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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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1,702 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,702
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 349
Gots: 531 | FT: 50
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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 oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery - which I love - and my experiences with both of the beers in this blend; I quite fancied each of them. I actually reviewed the Serpent's Stout just last night. I don't recall the cost. I purchased it somewhere in the Los Angeles area.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The cork didn't yield a satisfying pop, but rather a weak fartish sort of sound.

A: Pours a half finger floater of slight tan colour, okay thickness, no cream, and abysmal (four second) retention. Colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible. I fear undercarbonation.

Sm: Alcohol, bourbon, brandy, dark fruit (cherry methinks), dark malts, cream, and yeast. Bourbon and brandy are dominant to a massive degree. Caramelization. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Bourbon and brandy hit me first, and wildly throw off the balance. Caramelization, especially of the dark malt foundation comes through. Vague hints of dull chocolate. Hints of alcohol. A light wooden tone. This is a poor blend; either beer on its own tasted far better. The balance is just off. I'm curious as to the proportions of the blend. It's scattered, but still decent.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch thin. Slightly undercarbonated. Suits the flavour profile somewhat.

Dr: Pretty drinkable for the ABV, but the alcohol is noticeable. I wouldn't call it boozy. She's a sipper. Above all else, I think this beer's biggest flaw is putting its two constituent beers to waste. Each is better individually, and for that reason I can't recommend this one. It's pricey to boot. I wouldn't get it again. Maybe aging mellows it; I wouldn't mind trying one with a good four years on it. A huge disappointment from Lost Abbey.

Gets better as it warms up.

Low B-

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very vigorous pour produces a one-finger thick, nicely browned, concentrated tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer pours with a dark chocolate brown color that sits in my glass with an opaque, concentrated brown, almost black color. The aroma smells of toasted coconut, vanillin, tart Bourbon, ample oak spiciness and warming, spicy, almost hot alcohol that even burns the nostrils a bit. Rich, molasses like flavors mix with malty carob notes and a huge toasted whole grain character up front (though subservient to the Barrel notes), while the finish has a roasted, slightly acrid, aroma of burnt grain and a touch of brown sugar coated espresso beans. A roasted nutty note starts tom come out with a bit of time. There is almost a vinous quality to the nose (it is wrapped up in the tart barrel character), and now that I have noticed it, it almost seems like a lactic (or something similar, definitely not acetic) acidity, though this is fairly soft. As the beer warms the spicy, hot alcohol becomes much more apparent in the nose.

Fairly thick and rich feeling, this is a beer with some definite viscosity to, this is backed by a slight, nicely supporting prickle of carbonation, that is on the light side for you average beer, but is just about perfect for this particular beer. The beer has lots of Barrel derived flavors in the middle through to the finish and the long finish after a sip has a drying, dark chocolate bitterness and smooth burnt malt bitterness to it that lingers on the mouth with just a bit of char. Up front there is an almost tart Bourbon, or perhaps Brandy character that melds into a toasted coconut and dense, creamy texture accentuating, vanillin flavor, and a big chocolate flavor in the middle. The finish really, really reminds me of the after taste from a Bourbon, this isn't necessarily a good thing though as the finish is a bit hot, somewhat tart / vinous and has the spicy oakiness to it; because of this finish the beer seems to end a bit thin despite the rich, chewy body that is noticeable as the beer is in the mouth. As the beer warms up it accentuates the harsher, hot alcohol flavors to the detriment of the rounder, more integrated lush characters that the beer had.

A nice beer, I like the complexity that it has, even if some of it can seem a bit dubious at times (the tartness can seem a bit out of place at times, even though I don't think this is in any way infected). It does seem to prove out my growing feeling that beers over a certain alcohol percentage should not be Barrel aged as they get too hot and boozy (which this one does). This would be quite the enjoyable beer in small doses; the first 2-4 ounces of this beer were much better than what the beer ended up being. Still this is not bad, and even has its enjoyable moments.

Photo of GClarkage
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark brown with a mild off-white head. Average retention, leaves good lace.

S: Very similar to Angel's Share. Big brandy and bourbon nose, with a lot of chocolate.

T: Dark chocolate with an elegant malt character. The roasted malt comes out a bit more with the Serpent's Stout included, but I think I like the straight up caramelized malt and Brandy of the original Angel's Share. Still a good flavour for sure.

M: Full-bodied, thick, lightly boozy, quite smooth.

D: A must try for me, I liked it, but I'm glad I didn't pony up the $15 for the bottle, much cheaper on draft. It's good, but not that good.

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

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black in color. A thin 1/4" head falls quickly.

Smell: bourbon, chocolates, big malt sweetness, brown sugar, and alcohol create a pleasant aroma.

