Box Set Track #2 - Stairway To Heaven | The Lost Abbey

Box Set Track #2 - Stairway To HeavenBox Set Track #2 - Stairway To Heaven
BA SCORE
4.07/5
54 Ratings
Box Set Track #2 - Stairway To HeavenBox Set Track #2 - Stairway To Heaven
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first of our Remixed Tracks, Track 2 is Cuvee de Tomme blended with Bourbon Angel’s Share spiked with peaches and then topped with Project X from our wild beer project.

Added by MasterSki on 02-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
54
pDev:
11.3%
Bros Score:
3.86
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 17
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Todd
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Track #2. 12.7oz bottle. No date.

Look: Iron, muddy color, thin beige lace

Smell: Aged, wood, fermented peaches, boozy cherries, funky background, daunting

Taste: Smooth, a bit creamy, matured tartness, spicy phenols, stone fruit center flesh, peach skins, sour cherries, granny smith apple bite, citrus, oaky, light bourbon, toffee and vanilla, dry, tannic finish

Insanely complex. Sneaky alcohol. Drinks dangerously. Stair way to heaven indeed. Or hell? Who cares as long as they serve good beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 brown corked and caged bottle, no freshness date.

Cloudy brown, decent off-white lacing. Complex aroma of ripe beets, bread crust, quince paste, musty cellar, lemon pith, melon rind, wood, peach pits, and booze. Semi-crisp, creamy body, halo of bourbon, tart cherries, peach skins, nutty grain, woody dryness, faintly vinous, very warming with a woody finish.

Overly complex but I sort of love it ... all of the flavors may not mesh immediately though all comes together in the finish. A lovely sipper.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, ruddy body with little head formation. Unripe peach and black cherries on the nose with lesser notes of caramel and tobacco. The palate is sharply acidic and full bodied. Big lacto notes with a little harsh acetic acid behind it. Lot of peach and cherry flavor, with the robust toffee notes and booziness of Angels Share coming out in the finish. I'm liking the peach and cherry flavors here, but the acidity is a bit harsh and the blend seems a bit disharmonious.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MasterSki
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by Sean. Served in a snifter at his place.

A - Light tan carbonation settles to nothing. Semi-opaque dark orange-brown body. This is actually the 'low' carbonation that Tomme promises.

S - Interesting mix of sweet caramel malts, peripheral brown sugar, peaches, lactic acidity, bourbon, rough oak, mild dirty funk, and very little of the cherry I generally associate with Cuvee de Tomme. Very odd, but strangely compelling, albeit a touch boozy.

T - I like the taste a bit more, as it dials down some of the musty and earthy funk and amps up the peach, lactic sourness, and dark, sugary, malt backdrop. Bourbon and oak are present, but significantly less harsh than in the aroma.

M - Dry, medium body, that's a tad watery in conjunction with the low carbonation. Alcohol is exceptionally well-hidden.

D - Odd beer, with some surprising flavor juxtapositions. Not entirely successful in blending, but compelling nonetheless. The peaches brighten up some of the typical 'dark sour' flavors, and other than an unpleasant strain of brett in the aroma I quite liked this. Looking forward to trying this one again.

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3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with fruit, wood, and slight funk. Taste is much the same with clashing fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavors clash with one another.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared thanks to starrdogg from an awesome trader in CA! Tried in order with all tracks in the series. Overall I was confused by this one.

The brew has a muddy brown color, with a ring of bubbly head. The aroma is subtle, way more than I thought after the description of all the additions and barrel aging. The aromas are muddled, some bourbon and cherry but honestly it's hard to nail down many of the other notes I'm getting.

The taste is a little better, but still isn't what I'd call "good" in the style: A hefty malt bill is the base here with the cherries shining through and just a hint of the peach with a slight edge of tartness. Some bourbon, but it's quite subtle. The feel has a certain sharpness I wouldn't describe as carbonation, heat or sour it's more of an acidic sharpness.

Decent overall.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a hazy leathery reddish-brown - it looks like cream soda. Smell has a whole hell of a lot going on: oak, leather, and a bit of something that reminds me of pickle brine (but not in a bad way). Flavor is a bit all over the place - it has some of the tart vinous flavors of Cuvee de Tomme, but also has the bourbon-brown sugar-oak flavor from the Angel's Share. I'm not getting a ton of peach here. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. This is an interesting blend of beers that gives it a unique flavor profile - pretty unlike anything I've had before. It's not a total slam dunk, but it's good and different.

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3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lost Abbey track beer tasting.

The beer is reminiscent of cream soda with a thin, rapidly fading head. The aroma offers booze, oak, toffee, fruit, cherries, leather. The flavor is both sour and tart. Cherries up front, with oak and booze lingering in the finish. I like the aroma a bit better than the flavor. Alcohol presence is bold, asserting itself immediately and forcing itself upon my palate. Medium to full bodied with prickly carbonation. Tannic finish. Hard to pick out peaches. Overall, this was ok.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a dark amber brown in color with burgundy highlights and a nice half finger of head that left good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I definitely was able to detect cuvee de tomme character such as cherries, a little brown sugar slight vineagr and acidic character but with nice peachy notes, bourbon, mild booze, vanilla and toffee; great aroma.

T: the peaches were more noticeable on the palate alongside, cherries, slight vinegar, acidity, brown sugar notes, good bourbon barrel accents, vanilla accents, mild booze, a touch of toffee and underlying dark fruits.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a dark fruity, barrel boozy, peachy, sweet and tart finish.

O: this one was definitely well blended really well and was really tasty; good job LA

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (2012)

The Lost Abbey
San Marcos, Ca

The beer pours a flat, dark brown with dark ruby edges. There is no visibility through the beer. It's dark and looks heavy and substantial--even a bit oily.

A sweet and earthy aroma, with tons of caramel and rich cherry skin character. There's a red grape aroma as well, with notes of wood and red wine. There's a bit of vanilla. While everything listed sounds marvelous, and while certainly good, it doesn't blend together nearly as nicely as hoped.

The flavor is less successful and the combination of flavors is more muddled than in the aroma. There is a good cherry skin flavor alongside caramel and a touch of acidity. Nothing blends particularly well. Perhaps there is too much going on here: cherry, peach, oak, vanilla, caramel, acid, earth, prunes, and figs. It's just too much without being pleasantly complex or very enjoyable. The flavors don't come together; everything seems to battle for dominance. Inharmonious, though drinkable. There aren't any off flavors.

Medium to full bodied with very low carbonation.

As far as barrel aged blends/sours go, this one was not particularly enjoyable. The aroma saves it from an even worse score.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a rather dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Lots of tart fruit aromas to this. I get quite a bit of raisin, prune, and cherry. The peaches are strong as well. Quite a bit of barrel (vanilla and bourbon). Decently sugary/sweet. The cherries, prunes, raisins, and peaches are quite strong. The flavor is sweeter than expected. Lots of brown sugar and vanilla with a heavy dose of bourbon. The Cuvee de Tomme really comes through strongly. Quite rich and full bodied with low to medium carbonation.

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Box Set Track #2 - Stairway To Heaven from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 54 ratings
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