Bottleworks XI Anniversary Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Bottleworks XI Anniversary AleBottleworks XI Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by bgramer on 02-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 31
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2.77/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

750ml into snifter. Thanks for the tick, Jeff.

A: Pours a deep cola brown with an ample, dense, and frothy woody brown head that took forever to fade into a lasting cap of foam. The head and carbonation scream infection, and I'm surprised the bottle didn't gush.
S: Big, sweet, chewy, bourbon nose with equally as much thick chocolate fudge and bitter dark chocolate. I get hints of caramel, and light notes of infection in the form of tart red berries and slight acetic acid. There's just a hint of cardboard oxidation as the beer warms.
T: Follows the nose with rather smooth and delicious flavors of chocolate fudge, and tons caramel, raisin and dark fruit. I even get a background hint of tannic woody wine barrel perhaps. The infection isn't overpowering, but it's enough to be distracting. Sharp tart red berries and a touch of vinegar bite at my throat. The finish has flavors of vanilla and lingering leather and bourbon. No trace of alcohol warmth. This beer would be awesome aside from the infection.
M: Thick, chewy body, sweet and slick mouthfeel, fuzzy spritzy carbonation and obviously the tart vinegary bite.
O: Too bad this didn't hold up. It was still drinkable to an extent, and the infection wasn't rampant, but unfortunately most of this bottle went down the drain.

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Photo of Bristopher89
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakewatt135
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DCLAguy11
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with dark roasted malt, cocoa, wine grape, red wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cocoa, wine grape, and red wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting sourness that I am not sure is from the red wine barrel aging or from some sort of infection.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.41/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big tarts, red cherry, would love for this to be the barrels..but damn if this fun try isn't a bit of a mess.

This is a chore..a small taste was more than enough...the a bottle...drainzilla.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Bottle opened on 6.18.14

Tart wine, chocolate, mild bourbon. Way past its prime.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Big khaki head. Wispy surface. Medium collar.

Smell - Yogurty lactic sourness. A little bit of wine. Chocolate.

Taste - Sharp sourness right up front. Red wine grapes. Yogurt. Lactic sourness.

Mouthfeel - Really sour. Tough to drink. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Way over the hill and too sour to be interesting.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tectactoe
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks for splitting this gem, Tim! Bottleworks XI pours out somewhere along the lines of black, though not *completely* black; still laced with shades of deep, deep mahogany and brown, swarming with little chunks of hanging, yeasty sediment. A creamy, two-finger light mocha foam rests on top the brew and though it leaves minimal lacing, shows good longevity.

A battle of wits takes place with each sniff; both stouty-sharp and fruity-sweet at once without wandering too, too far into the tart side of things. Sticky, heavy molasses, toffee, cocoa, dark figs and prunes, all coupled with heavy vinous aromas of oak, red wine, sharp and mildly acidic grapes with a lightly tart tingle, but not exactly "sour", per se. Enigmatic, raunchy, and almost so wrong that it feels so right.

Up front, the first sip contains a very light tartness that tickles the senses in such an unexpectedly pleasant way; the taste follows up with grapes, prunes, raisins... lots of dark-ish fruits, all exhibiting a somewhat vinous character, perched upon a solid subset of oak and wine-like flavors. The mild tartness turns quickly to a mellow sweetness as the fruits rush in - about halfway through is when the "stout" portion of the beer starts to turn the tables.

Mild roast, molasses, a bit of sweet brown sugar and a light touch of finishing cocoa powder. The stout is a little more underplayed on the palate as the red wine aged aspect of the beer shines the most, from start to finish, but I still feel like the execution and final product was done really well. Smooth and very light bourbon notes in the finish, though the wine barrels are still far more prominent. Medium bodied, slick mouth feel; low and smooth, rolling carbonation.

Hmmm... another dark fruit-centric stout aged in wine barrels, granting us a mildly tart... stout. Sounds out of whack, and I know many people aren't exactly on board with this spectrum ranging style, but I find myself enjoying it more and more, and I very much appreciated this beer. Good mix of sweet and tart without going *too* sour, and retaining just enough stout-like qualities to keep it from changing styles completely. Well done.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark, but not as dark as some Impy stouts. About a finger of mocha tan head.

Smell is almost funky off a small whiff while pouring, lots of oak and bourbon, smooth caramel and vanilla, and yes, a bit of funk going on here.

Taste...ummm...interesting. Smell and appearance was leading to stout, taste was a dark sour. Suppose this is the wine barrel aging coming out. Lots of acidity for such a dark beer. Some of the stout flavors come out, but it’s mostly the sour parts in the taste.

Very mellow and surprisingly drinkable. Unique to say the least.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Bottleworks XI Anniversary Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 66 ratings