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

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 541
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 116
Gots: 189 | FT: 33
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  13.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-16-2012

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.
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Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
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 (589 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A super dark brown color, with a light brown head that soon disappears, with medium lacing.

Smell – Bourbon with an oatmeal raisin cookie.

Taste – Bourbon, chili, oatmeal raisin cookie, with a hint of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel – Very nicely carbonated and smooth. No bad aftertaste, though the chili lingers for a few seconds.

Drinkability – A nice quadrupel. A little different with the raisin/bourbon, but it works. (440 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Lost Abbey Rastal San Marco Glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with very little light transmission and a two finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by dark fruit and bourbon, with dark sweet caramel malt and slight spicing. Flavor is dark sweet malt, dark dried fruit, bourbon, light oak and just the right light touch of chili pepper. Chile and cinnamon become more evident in the rich finish, but do not dominate. Medium bodied with a pleasant light creaminess. An incredibly well balanced and integrated dark strong ale that doesn’t seem to me to have much quad character, leaning to the dark malt strong ale family. But who's arguing? This is a rich, smooth dark ale with delicious, well melded flavors. Probably my favorite Lost Abbey to date. Alcohol is dangerously well covered, I wanted to drink this like a liquid dessert. I really liked the interplay of the chili with the other flavors. (951 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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 (1,175 characters)

Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very quick head. Light brown. Has a nice bubble from inside a pitch black beer. Very dark. A little redness to it.

S: has almost a combination of a bourbon and a red wine barrel smell. Almost smells a little like Cherrys. Actually originally rated 4.25 but changed it to 4.75 because it smells fantastic.

T: very boozy forward, then sweet plum hits you. Finish has a lot of bourbon. But the taste, not the bite.

F: has a lot of burn at first but smooths out a lot after 1/2 a second or so. Similar to the head.

O: a decent brew. I saw it and saw bourbon aged and had to try it, even at $17. It is a little pricey for the product but it is a good experience. MAYBE get one more to let it age. Might mellow on the front a bit. But the smell is the best part in my opinion. (781 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (2,914 characters)

Photo of TK5150
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%

A- Pours a dense brown with a small beige head that sticks around. Sprtizy carbonation and great lacing on the glass.

S- Caramel and raisin aromas dominate the nose.

T- Big and sweet. Lots of caramel, raisins, molasses and sugary sweetness. Barrel presence (while there, is not intense) enhances the caramel flavor. A slight sense of heat and spice on the finish (possibly a combination of the barrel, cinnamon and chile). Very tasty stuff.

M- Full bodied and moderate to high carbonation.

O- Great; a very enjoyable sipper. (535 characters)

Photo of Jmitchell3
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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. (949 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a goblet

The dark chestnut brown liquid was topped by a short-lived, one-finger tall, khaki colored head. No lacing whatsoever. The crackling crown quickly faded to a thin, lasting film and eventually transitioned into a clingy ring.

The aroma was solid but somewhat muted. Dark fruits were noticeable, along with generic spice notes. Malty and rich. There was a rummy quality as well that reminded me of rum raisin ice cream. As the beer warmed, a touch of powdered cocoa also came forward. Moderately tart, red wine-like notes appeared as well. Slightly woody.

On the palate, the beer was much punchier. A rich, caramel malt base was accented by strong raisins and plum notes. Lots of dark candy sugar flavor. Perhaps some brown sugar too. Touch of cola. Somewhat spicy, yet I did not pick out the cinnamon per se. A moderately boozy, rummy alcohol kick came through on the finish. The chili notes might have also been present in the finish, but they were definitely lost in the booziness. Despite its alcohol prowess, this beer still drank remarkably well.

The mouthfeel was really impressive. Super frothy and fluffy. The liquid contained an ultra fine, zippy effervescence. Although the beer was rather light on the palate, it was still rich and silky smooth. After each sip, the liquid left a sticky film on my lips.

