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Deliverance | The Lost Abbey

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DeliveranceDeliverance
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

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.

Added by drummstikk on 08-09-2010

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Reviews: 432 | Ratings: 1,904
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When on tap these LA beers can be so much nicer appearance and mouthfeel wise. This one hit those brown and black notes, tan head, 3/5". Sweet boozy, bourbony, malty aroma, with mild oak impressions.

This one blends a lot of good stuff, chocolate malt, bourbon, brandy sweetness, char, vanilla, toffee, caramel.

Very nice, but still not gonna buy bottles of it. Draft only for me, customer service too poor, price too high to take a chance on bottles.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2014

a: nothing beautiful to look at. Hardly any head whatsoever. Hardly any lacing whatsoever.
s: bourbon, dark fruits. candied sugar
t: bourbon, cherries, chocolate.
m: low carbonation. slightly syrupy. medium body.
o: An interesting beer which I quite enjoyed. The blend works well in creating an unique beer. The one negative is I wish it had a touch more carbonation. A sipper in the best way however. I recommend giving this beer a try. Perfect accompaniment for contemplating on a winter evening.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap.

A - Pours flat looking engine oil color with a minimal, thin, tan colored lacing.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, toasted caramel, toffee, candy sugar.

T - Very boozy. Cherries, vanilla, dry oak, bourbon, molasses.

M - Thick medium body, viscous, sticky, lightly syrupy.

O - Very memorable and in a good way.

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Photo of stevoj
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Chris, 2004 vintage. Aroma wraps up the ABV, fruity essence, dark pit fruit, oily slick body. Quad? Delicious? Yea! Aged exceptionally well.

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Photo of christiancaldeira
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Coconut & vanilla from bourbon barrel aging, roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate.
Taste: Big malts, vanilla, coffee, oak, chocolate. Not getting much of the brandy barrel aging from the Angel's Share half of the mix.

I've had it on tap at the brewery and loved it. The latest bottle I had seemed flat in comparison. I have a 2014 vintage cellaring. Hopefully it'll still hold its (albeit limited) carbonation after a few months to a year in the cellar.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As soon as the cork pops off Deliverance a gentle CO2 cloud creeps out of the bottle smelling faintly of bourbon and brandy. It pours a velvety black with a brown creamy head. Deliverance tastes of bourbon, brandy, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, oak and cinnamon.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with nothing more than a light tan ring and some alcohol legs. Notes of bitter dark chocolate, espresso, bourbon, fig, date, over ripe black cherry, brandy, light oak and vanilla. Medium body, lighter than expected, low carbonation and a very lush feel that works its way to coat the entire palate. Fantastic beer. I sat on this one for over a year and opened it on my sons birthday as a night cap. Great finisher to a great day. Great dessert beer with powerful and complex flavor.

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Photo of DrSpaceman
2.57/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from bottle into snifter. Pours flat black, no head. Smell is sulfur, booze, stale. Taste is molasses, booze, oxidation, disappointment? Feel is kind of thin. Overall, it tastes medicinal. Not entirely bummed, I got the bottle on deep discount and had been wanting to review it.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle. Pours black with no head, thin ring that leaves spoyy lace. Aroma is a bit boozy with bourbon bad brandy overtaking roasted notes. Taste is intense, fairly complex with cherry, wine notes, light smoke, raisins, all surrounded by brandy and booze. Very tasty as a sipper. Mouthfeel is thin to medium but slick. Very good brew, would drink (or preferably split) another one in a heartbeat.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-wise, this beer makes a bold statement. It is gives up a bit of dotted lace, then becomes a monolithic black with a narrow ring of bubbles around the glass on top of the beer. Aroma is supreme - really a world class combo of whiskey, malt and toffee. This is one of the best out there in terms of how it smells. Taste is not as complex as I expected, but is still very good. Mouth feel is lacking. I really would have expected a fuller, more robust mouth full. It could use a little more carbonation too. Overall very good, but this is in a crowded space. I am glad I had it and wish I could have another. :)

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

What I would like to call a motor oil beer, I was expecting something a little lighter, but pours a thick slugedy black. Vanilla notes, lots of raisin and soy sauce. Nice beer but expect something heavy and full bodied.

