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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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world-class

1,617 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,617
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 339
Gots: 516 | FT: 54
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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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

OWSLEY069, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

DoubleSimcoe, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Rich1818
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%

Rich1818, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Nashvillain for this nice birthday surprise! Poured into stemless wine glass...

A- Cork popped off, whew!... I was glad to see that. Pours pitch black with a cm of dark mocha head. Settles to a film quickly.

S- Dancing plethora of aromas in my nose. Bourbon, licorice, fig, alcohol, roast, vanilla and caramel! Very sweet and big...

T/M- A ton of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Very sweet and complete! I get the roast from Serpents and I get the big sweet Angels Share. Beautifully perfect blend! The brandy is a bit hidden behind all the other flavors. Heavy, but not extremely tasking to get through the palate. Smooth, slick, wonderful feel.

O- This beer is too delicious, I feel like I just did something illegal by drinking this.

TheGordianKnot, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of JustHarmless
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

JustHarmless, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of therobot
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
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 .

therobot, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of drummstikk
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

drummstikk, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of stonermouse
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at EBF; now reviewing from a bottle.

Pours deep brown with a hint of ruby. Thin, pillowy, roasted marshmallow colored head throughout.

The aroma is a blast of booze, and lots of oak. Smells like I have my head in a recently-emptied barrel. Great stuff.

The taste of the bottled version is true to what I remember from the keg at EBF. Strong bourbon notes, with a solid roasty, oaky base. Maybe a touch of tobacco as well. Slightly sweet for the most part, the brandy dries out the finish, giving this brew a second life at the back end. Superb.

Mouthfeel is solid and appropriate- not too slick, and the lingering flavors are subtly sweet and pleasant, especially considering the onslaught of flavor in every sip.

This brew is truly spectacular. I have yet to try the two brews that make up this masterpiece, but I will seek them out (and perhaps mix them together). This beer is an expensive yet special treat that is worth the price of admission.

stonermouse, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep sable a scratch above black with a thick, if not persistent, tan head. Malty aroma has a strong overtone of bourbon-soaked wood and hints of toffee and chocolate. Distinctive flavor has malty, bourbon, woody, molasses, coffee, fruity - how many notes are there? I seem to get different ones with each sip! And whoa, what an alcohol bite, like a liquid pit bull that has decided your tongue is a juicy steak! Texture has firm body and plenty of fizz and sass, and the tingle it leaves behind decided to sit for a spell. This beer is worth going through hell, high water, airport security and over-affectionate great aunts to get.

Cyberkedi, Apr 26, 2012
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4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

smakawhat, May 15, 2014
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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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