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

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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Pours one shade shy of black and completely opaque. Head is a quarter inch and mocha-colored and disperses almost immediately, forming a soapy skim across the surface and a thin band around the edges of the bowl. An arc of lacing is formed on the tilt side of the glass, with tiny raindrops of lacing cascading below. A big malty nose immediately reveals barrel aging reminiscent of Bourbon Angel's Share. A trace of booze follows, as well as brown sugar and perhaps licorice and a hint of vanilla. Taste consistent with nose; however, a pleasant buttery quality reveals itself as well as maple syrup - there's definitely some vanilla going on in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Some alcohol heat hits up front and gradually dissipates towards the finish. Carbonation is mild and balanced and evenly distributed from start to finish. This is a wonderful beer. I think I prefer Bourbon Angel's Share to Deliverance, but not by much. Quite a treat despite the $16.99 price tag. I think I'll definitely need to pick up another bottle to put a couple years on. I recommend picking this one up before it's gone.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.75/5  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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375mL bottle poured into a snifter

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of dar482
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark black color.

The aroma has oak aging, medium amount of bourbon, with a lighter alcohol note, charred cherry wood, a tinge of fruitness.

The flavor follows of with charred wood in the front, lightly roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and bourbon. It tastes very much like a lighter version of BCBS. Alcohol comes through on the finish to clean off the palate.

A wonderfully delicious barrel aged brew.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Vintage 2014A.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with no head, rather just a thick ring around the edge of the glass and nearly no surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Signature Lost Abbey yeast aroma with notes of heavy dark roast and some brown sugar and vanilla from the barrel.

T- Maple, more brown sugar and some chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate aftertaste with some light char. After a while, some vanilla and marshmallow show up. Very smooth for the ABV. More milk chocolate and raisin characteristics come through as it warms.

M- Silky smooth with low carbonation and a robustly full body.

O- I don't know what it is, but none of the sought-after Lost Abbey beers strike a big chord with me. The only thing I can figure is it's their house yeast, because all their non-Belgian and non-Brett beers have this strange layer of flavor I can't describe that just doesn't agree with me. Don't get me wrong, this is great beer, especially for how well the alcohol is concealed. It just isn't in that upper echelon of awesomeness with some of my favorite BA beers. And none of the other barrel-aged Lost Abbey brews I've tried (Older Viscosity, Agave Maria) are either.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage.

bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a medium tan cap that becomes a ring on top of the beer.

Smell: Huge barrel notes that are fairly dominant; bourbon, brandy, and oak. Vanilla, coffee and bakers cocoa.

Taste: Sweet malts combining with the sweet taste of bourbon and brandy. Along with the sweetness is a warming and moderate boozey burn. Dark fruits, hints of vanilla and coffee. Dark chocolates and cocoa. The middle of the beer becomes mildly bitter after starting off really sweet. Aftertaste is booze and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Thick, syrupy, and sticky.

Overall: Was at FOBAB this weekend and saw this on the list and made me want to pop this beer. Its a nice beer for the style, but I prefer the FSW anniversary beers when it comes down to blended beer from this style. Its a tasty beer, but its quite expensive at almost 18 dollars a bottle.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to billab914 for sending me multiples of this one in past trades! Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger brown fizzy head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and peat. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins, peat, big sweet alcohol, dark chocolate, and very subtle wood. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one had a nice sweetness going on here with just a hint of bitterness to help bring it all together. Still pretty boozy though. I could see this one being great down the road with a little more time in the cellar to mature.

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Photo of maximum12
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So much to say about this beer, so few words. First & foremost let me tug my forelock in honor of jtrockchalk, who threw this lovely little bottle in as an extra to a recent trade. Yes, that's the kind of trader I'm dealing with. I thought I did him up good. But now I'll have to wait for another opening to even things up.

Not only that, this is named after one of my favorite songs from my college days, Deliverance, by the Mission U.K. If you like bombastic European alt-rock, go look it up. Great stuff. 'Fact, I'm gonna flip it on Grooveshark right now.

Oh, right, beer, sorry. As always, The Lost Abbey is class of the class in bottling. Great artwork, amusing anecdote on the back, & I can get the cork out without heavy machinery. Pours pitch black as the soul of the Dominator. The smell is...well...puzzling. Lots of barrel, malts, but with a strong scent of butter churning. What? Oh, & booze. Not at all what I was expecting. Who put Parkay in my chalice?

Once it encounters the tongue, Deliverance straightens out that odd smell thing. The barrels play it up; I get both the brandy & bourbon, but neither has the upper hand. I get more of the Angel's Share base here than the Stout. Plenty of drying oak. Again, that faint butteriness in the background, trying to hide between the malts & barrel. The alcohol comes through only in the end, warming, a touch of heat. That's OK. You don't like heat? Drink orange juice.

