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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,594
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 336
Gots: 508 | 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 Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Deep, dark brown. Not quite black. Light brown, bubbly, slowly fading head.

S: Booze, bourbon, brandy, sour apple.

T: Sweet, buttery, delicious bourbon. One of the most bourbon-forward beers I've tasted. Body is a bit thin. Faint roasted malt, dark chocolate, typical IS flavors but huge bourbon. Brandy is there. Burnt fruit flavors.

M: Super smooth, warming, boozy, extremely tasty.

O: Once it warms up...unspeakable brilliance. An absolute treat but a one-time opportunity at $20 for a 355ml bottle.

Gatch, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of impending
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

The Trappist. Pitch black, oily, no head no lacing, slight carbonation.

Thick rich marvelous aroma. Sweet, a multitude of dark fruits, tiny chocolate, toffee all enveloped in a bourbon cloud. Funny how a smell can be sensed as thick.

The bourbon resides in the beginning, mid taste and aftertaste, it completely defines the brew. All the scent tastes are here, fruits, vanilla and caramel, the barrel is more obvious. Unfortunately the bourbon brandy crushes the subtleties, it masks and obscures all the delicate notes which become fleeting, vague. Full bodied mouthfeel.

impending, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of aquazr1
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%

aquazr1, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of garuda
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

garuda, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

SkiBum22, Jan 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

bdkucharski, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Callmecoon, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Prospero, Jul 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

TKEbeerman, Jul 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

KyleMA, Jun 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Seattle_Suds, Jan 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

williamjbauer, May 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jtladner, Dec 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jpbebeau, Nov 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ste5venla, Sep 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BraveMountie, Aug 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

InfernoBoss, Aug 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

buzzword, Aug 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

AlexChillton, May 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Dawkins, Sep 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ipc2000, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of whatname
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

whatname, Aug 22, 2013
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12.7oz bottle into tulip. No batch number.

A: The vigorous pour created a thin layer of head, which sunk very quickly. A very still and low level of carbonation in the body, which is desired for an American Strong Ale. The body is near pitch black in color with hints a deep, dark mahogany. The head when it was formed was a rich khaki color. The lacing is light and foamy, with no real pattern. So far this looks to be a very promising Strong Ale.

S: The aroma is rich in bourbon and brandy notes. Nice tones of vanilla from the oak, and an overall smooth character. The malts do seem to take the forefront. With no real indication of hop aroma or bitterness.

T/M: The first sip gives off a creamy bliss of craft brewed warming, leading way to figs and plums. The Lingering taste is that of vanilla and oak, with the smoky charred aspect of bourbon and the rich sweetness of brandy. High in malt complexity, starting off from the taste which has a barley character, lending way to the mouthfeel texture of a full bodied stout. The sweetness really picks up at the end of the lingering taste and yearns for more. The relativity high ABV is well hidden by the barrel aging, and does not become a distraction to the enjoyment of this beer.

O: Overall I am very pleased with this Lost Abbey offering, high price, but even higher enjoyment levels. A bourbon character that is hard to match, without being too highly boozy. The ABV is warming, without being too overpowering to distract the palate from the other complexities that are being interchanged. Very grateful to have tried this limited blend.

GDBEERMAN, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of let8it8grow
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

let8it8grow, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 23, 2011
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,594 ratings.