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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 420
Hads: 1,849
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 378
Gots: 560 | FT: 53
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The Lost Abbey visit their website
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 retry4z
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,642 characters)

Photo of exodus1369
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of t420o
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lost Abbey Deliverance

Illegible date, but I'm pretty sure it's from the 2013 batch A

A- pour yields a 1/4 finger dark tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the edges. Beer is pitch black in color. 4

S- Rich in bourbon, toffee, caramel, chocolate, some roasted malt, some brandy notes, graham cracker, wood. Smells awesome. 4.75

T- big, rich bourbon and brandy notes upfront along with dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, coconut, light vanilla, wood. Warming finish. Excellent. 4.5

M- nice and hefty body with ample carbonation. 4.5

O- a pleasure. It's worth the price, though I just wish it wasn't so much ($17.99/12.7 oz.). But like I said, it's a phenomenal beer and worth what I paid, I just can't get it often. Tomme comes though with another masterpiece. 4.75

A+ (790 characters)

Photo of jnezda
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375ml bottle into snifter. Poured a beautiful oil black with dark tan full head. The aging comes through in the aromas coming from this beer, oaky, brandy/bourbon with some dark fruit or sugar. The mouthfeel was think and viscus almost warm from the booze over powering the malt characteristics. Agree with many of the other reviewers that the alcohol shows through perhaps a bit too much on this one. The barrel aging brings out some interesting after notes on the finish but I think this would improve if I had let is sit for awhile. (547 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage

Pours dark brown with a dense, mocha-colored head that settles to a nice cap. Insane aromas of chocolate-covered raisin, brandy, bourbon, caramel, and brown sugar. Phenomenal nose. Big, boozy, and bold, with tons of chocolate, raisin, brandy, and caramel. Sweet and boozy, with a slightly "hot" finish. The definition of decadence. Velvet-smooth mouthfeel, with a medium-full body and just-right carbonation. Such a great beer, easily one of the best I've had from Lost Abbey. (490 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brow bordering on black. Nise psst of carbonation upon release of the cork. Creamy mocha head fades quickly into a ring around the glass with some molten like foam floating on top.

One of the best smelling beer I've had in quite a while. Layers of sweet and dark chocolates, toasted coconut, good amounts of bourbon and sweet brandy. Roasty with burnt caramel. Vanilla and oak. So succulent and woody. Dark fruits and some dried fruit goodnes as well as hints of earth and leather. Fig, date, prune, raisin, mollasses, plum. This nose has it all and more.

Just an amazing beer with very nice tounge tingling carbonation. Only thing keeping this from a 5 is the level of alcohol heat. Instant palate burn that follows through deep into the chest. But don't let this minute detail deter you from the level of delicious complexity this beauty throws out....christ. Thick, creamy, velvety luscious mouthfeel. A blend of brandy fruitiness and bourbon sweetness hit the entire palate and lingers and lingers. Full of toasty oak, coconut, vanilla bean,dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, tobacco, flint, oak, more woodsy boozy notes, prune, black fig, raisin, light anise, burnt sugar, molasses, reduction of dates and liquor. Some earthy notes and some wood tannin on the finish. So much going on and so damn complex. I've a couple more bottles in the cellar and this thing has years of cellarability. (1,418 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Backlog purge. Bottle poured into a snifter. Dark dark brown with a lasting tan head. Luscious aroma with sweet chocolate and vanilla and an undercurrent of spicy bourbon. Flavor is fudge and toasted oak, dark chocolate, roasted malt, vague raisiny fruitiness, sweet alcohol. Fluffy moussey body, devilish and great. (316 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12.7 oz bottle into Lost Abbey Teku glass

A-Very little head, looks like coke. Very good lacing.

T-Smells amazing! Bourbon and brandy with dark fruit, some vanilla and brown sugar. It tastes mostly like bourbon with brandy backbone and raisins.

M-mouthfeel is very well balance and decent carbonation.

O-Overall a great American strong ale so glad to finally get one. (378 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep almost black with a red hint to it. You can see how thick it is. Minimal cinnamon coloured lacing, doesn't stick around.

little bit of bakers cocoa and bourbon. boozy dark fruits. so good.

It's... all of the things? That are good? it starts almost sweet, before giving way to the boozy dark fruits, with the bourbon and cocoa coming in to finish. Seriously this is really really good.

Creamy and smoothe which belies the alcohol bite that finishes it. Bitter bakers cocoa and alcohol finish it.

