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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 RaulMondesi
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just picked up a single at the spot - Bradley's, in Tustin, CA.

$15 for a 12 ounce. Ok, here we go...

Smelled like a cold hard boozy forty - aite, at least it's gangsta. But the taste, woo ha! Smoother than my mama bisquick pancakes. Coffee, toffee, delectable...

Raul ain't a Strong Ale lover, but he digs it enough.


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Photo of Jonada
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011. 375ml bottle served in a snifter.

Appearance: Very dark opaque brown, nearly black in color in the glass. There was virtually no head when poured and what was there dissipated instantly to a thin tan collar.

Smell: Bourbon, caramel, dates, raisins, oak, hints of coffee and booze

Taste: Bourbon, toffee, slight coffee bitterness, vanilla, molasses, and oak. The flavors are all very nice, but there's a slight astringency that keeps this from scoring higher.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the low side, but by no means is it flat.

Overall: Very good barrel aged beer. If you're into stouts, strong ales or bourbon barrel aged beers, its definitely worth a try if you can find it at a reasonable price.

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Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ah, old school Lost Abbey... As to be expected this beer is essentially flat. Pours in an obviously viscous manner forming just the slightest hint of dark tan surface coating that quickly disappears and is gone for good. Color is nearly black. Beer is flat looking.

S: Aroma is pleasant. A mix of dark fruits, raisin, molasses, and toffee with oaky, vanilla, bourbon.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma, but brings about even more complexity. Raisin, molasses, and mildly sweet toffee dominate. Then the beer turns a bit malty, with notes of prune and fig, before turning boozy with the bourbon barrel coming through on the long, sweet finish.

M: Body is approaching the heavier side. Sweet, mildly viscous, and lacking all but a hint of carbonation. Slight boozy heat. Very mild bitterness.

O: A nice beer, very complex and a nice after meal sipper. Would have liked a little more carbonation - nothing too heavy - but something that would have allowed this beer to open up a bit more in the glass and on the palate.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Agentmunky for sharing this one with me. Poured from a small bottle, probably into a small snifter.

A: Black with a tiny brown head that thins to a ring.

S: Alcohol, bourbon, brandy, cognac, vanilla, caramel and oak in the nose.

T: Sweet and astringent. Vanilla hits you up front, with some caramel, mocha, grape, brandy and coffee, all quite well balanced.

M: From what I remember it was full bodied, probably somewhat low on carbonation (in the direction of smoothness, not flatness).

O: A great beer, a combination of two great beers, though I haven't really tried either, I have tried regular Serpent's Stout and bourbon Angel's Share. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

awesome stuff. 2011 vintage on tap at falling rock taphouse in lodo. the pour on this is jet black, no light passing through at all. two fingers of coffee colored head rest on top and dont go anywhere. alcohol is a dominant smell, tons and tons of bourbon, the charcoal, vanilla, and booze are really intense. big roasty malt body like the serpent, and a certain barleywine style sweetness. this is sure to be a mammoth beer. first taste is not surprisingly, bourbon. cant believe how strong it is. nice dark roast to nearly burnt barley going on, with some coffee and cocoa notes, as well as an almost fruity sort of instance that just arises for a second before being overcome by more high alcohol flavors. this is highly refined, but its also highly punishing. certainly all of 12.5%! massively rich body, thick and sludgey but it a good way, feels like a stout to me, albeit a gigantic one. still there is enough carbonation to keep the flavors moving slowly by. this is delicious stuff, a real treat. its not the bourbon barrel angels share, but its close. simply fantastic, but one or two is about all any reasonable human being can probably handle.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent one finger high, tan, creamy head. Retention and lacing are decent as well. Surprising for a Flat Abbey beer. Pitch black colored beer. Pleasant aroma. Reminds me of Port Older Viscosiy. Dark fruits, rum rasin cake, bourbon, butterscotch, vanilla, chocolate, light coffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Taste rivals the smell with more oaky bourbon goodness, brandy, and caramel. Light finish, though a bit hot. Filmy consistency, light carbonation, and medium-full body.

