Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 418
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rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.22%
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a word, smooth. Pours black bodied with a small thick head. Pleasant and roasty aromas. Tasty stoutish and also strong dark stuff, with bourbon in distant secondary, which is a good thing.Caramel and chocolate, fruit and a tangy edge aids above average mouthfeel. (266 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a near black with a thick, off white head that slowly fades into a chunky cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, oak, coffee, cocoa, bourbon, toasted nuts, brown sugar, and molasses.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a caramel, vanilla, and a hot brandy flavor that just seems a tad odd with a hint of astringency. Complex but a bit clustered.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, warming, creamy, and a tad thin in the finish.
Not bad but certainly not my favorite Lost Abbey beer. (538 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 12/3/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a dark brown that nears black in color. A tan head forms about a finger strong and recedes fairly fast leaving spotty lace around the glass and just a thin film of bubbles across the top.

This brew smells of vanilla sweetness, dark molasses, candied plums and raisins. A bold presence of alcohol and almost a grassy earthy component along with an overall oaky woodsiness fills the nose with a very pleasant scent.

The taste of this brew includes a bold amount of astringent alcohol that is fueled by an accent of bourbon and brandy. A flavor of dark malt lingers with a flavor reminiscent of chocolate and caramel with a faint lingering taste of vanilla. A fruity note exists almost like raisins with a bold sense of alcohol that rises up through the back of the throat and tingles the back of the nose.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite a decent sipper that comes across with a creamy smooth feel. This needs some time to mellow out a bit. All the enjoyable flavors and aromas are there to make this super enjoyable right now, but a little bit of mellowing out and melding will do wonders for this brew. (1,227 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer as an AWESOME extra from johndoe8. Thanks Rich! This is my Christmas Day beer and man its tasty. Pretty black with deep mahagony highlights and a really thin tan ring. Even with a hard, hard pour not much head was apparent. Aroma is of vanilla, raisins, and assorted dried fruit. Brandy is more clear to me then bourbon, but I get both. It even smells a bit like booze. The flavor follows much from the nose. Lots of dried fruit flavors, vanilla, brandy and bourbon. Some less strong flavors of roasted malts and chocolate are clear but secondary. However they do add a nice complexity to the beer. Slick mouthfeel, low carb, expected and appropriate. Easy to drink, though clearly strong. (703 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark murky brown with a small cocoa brown colored head.

Smell is rich and sweet with a hint of bourbon. The smell is off syrup and molasses, really nice.

Taste is very rich, tons of robust flavors come through. Sweet molasses and milk chocolate with some vanilla oakiness.

Mouthfeel is really thick and creamy with medium to low carbonation.

Good beer, tastes like a much sweeter version of Bourbon County Stout. (429 characters)

Photo of caskstrength
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Neat art, corny story on the back. Corked and caged 375ml. Deliver me from a drainpour earlier tonight.... Into a 2009 Darkness snifter.

Pours dark, bubbly light brown cola type carbonation. fizzles away quickly, but enough carbonation with swirls of the glass.

Smells are predictable. Sweet wood, some bourbon, brown sugar. Milk chocolate there too. Smells like a barrel aged beer.

Tastes like a barrel aged beer. A straightforward one that's pretty good. I tried to buy into the blended hype, 2 beers complexifying everything, etc. but I wasn't feeling it. It's just a solid barrel aged strong ale/stout that tastes like Older viscosity, Angels share, etc.

I like the thinner mouthfeel. It's not syrupy or thick. Alcohol is in check, early reviews be damned. (it's been a few months now)

This beer isn't blazing any new trails. I liked older viscosity better, fwiw.

And the price... (894 characters)

Photo of therobot
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, tasted Dec. 3

A. Dark with a rich cream colored head. There is a sliver of ruby at the edges otherwise completely black. Minimal lacing.

S. Highly appealing nose, starts a little boozy but quickly gives way to a bouquet of fruits and finishes with a strong sweet wood.

T. Lives up to the nose 100%. Initial reaction: f*%@ing delicious. Starts a little boozy quickly replaced by dark fruit followed by oak-bourbon complexity and depth. Finishes with a little heat. The best parts of the beer linger for sometime for you to enjoy.

