1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

Not Rated.
DeliveranceDeliverance

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,605 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,605
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 338
Gots: 511 | FT: 53
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,605 | Reviews: 396 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan!

Deep brown hue, bordering on black with a good sized beige head that leaves a healthy amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of brandy, alcohol, and roasted malt. The taste follows suit. The feel is medium to thick in body with a very strong alcohol presence, most notably brandy. This is a very tasty beer and definitely worthwhile. Great for sharing a few ways, as this is best in small doses.

Huhzubendah, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of dragonWhale
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lie down with me Lost Abbey!
Alongside the Bourbon, the Brandy, the GC..

It pops, it pours..a loud brown, slight brown shade of head. This was poured to loud cheers, squawks, and scrambling. The decadence of the gods liquified upon descent to earth..Brandy and vanilla, oak, caramel, and toffee. Sweet burnt malts, candy for the fools among us. It demands your attention, draws you in with the lusty pleasures of the gods. But it is their whim, not yours. And so, your glass is now empty.

dragonWhale, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short poured from a 375 ml bottle into my Chimay goblet. a little bit of head (enough to know it's carbonated), and dark blackish brown body. The fruity Brandy barrel and Vanilla caramelish Bourbon barrel come through hugely on the nose, as do notes of chocolate and coffee. Some raisin/fig/prune stuff goin on as well. Bourbonbrandydeliciousness on the mouth. A lot of chocolate and Coffee Nip candy flavor. A rich espresso lingering finish. The flavor keeps changing in my mouth. I am in love. The mouth is nice and creamy and adequately carbonated. Drinks pretty well given it's 12 %. Only a few sips and I already feel warm.

WestValleyIPA, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of rye726
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad we got this in Colorado. $16/bottle though, ouch!

Pours a dark mahogany with a silky tan head. Light lace.

Nose has oak, whiskey, caramel, toffee, roasty malts, hops and chocolate.

Taste has lots of sweet caramelized candy that is well balanced by some dark roasty malts and floral hops. Nice bourbon, wood and vanilla flavors from the barrels.

Medium to full body, well carbonated. Finish a bit thin. Another nice BA blend from Lost Abbey.

rye726, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey at the LA/Port takeover night.

Dark murky brown almost black, with a dark creamy head, and a nice lacing.

Nose starts with a little bourbon, light oak and vanilla, lots of roast, coffee, and some chocolate, caramel and oatmeal little vanilla, woody esthers. A chewy malt like aroma as well, with a bit of booze as well.

Taste loaded with coffee, roasted, little chocolate. Little oatmeal. Very light warming booze at first which builds as it warms. Chewy malts and creamy smooth candy like almost marshmellow nougat flavor. Fluffy little bakers choc. Light bitterness from earthy pillowy hops and roasted malts. Little tobacco. Still got plenty of woody esthers and some oak and vanilla flavors. Sticky sweet finish, coats the mouth little booze, long roasted malt finish.

Mouth is pretty thick, smooth and pretty creamy, but some tingly booze, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability isn't the greatest, it's pretty boozy and thick and chewy, a bit of a sticky sweetness on the finish as well, but smooth and delicious. I think I'll get a couple bottles and leave them in the cellar for a while.

jlindros, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of kkipple
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Craytonic popped this to get the wild taste of De Cam Gueze outta our mouths... thanks!

375ml bottle.

A. Very dark brown black into the glass. A dense, fat head is eventually spotty. Looks heavy... like Older Viscosity...

S. Hmm.. hefty booze up front, but lots of barrel too (Angel's Share...), vanilla, buttery barrel notes, a good amount of depth here; coffee, peanuts, cocoa, etc. In the nose, the Angel's Share wins out over the Serpent's Stout, but both are better for the other.

T. Now we're talking! Big and sweet - think Bourbon County - but smoother than it should be. You know this is boozy but it never seems to be bracing; the complex, slightly vinous and nutty barrel notes wrap themselves up tight against the sweet, rich brownie-batter grain-juice and stay there the whole time. The rush of coffee-bitter roast here helps immensely and keeps Deliverance from becoming too lush and sugary. There's a chocolate fudge flavor too, and as the beer warms, a little sour red grape. Excellent, complex, and fun.

M / D. Slick, heavy, warm, complex, low carbonation BUT it is adequate and as much as I dislike Tomme and his flat beers, this isn't one of them.

Frankly, Deliverance is one of the best beers I've had from Lost Abbey in a few years, Isabelle not withstanding. This small bottle is perfect for splitting with a good buddy on a cold night, and I hope this gets made again.

kkipple, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Lazerlobe
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Opens with a satisfying 'pop'. Dark brown brew capped with mocha head that does not have much staying power.

