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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,798
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 370
Gots: 553 | FT: 52
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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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 orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of ElSid
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bungletronics for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is outstanding. I get a lot of roasted malt, along with some alcohol and chocolate.

The flavor is also excellent. The chocolate and roasted malt notes are great and those are complimented with a lot of notes from the bourbon barrel aging. I get some nice bourbon notes, as well as some maple and vanilla. There is also a little bit of nuttyness in the flavor which compliments the other parts very well.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best Lost Abbey beers I have tried.

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 jondeelee
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deliverance Ale opens with a rich, malty, alcoholic nose, the barrel aging immediately obvious and present in the form of heavy shades of charcoal-filtered bourbon and caramel-sweet grainy scotch. So potent are these aromas that at first the beer ends up bearing little resemblance to beer, instead smelling like fine liquor that has been tinged with aged port. There are, however, excellent and Imperial Stout-like notes just beneath the surface, including espresso grounds, chocolate and black malt, tobacco ash, and syrupy fig, black cherry, prune, and date fruit esters. Molasses and anise seed add to the gloopy, spicy aromas. As a whole, the nose is excellent, speaking of well-tended beer aged expertly in carefully-chosen barrels, plucked from its resting place at the height of drinkability and flavor. It’s hard to imagine more aromas drifting from a glass.

On the tongue, the beer opens with thick, black sugars, including molasses and dark, natural brown sugar, joined immediately by espresso, tobacco, ash, deeply roasted nuts, and strong-but-perfectly-blended overtones of bourbon and scotch. These latter notes don’t overwhelm the beer, as they can in some barrel-aged brews, but for the most part of the mouthful play off of the already-dark malt notes, adding further complexity and nuance. Fig, prune, and black cherry fruit esters add a bit of flavor, joined by anise and touches of black pepper. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the bourbon and scotch notes seem to increase in strength, biting at and burning the soft palate, much like a straight shot of liquor. Here the barrel aging proves somewhat detrimental, lending the beer a heavy alcoholic overtone, the vapors almost tangible in the throat. The aftertaste is a continuation of this heavy, liquor-soaked alcoholic vapor wash, with lingering ash, tobacco, and black malt, and lingers on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is a lightly syrupy medium (though based on the flavors it feels like it should be more viscous, and this provides a slightly distracting contrast), and carbonation is medium.

As a whole, this is certainly very good beer, and for the most part the barrel aging does wonders for what was almost certainly a very good brew to begin with. The only negatives come late in the mouthful, when the heady alcoholic vapors somewhat overtake the brew, and in the slightly strange lighter-than-expected mouthfeel. Very much worth trying, especially for fans of barrel-aged Imperial Stouts.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Jet black and impenetrable to light. Just a trace of dark brown head is present. Strong yet sweet aroma of bourbon and brandy is present and loads of deep,dark relentless malt are detectable. The flavor is filled with fig,prunes,black licorice and dark malt. The mouth is gives a cooling sensation and is velvety smooth and very easy to drink considering the strength.

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

big thanks to pete (pdiddy3d) for sharing this at our last tasting!

i believe pete mentioned this had about 1 year of age on it. 375ml corked and caged bottle around fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out a very deep, dark reddish brown color, almost black. decent clarity. just a thin light tan ring of head.

the bourbon and apple brandy stick out so much, smells great. also some vanilla barrel qualities, a rich caramel malt and some dark fruits. a bit of alcohol.

follows the aroma. some really nice bourbon and apple brandy flavors with just the right amount of alcohol, big, but nothing solvent like or anything. also some nice vanilla, maple syrup, dark fruits, a bit of raisin and fig.

thick, syrupy and delicious. really coats every part of your mouth. big, full bodied. a really low amount of carbonation which compliments this beer just right.

what a solid beer, id definatly seek this out if youve never had it. very similar to HotD's matt. the bourbon and apple brandy barrels really make up this beer.

Photo of ehammond1
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap (2009)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

(Aged for 2 years)

A beautiful dark brown ruby that clings to to the glass. A thin light brown head. Beautiful.

