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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,678 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,678
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 345
Gots: 530 | FT: 51
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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Photo of sholland119
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark, deep brown. Carbonation is, as expected, extremely light, but there was a faint pop at least when the bottle opened. A thin ring of tan head results.

S-Lovely charred oak, bourbon and brandy, marshmallow, brown sugar. Yup, my favorite things in a nightcap.

T-As with the nose, lots of rich flavor and appropriate boozy heat. Brown sugar, oakiness, vanilla, bourbon and brandy, good warmth.

M-Not as heavy as you'd think, given the ABV and light carbonation. Alcohol lingers pleasantly.

O-Pretty damn good beer. A great nightcap.

HV

sholland119, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev -7%

waiting4lunch, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

GrindFatherBob, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of NJBeer265
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

NJBeer265, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of bashiba
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark dirty brown with almost no head, just a couple of soapy bubbles. and a light white swirl.

The nose is almost overwhelming, giant sweet dark fruit notes mixing in with vanilla, oak, bourbon, and alcohol sweetness.

Wow the flavor is intense, giant bourbon vanilla sweetness with dark plums and cherries. Huge chocolate with a mild butterscotch mixing in as well, this is very much a desert like beer, almost like a very fine tawny port.

The mouthfeel is full and thick and leaves a long lasting oily coating.

Very nice in small quantities, an almost sensory overpowering treat like an ultra rich mouse.

bashiba, May 03, 2011
Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev -7%

schnarr84, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of JohnParadee
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

JohnParadee, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

JRod1969, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of MinorThreat
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

MinorThreat, May 28, 2013
Photo of brotherloco
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml C&C. 2010 bottling.

Pours deep dark brown with a finger of dark tan foam, settles to a fairly thick ring with large bubbles.

Smells tremendously good. I can pick out both the bourbon and brandy barrel notes. Sweet vanilla oaky goodness. Red wine vinegar. Milk, chocolate, and lots of dark fruit. Toffee and caramel. The slightest of alcohol burn as well, but a nice touch.

Taste is just a touch less perfect than the nose, but contains much of the same. Melted chocolate ice cream with a healthy amount of acidic fruit and bourbon flavor. Sweet cherry tinged caramel. Fills your mouth with a nicely toasted wood flavor as well. Lingering bourbon finish.

A medium to full body and thick mouthfeel, as would be expected. Heat from the ABV, but not much contribution to the flavor. No doubt this is a sipper.

Probably the best I've had from Lost Abbey. Looking forward to the next batch.

brotherloco, May 07, 2011
Photo of djaeon
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

djaeon, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of Phelps
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deliverance, a blend of bourbon-aged Serpents Stout (which I wish Lost Abbey would bottle!) and brandy-aged Angel's Share. Enjoyed from a 375ml bottle purchased at the release and poured into a tulip.

The cork comes off with a soft pop -- good sign. Out comes the liquid -- a viscous, inky molasses black, topped with foamy medium-tan head that reaches half a finger in height at its tallest before it quickly fizzles away to a puffy lingering ring. Big alcoholic legs grip the glass as I swirl and large trails of horizontal lace are left behind as I drink.

The nose is a nice mix of both bourbon and brandy -- very boozy. Vinous oak, dark cherries, dark chocolate and vanilla also make appearances.

Nice follow through from aroma to flavor. I get sweet Amarena cherries at the start, then pick up darker flavors of roasty malt as the beer opens up. There's also brandy, vanilla, oak, toffee, licorice and lots of ethanol. Sweet before a dryish finish. Such smooth flavor integration.

As the fairly high carbonation pickles the tongue, I find myself wishing the bubbles on this one were just a bit more tame -- a super ironic thing to ask of Lost Abbey, but there it is. The alcohol is rightfully high, numbing the tongue and subtly smoldering through the nostrils. The body is a creamy, buttery medium, making the whole experience boozy but smooth.

Deliverance is a complex brew; each integrated part can be picked out. Big, boozy but oh-so-smooth and drinkable.

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Reviewed about a year later, on September 16. Increased amounts of both of toffee and alcohol in the flavor. It’s still pretty damn hot and seems more solvent and barleywine-like. Chocolate lingers in the background. Not an improvement, and in fact is a bit worse than I remember it. The second glass showed more of its sweet goodness, but this is not the beer I remember.

Phelps, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of KVNBGRY
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

KVNBGRY, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Lehighace06
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Lehighace06, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of DerekMorgan
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

DerekMorgan, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +16.3%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev -7%

bostonryan, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of JohnnieNepal
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

JohnnieNepal, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of WeisGuy
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

WeisGuy, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Resuin
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a Teku glass. I believe this is from 2012.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep brown, nearly black and leaves behind about a finger of tan head which fizzles away quickly.

Smell: Bourbon and chocolate flavors upfront along with some brandy and cherry. Some earthiness to it as well as.

Taste: Bourbon, chocolate, cherries, oak and vanilla. Finishes with some brandy which is very nice. A lot of the familiar bourbon barrel aged stout flavors but some differences, especially towards the finish of the flavor. A very prominent oak/rooty flavor throughout also makes it a bit different.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a light carbonation - surprisingly smooth though.

Overall: This one has picked some some interesting flavors from its time in the barrels. Earthy tones accompany the delicious bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit flavors along with a hint of cherry which is nice. Overall, I was satisfied with this brew which mixed some familiar flavors with some different things to make for an interesting beer and its smoothness is exceptional.

Resuin, May 06, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ladyface. Glad I was able to try this on tap before popping open a $16 dollar 375ml bottle.

Appearance - Poured into a tulip by the bartender with about a finger of dark, mocha head that dissipates rather quickly, but leaves some nice, thin lacing on the sides of the glass for how potent this beer is.

Smell - The nose is full of wonderful aromas. Dark fruit, bourbon, heavy vanilla and oak, bittersweet chocolate, some leather and tobacco. You can just tell this is going to be a big, bad beer.

Taste - Honestly, not what I was expecting, but now that I type this out, I'm not sure what I really was anticipating the taste to be. There really is an earthy quality to it, with of course bourbon and vanilla prominent. Oak, roasted malts, and chocolate come forward after the beer warms up a little bit more, along with dark fruits and toasty caramel. Not overly sweet, though even if it was, I think the alcohol bite detracts from the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - A sipper for sure. I was at the bar for quite a while with just an 8oz pour, and it was somewhat of a chore to finish. I did go in at an odd time (2pm) to avoid the hustle and bustle so I could be sure I would be able to enjoy my beer without feeling pressured to finish it up quick and either order another or leave. It was a bit hot for me, and I could defiantly smell alcohol in the nose and taste it. I have two of these in my cellar right now and don't think I will revisit them for about a year, and have it as a night cap on a cold night. Overall, a very interesting beer and was glad I was able to try it now so I can see how it ages later.

SpdKilz, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a crystal snifter at cellar temp. Deep ruddy brown colored with a low head of sizzly foam that settles out quickly.

Inviting aroma of cocoa and cherries, port wine and boozey brandy. Sharp flavor of tangy cherry, bitter cocoa, espresso, notes of drambuie, vanilla and oakey wood. Very malty and rich, lots of caramel and toffee with assertive bitterness and an understated floral hop that rides beneath. The brandy seems to tame the bourbon that can sometimes seem cloying. Alcohol lends a fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, but finishes tingly, some alcohol warming, lingers powdery and slightly tannic. The considerable strength makes its presence known but does not overpower. Fairly drinkable for such a monster. Thanks to Barleywinefiend for sending this one coast to coast.

far333, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Rollzroyce21, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of buzzy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

buzzy, Apr 03, 2014
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,678 ratings.