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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 420
Hads: 1,851
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 379
Gots: 560 | FT: 53
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 docoman
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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. (382 characters)

Photo of strtndrbeerlover
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is honestly one of the best beers i have enjoyed this year...its like chocolate milk for adults..creamy rich heady sweet alcoholic deliciousness...port brewing does some amazing things with their the lost abbey collection and i cant get enough..keep em coming (264 characters)

Photo of Rhf9120
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found last one on a shelf at Bin Ends in Braintree MA. I have been looking for this one for awhile and it didn't disappoint. The aroma is of brandy, bourbon and vanilla and taste mirrors that. It is black with no head and very little carbonation.This beer in my opinion was absolutely perfect in every way, I seriously loved this one and so glad I finally found it. (365 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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+ (601 characters)

Photo of buzzardman
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my kind of beer, lots of deep flavors.
Aroma: Brandy, bourbon, and sweet toffee.

Appearance: Black with thin brown head.

Flavor: Roasted malt, toffee. Fruity up front then coffee with heavy bourbon and brandy mixed in. Light oaky finish, so much depth in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, sticky, slight tartness at front then alcohol warming.

Overall: A lot like BCBS but more going on. Really enjoy this beer, if it wasn't so expensive i would buy all i could find. Very nice balance between the malts and the blend of the barrels. Definitely buy again. $14.99 for 12floz. (581 characters)

Photo of Goatdavemac
5/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (158 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't had Angel's Share (I missed my chance last time it was available) but I hear its awesome and Serpent's Stout is literally one of the best stouts I have ever had so I go into this excited. Nose is surprisingly sweet. Vanilla, sherry, caramel, oak, cherries, chocolate, chocolate covered cherries, plums, figs, dark fruits and grape. Taste is strong, oak flavors up front with vanilla and chocolate. Cherries and grapes follow with some assistance from dark fruits. Definite booziness; warming but not overwhelming. The barrels really come through in an awesome way and they don't fight each other. There are very distinct bourbon notes up front followed right on the heels by the fruitier brandy flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth, silky, slightly hot and awesome. This is one the greatest barrel aged ales I have ever tasted, hands down. (845 characters)

Photo of Impfan
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing nose and flavor of chocolate, bourbon, sherry, cherries, brandy, toffee, fig, date, raisin, sandalwood, and coffee. Beautifully balanced with almost no carbonation, but a voluptuous mouthfeel that is coating, and helps the finish to last incredibly long.

I'm a moderate fan of Serpent Stout, and only a marginal fan of The Angel's Share, but this blend is absolutely fantastic! (387 characters)

Photo of Nashvillain
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The cork popped and I instantly knew everything was gonna be ok. The dark velvet pours slowly into my stemless Chardonnay producing a light tan head that quickly gives way to the darkness.

The smell is amazing. Bourbon and dark fruits float up to the nose, with slight vinous notes and tons of oaky vanilla. A faint chocolate hiding behind the vanilla of the barrel. The brandy comes out as it warms, definitely worth the wait.

Taste is bourbon filled chocolate with an amazing vanilla note on the back end. A vine-like booze flavor jumps into the rink as the beer warms. While it's warming, it's definitely not bad, it would be incredibly amazing in the winter but I can't fault it even in the summer.

Overall I have to say that this is most certainly one of the best beers I've had. I limit most of my reviews to beers that are unique or unusually good or bad, but I have to say that this brew is phenomenal. This is easily in my top 5, I would definitely take one over KBS any day. (987 characters)

Photo of Heynow007
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deliver me from evil. Wow, this beer rocks. Strong taste with bourbon and vanilla, fruit like undertones. Great bouquet and nice dark color. I've been waiting for a while to try this beer and was only holding back because of cost. At $16 for a 12 oz bottle, I'm not going to drink too many of these, but I will drink them on days that end in a y. Great overall beer. Nice dark color, sweet vanilla fruity taste and good strong alcohol taste. Love it! (450 characters)

Photo of dvanhandel
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Deliver me from evil... Deliverance from the Lost Abbey is a strong, very strong beer. It pours black with no head because of the 12.5% ABV. The brandy and bourbon flavors swirl in your mouth.
Succumb to the madness. Pray for your deliverance from this hellish temptress. (272 characters)

Photo of coriswrasse
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle bought in Summer 2013 at Minogues in Saratoga Springs NY. Hand written 2013 visible on label.

Bottle says 12.5% unlike the header for this beer.

