Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,812
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 372
Gots: 556 | FT: 51
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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 srandycarter
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little over 12 oz bottle, for what you'd usually pay for at least a .500, but let's get on with it.

A - Nearly black with reddish notes. Quarter inch tan head that actually stays for some time. Persistent lace.

S - Sweet dark malt and booze hit you right up front. I smell the bourbon and the brandy. There is a whiskey and a fruitier booze melded here.

T - It is what is labeled - I can taste the Serpent Stout and the Angel Share here. It's a nice blend. Fun. American Strong Ale, with Stout attributes, all aged in boozy barrels. Nice.

M - OK, if nothing else, IT IS CARBONATED. Way to go, Tomme! The malt is pretty sweet, but the booze cuts it a little. Over all, stays on the sweet side.

D - It's a small bottle as I said, but it is enough for me. I still wish it had been a .500 for the price and I could have shared it with a friend. Nice stuff.

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

12oz bottle poured into small glasses at the Hulmeville Inn.

Deliverance had a slight pop with the cork out, the liquid was a dark brown bordering on black color. Some dark tan bubbles even came up about a few centimeters and stayed, Bravo! Small notches that eventually let go. Smell is a tamer version of the bourbon barrel AS IMO, I still get alot of bourbon notes, less brandy and some roast from the serpent's. Oak and molasses. Very smelly. Taste is nice and the carb really adds a punch to this as well, Im use to flat bottles that go nowhere. Bourbon blended with roast and a sweet Belgian yeast strain, some vanilla clashing with faint brandy and some oak to round it all out. A dark tasty beer that is big. Feel is above medium with some faint but needed carb, LA keep it up. While I could not drink a ton of this, I enjoyed the 6oz's or so.

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

Big thanks to Eric(turdfurgeson) for this treat.

A: Pours a murky dark brown with almost no head.

S: Bourbon,chocolate vanilla and slight brandy. Small amount of roasted malt and fruit.

T: Bourbon then booze. I get a lot of alcohol burn with this. Chocolate, vanilla then slight roasted malt. The aftertaste is bitter chocolate.

M: Medium-thick and oily body.

D: This is a sipper, like a brandy but I enjoyed it.

Photo of GuzzLah
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark brown, almost black with a short tan head that disappeared quickly.

S - Very nice aroma of chocolate, caramel, licorice, toasted almond from the barrel, bourbon and brandy. The aroma evolved nicely as I sipped it.

T - The flavor is like the aroma. It's quite boozy, but very smooth at 12.5%. Hops don't play much of a role here. This is a big malty beer.

M - Oily and full bodied with low carbonation. I like bubbles, but didn't really miss them here.

O - A very pleasant, malty boozy, barrel aged sipping beer with a premium price tag of $16 / 12oz. and it's *almost* worth the price of admission. Much better than Angel's Share and similarly priced. If I drank two of these, I'd increase my rating.

Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark brownish amber in color. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly faded away, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Strong aromas of alcohol along with notes of bourbon are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of bourbon from the barrel aging process, which also contributes notes of oak and vanilla.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is lots of warmth from the alcohol, particularly in the finish.
O: This is definitely a sipping beer due to its strength and the strong presence of alcohol in the smell and taste. This could make for a good after dinner drink.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BrewerDan23 gave me this bottle late last year, just because he's a nice guy. Thanks Dan.

A dark brown body has a tan head that is only one finger thick, but fairly solid looking. Retention is pretty good, and some scrappy lacing clings to the sides of my glass.

Chocolate and cake mix with toffee and caramel. The barrel notes are great, with wood, vanilla, and bourbon.

Big notes of malt come through first, with equal amount of chocolate and toffee. Caramel and cake follow, and then some dark fruit. The dark fruit has a little bit of a brandy characteristic to it. Next comes a plethora of barrel flavors that are balanced very nice with the malt profile. Bourbon is noticeable but not overpowering or hot, and lots of wood, vanilla, and even some coconut are in there also. The faintest taste of hops lingers toward the finish. Only a little bit of warmth hints at the ABV that Deliverance packs, and that little bit is actually pleasant.

Fairly high carbonation, but smooth and still full-bodied.

