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Deliverance | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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.

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Photo of richj1970
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500 ml bottle into Stone taster glass. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours dark black with zero head.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, cacao nibs. Some slight dark fruits in the background. Maybe a hint of cherry.

T: Lots of bourbon character. Vanilla and chocolate notes are fairly prominent. A bit of cherry and other fruits.

M: Full bodied but almost flat. No carbonation to be found at all.

O: Very nice flavors, but it lacked carbonation. Maybe a bad cork seal?

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Photo of smakawhat
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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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.

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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 Valley_Town_Sipper
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It was awkward seeing my friend have a moment with this ale that was somewhere in between an orgasm and a cry. . . But that sums up what this knock-out artist presents to the table. It shows up in a pitch black perfect form behind a beautifully typical piece of religious art work we expect from "The Lost Abbey" brewing company. The lowest score it gets from me is smell, for while absolutely aromatic, it isn't a blissful overwhelming sensation you feel that sometimes comes with the stronger stuff like this that ranks up to a damn near 15 ABV. Still, 4.5 is an amazing grade from me and it is shadowed by a phenomenal taste + finish that is sweet, smoky, chocolaty, and as my friend stated in song "A few of my favorite things". . . Just beautiful. . .

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Photo of bpasquini
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours pitch black and leaves a solid head that looks like slightly browner frothy espresso, looks magnificent with the head, but it quickly goes away and leaves no lacing except for a small ring around the glass, love the way this beer looks, granted most stouts are pitch black but there are certain one's that really catch your eye for some reason and this is one of those beers

S: Blown away in this category as well, every time you smell this beer you notice something a little different or you pick up a stronger hint of a smell, , the strongest smell I get is vanilla from the oak and quickly followed by a strong but not overwhelming brandy presence, great mixture from the two, I also get a slight hint of anise, a nice amount of chocolate, slight hint of tobacco, and slight hint of coffee, sometimes I get a slight hint of dark fruits as well which only adds to the already exceptional smell, sometimes I get a very very light caramel presence as well, absolutely fantastic!

T: At first I was going to rate this at a 4.25 because the flavor seems very mashed together, not a whole lot of complexity to it, but the more you drink it and let the beer warm, the more complex it gets. Right away you get that oak vanilla and brandy mixture which is phenomenal, vanilla is present throughout in this beer, but it is not overbearing or sweet, perfect balance for it, after the initial barrel presences it is followed with a slight amount of anise, great chocolate/coffee/tobacco mixture and a slight presence of those dark slightly tart fruits, outstanding flavor, the taste follows the nose, the more you search in this beer the more you find, transitions nicely as the beer warms and the more you drink it

M: this is the category I am a little upset with, the feel is great, but it doesn't quite go with this beer IMO, the feel is medium bodied and I think a beer with a flavor profile like this needs to have a thick mouthfeel, this is the kind of beer that you like to sit down and relax and sip on it for awhile, and that thick mouthfeel IMO would make it just that much better

O: Excellent beer, one of the best barrel blends I have ever had, I almost regretted buying this beer because of the price tag, but now I am wishing I picked up a couple more, and will be buying this any time I see it at a bottle shop, must try!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12.7 oz bottle into Lost Abbey Teku glass

A-Very little head, looks like coke. Very good lacing.

T-Smells amazing! Bourbon and brandy with dark fruit, some vanilla and brown sugar. It tastes mostly like bourbon with brandy backbone and raisins.

M-mouthfeel is very well balance and decent carbonation.

O-Overall a great American strong ale so glad to finally get one.

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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 Wolberjs
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Opaque dark brown. Pours with minimal head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing.

S - Not alot going on out of the fridge, and not alot going on as it warms up. A mild bourbon and brandy in the smell with alcohol coming through. Smells sweet.

T - Tastes better than it smells. Still plenty of brandy and bourbon, but now a little faint vanilla and chocolate show up.

M - Silky smooth mouthfeel with and little tingly alcohol finish. If there's such a thing as a balanced mouthfeel, this one has it. I just started doing reviews of the individual pieces and parts of beers, so I can't say I've get the perfect informed perspective on mouthfeel, but this is damn outstanding.

O - Good but not great offering. Not enough going on with the smell and the taste to give it high marks overall. The barrels kind of overwhelm the base beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle - $14.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Gurgles out an inky, blank body with a smallish, but dense, dark tan head.

Smell: Blended malts leaning towards roasted with noticed inclusions of the sublime bourbon and brandy barrel aging. Bittersweet chocolate, nutty sweet syrups. Heavy on the dark fruits.

Taste: Roasty maltiness, dark chocolate fudge, a spoonful of maple syrup. A few flecks of char. Blend of the robust brandy and bourbon notes. Deep dark fruitiness, prunes and dates. Splash of tawny port. Low hint of anise. A little perceived saltiness precedes the soft, roasty, chocolaty finish followed by lingering warmth and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel.

Overall: Let us all enjoy the wonder of Deliverance Ale!

