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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,771
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 363
Gots: 545 | FT: 53
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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 SaintBenedict
4.57/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of retry4z
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is normally $15, but I bought this 375 ml/12.7 fl oz bottle at a Sprouts for $4 because the cashier did not have the price on her, so she offered to sell it to me for $3.99. Clearly, I had no objection. The bottle wasn't refrigerated as far as I could tell. Consumed in my room at room temperature.

The cork was one of the toughest I had to open on a beer, with surprisingly quiet pop, indicating very mild carbonation. Poured into an AleSmith Decadence tulip-shaped glass, the color is stout-like rich black and brown. The head is non-existent with some visible surfacing bubbles, almost like an old coke. Pours like used motor oil.

The smell is strong, deep, and has an "aged" quality to it. It smells delicious with sweet notes of caramel, pungent dried prune, malt, and alcohol.

Distinct aged/dried prune taste that well mask the 12.5% alcohol content. The distinct malty flavor is very rich, overwhelming, and even dizzying. There are also pleasant sweet notes of dark fruit, with bitterness virtually absent, and only an ailing hint of bitterness on the finish. The dark fruit flavors definitely dominate this beer and it is unlike any American Strong Ale I've tasted, maybe because it is a blend of bourbon barrel-aged Serpent’s Stout and brandy barrel-aged Angels Share.

Rich, full-bodied viscous texture, with a nice alcohol warmth that lingers in the throat. A pleasant light tingling sensation on the tongue from the mild carbonation.

Distinct dried prune, aged look and flavor, surprisingly well balanced barrel-aged stout and bourbon barrel-aged strong ale. Complex aged flavor unlike any other beer I've tried.

Photo of exodus1369
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is as dark night, love the art work on the bottle... yeah yeah I know... any way. The smell of this thing is incredible. Dark fruit with caramel a hint of brandy. The taste is just shy of over whelming, very powerful and full. Sweet with a light bit of tartness. It is how ever just a bit sticky in the mouth kind of like a light molasses would be. This is a very thick beer for sure. Very well done and with all they put in to it, it is no wonder at all why it is so thick but over all very well done. Love this one.

Photo of dar482
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark black color.

The aroma has oak aging, medium amount of bourbon, with a lighter alcohol note, charred cherry wood, a tinge of fruitness.

The flavor follows of with charred wood in the front, lightly roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and bourbon. It tastes very much like a lighter version of BCBS. Alcohol comes through on the finish to clean off the palate.

A wonderfully delicious barrel aged brew.

Photo of robwestcott
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a long forgotten bottle from 2010, or perhaps 2011.

cork popped and poured pitch black, thick and cold to an upland brewing goblet with a hint of a toffee colored short lasting, small bubbled head.

huge bourbon in the nose, very dark sugary syrup malts, hint of gingerbread and smoke.

super viscous, the carbonation hides til the beer hits your palate and sneaks out. sitting in the glass, it appears almost flat and this is far from the truth. sweet, not bitter.

big barrel character, toffee, dark sweet chocolate, big bourbon, dark cherries, this is such an incredible beer, its a taste explosion.

drinkable ? well, perhaps not, but one's plenty.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a very dark brown almost block color, with a small brown head that soon dissipates to nothing. Doesn't stick to the side of the glassware when swirled.

Smell – Lots of bourbon and brandy, with maple, molasses, vanilla, caramel, and a touch of oak. A very nice smell.

Taste – Very similar to the smell. A great bourbon beer.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation, a thin syrupy texture, with a slight alcohol bite.

Drinkability – This is a great bourbon beer, which usually isn’t one of my favorite flavors. Either bourbon beers are growing on me, or I’m a sucker for the ones with a hint of sweetness, which is the case here. Or maybe the brandy was a nice touch.

Photo of KevinL
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bendurgin
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Damn near black body on this thick oily looking brew with shimmers of brown barely penetrating through the light. A respectable dark mocha colored head sits atop this one. At about an inch thick I'm down right impressed with the high gravity of this beer. After about ten minutes of staring at it I'm still left with a nice layer of creamy foam on top of a big dark body. The aroma is nothing short of fantastic. Rich aromas of molasses, dark chocolate, raisins, and bourbon. The bourbon is integrated into this beer nicely, it gives nice rich caramel/bourbon kick to the nose with only leaving behind a little bit of heat. Damn near perfect aroma as far as I'm concerned. Richness through and through on this. Flavors of toffee and caramel. Chocolate, raisins and spot on bourbon coat the tongue being just slightly hot on the finish. The mouthfeel is full and silky with just a bit of heat. Simply a pleasure to put in my mouth. The biggest flaw on this one, and with big beers in general is they are hot a boozy. But that's not a concern with this one for me. I'm happy to nurse this one for another hour or so.