Track #8 is a solid offering from The Lost Abbey, but it definitely was not worth $18 a bottle. Although the flavor profile was interesting and well melded, I would have preferred something a bit more exciting, along with a more flavor from the adjuncts. (1,694 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Tasting 9/9/14

This is a deep ruby red-brown color, translucent due to the color but showing a reasonably full body without haze. The head is an off-white cap of foam between half a finger and one finger tall. It keeps up well, depositing pretty strong patching as it falls.
Fruit shows first on the nose, dark fruit and lots of it. Strong notes of raisin, purple grape and maybe fig fill out main body of the aroma all the way through. Underneath is a bit of sweet spicing, some heat (more ethanol than pepper) and maybe a woody sort of dryness behind all the sweetness keeping it checked.
The flavor is sweeter, and the main aspect of it seems to be tons of brown sugar. There's still a bit of spicing to it, and in the middle there's a lightly sour note to the dark fruits. I'd like to be able to pick out a little more chili heat, but there's not too much to pull out. The sweetness is balanced by thicker, heavier sort of barley-like malts. Overall, the sweetness, spiciness, fruits and heat work together very well, and balance is fantastic with nothing overdone. I'd like a few of the main aspects to show a bit more strongly, but it does straddle the highest level.
The body is medium-full, not too thick or sticky and not thinning out as the alcohol works through. It has a dryness pulling into the middle with a crisp bite but still some smoothness even as a gentle sting tingles. (1,401 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

2014 B

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. (1,196 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.75/5  rDev +12%

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! (478 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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 chile pepper 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 blatant effect on the overall flavour, it's more likely that they simply contribute to the burgeoning complexity. (1,837 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Bottle from Whole Paycheck, Devon, PA.

The cork came out with an unexpected bang. Poured into a snifter, a dark brown color, with a full three fingers of frothy tan head. This is a Lost Abbey beer? I feared infection at first, but fortunately that was not the case. Just uncharacteristically overcarbonated. Once the head dwindled down to a manageable level, there was an aroma of fruitcake and brown sugar, very mild bourbon notes. In the taste, roasty malts and dry toasted bread, raisin, mid-palate bringing in more dark fruits, yeast, hints of vanilla and fairly tamed bourbon. As the beer warmed, I got more of the "oatmeal raisin cookie" sensation on the finish, but it wasn't like drinking a liquid cookie, as some other people have noted. Cinnamon was also very subtle, and there was only a slight chili burn in there and again only when the beer had warmed. There was a lot going on in this brew, and with a recipe like this, the potential for a huge mess is high, but everything here was in pretty good balance, with no one characteristic really fully taking dominance. Medium-full body, a little overcarbonated, but a few swirls took care of that. Overall a good beer. I wouldn't buy a case of it, but I'd definitely like to have it again. (1,251 characters)

Photo of More_betterness
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black stout-like body. Two finger khaki head recedes to one finger after half a minute and stays there due to persistent streams of carbonation up the glass.

S: Potent sweet caramel and baking spices initially, follow by hints of vanilla and cola. Vegetal spiciness closes things out.

T: Bourbon soaked dark cherry, spicy cinnamon, and vanilla. Raisin notes. Minor chile heat becomes noticeable about halfway through the bottle.

M: Medium bodies and highly carbonated. Lingering tannic finish carries flavors long after each sip.

O: Well balanced and composed brew. No trace of booze for the ABV. Glad they re-released this one. (643 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown nearly black in color with a fizzy tan head that dissapears instantly.

Smell gas notes of rich sweet molasses like malt forward with some hints of stone fruit, mainly plum. Finishes with hints of toffee aromas.

Taste is where this has great complexity. Malt is forward with flavors of toffee, molasses and caramel. Sweet raisen balances nicely with a oaky bourbon presence in the mid section. Finishes with very faint hints of spicy phenols, mainly cinnamon and clove.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body however intense carbonation cut through the thickness leaving it feeling light. Finishes with an encompassing numbing alcohol. (653 characters)

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I pretty much swore off LA beers due to carb and cost quality. I somehow got sucked into this beer, like guy going back to a gal that doesn't appreciate him but the allure of her in the sack clouds his judgement.

I cracked this and was shocked at the sound of the loud pop. I went with the LA beer bc I was sure the lack of carb would mean the beer would open quietly and not wake my GF who decided to turn in early for the evening. Welp, no such luck, so thanks a lot LA. You blew my cover. I will say though, first carbed BA lost abbey beer I have ever had. So well done, only took you 7 yrs to figure it out! Wonderfully carbed beer at that making this an appealing beer to look at.

Aroma was highlighted by the continuing bubbles from the beer. I'm still in shock at my first LA carbed beer. Holy shit, things that most breweries take for granted only took LA like forever to get the basics down. Incredible. Getting the boozy raisins, plums. About it.

Taste initially was a wonderful jam, thick and boozy. This goes away quickly and turns into a very nice albeit not that incredible jam the first sip or 2 were, great raisin with spice bourbon juice. The cinnamon adds a nice layer and for once, a beer with chilies that I don't hate.