Taste: big roasted malt flavors with vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolates, molasses, and a big booziness create a complex beer. Bitterness is moderate but balancing.

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: this is a big complex and slow sipping beer. Flavors are big and bold, and the alcohol is warming. Very enjoyable after dinner or late night drink.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of yourefragile
3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz cork and caged bottle. 2010 bottle.

Hard, vigorous pour produces a thin, fleeting light tan head that faded to a thin collar with no lace on top of an opaque, still and viscous milk chocolate. Strong, barrel heavy and boozy nose, dominated by brandy and vanilla, raisin, plum and brown sugar. Medium full body with trace, light carbonation. For this type of beer the lack of carbonation isn't a problem but for this particular beer wears out my tolerance for the flavor quickly. Still extremely hit and boozy, with a very sweet profile, Belgian yeast, raisin, molasses, vanilla, brandy and chocolate malt. Carbonation would help, but this would still be a chore to drink.

Photo of stakem
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 12/3/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a dark brown that nears black in color. A tan head forms about a finger strong and recedes fairly fast leaving spotty lace around the glass and just a thin film of bubbles across the top.

This brew smells of vanilla sweetness, dark molasses, candied plums and raisins. A bold presence of alcohol and almost a grassy earthy component along with an overall oaky woodsiness fills the nose with a very pleasant scent.

The taste of this brew includes a bold amount of astringent alcohol that is fueled by an accent of bourbon and brandy. A flavor of dark malt lingers with a flavor reminiscent of chocolate and caramel with a faint lingering taste of vanilla. A fruity note exists almost like raisins with a bold sense of alcohol that rises up through the back of the throat and tingles the back of the nose.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite a decent sipper that comes across with a creamy smooth feel. This needs some time to mellow out a bit. All the enjoyable flavors and aromas are there to make this super enjoyable right now, but a little bit of mellowing out and melding will do wonders for this brew.

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours just shy of black with a half finger tall tan head that dissipates almost instantly to a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Aroma is dominated by the alcohol - there is also some sweetness/brown sugar and hints of vanilla and oak (which I associate with the bourbon barrels) present.

T: Flavors are also dominated by the alcohol - vanilla and oak (bourbon) flavors, malt sweetness, brown sugar, and hints of chocolate.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Definitely some heat in the finish from the alcohol.

O: Just too strong of an alcohol presence in this beer for it to be easily drinkable - this beer is one to sip over a fairly extended period of time. Too much heat for me but the flavors that do come through are quite pleasant.

Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml received as an extra in a recent trade with PALMEJ1. Thanks again Jacob!

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thick lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet boozy aroma with a strong barrel character giving off hints of boozy bourbon, earthy oak, vanilla, marshmallow and toasted coconut. Underneath there is some roasted malt with hints of oatmeal, dark chocolate, burnt toast and coffee bean. I'm not picking up much brandy and it's a bit booze heavy in the nose but it still smells pretty good.

Chewy full body that is pretty boozy with a nice balance of roasted malt, boozy bourbon and earthy oak. The barrel character is very prominent with a lot of dry, toasted oak balancing out the boozy sweetness. As the aroma suggests, there is more bourbon than brandy but I'm at least picking up some brandy flavor. Faint vanilla and coconut smooth things out a bit but this beer is still plenty boozy. Underneath, there is a roasted malt backbone that compliments the dry, toasted notes of the barrel very nicely. Hints of dark chocolate, oatmeal, toast and deep roasted coffee/espresso bean linger into a long dry finish. Although this beer is slightly hot with plenty of warmth in the finish, the ABV is relatively well masked and the complex flavors make it very quaffable.

Overall, this beer was a very pleasant surprise. A lot of Lost Abbey's big beers and non-sours have been very disappointing lately with all of the QC issues but this was a very good beer. Plenty of carbonation and not syrupy at all. I found it to be complex and very tasty. Recommended!

Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a near black with a thick, off white head that slowly fades into a chunky cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, oak, coffee, cocoa, bourbon, toasted nuts, brown sugar, and molasses.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a caramel, vanilla, and a hot brandy flavor that just seems a tad odd with a hint of astringency. Complex but a bit clustered.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, warming, creamy, and a tad thin in the finish.
Not bad but certainly not my favorite Lost Abbey beer.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very excited to find this at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley. Brought back to Australia with me, and shared with @LaitueGonflable.

I shouldn't have been surprised at the colour, but I was, a deep dark brown, opaque, only turning slightly lighter at the edges. Head is fine, and crispy, a roasted brown tinged ochre. Lacing is minimal, but the body is heavy, which may explain it somewhat. Looks very nice.