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Photo of Bedrocker
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black. Very thin brown head that all but disappears as you drink this beer.

Smell: Bourbon and brandy barrels, mostly. Little bit of chocolate and vanilla. Smells incredible.

Taste: I love bourbon, and that's the main flavor I get from this beer. Strong oak flavor that introduces an incredibly complex mixture of vanilla, chocolate, malts, caramel, and a little bit of dark fruit. Finishes with more oak. Incredible.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and thick, although almost no carbonation. Slight alcohol bite, but that's to be expected considering the high alcohol content.

Overall: Worth the price, in my opinion. Had this on my birthday, and it was one of the best beers I've ever had. Very complex, and did I mention this beer is reminiscent of bourbon? Highly recommended.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle courtesy of thrillainmanilla. Thanks again Eric!

A - I've read a lot of reviews for this beer, and I was a little scared that I would get one of the dreaded "uncarbonated" bottles. Luckily, the cork gave me a satisfying pop and the beer collects a little fizz on the periphery as it enters the glass. The beer itself is dark brown, settling black in the glass. No foam whatsoever.

S - the first thing I get is a whiff of bourbon, followed by the stout base, followed by some of the sweetness from the barrel character. I poured it pretty cold, and it initially smelled like a booze bomb, but as it warms up the sharpness dissipates. The richness I expect isn't terribly evident in the smell. Fruit: apples, raisins, and caramely dates.

T - the first thing I get is heat from the booze. It burns the tongue almost immediately. Following that, it's mostly the barrels I detect. The bourbon and brandy work nicely together, but both are secondary to the alcohol. I don't get Angel's Share at all, only Serpent Stout, and that only slightly. The only thing I would call "substantive" in the taste is the tartness that comes from the roast.

M - like I said, the booze is overwhelming. My tongue burns as I drink. The alcohol almost entirely overwhelms the sweetness, which is the other lingering taste at the finish.

O - I'm not a big fan of this beer. It's too expensive, and the barrels play too big a roll. The alcohol dominates and depletes any of the substance of the base beers. That being said, however, I'm super glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of kdahnke123
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12.7oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A - A very dark pour with a medium brown head. The head lasted on briefly, leaving no lacing. It is fairly viscous, though, and leaves a thick coating with fingers on the glass when tipped.
S - Bourbon, vanilla, malt and chocolate. Smells heavenly!
T - Very smooth and balanced. Bourbon and chocolate malts up front with balanced hops and a little bite of alcohol on the finish.
M - Above average mouth coating with a moderate level of carbonation.
O - A very well integrated strong ale. The 12.5% abv is only apparent on the finish. Everything is very well balanced. Highly recommended.

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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 TempeBeerMan
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

A - Pours an inky black with a 3/4 of a finger chocolate colored head which evaporated quickly. Small clumps of lacing.

S - Intense aroma of bourbon, vanilla, wood, raisin, ash, anise, and chocolate. Smells amazing.

T - Incredibly rich and complex mix of chocolate, plum, oak, whiskey, vanilla, brandy, smoke, and black licorice. Date, prune and fig flavors come out as it warms. The tinniest hint of black cherry tartness in the mid palate. An soy sauce like element in the finish. (not a bad thing by any means) Woody bitterness and roast provides nice balance, but this is a sweet brew overall. ABV definitely noticeable but not overpowering. A slow sipper.

M - So full bodied, you almost need a knife and fork. Low carbonation. Velvety smooth. Coats the mouth, but manages to avoid being syrupy. Perfect for the style.

O - Complex and amazing. Thankfully, the bourbon flavors do not overpower the base beer. If sweeter strongly alcoholic beers are your thing, don't miss this one. Superb.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass and while pouring, one finger off white/almost brown that doesn't last for long.

S-Bourbon and oak with some spices from the brandy. Roasted malt and chocolate.

T-The balance here is amazing. The bourbon and brandy barrels are in perfect harmony, the booziness of the bourbon goes great with the spices from the brandy. The oak is there as well. Rather chocolatly with some roasted malt as well.

M-Medium body, alcohol heat is hidden, not much carbonation.

O-A great beer from Lost Abbey, the balance between the brandy and the bourbon barrels was a real delight.

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Photo of buzzardman
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my kind of beer, lots of deep flavors.
Aroma: Brandy, bourbon, and sweet toffee.

Appearance: Black with thin brown head.

Flavor: Roasted malt, toffee. Fruity up front then coffee with heavy bourbon and brandy mixed in. Light oaky finish, so much depth in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, sticky, slight tartness at front then alcohol warming.

Overall: A lot like BCBS but more going on. Really enjoy this beer, if it wasn't so expensive i would buy all i could find. Very nice balance between the malts and the blend of the barrels. Definitely buy again. $14.99 for 12floz.

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Photo of garuda
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Super deep ruby, nearly black, small head has little retention and lacing.

S/T - Oak and barrel forward. Strong oak, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, tannins up front, then transitions smoothly through the finish, finishing with the stout-like qualities of roast coffee, and rich chocolate. Booze heat is expected and welcomed.

