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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,605
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 338
Gots: 512 | 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)
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Photo of Damian
2.9/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquor, Somverville, MA
Vintage 2011
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a dark, murky brown with faint crimson highlights. Minimal carbonation. A thin film of saddle brown bubbles topped the liquid but they quickly dissipated into a thin, lasting ring of froth.

Bourbon and vanilla notes dominated the nose. The vanilla was incredibly fragrant and sweet. After a few minutes, roasted malts were apparent. Lots of dark fruits and raisins. Sweet brown sugar notes. The bourbon became even stronger as beer sat. Overall, super boozy but pleasant.

Flavorwise, the beer was initially undrinkable. A permeating alcohol sharpness completely overwhelmed my palate. Strong wood and tannin notes. Even with two years of age, this was a hot and boozy mess. As the beer warmed and opened up a bit, roasted malts and brown sugar notes appeared on the front end. Raisins and dark fruit were noticeable as well. The bourbon and brandy flavors still came through loud and clear, but they were not quite as piercing as earlier in the session.

The mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown. It was thinner and lighter in body with a fine and spritzy carbonation. Somewhat creamy and supple however. Frothy.

All the Angel's Share variants seemed to be quite boozy, but this beer takes the cake. I can only imagine how intolerably hot this must be fresh.

Damian, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of tom10101
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

tom10101, Mar 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Hopbrizio, Mar 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

fiver29, Mar 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Drag0nz, Mar 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

mscudder, Mar 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

dapatte2, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of weonfire
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this on tap at the Local Option in Chicago, IL served in a 10oz snifter.

A - The room was dark so I apologize if the color is off. It did look like a dark black murk, full finger of mocha head, and good lacing.

S - Sweet bourbon, chocolate, toffee, vanilla and aged fruit...maybe dates.

T - Initially: Chocolate, bourbon and toffee. Finish had some booze, slight hops but a mostly a coffee flavor. 12.5ABVs hidden very well.

M - Not as thick as you'd imagine. Low carbonation, high viscosity, creamy but not the ultra cream/velvet feel.

O - Very nice. But this beer had me confused. Maybe for the good, maybe for the bad depending how you look at it. This brew is very hard to classify. Has the look, smell and taste of an Imperial Stout. But the not yet the feel of one but more of an dark ale. Only beer I've had of its kind is Bell's BA Batch 9000. Both blur the lines between beer classification. Did wish there was more of the aged fruit flavor. Didn't taste much, or any at all.

weonfire, Mar 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

SirHefeweizen, Mar 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -36.2%

jrhuddle, Mar 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

nlfrenette, Mar 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

DruRho, Mar 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Sultz04, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Psychmusic, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

rgilbert, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Zman632, Mar 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

JonBlaze, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

jlindsey, Mar 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

stereosforgeeks, Mar 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Boilerfood, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

piconaut, Mar 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Snikwad1020, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into a pint glass, vintage 2013 "P" or "B" I can't tell
A: Pitch black but zero head whatsoever
S: Figs, plums, black licorice, a bit of bourbon
T: Bold, smooth with notes of dates, brown sugar, spice, hints of caramel, bourbon and candied cherry; the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden given its abv
M: Full-bodied, a bit viscous but smooth as can be; light carbonation
O: Well made and enjoyable to drink, though a bit pricey given what else I can get for far less. Worth a try though for sure

ONUMello, Mar 06, 2013
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,605 ratings.