Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...
Dismiss Notice
Join The Buzz! Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest BeerAdvocate updates delivered to your inbox.

Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

Not Rated.
DeliveranceDeliverance

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

420 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 420
Hads: 1,851
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 380
Gots: 561 | FT: 53
Brewed by:
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 420 | Hads: 1,851
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a word, smooth. Pours black bodied with a small thick head. Pleasant and roasty aromas. Tasty stoutish and also strong dark stuff, with bourbon in distant secondary, which is a good thing.Caramel and chocolate, fruit and a tangy edge aids above average mouthfeel. (266 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque dark brown/black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of vanilla, wood, bourbon, and brandy. Taste is very much the same with some dark roasted malt and cocoa flavors. There is an alcohol kick that warms the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is very tasty and left me wanting more. (579 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that Angel's Share should have been. This is what Angel's Share should taste like; this is Angel's Share on steroids. Love it.

Black with a thick tan head. Complex sweet creamed espresso, sweet black chocolate, deep cherry; rich candied plums with undertones of carmel, toffee and whiskey.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and, yes, you can feel and taste the alcohol. Live with it! It's an alcoholic beverage! There is also good and attractive carbonation. It's delicious and is worth the hype that Angel's Share received.

There is little wrong with this one as flavors follow nose precisely and all attributes one gets in the nose follow in the layered flavors.

Finish is sweet, rich, thick carmel/toffee/plumed/cherry whiskey with espresso and black chocolate. Few "end of dinner," "dessert" or "sipping" brews can match this one. (855 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: thin head on a jet black body. some lacing.

S: mildly buttery, roasted malts, vanilla.

T: this one is a little buttery which i am really sensitive too. oak, bourbon, hints of milk chocolate.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is very drinkable and very mild. the drinkability is excellent. very smooth. (334 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark brownish amber in color. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly faded away, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Strong aromas of alcohol along with notes of bourbon are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of bourbon from the barrel aging process, which also contributes notes of oak and vanilla.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is lots of warmth from the alcohol, particularly in the finish.
O: This is definitely a sipping beer due to its strength and the strong presence of alcohol in the smell and taste. This could make for a good after dinner drink. (731 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a tan head. Small amounts of lacing, but certainly respectable for a beer of this heft. Smell brings a lot, with brandy, bourbon, roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruits, and candied sugars all playing a role. Taste is quite similar, although everything isn't quite as integrated in that respect, and the alcohol heat plays a bigger role, which degrades a bit from the mouthfeel. Drinkability is very nice, as this is quite complex. I think age will absolutely do wonders to this one. (512 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

awesome stuff. 2011 vintage on tap at falling rock taphouse in lodo. the pour on this is jet black, no light passing through at all. two fingers of coffee colored head rest on top and dont go anywhere. alcohol is a dominant smell, tons and tons of bourbon, the charcoal, vanilla, and booze are really intense. big roasty malt body like the serpent, and a certain barleywine style sweetness. this is sure to be a mammoth beer. first taste is not surprisingly, bourbon. cant believe how strong it is. nice dark roast to nearly burnt barley going on, with some coffee and cocoa notes, as well as an almost fruity sort of instance that just arises for a second before being overcome by more high alcohol flavors. this is highly refined, but its also highly punishing. certainly all of 12.5%! massively rich body, thick and sludgey but it a good way, feels like a stout to me, albeit a gigantic one. still there is enough carbonation to keep the flavors moving slowly by. this is delicious stuff, a real treat. its not the bourbon barrel angels share, but its close. simply fantastic, but one or two is about all any reasonable human being can probably handle. (1,155 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottling

Appearance: It has that typical Lost Abbey pour - all liquid and no head; the liquid is fudge brown with auburn highlights

Smell: Bourbon and Brandy elements waft above the chocolate and dark fruit; oak and vanilla, as well

Taste: Dark chocolate, with a hint of raisin, up front, followed by the Bourbon and Brandy which dominate the middle; after the swallow, there is an oaky dryness, complemented by a touch of vanilla and coffee

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Overall: Received this in the Secret Santa BIF 2010 and, as I haven't had many Lost Abbey beers recently, I am not sure whether the lack of carbonation continues to be an issue; the flavors in this one are very good but it does suffer from the flatness of many of the Lost Abbey beers I drank when I was a member of the Sinners Club

Thanks, mrmiles, for the opportunity (906 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a deep black color with a thin tan head on top. The retention is minimal with a touch of scattered lacing. The smell of the beer is boozy, fruity, wooden, vanilla and bourbon. The taste reflects the nose, rich flavors of roasted malts and caramel in there as well. Subtle vanilla in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy smooth and oily, moderate carbonation. Overall it's very good, really eligant flavors and te mouthfeel is impressive. Well worth the price of admission. (490 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deliverance says it all! It's the beer that delivers us from the boredom of cookie cutter beers and from the maddening experimental notions that keep brewers from getting out their own way.

