Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 417
Hads: 1,833
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
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Gots: 561 | FT: 53
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010

A blend of bourbon barrel-aged Serpent’s Stout and brandy barrel-aged Angels Share, Deliverance is the epic battle being waged between heaven and hell for the souls of mortal men… and your enjoyment in a glass.
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Photo of GabrielM
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - pretty damn awesome! Black as night, like a stout, but with a much thinner consistency. Also a nice tan head on top for a few moments.

S - bourbon, brandy, oak, vanilla, burnt sugar, espresso.

T - same as the nose, but there's definitely a sweet taste to it, which I'm assuming is from the brandy.

M - nice carbonation, a good array of flavors, but a little sweet and hot still.

D - I should've let this one sit for a while, but it was my first and I always like trying one fresh before I age it. Angel's Share bourbon is one of my all time favorite brews and I guess I was kinda expecting Deliverance to be like it, but it's not quite on the same level. Definitely delicious, but the heat from this one is much more pronounced and a little unpleasant when compared to that of a fresh Angel's Share. (834 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Corks pops off with a nice little pop, hoping this one is carbonated. Poured into a duvel tulip glass a dark brown almost black color wih a slight tan head. Nice aroma of bourbon in the nose, I really don't get the brandy at all but that's ok. Vanilla, dark roast, chocolate, and booze rounds out the rest of the nose. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Very rich flavors! A mix of lots of flavors; dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, booze, and black licorice in the flavors. Really nice. A sipper for sure. Alcohol warms the body while drinking this one. (547 characters)

Photo of the1DarkLord
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml cork and caged bottle... this cork is damn hard to get out of here! I slipped it out seconds before reaching for the wine key... maybe this really is a brewery for wine drinkers?

It pours a thick, dark, almost viscous deep dark brown (almost black). A straight pour to the center of the glass yields a 1 cm head in my lost abbey tulip glass, which looks like the tan-ish colored foam on a coca-cola and sounds like rice crispies cereal (gotta love the snap, crackle, and pop!) quickly dissipates to a thin ring of bubbles around the rim of the glass. I would say I am scared of the likelihood of no carbonation, but I have poured many o' angel's share that yielded no bubbles outside of the larger sized collision bubbles when pouring aggressively... so alas, is there hope?

It smells quite nice as well. Although, I will admit the alcohol is very apparent in the nose, and that scares me a bit. The nose is like a medley of fresh dark berries that have been simmering in a bourbon spiked dark chocolate fondue. A rigorous swirl of the glass brings some small bubbles to the head and releases some more familiar aromatics of oak and bourbon, and more alcohol.

And so, I take the leap of faith and swallow my first sip of this beer...

Hmm, this beer is pretty good. It is VERY rich, and there is A LOT going on here. Let's see... We've got coco powder, dry oaky bourbon stout on the front. This beer starts out quite nice actually. I may be compartmentalizing this too simply, but if I had to venture a guess, I would say that is more of the Serpants Stout flavors being imparted here. There are some nice vanilla and mocha notes intertwined thoughout as well.

BUT...

Then this sharp sweet toffee/caramel/fruity blast that is too hot for my enjoyment. This, to me, tastes like a very fresh brandy angels share in its sharp, bright bite. Tasty still? Sure... but it certainly does knock down the drinkability. Another problem for me is that this sharp/hot/fruity flavor sticks around on the aftertaste. It has a really nice coating mouthfeel otherwise, and honestly, a perfect level of carbonation. The alcohol burn just clashes with me a little bit. (not to say I can't take it, its just too sweet/hot/sticky to be enjoyed.)

In the end, setting all my gripes with Lost Abbey aside, I think this is a great beer when looked at on the larger scale, but when comparing it to other small, specialty crafted, barrel aged beers... it does not quite deliver on the same level as comparable ones. (2,501 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some days just seem made for relaxing and absorbing oneself into a bottle. Granted, I'd prefer most days be like this, but life sometimes says, "Whoa big fella, take a break." Needless to say, I jacked life right in the beak this afternoon, popped the cork, and sat back to some prolonged sippage and a nice clear view of today's repetitively beautiful snowfall. Thanks go to Ryan for this opportunity.

Expelling the cork yields a thankful pop and we're underway.
Pours a very dark brown with tan bubbles that fight like hell to reach the edges and then rest comfortably along a thin wristband of coverage.

