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Lost Abbey Bottleworks 15th Anniversary Ale



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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 378   ABV: 12.6%
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15 years ago I racked my very first beer into an oak barrel. That same year, Bottleworks opened their doors in Seattle, WA and started selling amazing bottles of beer. Itís purely a coincidence of course, but nonetheless... Where once there were few purveyors of these great beers and fewer still brewers producing oak aged beers, there are many who have joined the party. Yet, Bottleworks remains and institution in this city and weíre proud to call them friends, acquaintances and continued supporters of our craft. In your hands you have 15 years of experience, dedication and commitment to being more than average. Weíve never made a beer aged in Tequila Barrels but weíre sure youíll find it exceptional for the flavors it holds and the stores it tells. Listen carefully and you can hear the Agave whispering your name as it did ours when we blended this batch from 12 separate oak barrels. Cheers to Vern and the entire Bottleworks crew on the first 15 years. We look forward to 15 more! - Tomme Arthur

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (6562) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
Bottle - Lots of raisin, date and prune with some wood notes. Deep dark brown with active carbonation and a light brown head. Woody prune juice. Light tartness and dark sugars, tons of raisin and date and that Tequila oaky harshness. Shouldnít have opened the bottle alone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2015
This is interesting. Itís also pretty good but itís more interesting than it is good. Itís very cloudy brown w/ a head of medium bubbles. Itís nose is boozy w/ some light black pepper notes. This is a little tart w/ taste somewhat reminiscent of cola only not nearly so sweet. Itís medium bodied w/ cramy carbonation and slightly roasty as well. I enjoyed trying this stuff but I think Lost Abbey did well to release this as a one-off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4030) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a very cloudy dark brown color with some reddish tinges and a moderate light brown head on there. Nose is quite fruity and has that candied element to it you so often see in Belgian ales. To me, this would have been a good beer to age in wine barrels. Taste is a little sweet and definitely fruity. OK, but not something I typically look for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3916) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 19, 2015
750 ml. bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a nice beige head. Almost a gusher. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and tequila. Taste is malt, chocolate, fruit, tequila, and barrel. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RussianDragon (565) - - JAN 18, 2015
750 ml bottle, thanks Darrell. Pours a translucent dark brown with a thick beige head that fades. Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is same with oak and barrel complexities, slight alcohol warmth. Medium bodied, muted carbonation, sweet cognac-like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2795) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2187) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Dark brown in color... Aroma of tequila, spices, dark fruits, and tons of cigar tobacco... Flavor is incredibly sweet up front, tobacco notes dominate, spices, tequila barrel notes on finish, more tobacco... Would be great with a cigar... Excellent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bacterial (1879) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle sent to me by Prufrockstar - thanks Chris! Pour is brown with a tan head. Nose is interesting, almost ashy, lots of barrel happening in there. Big agave sweetness and some boozy burning in the nose. Taste is equally interesting. Some desert fruit figgy stuff going on at the start fading to roasted malt, toasted oak and some high end hotel soap. Odd. Meant to be shared.I appreciate the effort but its kind of a mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4414) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2014
750 cork and caged thanks to summer secret santa. Dark brown color. Oak and honey and sweetness followed by slight tequila. Very different.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nimbleprop (5417) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2014
750ml bottle pours a murky, deep amber with some creamy, off white head. Nose has A LOT of tequila, smoke, agave, booze, mild lime spice. Flavor is a little better, malty, caramel, plenty of agave, mild lime, a little honey. Harsh finish.

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