Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 352
Gots: 530 | FT: 48
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010)
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Photo of zhanson88
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown -- almost black -- color with about a quarter inch of dark tan head. Retention is just decent, and lacing is minimal. Legs are very good, however.

Smell: I get a lot of dark caramel scents in this beer. Also, lighter leather, smoke, tobacco and baker's chocolate. Vanilla is present, as well as scents of brandy and bourbon heat. It smells pretty delicious.

Taste: Lots of dark caramel and vanilla come to the forefront on the palate. Also some very light smoke and leather. The back end is highlighted by a boozy kick. I find that the bourbon and brandy clash more on the palate than on the nose. I've let this one sit for a while and I still don't find a great balance between them. If the finish was a bit smoother I would have loved it.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is medium bodied with very fine carbonation; overall experience seems kind of thin. Pretty slick and oily feel in the mouth. Overall, this beer was almost there for me. A little less confusion between the brandy and bourbon would have made for a phenomenal beer. As it is, I call it pretty good but not outstanding.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

HUGE thanks to my father-in-law for this one! Split today into two Southern Tier stemmed tulips and shared w/my wife to toast her pops' 50th birthday.

Presentation: 12.7oz brown high-shouldered, 'Belgian-style' bottle, corked and caged. Awesome artwork on the label, dark and beautiful at the same time. No vintage date. Is this a one-off?

Appearance: Pours into the glasses a viscous dark brown, tinged with ruby. In the glass, it's almost black, with brown highlights around the edges and a nice dark tan cap which soon falls to a medium film and a thick, chunky ring. Looks real nice.

Smell: Dark caramel and toffee, maybe a hint of toasted coconut? Some pleasant dark boozy notes in the background, and a hint of hot, sharp booze that's less pleasant, but not really enough to be distracting or off-putting.

Taste: Lots of good stuff going on here, but the alcoholic heat from the two barrel-aged base beers (Bourbon-barrel Serpent's Stout and Brandy-barrel Angel's Share) runs a bit roughshod over everything else. What this tells me is that this is likely a great beer that just needs some more time in the cellar. There are nice fruity alcoholic esters that are actually quite reminiscent of a good brandy. Not so much from the bourbon. There's definitely some barrel character here as well, with earthy, woody tones, and it's present in the perfect amount. The individual flavors underneath the barrel and spirits character are a bit tougher to pick out; they kind of come and go. There is mild, dry roasty character to start. It's not as strong as I might have expected, which makes me wonder how much of this brew is Angel's Share and how much is Serpent's Stout. I'm getting some sweet notes of coconut in here as well, makes me wish I'd paired this with some macaroons or something. Hints of caramel as well. Touch of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Alcoholic, but not hot or prickly. Smooth, and fairly viscous.

Overall: I was really planning to cellar this for at least a year, possibly two, but considering tonight was my father-in-law's 50th birthday, a pretty big day, and since he was cool enough to buy this for us, I thought we'd toast him tonight! The scrore I'm giving this beer here would likely be higher w/a bit more time on it to mellow the booze a bit and let the individual flavors emerge. The aromas, on the other hand, are awesome already.

Photo of hippityhops85
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml, hilariously labeled bottle into a snifter.

Appearance is a black, oily color with a light brown head that quickly dissipates leaving an oily slick on the top of the beer.

The nose is full of bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate, and a little smokiness.

The taste is a confusion of the brandy and the bourbon. There are strong vanilla notes but this beer is confusing me as to what it wants to be. The dark fruits come out mid palate.

I kind of wanted more viscosity from this beer, it seemed a tad thin. At the same time, the carbonation was spot on.

All in all, kinda wish I let this one ride a little more. I think it will figure itself out with age and actually get a job.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to PretzelCity for this.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of creamy light brown head that has average retention given the ABV and leaves no lacing.

5.0 S: I personally didn't care much for regular Serpent's and I'm not a huge fan of any brandy barrel beer, but this combination is exquisite. The bourbon is a lot stronger than the brandy and the resulting intensity from each blends together almost perfectly. Anyway, the bourbon in this is smooth with a low booziness. Flavors include a good bit of leather, toastiness, a slight touch of peat, and subtle fruitiness. The brandy adds a nice vinous component. The barrels add a good bit of vanilla and oak. The underlying stouts lend a surprisingly soft roastiness with plenty of sweet caramel and molasses. A light sugariness with dark fruits and emphasis on plum and raisin. Very, very nice.

