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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,457
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 316
Gots: 478 | FT: 57
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.

(Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010)
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I finally decided to crack this open last night. I have been holding on to this for a special occasion. Last night seemed like as good a time as any.

This appears a dark Ruby brown with a thin crisp mocha head... wasn't expecting this much carbonation... looking pretty good...

Sweet dark fruits soaked in booze.... hints of cocoa here and there but the fruit is the main player here... traces of booze here and there... the bourbon packs a wallop in the aroma dept also... nothing subdued about this at all... in your face all the way...

I will admit that the first few sips were some of the most delicious I've ever experienced from a beer... deep dark chocolate covered raisins tinged with traces of bourbon and brown sugar and vanilla... truly astounding... unfortunately it didn't last. This is still an amazing brew but the sheer booziness quickly numbed my senses and I didn't enjoy the second half of the bottle anywhere near as much as the first... rather sweet and cloying and became a chore to get thru honestly... maybe a little more time? This was bottled in 2011 so im wondering if I should have sat on this for a little longer...

A good effort but not a great one... too boozy and sweet for its own good...

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 21:24:07 | More by Tilley4
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3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
12.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks to sweemzander for yet another brew!

A - Totally black with a low off tan head, tiny spots of lace cling to the glass but no real retention or head at all.

S - Warm alcohol surrounds the roasted black malt and molasses nose with a touch of maple syrup sweetness. Barrel brandy and wood is pretty strong in this one.

T - Heavy, sweet maple and molasses with thick chocolate and brandy alcohol to the finish.

M - Full-bodied and rich with a mild carbonation finish. Smooth but not and boozy.

O - Not bad, but this beer was certainly nothing special in a sea of heavy, boozy, strong beers.

Serving type: bottle

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3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very vigorous pour produces a one-finger thick, nicely browned, concentrated tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer pours with a dark chocolate brown color that sits in my glass with an opaque, concentrated brown, almost black color. The aroma smells of toasted coconut, vanillin, tart Bourbon, ample oak spiciness and warming, spicy, almost hot alcohol that even burns the nostrils a bit. Rich, molasses like flavors mix with malty carob notes and a huge toasted whole grain character up front (though subservient to the Barrel notes), while the finish has a roasted, slightly acrid, aroma of burnt grain and a touch of brown sugar coated espresso beans. A roasted nutty note starts tom come out with a bit of time. There is almost a vinous quality to the nose (it is wrapped up in the tart barrel character), and now that I have noticed it, it almost seems like a lactic (or something similar, definitely not acetic) acidity, though this is fairly soft. As the beer warms the spicy, hot alcohol becomes much more apparent in the nose.

Fairly thick and rich feeling, this is a beer with some definite viscosity to, this is backed by a slight, nicely supporting prickle of carbonation, that is on the light side for you average beer, but is just about perfect for this particular beer. The beer has lots of Barrel derived flavors in the middle through to the finish and the long finish after a sip has a drying, dark chocolate bitterness and smooth burnt malt bitterness to it that lingers on the mouth with just a bit of char. Up front there is an almost tart Bourbon, or perhaps Brandy character that melds into a toasted coconut and dense, creamy texture accentuating, vanillin flavor, and a big chocolate flavor in the middle. The finish really, really reminds me of the after taste from a Bourbon, this isn't necessarily a good thing though as the finish is a bit hot, somewhat tart / vinous and has the spicy oakiness to it; because of this finish the beer seems to end a bit thin despite the rich, chewy body that is noticeable as the beer is in the mouth. As the beer warms up it accentuates the harsher, hot alcohol flavors to the detriment of the rounder, more integrated lush characters that the beer had.

A nice beer, I like the complexity that it has, even if some of it can seem a bit dubious at times (the tartness can seem a bit out of place at times, even though I don't think this is in any way infected). It does seem to prove out my growing feeling that beers over a certain alcohol percentage should not be Barrel aged as they get too hot and boozy (which this one does). This would be quite the enjoyable beer in small doses; the first 2-4 ounces of this beer were much better than what the beer ended up being. Still this is not bad, and even has its enjoyable moments.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 14:32:36 | More by Gueuzedude
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District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz cork and caged bottle. 2010 bottle.

Hard, vigorous pour produces a thin, fleeting light tan head that faded to a thin collar with no lace on top of an opaque, still and viscous milk chocolate. Strong, barrel heavy and boozy nose, dominated by brandy and vanilla, raisin, plum and brown sugar. Medium full body with trace, light carbonation. For this type of beer the lack of carbonation isn't a problem but for this particular beer wears out my tolerance for the flavor quickly. Still extremely hit and boozy, with a very sweet profile, Belgian yeast, raisin, molasses, vanilla, brandy and chocolate malt. Carbonation would help, but this would still be a chore to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 01:39:52 | More by yourefragile
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New York

3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011 bottle

A- aggresively poured into snifter with no head whatsoever, black as night in color.

S- still has a great amount of bourbon, slight brandy aroma. Some funk and tart on the nose.

T- decent amounts of bourbon and brandy up front followed by a slight vanilla and chocolately finish. Little dry at the end and can't taste any alcohol on this one.

M- coats pretty well but does not stick around too long.

O- decent for a two yr vintage bottle. Wish I had this fresh to compare. Price is pretty steep but well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 04:06:17 | More by Hammdesigns
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3.61/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing a vintage 2011 bottle

First of all this is a pretty pricey bottle and depending where you get it , this can range from $14.99 - $19.99 . That being said , it's completely worth every penny.

I have had the 2013 earlier this year and I was excited to see what two years would do to this beer. Deliverance is probably one of my most favorite beer that's from lost abbey . I must say after two years the carbonation is completely nonexistence and the flavor have fallen off a bit . Personally I didn't feel as thought some of the original notes were there anymore and even the bourbon taste itself was very little . It smelled amazing and you can't taste any booziness at all with this baby but given what it tasted like I would recommend drinking this one fresh and if you plan to age it don't let it go pass two years,but then again my reviews are subjective to the bottle I got and my taste so don't hesitate to grab this beer . Don't be scared off by the price tag, well worth the cost .

Cheers !

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 07:32:22 | More by Charliechu
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3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into a snifter

A: Very dark brown, pretty much black with a finger of lively head that sticks around for a while.

S: Strong bourbon up front with dark chocolate, roast, and toffee. Very nice, but lacking a bit in complexity.

T: Dark chocolate and toffee up front with brandy in the background. A bit on the dry side and quite boozy.

M: A tad thin with adequate and fairly creamy carbonation. Could be more full bodied.

O: Rarely do I feel like a beer needs to be aged, but this beer is very boozy and I believe it could develop some with age. Still decent, but I think I'll lay a couple of these down for a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:57:49 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.