Overall probably the better beers I've had so far from Lost Abbey. Glad to see them getting some carbonation in this one.

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Photo of ryanfolty
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by bvery at Darkness Day 2012, thanks dude! Dark with some head. Aroma and taste as expected, just a delicious mix of an imperial stout and barleywine (my two favorite styles) with the yummy bourbon. Need to try this again and rate under more ideal conditions.

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Photo of mpcrump
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a whim. A very expensive whim I tried this at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

I've not had much experience with Bourbon barrel aged beers but this beer has made a fan out of me.

A: Pours with a small light tan foam on top of an dark brown body. The head dissapates rather quickly.

S: Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee.

T: Caramel, coffee, chocolate up front. Some vanilla in the middle and a finish with vanilla, coffee, and bourbon.

M: Medium-thick body, decent carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish with a decent but not overpowering alchohol (bourbon) burn.

O: A very good beer. I'm more for IPA's and wheats but certain strong ales (belgian, american, etc.) just simply fit the mood. I'm not sure if it is worth the cost but it is one that I will routinely try to get my hands on - impossible to do in Indiana but anytime I'm in Philly Monk's is on my list and at least once a year I will fork over the money for this one.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375mL bottle from Beer Revolution last year. 2012 vintage.

A: Fizzing pour settles down with a brown mocha head. Lifting bubbles throughout. Perfectly opaque black. Clings to the glass with tiny hands.

N: Deep penetrating oak. Hints of cherry and brandy, vanilla, caramel, and bourbon. Resonant chocolate and hints of espresso. So much caramel goodness. Molasses and more vanilla. Delicious. I can smell the alcohol, though.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and some oak. Has a pronounced tannic quality. Molasses and vanilla in smaller qualities. Theres more bitterness than I would have expected from the nose. Raisins and prunes. Lots of brandy. This becomes unpleasant and astringent after awhile.

M: Creamy and expansive. Lots of and lots and lots of alcohol.

O: Based on the nose, I thought this was going to nail down a top ten score. Thus, it's a massive letdown, and probably not really recommendable given the high price. I remember liking the first vintage a lot more. I'll have to do a side by side, eventually.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark brown color, no transparency at all, a slight head at the top that goes away very fast, and almost no lacing at all either.

S: Vanilla, brandy, chocolate, brown sugar, and bourbon.

T: The taste at first is very sweet, the bourbon is present throughout the drink, very nice taste, not to boozy.

M: Medium bodied, mid carbonation a nice slick feel to it.

O: Lost abbey did a good job with this one, very nice tasting brew.

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Photo of draheim
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a small light tan head. In the aroma, huge bourbon presence. In the taste, mellow bourbon notes, with a small malty roast in the there. A small alcohol bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry vanilla and bourbon like aftertaste. Big bourbon all day, notes of vanilla, alcohol, and a small roasty malt.

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

Served from a bottle, roughly a year old, into a Stone IRS Snifter

A - Deep, dark, syrupy brown. It coats the wall of the glass as it splashes up. I gave this one an especially vigorous pour after I realized that there was zero head being produced. Even after that pour, it gave but a faint hint of head. This looks more like over-extracted iced coffee than beer. Zero lacing, zero retention. Just a thick syrup of a big 'ole barrel aged beer. Near perfect for the style.

S - Sweet dark fruits, and booze. Holy crap, so much booze on the nose. Figs, rum, and cherries at first. As it warms, more cocoa and bourbon start to come through. Mouthwatering.

T - Much like the nose, this is clearly a blended and complex beer. Sweet malts, sticky fruit, and brandied cherries attack up front. Much like the nose, the stout element starts to shine more as this beer warms. Big leather and cocoa, with plenty of oak barrel and a bit of spice. Despite the (almost) year in the cellar, this one could use some more time. It's still running quite hot, and the booze does take something away from an otherwise delicious beer.

