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Deliverance | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by drummstikk on 08-09-2010

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Photo of mdfb79
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 09/25/10 notes. Brought this bottle to a small tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, and chocolate. More chocolate than I was expecting, I really liked the smell of this one.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit, and light toffee.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - Overall I thought this was a very good beer. I didn't like it quite as much as the AS Grand Cru, but it was much better than the AS Brandy and Bourbon barrel bottles I have had. I really thought the nose and taste were complex and balanced. I liked the nose a little more than the taste but both were great. Would love to try again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark brown with a mild off-white head. Average retention, leaves good lace.

S: Very similar to Angel's Share. Big brandy and bourbon nose, with a lot of chocolate.

T: Dark chocolate with an elegant malt character. The roasted malt comes out a bit more with the Serpent's Stout included, but I think I like the straight up caramelized malt and Brandy of the original Angel's Share. Still a good flavour for sure.

M: Full-bodied, thick, lightly boozy, quite smooth.

D: A must try for me, I liked it, but I'm glad I didn't pony up the $15 for the bottle, much cheaper on draft. It's good, but not that good.

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Photo of nkersten
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a new belgium snifter. Color is opaque black/very dark brown, with a thin mocha head that fades to the outer edge. Looks identical to Angel's Share, but with carbonation. Smell is bourbon off the bat followed by lots of brandy. No surprise there, but it is nice. Lots of alcohol heat and a tiny bit of chocolate. Taste is a great blend of the brandy and bourbon with a strong hot finish. Slightly bitter, lasting flavor is of milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is VERY light carbonation and a heavy, coating feel. For the style it is appropriate, but just barely fizzy. Drinkability is low for this one due to the abv - its very filling. The complex malt and barrel flavors keep me wanting more though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a tan head. Small amounts of lacing, but certainly respectable for a beer of this heft. Smell brings a lot, with brandy, bourbon, roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruits, and candied sugars all playing a role. Taste is quite similar, although everything isn't quite as integrated in that respect, and the alcohol heat plays a bigger role, which degrades a bit from the mouthfeel. Drinkability is very nice, as this is quite complex. I think age will absolutely do wonders to this one.

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Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 375 mL three ways. Poured into red wine glasses. Reviewed blind 9/7/10.

Ar: Alcohol, sweet spiced rum, alcohol is strong but pleasant, *delightfully strong, heavy caramel, heavy caramel, chocolate, mild toasty earthy wood, alcohol strength increases with warmth, *cocoa, *vanilla, after knowledge of beer the bourbon and the roast are mild

Ap: Very dark clear brown, not quite black, thin brown head hints, great retention

T: heavy and sweet, smooth, intense rich caramel and toffee, toasty/woody end, chocolate, rum-like alcohol spice, complex rich and full malt, dates, mild rum soaked raisins, earthy spiciness, dark heavy full sweet, prune, *subtle roasted taste, *cacao, *mild vanilla, hints of roast, wheat toast, very port like, *dark dry fruit

M: medium/full body, low carbonation, alcohol thins finish, pleasant aetherial alcohol

O: Alcohol becomes a bit too strong in the aroma with time, serving size appropriate, LA angel's share?, *mild bitterness in finish, After knowledge: the stout helps to dry out the beer, better than angel's share and serpent's stout

*=ideas from fellow tasters

In comparison makes Bourbon Angel's Share seem very one dimensional, Angel's Share is much sweeter

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Photo of Overlord
3.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish, blackish, slushee mud color. Eh. Has a nice half an inch head initially, but this quickly settles down to a mere thin crust. Basically, little to no carbonation. Since it's 13% ... well ... I don't know. A few more bubbles would certainly help.

Smells predominantly of angel's share. Overwhelmingly so. Hot bourbon and alcohol and bourbon and caramel and alcohol and alcohol and alcohol notes. Could use more nuance.

Taste is a hot, solvent-y mess. Lots of caramel, tons of sweetness, maybe a bit of roastiness coming through, big bourbon ... maybe some lingering toffee and raisins/dates on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel, despite lack of carbonation, is decently thick and chewy.

The beer is just. too. hot. If something is uber compex you can get away with this much heat ... sometimes, but this is a pretty one-note sweet/bourbon blast of a beer. I think a lot of the nuances are being blasted into Bolivia.

