Deliverance | The Lost Abbey

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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

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441
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1,945
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
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Photo of meatyard
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with light at the edges. The head is small and short-lived turning into some bubbles in the center and a ring around the edge.

The smell is strong on bourbon and oak with dark fruits as well and, yes, there is vanilla. The aroma is nice and has a lot going on.

The taste is bourbon, vanilla and oak with a lot of warming alcohol. I like how the vanilla lingers in the aftertaste and for a while. Just as in the smell there is lots going on in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side but feels quite natural to be so. Has mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a fine, big, sipping beer that is very warming. This is too expensive to drink often though I wish I had a couple more to space out over time. One of the better LA beers that I've had.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think I got lucky and hit Julio's as a couple of these hit the shelf. The combination sounds fantastic to me.

Pours with a light brown two finger head that fairly quickly drops to an 1/8th in cap of foam. Can't see any light through this beer, which is a bit surprising. I am in low light so I can't really discern between brown and black here, but I am guessing more brown.

Aroma is of brown sugar and vanilla. A light sweetness and almost a light sense of chocolate in the background. More bourbon coming through.

Very nice beer. More molasses flavor vs. what I perceived as brown sugar in the aroma. A moment of mustiness, but this gives way to a nice sweet vanilla flavor. You definitely detect a higher abv here, but the sweetness and vanilla flavor plays nicely with these notes. I think I am getting bourbon up front and the brandy notes in the rear. The sweetness is consistent through and through. Wish there was a touch more dark roasted note from the stout side of the blend. But still really like this.

Lighter body than the flavor lets on. A touch of alcohol in the nose as you keep this in your mouth. Just a tingle of carbonation in your tongue.

I really like this and it's just outside of being a classic.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage. Pours a dark brown that is on the verge of black with a tiny brown head that disappears very quickly. Scent is packed with inviting bourbon aromas, lovely malt aromas, and delicious dark fruits. Dark chocolate and toffee as well. Taste is absolutely amazing. Initially I get dark chocolate and dark fruit flavors immediately followed by bourbon and vanilla oak. Nice alcohol burn as well. Mouthfeel is EXTREMELY creamy with very light carbonation. Somewhat of a syrupy finish. Drinkability is fairly high...It is delicious, but definitely a sipper. Overall, this is an awesome beer from Lost Abbey that I would gladly purchase again.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep rich opaque black with a clear mahogany color around the edges. absolutely no head forms. Just a paper thin film of tan bubbles that goes around the rim of the glass.

S - The nose is dominated by the bourbon and imperial stout. The notes of cocoa nibs, freshly ground espresso, and warm gooey caramel being the most potent. The boozy caramel notes intertwine with the underlying fruity character of the brandy and barelywine. The sweet, juicy notes of raisins, dates, and berries come through more as it warms along with earthy hints of bourbon soaked oak.

T - smooth syrupy chocolate, Sweet caramel, and charred grains fight for attention on the front of the palate. More intense chocolate notes come out in the middle along with hints of dark and red fruit, along with hints of booze, caramel, and earthy oak. Finish is strong on caramel and chocolate.

M - full bodied with a milk shake sort of creaminess. carbonation is medium.

O - Excellent beer. Well balanced with just enough carbonation (yeah i referenced that). For an over 12% barrel aged beer it is exceptionally smooth and there is no fussel to speak of, just a pleasant hint of booze. It is expensive but i am glad I bought more of this. On a side note i do enjoy the bottle format for a beer of this style, I'd like to see more big beers in smaller bottles.

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Photo of BWood
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another solid showing from The Lost Abbey. Not sure if I like this one better than the angels share alone though. Boozy up front like most of their higher abv beers are. Seems like they like to hit you with the booze hard. Can definitely taste both the bourbon and brandy. Great beer but high price point, $15.99 for 12.7oz

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beer Authority.

A - Served a very dark brown with a few dark tan bubbles clinging to the edges. A few streaks of lacing form.

S - Bourbon, oak, chocolate.

T - Strong bourbon and sweet dark chocolate. Some nice barrel characteristics. A little toasted-burnt-bitterness in the finish.

D - Heavy body with medium carbonation.

O - Nice bourbon barrel stout. Drinks very easy for 12.5%

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a very expensive 375 ml bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a thick syrupy looking dark brown that borders on black. Topped with a thinish off white head.

S Very sweet with lots of vanilla, with a touch of bourbon and some raisin type fruit notes. Maybe a hint of chocolate a touch of alcohol comes through as it warms. Quiet complex

T Wow, amazing flavor with chocolate, a lot of brandy, a touch of bourbon, and some vanilla. A bit of an oak like taste is present as well.

M Pretty thick and smooth with carbonation.

Overall this is a great beer to spend an evening sipping on to appreciate the various complexities. My only complaint was the $16.00 something I paid for it.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 8/5/12

A- Black, though at edges some brown shows. Tiny head immediately dissipates, but carbonation continues to flow.

S- Aroma of dark fruits; plums, raisins, and a solid dose of booze.

