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Bottleworks XIV | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.95%

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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by IPeteA91:
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4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.32/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5/5  rDev +16.6%

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Bottleworks XIV from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 139 ratings