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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,596
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 337
Gots: 509 | FT: 53
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The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  14.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of Brandy Barrel Angel's Share and Bourbon Barrel Serpent's Stout.

ABV varies by batch.

(Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010)
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4.6/5  rDev +7%

Dirtyhands, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of macktbone
4.6/5  rDev +7%

Enjoyed at the Davis Beer Shoppe from a cooled bottle.

A- dark but deffinately not black with a thin rim of head only around the edge in a light brown ring. Lots of gorgeous oil that lingers on the glass like a sweet wine.

S- tone of whiskey barrel and brandied wood and purple velvet.

T- Hot and buttery. Tobacco, grain and bourbon.

M- good for the strong ale style but a little thin if put directly up against some of cali's great strong anniversary strong ales.

D- highly enjoyable on the right occasion or as a treat for the soul.

Great mix of two great outputs from Lost Abby. Another home run!

macktbone, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of reebtaerG
4.6/5  rDev +7%

Poured 12.7 oz bottle into Lost Abbey Teku glass

A-Very little head, looks like coke. Very good lacing.

T-Smells amazing! Bourbon and brandy with dark fruit, some vanilla and brown sugar. It tastes mostly like bourbon with brandy backbone and raisins.

M-mouthfeel is very well balance and decent carbonation.

O-Overall a great American strong ale so glad to finally get one.

reebtaerG, Apr 12, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +7%

Metllica97, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of retry4z
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%

This beer is normally $15, but I bought this 375 ml/12.7 fl oz bottle at a Sprouts for $4 because the cashier did not have the price on her, so she offered to sell it to me for $3.99. Clearly, I had no objection. The bottle wasn't refrigerated as far as I could tell. Consumed in my room at room temperature.

The cork was one of the toughest I had to open on a beer, with surprisingly quiet pop, indicating very mild carbonation. Poured into an AleSmith Decadence tulip-shaped glass, the color is stout-like rich black and brown. The head is non-existent with some visible surfacing bubbles, almost like an old coke. Pours like used motor oil.

The smell is strong, deep, and has an "aged" quality to it. It smells delicious with sweet notes of caramel, pungent dried prune, malt, and alcohol.

Distinct aged/dried prune taste that well mask the 12.5% alcohol content. The distinct malty flavor is very rich, overwhelming, and even dizzying. There are also pleasant sweet notes of dark fruit, with bitterness virtually absent, and only an ailing hint of bitterness on the finish. The dark fruit flavors definitely dominate this beer and it is unlike any American Strong Ale I've tasted, maybe because it is a blend of bourbon barrel-aged Serpent’s Stout and brandy barrel-aged Angels Share.

Rich, full-bodied viscous texture, with a nice alcohol warmth that lingers in the throat. A pleasant light tingling sensation on the tongue from the mild carbonation.

Distinct dried prune, aged look and flavor, surprisingly well balanced barrel-aged stout and bourbon barrel-aged strong ale. Complex aged flavor unlike any other beer I've tried.

retry4z, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of jsanford
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

2012 vintage

Pours dark brown with a dense, mocha-colored head that settles to a nice cap. Insane aromas of chocolate-covered raisin, brandy, bourbon, caramel, and brown sugar. Phenomenal nose. Big, boozy, and bold, with tons of chocolate, raisin, brandy, and caramel. Sweet and boozy, with a slightly "hot" finish. The definition of decadence. Velvet-smooth mouthfeel, with a medium-full body and just-right carbonation. Such a great beer, easily one of the best I've had from Lost Abbey.

jsanford, Jul 11, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

Lost Abbey Deliverance

Illegible date, but I'm pretty sure it's from the 2013 batch A

A- pour yields a 1/4 finger dark tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the edges. Beer is pitch black in color. 4

S- Rich in bourbon, toffee, caramel, chocolate, some roasted malt, some brandy notes, graham cracker, wood. Smells awesome. 4.75

T- big, rich bourbon and brandy notes upfront along with dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, coconut, light vanilla, wood. Warming finish. Excellent. 4.5

M- nice and hefty body with ample carbonation. 4.5

O- a pleasure. It's worth the price, though I just wish it wasn't so much ($17.99/12.7 oz.). But like I said, it's a phenomenal beer and worth what I paid, I just can't get it often. Tomme comes though with another masterpiece. 4.75

A+

t420o, Sep 28, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

A - Pours a light black with hardly any carbonation or head. No lacing and little bubbles forming around the rim of the glass.

S - Strong bourbon/wood flavor right from the beginning, followed by the strong flavors of an old ale and russian imperial stout. Very nice leather, molasses, charred wood aroma throughout as well.