Nose is a fabulous melange of different flavours. Big chocolate characters, and lots of sweet vanilla, giving a rich, smooth basis. Some roastiness, and a lightly sulphurous egg character, which oddly deepens the other notes. Certainly hints of astringent booze, but they blend so perfectly with the vanilla, giving up characters of coconut and white rum. Ooh, so much devilish deliciousness. It's an astonishingly good nose.

Taste matches, although there is a lightening from the blending, giving a more pleasant hop character. This provides a counterpoint (and perhaps an excuse) for the strong boozy note which is present here. It blends very nicely with the roasted characters, which combine to form a chocolate liqueur complexity. Feel is smooth and robust.

Ooh, it's a lovely beer. Roasty, complex, boozy, chocolate, sweet and rich. Really fantastically good, and such an inspired blend of two other good beers. But where other blendings seem to just provide the average of their component parts, this one has synergy which propels it to true excellence.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

What a great beer- very rich and full with amazing length of finish, and an almost syrupy texture, yet it's not too heavy, just deeply flavored. The brandy and bourbon barrels are both in evidence, with chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of scorched wood from the bourbon, and a round, fruity sweetness from the brandy as well as a bit of an edge. Seamlessly integrated, with an overall impression of smores made with some bitter chocolate and a drizzle of booze. Delicious!

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yay! Carbonation haha. Poured a brownish amber with good carbonation and a beige head

S: Big and good. Lots of vanilla, wood, topacco, caramel, dark fruits, molasses

T: Wow. Follows the nose well. Does not feel like 12.5 ABV to me. Booze is sharp on the end but ohter than it is just mild heat. Vanilla, wood, tobacco, caramel, dark fruits, molasses, toffee, bourbon

M: Good, warm, balanced as a beer this big can be

D: very, very good! Not sure I would pay the freight on this again but it was worth trying once for sure.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into small glasses at the Hulmeville Inn.

Deliverance had a slight pop with the cork out, the liquid was a dark brown bordering on black color. Some dark tan bubbles even came up about a few centimeters and stayed, Bravo! Small notches that eventually let go. Smell is a tamer version of the bourbon barrel AS IMO, I still get alot of bourbon notes, less brandy and some roast from the serpent's. Oak and molasses. Very smelly. Taste is nice and the carb really adds a punch to this as well, Im use to flat bottles that go nowhere. Bourbon blended with roast and a sweet Belgian yeast strain, some vanilla clashing with faint brandy and some oak to round it all out. A dark tasty beer that is big. Feel is above medium with some faint but needed carb, LA keep it up. While I could not drink a ton of this, I enjoyed the 6oz's or so.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What happens when I bring a bottle of Deliverance to drink in São Paulo? Find out now:

Blackish brown colored, the small head is respectable for the style, the legs it leaves in the glass are a thing to watch. Its nose is even more beautiful; very fragrant and full of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, yum,! Its taste great, aged vanilla, chocolate, toasted oak, more of that glorious spirit, a little grape. The alcohol is buried very well, only a trickle is felt in the mouth until it goes down and warms your throat. It's thick and coating in the mouth, gently carbonated, which means it feels awesome as well.

What a treat! Too bad it's $14.99 for a 375 ml bottle. I guess I'll have to wait to find it on-tap to sample again.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan!

Deep brown hue, bordering on black with a good sized beige head that leaves a healthy amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of brandy, alcohol, and roasted malt. The taste follows suit. The feel is medium to thick in body with a very strong alcohol presence, most notably brandy. This is a very tasty beer and definitely worthwhile. Great for sharing a few ways, as this is best in small doses.

Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 375 mL corked and caged beauty; shared with janlud.

A: The strong ale is black, still as night and under key. In the embers, a thin tan head appears but quickly whittles itself away. Carbonated, of course, it just doesn't show it.

S: The blending of bourbon and brandy rocks, bringing vanilla, oak, and intense red grape strength. I love the bourbon, its strength powerful, but the brandy helps take the ale to the next level, deep, vinous and complex.

T: Despite the relative stillness of the ale, it is well carbonated. The underlying strong ale gets within the intense complexity of the barrels. And oh, those barrels deliver the goods. Bourbon offers vanilla and coconut, the latter milder while the former zings. The brandy barrel adds a thicker, fuller body with deep grape and brown sugar flavors. Oak and chocolate follow. Sweet vanilla is a lasting flavor on my lips following each sip. Well blended with plenty of intensely powerful flavors. A beer like this is just good to sip on.

M: From vanilla to brandy and oak and everywhere in between, Deliverance doesn't fail to. Quite fantastic.

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,702 ratings.