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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 420
Hads: 1,850
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 378
Gots: 560 | FT: 53
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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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Reviews: 420 | Hads: 1,850
Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Lost Abbey tulip. Pours a very dark brown that is verging on black. Nice to see some appropriate head from a Lost Abbey beer and this one looks pretty ideal

Smell is quite complex with an excellent presence of both bourbon and brandy with some oak, chocolate, vanilla, roast malt, caramel, toffee and everything else that is wonderful about these two blended adult beverages. Translates perfectly into the taste and I am already regretting not buying more of this when it was available. Mouthfeel is nice and thick with low, but fairly reasonable for the style. I wish I had another to drink after this one. (629 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of kdahnke123
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12.7oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A - A very dark pour with a medium brown head. The head lasted on briefly, leaving no lacing. It is fairly viscous, though, and leaves a thick coating with fingers on the glass when tipped.
S - Bourbon, vanilla, malt and chocolate. Smells heavenly!
T - Very smooth and balanced. Bourbon and chocolate malts up front with balanced hops and a little bite of alcohol on the finish.
M - Above average mouth coating with a moderate level of carbonation.
O - A very well integrated strong ale. The 12.5% abv is only apparent on the finish. Everything is very well balanced. Highly recommended. (627 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice to see this on-tap, just like Angel's Share, so much better paying $6 for a snifter than $18 for a possibly flat 375ml...

Pours just about black, some red highlights. Tan head starts at about a finger and retains decently for a while, eventually becoming a thin ring, pretty good for the ABV though.

Awesome, decadent smell...rich chocolate cake smothered in raspberry sauce and bourbon, a bit boozy but not a bother, great strength as well.

Taste is of similar greatness -- lots of delicious, fudgy chocolate brownie, caramel malts, dark fruits (jammy in a way), bourbon, oak, some vanilla. Much boozier than the scent unfortunately which drags it down a bit. Somehow well-balanced, but huge.

Mouthfeel is certainly hot, but the balance, smoothness and carbonation are well-done.

Somehow this blend of stout, strong ale, bourbon barrel and brandy barrel turns into an excellent concoction, the flavors from each entity are there and huge. The booze makes this a slow sipper for sure, I'm sure it would benefit from some aging. (1,038 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very excited to find this at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley. Brought back to Australia with me, and shared with @LaitueGonflable.

I shouldn't have been surprised at the colour, but I was, a deep dark brown, opaque, only turning slightly lighter at the edges. Head is fine, and crispy, a roasted brown tinged ochre. Lacing is minimal, but the body is heavy, which may explain it somewhat. Looks very nice.

Nose is a fabulous melange of different flavours. Big chocolate characters, and lots of sweet vanilla, giving a rich, smooth basis. Some roastiness, and a lightly sulphurous egg character, which oddly deepens the other notes. Certainly hints of astringent booze, but they blend so perfectly with the vanilla, giving up characters of coconut and white rum. Ooh, so much devilish deliciousness. It's an astonishingly good nose.

Taste matches, although there is a lightening from the blending, giving a more pleasant hop character. This provides a counterpoint (and perhaps an excuse) for the strong boozy note which is present here. It blends very nicely with the roasted characters, which combine to form a chocolate liqueur complexity. Feel is smooth and robust.

Ooh, it's a lovely beer. Roasty, complex, boozy, chocolate, sweet and rich. Really fantastically good, and such an inspired blend of two other good beers. But where other blendings seem to just provide the average of their component parts, this one has synergy which propels it to true excellence. (1,467 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL (purchased July 2011) into a tulip. Barely a pfft when uncorked. Pours a murky brown with garnet edges. Just a thin film of bubbles quickly dissipates, tan collar rings the glass. A quick swirl brings back a few bubbles.

Aroma is deep and rich. Rum-soaked prunes and dates, vanilla, pipe tobacco, sugary raisins, chocolate, toffee, smoke... goes on and on.

Taste is just as multifaceted as the nose. Brandy and bourbon, smoke, vanilla, oak, chocolate, dark fruits, warming booze. Complex as a fine wine.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with a nice smoky finish. Just enough carbonation to keep it from being sticky or syrupy, but only just.

Overall an outstanding marriage of barrels and beer. Probably my favorite Lost Abbey beer ever. (743 characters)

Photo of Tonerelia
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into a Snifter.

A: Dark black charcoal color absolutely no head

S: Toffee, Caramel, Bourbon, and a resounding sweet brandy smell

T: Initially starts off sweet with the taste of brandy then the caramel and toffee tastes come in then rounds off with a little hint of chocolate that stays in your mouth. Surprisingly due to the chocolate being the last taste you get the after taste is very pleasant

M: Smooth and very light for such a strong beer, goes down easier than most beers this strong/big. Very light carbonation!