T - Again, quite strong right from the beginning with huge bourbon flavors and the wood pops through excellently. It mellows out in the middle with a velvety smoke and oak flavor with caramelized marshmallow flavors and rich roasted dark chocolate. It finishes with a strong coffee-like flavor and a nice alcohol burn. Very intense, very rich, very good.

M - Very heavy body with low volumes of carbonation. Velvety on the palate and leave a nice burn down the esophagus after each sip; aka ABV is easily detectable. Wonderful transitions in flavor and definitely a sipper.

O - Another stellar offering from Lost Abbey. VERY strong beer with intense flavors and wonderful wood aging. The flavor complexions make it fun to drink but the intensity of it make it a wonderful sipper.

VaTechHopHead, Jun 23, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

dar482, Mar 10, 2014
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

a long forgotten bottle from 2010, or perhaps 2011.

cork popped and poured pitch black, thick and cold to an upland brewing goblet with a hint of a toffee colored short lasting, small bubbled head.

huge bourbon in the nose, very dark sugary syrup malts, hint of gingerbread and smoke.

super viscous, the carbonation hides til the beer hits your palate and sneaks out. sitting in the glass, it appears almost flat and this is far from the truth. sweet, not bitter.

big barrel character, toffee, dark sweet chocolate, big bourbon, dark cherries, this is such an incredible beer, its a taste explosion.

drinkable ? well, perhaps not, but one's plenty.

robwestcott, Sep 13, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

Appearance – Pours a very dark brown almost block color, with a small brown head that soon dissipates to nothing. Doesn't stick to the side of the glassware when swirled.

Smell – Lots of bourbon and brandy, with maple, molasses, vanilla, caramel, and a touch of oak. A very nice smell.

Taste – Very similar to the smell. A great bourbon beer.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation, a thin syrupy texture, with a slight alcohol bite.

Drinkability – This is a great bourbon beer, which usually isn’t one of my favorite flavors. Either bourbon beers are growing on me, or I’m a sucker for the ones with a hint of sweetness, which is the case here. Or maybe the brandy was a nice touch.

Falcon91Wolvrn03, Oct 29, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a very deep brow bordering on black. Nise psst of carbonation upon release of the cork. Creamy mocha head fades quickly into a ring around the glass with some molten like foam floating on top.

One of the best smelling beer I've had in quite a while. Layers of sweet and dark chocolates, toasted coconut, good amounts of bourbon and sweet brandy. Roasty with burnt caramel. Vanilla and oak. So succulent and woody. Dark fruits and some dried fruit goodnes as well as hints of earth and leather. Fig, date, prune, raisin, mollasses, plum. This nose has it all and more.

Just an amazing beer with very nice tounge tingling carbonation. Only thing keeping this from a 5 is the level of alcohol heat. Instant palate burn that follows through deep into the chest. But don't let this minute detail deter you from the level of delicious complexity this beauty throws out....christ. Thick, creamy, velvety luscious mouthfeel. A blend of brandy fruitiness and bourbon sweetness hit the entire palate and lingers and lingers. Full of toasty oak, coconut, vanilla bean,dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, tobacco, flint, oak, more woodsy boozy notes, prune, black fig, raisin, light anise, burnt sugar, molasses, reduction of dates and liquor. Some earthy notes and some wood tannin on the finish. So much going on and so damn complex. I've a couple more bottles in the cellar and this thing has years of cellarability.

mcallister, Jun 26, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

The exceptional Deliverance pours an opaque black, with a thin tan head that dissipates rather quickly, yet manages to leave a decent lace throughout. A dark bouquet of deep roasted nuts, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol intermingle with hints of bourbon and brandy, a truly interesting playground for the senses. The flavors of this beer are as numerous and complex. Many of the same aromas are found in tasting, as well as hints of fig, plums and dates. The alcohol is big at 12.5%, and a slight burn is noticeable in the finish. The strong and complex brew features a creamy, big body that is dominant over a low level of carbonation. WOW!

phishsihq, Mar 10, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

Backlog purge. Bottle poured into a snifter. Dark dark brown with a lasting tan head. Luscious aroma with sweet chocolate and vanilla and an undercurrent of spicy bourbon. Flavor is fudge and toasted oak, dark chocolate, roasted malt, vague raisiny fruitiness, sweet alcohol. Fluffy moussey body, devilish and great.

illidurit, Aug 26, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

jondeelee, May 14, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

375ml C&C. 2010 bottling.

