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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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4.27
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Photo of GregSVT
3.39/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep black with dark ruby highlights and a vigorus pour barely yielded the smallest head and it quickly faded to a ring with a tiny bit of lacing. When I pulled the cork out there was no pop or anything and given Lost Abbey's reputation I wasn't that surprised.

S: The nose is very boozy, so much so it's pretty overpowering and distracting. I can pick out some dark chocolate, brandy soaked plumbs, and other dark fruits.

T: The taste is pretty good though which was a relief. Very complex with flavors of chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, and bourbon.

M: The feel is creamy and smooth but slightly thin...it does coat the mouth pretty well though. Carbonation is barely detectable in the feel.

D: Hard to be excited about this one given the carbonation issues and the odd aromas. It is tasty but until they fix their carbonation issues I won't be recommending their beers.

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Photo of nhindian
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner's tulip. Bottle provided by thedindaniel, thanks Daniel!

A - The beer opens with a small pop, loads better than the sound that came out after opening both versions of Angel's Share. It pours on the fringe of dark brown and black, much darker than typical Angel's Share but a shade lighter than Serpent's Stout. A 1.5-finger, khaki-colored head sits precariously on top, gradually collapsing upon itself until it is gone minutes later. The lacing is pretty good, much better than Angel's Share, with a nice lattice pattern smattering the glass.

S - The nose on this is big and boozy. Lots of bourbon and malt make up the front-end of this beer, giving a rather roasty and chocolate aroma. The alcohol is a bit astringent, and after letting it warm up a bit, there is a little bit of butterscotch as well.

T - After my first sip I almost recoiled as a response to sheer amount of flavor and alcohol in this. This beer certainly isn't shy about bringing the booze, and the bourbon and brandy kind of cancel each other out, or perhaps the brandy even overpowers the bourbon here until the finish, as I can't say I get any of the typical bourbon notes. After warming, the brandy shines even further, and it reminds me of how brandy Angel's Share SHOULD'VE tasted if it had a shred of carbonation. Not a lot of coffee here, but the roast lasts well throughout the beer as well as nice echoes of oak and vanilla in its wake. Sweet and alcoholic. Set aside a night for this one.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with moderately low carbonation. Typically I'd say this is low carbonation, but given the reputation for Lost Abbey and the disaster that the two Angel's Shares I've had were, this is a welcome burst of bubbles. Long lasting finish and you'll be tasting this long after you are done!

D - Drinkability is moderately high. I HIGHLY recommend pouring this beer and letting it aerate and warm a little, as my first sip was like trying to taste four different things at once. Let it mellow and give it a few sips, as it certainly gets better the longer its in the glass (which won't be for long!)

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Photo of zhanson88
3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown -- almost black -- color with about a quarter inch of dark tan head. Retention is just decent, and lacing is minimal. Legs are very good, however.

Smell: I get a lot of dark caramel scents in this beer. Also, lighter leather, smoke, tobacco and baker's chocolate. Vanilla is present, as well as scents of brandy and bourbon heat. It smells pretty delicious.

Taste: Lots of dark caramel and vanilla come to the forefront on the palate. Also some very light smoke and leather. The back end is highlighted by a boozy kick. I find that the bourbon and brandy clash more on the palate than on the nose. I've let this one sit for a while and I still don't find a great balance between them. If the finish was a bit smoother I would have loved it.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is medium bodied with very fine carbonation; overall experience seems kind of thin. Pretty slick and oily feel in the mouth. Overall, this beer was almost there for me. A little less confusion between the brandy and bourbon would have made for a phenomenal beer. As it is, I call it pretty good but not outstanding.

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Photo of Alpar
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BIG thanks to Trappistlover for this much welcomed surprise!

A: Yet another extremely black beer, however this one has some fantastic carbonation that sticks around throughout the journey! Wasn't expecting that since its barrel aged and a Lost Abbey beer. I am seeing some good lacing, thick and sticky.