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Photo of johndoe8
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a couple bottles at the Deliverance release @ lost abbey.. haven't been able to find it anywhere since.

This is one of my favorite beers right now. I wish it was more easy to find. The serpent stout definitely cuts into the sweetness of the angel share to just the right levels.

Pours a dark brown with decent amt of carbonation. The only thing bringing this beer down imo is the drinkability. It tastes great, but you really do notice the 12.5% alcohol in this one. Definitely should drink it slow.

Notes of vanilla, chocolate, smoke, caramel.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

an exceptional beer. i had not had much to drink in the last couple weeks, but decided to open a few gems today. sitting here sipping on this one, consumed on 09/11/2010.

pours a very dark brown with a light tan head of just a light bit of lacing that clings to the side and the bottom of the glass.

aroma is huge, rich and indulgent with wonderful hints of bourbon and caramel, toffee, rich barrel and alcohol notes that rip through the air. warming brings on all the vanilla and sweet notes i could handle and i melt into the glass, very, very impressive. as i take a sip it is rich and full, perfect carbonation for the style with the vanilla and toffee really shining here. bourbon lacing the palate and a rich and sweet finish that has a slight warming as it goes down and a smooth, tobacco touch as it ends.

one of the best beers i have had from lost abbey hands down. this is what i have been waiting for them to put out. amazing.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ratman for sharing this one last night. It followed a few other barleywines, and blew them away. Poured a deep, rich mahogany color, shot through with red, with a good 1/2 inch of light brown foam. Huge aromas of brandy, red and black grapes, raisins and booze. On the palate, I get a little roastiness from the stout, oak, caramel, toffee and dark fruits. I didn't pick up any bourbon, but this one got hot as it warmed. An excellent beer; very grateful I got to try it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A really tightly corked bottle, there was a decent pop when I removed it.

It pours a near pitch black with a gorgeous 2 finger head of tan foam with lots of lacing.

The smell is of caramel malts, vanilla, and plenty of barrel notes. Plus some of the ample alcohol...

The taste has the smells here only amplified. Plenty of sweetness and vanilla and bourbon with a ton of hot alcohol. Some toffee and chocolate check in and they complete the tasty goodness. Man, I reckon this could use some cellaring to calm down that pesky heat from the 12.5%abv or I'd score it higher than I did.

I'd call it full bodied with the carbonation near medium territory. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability? I'm glad this isn't in the 750ml format. The 375 will do the job nicely. ;^) Sip sippin away...

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Photo of MrFootstones
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Head forms with vigorous pour, and quickly dissipates into a thin veil of foam. Dark brown, with light just making it through.

Aroma: BOOZE! Cinnamon toast, vanilla, oak, smoke, caramelized brown sugar, chocolate dipped toffee.

Taste: Burnt caramel, roastiness, booze, vanilla, smokiness, brown sugar, and milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, just enough to create a nice, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Delicious, but clearly a strong beer you can't drink a ton of. Had a third of a bottle, but could have had a half at least.

Overall this was a nice beer. The roastiness provided by the Serpent's Stout helped to balance the sweetness of the Angel's Share.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Side by side with a 2009 Brandy Barrel Angel's Share.

Pours a half an inch beige head. Super black body. Oilly legs, and even some lacing left behind(!). Plus, the label is epic, one of my favorites. Dies down to a ring of foam and patch layers of slim foam on top.

A wonderful bouquet of maple syrup, brown sugar, butterscotch candies (diacetyl?), caramel, salt water taffy, bourbon, brandy, and oak. A hint of alcohol buried beneath the desert like aromas.

Taste follows smell. Maple syrup, caramelized brown sugar, sweet cream butter/butterscotch candies. Then a hint of dark cherries and some bitterness that reminds me of mushrooms or black truffles. Then oak, brandy, bourbon, peat and smoke. The bourbon and brandy aren't super pronounced, they kind of blend with the other flavors in the beer. A touch of alcohol as well.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Incredibly rich and full. Surprisingly balanced, but leaning towards sweet. Buttery and smooth. High end of low carbonation.