S: Buncha barrel on this guy. Rich toffee, dark chocolate cake batter, oaky vanilla and brandy. The brandy comes out as volatile, oozing the booze.

T: Saints alive! Creamy chocolate melds with buttery toffee and medium roast espresso, eliciting a smile on the reviewer. The only thing preventing a 5 on here is the heavy and hot booze that burns the mouth and makes it challenging to swallow. This is a strong candidate for aging.

M: As much as I appreciate the balance and feel, the heat tempers the score here too.

D: A well composed blend that will likely benefit from a cellared vacation.

Lazerlobe, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sending this!

Pours nearly black with a small dark tannish foam initially, though subsequent pours weren't as lively. A very little bit of lace.

Aroma is just huge barrel impact. Boozy, intense bourbon, fudge, charred wood, sweet caramels. The taste as well is sweet, just huge barrel flavors here. Tons of caramel, darker cocoa robustness but no real bitter roasty edge. Boozy in the finish with a deep raisin note. The mouthfeel is actually pretty good, medium-full with a light carbonation to an appropriate level (gasp).

Really robust intense flavors here so if that is your thing go right ahead, but many might be turned off by the alcohol.

Ineedabeerhere, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from nerd...thanks man!! Poured from a 375ml cork and caged bottle into my Portsmouth snifter/tulip glass. Pours a very dark brownish-black color, with just the smallest hint of mahogany. Appears to have little carbonation, as a very small dark tan head forms. Head is creamy, and when it dissipates, it remains as a very smooth surface of cream. Leaves a quick sliding fizzy lace. Overall, a very nice and inviting looking beer!

Aroma is right where I expected it. Brandy, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, toasted malts, and molasses.

Very tasty! Huge warmth from the mixture in the brandy and bourbon. Big chocolate/coffee notes. The full body comes in very, very sweet...with the booze warmth attacking the second it hits your lips. The beer finishes as delicious and sweet as it starts. This beer is excellent! Tomme continues to make some of the best barrel aged beers around. Just wish there was more of this produced...because I bet this beer will age with the best of them! Carbonation is low, but there...and doesn't hurt the beer one bit. Booze is high, and drinkability is surprisingly high for such a full body beer.

ShadesOfGray, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of soze47
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Tomme Arthur Tap Take-over at the Armsbey Abbey in Worcester, MA on 11/03/10.

Appearance:
Brownish-black in color with a deeply tan, thick head. Looks luscious.

Aroma:
Booziness wafts out of this one. Dark fruits and raisins come to mind. Rich nose here.

Taste:
Rich flavor here that plays in the roasted malt, dark fruit, and rum-soaked raisin sandboxes. Great taste and melding.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability:
Heat keeps the linger going on this one, but the mouthfeel is pretty slick and not cloying. I think this is a great night cap or dessert beer. Not one to drink a lot of by any means.

Overall:
I liked this beer a lot, but may only come back to it when looking for a good dessert pairing. I imagine this would be awesome with bread pudding. With the hefty price tag I saw on this one, I'm glad I was able to sample it at an event.

33 Beers Flavor Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 3.5
Dark Fruit: 5
Citrus Fruit: 1
Hoppy (pine): 1.5
Floral: 1.5
Spicy: 2
Herbal: 2
Malty: 4.5
Toffee: 3
Burnt: 3
Sweet: 3.5
Sour: 1.5
Bitter: 2
Astringent: 1
Body: 4
Linger: 3

soze47, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little over 12 oz bottle, for what you'd usually pay for at least a .500, but let's get on with it.

A - Nearly black with reddish notes. Quarter inch tan head that actually stays for some time. Persistent lace.

S - Sweet dark malt and booze hit you right up front. I smell the bourbon and the brandy. There is a whiskey and a fruitier booze melded here.

T - It is what is labeled - I can taste the Serpent Stout and the Angel Share here. It's a nice blend. Fun. American Strong Ale, with Stout attributes, all aged in boozy barrels. Nice.

M - OK, if nothing else, IT IS CARBONATED. Way to go, Tomme! The malt is pretty sweet, but the booze cuts it a little. Over all, stays on the sweet side.

D - It's a small bottle as I said, but it is enough for me. I still wish it had been a .500 for the price and I could have shared it with a friend. Nice stuff.

srandycarter, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of andrewinski1
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from nerd; another generous extra! Poured into a tulip. Nice very black. The pour seems thick and oily. A quarter inch head covers the body.

About all I can smell at first is chocolate. Lots of sweet chocolate. A noticeable vanilla aroma is also present. A hint of mocha is also noted. These are a lot of the same aromas found in many barrel aged beers, but this is probably one of the most potent ones if had a whiff of.

