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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,701 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,701
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 349
Gots: 531 | FT: 50
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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 hopkrid
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of danbeam
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The smell at first is slightly chemical, slightly piney, as it warms more coffee, espresso, cocoa. It it barely scented. I have my doubts.

At the first sip they are wiped away, drowned in a sea of majestic smoothness. Overwhelmingly strong raisins, brown sugar, dark roast coffee.

I'm too drunk to continue but this beer is grand.

Photo of mactrail
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sensational mellow boatload of flavors. On tap at Churchill Cigar Lounge in Old Town.

Black and velvety in the tulip. Lots of lacing and a handsome beige foam that persists to the last sip. Sprightly on the tongue, with the carbonation mingling with the hot alcohol.

Really sweet and boozy, but kept in check by the hoppiness. Not too bitter, not too woody. Tastes exactly like a whiskey barrel. Huge dark roasted malt flavor with the alcohol scratching at your throat. Sweet and glowering flavor, rich and buttery, endlessly rewarding sipping. The tap version was listed as 10.9% but who knows.

Photo of alwaysplayin
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ML corked bottle poured into a snifter

pours an extremely dark brown color with no head. none whatsoever...0 carbonation. not unusual considering this is from the lost abbey. smell is bourbon, though no overwhelmingly so. the taste is where this hits the mark. somewhat sweet, with a dominating bourbon flavor. very thick. alcohol is very present but not overbearing. if you are a fan of whiskey then this beer will be a favorite of yours... if that's not your thing, then stay away as you'll hate this one. as for me, bourbon is my favorite...so i really like this beer.

Photo of NWer
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of thegoon55
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

vintage 2012 into a three floyds teku

A- dark brownish black, light tan head.

S- strong strong smells of sweet bourbon and a hint of brandy. followed by some chocolate and mild fruit. (the more it warms the better it smells, sitting at room temp. this smells fantastic

T- strong barrel in the initial taste, very in your face chest warming followed by some nice dark fruits. very tasty beer.

M- medium bodied, medium carb.

O- good beer, glad i got to have it

Photo of GrantBrennan
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of magictacosinus
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Included in the first monthly "Beermageddon Night" with several people. Review is from my notes. I cannot thank Jon enough for bringing this to the tasting. Poured into a teku glass from a 375ml bottle. No bottling date, unfortunately, although this monster of a beer could probably age forever.

First off, we all know that the Lost Abbey is notorious for the under-carbonated beers, but this is ridiculous. It took about half a minute of struggling to take out the cork, and when it did, it dully opened with no pop of carbonation whatsoever. Pours absolutely no head to speak off, with a dark, almost violet looking film at the edges. It's pretty much opaque, but there's an interesting density change that happens at the center of the glass, ranging from black to a lightly tinged brown at the edges when held against the light. No alcohol leggings. When I got the dregs, there were some bubbles that showed up on the rim. A particularly intimidating looking beer indeed.

The smell, in particular, is ridiculously intense. Classic Lost Abbey raisin notes, plums, bourbon, brandy sweetness, chocolate, raspberries, blueberries, and syrupy sweetness piled way under a massive boozy backbone. I'm a huge fan of Serpent's Stout, and while I've never had Angel's Share, nor either of them aged in the respective barrels featured here, luckily the stout backbone in this beer seems to be winning. Maybe it's the power of bourbon, but regardless, it produces a more bready, roasted flavor that I find appealing over the presumably opposite intended reaction, which would be candied and vinous. Not bad at all, but definitely intense.

The flavor takes the insanity to the next level. This has a ton of heat! Flavors include chocolate, raisins, vanilla, charred wood (from SS), and vinous, fruity, candied flavors from AS. The brandy and bourbon in particular meld in a hedonistic way, to say the very least. Absolutely an explosion of all kinds of flavors that do indeed go well together, but still overwhelm the senses with the amount of alcohol dryness and soaked sweetness that occurs with every sip. This is one of the ultimate sipping beers I think I've had by them. I absolutely took my time with this thing throughout my small portion, and still felt the heat by the end. Totally nuts.

How does one review a beer this insane? I'm very glad I divided this with three other people. There's no way I could get through a bottle of this on my own. I would honestly suggest sitting on this for some time to let the heat drop a bit. The stout bourbon and brandy notes are really one of a kind here, but I must warn everyone of their overwhelming characteristics before drinking. This is definitely an ideal digestif, but is better consumed in small portions. Can't say I'd have it again any time soon, but I'm glad I got to try it. There's something to be said about recipes this ambitious in craft beer.

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4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12.7 oz bottle, 51 Degrees, served into snifter

A: Pours incredibly dark for an ale. Dark brown head.

S: Bourbon, chocolate, raisins, very complex.

T: Similar. Boozy, slightly hot, bourbon and brandy coming through.

M: More of the same. Thick, sticky, coating....

O: Great beer. Glad I tried one of these. Need to add this to the cellar.

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,701 ratings.