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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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1,704 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,704
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 351
Gots: 530 | 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 tbone1384
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%

Photo of coriswrasse
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle bought in Summer 2013 at Minogues in Saratoga Springs NY. Hand written 2013 visible on label.

Bottle says 12.5% unlike the header for this beer.

Pours no head. Very dark. A bright flashlight cannot be seen through the beer without looking through the top showing a dark hued deep amber red. Appears very low carbonation. Smell is cocoa, chocolate and oak; very nice. Taste is mouth meltingly delicious. Chocolate, malty goodness with hints of dry oak and nut with slight hints of brandy and fruit. Mouth-feel is medium to full bodied goodness and it hangs around. I really like this beer and it is a must have.

Photo of bpasquini
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours pitch black and leaves a solid head that looks like slightly browner frothy espresso, looks magnificent with the head, but it quickly goes away and leaves no lacing except for a small ring around the glass, love the way this beer looks, granted most stouts are pitch black but there are certain one's that really catch your eye for some reason and this is one of those beers

S: Blown away in this category as well, every time you smell this beer you notice something a little different or you pick up a stronger hint of a smell, , the strongest smell I get is vanilla from the oak and quickly followed by a strong but not overwhelming brandy presence, great mixture from the two, I also get a slight hint of anise, a nice amount of chocolate, slight hint of tobacco, and slight hint of coffee, sometimes I get a slight hint of dark fruits as well which only adds to the already exceptional smell, sometimes I get a very very light caramel presence as well, absolutely fantastic!

T: At first I was going to rate this at a 4.25 because the flavor seems very mashed together, not a whole lot of complexity to it, but the more you drink it and let the beer warm, the more complex it gets. Right away you get that oak vanilla and brandy mixture which is phenomenal, vanilla is present throughout in this beer, but it is not overbearing or sweet, perfect balance for it, after the initial barrel presences it is followed with a slight amount of anise, great chocolate/coffee/tobacco mixture and a slight presence of those dark slightly tart fruits, outstanding flavor, the taste follows the nose, the more you search in this beer the more you find, transitions nicely as the beer warms and the more you drink it

M: this is the category I am a little upset with, the feel is great, but it doesn't quite go with this beer IMO, the feel is medium bodied and I think a beer with a flavor profile like this needs to have a thick mouthfeel, this is the kind of beer that you like to sit down and relax and sip on it for awhile, and that thick mouthfeel IMO would make it just that much better

O: Excellent beer, one of the best barrel blends I have ever had, I almost regretted buying this beer because of the price tag, but now I am wishing I picked up a couple more, and will be buying this any time I see it at a bottle shop, must try!

Photo of ryanfolty
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by bvery at Darkness Day 2012, thanks dude! Dark with some head. Aroma and taste as expected, just a delicious mix of an imperial stout and barleywine (my two favorite styles) with the yummy bourbon. Need to try this again and rate under more ideal conditions.

Photo of GoldenVIKE
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep dark chocolate brown. Decent beige head for the style which quickly dissipates into a ring. Leaves a nice sticky lace.

S: Nice balance of both bourbon and brandy in the nose, with roasty coffee, dark fruit, vanilla, and fudge. Really intense and amazing.

T: One of the most amazingly complex and orgasmic beers I've ever had. You get all of the sweet flavors mentioned in the smell and they are complimented with plenty of brandy and a strong bourbon kick. Nice balanced heat.

M: In spite of being low on carbonation, this is very frothy and silky. It's got that thick motor oil viscosity of a great RIS, which I was surprised with due to it being a blend. It really does retain the best elements of both styles in the blend.

O: I'm a huge fan of dark barrel-aged beers, and I'd say this is one of my all-time favorites. It's a great winter sipper.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a small light tan head. In the aroma, huge bourbon presence. In the taste, mellow bourbon notes, with a small malty roast in the there. A small alcohol bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry vanilla and bourbon like aftertaste. Big bourbon all day, notes of vanilla, alcohol, and a small roasty malt.

