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Box Set Track #6 - Highway To Hell - The Lost Abbey

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Box Set Track #6 - Highway To HellBox Set Track #6 - Highway To Hell

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

75 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.03%
Wants: 57
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  14.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For the past two years The Lost Abbey has released a winter barrel aged blended strong ale. This amazing blend of beer has focused on a marriage between Bourbon Barrel Aged Serpents Stout and Brandy Barrel Aged Angel’s Share. We believe it’s one of the most amazing barrel releases we do each fall.

But in the spirit of old recordings and records I started thinking what would happen if we played this one in reverse? Would we hear the Demon himself on the record? So with that, we flipped the blend on its ears and spun it backwards. The result is a blend of Brandy Barrel Aged Serpent’s Stout and some Bourbon Barrel Aged Angel’s Share.

It’s still an epic struggle between good and evil, only this time we slowed it down and played it in reverse.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-11-2012)
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of corby112
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger mocha head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring.  Good retention for the style.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Very inviting aroma with a really nice barrel character that doesn't overpower the notes of the base beers.  Plenty of roast, dark chocolate, gourmet coffee and caramel.  Prominent toasted oak and a strong vanilla presence along with some marshmallow and toasted coconut mellowing out the spicy bourbon and brandy notes.  Sweet and desert like silky malt backbone with baker's chocolate, fudge and chocolate cake followed by some toffee and espresso.  Smells amazing!  

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a really complex and delicious flavor profile.  Really nice spirit presence that's perfectly integrated into the dark malt elements of the base beers.  Dry toasted oak, vanilla, marshmallow and toasted coconut along with spicy bourbon and sweet brandy notes.  This is coutered by luscious dark chocolate, toffee, coconut, perfectly roasted espresso bean and vanilla bean.  The malt backbone has a ton of fudge-y chocolate flavor that is such a perfect compliment to the barrel notes and sweet alcohol.   The high abv is excellently masked making this complex and delicious beer dangerously drinkable.  One of the best barrel aged beers I've had.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of largadeer
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Syrupy dark brown body, verging on black. Smells awesome, very similar to this year's deliverance but more refined, less boozy. Lot of toffee, chocolate and vanilla on the nose. Rum raisin. Big bourbon and brandy notes. Palate is excellent. Bourbon soaked chocolate cake, dark fruit, toffee, spicy oak. Full bodied with noticeable but mellow alcohol. Outstanding stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an almost opaque crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared thanks to starrdogg from an awesome trader in CA! Tried in order with all tracks in the series. I think I might prefer Deliverance slightly to this, but this is still great.

Pours still and dark black with no lacing of head into the glass. Bradny and bourbon are definitely obvious in the smell, but brandy actually is the more prominent! Surprising. Oak and heavy malts compliment the spirits, but it seems on the edge of 'boozy', though for me booze is ok with these beers as long as the flavors round out.

Taste is warm and dessert like with equal parts of roasted stout, barley, brandy, and bourbon no hops to speak of here. Much rounder and delicious than the smell had foretold. Lost abbery does these barrel aged strong ales very very well.

Round feel, drinks great! Nice brew.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a nice half finger of brown head that left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

A: very nice combination of bourbon and brandy upfront in the aroma with plenty of sweetness from the vanilla molasses notes, good chocolatey presence, a little booze and roastiness as well.

T: very rich in flavor but the bourbon and brandy character from the barrels stand out to me the most alongside great chocolate flavor, vanilla molasses accents, a touch of wood, hints of dark fruit, booze notes that were well balanced and roastiness as well.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, booze woody barrel, roasty, and rich finish.

O: definitely was solid all around, very delicious and was glad to try the deliverance inverse, Hahahaaa koo!

Photo of starrdogg
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served alongside Deliverance.

Beer pours a dark brown/nearly black with hardly any head at all. Smell is an awesome mix of brandy and bourbon with some cocoa notes as well. Really nice. Flavor follows the nose, it's got some great barrel notes, bourbon flavor is big here and the brandy is more subdued (as these things tend to go). It's got a good amount of sweetness, but not overwhelmingly so, and has some nice chocolate cake notes. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, another great beer. I can't tell how it compares to the Deliverance, as that beer is two years old and hasn't aged all that well, but this is very impressive in its own right.

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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lost Abbey track beer tasting.

The beer appears near black with a thin, beige head that rapidly fades to just a thin collar around the perimeter. The aroma offers both bourbon and brandy, each distinguishable. Ooo, this is wonderful. Extremely well balanced and teeming with flavor. Alcohol presence is well disguised. Lots of delicious flavor and so easy to drink...too easy, given the high abv. Outstanding.

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4.78/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black in color with a thin khaki colored head. Rich and decadent nose to this. Bourbon and brandy with tons of vanilla. A definite booziness, but it’s enjoyable. Plenty of chocolate, some dark fruit, and a touch of roasted malt. The flavor is quite sweet with lots of molasses, chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit. The flavors of the brandy and bourbon are very pronounced and enjoyable as well.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

The Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

Just about black in color with a very small dark brown head. This leaves nearly no stick down the glass, but that can be expected with a barrel-aged treat this high in ABV.

Rich, sweet, and earthy aroma of melted milk and dark chocolates, Raisinets, and delicious chocolate-covered cherries. There's also some wood and brandy elements shining through as well. Fantastic.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with big notes of rich, earthy, bittersweet chocolate pushing everything else to the side, with brandy-soaked raisin and cherry flavors complementing the chocolate nicely. There's also lingering flavors of bourbon, wood, and mild roast.

Medium to full body with low carbonation. Decadent.

Fantastic. A welcome departure from the other Box Set beers; this was delicious.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Track 6

6/15/2012

Bottle at Lost Abbey into stemware.

A: Black with a finger of creamy mocha head fed by many ascending tiny bubbles 

S: Dark and milk chocolate with nutty toffee and notes of caramel. Prominent bourbon presence with lots of brandy, imparting light plum, grape, and currant characteristics. Oak blends with leather and a little vanilla. When the beer really opens up I get a lot of peanut brittle.

T: Blend of dark and milk chocolate with notes of wood, vanilla, and leather. Bourbon presence is firm but there are some sweet dark fruit notes that I attribute to brandy. There's a little plum and grape. Ample caramel with well hidden alcohol in the flavor. I get a little nutty toffee in the late palate. This is very smooth. The roast of Serpent's Stout is surprisingly restrained.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy, silky, and sticky. Alcohol is warming to the point of mild numbing.

Overall: Excellent stuff. In the vein of Deliverance but decidedly different.

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Box Set Track #6 - Highway To Hell from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.