Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,812
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 371
Gots: 555 | FT: 51
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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 chicagobeerriot
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, brown and muddy in the glass. No head develops on the pour, just thin wisps of tan on the surface and a thin rim of tan bubbles at the edge of the glass. Doesn't look like much, but all can be forgiven if the flavor delivers.

Deliverance begins to make amends with the smell: thick molasses and toffee, complemented with a sweet bourbon scent that doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer. Really can't ask for more for your nose.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, which would be fine, except there is virtually no carbonation to give the back of your throat a break. With repeated sips, the thickness builds and detracts from what we used to call "drinkability."

Notwithstanding the mouthfeel issue, this is a pretty tasty beer. Lots of dark fruit: fig, plum and bourbon soaked cherries. Toffee and milk chocolate are in there as well with just a bit of char. The finish has more of an alcohol bite than I'd like, especially given how smooth the flavor is right up until the end.

In sum, if it weren't for the carbonation issue, this would be an extraordinary beer. As is, it is still solidly above average and worth a try.

Photo of JamesMcPolin
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been in the cellar for 11months now and I’ve been craving something that will ‘wow me’ so I think it’s about time I pop the cork on this baby. Poured into a Stone Old Guardian goblet.
Nice head retention relative to the style and the color of the head is a delicious looking chocolate/mocha. Dark in color with hues of brownish-red when held to the light.
The nose is simply heavenly. Essence of barrel aging right up front and in your face. Detecting much more of the Angel’s Share than the Serpent. Oak, spirits, dried sweetened prunes, woody vanilla, chocolate, toffee. Taste follows the nose.
Creamy with great body and gentle warmth. An ever-so-slight coffee dryness that lingers on the palate between sips.
What a treat. Wish I had more. Like… a lot more! I’m gonna go ahead and say this is in my top 5 all-time. Worth every high-priced penny.

Photo of Cmack15
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark inky, thick

Aroma: dark fruits, hint of chocolate, figs lot of layers going on here

Taste: figs, dark fruits, kiss of bourbon, abv comes through but in a good way

Mouthfeel: light carbonation heavy body chewy

Nice beer. Really great beer to end the night with. A nice sipper with a lot of flavor going on here.
Cheers

Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black with 1/4 inch tan head and no retention

Smell: Very bourbon forward and not too much else on the nose the bourbon is overpowering

Taste: Again bourbon right up with a huge malt character it finishes with traces of chocolate and vanilla

Mouthfeel: Full body with medium carbonation

Overall: Really good beer with great flavors. Highly recommended very enjoyable beer

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coffee colored brown with a nice one inch tan head

Smell- caramel sweetness, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and some oak

Taste- very complex taste. I get angel share up front and the serpent stout in the end. Caramel sweetness from the angel share and tons of chocolate from the serpent stout. Bourbon plays a role throughout the taste character.

Overall- possibly my favorite beer from lost abbey and the complexity to this one is phenomenal.

Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of Nashvillain
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The cork popped and I instantly knew everything was gonna be ok. The dark velvet pours slowly into my stemless Chardonnay producing a light tan head that quickly gives way to the darkness.

The smell is amazing. Bourbon and dark fruits float up to the nose, with slight vinous notes and tons of oaky vanilla. A faint chocolate hiding behind the vanilla of the barrel. The brandy comes out as it warms, definitely worth the wait.

Taste is bourbon filled chocolate with an amazing vanilla note on the back end. A vine-like booze flavor jumps into the rink as the beer warms. While it's warming, it's definitely not bad, it would be incredibly amazing in the winter but I can't fault it even in the summer.

Overall I have to say that this is most certainly one of the best beers I've had. I limit most of my reviews to beers that are unique or unusually good or bad, but I have to say that this brew is phenomenal. This is easily in my top 5, I would definitely take one over KBS any day.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of HosP
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple of these from a few different BA's. Poured 375ml into snifter.

A- No pop when the cork is pulled here. Pours black in color. No carbonation or head at all. Some khaki lace tries to cling to the edges, but fails quickly.

S- Wow, big notes of oaky, earthy bourbon to the nose. Overtakes much of the other aromas coming from it. Has a thick malty smell to it. A little intimidating.

T- Very powerful beer. Strong from start to finish. Get a lot of bourbon flavors with some nice oak taste right off the bat. Bourbon overtakes most of the other flavors here. No detection of any brandy barrel anywhere. As it warms the middle brings out some nice chocolate flavors. Roasted, oaky, earthy flavors underlie on the other flavors. Ends a little hot, especially as it warms. Each sip is powerful and full of flavors.

M- Full body doesn't do this justice. No carbonation here either. Surprisingly smoother than I would have thought.

