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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,293 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1293
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%


Brewed by:
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.

(Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010)
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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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codewarrior

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork and Caged 375mL Poured into a Tulip.

This was my contribution to my friend T's tasting. Thankfully it stood up to some of the massive brews he pulled out.

L: Pours a thick black with a wispy touch at cream-foam head. For how thick it is, I expected yet thicker.

S: Massively malt forward with the Angel's Share right up front, overtaken by a mealy stout middle, overtaken by bourbon wonderfulness. The 3 flavors fade wonderfully together, into a malty, boozy, mealy finish. Great balance for how much is going on here. Never turns into the mess i expected.

T: Blend is more horizontal in the mouth than the nose, the 3-components rise up as one into a wonderfully over-powering middle. After that the malt drops out in favor of a bourbon-y stout wonderfulness. Perfection, for all it's overwhelming magnificence.

F: Thick, but not thick enough. Effervescent carbonation is perfect and makes the beer seem almost light. Still, I'm looking for some pretty massive (read: Cafe Royale) type viscosity here.

D: More please. Surprisingly drinkable for a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 09:42:59 | More by codewarrior
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark with a light mocha colored head. No real lacing

S- Smells boozy and bourbony. notes of chocolate and coffee come through. I also pick up some caramel and dark fruit.

T- Nice and smooth, tastes primarily like chocolate. The bourbon and coffee notes come in through the aftertaste. Creamy with some date type flavor. Some smokiness/oakiness too.

M- Very nice and smooth intially, but warms up. The aftertaste is strong and boozy.

D- Pretty drinkable, but needs some more time to mellow out. It's getting there, and has the makings of a great beer in the future.

-Gfunk

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 00:43:20 | More by Gfunk720
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think I got lucky and hit Julio's as a couple of these hit the shelf. The combination sounds fantastic to me.

Pours with a light brown two finger head that fairly quickly drops to an 1/8th in cap of foam. Can't see any light through this beer, which is a bit surprising. I am in low light so I can't really discern between brown and black here, but I am guessing more brown.

Aroma is of brown sugar and vanilla. A light sweetness and almost a light sense of chocolate in the background. More bourbon coming through.

Very nice beer. More molasses flavor vs. what I perceived as brown sugar in the aroma. A moment of mustiness, but this gives way to a nice sweet vanilla flavor. You definitely detect a higher abv here, but the sweetness and vanilla flavor plays nicely with these notes. I think I am getting bourbon up front and the brandy notes in the rear. The sweetness is consistent through and through. Wish there was a touch more dark roasted note from the stout side of the blend. But still really like this.

Lighter body than the flavor lets on. A touch of alcohol in the nose as you keep this in your mouth. Just a tingle of carbonation in your tongue.

I really like this and it's just outside of being a classic.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 22:37:02 | More by Reagan1984
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Lost Abbey tulip. Thanks to domtonzero and irishgurl4 for both sending me one of these.

A - Black body with a small tan had resting on top.

S - This smells a bit hot. Big alcohol notes provided by the bourbon and brandy barrel aging. Smells pretty sweet. Really you can't ask for a much better barrel aged aroma from a beer like this.

T - Real sweet. The brandy and bourbon notes are definitely present though I'm not picking up any imperial stout notes. Honestly while the barrel aging is at the for front of this beer I don't get that sickening alcohol taste that makes me want to reach for another drink.

M - pretty heavy body, a moderate amount of carbonation and slightly syrupy

D - Honestly pretty drinkable considering he ABV and what went into this beer. At this point I think the barrels provide nice flavors without giving a sickening alcohol taste. I'm a big fan of this and can't wait to see how this develops over time. While this one is a bit pricey I think it is worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 02:33:44 | More by jpmclaug
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 from Brewforia a month or two back ... I am finally home after pulling a double, and want one beer.... let's make it a doozie and one I haven't reviewed before. I know that I've had this a couple times with Inflatablechair, buckeyeboy, and SAS, but this is the first time, I've sat down and taken some quality time.

a dark tan head drops very quickly... okay lacing.. the brew is black.

Nose is thick.. boozy tootsie rolls.. alot of EtOH... complex caramel and cocoa... bourbon and toffee... brandy seems very heavy for my liking... I am digging it for sure, but am worried the alcohol is gonna dissolve the crystal.

