Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 423
Hads: 1,860
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
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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 watsonmd
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12.7 oz bottle, 51 Degrees, served into snifter

A: Pours incredibly dark for an ale. Dark brown head.

S: Bourbon, chocolate, raisins, very complex.

T: Similar. Boozy, slightly hot, bourbon and brandy coming through.

M: More of the same. Thick, sticky, coating....

O: Great beer. Glad I tried one of these. Need to add this to the cellar.

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Photo of Agent1
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – A dark, menacing elixir. A deep, black and somewhat evil appearance. Terrible head. In fact, none at all. Half the bottle was poured gently with almost no bubbles whatsoever. Then pouring violently, still no head. No lacing, no head at all. Perhaps a poorly carbonated batch? If not, this is a beer that could use some active yeast.

Smell – Dark chocolate. Lots of alcohol on the nose, which cuts through quite a bit. Molasses and bourbon are very prevalent. A slightly sour malt smell.

Taste – Intense and impressive. This is where this beer shines so far. Tons of deep, dark sugars and lots of alcohol burn. This is very similar to drinking bourbon itself. Vanilla, rye/ whiskey/ bourbon toffee notes, dark roasted coffee bean (from the grains), prunes and dates. Very nice dry, woody notes and the taste is extremely complex. Very sugar forward. Not noticing a significant amount of brandy with this, but the bourbon is definitely there. The brandy is mostly found on the aftertaste. Beautiful vanilla notes on the aftertaste. Very impressive. Strong brown sugar on the finish as well. Toasted dark malts and chocolate are at the forefront. Chewy and heavy. Very heavy.

Mouthfeel – Terrible carbonation. Almost none at all with this bottle. I am hoping this is not an oversight or typical characteristic of each bottle. It is flat and dull with very little mouthfeel. However, this still manages to stimulate all parts of the tongue and roof of the mouth. Oily, slippery and thick. Creamy with a smooth feel. Imagine what this would be like with a little carbonation.

Overall - Given the ABV and given the shitty carbonation, this beer is begging to be aged. Part of me wishes I did not open this, given the fact I have no access to it until I revisit the US. Assuming the yeast is not dormant, this could age up to 10 years at 12.5 % abv and perhaps become amazing with age. This could also potentially fix the extremely poor carbonation issue. Overall, this is incredibly boozy and not for the faint of heart. If you are not a scotch or bourbon drinker, you may want to stay far, far away from this, as it is an aggressive punch to the head. Delicious and complex. I would buy this again, but at $17/ bottle, hopefully the carbonation isn't an issue when aging or drinking every bottle.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep almost black with a red hint to it. You can see how thick it is. Minimal cinnamon coloured lacing, doesn't stick around.

little bit of bakers cocoa and bourbon. boozy dark fruits. so good.

It's... all of the things? That are good? it starts almost sweet, before giving way to the boozy dark fruits, with the bourbon and cocoa coming in to finish. Seriously this is really really good.

Creamy and smoothe which belies the alcohol bite that finishes it. Bitter bakers cocoa and alcohol finish it.

This is seriously one of the best beers I've ever had. If you have to push elderly people down concrete steps to get to it, well, you might be a terrible person, but so long as you end up with this beer you shall find deliverance. Seriously. Drink it

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Photo of yankeepride
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally took the splash and ponied up the bucks for one of these, and used my own advice of not cellaring something the first time I've had it. Had a rich, deep-deep amber/caramel coloring, and a potent smell. Split it wife my wife while sharing some brownies, and it was a perfect pairing. I got a strong sense of the brandy sweetness, more than I thought with the strong bourbon smell coming out of the snifter. It had a delicious alcohol flavor without too much burn, which was excellent. The only thing that I left out on my scoring was the room for improvement that would very likely occur if left to mellow and blend with time, allowing more of the actual stout and old ale flavors to come out and play.

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Photo of koopa
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours jet black with a 2 finger brown crown that displays good retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Bourbon, grain alcohol, lots of chocolate, and some roast malt.

Taste: Same as the nose with the bourbon and alcohol dominating too much.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side of thick bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall: A decent blend worth checking out once.