M. Thick. Low carbonation, the beer coats the tongue providing a pleasantly intense flavor experience. Spot on.

D. Only critique is that it is coming in a little hot. Seems with some age this will quite possibly be the perfect beer(IMO).

Overall this is awesome, can't speak highly enough of this . (847 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

oh Lost Abbery...deliver me from a shitty night with a plumber!

375ml bottle, served in a 12oz tulip/snifter hybrid...the cork put up a hell of a fight

A - pours with about a quarter inch of loose, creamy, dark khaki colored foam. the beer is mostly black/dark brown, with some barely detectable ruby notes when held up to light.

S - dark fruits are abundant here, loads of figs, raisins, and plums. toffee-like sweetness joined by some milk chocolate, before turning into some boozy bourbon, rum, and oak.

T - begins with some lightly bitter, charred roasty malts. sweetness kicks in right away, bringing toffee, molasses, chocolate, and raisins. vanilla creeps in, alongside some bourbon and wood. lingering coffee, fruits, and alcohol in the aftertaste.

M - medium bodied, with actually (way to go Tomme) a nice and pleasant level of carbonation. sticky, somewhat dry finish...bordering astringent from the sweetness and wood. alcohol burn attempts to clean it all up but is no match.

D - good? yes. great? eh, maybe. worth the price? depends where you get it. a local store has this exact bottle for $37. outrageous. that aside, it goes down fairly easy for its high ABV, and has enough solid flavors to keep it interesting. (1,235 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,040 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to weeare138 for sharing this with tenderbranson69 & me -poured cellar temp into a goblet.

A deep ruddy brown shade, murky appearance w/ a basic tan cap. The smell is of toffee, burnt caramel and wood w/ a vanilla sweet aroma and subtle spice/coffee. The feel is pretty smooth for the strength with lots of caramel sweetness on the tongue, a bit high in alcohol presence which is expected semi-dry w/ light char in the finish.

The flavor is a dark chocolate and caramel concentrated blend of malt and sweet woody notes. The vanilla of the bourbon and fruit of the brandy seem to add depth w/ a big shot of alcohol in the flavor too which honestly I am not that fond of. The malt is tenacious though with molasses toffee nuttiness and dark brown sugar sweetness and for that I give it kudos, the juxtopostion of barrel blending seems slightly disjointed, perhaps it is too young for my taste, I am not sure. The drinkability is good -all in all it balances out -very high quality brew that I don't think I could enjoy too many of. (1,041 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
3.39/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep black with dark ruby highlights and a vigorus pour barely yielded the smallest head and it quickly faded to a ring with a tiny bit of lacing. When I pulled the cork out there was no pop or anything and given Lost Abbey's reputation I wasn't that surprised.

S: The nose is very boozy, so much so it's pretty overpowering and distracting. I can pick out some dark chocolate, brandy soaked plumbs, and other dark fruits.

T: The taste is pretty good though which was a relief. Very complex with flavors of chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, and bourbon.

M: The feel is creamy and smooth but slightly thin...it does coat the mouth pretty well though. Carbonation is barely detectable in the feel.

D: Hard to be excited about this one given the carbonation issues and the odd aromas. It is tasty but until they fix their carbonation issues I won't be recommending their beers. (937 characters)

Photo of teamizm
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a RRBC tulip

A - deep amber with a little bit of head. Decent lacing.

S - vanilla, brandy, oak, and lots and lots of chocolate (serpent stout really comes through).

T - Brandy, sugar malts, vanilla, chocolate. It has an alcohol burn and its fairly sweet.

M - decent. Not too complex, and has a bit of a burn on the tongue, but not as complex as it could be.

D - its a big beer, so its a sipper.