Flavor is a huge alcohol bomb.. granted a very complex alcohol bomb, but it is distracting for me... palate coating bourbon spiked chocolate comes out first... good vanilla and instead of cocoa, it almost seems hershey syrup/brownie has a showing.. a bit of woody tannin mid palate quickly gives way to a caramel and brandy bonbon... some charred oak with warmth.. a huge mash-up of flavors on every sip is disconnected and charming at the same time. Really like it, though it can be better... I really hope some time in the bottle will help incorporate the heavy booze notes.

4/4.5/4/4/4.5

Edit: Being in Idaho, I feel lucky to have a few bottles of this in the cellar, but I guarantee, I will not touch one until 2012.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 10:15:02 | More by JohnGalt1
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours an opaque, deep mahogany/borderline black tone with a short tan head that soon lapses into a collar around the glass; decent lacing.

outstanding, aromatic nose is replete with bourbon, chocolate and roasted malts; caramel or perhaps toffee; also picking up on a subtle note of vanilla. smells deliciously complex.

i get the brandy a little more in the flavor, with the bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malts all pulling through in fine form... bit of a molasses presence... very interesting brew; unique and tasty... not quite as delicious as the nose led me to believe, but close. very close. big boozy kick to the finish, unsurpising given the 12.5% ABV on this bad boy. yum.

full-bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation. the quintessential sipper - one is most certainly enough per sitting (even if it wasn't so costly).

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 02:33:03 | More by perrymarcus
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sugit

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, frist review after being on here for 2 years. Let's all admit, we were all a bit scared too..lol

A: Very little mocha colored head. Bubbles? On crab..Flat Abbbey is carbonated!! Very little at least. Motor oil color, maybe just hint of brown.

S: Very stong aroma. BRANDY! (Yum!), booze and bit of dark fruit,

T: A lot going on here. Big sweet brandy taste up front, which I peronally love. Chocolate, little bourbon and bit of coffee and vanilla. Hot, but enjoyable. Get much hotter as it warms up.

M: A bit tinner than I was expecting. A bit carbonated on the tongue to make it interesting. Taste def lingers for a while.

D: At 12.5%, I feel I could put a couple of these down in a sitting. As it warms up and the heat takes over the other flavors, it becomes a bit too much. I think this could age very nicely. Check back in a year....

This beer reminds me of lot AS Brandy, with a bit of carbination. Not a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 01:19:29 | More by sugit
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 00:07:09 | More by SpeedwayJim
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far333

Connecticut

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

Served in a crystal snifter at cellar temp. Deep ruddy brown colored with a low head of sizzly foam that settles out quickly.

Inviting aroma of cocoa and cherries, port wine and boozey brandy. Sharp flavor of tangy cherry, bitter cocoa, espresso, notes of drambuie, vanilla and oakey wood. Very malty and rich, lots of caramel and toffee with assertive bitterness and an understated floral hop that rides beneath. The brandy seems to tame the bourbon that can sometimes seem cloying. Alcohol lends a fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, but finishes tingly, some alcohol warming, lingers powdery and slightly tannic. The considerable strength makes its presence known but does not overpower. Fairly drinkable for such a monster. Thanks to Barleywinefiend for sending this one coast to coast.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 04:40:15 | More by far333
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle into two FoBAB taster glasses. Thanks to HollyAnn for the assist!

A: Well, another LA beer where the cork practically falls out of the bottle. C'mon guys, for crying out loud. A vigorous pour netted just a tiny hint of khaki-colored collar. Retention was poor and no lace was left behind. Rather lifeless sitting in the glass. Shows legs when swirled.

S: Extremely rich and fragrant. Tons of fudge brownie, boozy spirit barrel, cherry, dark fruit, and solvent alcohol.

T: Just as above. Alcohol becomes quite hot and prickly the warmer it gets. Finishes with a sweet brandy soaked cherry flavor.

M: Huge, sweet, and sticky with a hot and prickly booziness that comes on way strong by the end of the glass. Not too intrusive, but feels a little "tacked on" if you get my meaning.

