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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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1,456 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,456
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 316
Gots: 476 | FT: 57
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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)
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 375 ml bottle into a snifter glass
Artistic label and competent bottle worthy of the brew

Pours dark oily opaque brown nearly black with a two finger tan head slowly recedes to an unusually thin lacing

Aroma is heavy roasted malts big and heavy alcohol

Taste is a dichotomy of roasted malts and inspired dark chocolate, molasses and seared oak with the sweet caramel and fig like dark fruits of the brandy and finish is clean vanilla alcohol. Amazing

Mouth feel is full bodied and very creamy like dulce de leche but not as sweet, Velvety with little carbonation in the mouth. Thick at first then the warming alcohol kicks in and is silky and smoooth!

Overall a great inspiring brew worth the wait. Do not hesitate Try this beer Incredible balance adn complex

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 00:23:43 | More by muskiesman
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dogfishandi

New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to pete (pdiddy3d) for sharing this at our last tasting!

i believe pete mentioned this had about 1 year of age on it. 375ml corked and caged bottle around fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out a very deep, dark reddish brown color, almost black. decent clarity. just a thin light tan ring of head.

the bourbon and apple brandy stick out so much, smells great. also some vanilla barrel qualities, a rich caramel malt and some dark fruits. a bit of alcohol.

follows the aroma. some really nice bourbon and apple brandy flavors with just the right amount of alcohol, big, but nothing solvent like or anything. also some nice vanilla, maple syrup, dark fruits, a bit of raisin and fig.

thick, syrupy and delicious. really coats every part of your mouth. big, full bodied. a really low amount of carbonation which compliments this beer just right.

what a solid beer, id definatly seek this out if youve never had it. very similar to HotD's matt. the bourbon and apple brandy barrels really make up this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 21:25:55 | More by dogfishandi
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brystmar

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -42%

01-19-2013 21:56:33 | More by brystmar
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cadaugherty

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16%

11-16-2011 00:18:29 | More by cadaugherty
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Corks pops off with a nice little pop, hoping this one is carbonated. Poured into a duvel tulip glass a dark brown almost black color wih a slight tan head. Nice aroma of bourbon in the nose, I really don't get the brandy at all but that's ok. Vanilla, dark roast, chocolate, and booze rounds out the rest of the nose. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Very rich flavors! A mix of lots of flavors; dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, booze, and black licorice in the flavors. Really nice. A sipper for sure. Alcohol warms the body while drinking this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 12:30:12 | More by kbutler1
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Keith_R

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-27-2014 02:56:17 | More by Keith_R
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-12-2014 13:09:51 | More by JohnnieNepal
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to F2brewers for this one.

Poured from a 375ml bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Pours a very dark color with a thin, almost non-existent head, probably due to the barrel aging. Aroma is strong, molasses, bourbon. Taste has a bit of smoke to it, sweet brandy with next to no carbonation. Quite the beast and a sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 01:10:46 | More by papat444
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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.2%

05-05-2013 13:33:03 | More by Jason1337
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with some mocha head settling into some swirls. Cork didn't pop, but wasn't totally devoid of carbonation.

Aroma features lots of notes from the booze. Spicy whiskey, some rum and liquor soaked raisins. A bit of chocolate and some other dark fruit as well as figs and dates. A touch of caramel and vanilla with a bit of oak influence.

A bit maltier flavor than the nose would lead me to believe although still notes of barrel. The spicy whiskey gives it a nice burn to balance out the sweet chocolate and dark fruits. Molasses and black licorice appear as well.

Alcohol is present and gives a nice little kick, but is not overpowering of the base. Mouthfeel is a touch too thin for my spirit aged preference and although it's not totally lacking carbonation, it's still a bit too low in that category.

Very complex flavors to this beer and very enjoyable. If the mouthfeel were more spot on this would be almost perfect. As it is, it's still a great beer, but could be something even more.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 22:20:56 | More by jmarsh123
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codynevels

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-16-2011 05:33:09 | More by codynevels
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.2%

08-27-2013 19:12:24 | More by dfhhead25
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into a snifter. The pour is jet black, thin tan head. The aroma is full of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. The first sip is hot. After the initial hot alcohol a ton a vanilla, chocolate and sweet bourbon is released. It has a lingering bourbon finish. The body is full, light carbonation. A great beer from LA. The bottle went down very smooth and easily, must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 01:34:24 | More by bonkers
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bbadger

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-13-2013 02:47:12 | More by bbadger
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one belong to Boatshoes and Prufrock. They each surprised me with a bottle of this. One I popped now, the other will be waiting for at least a year.

Poured into my new Jackie O's snifter, courtesy of Normyk.