An epic brew. I only get a touch of heat and alcohol, and mostly in the nose as the beer warms. It's 12.5% though, and I like to be reminded that what I'm drinking is strong. I'm sure a year or two of age will make this dangerously drinkable though.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that Angel's Share should have been. This is what Angel's Share should taste like; this is Angel's Share on steroids. Love it.

Black with a thick tan head. Complex sweet creamed espresso, sweet black chocolate, deep cherry; rich candied plums with undertones of carmel, toffee and whiskey.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and, yes, you can feel and taste the alcohol. Live with it! It's an alcoholic beverage! There is also good and attractive carbonation. It's delicious and is worth the hype that Angel's Share received.

There is little wrong with this one as flavors follow nose precisely and all attributes one gets in the nose follow in the layered flavors.

Finish is sweet, rich, thick carmel/toffee/plumed/cherry whiskey with espresso and black chocolate. Few "end of dinner," "dessert" or "sipping" brews can match this one.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to billshmeinke for this!

Pours a wet, murky brown with a thin head... in LA terms, that head may as well be 5 inches!

Lots of bourbon in the smell. Oak, vanilla, sugars and red grapes.

Being a blend of BA Serpent's and Brandy AS, the AS is the bigger brother. I get much more of that in the taste. The Serpent's sweetness is not to be outshined however. There's more chocolate and vanilla up front. Sweet caramel and brown sugar on the back end. This is a solid blend!

Very creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. But in LA terms...

I have a feeling this will be tremendous in 8-12 months. Right now, it's a little hot. Once this settles down and the boozy sweetness mellows, we could have a contender for best LA beer I've tried.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.23/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by Nanoslug. Thanks, Adam and Anna.

A: Pours a murky brown body with mocha-colored head; good retention, even a touch of legs. Ha ha! Bubbles in a Lost Abbey beer. It will always be funny. But seriously, for a nearly 13% beer, the appearance is good.

S: Wow, this is harsh. It's hot, in a solventy, rubbing alcohol way. That dominates the nose and makes it tough to sniff out the actual flavors, but what I do detect is nice: caramel, bourbon, port. It's quite barrelly on the nose; I can't pick out the base beers well. But it smells tasty.

T: Caramel, bourbon, grape, oak, chocolate. Some butter. And then a finish of rubbing alcohol. I think this would be a pretty amazing beer if it weren't for the heat. I'm told this is a blend of Bourbon Serpents Stout and Brandy Angel's Share, so it certainly has the pedigree to work. It's just too hot to pick out much.

M: Chewy, viscous... Solventy. It's very full in flavor, but the harshness works against it.

D: This might improve into an amazing beer, but right now it's outclassed by competitors as well as Tomme's own Angel's Share Grand Cru. I also think the Bourbon AS is better.

Also, I see what ZX6Chris did there.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing Dankbeers619!!

A - Murky very dark brown with mahogany at the edges of the glass. Almost opaque. Little legs on the sides of the glass. Low forming, long lasting mocha head. A little bit of lacing.

S - Caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon, cherries, chocolate, pleasant alcohol. This is a HUGE beer!

F/M - Chocolate, vanilla, cherries, plums, oak. Alcohol is noticeable and a little hot and solventyl. Rich and full bodied. Medium low carbonation is spot-on. Warming with a light astringency in the finish.

D - This is balanced just right for being such a humongous beer. The full flavors and big bourbony booze flavors meld almost flawlessly into a superior blend. Yet it finishes clean(ish) and has me begging for more. This is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The bottle presentation itself is pretty impressive and the beer that follows does not let you down. By the way that's my pic:)

A-Pretty dark but the Angel's Share lightened it up a bit. Dark head that fades quickly and some nice lacing.

S-Wow! This is exactly what I expected. This is a big beer with a big nose! The brandy and bourbon blend nicely without overpowering each other. There's alcohol, dark fruits, barrel.

T-First you get the blended brandy and bourbon so it's sweet but not overpowering. The brandy is very present. Dark fruits, vanilla, oak and brown sugar. The alcohol comes into play heavily at the end, I can't wait to try this in another 6 months.

M-Luscious! It's full bodied, smooth,and nicely CARBONATED. Not nearly as heavy as you'd think and pretty easy drinking for a 12.5% beer.

