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

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared thanks to starrdogg from an awesome trader in CA! Tried in order with all tracks in the series. This wasn't the strongest finish to a very interesting set of beers.

Looks brown to reddish in the body of the beer without really anything in terms of carbonation or head present. The smell is obviously a barleywine but perhaps more in the english style with less hops and more carmel maltyness. Some berry and cherry, and then more caramel!

The taste is Ok. Honey sweet malts and then plenty of alcohol booze. Meh. Feel is hotter than even I like (I'm into bourbon and scotch neat) and thin. again, meh.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Muddy red color, no head. Nose is interesting, an odd mix of bitter citrus and cherry, backed by booze, barrel and caramel. This does smell surprisingly close to a Manhattan. Palate is similar, bitter citrus with tart cherry, oak and brandy. Fairly dry for such a big barleywine. Finishes pretty dry, semi-bitter. An odd but enjoyable beer.

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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poure a pale chocolate brown in color with slight orange highlights and a very thin head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it honestly reminded me of hawaiian punch but barrel aged. The cherries were noticeable with hints of orange zest, a little caraamel, brown sugar sweetness and hints of toffee.

T: the cognac barrel character was more apparent on the palate which had a bit of booze prsence but blended quite well with the cherries. It did have a little orange zest zing, plenty of caramel, a touch of vanilla, toffee and brown sugar notes.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, semi fruity and boozy finish.

O: It was one of my least favorite of the box set but it looks like it could definitely get better with time.

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3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Split with JLindros. Big thanks to Alec for hooking us up with this crate.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clearish chestnut hue with absolutely no head. Poured like a glass of cognac.

S - Aromas of sweet candy malts, booze, cognac, darker sugars, the fruit is basically non-existent.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of booze and malts, big sticky caramel, light hops, faint fruits, nice darker fruits. Very boozy.

M - Mouthfeel is barely carbonated, incredibly light alcohol.

O - Overall this was really underwhelming and lackluster. Lost almost all the fruit notes. Very unfortunate

Serving Type: bottle

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3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Split with rudzud

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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