The aroma is sweet (not to mention terrific!). I smell the bourbon along with a sweetness resembling coconut and molasses. I also smell chocolate and cherry. Wow!

The taste is a complete whirlwind of sweet molasses, bourbon, rich and velvety chocolate, all with a strong backbone of alcohol-drenched cherries and then even more chocolate. A layered, textured, taste adventure! Simply exceptional.

A rich and luscious mouthfeel.

While I'm full of rich superlatives for this beer, (surprisingly?) it isn't all that drinkable (in large quantity!). My 10oz. pour is far too much for me; I'm actually sharing it with those around me willfully. That being said: This beer rocks!

Photo of far333
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a crystal snifter at cellar temp. Deep ruddy brown colored with a low head of sizzly foam that settles out quickly.

Inviting aroma of cocoa and cherries, port wine and boozey brandy. Sharp flavor of tangy cherry, bitter cocoa, espresso, notes of drambuie, vanilla and oakey wood. Very malty and rich, lots of caramel and toffee with assertive bitterness and an understated floral hop that rides beneath. The brandy seems to tame the bourbon that can sometimes seem cloying. Alcohol lends a fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, but finishes tingly, some alcohol warming, lingers powdery and slightly tannic. The considerable strength makes its presence known but does not overpower. Fairly drinkable for such a monster. Thanks to Barleywinefiend for sending this one coast to coast.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer on tap at the Goat. I dunno how the bourbon and brandy can both be black, but they blend to brown, but hey, carbonation, mild head, cool.
Nice aroma, boozy, but inviting and warm, with chocolate.

A little vanilla, oak, the booze from brandy and bourbon, dark fruit, an oily sipper. Just the right amount of sweetness here. Didn't come off as harsh, I liked this better than both of the other versions that went into this blend. Toffee and caramel somehow eeks through all those other flavors.

Wouldn't necessarily buy this beer in the bottle, but the price for it on tap made it enjoyable for sure. A nice 'special' occasion beer.

Photo of mondegreen
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle into a Bruery Tulip

Pours pitch black with a healthy fan head. The head falls to a thin film leaving only slight lacing on the glass.

Nose is complex. Heavy on the spirits (boozy), but invitingly sweet at the same time. The barrel character overshadows anything else in the brew, but it smells fantastic.

The taste is a touch hot, but not overwhelmingly so. The balance of the two barrels is masterful - the bourbon and brandy play very well together. A residual wood flavor dries the palate slightly. Everything works together here.

The mouth is a little more thin than I'd like. This beer tastes like it should be motor oil thick, but it comes off as medium bodied.

Overall, a supremely enjoyable brew from Lost Abbey. I hope this is an indication of things to come from Lost Abbey's barrel program.

Photo of rudylaw
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to billshmeinke for this!

Pours a wet, murky brown with a thin head... in LA terms, that head may as well be 5 inches!

Lots of bourbon in the smell. Oak, vanilla, sugars and red grapes.

Being a blend of BA Serpent's and Brandy AS, the AS is the bigger brother. I get much more of that in the taste. The Serpent's sweetness is not to be outshined however. There's more chocolate and vanilla up front. Sweet caramel and brown sugar on the back end. This is a solid blend!

Very creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. But in LA terms...

I have a feeling this will be tremendous in 8-12 months. Right now, it's a little hot. Once this settles down and the boozy sweetness mellows, we could have a contender for best LA beer I've tried.

Photo of mahak213
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours dark brown, verging on black, and sits black in the glass with just a bit of light making it through the edges of the glass. No head to speak of... no surprise there.

Smell- Vanilla and oak, sweet booze, cocoa, caramel, and a bit of butterscotch. Booze isn't hidden at all, but it works in a cohesive way

Taste- Molasses and dark fruit, some cocoa, and lots of well integrated booze. Very sweet, has a slight burnt sugar taste leading to a mildly bitter dark chocolate finish

Mouthfeel-Full, sticky, syrupy, and completely still. Some light carbonation would be nice.

