Box Set Track #6 - Highway To Hell | The Lost Abbey

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Box Set Track #6 - Highway To HellBox Set Track #6 - Highway To Hell
BA SCORE
4.4/5
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88 Ratings
Box Set Track #6 - Highway To HellBox Set Track #6 - Highway To Hell
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For the past two years The Lost Abbey has released a winter barrel aged blended strong ale. This amazing blend of beer has focused on a marriage between Bourbon Barrel Aged Serpents Stout and Brandy Barrel Aged Angel’s Share. We believe it’s one of the most amazing barrel releases we do each fall.

But in the spirit of old recordings and records I started thinking what would happen if we played this one in reverse? Would we hear the Demon himself on the record? So with that, we flipped the blend on its ears and spun it backwards. The result is a blend of Brandy Barrel Aged Serpent’s Stout and some Bourbon Barrel Aged Angel’s Share.

It’s still an epic struggle between good and evil, only this time we slowed it down and played it in reverse.

Added by MasterSki on 06-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
88
pDev:
6.82%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
10
Trade:
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's an interesting double barrel blend. See, I thought with a play on an ACDC song, this was going to be a straightforward mundane rocker. Instead, they hit you with double barrel nuance. Gonna be a tough one to review.

An almost 100% black pour. Brown head, 1/5" and then it vanishes. The aroma wafts of booziness, the kick from the brandy is noticeable moreso than anywhere else. Hot mama this one has an alcohol sting to it. The blended backwards barrels of Serpent's Stout and Angel's Share (now with carbonation!) is interesting. A mixture of brandy, bourbon, oak, wine, red grape, leather, parking lot, earthen tree stump. Something seriously bitter pairing with the alcohol does make it a challenging drink fit for Chicago pours.

For me, I thought it would be an improvement if they chilled the booziness and dark fruit prune/raisin bitterness. Just not worth $15/375ml (that's at the brewery price), but if it were priced like a normal barrel aged beer, I might venture in again.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Guzzle_McBrew
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of rowbow
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of EB1
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of JDJTEXAS
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jbuddle
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of akang
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of eawolff99
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 brown caged and corked bottle, no freshness date.

Black, opaque and no head. Has legs. Brandy, burnt sugar, figgy, lots of wood, spice, cocoa, and faint citrus peel in the nose. Fullish body, creamy, oaky, brandy, creamy sherry, peppery alcohol, very warming, boozy, burnt raisins, slightly viscous, woody slowly drying finish.

By far the best out of the bunch within the first six tracks. Not for its size obviously but for the execution of putting this brew together.

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Photo of Todd
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Track #6. 12.7oz bottle. No date.

Look: Ink black, opaque, no head, but plenty of legs

Smell: Brandy soaked chocolate cake, raisins, char, alcohol

Taste: Viscous, creamy, sweet, boozy, brandy, port, peppery, chocolate, black treacle, cookie dough, roasty, charred raisins, mild oxidation, lingering molasses sweetness

This is one hell of a deliciously evil nightcap. Robust, boozy, flavorful and moreish.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very dark brown basically black with no head. Then again, it is a huge ABV and from lost abbey.

S - Aromas of raisins, big brandy and bourbon, dark fruits. Alcohol is hidden nicely, nose is full of malty goodness and barrel.

T - Taste is delicious brandy, softer bourbon, light chocolate, bold malts, good sweetness, nice fruits, really complex and really good barrels. Quite tasty with not much alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, nearly flat, though the alcohol is hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was really good, awesome barrel notes, just not much other than dark fruits and barrel booze. Still, delicious.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an almost opaque crimson-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 of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and alcohol. 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 lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Mostly flat and very dark, but just shy of black. Leggy and viscous.

Smell - Lots of brandy and bourbon. Toffee and caramel. Dark roasted malts. Boozy.

Taste - Strong brandy and vanilla. Chocolate comes behind it. The finish is boozy with a nice blend of sweet dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Very boozy. The body drops off a bit. Low carbonation.

Overall - Barrel aged sugar bomb. Very tasty.

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Photo of stakem
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a matching teku appears black in color with a tan head thats quick to fade.

Strong aroma of coconut, chocolate, earth and oak blending to a slight fruity alcohol addition that is somewhat vinous.

The taste is layers of barrel character - caramel, molasses, vanilla, toasted coconut then chocolate, earth, raisons and booze.

This is medium in body with light carbonation. A rich and tasty sipper that I wish was in a larger format so that I could of had more than 1 glass.

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Photo of MickeyHops
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ACY73
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of HopsintheSack
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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Box Set Track #6 - Highway To Hell from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 88 ratings