O- Lots of flavors, all of them good too! Very powerful, big beer. The alcohol heat is the only drawback. Have to sip through this beer, but very enjoyable. Would like to see what happens to the flavors as this ages for a while.

Photo of nbree00
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8-9 month old bottle

A: Success, we have carbonation. No small order when your talking anything related to angel's share. Pours a beautiful jet black color with a 1/2 inch brown head.

S: Great aromas here, notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses,espresso and chocolate cake. The nose is super rich and inviting.

T: Wow, so creamy and rich on the palate. I tend to prefer the bourbon barrel serpent stout over brandy barrel angel's share but the marriage of the two is just heavenly. Flavors of fresh baked double chocolate cookies, espresso, bread pudding, raisins, whipped cream, dates, coconut and a hint of blackberries. The flavors on this are damn near perfect, the slight roastiness balances out the sinful richness.

M: Ridiculously silky mouthfeel on this. Goes down so easy, and the added layer of depth from the oak really makes this beer hard to put down, you just want more and more.

O: Overall a phenomenal beer, very well balanced with little to nothing I would change.

Photo of Wadsey
3.47/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Lost Abbey Deliverance 2010 

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours black with dark brown along edges. Light brown head is restricted to a thin ring stuck to glass. 

S:  Bourbon and chocolate milk, which probably results from synergy of chocolate and vanilla. Additional aromas include caramel, alcohol, dark fruits and powdered sugar. 

T: Bourbon, caramel and malty sweetness lead off.  Alcohol is out in open.  Medium bitterness. Dark fruits appear to be more like red grapes and lend a vinous quality to taste. All that is left of the barrel-aged Serpent's Stout is a vague note of roasted malts. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium-light carbonation. Velvety mouthfeel with appropriate warming from alcohol. 

O: Bourbon and alcohol dominate Deliverance, which is somewhat expected, given the big abv. I'm docking the beer for that. In fact, I'm probably be generous as it has dodged infection, so far. 

Photo of zhanson88
3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown -- almost black -- color with about a quarter inch of dark tan head. Retention is just decent, and lacing is minimal. Legs are very good, however.

Smell: I get a lot of dark caramel scents in this beer. Also, lighter leather, smoke, tobacco and baker's chocolate. Vanilla is present, as well as scents of brandy and bourbon heat. It smells pretty delicious.

Taste: Lots of dark caramel and vanilla come to the forefront on the palate. Also some very light smoke and leather. The back end is highlighted by a boozy kick. I find that the bourbon and brandy clash more on the palate than on the nose. I've let this one sit for a while and I still don't find a great balance between them. If the finish was a bit smoother I would have loved it.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is medium bodied with very fine carbonation; overall experience seems kind of thin. Pretty slick and oily feel in the mouth. Overall, this beer was almost there for me. A little less confusion between the brandy and bourbon would have made for a phenomenal beer. As it is, I call it pretty good but not outstanding.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

HUGE thanks to my father-in-law for this one! Split today into two Southern Tier stemmed tulips and shared w/my wife to toast her pops' 50th birthday.

Presentation: 12.7oz brown high-shouldered, 'Belgian-style' bottle, corked and caged. Awesome artwork on the label, dark and beautiful at the same time. No vintage date. Is this a one-off?

Appearance: Pours into the glasses a viscous dark brown, tinged with ruby. In the glass, it's almost black, with brown highlights around the edges and a nice dark tan cap which soon falls to a medium film and a thick, chunky ring. Looks real nice.

Smell: Dark caramel and toffee, maybe a hint of toasted coconut? Some pleasant dark boozy notes in the background, and a hint of hot, sharp booze that's less pleasant, but not really enough to be distracting or off-putting.

Taste: Lots of good stuff going on here, but the alcoholic heat from the two barrel-aged base beers (Bourbon-barrel Serpent's Stout and Brandy-barrel Angel's Share) runs a bit roughshod over everything else. What this tells me is that this is likely a great beer that just needs some more time in the cellar. There are nice fruity alcoholic esters that are actually quite reminiscent of a good brandy. Not so much from the bourbon. There's definitely some barrel character here as well, with earthy, woody tones, and it's present in the perfect amount. The individual flavors underneath the barrel and spirits character are a bit tougher to pick out; they kind of come and go. There is mild, dry roasty character to start. It's not as strong as I might have expected, which makes me wonder how much of this brew is Angel's Share and how much is Serpent's Stout. I'm getting some sweet notes of coconut in here as well, makes me wish I'd paired this with some macaroons or something. Hints of caramel as well. Touch of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Alcoholic, but not hot or prickly. Smooth, and fairly viscous.

