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Deliverance | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

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 phichifiji00
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has been aging for more than 1 year, poured into Lost Abbey Tulip glass.

Appearance: Black, subtle tan head that fades immediately. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Chocolate is very prevalent and up front. Bourbon, brandy and woody notes come through as it warms. Also get lots of vanilla in this one.

Taste: Chocolate, bourbon and brandy are subtle, oak, malty in the middle, bitter finish, sweet, vanilla, a little coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation, silky, smooth, alcohol is well hidden particularly for such a big beer.

Overall: This beer definitely improved with age. It is very smooth and perfectly balanced.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown color with minimal tan head and minimal lacing

S-bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, molasses

T-dark malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, chocolate, molasses, bourbon,hint of coffee

F-medium to full body with minimal carbonation, rich and smooth, a little boozy

O-delicious, really enjoyed sipping this one, the blend seems to work well

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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 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 7ways
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New batch.

Pours with bubbles, hooray for Lost abbey! The head is a much darker brown around the edges than the middle, kind of weird. Black coffee colored with a very oily surface. It's got an impressive amount of lace for such a rotund beer.

The aroma is where it's at here. Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean is the most notable feature, accompanied by dry oak, chocolate cake, rum and coconut. I want my house to smell like this.

This has that toasted caramel taste that I associate with really good Old Ales. Very well balanced, but on the sweeter side. When I first started drinking this, I thought "oh, easy, it tastes like Serpent Stout. Cool.". Now that it's warmed quite a bit, it's just like Angel's Share. I don't think I could tell which was which if you put them side by side. Unfortunately, the alcohol is too pronounced on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, a little drying after the jump.

I'd have to drink this next to both Angel's Share and Serpent's Stout to really know which was superior.

On an ANGRIER note, it really pisses me off that Lost Abbey puts a pseudo-intellectual-theological bullshit spiel on the back of their labels. It's a fucking BEER. How about telling me what's in the damn bottle and when it was brewed instead of a lame fairytale? I shouldn't have to do a google search to find out what I'm drinking. Minus 162 cool points.

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Photo of Treebs
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle served in a snifter at Local Option. 2010 vintage split three ways.

A: Pours a dark black with opaque brown edges. No head forms on the pour, only a thin brown ring. Solid stick is left on the glass, but the carbonation is low.

S: The bourbon is more pronounced than the brandy, but it is still well integrated in a nice chocolate brownie and vanilla. There is a nice boozy prune and dark fruit smell that gets balanced by a nice roasted malt.

T: The taste is much more decadent. Fudgey brownie, figs, light bourbon, sweet vanilla and caramel with a touch of oak. The toasted malts are great. The finish is a meaty umami flavor just bordering on a mild soy sauce, but it really rounds it in a robust way.

M: Low carbonation with a heavy body. Sticky and coating with a nice viscosity. There is a slight warming on the backend, but it plays nicely.

O: Delicious. Decadent, rich and very complex. I really enjoyed the different layers of flavors. I haven't had this fresh, but at two years it's drinking remarkably right now.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle drank out of my Darkness glass, courtesy of my girlfriend who wan 80's trivia, and courtesy of Alex for putting it up as prize...Medium brown pour with a very slow rising head, makes you and think nothing is coming. A solid finger of medium tan head coms about but quickly fades to just a ring, no lacing...The aroma is really sweet, tons of vanilla and bourbon, reminds me of a lighter Angel Share Grand Cru. A hint of honey and oak adds depth on the finish. As it warms reminds me more of an aged BCS because the bourbon is a little hot...The taste nails the aroma, but in a lighter way. Vanilla is the main player here with accents of oak and bourbon. Really creamy and smooth, I'm liking this way more than I thought I would and much more than the regular Angel Shares. The finish has some nice bitter coffee notes, really surprising, especially with a hint of heat.

Overall, this is really good and I'm surprised. I think this needed some time because I ad this when it first came out and I wasn't as nearly as impressed.

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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 mindspin315
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Body is dark as dark can be. Poured a big billowy light brown head...alcohol legs, lacing, and retention are quite impressive for a beer at 12.5%.

Aromas of chocolate cake, dark fruits (figs and dark cherries), burnt sugars, toasted malt, and big thick molasses. Both the bourbon and the brandy notes comes through as well, but don't overpower and sit even with all of the over aromas.

