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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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426 Reviews
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Reviews: 426
Hads: 1,869
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 384
Gots: 561 | 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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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
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3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

HUGE thanks to my father-in-law for this one! Split today into two Southern Tier stemmed tulips and shared w/my wife to toast her pops' 50th birthday.

Presentation: 12.7oz brown high-shouldered, 'Belgian-style' bottle, corked and caged. Awesome artwork on the label, dark and beautiful at the same time. No vintage date. Is this a one-off?

Appearance: Pours into the glasses a viscous dark brown, tinged with ruby. In the glass, it's almost black, with brown highlights around the edges and a nice dark tan cap which soon falls to a medium film and a thick, chunky ring. Looks real nice.

Smell: Dark caramel and toffee, maybe a hint of toasted coconut? Some pleasant dark boozy notes in the background, and a hint of hot, sharp booze that's less pleasant, but not really enough to be distracting or off-putting.

Taste: Lots of good stuff going on here, but the alcoholic heat from the two barrel-aged base beers (Bourbon-barrel Serpent's Stout and Brandy-barrel Angel's Share) runs a bit roughshod over everything else. What this tells me is that this is likely a great beer that just needs some more time in the cellar. There are nice fruity alcoholic esters that are actually quite reminiscent of a good brandy. Not so much from the bourbon. There's definitely some barrel character here as well, with earthy, woody tones, and it's present in the perfect amount. The individual flavors underneath the barrel and spirits character are a bit tougher to pick out; they kind of come and go. There is mild, dry roasty character to start. It's not as strong as I might have expected, which makes me wonder how much of this brew is Angel's Share and how much is Serpent's Stout. I'm getting some sweet notes of coconut in here as well, makes me wish I'd paired this with some macaroons or something. Hints of caramel as well. Touch of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Alcoholic, but not hot or prickly. Smooth, and fairly viscous.

Overall: I was really planning to cellar this for at least a year, possibly two, but considering tonight was my father-in-law's 50th birthday, a pretty big day, and since he was cool enough to buy this for us, I thought we'd toast him tonight! The scrore I'm giving this beer here would likely be higher w/a bit more time on it to mellow the booze a bit and let the individual flavors emerge. The aromas, on the other hand, are awesome already.

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Photo of stortore
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Tele
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.78/5  rDev -11.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of ElSid
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California


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.

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2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.52/5  rDev +5.9%

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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