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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,618
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 341
Gots: 515 | FT: 54
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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.

ABV varies by batch.

(Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010)
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Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

gford217, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of kels
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

kels, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of JLeege
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

JLeege, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of pwoods
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

pwoods, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of rpstevens
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

rpstevens, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of the1DarkLord
4.05/5  rDev -6%
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.

the1DarkLord, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Lldeegan
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Lldeegan, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of mjn5036
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

mjn5036, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Dreadnaught33, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

sisuspeed, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of abuliarose
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

abuliarose, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of br3wmeister
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

br3wmeister, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of maximum12
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So much to say about this beer, so few words. First & foremost let me tug my forelock in honor of jtrockchalk, who threw this lovely little bottle in as an extra to a recent trade. Yes, that's the kind of trader I'm dealing with. I thought I did him up good. But now I'll have to wait for another opening to even things up.

Not only that, this is named after one of my favorite songs from my college days, Deliverance, by the Mission U.K. If you like bombastic European alt-rock, go look it up. Great stuff. 'Fact, I'm gonna flip it on Grooveshark right now.

Oh, right, beer, sorry. As always, The Lost Abbey is class of the class in bottling. Great artwork, amusing anecdote on the back, & I can get the cork out without heavy machinery. Pours pitch black as the soul of the Dominator. The smell is...well...puzzling. Lots of barrel, malts, but with a strong scent of butter churning. What? Oh, & booze. Not at all what I was expecting. Who put Parkay in my chalice?

Once it encounters the tongue, Deliverance straightens out that odd smell thing. The barrels play it up; I get both the brandy & bourbon, but neither has the upper hand. I get more of the Angel's Share base here than the Stout. Plenty of drying oak. Again, that faint butteriness in the background, trying to hide between the malts & barrel. The alcohol comes through only in the end, warming, a touch of heat. That's OK. You don't like heat? Drink orange juice.

Well, this is a very good beer, but there's an oomph missing that keeps it from reaching the panorama of really excellent brews. Light on the complexity, this one uses the barrels to carry it.

maximum12, Nov 13, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan!

Deep brown hue, bordering on black with a good sized beige head that leaves a healthy amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of brandy, alcohol, and roasted malt. The taste follows suit. The feel is medium to thick in body with a very strong alcohol presence, most notably brandy. This is a very tasty beer and definitely worthwhile. Great for sharing a few ways, as this is best in small doses.

Huhzubendah, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of dragonWhale
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lie down with me Lost Abbey!
Alongside the Bourbon, the Brandy, the GC..

It pops, it pours..a loud brown, slight brown shade of head. This was poured to loud cheers, squawks, and scrambling. The decadence of the gods liquified upon descent to earth..Brandy and vanilla, oak, caramel, and toffee. Sweet burnt malts, candy for the fools among us. It demands your attention, draws you in with the lusty pleasures of the gods. But it is their whim, not yours. And so, your glass is now empty.

dragonWhale, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short poured from a 375 ml bottle into my Chimay goblet. a little bit of head (enough to know it's carbonated), and dark blackish brown body. The fruity Brandy barrel and Vanilla caramelish Bourbon barrel come through hugely on the nose, as do notes of chocolate and coffee. Some raisin/fig/prune stuff goin on as well. Bourbonbrandydeliciousness on the mouth. A lot of chocolate and Coffee Nip candy flavor. A rich espresso lingering finish. The flavor keeps changing in my mouth. I am in love. The mouth is nice and creamy and adequately carbonated. Drinks pretty well given it's 12 %. Only a few sips and I already feel warm.

WestValleyIPA, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of rye726
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad we got this in Colorado. $16/bottle though, ouch!

Pours a dark mahogany with a silky tan head. Light lace.

Nose has oak, whiskey, caramel, toffee, roasty malts, hops and chocolate.

Taste has lots of sweet caramelized candy that is well balanced by some dark roasty malts and floral hops. Nice bourbon, wood and vanilla flavors from the barrels.

