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Deliverance - The Lost Abbey

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1,737 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,737
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 356
Gots: 533 | FT: 48
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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:
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 DoubleJ
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
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 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 Stinkypuss
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ontap. This batch was 12.5% abv

Pours a dark brown color with a semi creamy off-white head.
The aroma carries so much expression, with flame torched marshmallow, vanilla, oak, bourbon, brandy, cocoa, and somewhat sweet overall.
The flavor has cocoa, caramel, vanilla, bourbon spiked coffee, and plenty of dry oaky tannins. Slight oxidized notes, a bit of sherry to compliment the bourbon, brandy, and alcoholic esters all around. Medium bodied,

Liquid candy for adults.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Dating smeared and not legible.

Really hard to score and judge the appearance. It's easily the darkest American strong ale I have ever seen. Comes out of the bottle like liquid dark chocolate. Black walnut body, and only a simple thin tan collar. Looks like a big imperial stout, with a decent collar, and minimal streaked streaming whispy top. Most strong ales don't even get this dark, is that wrong or do I just really like it, obviously it's the latter.

Unique memorable aroma. Burnt smoldered smoking cocoa. Lovely charring roast and powdered dark DARK chocolate. It is making my mouth just water. It brings a memorable sweetness not unlike Belgian chocolate goodness in the back of my throat. A husky dark roasted ripping grain action as well. Near perfection here, it's either all downhill or greatness at this point.

Murderously silky rich and deep mouthfeel. How is this not an imperial stout I have no idea. Deep rich chocolate, ganache and thick rich, with a powdery finish that bursts into a minimal bitterness. Cocoa, cocoa, dark powdered cocoa friggin everywhere. Great lingering controlled bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich but lends to more lighter body than an imperial perhaps sticking to strong ale roots. There's even some dark cherry flavors dipped in all this chocolate greatness. Where is the booze and heat and distraction... not even EXISTENT no hint... nada, zip, zilch, nothing. Woah..

I am speechless, and just flat out confused, this is overall the most enjoyable strong ale I have easily ever had, and I am not even sure it is one, as it walks the tightrope of bodied lightness strong ale estered fruit, with dark roasting imperial stout power. Regardless it's just an amazing creation. Flat out stunned and speechless. Near perfection, of something that is so imperfect to begin with, so beautiful.

Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours without a head so no lace. Pitch black color, no highlights. Very light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Molasses and bourbon nose, flavor is almost burnt, sweet molasses and alcohol. Some alcohol burn. Seriously expensive at $17.99 for a caged & corked 375ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to dsgolovin for this brew.

12.7 oz Bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger fizzy dark tan head, with a big oil slick in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, sweet, with some cherries, bourbon, brandy, figs, raisins, plums. The taste is very nice, malty, with lots of dark fruits, and a nice touch of bourbon/brandy, slight chocolate note. Full/Medium body, ABV hidden very well. It's been awhile since I've had a LA brew, but this one is a very very tasty brew, highly recommended. Thanks David!

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/29/2010

I was curious about the bottles so I decided to crack one today. Poured into Lost Abbey stemware. I remove the cage and cork and am greeted with an emphatic pop. All is satisfactory so far. I pour the beer vigorously into the glass and a large tan head billows up two inches high from the depths of the ebony liquid. Retention is excellent, the head lasting for 2 minutes, and lacing is scattered. A thin creamy layer remains when the head recedes.

In the aroma I detect prominent notes of bourbon that are barely subjugated by the brandy influence. Oak is evident, as are light tannins. Brown sugar imparts sweetness, and vanilla is pervasive. A light alcohol presence wafts from the glass and is well integrated. The chocolate character is on the dark end of the spectrum, and in conjunction with the brown sugar and vanilla, a desert-like quality is created: vanilla brown sugar chocolate cookies. Like the tap version, the strong roast of Serpent's Stout has been mellowed by time in the barrels. The big maple notes I got off the tap iteration are present, but at all dominant. Dark fruit notes are subtle, imparting redolence of dates and a whisper of plum or grape.

The flavor opens with bourbonic chocolate vanilla and sweet brown sugar caramel brandy notes with a decisive alcohol sting. Delicious. The beer is lightly sweet, yet the oak and tannins dry out my palate. I detect a little maple, and the flavor displays a bittersweet desert-like quality. The finish is complex and decadent, with lingering notes of bourbon, brandy, chocolate, caramel, and booze. The booze is strong, but I love it. Perhaps a few months time will do the flavor some good as the alcohol mellows a bit. Like the aroma, the roast is light in the flavor.

The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and sticky, with big alcohol warming notes. The carbonation is at a lower moderate level and the body is full. Lost Abbey really nailed the mouthfeel on this one.

Overall, just the sort of beverage I enjoy. This is great right now, but I think the alcohol presence might be off-putting to some people, though I thoroughly enjoy its current strength. A great blended and -bal aged beer. I hope it becomes a yearly release.

Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured dark brown, close to black in color with a very thin tan head concentrated around the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of the barrel characteristics to it with bourbon, oak and vanilla sweetness all very present. I get a lot of cherry and chocolate out of it as well. Very appealing aroma to it overall.

The taste starts out with some vanilla, oak and chocolate, sweet flavors. I get a bit of a raisin, brown sugar, cherry, fruity, sweetness coming through as well. Towards the finish I get more roasty and bitter flavors along with a big bourbon flavor with some heat to it. Some bitter-sweet chocolate flavors linger with the bourbon for a while too.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side and carbonation is low, but not non-existent. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed it. Definitely showed a lot of bourbon to it, but the beer flavors came out nicely as well. A little hot still but would probably age nicely. Very nice bourbon forward beer overall.

Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jason, 375ml into a tulip. Unknown vintage.

Dark brown body, with a ring of brown head. Big legs, no retention however. Nose of sweet alcohol, dark chocolate, caramel candies, dark fruit and candi sugar. Oak and fudge as well. Alcohol is again prominent on the palate, fudge, oak and dark fruits. Brandy is a little more prominent that the bourbon, although both stand out in a boozy fashion. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous and boozy. Low carbonation, but not flat. A really good BA'd beer/blend - really brings forward some characteristics that I felt were reminiscent of BB4D in a really good way.

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Almost black. Reddish tinge at the edge. No head.

Smell - Bourbon, brandy sweetness. Brandy takes over, but the bourbon is still present. Rich chocolate. Sweet caramel.

Taste - Sweet and very oaky. Brandy. Caramel. Bourbon takes a back seat. Fruity, probably from the brandy.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Sharp oak and alcohol. Medium heavy.

Overall - Very tasty. Overpowered by the barrel, but nice.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.5% abv. Blended ale aged in Burbon & Brandy barrels C&C.

A: Black motor oil pour is viscose from the bottle producing a spongy cinnamon colored head that was a finger high lasting only momentarily. No lace.

S: Burbon and brandy alcohol, sweet boozy dark fruit of plums and figs, rich chocolate with dark licorice. The alcohol is very well hidden, even at warmer temp.Burnt molasses and wooden barrel highlights.

T: The flavor is burbon laced dark fruit, sweetened dark coffee with vanilla. Silty charcoal, barrel woodiness with the alcohol coming to light a bit more, but still very manageable. Rich dark chocolate, anise, some acidity bite. Warmth of alcohol fade, the brandy produces some sweet candied fruitiness while the burbon some whisky mash notes.

M: sticky and chewy, low level of carbonation. Burbon soaked figs warm the mouthful.

O: Overall a sticky and sweet strong ale with a good barrel aged woodiness. The flavor says it all here, very polished, a smooth slow sipper with a warmth of complexity in every sip.

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,737 ratings.