Deliverance | The Lost Abbey

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4.31/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cue the banjos...A blend of Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout and Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine. One of our highest and most sought after non sour aged releases.

Added by drummstikk on 08-09-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#535
Reviews:
450
Ratings:
1,988
pDev:
9.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,988 |  Reviews: 450
Photo of bret717
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look- motor oil black; thin tan head; some patchy lacing

Aroma- dark chocolate, smoke, leather, raisin, booze

Taste- follows nose very closely, finishes with a warming alcohol burn and some lingering chocolate

Feel- medium-bodied

Overall- very enjoyable sipper with a nice medley of flavors and smells that meld nicely

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of chrisrose30
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bourbon and the brandy are definitely apparent in this beer, but they blend together nicely to create a pretty amazing beer. Upon pouring, the head dissipates quickly, and the nose is strongly brown sugar, some molasses, booze, and black licorice. It's definitely a sipper, with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this isn't my favorite from TLA, but it's quite nice.

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

Photo of CHickman
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with a creamy/foamy 1+ finger khaki colored head that was packed with very tiny bubbles, fading very slowly and leaving a creamy layer on top after it dissipated. Minimal spotty lacing as expected.

Smells rich, intense and boozy up front, like burying my nose in a barrel or at least of fine glass of brandy or cognac. This has that dark fruit and raisin sweetness, followed by brandy or cognac or bourbon or dark rum. Toffee, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, oaky notes, dark chocolate and a ton of malty sweetness persist, but this still smells like a good strong ale with a ton of complexities and very interesting boozy/barrel accents. Wet tobacco and leather also come to mind as this goes between boozy, malty and fruity. Really wonderful to inhale.

Tastes brings much of the same as the nose with a dark fruit and booze sweetness that starts off in your face, but settles into earthy and oaky notes with the bourbon and brandy bringing a lot of complexities like burnt coffee, cocoa, tobacco and peat moss. Dark fruit like cherry, plum and raisin mix with vanilla, brown sugar, light piney hops, maple syrup, toffee, molasses, roasted nuts and port wine or brandy. The wood and peat moss aspects add some smoky highlights which seem to give a dry feel and help to mask the 12.5% ABV. Milk chocolate, espresso and bakers chocolate show up late as it fades with a combo of sweet and bitter. Each sip was different, full of flavor, and part of a lovely tug of war for attention.

A smooth feel while remaining thick and textured, this slid down easier than it should and is best drank as a slow sipper since it improves as it warms. The sweetness remains in check throughout, the ABV is masked perfectly and the slight bitterness adds to the overall complexities and experience. A damn fine beer, I'd love to get my hands on another bottle.

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Photo of Commandophile
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtk21351
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npachl
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of novamat
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bnes09
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown. Ample cinnamon head. Plenty of creamy lacing. Bourbon, roasted malt, nutmeg, molasses and veggie aroma. Flavor follows with more emphasis on the nutmeg spice. Smooth wood and sweet, malty character overall. Dense, syrupy feel. Subtle bubbles. Thick and sticky on the tongue. Solid.

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Photo of CoreyC
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375 ml bottle - 2017 version

L - Pitch black, rich, no head or lacing - looks like death!

S - Bourbon, burned brown sugar, brandy, sugar cane. Tons of booze. It doesn't hide. Every aroma dominates - impressive

T - Sugary sweet, bourbon and brandy booze penetrate your senses. Booze will knock you out - nothing hidden here!

F - Full body and low carbonation.

O - An amazing slow sipper - lots of sweetness but perfectly blended with bourbon and brandy. Awesome brew

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hermit990
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of buschbeer
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
2014

This beer pours black and is topped with less than an inch of mocha head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is amazing. I get caramel, vanilla, alcohol, chocolate, and oak.

The taste equals, if not exceeds, the smell. I taste chocolate, caramel, and vanilla with a semi dry, oaky finish.

Full, creamy, slick mouthfeel

This beer is damn delicious. I am going to buy everything I see from Lost Abbey the next time I am in a state in which it is distributed.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drone
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcel371
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 1,988 ratings