Rich bourbon all over the nose. Underlying brandy presence shows sweet and cleaves an alcohol laden swath across senses. Competition-wise, the bourbon presence is stronger, but the brandy seeps in as to not be forgotten. Vanilla pokes through at the end and the blending seems to have improved the sensory perception of the smell much more than my experience this summer with the Bourbon Angel's Share.

Bourbon soaked raisins, dark fruits, figs, and vanilla. Again, the sweeter brandy presence really emerges along the back as a reminder that there are two barrels fighting for your recognition. The oak from the barrels in faint at the finish but really emerges on the tongue and back of the throat in the aftertaste, though in no way is it overpowering.

Medium bodied and slick on the tongue with modest carbonation. Certainly a sipper and overall a nice beer, but there is something just on the periphery with these Lost Abbey beers that leaves me wanting just a bit more. Not sure if it's the beaten-to=death carbonation issues (though this beer is fine) or something a little less tangible. (1,708 characters)

Photo of nhindian
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner's tulip. Bottle provided by thedindaniel, thanks Daniel!

A - The beer opens with a small pop, loads better than the sound that came out after opening both versions of Angel's Share. It pours on the fringe of dark brown and black, much darker than typical Angel's Share but a shade lighter than Serpent's Stout. A 1.5-finger, khaki-colored head sits precariously on top, gradually collapsing upon itself until it is gone minutes later. The lacing is pretty good, much better than Angel's Share, with a nice lattice pattern smattering the glass.

S - The nose on this is big and boozy. Lots of bourbon and malt make up the front-end of this beer, giving a rather roasty and chocolate aroma. The alcohol is a bit astringent, and after letting it warm up a bit, there is a little bit of butterscotch as well.

T - After my first sip I almost recoiled as a response to sheer amount of flavor and alcohol in this. This beer certainly isn't shy about bringing the booze, and the bourbon and brandy kind of cancel each other out, or perhaps the brandy even overpowers the bourbon here until the finish, as I can't say I get any of the typical bourbon notes. After warming, the brandy shines even further, and it reminds me of how brandy Angel's Share SHOULD'VE tasted if it had a shred of carbonation. Not a lot of coffee here, but the roast lasts well throughout the beer as well as nice echoes of oak and vanilla in its wake. Sweet and alcoholic. Set aside a night for this one.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with moderately low carbonation. Typically I'd say this is low carbonation, but given the reputation for Lost Abbey and the disaster that the two Angel's Shares I've had were, this is a welcome burst of bubbles. Long lasting finish and you'll be tasting this long after you are done!

D - Drinkability is moderately high. I HIGHLY recommend pouring this beer and letting it aerate and warm a little, as my first sip was like trying to taste four different things at once. Let it mellow and give it a few sips, as it certainly gets better the longer its in the glass (which won't be for long!) (2,149 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into The Lost Abbey stemmed tulip.

A: Pours black with about an eighth of an inch dark brown head that quickly disappeared into a thin collar leaving just a dot or two of lace.
S: Sweet and spicy notes of raisins, caramel, warming bourbon/brandy, and oak barrel spices. Vanilla comes through strongly as well with just a hint of chocolate. Woody and alcoholic all around.
T: Big dose of vanilla and sweet dark fruits balance well with full and woody flavors of the barrels. Thick caramel, toffee, brown sugar and all kinds of sweetness come through in the finish along with a bit of roasted coconut, and the aftertaste is full of chocolate and bourbon/brandy. Flavors are sweet and buttery.
M: Thick body, chewy but thin mouthfeel, with very very low carbonation. Luckily this beer is thick and potent enough for the lack of bubbles not to be a major issue, but a few more bubbles would have made this beer feel less like a (delicious) syrup and more like a beer. Alcohol is very mellow at this point.
O: Rich and smooth flavors with a creamy mouthfeel. Needs more carbonation, but this had a great flavor. (1,124 characters)

Photo of 321jeff
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, picked up in trade awhile back. Poured into my Mother Earth snifter.

Pours a deep murky brown, almost black with a light tan collar of a head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Expected for such a high gravity brew, but it's not very good looking or inviting.

Aroma has a lot going on, sweet dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses and a substantial whiskey note. On the first whiff, I wasn't too impressed but as it warms, everything is coming together nicely.

