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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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1,605 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,605
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 338
Gots: 512 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

JohnParadee, Jun 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Canada_Dan, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of beerwolf77
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.

beerwolf77, Apr 17, 2011
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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.

MbpBugeye, Jan 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

Lehighace06, Jun 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

LambicKing, Sep 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

ms11781, Jul 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

SebD, Mar 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Paccamacca, Nov 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of jwinship83
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.

jwinship83, Feb 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

JMBSH, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

ThatsThatDude, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

klipper, Nov 11, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 release. Tulip glass.

A: Pours very dark brown, though lighter at the edges, with a cap of beige head. So-so retention and almost no lacing.

S: Fruit (cherry, fig, currant, blueberry) and oak, vanilla, with dark chocolate and malt undertones. More roastiness and brandy come out as it warms.

T: Oak is more in the forefront and fruit takes a backseat, along with some coffee and chocolate, alcohol, and brandy. Some bright acidity, with a coffee and chocolate aftertaste on the lengthy finish. Mostly dry... drier than I would've expected.

M: Full bodied, medium-light carbonation.

O: Really nice complexity and integration, with layers of interesting flavors which change as the beer warms. Although I didn't really detect bourbon. As enjoyable as this was, I think I'd prefer Angel's Share straight up.

pmarlowe, Feb 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

savagepm, May 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

dvmin98, Apr 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

bcm75, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

AnitaBrewski, Apr 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

ricecracker420, Aug 04, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into a snifter

A: Very dark brown, pretty much black with a finger of lively head that sticks around for a while.

S: Strong bourbon up front with dark chocolate, roast, and toffee. Very nice, but lacking a bit in complexity.

T: Dark chocolate and toffee up front with brandy in the background. A bit on the dry side and quite boozy.

M: A tad thin with adequate and fairly creamy carbonation. Could be more full bodied.

O: Rarely do I feel like a beer needs to be aged, but this beer is very boozy and I believe it could develop some with age. Still decent, but I think I'll lay a couple of these down for a while.

coreyfmcdonald, Jun 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

pixieskid, Nov 09, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with no head at all.
Smells sweet and a touch fruity. Great aroma. You can get the bourbon as well as brandy. Sweet, rich, chocolatey. Love it!
Tastes similar but not that great. I'm enjoying it but it's not a combinatio of flavours that thrills me. Carbonation level is good. Overall interspersing and enjoyable but not thrilling

Urbancaver, Oct 10, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

jeff1973, Jan 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

DCon, Dec 25, 2013
Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,605 ratings.