Deliverance | The Lost Abbey

DeliveranceDeliverance
BA SCORE
95%
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4.31 w/ 1,962 ratings
DeliveranceDeliverance
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

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.

Added by drummstikk on 08-09-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#501
Reviews:
445
Ratings:
1,962
Liked:
1,864
Avg:
4.31/5
pDev:
9.28%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
400
Gots:
556
Trade:
39
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Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Corbin19
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep sable a scratch above black with a thick, if not persistent, tan head. Malty aroma has a strong overtone of bourbon-soaked wood and hints of toffee and chocolate. Distinctive flavor has malty, bourbon, woody, molasses, coffee, fruity - how many notes are there? I seem to get different ones with each sip! And whoa, what an alcohol bite, like a liquid pit bull that has decided your tongue is a juicy steak! Texture has firm body and plenty of fizz and sass, and the tingle it leaves behind decided to sit for a spell. This beer is worth going through hell, high water, airport security and over-affectionate great aunts to get.

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Photo of berkshire413
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of RedDon
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

an exceptional beer. i had not had much to drink in the last couple weeks, but decided to open a few gems today. sitting here sipping on this one, consumed on 09/11/2010.

pours a very dark brown with a light tan head of just a light bit of lacing that clings to the side and the bottom of the glass.

aroma is huge, rich and indulgent with wonderful hints of bourbon and caramel, toffee, rich barrel and alcohol notes that rip through the air. warming brings on all the vanilla and sweet notes i could handle and i melt into the glass, very, very impressive. as i take a sip it is rich and full, perfect carbonation for the style with the vanilla and toffee really shining here. bourbon lacing the palate and a rich and sweet finish that has a slight warming as it goes down and a smooth, tobacco touch as it ends.

one of the best beers i have had from lost abbey hands down. this is what i have been waiting for them to put out. amazing.

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Photo of ahijevyc
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This had everything I like: Imperial, Dark, roasted, ABV, and Bourbon.

It graced us with its presence at West End and Backcountry Pizza and Taphouse in Boulder in Spring 2012. Pure awesome. I gave an average rating for "mouthfeel" because I don't remember. I'm not even sure I know what that means.

This beer is in my top 5%. I actually thought Lost Abbey's Angel Share was even better (the Bourbon barrel version) so it isn't a surprise I loved this. Deliverance is part Angel's Share and part Serpent's Stout.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Agentmunky for sharing this one with me. Poured from a small bottle, probably into a small snifter.

A: Black with a tiny brown head that thins to a ring.

S: Alcohol, bourbon, brandy, cognac, vanilla, caramel and oak in the nose.

T: Sweet and astringent. Vanilla hits you up front, with some caramel, mocha, grape, brandy and coffee, all quite well balanced.

M: From what I remember it was full bodied, probably somewhat low on carbonation (in the direction of smoothness, not flatness).

O: A great beer, a combination of two great beers, though I haven't really tried either, I have tried regular Serpent's Stout and bourbon Angel's Share. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks rich and black in ny snifter.
Smell is fantastic and complex. Yeast, dark fruit, oak, plum, fig, chocolate, molasses, nuts.
Taste is a strong, burning version of the scent, but leaning more toward dark vinous notes, vanilla, some molasses. Still complex, and chewy. As it warms more cocoa and oak burn lingers, and certainly some vanilla. Fairly dry- ending.
This is a master class beer that we cannot buy in TX. I'm lucky to have decided on picking up a bottle while visiting the family in NJ.

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is fantastic! -
12.7 oz. bottle poured into my favorite tulip glass (Ephemere)
poured thick and viscous and put up a 1/2-finger of head -
the darkest mahogany brown - when held up to light you can see the color come through around the edges -
smells like all the good stuff ! -
taste is amazing at the moment - the dried fruits, the chocolate, the booze - caramel - vanilla/chocolate - wow!
fizzy on the front end with a slick hot mouthfeel -
nice lingering aftertaste -
leaves a little sediment in the bottom of the glass -
I want more!

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - dark brown black beer with a minimal brown head at first that dissapears quick
S - big bourbon, brandy, dark malts, chocolate, vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, booze
T - again big bourbon, brandy, sweet booze, dark malts, chocolate, molasses, oak, toasted coconut
M - heavy, alc present but appropriate, aftertaste is bourbon and brandy, vanilla, sweet booziness
O - great beer. Too damn expensive at 15 bucks. God damn guys.

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Photo of wiescins
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It was awkward seeing my friend have a moment with this ale that was somewhere in between an orgasm and a cry. . . But that sums up what this knock-out artist presents to the table. It shows up in a pitch black perfect form behind a beautifully typical piece of religious art work we expect from "The Lost Abbey" brewing company. The lowest score it gets from me is smell, for while absolutely aromatic, it isn't a blissful overwhelming sensation you feel that sometimes comes with the stronger stuff like this that ranks up to a damn near 15 ABV. Still, 4.5 is an amazing grade from me and it is shadowed by a phenomenal taste + finish that is sweet, smoky, chocolaty, and as my friend stated in song "A few of my favorite things". . . Just beautiful. . .

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Photo of winningwes91
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BenBreeg
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sean32
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of poorbuthappy
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Did a taste test with 2 different bottles - Vintages 2013 A and 2014 A. Poured into snifters. Here are my notes on each. My rating reflects the 2014 vintage.

2013 A:

A - 4.25 Deep dark brown, opaque. Poured with a tan film of foam that completely faded away.

S - 4.75 Vanilla, oak, bourbon, toffee and hints of dark fruits (raisins, dates). Also a hint of slight butteriness.

