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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   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. It’s 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 we’re 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. We’ve never made a beer aged in Tequila Barrels but we’re sure you’ll 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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (1507) - Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Kevin. Super deep, murky swamp brown beer with a creamy, ecru foam that lingers on top. Interesting, unique aroma. Lots & lots of raisins coated with toffee, caramel, & butterscotch with a hefty dose of tequila & wood in the periphery. Not sure if I would have guessed tequila without being told, but it’s most certainly tequila; earthy & semi-spicy. Taste also includes a unique combo of tequila soaked raisins, molasses covered prunes, licorice, & burnt caramel, leading to a woody finish with a boozy warmth that crescendos from start to finish. Big, bold body to match the ABV. A unique beer & a good one. I am not a tequila fan at all, but still thought this was fairly solid.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (1843) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle thanks to pailhead for sharing. Dark brown pour with ruby highlights. Medium sized head that fades normally to a fairly thick ring. Aroma is raisins, caramel, and tequila. Taste has moderate to strong sweetness with lots of raisins and dark bread. Some oak comes later with a very noticeable tequila and alcohol taste which is distracting for me. Medium body. Overall, a little to sweet and too much tequila for me but certainly not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4633) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, cola, and faint tequila. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and cola. The finish has more cola, vanilla, oak, and a touch of tequila. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnGalt1 (455) - , Idaho, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Buckeyeboy provided this gem tonight... Thanks Jeremy! Pours dark brown with a thin short lasting dark tan head.. decent enough lacing. The aroma is dark malt with a good spicy yeasty phenolic note that combines well with the oak and residual tequila. I doubt my sniffer is good enough to ever identify this as tequila without coaxing, but I dig it nonetheless. Flavor really needs warmth to bloom.. Again, the tequila is there, but doesn’t really get too big, I would appreciate a heavier hand personally.. with warmth, raisin and oak come out.. Agave? I guess. Surprised there is carbonation. Interesting... Okay... Not really the best beer for a "tasting" there is a lot going on, but it is all really pretty light and never out in the open, this is a "thinker"... but honestly, it is only okay.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (2633) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 17, 2014
750ml bottle. Pours out a dark brown topped with a tan head. Nose is roast yeast lots of malt and some booze. Taste is pit fruit sweet malts and lots of rich.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3371) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle as shown thanks to Matt. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is a strong oak and agave. Medium mouthfeel with strong agave and oak with boozy finish. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8404) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
fresh bottle from bottleworks. tequilla and dark belgian aroma. a big beer, getting raisins up front and mollasses in the finish. big alcohol and unique taste even wifh food makes for a bomber that would have to be shared with many. a much smaller bottle at a more reasonable price would have been appreciated.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2172) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle shared by Seth. Brown pour with a kaki head. Wine barrel aromas. Smooth and mellow tequila notes dominate with caramel malts, oak, and vinous backbeats. Complex with a good mouthfeel and body. I typically don’t like tequila barrel aged ales, but this one is an exception.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3283) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2014
25.4 oz bottle. Purple brown with a coating tan head. Nose is oak, caramel and raisin; kind of musty. Medium body with a soft sparkle. Taste is raisin, honey, vanilla and tequila with hints of chocolate, celery and banana. Woody drying with a slightly medicinal finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4264) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
Bottle many thanks to Prufrockstar. Deep brownish red pour, with a small off white head, and decent carbonation. Dried dark fruit, raisin, vanilla, tequila, a bit of spice, bourbon, oak, fruit cake, dense sweet bread, and caramel sugar. Q very dense sipping beer. The tequila is different, and not as overbearing as some of their other tequila experiments. A rich, chewy, sweet beer, but not as boozy as expected. Pretty good, and very glad to try this blend.


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