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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,787
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 366
Gots: 551 | FT: 54
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010

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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Ratings: 1,787 | Reviews: 418
Photo of Beeeeeerman
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My favorite from this brewery. outstanding.

Photo of Shon4star
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glass-Firestone Teku

2014 vintage

A- Dark brown, with a 1 finger head that fades quickly leaving film on the glass.

S- Bourbon is the most predominant, Charred oak,Dark fruit, toffee and a slight vanilla note.

T- Just like it smelled. Bourbon right there. Vanilla, Oak, and some raisins and cherry.

M- I like the heat. Its very will balanced. Moderate carbonation. It is a thicker beer and coats the palate very well.

O- A great bourbon barrel brew by Lost Abbey. Very well balanced and also a great beer to share.

Photo of rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Boozy but very flavorful. Good thing it comes in a small bottle.

Photo of poorbuthappy
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Did a taste test with 2 different bottles - Vintages 2013 A and 2014 A. Poured into snifters. Here are my notes on each. My rating reflects the 2014 vintage.

2013 A:

A - 4.25 Deep dark brown, opaque. Poured with a tan film of foam that completely faded away.

S - 4.75 Vanilla, oak, bourbon, toffee and hints of dark fruits (raisins, dates). Also a hint of slight butteriness.

T - 4.5 Sweet oak, vanilla and toffee. Bourbon heat. Raisins and dried cherries. Hints of charred malts and dark chocolate.

M - 4.5 Incredibly smooth despite the notable heat from the alcohol. Very little carbonation. Silky and sticky, coats the mouth completely.

O - 4.5 Fantastic, though I like a little more carbonation. My friend considers this vintage one of the best beers he has ever tasted. The aroma is simply sublime. Taste is very complex, easily on par with a good red wine.

2014 A:

A - 4.5 Deep dark brown and opaque like the 2013. Poured a finger of tan head that eventually reduced to a thin ring of foam. Notably more lacing than the 2013.

S - 4.75 Much sharper than the 2013. Dark fruit and cherry up front with vanilla and brandy right behind. After a few sniffs oak becomes apparent. Bourbon in the background. Hints of chocolate.

T - 4.75 Dark fruit, oak, vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Hints of toffee. Much more alcohol heat than the 2013. Dark fruit, oak and toffee lingers on the palate long after swallowing.

M - 4.5 Smooth given the ABV, but not as smooth as the 2013. Noticeably more carbonation than the 2013 bottle. Silky, but not nearly as sticky as the 2013. Feels a bit lighter overall, but I prefer the higher carbonation level.

O - 4.75 Also amazing. I prefer this vintage between the two. The flavors synergise amazingly well and the beer is very drinkable despite the ABV. Easily worth the $17 price tag.
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Summary - Both vintages are excellent, but they are definitely different. Regardless, well worth the asking price in either case. Great beer.

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

First sip at Lost Abbey Brewery 2011 with Guillermo, Love.

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown where no light shall pass. No head and no lace. It looks like an after dinner beverage.

Very see et, like a cross between a port and a Framboise (with no sourness).

Strong alcohol and cloyingly sweet dark cocoa flavor. Definitely a "beer" to drink by the fire. Think brandy snifter with a carbonated, raspberry tinged after dinner liqueur. Rich, rich body but with a decent level of carbonation. Long raisiny aftertaste.

Photo of Goatdavemac
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer that I have ever had. Drank it at room temp in snifters, and was blown away. Way better than any other Barrel Aged beer that I have had.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle

Pours jet black, tan lacing for a head.

Smells of brown sugar, molasses, licorice, coffee, and burnt wood.

Tastes of coffee, chocolate, oak, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, raisin, and bourbon.

Full body with light tingly carbonation on the tongue. Warms going down.

This beer is immense and phenomenally rich. It's definitely a sipper. You couldn't drink it faster if you wanted to. The flavor and aroma are almost overwhelming. Quite an experience.

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

Dark sludgy brown color, no carbonation what so ever. Molasses, cacao, bourbon nose. Fairly full bodied and viscous. Very sweet and super boozy on the tongue dark and sweet. Lindt chocolate. Carmel with the tiniest hint of black licorice. Actually as off put I was with the Zero carbonation, this is actually very good. Very solid sipper.