4.5 T: I don't know what this was like fresh, but at this point it's quite smooth and the booze is well in check. Bourbon and brandy again work very well together. I've had a few other bourbon + brandy beers and none of them have worked together at all, let alone as well as they do in this brew. Leathery bourbon with touches of peat and char. Woody, vinous brandy. Again good vanilla and oak. The base beers play second fiddle to the barrel treatments, but this is so good that I don't care (I usually do). Lots of caramel, molasses, and some brown sugar. Plum, raisin, prune, and tobacco fruitiness.

4.0 M: Medium to perhaps heavier medium body. Carbonation is a bit lower that what is typical for the style, but it works just as well. The problem is that this is missing the rich, velvety creaminess that I come to expect from beers of this nature. Very smooth though.

4.5 D: Best LA beer I've had. I didn't think I'd enjoy this nearly as much as I have, but I'm glad I did.

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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to billab914 for sending me multiples of this one in past trades! Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger brown fizzy head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and peat. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins, peat, big sweet alcohol, dark chocolate, and very subtle wood. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one had a nice sweetness going on here with just a hint of bitterness to help bring it all together. Still pretty boozy though. I could see this one being great down the road with a little more time in the cellar to mature.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BrewerDan23 gave me this bottle late last year, just because he's a nice guy. Thanks Dan.

A dark brown body has a tan head that is only one finger thick, but fairly solid looking. Retention is pretty good, and some scrappy lacing clings to the sides of my glass.

Chocolate and cake mix with toffee and caramel. The barrel notes are great, with wood, vanilla, and bourbon.

Big notes of malt come through first, with equal amount of chocolate and toffee. Caramel and cake follow, and then some dark fruit. The dark fruit has a little bit of a brandy characteristic to it. Next comes a plethora of barrel flavors that are balanced very nice with the malt profile. Bourbon is noticeable but not overpowering or hot, and lots of wood, vanilla, and even some coconut are in there also. The faintest taste of hops lingers toward the finish. Only a little bit of warmth hints at the ABV that Deliverance packs, and that little bit is actually pleasant.

Fairly high carbonation, but smooth and still full-bodied.

These Lost Abbey Barrel Aged strong ales are so expensive, but damn are they good. I can't resist trying every one I come across, and when I lived in Boston I swear there was one on-tap at the Sunset all the time, which made it even easier. Regardless of price, Deliverance is a very good beer that manages to balance a big malty body with nice barrel characteristics. Pretty good at hiding the big ABV, although you do know going into this one that it's going to pack a punch.

Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bungletronics for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is outstanding. I get a lot of roasted malt, along with some alcohol and chocolate.

The flavor is also excellent. The chocolate and roasted malt notes are great and those are complimented with a lot of notes from the bourbon barrel aging. I get some nice bourbon notes, as well as some maple and vanilla. There is also a little bit of nuttyness in the flavor which compliments the other parts very well.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best Lost Abbey beers I have tried.

Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ink black color with one finger of tan head that did not last very long before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Some alcohol as well.

Very hot and boozy. Complex flavor that is blended quite well. Hints of bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit. Brandy sweetness. The malt gives off some roasted and smokey flavor. If it was not so boozy I would rate the taste higher.

Thick, chewy, and rich body. Carbonation is well done for this type of beer.

A very interesting complex beer.

Photo of hansgruber
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml into a dfh snifter

Lovely nose of bourbon, chocolate, brandy, a touch of booze, vanilla, and some roasted malts for good measure.

Dark brown body with a small collar of foam and some surface activity making some very cool looking swirls. 

Tastes most of the bourbon and chocolate. The roasted character from the stout is also evident. Fairly boozy on the finish. 

Nice full mouthfeel. The carbonation is low but is very fitting for this beer.
The alcohol definitely warms you too.  

Very nice beer overall. Definitely impressed and wish I had another one. 

