The Devil Went Down To Georgia
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Style:
English Strong Ale
Ranked #9
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #11,775
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 13.2%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
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The Devil Went Down To GeorgiaThe Devil Went Down To Georgia
Notes: Formerly known as "Vern". Reviews from 2011 are for the initial pilot batch (Vern) of what would become Track 11 the next year.

A experimental re-mix track, Track 12 is our Angel’s Share that we aged in fresh Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for 9 months. To this we added some awesome whole peach slivers, black tea, and a splash of Brettanomyces Clausenni to ferment the peaches. The beer has a great peach nose and a long carmelized bourbon finish. One of the most experimental of all the track series beers.
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Photo of drtth
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The dark, mahogany brown beer pours out into a snifter glass with a thin partial layer of foam that soon becomes a quite small thin island and a small ring around the glass. Sipping creates a few scattered spots of lacing on the side, but by mid-way through the beer, those are no more. (One dead giveaway that this is a high ABV beer…)

The aromas include some bourbon up front against a background of dark fruit, caramel malt and just a bit of peach and of tea way in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose. There’s some dark caramel sweetness, vanilla, a mixture of dark fruit flavors, a bit of oak and the way in the background there’s some almost hidden peach and tea. While the beer is cooler than room temperature there is also a bit of alcohol showing.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly smooth with only some soft gentle carbonation and some slight alcohol burn. The finish begins as all the flavors seem to slowly fade to a long ending in the back of the throat.

Overall, an enjoyable and interesting beer which is definitely sippable as one tries to sort out and decide what some of the various flavors are and how they play together. Interestingly enough as the beer warms the flavors seem to become more tightly integrated and more difficulty to sort out. That all said, I doubt I’ll be interested in having it again in the future, even though I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit. For me this is one and done beer, with the caveat being that part of that feeling is related to the fact that in the last few years I’m finding myself being less and less interested in repeating such high ABV beers.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Body is brown and opaque, showing a little to non-existing beige had that lives only to the sides of the glass.
A: Aroma wise, it's very diverse. It has plums, it has apricots, peach, black tea, some floral tones of jasmin and a deep malty tone.
T: Taste starts off with a somewhat high sugary tone that should be held more losely and goes to the fructose present in the apricot to bring some touches of sweet milk and light acidity. It then moves to a more bitter tone of black tea before touching down on the sourness of the barrel.
M: Body is high. Carbonation is very good for a barrel aged beer. Sweetness is mild, bitterness and sour are low.
O: I think I haven't had any bad Lost Abbey. This is good. I was actually stunned when I first tasted the tea.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Cloudy mahogany pour, with little to no foam.

S - Booze soaked fruitcake, strong woody bourbon, thick malts.

T - Brown sugar and vanilla, molasses, english breakfast tea, bitterness slight fruit notes at the finish. There is a lot of different flavors hiding in here, very complex.

F - Creamy, syrupy, but suprisingly, no heat (for a barrel aged). No carbonation of note.

A smooth sipper, it has you searching for each of the flavor notes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

they must have remade this one, as i dont believe its labeled as track 11 anymore, although the artwork is the same, really cool looking bottle of beer. i was surprised to see it so dark in the glass though, hazy and sedimented and pretty unrefined looking, short head drops fast, looks more like a stout or porter than a barleywine, and i think that darker malt complexion is to the detriment of the black tea and peaches, the parts of this i really wanted to taste a little more, but its incredibly unique beer just the same. there is a distinct bourbon nose on this, lots of it, a very mature beer overall, with the wood and barrel char obvious as well. notes of molasses, raisin, cocoa, and generic fruity sweetness round it out, maybe some slight funk too, although there doesnt appear to be much of a yeast profile. booze is sharp in both aroma and flavor, no hiding it here. the peaches are subtle, more sweetness than obvious peach flavor, again lost a little to the darker malt base i think. the bourbon is strong and awesome, high quality tasting to me, and it picks up a bit of the black tea, which is less earthy and bitter than i thought it would be, more like sweet tea with what is here from the peaches. tons of body, cocoa and booze and brown sugar to finish, heavy beer, a slow sipper for sure, especially with all the sediment in the bottom of my glass. in the end this is a really cool beer, glad they remade it, otherwise i probably would have never had the pleasure, but i expected a somewhat better execution of such a great idea here, this isnt as dialed in as i am used to from these guys, and i think there is more potential here than shows up in the finished product...

