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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,618 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,618
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 341
Gots: 516 | FT: 54
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

ricecracker420, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into a snifter

A: Very dark brown, pretty much black with a finger of lively head that sticks around for a while.

S: Strong bourbon up front with dark chocolate, roast, and toffee. Very nice, but lacking a bit in complexity.

T: Dark chocolate and toffee up front with brandy in the background. A bit on the dry side and quite boozy.

M: A tad thin with adequate and fairly creamy carbonation. Could be more full bodied.

O: Rarely do I feel like a beer needs to be aged, but this beer is very boozy and I believe it could develop some with age. Still decent, but I think I'll lay a couple of these down for a while.

coreyfmcdonald, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev -7.2%

pixieskid, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Urbancaver
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with no head at all.
Smells sweet and a touch fruity. Great aroma. You can get the bourbon as well as brandy. Sweet, rich, chocolatey. Love it!
Tastes similar but not that great. I'm enjoying it but it's not a combinatio of flavours that thrills me. Carbonation level is good. Overall interspersing and enjoyable but not thrilling

Urbancaver, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

DCon, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Dactrius
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Dactrius, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of kawilliams81
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Poured from a 12.7 oz cork n caged bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours near black with a half finger mocha head. Small bubbles of lacing cling to the glass.

S- big port aromas, oak, some barrel notes, dark fruits, light chocolate and roast

T- bitter bakers chocolate, oak, dark fruits, tawny notes, barrel but not really brandy or bourbon just liquor notes, more port or vinous notes at the finish.

M- full body and low carbonation. Fairly mild, light feel with some abv that is noticeable and dry finish.

O- very interesting beer. Brandy angel's share and serpents stout blend lends more oak and port notes than brandy or stout.

kawilliams81, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

jklecko2, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12.5% percent with barrel-age aromas and flavors.... almost black. no carbonation. a bit of alcohol in the taste, but what would you expect with 12.5% ? both brews that are being blended are very nice. not as rich as the 'Belgian' dark ales they produce, which is really nice. I guess blending is the big thing lately with all the breweries and this one doesn't disappoint. time for a return trip to the brewery. but this time sober to start out....

pkalix, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

siege06nd, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of 2GOOFY
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

2GOOFY, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of garuda
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Super deep ruby, nearly black, small head has little retention and lacing.

S/T - Oak and barrel forward. Strong oak, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, tannins up front, then transitions smoothly through the finish, finishing with the stout-like qualities of roast coffee, and rich chocolate. Booze heat is expected and welcomed.

M - Full body, lively carbonation, yet stays smooth. Expected noticeable booze, warming.

O - Taste is superb. Is it worth the price of the bottle? I'm not sure about that, and I'm glad I had the op to have it on tap first.

garuda, Feb 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

DarthGuitarHero, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of tmoneyba
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate malt, caramel, dark fruit and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet toasted dark chocolte malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a top 50 standout beer.

tmoneyba, Jul 12, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

ckeegan04, May 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Gww1864, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

GeoffreyM, Sep 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

random846, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Auror, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Damian
2.9/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquor, Somverville, MA
Vintage 2011
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a dark, murky brown with faint crimson highlights. Minimal carbonation. A thin film of saddle brown bubbles topped the liquid but they quickly dissipated into a thin, lasting ring of froth.

Bourbon and vanilla notes dominated the nose. The vanilla was incredibly fragrant and sweet. After a few minutes, roasted malts were apparent. Lots of dark fruits and raisins. Sweet brown sugar notes. The bourbon became even stronger as beer sat. Overall, super boozy but pleasant.

Flavorwise, the beer was initially undrinkable. A permeating alcohol sharpness completely overwhelmed my palate. Strong wood and tannin notes. Even with two years of age, this was a hot and boozy mess. As the beer warmed and opened up a bit, roasted malts and brown sugar notes appeared on the front end. Raisins and dark fruit were noticeable as well. The bourbon and brandy flavors still came through loud and clear, but they were not quite as piercing as earlier in the session.

The mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown. It was thinner and lighter in body with a fine and spritzy carbonation. Somewhat creamy and supple however. Frothy.

All the Angel's Share variants seemed to be quite boozy, but this beer takes the cake. I can only imagine how intolerably hot this must be fresh.

Damian, Mar 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

bauermj, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Opague black with a very nice creamy light brown ring around the glass.

Smell is all chocolate and bourbon. Not much else.

Taste is insanely malty. The hot booze immediately touches down and burns everything in it's way down. The smooth chocolate middle comes in to simmer the fire. A strong hop presence makes it's stand but is no match for the ongoing battle on the tastebuds (Sorry getting a little tipsy here) A strong oak presence is always dwelling the background along with a slight tweek of vanilla.

Mouth is full bodied,Very numbing on the palate bu does have some amazing lacing for such a high ABV.

Another score from Lost Abbey. Quickly moving up the ladder as one of my all time favorites.

TheFightfan1, Feb 06, 2011
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4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

vette2006c5r, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Chico1985
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see this on-tap, just like Angel's Share, so much better paying $6 for a snifter than $18 for a possibly flat 375ml...

Pours just about black, some red highlights. Tan head starts at about a finger and retains decently for a while, eventually becoming a thin ring, pretty good for the ABV though.

Awesome, decadent smell...rich chocolate cake smothered in raspberry sauce and bourbon, a bit boozy but not a bother, great strength as well.

Taste is of similar greatness -- lots of delicious, fudgy chocolate brownie, caramel malts, dark fruits (jammy in a way), bourbon, oak, some vanilla. Much boozier than the scent unfortunately which drags it down a bit. Somehow well-balanced, but huge.

Mouthfeel is certainly hot, but the balance, smoothness and carbonation are well-done.

Somehow this blend of stout, strong ale, bourbon barrel and brandy barrel turns into an excellent concoction, the flavors from each entity are there and huge. The booze makes this a slow sipper for sure, I'm sure it would benefit from some aging.

Chico1985, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

facesnorth, Jul 17, 2013
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,618 ratings.