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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,702
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 349
Gots: 532 | FT: 50
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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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Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Arsenal0328
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of Hammdesigns
3.56/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of Charliechu
3.61/5  rDev -16.2%
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 !

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of magictacosinus
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Included in the first monthly "Beermageddon Night" with several people. Review is from my notes. I cannot thank Jon enough for bringing this to the tasting. Poured into a teku glass from a 375ml bottle. No bottling date, unfortunately, although this monster of a beer could probably age forever.

First off, we all know that the Lost Abbey is notorious for the under-carbonated beers, but this is ridiculous. It took about half a minute of struggling to take out the cork, and when it did, it dully opened with no pop of carbonation whatsoever. Pours absolutely no head to speak off, with a dark, almost violet looking film at the edges. It's pretty much opaque, but there's an interesting density change that happens at the center of the glass, ranging from black to a lightly tinged brown at the edges when held against the light. No alcohol leggings. When I got the dregs, there were some bubbles that showed up on the rim. A particularly intimidating looking beer indeed.

The smell, in particular, is ridiculously intense. Classic Lost Abbey raisin notes, plums, bourbon, brandy sweetness, chocolate, raspberries, blueberries, and syrupy sweetness piled way under a massive boozy backbone. I'm a huge fan of Serpent's Stout, and while I've never had Angel's Share, nor either of them aged in the respective barrels featured here, luckily the stout backbone in this beer seems to be winning. Maybe it's the power of bourbon, but regardless, it produces a more bready, roasted flavor that I find appealing over the presumably opposite intended reaction, which would be candied and vinous. Not bad at all, but definitely intense.

The flavor takes the insanity to the next level. This has a ton of heat! Flavors include chocolate, raisins, vanilla, charred wood (from SS), and vinous, fruity, candied flavors from AS. The brandy and bourbon in particular meld in a hedonistic way, to say the very least. Absolutely an explosion of all kinds of flavors that do indeed go well together, but still overwhelm the senses with the amount of alcohol dryness and soaked sweetness that occurs with every sip. This is one of the ultimate sipping beers I think I've had by them. I absolutely took my time with this thing throughout my small portion, and still felt the heat by the end. Totally nuts.

How does one review a beer this insane? I'm very glad I divided this with three other people. There's no way I could get through a bottle of this on my own. I would honestly suggest sitting on this for some time to let the heat drop a bit. The stout bourbon and brandy notes are really one of a kind here, but I must warn everyone of their overwhelming characteristics before drinking. This is definitely an ideal digestif, but is better consumed in small portions. Can't say I'd have it again any time soon, but I'm glad I got to try it. There's something to be said about recipes this ambitious in craft beer.

Photo of nkersten
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a new belgium snifter. Color is opaque black/very dark brown, with a thin mocha head that fades to the outer edge. Looks identical to Angel's Share, but with carbonation. Smell is bourbon off the bat followed by lots of brandy. No surprise there, but it is nice. Lots of alcohol heat and a tiny bit of chocolate. Taste is a great blend of the brandy and bourbon with a strong hot finish. Slightly bitter, lasting flavor is of milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is VERY light carbonation and a heavy, coating feel. For the style it is appropriate, but just barely fizzy. Drinkability is low for this one due to the abv - its very filling. The complex malt and barrel flavors keep me wanting more though.

Photo of DaveHS
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into an oversized red wine glass. Pours cola brown with 1/4 inch of chocolate milk colored head. Leaves almost no lacing.

S-Smells heavily of Angel's Share. An oak bomb. Slightly phenolic.

T/M-Tastes like a slightly roastier Angel's Share. All oak up front. Some of the roasty malts come through mid-palate, but there's a lack of complexity here. Body is soft, like heavy whipping cream. The finish falls off. Surprisingly abrupt.

D-There is a real arrogance in charging $20 for a 12oz bottle of this. Who do Lost Abbey think they're fooling? This beer is ridiculously overpriced, for how little complexity it has. Ultimately it's pretty good, but feels incomplete and underdone. This is why I rarely buy Tomme's limited releases.

Photo of sweemzander
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick pitch black color. Produced a thin layer of tan foam that dissipated to bubbles.

(S)- A rich brown sugar and dry oaky bready bourbon notes. Slightly sweet.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Very sweet and rich with alot of caramel and brown sugar in this. Definitely has taken on some bourbon and oaky qualities.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A decent balance. Very sweet and rich. Lots of bourbon-like aspects. A tad boozy.

(D)- A good strong ale. Sweet and rich, but definitely not worth the high price tag.

