Deliverance - The Lost Abbey
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4.59/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This beer is normally $15, but I bought this 375 ml/12.7 fl oz bottle at a Sprouts for $4 because the cashier did not have the price on her, so she offered to sell it to me for $3.99. Clearly, I had no objection. The bottle wasn't refrigerated as far as I could tell. Consumed in my room at room temperature.
The cork was one of the toughest I had to open on a beer, with surprisingly quiet pop, indicating very mild carbonation. Poured into an AleSmith Decadence tulip-shaped glass, the color is stout-like rich black and brown. The head is non-existent with some visible surfacing bubbles, almost like an old coke. Pours like used motor oil.
The smell is strong, deep, and has an "aged" quality to it. It smells delicious with sweet notes of caramel, pungent dried prune, malt, and alcohol.
Distinct aged/dried prune taste that well mask the 12.5% alcohol content. The distinct malty flavor is very rich, overwhelming, and even dizzying. There are also pleasant sweet notes of dark fruit, with bitterness virtually absent, and only an ailing hint of bitterness on the finish. The dark fruit flavors definitely dominate this beer and it is unlike any American Strong Ale I've tasted, maybe because it is a blend of bourbon barrel-aged Serpent’s Stout and brandy barrel-aged Angels Share.
Rich, full-bodied viscous texture, with a nice alcohol warmth that lingers in the throat. A pleasant light tingling sensation on the tongue from the mild carbonation.
Distinct dried prune, aged look and flavor, surprisingly well balanced barrel-aged stout and bourbon barrel-aged strong ale. Complex aged flavor unlike any other beer I've tried.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2013 11:58:16 | More by retry4z
4.94/5 rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Deliver me from evil. Wow, this beer rocks. Strong taste with bourbon and vanilla, fruit like undertones. Great bouquet and nice dark color. I've been waiting for a while to try this beer and was only holding back because of cost. At $16 for a 12 oz bottle, I'm not going to drink too many of these, but I will drink them on days that end in a y. Great overall beer. Nice dark color, sweet vanilla fruity taste and good strong alcohol taste. Love it!
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2013 02:20:05 | More by Heynow007
2.9/5 rDev -32.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquor, Somverville, MA
Served in a snifter
The beer poured a dark, murky brown with faint crimson highlights. Minimal carbonation. A thin film of saddle brown bubbles topped the liquid but they quickly dissipated into a thin, lasting ring of froth.
Bourbon and vanilla notes dominated the nose. The vanilla was incredibly fragrant and sweet. After a few minutes, roasted malts were apparent. Lots of dark fruits and raisins. Sweet brown sugar notes. The bourbon became even stronger as beer sat. Overall, super boozy but pleasant.
Flavorwise, the beer was initially undrinkable. A permeating alcohol sharpness completely overwhelmed my palate. Strong wood and tannin notes. Even with two years of age, this was a hot and boozy mess. As the beer warmed and opened up a bit, roasted malts and brown sugar notes appeared on the front end. Raisins and dark fruit were noticeable as well. The bourbon and brandy flavors still came through loud and clear, but they were not quite as piercing as earlier in the session.
The mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown. It was thinner and lighter in body with a fine and spritzy carbonation. Somewhat creamy and supple however. Frothy.
All the Angel's Share variants seemed to be quite boozy, but this beer takes the cake. I can only imagine how intolerably hot this must be fresh.
Serving type: bottle
03-20-2013 22:30:08 | More by Damian
4.31/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed this on tap at the Local Option in Chicago, IL served in a 10oz snifter.
A - The room was dark so I apologize if the color is off. It did look like a dark black murk, full finger of mocha head, and good lacing.
S - Sweet bourbon, chocolate, toffee, vanilla and aged fruit...maybe dates.
T - Initially: Chocolate, bourbon and toffee. Finish had some booze, slight hops but a mostly a coffee flavor. 12.5ABVs hidden very well.
M - Not as thick as you'd imagine. Low carbonation, high viscosity, creamy but not the ultra cream/velvet feel.
O - Very nice. But this beer had me confused. Maybe for the good, maybe for the bad depending how you look at it. This brew is very hard to classify. Has the look, smell and taste of an Imperial Stout. But the not yet the feel of one but more of an dark ale. Only beer I've had of its kind is Bell's BA Batch 9000. Both blur the lines between beer classification. Did wish there was more of the aged fruit flavor. Didn't taste much, or any at all.
Serving type: on-tap
03-18-2013 19:55:51 | More by weonfire
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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