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Photo of gr0g
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, 2013 vintage. Pitch black in color, looking very much like Serpent's stout. Head formation yields only a small cap of tan foam. Spotty lacing dots the glass. Aroma is barrel-forward and somewhat boozy. Prominent oaky-vanilla and ripe, candied dark fruit notes. The alcohol hides some of the complexity in the aroma.

The Serpent's Stout, which is the only one of the two components of this blend I've had, is immediately noticeable. The roastiness is tempered by the barrel aging and the addition of Angels' Share. Sweet, but not too sweet, and strong. Alcohol is more restrained on the palate than on the nose. Chocolatey stout character leads followed by tons of oak, vanilla, and a slight alcohol sting. The light carbonation nicely matches the heft of this beer, while there's a slightly syrupy feel to an otherwise thin mouthfeel.

While expensive at $15 for a 375ml bottle, Deliverance lives up to its promise and then some. Without a doubt, this is one of the best barrel-aged beers I've had the pleasure of tasting.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey Rastal San Marco Glass. Pours a very dark, nearly opaque broown with a fine, half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark and roasted malt, vanilla, wood and bourbon, nice. Flavor is really, really nice; dark and mildly roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, oak, dark dried fruit, finishes with a hint of brandy and sherry. Medium, creamy bodied. Tastes like a perfect blend of its two components with excellent balance between the Angel's Share and stout. Both are excellent ales and this is also superb. Definitely a very warming alcohol presence, but this too is melded into the flavor well. Heavenly.

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Photo of Zach225
4.29/5  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.

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Photo of ElSid
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California


Vintage 2013

A: Velvety black on the pour with a small cap of espresso foam which fades to a collar on the glass.

S: Big alcohol notes complimented by wood, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar and dark berries.

T: The alcohol is towering, smooth, and warming with highlights of wood. There is dark sugar, vanilla, molasses and dark berries which bring a countering sweetness to the alcohol. The malt is grainy, oaty and bready with moments of burnt cocoa nibs and espresso. The finish is warm with an accompanying earthy spiciness.

M: Full bodied and smooth with minimal carbonation.

O: This stout, strong ale blend boasts big flavors and big alcohol with subtleties and nuances that make for a complex and worthy brew. Hope to try the component beers soon.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a deep black color with a thin tan head on top. The retention is minimal with a touch of scattered lacing. The smell of the beer is boozy, fruity, wooden, vanilla and bourbon. The taste reflects the nose, rich flavors of roasted malts and caramel in there as well. Subtle vanilla in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy smooth and oily, moderate carbonation. Overall it's very good, really eligant flavors and te mouthfeel is impressive. Well worth the price of admission.

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Photo of retry4z
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Heynow007
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deliver me from evil. Wow, this beer rocks. Strong taste with bourbon and vanilla, fruit like undertones. Great bouquet and nice dark color. I've been waiting for a while to try this beer and was only holding back because of cost. At $16 for a 12 oz bottle, I'm not going to drink too many of these, but I will drink them on days that end in a y. Great overall beer. Nice dark color, sweet vanilla fruity taste and good strong alcohol taste. Love it!

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Photo of Damian
2.99/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquor, Somverville, MA
Vintage 2011
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a dark, murky brown with faint crimson highlights. Minimal carbonation. A thin film of saddle brown bubbles topped the liquid but they quickly dissipated into a thin, lasting ring of froth.

Bourbon and vanilla notes dominated the nose. The vanilla was incredibly fragrant and sweet. After a few minutes, roasted malts were apparent. Lots of dark fruits and raisins. Sweet brown sugar notes. The bourbon became even stronger as beer sat. Overall, super boozy but pleasant.

Flavorwise, the beer was initially undrinkable. A permeating alcohol sharpness completely overwhelmed my palate. Strong wood and tannin notes. Even with two years of age, this was a hot and boozy mess. As the beer warmed and opened up a bit, roasted malts and brown sugar notes appeared on the front end. Raisins and dark fruit were noticeable as well. The bourbon and brandy flavors still came through loud and clear, but they were not quite as piercing as earlier in the session.

The mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown. It was thinner and lighter in body with a fine and spritzy carbonation. Somewhat creamy and supple however. Frothy.

All the Angel's Share variants seemed to be quite boozy, but this beer takes the cake. I can only imagine how intolerably hot this must be fresh.

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Photo of weonfire
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this on tap at the Local Option in Chicago, IL served in a 10oz snifter.

A - The room was dark so I apologize if the color is off. It did look like a dark black murk, full finger of mocha head, and good lacing.

S - Sweet bourbon, chocolate, toffee, vanilla and aged fruit...maybe dates.

T - Initially: Chocolate, bourbon and toffee. Finish had some booze, slight hops but a mostly a coffee flavor. 12.5ABVs hidden very well.

M - Not as thick as you'd imagine. Low carbonation, high viscosity, creamy but not the ultra cream/velvet feel.

O - Very nice. But this beer had me confused. Maybe for the good, maybe for the bad depending how you look at it. This brew is very hard to classify. Has the look, smell and taste of an Imperial Stout. But the not yet the feel of one but more of an dark ale. Only beer I've had of its kind is Bell's BA Batch 9000. Both blur the lines between beer classification. Did wish there was more of the aged fruit flavor. Didn't taste much, or any at all.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into a pint glass, vintage 2013 "P" or "B" I can't tell
A: Pitch black but zero head whatsoever
S: Figs, plums, black licorice, a bit of bourbon
T: Bold, smooth with notes of dates, brown sugar, spice, hints of caramel, bourbon and candied cherry; the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden given its abv
M: Full-bodied, a bit viscous but smooth as can be; light carbonation
O: Well made and enjoyable to drink, though a bit pricey given what else I can get for far less. Worth a try though for sure

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Photo of GuzzLah
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark brown, almost black with a short tan head that disappeared quickly.

S - Very nice aroma of chocolate, caramel, licorice, toasted almond from the barrel, bourbon and brandy. The aroma evolved nicely as I sipped it.

T - The flavor is like the aroma. It's quite boozy, but very smooth at 12.5%. Hops don't play much of a role here. This is a big malty beer.

M - Oily and full bodied with low carbonation. I like bubbles, but didn't really miss them here.

O - A very pleasant, malty boozy, barrel aged sipping beer with a premium price tag of $16 / 12oz. and it's *almost* worth the price of admission. Much better than Angel's Share and similarly priced. If I drank two of these, I'd increase my rating.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at fresh craft in denver 3/1/13

A: murky dark brown with sticky lacing. Long lasting tan head. Looks like used engine oil

S: a mix of barrel aged spirits. Super boozy. Bourbon, brandy, rum, scotch, you name it, they're all here. Some roast and chocolate come out as it warms

T: more booze up front. I'm tempted to add an ice cube it's so much like scotch. It's oily and thicker, but really boozy. Lots of caramel sweetness comes out too. It also has a ton of honey and figs. That flavor seems to always come out in aged, slightly oxidized strong ales. The booze is slightly overpowering for me.

M: thick, oily, coating. Lots of residual sugar here.

O: I love both beers individually, but this is a bourbon bomb. A little less alcohol and barrel character would bring this one in my own personal tolerance. Glad to try it, but once is prob. Good.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.27/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Vintage 2011B" on the neck

Opens with a weak cork pop. Pours with no head and an oily sheen. Lots of roast in the aroma and light bourbon. Brandy takes over in the taste with grape notes combined with chocolate. Very boozy and moderately harsh alcohol. Balanced body with minimal carbonation. It's nice to have finally ticked this, but there's no way I'd pay $18 for it again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beer Authority.

A - Served a very dark brown with a few dark tan bubbles clinging to the edges. A few streaks of lacing form.

S - Bourbon, oak, chocolate.

T - Strong bourbon and sweet dark chocolate. Some nice barrel characteristics. A little toasted-burnt-bitterness in the finish.

D - Heavy body with medium carbonation.

O - Nice bourbon barrel stout. Drinks very easy for 12.5%

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Poured from a 12.7 oz cork n caged bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours near black with a half finger mocha head. Small bubbles of lacing cling to the glass.