S: Mmmm delicious bourbon my favorite. Getting some oak, vanilla, big O' malt, maybe some leather, hints of brandy but the bourbon pretty much overpowers it. Definitely detecting chocolate too. Alcohol is prevalent but not overpowering to me, although I tend to enjoy the big boozy stouts.

T: Oh yeah, that's daddys medicine right there, love this! Getting the port wine brandy flavor and the bourbon aftertaste. Mild burn as it goes down but not too much. Definitely taste some vanilla but its subtle I only notice it after the beer fully coats and sits awhile. I am also getting some bitter chocolate but that could be the booze talking...

O: I really enjoy this beer, too bad its hard to find and expensive. As I said before this is always a much welcomed treat! Thanks Dave.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad I was able to find some bottles of this because I missed it when it was actually out.

Pours a deep brown color. No head and almost looked like it poured flat. Was worried I had another flat Lost Abbey Beer. Had a little bit of bubbles surface after a second or two.

Aroma is awesome. Tons of dark fruits mixed with some toasted sugars, caramel and roasted malts. Little bit of booz and bourbon oakyness.

Taste is excellent. Starts off tasting like Angels Share then finishes as Serpents Stout with a strong vanilla flavor lingering on your tongue with the roasted malt bitterness. Sooo awesome.

Mouthfeel could use a little more carb IMO but it's not bad. Light carb side but it's there for sure. I feel a heavier beer needs a little more carb to counter the viscosity.

Overall an awesome beer I want to sit on for a while to see how it changes. Glad I picked a few up.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just picked up a single at the spot - Bradley's, in Tustin, CA.

$15 for a 12 ounce. Ok, here we go...

Smelled like a cold hard boozy forty - aite, at least it's gangsta. But the taste, woo ha! Smoother than my mama bisquick pancakes. Coffee, toffee, delectable...

Raul ain't a Strong Ale lover, but he digs it enough.

Holla!

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Photo of gr0g
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, 2013 vintage. Pitch black in color, looking very much like Serpent's stout. Head formation yields only a small cap of tan foam. Spotty lacing dots the glass. Aroma is barrel-forward and somewhat boozy. Prominent oaky-vanilla and ripe, candied dark fruit notes. The alcohol hides some of the complexity in the aroma.

The Serpent's Stout, which is the only one of the two components of this blend I've had, is immediately noticeable. The roastiness is tempered by the barrel aging and the addition of Angels' Share. Sweet, but not too sweet, and strong. Alcohol is more restrained on the palate than on the nose. Chocolatey stout character leads followed by tons of oak, vanilla, and a slight alcohol sting. The light carbonation nicely matches the heft of this beer, while there's a slightly syrupy feel to an otherwise thin mouthfeel.

While expensive at $15 for a 375ml bottle, Deliverance lives up to its promise and then some. Without a doubt, this is one of the best barrel-aged beers I've had the pleasure of tasting.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Agentmunky for sharing this one with me. Poured from a small bottle, probably into a small snifter.

A: Black with a tiny brown head that thins to a ring.

S: Alcohol, bourbon, brandy, cognac, vanilla, caramel and oak in the nose.

T: Sweet and astringent. Vanilla hits you up front, with some caramel, mocha, grape, brandy and coffee, all quite well balanced.

M: From what I remember it was full bodied, probably somewhat low on carbonation (in the direction of smoothness, not flatness).

O: A great beer, a combination of two great beers, though I haven't really tried either, I have tried regular Serpent's Stout and bourbon Angel's Share. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of waltonc
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to OtakuAle for the trade. Pours dark brown with plenty of carbonation. Smells a lot like Angels Share - loads of bourbon, vanilla, fruit, spice. Tastes quite good - bourbon, caramel, vanilla, fruit. A sweet malt bomb. Tons of alcohol is present in the flavor and it's really hot. About as conspicuous a burning hot alcohol beer as I can recall having had. That said, this is a nice sipper and is easily shared with a friend despite being only 375 ml. Body is on the thick side with medium carbonation appropriate for the style. Overall, I like this beer, but for the price and given the alcohol heat, one is enough for me.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sending this!