Overall, good beer, but not great. In comparison to the other beers we had that day, it seemed fairly middle of the road. I'd get this beer on tap, but not sure buying a bottle was a wise decision. Oh well (618 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Damn near black body on this thick oily looking brew with shimmers of brown barely penetrating through the light. A respectable dark mocha colored head sits atop this one. At about an inch thick I'm down right impressed with the high gravity of this beer. After about ten minutes of staring at it I'm still left with a nice layer of creamy foam on top of a big dark body. The aroma is nothing short of fantastic. Rich aromas of molasses, dark chocolate, raisins, and bourbon. The bourbon is integrated into this beer nicely, it gives nice rich caramel/bourbon kick to the nose with only leaving behind a little bit of heat. Damn near perfect aroma as far as I'm concerned. Richness through and through on this. Flavors of toffee and caramel. Chocolate, raisins and spot on bourbon coat the tongue being just slightly hot on the finish. The mouthfeel is full and silky with just a bit of heat. Simply a pleasure to put in my mouth. The biggest flaw on this one, and with big beers in general is they are hot a boozy. But that's not a concern with this one for me. I'm happy to nurse this one for another hour or so. (1,135 characters)

Photo of codewarrior
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork and Caged 375mL Poured into a Tulip.

This was my contribution to my friend T's tasting. Thankfully it stood up to some of the massive brews he pulled out.

L: Pours a thick black with a wispy touch at cream-foam head. For how thick it is, I expected yet thicker.

S: Massively malt forward with the Angel's Share right up front, overtaken by a mealy stout middle, overtaken by bourbon wonderfulness. The 3 flavors fade wonderfully together, into a malty, boozy, mealy finish. Great balance for how much is going on here. Never turns into the mess i expected.

T: Blend is more horizontal in the mouth than the nose, the 3-components rise up as one into a wonderfully over-powering middle. After that the malt drops out in favor of a bourbon-y stout wonderfulness. Perfection, for all it's overwhelming magnificence.

F: Thick, but not thick enough. Effervescent carbonation is perfect and makes the beer seem almost light. Still, I'm looking for some pretty massive (read: Cafe Royale) type viscosity here.

D: More please. Surprisingly drinkable for a sipper. (1,066 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark with a light mocha colored head. No real lacing

S- Smells boozy and bourbony. notes of chocolate and coffee come through. I also pick up some caramel and dark fruit.

T- Nice and smooth, tastes primarily like chocolate. The bourbon and coffee notes come in through the aftertaste. Creamy with some date type flavor. Some smokiness/oakiness too.

M- Very nice and smooth intially, but warms up. The aftertaste is strong and boozy.

D- Pretty drinkable, but needs some more time to mellow out. It's getting there, and has the makings of a great beer in the future.

-Gfunk (584 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think I got lucky and hit Julio's as a couple of these hit the shelf. The combination sounds fantastic to me.

Pours with a light brown two finger head that fairly quickly drops to an 1/8th in cap of foam. Can't see any light through this beer, which is a bit surprising. I am in low light so I can't really discern between brown and black here, but I am guessing more brown.

Aroma is of brown sugar and vanilla. A light sweetness and almost a light sense of chocolate in the background. More bourbon coming through.

Very nice beer. More molasses flavor vs. what I perceived as brown sugar in the aroma. A moment of mustiness, but this gives way to a nice sweet vanilla flavor. You definitely detect a higher abv here, but the sweetness and vanilla flavor plays nicely with these notes. I think I am getting bourbon up front and the brandy notes in the rear. The sweetness is consistent through and through. Wish there was a touch more dark roasted note from the stout side of the blend. But still really like this.

Lighter body than the flavor lets on. A touch of alcohol in the nose as you keep this in your mouth. Just a tingle of carbonation in your tongue.

I really like this and it's just outside of being a classic. (1,229 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Lost Abbey tulip. Thanks to domtonzero and irishgurl4 for both sending me one of these.

A - Black body with a small tan had resting on top.

S - This smells a bit hot. Big alcohol notes provided by the bourbon and brandy barrel aging. Smells pretty sweet. Really you can't ask for a much better barrel aged aroma from a beer like this.

T - Real sweet. The brandy and bourbon notes are definitely present though I'm not picking up any imperial stout notes. Honestly while the barrel aging is at the for front of this beer I don't get that sickening alcohol taste that makes me want to reach for another drink.