Photo of mrmaps
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours jet black and viscous. Aggressive pour caused a bit of foam to rise up, but it was mostly an after though

S: Sweet bourbon -- no doubt about where it was aged. Rich malts, residual sugar, toasty grains

T: Bourbon leaps out and grabs you. After spending an hour and a half drinking the beer, it became better balanced as it warmed up. By the end, either my palate was used to the bourbon or it had balanced itself out, because it was not so forward. The residual sweetness and thick body balanced the alcohol well. There was no burn at all.

F: Thick, sweet. Finish lingers for an insane amount of time. Can take forever to drink this beer if it is savored.

O: Wasn't initially impressed, but as time went on, the beer got better and better. By the end it was one of the better beers that I have had. It was on pare with a bourbon county stout that had been aged for five years. The difference is that the goose island beer is less than half the price -- if you can find it.

Photo of Nobcefus
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, 11/12. Poured from bottle to tasting glass.

A: Jet black color, brown on the sides of the glass up to the light. Small tan syrupy head with good lacing. Viscous looking for sure.

S: An Awesome deep aroma with wood influenced bourbon or brandy comes through surrounding a dark fruit, vanilla, alcohol sweetness and malt core to the smell.

T: A great blend, a real nice mix of both a stout feel and a strong ale/barleywine. Deep malt, sweet and savory flavors, lots of alcohol sweetness, figs, vanilla, oak, and toasty marshmallow come through. Some smoke comes through, but it might just be because of the hotness of the alcohol. Great, I love big flavor beers like this, could be a 5 once the alcohol calms a bit.

M: VISCOUS! Awesome carbonation (and we all know this isnt always true), very smooth. Rolls over the tongue.

D: you certainly feel the alcohol but very tasty and a great blend.

Photo of hdelavega
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a large Duvel tulip glass.
Pours a menesing dark black. An aggressive pour kicks up less than a half inch of head that hisses like the damned.
Great aroma, big sweet barleywine like notes, rich toffee, malty sweetness, caramel, some oakieness, defiantly some dark fruit, raisins, and a little cherry like tartness.
Flavor is a slightly muted reflection of the nose. Nice toffee, some bourbon flavors are coming thru nicely, more so than in the nose. The sweetness is a little more toned down, I get a bit of coffee bitterness complimented by some dark fruit sweetness. Defiantly a sultry booze finish.
The body is sitting at a pretty solid medium feel, defiantly more on the silky side than sticky. Carbonation sits perfectly on the light side, giving the brew a little life yet not distracting from the many nuances.
Overall a great beer, big thanks to Kevin for this one. I wanted to bring it to a tasting this past weekend but my dumb ass showed up a day late, isn't that some shit, yeah I know.

Photo of Resuin
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a Teku glass. I believe this is from 2012.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep brown, nearly black and leaves behind about a finger of tan head which fizzles away quickly.

Smell: Bourbon and chocolate flavors upfront along with some brandy and cherry. Some earthiness to it as well as.

Taste: Bourbon, chocolate, cherries, oak and vanilla. Finishes with some brandy which is very nice. A lot of the familiar bourbon barrel aged stout flavors but some differences, especially towards the finish of the flavor. A very prominent oak/rooty flavor throughout also makes it a bit different.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a light carbonation - surprisingly smooth though.

Overall: This one has picked some some interesting flavors from its time in the barrels. Earthy tones accompany the delicious bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit flavors along with a hint of cherry which is nice. Overall, I was satisfied with this brew which mixed some familiar flavors with some different things to make for an interesting beer and its smoothness is exceptional.

Photo of mikedellinger
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Umberto at Curran's tasting.

Pours a deep, dark stout-like black, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass. The head descends into an oily film fairly quickly.

Smells like bourbon, brandy, chocolate, vanilla, and oak.

Rich bourbon-soaked brownie batter flavor up front, just decadent, a little bit of espresso flavor, some boozy brandy flavors, and some nice dark fruits flavor- cherries, plums, raisins, etc.

Thick bodied, almost motor oil like, very viscous. Creamy, smooth, thick mouthfeel, very low carbonation. Drinkable despite the body and ABV.

This one was a surprise, it's interested me for a while, but I never thought I'd be able to try it. Thanks Umberto!

Photo of Rodosman
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of phishsihq
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The exceptional Deliverance pours an opaque black, with a thin tan head that dissipates rather quickly, yet manages to leave a decent lace throughout. A dark bouquet of deep roasted nuts, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol intermingle with hints of bourbon and brandy, a truly interesting playground for the senses. The flavors of this beer are as numerous and complex. Many of the same aromas are found in tasting, as well as hints of fig, plums and dates. The alcohol is big at 12.5%, and a slight burn is noticeable in the finish. The strong and complex brew features a creamy, big body that is dominant over a low level of carbonation. WOW!

