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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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

64 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 17
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Box Set Track #13 - Message In A Bottle from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.