet than sour on the tongue. That said, there is a pleasant, swelling acidity that cleans off the palate at the finish.

Some various notes that I pickup along the road: chardonnay, plum, apricot, grapefruit, peach, phenol, juniper, apple cider, fig.

Easily the most intricate sour beer I've had the pleasure of trying. Terrific stuff.

Thanks Paul!

Jul 17, 2013
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Sarlacc83 from Oregon

3.32/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle brought by me to the tasting. Thanks me!

A: Clear copper color with a descending offwhite head.

N: Lactic acid, honey, rum, more lactic acid, sweet-tarts, cherry and some raspberry. Coconut is prevalent. This is definitely a Cascade sour from the get-go.

T: Sour, but it's more balanced with the underlying layer of sweetness than some of its counterparts. Not to say it avoids the sweet-tart thing, entirely. However, there's some aspirin and butter going on here.

M: Big and oily.

O: It's fun. It doesn't break any new ground, and it's not particularly memorable. I wouldn't turn down a pour, either.

Jul 12, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with fruit, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit 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 very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

May 08, 2013
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks Michael

the beer pours a cloudy amber-orange with an inch of white head that settles to a thin blanketing. the nose is a strange mix of barrels, slightly spicy, and funky sour. it drinks a bit more refined with a bit of spice/zest, funky, a bit boozy, and sour. it has a bit more sweetness than a bone dry sour, medium-ish body, good carb, good aftertaste and interesting interplay between barrels. this beer was worth treading for, very delicious and complex.

Apr 28, 2013
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draheim from Washington

4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Apr 14, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Apr 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19%
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.

Mar 30, 2013
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DaSolomon from New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Mar 23, 2013
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stx00lax from Washington

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Mar 06, 2013
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barleywinefiend from Washington

4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Mar 04, 2013
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kscaldef from Oregon

3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Feb 28, 2013
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oregonskibum from Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: amber, light brown, a little cloudy. White head that dropped off quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Typical Cascade smell with hints of bourbon and sweet caramal.

T: First taste is again typical Cascade. Definitely has a sweetness to it with plenty of lacto tartness. It's not into mid to late taste where the bourbon and wine/port flavors start to show up. Tasty and more complex than some Cascade beers.

M: Plenty of carbonation, easy drinking.

D/O: Alcohol is very well hidden, almost deceptively so. The wine and rum, while mild and quite hidden, do add a complexity to this beer not always present in Cascade beers. Definitely enjoyable and something that should evolve over time.

Feb 28, 2013
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 8.5.13

A - Pours a cloudy dark orange - almost brown with a fizzy tan head that fades in clumps.

S - Tart, oaky, woody, funky, a touch of lemon.

T - A big acidic bite, then some tart wood with a funky-sweet finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Tart and oaky, different for Cascade, so very good.

Feb 26, 2013
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waltersrj from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap for the anniversary alongside The Bruery Bottlework's 12.

Appearance was a light golden brown with a small bubbly white head around the glass' rim.

Nose was vinous, a bit port like sweetness, light nuances if bourbon, and a little rum spice and sweetness. None of the vinegar that most Cascade brewed have. Slightly tart.

Taste was similar to the nose. Really fantastic and smooth. The abv is well hidden here. This is the best Cascade beer that they've produced by far. A little sweet and the barreling is so well balanced. The best thing is that the harsh vinegar isn't present in the taste either.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, decently carbonated, and easy drinking.

Overall: I really think The Matt's and Cascade did a great job here. Nice work gentleman!

Cheers all,

Feb 25, 2013
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Adamostella from Washington

4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely worth the wait outside on a dreary Seattle February day.

Pours a light straw with minimal head.

You pick up the red wine with a hint of sweet rum on the nose. One thing with sours is that you sometimes get too much vinegar up front but in this case mellowing with the rum and bourbon barrels takes the edge off

Drinks way too easy compared to abv, tastes like it packs half that punch, which is incredible.

This one has some tough lineage to live up to with its ancestral line including Bruery's XII and Russian Rivers near mythic Deviation (XI) at this point. However this one joins that exclusive pantheon in my mind. Congratulations to the Matts and the Cascade team for knocking it out of the park with this one!

Feb 25, 2013
Bottleworks XIV from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 141 ratings