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Lost Abbey Bottleworks 15th Anniversary Ale



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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 378   ABV: 12.6%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
AdamChandler (3783) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Dark brown color, 2 finger 750ML C&C bottle. Canít remember how I got this one. Just does not smell great. like thereís some fig and raisin but this is just smelling terrible. This just is really bad. Raisins, figs, port, wood, itís just not great. I think itís the tequila barrel. please make the pain strop

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (4802) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 30, 2015
750 ml bottle, AdamJax with this share. Deep brown color, thin head, dark raisins, earthy malt and mild tones of tequila. Even with a year of age the tequila barrel is still pretty strong character. The malt is nearly over run by the tequila. I drank this blind without knowing it was aged in tequila. I havenít dank tequila in nearly 20 years. Iím just not a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (8184) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bomber. Murky deep brown pour. Fuller palate with some lively carbonation. Main element is tequila, some barrel elements. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (13755) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 25, 2015
Bottle @ home. Dark mahogany pour with a khaki head. Smells like sour raisin and grapes. A bunch of tangy fruits. Donít get much tequila. A bit of citrus zest, lime juice, and some mineral. Flavor is pretty tangy. Lots of raisin, cola, and grape skin. Pretty tangy and has a nice citrus zest quality. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10184) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
Bottle... Pours murky and dark brown with a small, creamy, taupe head. Good retention. The aromatics boast an interwoven collection of red wine, mescal, deeply roasted malts and cocoa. Full-bodied with dancing carbonation. The flavor is a tapestry of chocolate, deep-roast, tart cherries, dark and red berries, caramel and a warming, boozy mescal component. Chocolaty, chest-warming finish. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (8448) - 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 (3500) - 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 (4182) - Snohomish, 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 (4414) - 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 (574) - - 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.

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