Very complex taste here. The velvety feeling is noticed first, so I'm bringing it up before the taste. I nice coffee sweetness is how this beer starts, but it finishes with a sting of vanilla and bourbon. There is a bit of heat in the finish.

As noted before, this one has a nice velvety feel, kind of like a thicker Kate the Great.

Not too drinkable, but a very enjoyable sipper. Love it.

andrewinski1, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of GabrielM
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - pretty damn awesome! Black as night, like a stout, but with a much thinner consistency. Also a nice tan head on top for a few moments.

S - bourbon, brandy, oak, vanilla, burnt sugar, espresso.

T - same as the nose, but there's definitely a sweet taste to it, which I'm assuming is from the brandy.

M - nice carbonation, a good array of flavors, but a little sweet and hot still.

D - I should've let this one sit for a while, but it was my first and I always like trying one fresh before I age it. Angel's Share bourbon is one of my all time favorite brews and I guess I was kinda expecting Deliverance to be like it, but it's not quite on the same level. Definitely delicious, but the heat from this one is much more pronounced and a little unpleasant when compared to that of a fresh Angel's Share.

GabrielM, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into an oversized red wine glass. Pours cola brown with 1/4 inch of chocolate milk colored head. Leaves almost no lacing.

S-Smells heavily of Angel's Share. An oak bomb. Slightly phenolic.

T/M-Tastes like a slightly roastier Angel's Share. All oak up front. Some of the roasty malts come through mid-palate, but there's a lack of complexity here. Body is soft, like heavy whipping cream. The finish falls off. Surprisingly abrupt.

D-There is a real arrogance in charging $20 for a 12oz bottle of this. Who do Lost Abbey think they're fooling? This beer is ridiculously overpriced, for how little complexity it has. Ultimately it's pretty good, but feels incomplete and underdone. This is why I rarely buy Tomme's limited releases.

DaveHS, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of rhodeska
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer overall, thanks to Fuson and Marky Mark for finding this at Binny's for me.

Smelled the bourbon as soon as the bottle was opened, basically. That was the predominant smell, I got some chocolate or cocoa in there too, but the bourbon was dominant.

Look was great, poured into a glass with just a little head, nice and dark, looks very velvety. Still smelled great.

First taste, got a very surprisingly mild bourbon taste for the smell, still enough to warm you on the way down, but not overpowering enough to burn or make me think that it was one-dimensional. Still got some small background of chocolate and sweetness.

Delicious the whole way through, much more drinkable than my normal bourbon beers, really great beer for my first Lost Abbey tasting!

rhodeska, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of fear025
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma:Bourbon, vanilla, raisins, currants, hot alcohol, reminiscent of a cake batter.

Appearance:Dark mahogany in color, very little head, good lacing.

Taste:Lots of bourbon, dark malts, walnut.

Mouthfeel:Medium to thick body. Harsh alcohol burn, good carbonation.

Drinkability:It's a good sipper, but it's got some harsh notes that will probably do well with some age on it.

fear025, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of GoGriz
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from stfun37, thanks man.

Pours a dark cola in color with minimal head and no lacing. A light mocha ring sticks with the beer as I drink it down. The smell is fantastic with a number of different scents making an appearance (butterscotch, fig, molasses, malt and more). Really a nice smelling beer. Taste is equally appealing and similar to the nose. I am blown away by the lack of hotness on this one as I expected the alcohol to hit the roof of my mouth and it didn't at all. A dynamic beer. Great mouthfeel too with an initial carb tingle foloowed by nice creamyness. The alcohol catches up with me in my throat after several swigs and hurts the drinkability but minimally.

Search this one out if you like a rich and flavorful brew.

GoGriz, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was pricy but I'm a sucker for rip-offs. I found this for $17.99, small Lost Abbey bottle. Poured last night with a couple of other guys before a poker game, not a wise choice but then again we drank beer through the entire evening so the poker wasn't too serious.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color, completely opaque and with a very thin tan foam. It smells just the way I like barrel aged beers to smell, lots of brandy and bourbon, vanilla and toffee and all manner of sweet things. One of the best non-wild aromas I've had from Lost Abbey to date.

It tastes nearly perfect but maybe a little hot, then again it could be the bourbon/brandy flavors are to blame for the recognition of alcohol flavor. Beyond that there's some malty sweetness, not too much roastiness but more sweetness. The vanilla and chocolate notes come together like dessert.

Good carbonation, which is an unexpected treat in a Lost Abbey beer. Very well done all around. Now they just have to reduce their costs.