Overall, solid beer and glad LA is in the 21st century. However, $18 for this beer? Excuse me while I LOL. LA track #8 for $18 or FSW 22oz Stickee Monkee for $14? Hmmm gee let me think. Better off going with the FSW. (1,464 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (911 characters)

Photo of IAmAPenguin
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lucky to snag two of these at Whole Foods in Pasadena this weekend. Couldn't wait to pop one open. Surprisingly loud, carbonation pop when the cork came out. Very unlike most LA bottles. Pours a dark brownish-purple color with a medium, light-tan head. Looks highly carbonated to me. Scent is packed with dark fruits, mostly raisins. Lots of bourbon and hints of cinnamon. The cinnamon is HUGE in the aroma as the beer warms up a bit. Hints of lacto, but that could just be my nose playing tricks on me.Taste is much like the label and description... cinnamon oat meal cookies suits this beer well. There is a tickling zing from the chilies that dances around the tongue and throat for a bit. A ton of raisin and cinnamon. Subtle bourbon, but very tasty. Drinkability is fairly high for such a big beer. Mouthfeel is tad bit over-carbonated in my opinion (shocking, I know). I know quads are usually highly carbonated, but this beast could do with a tad less. Overall, this i a highly enjoyable beer that I am happy to have gotten the opportunity to try. I'm glad I have another bottle to see how this one develops with time. (1,125 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a big rich delicious beer, that uses its special ingredients well. i get a lot of the raisin in this, and of course the cinnamon. often spiced beers dont make sense to me, or are overdone or dont have the body to uphold the big flavors. not the case with the gem, which i guess has been brewed for a second time now, since the box was ages ago. glad they did, big dark brown but pale stout looking brew with a frothing tan head. it smells like smoke and cinnamon, dried fruit (raisins no doubt) and a whole bunch of barrel. its complex, but each element makes a flash in the taste, with none being lost, and none dominating, great balance of difficult ingredients. chili is there in flavor, rich and earthy, smokey, and warming without ever getting hot on the palate. bourbon balances it brilliantly, and is rather intense. a good bottle to share, especially with this abv, it gets real hot as it warms. thick and creamy feeling through, never a drag. i am really impressed overall with the depth of flavors in this beer, and with the use of ingredients that dont always work well in beer, let alone together. top tier stuff. i hope we get to see the other tracks again too. (1,174 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy black coffee, no head, syrupy appearance.

Burnt raspberries and other fruits, twinge of funk, light milk chocolate.

Burnt berries appears again in the taste, rich, burnt cornocopia, light chocolate and coffee. Sweetness.

Minimal carbonation, ABV done well, smooth mouthfeel.

Good. Yum. A la Van. (305 characters)

Photo of timc100
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not very aromatic - a little cinnamon, dark fruits, light barrel. Taste is fairly dry - some richer fruits, nice marriage of cinnamon and chile with a very slight warming sensation. Do not get much rich bourbon booze or any booze at all off of this.

Enjoyable barrel aged beer, but leaves much to be desired. (310 characters)

Photo of slackattack
4.91/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

- 2013 vintage
- 375mL bottle poured into Anchorage Teku on 6-Jun-14

Uncorked with a loud pop. I had to look at the bottle again to make sure it was a Lost Abbey brew. Nice head retention too, which I wouldn't have expected for a brew aged in barrels already.

Aromas of sweet figs and booze. A lot of booze that I believe is preventing the other aromas to come through. Unfortunate, I hope that the taste doesn't follow suit.

Oooh.. that's quite nice! I want to say that this is a true Bourbon barrel quad (as opposed to Stickee Monkey, but that's a different story), where I get everything expected out of both a Belgian quad and an ale aged in Bourbon barrels. The cinnamon is a nice character as well. I get some heat from the chiles, but not much in terms of flavor.

The only thing I would've preferred without is the sprite carbonation, which prevents the smooth body to take over. How ironic. The booze is there in the finish, but as others have mentioned, it shouldn't deter anyone to uncork a bottle now.

One of the more interesting quads I've had. I'd like to see how this one ages. Too bad it's got the LA price tag.

EDIT: My glass warmed up to just below room temp and man... what a difference! The carbo's gone and the mouthfeel is great. The flavors are shining and gelling more. I'm enjoying the heat in the finish. Whether it's from the chile peppers or the alcohol, I don't know. I pulled it out of my cellar that's kept at around 50 degrees. I recommend drinking this @ 60 degrees or higher. Solid brew. (1,528 characters)

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