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Deliverance | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by drummstikk on 08-09-2010

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Photo of Phelps
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deliverance, a blend of bourbon-aged Serpents Stout (which I wish Lost Abbey would bottle!) and brandy-aged Angel's Share. Enjoyed from a 375ml bottle purchased at the release and poured into a tulip.

The cork comes off with a soft pop -- good sign. Out comes the liquid -- a viscous, inky molasses black, topped with foamy medium-tan head that reaches half a finger in height at its tallest before it quickly fizzles away to a puffy lingering ring. Big alcoholic legs grip the glass as I swirl and large trails of horizontal lace are left behind as I drink.

The nose is a nice mix of both bourbon and brandy -- very boozy. Vinous oak, dark cherries, dark chocolate and vanilla also make appearances.

Nice follow through from aroma to flavor. I get sweet Amarena cherries at the start, then pick up darker flavors of roasty malt as the beer opens up. There's also brandy, vanilla, oak, toffee, licorice and lots of ethanol. Sweet before a dryish finish. Such smooth flavor integration.

As the fairly high carbonation pickles the tongue, I find myself wishing the bubbles on this one were just a bit more tame -- a super ironic thing to ask of Lost Abbey, but there it is. The alcohol is rightfully high, numbing the tongue and subtly smoldering through the nostrils. The body is a creamy, buttery medium, making the whole experience boozy but smooth.

Deliverance is a complex brew; each integrated part can be picked out. Big, boozy but oh-so-smooth and drinkable.

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Reviewed about a year later, on September 16. Increased amounts of both of toffee and alcohol in the flavor. It’s still pretty damn hot and seems more solvent and barleywine-like. Chocolate lingers in the background. Not an improvement, and in fact is a bit worse than I remember it. The second glass showed more of its sweet goodness, but this is not the beer I remember.

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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured dark brown, close to black in color with a very thin tan head concentrated around the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of the barrel characteristics to it with bourbon, oak and vanilla sweetness all very present. I get a lot of cherry and chocolate out of it as well. Very appealing aroma to it overall.

The taste starts out with some vanilla, oak and chocolate, sweet flavors. I get a bit of a raisin, brown sugar, cherry, fruity, sweetness coming through as well. Towards the finish I get more roasty and bitter flavors along with a big bourbon flavor with some heat to it. Some bitter-sweet chocolate flavors linger with the bourbon for a while too.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side and carbonation is low, but not non-existent. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed it. Definitely showed a lot of bourbon to it, but the beer flavors came out nicely as well. A little hot still but would probably age nicely. Very nice bourbon forward beer overall.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very vigorous pour produces a one-finger thick, nicely browned, concentrated tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer pours with a dark chocolate brown color that sits in my glass with an opaque, concentrated brown, almost black color. The aroma smells of toasted coconut, vanillin, tart Bourbon, ample oak spiciness and warming, spicy, almost hot alcohol that even burns the nostrils a bit. Rich, molasses like flavors mix with malty carob notes and a huge toasted whole grain character up front (though subservient to the Barrel notes), while the finish has a roasted, slightly acrid, aroma of burnt grain and a touch of brown sugar coated espresso beans. A roasted nutty note starts tom come out with a bit of time. There is almost a vinous quality to the nose (it is wrapped up in the tart barrel character), and now that I have noticed it, it almost seems like a lactic (or something similar, definitely not acetic) acidity, though this is fairly soft. As the beer warms the spicy, hot alcohol becomes much more apparent in the nose.

Fairly thick and rich feeling, this is a beer with some definite viscosity to, this is backed by a slight, nicely supporting prickle of carbonation, that is on the light side for you average beer, but is just about perfect for this particular beer. The beer has lots of Barrel derived flavors in the middle through to the finish and the long finish after a sip has a drying, dark chocolate bitterness and smooth burnt malt bitterness to it that lingers on the mouth with just a bit of char. Up front there is an almost tart Bourbon, or perhaps Brandy character that melds into a toasted coconut and dense, creamy texture accentuating, vanillin flavor, and a big chocolate flavor in the middle. The finish really, really reminds me of the after taste from a Bourbon, this isn't necessarily a good thing though as the finish is a bit hot, somewhat tart / vinous and has the spicy oakiness to it; because of this finish the beer seems to end a bit thin despite the rich, chewy body that is noticeable as the beer is in the mouth. As the beer warms up it accentuates the harsher, hot alcohol flavors to the detriment of the rounder, more integrated lush characters that the beer had.