Soft, creamy, and velvety smooth mouthfeel. Full-bodied but not thick. Alcohol comes through towards the finish and carries through to the chest. The burn at the end takes away a touch of flavor from the taste that was coming through in the front and middle, not allowing it to carry through. Flavors of vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, oak, and molasses. A lot of bourbon qualities in the taste as well...the brandy components are not quite as strong in the taste as they were in the aroma.

Very much a sipper. Perfect for a cold winter night. This beer shows how well two beers blended together can be. Even though this bad boy was $16 I'm going to have to get another one to put away for a little bit.

[94/100]

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Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ah, old school Lost Abbey... As to be expected this beer is essentially flat. Pours in an obviously viscous manner forming just the slightest hint of dark tan surface coating that quickly disappears and is gone for good. Color is nearly black. Beer is flat looking.

S: Aroma is pleasant. A mix of dark fruits, raisin, molasses, and toffee with oaky, vanilla, bourbon.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma, but brings about even more complexity. Raisin, molasses, and mildly sweet toffee dominate. Then the beer turns a bit malty, with notes of prune and fig, before turning boozy with the bourbon barrel coming through on the long, sweet finish.

M: Body is approaching the heavier side. Sweet, mildly viscous, and lacking all but a hint of carbonation. Slight boozy heat. Very mild bitterness.

O: A nice beer, very complex and a nice after meal sipper. Would have liked a little more carbonation - nothing too heavy - but something that would have allowed this beer to open up a bit more in the glass and on the palate.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

4/4.5/4/4/4.5

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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 NHhomebrewguy
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popped the cork with no hiss. Poured straight down the glass and no head. We have a flat one here folks. Tthis is the second time I've bought a $15+ stout from these guys that wasn't carbonated so I'm kind of dissapointed. Not sure how many more of these I will purchase from this brewery. Anyway, smell is plesent. Vanilla, roasted malts,coffee and a bit of coconut. Taste follows the nose but with some raisens and prunes. Also, get some heat from the alcohol as it goes down but not a ton so that's rather enjoyable. Mouthfeel is rich, full and slick. Overall it was a very nice beer I just wish it was cornonated, even just a little bit.

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Photo of kkipple
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Craytonic popped this to get the wild taste of De Cam Gueze outta our mouths... thanks!

375ml bottle.

A. Very dark brown black into the glass. A dense, fat head is eventually spotty. Looks heavy... like Older Viscosity...

S. Hmm.. hefty booze up front, but lots of barrel too (Angel's Share...), vanilla, buttery barrel notes, a good amount of depth here; coffee, peanuts, cocoa, etc. In the nose, the Angel's Share wins out over the Serpent's Stout, but both are better for the other.

T. Now we're talking! Big and sweet - think Bourbon County - but smoother than it should be. You know this is boozy but it never seems to be bracing; the complex, slightly vinous and nutty barrel notes wrap themselves up tight against the sweet, rich brownie-batter grain-juice and stay there the whole time. The rush of coffee-bitter roast here helps immensely and keeps Deliverance from becoming too lush and sugary. There's a chocolate fudge flavor too, and as the beer warms, a little sour red grape. Excellent, complex, and fun.

M / D. Slick, heavy, warm, complex, low carbonation BUT it is adequate and as much as I dislike Tomme and his flat beers, this isn't one of them.

Frankly, Deliverance is one of the best beers I've had from Lost Abbey in a few years, Isabelle not withstanding. This small bottle is perfect for splitting with a good buddy on a cold night, and I hope this gets made again.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into a pint glass, vintage 2013 "P" or "B" I can't tell
A: Pitch black but zero head whatsoever
S: Figs, plums, black licorice, a bit of bourbon
T: Bold, smooth with notes of dates, brown sugar, spice, hints of caramel, bourbon and candied cherry; the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden given its abv
M: Full-bodied, a bit viscous but smooth as can be; light carbonation
O: Well made and enjoyable to drink, though a bit pricey given what else I can get for far less. Worth a try though for sure

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Photo of jwinship83
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked and caged bottle picked up for a disgusting $16.99. drank from my samual adams perfect pint glass.

A- the pour yields a dark brown body with just a bit of ruby red highlights sneaking through around the edges of the glass. im pleased with the half finger of dark beige colored head that forms on top. the head doesnt last very long, and doesnt leave behind much in the way of lacing either.

S- the first whiff of this brings out strong odors of alcohol. bourbon, brandy and ethanol. after that i get some sweet caramel, brown sugar, and roasted malts. vanilla comes through pretty strong from the oak barrels. lots of raisin. lots of chocolate. very complex. inviting and intimidating.

