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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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1,601 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,601
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 338
Gots: 510 | FT: 53
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  14.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of Brandy Barrel Angel's Share and Bourbon Barrel Serpent's Stout.

ABV varies by batch.

(Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010)
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Reviews by SaintBenedict:
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottling

I forget exactly how much this 12.7 oz. miniature Belgian abbey-style bottle set me back, but if I recall correctly it was upwards of $20—so, here's to hoping it was worth it!

Deliverance pours an obsidian black with some deep chestnut edges visible near the surface, but only when it's inspected close to a light source. Unlike a few Angel's Share bottles that I've had, the cork actually 'pops' when opened—this ale might be carbonated after all!

The greige head makes a show at first, but quickly settles down to a thin spotty head and only a slighter denser ring toward the perimeter of the glass. In the center I can make out a faintly bubbly "fountain", probably surfacing due to the etched design on the floor of the Duvel tulip.

The nose is big and boozy with the barrel aging unapologetically evident. Speaking of spirits, in addition to the whiskey and brandy, dark rum, chocolate liqueur, cherry cordial, macerated dark fruit and liquor-soaked fruitcake also come to mind. And that ain't the half of it: raisins, dates, figs, sweet citrus, along with vanilla, caramel and toffee also make the scene. And let's not forget about the roasted maltiness, either. There's so much going on it's hard to keep track, yet the beer manages to hold it together convincingly. Definitely on the "divine" side for now. Now let's peer into this creature's soul.

On the tongue, Deliverance is a malty sweet shock to the taste buds, with roasty notes and rich chocolate flavors, answered by an almost sour fruity kick of zesty citrus and dark stone fruit. Loads of black strap molasses, anise and black licorice show up too.

Towards the finish, a quick modest alcohol sting adds a bit of lingering heat, but not overbearingly so. And, there's a fair amount of bitter dryness to boot.

This devil is full-bodied with some fine sparkly carbonation that thankfully isn't mouth-filling. On the contrary, it adds just the right texture.

Saint or sinner, Deliverance is heaven.

SaintBenedict, Oct 10, 2012
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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.

orbitalr0x, Oct 16, 2010
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#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.

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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.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,601 ratings.