A nice beer, I like the complexity that it has, even if some of it can seem a bit dubious at times (the tartness can seem a bit out of place at times, even though I don't think this is in any way infected). It does seem to prove out my growing feeling that beers over a certain alcohol percentage should not be Barrel aged as they get too hot and boozy (which this one does). This would be quite the enjoyable beer in small doses; the first 2-4 ounces of this beer were much better than what the beer ended up being. Still this is not bad, and even has its enjoyable moments.

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Photo of ekardz
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter. Pours a deep brown, almost black. Head quickly recedes, leaves lacing, and looks very inviting, with moderate carbonation. Smells very boozy, bourbony, chocolate/mocha notes, toffee, coffee, vanilla. Tastes like a chocolatey coffee, again picking up the vanilla, some brandy, very boozy; strong alcohol taste, dark fruits, maybe some figs. Thin to medium bodied, watery almost, very dry finish. Delicious beer, but with the price tag - the overly booziness, and the thin mouthfeel, would have if it was offered to me, but probably will not buy again.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

375ml bottle into an Allagash glass.

A very dark brown body, nearly black, topped off by a two finger widths, dark tan, creamy looking head. The head holds well, and there's a bit of lacing going on too.

The aroma is nice, there's a big cherry/vanilla component, maybe some oaky/ashy quality there in the background too. Tobacco leaf. I'm missing a lot of the smell I'd expect from the Imperial Stout.

Tastes nice too, alcoholic cherries and vanilla hit first, followed by some milk chocolate and caramel. The oak is present, along with a sweet sugary quality of brown sugar and raisins. The end of the sip is pretty hot though, negatively impacting what is otherwise a great flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy, quite viscous indeed. The richness and smoothness give it a real dessert type feel, very nice to swirl around the mouth. I don't think it could be improved upon, the carbonation level is spot on as well. Perfect marks.

The heat makes this one drink rather poorly. I've had this problem with a lot of Lost Abbey beers before. The alcohol heat seems to be present from start to finish, and by the swallow it's not a warming sensation but an actual unpleasant flash of heat moving down my throat. Reminds me a lot of Santa's Little Helper, which also has this problem. With many more years on this, who knows, this could be sorted out, but this was the only negative aspect of an otherwise great beer.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted 12/21/2010. Reviewed from notes...
Poured from a 375 ml bottle dated 2010 into a Victory Golden Monkey tulip glass...

A - Poured a dark brown almost blackish color. Seems carbonated, so good start there! A nice dark head forms about .5 fingers thick and quickly recedes to a collar of the same color.

S - Very sweet. Vanilla, caramel, toffee, and bourbon. not getting much of the brandy, but a nice sherry-esque aroma is present. Some molasses and wood notes are there as well.

T - Very nice roasted malts, bourbon, leathery, vanilla and caramel. Dark, sticky fruits and molasses also come out nicely. The brandy presence really comes out here and adds nicely to the profile. Quite a nice melding of flavors.

M - Very nice carbonation level. Medium bodied beer with a nice smooth feel on the palate

D - Definitely a sipper and one worth sharing with a friend. A bit of alcohol heat here but I really like it mixed with everything else going on. Nicely done, but I'm wondering what some age might do to this one.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 375 mL corked and caged bottle poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. Served at room temperature and sipped over about an hour while enjoying the Bruins game.

Appearance: Really dark brown to black in color with a one finger caramel head and good retention. I was worried about that carbonation (after having Angel's Share before), but there lots to be plenty here.

Aroma: The bourbon definitely overpowers the brandy in my opinion. Vanilla, toffee, caramel, bourbon, and a touch of heat are all present. The bourbon is actually very well integrated and smooth.

Taste: The bourbon dominates again, but there is a touch of brandy in there too. Vanilla, caramel, toffee, and dark chocolate balance out nicely together. The added element of dark chocolate and espresso notes really balance this out from becoming too sweet. Some lingering heat in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and with some carbonation. Creamy, with a bit of a syrupy quality.

Drinkability: There is a lot of heat here, but it still works as a sipper here and I didnt have a hard time finishing the bottle (Unlike Angel's Share which became a chore by the end).