As this fusion ale pours, it's an ominous dark opaque brown that's easily mistaken for black. With very low carbonation, the beer certainly prefers brandy-like stillness to anything beer-like. With a tepid swirl of foam to start, the bubbles quickly fold in on themselves and collapse back into the beer. Even its brandy legging supplants any would-be lace. This one's a different animal.

With its stout-like properties well intact, the scents of espresso roast and cocoa-heavy chocolates come together with the help of molasses and toffee. But then the scent is woven together with a vinous fruit note of red grapes for an aroma combination that captures both brownie batter, sherry and port wine.

That sultry sweetness manifests in a lush bittersweet chocolaty taste. Hedging on silky espresso, the taste of burnt sugars offers a boisterous and masculine early palate. Warming up a bit, the vinous tartness comes to life in as much of a port and sherry-like fashion as it does of brandy. Sweetened up a bit, the fruits of dates, figs, prunes and grape all come out to play with the aid of savory near-soy sauce salty richness. Finishing pleasantly tart and cocoa-like- the beer leaves the palate with a lasting savory dessert-like finish.

Incredibly smooth and lush, the beer seeps into the taste buds with full-on saturation. Its rich texture is sliced through by the vinous alcohols for a welcome reprieved just before finish. Warm and spicy, the slight tannin-rich balance from red wine gives the residual sweetness a light semblance of balance.

Deliverance does a great job of tampering the sharp roast of hops and without making the beer overly boozy or winy. It delivers the perfect balance while allowing the stout to lead the charge. Supple, refined and astoundingly complex- this ale is best reserved for the most discerning of palates. (2,042 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Nanoslugs.

Opaque and murky brownish-black, a shade darker than Angel's Share. A small tan head forms and sticks around for a while; carbonation is at a lower medium level, just about spot-on for the style.

Great aroma, brandy and bourbon barrel richness abound, caramel and chocolate sweetness that makes me think of Tootsie Rolls. Dark fruit notes lend some depth beneath the strong barrel character. Boozy and decadent, this may be a bit young, but I love it.

Chocolate caramel candy is again prevalent on the palate. Quite a bit of brash alcohol too, but I don't mind. Dark fruit appears mid-palate, and there's just enough tannic oak to balance the sweetness. The flavors lean toward Angel's Share, but there's a touch more chocolate, roast and dark fruit. It's great fresh, but it should be excellent in a few months when some of the harshness fades. (867 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of bourbon with some vanilla and dark chocolate.

T - It tasted slightly spicy with roasted malt, chocolate and bourbon. Mild oak flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This a really tasty beer. Another interesting blend by The Lost Abbey. (427 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

an exceptional beer. i had not had much to drink in the last couple weeks, but decided to open a few gems today. sitting here sipping on this one, consumed on 09/11/2010.

pours a very dark brown with a light tan head of just a light bit of lacing that clings to the side and the bottom of the glass.

aroma is huge, rich and indulgent with wonderful hints of bourbon and caramel, toffee, rich barrel and alcohol notes that rip through the air. warming brings on all the vanilla and sweet notes i could handle and i melt into the glass, very, very impressive. as i take a sip it is rich and full, perfect carbonation for the style with the vanilla and toffee really shining here. bourbon lacing the palate and a rich and sweet finish that has a slight warming as it goes down and a smooth, tobacco touch as it ends.

one of the best beers i have had from lost abbey hands down. this is what i have been waiting for them to put out. amazing. (941 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lost Abbey (Served in a pint glass, unnecessary, but strangely welcomed for review number 1200).

A: The pour is black and ominous with a finger's worth of mocha colored foam that eventually settles down to a thin cap.

