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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,704 Ratings
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world-class

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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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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of BierJager89
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Agentmunky for sharing this one with me. Poured from a small bottle, probably into a small snifter.

A: Black with a tiny brown head that thins to a ring.

S: Alcohol, bourbon, brandy, cognac, vanilla, caramel and oak in the nose.

T: Sweet and astringent. Vanilla hits you up front, with some caramel, mocha, grape, brandy and coffee, all quite well balanced.

M: From what I remember it was full bodied, probably somewhat low on carbonation (in the direction of smoothness, not flatness).

O: A great beer, a combination of two great beers, though I haven't really tried either, I have tried regular Serpent's Stout and bourbon Angel's Share. This is definitely worth a try.

Photo of codsmith
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft and in 2012 bottle from brewery

A: Jet black with very slight carmel ring around outside.

S: exceptional! The brandy and and whiskey from the barrels really shine through.

T: very rich and deep tones. Has a high amount of noticeable
alcohol taste.

M: medium, but with a high viscosity and fairly chewy.

O: one of my favorite beers by far. Very well blended and a must have any time you can get it.

Photo of GRG1313
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that Angel's Share should have been. This is what Angel's Share should taste like; this is Angel's Share on steroids. Love it.

Black with a thick tan head. Complex sweet creamed espresso, sweet black chocolate, deep cherry; rich candied plums with undertones of carmel, toffee and whiskey.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and, yes, you can feel and taste the alcohol. Live with it! It's an alcoholic beverage! There is also good and attractive carbonation. It's delicious and is worth the hype that Angel's Share received.

There is little wrong with this one as flavors follow nose precisely and all attributes one gets in the nose follow in the layered flavors.

Finish is sweet, rich, thick carmel/toffee/plumed/cherry whiskey with espresso and black chocolate. Few "end of dinner," "dessert" or "sipping" brews can match this one.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

an exceptional beer. i had not had much to drink in the last couple weeks, but decided to open a few gems today. sitting here sipping on this one, consumed on 09/11/2010.

pours a very dark brown with a light tan head of just a light bit of lacing that clings to the side and the bottom of the glass.

aroma is huge, rich and indulgent with wonderful hints of bourbon and caramel, toffee, rich barrel and alcohol notes that rip through the air. warming brings on all the vanilla and sweet notes i could handle and i melt into the glass, very, very impressive. as i take a sip it is rich and full, perfect carbonation for the style with the vanilla and toffee really shining here. bourbon lacing the palate and a rich and sweet finish that has a slight warming as it goes down and a smooth, tobacco touch as it ends.

one of the best beers i have had from lost abbey hands down. this is what i have been waiting for them to put out. amazing.

Photo of bs870621345
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say I was extremely surprised and excited by this beer.

Pours black with ruby brown highlights when held up to light. Small tan head forms and leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass. Nice alcohol feet too.

Smell is of brown sugar, molasses, grapes, vanilla, oak, caramel, and alcohol. Wow sums it up but I was really not expecting this.

Opens up with grapes, vanilla, and bourbon, moves into the caramel and sugar territory, finishes with grapes sneaking up with bourbon and caramel. Rather sweet and warming, but not cloying at all.

Mouthfeel is full with a tinge of carbonation. Enough carbonation.

Overall, its damn good and damn surprising. Was not expecting this (had no idea what brandy was/is) but this is just awesome.

Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It was awkward seeing my friend have a moment with this ale that was somewhere in between an orgasm and a cry. . . But that sums up what this knock-out artist presents to the table. It shows up in a pitch black perfect form behind a beautifully typical piece of religious art work we expect from "The Lost Abbey" brewing company. The lowest score it gets from me is smell, for while absolutely aromatic, it isn't a blissful overwhelming sensation you feel that sometimes comes with the stronger stuff like this that ranks up to a damn near 15 ABV. Still, 4.5 is an amazing grade from me and it is shadowed by a phenomenal taste + finish that is sweet, smoky, chocolaty, and as my friend stated in song "A few of my favorite things". . . Just beautiful. . .

Photo of jegross2
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Deliverance Ale from The Lost Abbey. This beer is a blend of Brandy Barrel Angel's Share and Bourbon Barrel Serpent's Stout. The Lost Abby is a brewery with a lot of hype, and they are best known for their sours/guezes. This is the first beer I have ever drank of theirs, although I do have a Serpent's Stout in my cellar.
Score: 97

2011 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 02/26/12. This is a backlogged review from a beer tasting I hosted on Oscar night.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a thin layer of caramel/brown highlight atop the glass. One half finger of creamy mocha colored head at pour settles into thin layer, ultimately settling into a ring around the glass. Above average lacing, solid retention. 4/5

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit. There's noticeable alcohol too. Fig, burnt chocolate and brown sugar too. Plum, rich milk chocolate, almond, pecan and tobacco leaf reveal themselves as well upon further whiffs as the beer warms. 4.5/5

