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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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426 Reviews
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Reviews: 426
Hads: 1,869
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 384
Gots: 561 | FT: 54
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 thegoon55
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

vintage 2012 into a three floyds teku

A- dark brownish black, light tan head.

S- strong strong smells of sweet bourbon and a hint of brandy. followed by some chocolate and mild fruit. (the more it warms the better it smells, sitting at room temp. this smells fantastic

T- strong barrel in the initial taste, very in your face chest warming followed by some nice dark fruits. very tasty beer.

M- medium bodied, medium carb.

O- good beer, glad i got to have it

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

Split a 375 mL three ways. Poured into red wine glasses. Reviewed blind 9/7/10.

Ar: Alcohol, sweet spiced rum, alcohol is strong but pleasant, *delightfully strong, heavy caramel, heavy caramel, chocolate, mild toasty earthy wood, alcohol strength increases with warmth, *cocoa, *vanilla, after knowledge of beer the bourbon and the roast are mild

Ap: Very dark clear brown, not quite black, thin brown head hints, great retention

T: heavy and sweet, smooth, intense rich caramel and toffee, toasty/woody end, chocolate, rum-like alcohol spice, complex rich and full malt, dates, mild rum soaked raisins, earthy spiciness, dark heavy full sweet, prune, *subtle roasted taste, *cacao, *mild vanilla, hints of roast, wheat toast, very port like, *dark dry fruit

M: medium/full body, low carbonation, alcohol thins finish, pleasant aetherial alcohol

O: Alcohol becomes a bit too strong in the aroma with time, serving size appropriate, LA angel's share?, *mild bitterness in finish, After knowledge: the stout helps to dry out the beer, better than angel's share and serpent's stout

*=ideas from fellow tasters

In comparison makes Bourbon Angel's Share seem very one dimensional, Angel's Share is much sweeter

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Photo of phishsihq
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The exceptional Deliverance pours an opaque black, with a thin tan head that dissipates rather quickly, yet manages to leave a decent lace throughout. A dark bouquet of deep roasted nuts, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol intermingle with hints of bourbon and brandy, a truly interesting playground for the senses. The flavors of this beer are as numerous and complex. Many of the same aromas are found in tasting, as well as hints of fig, plums and dates. The alcohol is big at 12.5%, and a slight burn is noticeable in the finish. The strong and complex brew features a creamy, big body that is dominant over a low level of carbonation. WOW!

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Photo of bpasquini
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours pitch black and leaves a solid head that looks like slightly browner frothy espresso, looks magnificent with the head, but it quickly goes away and leaves no lacing except for a small ring around the glass, love the way this beer looks, granted most stouts are pitch black but there are certain one's that really catch your eye for some reason and this is one of those beers

S: Blown away in this category as well, every time you smell this beer you notice something a little different or you pick up a stronger hint of a smell, , the strongest smell I get is vanilla from the oak and quickly followed by a strong but not overwhelming brandy presence, great mixture from the two, I also get a slight hint of anise, a nice amount of chocolate, slight hint of tobacco, and slight hint of coffee, sometimes I get a slight hint of dark fruits as well which only adds to the already exceptional smell, sometimes I get a very very light caramel presence as well, absolutely fantastic!

T: At first I was going to rate this at a 4.25 because the flavor seems very mashed together, not a whole lot of complexity to it, but the more you drink it and let the beer warm, the more complex it gets. Right away you get that oak vanilla and brandy mixture which is phenomenal, vanilla is present throughout in this beer, but it is not overbearing or sweet, perfect balance for it, after the initial barrel presences it is followed with a slight amount of anise, great chocolate/coffee/tobacco mixture and a slight presence of those dark slightly tart fruits, outstanding flavor, the taste follows the nose, the more you search in this beer the more you find, transitions nicely as the beer warms and the more you drink it

M: this is the category I am a little upset with, the feel is great, but it doesn't quite go with this beer IMO, the feel is medium bodied and I think a beer with a flavor profile like this needs to have a thick mouthfeel, this is the kind of beer that you like to sit down and relax and sip on it for awhile, and that thick mouthfeel IMO would make it just that much better

O: Excellent beer, one of the best barrel blends I have ever had, I almost regretted buying this beer because of the price tag, but now I am wishing I picked up a couple more, and will be buying this any time I see it at a bottle shop, must try!