Overall- Good stuff, but the lack of carbonation in my bottle really held things back.

Photo of 01001111
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with decent amounts of dark chocolate aromas. Also present are solid amounts of butterscotch and lighter hints of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the booze comes out a bit more. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip large amounts of vanilla flavors work their way into things along with milder amounts of butterscotch flavors. Moderate amounts of boozy heat temper the barrel flavors and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this was one of the thinnest BA beers I've had in a while. The flavors were all there but just weren't substantial enough to stand up to the barrel influences. Still, it's worth a shot to see for yourself.

Photo of pwoods
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Geoi for the bottle.

375ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a chalice/tulip.

A: Pours pretty much jet black. Medium head on the pour without much retention because of the barrel aging. Some lacing but not much. Some slick legs.

S: An interesting mix of Belgian stout and BW/strong ale. The stout comes through a bit more but by just a nose. The bourbon and brandy mixing is also interesting, with the brandy just slightly stronger. Maybe a bit of bug infection from the extended barrel contact? Some tart fruitiness comes through, though that might be from the stout?

T/M: Plenty of bourbon and brandy with dank barrel. The stout definitely comes out more than the AS, which is good but somewhat unfortunate. The tart fruitiness comes through even more and I'm pretty sure that it's from some barrel infecting. Unintentional as far as I know but it's not off putting... but unexpected. Body is full with mild carbonation. A touch more carbo would help things a bit.

D: ABV and very thick. Definitely a sipper.

Photo of r0nyn
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Shared with a fellow beer lover.

Dark, murky brown is the coloration of this beer as it collects in the glass from the pour. Ruby edges appear as you hold it up to the light. Possesses a creamy, lightish brown head that dissipates into a thin film floating to the top. Lacing is spotty at best, but leaves that glassy film indicative of a beer with a big alcoholic punch. Just from observing the surface, the legs on this weighty brew are clearly evident as they swirl around. Sweet vanilla essence greets the nose at first whiff, followed by some earthy aromas. Bittersweet baker's chocolate makes an appearance, along with quite a hit of booziness on the back end. Faint hints of the brandy and bourbon are ever so slightly there if you sniff hard enough.

Taste starts off with a sweet, malty kick. Lots of vanilla and brown sugar, followed by a ton of dark fruit. Raisins, ripe dates and figs, the works. A chewy chocolate component also makes an appearance. After that, it's almost as if you're gobsmacked by the boozy brandy and bourbon that come through. Lots of alcohol on the back end to round out the taste, though a bit of roasted maltiness from the Serpent's Stout shows up to temper the finish. Not a lot of bitterness at all. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly drying to the tongue with a good bit of body behind it. Definitely a sipper, but it goes down easily enough.

Having only sampled the Serpent's Stout prior to drinking this, I wasn't really sure what to expect except a ton of booze and that's pretty much what I got. With this much oomph behind it, you definitely have to pace yourself when drinking it. Blended beers are easy to mess up, but The Lost Abbey has something pretty good with Deliverance. Would definitely like to try this a bit more age on it, as the complexity of the taste would very likely improve.

Photo of weonfire
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this on tap at the Local Option in Chicago, IL served in a 10oz snifter.

A - The room was dark so I apologize if the color is off. It did look like a dark black murk, full finger of mocha head, and good lacing.

S - Sweet bourbon, chocolate, toffee, vanilla and aged fruit...maybe dates.

T - Initially: Chocolate, bourbon and toffee. Finish had some booze, slight hops but a mostly a coffee flavor. 12.5ABVs hidden very well.

M - Not as thick as you'd imagine. Low carbonation, high viscosity, creamy but not the ultra cream/velvet feel.

O - Very nice. But this beer had me confused. Maybe for the good, maybe for the bad depending how you look at it. This brew is very hard to classify. Has the look, smell and taste of an Imperial Stout. But the not yet the feel of one but more of an dark ale. Only beer I've had of its kind is Bell's BA Batch 9000. Both blur the lines between beer classification. Did wish there was more of the aged fruit flavor. Didn't taste much, or any at all.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Chucks:

A: Pours extremely dark brown with a small tan head that reduces very quickly forming a small ring on top. No lacing.