A- Very little head, that, paired with low pressure behind the cork and all the flaming of LA for flat beers (I know that doesnt necessarily apply to this beer) gives me an initial fear of having a flat bottle. All's well, this is just a thick beer that gives any carbonation a hard time. A strong ring remains which is responsible for half-hearted lacing.

S- Bourbon barrels are very strong in the aroma. A nice level of vanilla-sweetened char builds the bulk of the nose. A big vinous element also plays into it. Im assuming this is the brandy showing up. It brings anise, berries and fortified wine. Alcohol is a pretty big part of the aroma.

T- Oooh. This is pretty damn good. Bourbon oak is even more dominant in the flavor. Lots of vanilla, bourbon soaked berries, anise. The blend of smooth, creamy bourbon and sweet, fruity vinous elements is very nice. The finish tastes quite wine-like with a big swath of alcohol warmth.

M- Carbonation is mega low. Especially after letting this sit a while to warm and a lot of swirling. Its full bodied and clings to the tongue. Its fairly warm but not oppressive. It really makes for a perfect evening sipper.

D- I really like this. I cant wait to see what it becomes after a while. I can only hope some alcohol calms down. That would help bump a few categories up a notch.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 00:21:16 | More by MbpBugeye
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LambicKing

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

09-15-2013 01:23:01 | More by LambicKing
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DRBiser

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -13%

04-16-2014 08:44:20 | More by DRBiser
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good old sweemzander and his bottomless pockets busted this one out at one of our recent tastings. Another LA beers you couldn't beat me into paying for. Split into tulips.

A: Black as night, small mocha hued head, no real lace but some legs do form with swirling.

S: Well no real surprise here. Full on hot bourbon greets and burns my nostrils. Once past the flames you can pick up chocolate, coffee, play-doh and a trace of wet wood.

T: Thankfully the bourbon character is much more subdued than I was expecting. Plenty of roast malts, black coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, wet barrel wood. All intertwined with the bourbon.

M: Full thick body. Very light if any carbonation.

O: The nose was a fireball but the flavor was much better. The beer as a whole though is simply nothing I would ever want again.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 21:26:08 | More by beerwolf77
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked and caged bottle picked up for a disgusting $16.99. drank from my samual adams perfect pint glass.

A- the pour yields a dark brown body with just a bit of ruby red highlights sneaking through around the edges of the glass. im pleased with the half finger of dark beige colored head that forms on top. the head doesnt last very long, and doesnt leave behind much in the way of lacing either.

S- the first whiff of this brings out strong odors of alcohol. bourbon, brandy and ethanol. after that i get some sweet caramel, brown sugar, and roasted malts. vanilla comes through pretty strong from the oak barrels. lots of raisin. lots of chocolate. very complex. inviting and intimidating.

T- the taste is every part as complex as the nose. it starts out with some strong sweetness from caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. it quickly moves into strong dark chocolate notes which blend beautifully with the vanilla from the oak. raisins and lightly roasted malts comes through near the end, as does the alcohol which is still strong. brandy, bourbon, and above all else, ethanol.

M- medium bodied, bordering on full. palate coating with a lingering aftertaste. the carbonation level is low, but, dis spite all the jokes, it really works in this beers favor. i do believe this was the intended way.

D- the beer is huge and makes itself known. im glad it comes in the little bottles, because i dont think i could tackle a full 750 by myself. its also a little pricey for any thoughts of another one, but its something ill look forward to opening again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 03:31:22 | More by jwinship83
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

10-20-2013 15:45:23 | More by Kmat10
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-03-2012 19:32:34 | More by ms11781
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

05-25-2012 23:43:22 | More by savagepm
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time having this beer. 375ml bottle to glass. 2011 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours with a huge mocha head that quickly fades but leaves a nice little mocha ring as you drink. FVery deep brown in color, almost black. Carbonation does not appear to be an issue here.

Nose: A LOT going on. Very big barrel notes. A bit of roast and some dark fruit as well. Some sweeter notes akin to molasses. Very, very good nose.

Taste: More or less follows the nose. Again a big, boozy barrel character with some vanilla, caramel, and oak. Quite sweet up front with some dark fruit notes but fades to a fantastic rich finish with dark chocolate leading the way. Some alcohol heat as expected and wanted for the style.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, but enough to aid the drinkability of this rich, delicious beer. I would love to try this beer fresh and see how the mouthfeel differs, as I suspect it has thinned out a little with age.

Overall: A wonderfully delicious and complex beer. Pricey, but definitely worth it to try this jewel. Only a slightly thicker mouthfeel is keeping this beer from being essentially perfect.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 16:33:26 | More by jacewg
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

08-28-2012 03:23:13 | More by josephwa
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

08-15-2013 00:29:31 | More by KVNBGRY
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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