The taste starts off sweet up front followed by brown sugar and molasses and some whiskey soaked dark fruits. Finishes surprisingly dry with a smokey whiskey aftertaste. The alcohol is present but nicely subdued.

Mouthfeel is thick but dry with just a hint of carbonation. Overall, this is an enjoyable sipper that does a nice job of bringing together the sweet dark fruits and strong whiskey flavors. (881 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a word, smooth. Pours black bodied with a small thick head. Pleasant and roasty aromas. Tasty stoutish and also strong dark stuff, with bourbon in distant secondary, which is a good thing.Caramel and chocolate, fruit and a tangy edge aids above average mouthfeel. (266 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bill (portia99) for this one. Poured from a corked and caged 375ml. bottle into a Darkness snifter. And oh yeah... REVIEW 400!!!

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger mocha head... WAIT... this one's carbonated? and its from LA?!? OMG... its gonna be delicious!!! Even retention is pretty good. Beer is opaque black and thick like motor oil. Lacing is stringy and spotty with nice cling.

S: Nose is maple syrup, chocolate, and vanilla all wrapped up in booze. Very deep but also quite subtle. Smells like it looks... dark and mysterious.

T: Holy Sh!t, this is a big beer. Opens big bourbon sweetness. Nice heat in the back. Chocolate, maple syrup, brown sugar, sweet soy sauce, and dark fruit. Booziness actually becomes more prominent as this one lingers. Brandy and bourbon barrels come through nicely towards the middle and end. Vanilla and oak apparent at the finish. End is accented by a crescendo of sweetness and aftertaste is chocolate and maple syrup.

M: Full bodied. As full bodied as I've ever had. AND... m.o.d.e.r.a.t.l.y CARBONATED. Pretty hot, even for the high ABV. Oily and viscous in the mouth and goes down tingly. Finish is accented and aftertaste is sticky, oily, and lingers.

D: As my scores suggest, this is a good beer. Nothing too outrageous and honestly, a little too big for my liking but its very complex, with a nice mouthfeel and a decent nose. I'd definitely jump at the chance to have this again but would probably want to split a 375ml with another person. A sipper for sure, 6oz. is more than enough. (1,551 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good carbonation and some lacing. Aroma consists of bourbon with residual sugar notes and caramelized sugars. Taste is also dominated by bourbon notes with some caramelized malt and quite a lot of residual sugars. Some dried fruits and light chocolate notes are also perceptible. Body is full with great carbonation and surprisingly no apparent alcohol. Nice nightcap style beer. (453 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage to tulip glass.

A - Poured black with only a thin ring of light brown head around the edges of the glass.

S - Bourbon and oak up front along with a big roast aroma. The brandy is evident as well, along with some lighter vanilla and caramel aromas.

T - Carbonation is my worry and initially noticed that carbonation was very low, but still present enough to make this beer enjoyable, unlike some other experiences I have had with Lost Abbey beers. Bourbon, oak and vanilla flavours up front along with a big roast profile. Lighter caramel and toffee notes are present in the finish along with a hint of sweet brandy.

M - Medium body with a good chew. The carbonation is low but still present. Would like a little more carbonation, but still drinking well. (773 characters)

Photo of deford
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Underwhelming...sorry, but I need to be honest here. It's underwhelming...the nose promises so much more than the taste delivers...(which is ironic since its called "Deliverance").

From notes...

A- Pitch black on the pour but ruby red through the light...beautiful...no head whatsoever.

S-Dark fruits, molasses,soy sauce, something kind of pumpkin like...pretty freaking amazing!

T-Dark fruits, molasses, cocoa, vanilla, licorice, w-sauce...everything the nose promised but just weak....pretty underwhelming.

M- No carb whatsoever....which is fine for a seriously barrel aged beer.

O- The taste doesn't deliver what the nose promises. The nose on this is fantastic...creating a desire that is not fulfilled in the taste. It's underwhelming...don't get me wrong, it's a great beer, it just doesn't live up to the nose....oh and the alcohol is nowhere to be found....be careful with this one. (897 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black with 1/4 inch tan head and no retention

Smell: Very bourbon forward and not too much else on the nose the bourbon is overpowering

Taste: Again bourbon right up with a huge malt character it finishes with traces of chocolate and vanilla

Mouthfeel: Full body with medium carbonation

Overall: Really good beer with great flavors. Highly recommended very enjoyable beer (381 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1122nd Review on BA
Bottle to Sinners and Saints glass
12.7 oz C/C

2011 Bottle

App- A semi dark black with some brown highlights floating around the edges. Wouldn't you know this was carbonated and had a good 1 finger light brown head that fell to a couple lines of cling and a 1/8" ring of bubbles.

