1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Box Set Track #13 - Message In A BottleBox Set Track #13 - Message In A Bottle

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

64 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 16
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:

  None found.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BrandonDZ
BrandonDZ

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

11-19-2013 21:43:42 | More by BrandonDZ
Photo of acurtis
acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-05-2013 02:36:30 | More by acurtis
Photo of Gonzoillini
Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

11-21-2013 03:02:36 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of Alieniloquium
Alieniloquium

Florida

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

12-23-2013 18:41:34 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of GRG1313
GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-11-2013 16:26:29 | More by GRG1313
Photo of incubuscience
incubuscience

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

11-17-2013 17:47:48 | More by incubuscience
Photo of claaark13
claaark13

Indiana

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-28-2013 12:56:12 | More by claaark13
Photo of oso
oso

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

03-13-2014 06:28:43 | More by oso
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

04-08-2013 06:25:27 | More by largadeer
Photo of sgoro
sgoro

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-19-2013 20:01:03 | More by sgoro
Photo of Etan
Etan

Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

11-17-2013 23:23:18 | More by Etan
Photo of DarthKostrizer
DarthKostrizer

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-10-2014 18:30:10 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of jimjim123
jimjim123

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-14-2013 04:09:46 | More by jimjim123
Photo of Drucifer
Drucifer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-18-2013 14:47:53 | More by Drucifer
Photo of deniserat
deniserat

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

05-20-2013 22:42:00 | More by deniserat
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

02-24-2013 16:22:52 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Piddmeista
Piddmeista

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-05-2013 07:45:17 | More by Piddmeista
Photo of SoCalStout
SoCalStout

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-29-2013 17:14:54 | More by SoCalStout
Photo of Grant35
Grant35

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

06-06-2013 05:06:44 | More by Grant35
Photo of SocalKicks
SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-05-2013 12:10:07 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of beagle75
beagle75

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-14-2013 21:07:56 | More by beagle75
Photo of ACY73
ACY73

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-04-2012 23:48:55 | More by ACY73
Photo of jlindsey
jlindsey

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-10-2014 19:58:05 | More by jlindsey
Photo of HopHead84
HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

12-02-2012 12:54:38 | More by HopHead84
Photo of spycow
spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-12-2013 20:35:35 | More by spycow
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Box Set Track #13 - Message In A Bottle from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.