T- A lot of smokey/roasty malts in the taste that wasn't there in the nose. The wood and bourbon comes through in the middle, and it finishes with booze and dark fruits.

M- The mouthfeel is medium to thick.

O- This is a very tasty brew, but one of the biggest sippers out there as they don't hide the booze one bit!

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Photo of rye726
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad we got this in Colorado. $16/bottle though, ouch!

Pours a dark mahogany with a silky tan head. Light lace.

Nose has oak, whiskey, caramel, toffee, roasty malts, hops and chocolate.

Taste has lots of sweet caramelized candy that is well balanced by some dark roasty malts and floral hops. Nice bourbon, wood and vanilla flavors from the barrels.

Medium to full body, well carbonated. Finish a bit thin. Another nice BA blend from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of cradke
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black with some brown and amber hues. A thin head fades except at the edge of the glass.

Smell: Intense bourbon and sweetness. Brown sugar, some brandy. Enjoyably intense.

Taste: Sweet up front. Some heat comes out. Good bourbon and distinct brandy flavors hover around a great malt base. The alcohol is there but very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and thickness. I dig, I dig.

Overall: I got this in a trade as an extra and love it. For a BA beer, this is world class. The complexity is great, the sweetness is very much there (almost a bit too much even) but the distinct brandy and bourbon notes are awesome.

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Photo of johndoe8
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a couple bottles at the Deliverance release @ lost abbey.. haven't been able to find it anywhere since.

This is one of my favorite beers right now. I wish it was more easy to find. The serpent stout definitely cuts into the sweetness of the angel share to just the right levels.

Pours a dark brown with decent amt of carbonation. The only thing bringing this beer down imo is the drinkability. It tastes great, but you really do notice the 12.5% alcohol in this one. Definitely should drink it slow.

Notes of vanilla, chocolate, smoke, caramel.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Side by side with a 2009 Brandy Barrel Angel's Share.

Pours a half an inch beige head. Super black body. Oilly legs, and even some lacing left behind(!). Plus, the label is epic, one of my favorites. Dies down to a ring of foam and patch layers of slim foam on top.

A wonderful bouquet of maple syrup, brown sugar, butterscotch candies (diacetyl?), caramel, salt water taffy, bourbon, brandy, and oak. A hint of alcohol buried beneath the desert like aromas.

Taste follows smell. Maple syrup, caramelized brown sugar, sweet cream butter/butterscotch candies. Then a hint of dark cherries and some bitterness that reminds me of mushrooms or black truffles. Then oak, brandy, bourbon, peat and smoke. The bourbon and brandy aren't super pronounced, they kind of blend with the other flavors in the beer. A touch of alcohol as well.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Incredibly rich and full. Surprisingly balanced, but leaning towards sweet. Buttery and smooth. High end of low carbonation.

An epic brew. I only get a touch of heat and alcohol, and mostly in the nose as the beer warms. It's 12.5% though, and I like to be reminded that what I'm drinking is strong. I'm sure a year or two of age will make this dangerously drinkable though.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad I was able to find some bottles of this because I missed it when it was actually out.

Pours a deep brown color. No head and almost looked like it poured flat. Was worried I had another flat Lost Abbey Beer. Had a little bit of bubbles surface after a second or two.

Aroma is awesome. Tons of dark fruits mixed with some toasted sugars, caramel and roasted malts. Little bit of booz and bourbon oakyness.

Taste is excellent. Starts off tasting like Angels Share then finishes as Serpents Stout with a strong vanilla flavor lingering on your tongue with the roasted malt bitterness. Sooo awesome.

Mouthfeel could use a little more carb IMO but it's not bad. Light carb side but it's there for sure. I feel a heavier beer needs a little more carb to counter the viscosity.

Overall an awesome beer I want to sit on for a while to see how it changes. Glad I picked a few up.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bungletronics for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is outstanding. I get a lot of roasted malt, along with some alcohol and chocolate.

The flavor is also excellent. The chocolate and roasted malt notes are great and those are complimented with a lot of notes from the bourbon barrel aging. I get some nice bourbon notes, as well as some maple and vanilla. There is also a little bit of nuttyness in the flavor which compliments the other parts very well.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best Lost Abbey beers I have tried.

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Photo of nataku00
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, 2012 release, poured into a snifter. Beer pours a dark mahogany brown, opaque, with a finger of tan color creamy head. Minimal head retention as it dissipated to a thin film, with a few spots of lacing. A few bubbles of carbonation at the edge of the glass.

Nose is sweet chocolate, leather, tobacco, dark caramel, coffee, with some earthy, nutty, and woody aromas. Even cool on the initial pour, there was a nice balanced aroma to the beer, though a bit of the alcohol heat came through as the beer warmed.

Taste follows the nose, sweet chocolate and the leather and tobacco upfront, with some bitter coffee and burnt caramel flavors following. Earthy barrel flavors come through mid tongue, with some sweeter vanilla notes. Lingering sweet chocolate and bourbon flavors on the tongue.