Photo of deebo
3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A little too boozy compared to better booze barreled brews.

Photo of Reedbrew
3.22/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A bit too strong alcoholic flavor

Photo of Tele
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Vintage 2014b

A: 4.25 Pours thick and pitch black. Not much head (maybe half an inch) and it only lasts about a minute.

S: 4.5 Initially, there’s a lot more brandy than bourbon on the nose, bringing a huge amount of vanilla. The stout aromas come in close behind with a lot of chocolate and some roasted malt and berries. It’s really interesting how the chocolate and the brandy both dominate, while at the same time take turns up front.

T: 4.25 Similar to the nose, however, it’s a bit less balanced. Again, there’s lots of brandy and vanilla followed closely by the chocolate, roasted malt, black licorice, and a bit of coffee. With the vanilla, the brandy brings along some fruity, cherry flavors while the bourbon and stout seem to add a bit more raisin and cinnamon. Quite sweet at first with a slightly bitter finish.

M: 4.25 The thickness is great. It’s very rich considering it’s a blend of a stout and what’s essentially a barleywine, but there could be a bit more carbonation.

O: 4.25 This is a very interesting beer and a nice job of blending here. Some aspects are top notch, but the flavors could be a bit more integrated. Sometimes sips are quite brandy forward while others are more chocolate and bourbon forward. I prefer the latter, so hopefully a bit of time in the cellar will result in a more balanced flavor.

Photo of Samuel906
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Truly spectacular beer. Poured a deep black with a touch khaki head: exactly what you would expect from a heavy stout. Aroma is sweet and heavy: Brown sugar, molasses, cocoa, fig, vanilla, bourbon. Doesn't really have some of the roastier notes or coffee that some serious stouts do but I'm ok with it. Taste is full bore sweet and rich. Tons of vanilla and fig, chocolate and cherry. Very very sweet, a bit too much if I'm honest. Feel is rich and smooth. Light carbonation. Overall a treat, definitely a slow drinker.

Photo of GPHarris
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick tan head into a snifter that dissipated quickly. the body was dark black with some reddish edges.
s - big dark fruit aromas with some sweetness and oak.
t - fruit, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, brandy. you name it this beer has it. so complex and inviting yet incredibly drinkable.
m - medium with a little carbonation, more so than a lot of lost abbey beers which is a good thing here.
o - one of the best beers i've had in a long time.

Photo of deford
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Underwhelming...sorry, but I need to be honest here. It's underwhelming...the nose promises so much more than the taste delivers...(which is ironic since its called "Deliverance").

From notes...

A- Pitch black on the pour but ruby red through the light...beautiful...no head whatsoever.

S-Dark fruits, molasses,soy sauce, something kind of pumpkin like...pretty freaking amazing!

T-Dark fruits, molasses, cocoa, vanilla, licorice, w-sauce...everything the nose promised but just weak....pretty underwhelming.

M- No carb whatsoever....which is fine for a seriously barrel aged beer.

O- The taste doesn't deliver what the nose promises. The nose on this is fantastic...creating a desire that is not fulfilled in the taste. It's underwhelming...don't get me wrong, it's a great beer, it just doesn't live up to the nose....oh and the alcohol is nowhere to be found....be careful with this one.

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

L: Pours jet black and viscous. Aggressive pour caused a bit of foam to rise up, but it was mostly an after though

S: Sweet bourbon -- no doubt about where it was aged. Rich malts, residual sugar, toasty grains

T: Bourbon leaps out and grabs you. After spending an hour and a half drinking the beer, it became better balanced as it warmed up. By the end, either my palate was used to the bourbon or it had balanced itself out, because it was not so forward. The residual sweetness and thick body balanced the alcohol well. There was no burn at all.

F: Thick, sweet. Finish lingers for an insane amount of time. Can take forever to drink this beer if it is savored.

O: Wasn't initially impressed, but as time went on, the beer got better and better. By the end it was one of the better beers that I have had. It was on pare with a bourbon county stout that had been aged for five years. The difference is that the goose island beer is less than half the price -- if you can find it.