Medium to full body, well carbonated. Finish a bit thin. Another nice BA blend from Lost Abbey.

rye726, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey at the LA/Port takeover night.

Dark murky brown almost black, with a dark creamy head, and a nice lacing.

Nose starts with a little bourbon, light oak and vanilla, lots of roast, coffee, and some chocolate, caramel and oatmeal little vanilla, woody esthers. A chewy malt like aroma as well, with a bit of booze as well.

Taste loaded with coffee, roasted, little chocolate. Little oatmeal. Very light warming booze at first which builds as it warms. Chewy malts and creamy smooth candy like almost marshmellow nougat flavor. Fluffy little bakers choc. Light bitterness from earthy pillowy hops and roasted malts. Little tobacco. Still got plenty of woody esthers and some oak and vanilla flavors. Sticky sweet finish, coats the mouth little booze, long roasted malt finish.

Mouth is pretty thick, smooth and pretty creamy, but some tingly booze, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability isn't the greatest, it's pretty boozy and thick and chewy, a bit of a sticky sweetness on the finish as well, but smooth and delicious. I think I'll get a couple bottles and leave them in the cellar for a while.

jlindros, Nov 08, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Craytonic popped this to get the wild taste of De Cam Gueze outta our mouths... thanks!

375ml bottle.

A. Very dark brown black into the glass. A dense, fat head is eventually spotty. Looks heavy... like Older Viscosity...

S. Hmm.. hefty booze up front, but lots of barrel too (Angel's Share...), vanilla, buttery barrel notes, a good amount of depth here; coffee, peanuts, cocoa, etc. In the nose, the Angel's Share wins out over the Serpent's Stout, but both are better for the other.

T. Now we're talking! Big and sweet - think Bourbon County - but smoother than it should be. You know this is boozy but it never seems to be bracing; the complex, slightly vinous and nutty barrel notes wrap themselves up tight against the sweet, rich brownie-batter grain-juice and stay there the whole time. The rush of coffee-bitter roast here helps immensely and keeps Deliverance from becoming too lush and sugary. There's a chocolate fudge flavor too, and as the beer warms, a little sour red grape. Excellent, complex, and fun.

M / D. Slick, heavy, warm, complex, low carbonation BUT it is adequate and as much as I dislike Tomme and his flat beers, this isn't one of them.

Frankly, Deliverance is one of the best beers I've had from Lost Abbey in a few years, Isabelle not withstanding. This small bottle is perfect for splitting with a good buddy on a cold night, and I hope this gets made again.

kkipple, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Lazerlobe
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Opens with a satisfying 'pop'. Dark brown brew capped with mocha head that does not have much staying power.

S: Buncha barrel on this guy. Rich toffee, dark chocolate cake batter, oaky vanilla and brandy. The brandy comes out as volatile, oozing the booze.

T: Saints alive! Creamy chocolate melds with buttery toffee and medium roast espresso, eliciting a smile on the reviewer. The only thing preventing a 5 on here is the heavy and hot booze that burns the mouth and makes it challenging to swallow. This is a strong candidate for aging.

M: As much as I appreciate the balance and feel, the heat tempers the score here too.

D: A well composed blend that will likely benefit from a cellared vacation.

Lazerlobe, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sending this!

Pours nearly black with a small dark tannish foam initially, though subsequent pours weren't as lively. A very little bit of lace.

Aroma is just huge barrel impact. Boozy, intense bourbon, fudge, charred wood, sweet caramels. The taste as well is sweet, just huge barrel flavors here. Tons of caramel, darker cocoa robustness but no real bitter roasty edge. Boozy in the finish with a deep raisin note. The mouthfeel is actually pretty good, medium-full with a light carbonation to an appropriate level (gasp).

Really robust intense flavors here so if that is your thing go right ahead, but many might be turned off by the alcohol.