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Photo of BWood
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another solid showing from The Lost Abbey. Not sure if I like this one better than the angels share alone though. Boozy up front like most of their higher abv beers are. Seems like they like to hit you with the booze hard. Can definitely taste both the bourbon and brandy. Great beer but high price point, $15.99 for 12.7oz

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Photo of ljjpowers
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love the molasses/syrup feel of this one. Delicious mix of bourbon/brandy booziness off the nose and tongue. Vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, wood. Lingering alcohol aftertaste. Very solid.

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Photo of rockernino
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark brown/black color with a dark red/brown tint on the edges. Smell is HUGE bourbon sweetness with hints of brandy. Flavor is big on the bourbon (almost BCBS-like, with a tad less fruitiness) with some dark fruit and chocolate notes on the finish. Alcohol is detectable, but not hot. Mouthfeel is medium to medium heavy with a some light carbonation. Still pricey for $15, but it's a nice treat. I'd happily pick this up again.

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Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popped the cork with no hiss. Poured straight down the glass and no head. We have a flat one here folks. Tthis is the second time I've bought a $15+ stout from these guys that wasn't carbonated so I'm kind of dissapointed. Not sure how many more of these I will purchase from this brewery. Anyway, smell is plesent. Vanilla, roasted malts,coffee and a bit of coconut. Taste follows the nose but with some raisens and prunes. Also, get some heat from the alcohol as it goes down but not a ton so that's rather enjoyable. Mouthfeel is rich, full and slick. Overall it was a very nice beer I just wish it was cornonated, even just a little bit.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks rich and black in ny snifter.
Smell is fantastic and complex. Yeast, dark fruit, oak, plum, fig, chocolate, molasses, nuts.
Taste is a strong, burning version of the scent, but leaning more toward dark vinous notes, vanilla, some molasses. Still complex, and chewy. As it warms more cocoa and oak burn lingers, and certainly some vanilla. Fairly dry- ending.
This is a master class beer that we cannot buy in TX. I'm lucky to have decided on picking up a bottle while visiting the family in NJ.

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Photo of stortore
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce bottle, 2014A batch, into a snifter.

Pours dark, opaque, thick looking. No head, little lacing. Smell is great- bourbon, a little brandy, malts, some cherries, vanilla, oak. Taste continues the bourbon- although the brandy has dropped out. Maybe a hint of it on the back end at room temp. Also malts, vanilla, oak, plums, a little bit of chocolate. Pretty boozy for a year or so. Good body, a definite tongue coater.

This is really good and I'm giving it a high rating, but for some reason I was expecting more out of this. Certainly worth a try, but- and this is a bigger "but" than I usually give, the price point is really high for what you get.

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Photo of GSSW88
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow just lovely, but be warned.... This is a boozy beer! Pours a very dark thick black with a nice brown, as someone below stated, mocha colored head. Smell was great! Roasted grains, small hint of dark fruits like raisins and plums, TONS of vanilla-y American oak, bourbon, brandy, and of course, alcohol. Taste was mostly bourbon and oak, roasted grains. Not a lot of hop characters, really tastes like a stout with a few shots of bourbon. Lovely taste and such a great mouthfeel. Nice and thick, really coats your mouth, very low carbonation. Nice burn from the alcohol. My only issue with this beer is the price tag for such a small bottle. $18 for a 12oz bottle? Won't be buying this on a consistent basis but definitely will get this again when I want to treat myself.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Vintage 2014A.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with no head, rather just a thick ring around the edge of the glass and nearly no surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Signature Lost Abbey yeast aroma with notes of heavy dark roast and some brown sugar and vanilla from the barrel.

T- Maple, more brown sugar and some chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate aftertaste with some light char. After a while, some vanilla and marshmallow show up. Very smooth for the ABV. More milk chocolate and raisin characteristics come through as it warms.

M- Silky smooth with low carbonation and a robustly full body.

