Deliverance - The Lost Abbey
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2.9/5 rDev -32.6%
Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquor, Somverville, MA
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.
03-20-2013 22:30:08 | More by Damian
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
Poured into a snifter. Opague black with a very nice creamy light brown ring around the glass.
Smell is all chocolate and bourbon. Not much else.
Taste is insanely malty. The hot booze immediately touches down and burns everything in it's way down. The smooth chocolate middle comes in to simmer the fire. A strong hop presence makes it's stand but is no match for the ongoing battle on the tastebuds (Sorry getting a little tipsy here) A strong oak presence is always dwelling the background along with a slight tweek of vanilla.
Mouth is full bodied,Very numbing on the palate bu does have some amazing lacing for such a high ABV.
Another score from Lost Abbey. Quickly moving up the ladder as one of my all time favorites.
02-06-2011 18:53:15 | More by TheFightfan1
4.43/5 rDev +3%
2010 Vintage. Pours a dark brown that is on the verge of black with a tiny brown head that disappears very quickly. Scent is packed with inviting bourbon aromas, lovely malt aromas, and delicious dark fruits. Dark chocolate and toffee as well. Taste is absolutely amazing. Initially I get dark chocolate and dark fruit flavors immediately followed by bourbon and vanilla oak. Nice alcohol burn as well. Mouthfeel is EXTREMELY creamy with very light carbonation. Somewhat of a syrupy finish. Drinkability is fairly high...It is delicious, but definitely a sipper. Overall, this is an awesome beer from Lost Abbey that I would gladly purchase again.
08-03-2011 05:55:31 | More by DovaliHops
4.64/5 rDev +7.9%
12.5% percent with barrel-age aromas and flavors.... almost black. no carbonation. a bit of alcohol in the taste, but what would you expect with 12.5% ? both brews that are being blended are very nice. not as rich as the 'Belgian' dark ales they produce, which is really nice. I guess blending is the big thing lately with all the breweries and this one doesn't disappoint. time for a return trip to the brewery. but this time sober to start out....
10-20-2013 00:28:32 | More by pkalix
4.48/5 rDev +4.2%
Nice to see this on-tap, just like Angel's Share, so much better paying $6 for a snifter than $18 for a possibly flat 375ml...
Pours just about black, some red highlights. Tan head starts at about a finger and retains decently for a while, eventually becoming a thin ring, pretty good for the ABV though.
Awesome, decadent smell...rich chocolate cake smothered in raspberry sauce and bourbon, a bit boozy but not a bother, great strength as well.
Taste is of similar greatness -- lots of delicious, fudgy chocolate brownie, caramel malts, dark fruits (jammy in a way), bourbon, oak, some vanilla. Much boozier than the scent unfortunately which drags it down a bit. Somehow well-balanced, but huge.
Mouthfeel is certainly hot, but the balance, smoothness and carbonation are well-done.
Somehow this blend of stout, strong ale, bourbon barrel and brandy barrel turns into an excellent concoction, the flavors from each entity are there and huge. The booze makes this a slow sipper for sure, I'm sure it would benefit from some aging.
02-17-2012 14:41:41 | More by Chico1985
4.48/5 rDev +4.2%
375mL (purchased July 2011) into a tulip. Barely a pfft when uncorked. Pours a murky brown with garnet edges. Just a thin film of bubbles quickly dissipates, tan collar rings the glass. A quick swirl brings back a few bubbles.
Aroma is deep and rich. Rum-soaked prunes and dates, vanilla, pipe tobacco, sugary raisins, chocolate, toffee, smoke... goes on and on.
Taste is just as multifaceted as the nose. Brandy and bourbon, smoke, vanilla, oak, chocolate, dark fruits, warming booze. Complex as a fine wine.
Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with a nice smoky finish. Just enough carbonation to keep it from being sticky or syrupy, but only just.
Overall an outstanding marriage of barrels and beer. Probably my favorite Lost Abbey beer ever.
12-13-2012 06:51:42 | More by draheim
4.39/5 rDev +2.1%
Deliverance pours a almost blackish color with a small head. There is a brandy like, barrel like, spicy malty aroma. The taste has nice strong wood and smokey notes, malty, with hints of a dark wine like flavors. Very nice complete body. Overall an awesome beer.
07-16-2013 03:09:24 | More by vette2006c5r
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
12.7oz bottle into a snifter.
A: Pours a very dark brown-black with a reddish tinge. Big fizzy chocolate head.
S: Nice barrel-forward aroma. Vanilla, bourbon, big caramel, raisin, chocolate. Sweet alcohol heat and a bit of sugary grape (the brandy?).
T: Burnt caramel, dark roast and a bit of tannic bitterness. Vanilla, big booze, heavy bourbon and oak. Dark fruits come out as it warms.
M: Medium-bodied, slight fizzy carbonation, bit of an alcoholic bite.
O: I can definitely taste both the Angel's Share and Serpent's Stout, so the blend is pretty competent. The barrel character is quite good but the heavy wood has thinned the beer out a bit. Overall a very good blend, but not the tastiest BA strong ale out there.
07-20-2012 02:01:26 | More by Etan
4.3/5 rDev 0%
A: pretty much opaque dark brown hue. head is pretty much brown and leaves a healthy rim. lacing is minimal.
S: raisins. bourbon. oak. vanilla. a little bit of heat. tobacco. brandy too. two beers packed with flavor blended equals even more complexity in the nose.
T: super dark fruit. vinous and slightly tart. tons of chewy flavors. roasted, on the verge of smokey, grain. chocolate. bourbon. the alcohol is definitely there, but not burning. finish lingers some sweet liquor blend of brandy and bourbon.
M: the mouth is super thick and cloying. full bodied for sure.
D: overall, quite the sipper. big range of aroma and flavor. not sure if i can totally justify the price tag on this sucker ($15 for a 12.7 oz. bottle) but i was very excited to see lost abbey bottles in NJ.
02-12-2012 12:17:55 | More by Jimmys
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,551 ratings.