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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: 383
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 Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to dsgolovin for this brew.

12.7 oz Bottle

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger fizzy dark tan head, with a big oil slick in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, sweet, with some cherries, bourbon, brandy, figs, raisins, plums. The taste is very nice, malty, with lots of dark fruits, and a nice touch of bourbon/brandy, slight chocolate note. Full/Medium body, ABV hidden very well. It's been awhile since I've had a LA brew, but this one is a very very tasty brew, highly recommended. Thanks David!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very excited to find this at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley. Brought back to Australia with me, and shared with @LaitueGonflable.

I shouldn't have been surprised at the colour, but I was, a deep dark brown, opaque, only turning slightly lighter at the edges. Head is fine, and crispy, a roasted brown tinged ochre. Lacing is minimal, but the body is heavy, which may explain it somewhat. Looks very nice.

Nose is a fabulous melange of different flavours. Big chocolate characters, and lots of sweet vanilla, giving a rich, smooth basis. Some roastiness, and a lightly sulphurous egg character, which oddly deepens the other notes. Certainly hints of astringent booze, but they blend so perfectly with the vanilla, giving up characters of coconut and white rum. Ooh, so much devilish deliciousness. It's an astonishingly good nose.

Taste matches, although there is a lightening from the blending, giving a more pleasant hop character. This provides a counterpoint (and perhaps an excuse) for the strong boozy note which is present here. It blends very nicely with the roasted characters, which combine to form a chocolate liqueur complexity. Feel is smooth and robust.

Ooh, it's a lovely beer. Roasty, complex, boozy, chocolate, sweet and rich. Really fantastically good, and such an inspired blend of two other good beers. But where other blendings seem to just provide the average of their component parts, this one has synergy which propels it to true excellence.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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.


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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark coffee body. Khaki head settles quickly into a thin halo with low lace.

S - Espresso, cola, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, hazel nut, molasses, leather, anise. Outrageous complexity and balance.

T - Dark 70% chocolate, medium roast coffee, cream, caramel, vanilla, hazel nuts, cola, Brazil nuts, chard barrels, dark bourbon, warm woody booze.

M - Creamy, medium body with bright carbonation.

O - A stellar blend.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yay! Carbonation haha. Poured a brownish amber with good carbonation and a beige head

S: Big and good. Lots of vanilla, wood, topacco, caramel, dark fruits, molasses

T: Wow. Follows the nose well. Does not feel like 12.5 ABV to me. Booze is sharp on the end but ohter than it is just mild heat. Vanilla, wood, tobacco, caramel, dark fruits, molasses, toffee, bourbon

M: Good, warm, balanced as a beer this big can be

D: very, very good! Not sure I would pay the freight on this again but it was worth trying once for sure.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours without a head so no lace. Pitch black color, no highlights. Very light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Molasses and bourbon nose, flavor is almost burnt, sweet molasses and alcohol. Some alcohol burn. Seriously expensive at $17.99 for a caged & corked 375ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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

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

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

"Vintage 2011B" on the neck

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

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

A 375 mL corked and caged beauty; shared with janlud.

A: The strong ale is black, still as night and under key. In the embers, a thin tan head appears but quickly whittles itself away. Carbonated, of course, it just doesn't show it.

S: The blending of bourbon and brandy rocks, bringing vanilla, oak, and intense red grape strength. I love the bourbon, its strength powerful, but the brandy helps take the ale to the next level, deep, vinous and complex.

T: Despite the relative stillness of the ale, it is well carbonated. The underlying strong ale gets within the intense complexity of the barrels. And oh, those barrels deliver the goods. Bourbon offers vanilla and coconut, the latter milder while the former zings. The brandy barrel adds a thicker, fuller body with deep grape and brown sugar flavors. Oak and chocolate follow. Sweet vanilla is a lasting flavor on my lips following each sip. Well blended with plenty of intensely powerful flavors. A beer like this is just good to sip on.

M: From vanilla to brandy and oak and everywhere in between, Deliverance doesn't fail to. Quite fantastic.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ML corked bottle poured into a snifter

pours an extremely dark brown color with no head. none whatsoever...0 carbonation. not unusual considering this is from the lost abbey. smell is bourbon, though no overwhelmingly so. the taste is where this hits the mark. somewhat sweet, with a dominating bourbon flavor. very thick. alcohol is very present but not overbearing. if you are a fan of whiskey then this beer will be a favorite of yours... if that's not your thing, then stay away as you'll hate this one. as for me, bourbon is my favorite...so i really like this beer.

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Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml received as an extra in a recent trade with PALMEJ1. Thanks again Jacob!

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thick lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet boozy aroma with a strong barrel character giving off hints of boozy bourbon, earthy oak, vanilla, marshmallow and toasted coconut. Underneath there is some roasted malt with hints of oatmeal, dark chocolate, burnt toast and coffee bean. I'm not picking up much brandy and it's a bit booze heavy in the nose but it still smells pretty good.