Pours deep dark brown with a finger of dark tan foam, settles to a fairly thick ring with large bubbles.

Smells tremendously good. I can pick out both the bourbon and brandy barrel notes. Sweet vanilla oaky goodness. Red wine vinegar. Milk, chocolate, and lots of dark fruit. Toffee and caramel. The slightest of alcohol burn as well, but a nice touch.

Taste is just a touch less perfect than the nose, but contains much of the same. Melted chocolate ice cream with a healthy amount of acidic fruit and bourbon flavor. Sweet cherry tinged caramel. Fills your mouth with a nicely toasted wood flavor as well. Lingering bourbon finish.

A medium to full body and thick mouthfeel, as would be expected. Heat from the ABV, but not much contribution to the flavor. No doubt this is a sipper.

Probably the best I've had from Lost Abbey. Looking forward to the next batch.

brotherloco, May 07, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

2012 bottling

I forget exactly how much this 12.7 oz. miniature Belgian abbey-style bottle set me back, but if I recall correctly it was upwards of $20—so, here's to hoping it was worth it!

Deliverance pours an obsidian black with some deep chestnut edges visible near the surface, but only when it's inspected close to a light source. Unlike a few Angel's Share bottles that I've had, the cork actually 'pops' when opened—this ale might be carbonated after all!

The greige head makes a show at first, but quickly settles down to a thin spotty head and only a slighter denser ring toward the perimeter of the glass. In the center I can make out a faintly bubbly "fountain", probably surfacing due to the etched design on the floor of the Duvel tulip.

The nose is big and boozy with the barrel aging unapologetically evident. Speaking of spirits, in addition to the whiskey and brandy, dark rum, chocolate liqueur, cherry cordial, macerated dark fruit and liquor-soaked fruitcake also come to mind. And that ain't the half of it: raisins, dates, figs, sweet citrus, along with vanilla, caramel and toffee also make the scene. And let's not forget about the roasted maltiness, either. There's so much going on it's hard to keep track, yet the beer manages to hold it together convincingly. Definitely on the "divine" side for now. Now let's peer into this creature's soul.

On the tongue, Deliverance is a malty sweet shock to the taste buds, with roasty notes and rich chocolate flavors, answered by an almost sour fruity kick of zesty citrus and dark stone fruit. Loads of black strap molasses, anise and black licorice show up too.

Towards the finish, a quick modest alcohol sting adds a bit of lingering heat, but not overbearingly so. And, there's a fair amount of bitter dryness to boot.

This devil is full-bodied with some fine sparkly carbonation that thankfully isn't mouth-filling. On the contrary, it adds just the right texture.

Saint or sinner, Deliverance is heaven.

SaintBenedict, Oct 10, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

From notes, 11/12. Poured from bottle to tasting glass.

A: Jet black color, brown on the sides of the glass up to the light. Small tan syrupy head with good lacing. Viscous looking for sure.

S: An Awesome deep aroma with wood influenced bourbon or brandy comes through surrounding a dark fruit, vanilla, alcohol sweetness and malt core to the smell.

T: A great blend, a real nice mix of both a stout feel and a strong ale/barleywine. Deep malt, sweet and savory flavors, lots of alcohol sweetness, figs, vanilla, oak, and toasty marshmallow come through. Some smoke comes through, but it might just be because of the hotness of the alcohol. Great, I love big flavor beers like this, could be a 5 once the alcohol calms a bit.

M: VISCOUS! Awesome carbonation (and we all know this isnt always true), very smooth. Rolls over the tongue.

D: you certainly feel the alcohol but very tasty and a great blend.

Dreadnaught33, Nov 15, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

This one is as dark night, love the art work on the bottle... yeah yeah I know... any way. The smell of this thing is incredible. Dark fruit with caramel a hint of brandy. The taste is just shy of over whelming, very powerful and full. Sweet with a light bit of tartness. It is how ever just a bit sticky in the mouth kind of like a light molasses would be. This is a very thick beer for sure. Very well done and with all they put in to it, it is no wonder at all why it is so thick but over all very well done. Love this one.

exodus1369, Jan 26, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured to a large Duvel tulip glass.
Pours a menesing dark black. An aggressive pour kicks up less than a half inch of head that hisses like the damned.
Great aroma, big sweet barleywine like notes, rich toffee, malty sweetness, caramel, some oakieness, defiantly some dark fruit, raisins, and a little cherry like tartness.
Flavor is a slightly muted reflection of the nose. Nice toffee, some bourbon flavors are coming thru nicely, more so than in the nose. The sweetness is a little more toned down, I get a bit of coffee bitterness complimented by some dark fruit sweetness. Defiantly a sultry booze finish.
The body is sitting at a pretty solid medium feel, defiantly more on the silky side than sticky. Carbonation sits perfectly on the light side, giving the brew a little life yet not distracting from the many nuances.
Overall a great beer, big thanks to Kevin for this one. I wanted to bring it to a tasting this past weekend but my dumb ass showed up a day late, isn't that some shit, yeah I know.

hdelavega, Nov 28, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

Bottle shared by Umberto at Curran's tasting.