Photo of mcallister
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brow bordering on black. Nise psst of carbonation upon release of the cork. Creamy mocha head fades quickly into a ring around the glass with some molten like foam floating on top.

One of the best smelling beer I've had in quite a while. Layers of sweet and dark chocolates, toasted coconut, good amounts of bourbon and sweet brandy. Roasty with burnt caramel. Vanilla and oak. So succulent and woody. Dark fruits and some dried fruit goodnes as well as hints of earth and leather. Fig, date, prune, raisin, mollasses, plum. This nose has it all and more.

Just an amazing beer with very nice tounge tingling carbonation. Only thing keeping this from a 5 is the level of alcohol heat. Instant palate burn that follows through deep into the chest. But don't let this minute detail deter you from the level of delicious complexity this beauty throws out....christ. Thick, creamy, velvety luscious mouthfeel. A blend of brandy fruitiness and bourbon sweetness hit the entire palate and lingers and lingers. Full of toasty oak, coconut, vanilla bean,dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, tobacco, flint, oak, more woodsy boozy notes, prune, black fig, raisin, light anise, burnt sugar, molasses, reduction of dates and liquor. Some earthy notes and some wood tannin on the finish. So much going on and so damn complex. I've a couple more bottles in the cellar and this thing has years of cellarability.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light black with hardly any carbonation or head. No lacing and little bubbles forming around the rim of the glass.

S - Strong bourbon/wood flavor right from the beginning, followed by the strong flavors of an old ale and russian imperial stout. Very nice leather, molasses, charred wood aroma throughout as well.

T - Again, quite strong right from the beginning with huge bourbon flavors and the wood pops through excellently. It mellows out in the middle with a velvety smoke and oak flavor with caramelized marshmallow flavors and rich roasted dark chocolate. It finishes with a strong coffee-like flavor and a nice alcohol burn. Very intense, very rich, very good.

M - Very heavy body with low volumes of carbonation. Velvety on the palate and leave a nice burn down the esophagus after each sip; aka ABV is easily detectable. Wonderful transitions in flavor and definitely a sipper.

O - Another stellar offering from Lost Abbey. VERY strong beer with intense flavors and wonderful wood aging. The flavor complexions make it fun to drink but the intensity of it make it a wonderful sipper.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle into tulip. No batch number.

A: The vigorous pour created a thin layer of head, which sunk very quickly. A very still and low level of carbonation in the body, which is desired for an American Strong Ale. The body is near pitch black in color with hints a deep, dark mahogany. The head when it was formed was a rich khaki color. The lacing is light and foamy, with no real pattern. So far this looks to be a very promising Strong Ale.

S: The aroma is rich in bourbon and brandy notes. Nice tones of vanilla from the oak, and an overall smooth character. The malts do seem to take the forefront. With no real indication of hop aroma or bitterness.

T/M: The first sip gives off a creamy bliss of craft brewed warming, leading way to figs and plums. The Lingering taste is that of vanilla and oak, with the smoky charred aspect of bourbon and the rich sweetness of brandy. High in malt complexity, starting off from the taste which has a barley character, lending way to the mouthfeel texture of a full bodied stout. The sweetness really picks up at the end of the lingering taste and yearns for more. The relativity high ABV is well hidden by the barrel aging, and does not become a distraction to the enjoyment of this beer.

O: Overall I am very pleased with this Lost Abbey offering, high price, but even higher enjoyment levels. A bourbon character that is hard to match, without being too highly boozy. The ABV is warming, without being too overpowering to distract the palate from the other complexities that are being interchanged. Very grateful to have tried this limited blend.

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

BIG thanks to Trappistlover for this much welcomed surprise!

A: Yet another extremely black beer, however this one has some fantastic carbonation that sticks around throughout the journey! Wasn't expecting that since its barrel aged and a Lost Abbey beer. I am seeing some good lacing, thick and sticky.

S: Mmmm delicious bourbon my favorite. Getting some oak, vanilla, big O' malt, maybe some leather, hints of brandy but the bourbon pretty much overpowers it. Definitely detecting chocolate too. Alcohol is prevalent but not overpowering to me, although I tend to enjoy the big boozy stouts.

