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Box Set Track #11 - The Devil Went Down To Georgia | The Lost Abbey

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Box Set Track #11 - The Devil Went Down To GeorgiaBox Set Track #11 - The Devil Went Down To Georgia
BA SCORE
3.84/5
Very Good
99 Ratings
Box Set Track #11 - The Devil Went Down To GeorgiaBox Set Track #11 - The Devil Went Down To Georgia
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by HopHead84 on 08-20-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,614
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
99
pDev:
14.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
14
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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 ColForbinBC
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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 emerge077
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hermit990
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of daem3384
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeff1973
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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 WickedBeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tazzman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jwale73
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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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3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ptykozoon
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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 tommy5
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DodgerLove
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of szmnnl99
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furlinator
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Box Set Track #11 - The Devil Went Down To Georgia from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 99 ratings
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