Well, this is a very good beer, but there's an oomph missing that keeps it from reaching the panorama of really excellent brews. Light on the complexity, this one uses the barrels to carry it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a small light tan head. In the aroma, huge bourbon presence. In the taste, mellow bourbon notes, with a small malty roast in the there. A small alcohol bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry vanilla and bourbon like aftertaste. Big bourbon all day, notes of vanilla, alcohol, and a small roasty malt.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black beer that foamed up a small brown head that quickly dissipated and only left some spots on the side during the drink.

S - This is a little bit on the boozy side with some oak and dark fruit. Smells a little too bourbony for my liking, but okay.

T - Taste is surprisingly really good, somehow the combination of two pretty good beers makes one really great beer. Great vanilla with mild oak, nice bourbon sweetened by brandy, some dark fruit, really great mixture of beers that goes down easy and hides the alcohol.

M - Full bodied and smooth, low carbonation, but not flat.

D - Highly drinkable for 12.5%, great stuff, would love to drink again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml bottle that I only bought because I found it for $11, I feel bad for anyone who paid $17 because this beer is way overpriced. Black color, a decent head, it was not completely flat! Aroma was a bit of booze and malt, meh. Flavor was barrel and grapes, I mostly tasted the angel's share because I kept thinking of cognac. Decent beer but ridiculously overpriced even at $11. Booo.

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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 cosmicevan
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12.7oz bottle into Lost Abbey tulip.

a - Poured a pitch black with a nice finger creamy head. The head was tiny bubbles all mushed together and on top of each other...very molecular. As they popped, there was some chunky lacing clinging to the glass...milkshake-ish. The head hung around for a while.

s - Without even smelling the glass, the room immediately was overtaken by a boozy smell. Upon closer inspection a thick syrupy musty wooden smell. I feel like the brandy is more apparent but the mix creates a bit of a fight for dominance which results in a somewhat over-ripened fruit smell. For some reason, I can't stop smelling the glass though. Figs and plums too...

t - Lots going on. Big booziness. Again a bit of a fight for dominance in the flavor and kind of like taking a big swig of sangria and getting tons of fruit in your mouth.

m - Bold and thick. Real full bodied with a nice boozy tingle. After taste is a bit fruity and like sopped up barrels.

d - I have to say I was a bit nervous as I popped the cork...didn't make the trademark POP that I love when opening a beer. it was more of a pfttt...none-the-less the beer was plenty carbonated. My overall impressions left me feeling that I drank sangria and not a beer...pretty amazing that it was a beer though. She's a big beer. A sipper. Very glad I was able to find this at Julio's when I was in Boston not too long ago, but not something I'd actively pursue again.

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Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a thick looking deep dark brown, almost black in the glass. Topped with a thin skim of tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring.

Smell. Very woody bourbon, buttery caramel candy, leather, and some chocolate and vanilla.

Taste. Big bourbon and vanilla, caramel candy, old wood, butterscotch, cocoa powder. Quite sweet, boozy, and very rich.

Mouthfeel. Full body with low carbonation.

Overall. A massive beer with tons of barrel influence. Nice to find an appropriate amount of carbonation (though that should never be a welcomed surprise...).

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Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours an extremely dark chocolate brown that looks pretty much black in the glass with a thick film of mocha head along the top that recedes to a solid collar and leaves no lacing, just some sticky legs.

Aroma is huge with bourbon and vanilla to start with an underlying sweet chocolate and dark fruit backbone. There is also some leather, tobacco, spent coffee grounds and brandy in the nose and an alcohol burn to finish things off.

Taste also starts with the bourbon but that's just an opener for the big sweet chocolate and caramel malt backbone with vanilla, raisins and plums. Maybe some coffee but the finish is really about the brandy and alcohol burn with a hint of dry oak.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with soft carbonation and on the fuller side of things in the body. Very dessert-like feel.

This is an outstanding beer and if they would consistently nail this types of beers, I'd still be in the Sinner's Club. If they keep it up, maybe I'll jump back in...

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very, very dark brown - only really a dagger of dark brown piercing the body when held up to the light. Head is ochre, quite listless but leaving some nice trails behind. A swirl is quite effective in reviving it. Small bubbles, not too dense. Yeah, good colour, pretty good everything else.

Smells quite dark, yet not roasty. Lots of chocolate, dark and cocoa-esque with a Tia Maria edge. Yeah, very sweet, dark and liqueury, a touch of milk coffee and Irish cream almost and a big dollop of coconut lingering at the back. A really very fascinating smell, and very enticing.