D: Seems like there wasn't much of an attempt to hide the obvious alcohol content. Drinks pretty good, yet it was all we could do to share/finish this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 03:42:10 | More by GbVDave
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

375 ml corked and caged bottle into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass.

Pours a pitch black, topped with a finger of foamy burnt mocha head. This retains with a foamy and robust ringing around the edges, leaving spotty froth and brown oils down the sides of the glass. The aroma is pretty deep and rich smelling, with a sticky and sweet base of baker's chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and brown sugar. Going deeper reveals some dark roast and fruit, as well a layer of burnt char. I'm definitely getting a good bit of the Serpent's Stout in the nose but the bourbon has it own place as well, as does the brandy which brings some fruity notes but seems a little more buried here than the other flavors do. Thick warmth is present, adding some sharp fusel alcohol notes in the nostrils but it doesn't seem to interfere too much with the other flavors. Just really solid depth here that is really easy to pick up on. This was pretty awesome overall.

Wow, this is a hot beer. Alcohol flavor from the bourbon and brandy, as well as the stinging warmth of the ABV just run all over the back portion of this. Fortunately, you do get some good flavors up front, with note of chocolate fudge, toffee, burnt molasses, and roasted coffee. I think that I'm even getting a little bit of green apple from the brandy. The barrel itself leaves back some light creamy vanilla and woody dryness. Despite the heat in the back, I'm still picking up lingering notes of cocoa, roast, and brown sugar, so at least you get left with some sort of satisfaction at the end of this. The mouthfeel sits with a thick full heft on the palate and while the carbonation does have some creaminess to it at first, it quickly gives way to a ton of chewy and flatter feeling alcohol beef underneath.

I REALLY want to like this more and it's especially tough when there was a LOT of things, flavor wise and especially in the nose, which I really appreciated about it. Unfortunately, that over the top alcohol presence of this bottle just killed things dead at certain points of me trying to enjoy it. I mean, I like to think that I can take some heat in a beer but I honestly had trouble finishing this whole bottle. I don't know. Other reviews didn't seem to mention the alcohol strength here having such an impact on the flavors. I've got another bottle. I'll lay it down for a while and revisit this later.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 20:18:09 | More by Kegatron
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When it comes to Lost Abbey I wait until enough of the BA community comes to the conclusion that their newest release is worth the money. Although this is a great beer, for the price I paid this 375ml bottle should of been filled with platinum. A great overpriced beer.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a nice light brown head. It looks pretty oily, but not motor oil thick. The head doesn't last long but it has a nice alcoholic leg.

The smell is amazing, great notes of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and lots of sweet booze flavor. The whisky that I pulled from it most was a sweet bourbon that reminded me a lot of Bourbon Angels Share.

Lots of great whisky flavor in this one. The imperial stout was by far the strongest flavor in this one contributing lots of chocolate and toffee. The barrel provided the whisky (obviously) and the light vanilla on the end of the palate.

A great beer that is going to turn into something phenomenal in upcoming months. When they hit it, they hit it out of the park.

J

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 02:16:42 | More by Jmoore50
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gford217

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours an extremely dark chocolate brown that looks pretty much black in the glass with a thick film of mocha head along the top that recedes to a solid collar and leaves no lacing, just some sticky legs.

Aroma is huge with bourbon and vanilla to start with an underlying sweet chocolate and dark fruit backbone. There is also some leather, tobacco, spent coffee grounds and brandy in the nose and an alcohol burn to finish things off.

Taste also starts with the bourbon but that's just an opener for the big sweet chocolate and caramel malt backbone with vanilla, raisins and plums. Maybe some coffee but the finish is really about the brandy and alcohol burn with a hint of dry oak.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with soft carbonation and on the fuller side of things in the body. Very dessert-like feel.

This is an outstanding beer and if they would consistently nail this types of beers, I'd still be in the Sinner's Club. If they keep it up, maybe I'll jump back in...

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 04:59:20 | More by gford217
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kels

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, pwoods!

Pours a rich, dark brown with ruby highlights. Mostly opaque, but there's some transparency when held to the light. Short, tight head fizzles out quickly, leaving behind just spots of skim and lace.

