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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
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1,294 Ratings
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Ratings: 1294
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%


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.

(Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010)
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Impfan

Washington

4.98/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing nose and flavor of chocolate, bourbon, sherry, cherries, brandy, toffee, fig, date, raisin, sandalwood, and coffee. Beautifully balanced with almost no carbonation, but a voluptuous mouthfeel that is coating, and helps the finish to last incredibly long.

I'm a moderate fan of Serpent Stout, and only a marginal fan of The Angel's Share, but this blend is absolutely fantastic!

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 20:47:38 | More by Impfan
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 06:40:19 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 06:18:20 | More by nickfl
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Tilley4

Tennessee

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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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage to tulip glass.

A - Poured black with only a thin ring of light brown head around the edges of the glass.

S - Bourbon and oak up front along with a big roast aroma. The brandy is evident as well, along with some lighter vanilla and caramel aromas.

T - Carbonation is my worry and initially noticed that carbonation was very low, but still present enough to make this beer enjoyable, unlike some other experiences I have had with Lost Abbey beers. Bourbon, oak and vanilla flavours up front along with a big roast profile. Lighter caramel and toffee notes are present in the finish along with a hint of sweet brandy.

M - Medium body with a good chew. The carbonation is low but still present. Would like a little more carbonation, but still drinking well.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 00:39:55 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woot - finally made it out to Ale Yeah! in Decatur and I wasn't disappointed. They have a pretty decent growler list and this bad boy was on it, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get some Lost Abbey now that I've actually got access to it.

Appearance: Pour is a deep dark brown, near black; starts with a full finger of dark tan head, but it fizzles out like a cola quickly to nothing other than a thin wisp of lacing on the surface; body is dark as mentioned, nearly opaque with the exception of some ruby highlights near the edges;

Smell: Lots of rich toffee and caramel maltiness; some big booziness hiding out in there but it's blending in so well with those big malts; some very rich chocolate and it's sweet and syrupy. This beer smells like dessert in a glass; definitely reminiscent of the Angel's Share -- doesn't miss a beat.

Taste: See nose -- pretty much to a "T" -- this beer is fantastic; aside from all the aspects in the nose that show up, there is also a bit of a deep dark, overripe fruit aspect as well, perhaps some cherries, dates and figs. Jesus, when LA is on, they are on.

Mouthfeel: Body is close to heavy in terms of weight; and surprisingly, the carbonation is still pretty decent and prickly; there is a thick, sticky coating left all over the palate and it is sooo chewy it's ridiculous; gums are left tingly, as is the belly, from the carbonation and booziness.

Overall: Not something I would crave every day -- it's pretty sweet and big and boozy, so it's definitely a limited consumption kind of beer, but when it's time to drink it, it will not let you down. I don't know if I needed an entire 64 oz. growler either, but I'm going to do my damnedest to kill it off.

Serving type: growler

08-30-2012 01:15:29 | More by bamadog
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage 12.7 oz. bottle fairly hard poured into a The Lost Abbey teku glass.

Pours motor oil dark brown with a half finger beige head that dissipates quicky. Strong boozy, bourbon and brandy notes and dark fruit on the nose, undertones of vanilla. Strong bourbon, brandy and oak, joined by dark chocolate, toffee, black licorice, and dried dark fruit finishing with dark chocolate notes, warming boozy alcohol. Very low carbonation and fairly full bodied. Very enjoyable, but truly one of the boozier brews I've had. At least another year of cellaring would certainly benefit this brew, however it won't change the fact that this one is most certainly a sipper.

2012 Vintage: All of the above but even more balanced, much more drinkable. One of the better vintages.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 05:10:22 | More by chanokokoro
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illidurit

California

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Backlog purge. Bottle poured into a snifter. Dark dark brown with a lasting tan head. Luscious aroma with sweet chocolate and vanilla and an undercurrent of spicy bourbon. Flavor is fudge and toasted oak, dark chocolate, roasted malt, vague raisiny fruitiness, sweet alcohol. Fluffy moussey body, devilish and great.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 07:17:16 | More by illidurit
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.98/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't had Angel's Share (I missed my chance last time it was available) but I hear its awesome and Serpent's Stout is literally one of the best stouts I have ever had so I go into this excited. Nose is surprisingly sweet. Vanilla, sherry, caramel, oak, cherries, chocolate, chocolate covered cherries, plums, figs, dark fruits and grape. Taste is strong, oak flavors up front with vanilla and chocolate. Cherries and grapes follow with some assistance from dark fruits. Definite booziness; warming but not overwhelming. The barrels really come through in an awesome way and they don't fight each other. There are very distinct bourbon notes up front followed right on the heels by the fruitier brandy flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth, silky, slightly hot and awesome. This is one the greatest barrel aged ales I have ever tasted, hands down.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 08:54:45 | More by DonDirkA
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown with a one finger tan head.

