Box Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The Devil | The Lost Abbey

Box Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The DevilBox Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The Devil
BA SCORE
3.55/5
91 Ratings
Box Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The DevilBox Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The Devil
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.33%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the Remixed Track, Track 4 is a deep, black blended beer comprised of two barrels of a base component of Veritas 009, and Hot Rocks aged in Red Wine Barrels.

Added by MasterSki on 04-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
91
pDev:
17.75%
Bros Score:
2.71
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
11
Trade:
4
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of SoCalStout
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of MasterSki
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by Todd! Thanks bro!

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, leaving behind wisps and tiny specks of lace. Dark brown body that's largely opaque.

S - Heavy brett presence here. An odd mix of chocolate, bourbon, sweaty horse, and musty basement. Oddly medicinal and lightly vinous.

T - The taste is evocative of a brett-fermented stout, with a mix of chocolate and dusty attic, along with a slight hint of caramel. Not as wild as the aroma was, but still vaguely medicinal and mineral. Only mild vinous sourness in the periphery.

M - Smooth, medium body, that seems smaller and too thin than the listed ABV. Pleasant carbonation, and a dry, crisp, finish. Probably my favorite thing about this beer.

D - Flavors clash and the brett overwhelms the things I liked about the component beers. I preferred the Veritas 009 and Hot Rocks we had next to this by a significant margin. Probably the worst beer in the set.

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Photo of deniserat
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Todd
2.48/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Track #4. 12.7oz bottle. No date.

Look: Opaque, pitch black, no lacing

Smell: Funky cheese rinds, old pennies, bourbon, wet cardboard

Taste: Firm, flat, dark malts, treacle, blue cheese funk, metallic, spicy, peppery, red wine, boozy, bourbon, wood and a papery linger

You really need to let this one breathe and warm up a bit before judging it, but even then this is one outlandishly funky beer. The bourbon and red win barrels clash, oxidation has taken root and there's definitely some other undesirable characters that have come to show their sympathy.

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Photo of Jason
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 brown caged and corked bottle, no freshness date.

Black hued brew, virtually no head. Dank aroma, blue veined cheese, wood, burnt grass, diaper, booze soaked cherries, pungent funk. Overly ripened fruit, white peppercorn spicy alcohol, funky, faint molasses, wood tannin, bourbon, vinous,

Serve this one at cellar temp please ... you regret it otherwise. ;-) Even then, this brew is a bit of a chore to even sip. The intentions were true but something is amiss here. Perhaps the bourbon & wine character just does not work here with the funk that it has. Let it breathe a bit and jump in ... different.

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Photo of jbuddle
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of rand
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of largadeer
2.72/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown almost black body with a wispy head. Manure-like brett aroma that's pretty unappealing. Lot of currant and red wine, a little acetone. Palate is odd - heavy on the red wine and currants up front. Full bodied. Becomes more roasty and chocolatey toward the finish. Lot of red wine in the finish, drying oak and more of that harsh medicinal brett flavor. Not a terrible beer, but not a winner.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruit, wood, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness 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 that smells much better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of yourefragile
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle.

Pours a still, tepid and stagnant bog like brown with a quickly fading light tan head. Aroma of soy, red wine, peanuts, licorice, and grape. Roasty flavor, interesting blend of peanut and earthiness with red grape, wine and light acidity. Medium thick and strong carbonation and slight tangy finish. I like this better than most others seemed to.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.33/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Bottle shared thanks to starrdogg from an awesome trader in CA! Tried in order with all tracks in the series. I'm showing no sympathy with this beer, did not care for it at all. Totally a miss for me.

The beer has a nice look when poured, having a darker dark brown color and a ring of head.

When you smell this beer, it does not seem appetizing. To me, I interpret it as the plastic bag smell from your local supermarket, for me it's safeway here in DC. It's hard to nail down anything after I get that in my head, but you can still tell there are beer components beneath that. The taste at least has some interesting notes, but mostly it is not very good either with maple soaked malt and burned cherry. Corn product cereal notes and maybe a splash of bourbon. Chestnut?

Feel is ok, but this beer is a dud. Avoid.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of jeonseh
2.94/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. Had as part of a NWI tasting group Bourbon County tasting night.

A - Dark brown with a red tint to it. Small reddish white head fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing

S - Tart cherries, lemon, Brett, and light oak make a nice complex nose. It actually reminded a lot of Red Poppy in the nose

T - Tart lemon up front before a strong blue cheese taste comes up. Lemongrass and oak are in the finish but they can't cut the funky blue cheese that lingers on. There is just too much going on with this and, while it could be good, it just doesn't come together well. It is nowhere near as good as it smelled

MF - Lots of carbonation with a light softness that comes in the middle with the funky, brett and blue cheese flavors. Rather dry finish

O - While I'm happy to have this shared with me, it was a bit of a disappointment overall. I thought this one had create potential as I smelled it but once I went in for a taste, that's where the disappointment started to creep in. I don't mind funk or blue cheese flavors in beers but something in this blend just does not work as the flavors don't meld making this one taste off.

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5/5  rDev +40.8%

Box Set Track #4 - Sympathy For The Devil from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 91 ratings
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