Pours no head. Very dark. A bright flashlight cannot be seen through the beer without looking through the top showing a dark hued deep amber red. Appears very low carbonation. Smell is cocoa, chocolate and oak; very nice. Taste is mouth meltingly delicious. Chocolate, malty goodness with hints of dry oak and nut with slight hints of brandy and fruit. Mouth-feel is medium to full bodied goodness and it hangs around. I really like this beer and it is a must have. (621 characters)

Photo of bpasquini
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours pitch black and leaves a solid head that looks like slightly browner frothy espresso, looks magnificent with the head, but it quickly goes away and leaves no lacing except for a small ring around the glass, love the way this beer looks, granted most stouts are pitch black but there are certain one's that really catch your eye for some reason and this is one of those beers

S: Blown away in this category as well, every time you smell this beer you notice something a little different or you pick up a stronger hint of a smell, , the strongest smell I get is vanilla from the oak and quickly followed by a strong but not overwhelming brandy presence, great mixture from the two, I also get a slight hint of anise, a nice amount of chocolate, slight hint of tobacco, and slight hint of coffee, sometimes I get a slight hint of dark fruits as well which only adds to the already exceptional smell, sometimes I get a very very light caramel presence as well, absolutely fantastic!

T: At first I was going to rate this at a 4.25 because the flavor seems very mashed together, not a whole lot of complexity to it, but the more you drink it and let the beer warm, the more complex it gets. Right away you get that oak vanilla and brandy mixture which is phenomenal, vanilla is present throughout in this beer, but it is not overbearing or sweet, perfect balance for it, after the initial barrel presences it is followed with a slight amount of anise, great chocolate/coffee/tobacco mixture and a slight presence of those dark slightly tart fruits, outstanding flavor, the taste follows the nose, the more you search in this beer the more you find, transitions nicely as the beer warms and the more you drink it

M: this is the category I am a little upset with, the feel is great, but it doesn't quite go with this beer IMO, the feel is medium bodied and I think a beer with a flavor profile like this needs to have a thick mouthfeel, this is the kind of beer that you like to sit down and relax and sip on it for awhile, and that thick mouthfeel IMO would make it just that much better

O: Excellent beer, one of the best barrel blends I have ever had, I almost regretted buying this beer because of the price tag, but now I am wishing I picked up a couple more, and will be buying this any time I see it at a bottle shop, must try! (2,339 characters)

Photo of ryanfolty
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by bvery at Darkness Day 2012, thanks dude! Dark with some head. Aroma and taste as expected, just a delicious mix of an imperial stout and barleywine (my two favorite styles) with the yummy bourbon. Need to try this again and rate under more ideal conditions. (274 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of GoldenVIKE
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a small light tan head. In the aroma, huge bourbon presence. In the taste, mellow bourbon notes, with a small malty roast in the there. A small alcohol bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry vanilla and bourbon like aftertaste. Big bourbon all day, notes of vanilla, alcohol, and a small roasty malt. (335 characters)

Photo of JustHarmless
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the cage and cork bottle into a chalice glass

A- Deep mahogany color with almost no head

A- Bourbon, brandy, vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate, oak, tobacco

T- Follows the nose pretty closely with the brandy and bourbon front and center, dark fruits like raisins, oak, sweet roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa

M- Full bodied, incredibly complex but wonderfully well balanced. Alcohol is present, but no alcohol burn.

O- This is one amazing beer. Bourbony and boozy, sweet, with a strong alcohol presence. How this beer achieves so much balance is a true achievement. I want more! A true beergasm! (607 characters)

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The bottle presentation itself is pretty impressive and the beer that follows does not let you down. By the way that's my pic:)

A-Pretty dark but the Angel's Share lightened it up a bit. Dark head that fades quickly and some nice lacing.

S-Wow! This is exactly what I expected. This is a big beer with a big nose! The brandy and bourbon blend nicely without overpowering each other. There's alcohol, dark fruits, barrel.

T-First you get the blended brandy and bourbon so it's sweet but not overpowering. The brandy is very present. Dark fruits, vanilla, oak and brown sugar. The alcohol comes into play heavily at the end, I can't wait to try this in another 6 months.

M-Luscious! It's full bodied, smooth,and nicely CARBONATED. Not nearly as heavy as you'd think and pretty easy drinking for a 12.5% beer.

Well done Lost Abbey. (833 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deliverance, bottle bought at Nejaime's Wine Cellar in Lenox, MA, for a good $17.95. I saw many Lost Abbey beers during my time in Illinois (had a horrible bottle of '09 Brandy Angel's Share and enjoyed an alright-but-tedious Lost&Found, plus Serpent Stout on tap), but this was a new one for me.

Appearance: Poured in a plastic cup at a cheap motel in the Berkshires, Deliverance comes black and then some (it was after midnight with dim light and a wintry chill). You would think it's either coffee or cola. One-finger mocha-colored head that remains throughout. Beautiful retention and lacing.

