Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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Hads: 1,839
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.22%
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

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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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Photo of bs870621345
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a very expensive 375 ml bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a thick syrupy looking dark brown that borders on black. Topped with a thinish off white head.

S Very sweet with lots of vanilla, with a touch of bourbon and some raisin type fruit notes. Maybe a hint of chocolate a touch of alcohol comes through as it warms. Quiet complex

T Wow, amazing flavor with chocolate, a lot of brandy, a touch of bourbon, and some vanilla. A bit of an oak like taste is present as well.

M Pretty thick and smooth with carbonation.

Overall this is a great beer to spend an evening sipping on to appreciate the various complexities. My only complaint was the $16.00 something I paid for it. (692 characters)

Photo of HosP
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple of these from a few different BA's. Poured 375ml into snifter.

A- No pop when the cork is pulled here. Pours black in color. No carbonation or head at all. Some khaki lace tries to cling to the edges, but fails quickly.

S- Wow, big notes of oaky, earthy bourbon to the nose. Overtakes much of the other aromas coming from it. Has a thick malty smell to it. A little intimidating.

T- Very powerful beer. Strong from start to finish. Get a lot of bourbon flavors with some nice oak taste right off the bat. Bourbon overtakes most of the other flavors here. No detection of any brandy barrel anywhere. As it warms the middle brings out some nice chocolate flavors. Roasted, oaky, earthy flavors underlie on the other flavors. Ends a little hot, especially as it warms. Each sip is powerful and full of flavors.

M- Full body doesn't do this justice. No carbonation here either. Surprisingly smoother than I would have thought.

O- Lots of flavors, all of them good too! Very powerful, big beer. The alcohol heat is the only drawback. Have to sip through this beer, but very enjoyable. Would like to see what happens to the flavors as this ages for a while. (1,174 characters)

Photo of r0nyn
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Shared with a fellow beer lover.

Dark, murky brown is the coloration of this beer as it collects in the glass from the pour. Ruby edges appear as you hold it up to the light. Possesses a creamy, lightish brown head that dissipates into a thin film floating to the top. Lacing is spotty at best, but leaves that glassy film indicative of a beer with a big alcoholic punch. Just from observing the surface, the legs on this weighty brew are clearly evident as they swirl around. Sweet vanilla essence greets the nose at first whiff, followed by some earthy aromas. Bittersweet baker's chocolate makes an appearance, along with quite a hit of booziness on the back end. Faint hints of the brandy and bourbon are ever so slightly there if you sniff hard enough.

Taste starts off with a sweet, malty kick. Lots of vanilla and brown sugar, followed by a ton of dark fruit. Raisins, ripe dates and figs, the works. A chewy chocolate component also makes an appearance. After that, it's almost as if you're gobsmacked by the boozy brandy and bourbon that come through. Lots of alcohol on the back end to round out the taste, though a bit of roasted maltiness from the Serpent's Stout shows up to temper the finish. Not a lot of bitterness at all. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly drying to the tongue with a good bit of body behind it. Definitely a sipper, but it goes down easily enough.

Having only sampled the Serpent's Stout prior to drinking this, I wasn't really sure what to expect except a ton of booze and that's pretty much what I got. With this much oomph behind it, you definitely have to pace yourself when drinking it. Blended beers are easy to mess up, but The Lost Abbey has something pretty good with Deliverance. Would definitely like to try this a bit more age on it, as the complexity of the taste would very likely improve. (1,887 characters)

Photo of jale
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Eric(turdfurgeson) for this treat.

A: Pours a murky dark brown with almost no head.

S: Bourbon,chocolate vanilla and slight brandy. Small amount of roasted malt and fruit.

T: Bourbon then booze. I get a lot of alcohol burn with this. Chocolate, vanilla then slight roasted malt. The aftertaste is bitter chocolate.

M: Medium-thick and oily body.

D: This is a sipper, like a brandy but I enjoyed it. (418 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks rich and black in ny snifter.
Smell is fantastic and complex. Yeast, dark fruit, oak, plum, fig, chocolate, molasses, nuts.
Taste is a strong, burning version of the scent, but leaning more toward dark vinous notes, vanilla, some molasses. Still complex, and chewy. As it warms more cocoa and oak burn lingers, and certainly some vanilla. Fairly dry- ending.
This is a master class beer that we cannot buy in TX. I'm lucky to have decided on picking up a bottle while visiting the family in NJ. (504 characters)

Photo of JLeege
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A blend of two barrel aged beers, its a Celebration!

Appearance- Into a snifter, pours jet black with a small tan head. A slight swirl revives a tan film on the surface.