Pours nearly black with a small dark tannish foam initially, though subsequent pours weren't as lively. A very little bit of lace.

Aroma is just huge barrel impact. Boozy, intense bourbon, fudge, charred wood, sweet caramels. The taste as well is sweet, just huge barrel flavors here. Tons of caramel, darker cocoa robustness but no real bitter roasty edge. Boozy in the finish with a deep raisin note. The mouthfeel is actually pretty good, medium-full with a light carbonation to an appropriate level (gasp).

Really robust intense flavors here so if that is your thing go right ahead, but many might be turned off by the alcohol.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deliverance pours essentially pitch black with a thin tan film on top. Swirling the beer leaves small patches of lacing on the glass. Looks pretty good for a high ABV strong ale.

The aroma is rich with brandy and bourbon. Fairly sweet with dark fruits, wood and vanilla. Some alcohol and dark chocolate. Smells decadent.

Smooth chocolate mixed with brandy and bourbon flows over the tongue, followed by oak, vanilla and dark malts. Rich fruits linger in the background. This is a great blend. The barrels and the beers mesh well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Light, but perfect carbonation for the style. Warming alcohol lingers beneath. Body is rich and thick, but not too thick.

Drinkability is great. At 12.5% ABV this is a sipper, but a delicious one. Alcohol is warming, but does not get in the way of the flavor. An excellent after dinner drink to enjoy by the fire on a cold night. I think I enjoy this more than the regular Brandy Angel's Share, but I've never had the Bourbon Serpent's Stout, so I can't comment on that. The only downside to this beer is the price. At $17-$18 in MA I probably won't be buying too many of these. But I would still recommend trying a bottle, because it is a well crafted brew.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours an opaque, deep mahogany/borderline black tone with a short tan head that soon lapses into a collar around the glass; decent lacing.

outstanding, aromatic nose is replete with bourbon, chocolate and roasted malts; caramel or perhaps toffee; also picking up on a subtle note of vanilla. smells deliciously complex.

i get the brandy a little more in the flavor, with the bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malts all pulling through in fine form... bit of a molasses presence... very interesting brew; unique and tasty... not quite as delicious as the nose led me to believe, but close. very close. big boozy kick to the finish, unsurpising given the 12.5% ABV on this bad boy. yum.

full-bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation. the quintessential sipper - one is most certainly enough per sitting (even if it wasn't so costly).

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks rich and black in ny snifter.
Smell is fantastic and complex. Yeast, dark fruit, oak, plum, fig, chocolate, molasses, nuts.
Taste is a strong, burning version of the scent, but leaning more toward dark vinous notes, vanilla, some molasses. Still complex, and chewy. As it warms more cocoa and oak burn lingers, and certainly some vanilla. Fairly dry- ending.
This is a master class beer that we cannot buy in TX. I'm lucky to have decided on picking up a bottle while visiting the family in NJ.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle into tulip. No batch number.

A: The vigorous pour created a thin layer of head, which sunk very quickly. A very still and low level of carbonation in the body, which is desired for an American Strong Ale. The body is near pitch black in color with hints a deep, dark mahogany. The head when it was formed was a rich khaki color. The lacing is light and foamy, with no real pattern. So far this looks to be a very promising Strong Ale.

S: The aroma is rich in bourbon and brandy notes. Nice tones of vanilla from the oak, and an overall smooth character. The malts do seem to take the forefront. With no real indication of hop aroma or bitterness.

T/M: The first sip gives off a creamy bliss of craft brewed warming, leading way to figs and plums. The Lingering taste is that of vanilla and oak, with the smoky charred aspect of bourbon and the rich sweetness of brandy. High in malt complexity, starting off from the taste which has a barley character, lending way to the mouthfeel texture of a full bodied stout. The sweetness really picks up at the end of the lingering taste and yearns for more. The relativity high ABV is well hidden by the barrel aging, and does not become a distraction to the enjoyment of this beer.