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at fresh craft in denver 3/1/13

A: murky dark brown with sticky lacing. Long lasting tan head. Looks like used engine oil

S: a mix of barrel aged spirits. Super boozy. Bourbon, brandy, rum, scotch, you name it, they're all here. Some roast and chocolate come out as it warms

T: more booze up front. I'm tempted to add an ice cube it's so much like scotch. It's oily and thicker, but really boozy. Lots of caramel sweetness comes out too. It also has a ton of honey and figs. That flavor seems to always come out in aged, slightly oxidized strong ales. The booze is slightly overpowering for me.

M: thick, oily, coating. Lots of residual sugar here.

O: I love both beers individually, but this is a bourbon bomb. A little less alcohol and barrel character would bring this one in my own personal tolerance. Glad to try it, but once is prob. Good.

Photo of waltonc
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to OtakuAle for the trade. Pours dark brown with plenty of carbonation. Smells a lot like Angels Share - loads of bourbon, vanilla, fruit, spice. Tastes quite good - bourbon, caramel, vanilla, fruit. A sweet malt bomb. Tons of alcohol is present in the flavor and it's really hot. About as conspicuous a burning hot alcohol beer as I can recall having had. That said, this is a nice sipper and is easily shared with a friend despite being only 375 ml. Body is on the thick side with medium carbonation appropriate for the style. Overall, I like this beer, but for the price and given the alcohol heat, one is enough for me.

Photo of harrymel
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010

No audible pop at corking. Pours like spent oil - inky black-brown with heavy viscosity and little sign of carbonation. Lots of prune, caramel, bourbon and brandy, raisin, figs, and hints of cinnamon sugar in this one. Really pretty nose. Profoundly rich flavored beer: caramel, tawny, bitterness (surprised), nougat, chocolate - light, bourbon, figs, sugar and slight booze. Quite still on the mouthfeel, a slight effervescence. Warm and dry finish with a long standing flavor residual.

I'm a bit torn here. The smell and flavor of the beer are top notch, but the look and mouthfeel are far from superior. I wish the beer was just slightly cabonated - previous bottles I've had were.

Photo of zhanson88
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown -- almost black -- color with about a quarter inch of dark tan head. Retention is just decent, and lacing is minimal. Legs are very good, however.

Smell: I get a lot of dark caramel scents in this beer. Also, lighter leather, smoke, tobacco and baker's chocolate. Vanilla is present, as well as scents of brandy and bourbon heat. It smells pretty delicious.

Taste: Lots of dark caramel and vanilla come to the forefront on the palate. Also some very light smoke and leather. The back end is highlighted by a boozy kick. I find that the bourbon and brandy clash more on the palate than on the nose. I've let this one sit for a while and I still don't find a great balance between them. If the finish was a bit smoother I would have loved it.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is medium bodied with very fine carbonation; overall experience seems kind of thin. Pretty slick and oily feel in the mouth. Overall, this beer was almost there for me. A little less confusion between the brandy and bourbon would have made for a phenomenal beer. As it is, I call it pretty good but not outstanding.

Photo of hippityhops85
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml, hilariously labeled bottle into a snifter.

Appearance is a black, oily color with a light brown head that quickly dissipates leaving an oily slick on the top of the beer.

The nose is full of bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate, and a little smokiness.

The taste is a confusion of the brandy and the bourbon. There are strong vanilla notes but this beer is confusing me as to what it wants to be. The dark fruits come out mid palate.

I kind of wanted more viscosity from this beer, it seemed a tad thin. At the same time, the carbonation was spot on.

All in all, kinda wish I let this one ride a little more. I think it will figure itself out with age and actually get a job.

Photo of Bubba83
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

375ml bottle into an Allagash glass.

A very dark brown body, nearly black, topped off by a two finger widths, dark tan, creamy looking head. The head holds well, and there's a bit of lacing going on too.

The aroma is nice, there's a big cherry/vanilla component, maybe some oaky/ashy quality there in the background too. Tobacco leaf. I'm missing a lot of the smell I'd expect from the Imperial Stout.

Tastes nice too, alcoholic cherries and vanilla hit first, followed by some milk chocolate and caramel. The oak is present, along with a sweet sugary quality of brown sugar and raisins. The end of the sip is pretty hot though, negatively impacting what is otherwise a great flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy, quite viscous indeed. The richness and smoothness give it a real dessert type feel, very nice to swirl around the mouth. I don't think it could be improved upon, the carbonation level is spot on as well. Perfect marks.

The heat makes this one drink rather poorly. I've had this problem with a lot of Lost Abbey beers before. The alcohol heat seems to be present from start to finish, and by the swallow it's not a warming sensation but an actual unpleasant flash of heat moving down my throat. Reminds me a lot of Santa's Little Helper, which also has this problem. With many more years on this, who knows, this could be sorted out, but this was the only negative aspect of an otherwise great beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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