Taste is quite sweet as well. Lots of chocolate, dark and sweet with some nectar notes on the front, and a touch of orange peel with more of that Tia Maria liqueuriness. Sweet, though, and nicely weighted with an obvious alcohol that only asserts itself through the fullness of the body and never gets hot. Pleasant touches of marshmallow with more Irish cream, caramel, some touches of cinnamon, milk coffee, and some hop notes towards the back giving apple characteristics. Some shiraz wine notes as well, berries and pepper, oh it's just intoxicatingly good. Wow. This is a cracker of a beer.

If a beer is this nice, I will drink it. It's a heavy drop and one for sharing, but it's amazing, so smooth, so tasty.

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Photo of illidurit
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Backlog purge. Bottle poured into a snifter. Dark dark brown with a lasting tan head. Luscious aroma with sweet chocolate and vanilla and an undercurrent of spicy bourbon. Flavor is fudge and toasted oak, dark chocolate, roasted malt, vague raisiny fruitiness, sweet alcohol. Fluffy moussey body, devilish and great.

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Photo of Suds
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting, very enjoyable beer. Aggressively strong, uncountable flavors, and lots of alcohol, it's an experience. The beer itself is black...what little head there is shows as a faint chocolate milk ring. The aroma is boozy (like a strong port), with chocolate, plum, molasses, and sugar. Loads of malt...not much of a hop aroma. It's a bomb of fruity esters, alcohols, melanoidins, and sugars. Wow. The taste is not as sweet as expected....a solid keel of bitterness keeps the beer on balance. Alcohol helps too. Very warming...whew. Full in body, but a bit more carbonated that necessary. It's a little disjointed...a hodgepodge of flavors (all intense) that come together in different ways.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from my trip to Cali. Corked and caged. A pricey $16.99 for 12.7 oz but happy to try at least once. Pours a deep black color with a very small brown late-forming head, looks pretty thick and viscous. Sweet vanilla, brandy, chocolate, anise, caramel on the nose. Flavor is a seamless blend of chocolate, vanilla, brandy, licorice. Sweet brandy, and satisfying, with beautiful vanilla oak barrel notes. Hearty and velvety thick with low but very adequate carbonation. Warming but not any sharp alcohol at all. One of the best BA imperial stouts I have had (strong ale, whatever, this is a stout pretty much) up there with Parabola and Black Note. Similar to those two but with a bit more caramel and dark fruit. Yum and more yum. This is really among the best of them.

As this warms there is a nice nuttiness coming out, I assume from the brandy (I get a similar flavor from JW Lees Calvados). The flavors later nicely, with more toffee and caramel coming out as well. Just awesome.

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Photo of morimech
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ink black color with one finger of tan head that did not last very long before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Some alcohol as well.

Very hot and boozy. Complex flavor that is blended quite well. Hints of bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit. Brandy sweetness. The malt gives off some roasted and smokey flavor. If it was not so boozy I would rate the taste higher.

Thick, chewy, and rich body. Carbonation is well done for this type of beer.

A very interesting complex beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into The Lost Abbey stemmed tulip.

A: Pours black with about an eighth of an inch dark brown head that quickly disappeared into a thin collar leaving just a dot or two of lace.
S: Sweet and spicy notes of raisins, caramel, warming bourbon/brandy, and oak barrel spices. Vanilla comes through strongly as well with just a hint of chocolate. Woody and alcoholic all around.
T: Big dose of vanilla and sweet dark fruits balance well with full and woody flavors of the barrels. Thick caramel, toffee, brown sugar and all kinds of sweetness come through in the finish along with a bit of roasted coconut, and the aftertaste is full of chocolate and bourbon/brandy. Flavors are sweet and buttery.
M: Thick body, chewy but thin mouthfeel, with very very low carbonation. Luckily this beer is thick and potent enough for the lack of bubbles not to be a major issue, but a few more bubbles would have made this beer feel less like a (delicious) syrup and more like a beer. Alcohol is very mellow at this point.
O: Rich and smooth flavors with a creamy mouthfeel. Needs more carbonation, but this had a great flavor.

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Photo of muskiesman
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 375 ml bottle into a snifter glass
Artistic label and competent bottle worthy of the brew

Pours dark oily opaque brown nearly black with a two finger tan head slowly recedes to an unusually thin lacing

Aroma is heavy roasted malts big and heavy alcohol

Taste is a dichotomy of roasted malts and inspired dark chocolate, molasses and seared oak with the sweet caramel and fig like dark fruits of the brandy and finish is clean vanilla alcohol. Amazing

Mouth feel is full bodied and very creamy like dulce de leche but not as sweet, Velvety with little carbonation in the mouth. Thick at first then the warming alcohol kicks in and is silky and smoooth!

Overall a great inspiring brew worth the wait. Do not hesitate Try this beer Incredible balance adn complex

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