O: Overall I am very pleased with this Lost Abbey offering, high price, but even higher enjoyment levels. A bourbon character that is hard to match, without being too highly boozy. The ABV is warming, without being too overpowering to distract the palate from the other complexities that are being interchanged. Very grateful to have tried this limited blend.

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Photo of hansgruber
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml into a dfh snifter

Lovely nose of bourbon, chocolate, brandy, a touch of booze, vanilla, and some roasted malts for good measure.

Dark brown body with a small collar of foam and some surface activity making some very cool looking swirls. 

Tastes most of the bourbon and chocolate. The roasted character from the stout is also evident. Fairly boozy on the finish. 

Nice full mouthfeel. The carbonation is low but is very fitting for this beer.
The alcohol definitely warms you too.  

Very nice beer overall. Definitely impressed and wish I had another one. 

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

Tulip

A - deep dark brown/black, one finger tan bubbly head

S - vanilla, bourbon, molasses, aged wood, sweet yeasty funk, huge malts, sugary booze, ripe fruit, bananas, soil and awesomeness

T - Belgian sweet yeast, toasted malts, boubon, wine barrels, milk chocolate, so much awesome booze, butterscotch, aged wood, so much earth, bananas, sweet fruits and a slight hop

M - full bodied, well balanced, very complex, low acidity and nice long finish

D/O - drinks like a Belgian, tastes like American craft, huge , huge and yep, huge. Tons of booze, very sweet, malt bomb awesomeness. This is for the true craft fan!

Final thought - 12% abv and $12 a pop is pretty awesome, don't share. Gut this beast and enjoy

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Photo of rpstevens
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Darkness tulip. The beer pours a deep-dark-brown-almost-black, this one is as close to black as can be without quite being there, it let's the slightest light through. There is a one finger light khaki head that quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving little lacing (just a few oily spots).

The smell is brown sugar, dark fruits and bourbon. The brandy definitely takes a back seat as it blends with the sweet brown sugar, vanilla, caramel and strong alcohol sweetness. The smell is sweet and boozy and very nice. This beer has a strong nose, and there's a lot going on, but the beer never steps on itself. Each element of the nose seems to take turns dominating, and it smells very good.

The taste isn't quite as good as the smell, but this is still a good beer. The sweet caramel, vanilla and brown sugar are met by some dark chocolate, cocoa powder and smooth oaky bourbon that balance the beer out. The finish is a slight alcohol burn and charred oak, pleasant.

The beer is lightly carbonated, fitting for the strong flavors and thick mouthfeel of the beer. This one is definitely a sipper, as the alcohol is evident early and often, but it's expected and welcome. Glad I got to try this one, certainly wouldn't turn down another bottle if it came my way.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark brown color, no transparency at all, a slight head at the top that goes away very fast, and almost no lacing at all either.

S: Vanilla, brandy, chocolate, brown sugar, and bourbon.

T: The taste at first is very sweet, the bourbon is present throughout the drink, very nice taste, not to boozy.

M: Medium bodied, mid carbonation a nice slick feel to it.

O: Lost abbey did a good job with this one, very nice tasting brew.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lie down with me Lost Abbey!
Alongside the Bourbon, the Brandy, the GC..

It pops, it pours..a loud brown, slight brown shade of head. This was poured to loud cheers, squawks, and scrambling. The decadence of the gods liquified upon descent to earth..Brandy and vanilla, oak, caramel, and toffee. Sweet burnt malts, candy for the fools among us. It demands your attention, draws you in with the lusty pleasures of the gods. But it is their whim, not yours. And so, your glass is now empty.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375mL bottle from Beer Revolution last year. 2012 vintage.

A: Fizzing pour settles down with a brown mocha head. Lifting bubbles throughout. Perfectly opaque black. Clings to the glass with tiny hands.