Full body with minimal carbonation, maybe a bubble of carbonation pricking the tongue here and there. Not too syrupy though, mainly creamy and slightly chewy. A bit of alcohol warmth on the back of the throat, but still very drinkable for big beer. I'm not a big fan of the brandy Angel's Share, but this blend with a bourbon barrel aged Serpent's Stout was enjoyable.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very dark brown, almost black. Full tan head on the pour that recedes to a nice ring.
Smell: awesome. The barrel ageing is obvious and done well. Rich cocoa and caramel.
Taste: more silky, rich goodness. All the flavors in the nose.
Mouthfeel: full and silky.
Overall: wonderful beer. Love Serpents and Angel's Share. This is it's own beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Barcade, Philly, PA

Served in a snifter, a thick black pour with a thin cap of chocolate head that dwindled to a ringlet. Creamy chocolate and vanilla on the aroma, smooth bourbon, caramel, minor vinous notes. Taste thick with dark malts, chocolate, a moderate roastiness, bourbon-soaked wood, vanilla, lesser notes of fruitcake brandy, brown sugar, tobacco. Smooth and dangerously mellow, and a bit too drinkable for a higher octane brew. Yummy.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a viscous dark brown/nearly black color with pretty much no head to speak of at all.

S: Awesome notes of bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate cake and some faint dark fruit. Amazing stuff.

T: Opens on the sweet side with some raisin bread, vanilla, fudge and dark fruit and then dries out and finishes with some burnt raisin, roasted malt and glorious bourbon. A great warming sensation with every sip without feeling too hot. This is without a doubt my favorite Lost Abbey beer to date.

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Photo of dgugliuzza
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage poured from bottle into a snifter

Pours the darkest of browns with a film of tan head. There isn't much more to the head but a few mingling bubbles around the rim of the glass.

The smell is a cacophony of sweet, rich aromas. Bourbon, vanilla, figs and honey. Bourbon soaked chocolate cake with fresh vanilla beans. Alcohol esters linger towards the back...and this is where the brandy kicks in. There is a clear distinction between the bourbon and brandy. What an impressive blend.

Wow, the first sip is greeted by fiery bourbon, vanilla, licorice, oak and brandy. My mouth is instantly coated by a rich, sticky sweetness. An outstanding compliment to the sharp bourbon and brandy. Very long finish. Mellows significantly after the initial burn.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation that leaves behind a great deal of stickiness. I could have just took one sip and had my mouth coated for the whole night. Sufficed to say, this one's a slow sipper.

Deliverance is ripe with divine, rich flavors. Sure it's really hot, but that doesn't affect how damn delicious it is. It's a beast of a beer. One that requires all your time and attention. Drink one now and lay one down for a few years down the road. This is outstanding stuff.

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Photo of sholland119
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my duvel tulip from a cork caged 375.

A- pours deep murky brown/ almost black, nice two finger slightly chocolate head that settles into a half finger and never fully disappears...

S- brandy, toasty oak, caramel, vanilla, light raisiny dark fruit, chocolate, hints of burbon , alcohol, very complex, very delicious

T- raisin, brandy mingle deliciously, on the front with clear characters of oak. Vanilla, chocolate and burbon on the end, notes of caramel an intensely complex brew, tons of flavor working wonderfully.

M- full bodied and creamy low/medium carbonation, although the carbonation from the serpent stout, and effervescence staid with the beer nicley, even with barrel aging. Very drinkable considering the abv,

O- an awesome blend of two great barrel age beers, both complimenting the others strong suit, Awesome all the way around.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a totally opaque black with little to no foam. Nose is sweet dark caramel and candied fruit with hint of bourbon. Taste is very smooth. Up front it is moderately bitter, lots of rich flavors, toffee, chocolate, molases, etc This starts to fade and then sweetness takes over towards the end, not overpoweringly so, beer finishes with a hint of bourbon bite. Quite lovely and a great sipper.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter--2010 vintage enjoyed on 3/20/12.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with red hues. There is no head at all but a bit of white wisps that disappear very quickly.

N: Beautifully boozy with lots of raisons and plum.

T/M: Sweet and boozy but not overwhelmingly hot. Raisins and plums with a touch of toasted coconuts & chocolate. The body is medium, not too heavy, and finishes with a little bit of heat.

This beer is fantastic. The year of cellaring at optimal temperatures (thanks for caring about the condition of your beers, Dee!) has done this one so well! It has mellowed out perfectly so that the heat is less powerful. It has lost a touch of its coconut flavor, but this is very mild.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 4/4/12

Poured from a bottle into a 5.5 oz. Firestone Walker snifter. Pours jet black with a thin mocha cap. Head recedes quickly. The nose is boozy with hints of vanilla and coffee. You can smell both brandy and bourbon, although the brandy is more prevalent. This is a fabulous tasting beer. It's like a coffee stout with some of the best barrel notes ever. Vanilla is present but subtle. This is all about the barrels. You can detect both the bourbon and brandy in harmony. The mouth si sooo smooth. Straight silk. Yet, it has a touch of effervescence to it. Great finish. Thank you, Lost Abbey. This is how it's fuckin' done.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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