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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 423
Hads: 1,861
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 378
Gots: 563 | FT: 54
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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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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

What a great beer- very rich and full with amazing length of finish, and an almost syrupy texture, yet it's not too heavy, just deeply flavored. The brandy and bourbon barrels are both in evidence, with chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of scorched wood from the bourbon, and a round, fruity sweetness from the brandy as well as a bit of an edge. Seamlessly integrated, with an overall impression of smores made with some bitter chocolate and a drizzle of booze. Delicious!

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Poured into a wine glass on 05.19.14.

A: Midnight black with no red in the glass. No head, only a tan ring at the top.

S: Strong vanilla, brandy, bourbon, wood barrel. Amazingly complex!

T: Vanilla, dark cherry, plum dominate. Oak barrel, milk chocolate, raisin are subtle.

M: SIlky smooth. It's like velvet. Somewhat chewy.

O: This is a beer for a special event. To say that it is complex does not do it justice. I got a wash after wash of flavor. It was very difficult to pick apart. I didn't think that the blend of Serpent's Stout and Angel's Share would work, but oh man it does.

Rating: A+

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -11%

A: Deep chocolate brown with almost no head (2/3)
S: Bourbon barrels anyone? Wood, alcohol, and sweetness with a little bit of sourness like a Jack Daniels (9/12)
T: Remarkably light flavor, though the bourbon barrels still sing out. A little bit of raisiny malt and alcohol sprinkled in, too. (16/20)
F: Truly viscous and lightly carbonated. Like motor oil.(3/5)
O: This one packs a punch. If you’re ready to drink delicious motor oil, sign right up, but don’t take it lightly. (8/10)

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Photo of evianIPA
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Port Brewing became one of my favourite breweries after just one beer, MONGO, but this is my first chance to sample something from The Lost Abbey.

12.5% and no mention of beer style. An auspicious beginning I fear.

It's a disappointing start though. Blame the cork, but there's little to no carbonation, and zero head. This may not be such a bad thing though, especially in light of the impenetrable rosewood menace in my glass whose maroon edges are barely distinguishable. I'm definitely willing to let my other senses contribute before sentencing.

Chocolate. Oak (courtesy of the bourbon barrels). Hints of alcohol, acetone and coffee. This is the real deal, and carbonation issues are quickly forgotten.

HOT DAYUM! If there's a magic genie around, my only wish is for a vat in which I may bathe in this irresistible goddess of chocolate, whose smooth alcohol warms me from the inside out.

First impressions of the mouthfeel are ecstatic. Despite a lack of carbonation, there's a soft yet full mouthfeel, and a creeping bitterness. Yet, after continued sips. the bitterness and alcohol contribute to a slight astringency, that whilst a challenge, isn't enough to put this disciple off course.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, and would love the opportunity to a properly carbonated bottle. Kudos to Port Brewing!

12.5% Year Unknown

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Photo of 40ontarget
4.4/5  rDev +3%

A- Dark treacle color with thin tan head that recedes to a thin ring around the glass.

S- Boozy, raisins, sorghum, brown sugar, dark karo syrup.

T- Toasted grain, brown bread, black cherry, beef au jus, slightly herbal and bitter warm finish.

M- Not as thick as expected but still silky.

O- In a word powerful. Reminds me of Avery's Uncle Jacob, but not as heavy. Would like to drink this one again as the weather cools down.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ontap. This batch was 12.5% abv

Pours a dark brown color with a semi creamy off-white head.
The aroma carries so much expression, with flame torched marshmallow, vanilla, oak, bourbon, brandy, cocoa, and somewhat sweet overall.
The flavor has cocoa, caramel, vanilla, bourbon spiked coffee, and plenty of dry oaky tannins. Slight oxidized notes, a bit of sherry to compliment the bourbon, brandy, and alcoholic esters all around. Medium bodied,

Liquid candy for adults.

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Photo of seedyone
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle that I thought was dated 2014, but seems to have vanished w/condensation.

Very tan head that dissipates quickly. Looks syrupy as it fills the glass, a wide mouthed Chimay goblet.

Prune/raisiney aroma. The bourbon is present & it tastes like it should have an alcohol burn, but it doesn't. Perhaps smoothed with the brandy barrel aging.

Very syrupy texture & a slight burnt sugar bitterness that keeps the sweetness in check.