This is seriously one of the best beers I've ever had. If you have to push elderly people down concrete steps to get to it, well, you might be a terrible person, but so long as you end up with this beer you shall find deliverance. Seriously. Drink it (763 characters)

Photo of nbree00
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8-9 month old bottle

A: Success, we have carbonation. No small order when your talking anything related to angel's share. Pours a beautiful jet black color with a 1/2 inch brown head.

S: Great aromas here, notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses,espresso and chocolate cake. The nose is super rich and inviting.

T: Wow, so creamy and rich on the palate. I tend to prefer the bourbon barrel serpent stout over brandy barrel angel's share but the marriage of the two is just heavenly. Flavors of fresh baked double chocolate cookies, espresso, bread pudding, raisins, whipped cream, dates, coconut and a hint of blackberries. The flavors on this are damn near perfect, the slight roastiness balances out the sinful richness.

M: Ridiculously silky mouthfeel on this. Goes down so easy, and the added layer of depth from the oak really makes this beer hard to put down, you just want more and more.

O: Overall a phenomenal beer, very well balanced with little to nothing I would change. (994 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey Rastal San Marco Glass. Pours a very dark, nearly opaque broown with a fine, half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark and roasted malt, vanilla, wood and bourbon, nice. Flavor is really, really nice; dark and mildly roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, oak, dark dried fruit, finishes with a hint of brandy and sherry. Medium, creamy bodied. Tastes like a perfect blend of its two components with excellent balance between the Angel's Share and stout. Both are excellent ales and this is also superb. Definitely a very warming alcohol presence, but this too is melded into the flavor well. Heavenly. (655 characters)

Photo of sureshot08
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours very dark, nearly black. Minimal head but a thin row of bubbles is maintained on the surface.

Smell: Initially got some bourbon character, but later noticed brown sugar, caramel, some wine-like notes (?from the brandy barrels). Also some raisins.

Taste: The bourbon is there but restrained, tastes kind of like an imperial stout but seems gentler despite a definite alcohol presence. A little bit of dark fruits (like figs).

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, but a little more carbonation might be nice.

Overall: Remains me a little of Firestone Walker Anniversary XVI but I think this is more balanced. A very complex and interesting beer, but with a steep pricetag ($15 for 375ml). (696 characters)

Photo of jminsc76
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip, pours a brown head - mildly red in tinge - atop a dark black body. Not impenetrable though. Considering the ABV level, the head stays consistently thick throughout.

Aromas of brandy and biscuit, with just a little bit of bourbon. Deeper *whiffs* also yield mild figs and dates. Basically it’s like dipping cookie dough in a brandy barrel, and it’s freakin’ lovely.

Flavors of graham cracker, chocolate, bourbon, and brandy (in that order). Also some chocolate chip cookies and a bit of that biscuit from the bouquet. Despite a small degree of heat, this is smooth across the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly silky.

Overall, starts off like a Double Stout with strong hints of bourbon and brandy and ends like an Angel’s Share with a copious quantity of dark chocolate malts. In short, yum, yum, yum. I could easily knock back three per sitting. (886 characters)

Photo of jacewg
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time having this beer. 375ml bottle to glass. 2011 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours with a huge mocha head that quickly fades but leaves a nice little mocha ring as you drink. FVery deep brown in color, almost black. Carbonation does not appear to be an issue here.

Nose: A LOT going on. Very big barrel notes. A bit of roast and some dark fruit as well. Some sweeter notes akin to molasses. Very, very good nose.

Taste: More or less follows the nose. Again a big, boozy barrel character with some vanilla, caramel, and oak. Quite sweet up front with some dark fruit notes but fades to a fantastic rich finish with dark chocolate leading the way. Some alcohol heat as expected and wanted for the style.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, but enough to aid the drinkability of this rich, delicious beer. I would love to try this beer fresh and see how the mouthfeel differs, as I suspect it has thinned out a little with age.

Overall: A wonderfully delicious and complex beer. Pricey, but definitely worth it to try this jewel. Only a slightly thicker mouthfeel is keeping this beer from being essentially perfect. (1,116 characters)

Photo of macktbone
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Davis Beer Shoppe from a cooled bottle.

A- dark but deffinately not black with a thin rim of head only around the edge in a light brown ring. Lots of gorgeous oil that lingers on the glass like a sweet wine.