Overall: I was really planning to cellar this for at least a year, possibly two, but considering tonight was my father-in-law's 50th birthday, a pretty big day, and since he was cool enough to buy this for us, I thought we'd toast him tonight! The scrore I'm giving this beer here would likely be higher w/a bit more time on it to mellow the booze a bit and let the individual flavors emerge. The aromas, on the other hand, are awesome already.

Photo of hippityhops85
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml, hilariously labeled bottle into a snifter.

Appearance is a black, oily color with a light brown head that quickly dissipates leaving an oily slick on the top of the beer.

The nose is full of bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate, and a little smokiness.

The taste is a confusion of the brandy and the bourbon. There are strong vanilla notes but this beer is confusing me as to what it wants to be. The dark fruits come out mid palate.

I kind of wanted more viscosity from this beer, it seemed a tad thin. At the same time, the carbonation was spot on.

All in all, kinda wish I let this one ride a little more. I think it will figure itself out with age and actually get a job.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to PretzelCity for this.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of creamy light brown head that has average retention given the ABV and leaves no lacing.

5.0 S: I personally didn't care much for regular Serpent's and I'm not a huge fan of any brandy barrel beer, but this combination is exquisite. The bourbon is a lot stronger than the brandy and the resulting intensity from each blends together almost perfectly. Anyway, the bourbon in this is smooth with a low booziness. Flavors include a good bit of leather, toastiness, a slight touch of peat, and subtle fruitiness. The brandy adds a nice vinous component. The barrels add a good bit of vanilla and oak. The underlying stouts lend a surprisingly soft roastiness with plenty of sweet caramel and molasses. A light sugariness with dark fruits and emphasis on plum and raisin. Very, very nice.

4.5 T: I don't know what this was like fresh, but at this point it's quite smooth and the booze is well in check. Bourbon and brandy again work very well together. I've had a few other bourbon + brandy beers and none of them have worked together at all, let alone as well as they do in this brew. Leathery bourbon with touches of peat and char. Woody, vinous brandy. Again good vanilla and oak. The base beers play second fiddle to the barrel treatments, but this is so good that I don't care (I usually do). Lots of caramel, molasses, and some brown sugar. Plum, raisin, prune, and tobacco fruitiness.

4.0 M: Medium to perhaps heavier medium body. Carbonation is a bit lower that what is typical for the style, but it works just as well. The problem is that this is missing the rich, velvety creaminess that I come to expect from beers of this nature. Very smooth though.

4.5 D: Best LA beer I've had. I didn't think I'd enjoy this nearly as much as I have, but I'm glad I did.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate malt, caramel, dark fruit and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet toasted dark chocolte malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a top 50 standout beer.

Photo of thagr81us
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to billab914 for sending me multiples of this one in past trades! Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger brown fizzy head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and peat. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins, peat, big sweet alcohol, dark chocolate, and very subtle wood. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one had a nice sweetness going on here with just a hint of bitterness to help bring it all together. Still pretty boozy though. I could see this one being great down the road with a little more time in the cellar to mature.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BrewerDan23 gave me this bottle late last year, just because he's a nice guy. Thanks Dan.

A dark brown body has a tan head that is only one finger thick, but fairly solid looking. Retention is pretty good, and some scrappy lacing clings to the sides of my glass.

Chocolate and cake mix with toffee and caramel. The barrel notes are great, with wood, vanilla, and bourbon.

Big notes of malt come through first, with equal amount of chocolate and toffee. Caramel and cake follow, and then some dark fruit. The dark fruit has a little bit of a brandy characteristic to it. Next comes a plethora of barrel flavors that are balanced very nice with the malt profile. Bourbon is noticeable but not overpowering or hot, and lots of wood, vanilla, and even some coconut are in there also. The faintest taste of hops lingers toward the finish. Only a little bit of warmth hints at the ABV that Deliverance packs, and that little bit is actually pleasant.

Fairly high carbonation, but smooth and still full-bodied.

These Lost Abbey Barrel Aged strong ales are so expensive, but damn are they good. I can't resist trying every one I come across, and when I lived in Boston I swear there was one on-tap at the Sunset all the time, which made it even easier. Regardless of price, Deliverance is a very good beer that manages to balance a big malty body with nice barrel characteristics. Pretty good at hiding the big ABV, although you do know going into this one that it's going to pack a punch.

Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bungletronics for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is outstanding. I get a lot of roasted malt, along with some alcohol and chocolate.

The flavor is also excellent. The chocolate and roasted malt notes are great and those are complimented with a lot of notes from the bourbon barrel aging. I get some nice bourbon notes, as well as some maple and vanilla. There is also a little bit of nuttyness in the flavor which compliments the other parts very well.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best Lost Abbey beers I have tried.

