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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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96
world-class

1,639 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,639
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 342
Gots: 521 | FT: 53
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.

ABV varies by batch.

(Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Sammy, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -7.2%

t0rin0, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7.2%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

zestar, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +16%

spycow, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -6%
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.2%

acurtis, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

metter98, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Texasfan549, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
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

brentk56, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -7.2%

kjkinsey, Jun 15, 2012
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

GRG1313, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

mikesgroove, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

kylehay2004, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Knapp85, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

ChainGangGuy, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -7.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

largadeer, Oct 11, 2010
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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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