S- tone of whiskey barrel and brandied wood and purple velvet.

T- Hot and buttery. Tobacco, grain and bourbon.

M- good for the strong ale style but a little thin if put directly up against some of cali's great strong anniversary strong ales.

D- highly enjoyable on the right occasion or as a treat for the soul.

Great mix of two great outputs from Lost Abby. Another home run! (607 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lie down with me Lost Abbey!
Alongside the Bourbon, the Brandy, the GC..

It pops, it pours..a loud brown, slight brown shade of head. This was poured to loud cheers, squawks, and scrambling. The decadence of the gods liquified upon descent to earth..Brandy and vanilla, oak, caramel, and toffee. Sweet burnt malts, candy for the fools among us. It demands your attention, draws you in with the lusty pleasures of the gods. But it is their whim, not yours. And so, your glass is now empty. (489 characters)

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with being "Delivered" and as the label indicates Sin IS Good! This is how I envision a strong ale should be. Pours dark as night and carbonation higher than anticipated (pleasant surprise there), head dissipating fairly quickly but appropriate to time nonetheless. Set up extremely well in my BCBS snifter. Admired the unique, intense smell from the combination of bourbon and brandy barrel aging. 'tis a sipper to take your time with and enjoy the SIN (Pleasure?) of Deliverance! (501 characters)

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short poured from a 375 ml bottle into my Chimay goblet. a little bit of head (enough to know it's carbonated), and dark blackish brown body. The fruity Brandy barrel and Vanilla caramelish Bourbon barrel come through hugely on the nose, as do notes of chocolate and coffee. Some raisin/fig/prune stuff goin on as well. Bourbonbrandydeliciousness on the mouth. A lot of chocolate and Coffee Nip candy flavor. A rich espresso lingering finish. The flavor keeps changing in my mouth. I am in love. The mouth is nice and creamy and adequately carbonated. Drinks pretty well given it's 12 %. Only a few sips and I already feel warm. (628 characters)

Photo of JamesMcPolin
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been in the cellar for 11months now and I’ve been craving something that will ‘wow me’ so I think it’s about time I pop the cork on this baby. Poured into a Stone Old Guardian goblet.
Nice head retention relative to the style and the color of the head is a delicious looking chocolate/mocha. Dark in color with hues of brownish-red when held to the light.
The nose is simply heavenly. Essence of barrel aging right up front and in your face. Detecting much more of the Angel’s Share than the Serpent. Oak, spirits, dried sweetened prunes, woody vanilla, chocolate, toffee. Taste follows the nose.
Creamy with great body and gentle warmth. An ever-so-slight coffee dryness that lingers on the palate between sips.
What a treat. Wish I had more. Like… a lot more! I’m gonna go ahead and say this is in my top 5 all-time. Worth every high-priced penny. (864 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap (2009)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

(Aged for 2 years)

A beautiful dark brown ruby that clings to to the glass. A thin light brown head. Beautiful.

The aroma is sweet (not to mention terrific!). I smell the bourbon along with a sweetness resembling coconut and molasses. I also smell chocolate and cherry. Wow!

The taste is a complete whirlwind of sweet molasses, bourbon, rich and velvety chocolate, all with a strong backbone of alcohol-drenched cherries and then even more chocolate. A layered, textured, taste adventure! Simply exceptional.

A rich and luscious mouthfeel.

While I'm full of rich superlatives for this beer, (surprisingly?) it isn't all that drinkable (in large quantity!). My 10oz. pour is far too much for me; I'm actually sharing it with those around me willfully. That being said: This beer rocks! (846 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Truly spectacular beer. Poured a deep black with a touch khaki head: exactly what you would expect from a heavy stout. Aroma is sweet and heavy: Brown sugar, molasses, cocoa, fig, vanilla, bourbon. Doesn't really have some of the roastier notes or coffee that some serious stouts do but I'm ok with it. Taste is full bore sweet and rich. Tons of vanilla and fig, chocolate and cherry. Very very sweet, a bit too much if I'm honest. Feel is rich and smooth. Light carbonation. Overall a treat, definitely a slow drinker. (519 characters)

Photo of Bedrocker
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black. Very thin brown head that all but disappears as you drink this beer.

Smell: Bourbon and brandy barrels, mostly. Little bit of chocolate and vanilla. Smells incredible.