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

Very tasty beer that will 100% put a wobble in your step. That said, it comes across as a BA barleywine without much presence of peaches or tea. The brett adds a very slight tanginess to the backend but had I not known beforehand what was in this beer, there would be zero chance I couldve guessed at the ingredients.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Modest head which settles quickly to rim bubbles. The liquid is brown with light passing through the center of the glass. It's cloudy but not overly so. Modest lacing.

Sweet candy sugar aroma. The smell is darker with a roasted (sugary) malt nose.

The flavor is similar to the smell with a stronger alcohol warming presence. The body is full but not nearly as much as the sweetness provides. The carbonation is low, enhancing the mouthfeel. The swallow and aftertaste have more warmth from the alcohol and a touch of sugar. I do not pick up on any peaches or tea.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2018-11-17
375ml corked/caged bottle served in a snifter. Don't see a date on it. Don't remember when or where I got it.

Pours a dark, murky brown with a small head in the first glass and no head in the second glass. Little to no carbonation. Smell is barleywiney. Booze, oak, vanilla, dates. Lots of booze.

Taste is different. I get something fruity that I would probably attribute to the peaches, and the tea is quite noticeable, except that I wouldn't place it if it wasn't on the label. Booze is not nearly as prominent, and oak comes across pretty strongly in the finish. Dates definitely there.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, and not as flat as it looked like it would be. Overall...it's far from my favorite barleywine, but it's interesting and good.

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Photo of mothman
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Original box set edition.

Still. Flat. Dark brown color. Peach and tea are very present. Strong ale with caramel, toffee and bourbon. Reminds me of a cocktail from tattersall distillery. Fun beer to try!

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

12.7oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Dark brown, 1/2-finger head
S: Roasted malts, fig, caramel, bourbon
T: Matches the nose; maybe a hint of peach/tea on the finish
M: Full-bodied, a touch of sweetness and alcohol yet fairly smooth
O: A nice BBA beer, I wish thy style were more specific than"ale". Tasty overall but I can barely taste the peaeches or tea

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - liquid mud with floaties
Smell - sweet bourbon, woody caramel a little fruit
Taste - sweet caramel
Feel - medium syrup
Overall - wow, not worth it

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce corked and caged bottle, no dating that I noticed but I'm pretty sure it's a somewhat newer release since it doesn't have Track 11 on the label. Served in a Teku glass, the beer pours a very dark brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, black tea, caramel and molasses. Taste is similar to the aroma, with bourbon, vanilla, black tea, peach, molasses, brown sugar, raisin, oak and chocolate flavors. It's a mostly sweet tasting brew! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and smooth with a low/moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was pretty good, hopefully I can find another bottle soon! $16.99 a bottle.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a review of the 2017 release, not the original box set brew. I thought this was a great twist on a favorite beer (Angel's Share) with a hint of black tea bitterness and peach sweetness adding to the base.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Brown, cloudy, creamy looking. No head or lacing

S - Brown sugar, bourbon

T - Sweet up front, raisons, and bourbon is very evident

F - Medium body and light carbonation

O - Excellent BBA ale. Enjoyed it

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep reddish/brown with minimal head and no lacing.

The smell is a seemingly perfect balance of chocolate, dark fruits, and bourbon. Nothing overpowers.

The taste starts and ends very sweet with nice peach flavor on the finish. The middle had strong bourbon, raisin, and milk chocolate flavors.

The mouthfeel is slightly thick with minimal carbonation. It's incredibley smooth with a of carbonation at the back of the throat.