Overall, I really liked this beer and I'm glad I picked it up. The price tag is definitely steep, but I liked it enough that I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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

12oz bottle poured into small glasses at the Hulmeville Inn.

Deliverance had a slight pop with the cork out, the liquid was a dark brown bordering on black color. Some dark tan bubbles even came up about a few centimeters and stayed, Bravo! Small notches that eventually let go. Smell is a tamer version of the bourbon barrel AS IMO, I still get alot of bourbon notes, less brandy and some roast from the serpent's. Oak and molasses. Very smelly. Taste is nice and the carb really adds a punch to this as well, Im use to flat bottles that go nowhere. Bourbon blended with roast and a sweet Belgian yeast strain, some vanilla clashing with faint brandy and some oak to round it all out. A dark tasty beer that is big. Feel is above medium with some faint but needed carb, LA keep it up. While I could not drink a ton of this, I enjoyed the 6oz's or so.

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Photo of Lakes
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Black with excellent head
Aroma
Strong dark malts and bourbon aging. Heady alcohol. Molasses & oak.
Taste
Big roasted bourbon malty goodness. Wood and leather softened by caramel and hints of anise. Very complex and slightly boisterous. This may need a year to calm down but it's very good right now. I'd imagine a year from now it will be mind blowing.
Mouthfeel is full and warming up front but seems to wane a bit early.
Drinkability is excellent. I had it room temp and highly recommend it served that way.

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

375ml, thanks to Phelps in the Blind Beer BIF III. Poured into Newport Storm tulip glass. Reviewed blind, and compared to an 09 AS brandy.

A- Nice brown/black pour with a 1cm head that is pretty to look at. Darker than the AS 09 Brandy.

S- Sweet caramel and vanilla... def. bourbon. Doesn't have the same dark fruit notes that I got in the 2009 Angel's Share brandy.

T- Big barrel notes, bourbon for sure. Dark fruit, but much more emphasis on a nice malty roast, on the bourbon, and on the bourbon atributes (vanilla, caramel, oakiness). Rich, potent, powerful flavors. What barrels did they use? They are fantastic!

M- Perfect carbonation. Leaps and bounds above the AS 09 brandy. Great.

D- Fairly high- a joy to drink. Warming, boozy, and absolutely fantastic flavors. High marks here.

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Photo of strtndrbeerlover
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is honestly one of the best beers i have enjoyed this year...its like chocolate milk for adults..creamy rich heady sweet alcoholic deliciousness...port brewing does some amazing things with their the lost abbey collection and i cant get enough..keep em coming

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Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Pours one shade shy of black and completely opaque. Head is a quarter inch and mocha-colored and disperses almost immediately, forming a soapy skim across the surface and a thin band around the edges of the bowl. An arc of lacing is formed on the tilt side of the glass, with tiny raindrops of lacing cascading below. A big malty nose immediately reveals barrel aging reminiscent of Bourbon Angel's Share. A trace of booze follows, as well as brown sugar and perhaps licorice and a hint of vanilla. Taste consistent with nose; however, a pleasant buttery quality reveals itself as well as maple syrup - there's definitely some vanilla going on in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Some alcohol heat hits up front and gradually dissipates towards the finish. Carbonation is mild and balanced and evenly distributed from start to finish. This is a wonderful beer. I think I prefer Bourbon Angel's Share to Deliverance, but not by much. Quite a treat despite the $16.99 price tag. I think I'll definitely need to pick up another bottle to put a couple years on. I recommend picking this one up before it's gone.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one belong to Boatshoes and Prufrock. They each surprised me with a bottle of this. One I popped now, the other will be waiting for at least a year.

Poured into my new Jackie O's snifter, courtesy of Normyk.

A- Very little head, that, paired with low pressure behind the cork and all the flaming of LA for flat beers (I know that doesnt necessarily apply to this beer) gives me an initial fear of having a flat bottle. All's well, this is just a thick beer that gives any carbonation a hard time. A strong ring remains which is responsible for half-hearted lacing.

S- Bourbon barrels are very strong in the aroma. A nice level of vanilla-sweetened char builds the bulk of the nose. A big vinous element also plays into it. Im assuming this is the brandy showing up. It brings anise, berries and fortified wine. Alcohol is a pretty big part of the aroma.

