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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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426 Reviews
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Reviews: 426
Hads: 1,869
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 383
Gots: 561 | FT: 54
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 426 | Hads: 1,869
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle into tulip. No batch number.

A: The vigorous pour created a thin layer of head, which sunk very quickly. A very still and low level of carbonation in the body, which is desired for an American Strong Ale. The body is near pitch black in color with hints a deep, dark mahogany. The head when it was formed was a rich khaki color. The lacing is light and foamy, with no real pattern. So far this looks to be a very promising Strong Ale.

S: The aroma is rich in bourbon and brandy notes. Nice tones of vanilla from the oak, and an overall smooth character. The malts do seem to take the forefront. With no real indication of hop aroma or bitterness.

T/M: The first sip gives off a creamy bliss of craft brewed warming, leading way to figs and plums. The Lingering taste is that of vanilla and oak, with the smoky charred aspect of bourbon and the rich sweetness of brandy. High in malt complexity, starting off from the taste which has a barley character, lending way to the mouthfeel texture of a full bodied stout. The sweetness really picks up at the end of the lingering taste and yearns for more. The relativity high ABV is well hidden by the barrel aging, and does not become a distraction to the enjoyment of this beer.

O: Overall I am very pleased with this Lost Abbey offering, high price, but even higher enjoyment levels. A bourbon character that is hard to match, without being too highly boozy. The ABV is warming, without being too overpowering to distract the palate from the other complexities that are being interchanged. Very grateful to have tried this limited blend.

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4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BIG thanks to Trappistlover for this much welcomed surprise!

A: Yet another extremely black beer, however this one has some fantastic carbonation that sticks around throughout the journey! Wasn't expecting that since its barrel aged and a Lost Abbey beer. I am seeing some good lacing, thick and sticky.

S: Mmmm delicious bourbon my favorite. Getting some oak, vanilla, big O' malt, maybe some leather, hints of brandy but the bourbon pretty much overpowers it. Definitely detecting chocolate too. Alcohol is prevalent but not overpowering to me, although I tend to enjoy the big boozy stouts.

T: Oh yeah, that's daddys medicine right there, love this! Getting the port wine brandy flavor and the bourbon aftertaste. Mild burn as it goes down but not too much. Definitely taste some vanilla but its subtle I only notice it after the beer fully coats and sits awhile. I am also getting some bitter chocolate but that could be the booze talking...

O: I really enjoy this beer, too bad its hard to find and expensive. As I said before this is always a much welcomed treat! Thanks Dave.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks goes out to plinytheyoungest for this beer. 375ml C&C bottle into a Delirium Tremens glass. Seems quite fitting for the "rapture".

A: Pours a dark, dark brown, practically black. An aggressive pour yields a small cap of tan bubbles that quickly fades to an island of bubbles in the center, and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S: Out of this world in the nose here, chocolate, brandy, bourbon, vanilla, oak, tons of things going on here. Brown sugar and molasses are really strong here as well. Really a fantastic smelling beer.

T: Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, whiskey and brown sugar all meld into this sweet decadent mix of liquid decadence. Decent amount of oak and spirit flavors mixed with the aforementioned attributes make this absolutely incredible. I don't know else to say about this. The only detractor is that there is a touch of oxidation on this beer. Other than that this is incredible.

M: Medium heavy body with a slight amount of carbonation, just enough to break things up and contribute to the overall creamy feeling here. Barrels add quite a bit of dryness, but it is really a sticky sweet beer. Surprisingly not a ton of heat either.

O: The best all around offering from LA that I've had, definitely worth the beers I traded for it. I am saddened that this is the second bottle of this that I've had. Such is life. Nicely done here. Very enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark mahogany/black color with some light coming through and giving the edges a reddish tint. There was a super thin layer of tan head that went away almost immediately.

Smell: Very sweet with the bourbon and brandy hitting the nose right off the bat. Strong notes of caramel and dark fruit with more subtle vanilla and chocolate notes in the background.

