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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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1,284 Ratings
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Ratings: 1284
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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IKR

California

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

Appearance: Very dark brown to black with a moderate beige head that fairly quickly but still remained as a ring in the tulip.

Smell: Mild Bourbon, brandy, and slight oak notes.

Taste: A mixture of Bourbon, brandy, toffee/caramel, some roast malts, faint vanilla, and oak. The finish is fairly dry with a slight alcohol presence.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Good beer but for me the bourbon and brandy dominate. Very pricey.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 01:58:15 | More by IKR
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

2010 bottling

Appearance: It has that typical Lost Abbey pour - all liquid and no head; the liquid is fudge brown with auburn highlights

Smell: Bourbon and Brandy elements waft above the chocolate and dark fruit; oak and vanilla, as well

Taste: Dark chocolate, with a hint of raisin, up front, followed by the Bourbon and Brandy which dominate the middle; after the swallow, there is an oaky dryness, complemented by a touch of vanilla and coffee

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Overall: Received this in the Secret Santa BIF 2010 and, as I haven't had many Lost Abbey beers recently, I am not sure whether the lack of carbonation continues to be an issue; the flavors in this one are very good but it does suffer from the flatness of many of the Lost Abbey beers I drank when I was a member of the Sinners Club

Thanks, mrmiles, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 22:37:42 | More by brentk56
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claspada

New Jersey

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

Pours a viscous black with a very small amount of mocha colored foam that eventually settles down to a thin cap of nothingness with some solid lacing.

Aromas begin with a large amount of oaky vanilla and a solid amount of both dark and semi-sweet bakers chocolate notes. The roasted, almost charred maltiness emerges as it warms along with the booziness from the multiple barrels involved in the aging process.

The tastes begin with sweet and bitter chocolate flavors along with more oak and vanilla. The spirit and subtle flavors of roasted malts provide a solid balance to the sweetness. There is plenty of caramel and brown sugar present throughout.

The mouthfeel is medium to full boided with a lower amount of carbonation. Finish is a bit boozy and aggressive from the roasted maltiness and the multiple barrel aging process

Overall I think this is a nice offering from Lost Abbey but it just isn't my cup of tea. The two beers I feel are better by themselves and really don't mesh in a harmonious fashion for me. While it is definitely not a bad beer, I just don't think I have the need to venture out and purchase it with the inflated price tag, but finding it on draft is more than reasonable and worth a go for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2012 15:19:20 | More by claspada
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011. 375ml bottle served in a snifter.

Appearance: Very dark opaque brown, nearly black in color in the glass. There was virtually no head when poured and what was there dissipated instantly to a thin tan collar.

Smell: Bourbon, caramel, dates, raisins, oak, hints of coffee and booze

Taste: Bourbon, toffee, slight coffee bitterness, vanilla, molasses, and oak. The flavors are all very nice, but there's a slight astringency that keeps this from scoring higher.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the low side, but by no means is it flat.

Overall: Very good barrel aged beer. If you're into stouts, strong ales or bourbon barrel aged beers, its definitely worth a try if you can find it at a reasonable price.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 06:33:24 | More by Jonada
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a deep, almost impenetrable brown with ruddy pumpkin highlights and a thin halo of mauve bubbles. Something resembling a head would be welcome, but otherwise quite photogenic.

Smell -- Figgy pudding, vanilla, brandy-soaked raisins, fudge. Medicinal alcohol is slightly sharp on the nose, but not a detraction.

Taste -- Angel's Share really dominates this beer: Lots of soft caramel, vanillin, bread pudding, rum cake, and fudge. Bourbon Serpent's Stout broadens the malt base of Angel's Share in terms of the roastiness and cafe mocha-like quality. It makes me think of eating a decadent desert at a nice restaurant. With the barrels, brandy is much more forward than the bourbon mid-palate, though oaky bourbon sweetness makes a comeback in the backend. Alcohol is certainly present, but it takes the form of a mild medicinal quality in the finish. Lingering flavors of bread pudding and bourbon.

Mouthfeel -- Thick and chewy with very mild carbonation, though not still. I shouldn't be surprised since half of this beer is Brandy Angel's Share. Bubbles aside, it's pleasantly velvety. It feels indulgent. Alcohol presence is mild, though a gentle warming of the throat is perceptible from the fist sip. Over time one feels like they should be sinking into a high back chair by the fire, surrounded by leather-bound books.

Overall -- This would be an ideal aperitif beer with it being so rich and decadent, and nearly still as if to mimic the classic after dinner drinks like port wine or brandy. It seems like the brief time I have abstained from drinking this has really benefitted Deliverance. The harsh phenolic alcohol so many had griped about seems to have mellowed moreover.

