Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 417
Hads: 1,833
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 373
Gots: 560 | FT: 53
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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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Reviews: 417 | Hads: 1,833
Reviews by Agent1:
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – A dark, menacing elixir. A deep, black and somewhat evil appearance. Terrible head. In fact, none at all. Half the bottle was poured gently with almost no bubbles whatsoever. Then pouring violently, still no head. No lacing, no head at all. Perhaps a poorly carbonated batch? If not, this is a beer that could use some active yeast.

Smell – Dark chocolate. Lots of alcohol on the nose, which cuts through quite a bit. Molasses and bourbon are very prevalent. A slightly sour malt smell.

Taste – Intense and impressive. This is where this beer shines so far. Tons of deep, dark sugars and lots of alcohol burn. This is very similar to drinking bourbon itself. Vanilla, rye/ whiskey/ bourbon toffee notes, dark roasted coffee bean (from the grains), prunes and dates. Very nice dry, woody notes and the taste is extremely complex. Very sugar forward. Not noticing a significant amount of brandy with this, but the bourbon is definitely there. The brandy is mostly found on the aftertaste. Beautiful vanilla notes on the aftertaste. Very impressive. Strong brown sugar on the finish as well. Toasted dark malts and chocolate are at the forefront. Chewy and heavy. Very heavy.

Mouthfeel – Terrible carbonation. Almost none at all with this bottle. I am hoping this is not an oversight or typical characteristic of each bottle. It is flat and dull with very little mouthfeel. However, this still manages to stimulate all parts of the tongue and roof of the mouth. Oily, slippery and thick. Creamy with a smooth feel. Imagine what this would be like with a little carbonation.

Overall - Given the ABV and given the shitty carbonation, this beer is begging to be aged. Part of me wishes I did not open this, given the fact I have no access to it until I revisit the US. Assuming the yeast is not dormant, this could age up to 10 years at 12.5 % abv and perhaps become amazing with age. This could also potentially fix the extremely poor carbonation issue. Overall, this is incredibly boozy and not for the faint of heart. If you are not a scotch or bourbon drinker, you may want to stay far, far away from this, as it is an aggressive punch to the head. Delicious and complex. I would buy this again, but at $17/ bottle, hopefully the carbonation isn't an issue when aging or drinking every bottle. (2,317 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of stortore
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce bottle, 2014A batch, into a snifter.

Pours dark, opaque, thick looking. No head, little lacing. Smell is great- bourbon, a little brandy, malts, some cherries, vanilla, oak. Taste continues the bourbon- although the brandy has dropped out. Maybe a hint of it on the back end at room temp. Also malts, vanilla, oak, plums, a little bit of chocolate. Pretty boozy for a year or so. Good body, a definite tongue coater.

This is really good and I'm giving it a high rating, but for some reason I was expecting more out of this. Certainly worth a try, but- and this is a bigger "but" than I usually give, the price point is really high for what you get. (669 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,371 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.78/5  rDev -11.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blend of bourbon Serpent's Stout and brandy Angel's Share pours into my glass a wonderfully deep viscous black with a half inch of dark tan foam on top. Aromas seep out with rich dark malts, raisins, dark fruits, toffee, caramel and char. Loads of oak melding with bright bourbon and sweet brandy accents. Vanilla and alcohol soaked wood. Enticing and complex!

First sip brings a smooth melding of bourbon and brandy alongside dark roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, raisins and dark fruits. Vanilla and woody oak tones seamlessly float across the palate. Toffee with a burnt accent. Flows down with some alcohol heat, bitterness and lingering sweet brandy. The best of both brews shine through here in this intoxicating brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Not overly heavy and goes down smooth considering the high gravity here. Overall, this ranks up there as one of my favorite Lost Abbey releases...the melding of bourbon and brandy is quite nice. (973 characters)

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ElSid
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California

#78

Vintage 2013

A: Velvety black on the pour with a small cap of espresso foam which fades to a collar on the glass.

S: Big alcohol notes complimented by wood, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar and dark berries.

T: The alcohol is towering, smooth, and warming with highlights of wood. There is dark sugar, vanilla, molasses and dark berries which bring a countering sweetness to the alcohol. The malt is grainy, oaty and bready with moments of burnt cocoa nibs and espresso. The finish is warm with an accompanying earthy spiciness.

M: Full bodied and smooth with minimal carbonation.

O: This stout, strong ale blend boasts big flavors and big alcohol with subtleties and nuances that make for a complex and worthy brew. Hope to try the component beers soon. (789 characters)

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2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.52/5  rDev +6.1%

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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