Ineedabeerhere, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from nerd...thanks man!! Poured from a 375ml cork and caged bottle into my Portsmouth snifter/tulip glass. Pours a very dark brownish-black color, with just the smallest hint of mahogany. Appears to have little carbonation, as a very small dark tan head forms. Head is creamy, and when it dissipates, it remains as a very smooth surface of cream. Leaves a quick sliding fizzy lace. Overall, a very nice and inviting looking beer!

Aroma is right where I expected it. Brandy, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, toasted malts, and molasses.

Very tasty! Huge warmth from the mixture in the brandy and bourbon. Big chocolate/coffee notes. The full body comes in very, very sweet...with the booze warmth attacking the second it hits your lips. The beer finishes as delicious and sweet as it starts. This beer is excellent! Tomme continues to make some of the best barrel aged beers around. Just wish there was more of this produced...because I bet this beer will age with the best of them! Carbonation is low, but there...and doesn't hurt the beer one bit. Booze is high, and drinkability is surprisingly high for such a full body beer.

ShadesOfGray, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of soze47
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Tomme Arthur Tap Take-over at the Armsbey Abbey in Worcester, MA on 11/03/10.

Appearance:
Brownish-black in color with a deeply tan, thick head. Looks luscious.

Aroma:
Booziness wafts out of this one. Dark fruits and raisins come to mind. Rich nose here.

Taste:
Rich flavor here that plays in the roasted malt, dark fruit, and rum-soaked raisin sandboxes. Great taste and melding.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability:
Heat keeps the linger going on this one, but the mouthfeel is pretty slick and not cloying. I think this is a great night cap or dessert beer. Not one to drink a lot of by any means.

Overall:
I liked this beer a lot, but may only come back to it when looking for a good dessert pairing. I imagine this would be awesome with bread pudding. With the hefty price tag I saw on this one, I'm glad I was able to sample it at an event.

33 Beers Flavor Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 3.5
Dark Fruit: 5
Citrus Fruit: 1
Hoppy (pine): 1.5
Floral: 1.5
Spicy: 2
Herbal: 2
Malty: 4.5
Toffee: 3
Burnt: 3
Sweet: 3.5
Sour: 1.5
Bitter: 2
Astringent: 1
Body: 4
Linger: 3

soze47, Nov 05, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little over 12 oz bottle, for what you'd usually pay for at least a .500, but let's get on with it.

A - Nearly black with reddish notes. Quarter inch tan head that actually stays for some time. Persistent lace.

S - Sweet dark malt and booze hit you right up front. I smell the bourbon and the brandy. There is a whiskey and a fruitier booze melded here.

T - It is what is labeled - I can taste the Serpent Stout and the Angel Share here. It's a nice blend. Fun. American Strong Ale, with Stout attributes, all aged in boozy barrels. Nice.

M - OK, if nothing else, IT IS CARBONATED. Way to go, Tomme! The malt is pretty sweet, but the booze cuts it a little. Over all, stays on the sweet side.

D - It's a small bottle as I said, but it is enough for me. I still wish it had been a .500 for the price and I could have shared it with a friend. Nice stuff.

srandycarter, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of andrewinski1
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from nerd; another generous extra! Poured into a tulip. Nice very black. The pour seems thick and oily. A quarter inch head covers the body.

About all I can smell at first is chocolate. Lots of sweet chocolate. A noticeable vanilla aroma is also present. A hint of mocha is also noted. These are a lot of the same aromas found in many barrel aged beers, but this is probably one of the most potent ones if had a whiff of.

Very complex taste here. The velvety feeling is noticed first, so I'm bringing it up before the taste. I nice coffee sweetness is how this beer starts, but it finishes with a sting of vanilla and bourbon. There is a bit of heat in the finish.

As noted before, this one has a nice velvety feel, kind of like a thicker Kate the Great.

Not too drinkable, but a very enjoyable sipper. Love it.

andrewinski1, Nov 04, 2010
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,618 ratings.