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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
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1,285 Ratings
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Ratings: 1285
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%


Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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.

(Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010)
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blend of bourbon Serpent's Stout and brandy Angel's Share pours into my glass a wonderfully deep viscous black with a half inch of dark tan foam on top. Aromas seep out with rich dark malts, raisins, dark fruits, toffee, caramel and char. Loads of oak melding with bright bourbon and sweet brandy accents. Vanilla and alcohol soaked wood. Enticing and complex!

First sip brings a smooth melding of bourbon and brandy alongside dark roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, raisins and dark fruits. Vanilla and woody oak tones seamlessly float across the palate. Toffee with a burnt accent. Flows down with some alcohol heat, bitterness and lingering sweet brandy. The best of both brews shine through here in this intoxicating brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Not overly heavy and goes down smooth considering the high gravity here. Overall, this ranks up there as one of my favorite Lost Abbey releases...the melding of bourbon and brandy is quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 04:02:08 | More by orbitalr0x
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This showed up at my local beer store. Sweet find! 12.7 oz bottle...

A: Super medium black with a 1 inch mocha colored head that fades at a quick rate to a nice thin layer atop the brew. Good.

S: I get some heavy whiskey upfront blended with some raisin and dark fruit scents. Some toffee immediately follows in the middle with some creamy walnut on the backend. Smells very good!

T: First sip is a lot lighter and less intense than expected from the scent. I get creamy caramel walnut blended with some carbonated booze. A slight hidden tartness segways the front to the middle which has some almost peach raisin flavors. I don't get much on the backend. The more I drink this, the stranger the blend of these flavors gets. Good.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation feel. Decent.

D: This does not go down as easy as I would have hoped. The booziness and the hidden tartness make for a strange blend. Decent.

All in all, this is a good brew. Not great. I am kind of disappointed by LA by this one as I had higher hopes for it. Guess I set the bar a little too high. Great to try at least once if you like big beers, as I am a big beer lover, but don't expect to be floored by this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 01:08:02 | More by steve8robin
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ladyface. Glad I was able to try this on tap before popping open a $16 dollar 375ml bottle.

Appearance - Poured into a tulip by the bartender with about a finger of dark, mocha head that dissipates rather quickly, but leaves some nice, thin lacing on the sides of the glass for how potent this beer is.

Smell - The nose is full of wonderful aromas. Dark fruit, bourbon, heavy vanilla and oak, bittersweet chocolate, some leather and tobacco. You can just tell this is going to be a big, bad beer.

Taste - Honestly, not what I was expecting, but now that I type this out, I'm not sure what I really was anticipating the taste to be. There really is an earthy quality to it, with of course bourbon and vanilla prominent. Oak, roasted malts, and chocolate come forward after the beer warms up a little bit more, along with dark fruits and toasty caramel. Not overly sweet, though even if it was, I think the alcohol bite detracts from the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - A sipper for sure. I was at the bar for quite a while with just an 8oz pour, and it was somewhat of a chore to finish. I did go in at an odd time (2pm) to avoid the hustle and bustle so I could be sure I would be able to enjoy my beer without feeling pressured to finish it up quick and either order another or leave. It was a bit hot for me, and I could defiantly smell alcohol in the nose and taste it. I have two of these in my cellar right now and don't think I will revisit them for about a year, and have it as a night cap on a cold night. Overall, a very interesting beer and was glad I was able to try it now so I can see how it ages later.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 23:52:03 | More by SpdKilz
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largadeer

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Nanoslugs.

Opaque and murky brownish-black, a shade darker than Angel's Share. A small tan head forms and sticks around for a while; carbonation is at a lower medium level, just about spot-on for the style.

Great aroma, brandy and bourbon barrel richness abound, caramel and chocolate sweetness that makes me think of Tootsie Rolls. Dark fruit notes lend some depth beneath the strong barrel character. Boozy and decadent, this may be a bit young, but I love it.