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Photo of abuliarose
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has been aging for more than 1 year, poured into Lost Abbey Tulip glass.

Appearance: Black, subtle tan head that fades immediately. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Chocolate is very prevalent and up front. Bourbon, brandy and woody notes come through as it warms. Also get lots of vanilla in this one.

Taste: Chocolate, bourbon and brandy are subtle, oak, malty in the middle, bitter finish, sweet, vanilla, a little coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation, silky, smooth, alcohol is well hidden particularly for such a big beer.

Overall: This beer definitely improved with age. It is very smooth and perfectly balanced.

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Photo of poorbuthappy
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Did a taste test with 2 different bottles - Vintages 2013 A and 2014 A. Poured into snifters. Here are my notes on each. My rating reflects the 2014 vintage.

2013 A:

A - 4.25 Deep dark brown, opaque. Poured with a tan film of foam that completely faded away.

S - 4.75 Vanilla, oak, bourbon, toffee and hints of dark fruits (raisins, dates). Also a hint of slight butteriness.

T - 4.5 Sweet oak, vanilla and toffee. Bourbon heat. Raisins and dried cherries. Hints of charred malts and dark chocolate.

M - 4.5 Incredibly smooth despite the notable heat from the alcohol. Very little carbonation. Silky and sticky, coats the mouth completely.

O - 4.5 Fantastic, though I like a little more carbonation. My friend considers this vintage one of the best beers he has ever tasted. The aroma is simply sublime. Taste is very complex, easily on par with a good red wine.

2014 A:

A - 4.5 Deep dark brown and opaque like the 2013. Poured a finger of tan head that eventually reduced to a thin ring of foam. Notably more lacing than the 2013.

S - 4.75 Much sharper than the 2013. Dark fruit and cherry up front with vanilla and brandy right behind. After a few sniffs oak becomes apparent. Bourbon in the background. Hints of chocolate.

T - 4.75 Dark fruit, oak, vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Hints of toffee. Much more alcohol heat than the 2013. Dark fruit, oak and toffee lingers on the palate long after swallowing.

M - 4.5 Smooth given the ABV, but not as smooth as the 2013. Noticeably more carbonation than the 2013 bottle. Silky, but not nearly as sticky as the 2013. Feels a bit lighter overall, but I prefer the higher carbonation level.

O - 4.75 Also amazing. I prefer this vintage between the two. The flavors synergise amazingly well and the beer is very drinkable despite the ABV. Easily worth the $17 price tag.

Summary - Both vintages are excellent, but they are definitely different. Regardless, well worth the asking price in either case. Great beer.

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Photo of 01001111
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Used motor oil with a tiny ring of lacing that accounts for the head.

S: Bourbon, molases, medium roast coffee.

T: A quick wash of tart dark fruits and then the barrel notes come in. There are some strange sour notes that come in and dance with the sweet caramels, wood, and booze. Not entirely unpleasant but unexpected. Not as complex and full as the nose let on.

M: Slightly thinner than the appearance suggested though still syrupy. It foams up on your tongue.

O: The smell is absolutely amazing. But the taste, while nice, falls a little shy of all that the aroma promised.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle into a Bruery Tulip

Pours pitch black with a healthy fan head. The head falls to a thin film leaving only slight lacing on the glass.

Nose is complex. Heavy on the spirits (boozy), but invitingly sweet at the same time. The barrel character overshadows anything else in the brew, but it smells fantastic.

The taste is a touch hot, but not overwhelmingly so. The balance of the two barrels is masterful - the bourbon and brandy play very well together. A residual wood flavor dries the palate slightly. Everything works together here.

The mouth is a little more thin than I'd like. This beer tastes like it should be motor oil thick, but it comes off as medium bodied.

Overall, a supremely enjoyable brew from Lost Abbey. I hope this is an indication of things to come from Lost Abbey's barrel program.

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Photo of BradC
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin head. Smells boozy, bourbon,vanilla. Taste is over the top boozy,brandy and bourbon. Don't taste much of the beer. Overall, good if you like bourbon and or brandy, I wish more of the beer came through.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at EBF; now reviewing from a bottle.

Pours deep brown with a hint of ruby. Thin, pillowy, roasted marshmallow colored head throughout.

