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

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 70
Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with orangish brown highlights and a thin head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely was able to sniff out the peachy fruit with a good bourbon presence, woody vanilla notes oozing out, hints of tea, caramel and brown sugar sweetness was pretty potent.

T: it had the angels share character for sure which consisted of brown sugar, maple syrup, caramel, a touch of toffee but with great peachy fruit that accentuated the overall flavor and woody vanilla notes. It did have plenty of bourbon barrel booze and mild tea qualities.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, semi fruity, boozy, woody and sticky finish.

O: angel share is a tasty beer but have to say that the peaches really take it to the next level. I honestly didn't get any of the brett character though, it's all good it was still damn tasty.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark brown much lighter at the edges with almost a orange/red tint. No head present at all.
S-Peaches up front, bourbon and alcohol, raisons, tea.
T-Mirrors smell, huge peach and tea flavors, currant fruits, bourbon raisons, vanilla, sweet and tart.
M- Feels thin at first but its not, thick syrup feel, with little to no carbonation.
O-Great beer with tons of flavors, I'd be happy to drink it again.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruity and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity finish and an alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a comingled brown, light black, toffee kind of appearance, lots of sediment or roughage in the liquid, you can't see through it with a flashlight, despite it not necessarily being all that dark. Aroma is a little more enjoyable, the black tea and peaches, heavy on the booze, which it smells more of then bourbon per se. I was hoping for a little more peach presence.

Taste, the peach is rearing its slightly above negligible head, the bourbon is coming out more, the booziness yields way to a more comfortable warming feeling as I start to acclimate my senses to this very unique beer. The tea is a nice addition, another one of those things I don't like individually, but works in beer sometimes. A cool little tartness finally peeks out at me as it warms up a little.

I dunno, glad I got to try it, but can't help but feel that I wish I was in town for any of the other track releases instead. Oh well, cool ass bottle art bumped the overall score up from its deserved 3.5 to 4.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Lost Abbey. This is Bourbon Angel's Share with black tea and peaches.

A: Murky brown with a small bubbly crown.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, peach, and black tea. Alcohol is evident in the aroma. Vanilla accompanies prominent bourbon and date notes. The peaches and tea compliment the Bourbon Angel's Share.

T: Sweet peach and caramel with chocolate, date, and pronounced yet integrated black tea. The peaches are nice with the traditional Angel's Share notes. Bourbon is huge, with accompanying fusel alcohol. Brown sugar melds with vanilla and oak. I think the black tea detracts and I can't say I welcome its  addition. Finishes with some astringency and lingering bourbon tea.

M: Full body with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth.

Overall: An interesting experiment that's enjoyable in small quantities. The tea works better in the aroma than in the flavor.

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Photo of largadeer
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy brown body with no head. Nose had caramel and booze, ripe peach, oak, and an odd note of black tea. Lot of peach on the palate, lot of caramel too. Boozy but not especially harsh. The addition of tea is odd and unnecessary, but it's not a big detraction. Barrel takes backseat to peach, but it's still there. Body is full. Feels a bit syrupy. Not a bad beer at all, but not something I'd like to drink a lot of.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (2012)

Lost Abbey Track Set Dinner with Tomme Arthur
O'Brien's Pub
San Diego, CA

Murky dark brown with dark orange/ruby edges with a very thin collar of khaki-colored crown.

A sweet, boozy, and fruit-forward aroma. The base beer is still evident, but the spirit and the peaches nearly overshadow it. There's good amounts of oak, toffee, and alcohol as well. I don't think everything marries together here as nicely as hoped. Perhaps age would change things some.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, though the base beer is even more hidden. The sweet peach elements overwhelm, along with good amounts of alcohol heat, toffee, caramel, and dark fruit. There's just a hint of a tea character, but probably only because I'm searching for it.

Full body with low, creamy carbonation.

One of my least favorite of the Track Set series beers. Perhaps age will allow this one to marry more because I like the idea behind this beer. It just doesn't come together particularly well currently.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
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 jlindros
3.3/5  rDev -7%
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 -9.6%
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 kscaldef
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Opens with minimal pop and pours out murky and flat, a very unappealing looking beer. Lots of buttery bourbon in the nose, with a funky decaying vegetable aspect hiding under that. I'm not sure if that's coming from the tea or something else. The beer is fairly sweet with medium bourbon character and mild flavors of overripe peach, and a slight sour note. Minimal carbonation, and a medium-heavy mouthfeel. Something of a mess of a beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lost Abbey track beer tasting.

The beer is mahogany hued with a small beige head. The aroma offers booze, oak, dark fruit, funkadelic oddities. Hmm...the flavor is eh...some nail polish and alcohol with dark fruit, maybe cherries soaked in alcohol. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Unbalanced and hot. Perhaps not as bad as I made it sound, but not on par with a special release from Lost Abbey. Tea is subtle and lost in the melange of palate atrocities. Mediocre.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.12/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle shared thanks to starrdogg from an awesome trader in CA! Tried in order with all tracks in the series. If I had a chance to try this again, I would like to to give it another chance since it seemed others sort of enjoyed it, but it did not work well at all for me. Lost abbey is a phenomenal brewery, but this one was just not right.

The beer is muddy brown with no head or lacing, solid look.

The smell seems like a strong ale that just has most of the major flavors toned down, the tea and peach seem to just decrease the aromas as opposed to adding new elements to the base beer, just doesn't seem like a good combination.

And I was totally right that this combination does not work. The tea and base beer of brandy angels share completely clash and end up tasting like the really bad tea at a bad hotel in a plastic cup that seeps it's plastic flavor into the beverage itself. Bitter, molded fruit flavors, it is rough and for me completely undrinkable, I had no choice but to nail this beer because of these reasons, I'm sorry lost abbey.

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Box Set Track #11 - The Devil Went Down To Georgia from The Lost Abbey
3.55 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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