Chocolate caramel candy is again prevalent on the palate. Quite a bit of brash alcohol too, but I don't mind. Dark fruit appears mid-palate, and there's just enough tannic oak to balance the sweetness. The flavors lean toward Angel's Share, but there's a touch more chocolate, roast and dark fruit. It's great fresh, but it should be excellent in a few months when some of the harshness fades.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 18:16:26 | More by largadeer
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DoubleJ

California

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What happens when I bring a bottle of Deliverance to drink in São Paulo? Find out now:

Blackish brown colored, the small head is respectable for the style, the legs it leaves in the glass are a thing to watch. Its nose is even more beautiful; very fragrant and full of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, yum,! Its taste great, aged vanilla, chocolate, toasted oak, more of that glorious spirit, a little grape. The alcohol is buried very well, only a trickle is felt in the mouth until it goes down and warms your throat. It's thick and coating in the mouth, gently carbonated, which means it feels awesome as well.

What a treat! Too bad it's $14.99 for a 375 ml bottle. I guess I'll have to wait to find it on-tap to sample again.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 16:10:25 | More by DoubleJ
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe that this was bmanning's bottle, thanks. Very cool beer.

Beer is black to brown and hazy at the corners with a thin tan head, no real lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

WHOA...brandy...liquor and malt. Very strong.

Beer is medium bodied and sweet with mild roast at the back. The liquor components in the mouth are there but it was much more obvious in the nose than the palate. Beer seems mildly hot. Drinkability is still quite good and I would recommend it and try it again, especially after a year.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 18:03:14 | More by drabmuh
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to rmjavanut for including this in our trade. 375 mL cork and cage poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours stout black (given that Angel's Share was pretty dark in its own right and it was blended with a stout this isn't surprising), with about a finger of caramel colored head rising up. The foamy cap lingers for just a second before dissipating. Not bad for such a big beer, but nothing out of the ordinary either. The nose hints that this beer is going to be an absolute chocolate bomb (fine by me). Even more so than that though is the smell of bourbon, and just a hint of brandy. The nose is decent, but a little too alcohol dominant. I find more balance in Deliverance as I sip on it. The booze is definitely still there, but the rich, roasty chocolate really asserts itself here. Especially as the beer warms and mellows out a little bit the chocolate becomes the main attraction. It's also a pretty thick beer, and overall I'd say it reminds me of Goose Island BCS, just a rich, viscous, chocolate and bourbon milkshake (although with a splash of brandy this time around). I can't say Deliverance is flat, like my last Lost Abbey beer was, but it's only just barely carbonated. A beer this big and rich shouldn't have explosive carbonation, but it shouldn't be something I have to strain this hard to find either. Deliverance is surely a sipper, as while I emphasized the chocolate when discussing the flavor, alcohol is definitely present as well. It works out to the drinker's advantage though, as I find Deliverance to only improve as it warms up. Now, if Lost Abbey could just get these beers properly carbonated ;)

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 04:54:51 | More by axeman9182
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GhostMilk

California

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich black with dark brown highlights and a slight off-white head. The nose is very boozy - brandy-soaked dark fruits with bourbon and oak.

The beer's flavor is less boozy than its smell would suggest, almost surprisingly so, and is very luxurious and complex. The taste of bourbon and brandy are both abundant but more subtle in taste, accompanied by the sweetness of dark, burnt caramel with hints of chocolate. The beer is almost dessert like, but without being overly sweet or at all cloying.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and lightly carbonated, and, though this is a beer to sip and enjoy slowly it is also very drinkable considering its overall complexity.