S: Plenty of vanilla is present immediately along with a nice chocolate notes, of both dark and semisweet varieties, combining nicely with some roast from the Serpent's Stout. The two spirits (brandy and bourbon) work together nicely without either really being all that noticeable. A bit of a wood and alcohol note as well.

T: The sweet chocolate flavor (almost cake-like) and vanilla come through wonderfully and are the first things I pick up. The wood, bourbon, and subtle flavors of roasted malts provide a bit of a balance to the sweetness. More sweetness to follow with some caramel and brown sugar.

M: The body is medium to full with a mellow carbonation that provides for a creamy mouthfeel.

D: As I finish entering my notes I realize that I've probably already had about 12 ounces of this beer. Again, the pint was not entirely necessary for such a beer, but for less than the price of one of the 12 ounce bottles, I won't complain too much. (1,184 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle - $14.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Gurgles out an inky, blank body with a smallish, but dense, dark tan head.

Smell: Blended malts leaning towards roasted with noticed inclusions of the sublime bourbon and brandy barrel aging. Bittersweet chocolate, nutty sweet syrups. Heavy on the dark fruits.

Taste: Roasty maltiness, dark chocolate fudge, a spoonful of maple syrup. A few flecks of char. Blend of the robust brandy and bourbon notes. Deep dark fruitiness, prunes and dates. Splash of tawny port. Low hint of anise. A little perceived saltiness precedes the soft, roasty, chocolaty finish followed by lingering warmth and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel.

Overall: Let us all enjoy the wonder of Deliverance Ale! (819 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, and coffee.

T - Dark sugar, caramel, and toffee up front. Some vanilla and nutty cola in the middle with smoky caramel, nutty notes and a finish of vanilla, tobacco, and espresso.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Really thick and sweet with a complex, dense sugar and slice character. The barrel character is readily apparent with a coffee flavor that is dark and enhoyable but balanced by the intense malt and surgary sweetness. (665 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Glad to see this made a wider distribution than I originally had thought. It pours a deathly black topped by about three-quarters of a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises molasses, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, oak, whiskey, vanilla, and maple syrup. The taste leads with all of those lovely dark notes, similarly to a rich imperial stout, but then a secondary wave of whiskey-infused oak criss-crosses the tongue, colliding with the original flavor inhabitants. It's quite an experience, and an altogether pleasant one, at that. The body is quite hefty, with a light carbonation and a syrupy, almost chewy feel. Honestly, if it were a bit thicker/heavier, this would have been perfect, I think. Overall, a very tasty cuvee, one that finally lives up to the usual Lost Abbey hype machine. (839 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark mahogany/black color with some light coming through and giving the edges a reddish tint. There was a super thin layer of tan head that went away almost immediately.

Smell: Very sweet with the bourbon and brandy hitting the nose right off the bat. Strong notes of caramel and dark fruit with more subtle vanilla and chocolate notes in the background.

Taste: Initially this beer is quite sweet with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. The bourbon and brandy show up along with some dark fruit and maple. The alcohol and sweetness combine to carry you to the finish along with some roast. Everything blends together quite well.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a thick body and covers your mouth completely. The carbonation is very mild, perhaps it could use a touch more, but not a lot by any means. The finish is sticky and a bit slick.

Overall: This beer was a joy to drink. I just love the taste. I would definitely like more if we aren't all raptured out of here. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

375 ml corked and caged bottle into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass.

Pours a pitch black, topped with a finger of foamy burnt mocha head. This retains with a foamy and robust ringing around the edges, leaving spotty froth and brown oils down the sides of the glass. The aroma is pretty deep and rich smelling, with a sticky and sweet base of baker's chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and brown sugar. Going deeper reveals some dark roast and fruit, as well a layer of burnt char. I'm definitely getting a good bit of the Serpent's Stout in the nose but the bourbon has it own place as well, as does the brandy which brings some fruity notes but seems a little more buried here than the other flavors do. Thick warmth is present, adding some sharp fusel alcohol notes in the nostrils but it doesn't seem to interfere too much with the other flavors. Just really solid depth here that is really easy to pick up on. This was pretty awesome overall.