These Lost Abbey Barrel Aged strong ales are so expensive, but damn are they good. I can't resist trying every one I come across, and when I lived in Boston I swear there was one on-tap at the Sunset all the time, which made it even easier. Regardless of price, Deliverance is a very good beer that manages to balance a big malty body with nice barrel characteristics. Pretty good at hiding the big ABV, although you do know going into this one that it's going to pack a punch.

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewing a 2011 Vintage Deliverance Ale.

A: Pours black with a brown head, quickly disappears to a slight tan rim-foam...

S/T: Stong with alcohol right up front, almost to the point of overpowering but, smooths out quickly with a sweet flavor of bourbon and brandy notes, sweet heat, some candied sugars, vanilla and molasses notes in the background. A long finish lingers leaving a nice vanilla taste behind....

M: Somewhat thick, oily and a bit slick. Not really digging the mouthfeel here...seems it is missing something, but can't really pin down exactly what...needs to be smoother....

O: Good, not great. A nice sipping beer, but really lacks in the mouthfeel dept. Try if you have not had it before, but not drinkable quantities above one bottle...

Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle into a snifter glass. This is over a year old.

A: A dark brown/black color that does let a little bit of light in. A one finger light brown head sits atop. No lacing.

S: Deep dark malts coupled with heavy bourbon and some fruit. A bit oaky and earthy too.

T: I got roasted malts up front with lots of bourbon. These get mixed with dark fruit flavors, raisin, some chocolate, vanilla, oak and some coffee notes. Sweetness holds the beer together with caramel and some toffee notes. The roastiness stays on the finish as it stays sweet. Alcohol is huge and lingers.

M: Full, coating, a bit syrupy and a heavy alcohol presence (bourbon, of course). Carbonation was light but sufficient.

O: A very good beer, but not spectacular IMO. Give me the Angels Share any day of the week over Deliverance. I think the blending works, but I just don't think is as good than AS.

I'm glad I finally got to try and review this beer. I felt a little disappointed just because I din't think it was "spectacular", but no doubt it was a very good beer. Honestly though, for the price I doubt I'll ever pick up another.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A really tightly corked bottle, there was a decent pop when I removed it.

It pours a near pitch black with a gorgeous 2 finger head of tan foam with lots of lacing.

The smell is of caramel malts, vanilla, and plenty of barrel notes. Plus some of the ample alcohol...

The taste has the smells here only amplified. Plenty of sweetness and vanilla and bourbon with a ton of hot alcohol. Some toffee and chocolate check in and they complete the tasty goodness. Man, I reckon this could use some cellaring to calm down that pesky heat from the 12.5%abv or I'd score it higher than I did.

I'd call it full bodied with the carbonation near medium territory. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability? I'm glad this isn't in the 750ml format. The 375 will do the job nicely. ;^) Sip sippin away...

Photo of papat444
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to F2brewers for this one.

Poured from a 375ml bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Pours a very dark color with a thin, almost non-existent head, probably due to the barrel aging. Aroma is strong, molasses, bourbon. Taste has a bit of smoke to it, sweet brandy with next to no carbonation. Quite the beast and a sipper for sure.

Photo of KFBR392
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a medium body and zero head. Pitch black in the glass. This beer has a very menacing and intimidating look, the high ABV would lend toward this look.

Smell: A heavy bourbon front hits right away. Maple syrup and molasses can be detected. Some unique sweetness from the brandy barrels but overall the bourbon is the biggest player in the aroma.

Taste: The lack of carbonation really makes this one drink like a glass of bourbon or cognac. The front hits with a thickness and taste of maple syrup. Molasses and bourbon hit during the body. While many of the flavors make you thing of a stout. the body reminds you that this is a strong ale, does not have the thickness of a stout. Sweetness from the brandy kicks in during the back end of this beer. The high ABV leaves the palette dry.

Mouthfeel: Dry, the lack of carbonation makes this a unique one.

Overall: I've always wanted to try some of the harder to obtain Lost Abbey products and I'm glad paid the high price tag for this one. A unique strong ale that has some very good barrel accents. The body is a little thin and some of the flavor get a little lost.

Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to weeare138 for sharing this with tenderbranson69 & me -poured cellar temp into a goblet.

A deep ruddy brown shade, murky appearance w/ a basic tan cap. The smell is of toffee, burnt caramel and wood w/ a vanilla sweet aroma and subtle spice/coffee. The feel is pretty smooth for the strength with lots of caramel sweetness on the tongue, a bit high in alcohol presence which is expected semi-dry w/ light char in the finish.