Photo of impending
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The Trappist. Pitch black, oily, no head no lacing, slight carbonation.

Thick rich marvelous aroma. Sweet, a multitude of dark fruits, tiny chocolate, toffee all enveloped in a bourbon cloud. Funny how a smell can be sensed as thick.

The bourbon resides in the beginning, mid taste and aftertaste, it completely defines the brew. All the scent tastes are here, fruits, vanilla and caramel, the barrel is more obvious. Unfortunately the bourbon brandy crushes the subtleties, it masks and obscures all the delicate notes which become fleeting, vague. Full bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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4.52/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.52/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light black with hardly any carbonation or head. No lacing and little bubbles forming around the rim of the glass.

S - Strong bourbon/wood flavor right from the beginning, followed by the strong flavors of an old ale and russian imperial stout. Very nice leather, molasses, charred wood aroma throughout as well.

T - Again, quite strong right from the beginning with huge bourbon flavors and the wood pops through excellently. It mellows out in the middle with a velvety smoke and oak flavor with caramelized marshmallow flavors and rich roasted dark chocolate. It finishes with a strong coffee-like flavor and a nice alcohol burn. Very intense, very rich, very good.

M - Very heavy body with low volumes of carbonation. Velvety on the palate and leave a nice burn down the esophagus after each sip; aka ABV is easily detectable. Wonderful transitions in flavor and definitely a sipper.

O - Another stellar offering from Lost Abbey. VERY strong beer with intense flavors and wonderful wood aging. The flavor complexions make it fun to drink but the intensity of it make it a wonderful sipper.

Photo of emmasdad
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ratman for sharing this one last night. It followed a few other barleywines, and blew them away. Poured a deep, rich mahogany color, shot through with red, with a good 1/2 inch of light brown foam. Huge aromas of brandy, red and black grapes, raisins and booze. On the palate, I get a little roastiness from the stout, oak, caramel, toffee and dark fruits. I didn't pick up any bourbon, but this one got hot as it warmed. An excellent beer; very grateful I got to try it.

Photo of NickSD
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

A - Pours an inky black with a 3/4 of a finger chocolate colored head which evaporated quickly. Small clumps of lacing.

S - Intense aroma of bourbon, vanilla, wood, raisin, ash, anise, and chocolate. Smells amazing.

T - Incredibly rich and complex mix of chocolate, plum, oak, whiskey, vanilla, brandy, smoke, and black licorice. Date, prune and fig flavors come out as it warms. The tinniest hint of black cherry tartness in the mid palate. An soy sauce like element in the finish. (not a bad thing by any means) Woody bitterness and roast provides nice balance, but this is a sweet brew overall. ABV definitely noticeable but not overpowering. A slow sipper.

M - So full bodied, you almost need a knife and fork. Low carbonation. Velvety smooth. Coats the mouth, but manages to avoid being syrupy. Perfect for the style.

O - Complex and amazing. Thankfully, the bourbon flavors do not overpower the base beer. If sweeter strongly alcoholic beers are your thing, don't miss this one. Superb.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to PretzelCity for this.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of creamy light brown head that has average retention given the ABV and leaves no lacing.

5.0 S: I personally didn't care much for regular Serpent's and I'm not a huge fan of any brandy barrel beer, but this combination is exquisite. The bourbon is a lot stronger than the brandy and the resulting intensity from each blends together almost perfectly. Anyway, the bourbon in this is smooth with a low booziness. Flavors include a good bit of leather, toastiness, a slight touch of peat, and subtle fruitiness. The brandy adds a nice vinous component. The barrels add a good bit of vanilla and oak. The underlying stouts lend a surprisingly soft roastiness with plenty of sweet caramel and molasses. A light sugariness with dark fruits and emphasis on plum and raisin. Very, very nice.

4.5 T: I don't know what this was like fresh, but at this point it's quite smooth and the booze is well in check. Bourbon and brandy again work very well together. I've had a few other bourbon + brandy beers and none of them have worked together at all, let alone as well as they do in this brew. Leathery bourbon with touches of peat and char. Woody, vinous brandy. Again good vanilla and oak. The base beers play second fiddle to the barrel treatments, but this is so good that I don't care (I usually do). Lots of caramel, molasses, and some brown sugar. Plum, raisin, prune, and tobacco fruitiness.

4.0 M: Medium to perhaps heavier medium body. Carbonation is a bit lower that what is typical for the style, but it works just as well. The problem is that this is missing the rich, velvety creaminess that I come to expect from beers of this nature. Very smooth though.

4.5 D: Best LA beer I've had. I didn't think I'd enjoy this nearly as much as I have, but I'm glad I did.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,771 ratings.