Smell- The majority of my scents are dominated by the brandy barrels. I get a little bit of dark chocolate, a little bit of the wood comes through and a lot of booze. Some notes of dark ruddled fruit round out the nose.

Taste- This was a very tasty albeit LARGE beer. The 12.5% is very evident. The beer opens with a prickly bourbon/brandy combination and then moves to a little bit of a light light chocolate note with a little bit of vanilla. The duality of the brandy/bourbon is quite nice but I thought lacked a bit of depth.

Mouth- A medium carbonation with a light-medium carbonation level. It was too prickly and I think needed to be a bit more smooth. I think a year would do this one well.

Drink- Overall, a good blended stout/strong ale beer. Had high notes of the ABV and some low notes with the prickly feel. I will come back to this one. (1,156 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of gorby10826
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most recent release

Picked up at a local store in chicago from the shelves.

Appears dark and viscous. Very little head.
Roast, slight sweetness, strong alcohol hit from the barrel aging. Maple and chocolate. If you like the counterparts you should like this. Smooth, full, viscous mouthfeel with slight carbonation.
Very enjoyable altogether, enjoyed it much better than the other non-sour LA beers. (401 characters)

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a Town Hall Brewery globe on 6/19/11.

Pours a dark brown with a fizzy brown head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing at all. Swirling the glass leaves a sticky resin on the glass.

Smells of lots of boozy bourbon and dark malts as well as a little fruit and vanilla.

Taste is of bourbon infused dark malts and vanilla/chocolate fruits. Taste is pleasant but the booze is very present.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate in weight. Resin sticks to the mouth and leaves a nice bitter mocha booze flavor left over.

Overall this is a good brew but the alcohol can make it tough to enjoy not only because it smashes out some of the taste but also I can't have more then one 375mL before my senses are dulled by the high ABV. Good beer though. (754 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this today at Berman's in Lexington. Very cool artwork of angels and demons fighting over somebody. The color is almost completely black, with just a small amount of lacing as far as the head goes. The nose is of molten chocolate cake, molasses, and naturally brandy and bourbon. Wow, the alcohol is very present in the taste, giving it the feel of a spirit. Very similar to the nose, but there are some underlying fruit notes that makes it all the more interesting. Despite the heat from the alcohol, the mouthfeel is not especially huge, more in the middle I would say. The carbonation is also kept in check well. Like enjoying a spirit neat or on the rocks, this is one to sip slowly, and let develop as it warms to room temperature. Although grossly overpriced, this is another quality brew from Lost Abbey. I would be interested in trying the Bourbon barrel aged Serpent Stout, which is one of the brews (along with Brandy Angel's Share) blended in here. Cheers (974 characters)

Photo of Wolberjs
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Opaque dark brown. Pours with minimal head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing.

S - Not alot going on out of the fridge, and not alot going on as it warms up. A mild bourbon and brandy in the smell with alcohol coming through. Smells sweet.

T - Tastes better than it smells. Still plenty of brandy and bourbon, but now a little faint vanilla and chocolate show up.

M - Silky smooth mouthfeel with and little tingly alcohol finish. If there's such a thing as a balanced mouthfeel, this one has it. I just started doing reviews of the individual pieces and parts of beers, so I can't say I've get the perfect informed perspective on mouthfeel, but this is damn outstanding.

O - Good but not great offering. Not enough going on with the smell and the taste to give it high marks overall. The barrels kind of overwhelm the base beer. (843 characters)

Photo of tut2528
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

A: completely black, no transparency whatsoever. Pours about ½ fingers worth of head formation at the most, that is mocha colored. Moderate film sticks to the edge of the glass.

S: huge bourbon notes complemented by dark fruits such as raisins and figs. I also get a bold roasted note aspect with some alcohol, but the alcohol sits in quite nice. There also is a nice sweet and sugary toffee to heighten the complexity in the nose.

T: like the nose, except a monster of bourbon and the alcohol crush the palate. once you get past the ABV, some of the other pleasuring notes come up...dark fruits (raisins, figs again), mild coffee, mild chocolate, with a cream vanilla finish.

