The Devil Went Down To Georgia
The Lost Abbey

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From:
The Lost Abbey
 
California, United States
Style:
Strong Ale - English
Ranked #7
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,907
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 13.08%
Ratings:
138
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 07, 2022
Added:
Aug 20, 2011
Wants:
  21
Gots:
  18
SCORE
87
Very Good
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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4.32 by hopley from Massachusetts on May 07, 2022
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

12.7oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness dating, certainly a few years old.

Looks splendid in the glass. Darkest of dark brown bodies. Small loose bubbly pale tan head shrinks to a thin ring, which impressively maintains throughout. There are some light brown floaties, which quickly sink to the bottom.

Rich dark fruit and bourbon aroma. Just begging to be drank.

So I did. I let this one warm a little. Though bourbon is the strongest flavor, there are a lot of nuances to be found. A faint peach hit right before the bourbon charges in. Some wood from the barrel. A touch of vanilla, and a good amount of dark fruit.

Mouth closer to full than medium. Rolls around the tongue beautifully. Finish is bourbon with some sweetness and dark fruit, fresh and dried.

Overall, excellent sipper while sitting in front of a roaring fire. A lot going on, all of it good.

Feb 06, 2022
 
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Jan 03, 2021
 
4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Oct 07, 2020
 
4 by Manta200 from Kentucky on Apr 05, 2020
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3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Parmesan from Colorado

L:. Pours a muddy brown with a small fizzy tan head and no lacing.

S:. Lots of bourbon, caramel and toffee, hints of black tea and vanilla a slight peach. The Bourbon is strongest aroma.

T:. Thick bourbon, caramel and toffee, notes of black tea, lots of vanilla and a slight peach, some syrup. Bourbon is quite strong here.

F:. Big body and syrupy.

O:. An interesting take on the barrel aged stout.

Mar 17, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by drtth from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 07, 2019
 
3.93 by Trueprinceofgotham from California on Sep 21, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

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.

Jul 02, 2019
 
4.14 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Jun 15, 2019
 
4.05 by Zonian1 from Ohio on May 27, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by REDAMI from Ohio

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.

Mar 03, 2019
 
4.01 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Feb 24, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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...

Dec 28, 2018
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeanBump from California

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.

Dec 12, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by smcolw from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 08, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by snaotheus from Washington

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.

Nov 18, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

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!

Nov 17, 2018
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ONUMello from Ohio

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

Oct 19, 2018
 
4 by scottiethebody from California on Sep 22, 2018
 
4 by TruePerception from California on Aug 22, 2018
 
3.65 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Jul 23, 2018
 
4 by freewill35 from Indiana on May 28, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

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

Apr 28, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

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.

Apr 28, 2018
 
4.2 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan on Apr 20, 2018
 
3.85 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Mar 30, 2018
 
4.01 by dms1767 from Nebraska on Mar 29, 2018
 
3.73 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Mar 25, 2018
 
5 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia on Mar 24, 2018
 
3.92 by ccozzi from Colorado on Mar 04, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pathman from Ohio

2/24/18 bottle WL BA Beer Fest

Feb 24, 2018
 
4 by jschott75 from Illinois on Feb 18, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Very dark brown with a tan ring. Starts off so promising in the nose: bourbon, molasses, caramel, oak, with playful peach before some black tea and leather come in bringing hot hot booze. Still works for the nose, the taste it is all a little much, more complex than good. It's like I want the beer underneath the adjuncts. Feel is so hot with bozoe, and generally a little funky, odd clashing between brett and bourbon. An experiment not worth repeating

Feb 05, 2018
 
4.19 by beergorrilla from Michigan on Jan 30, 2018
 
3.6 by DamienI from Washington on Jan 27, 2018
 
4.2 by gobuccos from Ohio on Jan 15, 2018
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4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by bshefftz from California

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.

Jan 10, 2018
 
4.21 by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island on Jan 07, 2018
 
4.1 by AleHunter805 from California on Jan 01, 2018
The Devil Went Down To Georgia from The Lost Abbey
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