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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,502
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 321
Gots: 481 | FT: 56
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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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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2014 18:04:59 | More by cbutova
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

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
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 23:09:36 | More by Resuin
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 03:38:05 | More by Bendurgin
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep, dark brown. Not quite black. Light brown, bubbly, slowly fading head.

S: Booze, bourbon, brandy, sour apple.

T: Sweet, buttery, delicious bourbon. One of the most bourbon-forward beers I've tasted. Body is a bit thin. Faint roasted malt, dark chocolate, typical IS flavors but huge bourbon. Brandy is there. Burnt fruit flavors.

M: Super smooth, warming, boozy, extremely tasty.

O: Once it warms up...unspeakable brilliance. An absolute treat but a one-time opportunity at $20 for a 355ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 05:16:46 | More by Gatch
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impending

California

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The Trappist. Pitch black, oily, no head no lacing, slight carbonation.

Thick rich marvelous aroma. Sweet, a multitude of dark fruits, tiny chocolate, toffee all enveloped in a bourbon cloud. Funny how a smell can be sensed as thick.

The bourbon resides in the beginning, mid taste and aftertaste, it completely defines the brew. All the scent tastes are here, fruits, vanilla and caramel, the barrel is more obvious. Unfortunately the bourbon brandy crushes the subtleties, it masks and obscures all the delicate notes which become fleeting, vague. Full bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 22:20:41 | More by impending
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Super deep ruby, nearly black, small head has little retention and lacing.

S/T - Oak and barrel forward. Strong oak, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, tannins up front, then transitions smoothly through the finish, finishing with the stout-like qualities of roast coffee, and rich chocolate. Booze heat is expected and welcomed.

M - Full body, lively carbonation, yet stays smooth. Expected noticeable booze, warming.

O - Taste is superb. Is it worth the price of the bottle? I'm not sure about that, and I'm glad I had the op to have it on tap first.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2014 14:05:40 | More by garuda
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bdkucharski

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-18-2012 16:54:37 | More by bdkucharski
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-10-2012 19:06:09 | More by Callmecoon
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Prospero

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-22-2013 16:33:31 | More by Prospero
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-12-2014 20:54:10 | More by TKEbeerman
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KyleMA

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-27-2012 22:33:57 | More by KyleMA
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Seattle_Suds

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-23-2014 23:45:48 | More by Seattle_Suds
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-11-2014 02:09:15 | More by williamjbauer
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-07-2013 03:04:41 | More by jtladner
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-14-2012 03:57:37 | More by jpbebeau
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ste5venla

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

09-01-2012 15:00:22 | More by ste5venla
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buzzword

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-03-2013 16:41:28 | More by buzzword
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Andreias21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-16-2014 01:06:18 | More by Andreias21
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AlexChillton

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-17-2013 23:09:10 | More by AlexChillton
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Dawkins

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

09-21-2013 04:17:14 | More by Dawkins
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ipc2000

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-01-2014 02:34:52 | More by ipc2000
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-22-2013 00:21:46 | More by whatname
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle into tulip. No batch number.

A: The vigorous pour created a thin layer of head, which sunk very quickly. A very still and low level of carbonation in the body, which is desired for an American Strong Ale. The body is near pitch black in color with hints a deep, dark mahogany. The head when it was formed was a rich khaki color. The lacing is light and foamy, with no real pattern. So far this looks to be a very promising Strong Ale.

S: The aroma is rich in bourbon and brandy notes. Nice tones of vanilla from the oak, and an overall smooth character. The malts do seem to take the forefront. With no real indication of hop aroma or bitterness.

T/M: The first sip gives off a creamy bliss of craft brewed warming, leading way to figs and plums. The Lingering taste is that of vanilla and oak, with the smoky charred aspect of bourbon and the rich sweetness of brandy. High in malt complexity, starting off from the taste which has a barley character, lending way to the mouthfeel texture of a full bodied stout. The sweetness really picks up at the end of the lingering taste and yearns for more. The relativity high ABV is well hidden by the barrel aging, and does not become a distraction to the enjoyment of this beer.

O: Overall I am very pleased with this Lost Abbey offering, high price, but even higher enjoyment levels. A bourbon character that is hard to match, without being too highly boozy. The ABV is warming, without being too overpowering to distract the palate from the other complexities that are being interchanged. Very grateful to have tried this limited blend.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 14:20:41 | More by GDBEERMAN
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-28-2012 04:31:22 | More by let8it8grow
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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