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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 | website

Style: 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
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
699
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
22.45%
 
 
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Reviews by bigjoe786:
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12.7oz caged and corked bottle, courtesy of the good doktorzee. How retarded is this, having to 'submit' a rating, before I even crack this open? Whatever - back to the matter at hand - I like the inferred satanic nature here - and I don't see 'Number of the Beast' written anywhere on the label.

This beer pours a dark, murky russet brown colour, with a teeming tower of rather puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy tan head, which leaves a bit of sparse remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of musty, boozy Bourbon, dried black fruit - so, prunes, raisins, and figs, mostly - gritty, bready caramel malt, an indistinct warming spiciness, and a further earthy, dusty essence. The taste is more sugary Bourbon up front - caramel, vanilla, alcohol heat, and a mild grainy spiciness - followed closely by a muddled and equally sweet dark fruitiness, dead yeast, ethereal chile pepper notes, and a sort of metallic edginess, which I'm going to attribute to the cinnamon, whose attendant savouriness probably just got lost in the morass.

The carbonation is quite active and anywhere from fizzy to frothy on my upper palate at the given moment, the body on the light side of medium weight, and actually more or less smooth, the sugary nature not really facing any sort of non-alcoholic (ha!) interference as such. It finishes on the sweet side, still, the barrel hooch, caramel malt, and fruity adjunct ruling the roost.

A pleasant enough rendering of a besotted wood-kissed Quad - the sweetness is somehow tempered, the booze even more so, such that any initial trepidation is gone by sip three or four. Neat trick, that. I'm not sure that the raisins, cinnamon, or chiles really have much blatant effect on the overall flavour, it's more likely that they simply contribute to the burgeoning complexity.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz corked and caged poured into snifter

A: nice about inch head loose bubbles settles to about a quarter inch head. Almost a brown/black brackish in color.

S: right on the cusp almost a toothpaste smell, then it starts to clarify into cinnamon and some light bourbon lots of cinnamon

T: Lots of deep cinnamon roll taste with a little bit of that doughy cinnamon taste then maybe hints of toffee and vanilla but the cinnamon is huge I can get a little raisin mixed in with the cinnamon on the finish

M: the mouth on it is very carbonated more so then I would have thought on a BB beer makes the beer very tingly and feel full on the palate and its got a little bit of a dryness on the very.

O: This is a tasty beer the cinnamon is huge but it seems to work with this beer I don't know if its the bourbon that makes it not over powering or what. The bourbon is well hidden. Unfortunately, I cant taste any chili peppers but it does have a little bit of heat on the end very slight. Could be what contributes to the tingly mouth feel.

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Photo of Jjski
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby highlights
Smells of vanilla cinnamon raisin bread with presently smooth bourbon. Dark cherries
Taste same. Lots of raisins and bourbon. Sounds odd but tastes splendid
Feels a little too fizzy, so I stirred my a few times to reduce carbonation.
Epic, experimental, extreme, and enjoyable

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Photo of john0721
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Served at 55 degrees.

Black, off white head which mostly diminishes.

Nose had Cinnamon and cookie, which carried into the flavor. Raisin and chili peppers also in the flavor. The cinnamon and chili remain in the finish.

Initially it reminded me of an oatmeal cookie with raisins. It improved as it warmed, with the raisin and the chili becoming more pronounced. The chili added just touch of flavor and warmth, which complements the other flavors.

The price point is a bit high on this one. But I did enjoy it and would buy it again.

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Photo of HopSavant
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A drunkard's oatmeal raisin cookie...

Look: Murky, watery brown--not a pretty looking beer by any means. This is forgivable; I can cloak it in a brown paper bag.

Smell: Somewhat muted at first. Really opens up while it warms with cinnamon and very slight maple.