Smell: Coffee, cola, liquorice, vanilla, wood, char. Caramel. Autumn. A beautiful, evocative beer. Perfect for this chilly fall weather in the mountains.

Taste: Yum! Now we are FINALLY talking, Lost Abbey! As the saying goes, "I could drink this all day". A perfect mixture of sweet and savory, with some booze to measure. Raisins, vanilla, toffee, bubblegum. Some smoke and country ham, distant. Chocolate, more cola at the end.

Mouthfeel: Just about perfect carbonation, almost full body (could use a tad more, though) and great balance. Nicely hot and boozy at the end, with a sticky finish that stays in the lips.

Overall: This drinks phenomenal. So delicious, balanced, engaging. A sipper or a chugger, but no trace of 12.5%.

My fourth Lost Abbey and the first truly great one. Worth the price? Almost. I'll buy it again if I see it. (1,446 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Dating smeared and not legible.

Really hard to score and judge the appearance. It's easily the darkest American strong ale I have ever seen. Comes out of the bottle like liquid dark chocolate. Black walnut body, and only a simple thin tan collar. Looks like a big imperial stout, with a decent collar, and minimal streaked streaming whispy top. Most strong ales don't even get this dark, is that wrong or do I just really like it, obviously it's the latter.

Unique memorable aroma. Burnt smoldered smoking cocoa. Lovely charring roast and powdered dark DARK chocolate. It is making my mouth just water. It brings a memorable sweetness not unlike Belgian chocolate goodness in the back of my throat. A husky dark roasted ripping grain action as well. Near perfection here, it's either all downhill or greatness at this point.

Murderously silky rich and deep mouthfeel. How is this not an imperial stout I have no idea. Deep rich chocolate, ganache and thick rich, with a powdery finish that bursts into a minimal bitterness. Cocoa, cocoa, dark powdered cocoa friggin everywhere. Great lingering controlled bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich but lends to more lighter body than an imperial perhaps sticking to strong ale roots. There's even some dark cherry flavors dipped in all this chocolate greatness. Where is the booze and heat and distraction... not even EXISTENT no hint... nada, zip, zilch, nothing. Woah..

I am speechless, and just flat out confused, this is overall the most enjoyable strong ale I have easily ever had, and I am not even sure it is one, as it walks the tightrope of bodied lightness strong ale estered fruit, with dark roasting imperial stout power. Regardless it's just an amazing creation. Flat out stunned and speechless. Near perfection, of something that is so imperfect to begin with, so beautiful. (1,874 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black color with just a bit of mocha foam on top. Looks like an Imperial Stout. Very complex aroma of caramel, dark malts and some dried fruits. A bit of alcohol on the nose too. Taste is absolutely fantastic. Rich caramel and roasty malts, not too sweet and the barrel aging adds some wonderful complexity. Mouthfeel is also great, smooth and creamy. Really great brew. (370 characters)

Photo of therobot
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, tasted Dec. 3

A. Dark with a rich cream colored head. There is a sliver of ruby at the edges otherwise completely black. Minimal lacing.

S. Highly appealing nose, starts a little boozy but quickly gives way to a bouquet of fruits and finishes with a strong sweet wood.

T. Lives up to the nose 100%. Initial reaction: f*%@ing delicious. Starts a little boozy quickly replaced by dark fruit followed by oak-bourbon complexity and depth. Finishes with a little heat. The best parts of the beer linger for sometime for you to enjoy.

M. Thick. Low carbonation, the beer coats the tongue providing a pleasantly intense flavor experience. Spot on.

D. Only critique is that it is coming in a little hot. Seems with some age this will quite possibly be the perfect beer(IMO).

Overall this is awesome, can't speak highly enough of this . (847 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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! (469 characters)

Photo of drummstikk
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted out of the bright tank at Lost Abbey in an 8 oz taster glass. Not released yet. A blend of brandy-barrel Angel's Share and bourbon-barrel-fermented Serpent's Stout.

Smells like alcohol and butterscotch. Tastes like sweet dark fruits, rich chocolate, caramel, and most noticeably, homemade butterscotch. Deliverance shows an incredible balance for so many goey candy-bar flavors. Distant German hops and, more importantly, strong alcohol and roasted malts provide a stiff backbone for the sweet decadence. Deliverance does not come off as syrupy like many of its Lost Abbey cousins, but the intense butterscotch is caught up in a three-way harmony with alcohol and chocolate.

Deliverance has a full body and a complex, oxidized finish, placing it along the most refined dessert alcohols. (799 characters)

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.