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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,294 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1294
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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jnezda

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375ml bottle into snifter. Poured a beautiful oil black with dark tan full head. The aging comes through in the aromas coming from this beer, oaky, brandy/bourbon with some dark fruit or sugar. The mouthfeel was think and viscus almost warm from the booze over powering the malt characteristics. Agree with many of the other reviewers that the alcohol shows through perhaps a bit too much on this one. The barrel aging brings out some interesting after notes on the finish but I think this would improve if I had let is sit for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 16:34:02 | More by jnezda
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form an 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip. No date from what I can tell.

A: Body is totally opaque black. Nice light mocha head, tight bubbles, reasonable retention.

S: Lots of vanilla and whiskey comes through in the nose, as well as the stout aromas. Smells like it has some age on it.

T: A tremendous blend. Some roasty malt freshness along with just enough aged whiskey stout character. Totally outstanding.

M: Beautifully carbonated, not flat like some barrel aged stouts I've had.

D: They did everything right here. I wasn't crazy about angel's share, but the balance here is exactly what it was missing.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 19:14:46 | More by 51mmz0rz
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jason, 375ml into a tulip. Unknown vintage.

Dark brown body, with a ring of brown head. Big legs, no retention however. Nose of sweet alcohol, dark chocolate, caramel candies, dark fruit and candi sugar. Oak and fudge as well. Alcohol is again prominent on the palate, fudge, oak and dark fruits. Brandy is a little more prominent that the bourbon, although both stand out in a boozy fashion. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous and boozy. Low carbonation, but not flat. A really good BA'd beer/blend - really brings forward some characteristics that I felt were reminiscent of BB4D in a really good way.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 19:56:01 | More by liamt07
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tut2528

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

A: completely black, no transparency whatsoever. Pours about ½ fingers worth of head formation at the most, that is mocha colored. Moderate film sticks to the edge of the glass.

S: huge bourbon notes complemented by dark fruits such as raisins and figs. I also get a bold roasted note aspect with some alcohol, but the alcohol sits in quite nice. There also is a nice sweet and sugary toffee to heighten the complexity in the nose.

T: like the nose, except a monster of bourbon and the alcohol crush the palate. once you get past the ABV, some of the other pleasuring notes come up...dark fruits (raisins, figs again), mild coffee, mild chocolate, with a cream vanilla finish.

M: full bodied, fits the appearance and the taste quite well. Carbonation much more enhanced than Angel’s Share.

O: disappointing for the price that is it sold at, but glad I tried it. There are many other brews that are much less expensive and more well balanced than this one. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good brew, but this was a one timer for me. I highly recommend laying this one down for an extended period of time to mellow out the bold alcohol because it is just too dominating at this moment.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 13:08:36 | More by tut2528
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macktbone

California

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Davis Beer Shoppe from a cooled bottle.

A- dark but deffinately not black with a thin rim of head only around the edge in a light brown ring. Lots of gorgeous oil that lingers on the glass like a sweet wine.

S- tone of whiskey barrel and brandied wood and purple velvet.

T- Hot and buttery. Tobacco, grain and bourbon.

M- good for the strong ale style but a little thin if put directly up against some of cali's great strong anniversary strong ales.

D- highly enjoyable on the right occasion or as a treat for the soul.

Great mix of two great outputs from Lost Abby. Another home run!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 02:25:04 | More by macktbone
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep, dark brown. Not quite black. Light brown, bubbly, slowly fading head.

S: Booze, bourbon, brandy, sour apple.

T: Sweet, buttery, delicious bourbon. One of the most bourbon-forward beers I've tasted. Body is a bit thin. Faint roasted malt, dark chocolate, typical IS flavors but huge bourbon. Brandy is there. Burnt fruit flavors.

M: Super smooth, warming, boozy, extremely tasty.

O: Once it warms up...unspeakable brilliance. An absolute treat but a one-time opportunity at $20 for a 355ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 05:16:46 | More by Gatch
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into a snifter

A: Very dark brown, pretty much black with a finger of lively head that sticks around for a while.

S: Strong bourbon up front with dark chocolate, roast, and toffee. Very nice, but lacking a bit in complexity.

T: Dark chocolate and toffee up front with brandy in the background. A bit on the dry side and quite boozy.

M: A tad thin with adequate and fairly creamy carbonation. Could be more full bodied.

O: Rarely do I feel like a beer needs to be aged, but this beer is very boozy and I believe it could develop some with age. Still decent, but I think I'll lay a couple of these down for a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:57:49 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to dsgolovin for this brew.

