Deliverance - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by Agent1:
British Columbia (Canada)
4.23/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25
Appearance – A dark, menacing elixir. A deep, black and somewhat evil appearance. Terrible head. In fact, none at all. Half the bottle was poured gently with almost no bubbles whatsoever. Then pouring violently, still no head. No lacing, no head at all. Perhaps a poorly carbonated batch? If not, this is a beer that could use some active yeast.
Smell – Dark chocolate. Lots of alcohol on the nose, which cuts through quite a bit. Molasses and bourbon are very prevalent. A slightly sour malt smell.
Taste – Intense and impressive. This is where this beer shines so far. Tons of deep, dark sugars and lots of alcohol burn. This is very similar to drinking bourbon itself. Vanilla, rye/ whiskey/ bourbon toffee notes, dark roasted coffee bean (from the grains), prunes and dates. Very nice dry, woody notes and the taste is extremely complex. Very sugar forward. Not noticing a significant amount of brandy with this, but the bourbon is definitely there. The brandy is mostly found on the aftertaste. Beautiful vanilla notes on the aftertaste. Very impressive. Strong brown sugar on the finish as well. Toasted dark malts and chocolate are at the forefront. Chewy and heavy. Very heavy.
Mouthfeel – Terrible carbonation. Almost none at all with this bottle. I am hoping this is not an oversight or typical characteristic of each bottle. It is flat and dull with very little mouthfeel. However, this still manages to stimulate all parts of the tongue and roof of the mouth. Oily, slippery and thick. Creamy with a smooth feel. Imagine what this would be like with a little carbonation.
Overall - Given the ABV and given the shitty carbonation, this beer is begging to be aged. Part of me wishes I did not open this, given the fact I have no access to it until I revisit the US. Assuming the yeast is not dormant, this could age up to 10 years at 12.5 % abv and perhaps become amazing with age. This could also potentially fix the extremely poor carbonation issue. Overall, this is incredibly boozy and not for the faint of heart. If you are not a scotch or bourbon drinker, you may want to stay far, far away from this, as it is an aggressive punch to the head. Delicious and complex. I would buy this again, but at $17/ bottle, hopefully the carbonation isn't an issue when aging or drinking every bottle.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2013 06:10:05 | More by Agent1
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3.95/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured into my Gandhi-Bot snifter. Dark chocolate body with about a finger of mocha-colored head. Seemed a little thin on the pour, but still pretty good eye candy.
Some nice boozy notes in the nose. I suppose I'm getting a bit of apple, caramel, and raisin from the brandy barrel aging. Otherwise, some milk chocolate in there too. I enjoy how this smells.
Strong booziness. I think this beer would benefit from aging. I like big, boozy beers; but the booze here has overpowered the flavors the smell is teasing me with. As it warms, I do pick up some chocolate.
Mouthfeel is thinner than I'd like for a barrel-aged brew. I wish this were thicker and more syrupy.
This is pretty good. In the future, I think I'd like to buy one to age. You know, when I feel like spending $17 on a small beer again.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 23:30:40 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,490 ratings.