1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

DeliveranceDeliverance

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,285 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1285
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%


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.

(Beer added by: drummstikk on 08-09-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 1,285 | Reviews: 381 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of mdaschaf
mdaschaf

Washington

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Chucks:

A: Pours extremely dark brown with a small tan head that reduces very quickly forming a small ring on top. No lacing.

S: A bit of booze right away, leads to some vanilla and brandy aromas mixed with brown sugar and molasses. Faint roasted malt.

T: Rather similar to the aroma. A bit more chocolate with some vanilla, oak, and brandy.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Slight warming as it goes down.

O: Quite nice, better than expected with the track record I have had with the darker LA beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 06:02:56 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of StonedTrippin
StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

awesome stuff. 2011 vintage on tap at falling rock taphouse in lodo. the pour on this is jet black, no light passing through at all. two fingers of coffee colored head rest on top and dont go anywhere. alcohol is a dominant smell, tons and tons of bourbon, the charcoal, vanilla, and booze are really intense. big roasty malt body like the serpent, and a certain barleywine style sweetness. this is sure to be a mammoth beer. first taste is not surprisingly, bourbon. cant believe how strong it is. nice dark roast to nearly burnt barley going on, with some coffee and cocoa notes, as well as an almost fruity sort of instance that just arises for a second before being overcome by more high alcohol flavors. this is highly refined, but its also highly punishing. certainly all of 12.5%! massively rich body, thick and sludgey but it a good way, feels like a stout to me, albeit a gigantic one. still there is enough carbonation to keep the flavors moving slowly by. this is delicious stuff, a real treat. its not the bourbon barrel angels share, but its close. simply fantastic, but one or two is about all any reasonable human being can probably handle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 19:15:33 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of claspada
claspada

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black with a very small amount of mocha colored foam that eventually settles down to a thin cap of nothingness with some solid lacing.

Aromas begin with a large amount of oaky vanilla and a solid amount of both dark and semi-sweet bakers chocolate notes. The roasted, almost charred maltiness emerges as it warms along with the booziness from the multiple barrels involved in the aging process.

The tastes begin with sweet and bitter chocolate flavors along with more oak and vanilla. The spirit and subtle flavors of roasted malts provide a solid balance to the sweetness. There is plenty of caramel and brown sugar present throughout.

The mouthfeel is medium to full boided with a lower amount of carbonation. Finish is a bit boozy and aggressive from the roasted maltiness and the multiple barrel aging process

Overall I think this is a nice offering from Lost Abbey but it just isn't my cup of tea. The two beers I feel are better by themselves and really don't mesh in a harmonious fashion for me. While it is definitely not a bad beer, I just don't think I have the need to venture out and purchase it with the inflated price tag, but finding it on draft is more than reasonable and worth a go for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2012 15:19:20 | More by claspada
Photo of Impfan
Impfan

Washington

4.98/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing nose and flavor of chocolate, bourbon, sherry, cherries, brandy, toffee, fig, date, raisin, sandalwood, and coffee. Beautifully balanced with almost no carbonation, but a voluptuous mouthfeel that is coating, and helps the finish to last incredibly long.

I'm a moderate fan of Serpent Stout, and only a marginal fan of The Angel's Share, but this blend is absolutely fantastic!

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 20:47:38 | More by Impfan
Photo of bamadog
bamadog

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woot - finally made it out to Ale Yeah! in Decatur and I wasn't disappointed. They have a pretty decent growler list and this bad boy was on it, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get some Lost Abbey now that I've actually got access to it.

Appearance: Pour is a deep dark brown, near black; starts with a full finger of dark tan head, but it fizzles out like a cola quickly to nothing other than a thin wisp of lacing on the surface; body is dark as mentioned, nearly opaque with the exception of some ruby highlights near the edges;

Smell: Lots of rich toffee and caramel maltiness; some big booziness hiding out in there but it's blending in so well with those big malts; some very rich chocolate and it's sweet and syrupy. This beer smells like dessert in a glass; definitely reminiscent of the Angel's Share -- doesn't miss a beat.

Taste: See nose -- pretty much to a "T" -- this beer is fantastic; aside from all the aspects in the nose that show up, there is also a bit of a deep dark, overripe fruit aspect as well, perhaps some cherries, dates and figs. Jesus, when LA is on, they are on.

Mouthfeel: Body is close to heavy in terms of weight; and surprisingly, the carbonation is still pretty decent and prickly; there is a thick, sticky coating left all over the palate and it is sooo chewy it's ridiculous; gums are left tingly, as is the belly, from the carbonation and booziness.

Overall: Not something I would crave every day -- it's pretty sweet and big and boozy, so it's definitely a limited consumption kind of beer, but when it's time to drink it, it will not let you down. I don't know if I needed an entire 64 oz. growler either, but I'm going to do my damnedest to kill it off.