Nose seems a bit off to me. The bourbon is definitely there, as is the oak, but there's a pesky, undeniable vinegary tartness that made me ask "is this a sour?" It effectively diminishes my ability to distinguish much else about the aroma.

Although the vinegary aroma from the nose is there in the taste (especially as it warms - possible infection?), it is much more balanced by the other flavors. The malts are richly caramelized with a good bit of sweetness and the hints of vanilla from the barrel come through nicely. The bourbon is warming in both taste and feel, and the alcohol, while present, isn't overpowering or sharply hot. The aftertaste gives hints of some spiciness that I can best describe as reminiscent of anise. Feel is moderately viscous, almost oily, with a nice effervescent finish. Alcohol vapors hit the palate before the beer, and they are the last thing on the palate long after the drink, save a bit of tongue-coating stickiness.

Pretty drinkable in taste and feel, but I know it's stronger than it seems thanks to the warmth in my cheeks and chest.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 05:51:04 | More by kels
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JLeege

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A blend of two barrel aged beers, its a Celebration!

Appearance- Into a snifter, pours jet black with a small tan head. A slight swirl revives a tan film on the surface.

Smell- Sweet dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, a touch of smoke, bitter coffee, this has a bit of everything.

Taste- Complex would be an understatement. Sweet caramel and chocolate up front. Vanilla, fruity, and bourbon notes in the middle. Followed by a slight bitter coffee touch. The brandy barrel portion shows on the finish, also a lingering cocoa flavor throughout. There is an alcohol warming, but not a burn.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation and very full bodied. Chewy and finishes on the dry side.

Overall- This is fantastic. It is expensive yes, but I do not regret the purchase at all, I got 3 more in the cellar. It is also properly carbonated and not "hot", fresh. Looking forward to revisiting this again in a few months, if I can keep my hands off them!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 05:38:14 | More by JLeege
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pwoods

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Geoi for the bottle.

375ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a chalice/tulip.

A: Pours pretty much jet black. Medium head on the pour without much retention because of the barrel aging. Some lacing but not much. Some slick legs.

S: An interesting mix of Belgian stout and BW/strong ale. The stout comes through a bit more but by just a nose. The bourbon and brandy mixing is also interesting, with the brandy just slightly stronger. Maybe a bit of bug infection from the extended barrel contact? Some tart fruitiness comes through, though that might be from the stout?

T/M: Plenty of bourbon and brandy with dank barrel. The stout definitely comes out more than the AS, which is good but somewhat unfortunate. The tart fruitiness comes through even more and I'm pretty sure that it's from some barrel infecting. Unintentional as far as I know but it's not off putting... but unexpected. Body is full with mild carbonation. A touch more carbo would help things a bit.

D: ABV and very thick. Definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 05:18:19 | More by pwoods
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

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

Poured from a bottle into a Darkness tulip. The beer pours a deep-dark-brown-almost-black, this one is as close to black as can be without quite being there, it let's the slightest light through. There is a one finger light khaki head that quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving little lacing (just a few oily spots).

The smell is brown sugar, dark fruits and bourbon. The brandy definitely takes a back seat as it blends with the sweet brown sugar, vanilla, caramel and strong alcohol sweetness. The smell is sweet and boozy and very nice. This beer has a strong nose, and there's a lot going on, but the beer never steps on itself. Each element of the nose seems to take turns dominating, and it smells very good.

The taste isn't quite as good as the smell, but this is still a good beer. The sweet caramel, vanilla and brown sugar are met by some dark chocolate, cocoa powder and smooth oaky bourbon that balance the beer out. The finish is a slight alcohol burn and charred oak, pleasant.

The beer is lightly carbonated, fitting for the strong flavors and thick mouthfeel of the beer. This one is definitely a sipper, as the alcohol is evident early and often, but it's expected and welcome. Glad I got to try this one, certainly wouldn't turn down another bottle if it came my way.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 00:46:51 | More by rpstevens
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the1DarkLord

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 21:49:53 | More by the1DarkLord
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Lldeegan

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the corked and caged bottle a dark brown with a thick dark mocha colored head with tight lacing.

Aromas of cocoa, vanilla, molasses, fruity fig and plum notes, fusel alcohol (from the barrel aging), port, brown sugar, some licorice and a dark malty molasses and coffee beans.