Photo of morimech
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ink black color with one finger of tan head that did not last very long before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Some alcohol as well.

Very hot and boozy. Complex flavor that is blended quite well. Hints of bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit. Brandy sweetness. The malt gives off some roasted and smokey flavor. If it was not so boozy I would rate the taste higher.

Thick, chewy, and rich body. Carbonation is well done for this type of beer.

A very interesting complex beer.

Photo of hansgruber
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml into a dfh snifter

Lovely nose of bourbon, chocolate, brandy, a touch of booze, vanilla, and some roasted malts for good measure.

Dark brown body with a small collar of foam and some surface activity making some very cool looking swirls. 

Tastes most of the bourbon and chocolate. The roasted character from the stout is also evident. Fairly boozy on the finish. 

Nice full mouthfeel. The carbonation is low but is very fitting for this beer.
The alcohol definitely warms you too.  

Very nice beer overall. Definitely impressed and wish I had another one. 

Photo of mcallister
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brow bordering on black. Nise psst of carbonation upon release of the cork. Creamy mocha head fades quickly into a ring around the glass with some molten like foam floating on top.

One of the best smelling beer I've had in quite a while. Layers of sweet and dark chocolates, toasted coconut, good amounts of bourbon and sweet brandy. Roasty with burnt caramel. Vanilla and oak. So succulent and woody. Dark fruits and some dried fruit goodnes as well as hints of earth and leather. Fig, date, prune, raisin, mollasses, plum. This nose has it all and more.

Just an amazing beer with very nice tounge tingling carbonation. Only thing keeping this from a 5 is the level of alcohol heat. Instant palate burn that follows through deep into the chest. But don't let this minute detail deter you from the level of delicious complexity this beauty throws out....christ. Thick, creamy, velvety luscious mouthfeel. A blend of brandy fruitiness and bourbon sweetness hit the entire palate and lingers and lingers. Full of toasty oak, coconut, vanilla bean,dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, tobacco, flint, oak, more woodsy boozy notes, prune, black fig, raisin, light anise, burnt sugar, molasses, reduction of dates and liquor. Some earthy notes and some wood tannin on the finish. So much going on and so damn complex. I've a couple more bottles in the cellar and this thing has years of cellarability.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light black with hardly any carbonation or head. No lacing and little bubbles forming around the rim of the glass.

S - Strong bourbon/wood flavor right from the beginning, followed by the strong flavors of an old ale and russian imperial stout. Very nice leather, molasses, charred wood aroma throughout as well.

T - Again, quite strong right from the beginning with huge bourbon flavors and the wood pops through excellently. It mellows out in the middle with a velvety smoke and oak flavor with caramelized marshmallow flavors and rich roasted dark chocolate. It finishes with a strong coffee-like flavor and a nice alcohol burn. Very intense, very rich, very good.

M - Very heavy body with low volumes of carbonation. Velvety on the palate and leave a nice burn down the esophagus after each sip; aka ABV is easily detectable. Wonderful transitions in flavor and definitely a sipper.

O - Another stellar offering from Lost Abbey. VERY strong beer with intense flavors and wonderful wood aging. The flavor complexions make it fun to drink but the intensity of it make it a wonderful sipper.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle into tulip. No batch number.

A: The vigorous pour created a thin layer of head, which sunk very quickly. A very still and low level of carbonation in the body, which is desired for an American Strong Ale. The body is near pitch black in color with hints a deep, dark mahogany. The head when it was formed was a rich khaki color. The lacing is light and foamy, with no real pattern. So far this looks to be a very promising Strong Ale.

S: The aroma is rich in bourbon and brandy notes. Nice tones of vanilla from the oak, and an overall smooth character. The malts do seem to take the forefront. With no real indication of hop aroma or bitterness.

T/M: The first sip gives off a creamy bliss of craft brewed warming, leading way to figs and plums. The Lingering taste is that of vanilla and oak, with the smoky charred aspect of bourbon and the rich sweetness of brandy. High in malt complexity, starting off from the taste which has a barley character, lending way to the mouthfeel texture of a full bodied stout. The sweetness really picks up at the end of the lingering taste and yearns for more. The relativity high ABV is well hidden by the barrel aging, and does not become a distraction to the enjoyment of this beer.

O: Overall I am very pleased with this Lost Abbey offering, high price, but even higher enjoyment levels. A bourbon character that is hard to match, without being too highly boozy. The ABV is warming, without being too overpowering to distract the palate from the other complexities that are being interchanged. Very grateful to have tried this limited blend.

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,812 ratings.