Photo of GPHarris
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick tan head into a snifter that dissipated quickly. the body was dark black with some reddish edges.
s - big dark fruit aromas with some sweetness and oak.
t - fruit, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, brandy. you name it this beer has it. so complex and inviting yet incredibly drinkable.
m - medium with a little carbonation, more so than a lot of lost abbey beers which is a good thing here.
o - one of the best beers i've had in a long time.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deliverance, bottle bought at Nejaime's Wine Cellar in Lenox, MA, for a good $17.95. I saw many Lost Abbey beers during my time in Illinois (had a horrible bottle of '09 Brandy Angel's Share and enjoyed an alright-but-tedious Lost&Found, plus Serpent Stout on tap), but this was a new one for me.

Appearance: Poured in a plastic cup at a cheap motel in the Berkshires, Deliverance comes black and then some (it was after midnight with dim light and a wintry chill). You would think it's either coffee or cola. One-finger mocha-colored head that remains throughout. Beautiful retention and lacing.

Smell: Coffee, cola, liquorice, vanilla, wood, char. Caramel. Autumn. A beautiful, evocative beer. Perfect for this chilly fall weather in the mountains.

Taste: Yum! Now we are FINALLY talking, Lost Abbey! As the saying goes, "I could drink this all day". A perfect mixture of sweet and savory, with some booze to measure. Raisins, vanilla, toffee, bubblegum. Some smoke and country ham, distant. Chocolate, more cola at the end.

Mouthfeel: Just about perfect carbonation, almost full body (could use a tad more, though) and great balance. Nicely hot and boozy at the end, with a sticky finish that stays in the lips.

Overall: This drinks phenomenal. So delicious, balanced, engaging. A sipper or a chugger, but no trace of 12.5%.

My fourth Lost Abbey and the first truly great one. Worth the price? Almost. I'll buy it again if I see it.

Photo of Rich1818
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Timbushido
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Nashvillain for this nice birthday surprise! Poured into stemless wine glass...

A- Cork popped off, whew!... I was glad to see that. Pours pitch black with a cm of dark mocha head. Settles to a film quickly.

S- Dancing plethora of aromas in my nose. Bourbon, licorice, fig, alcohol, roast, vanilla and caramel! Very sweet and big...

T/M- A ton of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Very sweet and complete! I get the roast from Serpents and I get the big sweet Angels Share. Beautifully perfect blend! The brandy is a bit hidden behind all the other flavors. Heavy, but not extremely tasking to get through the palate. Smooth, slick, wonderful feel.

O- This beer is too delicious, I feel like I just did something illegal by drinking this.

Photo of JustHarmless
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the cage and cork bottle into a chalice glass

A- Deep mahogany color with almost no head

A- Bourbon, brandy, vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate, oak, tobacco

T- Follows the nose pretty closely with the brandy and bourbon front and center, dark fruits like raisins, oak, sweet roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa

M- Full bodied, incredibly complex but wonderfully well balanced. Alcohol is present, but no alcohol burn.

O- This is one amazing beer. Bourbony and boozy, sweet, with a strong alcohol presence. How this beer achieves so much balance is a true achievement. I want more! A true beergasm!

Photo of therobot
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, tasted Dec. 3

A. Dark with a rich cream colored head. There is a sliver of ruby at the edges otherwise completely black. Minimal lacing.

S. Highly appealing nose, starts a little boozy but quickly gives way to a bouquet of fruits and finishes with a strong sweet wood.

T. Lives up to the nose 100%. Initial reaction: f*%@ing delicious. Starts a little boozy quickly replaced by dark fruit followed by oak-bourbon complexity and depth. Finishes with a little heat. The best parts of the beer linger for sometime for you to enjoy.

M. Thick. Low carbonation, the beer coats the tongue providing a pleasantly intense flavor experience. Spot on.

D. Only critique is that it is coming in a little hot. Seems with some age this will quite possibly be the perfect beer(IMO).

Overall this is awesome, can't speak highly enough of this .