M - For me, this is perfect for the style. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I like a big beer like this to have a thick mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation that dances on the tongue. It's almost like champagne, minus the effervescence. It's enough to be sure that the beer isn't a completely flat mess, but not so much to distract from the flavors and body.

O - I'm pretty glad that I have a couple more bottles laid down. This is a beer to age and to savor. It's also a beer to be shared. The huge ABV and complexity of the beer lends itself to being split 2 or 3 ways and enjoyed as a group. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Dope
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't see any dates on this one but I would estimate around 2 years old.

A: Cork comes off with just the lightest, faintest hiss. Pours a dark brown, oddly not as pitch black as I was expecting. Tiniest little fizzy head despite the most aggressive pour I could possible give it. Fades quickly. Essentially zero lacing.

S: Lots and lots of sweet dark fruits. Smells a lot like brandy and bourbon (duh). Loaded with sickly sweet caramel, toffee, molasses, raisins and vanilla. Not much roasted malt pokes through, maybe a hint of chocolate. Big and boozy.

T: Stinging bourbon and brandy. Lots of it. Up front there's lots of dark fruit, toffee and caramel. Turns into chocolate and vanilla in the middle, becoming very very oaky in the finish. A little char mixes in with the oak and then it's more burning brandy. Finishes dry and hot.

M: Thick and heavy. Being almost completely flat contributes to this effect.

O: It's not bad, the stout character is mostly swallowed up by all the brandy and bourbon. Surprising, especially given the decent age on this one. Might have to age one for maybe 5 years and see how it turns out. Too hot, too much spirits, not enough stout at this stage.

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

2011 vintage

A: pours a deep brown with a small tan head that quickly fades to a collar around the edge of the snifter
S: smells hugely of bourbon, booze and alcohol with soft notes of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and a bit of molasses
T: taste is softer than the smell with a bit of bourbony caramel and vanilla, toffee, a hint of oak, slight chocolate and roast malt. aftertaste is of alcohol, oaky bourbon, a bit more sweet caramel, and just a bit of chocolate
M: very soft carbonation but it's there. a bit full in the mouth but it's to be expected with the ABV.
O: I'm not sure what the brandy barrels brought into this but the bourbon was most evident to me. this beer is very good though, it has a huge nose but the flavor is there in abundance without punching you in the face. I should have drank this one sooner. I have another bottle and I'm looking forward to revisiting this beer next year.

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

First time having this beer. 375ml bottle to glass. 2011 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours with a huge mocha head that quickly fades but leaves a nice little mocha ring as you drink. FVery deep brown in color, almost black. Carbonation does not appear to be an issue here.

Nose: A LOT going on. Very big barrel notes. A bit of roast and some dark fruit as well. Some sweeter notes akin to molasses. Very, very good nose.

Taste: More or less follows the nose. Again a big, boozy barrel character with some vanilla, caramel, and oak. Quite sweet up front with some dark fruit notes but fades to a fantastic rich finish with dark chocolate leading the way. Some alcohol heat as expected and wanted for the style.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, but enough to aid the drinkability of this rich, delicious beer. I would love to try this beer fresh and see how the mouthfeel differs, as I suspect it has thinned out a little with age.

Overall: A wonderfully delicious and complex beer. Pricey, but definitely worth it to try this jewel. Only a slightly thicker mouthfeel is keeping this beer from being essentially perfect.

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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 jmarsh123
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with some mocha head settling into some swirls. Cork didn't pop, but wasn't totally devoid of carbonation.

Aroma features lots of notes from the booze. Spicy whiskey, some rum and liquor soaked raisins. A bit of chocolate and some other dark fruit as well as figs and dates. A touch of caramel and vanilla with a bit of oak influence.

A bit maltier flavor than the nose would lead me to believe although still notes of barrel. The spicy whiskey gives it a nice burn to balance out the sweet chocolate and dark fruits. Molasses and black licorice appear as well.

Alcohol is present and gives a nice little kick, but is not overpowering of the base. Mouthfeel is a touch too thin for my spirit aged preference and although it's not totally lacking carbonation, it's still a bit too low in that category.

