Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,812
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 371
Gots: 555 | FT: 51
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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:
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 spoony
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle (vintage 2013 b) into a chalice.

A-The beer pours heavily, like motor oil, and produces no head; just a thin collar of dark brown bubbles. There is no carbonation visible through the espresso-colored liquid.

S-The smell is appropriately boozy with big doses of vanilla, caramel, and oak.I also detect some roasted coffee and chocolate flavors, as well as booze-soaked dark fruit. The brew is quite sweet.

T-The taste is similar to the smell, with obvious-but-not-annoying booze warmth mixing with the caramel sweetness, macerated cherry flavors, vanilla, and chocolate. There is a bit of roast coffee-like bitterness on the finish. The brew is pretty complex, as it should be at 12.5% ABV.

M-The feel is surprisingly light. Perhaps it is just the alcoholic nature of the beer, but I could have used a bit more heft. Carbonation is light, pretty soft, and fine.

O-This is a tasty, almost-stout like ale. I really enjoyed the bourbon/brandy character here, as it was assertive and complex, without being overwhelming. You can really taste the booze, but you know you are drinking a beer. The feel was a little strange, but not entirely awful. With a sweet and boozy flavor, this is a solid dessert option.

Photo of BergBeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Look: Opaque black with a creamy mocha head. Quite an active beer for being barrel aged

Smell: Lots of chocolate and vanilla on the nos.! Getting chocolate, vanilla, lots of oak, dark cherries, brandy, prunes, and more dark chocolate. Lots of booze on the nose. Smells great.

Taste: Huge vanilla, dark chocolate, chocolate covered cherries, brandy soaked prunes, and dark pitted fruit on the tongue followed by big oak and brandy. The bourbon is there but is masked quite a bit by the brandy. Taste fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Big and thick. The beer covers the mouth and heats the throat going down. It's sweet but not too sweet as the earthy oak notes mellow it out real nice. Booze is definitely there keeping it a sipper but not too much and pleasantly so. The finish had lots of sweet red wine notes with more chocolate and the brandy shines through as it warms.

Overall: One tasty barrel aged brew. All the notes shine individually and really dig the chocolate covers dark fruit and brandy notes. But the oak and vanilla make this brew shine stand out and I really enjoy it! Some people have complained about carb issues on this but I've had none.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 8-oz. draft
Glass: Tulip
From: KnB Wine Cellars in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $6.00 (Wednesday deal)
Purchased: Aug. 7, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 7, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a black color with 1-to-2 fingers of tan caramel head. Sporadic lacing on the sides on the way down, good retention on the top.

Smelled bourbon, caramel, toffee, chocolate, espresso and boozy alcohol.

Tasted caramel, toffee, maple syrup, Bailey’s Irish Cream and butterscotch. So damn smooth. Alcohol is well-hidden for 12 percent, but still a liquorish finish.

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish.

Wow! Just phenomenal. So glad I tried it and can’t wait until I do it again.

Photo of zac16125
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lost Abbey Deliverance
12.7oz bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku
there is a printed on vintage but it has partially rubber off; assuming this is the latest vintage though

Thanks to coreyfmcdonald for sending this one my way!

A: Pours a very dark brown, really almost black when its sitting in the glass, with 1 fingers width of mocha colored head which quickly dissipates down to an outer ring. Leaves effectively no lacing, but some alcohol legs.

S: Old ale aromas of sweet caramel/toffee, dark fruits, and cocoa; coupled with big barrel notes of both bourbon and brandy. Oak, vanilla, big bourbon and sweet brandy. No one thing dominates, its all integrated and balanced so well. I also get some roasted malts and a bit of booze. Really an incredible aroma.

T: Roast malts, bakers chocolate, and coffee are the first flavors I get. Next are some dark fruits and brandy. Oak and bourbon linger in the aftertaste. Its quite boozy, but not in a bad way, the booze balances this out. There is a bitterness as well that is somewhat of an off flavor for me, but overall very good.

M/D: Full bodied, chewy but not necessarily thick, carbonation is appropriate but on the higher end of the spectrum for such a big beer (not sure what others are talking about who say its flat/under carbonated), and gives a full body warming sensation. ABV is noticeable, but in a good way, and theres really no heat. All things considered drinkability is actually quite good.

O: Overall, a great beer from top to bottom. The highlight is the aroma, which is divine. Full disclosure, Im kind of a whore for big booze beers, especially when aged in barrels, but I did really dig this one.

Photo of RyanLaw
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours very dark brown with a small amount of tan head just around the edge of the glass.

S - Vanilla, oak, brandy and bourbon.

T - Strong, rich and sweet, some alcohol burn.

M - Medium to full bodied with some carbonation.

O - Very dark and boozy and as someone who likes bourbon, enjoyed it. Delicious and easy to drink despite the alcohol content. Overpriced in my opinion at $17 but a very good beer nonetheless.