Serving type: growler

08-30-2012 01:15:29 | More by bamadog
Photo of ahijevyc
ahijevyc

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This had everything I like: Imperial, Dark, roasted, ABV, and Bourbon.

It graced us with its presence at West End and Backcountry Pizza and Taphouse in Boulder in Spring 2012. Pure awesome. I gave an average rating for "mouthfeel" because I don't remember. I'm not even sure I know what that means.

This beer is in my top 5%. I actually thought Lost Abbey's Angel Share was even better (the Bourbon barrel version) so it isn't a surprise I loved this. Deliverance is part Angel's Share and part Serpent's Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 02:02:37 | More by ahijevyc
Photo of Rifugium
Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 06:56:39 | More by Rifugium
Photo of sidetracked
sidetracked

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Acre for Faux-BAB.

Pours black with brown highlights and medium brown head.

Aroma of bourbon, wood, and some dark fruits.

Upfront taste is heavy on bourbon with a light roasted malt base, a little chocolate, and dark fruits. Blast of bourbon and wood dominate the finish.

Full bodied and syrupy with low to medium carbonation. Sticky finish with decent alcohol heat.

Very barrel-forward. Glad to see that it came carbonated. Not too complex as the bourbon overwhelms a lot of the flavors and aromas, but very enjoyable. If this wasn't so expensive in bottle format, I'd stock up on it.

5/23/2012

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2012 15:46:06 | More by sidetracked
Photo of codsmith
codsmith

Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2012 06:12:29 | More by codsmith
Photo of Domingo
Domingo

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled upon this at the new Lucky Pie Pizza in Denver. Who knew that a random Lost Abbey tap handle would hide such wonders?
Arrived a dark brown color with amber highlights. Both of my glasses came with a decent head that not only stuck around, but left a heady trail as I had more.
The flavor profile is pretty stunning. It’s a bit like a barleywine and stout crossed with some bourbon barrel notes thrown in for good measure. Caramel and slightly roasty flavors give way to coconut, rum, and vanilla flavors from the bourbon. One sip seems like a big stout, and the next is like a barrel aged barleywine. Pretty amazing beer.
Not much wrong here, although that pretty crazy 12.5% ABV can catch up to you quickly. I had 2 glasses and there was pretty much no doubt I’d had something potent when I left.
Highly, highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 14:45:34 | More by Domingo
Photo of CampusCrew
CampusCrew

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: loaded coffee, and sublte chocolate aromas, heavy vanilla and bourbon

taste: was probably an amzing stout, but I hate over bourboned beers. way to much alcohol and took forever to drink, didnt even finish it.

mouthfeel: full bodied stout

drinkability: dissapointed, needs mroe balance between bourbon and beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 20:11:10 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of phishsihq
phishsihq

Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The exceptional Deliverance pours an opaque black, with a thin tan head that dissipates rather quickly, yet manages to leave a decent lace throughout. A dark bouquet of deep roasted nuts, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol intermingle with hints of bourbon and brandy, a truly interesting playground for the senses. The flavors of this beer are as numerous and complex. Many of the same aromas are found in tasting, as well as hints of fig, plums and dates. The alcohol is big at 12.5%, and a slight burn is noticeable in the finish. The strong and complex brew features a creamy, big body that is dominant over a low level of carbonation. WOW!

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 03:47:08 | More by phishsihq
Photo of xnicknj
xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the khyber in philly

Pours a viscous blacked out color with a nice, thick crop of tanned head resting on top. Retains nicely, while leaving a layer of film on the beer with some spots of lacing on the glass.

Boozy and warm in the nose with plenty of rich bourbon and brandy scents. The brand angel's share is clearly present here, along with touches of vanilla, oak and leather. Some coffee and chocolate tones add in from the serpent's stout as well.

Begins fairly boozy as expected, but with plenty of malty textures to temper the alcohol. Caramel with bread crust and brown sugar swirl with a mixture of coffee and chocolate. The two beers pair pretty well together, although the barrel character from the angel's share clearly outshines the serpent's stout. Plenty of oaky vanilla mixed with bourbon and brandy, followed by a light touch of smoke. Finishes warm and full with some residual brandy flavor.

Full bodied, lower carbonation (no, it's not flat), very creamy and slick on the tongue. I've had both of the base beers more than once and this is a nice marriage between the two. I still think my favorite of these LA offerings is the bourbon angel's share, but then again it always depends on what vintage you get.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 00:52:40 | More by xnicknj
Photo of notchucknorris
notchucknorris

California

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 22:49:24 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque dark brown/black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of vanilla, wood, bourbon, and brandy. Taste is very much the same with some dark roasted malt and cocoa flavors. There is an alcohol kick that warms the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is very tasty and left me wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 04:42:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Chico1985
Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 14:41:41 | More by Chico1985
Photo of Sean9689
Sean9689

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer a bunch of different times, on draft and out of the bottle. Figured I might as well finally review this while it's current on-tap at my house. Poured from the kegerator into a Bruery tulip. 2010 vintage.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, thin film on top, spotty lace, thick collar.

