Deliverance - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by Zach225:
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Dark, dark brown. The closest color to black while still considerably in the brown category. The appearance is not that of the most full-bodied beer, but does look rather syrupy and oily. A thin mocha head recedes into a film of small bubbles. Some strong alcohol legs as expected from the 12.5% ABV.
Nose: Opens up with big chocolate and caramel. Lots of booze. The bourbon and brandy are both present. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, alcohol, and some dark fruit and brandy/fruity-oaky heat synchronize like a chaotic symphony.
Taste: Rushes over the palate slick and oily. Dark chocolate takes over but immediately heats up from the alcohol. The alcohol is very strong, especially in taste with this beer, but isn't too menacing. It flows nicely with the beer and makes the overall product aggressive. Giving this beer some age would probably result in something truly spectacular and really mellow the hot barrel characteristics. Mid palate is warm and bourbon-y. Finishes long and warm with brandy.
Overall: Gives a feeling of foreboding as you progress through the bottle. The heat from the alcohol is massive and almost overbearing. I couldn't honestly say that the alcohol is well-masked or balanced nicely with the other flavors, but it still works. As I take a sip, I feel criticism for the beer because of this heat, but keep going back for more. It is complex, enjoyable, and definitely sharable. A real "on the fence" beer for me. Definitely worth a try and positively worth cellaring.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2013 04:10:11 | More by Zach225
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4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
The beer comes in a dark black color.
The aroma has oak aging, medium amount of bourbon, with a lighter alcohol note, charred cherry wood, a tinge of fruitness.
The flavor follows of with charred wood in the front, lightly roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and bourbon. It tastes very much like a lighter version of BCBS. Alcohol comes through on the finish to clean off the palate.
A wonderfully delicious barrel aged brew.
Serving type: on-tap
03-10-2014 02:23:04 | More by dar482
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.
A - Pours an inky black with a 3/4 of a finger chocolate colored head which evaporated quickly. Small clumps of lacing.
S - Intense aroma of bourbon, vanilla, wood, raisin, ash, anise, and chocolate. Smells amazing.
T - Incredibly rich and complex mix of chocolate, plum, oak, whiskey, vanilla, brandy, smoke, and black licorice. Date, prune and fig flavors come out as it warms. The tinniest hint of black cherry tartness in the mid palate. An soy sauce like element in the finish. (not a bad thing by any means) Woody bitterness and roast provides nice balance, but this is a sweet brew overall. ABV definitely noticeable but not overpowering. A slow sipper.
M - So full bodied, you almost need a knife and fork. Low carbonation. Velvety smooth. Coats the mouth, but manages to avoid being syrupy. Perfect for the style.
O - Complex and amazing. Thankfully, the bourbon flavors do not overpower the base beer. If sweeter strongly alcoholic beers are your thing, don't miss this one. Superb.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 05:12:41 | More by TempeBeerMan
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.