T: Oh yeah, that's daddys medicine right there, love this! Getting the port wine brandy flavor and the bourbon aftertaste. Mild burn as it goes down but not too much. Definitely taste some vanilla but its subtle I only notice it after the beer fully coats and sits awhile. I am also getting some bitter chocolate but that could be the booze talking...

O: I really enjoy this beer, too bad its hard to find and expensive. As I said before this is always a much welcomed treat! Thanks Dave.

Photo of jethrodium
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that leaves a very small amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is pretty awesome. Big bourbon, light vanilla, caramel, brandy, light leather, a bit of oak, chocolate, and a decent amount of alcohol. All the flavors come together quite nicely. The initial taste is sweet with some plum and bourbon. You also get some caramel, oak, chocolate, and brandy. The finish is pretty boozy with significant alcohol heat. Medium body. Low carbonation. Enjoyable beer. I would have rated the taste higher if there wasn't so much alcohol too it. I'm curious if this will get much better with time.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks goes out to plinytheyoungest for this beer. 375ml C&C bottle into a Delirium Tremens glass. Seems quite fitting for the "rapture".

A: Pours a dark, dark brown, practically black. An aggressive pour yields a small cap of tan bubbles that quickly fades to an island of bubbles in the center, and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S: Out of this world in the nose here, chocolate, brandy, bourbon, vanilla, oak, tons of things going on here. Brown sugar and molasses are really strong here as well. Really a fantastic smelling beer.

T: Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, whiskey and brown sugar all meld into this sweet decadent mix of liquid decadence. Decent amount of oak and spirit flavors mixed with the aforementioned attributes make this absolutely incredible. I don't know else to say about this. The only detractor is that there is a touch of oxidation on this beer. Other than that this is incredible.

M: Medium heavy body with a slight amount of carbonation, just enough to break things up and contribute to the overall creamy feeling here. Barrels add quite a bit of dryness, but it is really a sticky sweet beer. Surprisingly not a ton of heat either.

O: The best all around offering from LA that I've had, definitely worth the beers I traded for it. I am saddened that this is the second bottle of this that I've had. Such is life. Nicely done here. Very enjoyable.

Photo of oline73
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark mahogany/black color with some light coming through and giving the edges a reddish tint. There was a super thin layer of tan head that went away almost immediately.

Smell: Very sweet with the bourbon and brandy hitting the nose right off the bat. Strong notes of caramel and dark fruit with more subtle vanilla and chocolate notes in the background.

Taste: Initially this beer is quite sweet with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. The bourbon and brandy show up along with some dark fruit and maple. The alcohol and sweetness combine to carry you to the finish along with some roast. Everything blends together quite well.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a thick body and covers your mouth completely. The carbonation is very mild, perhaps it could use a touch more, but not a lot by any means. The finish is sticky and a bit slick.

Overall: This beer was a joy to drink. I just love the taste. I would definitely like more if we aren't all raptured out of here.

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

Pours into a Town Hall Brewery globe on 6/19/11.

Pours a dark brown with a fizzy brown head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing at all. Swirling the glass leaves a sticky resin on the glass.

Smells of lots of boozy bourbon and dark malts as well as a little fruit and vanilla.

Taste is of bourbon infused dark malts and vanilla/chocolate fruits. Taste is pleasant but the booze is very present.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate in weight. Resin sticks to the mouth and leaves a nice bitter mocha booze flavor left over.

Overall this is a good brew but the alcohol can make it tough to enjoy not only because it smashes out some of the taste but also I can't have more then one 375mL before my senses are dulled by the high ABV. Good beer though.

Photo of gorby10826
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most recent release

Picked up at a local store in chicago from the shelves.

Appears dark and viscous. Very little head.
Roast, slight sweetness, strong alcohol hit from the barrel aging. Maple and chocolate. If you like the counterparts you should like this. Smooth, full, viscous mouthfeel with slight carbonation.
Very enjoyable altogether, enjoyed it much better than the other non-sour LA beers.