S - Big chocolate, both milk and dark, booze, vanilla, brownies, and oak. Still pretty boozy, even after a year and and half worth of age, but it's definitely smoothed out since it was fresh. Very sweet, reminds me of a rich dessert.

T - Chocolate syrup on top of chocolate brownies with a small side of bourbon. There's a touch of oak and vanilla in there as well. The alcohol bite makes the finish bitter and boozy, yet still remaining somewhat sweet.

M - Full, rich and smooth, good carbonation, creamy finish. Even after almost two years, this one is still quite boozy. That said, it's really smoothed out since I had it fresh, and it's definitely more enjoyable now then ever. I think another year will do this some more good...might be perfect by then!

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 02:37:05 | More by Sean9689
Photo of nataku00
nataku00

California

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 19:54:21 | More by nataku00
Photo of impending
impending

California

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.
cheers
jd

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 22:20:41 | More by impending
Photo of DarthKostrizer
DarthKostrizer

California

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black with 1/4 inch tan head and no retention

Smell: Very bourbon forward and not too much else on the nose the bourbon is overpowering

Taste: Again bourbon right up with a huge malt character it finishes with traces of chocolate and vanilla

Mouthfeel: Full body with medium carbonation

Overall: Really good beer with great flavors. Highly recommended very enjoyable beer

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 00:15:00 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of dirtylou
dirtylou

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, brouwers on lost abbey night

appearance: served in an unbranded snifter - very dark, bordering on ebony. light chocolate ring with ok lacing.

smell: big big aroma - bourbon, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak

taste: dueling barrels (bourbon, brandy) lead to a high potency. Very rich - dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, vanilla, oak, toffee and caramel, big roasty body. Potent and complex - the rarity tastes great.

mouthfeel: rich and full

overall: great

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 16:53:18 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer on tap at the Goat. I dunno how the bourbon and brandy can both be black, but they blend to brown, but hey, carbonation, mild head, cool.
Nice aroma, boozy, but inviting and warm, with chocolate.

A little vanilla, oak, the booze from brandy and bourbon, dark fruit, an oily sipper. Just the right amount of sweetness here. Didn't come off as harsh, I liked this better than both of the other versions that went into this blend. Toffee and caramel somehow eeks through all those other flavors.

Wouldn't necessarily buy this beer in the bottle, but the price for it on tap made it enjoyable for sure. A nice 'special' occasion beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 23:30:22 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of ehammond1
ehammond1


4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 03:05:22 | More by ehammond1
Photo of russpowell
russpowell

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one from Bitterbill, cheers Bill!

375 ml bottle pours mahogany with a pinky of fat falling brown head, opened with a tiny pop. Nice viscosity to this, average head retention, a touch of lacing

S: Booze & plums, plus other dark fruits, faint oakyness

T: Follows the nose, some rich caramelized sugar, cherries & raisins up front. Figgyness, dryness & a touch of boozey plums dominate as this warms, a bit of Bourbon; some leafy hops are also present along with Madeira/Port. finishes dry, fruitty with a nice leafy/woody hop presence

MF: Medium bodied, slick, warming, subtle carbonation

Super easy to drink, a very nice offering from the Lost Abbey, that is going great on a bitterly cold night awaiting another La Nina snow storm!

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 06:32:21 | More by russpowell
Photo of jlindros
jlindros

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey at the LA/Port takeover night.

Dark murky brown almost black, with a dark creamy head, and a nice lacing.

Nose starts with a little bourbon, light oak and vanilla, lots of roast, coffee, and some chocolate, caramel and oatmeal little vanilla, woody esthers. A chewy malt like aroma as well, with a bit of booze as well.

Taste loaded with coffee, roasted, little chocolate. Little oatmeal. Very light warming booze at first which builds as it warms. Chewy malts and creamy smooth candy like almost marshmellow nougat flavor. Fluffy little bakers choc. Light bitterness from earthy pillowy hops and roasted malts. Little tobacco. Still got plenty of woody esthers and some oak and vanilla flavors. Sticky sweet finish, coats the mouth little booze, long roasted malt finish.

Mouth is pretty thick, smooth and pretty creamy, but some tingly booze, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability isn't the greatest, it's pretty boozy and thick and chewy, a bit of a sticky sweetness on the finish as well, but smooth and delicious. I think I'll get a couple bottles and leave them in the cellar for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 02:30:01 | More by jlindros
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,285 ratings.