Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast | The Lost Abbey

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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The BeastBox Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We’ve never released a Bourbon Barrel version of our Judgment Day. So we thought it might be interesting to take the base beer for Cuvee de Tomme age in first fill Bourbon Barrels and let mother nature take over. Of course, because this is a Rock and Roll inspired Box Set beer, we couldn’t just leave well enough alone.

Upon sampling the base beer, it became apparent that the raisins used to brew the base beer were going to drive the flavor bus of this beer. The conversations turned to Oatmeal Raisin cookies and the essence of a freshly baked treat. So we added some cinnamon sticks to the barrels and threw in some dried chiles as well.

Added by MasterSki on 08-16-2012

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Photo of winningwes91
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Mind-blowing stuff. Take stickee monkee and hunahpu and put them together and you have this bad boy. Pours a dark, murky brown color. Smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie with a slight pepper quality in the background. Taste is exactly that, and it's very intense! Wow. Just wow. My favorite LA beer, point blank, period.

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Photo of slackattack
4.91/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appears pitch black in the glass, but tinges of chocolate brown show around the edges when held up to light. Head is small and quick to make an exit. Nose is chocolate, bourbon barrel, maple, raisins. Taste is lots of chocolate, cinnamon, raisin, fig. Where's the alcohol! How is this 13%! Body is full, lots of carbonation initially, but mellows as it warms. Overall....a damn spectacular beer. An instant favorite, now to find more....as this beer warms it opens up like a fine wine...very nice.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy shit. This might be my first phenomenal drink ever. This dark red/brown beer hits you like a ton of bricks with a thick mouthfeel and a sharp pepper and spice taste, and relaxes into a caramel and coffee sweetness that lightens up until the smoky finish is over!! HOLY SHIT! this beer smells like saltwater taffy and cinnamon. I could drink this all day long! I wish I had some pumpernickel toast and sweet butter to eat with it. Great drink.

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Photo of macktbone
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thankfully this has great clarity or else it would be a bit murky.
Color is a nice red-brown
Awesome cinnamon banana bread peppermint aroma.
Taste is is along scotch Wisky for me rather than bourbon but it's still awesome.
Lots of caramel, raisin, dark fruits, lots of currant on the deep back end.
Mouthfeel is perfect for the Quad style!!

Great specialty brew shared in tasters to spread the love.

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Photo of BWood
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: dark with slight light show through. Small carbonation coming from the center.

S: great bourbon with raisin on the back end.

T: amazing. Bourbon up front then comes the ale/raisin back with the chile bringing up the rear with some mid tongue bite. Boozy on the back end with the heat you would want from 13%.

F: all over the mouth. The spice and bourbon hit all over at different times. Smooth with a good bite.

O: amazing beer. With the added flavors this beer brings to the table it is hard to pass up. Price is steep ($16.99 for 375ml). But worth it. I recommend everyone to try this.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this as an extra in a trade,what a treat!smell is amazing,sweet dark fruit and bourbon but somehow the aroma of toasted coconut is prevalent , taste is just as good, again dark fruits with toasted coconut flavour, subtle cinnamon and heat from the chiles,sweet finish with a woody bourbon twang and surprising carbonation...this is the type of beer I love, a sweet barrel aged quad, this is right up there with Stickee Monkee as the best in its class.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was lucky enough to receive this beer in a trade.
Pours black with a small fizzy head that dies quickly.
Aroma is dark fruit and alcohol.
Flavor is complex. Definitely taste the raisins, cinnamon & chiles as well as molasses.
Mouth feel = alcohol.
There is a lot going on with this beer. It is awesome and complex. A little hot (alcohol), I wish I had a few more so I could lay them down for a year or too.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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!

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Photo of Klourie
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an Olde Hickory snifter, growler from Ale Yeah in Roswell, GA.
Color a really dark brown with zero head.
Nose is definitely a huge amount of raisins, figs, a little cinnamon, bourbon, and oatmeal cookies
The taste is fantastic, smooth bourbon, raisins, vanilla, and a little head from the chilies.
Mouth feel is really smooth, very well-balanced, very little carb, just perfect.
This beer as it warms up is amazing, one of the best BA quads I've had in awhile and in the group of the best ones I've ever had.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Dark brown color, not much head to speak of.
Smell - Bourbon, cinnamon, raisin, vanilla, figs
Taste - Bourbon, cola, cinnamon, raisin, figs, oak
Not getting the chilies

Overall - Blew me away! Love this beer. So incredibly easy drinking for 13.7%.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

look: Dark clear ruby. Smattering of a head but at 13.7, no worries.
smell: A quad plus predictably mellow rich raisins and a hint of cinnamon. A really nice nose.
taste: Amazingly mellow. No hint of the 13+ ABV. Oatmeal Raison Cookies indeed with a slight spicy heat in the finish. Just delicious.