Well done Lost Abbey.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

~Davod23 made me laugh regarding the fluff on the back label, too much Stone, only cornier, which is hard to do~

Pours a quazi-black, a dark color reminiscent of The Abyss, almost black but not just quite. A dark caramel head gently appears after the pour which dissipates fast yet never really exits. Strong lacing.

Smells of red wine, barrel aging, sweet cherries, chocolate and raisins. All the dark fruits rolled together.

The spawn of Angels Share Brandy & Serpents Stout. Love Serpents Stout, thought the Angels Share was off-putting due to thick sweetness and carbonation. This is a refined, balanced, reborn beer. The taste replicates the nose. Well controlled. Subtle oak and licorice, chocolate and grape notes add to the complexity.

Mouthfeel is decently thick, smooth and creamy. Hot.

Superb.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/29/2010

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lost Abbey (Served in a pint glass, unnecessary, but strangely welcomed for review number 1200).

A: The pour is black and ominous with a finger's worth of mocha colored foam that eventually settles down to a thin cap.

S: Plenty of vanilla is present immediately along with a nice chocolate notes, of both dark and semisweet varieties, combining nicely with some roast from the Serpent's Stout. The two spirits (brandy and bourbon) work together nicely without either really being all that noticeable. A bit of a wood and alcohol note as well.

T: The sweet chocolate flavor (almost cake-like) and vanilla come through wonderfully and are the first things I pick up. The wood, bourbon, and subtle flavors of roasted malts provide a bit of a balance to the sweetness. More sweetness to follow with some caramel and brown sugar.

M: The body is medium to full with a mellow carbonation that provides for a creamy mouthfeel.

D: As I finish entering my notes I realize that I've probably already had about 12 ounces of this beer. Again, the pint was not entirely necessary for such a beer, but for less than the price of one of the 12 ounce bottles, I won't complain too much.

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Photo of davod23
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this label a lot - it really appeals to my darker sensibilities. Of course, the dreck on the back label just makes me annoyed. I think that there should be a new CA law that forbids The Lost Abbey from writing any stories on the backs of their bottles. Poured chilled into my Bruery tulip.

Appearance is a very dark brown, near-black unless held up to the light. Viscous pour. The first third of the pour there are no bubbles forming, and just as I am about to curse and smash up my kitchen, a cascading wave of brown bubbles emerges. Phew. Pretty beer, not gonna lie.

The smell is scrum-diddly-umptious. One of the best-smelling beers I have ever encountered. Brandy, bourbon, oak, sweet and dark chocolate, slight roast, some caramel. Not too boozy, though you can tell it's in there. The brandy is in the forefront, which I much appreciate.

The taste does not quite live up to the promise of the aroma. It's quite good, but it's far warmer than the aroma let on. The barrels are up front, followed by candy flavors of chocolate and toffee, vanilla, slight roast in the background. Very complex, which is not unexpected. The finish is just a little bit abrasive, somewhat tannic. This is really good, but I think that this beer will age splendidly. This might be a near-perfect score within a year if the booze mellows out a bit.

Mouthfeel is great. Full-bodied, viscous, but the carbonation keeps it from falling flat. Nice.

Drinkability is pretty good, all things considered. It's fairly sweet, but it's not unbalanced. I'm glad they are packaging this in 375's, as I think more than that amount is asking too much.

Very, very good beer. Recommended.

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Photo of drummstikk
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted out of the bright tank at Lost Abbey in an 8 oz taster glass. Not released yet. A blend of brandy-barrel Angel's Share and bourbon-barrel-fermented Serpent's Stout.

Smells like alcohol and butterscotch. Tastes like sweet dark fruits, rich chocolate, caramel, and most noticeably, homemade butterscotch. Deliverance shows an incredible balance for so many goey candy-bar flavors. Distant German hops and, more importantly, strong alcohol and roasted malts provide a stiff backbone for the sweet decadence. Deliverance does not come off as syrupy like many of its Lost Abbey cousins, but the intense butterscotch is caught up in a three-way harmony with alcohol and chocolate.

Deliverance has a full body and a complex, oxidized finish, placing it along the most refined dessert alcohols.

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