Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast | The Lost Abbey

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Box Set Track #8 - Number Of The BeastBox Set Track #8 - Number Of The Beast
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We’ve never released a Bourbon Barrel version of our Judgment Day. So we thought it might be interesting to take the base beer for Cuvee de Tomme age in first fill Bourbon Barrels and let mother nature take over. Of course, because this is a Rock and Roll inspired Box Set beer, we couldn’t just leave well enough alone.

Upon sampling the base beer, it became apparent that the raisins used to brew the base beer were going to drive the flavor bus of this beer. The conversations turned to Oatmeal Raisin cookies and the essence of a freshly baked treat. So we added some cinnamon sticks to the barrels and threw in some dried chiles as well.

Added by MasterSki on 08-16-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#713
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
823
pDev:
8.06%
 
 
Wants:
153
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232
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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2016

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into snifter, 2018 vintage bottling. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a small fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart raisins, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cinnamon, chili pepper, peppercorn, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, nuts, and brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, spices, dark/bready/light roasted malts, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge lightly tart raisins, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cinnamon, chili pepper, peppercorn, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, nuts, and brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast, cinnamon, chili pepper, bourbon/oak tannin spiciness; and light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart raisins, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cinnamon, chili pepper, peppercorn, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, nuts, brown bread, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, spices, dark/bready/light roasted malts, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from yeast/oak spiciness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, fairly sticky/tannic, and slightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 14%, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged fruited/spiced quad! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, spices, dark/bready/light roasted malts, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the modestly spicy/tannic/drying finish. Perfectly balanced fruity/spicy yeast, spices, raisins, rich malts, and bourbon barrel integration. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example for the big gravity.

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Photo of npolachek
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes of coconut raisins and Chile’s. Phenomenal stout at a 14 ABV. Very drinkable. Initial malty sweetness, then cinnamon kicks in as well as cocounut. Pours dark with limited head. Smooth!!

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Photo of Old_Dead_Oak
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwilbur
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Poured from 375 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very dark cola brown with 1 inch dark tan fizzy head with decent retention.
S: Soft caramel malt and bready yeast. Figs, raisin, brown sugar, and soft molasses.
T: Soft caramel malt, brown sugar, raisin, fig, molasses, cinnamon, bready yeast, and a touch of oatmeal. I completely understand why this is called the oatmeal raisin cookie beer. With warming and in the finish is just the slightest hint of chili heat.
M: Medium body. Soft and sweet. Mildly oily and viscous. Just a faint touch of heat in the finish. Coats the palate well and lingers and matures nicely there.
D: A very nice brew that has aged superbly.

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Photo of bigred89
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up in Temecula March 2017 at Baron's Marketplace - a bit pricey at ~$15 US for 375 ml - bit of age when consumed Aug 2018.
Pours out like a cola - dark brown with fizzy minimal tan head - thinner on pour than I expected. Smells of dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, a bit of coffee, and sense some booziness on the caramel malt base.
Taste follows with molasses, bourbon, raisins - caramel malt - dates and bourbon booziness. Did not get much of child heat but my taste for heat may well be burnt out. Medium full body - bit more boozy as warmed but would not have guessed the 13.7% ABV. Great beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml caged and corked bottle.

It pours a dark brown with an initial impressive head of foam but it's short lasting. Typical of beers with that high an abv. 13.7% in this case.

The smell is a delightful mix of cocoa and cinnamon, Bourbon, dark fruit, smells kinda sweet and sweet.

Taste is of Bourbon, raisins, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, sweet but not overly so. I dig the complexity. Wee bit of oxidation going on but in a good way. I get the rather subtle taste of chiles. That's the way they should be done, imho.

At times it feels full bodied but in general, I would call it medium. It had a nice pop when I pulled the cork out so I expected decent carbonation and I got it.

The flavours are so pleasing to me; gots to give it a score deserving.

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Photo of BrueryDC
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GarrettB
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

June 11th, 2015 - Lost Abbey's dark brews are the creme de la creme for me in San Diego, and the Track #08 fits well within the pantheon. Though the shade at the back of this beer establishment makes it hard to see the true color, it's predictably dark with a centimeter of light brown head. From there I catch smells of oatmeal raisin cookies, and then port. It's deep and burly and luxurious. So is the flavor, bold and mellow, like a big brew that's been well aged. The sweetness is like frosting on a high quality cake, which cools in the aftertaste to deep, macerated cherries. It's rich and complex, and shows off Arthur's diligence to strong and dark beers.

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Photo of Wheels2532
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wizzle32
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NickThePyro
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rarigney
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Number of the Beast pours a black color, with a long lasting, fizzy, and lacing head. Big sweet aromas, with hints of candy and raisins. The flavor is smooth, and very warm. Noticeable cinnamon flavors, dry fruit, and hints of Belgian candies round it out, with just the slightest hint of smoke from the chilies. Good body and feel. Overall, top notch beer, great flavors, perfectly constructed. Warm beer, sweet (but not too sweet), creamy and hints of cinnamon.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmilyko
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Next time you crave an oatmeal raisin cookie for desert, sip one of these instead. Lost Abbey nails it again. Desert wine’s got nothing on this stuff......YUM!

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to an essentially black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head which fades fairly quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of bourbon barrels with notes of caramel, oak, and vanilla, dark fruits, cinnamon, raisins and a hint of chili heat
T: Taste is raisins up front before cinnamon and chilies come into play, delicious bourbon barrel notes of oak, caramel and vanilla come in next followed by some dark fruits. Cinnamon and chilies come back around again with some raisin notes and a little toffee. Swallow is raisins, cinnamon, chilies, vanilla, caramel and oak with some lingering molasses like sweetness,
M: This beer is fairly full bodied with a slightly silky mouthfeel. Carbonation is adequate and just below being prickly while the beer has a drying finish due to the style and ABV.
O: Impressive. This is an odd mix of flavors but the beer pulls it off very well. Great flavors and complexity while being very well integrated. Nothing drowns out the other flavors and they are in near perfect harmony. This one is definitely worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of TedSwing
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 823 ratings