There is a whole lot going on in this glass & at $1.50 an Oz. one would assume it's all got to do with the aging. The 12.5% is barely noticeable on the palate.

Next time (and there will be a next time) I'll be sure to have a range of nibbles to see what marries.

Big taste. Big beer. For big occasions.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my Gandhi-Bot snifter. Dark chocolate body with about a finger of mocha-colored head. Seemed a little thin on the pour, but still pretty good eye candy.

Some nice boozy notes in the nose. I suppose I'm getting a bit of apple, caramel, and raisin from the brandy barrel aging. Otherwise, some milk chocolate in there too. I enjoy how this smells.

Strong booziness. I think this beer would benefit from aging. I like big, boozy beers; but the booze here has overpowered the flavors the smell is teasing me with. As it warms, I do pick up some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I'd like for a barrel-aged brew. I wish this were thicker and more syrupy.

This is pretty good. In the future, I think I'd like to buy one to age. You know, when I feel like spending $17 on a small beer again.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle bought in Summer 2013 at Minogues in Saratoga Springs NY. Hand written 2013 visible on label.

Bottle says 12.5% unlike the header for this beer.

Pours no head. Very dark. A bright flashlight cannot be seen through the beer without looking through the top showing a dark hued deep amber red. Appears very low carbonation. Smell is cocoa, chocolate and oak; very nice. Taste is mouth meltingly delicious. Chocolate, malty goodness with hints of dry oak and nut with slight hints of brandy and fruit. Mouth-feel is medium to full bodied goodness and it hangs around. I really like this beer and it is a must have.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Jet black and impenetrable to light. Just a trace of dark brown head is present. Strong yet sweet aroma of bourbon and brandy is present and loads of deep,dark relentless malt are detectable. The flavor is filled with fig,prunes,black licorice and dark malt. The mouth is gives a cooling sensation and is velvety smooth and very easy to drink considering the strength.

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Photo of WellRested518
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the caged 375 into a large wine glass. Sadly, I don't own a snifter yet.

Pours pitch black with a caramel head... Although it disipates quickly you're left with a centimeter thick crown that cakes to the edge of the glass. You can see the carbonation carying whisps of froth back and forth in a slowdance of transcendence.

Smells hot. Chocolate covered raisins, vanilla, espresso, and sherry protrude. There is a definite sense of complexity as the brandy and bourbon sneak up.

Spicy raisin notes spring up mid-mouth with a real sense of earth, much like a marsala. Once again, the finish is pretty hot, but not in a bad way at all; It's that burn in your cheek feel that says "slow down, enjoy yourself."

Great find... in the words of Wayne and Garth, "We're not Grateful!"

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with being "Delivered" and as the label indicates Sin IS Good! This is how I envision a strong ale should be. Pours dark as night and carbonation higher than anticipated (pleasant surprise there), head dissipating fairly quickly but appropriate to time nonetheless. Set up extremely well in my BCBS snifter. Admired the unique, intense smell from the combination of bourbon and brandy barrel aging. 'tis a sipper to take your time with and enjoy the SIN (Pleasure?) of Deliverance!

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Photo of papat444
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to F2brewers for this one.

Poured from a 375ml bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Pours a very dark color with a thin, almost non-existent head, probably due to the barrel aging. Aroma is strong, molasses, bourbon. Taste has a bit of smoke to it, sweet brandy with next to no carbonation. Quite the beast and a sipper for sure.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Umberto at Curran's tasting.

Pours a deep, dark stout-like black, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass. The head descends into an oily film fairly quickly.

Smells like bourbon, brandy, chocolate, vanilla, and oak.

Rich bourbon-soaked brownie batter flavor up front, just decadent, a little bit of espresso flavor, some boozy brandy flavors, and some nice dark fruits flavor- cherries, plums, raisins, etc.

Thick bodied, almost motor oil like, very viscous. Creamy, smooth, thick mouthfeel, very low carbonation. Drinkable despite the body and ABV.

This one was a surprise, it's interested me for a while, but I never thought I'd be able to try it. Thanks Umberto!

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Photo of richj1970
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500 ml bottle into Stone taster glass. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours dark black with zero head.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, cacao nibs. Some slight dark fruits in the background. Maybe a hint of cherry.

T: Lots of bourbon character. Vanilla and chocolate notes are fairly prominent. A bit of cherry and other fruits.

M: Full bodied but almost flat. No carbonation to be found at all.