S- big port aromas, oak, some barrel notes, dark fruits, light chocolate and roast

T- bitter bakers chocolate, oak, dark fruits, tawny notes, barrel but not really brandy or bourbon just liquor notes, more port or vinous notes at the finish.

M- full body and low carbonation. Fairly mild, light feel with some abv that is noticeable and dry finish.

O- very interesting beer. Brandy angel's share and serpents stout blend lends more oak and port notes than brandy or stout.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep rich opaque black with a clear mahogany color around the edges. absolutely no head forms. Just a paper thin film of tan bubbles that goes around the rim of the glass.

S - The nose is dominated by the bourbon and imperial stout. The notes of cocoa nibs, freshly ground espresso, and warm gooey caramel being the most potent. The boozy caramel notes intertwine with the underlying fruity character of the brandy and barelywine. The sweet, juicy notes of raisins, dates, and berries come through more as it warms along with earthy hints of bourbon soaked oak.

T - smooth syrupy chocolate, Sweet caramel, and charred grains fight for attention on the front of the palate. More intense chocolate notes come out in the middle along with hints of dark and red fruit, along with hints of booze, caramel, and earthy oak. Finish is strong on caramel and chocolate.

M - full bodied with a milk shake sort of creaminess. carbonation is medium.

O - Excellent beer. Well balanced with just enough carbonation (yeah i referenced that). For an over 12% barrel aged beer it is exceptionally smooth and there is no fussel to speak of, just a pleasant hint of booze. It is expensive but i am glad I bought more of this. On a side note i do enjoy the bottle format for a beer of this style, I'd like to see more big beers in smaller bottles.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Chucks:

A: Pours extremely dark brown with a small tan head that reduces very quickly forming a small ring on top. No lacing.

S: A bit of booze right away, leads to some vanilla and brandy aromas mixed with brown sugar and molasses. Faint roasted malt.

T: Rather similar to the aroma. A bit more chocolate with some vanilla, oak, and brandy.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Slight warming as it goes down.

O: Quite nice, better than expected with the track record I have had with the darker LA beers.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just picked up a single at the spot - Bradley's, in Tustin, CA.

$15 for a 12 ounce. Ok, here we go...

Smelled like a cold hard boozy forty - aite, at least it's gangsta. But the taste, woo ha! Smoother than my mama bisquick pancakes. Coffee, toffee, delectable...

Raul ain't a Strong Ale lover, but he digs it enough.


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Photo of Jonada
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011. 375ml bottle served in a snifter.

Appearance: Very dark opaque brown, nearly black in color in the glass. There was virtually no head when poured and what was there dissipated instantly to a thin tan collar.

Smell: Bourbon, caramel, dates, raisins, oak, hints of coffee and booze

Taste: Bourbon, toffee, slight coffee bitterness, vanilla, molasses, and oak. The flavors are all very nice, but there's a slight astringency that keeps this from scoring higher.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the low side, but by no means is it flat.

Overall: Very good barrel aged beer. If you're into stouts, strong ales or bourbon barrel aged beers, its definitely worth a try if you can find it at a reasonable price.

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Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ah, old school Lost Abbey... As to be expected this beer is essentially flat. Pours in an obviously viscous manner forming just the slightest hint of dark tan surface coating that quickly disappears and is gone for good. Color is nearly black. Beer is flat looking.

S: Aroma is pleasant. A mix of dark fruits, raisin, molasses, and toffee with oaky, vanilla, bourbon.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma, but brings about even more complexity. Raisin, molasses, and mildly sweet toffee dominate. Then the beer turns a bit malty, with notes of prune and fig, before turning boozy with the bourbon barrel coming through on the long, sweet finish.

M: Body is approaching the heavier side. Sweet, mildly viscous, and lacking all but a hint of carbonation. Slight boozy heat. Very mild bitterness.

O: A nice beer, very complex and a nice after meal sipper. Would have liked a little more carbonation - nothing too heavy - but something that would have allowed this beer to open up a bit more in the glass and on the palate.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.