Bottleworks XI (11th) Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Big Skys brewers brewed the threads of the 11th Anniversary Ale; Bottleworks own Matt VandenBerghe, Matt Bonney, and Shaughn OKeefe 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 1, 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, its a mildly tart stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ineedbeer (2075) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Aroma is interesting. Chocolate with light roast, leather and soy sauce. Some light oak and bourbon notes. A bit of a red wine character with some alcohol spice. Honestly not a great aroma, and weird at that. Pours black with some dark brown hues and a medium large, thick, mocha head that slowly recedes to a thin film that lingers for quite a bit. Light lacing and medium small legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with some chocolate notes as well as some light roast. Quite a bit of raisin, grape and red wine. Some soy sauce, sherry and leather. Medium bitterness and light oak notes. Very oxidized with a light tartness. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Overall, this may have been a good beer but its not now. So much weird, oxidized character. Tastes like drinking a booze soaked raisin dipped in soy sauce. Most of the malt character has disappeared behind that.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (12076) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2015
750ml corked ang caged green bottle. I think this is about 7 years old. IT is mildly ifected and aged in wine barrels which has helped stave off some oxidation because it smells like pure oxidized mint but the flavor is very nice and tart with some stout like charateristics.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (13780) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
[2/28/15] Bottle sample at De Garde Brewing in Tillamook. Release and bottle share event. Dark brown to black. Sourish-sweetish, oxidized, dark fruits, wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2686) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 3/16/13 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle at our epic Bottleworks tasting with Curtis, Jedi, and crews from Knoxville and Nashville. Pours red-tinted, nearly black with a thick brown head that leaves average lace. The nose is super roasted with tons of coffee, chocolate, oaky bourbon, and a nice raisin port note. The flavor is a bit more vinous and port forward, with bourbon heat, along with the same roasted coffee and chocolate from the nose. The body is massively full and creamy with average carbonation and a long malty, oaky, and vinous oak finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1522) - 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 werent going for a sour here, but chalk this up as a fortuitous accident. I cant say it is well balanced, theres a big mixed bag of flavors here, but none are unpleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (2059) - Cincinnati, Ohio, 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, Im glad I never gave in and spent the $30/bottle when it was on the shelves these last few months. Ive been told by a number of friends that its drinking great out of the bottle, but thats an experiment Im not anxious to run.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9822) - Cincinnati, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6259) - 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 thats for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeTheYounger (1183) - 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.

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