Taste: Bursting with raisin, brown sugar, and cinnamon flavors with a touch of sweetness from the barrel. Some barrel qualities outshined by the adjuncts, but the balance is superb. Finishes with a pleasant burst of chile in the throat, which really keeps your taste buds reeling . A very tasty brew: complex and balanced.

Feel: Probably the most lackluster quality: moderately thin and carby.

Overall: I certainly would not guess this was a Quad if I was interrogated about the style--I would have put my money on it being a Strong Ale of sorts. But this is an excellently balanced brew with a lot of flavors popping out to keep you interested the whole way. Even with its most redeeming qualities, however, sharing one of the 375ml bottles two-ways is plenty.

Vintage 2015

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Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark cola brown with a finger of fizzy dark tan head that quickly faded into nothingness.
S: The nose is an interesting mixture of sweet raisin and musty, roasted chilies. I didn’t like the scent at first, still not sure I do, but it starts to grow on you. I get hints of cinnamon, and powdery chocolate.
T: Sticky raisin hits first but is immediately cut by spicy flavors of cinnamon and roasted chili. The chili is mildly spicy and lingers into the aftertaste. The bourbon is sweet and mildly boozy. I get hints of caramel and slight chocolate in there as well.
M: Full body but not a super heavy mouthfeel. The carbonation is fairly soft, but much frothier and soda-like than expected. The mouthfeel is warming with a kiss of booze.
O: Much better once you burn off some of the carbonation. The flavors are definitely love it or hate it. I enjoyed this for what it was, but probably would never go out of my way to drink it again.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Original batch/bottling 375ml into a matching lost abbey teku. Big thanks to BA AnotherJoe for hooking me up with a couple of these track bottlings years ago. The cork is a bugger to get out. The brew pours nearly black in color with a slight khaki head. Some brown clarity is seen around the edges.

Smells of bourbon and slight metallic tin character. Oats, raison and earthy pepper breath out the glass. As I smell this more, vanilla and caramel come out.

Tastes bourbon upfront, boozy and warming with some raisony alcohol added. The barrel character is present with wood, caramel, vanilla and earth. The aftertaste is warming with both alcohol and peppery spice. All the while, there is an oat-like sweetness that really drives the feeling of oatmeal cookies.

This is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. This is a boozy sipper with a very unique combination of flavors that collectively make for a very familiar feeling flavor profile. This is a great, decadent beer. Its a shame they cost so much because if they were cheaper id drink them on the reg.

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Photo of bnes09
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Viscous milk chocolate color with no head. Dark fruit, booze, chili, cinnamon aroma. Flavor of dense sweet raisins and prunes. Hint of cinnamon. Smooth bourbon. Very well balanced. Dense, syrupy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. All-around stellar beer.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this as an extra in a trade,what a treat!smell is amazing,sweet dark fruit and bourbon but somehow the aroma of toasted coconut is prevalent , taste is just as good, again dark fruits with toasted coconut flavour, subtle cinnamon and heat from the chiles,sweet finish with a woody bourbon twang and surprising carbonation...this is the type of beer I love, a sweet barrel aged quad, this is right up there with Stickee Monkee as the best in its class.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of joemetric
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Ben7773
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of warnerry
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of mctizzz
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aquazr1
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of fenlop54
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of deebo
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

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

Dark, murky brown, nearly black in color, though not truly, with moderate dark brown foam. Leaves the glass oily. Thick and substantial in the glass.

As advertised. This one delivers. A wonderful concoction: warm, fresh baked goods (oatmeal raisin cookie/zucchini bread), with vanilla and biting bourbon, distinct chile character, and dark fruits. Fantastic aroma.

The flavor is just as successful with all the individual ingredients making their presence known in distinct, discernible, delicious ways. Oatmeal raisin cookie, earthy and warming chile character, coconut notes. Fantastic. Well integrated.

Full in body with low carbonation. Decadent.

An outstanding achievement. Curious to see how this one ages, but it's so delicious hanging on to it would prove to be a challenge.

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4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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