Deliverance - The Lost Abbey
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4.76/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
05-15-2014 01:53:54 | More by smakawhat
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
12.5% abv. Blended ale aged in Burbon & Brandy barrels C&C.
A: Black motor oil pour is viscose from the bottle producing a spongy cinnamon colored head that was a finger high lasting only momentarily. No lace.
S: Burbon and brandy alcohol, sweet boozy dark fruit of plums and figs, rich chocolate with dark licorice. The alcohol is very well hidden, even at warmer temp.Burnt molasses and wooden barrel highlights.
T: The flavor is burbon laced dark fruit, sweetened dark coffee with vanilla. Silty charcoal, barrel woodiness with the alcohol coming to light a bit more, but still very manageable. Rich dark chocolate, anise, some acidity bite. Warmth of alcohol fade, the brandy produces some sweet candied fruitiness while the burbon some whisky mash notes.
M: sticky and chewy, low level of carbonation. Burbon soaked figs warm the mouthful.
O: Overall a sticky and sweet strong ale with a good barrel aged woodiness. The flavor says it all here, very polished, a smooth slow sipper with a warmth of complexity in every sip.
04-02-2012 23:48:42 | More by beerthulhu
4.23/5 rDev -1.6%
Had on tap at Chucks:
A: Pours extremely dark brown with a small tan head that reduces very quickly forming a small ring on top. No lacing.
S: A bit of booze right away, leads to some vanilla and brandy aromas mixed with brown sugar and molasses. Faint roasted malt.
T: Rather similar to the aroma. A bit more chocolate with some vanilla, oak, and brandy.
M: Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Slight warming as it goes down.
O: Quite nice, better than expected with the track record I have had with the darker LA beers.
02-08-2013 06:02:56 | More by mdaschaf
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
04-25-2011 23:30:22 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured dark brown, close to black in color with a very thin tan head concentrated around the edges of the glass.
The aroma shows a lot of the barrel characteristics to it with bourbon, oak and vanilla sweetness all very present. I get a lot of cherry and chocolate out of it as well. Very appealing aroma to it overall.
The taste starts out with some vanilla, oak and chocolate, sweet flavors. I get a bit of a raisin, brown sugar, cherry, fruity, sweetness coming through as well. Towards the finish I get more roasty and bitter flavors along with a big bourbon flavor with some heat to it. Some bitter-sweet chocolate flavors linger with the bourbon for a while too.
The mouthfeel is on the thicker side and carbonation is low, but not non-existent. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed it. Definitely showed a lot of bourbon to it, but the beer flavors came out nicely as well. A little hot still but would probably age nicely. Very nice bourbon forward beer overall.
02-04-2011 01:49:02 | More by billab914
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
375 from Brewforia a month or two back ... I am finally home after pulling a double, and want one beer.... let's make it a doozie and one I haven't reviewed before. I know that I've had this a couple times with Inflatablechair, buckeyeboy, and SAS, but this is the first time, I've sat down and taken some quality time.
a dark tan head drops very quickly... okay lacing.. the brew is black.
Nose is thick.. boozy tootsie rolls.. alot of EtOH... complex caramel and cocoa... bourbon and toffee... brandy seems very heavy for my liking... I am digging it for sure, but am worried the alcohol is gonna dissolve the crystal.
Flavor is a huge alcohol bomb.. granted a very complex alcohol bomb, but it is distracting for me... palate coating bourbon spiked chocolate comes out first... good vanilla and instead of cocoa, it almost seems hershey syrup/brownie has a showing.. a bit of woody tannin mid palate quickly gives way to a caramel and brandy bonbon... some charred oak with warmth.. a huge mash-up of flavors on every sip is disconnected and charming at the same time. Really like it, though it can be better... I really hope some time in the bottle will help incorporate the heavy booze notes.
Edit: Being in Idaho, I feel lucky to have a few bottles of this in the cellar, but I guarantee, I will not touch one until 2012.
12-08-2010 10:15:02 | More by JohnGalt1
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!
Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of smooth roasted malts with decent amounts of dark chocolate aromas. Also present are solid amounts of butterscotch and lighter hints of vanilla.
Tastes similar to how it smells, though the booze comes out a bit more. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip large amounts of vanilla flavors work their way into things along with milder amounts of butterscotch flavors. Moderate amounts of boozy heat temper the barrel flavors and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with solid carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.
Overall this was one of the thinnest BA beers I've had in a while. The flavors were all there but just weren't substantial enough to stand up to the barrel influences. Still, it's worth a shot to see for yourself.
09-20-2010 01:01:20 | More by glid02
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
I was curious about the bottles so I decided to crack one today. Poured into Lost Abbey stemware. I remove the cage and cork and am greeted with an emphatic pop. All is satisfactory so far. I pour the beer vigorously into the glass and a large tan head billows up two inches high from the depths of the ebony liquid. Retention is excellent, the head lasting for 2 minutes, and lacing is scattered. A thin creamy layer remains when the head recedes.