S - Huge bourbon notes with Sherry undertones.

T - Pure excellence of bourbon & vanilla. Along with other flavors.

M - Medium body & carbonation.

O - Well put together. Just class through & through.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 01:35:48 | More by cvm4
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4thmedbn

Maine

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

A bottle from 2011 shared by Andrewinski1

A - Deep and dark. No light getting through. Small amount of lingering tan head. All the way to the end of the glass, but without much lacing.

S - Smooth, chocolate aroma with definite notes of wood aging and dark fruits. Lots of delicious booziness.

T - Everything you'd expect from the nose. Boozey, bourbon character, with some chocolate and dried fruits. Just the slightest touch of roast in the background to keep it from being too cloying. Really incredible stuff.

M - Full bodied, without being chalky or oily. Definitely a sipping beer.

O - I'll be honest: while I am a sucker for double IPA and aggressive beers on the opposite end of the spectrum, I also like aggressively boozey beers. This is one of the latter. If you don't dig imperial stout and Belgian quads/DSAs, don't bother with this beer. but if you do dig boozey beers that aren't necessarily balanced by hop bitterness, jump all over this stuff. Definitely a candidate for aging. I bet after 2 or 3 years it would be magical.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 05:25:14 | More by 4thmedbn
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, 2011 vintage, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark brown color, produces a thin layer of head that quickly vanishes to nothing, leaves no lacing.

S- Bourbon and brandy notes as well as sweet dark fruit, chocolate, caramel and vanilla.

T- Sweet and boozy but not overly so, has some flavors of bourbon and vanilla, chocolate, caramel and vanilla, the finish has flavors of wood and a bit of vinous fruit.

M- Medium-bodied, slick feel with medium to low carbonation, a bit of boozy warmth.

O- Another solid barrel-aged beer from the Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 10:49:19 | More by WillCarrera
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into a Tired Hands wine glass.

Pour: Nearly pitch black with a finger and a half tan head. Recedes quickly to a tan ring.

Smell: Bourbon vanilla bursts from the glass. Really quite powerful. Some coffee.

Taste: Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and caramel. The bourbon us quite strong, but in a great way. Sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy. Viscous to the max. Pretty hot and very sweet.

Overall: An amazing beer, and one I like better than Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share. My only complaint, if at all, is that it is severely sweet. But I'm just nitpicking with that one. Definitely get this

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 21:37:28 | More by cfrances33
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Etan

Wisconsin

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
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harrymel

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010

No audible pop at corking. Pours like spent oil - inky black-brown with heavy viscosity and little sign of carbonation. Lots of prune, caramel, bourbon and brandy, raisin, figs, and hints of cinnamon sugar in this one. Really pretty nose. Profoundly rich flavored beer: caramel, tawny, bitterness (surprised), nougat, chocolate - light, bourbon, figs, sugar and slight booze. Quite still on the mouthfeel, a slight effervescence. Warm and dry finish with a long standing flavor residual.

I'm a bit torn here. The smell and flavor of the beer are top notch, but the look and mouthfeel are far from superior. I wish the beer was just slightly cabonated - previous bottles I've had were.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 06:51:18 | More by harrymel
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jsanford

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage

Pours dark brown with a dense, mocha-colored head that settles to a nice cap. Insane aromas of chocolate-covered raisin, brandy, bourbon, caramel, and brown sugar. Phenomenal nose. Big, boozy, and bold, with tons of chocolate, raisin, brandy, and caramel. Sweet and boozy, with a slightly "hot" finish. The definition of decadence. Velvet-smooth mouthfeel, with a medium-full body and just-right carbonation. Such a great beer, easily one of the best I've had from Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 01:46:11 | More by jsanford
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jnezda

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375ml bottle into snifter. Poured a beautiful oil black with dark tan full head. The aging comes through in the aromas coming from this beer, oaky, brandy/bourbon with some dark fruit or sugar. The mouthfeel was think and viscus almost warm from the booze over powering the malt characteristics. Agree with many of the other reviewers that the alcohol shows through perhaps a bit too much on this one. The barrel aging brings out some interesting after notes on the finish but I think this would improve if I had let is sit for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 16:34:02 | More by jnezda
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form an 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip. No date from what I can tell.