Chewy full body that is pretty boozy with a nice balance of roasted malt, boozy bourbon and earthy oak. The barrel character is very prominent with a lot of dry, toasted oak balancing out the boozy sweetness. As the aroma suggests, there is more bourbon than brandy but I'm at least picking up some brandy flavor. Faint vanilla and coconut smooth things out a bit but this beer is still plenty boozy. Underneath, there is a roasted malt backbone that compliments the dry, toasted notes of the barrel very nicely. Hints of dark chocolate, oatmeal, toast and deep roasted coffee/espresso bean linger into a long dry finish. Although this beer is slightly hot with plenty of warmth in the finish, the ABV is relatively well masked and the complex flavors make it very quaffable.

Overall, this beer was a very pleasant surprise. A lot of Lost Abbey's big beers and non-sours have been very disappointing lately with all of the QC issues but this was a very good beer. Plenty of carbonation and not syrupy at all. I found it to be complex and very tasty. Recommended!

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

12.5% abv. Blended ale aged in Burbon & Brandy barrels C&C.

A: Black motor oil pour is viscose from the bottle producing a spongy cinnamon colored head that was a finger high lasting only momentarily. No lace.

S: Burbon and brandy alcohol, sweet boozy dark fruit of plums and figs, rich chocolate with dark licorice. The alcohol is very well hidden, even at warmer temp.Burnt molasses and wooden barrel highlights.

T: The flavor is burbon laced dark fruit, sweetened dark coffee with vanilla. Silty charcoal, barrel woodiness with the alcohol coming to light a bit more, but still very manageable. Rich dark chocolate, anise, some acidity bite. Warmth of alcohol fade, the brandy produces some sweet candied fruitiness while the burbon some whisky mash notes.

M: sticky and chewy, low level of carbonation. Burbon soaked figs warm the mouthful.

O: Overall a sticky and sweet strong ale with a good barrel aged woodiness. The flavor says it all here, very polished, a smooth slow sipper with a warmth of complexity in every sip.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 8/5/12

A- Black, though at edges some brown shows. Tiny head immediately dissipates, but carbonation continues to flow.

S- Aroma of dark fruits; plums, raisins, and a solid dose of booze.

T- A lot of smokey/roasty malts in the taste that wasn't there in the nose. The wood and bourbon comes through in the middle, and it finishes with booze and dark fruits.

M- The mouthfeel is medium to thick.

O- This is a very tasty brew, but one of the biggest sippers out there as they don't hide the booze one bit!

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

Black color with just a bit of mocha foam on top. Looks like an Imperial Stout. Very complex aroma of caramel, dark malts and some dried fruits. A bit of alcohol on the nose too. Taste is absolutely fantastic. Rich caramel and roasty malts, not too sweet and the barrel aging adds some wonderful complexity. Mouthfeel is also great, smooth and creamy. Really great brew.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A really tightly corked bottle, there was a decent pop when I removed it.

It pours a near pitch black with a gorgeous 2 finger head of tan foam with lots of lacing.

The smell is of caramel malts, vanilla, and plenty of barrel notes. Plus some of the ample alcohol...

The taste has the smells here only amplified. Plenty of sweetness and vanilla and bourbon with a ton of hot alcohol. Some toffee and chocolate check in and they complete the tasty goodness. Man, I reckon this could use some cellaring to calm down that pesky heat from the 12.5%abv or I'd score it higher than I did.

I'd call it full bodied with the carbonation near medium territory. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability? I'm glad this isn't in the 750ml format. The 375 will do the job nicely. ;^) Sip sippin away...

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

On tap at Beer Authority.

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

S - Bourbon, oak, chocolate.

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

D - Heavy body with medium carbonation.

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

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

Dark brown beer on tap at the Goat. I dunno how the bourbon and brandy can both be black, but they blend to brown, but hey, carbonation, mild head, cool.
Nice aroma, boozy, but inviting and warm, with chocolate.

A little vanilla, oak, the booze from brandy and bourbon, dark fruit, an oily sipper. Just the right amount of sweetness here. Didn't come off as harsh, I liked this better than both of the other versions that went into this blend. Toffee and caramel somehow eeks through all those other flavors.

Wouldn't necessarily buy this beer in the bottle, but the price for it on tap made it enjoyable for sure. A nice 'special' occasion beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick pitch black color. Produced a thin layer of tan foam that dissipated to bubbles.

(S)- A rich brown sugar and dry oaky bready bourbon notes. Slightly sweet.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Very sweet and rich with alot of caramel and brown sugar in this. Definitely has taken on some bourbon and oaky qualities.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A decent balance. Very sweet and rich. Lots of bourbon-like aspects. A tad boozy.