I've had nothing but bad luck with Lost Abbey's The Angel's Share (both bourbon and brandy aged) so this beer was both a relief and a revelation.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 03:38:24 | More by GhostMilk
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mdfb79

New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 09/25/10 notes. Brought this bottle to a small tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, and chocolate. More chocolate than I was expecting, I really liked the smell of this one.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit, and light toffee.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - Overall I thought this was a very good beer. I didn't like it quite as much as the AS Grand Cru, but it was much better than the AS Brandy and Bourbon barrel bottles I have had. I really thought the nose and taste were complex and balanced. I liked the nose a little more than the taste but both were great. Would love to try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 23:59:07 | More by mdfb79
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Halcyondays

California

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark brown with a mild off-white head. Average retention, leaves good lace.

S: Very similar to Angel's Share. Big brandy and bourbon nose, with a lot of chocolate.

T: Dark chocolate with an elegant malt character. The roasted malt comes out a bit more with the Serpent's Stout included, but I think I like the straight up caramelized malt and Brandy of the original Angel's Share. Still a good flavour for sure.

M: Full-bodied, thick, lightly boozy, quite smooth.

D: A must try for me, I liked it, but I'm glad I didn't pony up the $15 for the bottle, much cheaper on draft. It's good, but not that good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 03:23:01 | More by Halcyondays
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nkersten

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a new belgium snifter. Color is opaque black/very dark brown, with a thin mocha head that fades to the outer edge. Looks identical to Angel's Share, but with carbonation. Smell is bourbon off the bat followed by lots of brandy. No surprise there, but it is nice. Lots of alcohol heat and a tiny bit of chocolate. Taste is a great blend of the brandy and bourbon with a strong hot finish. Slightly bitter, lasting flavor is of milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is VERY light carbonation and a heavy, coating feel. For the style it is appropriate, but just barely fizzy. Drinkability is low for this one due to the abv - its very filling. The complex malt and barrel flavors keep me wanting more though.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 02:35:14 | More by nkersten
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a tan head. Small amounts of lacing, but certainly respectable for a beer of this heft. Smell brings a lot, with brandy, bourbon, roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruits, and candied sugars all playing a role. Taste is quite similar, although everything isn't quite as integrated in that respect, and the alcohol heat plays a bigger role, which degrades a bit from the mouthfeel. Drinkability is very nice, as this is quite complex. I think age will absolutely do wonders to this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 01:51:30 | More by Thorpe429
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glid02

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 01:01:20 | More by glid02
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DaveJanssen

Germany

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 375 mL three ways. Poured into red wine glasses. Reviewed blind 9/7/10.

Ar: Alcohol, sweet spiced rum, alcohol is strong but pleasant, *delightfully strong, heavy caramel, heavy caramel, chocolate, mild toasty earthy wood, alcohol strength increases with warmth, *cocoa, *vanilla, after knowledge of beer the bourbon and the roast are mild

Ap: Very dark clear brown, not quite black, thin brown head hints, great retention

T: heavy and sweet, smooth, intense rich caramel and toffee, toasty/woody end, chocolate, rum-like alcohol spice, complex rich and full malt, dates, mild rum soaked raisins, earthy spiciness, dark heavy full sweet, prune, *subtle roasted taste, *cacao, *mild vanilla, hints of roast, wheat toast, very port like, *dark dry fruit

M: medium/full body, low carbonation, alcohol thins finish, pleasant aetherial alcohol

O: Alcohol becomes a bit too strong in the aroma with time, serving size appropriate, LA angel's share?, *mild bitterness in finish, After knowledge: the stout helps to dry out the beer, better than angel's share and serpent's stout

*=ideas from fellow tasters

In comparison makes Bourbon Angel's Share seem very one dimensional, Angel's Share is much sweeter

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 23:04:33 | More by DaveJanssen
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Overlord

California

3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish, blackish, slushee mud color. Eh. Has a nice half an inch head initially, but this quickly settles down to a mere thin crust. Basically, little to no carbonation. Since it's 13% ... well ... I don't know. A few more bubbles would certainly help.

Smells predominantly of angel's share. Overwhelmingly so. Hot bourbon and alcohol and bourbon and caramel and alcohol and alcohol and alcohol notes. Could use more nuance.