The aroma is a blast of booze, and lots of oak. Smells like I have my head in a recently-emptied barrel. Great stuff.

The taste of the bottled version is true to what I remember from the keg at EBF. Strong bourbon notes, with a solid roasty, oaky base. Maybe a touch of tobacco as well. Slightly sweet for the most part, the brandy dries out the finish, giving this brew a second life at the back end. Superb.

Mouthfeel is solid and appropriate- not too slick, and the lingering flavors are subtly sweet and pleasant, especially considering the onslaught of flavor in every sip.

This brew is truly spectacular. I have yet to try the two brews that make up this masterpiece, but I will seek them out (and perhaps mix them together). This beer is an expensive yet special treat that is worth the price of admission.

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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 40ontarget
4.4/5  rDev +3%

A- Dark treacle color with thin tan head that recedes to a thin ring around the glass.

S- Boozy, raisins, sorghum, brown sugar, dark karo syrup.

T- Toasted grain, brown bread, black cherry, beef au jus, slightly herbal and bitter warm finish.

M- Not as thick as expected but still silky.

O- In a word powerful. Reminds me of Avery's Uncle Jacob, but not as heavy. Would like to drink this one again as the weather cools down.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Truly spectacular beer. Poured a deep black with a touch khaki head: exactly what you would expect from a heavy stout. Aroma is sweet and heavy: Brown sugar, molasses, cocoa, fig, vanilla, bourbon. Doesn't really have some of the roastier notes or coffee that some serious stouts do but I'm ok with it. Taste is full bore sweet and rich. Tons of vanilla and fig, chocolate and cherry. Very very sweet, a bit too much if I'm honest. Feel is rich and smooth. Light carbonation. Overall a treat, definitely a slow drinker.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a very dark brown almost block color, with a small brown head that soon dissipates to nothing. Doesn't stick to the side of the glassware when swirled.

Smell – Lots of bourbon and brandy, with maple, molasses, vanilla, caramel, and a touch of oak. A very nice smell.

Taste – Very similar to the smell. A great bourbon beer.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation, a thin syrupy texture, with a slight alcohol bite.

Drinkability – This is a great bourbon beer, which usually isn’t one of my favorite flavors. Either bourbon beers are growing on me, or I’m a sucker for the ones with a hint of sweetness, which is the case here. Or maybe the brandy was a nice touch.

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Photo of docoman
5/5  rDev +17.1%

This so far is my most favorite beer to date (even liked more than Bells Black Note and Founders KBS)... I've been told that just about any beer from Lost Abbey is amazing and this one definitely didn't disappoint. I was at the San Diego, CA Stone Liberty station bistro/beer garden and they had this by the bottle, maybe 2-3 left I was told and glad to have opportunity to try it.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pretty close to black in color and a thin brown head on top that sticks nicely when swirled.

S - Explosive aroma! Bourbon, oak and vanilla are all strong, but the sweet, chocolaty smell is there, too. Alcohol is abundant, but pleasant.

T - Much of the same as in the nose, though maybe some dark fruit, too. The alcohol gets in the way of some of the flavors. Honestly, the flavors aren't meshing as well as they come through in the aroma.

M/D - Medium bodied, as the alcohol seems to thin this beer out a bit. Not much carbonation. Overall, an interesting attempt at blending and fairly enjoyable, but definitely not worth the price tag.

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Photo of fear025
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma:Bourbon, vanilla, raisins, currants, hot alcohol, reminiscent of a cake batter.

Appearance:Dark mahogany in color, very little head, good lacing.

Taste:Lots of bourbon, dark malts, walnut.

Mouthfeel:Medium to thick body. Harsh alcohol burn, good carbonation.

Drinkability:It's a good sipper, but it's got some harsh notes that will probably do well with some age on it.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Look: Opaque black with a creamy mocha head. Quite an active beer for being barrel aged

Smell: Lots of chocolate and vanilla on the nos.! Getting chocolate, vanilla, lots of oak, dark cherries, brandy, prunes, and more dark chocolate. Lots of booze on the nose. Smells great.

Taste: Huge vanilla, dark chocolate, chocolate covered cherries, brandy soaked prunes, and dark pitted fruit on the tongue followed by big oak and brandy. The bourbon is there but is masked quite a bit by the brandy. Taste fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Big and thick. The beer covers the mouth and heats the throat going down. It's sweet but not too sweet as the earthy oak notes mellow it out real nice. Booze is definitely there keeping it a sipper but not too much and pleasantly so. The finish had lots of sweet red wine notes with more chocolate and the brandy shines through as it warms.