The flavor is a dark chocolate and caramel concentrated blend of malt and sweet woody notes. The vanilla of the bourbon and fruit of the brandy seem to add depth w/ a big shot of alcohol in the flavor too which honestly I am not that fond of. The malt is tenacious though with molasses toffee nuttiness and dark brown sugar sweetness and for that I give it kudos, the juxtopostion of barrel blending seems slightly disjointed, perhaps it is too young for my taste, I am not sure. The drinkability is good -all in all it balances out -very high quality brew that I don't think I could enjoy too many of.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with no head at all.
Smells sweet and a touch fruity. Great aroma. You can get the bourbon as well as brandy. Sweet, rich, chocolatey. Love it!
Tastes similar but not that great. I'm enjoying it but it's not a combinatio of flavours that thrills me. Carbonation level is good. Overall interspersing and enjoyable but not thrilling

Photo of Arenbeer
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to mikesgroove for this brew. Poured at fridge temp

12.7oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black as black can be with a nice khaki 1 finger head that dissipates immediately other than a thin ring around the glass. Not much lacing left on the glass but some serious legs.

S- Strong booze and bourbon up front with a nice sweet vanilla and wood in the background. Definitely some dark fruits like raisins and dark chocolate in there as well.

T- Sweet dark roasted malts create a nice creamy thicker body with a blend of dark fruits and chocolate. Beyond that is a serious bourbon profile that creates quite an alcohol fullness and sting on the back of the palate. Plenty of wood present, Oak and vanilla.

M- Full bodied with lower carbonation and a strong alcohol finish that warms you up.

Overall this is a really great and complex brew but even being a serious bourbon aged fan the alcohol in this one is pretty serious and hard to get used to. Sticks out more than I would like.

SkÅL!

Photo of AgentZero
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black beer that foamed up a small brown head that quickly dissipated and only left some spots on the side during the drink.

S - This is a little bit on the boozy side with some oak and dark fruit. Smells a little too bourbony for my liking, but okay.

T - Taste is surprisingly really good, somehow the combination of two pretty good beers makes one really great beer. Great vanilla with mild oak, nice bourbon sweetened by brandy, some dark fruit, really great mixture of beers that goes down easy and hides the alcohol.

M - Full bodied and smooth, low carbonation, but not flat.

D - Highly drinkable for 12.5%, great stuff, would love to drink again.

Photo of Schmittymack
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this; my second bottle. Poured into the ol' trusy shaker glass a dark brown/black with very little head. Decent carbonation with aroma of booze/alcohol and malt. Taste was chocolate and bourbon with a little bit of sourness (maybe it's the booziness?). Definitely glad I have a couple more bottle of this one.

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

12.7oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown-black with a reddish tinge. Big fizzy chocolate head.

S: Nice barrel-forward aroma. Vanilla, bourbon, big caramel, raisin, chocolate. Sweet alcohol heat and a bit of sugary grape (the brandy?).

T: Burnt caramel, dark roast and a bit of tannic bitterness. Vanilla, big booze, heavy bourbon and oak. Dark fruits come out as it warms.

M: Medium-bodied, slight fizzy carbonation, bit of an alcoholic bite.

O: I can definitely taste both the Angel's Share and Serpent's Stout, so the blend is pretty competent. The barrel character is quite good but the heavy wood has thinned the beer out a bit. Overall a very good blend, but not the tastiest BA strong ale out there.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a tan head. Small amounts of lacing, but certainly respectable for a beer of this heft. Smell brings a lot, with brandy, bourbon, roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruits, and candied sugars all playing a role. Taste is quite similar, although everything isn't quite as integrated in that respect, and the alcohol heat plays a bigger role, which degrades a bit from the mouthfeel. Drinkability is very nice, as this is quite complex. I think age will absolutely do wonders to this one.

Photo of BradC
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin head. Smells boozy, bourbon,vanilla. Taste is over the top boozy,brandy and bourbon. Don't taste much of the beer. Overall, good if you like bourbon and or brandy, I wish more of the beer came through.

Photo of soze47
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Tomme Arthur Tap Take-over at the Armsbey Abbey in Worcester, MA on 11/03/10.

Appearance:
Brownish-black in color with a deeply tan, thick head. Looks luscious.