Photo of docoman
5/5  rDev +16%

This so far is my most favorite beer to date (even liked more than Bells Black Note and Founders KBS)... I've been told that just about any beer from Lost Abbey is amazing and this one definitely didn't disappoint. I was at the San Diego, CA Stone Liberty station bistro/beer garden and they had this by the bottle, maybe 2-3 left I was told and glad to have opportunity to try it.

Photo of McMatt7
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had never had a beer like this beer before i had it.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

What a great beer- very rich and full with amazing length of finish, and an almost syrupy texture, yet it's not too heavy, just deeply flavored. The brandy and bourbon barrels are both in evidence, with chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of scorched wood from the bourbon, and a round, fruity sweetness from the brandy as well as a bit of an edge. Seamlessly integrated, with an overall impression of smores made with some bitter chocolate and a drizzle of booze. Delicious!

Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +16%

Poured into a wine glass on 05.19.14.

A: Midnight black with no red in the glass. No head, only a tan ring at the top.

S: Strong vanilla, brandy, bourbon, wood barrel. Amazingly complex!

T: Vanilla, dark cherry, plum dominate. Oak barrel, milk chocolate, raisin are subtle.

M: SIlky smooth. It's like velvet. Somewhat chewy.

O: This is a beer for a special event. To say that it is complex does not do it justice. I got a wash after wash of flavor. It was very difficult to pick apart. I didn't think that the blend of Serpent's Stout and Angel's Share would work, but oh man it does.

Rating: A+

Photo of Trifecta1
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you're wondering if it is worth the price tag; yes. Get it.

Photo of TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%

A: Deep chocolate brown with almost no head (2/3)
S: Bourbon barrels anyone? Wood, alcohol, and sweetness with a little bit of sourness like a Jack Daniels (9/12)
T: Remarkably light flavor, though the bourbon barrels still sing out. A little bit of raisiny malt and alcohol sprinkled in, too. (16/20)
F: Truly viscous and lightly carbonated. Like motor oil.(3/5)
O: This one packs a punch. If you’re ready to drink delicious motor oil, sign right up, but don’t take it lightly. (8/10)
38/50

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Port Brewing became one of my favourite breweries after just one beer, MONGO, but this is my first chance to sample something from The Lost Abbey.

12.5% and no mention of beer style. An auspicious beginning I fear.

It's a disappointing start though. Blame the cork, but there's little to no carbonation, and zero head. This may not be such a bad thing though, especially in light of the impenetrable rosewood menace in my glass whose maroon edges are barely distinguishable. I'm definitely willing to let my other senses contribute before sentencing.

Chocolate. Oak (courtesy of the bourbon barrels). Hints of alcohol, acetone and coffee. This is the real deal, and carbonation issues are quickly forgotten.

HOT DAYUM! If there's a magic genie around, my only wish is for a vat in which I may bathe in this irresistible goddess of chocolate, whose smooth alcohol warms me from the inside out.

First impressions of the mouthfeel are ecstatic. Despite a lack of carbonation, there's a soft yet full mouthfeel, and a creeping bitterness. Yet, after continued sips. the bitterness and alcohol contribute to a slight astringency, that whilst a challenge, isn't enough to put this disciple off course.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, and would love the opportunity to a properly carbonated bottle. Kudos to Port Brewing!

12.5% Year Unknown

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4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

A- Dark treacle color with thin tan head that recedes to a thin ring around the glass.

S- Boozy, raisins, sorghum, brown sugar, dark karo syrup.

T- Toasted grain, brown bread, black cherry, beef au jus, slightly herbal and bitter warm finish.

M- Not as thick as expected but still silky.

O- In a word powerful. Reminds me of Avery's Uncle Jacob, but not as heavy. Would like to drink this one again as the weather cools down.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ontap. This batch was 12.5% abv

Pours a dark brown color with a semi creamy off-white head.
The aroma carries so much expression, with flame torched marshmallow, vanilla, oak, bourbon, brandy, cocoa, and somewhat sweet overall.
The flavor has cocoa, caramel, vanilla, bourbon spiked coffee, and plenty of dry oaky tannins. Slight oxidized notes, a bit of sherry to compliment the bourbon, brandy, and alcoholic esters all around. Medium bodied,

Liquid candy for adults.

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