It is velvety smooth at first tasting of dry cocoa powder then vanilla, caramel, with notes of wood and Port then some fruit on the center. Orange and fig then into the big boozy finish.

Deliverance is smooth yet sticky with a high carbonation for an ale this strong.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 08:34:34 | More by Lldeegan
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mjn5036

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cork was removed and the faintest pop emerged. Uh-oh. A vicious pour reveals a small head and stirs up a minimal amount of carbonation. At least there was some carbonation present. The beer pours a dark black with brown highlights when held up to the light. Not much lacing, but some can be found.

On the nose is where the Brandy Barrel Angel's Share really shines through. Brandy and bourbon, sweet apples, dark fruit, molasses, caramelized sugars and chocolate are the major smells I pick up on in this one. An enticingly sweet smell with a malty backdrop makes this one smell amazing.

The taste is not a letdown. A ton of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, candied sugar, molasses, fig, and the delicious toffee profile found in a good English barley wine. Alcohol is ever present but not in a degrading manner - the bourbon and brandy play together quite well

The light carbonation does not hurt this beer whatsoever. It seems to fit this sipper perfectly. This one is super thick and viscous on the palate with a warming alcoholic aftereffect. The 12.5% is not as evident in the taste as it is in my flushed cheeks as I finish this glass. For as heavy as a beer this is the drinkability is superb. I enjoyed this one until the very last drop was gone.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 03:51:55 | More by mjn5036
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 00:03:47 | More by Dreadnaught33
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

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

Deliverance pours essentially pitch black with a thin tan film on top. Swirling the beer leaves small patches of lacing on the glass. Looks pretty good for a high ABV strong ale.

The aroma is rich with brandy and bourbon. Fairly sweet with dark fruits, wood and vanilla. Some alcohol and dark chocolate. Smells decadent.

Smooth chocolate mixed with brandy and bourbon flows over the tongue, followed by oak, vanilla and dark malts. Rich fruits linger in the background. This is a great blend. The barrels and the beers mesh well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Light, but perfect carbonation for the style. Warming alcohol lingers beneath. Body is rich and thick, but not too thick.

Drinkability is great. At 12.5% ABV this is a sipper, but a delicious one. Alcohol is warming, but does not get in the way of the flavor. An excellent after dinner drink to enjoy by the fire on a cold night. I think I enjoy this more than the regular Brandy Angel's Share, but I've never had the Bourbon Serpent's Stout, so I can't comment on that. The only downside to this beer is the price. At $17-$18 in MA I probably won't be buying too many of these. But I would still recommend trying a bottle, because it is a well crafted brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 00:00:58 | More by sisuspeed
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass, revealing deep black body with half a finger of crema head. Some lacing. Smells rich and with all the character of boozy brandy/bourbon. Nice vanilla, a little oak and slight spiced notes.

Tastes about as boozy as it smells, but with a nice sweet almost meaty complexity from the roasted stout undertones. The barrels come through very clearly here, lots of vanilla and slight vinous qualities over the softer oak. Slight spiciness reminiscent of Belgian yeasts. Chewy malt finish. All together the flavors remind me of the Melange though they come through very differently. The body itself is medium thickness at best with an alcoholic fluidity but the chewiness bolsters it. More of a sipper than a gulper, but very enjoyable at that. Decently warming.

Overall I could really appreciate this as an après-ski or after a long day of work by the fire in the wintertime. Very yummy.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 23:55:56 | More by abuliarose
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br3wmeister

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this beer up at Coal Train in Colorado Springs November 2010:

A - Pours a jet black colored beer with a small dark brown head with moderate retention and okay lacing.

S - Caramel, buttery biscuits, dark ripe fruit, figs, chocolate roasted nuts, and peppery alcohol. Very nice aroma.

T - Sweet caramel, dark ripe fruits, Hints of butter, large brandy presence. also some chocolate, roasted nuts and bitter hops and some peppery alcohol. Very nice tasting beer.

M - Full bodied thick oily beer, lingers on the pallet with some bitter bite from the hops in the end. I bit bozzy.

Overall a very nice barrel aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 04:52:30 | More by br3wmeister
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,293 ratings.