TurdFurgison, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of waltonc
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to OtakuAle for the trade. Pours dark brown with plenty of carbonation. Smells a lot like Angels Share - loads of bourbon, vanilla, fruit, spice. Tastes quite good - bourbon, caramel, vanilla, fruit. A sweet malt bomb. Tons of alcohol is present in the flavor and it's really hot. About as conspicuous a burning hot alcohol beer as I can recall having had. That said, this is a nice sipper and is easily shared with a friend despite being only 375 ml. Body is on the thick side with medium carbonation appropriate for the style. Overall, I like this beer, but for the price and given the alcohol heat, one is enough for me.

waltonc, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yay! Carbonation haha. Poured a brownish amber with good carbonation and a beige head

S: Big and good. Lots of vanilla, wood, topacco, caramel, dark fruits, molasses

T: Wow. Follows the nose well. Does not feel like 12.5 ABV to me. Booze is sharp on the end but ohter than it is just mild heat. Vanilla, wood, tobacco, caramel, dark fruits, molasses, toffee, bourbon

M: Good, warm, balanced as a beer this big can be

D: very, very good! Not sure I would pay the freight on this again but it was worth trying once for sure.

barleywinefiend, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of craytonic
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with kkipple

Appearance: pour is a dark-mahogany with a light tan head, some head and lacing

smell: toffee, fudge, caramel, rated malts, faint bourbon and vanilla

Taste: Similar to the aroma, fudge, toffee, caramel, and faint bourbon, vanilla and oak. O wish the bourbon elements were a bit more pronounced, kkipple enjoyed this one much more than I did. I don't think it compares to Angle's Share grand cru. I have never really been crazy about serpent's stout and it is too present here.

Mouthfeel: smooth, nice soft carbonation, perhaps a bit thin.

Drinkability: I was glad I split this one with someone; glad it was only 375ml

craytonic, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing this highly sought and priced beer.

The pours a deep blackness topped by a decent amount of tan foam. The nose comprises of most things heavy. There is some coffee, chocolate, whiskey, brandy, and oak along with various other sweet fruits that are hard to pick out amongst the myriad of aromas present. The flavor is wonderful. It tastes up front as if there is a very cherry-whiskey-syrupy flavor that is masked due to the smoothness of the beer. All of the sudden after you have finished with the mouthful, BAM! You are hit with the woody oak flavor that is quite unparalleled. It is a deep rich flavor, but a bit on the strong and boozy side. It's really a delicious beer and a heavy recommendation for anyone willing to shell out the cash required to purchase one of these bad boys.

Vdubb86, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this today at Berman's in Lexington. Very cool artwork of angels and demons fighting over somebody. The color is almost completely black, with just a small amount of lacing as far as the head goes. The nose is of molten chocolate cake, molasses, and naturally brandy and bourbon. Wow, the alcohol is very present in the taste, giving it the feel of a spirit. Very similar to the nose, but there are some underlying fruit notes that makes it all the more interesting. Despite the heat from the alcohol, the mouthfeel is not especially huge, more in the middle I would say. The carbonation is also kept in check well. Like enjoying a spirit neat or on the rocks, this is one to sip slowly, and let develop as it warms to room temperature. Although grossly overpriced, this is another quality brew from Lost Abbey. I would be interested in trying the Bourbon barrel aged Serpent Stout, which is one of the brews (along with Brandy Angel's Share) blended in here. Cheers

jamie2dope, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Glad to see this made a wider distribution than I originally had thought. It pours a deathly black topped by about three-quarters of a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises molasses, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, oak, whiskey, vanilla, and maple syrup. The taste leads with all of those lovely dark notes, similarly to a rich imperial stout, but then a secondary wave of whiskey-infused oak criss-crosses the tongue, colliding with the original flavor inhabitants. It's quite an experience, and an altogether pleasant one, at that. The body is quite hefty, with a light carbonation and a syrupy, almost chewy feel. Honestly, if it were a bit thicker/heavier, this would have been perfect, I think. Overall, a very tasty cuvee, one that finally lives up to the usual Lost Abbey hype machine.

TMoney2591, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blend of bourbon Serpent's Stout and brandy Angel's Share pours into my glass a wonderfully deep viscous black with a half inch of dark tan foam on top. Aromas seep out with rich dark malts, raisins, dark fruits, toffee, caramel and char. Loads of oak melding with bright bourbon and sweet brandy accents. Vanilla and alcohol soaked wood. Enticing and complex!

First sip brings a smooth melding of bourbon and brandy alongside dark roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, raisins and dark fruits. Vanilla and woody oak tones seamlessly float across the palate. Toffee with a burnt accent. Flows down with some alcohol heat, bitterness and lingering sweet brandy. The best of both brews shine through here in this intoxicating brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Not overly heavy and goes down smooth considering the high gravity here. Overall, this ranks up there as one of my favorite Lost Abbey releases...the melding of bourbon and brandy is quite nice.

orbitalr0x, Oct 16, 2010
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,605 ratings.