Taste is a hot, solvent-y mess. Lots of caramel, tons of sweetness, maybe a bit of roastiness coming through, big bourbon ... maybe some lingering toffee and raisins/dates on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel, despite lack of carbonation, is decently thick and chewy.

The beer is just. too. hot. If something is uber compex you can get away with this much heat ... sometimes, but this is a pretty one-note sweet/bourbon blast of a beer. I think a lot of the nuances are being blasted into Bolivia.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 08:54:53 | More by Overlord
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johndoe8

California

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

Bought a couple bottles at the Deliverance release @ lost abbey.. haven't been able to find it anywhere since.

This is one of my favorite beers right now. I wish it was more easy to find. The serpent stout definitely cuts into the sweetness of the angel share to just the right levels.

Pours a dark brown with decent amt of carbonation. The only thing bringing this beer down imo is the drinkability. It tastes great, but you really do notice the 12.5% alcohol in this one. Definitely should drink it slow.

Notes of vanilla, chocolate, smoke, caramel.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 11:44:58 | More by johndoe8
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

an exceptional beer. i had not had much to drink in the last couple weeks, but decided to open a few gems today. sitting here sipping on this one, consumed on 09/11/2010.

pours a very dark brown with a light tan head of just a light bit of lacing that clings to the side and the bottom of the glass.

aroma is huge, rich and indulgent with wonderful hints of bourbon and caramel, toffee, rich barrel and alcohol notes that rip through the air. warming brings on all the vanilla and sweet notes i could handle and i melt into the glass, very, very impressive. as i take a sip it is rich and full, perfect carbonation for the style with the vanilla and toffee really shining here. bourbon lacing the palate and a rich and sweet finish that has a slight warming as it goes down and a smooth, tobacco touch as it ends.

one of the best beers i have had from lost abbey hands down. this is what i have been waiting for them to put out. amazing.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 01:05:24 | More by mikesgroove
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ratman for sharing this one last night. It followed a few other barleywines, and blew them away. Poured a deep, rich mahogany color, shot through with red, with a good 1/2 inch of light brown foam. Huge aromas of brandy, red and black grapes, raisins and booze. On the palate, I get a little roastiness from the stout, oak, caramel, toffee and dark fruits. I didn't pick up any bourbon, but this one got hot as it warmed. An excellent beer; very grateful I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 19:10:58 | More by emmasdad
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 22:27:19 | More by Bitterbill
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MrFootstones

California

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Head forms with vigorous pour, and quickly dissipates into a thin veil of foam. Dark brown, with light just making it through.

Aroma: BOOZE! Cinnamon toast, vanilla, oak, smoke, caramelized brown sugar, chocolate dipped toffee.

Taste: Burnt caramel, roastiness, booze, vanilla, smokiness, brown sugar, and milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, just enough to create a nice, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Delicious, but clearly a strong beer you can't drink a ton of. Had a third of a bottle, but could have had a half at least.

Overall this was a nice beer. The roastiness provided by the Serpent's Stout helped to balance the sweetness of the Angel's Share.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 05:58:03 | More by MrFootstones
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billshmeinke

California

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Side by side with a 2009 Brandy Barrel Angel's Share.

Pours a half an inch beige head. Super black body. Oilly legs, and even some lacing left behind(!). Plus, the label is epic, one of my favorites. Dies down to a ring of foam and patch layers of slim foam on top.

A wonderful bouquet of maple syrup, brown sugar, butterscotch candies (diacetyl?), caramel, salt water taffy, bourbon, brandy, and oak. A hint of alcohol buried beneath the desert like aromas.

Taste follows smell. Maple syrup, caramelized brown sugar, sweet cream butter/butterscotch candies. Then a hint of dark cherries and some bitterness that reminds me of mushrooms or black truffles. Then oak, brandy, bourbon, peat and smoke. The bourbon and brandy aren't super pronounced, they kind of blend with the other flavors in the beer. A touch of alcohol as well.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Incredibly rich and full. Surprisingly balanced, but leaning towards sweet. Buttery and smooth. High end of low carbonation.

