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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 416   ABV: 13.85%
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A new barleywine brewed specifically for this Track, the base was sent to freshly emptied cognac barrels and aged with sour cherries and orange zest. The Lost Abbey Ultimate Box Set has been the most ambitious beer project I have ever worked on. A series of small batch beers released once a month before being collectively offered at the end of the year has never been attempted as far as we can tell. So that alone makes this a pretty impressive feat. But for me, the coolest part of this Ultimate Box Set Release has been working with our artist, a professional designer and photographer to push the limits of beer-based design. And while we have created an amazing finished piece, none of this would have been possible were it not for the beer. So please take our not so subtle hint (a bonus track beer inspired by The Police and their “Message in a Bottle”) as a reminder that sometimes beer can be a vehicle for expression but only if there’s a genuine message to be found in that liquid. And given that you are holding an Ultimate Box Set bottle, we’re pretty sure you agree.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2868) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle courtesy of my SD hookup. Murky light brown pour with a faint white head. Big cognac and caramel malt aromas. Lot’s of heat from the cognac. A little thin in the body with loads of sweet caramel notes with muted orange undercurrents. Perhaps not the traditional English barley wine, but still very tasty....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (38082) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2015

Bottle 375ml. corked.

[ As Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #13 (Message in a Bottle) ].
Clear medium to dark red amber color with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, cherry - sour cherry, cherry - sweet cherry, wood, oak, alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long duration, alcohol, buzzy, oak - wood, caramel, candy, dried fruit - berry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat to soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20141220]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (12901) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy brown without head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, wood and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with lots of warming alcohol. 201214

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (14905) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2014
Botte. It’s a clear one, dark amber to light brown in color and almost flat. It’s deliciously smelling, with caramel malts, roasted notes, dried fruits and caramel, alcohol and a touch of canned peaches. Some piney, resiny notes too. It’s full-bodied, warming and semi-sweet on the palate. Caramel, dried fruits and some roasted malts in the flavor. Peach hints and resiny, piney hoppy bitterness too. Lasting finish. Perhaps a bit too warming this one, but I like it a lot. It’s sweet, but far from sticky. Nice indeed. 141220

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (8947) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle 375ml @ fonefan
Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits, vanilla, oak and alcohol. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long warm, caramel, dried fruity and oak finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (34340) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
37.5 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden amber with a fully gone head. Aroma is toasted malty and light fruity. Toasted malty and caramelish. Toffee and caramelish. Bitter and toasted malty finish. Vague orange zest fruity, dont pick up the cherries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (5323) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with no head. The aroma is candy sugar, vanilla, oak, and caramel. Thin mouthfeel with strong oak, vanilla, light roast, caramel, and sweet finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pentaz (1254) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle @ Theis. Pours unclear amber with no head. Aroma is roasted malt, orange, brown sugar, caramel, cherries, oak, and booze. Taste moderate sweet and bitter. Body is medium, texture is soft, carbonation is flat. Finishes sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (6056) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle split with Vinny and Pat - huge thanks to Vin for sharing this. Pours a deep, murky brown with light sediment and still body. No head, no lacing, no carbonation. Aroma is fruity - strawberries, sour cherries, light dark fruits, bourbon, maybe some wine character, general heat on the nose and light dusty musk. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, with notes of alcohol, citrus twist, sour cherries and faint heat. Super interesting beer, here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (3782) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle shared with My dad and Ann, pours plum brown with no head or carbonation. Aroma is dusty oak, plum, toffee, and cherry. Taste is sour cherries, sugar, wood, and misc dark fruits. Flavor is not that boozey, but u get some warmth in the chest. Overall a nice and complex barley just wish it had more carb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle. Generously shared by Vinny. Pours cherry brown with no head. Flat surface. Aroma is cherry, strawberry, cognac, and raspberry jam. Taste is cherry, cinnamon, cognac and maybe some subtle orange, Cointreau. Good, but not my speed.

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