Taste: Complex, super flavorful and balanced! First impression is mellow bourbon, fig, rich and creamy vanilla and brown sugar. There's oak/hickory and a moderate brandy-like flavor on the midpalate and towards the finish. Maybe it is just a part of the creamy vanilla flavor, but there is also a distinct "butteriness" to the beer as well. I want to say it's the almond/pecan flavor from the aroma. Whatever it is, it is a very subtle flavor that adds a really interesting additional complexity to the beer. There is also a consistent prune, molasses, milk chocolate, and "Raisinets" flavor throughout. As the beer layers, I detect a hint of banana too. Finishes with plenty of vanilla, raisin and rich chocolate flavor. Very sweet and viscous. Near perfect barrel aged stout flavors here. There's some booziness present, but the rich, sweet flavors keep the alcohol from being a "hot" distraction. I could see this one turning into something even greater with a little age on it. This one is a bit of a sipper, but even if it was not, I would demand that this brew be sipped and savored. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, minimal carbonation. Super creamy mouthfeel. Finishes a bit sweet, but it is not overly sweet at all. 4.5/5

Overall: Really expensive, but really delicious. If I am shelling out more than $10 per 12 oz, this is exactly the experience I want to have. I would absolutely buy this beer again, even though it retails at $20 (after tax) for one drink's worth.

Recommendation: Seek this beer out and save it for a special occasion.

Pairings: Chocolate chip pancakes.

Cost: $17.99 for a 355 ml bottle.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very, very dark brown - only really a dagger of dark brown piercing the body when held up to the light. Head is ochre, quite listless but leaving some nice trails behind. A swirl is quite effective in reviving it. Small bubbles, not too dense. Yeah, good colour, pretty good everything else.

Smells quite dark, yet not roasty. Lots of chocolate, dark and cocoa-esque with a Tia Maria edge. Yeah, very sweet, dark and liqueury, a touch of milk coffee and Irish cream almost and a big dollop of coconut lingering at the back. A really very fascinating smell, and very enticing.

Taste is quite sweet as well. Lots of chocolate, dark and sweet with some nectar notes on the front, and a touch of orange peel with more of that Tia Maria liqueuriness. Sweet, though, and nicely weighted with an obvious alcohol that only asserts itself through the fullness of the body and never gets hot. Pleasant touches of marshmallow with more Irish cream, caramel, some touches of cinnamon, milk coffee, and some hop notes towards the back giving apple characteristics. Some shiraz wine notes as well, berries and pepper, oh it's just intoxicatingly good. Wow. This is a cracker of a beer.

If a beer is this nice, I will drink it. It's a heavy drop and one for sharing, but it's amazing, so smooth, so tasty.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form an 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip. No date from what I can tell.

A: Body is totally opaque black. Nice light mocha head, tight bubbles, reasonable retention.

S: Lots of vanilla and whiskey comes through in the nose, as well as the stout aromas. Smells like it has some age on it.

T: A tremendous blend. Some roasty malt freshness along with just enough aged whiskey stout character. Totally outstanding.

M: Beautifully carbonated, not flat like some barrel aged stouts I've had.

D: They did everything right here. I wasn't crazy about angel's share, but the balance here is exactly what it was missing.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured to Duvel tulip the beer pours a deep dark viscous black with dark brown edges in the light. Small 1/4 finger brown head with some retention and nice lacing. Little carbonation. The nose is a pleasant mix of bourbon and brandy with hints of oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and roasted malt. Smells great. The flavor is even more complex with an initial rush of fig and raisins and prunes before the bourbon and vanilla oak flavors come in. Roasted malt. Mildly bitter. Not hint of the higher abv, very impressive. Rich and full bodied with light carbonation. Finishes very smooth. Overall, this is fantastic! I'd love to pick more up and age. It's already mellow and tasty though. Highly recommended!

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4.7/5  rDev +9%

Photo of vfgccp
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark coffee body. Khaki head settles quickly into a thin halo with low lace.

S - Espresso, cola, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, hazel nut, molasses, leather, anise. Outrageous complexity and balance.

T - Dark 70% chocolate, medium roast coffee, cream, caramel, vanilla, hazel nuts, cola, Brazil nuts, chard barrels, dark bourbon, warm woody booze.

M - Creamy, medium body with bright carbonation.

O - A stellar blend.

Photo of watsonmd
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 ehammond1
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap (2009)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

(Aged for 2 years)

A beautiful dark brown ruby that clings to to the glass. A thin light brown head. Beautiful.

The aroma is sweet (not to mention terrific!). I smell the bourbon along with a sweetness resembling coconut and molasses. I also smell chocolate and cherry. Wow!

The taste is a complete whirlwind of sweet molasses, bourbon, rich and velvety chocolate, all with a strong backbone of alcohol-drenched cherries and then even more chocolate. A layered, textured, taste adventure! Simply exceptional.

A rich and luscious mouthfeel.

While I'm full of rich superlatives for this beer, (surprisingly?) it isn't all that drinkable (in large quantity!). My 10oz. pour is far too much for me; I'm actually sharing it with those around me willfully. That being said: This beer rocks!

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