M - pretty heavy body, a moderate amount of carbonation and slightly syrupy

D - Honestly pretty drinkable considering he ABV and what went into this beer. At this point I think the barrels provide nice flavors without giving a sickening alcohol taste. I'm a big fan of this and can't wait to see how this develops over time. While this one is a bit pricey I think it is worth trying for sure. (1,036 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

4/4.5/4/4/4.5

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. (1,346 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours an opaque, deep mahogany/borderline black tone with a short tan head that soon lapses into a collar around the glass; decent lacing.

outstanding, aromatic nose is replete with bourbon, chocolate and roasted malts; caramel or perhaps toffee; also picking up on a subtle note of vanilla. smells deliciously complex.

i get the brandy a little more in the flavor, with the bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malts all pulling through in fine form... bit of a molasses presence... very interesting brew; unique and tasty... not quite as delicious as the nose led me to believe, but close. very close. big boozy kick to the finish, unsurpising given the 12.5% ABV on this bad boy. yum.

full-bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation. the quintessential sipper - one is most certainly enough per sitting (even if it wasn't so costly). (873 characters)

Photo of sugit
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, frist review after being on here for 2 years. Let's all admit, we were all a bit scared too..lol

A: Very little mocha colored head. Bubbles? On crab..Flat Abbbey is carbonated!! Very little at least. Motor oil color, maybe just hint of brown.

S: Very stong aroma. BRANDY! (Yum!), booze and bit of dark fruit,

T: A lot going on here. Big sweet brandy taste up front, which I peronally love. Chocolate, little bourbon and bit of coffee and vanilla. Hot, but enjoyable. Get much hotter as it warms up.

M: A bit tinner than I was expecting. A bit carbonated on the tongue to make it interesting. Taste def lingers for a while.

D: At 12.5%, I feel I could put a couple of these down in a sitting. As it warms up and the heat takes over the other flavors, it becomes a bit too much. I think this could age very nicely. Check back in a year....

This beer reminds me of lot AS Brandy, with a bit of carbination. Not a bad thing. (935 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bill (portia99) for this one. Poured from a corked and caged 375ml. bottle into a Darkness snifter. And oh yeah... REVIEW 400!!!

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger mocha head... WAIT... this one's carbonated? and its from LA?!? OMG... its gonna be delicious!!! Even retention is pretty good. Beer is opaque black and thick like motor oil. Lacing is stringy and spotty with nice cling.

S: Nose is maple syrup, chocolate, and vanilla all wrapped up in booze. Very deep but also quite subtle. Smells like it looks... dark and mysterious.

T: Holy Sh!t, this is a big beer. Opens big bourbon sweetness. Nice heat in the back. Chocolate, maple syrup, brown sugar, sweet soy sauce, and dark fruit. Booziness actually becomes more prominent as this one lingers. Brandy and bourbon barrels come through nicely towards the middle and end. Vanilla and oak apparent at the finish. End is accented by a crescendo of sweetness and aftertaste is chocolate and maple syrup.

M: Full bodied. As full bodied as I've ever had. AND... m.o.d.e.r.a.t.l.y CARBONATED. Pretty hot, even for the high ABV. Oily and viscous in the mouth and goes down tingly. Finish is accented and aftertaste is sticky, oily, and lingers.

D: As my scores suggest, this is a good beer. Nothing too outrageous and honestly, a little too big for my liking but its very complex, with a nice mouthfeel and a decent nose. I'd definitely jump at the chance to have this again but would probably want to split a 375ml with another person. A sipper for sure, 6oz. is more than enough. (1,551 characters)

Photo of far333
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a crystal snifter at cellar temp. Deep ruddy brown colored with a low head of sizzly foam that settles out quickly.