Aroma:
Booziness wafts out of this one. Dark fruits and raisins come to mind. Rich nose here.

Taste:
Rich flavor here that plays in the roasted malt, dark fruit, and rum-soaked raisin sandboxes. Great taste and melding.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability:
Heat keeps the linger going on this one, but the mouthfeel is pretty slick and not cloying. I think this is a great night cap or dessert beer. Not one to drink a lot of by any means.

Overall:
I liked this beer a lot, but may only come back to it when looking for a good dessert pairing. I imagine this would be awesome with bread pudding. With the hefty price tag I saw on this one, I'm glad I was able to sample it at an event.

33 Beers Flavor Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 3.5
Dark Fruit: 5
Citrus Fruit: 1
Hoppy (pine): 1.5
Floral: 1.5
Spicy: 2
Herbal: 2
Malty: 4.5
Toffee: 3
Burnt: 3
Sweet: 3.5
Sour: 1.5
Bitter: 2
Astringent: 1
Body: 4
Linger: 3

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 Gfunk720
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark with a light mocha colored head. No real lacing

S- Smells boozy and bourbony. notes of chocolate and coffee come through. I also pick up some caramel and dark fruit.

T- Nice and smooth, tastes primarily like chocolate. The bourbon and coffee notes come in through the aftertaste. Creamy with some date type flavor. Some smokiness/oakiness too.

M- Very nice and smooth intially, but warms up. The aftertaste is strong and boozy.

D- Pretty drinkable, but needs some more time to mellow out. It's getting there, and has the makings of a great beer in the future.

-Gfunk

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

I wanted something special for my 400th review. While this was not exactly a whale, I had never tried it and it's been sitting in my cellar for several months. I would like to thank my buddy Blake for bring this one (along with countless other Russian River and Lost Abbey brews) back for me on his many treks to Philly!

Poured into a snifter from a corked and caged 12.7 oz. bottle. It took me nearly two hours to finish this one and I consumed it while I was watching a movie with my wife. Obviously, the movie didn't interest me as much as the beer.

A: Poured a dark, dark melted chocolate brown (almost black with a full glass), with little to no head. However, the few bubbles that the hard pour did produced stuck around for a good bit.

S: I didn't get much brandy, but I sure got a heck of a lot of bourbon. The dark fruit assault consisted of raisons, figs, and most definitely prunes.

T: To my palate, whenever something is bourbon barrel-aged and it's not a stout, I don't get the roasted pecan quality that bourbon, chocolate, coffee, dark malts, etc. stouts contain. The bourbon is actually VERY transparent here (in this "American Strong Ale"). It's like a prune and raison concoction with about a stick (or even two!) of melted butter.

M: Just carbonated enough for me to detect a subtle prickle, letting me know that this was indeed.... a beer! There was basically little to no lacing left on the glass, but that was a good thing in that the sweet elements didn't linger either... very disciplined, organic, fruity sweetness.

O: I really need to drink more beers in the fashion in which I just sessioned this one. I took my time, had a fresh palate, and was able to really dig in.

A lot of things have been said about Lost Abbey's carbonation issues (or lack thereof). To be honest, I've had many Lost Abbey brews in the last year and have yet to be offended carbonation-wise. I dig most of their stuff in general.

Was this worth the high price tag? I think it was.... especially considering the fact that they had to give up space to age this stuff over time. Also, the two + hours it took me to finish the beer put the price breakdown into perspective.

I'm glad this beer exists and had an enjoyable session with it.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with some mocha head settling into some swirls. Cork didn't pop, but wasn't totally devoid of carbonation.

Aroma features lots of notes from the booze. Spicy whiskey, some rum and liquor soaked raisins. A bit of chocolate and some other dark fruit as well as figs and dates. A touch of caramel and vanilla with a bit of oak influence.

A bit maltier flavor than the nose would lead me to believe although still notes of barrel. The spicy whiskey gives it a nice burn to balance out the sweet chocolate and dark fruits. Molasses and black licorice appear as well.

Alcohol is present and gives a nice little kick, but is not overpowering of the base. Mouthfeel is a touch too thin for my spirit aged preference and although it's not totally lacking carbonation, it's still a bit too low in that category.

Very complex flavors to this beer and very enjoyable. If the mouthfeel were more spot on this would be almost perfect. As it is, it's still a great beer, but could be something even more.

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,812 ratings.