In the aroma I detect prominent notes of bourbon that are barely subjugated by the brandy influence. Oak is evident, as are light tannins. Brown sugar imparts sweetness, and vanilla is pervasive. A light alcohol presence wafts from the glass and is well integrated. The chocolate character is on the dark end of the spectrum, and in conjunction with the brown sugar and vanilla, a desert-like quality is created: vanilla brown sugar chocolate cookies. Like the tap version, the strong roast of Serpent's Stout has been mellowed by time in the barrels. The big maple notes I got off the tap iteration are present, but at all dominant. Dark fruit notes are subtle, imparting redolence of dates and a whisper of plum or grape.
The flavor opens with bourbonic chocolate vanilla and sweet brown sugar caramel brandy notes with a decisive alcohol sting. Delicious. The beer is lightly sweet, yet the oak and tannins dry out my palate. I detect a little maple, and the flavor displays a bittersweet desert-like quality. The finish is complex and decadent, with lingering notes of bourbon, brandy, chocolate, caramel, and booze. The booze is strong, but I love it. Perhaps a few months time will do the flavor some good as the alcohol mellows a bit. Like the aroma, the roast is light in the flavor.
The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and sticky, with big alcohol warming notes. The carbonation is at a lower moderate level and the body is full. Lost Abbey really nailed the mouthfeel on this one.
Overall, just the sort of beverage I enjoy. This is great right now, but I think the alcohol presence might be off-putting to some people, though I thoroughly enjoy its current strength. A great blended and -bal aged beer. I hope it becomes a yearly release.
08-30-2010 00:10:57 | More by HopHead84
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
07-05-2012 19:56:01 | More by liamt07
4.44/5 rDev +3.3%
On tap at Beer Authority.
A - Served a very dark brown with a few dark tan bubbles clinging to the edges. A few streaks of lacing form.
S - Bourbon, oak, chocolate.
T - Strong bourbon and sweet dark chocolate. Some nice barrel characteristics. A little toasted-burnt-bitterness in the finish.
D - Heavy body with medium carbonation.
O - Nice bourbon barrel stout. Drinks very easy for 12.5%
02-27-2013 21:52:04 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.22/5 rDev -1.9%
This was pricy but I'm a sucker for rip-offs. I found this for $17.99, small Lost Abbey bottle. Poured last night with a couple of other guys before a poker game, not a wise choice but then again we drank beer through the entire evening so the poker wasn't too serious.
The beer pours a dark brown to black color, completely opaque and with a very thin tan foam. It smells just the way I like barrel aged beers to smell, lots of brandy and bourbon, vanilla and toffee and all manner of sweet things. One of the best non-wild aromas I've had from Lost Abbey to date.
It tastes nearly perfect but maybe a little hot, then again it could be the bourbon/brandy flavors are to blame for the recognition of alcohol flavor. Beyond that there's some malty sweetness, not too much roastiness but more sweetness. The vanilla and chocolate notes come together like dessert.
Good carbonation, which is an unexpected treat in a Lost Abbey beer. Very well done all around. Now they just have to reduce their costs.
10-24-2010 01:28:02 | More by TurdFurgison
4.43/5 rDev +3%
on-tap, brouwers on lost abbey night
appearance: served in an unbranded snifter - very dark, bordering on ebony. light chocolate ring with ok lacing.
smell: big big aroma - bourbon, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak
taste: dueling barrels (bourbon, brandy) lead to a high potency. Very rich - dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, vanilla, oak, toffee and caramel, big roasty body. Potent and complex - the rarity tastes great.
mouthfeel: rich and full
08-11-2011 16:53:18 | More by dirtylou
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
on tap at the khyber in philly
Pours a viscous blacked out color with a nice, thick crop of tanned head resting on top. Retains nicely, while leaving a layer of film on the beer with some spots of lacing on the glass.
Boozy and warm in the nose with plenty of rich bourbon and brandy scents. The brand angel's share is clearly present here, along with touches of vanilla, oak and leather. Some coffee and chocolate tones add in from the serpent's stout as well.
Begins fairly boozy as expected, but with plenty of malty textures to temper the alcohol. Caramel with bread crust and brown sugar swirl with a mixture of coffee and chocolate. The two beers pair pretty well together, although the barrel character from the angel's share clearly outshines the serpent's stout. Plenty of oaky vanilla mixed with bourbon and brandy, followed by a light touch of smoke. Finishes warm and full with some residual brandy flavor.
Full bodied, lower carbonation (no, it's not flat), very creamy and slick on the tongue. I've had both of the base beers more than once and this is a nice marriage between the two. I still think my favorite of these LA offerings is the bourbon angel's share, but then again it always depends on what vintage you get.
03-02-2012 00:52:40 | More by xnicknj
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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