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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,738 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,738
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 354
Gots: 534 | FT: 48
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.
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bashiba
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark dirty brown with almost no head, just a couple of soapy bubbles. and a light white swirl.

The nose is almost overwhelming, giant sweet dark fruit notes mixing in with vanilla, oak, bourbon, and alcohol sweetness.

Wow the flavor is intense, giant bourbon vanilla sweetness with dark plums and cherries. Huge chocolate with a mild butterscotch mixing in as well, this is very much a desert like beer, almost like a very fine tawny port.

The mouthfeel is full and thick and leaves a long lasting oily coating.

Very nice in small quantities, an almost sensory overpowering treat like an ultra rich mouse.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Phelps
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deliverance, a blend of bourbon-aged Serpents Stout (which I wish Lost Abbey would bottle!) and brandy-aged Angel's Share. Enjoyed from a 375ml bottle purchased at the release and poured into a tulip.

The cork comes off with a soft pop -- good sign. Out comes the liquid -- a viscous, inky molasses black, topped with foamy medium-tan head that reaches half a finger in height at its tallest before it quickly fizzles away to a puffy lingering ring. Big alcoholic legs grip the glass as I swirl and large trails of horizontal lace are left behind as I drink.

The nose is a nice mix of both bourbon and brandy -- very boozy. Vinous oak, dark cherries, dark chocolate and vanilla also make appearances.

Nice follow through from aroma to flavor. I get sweet Amarena cherries at the start, then pick up darker flavors of roasty malt as the beer opens up. There's also brandy, vanilla, oak, toffee, licorice and lots of ethanol. Sweet before a dryish finish. Such smooth flavor integration.

As the fairly high carbonation pickles the tongue, I find myself wishing the bubbles on this one were just a bit more tame -- a super ironic thing to ask of Lost Abbey, but there it is. The alcohol is rightfully high, numbing the tongue and subtly smoldering through the nostrils. The body is a creamy, buttery medium, making the whole experience boozy but smooth.

Deliverance is a complex brew; each integrated part can be picked out. Big, boozy but oh-so-smooth and drinkable.

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Reviewed about a year later, on September 16. Increased amounts of both of toffee and alcohol in the flavor. It’s still pretty damn hot and seems more solvent and barleywine-like. Chocolate lingers in the background. Not an improvement, and in fact is a bit worse than I remember it. The second glass showed more of its sweet goodness, but this is not the beer I remember.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a crystal snifter at cellar temp. Deep ruddy brown colored with a low head of sizzly foam that settles out quickly.

Inviting aroma of cocoa and cherries, port wine and boozey brandy. Sharp flavor of tangy cherry, bitter cocoa, espresso, notes of drambuie, vanilla and oakey wood. Very malty and rich, lots of caramel and toffee with assertive bitterness and an understated floral hop that rides beneath. The brandy seems to tame the bourbon that can sometimes seem cloying. Alcohol lends a fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, but finishes tingly, some alcohol warming, lingers powdery and slightly tannic. The considerable strength makes its presence known but does not overpower. Fairly drinkable for such a monster. Thanks to Barleywinefiend for sending this one coast to coast.

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

Thanks to F2brewers for this one.

Poured from a 375ml bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Pours a very dark color with a thin, almost non-existent head, probably due to the barrel aging. Aroma is strong, molasses, bourbon. Taste has a bit of smoke to it, sweet brandy with next to no carbonation. Quite the beast and a sipper for sure.

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3.43/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: loaded coffee, and sublte chocolate aromas, heavy vanilla and bourbon

taste: was probably an amzing stout, but I hate over bourboned beers. way to much alcohol and took forever to drink, didnt even finish it.

mouthfeel: full bodied stout

drinkability: dissapointed, needs mroe balance between bourbon and beer.

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Had on tap at Ladyface. Glad I was able to try this on tap before popping open a $16 dollar 375ml bottle.

Appearance - Poured into a tulip by the bartender with about a finger of dark, mocha head that dissipates rather quickly, but leaves some nice, thin lacing on the sides of the glass for how potent this beer is.

Smell - The nose is full of wonderful aromas. Dark fruit, bourbon, heavy vanilla and oak, bittersweet chocolate, some leather and tobacco. You can just tell this is going to be a big, bad beer.

Taste - Honestly, not what I was expecting, but now that I type this out, I'm not sure what I really was anticipating the taste to be. There really is an earthy quality to it, with of course bourbon and vanilla prominent. Oak, roasted malts, and chocolate come forward after the beer warms up a little bit more, along with dark fruits and toasty caramel. Not overly sweet, though even if it was, I think the alcohol bite detracts from the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - A sipper for sure. I was at the bar for quite a while with just an 8oz pour, and it was somewhat of a chore to finish. I did go in at an odd time (2pm) to avoid the hustle and bustle so I could be sure I would be able to enjoy my beer without feeling pressured to finish it up quick and either order another or leave. It was a bit hot for me, and I could defiantly smell alcohol in the nose and taste it. I have two of these in my cellar right now and don't think I will revisit them for about a year, and have it as a night cap on a cold night. Overall, a very interesting beer and was glad I was able to try it now so I can see how it ages later.

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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

Thanks to Bill (portia99) for this one. Poured from a corked and caged 375ml. bottle into a Darkness snifter. And oh yeah... REVIEW 400!!!

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger mocha head... WAIT... this one's carbonated? and its from LA?!? OMG... its gonna be delicious!!! Even retention is pretty good. Beer is opaque black and thick like motor oil. Lacing is stringy and spotty with nice cling.

S: Nose is maple syrup, chocolate, and vanilla all wrapped up in booze. Very deep but also quite subtle. Smells like it looks... dark and mysterious.

T: Holy Sh!t, this is a big beer. Opens big bourbon sweetness. Nice heat in the back. Chocolate, maple syrup, brown sugar, sweet soy sauce, and dark fruit. Booziness actually becomes more prominent as this one lingers. Brandy and bourbon barrels come through nicely towards the middle and end. Vanilla and oak apparent at the finish. End is accented by a crescendo of sweetness and aftertaste is chocolate and maple syrup.

M: Full bodied. As full bodied as I've ever had. AND... m.o.d.e.r.a.t.l.y CARBONATED. Pretty hot, even for the high ABV. Oily and viscous in the mouth and goes down tingly. Finish is accented and aftertaste is sticky, oily, and lingers.

D: As my scores suggest, this is a good beer. Nothing too outrageous and honestly, a little too big for my liking but its very complex, with a nice mouthfeel and a decent nose. I'd definitely jump at the chance to have this again but would probably want to split a 375ml with another person. A sipper for sure, 6oz. is more than enough.

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4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blend of bourbon Serpent's Stout and brandy Angel's Share pours into my glass a wonderfully deep viscous black with a half inch of dark tan foam on top. Aromas seep out with rich dark malts, raisins, dark fruits, toffee, caramel and char. Loads of oak melding with bright bourbon and sweet brandy accents. Vanilla and alcohol soaked wood. Enticing and complex!

First sip brings a smooth melding of bourbon and brandy alongside dark roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, raisins and dark fruits. Vanilla and woody oak tones seamlessly float across the palate. Toffee with a burnt accent. Flows down with some alcohol heat, bitterness and lingering sweet brandy. The best of both brews shine through here in this intoxicating brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Not overly heavy and goes down smooth considering the high gravity here. Overall, this ranks up there as one of my favorite Lost Abbey releases...the melding of bourbon and brandy is quite nice.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,738 ratings.