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours with a deep darkness that allows for a bit of light to show through at the top of the glass. This pours with little to no foam, but does have the small carbonation swirls. Its aroma of deep dark chocolate, roast, and slight fig/raisin. Its taste is of deep rich oaked bourbon, with notes of dark chocolate and a sweet vanilla with a slight caramel. When it comes to mouthfeel it coats the tongue with a velvety texture. Overall, I was pretty impressed with this blend. I have had both of the parents of the blend and by themselves are amazing. On a whole this goes in the category of one of Tomme's/Lost Abbey's best beers to date. For the price this was worth it.

Photo of BZero007
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at Julios in MA.

Poured a clear light amber color with a off white head formed easily. The aroma from this concoction is just amazing and very enjoyable. Sweet malts that intermix with a fruit/liquor background power through on the profile for the flavors in this brew. The medium body is matched with a perfect amount of carbonation that pushes this well balanced aroma and flavor through.

A very enjoyable brew as in with most lost Abbey one off's or limited production it was too pricey for such a small bottle.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
12.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks to sweemzander for yet another brew!

A - Totally black with a low off tan head, tiny spots of lace cling to the glass but no real retention or head at all.

S - Warm alcohol surrounds the roasted black malt and molasses nose with a touch of maple syrup sweetness. Barrel brandy and wood is pretty strong in this one.

T - Heavy, sweet maple and molasses with thick chocolate and brandy alcohol to the finish.

M - Full-bodied and rich with a mild carbonation finish. Smooth but not and boozy.

O - Not bad, but this beer was certainly nothing special in a sea of heavy, boozy, strong beers.

Photo of brotherloco
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml C&C. 2010 bottling.

Pours deep dark brown with a finger of dark tan foam, settles to a fairly thick ring with large bubbles.

Smells tremendously good. I can pick out both the bourbon and brandy barrel notes. Sweet vanilla oaky goodness. Red wine vinegar. Milk, chocolate, and lots of dark fruit. Toffee and caramel. The slightest of alcohol burn as well, but a nice touch.

Taste is just a touch less perfect than the nose, but contains much of the same. Melted chocolate ice cream with a healthy amount of acidic fruit and bourbon flavor. Sweet cherry tinged caramel. Fills your mouth with a nicely toasted wood flavor as well. Lingering bourbon finish.

A medium to full body and thick mouthfeel, as would be expected. Heat from the ABV, but not much contribution to the flavor. No doubt this is a sipper.

Probably the best I've had from Lost Abbey. Looking forward to the next batch.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a deep, almost impenetrable brown with ruddy pumpkin highlights and a thin halo of mauve bubbles. Something resembling a head would be welcome, but otherwise quite photogenic.

Smell -- Figgy pudding, vanilla, brandy-soaked raisins, fudge. Medicinal alcohol is slightly sharp on the nose, but not a detraction.

Taste -- Angel's Share really dominates this beer: Lots of soft caramel, vanillin, bread pudding, rum cake, and fudge. Bourbon Serpent's Stout broadens the malt base of Angel's Share in terms of the roastiness and cafe mocha-like quality. It makes me think of eating a decadent desert at a nice restaurant. With the barrels, brandy is much more forward than the bourbon mid-palate, though oaky bourbon sweetness makes a comeback in the backend. Alcohol is certainly present, but it takes the form of a mild medicinal quality in the finish. Lingering flavors of bread pudding and bourbon.

Mouthfeel -- Thick and chewy with very mild carbonation, though not still. I shouldn't be surprised since half of this beer is Brandy Angel's Share. Bubbles aside, it's pleasantly velvety. It feels indulgent. Alcohol presence is mild, though a gentle warming of the throat is perceptible from the fist sip. Over time one feels like they should be sinking into a high back chair by the fire, surrounded by leather-bound books.

Overall -- This would be an ideal aperitif beer with it being so rich and decadent, and nearly still as if to mimic the classic after dinner drinks like port wine or brandy. It seems like the brief time I have abstained from drinking this has really benefitted Deliverance. The harsh phenolic alcohol so many had griped about seems to have mellowed moreover.

This is more a special variation on Angel's Share more than anything else. the only addition from Bourbon Serpent's Stout is some roastiness and bubbles. Thank goodness for those bubbles.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,713 ratings.