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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bacterial (1725) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4192) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nimbleprop (5204) - 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.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2014
[ Bottle ][ 2oz ][ Tasting ][ ][ Champagne Flute ][ 12.07.14 ]
hazy chestnut, thin cream head. Tequila heavy nose, vanilla and oak, considerable sugar stings. Sweet front palate is gritty, high sugar with, dark sugary honey notes cling to tongue, sticky through finish. Really high booze, barrel overwhelming.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1096) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2014
May 4th, 2013 - We’re moving from the dark stuff to the not-as-dark-stuff here at the Anniversary bash at Lost Abbey. This round belongs to their Anniversary Ale, a foxy orange-red brew with a fuzzy opacity and a thin veil of a head. The aroma reminds me almost entirely of tamale corn husks and the accompanying chili based meat sauce a family friend prepares each year around Christmas time. The flavor is dry and flavored like corn tortilla chips, flavored with green tomatoes and salsa, and a nice botanical hops. This is a good brew, even in good company, and a nice break from the heavy, lumbering brews that have occupied most of the afternoon so far.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
solidfunk (4489) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2014
A lot of chocolate and roast for a Belgian strong. A lot of oak in this as well. Pours brown with OK head and lacing. Light sour finish. Really kind of a mess.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
radagast83 (5069) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
750ml bottle. Poured a muddy brown color without much of a head. Aroma was light boozy rum and tiquila notes. Flavor is light woody booze, some alcohol notes. A touch boozy. Meh.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3637) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
From a bottle at the DC Ratebeer event Dec. 6, 2014. Pours a murky brown with a thick ecru head. Funky nose. Flavors of agave and lime. Tart, hot finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (759) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle from Bottlworks, served in a tulip. Pours creamy dark blackish brown with medium oily mocha head. Aroma is dark roasty malt and big heavy tequila, port, and barrel flavors. Taste is big boozy dark roasty malt, quickly overwhelmed by heavy spicy tequila barrel notes. Lots of milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, very dry in the finish. Tequila edge is still a bit sharp, probably still needs some age. Lots going on here, confident this will get better with age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1629) - Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Thanks Seth. It’s an interesting beer, kinda like a Tequila BA quad, the tequila comes through very cleanly but it’s not overwhelming, and the beer is tastier for it.


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