Taste: Initially this beer is quite sweet with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. The bourbon and brandy show up along with some dark fruit and maple. The alcohol and sweetness combine to carry you to the finish along with some roast. Everything blends together quite well.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a thick body and covers your mouth completely. The carbonation is very mild, perhaps it could use a touch more, but not a lot by any means. The finish is sticky and a bit slick.

Overall: This beer was a joy to drink. I just love the taste. I would definitely like more if we aren't all raptured out of here.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a Town Hall Brewery globe on 6/19/11.

Pours a dark brown with a fizzy brown head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing at all. Swirling the glass leaves a sticky resin on the glass.

Smells of lots of boozy bourbon and dark malts as well as a little fruit and vanilla.

Taste is of bourbon infused dark malts and vanilla/chocolate fruits. Taste is pleasant but the booze is very present.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate in weight. Resin sticks to the mouth and leaves a nice bitter mocha booze flavor left over.

Overall this is a good brew but the alcohol can make it tough to enjoy not only because it smashes out some of the taste but also I can't have more then one 375mL before my senses are dulled by the high ABV. Good beer though.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most recent release

Picked up at a local store in chicago from the shelves.

Appears dark and viscous. Very little head.
Roast, slight sweetness, strong alcohol hit from the barrel aging. Maple and chocolate. If you like the counterparts you should like this. Smooth, full, viscous mouthfeel with slight carbonation.
Very enjoyable altogether, enjoyed it much better than the other non-sour LA beers.

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Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours with a deep darkness that allows for a bit of light to show through at the top of the glass. This pours with little to no foam, but does have the small carbonation swirls. Its aroma of deep dark chocolate, roast, and slight fig/raisin. Its taste is of deep rich oaked bourbon, with notes of dark chocolate and a sweet vanilla with a slight caramel. When it comes to mouthfeel it coats the tongue with a velvety texture. Overall, I was pretty impressed with this blend. I have had both of the parents of the blend and by themselves are amazing. On a whole this goes in the category of one of Tomme's/Lost Abbey's best beers to date. For the price this was worth it.

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Photo of BZero007
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at Julios in MA.

Poured a clear light amber color with a off white head formed easily. The aroma from this concoction is just amazing and very enjoyable. Sweet malts that intermix with a fruit/liquor background power through on the profile for the flavors in this brew. The medium body is matched with a perfect amount of carbonation that pushes this well balanced aroma and flavor through.

A very enjoyable brew as in with most lost Abbey one off's or limited production it was too pricey for such a small bottle.

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3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
12.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks to sweemzander for yet another brew!

A - Totally black with a low off tan head, tiny spots of lace cling to the glass but no real retention or head at all.

S - Warm alcohol surrounds the roasted black malt and molasses nose with a touch of maple syrup sweetness. Barrel brandy and wood is pretty strong in this one.

T - Heavy, sweet maple and molasses with thick chocolate and brandy alcohol to the finish.

M - Full-bodied and rich with a mild carbonation finish. Smooth but not and boozy.

O - Not bad, but this beer was certainly nothing special in a sea of heavy, boozy, strong beers.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml C&C. 2010 bottling.

Pours deep dark brown with a finger of dark tan foam, settles to a fairly thick ring with large bubbles.

Smells tremendously good. I can pick out both the bourbon and brandy barrel notes. Sweet vanilla oaky goodness. Red wine vinegar. Milk, chocolate, and lots of dark fruit. Toffee and caramel. The slightest of alcohol burn as well, but a nice touch.

Taste is just a touch less perfect than the nose, but contains much of the same. Melted chocolate ice cream with a healthy amount of acidic fruit and bourbon flavor. Sweet cherry tinged caramel. Fills your mouth with a nicely toasted wood flavor as well. Lingering bourbon finish.

A medium to full body and thick mouthfeel, as would be expected. Heat from the ABV, but not much contribution to the flavor. No doubt this is a sipper.