T- Oooh. This is pretty damn good. Bourbon oak is even more dominant in the flavor. Lots of vanilla, bourbon soaked berries, anise. The blend of smooth, creamy bourbon and sweet, fruity vinous elements is very nice. The finish tastes quite wine-like with a big swath of alcohol warmth.

M- Carbonation is mega low. Especially after letting this sit a while to warm and a lot of swirling. Its full bodied and clings to the tongue. Its fairly warm but not oppressive. It really makes for a perfect evening sipper.

D- I really like this. I cant wait to see what it becomes after a while. I can only hope some alcohol calms down. That would help bump a few categories up a notch.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a near black with a thick, off white head that slowly fades into a chunky cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, oak, coffee, cocoa, bourbon, toasted nuts, brown sugar, and molasses.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a caramel, vanilla, and a hot brandy flavor that just seems a tad odd with a hint of astringency. Complex but a bit clustered.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, warming, creamy, and a tad thin in the finish.
Not bad but certainly not my favorite Lost Abbey beer.

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Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 12/3/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a dark brown that nears black in color. A tan head forms about a finger strong and recedes fairly fast leaving spotty lace around the glass and just a thin film of bubbles across the top.

This brew smells of vanilla sweetness, dark molasses, candied plums and raisins. A bold presence of alcohol and almost a grassy earthy component along with an overall oaky woodsiness fills the nose with a very pleasant scent.

The taste of this brew includes a bold amount of astringent alcohol that is fueled by an accent of bourbon and brandy. A flavor of dark malt lingers with a flavor reminiscent of chocolate and caramel with a faint lingering taste of vanilla. A fruity note exists almost like raisins with a bold sense of alcohol that rises up through the back of the throat and tingles the back of the nose.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite a decent sipper that comes across with a creamy smooth feel. This needs some time to mellow out a bit. All the enjoyable flavors and aromas are there to make this super enjoyable right now, but a little bit of mellowing out and melding will do wonders for this brew.

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

Got this beer as an AWESOME extra from johndoe8. Thanks Rich! This is my Christmas Day beer and man its tasty. Pretty black with deep mahagony highlights and a really thin tan ring. Even with a hard, hard pour not much head was apparent. Aroma is of vanilla, raisins, and assorted dried fruit. Brandy is more clear to me then bourbon, but I get both. It even smells a bit like booze. The flavor follows much from the nose. Lots of dried fruit flavors, vanilla, brandy and bourbon. Some less strong flavors of roasted malts and chocolate are clear but secondary. However they do add a nice complexity to the beer. Slick mouthfeel, low carb, expected and appropriate. Easy to drink, though clearly strong.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark murky brown with a small cocoa brown colored head.

Smell is rich and sweet with a hint of bourbon. The smell is off syrup and molasses, really nice.

Taste is very rich, tons of robust flavors come through. Sweet molasses and milk chocolate with some vanilla oakiness.

Mouthfeel is really thick and creamy with medium to low carbonation.

Good beer, tastes like a much sweeter version of Bourbon County Stout.

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Photo of caskstrength
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Neat art, corny story on the back. Corked and caged 375ml. Deliver me from a drainpour earlier tonight.... Into a 2009 Darkness snifter.

Pours dark, bubbly light brown cola type carbonation. fizzles away quickly, but enough carbonation with swirls of the glass.

Smells are predictable. Sweet wood, some bourbon, brown sugar. Milk chocolate there too. Smells like a barrel aged beer.

Tastes like a barrel aged beer. A straightforward one that's pretty good. I tried to buy into the blended hype, 2 beers complexifying everything, etc. but I wasn't feeling it. It's just a solid barrel aged strong ale/stout that tastes like Older viscosity, Angels share, etc.

I like the thinner mouthfeel. It's not syrupy or thick. Alcohol is in check, early reviews be damned. (it's been a few months now)

This beer isn't blazing any new trails. I liked older viscosity better, fwiw.

And the price...

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Photo of therobot
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, tasted Dec. 3

A. Dark with a rich cream colored head. There is a sliver of ruby at the edges otherwise completely black. Minimal lacing.

S. Highly appealing nose, starts a little boozy but quickly gives way to a bouquet of fruits and finishes with a strong sweet wood.

