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

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

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

10 Reviews
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Reviews: 10
Hads: 71
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 20
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Barleywine | 13.85% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

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Box Set Track #13 - Message In A Bottle from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.