Probably the best I've had from Lost Abbey. Looking forward to the next batch.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a creamy tan head that leaves some lacing as it dissipates to a thin ring.

Aroma is chocolate and smokey dark malt. A good bit of oaky vanilla and bourbon heat. Then a brandy soaked dark fruit and alcohol sweetness takes over. A very rich and complex nose.

Taste is what the nose lead me to expect. Rich sweet chocolate notes match well with the alcohol infused dark fruit. Finishes with a dry oaky bourbon character that accents the general vanilla sweetness in the finish. Boozy, but not overly harsh.

Mouthfeel is full, thick and viscous.

A very flavorful and interesting beer. Although initially quite rich and intense, there is also many subtle layers of flavor underneath to be discovered. A very nice dessert beer.

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Photo of bashiba
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark dirty brown with almost no head, just a couple of soapy bubbles. and a light white swirl.

The nose is almost overwhelming, giant sweet dark fruit notes mixing in with vanilla, oak, bourbon, and alcohol sweetness.

Wow the flavor is intense, giant bourbon vanilla sweetness with dark plums and cherries. Huge chocolate with a mild butterscotch mixing in as well, this is very much a desert like beer, almost like a very fine tawny port.

The mouthfeel is full and thick and leaves a long lasting oily coating.

Very nice in small quantities, an almost sensory overpowering treat like an ultra rich mouse.

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4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer on tap at the Goat. I dunno how the bourbon and brandy can both be black, but they blend to brown, but hey, carbonation, mild head, cool.
Nice aroma, boozy, but inviting and warm, with chocolate.

A little vanilla, oak, the booze from brandy and bourbon, dark fruit, an oily sipper. Just the right amount of sweetness here. Didn't come off as harsh, I liked this better than both of the other versions that went into this blend. Toffee and caramel somehow eeks through all those other flavors.

Wouldn't necessarily buy this beer in the bottle, but the price for it on tap made it enjoyable for sure. A nice 'special' occasion beer.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.29/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good old sweemzander and his bottomless pockets busted this one out at one of our recent tastings. Another LA beers you couldn't beat me into paying for. Split into tulips.

A: Black as night, small mocha hued head, no real lace but some legs do form with swirling.

S: Well no real surprise here. Full on hot bourbon greets and burns my nostrils. Once past the flames you can pick up chocolate, coffee, play-doh and a trace of wet wood.

T: Thankfully the bourbon character is much more subdued than I was expecting. Plenty of roast malts, black coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, wet barrel wood. All intertwined with the bourbon.

M: Full thick body. Very light if any carbonation.

O: The nose was a fireball but the flavor was much better. The beer as a whole though is simply nothing I would ever want again.

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Photo of bonkers
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into a snifter. The pour is jet black, thin tan head. The aroma is full of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. The first sip is hot. After the initial hot alcohol a ton a vanilla, chocolate and sweet bourbon is released. It has a lingering bourbon finish. The body is full, light carbonation. A great beer from LA. The bottle went down very smooth and easily, must try.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip, pours a brown head - mildly red in tinge - atop a dark black body. Not impenetrable though. Considering the ABV level, the head stays consistently thick throughout.

Aromas of brandy and biscuit, with just a little bit of bourbon. Deeper *whiffs* also yield mild figs and dates. Basically it’s like dipping cookie dough in a brandy barrel, and it’s freakin’ lovely.

Flavors of graham cracker, chocolate, bourbon, and brandy (in that order). Also some chocolate chip cookies and a bit of that biscuit from the bouquet. Despite a small degree of heat, this is smooth across the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly silky.

Overall, starts off like a Double Stout with strong hints of bourbon and brandy and ends like an Angel’s Share with a copious quantity of dark chocolate malts. In short, yum, yum, yum. I could easily knock back three per sitting.

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Photo of 7ways
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New batch.

Pours with bubbles, hooray for Lost abbey! The head is a much darker brown around the edges than the middle, kind of weird. Black coffee colored with a very oily surface. It's got an impressive amount of lace for such a rotund beer.

