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Box Set Track #13 - Message In A Bottle - The Lost Abbey

Box Set Track #13 - Message In A BottleBox Set Track #13 - Message In A Bottle

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BA SCORE
88
very good

59 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.88%


Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.85% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

An American Barleywine aged in McCall Cognac Barrels with sour cherries and orange zest.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-25-2012)
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Tiny head. No pop on opening. Murky brown.

Smell - Lots of cognac barrel. Vanilla. Lots of caramel and raisins.

Taste - Loads of cognac again. Great cognac flavor. Buckets of toffee and deep brown sugar. Hot finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy up front, mostly from the amount of liquor flavor it took on from the barrel. Not quite as warming as the booziness suggests. Well carbonated despite the lack of a pop.

Overall - Not very complex, but the barrel flavors make up for it.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 18:41:34 | More by Alieniloquium
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured at FOBAB.

A: Pours a murky brown with no head.

S: Aroma brings grapey cognac, syrupy cherry flesh, tannic vanilla, toffee, ghost of old hops.

T: Taste brings mild cidery hoppiness, thick raisin, more cognac, a bit woody.

M: Thick-bodied with very light carbonation.

O: This beer is a cognac bomb. The complexity of the ingredients can't shine through the barrel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 23:23:18 | More by Etan
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ah yes - the bonus track. Thanks Todd! Sampled next to Veritas 011.

A - Minimal white foam settles to nothing. Hazed murky amber-brown body.

S - Sweet cognac, brown sugar, caramel, slight cherry, with some mildly vinous oak. Quite sweet, with well-concealed alcohol.

T - The taste is similarly sweet, with loads of caramel, brown sugar, sweet cognac, light cherry, and a mild oxidation note. Gets a bit cloying after a while.

M - Medium-full body, medium carbonation, mildly sticky finish but largely dry. Alcohol is similarly well-concealed here.

D - Not bad, but didn't compare favorably to Veritas 011. This is a bit too much on the sweet side, while the Veritas 011 is balanced by more fruit acidity and brett. Still, on the whole it was fairly easy to drink considering the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 17:17:33 | More by MasterSki
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largadeer

California

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Muddy red color, no head. Nose is interesting, an odd mix of bitter citrus and cherry, backed by booze, barrel and caramel. This does smell surprisingly close to a Manhattan. Palate is similar, bitter citrus with tart cherry, oak and brandy. Fairly dry for such a big barleywine. Finishes pretty dry, semi-bitter. An odd but enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 06:25:27 | More by largadeer
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky reddish-orange with a foamy beige 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 sour and tart with some fruit, tea, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 19:42:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle.

Pours a thick, clearish ruby brown with a quickly fading light tan head. Fades quickly to nothing and no lace. Aroma of cherry, cognanc, orange, caramel malt, and liquor syrup. Flavor is like sweet cherry pie, with a dry, fruit skin finish. Caramel malt, bready and dry, slight tart cherry, orange and stuff. I like V011 and I like this (though a little less than V011).

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 20:45:13 | More by yourefragile
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared thanks to starrdogg from an awesome trader in CA! Tried in order with all tracks in the series. This wasn't the strongest finish to a very interesting set of beers.

Looks brown to reddish in the body of the beer without really anything in terms of carbonation or head present. The smell is obviously a barleywine but perhaps more in the english style with less hops and more carmel maltyness. Some berry and cherry, and then more caramel!

The taste is Ok. Honey sweet malts and then plenty of alcohol booze. Meh. Feel is hotter than even I like (I'm into bourbon and scotch neat) and thin. again, meh.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 15:16:07 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lost Abbey track beer tasting.

The beer is copper to amber in color and mostly clear with a small head. The aroma brings oak, liquor, light citrus. I honestly detect cognac in the scent. The flavor is ok. Alcohol presence is a bit obtrusive, though not necessarily overbearing. Cognac presence is nice, with a touch if fruit. Sweet malt and tangy citrus. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. A slow sipper. Overall, pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 02:59:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/01/2012

Bottle into stemware.

A: Dark reddish brown with a big beige head. Scattered lacing.

S: Raisin blends with plum, cherry, cognac, and oak. There's a little vanilla in there and a touch of orange with brown sugar, bread, and caramel.

T: Raisin, cognac, oak, some lightly sour cherry. Malt is bready and robust. Light alcohol presence. A little plum and orange. Tannic fruity finish.

M: Lower full body with lower high carbonation. Creamy, sticky mouthfeel with warming.

Overall: Pretty nice and a successful beer version of an old fashioned.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 12:54:38 | More by HopHead84
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Gobzilla

California

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poure a pale chocolate brown in color with slight orange highlights and a very thin head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it honestly reminded me of hawaiian punch but barrel aged. The cherries were noticeable with hints of orange zest, a little caraamel, brown sugar sweetness and hints of toffee.

T: the cognac barrel character was more apparent on the palate which had a bit of booze prsence but blended quite well with the cherries. It did have a little orange zest zing, plenty of caramel, a touch of vanilla, toffee and brown sugar notes.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, semi fruity and boozy finish.

O: It was one of my least favorite of the box set but it looks like it could definitely get better with time.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 00:47:26 | More by Gobzilla
Box Set Track #13 - Message In A Bottle from The Lost Abbey
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