12.7 oz Bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger fizzy dark tan head, with a big oil slick in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, sweet, with some cherries, bourbon, brandy, figs, raisins, plums. The taste is very nice, malty, with lots of dark fruits, and a nice touch of bourbon/brandy, slight chocolate note. Full/Medium body, ABV hidden very well. It's been awhile since I've had a LA brew, but this one is a very very tasty brew, highly recommended. Thanks David!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 20:29:23 | More by Wasatch
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewing a 2011 Vintage Deliverance Ale.

A: Pours black with a brown head, quickly disappears to a slight tan rim-foam...

S/T: Stong with alcohol right up front, almost to the point of overpowering but, smooths out quickly with a sweet flavor of bourbon and brandy notes, sweet heat, some candied sugars, vanilla and molasses notes in the background. A long finish lingers leaving a nice vanilla taste behind....

M: Somewhat thick, oily and a bit slick. Not really digging the mouthfeel here...seems it is missing something, but can't really pin down exactly what...needs to be smoother....

O: Good, not great. A nice sipping beer, but really lacks in the mouthfeel dept. Try if you have not had it before, but not drinkable quantities above one bottle...

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 00:38:07 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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cradke

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black with some brown and amber hues. A thin head fades except at the edge of the glass.

Smell: Intense bourbon and sweetness. Brown sugar, some brandy. Enjoyably intense.

Taste: Sweet up front. Some heat comes out. Good bourbon and distinct brandy flavors hover around a great malt base. The alcohol is there but very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and thickness. I dig, I dig.

Overall: I got this in a trade as an extra and love it. For a BA beer, this is world class. The complexity is great, the sweetness is very much there (almost a bit too much even) but the distinct brandy and bourbon notes are awesome.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 06:29:23 | More by cradke
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yamar68

Minnesota

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

Been anxiously waiting for some special occasion to open this one. I guess Monday night is special enough. Poured from 375ml to tulip:

Pours an inky black with a half finger of light mocha head. Stubborn lacing and sultry legs.

The nose is stuffed with smooth bourbon and spicy wood. Malted caramel and toffee, warming booze and licorice. Some cherry notes as well.

Hot damn. Delicious. All the expected players make an appearance with the addition of some tart, earthy woods. Very nice. The booze is nicely incorporated.

The feel is what I was concerned about. I had heard from countless people that Lost Abbey beers are notoriously flat. This is far from flat. Velvety smooth, beautiful.

Overall, I desperately wish we could get Lost Abbey here in the north woods. If their other beers are even half as good as this, I would be their biggest customer. WANT.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 02:38:04 | More by yamar68
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz cork and caged bottle. 2010 bottle.

Hard, vigorous pour produces a thin, fleeting light tan head that faded to a thin collar with no lace on top of an opaque, still and viscous milk chocolate. Strong, barrel heavy and boozy nose, dominated by brandy and vanilla, raisin, plum and brown sugar. Medium full body with trace, light carbonation. For this type of beer the lack of carbonation isn't a problem but for this particular beer wears out my tolerance for the flavor quickly. Still extremely hit and boozy, with a very sweet profile, Belgian yeast, raisin, molasses, vanilla, brandy and chocolate malt. Carbonation would help, but this would still be a chore to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 01:39:52 | More by yourefragile
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 it would be, 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). highly recommended.

originally reviewed: 12-06-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 22:34:47 | More by BostonHops
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AgentMunky

California

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 ounce into a Knoingshoeven chalice. The bottle date is rubbed off.

A: Opaque dark brown-red. No head.

S: Boozy. Bourbon and brandy both make an appearance, but I think the Serpent's Stout overpowers the Angel's Share. Roasted-dry malts are reminiscent of an imperial stout. A rich, ensorcelling scent, deserving of full marks.

T/M: An intriguing combination that definitely works, though I think in the favour Angel's Share. It shares the same fruit (grape) heaviness, with a smoothness that is perhaps a bit TOO smooth. However, the deep dark chocolate maltiness balances it out with bitterness. Excellent!

O: Damn. A big, huge, powerful, compelling beer. That doesn't, however, make it an excellent beer by necessity. Worth trying, worth buying, would have again. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 07:04:25 | More by AgentMunky
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mondegreen

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle into a Bruery Tulip

Pours pitch black with a healthy fan head. The head falls to a thin film leaving only slight lacing on the glass.

Nose is complex. Heavy on the spirits (boozy), but invitingly sweet at the same time. The barrel character overshadows anything else in the brew, but it smells fantastic.

The taste is a touch hot, but not overwhelmingly so. The balance of the two barrels is masterful - the bourbon and brandy play very well together. A residual wood flavor dries the palate slightly. Everything works together here.

The mouth is a little more thin than I'd like. This beer tastes like it should be motor oil thick, but it comes off as medium bodied.

