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

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399 Ratings
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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 77
Gots: 114 | FT: 20
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  13.70% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-16-2012)
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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark cola brown with a finger of fizzy dark tan head that quickly faded into nothingness.
S: The nose is an interesting mixture of sweet raisin and musty, roasted chilies. I didn’t like the scent at first, still not sure I do, but it starts to grow on you. I get hints of cinnamon, and powdery chocolate.
T: Sticky raisin hits first but is immediately cut by spicy flavors of cinnamon and roasted chili. The chili is mildly spicy and lingers into the aftertaste. The bourbon is sweet and mildly boozy. I get hints of caramel and slight chocolate in there as well.
M: Full body but not a super heavy mouthfeel. The carbonation is fairly soft, but much frothier and soda-like than expected. The mouthfeel is warming with a kiss of booze.
O: Much better once you burn off some of the carbonation. The flavors are definitely love it or hate it. I enjoyed this for what it was, but probably would never go out of my way to drink it again.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We pop the cork and cage, pouring into our oversized tasting snifters. It murks about the glass, holding onto a dense chocolate sienna coloring. It puts up a brief half finger tall head of tight mocha colored bubbles that quickly spread into a creamy, ephemeral film across the top of the beer. Lacing is intermittent, like small islands that are too far away from each other to swim between. A thick haze is present, but no sediment is otherwise found. Carbonation appears to be quite active. The first thing noticeable about the nose is an undeniable mint aroma that brings an early winter’s frost to the nares. This flows above warm and buttery oatmeal raisin cookies, melted milk chocolate, heavy creamer, boozy bourbon woodiness, rice vinegar, caramel and deeply roasted English brown malts, black pepper, cinnamon, and gingerbread spiciness, green grapes, soured unsweetened almond butter, nickel, and phenolic plastics. The taste gives harsh vodka and bourbon booziness, soy sauce saltiness, thickly sweet and sugary raisins and black cherries, fig jam, dusty raw cocoa nibs, light mint leaf freshness, mole chocolate sauce metallics and bitterness, soured oak, aluminum, harsh chemical phenols, chocolate, caramel, and soured brown malts, and cloying candy apple sweetness. The body is full and rather chewy, and the carbonation is lightly medium. Each sip gives nice froth and cream to the lip, but preceding slurp and smack are both slightly less present. Glug and pop are really muted, but this isn’t that type of beer. The mouth, like the lips, is coated with a sheen of sugary syrupiness, with no real dryness or tightness of puck or astringency creeping up anytime soon. The abv is big, and this, among other things, limits drinkability.

Overall, this is one of the most intriguing-sounding beers we’ve come across in a while. There is nothing on that list of featured ingredients that we aren’t down for. From the first whiff we knew this was going to be an interesting one. Holy mint!! Was there even mint added her?! Don’t think so. Right when you pour it you are met by this intense, fresh mint leafiness. Think mint schnapps, mint. Wow. This is likely a manifestation of the cinnamon and the high alcohol content, but the likeness is uncanny. The tastes comes out much, much more like you’d expect. The only thing missing was the chilies. I can’t tell if we’re thinking they’re there way on the back, or if it’s just the tacos we had earlier. Perhaps they are what’s giving the chocolate maltiness a rich mole flavoring. Either way, the taste is a mix between cloying sugary sweetness and intense, fusel alcohol. The flavors are mostly there, as we said, but lost a bit to this struggle. Even the malts are lost, and that’s the beer’s biggest detriment. This is a decent Quad, as a base, but it does seem to have a bit too much going on.

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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.