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Photo of kristinc
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really great use of cinnamon and chillies; subtle and well incorporated. big dried dark fruit and vanilla notes, nicely underscored by spices and rounded, earthy tannins. full, creamy mouthfeel. deceptively smooth considering the high ABV.

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Photo of stumac
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Scored this on my Cali trip. And the square root of 443,556 is 666. Some believe that to be the Mark of the Beast. Some believe the mark to be 616. Google it...

Pours up ruby brown, faded dark khaki head, no lacing, lots of little yeasties floatin around. Nose is bourbon, raisins, alky heat. Tastes of red wine, concord grapes, chocolate malts, a hint of cinnamon, faint pepper rind, a little pepper spice in the finish (these guys aren't from Texas so of coarse they don't specify which pepper they used), oak, watered down bourbon, booze heat. Full bodied, very active carbo (soda-ish), slightly sticky mouthfeel. Im a fan.

You know, I was en route to this brewery and we stopped at Stone Brewery along the way... and that's where our night became lights out. Got pretty hammered at Stone, didn't make it to the Abbey. Buuut, there will be a next time. Soon. We have family out there in San Diego and LA.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Opened Dec 2014.

A - Deep cranberry mahogany body with jewel-tone highlights. Loose white head pours a finger high and settles quickly with low retention and lace.

S - Wow, really nice complexity. Cinnamon, tequila anejo, mellow chili, roasted raisins, dark chocolate, fresh nutmeg, vanilla, and soft oak.

T - Coconut macaroons, oatmeal raisin cookies, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, sweet bourbon, and red grapes. Semi-sweet oat and coconut milk finish with a soft residual chili heat.

M - Thick, creamy, smooth.

O - Delicious, complex and well balanced. A heavyweight in the arms race of huge beers.

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Photo of IAmAPenguin
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Immediately greeted by bourbon on the nose. Followed by big roasted malts, toffee, spices (assuming from the chiles), cinnamon, some oak and vanilla coming from the barrels. In the light, it appears a dark black with a brownish magenta foam rim and subtle alcohol legs. Taste is Immediate chile spice and cinnamon followed by big toffee, oak, raisins, nougat, molasses, candy sweetness, slick malt syrup and some faint barrel wood. Finish is residual chile spiciness which works well with the heat of the bourbon/alcohol content. Another home-run from lost abbey. Really rich and dark fruit forward beer. A+ rating.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Has the 2014 vintage on tap at a Santa Clara valley beer week event.

The pour was small, but it was very dark in color, some light brown coming through the sides of the glass. It tasted of fresh, cinnamon, raisin cookies (if those are even a thing). Very light carbonation, very full mouthfeel, very enjoyable. .

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Photo of HopHead84
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/18/2012

Bottle at Lost Abbey in stemware at the Lost Abbey & Churchill's pre Stone Anniversary Brunch.

A: Near black with a finger of beige froth.

S: Smells like a bourbon soaked oatmeal raisin cookie initially. Very nice chili pepper notes with aromatic cinnamon. Vanilla is pronounced, with coconut (strong), oak, prune, and plum. Lots of chocolate. Killer aroma.

T: Big bourbon and caramel notes with vanilla, coconut, and oak. Dark fruit reminds me of prune and plum. The Bourbon Judgment day is great with the cinnamon and pepper, bringing to mind Mexican chocolate. The peppers provide a touch of spiciness.

M: Full body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy, sticky, and silky with alcohol warming and a bit of spiciness on the palate from the peppers.

Overall: Very good. Can't say I've had anything like this before. Another great addition to an excellent series. I'm interested to see what this turns into when the Box Set is released.

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Photo of Jjski
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby highlights
Smells of vanilla cinnamon raisin bread with presently smooth bourbon. Dark cherries
Taste same. Lots of raisins and bourbon. Sounds odd but tastes splendid
Feels a little too fizzy, so I stirred my a few times to reduce carbonation.
Epic, experimental, extreme, and enjoyable

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Photo of bnes09
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Viscous milk chocolate color with no head. Dark fruit, booze, chili, cinnamon aroma. Flavor of dense sweet raisins and prunes. Hint of cinnamon. Smooth bourbon. Very well balanced. Dense, syrupy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. All-around stellar beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Lost Abbey Track Set Dinner with Tomme Arthur
O'Brien's Pub
San Diego, CA

Dark, murky brown, nearly black in color, though not truly, with moderate dark brown foam. Leaves the glass oily. Thick and substantial in the glass.