Overall, a supremely enjoyable brew from Lost Abbey. I hope this is an indication of things to come from Lost Abbey's barrel program.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 22:12:18 | More by mondegreen
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deliverance Ale opens with a rich, malty, alcoholic nose, the barrel aging immediately obvious and present in the form of heavy shades of charcoal-filtered bourbon and caramel-sweet grainy scotch. So potent are these aromas that at first the beer ends up bearing little resemblance to beer, instead smelling like fine liquor that has been tinged with aged port. There are, however, excellent and Imperial Stout-like notes just beneath the surface, including espresso grounds, chocolate and black malt, tobacco ash, and syrupy fig, black cherry, prune, and date fruit esters. Molasses and anise seed add to the gloopy, spicy aromas. As a whole, the nose is excellent, speaking of well-tended beer aged expertly in carefully-chosen barrels, plucked from its resting place at the height of drinkability and flavor. It’s hard to imagine more aromas drifting from a glass.

On the tongue, the beer opens with thick, black sugars, including molasses and dark, natural brown sugar, joined immediately by espresso, tobacco, ash, deeply roasted nuts, and strong-but-perfectly-blended overtones of bourbon and scotch. These latter notes don’t overwhelm the beer, as they can in some barrel-aged brews, but for the most part of the mouthful play off of the already-dark malt notes, adding further complexity and nuance. Fig, prune, and black cherry fruit esters add a bit of flavor, joined by anise and touches of black pepper. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the bourbon and scotch notes seem to increase in strength, biting at and burning the soft palate, much like a straight shot of liquor. Here the barrel aging proves somewhat detrimental, lending the beer a heavy alcoholic overtone, the vapors almost tangible in the throat. The aftertaste is a continuation of this heavy, liquor-soaked alcoholic vapor wash, with lingering ash, tobacco, and black malt, and lingers on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is a lightly syrupy medium (though based on the flavors it feels like it should be more viscous, and this provides a slightly distracting contrast), and carbonation is medium.

As a whole, this is certainly very good beer, and for the most part the barrel aging does wonders for what was almost certainly a very good brew to begin with. The only negatives come late in the mouthful, when the heady alcoholic vapors somewhat overtake the brew, and in the slightly strange lighter-than-expected mouthfeel. Very much worth trying, especially for fans of barrel-aged Imperial Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 16:47:07 | More by jondeelee
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Drinkerofales

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown, ends up black, with no light passing, some brown in the edges as well. A medium sized mocha dissipates rather quickly to a well retained ring, constantly supplied with new bubbles sliding up the glass.

Smell is chocolaty, sweet bourbon, booze, and a hint of vanilla and dark fruitiness.

Taste is bitter chocolate, bourbon, booze, roasted malts, and dark fruits soaked in brandy.

Full bodied, and very silky smooth. A bit of heat, but expected. A sipper for sure, which smooths more as it warms.

What a treat to find this within walking distance of work, and the cheapest price yet. I will be getting more for sure, this was delicious.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 19:24:04 | More by Drinkerofales
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

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

Pours black. The Serpents Stout really takes this over in the appearance. Poured a thin medium brown head, stuck around though.

Oak, bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate, roast/char, dark sweet caramel malts, vanilla.

Bourbon and oak up front, the brandy adds some fruity, boozy notes. Charred toffee, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla. The Serpent plays the biggest role here, and having had it before and knowing it's epicness, I'm totally cool here. This is great!

It's thick, full, smooth and creamy.

Like the BA Serpents, this is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 02:41:04 | More by EgadBananas
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stonermouse

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at EBF; now reviewing from a bottle.

Pours deep brown with a hint of ruby. Thin, pillowy, roasted marshmallow colored head throughout.

The aroma is a blast of booze, and lots of oak. Smells like I have my head in a recently-emptied barrel. Great stuff.

The taste of the bottled version is true to what I remember from the keg at EBF. Strong bourbon notes, with a solid roasty, oaky base. Maybe a touch of tobacco as well. Slightly sweet for the most part, the brandy dries out the finish, giving this brew a second life at the back end. Superb.

Mouthfeel is solid and appropriate- not too slick, and the lingering flavors are subtly sweet and pleasant, especially considering the onslaught of flavor in every sip.

This brew is truly spectacular. I have yet to try the two brews that make up this masterpiece, but I will seek them out (and perhaps mix them together). This beer is an expensive yet special treat that is worth the price of admission.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 13:05:50 | More by stonermouse
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep sable a scratch above black with a thick, if not persistent, tan head. Malty aroma has a strong overtone of bourbon-soaked wood and hints of toffee and chocolate. Distinctive flavor has malty, bourbon, woody, molasses, coffee, fruity - how many notes are there? I seem to get different ones with each sip! And whoa, what an alcohol bite, like a liquid pit bull that has decided your tongue is a juicy steak! Texture has firm body and plenty of fizz and sass, and the tingle it leaves behind decided to sit for a spell. This beer is worth going through hell, high water, airport security and over-affectionate great aunts to get.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 00:00:16 | More by Cyberkedi
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russwbeck

Virginia

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

At long last, Deliverance.