Pours a deep, dark stout-like black, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass. The head descends into an oily film fairly quickly.

Smells like bourbon, brandy, chocolate, vanilla, and oak.

Rich bourbon-soaked brownie batter flavor up front, just decadent, a little bit of espresso flavor, some boozy brandy flavors, and some nice dark fruits flavor- cherries, plums, raisins, etc.

Thick bodied, almost motor oil like, very viscous. Creamy, smooth, thick mouthfeel, very low carbonation. Drinkable despite the body and ABV.

This one was a surprise, it's interested me for a while, but I never thought I'd be able to try it. Thanks Umberto!

GreesyFizeek, Jun 02, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

On-tap Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA.

Armsby abbey on tap today

A- Black bodied pour to a goblet with a silky, frothy light mocha tan head. Head reaches about a finger before falling to a small foamy ring. Retention decent for a BA and lace had a few sheets and spots.

S- Deep dusting of cocoa nibs and roast malt assertive along with the Bourbon and barrel feel. Vanilla sweetness and slight wet oak.

T- Decadence in a glass. The cocoa flavor is especially rich and reminds me of eating and dark chocolate brownie or truffle. Deeply roasted grain and some ashy hints. The bourbon adds a whiskey and vanilla sweetness that pushes this into dessert territory. Some Belgian yeast notes of raisin, spice and dark fruits. Cherry truffle. Brandy is there as I sip onward with oak and fruity notes (I am a brandy noob but cook with it occasionally). Appropriate sweetness.

MF- Superbly thick body with a chewy feel as if you were actually eating dessert. Carbonation right where it needs to be at a medium-low level presenting no disruption to the rich flavor. Finishes quite hot but it is 14.5% to be fair (at least no alcohol flavor).

Lots of cocoa with an inspiring contribution from the Bourbon and Bandy barrels. The flavors seem to just meld into something reminiscent of a great cake or dessert. If I have learned one thing, Tomme knows how to blend and use barrels. I feel obligated to revisit the Lost Abbey staples that were flat for me 4 years ago. Brilliant.

cbutova, May 08, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

TempeBeerMan, Mar 08, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a Teku glass. I believe this is from 2012.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep brown, nearly black and leaves behind about a finger of tan head which fizzles away quickly.

Smell: Bourbon and chocolate flavors upfront along with some brandy and cherry. Some earthiness to it as well as.

Taste: Bourbon, chocolate, cherries, oak and vanilla. Finishes with some brandy which is very nice. A lot of the familiar bourbon barrel aged stout flavors but some differences, especially towards the finish of the flavor. A very prominent oak/rooty flavor throughout also makes it a bit different.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a light carbonation - surprisingly smooth though.

Overall: This one has picked some some interesting flavors from its time in the barrels. Earthy tones accompany the delicious bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit flavors along with a hint of cherry which is nice. Overall, I was satisfied with this brew which mixed some familiar flavors with some different things to make for an interesting beer and its smoothness is exceptional.

Resuin, May 05, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured into a tulip. Damn near black body on this thick oily looking brew with shimmers of brown barely penetrating through the light. A respectable dark mocha colored head sits atop this one. At about an inch thick I'm down right impressed with the high gravity of this beer. After about ten minutes of staring at it I'm still left with a nice layer of creamy foam on top of a big dark body. The aroma is nothing short of fantastic. Rich aromas of molasses, dark chocolate, raisins, and bourbon. The bourbon is integrated into this beer nicely, it gives nice rich caramel/bourbon kick to the nose with only leaving behind a little bit of heat. Damn near perfect aroma as far as I'm concerned. Richness through and through on this. Flavors of toffee and caramel. Chocolate, raisins and spot on bourbon coat the tongue being just slightly hot on the finish. The mouthfeel is full and silky with just a bit of heat. Simply a pleasure to put in my mouth. The biggest flaw on this one, and with big beers in general is they are hot a boozy. But that's not a concern with this one for me. I'm happy to nurse this one for another hour or so.

Bendurgin, Dec 14, 2010
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,596 ratings.