As advertised. This one delivers. A wonderful concoction: warm, fresh baked goods (oatmeal raisin cookie/zucchini bread), with vanilla and biting bourbon, distinct chile character, and dark fruits. Fantastic aroma.

The flavor is just as successful with all the individual ingredients making their presence known in distinct, discernible, delicious ways. Oatmeal raisin cookie, earthy and warming chile character, coconut notes. Fantastic. Well integrated.

Full in body with low carbonation. Decadent.

An outstanding achievement. Curious to see how this one ages, but it's so delicious hanging on to it would prove to be a challenge.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Look: Deep opaque black with an egg shell aggressive head. Very active especially for a BA beer

Smells: Big bourbon and vanilla on the nose followed by black licorice, oak, espresso, some light pitted fruit notes, more oak, slight cinnamon, getting hints if orange zest, and more bourbon. Smells pungent and deep.

Taste: Big bourbon on the attack followed by a slight cinnamon dusting, then comes a wave of bourbon soaked cinnamon raisin bread that just dominates the palate. The comes a nice vanilla warmth with some fig and honey covered dates followed by a just barely there chili bite mixed with a oak dryness.

Mouthfeel: Rich and big bodied. Coats the entire mouth but still goes down surprisingly well considering the cinnamon, chilies, and high ABV. Alcohol is just barely there as a slight heat in the chest and the chili heat is just barely there on the oak dry finish. Very drinkable.

Overall: This is one beast of an offering from Lost Abbey. I really enjoyed how all the elements worked together to create one very solid and tasty brew. With all of these ingredients it could have come out a mess but instead it came out incredibly cohesive and very tasty

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Photo of M_J_Z
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Tried this for the second time last night (the first time was a few months ago). Equally as impressed this time around. This is an excellent beer. Lots going on in this one, and all of the flavors that are advertised were present. It didn't seem to me that this beer lost anything at all over the few months that I had it.

The first time I tried it, I wrote on Untappd that I tasted bourbon, raisins and coconut, but not so much cinnamon. Last night, I picked up more spiciness from the chilies. We drank this one for the second beer of the night so my palate was pretty clean when we opened this up. That might be why the spiciness was more apparent. We agreed that the spiciness was a great addition to the beer.

Both times that I tried this, I rated it 4.5 on UT and am sticking with that.

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Photo of Jmitchell3
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a 375ml corked bottle into a tulip snifter. Temp about 45*F.

A: pours thick and dark, dark brown. Head is a mix between medium and fine bubbles, medium, about one and a half fingers, and a medium khaki color. Dissipated quickly to slight lacing around the glass.
S: bourbon aromas are apparent, as are the raisins. Neither is overpowering, both are rich and inviting. Some alcohol warmth is noticed. Some fig, plum, and sweetness also.
T: strong malt, very little hop bitterness if any. Bourbon up front and in the middle with some sweetness and raisin, especially in the finish.
M: rich, full body with alcohol warmth throughout. High carbonation provides balance to the rich sweet malty flavors. Alcohol warmth again in the finish.
O: very nice beer with some complex malt flavors complimented by the raisin and bourbon additions. Could use some aging to reduce the heat of the high alcohol content. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Must be some variability on bottles because the ratings are all over the place. I'll say my bottle was astounding. Poured with a big head that fizzed out to a little ring around the fringe. Plenty of carbonation though - a quick swirl is all it takes to reactivate the fizz. Aroma is coconut first, with a chili spice, some raisin and toffe, a touch of leather, oak and vanilla in the back. It's beautiful and one of the most coconut forward beers I've smelled. Flavor delivers. With some age this has become a coconut bomb. Some chil heat and fruitiness builds as you work your way through the bottle. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy. Absolutely brilliant stuff.

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Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with a reasonably impressive head (particularly for a BA beer at 13.7%) that leaves a few shards

Smell: Bourbon and vanilla dominant, with oak, dark fruit and cinnamon

Taste: Cinnamon raisin bread, up front, with the Bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit tones building into the middle; the finish is oaky and somewhat dry

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: It's been a while since I have had a barrel-aged beers from Lost Abbey and it appears that they have put the carbonation problems behind them; this Quad is a real treat

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