Wow, this is a hot beer. Alcohol flavor from the bourbon and brandy, as well as the stinging warmth of the ABV just run all over the back portion of this. Fortunately, you do get some good flavors up front, with note of chocolate fudge, toffee, burnt molasses, and roasted coffee. I think that I'm even getting a little bit of green apple from the brandy. The barrel itself leaves back some light creamy vanilla and woody dryness. Despite the heat in the back, I'm still picking up lingering notes of cocoa, roast, and brown sugar, so at least you get left with some sort of satisfaction at the end of this. The mouthfeel sits with a thick full heft on the palate and while the carbonation does have some creaminess to it at first, it quickly gives way to a ton of chewy and flatter feeling alcohol beef underneath.

I REALLY want to like this more and it's especially tough when there was a LOT of things, flavor wise and especially in the nose, which I really appreciated about it. Unfortunately, that over the top alcohol presence of this bottle just killed things dead at certain points of me trying to enjoy it. I mean, I like to think that I can take some heat in a beer but I honestly had trouble finishing this whole bottle. I don't know. Other reviews didn't seem to mention the alcohol strength here having such an impact on the flavors. I've got another bottle. I'll lay it down for a while and revisit this later. (2,366 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey at the LA/Port takeover night.

Dark murky brown almost black, with a dark creamy head, and a nice lacing.

Nose starts with a little bourbon, light oak and vanilla, lots of roast, coffee, and some chocolate, caramel and oatmeal little vanilla, woody esthers. A chewy malt like aroma as well, with a bit of booze as well.

Taste loaded with coffee, roasted, little chocolate. Little oatmeal. Very light warming booze at first which builds as it warms. Chewy malts and creamy smooth candy like almost marshmellow nougat flavor. Fluffy little bakers choc. Light bitterness from earthy pillowy hops and roasted malts. Little tobacco. Still got plenty of woody esthers and some oak and vanilla flavors. Sticky sweet finish, coats the mouth little booze, long roasted malt finish.

Mouth is pretty thick, smooth and pretty creamy, but some tingly booze, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability isn't the greatest, it's pretty boozy and thick and chewy, a bit of a sticky sweetness on the finish as well, but smooth and delicious. I think I'll get a couple bottles and leave them in the cellar for a while. (1,126 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to weeare138 for sharing this with tenderbranson69 & me -poured cellar temp into a goblet.

A deep ruddy brown shade, murky appearance w/ a basic tan cap. The smell is of toffee, burnt caramel and wood w/ a vanilla sweet aroma and subtle spice/coffee. The feel is pretty smooth for the strength with lots of caramel sweetness on the tongue, a bit high in alcohol presence which is expected semi-dry w/ light char in the finish.

The flavor is a dark chocolate and caramel concentrated blend of malt and sweet woody notes. The vanilla of the bourbon and fruit of the brandy seem to add depth w/ a big shot of alcohol in the flavor too which honestly I am not that fond of. The malt is tenacious though with molasses toffee nuttiness and dark brown sugar sweetness and for that I give it kudos, the juxtopostion of barrel blending seems slightly disjointed, perhaps it is too young for my taste, I am not sure. The drinkability is good -all in all it balances out -very high quality brew that I don't think I could enjoy too many of. (1,041 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one from Bitterbill, cheers Bill!

375 ml bottle pours mahogany with a pinky of fat falling brown head, opened with a tiny pop. Nice viscosity to this, average head retention, a touch of lacing

S: Booze & plums, plus other dark fruits, faint oakyness

T: Follows the nose, some rich caramelized sugar, cherries & raisins up front. Figgyness, dryness & a touch of boozey plums dominate as this warms, a bit of Bourbon; some leafy hops are also present along with Madeira/Port. finishes dry, fruitty with a nice leafy/woody hop presence

MF: Medium bodied, slick, warming, subtle carbonation

Super easy to drink, a very nice offering from the Lost Abbey, that is going great on a bitterly cold night awaiting another La Nina snow storm! (747 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Barcade, Philly, PA

Served in a snifter, a thick black pour with a thin cap of chocolate head that dwindled to a ringlet. Creamy chocolate and vanilla on the aroma, smooth bourbon, caramel, minor vinous notes. Taste thick with dark malts, chocolate, a moderate roastiness, bourbon-soaked wood, vanilla, lesser notes of fruitcake brandy, brown sugar, tobacco. Smooth and dangerously mellow, and a bit too drinkable for a higher octane brew. Yummy. (468 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.