Overall this beer is really great. It's an almost perfect blend of flavors with an amazing mouthfeel.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly to patches with light lacing. Aroma of bourbon, dark and lightly caramel malt, dark dried fruit, a hint of peach that I would have missed if it wasn't such an important part of this ale; bourbon dominates. Flavor is dark, dry caramel malt, bourbon, figs, dates, peach and plum; all rather well melded together like a mixed dried fruit bar, a little cocoa. Medium bodied with nice light creaminess. Not sure about the "American barleywine" designation here, this has more of a classic American strong ale body with dark malt, but plenty of dried fruit. The bourbon is a bit forward, but that's never a big problem for me, it seems like bourbon meld well with most ale flavors. I was a little nervous after the aroma seemed muddled, but the flavor is good. There are a lot of dried fruit flavors, but so well balanced that none stand out. Dried peach is there, but like with the aroma, I probably would have missed it if I wasn't expecting it. Frankly a bit more fresh peach would have been great in this particular ale. I do not detect any of the black tea, but perhaps it contributes to a light bitterness in the finish. Brett is a perfect deft touch without standing out. Overall very drinkable and enjoyable, but does not really stand out from other well made strong ales to my palate. The beer in this series have been well worth trying; at the price point I probably wouldn't repeat many of them, but feel I got my value in this and the other big, flavorful installments. I will always pick these up.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Armsby Abbey. Pours an inky black with a dense, one inch, khaki-colored head embedded with tiny divers. Head exhibits excellent retention. Nose expresses toffee and fudge with just a trace of ethanol. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of sugar plums, more fudge and booze. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body but comes off a little thin for such a big beer. Carbonation is mild and subdued with some residual ethanol heat. Overall, a great beer which will only appreciate with some cellar time.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into snifter, 2017 vintage bottling. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a small dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, plum, peach, fig, date, apricot, apple, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, marshmallow, brown bread, and herbal black tea; with lighter notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, molasses, pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Some booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malt, bourbon barrels, fruity yeast, and peach/black tea notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, plum, peach, fig, date, apricot, apple, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, marshmallow, brown bread, and herbal black tea; with lighter notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, molasses, pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruit, peach, apricot, apple, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, marshmallow, brown bread, herbal black tea, light chocolate/fudge/molasses, pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, bourbon barrels, fruity yeast, and peach/black tea flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Lightly slick, sticky, chalky, tannic, and drying. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth of 12.5%, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible English Barleywine/strong ale style. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, bourbon barrels, fruity yeast, and peach/black tea flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Very rich and complex. Perfectly balanced malts, bourbon barrels, and fruity Brett C flavors; with nice presence of the peaches/tea, without overwhelming the base beer. Amazing barrel integration; without being overly boozy, tannic, or drying. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Deep dark almost purple brown. Lacing on rim, head is not a factor.

Roasted notes with a sweetness - dense molasses and a distinct fruitiness. Caramel apple is really what this smells like actually.

Dark fruit notes and a sweet caramel on the forefront followed by more fruit notes and a rich dark chocolate finish. There is some spiciness and a lacquered finish which I'm assuming the black tea is responsible for. There's a lot going on here, definitely cannot be accused of not being complex. As far as session worthiness is concerned however, this one starts to wear on you - especially due in my opinion to the tea which is overkill and makes the peaches taste rancid. I would ditch the tea and the bourbon; not a good mix - adds to much bitterness.

Mouthfeel is heavy and lasting. Carbonation is low which is is welcome in a style like this. ABV tastes around 13%. Kind of hot, those bourbon barrels are apparent.

I like experimentation and really enjoyed the first few sips of this but the finish is rotten and drinkability is zilch.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Brickwood on 09/27/17.

