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Big Sky Bottleworks XI Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Big Sky’s brewers brewed the threads of the 11th Anniversary Ale; Bottleworks’ own Matt VandenBerghe, Matt Bonney, and Shaughn O’Keefe oversaw the blending. The XI comprises mostly Ivan the Terrible aged in port, bourbon, and rye whiskey barrels with a few other touches like a Belgian dark strong ale added for balance and complexity. Expect a very rich stout with equal parts fruit and wood.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (1722) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Tim! Nearly black, deep brown with some hanging sediment. Finger big, creamy light mocha foam top. Aroma is stouty and fruity sweet without wandering too far into the tart side of things. Sticky, heavy molasses and toffee, light cocoa, dark figs and prunes, light vinous notes and some booze. Taste is just a light tartness; grapes, prunes, and raisin... Tart turns to sweetness with some big time oaky vinous notes. Some mild roast and molasses in the back. Smooth bourbon notes, light... Wine barrels more prominent. Medium bodied, slick mouth feel. Pretty tasty, it’s a mildly tart stout.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (672) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2014
On tap @ Bottleworks. Pours medium thick inky black with thick fizzy mocha head. Aroma is dark chocolate malts, soy sauce, boozy port, dark figs and raisins, and distinct earthy sour notes. Taste is similar - sourness shows heavily up front too. Acidic, relatively thin body for the abv. Pleasant boozy notes on the back - red wine, rum? Lingers sour on the finish. Pretty sure they weren’t going for a sour here, but chalk this up as a fortuitous accident. I can’t say it is well balanced, there’s a big mixed bag of flavors here, but none are unpleasant.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (919) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2014
$3 draft at Bottleworks for the anniversary. Pours clear dark brown, with a thin film of bubbles on the surface reminiscent of a beery swamp. Aroma: vegetal, butterscotch, some bitter roast. Is this a sour stout? Taste: cardboard, dark fruits, medium sweetness, sour, astringent - reasonably unpleasant. Palate: slick stexture, slimy, oily, medium body, lasting mouth-coating. Overall: Well, I’m glad I never gave in and spent the $30/bottle when it was on the shelves these last few months. I’ve been told by a number of friends that it’s drinking great out of the bottle, but that’s an experiment I’m not anxious to run.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5363) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2013
Bottle sampled in 2011. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma and flavor have dark fruits, red wine, wood, butterscotch, some barrel influences of bourbon and port that enhances the fruity character. Tart notes and the butterscotch hint that something is just not right here, but it is not entirely off. I find that this is hard to place.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Had this a bunch of times forgot to rate. Had today. Nose of tangy bourbon barrel dark fruit roasted malts brown sigar slight oxidation. The butter and red wine that dominated previously is gone. Pours dark brown auburn hues thin head. Flavors of tangy dark fruit bourbon barrel very soft wine barrel notes roasted malts brown sugar. Ligjtly oxidized nice balance decent carbonation smooth beer. Has gotten alot better that’s for sure.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle shared by Ltdan at congregation alehouse. Not sure if this was supposed to be tart but drank like a sour stout. Wasnt terrible just interesting. Glad I got to try.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steasy66 (872) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Black with dark brown head. Smell is dark malt, a bit tart. Taste is dark malt with nice tartness, very good. Body is a bit thick with crisp carbonation. This drinks like a sour stout, pretty solid beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2012
13th November 2010
Opaque black beer, good brown leather coloured head. Light dry palate. Tangy but not quite sour. Wood, mild bourbon. Strong Port wine and red wine fruitiness that carries through to Port like red berry finish which is also dry and soft. Really well balanced flavours in this beer. Shame it is a tad too dry otherwise this would have been in the highest echelons.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Forgetfu with the share! Pours dark brown wit ha tan head. Aroms is like a butterscoth disk was dropped in this. Taste is sweet and quite tart. Clearly showing some signs of infection, but not that it ruined the beer flavorwise. Medium bodied and sticky. Interesting, but its pretty tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2012 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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