Photo of sureshot08
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
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).

Photo of mahak213
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours dark brown, verging on black, and sits black in the glass with just a bit of light making it through the edges of the glass. No head to speak of... no surprise there.

Smell- Vanilla and oak, sweet booze, cocoa, caramel, and a bit of butterscotch. Booze isn't hidden at all, but it works in a cohesive way

Taste- Molasses and dark fruit, some cocoa, and lots of well integrated booze. Very sweet, has a slight burnt sugar taste leading to a mildly bitter dark chocolate finish

Mouthfeel-Full, sticky, syrupy, and completely still. Some light carbonation would be nice.

Overall- Good stuff, but the lack of carbonation in my bottle really held things back.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deliverance pours a almost blackish color with a small head. There is a brandy like, barrel like, spicy malty aroma. The taste has nice strong wood and smokey notes, malty, with hints of a dark wine like flavors. Very nice complete body. Overall an awesome beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good carbonation and some lacing. Aroma consists of bourbon with residual sugar notes and caramelized sugars. Taste is also dominated by bourbon notes with some caramelized malt and quite a lot of residual sugars. Some dried fruits and light chocolate notes are also perceptible. Body is full with great carbonation and surprisingly no apparent alcohol. Nice nightcap style beer.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.33/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tulip.

Opening this bottle I had to practically use a set of pliers to get the cork out. It is easy to tell even before I opened it that there would be no carbonation in this bottle. When I finally got it open and poured it aggressively, my fears were confirmed. The beer has an onyx black color with just a few stray bubbles that happened to form from the beer sloshing around in the glass.

Rich chocolate cake, bourbon, and brandy are all strong in the nose. Vanilla, roasted malt, and a bit of alcohol come through as well.

The flavors are unfortunately flattened out by the lack of carbonation. Each sip starts with dark and sweet chocolate, sweet bourbon, and brandy, with vanilla and roasted malt adding some depth in the middle. The end has a little jolt of alcohol, and the rest of the flavors really fall off into a watery finish. Again, the lack of carbonation leads to problems.

The mouthfeel is disappointing, mostly because it is totally flat. The beer has the thickness and complexity to warrant a nice, thick, viscious, and creamy mouthfeel, and it comes up way short. Instead, it feels thick and syrupy.

I imagine this could be an incredible beer if it actually had carbonation in it. Lesson learned - do not spend money on flat Lost Abbey bottles.

Photo of Smurf2055
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter, no head, dark but not impy stout dark.

Strong brandy vanilla smell, reminiscent of the angels share.

Bold smokey flavors up front, vanilla and oak, bourbon and brandy, getting a lot more of the strong ale than the stout.

Very interesting, will try it again, despite the price tag.

Photo of vfgccp
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark coffee body. Khaki head settles quickly into a thin halo with low lace.

S - Espresso, cola, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, hazel nut, molasses, leather, anise. Outrageous complexity and balance.

T - Dark 70% chocolate, medium roast coffee, cream, caramel, vanilla, hazel nuts, cola, Brazil nuts, chard barrels, dark bourbon, warm woody booze.

M - Creamy, medium body with bright carbonation.

O - A stellar blend.

Photo of Odysseyalien
3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I give this a "3" because part of my problem with this brew is that it tastes more like a liquor rather than beer. Maybe not a fair judgment but if I want a liquor, I'll get a liquor. I don't care for saison's either cause they taste too much like soda. If I want a soda, I'll get a soda.

I like some strong ales...this isn't one of 'em. I couldn't even finish the glass I poured and I'm sorry about that. Big disappointment. :(

Photo of BrianJohnson
2.7/5  rDev -37.4%
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.

Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a thick looking deep dark brown, almost black in the glass. Topped with a thin skim of tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring.

Smell. Very woody bourbon, buttery caramel candy, leather, and some chocolate and vanilla.

Taste. Big bourbon and vanilla, caramel candy, old wood, butterscotch, cocoa powder. Quite sweet, boozy, and very rich.

Mouthfeel. Full body with low carbonation.

Overall. A massive beer with tons of barrel influence. Nice to find an appropriate amount of carbonation (though that should never be a welcomed surprise...).

Photo of KFBR392
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a medium body and zero head. Pitch black in the glass. This beer has a very menacing and intimidating look, the high ABV would lend toward this look.

Smell: A heavy bourbon front hits right away. Maple syrup and molasses can be detected. Some unique sweetness from the brandy barrels but overall the bourbon is the biggest player in the aroma.

Taste: The lack of carbonation really makes this one drink like a glass of bourbon or cognac. The front hits with a thickness and taste of maple syrup. Molasses and bourbon hit during the body. While many of the flavors make you thing of a stout. the body reminds you that this is a strong ale, does not have the thickness of a stout. Sweetness from the brandy kicks in during the back end of this beer. The high ABV leaves the palette dry.