T. Lives up to the nose 100%. Initial reaction: [email protected] delicious. Starts a little boozy quickly replaced by dark fruit followed by oak-bourbon complexity and depth. Finishes with a little heat. The best parts of the beer linger for sometime for you to enjoy.

M. Thick. Low carbonation, the beer coats the tongue providing a pleasantly intense flavor experience. Spot on.

D. Only critique is that it is coming in a little hot. Seems with some age this will quite possibly be the perfect beer(IMO).

Overall this is awesome, can't speak highly enough of this .

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Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

oh Lost Abbery...deliver me from a shitty night with a plumber!

375ml bottle, served in a 12oz tulip/snifter hybrid...the cork put up a hell of a fight

A - pours with about a quarter inch of loose, creamy, dark khaki colored foam. the beer is mostly black/dark brown, with some barely detectable ruby notes when held up to light.

S - dark fruits are abundant here, loads of figs, raisins, and plums. toffee-like sweetness joined by some milk chocolate, before turning into some boozy bourbon, rum, and oak.

T - begins with some lightly bitter, charred roasty malts. sweetness kicks in right away, bringing toffee, molasses, chocolate, and raisins. vanilla creeps in, alongside some bourbon and wood. lingering coffee, fruits, and alcohol in the aftertaste.

M - medium bodied, with actually (way to go Tomme) a nice and pleasant level of carbonation. sticky, somewhat dry finish...bordering astringent from the sweetness and wood. alcohol burn attempts to clean it all up but is no match.

D - good? yes. great? eh, maybe. worth the price? depends where you get it. a local store has this exact bottle for $37. outrageous. that aside, it goes down fairly easy for its high ABV, and has enough solid flavors to keep it interesting.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle drank out of my Darkness glass, courtesy of my girlfriend who wan 80's trivia, and courtesy of Alex for putting it up as prize...Medium brown pour with a very slow rising head, makes you and think nothing is coming. A solid finger of medium tan head coms about but quickly fades to just a ring, no lacing...The aroma is really sweet, tons of vanilla and bourbon, reminds me of a lighter Angel Share Grand Cru. A hint of honey and oak adds depth on the finish. As it warms reminds me more of an aged BCS because the bourbon is a little hot...The taste nails the aroma, but in a lighter way. Vanilla is the main player here with accents of oak and bourbon. Really creamy and smooth, I'm liking this way more than I thought I would and much more than the regular Angel Shares. The finish has some nice bitter coffee notes, really surprising, especially with a hint of heat.

Overall, this is really good and I'm surprised. I think this needed some time because I ad this when it first came out and I wasn't as nearly as impressed.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to weeare138 for sharing this with tenderbranson69 & me -poured cellar temp into a goblet.

A deep ruddy brown shade, murky appearance w/ a basic tan cap. The smell is of toffee, burnt caramel and wood w/ a vanilla sweet aroma and subtle spice/coffee. The feel is pretty smooth for the strength with lots of caramel sweetness on the tongue, a bit high in alcohol presence which is expected semi-dry w/ light char in the finish.

The flavor is a dark chocolate and caramel concentrated blend of malt and sweet woody notes. The vanilla of the bourbon and fruit of the brandy seem to add depth w/ a big shot of alcohol in the flavor too which honestly I am not that fond of. The malt is tenacious though with molasses toffee nuttiness and dark brown sugar sweetness and for that I give it kudos, the juxtopostion of barrel blending seems slightly disjointed, perhaps it is too young for my taste, I am not sure. The drinkability is good -all in all it balances out -very high quality brew that I don't think I could enjoy too many of.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.39/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep black with dark ruby highlights and a vigorus pour barely yielded the smallest head and it quickly faded to a ring with a tiny bit of lacing. When I pulled the cork out there was no pop or anything and given Lost Abbey's reputation I wasn't that surprised.

S: The nose is very boozy, so much so it's pretty overpowering and distracting. I can pick out some dark chocolate, brandy soaked plumbs, and other dark fruits.

T: The taste is pretty good though which was a relief. Very complex with flavors of chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, and bourbon.

M: The feel is creamy and smooth but slightly thin...it does coat the mouth pretty well though. Carbonation is barely detectable in the feel.

D: Hard to be excited about this one given the carbonation issues and the odd aromas. It is tasty but until they fix their carbonation issues I won't be recommending their beers.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.