Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast - The Lost Abbey
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4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
12.7oz caged and corked bottle, courtesy of the good doktorzee. How retarded is this, having to 'submit' a rating, before I even crack this open? Whatever - back to the matter at hand - I like the inferred satanic nature here - and I don't see 'Number of the Beast' written anywhere on the label.
This beer pours a dark, murky russet brown colour, with a teeming tower of rather puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy tan head, which leaves a bit of sparse remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.
It smells of musty, boozy Bourbon, dried black fruit - so, prunes, raisins, and figs, mostly - gritty, bready caramel malt, an indistinct warming spiciness, and a further earthy, dusty essence. The taste is more sugary Bourbon up front - caramel, vanilla, alcohol heat, and a mild grainy spiciness - followed closely by a muddled and equally sweet dark fruitiness, dead yeast, ethereal chili notes, and a sort of metallic edginess, which I'm going to attribute to the cinnamon, whose attendant savouriness probably just got lost in the morass.
The carbonation is quite active and anywhere from fizzy to frothy on my upper palate at the given moment, the body on the light side of medium weight, and actually more or less smooth, the sugary nature not really facing any sort of non-alcoholic (ha!) interference as such. It finishes on the sweet side, still, the barrel hooch, caramel malt, and fruity adjunct ruling the roost.
A pleasant enough rendering of a besotted wood-kissed Quad - the sweetness is somehow tempered, the booze even more so, such that any initial trepidation is gone by sip three or four. Neat trick, that. I'm not sure that the raisins, cinnamon, or chiles really have much overt effect on the overall flavour, it's more likely that they simply contribute to the burgeoning complexity.
08-15-2014 04:24:59 | More by biboergosum
4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
A: Dark, dark brown pour with a tall medium brown head. Head is very fizzy and soda-like. It fizzes out very quickly, within seconds in fact. Zero lacing. Almost no head retention at all.
S: Sweet caramel from the bourbon. Lots of raisins. Heat from the cinnamon. Reminds me a lot of raisin bread with a sweet syrup added to it. Light hints of toffee and oak.
T: Immediately reminds me of raisin bread. Very bready with lots of raisins and cinnamon. Up front there is a sharp bourbon with lots of caramel and toffee. Decent amount of oak too. Following that is a whole lot of dark fruit (primarily raisins of course). Almost get two waves of raisins, up front and in the middle. Maybe the adjunct and then the belgian yeast? Heavy dark bread malt. Earthy, lightly chalky in the finish with a bunch of charred oak and hints of toffee.
M: Heavy, heavy, heavy. Lower carbonation. Fairly sweet.
O: One meaty quad. Lots of flavors in here. No real sign of the chili peppers unfortunately, no taste or heat. And really only very light on the cinnamon. Still, it's quite a nice, complex and heavy barrel-aged quad. Honestly, funnily enough I think I enjoy the aroma more than the flavor.
08-30-2014 02:21:31 | More by Dope
4.75/5 rDev +9.4%
A 12.7oz bottle picked up at Green's on Buford Hwy. This one went quickly..
A - Dark purple/black with no clarity. 1 finger of head and no lacing.
A - Raisons and Bourbon, like chocolate notes. Heaven!
T - Cinnamon and spices up front gets walloped like a wave with the Belgian quad and bourbon splash to your senses. HUGE flavor! Wow!
M - Medium bodied, smooth, oily, perfect
O - An incredible bourbon barrel aged Quad. Just perfect. Drink it if you can find it!
08-22-2014 02:21:54 | More by BeerDawgs
Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast from The Lost Abbey
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