A: Body is totally opaque black. Nice light mocha head, tight bubbles, reasonable retention.

S: Lots of vanilla and whiskey comes through in the nose, as well as the stout aromas. Smells like it has some age on it.

T: A tremendous blend. Some roasty malt freshness along with just enough aged whiskey stout character. Totally outstanding.

M: Beautifully carbonated, not flat like some barrel aged stouts I've had.

D: They did everything right here. I wasn't crazy about angel's share, but the balance here is exactly what it was missing.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 19:14:46 | More by 51mmz0rz
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jason, 375ml into a tulip. Unknown vintage.

Dark brown body, with a ring of brown head. Big legs, no retention however. Nose of sweet alcohol, dark chocolate, caramel candies, dark fruit and candi sugar. Oak and fudge as well. Alcohol is again prominent on the palate, fudge, oak and dark fruits. Brandy is a little more prominent that the bourbon, although both stand out in a boozy fashion. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous and boozy. Low carbonation, but not flat. A really good BA'd beer/blend - really brings forward some characteristics that I felt were reminiscent of BB4D in a really good way.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 19:56:01 | More by liamt07
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tut2528

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

A: completely black, no transparency whatsoever. Pours about ½ fingers worth of head formation at the most, that is mocha colored. Moderate film sticks to the edge of the glass.

S: huge bourbon notes complemented by dark fruits such as raisins and figs. I also get a bold roasted note aspect with some alcohol, but the alcohol sits in quite nice. There also is a nice sweet and sugary toffee to heighten the complexity in the nose.

T: like the nose, except a monster of bourbon and the alcohol crush the palate. once you get past the ABV, some of the other pleasuring notes come up...dark fruits (raisins, figs again), mild coffee, mild chocolate, with a cream vanilla finish.

M: full bodied, fits the appearance and the taste quite well. Carbonation much more enhanced than Angel’s Share.

O: disappointing for the price that is it sold at, but glad I tried it. There are many other brews that are much less expensive and more well balanced than this one. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good brew, but this was a one timer for me. I highly recommend laying this one down for an extended period of time to mellow out the bold alcohol because it is just too dominating at this moment.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 13:08:36 | More by tut2528
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macktbone

California

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Davis Beer Shoppe from a cooled bottle.

A- dark but deffinately not black with a thin rim of head only around the edge in a light brown ring. Lots of gorgeous oil that lingers on the glass like a sweet wine.

S- tone of whiskey barrel and brandied wood and purple velvet.

T- Hot and buttery. Tobacco, grain and bourbon.

M- good for the strong ale style but a little thin if put directly up against some of cali's great strong anniversary strong ales.

D- highly enjoyable on the right occasion or as a treat for the soul.

Great mix of two great outputs from Lost Abby. Another home run!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 02:25:04 | More by macktbone
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep, dark brown. Not quite black. Light brown, bubbly, slowly fading head.

S: Booze, bourbon, brandy, sour apple.

T: Sweet, buttery, delicious bourbon. One of the most bourbon-forward beers I've tasted. Body is a bit thin. Faint roasted malt, dark chocolate, typical IS flavors but huge bourbon. Brandy is there. Burnt fruit flavors.

M: Super smooth, warming, boozy, extremely tasty.

O: Once it warms up...unspeakable brilliance. An absolute treat but a one-time opportunity at $20 for a 355ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 05:16:46 | More by Gatch
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ahijevyc

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This had everything I like: Imperial, Dark, roasted, ABV, and Bourbon.

It graced us with its presence at West End and Backcountry Pizza and Taphouse in Boulder in Spring 2012. Pure awesome. I gave an average rating for "mouthfeel" because I don't remember. I'm not even sure I know what that means.

This beer is in my top 5%. I actually thought Lost Abbey's Angel Share was even better (the Bourbon barrel version) so it isn't a surprise I loved this. Deliverance is part Angel's Share and part Serpent's Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 02:02:37 | More by ahijevyc
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:57:49 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 06:56:39 | More by Rifugium
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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