Deliverance - The Lost Abbey
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4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Deliverance Ale opens with a rich, malty, alcoholic nose, the barrel aging immediately obvious and present in the form of heavy shades of charcoal-filtered bourbon and caramel-sweet grainy scotch. So potent are these aromas that at first the beer ends up bearing little resemblance to beer, instead smelling like fine liquor that has been tinged with aged port. There are, however, excellent and Imperial Stout-like notes just beneath the surface, including espresso grounds, chocolate and black malt, tobacco ash, and syrupy fig, black cherry, prune, and date fruit esters. Molasses and anise seed add to the gloopy, spicy aromas. As a whole, the nose is excellent, speaking of well-tended beer aged expertly in carefully-chosen barrels, plucked from its resting place at the height of drinkability and flavor. It’s hard to imagine more aromas drifting from a glass.
On the tongue, the beer opens with thick, black sugars, including molasses and dark, natural brown sugar, joined immediately by espresso, tobacco, ash, deeply roasted nuts, and strong-but-perfectly-blended overtones of bourbon and scotch. These latter notes don’t overwhelm the beer, as they can in some barrel-aged brews, but for the most part of the mouthful play off of the already-dark malt notes, adding further complexity and nuance. Fig, prune, and black cherry fruit esters add a bit of flavor, joined by anise and touches of black pepper. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the bourbon and scotch notes seem to increase in strength, biting at and burning the soft palate, much like a straight shot of liquor. Here the barrel aging proves somewhat detrimental, lending the beer a heavy alcoholic overtone, the vapors almost tangible in the throat. The aftertaste is a continuation of this heavy, liquor-soaked alcoholic vapor wash, with lingering ash, tobacco, and black malt, and lingers on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is a lightly syrupy medium (though based on the flavors it feels like it should be more viscous, and this provides a slightly distracting contrast), and carbonation is medium.
As a whole, this is certainly very good beer, and for the most part the barrel aging does wonders for what was almost certainly a very good brew to begin with. The only negatives come late in the mouthful, when the heady alcoholic vapors somewhat overtake the brew, and in the slightly strange lighter-than-expected mouthfeel. Very much worth trying, especially for fans of barrel-aged Imperial Stouts.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2012 16:47:07 | More by jondeelee
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