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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 423
Hads: 1,861
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 378
Gots: 563 | FT: 54
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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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Photo of illidurit
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of 4thmedbn
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of Etan
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of jnezda
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  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.

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Photo of tut2528
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of macktbone
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of ahijevyc
4.74/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to dsgolovin for this brew.

12.7 oz Bottle

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger fizzy dark tan head, with a big oil slick in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, sweet, with some cherries, bourbon, brandy, figs, raisins, plums. The taste is very nice, malty, with lots of dark fruits, and a nice touch of bourbon/brandy, slight chocolate note. Full/Medium body, ABV hidden very well. It's been awhile since I've had a LA brew, but this one is a very very tasty brew, highly recommended. Thanks David!

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Photo of sidetracked
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Acre for Faux-BAB.

Pours black with brown highlights and medium brown head.

Aroma of bourbon, wood, and some dark fruits.

Upfront taste is heavy on bourbon with a light roasted malt base, a little chocolate, and dark fruits. Blast of bourbon and wood dominate the finish.

Full bodied and syrupy with low to medium carbonation. Sticky finish with decent alcohol heat.

Very barrel-forward. Glad to see that it came carbonated. Not too complex as the bourbon overwhelms a lot of the flavors and aromas, but very enjoyable. If this wasn't so expensive in bottle format, I'd stock up on it.


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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewing a 2011 Vintage Deliverance Ale.

A: Pours black with a brown head, quickly disappears to a slight tan rim-foam...

S/T: Stong with alcohol right up front, almost to the point of overpowering but, smooths out quickly with a sweet flavor of bourbon and brandy notes, sweet heat, some candied sugars, vanilla and molasses notes in the background. A long finish lingers leaving a nice vanilla taste behind....

M: Somewhat thick, oily and a bit slick. Not really digging the mouthfeel here...seems it is missing something, but can't really pin down exactly what...needs to be smoother....

O: Good, not great. A nice sipping beer, but really lacks in the mouthfeel dept. Try if you have not had it before, but not drinkable quantities above one bottle...

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Photo of cradke
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black with some brown and amber hues. A thin head fades except at the edge of the glass.

Smell: Intense bourbon and sweetness. Brown sugar, some brandy. Enjoyably intense.

Taste: Sweet up front. Some heat comes out. Good bourbon and distinct brandy flavors hover around a great malt base. The alcohol is there but very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and thickness. I dig, I dig.

Overall: I got this in a trade as an extra and love it. For a BA beer, this is world class. The complexity is great, the sweetness is very much there (almost a bit too much even) but the distinct brandy and bourbon notes are awesome.

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Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been anxiously waiting for some special occasion to open this one. I guess Monday night is special enough. Poured from 375ml to tulip:

Pours an inky black with a half finger of light mocha head. Stubborn lacing and sultry legs.

The nose is stuffed with smooth bourbon and spicy wood. Malted caramel and toffee, warming booze and licorice. Some cherry notes as well.

Hot damn. Delicious. All the expected players make an appearance with the addition of some tart, earthy woods. Very nice. The booze is nicely incorporated.

The feel is what I was concerned about. I had heard from countless people that Lost Abbey beers are notoriously flat. This is far from flat. Velvety smooth, beautiful.

Overall, I desperately wish we could get Lost Abbey here in the north woods. If their other beers are even half as good as this, I would be their biggest customer. WANT.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.57/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz cork and caged bottle. 2010 bottle.

Hard, vigorous pour produces a thin, fleeting light tan head that faded to a thin collar with no lace on top of an opaque, still and viscous milk chocolate. Strong, barrel heavy and boozy nose, dominated by brandy and vanilla, raisin, plum and brown sugar. Medium full body with trace, light carbonation. For this type of beer the lack of carbonation isn't a problem but for this particular beer wears out my tolerance for the flavor quickly. Still extremely hit and boozy, with a very sweet profile, Belgian yeast, raisin, molasses, vanilla, brandy and chocolate malt. Carbonation would help, but this would still be a chore to drink.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours an opaque, deep mahogany/borderline black tone with a short tan head that soon lapses into a collar around the glass; decent lacing.

outstanding, aromatic nose is replete with bourbon, chocolate and roasted malts; caramel or perhaps toffee; also picking up on a subtle note of vanilla. smells deliciously complex. i get the brandy a little more in the flavor, with the bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malts all pulling through in fine form... bit of a molasses presence... very interesting brew; unique and tasty. not quite as delicious as the nose led me to believe it would be, but close. very close. big boozy kick to the finish, unsurpising given the 12.5% ABV on this bad boy. yum.

full-bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation. the quintessential sipper - one is most certainly enough per sitting (even if it wasn't so costly). highly recommended.

originally reviewed: 12-06-2010

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.