Smell- Sweet dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, a touch of smoke, bitter coffee, this has a bit of everything.

Taste- Complex would be an understatement. Sweet caramel and chocolate up front. Vanilla, fruity, and bourbon notes in the middle. Followed by a slight bitter coffee touch. The brandy barrel portion shows on the finish, also a lingering cocoa flavor throughout. There is an alcohol warming, but not a burn.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation and very full bodied. Chewy and finishes on the dry side.

Overall- This is fantastic. It is expensive yes, but I do not regret the purchase at all, I got 3 more in the cellar. It is also properly carbonated and not "hot", fresh. Looking forward to revisiting this again in a few months, if I can keep my hands off them! (961 characters)

Photo of br3wmeister
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this beer up at Coal Train in Colorado Springs November 2010:

A - Pours a jet black colored beer with a small dark brown head with moderate retention and okay lacing.

S - Caramel, buttery biscuits, dark ripe fruit, figs, chocolate roasted nuts, and peppery alcohol. Very nice aroma.

T - Sweet caramel, dark ripe fruits, Hints of butter, large brandy presence. also some chocolate, roasted nuts and bitter hops and some peppery alcohol. Very nice tasting beer.

M - Full bodied thick oily beer, lingers on the pallet with some bitter bite from the hops in the end. I bit bozzy.

Overall a very nice barrel aged beer. (629 characters)

Photo of dvanhandel
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Deliver me from evil... Deliverance from the Lost Abbey is a strong, very strong beer. It pours black with no head because of the 12.5% ABV. The brandy and bourbon flavors swirl in your mouth.
Succumb to the madness. Pray for your deliverance from this hellish temptress. (272 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of t420o
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lost Abbey Deliverance

Illegible date, but I'm pretty sure it's from the 2013 batch A

A- pour yields a 1/4 finger dark tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the edges. Beer is pitch black in color. 4

S- Rich in bourbon, toffee, caramel, chocolate, some roasted malt, some brandy notes, graham cracker, wood. Smells awesome. 4.75

T- big, rich bourbon and brandy notes upfront along with dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, coconut, light vanilla, wood. Warming finish. Excellent. 4.5

M- nice and hefty body with ample carbonation. 4.5

O- a pleasure. It's worth the price, though I just wish it wasn't so much ($17.99/12.7 oz.). But like I said, it's a phenomenal beer and worth what I paid, I just can't get it often. Tomme comes though with another masterpiece. 4.75

A+ (790 characters)

Photo of Brob245
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours dark brown, almost black with no head or lacing.

Smell - you can smell the barrel aging - predominantly brandy. Can barely make out a slight char from the bourbon barrels. Not as dominate as some of the other reviewers have described.

Taste - finishes with an elegant dark chocolate, faint raisiny or dark fruit presence.

Mouthfeel - rich and velvety texture with very little carbonation.

Overall - a little pricey for a 12.7 ounce bottle but very good overall. Worth the splurge. (503 characters)

Photo of Rhf9120
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found last one on a shelf at Bin Ends in Braintree MA. I have been looking for this one for awhile and it didn't disappoint. The aroma is of brandy, bourbon and vanilla and taste mirrors that. It is black with no head and very little carbonation.This beer in my opinion was absolutely perfect in every way, I seriously loved this one and so glad I finally found it. (365 characters)

Photo of nkersten
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a new belgium snifter. Color is opaque black/very dark brown, with a thin mocha head that fades to the outer edge. Looks identical to Angel's Share, but with carbonation. Smell is bourbon off the bat followed by lots of brandy. No surprise there, but it is nice. Lots of alcohol heat and a tiny bit of chocolate. Taste is a great blend of the brandy and bourbon with a strong hot finish. Slightly bitter, lasting flavor is of milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is VERY light carbonation and a heavy, coating feel. For the style it is appropriate, but just barely fizzy. Drinkability is low for this one due to the abv - its very filling. The complex malt and barrel flavors keep me wanting more though. (705 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that leaves a very small amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is pretty awesome. Big bourbon, light vanilla, caramel, brandy, light leather, a bit of oak, chocolate, and a decent amount of alcohol. All the flavors come together quite nicely. The initial taste is sweet with some plum and bourbon. You also get some caramel, oak, chocolate, and brandy. The finish is pretty boozy with significant alcohol heat. Medium body. Low carbonation. Enjoyable beer. I would have rated the taste higher if there wasn't so much alcohol too it. I'm curious if this will get much better with time. (644 characters)

Photo of thegoon55
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

vintage 2012 into a three floyds teku

A- dark brownish black, light tan head.