O: Very nice flavors, but it lacked carbonation. Maybe a bad cork seal?

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Photo of smakawhat
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Dating smeared and not legible.

Really hard to score and judge the appearance. It's easily the darkest American strong ale I have ever seen. Comes out of the bottle like liquid dark chocolate. Black walnut body, and only a simple thin tan collar. Looks like a big imperial stout, with a decent collar, and minimal streaked streaming whispy top. Most strong ales don't even get this dark, is that wrong or do I just really like it, obviously it's the latter.

Unique memorable aroma. Burnt smoldered smoking cocoa. Lovely charring roast and powdered dark DARK chocolate. It is making my mouth just water. It brings a memorable sweetness not unlike Belgian chocolate goodness in the back of my throat. A husky dark roasted ripping grain action as well. Near perfection here, it's either all downhill or greatness at this point.

Murderously silky rich and deep mouthfeel. How is this not an imperial stout I have no idea. Deep rich chocolate, ganache and thick rich, with a powdery finish that bursts into a minimal bitterness. Cocoa, cocoa, dark powdered cocoa friggin everywhere. Great lingering controlled bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich but lends to more lighter body than an imperial perhaps sticking to strong ale roots. There's even some dark cherry flavors dipped in all this chocolate greatness. Where is the booze and heat and distraction... not even EXISTENT no hint... nada, zip, zilch, nothing. Woah..

I am speechless, and just flat out confused, this is overall the most enjoyable strong ale I have easily ever had, and I am not even sure it is one, as it walks the tightrope of bodied lightness strong ale estered fruit, with dark roasting imperial stout power. Regardless it's just an amazing creation. Flat out stunned and speechless. Near perfection, of something that is so imperfect to begin with, so beautiful.

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Photo of cbutova
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA.

Armsby abbey on tap today

A- Black bodied pour to a goblet with a silky, frothy light mocha tan head. Head reaches about a finger before falling to a small foamy ring. Retention decent for a BA and lace had a few sheets and spots.

S- Deep dusting of cocoa nibs and roast malt assertive along with the Bourbon and barrel feel. Vanilla sweetness and slight wet oak.

T- Decadence in a glass. The cocoa flavor is especially rich and reminds me of eating and dark chocolate brownie or truffle. Deeply roasted grain and some ashy hints. The bourbon adds a whiskey and vanilla sweetness that pushes this into dessert territory. Some Belgian yeast notes of raisin, spice and dark fruits. Cherry truffle. Brandy is there as I sip onward with oak and fruity notes (I am a brandy noob but cook with it occasionally). Appropriate sweetness.

MF- Superbly thick body with a chewy feel as if you were actually eating dessert. Carbonation right where it needs to be at a medium-low level presenting no disruption to the rich flavor. Finishes quite hot but it is 14.5% to be fair (at least no alcohol flavor).

Lots of cocoa with an inspiring contribution from the Bourbon and Bandy barrels. The flavors seem to just meld into something reminiscent of a great cake or dessert. If I have learned one thing, Tomme knows how to blend and use barrels. I feel obligated to revisit the Lost Abbey staples that were flat for me 4 years ago. Brilliant.

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Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It was awkward seeing my friend have a moment with this ale that was somewhere in between an orgasm and a cry. . . But that sums up what this knock-out artist presents to the table. It shows up in a pitch black perfect form behind a beautifully typical piece of religious art work we expect from "The Lost Abbey" brewing company. The lowest score it gets from me is smell, for while absolutely aromatic, it isn't a blissful overwhelming sensation you feel that sometimes comes with the stronger stuff like this that ranks up to a damn near 15 ABV. Still, 4.5 is an amazing grade from me and it is shadowed by a phenomenal taste + finish that is sweet, smoky, chocolaty, and as my friend stated in song "A few of my favorite things". . . Just beautiful. . .

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Photo of bpasquini
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours pitch black and leaves a solid head that looks like slightly browner frothy espresso, looks magnificent with the head, but it quickly goes away and leaves no lacing except for a small ring around the glass, love the way this beer looks, granted most stouts are pitch black but there are certain one's that really catch your eye for some reason and this is one of those beers

S: Blown away in this category as well, every time you smell this beer you notice something a little different or you pick up a stronger hint of a smell, , the strongest smell I get is vanilla from the oak and quickly followed by a strong but not overwhelming brandy presence, great mixture from the two, I also get a slight hint of anise, a nice amount of chocolate, slight hint of tobacco, and slight hint of coffee, sometimes I get a slight hint of dark fruits as well which only adds to the already exceptional smell, sometimes I get a very very light caramel presence as well, absolutely fantastic!