M - Full body, lively carbonation, yet stays smooth. Expected noticeable booze, warming.

O - Taste is superb. Is it worth the price of the bottle? I'm not sure about that, and I'm glad I had the op to have it on tap first.

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Photo of controlfate
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served at room temperature in a tulip snifter. My first Lost Abbey brew.

A: Dark brownish black, with slight opacity on the corners. Minimal brown head, with little-to-no retention.
S: The smell is complex, there's a lot at play, but the sweeter tones you taste are muted by the stronger boozy scents from the bourbon and whiskey barreling. The aroma reminds me of a boozy barleywine.
T: The taste is unexpectedly sweet, like an aged barleywine. The sweet taste dissipates as it turns into a pleasant boozy aftertaste that lingers. I can taste raisins, cherries, some dark fruit, dark chocolate, barley, bourbon, and whiskey.
M: It's lighter than it looks in respect to the mouth-feel.
O: I would definitely buy again, I'm intrigued by it's complexity and unique brewing style. More importantly I enjoyed the taste and would say it was worth the hefty single 12 oz bottle price.

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Photo of 01001111
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Used motor oil with a tiny ring of lacing that accounts for the head.

S: Bourbon, molases, medium roast coffee.

T: A quick wash of tart dark fruits and then the barrel notes come in. There are some strange sour notes that come in and dance with the sweet caramels, wood, and booze. Not entirely unpleasant but unexpected. Not as complex and full as the nose let on.

M: Slightly thinner than the appearance suggested though still syrupy. It foams up on your tongue.

O: The smell is absolutely amazing. But the taste, while nice, falls a little shy of all that the aroma promised.

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Photo of BVukelich
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Part of a special "barrel" week at The Beer Junction. $4.00 for a 4oz pour, listed as 12.5% ABV. Deep, rich brown color. Sweet aroma, like maple syrup. Flavor was potent! Alcohol in your face. It was a total palate wrecker. Viscosity was thin-syrupy, low carbonation. Sweet aftertaste. There were particles of something left in the glass. Not sure if it was from the beer or the draft line. No lace left. This was part of a 4 beer sampler (all barrel aged) and I would say it came in 4th but that is because they were all pretty dang good. Definitely not bad and worth a try.

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Photo of Tonerelia
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into a Snifter.

A: Dark black charcoal color absolutely no head

S: Toffee, Caramel, Bourbon, and a resounding sweet brandy smell

T: Initially starts off sweet with the taste of brandy then the caramel and toffee tastes come in then rounds off with a little hint of chocolate that stays in your mouth. Surprisingly due to the chocolate being the last taste you get the after taste is very pleasant

M: Smooth and very light for such a strong beer, goes down easier than most beers this strong/big. Very light carbonation!

O: Although it is very expensive I would purchase it again it is a good once and a while type beer. It is very pleasant and has many of the qualities that I enjoy in beers. I know the expense of this beer is a big deterrent to many people but in my opinion because it exemplifies the qualities that i look for in big beers, good palatability, good taste, not a bad mouthfeel, and wonderful complexity that isn't overwhelming I will certainly be recommending this beer to others and purchasing it again.

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Photo of Rhf9120
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found last one on a shelf at Bin Ends in Braintree MA. I have been looking for this one for awhile and it didn't disappoint. The aroma is of brandy, bourbon and vanilla and taste mirrors that. It is black with no head and very little carbonation.This beer in my opinion was absolutely perfect in every way, I seriously loved this one and so glad I finally found it.

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Photo of arizcards
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 12.7 oz bottle from Total Wine in mid-August for $14.99. Appears to be bottled in 2013 A group.

Beer opened without much of a pop and poured black as night and lifeless with no head to speak of.

Nose is near perfect; bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits.

Taste is oaken vanilla, bourbon, sweet liqueur, chocolate, dark fruits. Bourbon and brandy are well played and not overdone as to overwhelm the beer.

Mouthfeel is expectantly flat and lifeless.

Overall this is a wonderfully crafted brew with tons of flavor and layers of complexity. It would be great if there was a way to have a little carbonation in some of the barrel aged brews that have no carbonation but i guess you can't have it all. Glad i tried it and you should to if you have a little extra coin.

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Photo of jdb288
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aged bottle (2 years old?) Black with minimal head. Boozy and warming alcohol presence. Tasted next to a GI BCBS 2013 and found many similarities. This had the brandy notes which were excellent and put this over the top for me. Very strong showing here from LA but what else is new?

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

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Almost black. Reddish tinge at the edge. No head.

Smell - Bourbon, brandy sweetness. Brandy takes over, but the bourbon is still present. Rich chocolate. Sweet caramel.

Taste - Sweet and very oaky. Brandy. Caramel. Bourbon takes a back seat. Fruity, probably from the brandy.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Sharp oak and alcohol. Medium heavy.

Overall - Very tasty. Overpowered by the barrel, but nice.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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