Mouthfeel: Dry, the lack of carbonation makes this a unique one.

Overall: I've always wanted to try some of the harder to obtain Lost Abbey products and I'm glad paid the high price tag for this one. A unique strong ale that has some very good barrel accents. The body is a little thin and some of the flavor get a little lost.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml bottle that I only bought because I found it for $11, I feel bad for anyone who paid $17 because this beer is way overpriced. Black color, a decent head, it was not completely flat! Aroma was a bit of booze and malt, meh. Flavor was barrel and grapes, I mostly tasted the angel's share because I kept thinking of cognac. Decent beer but ridiculously overpriced even at $11. Booo.

Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown color with minimal tan head and minimal lacing

S-bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, molasses

T-dark malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, chocolate, molasses, bourbon,hint of coffee

F-medium to full body with minimal carbonation, rich and smooth, a little boozy

O-delicious, really enjoyed sipping this one, the blend seems to work well

Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 375ml bottle into a snifter glass. This is over a year old.

A: A dark brown/black color that does let a little bit of light in. A one finger light brown head sits atop. No lacing.

S: Deep dark malts coupled with heavy bourbon and some fruit. A bit oaky and earthy too.

T: I got roasted malts up front with lots of bourbon. These get mixed with dark fruit flavors, raisin, some chocolate, vanilla, oak and some coffee notes. Sweetness holds the beer together with caramel and some toffee notes. The roastiness stays on the finish as it stays sweet. Alcohol is huge and lingers.

M: Full, coating, a bit syrupy and a heavy alcohol presence (bourbon, of course). Carbonation was light but sufficient.

O: A very good beer, but not spectacular IMO. Give me the Angels Share any day of the week over Deliverance. I think the blending works, but I just don't think is as good than AS.

I'm glad I finally got to try and review this beer. I felt a little disappointed just because I din't think it was "spectacular", but no doubt it was a very good beer. Honestly though, for the price I doubt I'll ever pick up another.

Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours without a head so no lace. Pitch black color, no highlights. Very light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Molasses and bourbon nose, flavor is almost burnt, sweet molasses and alcohol. Some alcohol burn. Seriously expensive at $17.99 for a caged & corked 375ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

Photo of Resuin
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a Teku glass. I believe this is from 2012.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep brown, nearly black and leaves behind about a finger of tan head which fizzles away quickly.

Smell: Bourbon and chocolate flavors upfront along with some brandy and cherry. Some earthiness to it as well as.

Taste: Bourbon, chocolate, cherries, oak and vanilla. Finishes with some brandy which is very nice. A lot of the familiar bourbon barrel aged stout flavors but some differences, especially towards the finish of the flavor. A very prominent oak/rooty flavor throughout also makes it a bit different.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a light carbonation - surprisingly smooth though.

Overall: This one has picked some some interesting flavors from its time in the barrels. Earthy tones accompany the delicious bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit flavors along with a hint of cherry which is nice. Overall, I was satisfied with this brew which mixed some familiar flavors with some different things to make for an interesting beer and its smoothness is exceptional.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a finger of frothy khaki-brown head. Fades quickly.

S - Sweet caramel and chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, brandy, caramelized malts, brown sugar, molasses, black licorice, booze.

T - Sweet caramel and chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, brandy, caramelized malts, molasses, black licorice, coffee, brown sugar, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Great balance barrel aged strong ale. Nice blend of beers.

Photo of danbeam
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The smell at first is slightly chemical, slightly piney, as it warms more coffee, espresso, cocoa. It it barely scented. I have my doubts.

At the first sip they are wiped away, drowned in a sea of majestic smoothness. Overwhelmingly strong raisins, brown sugar, dark roast coffee.

I'm too drunk to continue but this beer is grand.

Photo of mactrail
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sensational mellow boatload of flavors. On tap at Churchill Cigar Lounge in Old Town.

Black and velvety in the tulip. Lots of lacing and a handsome beige foam that persists to the last sip. Sprightly on the tongue, with the carbonation mingling with the hot alcohol.

Really sweet and boozy, but kept in check by the hoppiness. Not too bitter, not too woody. Tastes exactly like a whiskey barrel. Huge dark roasted malt flavor with the alcohol scratching at your throat. Sweet and glowering flavor, rich and buttery, endlessly rewarding sipping. The tap version was listed as 10.9% but who knows.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ML corked bottle poured into a snifter

pours an extremely dark brown color with no head. none whatsoever...0 carbonation. not unusual considering this is from the lost abbey. smell is bourbon, though no overwhelmingly so. the taste is where this hits the mark. somewhat sweet, with a dominating bourbon flavor. very thick. alcohol is very present but not overbearing. if you are a fan of whiskey then this beer will be a favorite of yours... if that's not your thing, then stay away as you'll hate this one. as for me, bourbon is my favorite...so i really like this beer.

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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