T- the taste is every part as complex as the nose. it starts out with some strong sweetness from caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. it quickly moves into strong dark chocolate notes which blend beautifully with the vanilla from the oak. raisins and lightly roasted malts comes through near the end, as does the alcohol which is still strong. brandy, bourbon, and above all else, ethanol.

M- medium bodied, bordering on full. palate coating with a lingering aftertaste. the carbonation level is low, but, dis spite all the jokes, it really works in this beers favor. i do believe this was the intended way.

D- the beer is huge and makes itself known. im glad it comes in the little bottles, because i dont think i could tackle a full 750 by myself. its also a little pricey for any thoughts of another one, but its something ill look forward to opening again in the future.

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

I believe that this was bmanning's bottle, thanks. Very cool beer.

Beer is black to brown and hazy at the corners with a thin tan head, no real lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

WHOA...brandy...liquor and malt. Very strong.

Beer is medium bodied and sweet with mild roast at the back. The liquor components in the mouth are there but it was much more obvious in the nose than the palate. Beer seems mildly hot. Drinkability is still quite good and I would recommend it and try it again, especially after a year.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer as an AWESOME extra from johndoe8. Thanks Rich! This is my Christmas Day beer and man its tasty. Pretty black with deep mahagony highlights and a really thin tan ring. Even with a hard, hard pour not much head was apparent. Aroma is of vanilla, raisins, and assorted dried fruit. Brandy is more clear to me then bourbon, but I get both. It even smells a bit like booze. The flavor follows much from the nose. Lots of dried fruit flavors, vanilla, brandy and bourbon. Some less strong flavors of roasted malts and chocolate are clear but secondary. However they do add a nice complexity to the beer. Slick mouthfeel, low carb, expected and appropriate. Easy to drink, though clearly strong.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When on tap these LA beers can be so much nicer appearance and mouthfeel wise. This one hit those brown and black notes, tan head, 3/5". Sweet boozy, bourbony, malty aroma, with mild oak impressions.

This one blends a lot of good stuff, chocolate malt, bourbon, brandy sweetness, char, vanilla, toffee, caramel.

Very nice, but still not gonna buy bottles of it. Draft only for me, customer service too poor, price too high to take a chance on bottles.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle into a Bruery Tulip

Pours pitch black with a healthy fan head. The head falls to a thin film leaving only slight lacing on the glass.

Nose is complex. Heavy on the spirits (boozy), but invitingly sweet at the same time. The barrel character overshadows anything else in the brew, but it smells fantastic.

The taste is a touch hot, but not overwhelmingly so. The balance of the two barrels is masterful - the bourbon and brandy play very well together. A residual wood flavor dries the palate slightly. Everything works together here.

The mouth is a little more thin than I'd like. This beer tastes like it should be motor oil thick, but it comes off as medium bodied.

Overall, a supremely enjoyable brew from Lost Abbey. I hope this is an indication of things to come from Lost Abbey's barrel program.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I received this as an extra from the generous pittsburghkid66. Thank you, Roland!

This is a very dark beer. Black, in fact, with a dense, brown head that falls off to a thin disk, leaving minimal lacing. On par for the style, IMO. The nose is rather wonderful. I didn't get to try this fresh, but this doesn't smell hot or brash like early reviewers mentioned. The brandy vinous character is noticeable, lending a fruity, grape-like sweetness to the nose, along with all the things that make Angel's Share one of the greatest beers ever - the malt character is mild nutty, mildly fruity, mildly toffee-like. The bourbon barrel isn't as prominent, with a mild fleshy coconut character and some vanilla present. A little bit of chocolate is noticeable as well. This is *excellent*

The palate opens with some heat with a blend of brandy and bourbon, fruity, vinous and with some coconut from the barrels. Along with that, there's a blend of complex malt flavors - a little bit of chocolate, some roasted malt bitterness (which does help temper the barrel sweetness). The malt from the Angel's Share is hidden behind the prominent barrel character, but is still noticeable. Moderately drying on the finish, this beer finishes long with vanilla and flavors of brandy barrel tartness (NOT sourness) that's more akin to a pomace tannins and a mild vinous character. Medium in body and *perfectly* carbonated, there's a soft, lush carbonation that helps the beer slide gracefully down my gullet. Recommended, despite the high price.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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