The aroma is where it's at here. Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean is the most notable feature, accompanied by dry oak, chocolate cake, rum and coconut. I want my house to smell like this.

This has that toasted caramel taste that I associate with really good Old Ales. Very well balanced, but on the sweeter side. When I first started drinking this, I thought "oh, easy, it tastes like Serpent Stout. Cool.". Now that it's warmed quite a bit, it's just like Angel's Share. I don't think I could tell which was which if you put them side by side. Unfortunately, the alcohol is too pronounced on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, a little drying after the jump.

I'd have to drink this next to both Angel's Share and Serpent's Stout to really know which was superior.

On an ANGRIER note, it really pisses me off that Lost Abbey puts a pseudo-intellectual-theological bullshit spiel on the back of their labels. It's a fucking BEER. How about telling me what's in the damn bottle and when it was brewed instead of a lame fairytale? I shouldn't have to do a google search to find out what I'm drinking. Minus 162 cool points.

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Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wanted something special for my 400th review. While this was not exactly a whale, I had never tried it and it's been sitting in my cellar for several months. I would like to thank my buddy Blake for bring this one (along with countless other Russian River and Lost Abbey brews) back for me on his many treks to Philly!

Poured into a snifter from a corked and caged 12.7 oz. bottle. It took me nearly two hours to finish this one and I consumed it while I was watching a movie with my wife. Obviously, the movie didn't interest me as much as the beer.

A: Poured a dark, dark melted chocolate brown (almost black with a full glass), with little to no head. However, the few bubbles that the hard pour did produced stuck around for a good bit.

S: I didn't get much brandy, but I sure got a heck of a lot of bourbon. The dark fruit assault consisted of raisons, figs, and most definitely prunes.

T: To my palate, whenever something is bourbon barrel-aged and it's not a stout, I don't get the roasted pecan quality that bourbon, chocolate, coffee, dark malts, etc. stouts contain. The bourbon is actually VERY transparent here (in this "American Strong Ale"). It's like a prune and raison concoction with about a stick (or even two!) of melted butter.

M: Just carbonated enough for me to detect a subtle prickle, letting me know that this was indeed.... a beer! There was basically little to no lacing left on the glass, but that was a good thing in that the sweet elements didn't linger either... very disciplined, organic, fruity sweetness.

O: I really need to drink more beers in the fashion in which I just sessioned this one. I took my time, had a fresh palate, and was able to really dig in.

A lot of things have been said about Lost Abbey's carbonation issues (or lack thereof). To be honest, I've had many Lost Abbey brews in the last year and have yet to be offended carbonation-wise. I dig most of their stuff in general.

Was this worth the high price tag? I think it was.... especially considering the fact that they had to give up space to age this stuff over time. Also, the two + hours it took me to finish the beer put the price breakdown into perspective.

I'm glad this beer exists and had an enjoyable session with it.

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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml received as an extra in a recent trade with PALMEJ1. Thanks again Jacob!

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thick lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet boozy aroma with a strong barrel character giving off hints of boozy bourbon, earthy oak, vanilla, marshmallow and toasted coconut. Underneath there is some roasted malt with hints of oatmeal, dark chocolate, burnt toast and coffee bean. I'm not picking up much brandy and it's a bit booze heavy in the nose but it still smells pretty good.

Chewy full body that is pretty boozy with a nice balance of roasted malt, boozy bourbon and earthy oak. The barrel character is very prominent with a lot of dry, toasted oak balancing out the boozy sweetness. As the aroma suggests, there is more bourbon than brandy but I'm at least picking up some brandy flavor. Faint vanilla and coconut smooth things out a bit but this beer is still plenty boozy. Underneath, there is a roasted malt backbone that compliments the dry, toasted notes of the barrel very nicely. Hints of dark chocolate, oatmeal, toast and deep roasted coffee/espresso bean linger into a long dry finish. Although this beer is slightly hot with plenty of warmth in the finish, the ABV is relatively well masked and the complex flavors make it very quaffable.