Inviting aroma of cocoa and cherries, port wine and boozey brandy. Sharp flavor of tangy cherry, bitter cocoa, espresso, notes of drambuie, vanilla and oakey wood. Very malty and rich, lots of caramel and toffee with assertive bitterness and an understated floral hop that rides beneath. The brandy seems to tame the bourbon that can sometimes seem cloying. Alcohol lends a fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, but finishes tingly, some alcohol warming, lingers powdery and slightly tannic. The considerable strength makes its presence known but does not overpower. Fairly drinkable for such a monster. Thanks to Barleywinefiend for sending this one coast to coast. (803 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle into two FoBAB taster glasses. Thanks to HollyAnn for the assist!

A: Well, another LA beer where the cork practically falls out of the bottle. C'mon guys, for crying out loud. A vigorous pour netted just a tiny hint of khaki-colored collar. Retention was poor and no lace was left behind. Rather lifeless sitting in the glass. Shows legs when swirled.

S: Extremely rich and fragrant. Tons of fudge brownie, boozy spirit barrel, cherry, dark fruit, and solvent alcohol.

T: Just as above. Alcohol becomes quite hot and prickly the warmer it gets. Finishes with a sweet brandy soaked cherry flavor.

M: Huge, sweet, and sticky with a hot and prickly booziness that comes on way strong by the end of the glass. Not too intrusive, but feels a little "tacked on" if you get my meaning.

D: Seems like there wasn't much of an attempt to hide the obvious alcohol content. Drinks pretty good, yet it was all we could do to share/finish this bottle. (987 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

375 ml corked and caged bottle into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass.

Pours a pitch black, topped with a finger of foamy burnt mocha head. This retains with a foamy and robust ringing around the edges, leaving spotty froth and brown oils down the sides of the glass. The aroma is pretty deep and rich smelling, with a sticky and sweet base of baker's chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and brown sugar. Going deeper reveals some dark roast and fruit, as well a layer of burnt char. I'm definitely getting a good bit of the Serpent's Stout in the nose but the bourbon has it own place as well, as does the brandy which brings some fruity notes but seems a little more buried here than the other flavors do. Thick warmth is present, adding some sharp fusel alcohol notes in the nostrils but it doesn't seem to interfere too much with the other flavors. Just really solid depth here that is really easy to pick up on. This was pretty awesome overall.

Wow, this is a hot beer. Alcohol flavor from the bourbon and brandy, as well as the stinging warmth of the ABV just run all over the back portion of this. Fortunately, you do get some good flavors up front, with note of chocolate fudge, toffee, burnt molasses, and roasted coffee. I think that I'm even getting a little bit of green apple from the brandy. The barrel itself leaves back some light creamy vanilla and woody dryness. Despite the heat in the back, I'm still picking up lingering notes of cocoa, roast, and brown sugar, so at least you get left with some sort of satisfaction at the end of this. The mouthfeel sits with a thick full heft on the palate and while the carbonation does have some creaminess to it at first, it quickly gives way to a ton of chewy and flatter feeling alcohol beef underneath.

I REALLY want to like this more and it's especially tough when there was a LOT of things, flavor wise and especially in the nose, which I really appreciated about it. Unfortunately, that over the top alcohol presence of this bottle just killed things dead at certain points of me trying to enjoy it. I mean, I like to think that I can take some heat in a beer but I honestly had trouble finishing this whole bottle. I don't know. Other reviews didn't seem to mention the alcohol strength here having such an impact on the flavors. I've got another bottle. I'll lay it down for a while and revisit this later. (2,366 characters)

Photo of Jmoore50
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When it comes to Lost Abbey I wait until enough of the BA community comes to the conclusion that their newest release is worth the money. Although this is a great beer, for the price I paid this 375ml bottle should of been filled with platinum. A great overpriced beer.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a nice light brown head. It looks pretty oily, but not motor oil thick. The head doesn't last long but it has a nice alcoholic leg.

The smell is amazing, great notes of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and lots of sweet booze flavor. The whisky that I pulled from it most was a sweet bourbon that reminded me a lot of Bourbon Angels Share.

Lots of great whisky flavor in this one. The imperial stout was by far the strongest flavor in this one contributing lots of chocolate and toffee. The barrel provided the whisky (obviously) and the light vanilla on the end of the palate.

A great beer that is going to turn into something phenomenal in upcoming months. When they hit it, they hit it out of the park.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.