N: Deep penetrating oak. Hints of cherry and brandy, vanilla, caramel, and bourbon. Resonant chocolate and hints of espresso. So much caramel goodness. Molasses and more vanilla. Delicious. I can smell the alcohol, though.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and some oak. Has a pronounced tannic quality. Molasses and vanilla in smaller qualities. Theres more bitterness than I would have expected from the nose. Raisins and prunes. Lots of brandy. This becomes unpleasant and astringent after awhile.

M: Creamy and expansive. Lots of and lots and lots of alcohol.

O: Based on the nose, I thought this was going to nail down a top ten score. Thus, it's a massive letdown, and probably not really recommendable given the high price. I remember liking the first vintage a lot more. I'll have to do a side by side, eventually.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage 12.7 oz. bottle fairly hard poured into a The Lost Abbey teku glass.

Pours motor oil dark brown with a half finger beige head that dissipates quicky. Strong boozy, bourbon and brandy notes and dark fruit on the nose, undertones of vanilla. Strong bourbon, brandy and oak, joined by dark chocolate, toffee, black licorice, and dried dark fruit finishing with dark chocolate notes, warming boozy alcohol. Very low carbonation and fairly full bodied. Very enjoyable, but truly one of the boozier brews I've had. At least another year of cellaring would certainly benefit this brew, however it won't change the fact that this one is most certainly a sipper.

2012 Vintage: All of the above but even more balanced, much more drinkable. One of the better vintages.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from nerd...thanks man!! Poured from a 375ml cork and caged bottle into my Portsmouth snifter/tulip glass. Pours a very dark brownish-black color, with just the smallest hint of mahogany. Appears to have little carbonation, as a very small dark tan head forms. Head is creamy, and when it dissipates, it remains as a very smooth surface of cream. Leaves a quick sliding fizzy lace. Overall, a very nice and inviting looking beer!

Aroma is right where I expected it. Brandy, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, toasted malts, and molasses.

Very tasty! Huge warmth from the mixture in the brandy and bourbon. Big chocolate/coffee notes. The full body comes in very, very sweet...with the booze warmth attacking the second it hits your lips. The beer finishes as delicious and sweet as it starts. This beer is excellent! Tomme continues to make some of the best barrel aged beers around. Just wish there was more of this produced...because I bet this beer will age with the best of them! Carbonation is low, but there...and doesn't hurt the beer one bit. Booze is high, and drinkability is surprisingly high for such a full body beer.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep rich opaque black with a clear mahogany color around the edges. absolutely no head forms. Just a paper thin film of tan bubbles that goes around the rim of the glass.

S - The nose is dominated by the bourbon and imperial stout. The notes of cocoa nibs, freshly ground espresso, and warm gooey caramel being the most potent. The boozy caramel notes intertwine with the underlying fruity character of the brandy and barelywine. The sweet, juicy notes of raisins, dates, and berries come through more as it warms along with earthy hints of bourbon soaked oak.

T - smooth syrupy chocolate, Sweet caramel, and charred grains fight for attention on the front of the palate. More intense chocolate notes come out in the middle along with hints of dark and red fruit, along with hints of booze, caramel, and earthy oak. Finish is strong on caramel and chocolate.

M - full bodied with a milk shake sort of creaminess. carbonation is medium.

O - Excellent beer. Well balanced with just enough carbonation (yeah i referenced that). For an over 12% barrel aged beer it is exceptionally smooth and there is no fussel to speak of, just a pleasant hint of booze. It is expensive but i am glad I bought more of this. On a side note i do enjoy the bottle format for a beer of this style, I'd like to see more big beers in smaller bottles.

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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 rockernino
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark brown/black color with a dark red/brown tint on the edges. Smell is HUGE bourbon sweetness with hints of brandy. Flavor is big on the bourbon (almost BCBS-like, with a tad less fruitiness) with some dark fruit and chocolate notes on the finish. Alcohol is detectable, but not hot. Mouthfeel is medium to medium heavy with a some light carbonation. Still pricey for $15, but it's a nice treat. I'd happily pick this up again.

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