T - 4.5 Sweet oak, vanilla and toffee. Bourbon heat. Raisins and dried cherries. Hints of charred malts and dark chocolate.

M - 4.5 Incredibly smooth despite the notable heat from the alcohol. Very little carbonation. Silky and sticky, coats the mouth completely.

O - 4.5 Fantastic, though I like a little more carbonation. My friend considers this vintage one of the best beers he has ever tasted. The aroma is simply sublime. Taste is very complex, easily on par with a good red wine.

2014 A:

A - 4.5 Deep dark brown and opaque like the 2013. Poured a finger of tan head that eventually reduced to a thin ring of foam. Notably more lacing than the 2013.

S - 4.75 Much sharper than the 2013. Dark fruit and cherry up front with vanilla and brandy right behind. After a few sniffs oak becomes apparent. Bourbon in the background. Hints of chocolate.

T - 4.75 Dark fruit, oak, vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Hints of toffee. Much more alcohol heat than the 2013. Dark fruit, oak and toffee lingers on the palate long after swallowing.

M - 4.5 Smooth given the ABV, but not as smooth as the 2013. Noticeably more carbonation than the 2013 bottle. Silky, but not nearly as sticky as the 2013. Feels a bit lighter overall, but I prefer the higher carbonation level.

O - 4.75 Also amazing. I prefer this vintage between the two. The flavors synergise amazingly well and the beer is very drinkable despite the ABV. Easily worth the $17 price tag.
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Summary - Both vintages are excellent, but they are definitely different. Regardless, well worth the asking price in either case. Great beer.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GRG1313
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that Angel's Share should have been. This is what Angel's Share should taste like; this is Angel's Share on steroids. Love it.

Black with a thick tan head. Complex sweet creamed espresso, sweet black chocolate, deep cherry; rich candied plums with undertones of carmel, toffee and whiskey.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and, yes, you can feel and taste the alcohol. Live with it! It's an alcoholic beverage! There is also good and attractive carbonation. It's delicious and is worth the hype that Angel's Share received.

There is little wrong with this one as flavors follow nose precisely and all attributes one gets in the nose follow in the layered flavors.

Finish is sweet, rich, thick carmel/toffee/plumed/cherry whiskey with espresso and black chocolate. Few "end of dinner," "dessert" or "sipping" brews can match this one.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say I was extremely surprised and excited by this beer.

Pours black with ruby brown highlights when held up to light. Small tan head forms and leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass. Nice alcohol feet too.

Smell is of brown sugar, molasses, grapes, vanilla, oak, caramel, and alcohol. Wow sums it up but I was really not expecting this.

Opens up with grapes, vanilla, and bourbon, moves into the caramel and sugar territory, finishes with grapes sneaking up with bourbon and caramel. Rather sweet and warming, but not cloying at all.

Mouthfeel is full with a tinge of carbonation. Enough carbonation.

Overall, its damn good and damn surprising. Was not expecting this (had no idea what brandy was/is) but this is just awesome.

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Photo of rhodeska
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer overall, thanks to Fuson and Marky Mark for finding this at Binny's for me.

Smelled the bourbon as soon as the bottle was opened, basically. That was the predominant smell, I got some chocolate or cocoa in there too, but the bourbon was dominant.

Look was great, poured into a glass with just a little head, nice and dark, looks very velvety. Still smelled great.

First taste, got a very surprisingly mild bourbon taste for the smell, still enough to warm you on the way down, but not overpowering enough to burn or make me think that it was one-dimensional. Still got some small background of chocolate and sweetness.

Delicious the whole way through, much more drinkable than my normal bourbon beers, really great beer for my first Lost Abbey tasting!

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Photo of SpauldingSmails
4.7/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jpmclaug
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Lost Abbey tulip. Thanks to domtonzero and irishgurl4 for both sending me one of these.

A - Black body with a small tan had resting on top.

S - This smells a bit hot. Big alcohol notes provided by the bourbon and brandy barrel aging. Smells pretty sweet. Really you can't ask for a much better barrel aged aroma from a beer like this.

T - Real sweet. The brandy and bourbon notes are definitely present though I'm not picking up any imperial stout notes. Honestly while the barrel aging is at the for front of this beer I don't get that sickening alcohol taste that makes me want to reach for another drink.

M - pretty heavy body, a moderate amount of carbonation and slightly syrupy

D - Honestly pretty drinkable considering he ABV and what went into this beer. At this point I think the barrels provide nice flavors without giving a sickening alcohol taste. I'm a big fan of this and can't wait to see how this develops over time. While this one is a bit pricey I think it is worth trying for sure.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark coffee body. Khaki head settles quickly into a thin halo with low lace.

S - Espresso, cola, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, hazel nut, molasses, leather, anise. Outrageous complexity and balance.

T - Dark 70% chocolate, medium roast coffee, cream, caramel, vanilla, hazel nuts, cola, Brazil nuts, chard barrels, dark bourbon, warm woody booze.

M - Creamy, medium body with bright carbonation.

O - A stellar blend.

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Photo of watsonmd
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12.7 oz bottle, 51 Degrees, served into snifter

A: Pours incredibly dark for an ale. Dark brown head.

S: Bourbon, chocolate, raisins, very complex.

T: Similar. Boozy, slightly hot, bourbon and brandy coming through.

M: More of the same. Thick, sticky, coating....

O: Great beer. Glad I tried one of these. Need to add this to the cellar.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 95% out of 100 with 1,962 ratings
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