O: Although it is very expensive I would purchase it again it is a good once and a while type beer. It is very pleasant and has many of the qualities that I enjoy in beers. I know the expense of this beer is a big deterrent to many people but in my opinion because it exemplifies the qualities that i look for in big beers, good palatability, good taste, not a bad mouthfeel, and wonderful complexity that isn't overwhelming I will certainly be recommending this beer to others and purchasing it again. (1,050 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Super deep ruby, nearly black, small head has little retention and lacing.

S/T - Oak and barrel forward. Strong oak, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, tannins up front, then transitions smoothly through the finish, finishing with the stout-like qualities of roast coffee, and rich chocolate. Booze heat is expected and welcomed.

M - Full body, lively carbonation, yet stays smooth. Expected noticeable booze, warming.

O - Taste is superb. Is it worth the price of the bottle? I'm not sure about that, and I'm glad I had the op to have it on tap first. (552 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, 2012 release, poured into a snifter. Beer pours a dark mahogany brown, opaque, with a finger of tan color creamy head. Minimal head retention as it dissipated to a thin film, with a few spots of lacing. A few bubbles of carbonation at the edge of the glass.

Nose is sweet chocolate, leather, tobacco, dark caramel, coffee, with some earthy, nutty, and woody aromas. Even cool on the initial pour, there was a nice balanced aroma to the beer, though a bit of the alcohol heat came through as the beer warmed.

Taste follows the nose, sweet chocolate and the leather and tobacco upfront, with some bitter coffee and burnt caramel flavors following. Earthy barrel flavors come through mid tongue, with some sweeter vanilla notes. Lingering sweet chocolate and bourbon flavors on the tongue.

Full body with minimal carbonation, maybe a bubble of carbonation pricking the tongue here and there. Not too syrupy though, mainly creamy and slightly chewy. A bit of alcohol warmth on the back of the throat, but still very drinkable for big beer. I'm not a big fan of the brandy Angel's Share, but this blend with a bourbon barrel aged Serpent's Stout was enjoyable. (1,168 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very dark brown, almost black. Full tan head on the pour that recedes to a nice ring.
Smell: awesome. The barrel ageing is obvious and done well. Rich cocoa and caramel.
Taste: more silky, rich goodness. All the flavors in the nose.
Mouthfeel: full and silky.
Overall: wonderful beer. Love Serpents and Angel's Share. This is it's own beer. (354 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a viscous dark brown/nearly black color with pretty much no head to speak of at all.

S: Awesome notes of bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate cake and some faint dark fruit. Amazing stuff.

T: Opens on the sweet side with some raisin bread, vanilla, fudge and dark fruit and then dries out and finishes with some burnt raisin, roasted malt and glorious bourbon. A great warming sensation with every sip without feeling too hot. This is without a doubt my favorite Lost Abbey beer to date. (502 characters)

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage poured from bottle into a snifter

Pours the darkest of browns with a film of tan head. There isn't much more to the head but a few mingling bubbles around the rim of the glass.

The smell is a cacophony of sweet, rich aromas. Bourbon, vanilla, figs and honey. Bourbon soaked chocolate cake with fresh vanilla beans. Alcohol esters linger towards the back...and this is where the brandy kicks in. There is a clear distinction between the bourbon and brandy. What an impressive blend.

Wow, the first sip is greeted by fiery bourbon, vanilla, licorice, oak and brandy. My mouth is instantly coated by a rich, sticky sweetness. An outstanding compliment to the sharp bourbon and brandy. Very long finish. Mellows significantly after the initial burn.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation that leaves behind a great deal of stickiness. I could have just took one sip and had my mouth coated for the whole night. Sufficed to say, this one's a slow sipper.

Deliverance is ripe with divine, rich flavors. Sure it's really hot, but that doesn't affect how damn delicious it is. It's a beast of a beer. One that requires all your time and attention. Drink one now and lay one down for a few years down the road. This is outstanding stuff. (1,244 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark, deep brown. Carbonation is, as expected, extremely light, but there was a faint pop at least when the bottle opened. A thin ring of tan head results.

S-Lovely charred oak, bourbon and brandy, marshmallow, brown sugar. Yup, my favorite things in a nightcap.

T-As with the nose, lots of rich flavor and appropriate boozy heat. Brown sugar, oakiness, vanilla, bourbon and brandy, good warmth.