Photo of drummstikk
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted out of the bright tank at Lost Abbey in an 8 oz taster glass. Not released yet. A blend of brandy-barrel Angel's Share and bourbon-barrel-fermented Serpent's Stout.

Smells like alcohol and butterscotch. Tastes like sweet dark fruits, rich chocolate, caramel, and most noticeably, homemade butterscotch. Deliverance shows an incredible balance for so many goey candy-bar flavors. Distant German hops and, more importantly, strong alcohol and roasted malts provide a stiff backbone for the sweet decadence. Deliverance does not come off as syrupy like many of its Lost Abbey cousins, but the intense butterscotch is caught up in a three-way harmony with alcohol and chocolate.

Deliverance has a full body and a complex, oxidized finish, placing it along the most refined dessert alcohols.

Photo of stonermouse
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at EBF; now reviewing from a bottle.

Pours deep brown with a hint of ruby. Thin, pillowy, roasted marshmallow colored head throughout.

The aroma is a blast of booze, and lots of oak. Smells like I have my head in a recently-emptied barrel. Great stuff.

The taste of the bottled version is true to what I remember from the keg at EBF. Strong bourbon notes, with a solid roasty, oaky base. Maybe a touch of tobacco as well. Slightly sweet for the most part, the brandy dries out the finish, giving this brew a second life at the back end. Superb.

Mouthfeel is solid and appropriate- not too slick, and the lingering flavors are subtly sweet and pleasant, especially considering the onslaught of flavor in every sip.

This brew is truly spectacular. I have yet to try the two brews that make up this masterpiece, but I will seek them out (and perhaps mix them together). This beer is an expensive yet special treat that is worth the price of admission.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep sable a scratch above black with a thick, if not persistent, tan head. Malty aroma has a strong overtone of bourbon-soaked wood and hints of toffee and chocolate. Distinctive flavor has malty, bourbon, woody, molasses, coffee, fruity - how many notes are there? I seem to get different ones with each sip! And whoa, what an alcohol bite, like a liquid pit bull that has decided your tongue is a juicy steak! Texture has firm body and plenty of fizz and sass, and the tingle it leaves behind decided to sit for a spell. This beer is worth going through hell, high water, airport security and over-affectionate great aunts to get.

Photo of smakawhat
4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Dating smeared and not legible.

Really hard to score and judge the appearance. It's easily the darkest American strong ale I have ever seen. Comes out of the bottle like liquid dark chocolate. Black walnut body, and only a simple thin tan collar. Looks like a big imperial stout, with a decent collar, and minimal streaked streaming whispy top. Most strong ales don't even get this dark, is that wrong or do I just really like it, obviously it's the latter.

Unique memorable aroma. Burnt smoldered smoking cocoa. Lovely charring roast and powdered dark DARK chocolate. It is making my mouth just water. It brings a memorable sweetness not unlike Belgian chocolate goodness in the back of my throat. A husky dark roasted ripping grain action as well. Near perfection here, it's either all downhill or greatness at this point.

Murderously silky rich and deep mouthfeel. How is this not an imperial stout I have no idea. Deep rich chocolate, ganache and thick rich, with a powdery finish that bursts into a minimal bitterness. Cocoa, cocoa, dark powdered cocoa friggin everywhere. Great lingering controlled bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich but lends to more lighter body than an imperial perhaps sticking to strong ale roots. There's even some dark cherry flavors dipped in all this chocolate greatness. Where is the booze and heat and distraction... not even EXISTENT no hint... nada, zip, zilch, nothing. Woah..

I am speechless, and just flat out confused, this is overall the most enjoyable strong ale I have easily ever had, and I am not even sure it is one, as it walks the tightrope of bodied lightness strong ale estered fruit, with dark roasting imperial stout power. Regardless it's just an amazing creation. Flat out stunned and speechless. Near perfection, of something that is so imperfect to begin with, so beautiful.

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4.76/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of NWer
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of heddar33
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Snikwad1020
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Edvice04
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of fenlop54
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Mattco
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,704 ratings.