A: The beer pours out of the bottle with...head! Carbonation! Can't wait for this. A ton of bubbles race to the bottom of a brown head of about 2 or 3 fingers. The retention is phenomenal and the lacing is quite nice.

S: The aroma has a much more roast character than I was expecting. Big booze notes, mostly on the bourbon side of things. Oak and vanilla hang out as well. The aroma is a bit disjointed and boozy.

T: The booziness carries through here, but isn't as pervasive as it was in the aroma. The roast is tempered by some smooth chocolate and oak from the various barrel aging. Again, the bourbon is noted the most but I think I'm getting Brandy characteristics from the sweetness. The taste isn't as good as I was hoping, but I certainly don't hate it.

MF: A bit watery than I was expecting, but very smooth on the palate. A dry, boozy finish. If the body was a bit fuller this would be like candy. Carbonated well!

O: This beer was very good, but it didn't live up to the hype. I'm glad I tried it and I think it's a pretty nice offering, but it wasn't worth the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 23:11:55 | More by russwbeck
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vic21234

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 Vintage bottle. Poured and drank at cellar temperature.

A- Pours a dark cola-type color. About a half-fingers worth of off-white head quickly fades to just a thin film along the top. Lots of lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- The awesome bourbon aromas really stand out in the smell. This one smells real hot. I also get some oak and dark fruit notes.

T- Up front the brandy and bourbon overpower all. The barrel aging seems to come out as well with some nice wood notes. This one drinks rather hot and the alcohol is apparent in each sip.

M- Heavy, definitely a sipper. Each sip leaves with a warming alcohol feeling.

An enjoyable sipping beer, but I almost feel I should have sat on this one a bit longer in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 00:00:53 | More by vic21234
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kojevergas

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery - which I love - and my experiences with both of the beers in this blend; I quite fancied each of them. I actually reviewed the Serpent's Stout just last night. I don't recall the cost. I purchased it somewhere in the Los Angeles area.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The cork didn't yield a satisfying pop, but rather a weak fartish sort of sound.

A: Pours a half finger floater of slight tan colour, okay thickness, no cream, and abysmal (four second) retention. Colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible. I fear undercarbonation.

Sm: Alcohol, bourbon, brandy, dark fruit (cherry methinks), dark malts, cream, and yeast. Bourbon and brandy are dominant to a massive degree. Caramelization. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Bourbon and brandy hit me first, and wildly throw off the balance. Caramelization, especially of the dark malt foundation comes through. Vague hints of dull chocolate. Hints of alcohol. A light wooden tone. This is a poor blend; either beer on its own tasted far better. The balance is just off. I'm curious as to the proportions of the blend. It's scattered, but still decent.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch thin. Slightly undercarbonated. Suits the flavour profile somewhat.

Dr: Pretty drinkable for the ABV, but the alcohol is noticeable. I wouldn't call it boozy. She's a sipper. Above all else, I think this beer's biggest flaw is putting its two constituent beers to waste. Each is better individually, and for that reason I can't recommend this one. It's pricey to boot. I wouldn't get it again. Maybe aging mellows it; I wouldn't mind trying one with a good four years on it. A huge disappointment from Lost Abbey.

Gets better as it warms up.

Low B-

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 06:05:17 | More by kojevergas
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very dark brown, almost black. Full tan head on the pour that recedes to a nice ring.
Smell: awesome. The barrel ageing is obvious and done well. Rich cocoa and caramel.
Taste: more silky, rich goodness. All the flavors in the nose.
Mouthfeel: full and silky.
Overall: wonderful beer. Love Serpents and Angel's Share. This is it's own beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 21:19:06 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 4/4/12

Poured from a bottle into a 5.5 oz. Firestone Walker snifter. Pours jet black with a thin mocha cap. Head recedes quickly. The nose is boozy with hints of vanilla and coffee. You can smell both brandy and bourbon, although the brandy is more prevalent. This is a fabulous tasting beer. It's like a coffee stout with some of the best barrel notes ever. Vanilla is present but subtle. This is all about the barrels. You can detect both the bourbon and brandy in harmony. The mouth si sooo smooth. Straight silk. Yet, it has a touch of effervescence to it. Great finish. Thank you, Lost Abbey. This is how it's fuckin' done.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 23:16:47 | More by Retail1LO
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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