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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,490
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 318
Gots: 480 | FT: 57
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 draheim


4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL (purchased July 2011) into a tulip. Barely a pfft when uncorked. Pours a murky brown with garnet edges. Just a thin film of bubbles quickly dissipates, tan collar rings the glass. A quick swirl brings back a few bubbles.

Aroma is deep and rich. Rum-soaked prunes and dates, vanilla, pipe tobacco, sugary raisins, chocolate, toffee, smoke... goes on and on.

Taste is just as multifaceted as the nose. Brandy and bourbon, smoke, vanilla, oak, chocolate, dark fruits, warming booze. Complex as a fine wine.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with a nice smoky finish. Just enough carbonation to keep it from being sticky or syrupy, but only just.

Overall an outstanding marriage of barrels and beer. Probably my favorite Lost Abbey beer ever.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 06:51:42 | More by draheim
Photo of jklecko2


3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

09-18-2013 14:52:13 | More by jklecko2
Photo of bcm75


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-27-2013 21:16:05 | More by bcm75
Photo of Etan


4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown-black with a reddish tinge. Big fizzy chocolate head.

S: Nice barrel-forward aroma. Vanilla, bourbon, big caramel, raisin, chocolate. Sweet alcohol heat and a bit of sugary grape (the brandy?).

T: Burnt caramel, dark roast and a bit of tannic bitterness. Vanilla, big booze, heavy bourbon and oak. Dark fruits come out as it warms.

M: Medium-bodied, slight fizzy carbonation, bit of an alcoholic bite.

O: I can definitely taste both the Angel's Share and Serpent's Stout, so the blend is pretty competent. The barrel character is quite good but the heavy wood has thinned the beer out a bit. Overall a very good blend, but not the tastiest BA strong ale out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 02:01:26 | More by Etan
Photo of Resuin


4.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 23:09:36 | More by Resuin
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4/5  rDev -7%

06-22-2013 00:22:10 | More by JTomczak
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

09-02-2013 17:43:21 | More by kristougher
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I finally decided to crack this open last night. I have been holding on to this for a special occasion. Last night seemed like as good a time as any.

This appears a dark Ruby brown with a thin crisp mocha head... wasn't expecting this much carbonation... looking pretty good...

Sweet dark fruits soaked in booze.... hints of cocoa here and there but the fruit is the main player here... traces of booze here and there... the bourbon packs a wallop in the aroma dept also... nothing subdued about this at all... in your face all the way...

I will admit that the first few sips were some of the most delicious I've ever experienced from a beer... deep dark chocolate covered raisins tinged with traces of bourbon and brown sugar and vanilla... truly astounding... unfortunately it didn't last. This is still an amazing brew but the sheer booziness quickly numbed my senses and I didn't enjoy the second half of the bottle anywhere near as much as the first... rather sweet and cloying and became a chore to get thru honestly... maybe a little more time? This was bottled in 2011 so im wondering if I should have sat on this for a little longer...

A good effort but not a great one... too boozy and sweet for its own good...

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 21:24:07 | More by Tilley4
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-15-2011 00:50:43 | More by thebouch01
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4/5  rDev -7%

12-29-2013 05:50:50 | More by Dactrius
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-09-2013 20:59:50 | More by mc4z
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-02-2014 14:41:39 | More by Lehighace06
Photo of Jimmys


4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pretty much opaque dark brown hue. head is pretty much brown and leaves a healthy rim. lacing is minimal.

S: raisins. bourbon. oak. vanilla. a little bit of heat. tobacco. brandy too. two beers packed with flavor blended equals even more complexity in the nose.

T: super dark fruit. vinous and slightly tart. tons of chewy flavors. roasted, on the verge of smokey, grain. chocolate. bourbon. the alcohol is definitely there, but not burning. finish lingers some sweet liquor blend of brandy and bourbon.

M: the mouth is super thick and cloying. full bodied for sure.

D: overall, quite the sipper. big range of aroma and flavor. not sure if i can totally justify the price tag on this sucker ($15 for a 12.7 oz. bottle) but i was very excited to see lost abbey bottles in NJ.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 12:17:55 | More by Jimmys
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

02-23-2013 04:04:35 | More by Gww1864
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South Dakota

4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 03:09:24 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of monitorpop


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-11-2012 18:16:58 | More by monitorpop
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

01-23-2014 05:43:55 | More by Arsenal0328
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

07-28-2013 00:29:33 | More by captainbearcat
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a creamy tan head that leaves some lacing as it dissipates to a thin ring.

Aroma is chocolate and smokey dark malt. A good bit of oaky vanilla and bourbon heat. Then a brandy soaked dark fruit and alcohol sweetness takes over. A very rich and complex nose.

Taste is what the nose lead me to expect. Rich sweet chocolate notes match well with the alcohol infused dark fruit. Finishes with a dry oaky bourbon character that accents the general vanilla sweetness in the finish. Boozy, but not overly harsh.

Mouthfeel is full, thick and viscous.

A very flavorful and interesting beer. Although initially quite rich and intense, there is also many subtle layers of flavor underneath to be discovered. A very nice dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 00:21:13 | More by Blakaeris
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-04-2013 06:05:45 | More by Bouleboubier
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-27-2012 13:16:50 | More by Eriktheipaman
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-06-2014 01:13:11 | More by Drucifer
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-08-2013 07:50:43 | More by Paccamacca
Photo of Treebs


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle served in a snifter at Local Option. 2010 vintage split three ways.

A: Pours a dark black with opaque brown edges. No head forms on the pour, only a thin brown ring. Solid stick is left on the glass, but the carbonation is low.

S: The bourbon is more pronounced than the brandy, but it is still well integrated in a nice chocolate brownie and vanilla. There is a nice boozy prune and dark fruit smell that gets balanced by a nice roasted malt.

T: The taste is much more decadent. Fudgey brownie, figs, light bourbon, sweet vanilla and caramel with a touch of oak. The toasted malts are great. The finish is a meaty umami flavor just bordering on a mild soy sauce, but it really rounds it in a robust way.

M: Low carbonation with a heavy body. Sticky and coating with a nice viscosity. There is a slight warming on the backend, but it plays nicely.

O: Delicious. Decadent, rich and very complex. I really enjoyed the different layers of flavors. I haven't had this fresh, but at two years it's drinking remarkably right now.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 16:31:15 | More by Treebs
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4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
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....

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 00:28:32 | More by pkalix
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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