Box Set Track #2 - Stairway To Heaven - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by starrdogg:
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Beer pours a hazy leathery reddish-brown - it looks like cream soda. Smell has a whole hell of a lot going on: oak, leather, and a bit of something that reminds me of pickle brine (but not in a bad way). Flavor is a bit all over the place - it has some of the tart vinous flavors of Cuvee de Tomme, but also has the bourbon-brown sugar-oak flavor from the Angel's Share. I'm not getting a ton of peach here. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. This is an interesting blend of beers that gives it a unique flavor profile - pretty unlike anything I've had before. It's not a total slam dunk, but it's good and different.
12-09-2012 22:53:14 | More by starrdogg
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4.48/5 rDev +8.7%
Had @ Lost Abbey poured into a tulip.
A: A dark mahogany color, a nice pop of the cork left a little bit of head and some very nice lacing.
S: Smelled absolutely delicious. Some brett, cherry, and bourbon were prevalent.
T: Wow, not bad at all. Similar to the smell, there were hints of bourbon, but mostly sour cherry and some hint of citrus. Different from expectations considering the dark color.
MF/D: Incredibly smooth despite a moderate amount of carbonation. Wish I could've brought a few bottles home with me...
02-18-2012 21:26:46 | More by newk340
3.91/5 rDev -5.1%
Track #2. 12.7oz bottle. No date.
Look: Iron, muddy color, thin beige lace
Smell: Aged, wood, fermented peaches, boozy cherries, funky background, daunting
Taste: Smooth, a bit creamy, matured tartness, spicy phenols, stone fruit center flesh, peach skins, sour cherries, granny smith apple bite, citrus, oaky, light bourbon, toffee and vanilla, dry, tannic finish
Insanely complex. Sneaky alcohol. Drinks dangerously. Stair way to heaven indeed. Or hell? Who cares as long as they serve good beer.
05-10-2013 01:44:22 | More by Todd
3.86/5 rDev -6.3%
12.7 brown corked and caged bottle, no freshness date.
Cloudy brown, decent off-white lacing. Complex aroma of ripe beets, bread crust, quince paste, musty cellar, lemon pith, melon rind, wood, peach pits, and booze. Semi-crisp, creamy body, halo of bourbon, tart cherries, peach skins, nutty grain, woody dryness, faintly vinous, very warming with a woody finish.
Overly complex but I sort of love it ... all of the flavors may not mesh immediately though all comes together in the finish. A lovely sipper.
05-10-2013 01:42:18 | More by Jason
3.13/5 rDev -24%
The Lost Abbey
San Marcos, Ca
The beer pours a flat, dark brown with dark ruby edges. There is no visibility through the beer. It's dark and looks heavy and substantial--even a bit oily.
A sweet and earthy aroma, with tons of caramel and rich cherry skin character. There's a red grape aroma as well, with notes of wood and red wine. There's a bit of vanilla. While everything listed sounds marvelous, and while certainly good, it doesn't blend together nearly as nicely as hoped.
The flavor is less successful and the combination of flavors is more muddled than in the aroma. There is a good cherry skin flavor alongside caramel and a touch of acidity. Nothing blends particularly well. Perhaps there is too much going on here: cherry, peach, oak, vanilla, caramel, acid, earth, prunes, and figs. It's just too much without being pleasantly complex or very enjoyable. The flavors don't come together; everything seems to battle for dominance. Inharmonious, though drinkable. There aren't any off flavors.
Medium to full bodied with very low carbonation.
As far as barrel aged blends/sours go, this one was not particularly enjoyable. The aroma saves it from an even worse score.
02-24-2012 17:40:41 | More by ehammond1
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Deep murky reddish brown. Small head. Thin collar.
Smell - Peach is strongest. Lots of charred oak aromas, too. Acidic smelling with some caramel sweetness behind.
Taste - Less acidic than the nose implied. Brettier, too. Peach still comes out. The caramel is completely bereft of accompanying sweetness, which is suprising. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel - Pretty sour and very dry. Medium body with plenty of carbonation.
Overall - The bright tartness is good, but I'm not convinced on how it plays out with all of the residual caramel flavors.
12-23-2013 18:49:25 | More by Alieniloquium
3.86/5 rDev -6.3%
Hazy, ruddy body with little head formation. Unripe peach and black cherries on the nose with lesser notes of caramel and tobacco. The palate is sharply acidic and full bodied. Big lacto notes with a little harsh acetic acid behind it. Lot of peach and cherry flavor, with the robust toffee notes and booziness of Angels Share coming out in the finish. I'm liking the peach and cherry flavors here, but the acidity is a bit harsh and the blend seems a bit disharmonious.
04-08-2013 02:33:56 | More by largadeer
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
The pour is a rather dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Lots of tart fruit aromas to this. I get quite a bit of raisin, prune, and cherry. The peaches are strong as well. Quite a bit of barrel (vanilla and bourbon). Decently sugary/sweet. The cherries, prunes, raisins, and peaches are quite strong. The flavor is sweeter than expected. Lots of brown sugar and vanilla with a heavy dose of bourbon. The Cuvee de Tomme really comes through strongly. Quite rich and full bodied with low to medium carbonation.
02-20-2012 22:00:50 | More by womencantsail
4.48/5 rDev +8.7%
Snifter. Bottle opens with a pop.
A: Reddish brown with some transparency. A beige head rises an inch above the liquid.
S: Vibrant cherry skins with a decided sugary sweetness. Vinegar is well integrated and vanilla blends with oak. Light caramel notes waft from the glass. Peach is restrained but evident.
T: Sweet cherry flesh and skin with light vinegar notes. Peach is subtle but interplays nicely with the cherry. Lactic notes are evident and there's a light acetic acidity. I detect plum and raisin. The beer is lightly tannic with a drying oak prune finish. Cuvée de Tomme is strong, overwhelming the Angel's Share. I get a little bourbon throughout.
M: Upper medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.
Overall: The blend sounded strange but the beers work well together. I'm really enjoying this.
02-19-2012 04:37:10 | More by HopHead84
Box Set Track #2 - Stairway To Heaven from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.