This is more a special variation on Angel's Share more than anything else. the only addition from Bourbon Serpent's Stout is some roastiness and bubbles. Thank goodness for those bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 23:29:04 | More by yeahnatenelson
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375mL bottle poured into a snifter

A dark brown body with mahogany hues. A thin, bubbly cap rose about a finger then subsided quickly. Some small traces around the edge of the glass.

Dominant brandy/bourbon from the two beers. The rest of the aromas are faint and minor players: cocoa, raisins/figs, plums, vanilla, oak, and a touch of coffee. You can definitely pick up on each beer's contributions to the blend.

A bit more straightforward here. Brandy/bourbon dominating with some dark fruits and cocoa powder. The Serpent Stout actually lightens the body, creating a less syrupy feel than the Angel's Share. Raisins/figs, vanilla and oak round out the profile, but in small doses.

Medium feel, some lingering roast and a dryness from the oak.

The serpent stout does a good job of taking the edge off of the Angel's Share, but in my opinion, that is what is so good about the Angel's Share. This is a nice blend, but I would much rather have each of these beers by themselves, or less Serpent Stout in the mix.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 15:22:33 | More by ColForbinBC
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teamizm

California

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 05:20:02 | More by teamizm
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jethrodium

California

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that leaves a very small amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is pretty awesome. Big bourbon, light vanilla, caramel, brandy, light leather, a bit of oak, chocolate, and a decent amount of alcohol. All the flavors come together quite nicely. The initial taste is sweet with some plum and bourbon. You also get some caramel, oak, chocolate, and brandy. The finish is pretty boozy with significant alcohol heat. Medium body. Low carbonation. Enjoyable beer. I would have rated the taste higher if there wasn't so much alcohol too it. I'm curious if this will get much better with time.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 20:37:34 | More by jethrodium
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chicagobeerriot

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 20:59:43 | More by chicagobeerriot
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jdb288

New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aged bottle (2 years old?) Black with minimal head. Boozy and warming alcohol presence. Tasted next to a GI BCBS 2013 and found many similarities. This had the brandy notes which were excellent and put this over the top for me. Very strong showing here from LA but what else is new?

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 13:00:24 | More by jdb288
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01001111

California

3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Used motor oil with a tiny ring of lacing that accounts for the head.

S: Bourbon, molases, medium roast coffee.

T: A quick wash of tart dark fruits and then the barrel notes come in. There are some strange sour notes that come in and dance with the sweet caramels, wood, and booze. Not entirely unpleasant but unexpected. Not as complex and full as the nose let on.

M: Slightly thinner than the appearance suggested though still syrupy. It foams up on your tongue.

O: The smell is absolutely amazing. But the taste, while nice, falls a little shy of all that the aroma promised.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 06:04:28 | More by 01001111
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with kkipple

Appearance: pour is a dark-mahogany with a light tan head, some head and lacing

smell: toffee, fudge, caramel, rated malts, faint bourbon and vanilla

Taste: Similar to the aroma, fudge, toffee, caramel, and faint bourbon, vanilla and oak. O wish the bourbon elements were a bit more pronounced, kkipple enjoyed this one much more than I did. I don't think it compares to Angle's Share grand cru. I have never really been crazy about serpent's stout and it is too present here.

Mouthfeel: smooth, nice soft carbonation, perhaps a bit thin.

Drinkability: I was glad I split this one with someone; glad it was only 375ml

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 03:05:28 | More by craytonic
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ekardz

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter. Pours a deep brown, almost black. Head quickly recedes, leaves lacing, and looks very inviting, with moderate carbonation. Smells very boozy, bourbony, chocolate/mocha notes, toffee, coffee, vanilla. Tastes like a chocolatey coffee, again picking up the vanilla, some brandy, very boozy; strong alcohol taste, dark fruits, maybe some figs. Thin to medium bodied, watery almost, very dry finish. Delicious beer, but with the price tag - the overly booziness, and the thin mouthfeel, would have if it was offered to me, but probably will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 00:06:40 | More by ekardz
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Reddish brown, small head that vanished quickly. Thin oily legs.
Smells of bourbon and brandy with some notes of chocolate and caramel. The taste has all those notes with a touch of brandy and vanilla and oak.

Body is a bit thin and in need of more carbonation. It would work better with a creamy feel.

Overall-- not bad. It's improved a bit as it aged and let the brandy heat mellow out. The beer could easily age even longer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 02:28:34 | More by AleWatcher
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a jet black body. some lacing.

S: mildly buttery, roasted malts, vanilla.

T: this one is a little buttery which i am really sensitive too. oak, bourbon, hints of milk chocolate.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is very drinkable and very mild. the drinkability is excellent. very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 06:40:19 | More by kylehay2004
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 04:07:10 | More by maximum12
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 03:42:10 | More by GbVDave
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle courtesy of thrillainmanilla. Thanks again Eric!

