RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 416   ABV: 13.85%
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 theres a genuine message to be found in that liquid. And given that you are holding an Ultimate Box Set bottle, were pretty sure you agree.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2327) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle shared at the Santa Cruz boxset tasting. Fermented orange soda? Sherry notes, toffee malts. Weird.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3988) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
October 15, 2016. Bottle.
Murky brown with a minimal off-white head. Aroma is sweet malty, light sour notes with caramel, dark bread, some grapes, cherries and some cognac notes. Taste is sweet, malty and warming alcohol. Finish is slight warming, sweet malty with caramel, toffee, some vanilla, raisins, grapes. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdmiralVernon (1185) - SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
A: Clear brown coloured N: Raisins, bourbon, vanilla, candied orange peel T: Cognac, plum, orange peel O: Heavy cognac barrel flavours! Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4802) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
Bottle bought through Drikkeriget. Pours hazy brownish golden with a small offwhite head that doesnt leave much trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and fruity with caramel, sweet bread, toffee, vanilla fudge, sweet cherries, moist wood, grapes and cognac alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty, fruity and boozy. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny astringent, boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, cherries, grapes and cognac alcohol. Hot still but also quite delicious. Love the malt fruit combo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18846) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
Bottle at Linus tasting 161015. Clear amber beer with almost no head. Malty caramel aroma, vinous, toffee, vanilla, grape notes. Malty toffee and caramel flavor, raisins, vinous notes, cognac notes. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (11219) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2016
Bottle shared by Adam, thanks! Pours a cloudy deep Amber with a tan head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma has a combination of earthy grain and toffee with a bit of caramel supporting. Flavor has lots of toffee and bread with bourbon and sweet grains supporting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2015
bottle at home. Pours clear dark amber with no head. Strong cognac alcohol aroma wit hints of Cherry Rumtopf. A bit one-sided. Warm body, bitter zeste;

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (14740) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2015
Fonefan 201214. Amber-orange colour with no head. Aroma is alcohol, raisin, caramel, malt, dried fruit, peaches. Flavour is the same. Full body. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (48154) - 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 (19756) - 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 (16989) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2014
Botte. Its a clear one, dark amber to light brown in color and almost flat. Its deliciously smelling, with caramel malts, roasted notes, dried fruits and caramel, alcohol and a touch of canned peaches. Some piney, resiny notes too. Its 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. Its sweet, but far from sticky. Nice indeed. 141220

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