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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,702 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,702
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 349
Gots: 532 | FT: 50
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010)
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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a black color, almost like a stout. No head to speak of, and really no carbonation either. Bourbon is very strong from the get-go, smell and taste. Almost drinks like a glass of liquor, not beer. I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer mainly because the bourbon taste overwhelms any other beer taste on this one.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquor, Somverville, MA
Vintage 2011
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a dark, murky brown with faint crimson highlights. Minimal carbonation. A thin film of saddle brown bubbles topped the liquid but they quickly dissipated into a thin, lasting ring of froth.

Bourbon and vanilla notes dominated the nose. The vanilla was incredibly fragrant and sweet. After a few minutes, roasted malts were apparent. Lots of dark fruits and raisins. Sweet brown sugar notes. The bourbon became even stronger as beer sat. Overall, super boozy but pleasant.

Flavorwise, the beer was initially undrinkable. A permeating alcohol sharpness completely overwhelmed my palate. Strong wood and tannin notes. Even with two years of age, this was a hot and boozy mess. As the beer warmed and opened up a bit, roasted malts and brown sugar notes appeared on the front end. Raisins and dark fruit were noticeable as well. The bourbon and brandy flavors still came through loud and clear, but they were not quite as piercing as earlier in the session.

The mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown. It was thinner and lighter in body with a fine and spritzy carbonation. Somewhat creamy and supple however. Frothy.

All the Angel's Share variants seemed to be quite boozy, but this beer takes the cake. I can only imagine how intolerably hot this must be fresh.

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Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by Nanoslug. Thanks, Adam and Anna.

A: Pours a murky brown body with mocha-colored head; good retention, even a touch of legs. Ha ha! Bubbles in a Lost Abbey beer. It will always be funny. But seriously, for a nearly 13% beer, the appearance is good.

S: Wow, this is harsh. It's hot, in a solventy, rubbing alcohol way. That dominates the nose and makes it tough to sniff out the actual flavors, but what I do detect is nice: caramel, bourbon, port. It's quite barrelly on the nose; I can't pick out the base beers well. But it smells tasty.

T: Caramel, bourbon, grape, oak, chocolate. Some butter. And then a finish of rubbing alcohol. I think this would be a pretty amazing beer if it weren't for the heat. I'm told this is a blend of Bourbon Serpents Stout and Brandy Angel's Share, so it certainly has the pedigree to work. It's just too hot to pick out much.

M: Chewy, viscous... Solventy. It's very full in flavor, but the harshness works against it.

D: This might improve into an amazing beer, but right now it's outclassed by competitors as well as Tomme's own Angel's Share Grand Cru. I also think the Bourbon AS is better.

Also, I see what ZX6Chris did there.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,702 ratings.