(D)- A good strong ale. Sweet and rich, but definitely not worth the high price tag.

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

This was pricy but I'm a sucker for rip-offs. I found this for $17.99, small Lost Abbey bottle. Poured last night with a couple of other guys before a poker game, not a wise choice but then again we drank beer through the entire evening so the poker wasn't too serious.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color, completely opaque and with a very thin tan foam. It smells just the way I like barrel aged beers to smell, lots of brandy and bourbon, vanilla and toffee and all manner of sweet things. One of the best non-wild aromas I've had from Lost Abbey to date.

It tastes nearly perfect but maybe a little hot, then again it could be the bourbon/brandy flavors are to blame for the recognition of alcohol flavor. Beyond that there's some malty sweetness, not too much roastiness but more sweetness. The vanilla and chocolate notes come together like dessert.

Good carbonation, which is an unexpected treat in a Lost Abbey beer. Very well done all around. Now they just have to reduce their costs.

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Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black with a very small amount of mocha colored foam that eventually settles down to a thin cap of nothingness with some solid lacing.

Aromas begin with a large amount of oaky vanilla and a solid amount of both dark and semi-sweet bakers chocolate notes. The roasted, almost charred maltiness emerges as it warms along with the booziness from the multiple barrels involved in the aging process.

The tastes begin with sweet and bitter chocolate flavors along with more oak and vanilla. The spirit and subtle flavors of roasted malts provide a solid balance to the sweetness. There is plenty of caramel and brown sugar present throughout.

The mouthfeel is medium to full boided with a lower amount of carbonation. Finish is a bit boozy and aggressive from the roasted maltiness and the multiple barrel aging process

Overall I think this is a nice offering from Lost Abbey but it just isn't my cup of tea. The two beers I feel are better by themselves and really don't mesh in a harmonious fashion for me. While it is definitely not a bad beer, I just don't think I have the need to venture out and purchase it with the inflated price tag, but finding it on draft is more than reasonable and worth a go for sure.

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Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with decent amounts of dark chocolate aromas. Also present are solid amounts of butterscotch and lighter hints of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the booze comes out a bit more. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip large amounts of vanilla flavors work their way into things along with milder amounts of butterscotch flavors. Moderate amounts of boozy heat temper the barrel flavors and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this was one of the thinnest BA beers I've had in a while. The flavors were all there but just weren't substantial enough to stand up to the barrel influences. Still, it's worth a shot to see for yourself.

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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 GreesyFizeek
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Umberto at Curran's tasting.

Pours a deep, dark stout-like black, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass. The head descends into an oily film fairly quickly.

Smells like bourbon, brandy, chocolate, vanilla, and oak.

Rich bourbon-soaked brownie batter flavor up front, just decadent, a little bit of espresso flavor, some boozy brandy flavors, and some nice dark fruits flavor- cherries, plums, raisins, etc.

Thick bodied, almost motor oil like, very viscous. Creamy, smooth, thick mouthfeel, very low carbonation. Drinkable despite the body and ABV.

This one was a surprise, it's interested me for a while, but I never thought I'd be able to try it. Thanks Umberto!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, brouwers on lost abbey night

appearance: served in an unbranded snifter - very dark, bordering on ebony. light chocolate ring with ok lacing.

smell: big big aroma - bourbon, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak

taste: dueling barrels (bourbon, brandy) lead to a high potency. Very rich - dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, vanilla, oak, toffee and caramel, big roasty body. Potent and complex - the rarity tastes great.

mouthfeel: rich and full

overall: great

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

I received this as an extra from the generous pittsburghkid66. Thank you, Roland!

This is a very dark beer. Black, in fact, with a dense, brown head that falls off to a thin disk, leaving minimal lacing. On par for the style, IMO. The nose is rather wonderful. I didn't get to try this fresh, but this doesn't smell hot or brash like early reviewers mentioned. The brandy vinous character is noticeable, lending a fruity, grape-like sweetness to the nose, along with all the things that make Angel's Share one of the greatest beers ever - the malt character is mild nutty, mildly fruity, mildly toffee-like. The bourbon barrel isn't as prominent, with a mild fleshy coconut character and some vanilla present. A little bit of chocolate is noticeable as well. This is *excellent*

The palate opens with some heat with a blend of brandy and bourbon, fruity, vinous and with some coconut from the barrels. Along with that, there's a blend of complex malt flavors - a little bit of chocolate, some roasted malt bitterness (which does help temper the barrel sweetness). The malt from the Angel's Share is hidden behind the prominent barrel character, but is still noticeable. Moderately drying on the finish, this beer finishes long with vanilla and flavors of brandy barrel tartness (NOT sourness) that's more akin to a pomace tannins and a mild vinous character. Medium in body and *perfectly* carbonated, there's a soft, lush carbonation that helps the beer slide gracefully down my gullet. Recommended, despite the high price.

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