Lots of caramel, chocolate and bourbon on the nose. Mostly caramel malt on the palate with cocoa, bourbon and subtle peach notes. I'd like to see the peach flavor be more dominant. Otherwise, a solid effort.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Muddled brown and black. Lots of floaties. Aroma was tea and peaches, interesting, not sweet tea and peaches likes its Georgia mind you.

Taste was a mix of peach, bourbon, tea, toffee, minimal tartness in the mouthfeel.

Not worth the price of admission, I've had more than half of the box set beers, this is clearly the worst of the bunch imho.

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Photo of jlindros
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Another one split with rudzud.

Still beer with no head, big long legs, dark murky mahogany molasses brown color.

Nose is nice, aged dark malt, sweet candied dates, caramel, molasses, fig paste, just a touch of booze, with hint of phenols, into nice bourbon, whisky barrel with vanilla oak, little nutty, weird dried stale herbal tea, weird rotten vegetable thing leads into a mild bbq sauce thing. Little oxidation.

Taste starts with thick syrupy malts, fairly sweet, aged dark malt effect, molasses, with mild vegetal thing again into bbq sauce again. Mild oxidation, soft malt, caramel molasses, hint of booze and phenols, candied dark fruits fig paste, etc. Touch of bourbon and whisky, little vanilla oak. Finish is sticky syrupy, no real booze, syrupy molasses caramel lingering, and hint if oxidation.

Mouth is fuller bod, syrupy, almost no carb, very little booze either.

Overall looked awesome but such a letdown.

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Photo of rudzud
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Once again, big thanks to Alec for this VIP box. Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark chestnut hue with no head, very still, however, the legs on this are incredible.

S - Aromas of stale tea, candy sugary malts, rotten vegetables, oxidation, cardboard, bbq sauce. Really don't like this aroma.

T - Taste is thankfully different than the nose. Loads of malt sweetness, candy sugar, older stale hops, bourbon, really faint tea. The peach is non-existent. The bourbon is nice with good light barrel notes, the malt is nicely sweet, no real alcohol burn. The beer does come across as tired, but I long for peaches and brett c.

M - Mouthfeel is mostly still, alcohol is really hidden.

O - Overall while this beer had no alcohol burn, there also no tea, peaches, and barely any brett c. Really unfortunate.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Appearance - Brown body with the slightest hint of life. A few wisps and a thin collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Caramel. Fruity, not what I'd call peach though. Raisins. Tea, if I really think about it.

Taste - Much fruitier. Stone fruits very strong. Fruity caramel flavor that lingers. Very sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Sugary and kinda tough to drink. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not impressive. Very sweet.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown with maroon accents in a thick and hazy body

S - Nice bourbon notes, light oak, and slight peach sweetness

T - Heavy spice fro the HH bourbon, nice sweetness from the peaches, dark fruit and an oak presence from the barrels. There is also a sweet vanilla that adds a nice layer of complexity and sweetness to it

M - Medium syrupy body with spiciness near the back end

O - The second barreling of the Angel's share adds a lot of bourbon and spice to the beer. The peaches add a nice sweetness to it. Definitely a new layer of complexity to the angels share that I enjoy.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nearing the end here. Yet another Lost Abbey tick shared by Todd.

A - Minimal white foam settles to a thin partial cap. Murky and turbid brown body.

S - An odd mix of bourbon and black tea, with only a hint of peach. This is the Angel's Share base, you say? Astringent, and quite strange. Sweetness comes a bit out more as it warms up.

T - The taste is significantly better, with more sweet caramel malts from the base beer and less tea. Peaches come through a little more, and there's mild tropical brightness imparted by the brett. Still, largely caramel, oaky vanilla, brown sugar, and so forth here. Alcohol is well-hidden, which is nice.

M - Surprisingly thin, especially when compared directly to Bourbon Angel's Share. Lower carbonation, surprisingly smooth texture, with less tannins than I expected from fruit, tea, oak, and so forth. Again, well-hidden booze.

D - The smell was very strange, and a tad off-putting, but otherwise I enjoyed this for the most part. The tea seems a bit unnecessary.

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