Overall: One tasty barrel aged brew. All the notes shine individually and really dig the chocolate covers dark fruit and brandy notes. But the oak and vanilla make this brew shine stand out and I really enjoy it! Some people have complained about carb issues on this but I've had none.

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

Obtained via the now defunct Sinner's Club at Lost Abbey. A nice arrangement. Sorry it is no more.

Appearance - A very mild head formed on the pour. Some tan residual ring but not much of a head. No matter for something of the pedigree. Poured a deep brown/black. Swirl this around and you get some nice retention. Appealing.

Smell - Big nose here. Some coconut, caramel and sweetness. A bit of the bourbon comes through here as well. Some oak as well, along with some anise and vanilla. A lot going on here.

Taste - Recommendation: Let this warm. This is not something you want to drink cold. Chilled is ok, but warm is sublime. So much going on here. Caramel comes through, some brandy warmth shows up quickly here. Some woody and vanilla as well. Not as sweet as I had expected. Crisp finish with a nice snap at the end. I'm guessing that is the a nice contribution from the Serpent Stout component.

Mouthfeel - Full and inviting. The carbonation leads the beer nicely around the mouth without being overbearing.

Overall - What a sipper. I would have liked a bit more of a sweetness in the middle, but otherwise a top-notch offering from a huge blend. Glad I have a few more. I'll be saving these to see how they last.

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

A: Pours deep brown in color with a mocha colored head that leaves small traces of lacing. Head retention is decent.

S: Dark Chocolate, Plums, Figs, Vanilla, Brown Sugar, Charred Oak, Whiskey, Molasses. Alcohol is quite present.

T: A lot going on in this one. Sweet dark chocolate and dark fruit up first complimented with roasty malts, vanilla and charred oak. A caramel like sweetness is also present. The bourbon shines through over the brandy but it's more in the back. This beer is quite boozy.

M: Full bodied, soft carbonation, slightly sticky and boozy.

O: A definite sipper. This would be a great desert beer. It's delicious and complex but it's pretty hot as far as alcohol goes. My only qualm is it's quite expensive at $15 for a 12.7 oz.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip, pours a brown head - mildly red in tinge - atop a dark black body. Not impenetrable though. Considering the ABV level, the head stays consistently thick throughout.

Aromas of brandy and biscuit, with just a little bit of bourbon. Deeper *whiffs* also yield mild figs and dates. Basically it’s like dipping cookie dough in a brandy barrel, and it’s freakin’ lovely.

Flavors of graham cracker, chocolate, bourbon, and brandy (in that order). Also some chocolate chip cookies and a bit of that biscuit from the bouquet. Despite a small degree of heat, this is smooth across the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly silky.

Overall, starts off like a Double Stout with strong hints of bourbon and brandy and ends like an Angel’s Share with a copious quantity of dark chocolate malts. In short, yum, yum, yum. I could easily knock back three per sitting.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.47/5  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.

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is fantastic! -
12.7 oz. bottle poured into my favorite tulip glass (Ephemere)
poured thick and viscous and put up a 1/2-finger of head -
the darkest mahogany brown - when held up to light you can see the color come through around the edges -
smells like all the good stuff ! -
taste is amazing at the moment - the dried fruits, the chocolate, the booze - caramel - vanilla/chocolate - wow!
fizzy on the front end with a slick hot mouthfeel -
nice lingering aftertaste -
leaves a little sediment in the bottom of the glass -
I want more!

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Photo of MrFootstones
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Head forms with vigorous pour, and quickly dissipates into a thin veil of foam. Dark brown, with light just making it through.

Aroma: BOOZE! Cinnamon toast, vanilla, oak, smoke, caramelized brown sugar, chocolate dipped toffee.

Taste: Burnt caramel, roastiness, booze, vanilla, smokiness, brown sugar, and milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, just enough to create a nice, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Delicious, but clearly a strong beer you can't drink a ton of. Had a third of a bottle, but could have had a half at least.

Overall this was a nice beer. The roastiness provided by the Serpent's Stout helped to balance the sweetness of the Angel's Share.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.