T: At first I was going to rate this at a 4.25 because the flavor seems very mashed together, not a whole lot of complexity to it, but the more you drink it and let the beer warm, the more complex it gets. Right away you get that oak vanilla and brandy mixture which is phenomenal, vanilla is present throughout in this beer, but it is not overbearing or sweet, perfect balance for it, after the initial barrel presences it is followed with a slight amount of anise, great chocolate/coffee/tobacco mixture and a slight presence of those dark slightly tart fruits, outstanding flavor, the taste follows the nose, the more you search in this beer the more you find, transitions nicely as the beer warms and the more you drink it

M: this is the category I am a little upset with, the feel is great, but it doesn't quite go with this beer IMO, the feel is medium bodied and I think a beer with a flavor profile like this needs to have a thick mouthfeel, this is the kind of beer that you like to sit down and relax and sip on it for awhile, and that thick mouthfeel IMO would make it just that much better

O: Excellent beer, one of the best barrel blends I have ever had, I almost regretted buying this beer because of the price tag, but now I am wishing I picked up a couple more, and will be buying this any time I see it at a bottle shop, must try!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12.7 oz bottle into Lost Abbey Teku glass

A-Very little head, looks like coke. Very good lacing.

T-Smells amazing! Bourbon and brandy with dark fruit, some vanilla and brown sugar. It tastes mostly like bourbon with brandy backbone and raisins.

M-mouthfeel is very well balance and decent carbonation.

O-Overall a great American strong ale so glad to finally get one.

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Photo of Brob245
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours dark brown, almost black with no head or lacing.

Smell - you can smell the barrel aging - predominantly brandy. Can barely make out a slight char from the bourbon barrels. Not as dominate as some of the other reviewers have described.

Taste - finishes with an elegant dark chocolate, faint raisiny or dark fruit presence.

Mouthfeel - rich and velvety texture with very little carbonation.

Overall - a little pricey for a 12.7 ounce bottle but very good overall. Worth the splurge.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Opaque dark brown. Pours with minimal head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing.

S - Not alot going on out of the fridge, and not alot going on as it warms up. A mild bourbon and brandy in the smell with alcohol coming through. Smells sweet.

T - Tastes better than it smells. Still plenty of brandy and bourbon, but now a little faint vanilla and chocolate show up.

M - Silky smooth mouthfeel with and little tingly alcohol finish. If there's such a thing as a balanced mouthfeel, this one has it. I just started doing reviews of the individual pieces and parts of beers, so I can't say I've get the perfect informed perspective on mouthfeel, but this is damn outstanding.

O - Good but not great offering. Not enough going on with the smell and the taste to give it high marks overall. The barrels kind of overwhelm the base beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle - $14.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Gurgles out an inky, blank body with a smallish, but dense, dark tan head.

Smell: Blended malts leaning towards roasted with noticed inclusions of the sublime bourbon and brandy barrel aging. Bittersweet chocolate, nutty sweet syrups. Heavy on the dark fruits.

Taste: Roasty maltiness, dark chocolate fudge, a spoonful of maple syrup. A few flecks of char. Blend of the robust brandy and bourbon notes. Deep dark fruitiness, prunes and dates. Splash of tawny port. Low hint of anise. A little perceived saltiness precedes the soft, roasty, chocolaty finish followed by lingering warmth and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel.

Overall: Let us all enjoy the wonder of Deliverance Ale!

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Photo of Bedrocker
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black. Very thin brown head that all but disappears as you drink this beer.

Smell: Bourbon and brandy barrels, mostly. Little bit of chocolate and vanilla. Smells incredible.

Taste: I love bourbon, and that's the main flavor I get from this beer. Strong oak flavor that introduces an incredibly complex mixture of vanilla, chocolate, malts, caramel, and a little bit of dark fruit. Finishes with more oak. Incredible.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and thick, although almost no carbonation. Slight alcohol bite, but that's to be expected considering the high alcohol content.

Overall: Worth the price, in my opinion. Had this on my birthday, and it was one of the best beers I've ever had. Very complex, and did I mention this beer is reminiscent of bourbon? Highly recommended.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.8/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.