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Box Set Track #13 - Message In A Bottle | The Lost Abbey

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Box Set Track #13 - Message In A BottleBox Set Track #13 - Message In A Bottle
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.85%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American Barleywine aged in McCall Cognac Barrels with sour cherries and orange zest.

Added by MasterSki on 11-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
74
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
22.77%
 
 
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375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Tiny head. No pop on opening. Murky brown.

Smell - Lots of cognac barrel. Vanilla. Lots of caramel and raisins.

Taste - Loads of cognac again. Great cognac flavor. Buckets of toffee and deep brown sugar. Hot finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy up front, mostly from the amount of liquor flavor it took on from the barrel. Not quite as warming as the booziness suggests. Well carbonated despite the lack of a pop.

Overall - Not very complex, but the barrel flavors make up for it.

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A: Pours a murky brown with no head.

S: Aroma brings grapey cognac, syrupy cherry flesh, tannic vanilla, toffee, ghost of old hops.

T: Taste brings mild cidery hoppiness, thick raisin, more cognac, a bit woody.

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No head at all, slightly clear auburn amber reddish color.

Nose big candy malt, syrupy sweet notes, big reddish malt toasty biscuit with spicy herbal earthy hops, little molasses and big caramel candy, some oxidation, some sweet syrupy fruity cognac and boozy.

Taste big sweet syrupy caramel candy, caramel toasted nougat candy, reddish malt. Fair earthy spicy chewy hops with fair bitterness, some booze tingle warmth, with mild candy fruity cognac, mild oxidation. Creamy nougat, little fruity cognac at the end, cheap cognac brandy like.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, lighter but decent carb, little booze warmth.

Overall pretty good but flaws, wish the cognac was a bit more and nicer, less booze, hops are nice, masmalts are nice, but overall could have been better.

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Box Set Track #13 - Message In A Bottle from The Lost Abbey
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