A - I've read a lot of reviews for this beer, and I was a little scared that I would get one of the dreaded "uncarbonated" bottles. Luckily, the cork gave me a satisfying pop and the beer collects a little fizz on the periphery as it enters the glass. The beer itself is dark brown, settling black in the glass. No foam whatsoever.

S - the first thing I get is a whiff of bourbon, followed by the stout base, followed by some of the sweetness from the barrel character. I poured it pretty cold, and it initially smelled like a booze bomb, but as it warms up the sharpness dissipates. The richness I expect isn't terribly evident in the smell. Fruit: apples, raisins, and caramely dates.

T - the first thing I get is heat from the booze. It burns the tongue almost immediately. Following that, it's mostly the barrels I detect. The bourbon and brandy work nicely together, but both are secondary to the alcohol. I don't get Angel's Share at all, only Serpent Stout, and that only slightly. The only thing I would call "substantive" in the taste is the tartness that comes from the roast.

M - like I said, the booze is overwhelming. My tongue burns as I drink. The alcohol almost entirely overwhelms the sweetness, which is the other lingering taste at the finish.

O - I'm not a big fan of this beer. It's too expensive, and the barrels play too big a roll. The alcohol dominates and depletes any of the substance of the base beers. That being said, however, I'm super glad I finally got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 21:42:53 | More by JamesShoemaker
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 01:36:56 | More by BedetheVenerable
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caskstrength

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:13:13 | More by caskstrength
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't see any dates on this one but I would estimate around 2 years old.

A: Cork comes off with just the lightest, faintest hiss. Pours a dark brown, oddly not as pitch black as I was expecting. Tiniest little fizzy head despite the most aggressive pour I could possible give it. Fades quickly. Essentially zero lacing.

S: Lots and lots of sweet dark fruits. Smells a lot like brandy and bourbon (duh). Loaded with sickly sweet caramel, toffee, molasses, raisins and vanilla. Not much roasted malt pokes through, maybe a hint of chocolate. Big and boozy.

T: Stinging bourbon and brandy. Lots of it. Up front there's lots of dark fruit, toffee and caramel. Turns into chocolate and vanilla in the middle, becoming very very oaky in the finish. A little char mixes in with the oak and then it's more burning brandy. Finishes dry and hot.

M: Thick and heavy. Being almost completely flat contributes to this effect.

O: It's not bad, the stout character is mostly swallowed up by all the brandy and bourbon. Surprising, especially given the decent age on this one. Might have to age one for maybe 5 years and see how it turns out. Too hot, too much spirits, not enough stout at this stage.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 05:23:53 | More by Dope
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Bubba83

California

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

375ml bottle into an Allagash glass.

A very dark brown body, nearly black, topped off by a two finger widths, dark tan, creamy looking head. The head holds well, and there's a bit of lacing going on too.

The aroma is nice, there's a big cherry/vanilla component, maybe some oaky/ashy quality there in the background too. Tobacco leaf. I'm missing a lot of the smell I'd expect from the Imperial Stout.

Tastes nice too, alcoholic cherries and vanilla hit first, followed by some milk chocolate and caramel. The oak is present, along with a sweet sugary quality of brown sugar and raisins. The end of the sip is pretty hot though, negatively impacting what is otherwise a great flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy, quite viscous indeed. The richness and smoothness give it a real dessert type feel, very nice to swirl around the mouth. I don't think it could be improved upon, the carbonation level is spot on as well. Perfect marks.

The heat makes this one drink rather poorly. I've had this problem with a lot of Lost Abbey beers before. The alcohol heat seems to be present from start to finish, and by the swallow it's not a warming sensation but an actual unpleasant flash of heat moving down my throat. Reminds me a lot of Santa's Little Helper, which also has this problem. With many more years on this, who knows, this could be sorted out, but this was the only negative aspect of an otherwise great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 08:09:42 | More by Bubba83
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hippityhops85

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 12:02:59 | More by hippityhops85
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waltonc

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to OtakuAle for the trade. Pours dark brown with plenty of carbonation. Smells a lot like Angels Share - loads of bourbon, vanilla, fruit, spice. Tastes quite good - bourbon, caramel, vanilla, fruit. A sweet malt bomb. Tons of alcohol is present in the flavor and it's really hot. About as conspicuous a burning hot alcohol beer as I can recall having had. That said, this is a nice sipper and is easily shared with a friend despite being only 375 ml. Body is on the thick side with medium carbonation appropriate for the style. Overall, I like this beer, but for the price and given the alcohol heat, one is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 15:39:56 | More by waltonc
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zhanson88

California

3.7/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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