Taste: I love bourbon, and that's the main flavor I get from this beer. Strong oak flavor that introduces an incredibly complex mixture of vanilla, chocolate, malts, caramel, and a little bit of dark fruit. Finishes with more oak. Incredible.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and thick, although almost no carbonation. Slight alcohol bite, but that's to be expected considering the high alcohol content.

Overall: Worth the price, in my opinion. Had this on my birthday, and it was one of the best beers I've ever had. Very complex, and did I mention this beer is reminiscent of bourbon? Highly recommended. (848 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12.5% percent with barrel-age aromas and flavors.... almost black. no carbonation. a bit of alcohol in the taste, but what would you expect with 12.5% ? both brews that are being blended are very nice. not as rich as the 'Belgian' dark ales they produce, which is really nice. I guess blending is the big thing lately with all the breweries and this one doesn't disappoint. time for a return trip to the brewery. but this time sober to start out.... (449 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Deliverance Ale from The Lost Abbey. This beer is a blend of Brandy Barrel Angel's Share and Bourbon Barrel Serpent's Stout. The Lost Abby is a brewery with a lot of hype, and they are best known for their sours/guezes. This is the first beer I have ever drank of theirs, although I do have a Serpent's Stout in my cellar.
Score: 97

2011 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 02/26/12. This is a backlogged review from a beer tasting I hosted on Oscar night.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a thin layer of caramel/brown highlight atop the glass. One half finger of creamy mocha colored head at pour settles into thin layer, ultimately settling into a ring around the glass. Above average lacing, solid retention. 4/5

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit. There's noticeable alcohol too. Fig, burnt chocolate and brown sugar too. Plum, rich milk chocolate, almond, pecan and tobacco leaf reveal themselves as well upon further whiffs as the beer warms. 4.5/5

Taste: Complex, super flavorful and balanced! First impression is mellow bourbon, fig, rich and creamy vanilla and brown sugar. There's oak/hickory and a moderate brandy-like flavor on the midpalate and towards the finish. Maybe it is just a part of the creamy vanilla flavor, but there is also a distinct "butteriness" to the beer as well. I want to say it's the almond/pecan flavor from the aroma. Whatever it is, it is a very subtle flavor that adds a really interesting additional complexity to the beer. There is also a consistent prune, molasses, milk chocolate, and "Raisinets" flavor throughout. As the beer layers, I detect a hint of banana too. Finishes with plenty of vanilla, raisin and rich chocolate flavor. Very sweet and viscous. Near perfect barrel aged stout flavors here. There's some booziness present, but the rich, sweet flavors keep the alcohol from being a "hot" distraction. I could see this one turning into something even greater with a little age on it. This one is a bit of a sipper, but even if it was not, I would demand that this brew be sipped and savored. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, minimal carbonation. Super creamy mouthfeel. Finishes a bit sweet, but it is not overly sweet at all. 4.5/5

Overall: Really expensive, but really delicious. If I am shelling out more than $10 per 12 oz, this is exactly the experience I want to have. I would absolutely buy this beer again, even though it retails at $20 (after tax) for one drink's worth.

Recommendation: Seek this beer out and save it for a special occasion.

Pairings: Chocolate chip pancakes.

Cost: $17.99 for a 355 ml bottle. (2,639 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very, very dark brown - only really a dagger of dark brown piercing the body when held up to the light. Head is ochre, quite listless but leaving some nice trails behind. A swirl is quite effective in reviving it. Small bubbles, not too dense. Yeah, good colour, pretty good everything else.

Smells quite dark, yet not roasty. Lots of chocolate, dark and cocoa-esque with a Tia Maria edge. Yeah, very sweet, dark and liqueury, a touch of milk coffee and Irish cream almost and a big dollop of coconut lingering at the back. A really very fascinating smell, and very enticing.

Taste is quite sweet as well. Lots of chocolate, dark and sweet with some nectar notes on the front, and a touch of orange peel with more of that Tia Maria liqueuriness. Sweet, though, and nicely weighted with an obvious alcohol that only asserts itself through the fullness of the body and never gets hot. Pleasant touches of marshmallow with more Irish cream, caramel, some touches of cinnamon, milk coffee, and some hop notes towards the back giving apple characteristics. Some shiraz wine notes as well, berries and pepper, oh it's just intoxicatingly good. Wow. This is a cracker of a beer.

If a beer is this nice, I will drink it. It's a heavy drop and one for sharing, but it's amazing, so smooth, so tasty. (1,301 characters)

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