O- I don't know what it is, but none of the sought-after Lost Abbey beers strike a big chord with me. The only thing I can figure is it's their house yeast, because all their non-Belgian and non-Brett beers have this strange layer of flavor I can't describe that just doesn't agree with me. Don't get me wrong, this is great beer, especially for how well the alcohol is concealed. It just isn't in that upper echelon of awesomeness with some of my favorite BA beers. And none of the other barrel-aged Lost Abbey brews I've tried (Older Viscosity, Agave Maria) are either.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a silky black with a touch of a mocha colored head. Lays still in the glass. Barrel notes all over the nose! Chocolate, oak, bourbon, brandy, caramelized apples, coconut. So much going on here. Flavor follows through with more subtlety than the nose. Lots of charred malts. Some sweet fruit character would lead you believe it was port barrel aged as well. Body is thick and rich with a fair amount of heat, but doesn't feel like it is kicking your ass.
Overall, this was pretty solid. The nose blew me away, and while all the flavors were there, they were more tame than I had hoped.

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Photo of BradC
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin head. Smells boozy, bourbon,vanilla. Taste is over the top boozy,brandy and bourbon. Don't taste much of the beer. Overall, good if you like bourbon and or brandy, I wish more of the beer came through.

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Photo of Shon4star
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glass-Firestone Teku

2014 vintage

A- Dark brown, with a 1 finger head that fades quickly leaving film on the glass.

S- Bourbon is the most predominant, Charred oak,Dark fruit, toffee and a slight vanilla note.

T- Just like it smelled. Bourbon right there. Vanilla, Oak, and some raisins and cherry.

M- I like the heat. Its very will balanced. Moderate carbonation. It is a thicker beer and coats the palate very well.

O- A great bourbon barrel brew by Lost Abbey. Very well balanced and also a great beer to share.

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Photo of poorbuthappy
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Did a taste test with 2 different bottles - Vintages 2013 A and 2014 A. Poured into snifters. Here are my notes on each. My rating reflects the 2014 vintage.

2013 A:

A - 4.25 Deep dark brown, opaque. Poured with a tan film of foam that completely faded away.

S - 4.75 Vanilla, oak, bourbon, toffee and hints of dark fruits (raisins, dates). Also a hint of slight butteriness.

T - 4.5 Sweet oak, vanilla and toffee. Bourbon heat. Raisins and dried cherries. Hints of charred malts and dark chocolate.

M - 4.5 Incredibly smooth despite the notable heat from the alcohol. Very little carbonation. Silky and sticky, coats the mouth completely.

O - 4.5 Fantastic, though I like a little more carbonation. My friend considers this vintage one of the best beers he has ever tasted. The aroma is simply sublime. Taste is very complex, easily on par with a good red wine.

2014 A:

A - 4.5 Deep dark brown and opaque like the 2013. Poured a finger of tan head that eventually reduced to a thin ring of foam. Notably more lacing than the 2013.

S - 4.75 Much sharper than the 2013. Dark fruit and cherry up front with vanilla and brandy right behind. After a few sniffs oak becomes apparent. Bourbon in the background. Hints of chocolate.

T - 4.75 Dark fruit, oak, vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Hints of toffee. Much more alcohol heat than the 2013. Dark fruit, oak and toffee lingers on the palate long after swallowing.

M - 4.5 Smooth given the ABV, but not as smooth as the 2013. Noticeably more carbonation than the 2013 bottle. Silky, but not nearly as sticky as the 2013. Feels a bit lighter overall, but I prefer the higher carbonation level.

O - 4.75 Also amazing. I prefer this vintage between the two. The flavors synergise amazingly well and the beer is very drinkable despite the ABV. Easily worth the $17 price tag.
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Summary - Both vintages are excellent, but they are definitely different. Regardless, well worth the asking price in either case. Great beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown where no light shall pass. No head and no lace. It looks like an after dinner beverage.

Very see et, like a cross between a port and a Framboise (with no sourness).

Strong alcohol and cloyingly sweet dark cocoa flavor. Definitely a "beer" to drink by the fire. Think brandy snifter with a carbonated, raspberry tinged after dinner liqueur. Rich, rich body but with a decent level of carbonation. Long raisiny aftertaste.

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Photo of Goatdavemac
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer that I have ever had. Drank it at room temp in snifters, and was blown away. Way better than any other Barrel Aged beer that I have had.

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