S- strong strong smells of sweet bourbon and a hint of brandy. followed by some chocolate and mild fruit. (the more it warms the better it smells, sitting at room temp. this smells fantastic

T- strong barrel in the initial taste, very in your face chest warming followed by some nice dark fruits. very tasty beer.

M- medium bodied, medium carb.

O- good beer, glad i got to have it (464 characters)

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 375 mL three ways. Poured into red wine glasses. Reviewed blind 9/7/10.

Ar: Alcohol, sweet spiced rum, alcohol is strong but pleasant, *delightfully strong, heavy caramel, heavy caramel, chocolate, mild toasty earthy wood, alcohol strength increases with warmth, *cocoa, *vanilla, after knowledge of beer the bourbon and the roast are mild

Ap: Very dark clear brown, not quite black, thin brown head hints, great retention

T: heavy and sweet, smooth, intense rich caramel and toffee, toasty/woody end, chocolate, rum-like alcohol spice, complex rich and full malt, dates, mild rum soaked raisins, earthy spiciness, dark heavy full sweet, prune, *subtle roasted taste, *cacao, *mild vanilla, hints of roast, wheat toast, very port like, *dark dry fruit

M: medium/full body, low carbonation, alcohol thins finish, pleasant aetherial alcohol

O: Alcohol becomes a bit too strong in the aroma with time, serving size appropriate, LA angel's share?, *mild bitterness in finish, After knowledge: the stout helps to dry out the beer, better than angel's share and serpent's stout

*=ideas from fellow tasters

In comparison makes Bourbon Angel's Share seem very one dimensional, Angel's Share is much sweeter (1,213 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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! (640 characters)

Photo of bpasquini
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
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! (2,339 characters)

Photo of vic21234
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 Vintage bottle. Poured and drank at cellar temperature.

A- Pours a dark cola-type color. About a half-fingers worth of off-white head quickly fades to just a thin film along the top. Lots of lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- The awesome bourbon aromas really stand out in the smell. This one smells real hot. I also get some oak and dark fruit notes.

T- Up front the brandy and bourbon overpower all. The barrel aging seems to come out as well with some nice wood notes. This one drinks rather hot and the alcohol is apparent in each sip.

M- Heavy, definitely a sipper. Each sip leaves with a warming alcohol feeling.

An enjoyable sipping beer, but I almost feel I should have sat on this one a bit longer in the cellar. (791 characters)

Photo of IKR
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown to black with a moderate beige head that fairly quickly but still remained as a ring in the tulip.

Smell: Mild Bourbon, brandy, and slight oak notes.

Taste: A mixture of Bourbon, brandy, toffee/caramel, some roast malts, faint vanilla, and oak. The finish is fairly dry with a slight alcohol presence.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Good beer but for me the bourbon and brandy dominate. Very pricey. (473 characters)

Photo of abuliarose
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass, revealing deep black body with half a finger of crema head. Some lacing. Smells rich and with all the character of boozy brandy/bourbon. Nice vanilla, a little oak and slight spiced notes.

Tastes about as boozy as it smells, but with a nice sweet almost meaty complexity from the roasted stout undertones. The barrels come through very clearly here, lots of vanilla and slight vinous qualities over the softer oak. Slight spiciness reminiscent of Belgian yeasts. Chewy malt finish. All together the flavors remind me of the Melange though they come through very differently. The body itself is medium thickness at best with an alcoholic fluidity but the chewiness bolsters it. More of a sipper than a gulper, but very enjoyable at that. Decently warming.

Overall I could really appreciate this as an après-ski or after a long day of work by the fire in the wintertime. Very yummy. (927 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has been aging for more than 1 year, poured into Lost Abbey Tulip glass.

Appearance: Black, subtle tan head that fades immediately. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Chocolate is very prevalent and up front. Bourbon, brandy and woody notes come through as it warms. Also get lots of vanilla in this one.

Taste: Chocolate, bourbon and brandy are subtle, oak, malty in the middle, bitter finish, sweet, vanilla, a little coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation, silky, smooth, alcohol is well hidden particularly for such a big beer.

Overall: This beer definitely improved with age. It is very smooth and perfectly balanced. (632 characters)

Photo of 01001111
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Used motor oil with a tiny ring of lacing that accounts for the head.

S: Bourbon, molases, medium roast coffee.

T: A quick wash of tart dark fruits and then the barrel notes come in. There are some strange sour notes that come in and dance with the sweet caramels, wood, and booze. Not entirely unpleasant but unexpected. Not as complex and full as the nose let on.

M: Slightly thinner than the appearance suggested though still syrupy. It foams up on your tongue.

O: The smell is absolutely amazing. But the taste, while nice, falls a little shy of all that the aroma promised. (585 characters)

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.