Very complex flavors to this beer and very enjoyable. If the mouthfeel were more spot on this would be almost perfect. As it is, it's still a great beer, but could be something even more.

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Photo of SaintBenedict
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottling

I forget exactly how much this 12.7 oz. miniature Belgian abbey-style bottle set me back, but if I recall correctly it was upwards of $20—so, here's to hoping it was worth it!

Deliverance pours an obsidian black with some deep chestnut edges visible near the surface, but only when it's inspected close to a light source. Unlike a few Angel's Share bottles that I've had, the cork actually 'pops' when opened—this ale might be carbonated after all!

The greige head makes a show at first, but quickly settles down to a thin spotty head and only a slighter denser ring toward the perimeter of the glass. In the center I can make out a faintly bubbly "fountain", probably surfacing due to the etched design on the floor of the Duvel tulip.

The nose is big and boozy with the barrel aging unapologetically evident. Speaking of spirits, in addition to the whiskey and brandy, dark rum, chocolate liqueur, cherry cordial, macerated dark fruit and liquor-soaked fruitcake also come to mind. And that ain't the half of it: raisins, dates, figs, sweet citrus, along with vanilla, caramel and toffee also make the scene. And let's not forget about the roasted maltiness, either. There's so much going on it's hard to keep track, yet the beer manages to hold it together convincingly. Definitely on the "divine" side for now. Now let's peer into this creature's soul.

On the tongue, Deliverance is a malty sweet shock to the taste buds, with roasty notes and rich chocolate flavors, answered by an almost sour fruity kick of zesty citrus and dark stone fruit. Loads of black strap molasses, anise and black licorice show up too.

Towards the finish, a quick modest alcohol sting adds a bit of lingering heat, but not overbearingly so. And, there's a fair amount of bitter dryness to boot.

This devil is full-bodied with some fine sparkly carbonation that thankfully isn't mouth-filling. On the contrary, it adds just the right texture.

Saint or sinner, Deliverance is heaven.

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Photo of Impfan
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing nose and flavor of chocolate, bourbon, sherry, cherries, brandy, toffee, fig, date, raisin, sandalwood, and coffee. Beautifully balanced with almost no carbonation, but a voluptuous mouthfeel that is coating, and helps the finish to last incredibly long.

I'm a moderate fan of Serpent Stout, and only a marginal fan of The Angel's Share, but this blend is absolutely fantastic!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a jet black body. some lacing.

S: mildly buttery, roasted malts, vanilla.

T: this one is a little buttery which i am really sensitive too. oak, bourbon, hints of milk chocolate.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is very drinkable and very mild. the drinkability is excellent. very smooth.

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Photo of nickfl
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, and coffee.

T - Dark sugar, caramel, and toffee up front. Some vanilla and nutty cola in the middle with smoky caramel, nutty notes and a finish of vanilla, tobacco, and espresso.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Really thick and sweet with a complex, dense sugar and slice character. The barrel character is readily apparent with a coffee flavor that is dark and enhoyable but balanced by the intense malt and surgary sweetness.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I finally decided to crack this open last night. I have been holding on to this for a special occasion. Last night seemed like as good a time as any.

This appears a dark Ruby brown with a thin crisp mocha head... wasn't expecting this much carbonation... looking pretty good...

Sweet dark fruits soaked in booze.... hints of cocoa here and there but the fruit is the main player here... traces of booze here and there... the bourbon packs a wallop in the aroma dept also... nothing subdued about this at all... in your face all the way...

I will admit that the first few sips were some of the most delicious I've ever experienced from a beer... deep dark chocolate covered raisins tinged with traces of bourbon and brown sugar and vanilla... truly astounding... unfortunately it didn't last. This is still an amazing brew but the sheer booziness quickly numbed my senses and I didn't enjoy the second half of the bottle anywhere near as much as the first... rather sweet and cloying and became a chore to get thru honestly... maybe a little more time? This was bottled in 2011 so im wondering if I should have sat on this for a little longer...

A good effort but not a great one... too boozy and sweet for its own good...

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