Overall, this beer was a very pleasant surprise. A lot of Lost Abbey's big beers and non-sours have been very disappointing lately with all of the QC issues but this was a very good beer. Plenty of carbonation and not syrupy at all. I found it to be complex and very tasty. Recommended!

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3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick pitch black color. Produced a thin layer of tan foam that dissipated to bubbles.

(S)- A rich brown sugar and dry oaky bready bourbon notes. Slightly sweet.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Very sweet and rich with alot of caramel and brown sugar in this. Definitely has taken on some bourbon and oaky qualities.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A decent balance. Very sweet and rich. Lots of bourbon-like aspects. A tad boozy.

(D)- A good strong ale. Sweet and rich, but definitely not worth the high price tag.

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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say I was extremely surprised and excited by this beer.

Pours black with ruby brown highlights when held up to light. Small tan head forms and leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass. Nice alcohol feet too.

Smell is of brown sugar, molasses, grapes, vanilla, oak, caramel, and alcohol. Wow sums it up but I was really not expecting this.

Opens up with grapes, vanilla, and bourbon, moves into the caramel and sugar territory, finishes with grapes sneaking up with bourbon and caramel. Rather sweet and warming, but not cloying at all.

Mouthfeel is full with a tinge of carbonation. Enough carbonation.

Overall, its damn good and damn surprising. Was not expecting this (had no idea what brandy was/is) but this is just awesome.

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Photo of nhindian
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner's tulip. Bottle provided by thedindaniel, thanks Daniel!

A - The beer opens with a small pop, loads better than the sound that came out after opening both versions of Angel's Share. It pours on the fringe of dark brown and black, much darker than typical Angel's Share but a shade lighter than Serpent's Stout. A 1.5-finger, khaki-colored head sits precariously on top, gradually collapsing upon itself until it is gone minutes later. The lacing is pretty good, much better than Angel's Share, with a nice lattice pattern smattering the glass.

S - The nose on this is big and boozy. Lots of bourbon and malt make up the front-end of this beer, giving a rather roasty and chocolate aroma. The alcohol is a bit astringent, and after letting it warm up a bit, there is a little bit of butterscotch as well.

T - After my first sip I almost recoiled as a response to sheer amount of flavor and alcohol in this. This beer certainly isn't shy about bringing the booze, and the bourbon and brandy kind of cancel each other out, or perhaps the brandy even overpowers the bourbon here until the finish, as I can't say I get any of the typical bourbon notes. After warming, the brandy shines even further, and it reminds me of how brandy Angel's Share SHOULD'VE tasted if it had a shred of carbonation. Not a lot of coffee here, but the roast lasts well throughout the beer as well as nice echoes of oak and vanilla in its wake. Sweet and alcoholic. Set aside a night for this one.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with moderately low carbonation. Typically I'd say this is low carbonation, but given the reputation for Lost Abbey and the disaster that the two Angel's Shares I've had were, this is a welcome burst of bubbles. Long lasting finish and you'll be tasting this long after you are done!

D - Drinkability is moderately high. I HIGHLY recommend pouring this beer and letting it aerate and warm a little, as my first sip was like trying to taste four different things at once. Let it mellow and give it a few sips, as it certainly gets better the longer its in the glass (which won't be for long!)

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4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with light at the edges. The head is small and short-lived turning into some bubbles in the center and a ring around the edge.

The smell is strong on bourbon and oak with dark fruits as well and, yes, there is vanilla. The aroma is nice and has a lot going on.

The taste is bourbon, vanilla and oak with a lot of warming alcohol. I like how the vanilla lingers in the aftertaste and for a while. Just as in the smell there is lots going on in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side but feels quite natural to be so. Has mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a fine, big, sipping beer that is very warming. This is too expensive to drink often though I wish I had a couple more to space out over time. One of the better LA beers that I've had.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.