M-Not as heavy as you'd think, given the ABV and light carbonation. Alcohol lingers pleasantly.

O-Pretty damn good beer. A great nightcap.

HV (552 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my duvel tulip from a cork caged 375.

A- pours deep murky brown/ almost black, nice two finger slightly chocolate head that settles into a half finger and never fully disappears...

S- brandy, toasty oak, caramel, vanilla, light raisiny dark fruit, chocolate, hints of burbon , alcohol, very complex, very delicious

T- raisin, brandy mingle deliciously, on the front with clear characters of oak. Vanilla, chocolate and burbon on the end, notes of caramel an intensely complex brew, tons of flavor working wonderfully.

M- full bodied and creamy low/medium carbonation, although the carbonation from the serpent stout, and effervescence staid with the beer nicley, even with barrel aging. Very drinkable considering the abv,

O- an awesome blend of two great barrel age beers, both complimenting the others strong suit, Awesome all the way around. (863 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter--2010 vintage enjoyed on 3/20/12.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with red hues. There is no head at all but a bit of white wisps that disappear very quickly.

N: Beautifully boozy with lots of raisons and plum.

T/M: Sweet and boozy but not overwhelmingly hot. Raisins and plums with a touch of toasted coconuts & chocolate. The body is medium, not too heavy, and finishes with a little bit of heat.

This beer is fantastic. The year of cellaring at optimal temperatures (thanks for caring about the condition of your beers, Dee!) has done this one so well! It has mellowed out perfectly so that the heat is less powerful. It has lost a touch of its coconut flavor, but this is very mild. (718 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 4/4/12

Poured from a bottle into a 5.5 oz. Firestone Walker snifter. Pours jet black with a thin mocha cap. Head recedes quickly. The nose is boozy with hints of vanilla and coffee. You can smell both brandy and bourbon, although the brandy is more prevalent. This is a fabulous tasting beer. It's like a coffee stout with some of the best barrel notes ever. Vanilla is present but subtle. This is all about the barrels. You can detect both the bourbon and brandy in harmony. The mouth si sooo smooth. Straight silk. Yet, it has a touch of effervescence to it. Great finish. Thank you, Lost Abbey. This is how it's fuckin' done. (643 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of 4thmedbn
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of codewarrior
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork and Caged 375mL Poured into a Tulip.

This was my contribution to my friend T's tasting. Thankfully it stood up to some of the massive brews he pulled out.

L: Pours a thick black with a wispy touch at cream-foam head. For how thick it is, I expected yet thicker.

S: Massively malt forward with the Angel's Share right up front, overtaken by a mealy stout middle, overtaken by bourbon wonderfulness. The 3 flavors fade wonderfully together, into a malty, boozy, mealy finish. Great balance for how much is going on here. Never turns into the mess i expected.

T: Blend is more horizontal in the mouth than the nose, the 3-components rise up as one into a wonderfully over-powering middle. After that the malt drops out in favor of a bourbon-y stout wonderfulness. Perfection, for all it's overwhelming magnificence.

F: Thick, but not thick enough. Effervescent carbonation is perfect and makes the beer seem almost light. Still, I'm looking for some pretty massive (read: Cafe Royale) type viscosity here.

D: More please. Surprisingly drinkable for a sipper. (1,066 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad I was able to find some bottles of this because I missed it when it was actually out.

Pours a deep brown color. No head and almost looked like it poured flat. Was worried I had another flat Lost Abbey Beer. Had a little bit of bubbles surface after a second or two.

Aroma is awesome. Tons of dark fruits mixed with some toasted sugars, caramel and roasted malts. Little bit of booz and bourbon oakyness.

Taste is excellent. Starts off tasting like Angels Share then finishes as Serpents Stout with a strong vanilla flavor lingering on your tongue with the roasted malt bitterness. Sooo awesome.

Mouthfeel could use a little more carb IMO but it's not bad. Light carb side but it's there for sure. I feel a heavier beer needs a little more carb to counter the viscosity.

Overall an awesome beer I want to sit on for a while to see how it changes. Glad I picked a few up. (879 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 8/5/12

A- Black, though at edges some brown shows. Tiny head immediately dissipates, but carbonation continues to flow.

S- Aroma of dark fruits; plums, raisins, and a solid dose of booze.

T- A lot of smokey/roasty malts in the taste that wasn't there in the nose. The wood and bourbon comes through in the middle, and it finishes with booze and dark fruits.

M- The mouthfeel is medium to thick.

O- This is a very tasty brew, but one of the biggest sippers out there as they don't hide the booze one bit! (533 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of cradke
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (638 characters)

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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