S: A bit of booze right away, leads to some vanilla and brandy aromas mixed with brown sugar and molasses. Faint roasted malt.

T: Rather similar to the aroma. A bit more chocolate with some vanilla, oak, and brandy.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Slight warming as it goes down.

O: Quite nice, better than expected with the track record I have had with the darker LA beers.

Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

oh Lost Abbery...deliver me from a shitty night with a plumber!

375ml bottle, served in a 12oz tulip/snifter hybrid...the cork put up a hell of a fight

A - pours with about a quarter inch of loose, creamy, dark khaki colored foam. the beer is mostly black/dark brown, with some barely detectable ruby notes when held up to light.

S - dark fruits are abundant here, loads of figs, raisins, and plums. toffee-like sweetness joined by some milk chocolate, before turning into some boozy bourbon, rum, and oak.

T - begins with some lightly bitter, charred roasty malts. sweetness kicks in right away, bringing toffee, molasses, chocolate, and raisins. vanilla creeps in, alongside some bourbon and wood. lingering coffee, fruits, and alcohol in the aftertaste.

M - medium bodied, with actually (way to go Tomme) a nice and pleasant level of carbonation. sticky, somewhat dry finish...bordering astringent from the sweetness and wood. alcohol burn attempts to clean it all up but is no match.

D - good? yes. great? eh, maybe. worth the price? depends where you get it. a local store has this exact bottle for $37. outrageous. that aside, it goes down fairly easy for its high ABV, and has enough solid flavors to keep it interesting.

Photo of nkersten
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a new belgium snifter. Color is opaque black/very dark brown, with a thin mocha head that fades to the outer edge. Looks identical to Angel's Share, but with carbonation. Smell is bourbon off the bat followed by lots of brandy. No surprise there, but it is nice. Lots of alcohol heat and a tiny bit of chocolate. Taste is a great blend of the brandy and bourbon with a strong hot finish. Slightly bitter, lasting flavor is of milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is VERY light carbonation and a heavy, coating feel. For the style it is appropriate, but just barely fizzy. Drinkability is low for this one due to the abv - its very filling. The complex malt and barrel flavors keep me wanting more though.

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Opens with a satisfying 'pop'. Dark brown brew capped with mocha head that does not have much staying power.

S: Buncha barrel on this guy. Rich toffee, dark chocolate cake batter, oaky vanilla and brandy. The brandy comes out as volatile, oozing the booze.

T: Saints alive! Creamy chocolate melds with buttery toffee and medium roast espresso, eliciting a smile on the reviewer. The only thing preventing a 5 on here is the heavy and hot booze that burns the mouth and makes it challenging to swallow. This is a strong candidate for aging.

M: As much as I appreciate the balance and feel, the heat tempers the score here too.

D: A well composed blend that will likely benefit from a cellared vacation.

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

In a word, smooth. Pours black bodied with a small thick head. Pleasant and roasty aromas. Tasty stoutish and also strong dark stuff, with bourbon in distant secondary, which is a good thing.Caramel and chocolate, fruit and a tangy edge aids above average mouthfeel.

Photo of GoldenVIKE
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep dark chocolate brown. Decent beige head for the style which quickly dissipates into a ring. Leaves a nice sticky lace.

S: Nice balance of both bourbon and brandy in the nose, with roasty coffee, dark fruit, vanilla, and fudge. Really intense and amazing.

T: One of the most amazingly complex and orgasmic beers I've ever had. You get all of the sweet flavors mentioned in the smell and they are complimented with plenty of brandy and a strong bourbon kick. Nice balanced heat.

M: In spite of being low on carbonation, this is very frothy and silky. It's got that thick motor oil viscosity of a great RIS, which I was surprised with due to it being a blend. It really does retain the best elements of both styles in the blend.

O: I'm a huge fan of dark barrel-aged beers, and I'd say this is one of my all-time favorites. It's a great winter sipper.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,798 ratings.