M: full bodied, fits the appearance and the taste quite well. Carbonation much more enhanced than Angel’s Share.

O: disappointing for the price that is it sold at, but glad I tried it. There are many other brews that are much less expensive and more well balanced than this one. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good brew, but this was a one timer for me. I highly recommend laying this one down for an extended period of time to mellow out the bold alcohol because it is just too dominating at this moment. (1,203 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle that I thought was dated 2014, but seems to have vanished w/condensation.

Very tan head that dissipates quickly. Looks syrupy as it fills the glass, a wide mouthed Chimay goblet.

Prune/raisiney aroma. The bourbon is present & it tastes like it should have an alcohol burn, but it doesn't. Perhaps smoothed with the brandy barrel aging.

Very syrupy texture & a slight burnt sugar bitterness that keeps the sweetness in check.

There is a whole lot going on in this glass & at $1.50 an Oz. one would assume it's all got to do with the aging. The 12.5% is barely noticeable on the palate.

Next time (and there will be a next time) I'll be sure to have a range of nibbles to see what marries.

Big taste. Big beer. For big occasions. (749 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12.7oz bottle into Lost Abbey tulip.

a - Poured a pitch black with a nice finger creamy head. The head was tiny bubbles all mushed together and on top of each other...very molecular. As they popped, there was some chunky lacing clinging to the glass...milkshake-ish. The head hung around for a while.

s - Without even smelling the glass, the room immediately was overtaken by a boozy smell. Upon closer inspection a thick syrupy musty wooden smell. I feel like the brandy is more apparent but the mix creates a bit of a fight for dominance which results in a somewhat over-ripened fruit smell. For some reason, I can't stop smelling the glass though. Figs and plums too...

t - Lots going on. Big booziness. Again a bit of a fight for dominance in the flavor and kind of like taking a big swig of sangria and getting tons of fruit in your mouth.

m - Bold and thick. Real full bodied with a nice boozy tingle. After taste is a bit fruity and like sopped up barrels.

d - I have to say I was a bit nervous as I popped the cork...didn't make the trademark POP that I love when opening a beer. it was more of a pfttt...none-the-less the beer was plenty carbonated. My overall impressions left me feeling that I drank sangria and not a beer...pretty amazing that it was a beer though. She's a big beer. A sipper. Very glad I was able to find this at Julio's when I was in Boston not too long ago, but not something I'd actively pursue again. (1,447 characters)

Photo of mahak213
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours dark brown, verging on black, and sits black in the glass with just a bit of light making it through the edges of the glass. No head to speak of... no surprise there.

Smell- Vanilla and oak, sweet booze, cocoa, caramel, and a bit of butterscotch. Booze isn't hidden at all, but it works in a cohesive way

Taste- Molasses and dark fruit, some cocoa, and lots of well integrated booze. Very sweet, has a slight burnt sugar taste leading to a mildly bitter dark chocolate finish

Mouthfeel-Full, sticky, syrupy, and completely still. Some light carbonation would be nice.

Overall- Good stuff, but the lack of carbonation in my bottle really held things back. (677 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of bourbon with some vanilla and dark chocolate.

T - It tasted slightly spicy with roasted malt, chocolate and bourbon. Mild oak flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This a really tasty beer. Another interesting blend by The Lost Abbey. (427 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This showed up at my local beer store. Sweet find! 12.7 oz bottle...

A: Super medium black with a 1 inch mocha colored head that fades at a quick rate to a nice thin layer atop the brew. Good.

S: I get some heavy whiskey upfront blended with some raisin and dark fruit scents. Some toffee immediately follows in the middle with some creamy walnut on the backend. Smells very good!

T: First sip is a lot lighter and less intense than expected from the scent. I get creamy caramel walnut blended with some carbonated booze. A slight hidden tartness segways the front to the middle which has some almost peach raisin flavors. I don't get much on the backend. The more I drink this, the stranger the blend of these flavors gets. Good.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation feel. Decent.

D: This does not go down as easy as I would have hoped. The booziness and the hidden tartness make for a strange blend. Decent.

All in all, this is a good brew. Not great. I am kind of disappointed by LA by this one as I had higher hopes for it. Guess I set the bar a little too high. Great to try at least once if you like big beers, as I am a big beer lover, but don't expect to be floored by this one. (1,195 characters)

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.