An epic brew. I only get a touch of heat and alcohol, and mostly in the nose as the beer warms. It's 12.5% though, and I like to be reminded that what I'm drinking is strong. I'm sure a year or two of age will make this dangerously drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 01:26:33 | More by billshmeinke
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GRG1313

California

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that Angel's Share should have been. This is what Angel's Share should taste like; this is Angel's Share on steroids. Love it.

Black with a thick tan head. Complex sweet creamed espresso, sweet black chocolate, deep cherry; rich candied plums with undertones of carmel, toffee and whiskey.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and, yes, you can feel and taste the alcohol. Live with it! It's an alcoholic beverage! There is also good and attractive carbonation. It's delicious and is worth the hype that Angel's Share received.

There is little wrong with this one as flavors follow nose precisely and all attributes one gets in the nose follow in the layered flavors.

Finish is sweet, rich, thick carmel/toffee/plumed/cherry whiskey with espresso and black chocolate. Few "end of dinner," "dessert" or "sipping" brews can match this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 04:19:06 | More by GRG1313
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to billshmeinke for this!

Pours a wet, murky brown with a thin head... in LA terms, that head may as well be 5 inches!

Lots of bourbon in the smell. Oak, vanilla, sugars and red grapes.

Being a blend of BA Serpent's and Brandy AS, the AS is the bigger brother. I get much more of that in the taste. The Serpent's sweetness is not to be outshined however. There's more chocolate and vanilla up front. Sweet caramel and brown sugar on the back end. This is a solid blend!

Very creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. But in LA terms...

I have a feeling this will be tremendous in 8-12 months. Right now, it's a little hot. Once this settles down and the boozy sweetness mellows, we could have a contender for best LA beer I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 00:45:31 | More by rudylaw
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Arbitrator

California

3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by Nanoslug. Thanks, Adam and Anna.

A: Pours a murky brown body with mocha-colored head; good retention, even a touch of legs. Ha ha! Bubbles in a Lost Abbey beer. It will always be funny. But seriously, for a nearly 13% beer, the appearance is good.

S: Wow, this is harsh. It's hot, in a solventy, rubbing alcohol way. That dominates the nose and makes it tough to sniff out the actual flavors, but what I do detect is nice: caramel, bourbon, port. It's quite barrelly on the nose; I can't pick out the base beers well. But it smells tasty.

T: Caramel, bourbon, grape, oak, chocolate. Some butter. And then a finish of rubbing alcohol. I think this would be a pretty amazing beer if it weren't for the heat. I'm told this is a blend of Bourbon Serpents Stout and Brandy Angel's Share, so it certainly has the pedigree to work. It's just too hot to pick out much.

M: Chewy, viscous... Solventy. It's very full in flavor, but the harshness works against it.

D: This might improve into an amazing beer, but right now it's outclassed by competitors as well as Tomme's own Angel's Share Grand Cru. I also think the Bourbon AS is better.

Also, I see what ZX6Chris did there.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 07:22:56 | More by Arbitrator
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domtronzero

California

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

Thanks for sharing Dankbeers619!!

A - Murky very dark brown with mahogany at the edges of the glass. Almost opaque. Little legs on the sides of the glass. Low forming, long lasting mocha head. A little bit of lacing.

S - Caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon, cherries, chocolate, pleasant alcohol. This is a HUGE beer!

F/M - Chocolate, vanilla, cherries, plums, oak. Alcohol is noticeable and a little hot and solventyl. Rich and full bodied. Medium low carbonation is spot-on. Warming with a light astringency in the finish.

D - This is balanced just right for being such a humongous beer. The full flavors and big bourbony booze flavors meld almost flawlessly into a superior blend. Yet it finishes clean(ish) and has me begging for more. This is a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 05:34:42 | More by domtronzero
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