Deliverance | The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with less than an inch of mocha head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is amazing. I get caramel, vanilla, alcohol, chocolate, and oak.

The taste equals, if not exceeds, the smell. I taste chocolate, caramel, and vanilla with a semi dry, oaky finish.

Full, creamy, slick mouthfeel

This beer is damn delicious. I am going to buy everything I see from Lost Abbey the next time I am in a state in which it is distributed.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
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 sjdevel
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a deep dark brown-but really black. Really small 1/2 finger head in the glass. There is some nice lacing and seemingly more of a foam ring as it sits and warms. Seems a bit flat at first, but we are talking about a 12.5% ABV brew and barrel aged.

Smell: Very sweet, chocolatey, hints of coffee and tobacco, caramel, and very BOOZY! Smells very dessert like. Plum, raisin, and dates.

Taste: Wow, a huge blast / bite of alcohol that simultaneously rushes to the taste buds along with chocolate and coffee. Sweetness comes through strong. There is a lot going on and very complex. You get a lot of barrel notes - nutty flavors, charred oak, the leeched out the bourbon and brandy barrels. Fades out with some smokey notes and chocolate - dries out. Plum, raisin, and dates. Very flavorful.

Feel: Quite rich and full bodied for a beer that is so high in ABV and barrel aged.

Overall: This is an amazing brew. Not one for a hot day and just after mowing the lawn. I wanted to mix with some half-and-half to make an awesome mixed drink - like a White Russian. This would make a good sauce when reduced and then poured over a huge bowl of ice cream. Very good heavy and boozy stout. Grab one if you can!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a silky and dark brown and looks like motor oil in the glass with a thin ring of light tan foam.

Richly sweet aroma of caramel, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, char, chocolate, and nice roastiness.

A wave of oak, char, vanilla, and bourbon flavors wash over the palate immediately lending way to sweet chocolate and caramel undertones.

Full-bodied, low carbonation, rich, slick, oily, and chewy.

Overall, this beer is fantastically intricate and does not disappoint.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oily blackish brown body with a minimal head that quickly disappeared leaving no lacing. Looks like prune juice. Aroma is caramel, wood, raisins, and booze. Taste is sugary sweet caramel on the front of the tongue, wood, and bitter raisins followed by a dry boozy finish. Feel is thin and silky. Overall a decent beer not worth the price. The BBA stout is non-existent and lost in the BBA barleywine. Enjoyable but probably my least favorite Lost Abbey Ale to date. The label art does kick ass though.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, so dark you can't see through it even held to the light. Thought I caught a glimpse of ruby at moments though. No head whatsoever, just a foam of rustiness. It almost stains the glass a rusty hue when twirled around.

Dark toasted notes, almost a fudge quality. Chocolate and black liquorice and hints of disappearing fruit. I get a hint of alcohol as well.

Dark and chocolaty, chocolate fudge, liquorice, hints of oak and whiskey, coffee and chocolate milk, and the spirit of fruitcakes past. A little burn in the throat.

Very smooth body for such a heavy brew. Slightly oily. Light, foamy carbonation.

Got this in Santa Rosa, CA. Drinking in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Really unique brew, my first from Lost Abbey. Been looking forward to trying this brewer for a long time. A lot like an imperial stout, with only subtle differences.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a bottle from 2014. It pours pitch black and very viscous. Almost no carbonation. Smells of raisins, vanilla, cherries, bourbon, and a meaty type aroma (umami). Taste is dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, and a hint of soy. Mouth feel is super slick with almost no carbonation. Overall, this was worth the wait. I was pretty sure this beer was too hot for me fresh and I just found it in the back of my beer stash, nice find.

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

Very interesting taste bourbon stout and the fruity coconut mixture. Great rich brown color with a small head and just the right amount of carbination. The aroma is very light.

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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 rodbeermunch
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When on tap these LA beers can be so much nicer appearance and mouthfeel wise. This one hit those brown and black notes, tan head, 3/5". Sweet boozy, bourbony, malty aroma, with mild oak impressions.

This one blends a lot of good stuff, chocolate malt, bourbon, brandy sweetness, char, vanilla, toffee, caramel.

Very nice, but still not gonna buy bottles of it. Draft only for me, customer service too poor, price too high to take a chance on bottles.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2014

a: nothing beautiful to look at. Hardly any head whatsoever. Hardly any lacing whatsoever.
s: bourbon, dark fruits. candied sugar
t: bourbon, cherries, chocolate.
m: low carbonation. slightly syrupy. medium body.
o: An interesting beer which I quite enjoyed. The blend works well in creating an unique beer. The one negative is I wish it had a touch more carbonation. A sipper in the best way however. I recommend giving this beer a try. Perfect accompaniment for contemplating on a winter evening.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap.

A - Pours flat looking engine oil color with a minimal, thin, tan colored lacing.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, toasted caramel, toffee, candy sugar.

T - Very boozy. Cherries, vanilla, dry oak, bourbon, molasses.

M - Thick medium body, viscous, sticky, lightly syrupy.

O - Very memorable and in a good way.

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Photo of stevoj
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Chris, 2004 vintage. Aroma wraps up the ABV, fruity essence, dark pit fruit, oily slick body. Quad? Delicious? Yea! Aged exceptionally well.

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Photo of christiancaldeira
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Coconut & vanilla from bourbon barrel aging, roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate.
Taste: Big malts, vanilla, coffee, oak, chocolate. Not getting much of the brandy barrel aging from the Angel's Share half of the mix.

I've had it on tap at the brewery and loved it. The latest bottle I had seemed flat in comparison. I have a 2014 vintage cellaring. Hopefully it'll still hold its (albeit limited) carbonation after a few months to a year in the cellar.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As soon as the cork pops off Deliverance a gentle CO2 cloud creeps out of the bottle smelling faintly of bourbon and brandy. It pours a velvety black with a brown creamy head. Deliverance tastes of bourbon, brandy, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, oak and cinnamon.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with nothing more than a light tan ring and some alcohol legs. Notes of bitter dark chocolate, espresso, bourbon, fig, date, over ripe black cherry, brandy, light oak and vanilla. Medium body, lighter than expected, low carbonation and a very lush feel that works its way to coat the entire palate. Fantastic beer. I sat on this one for over a year and opened it on my sons birthday as a night cap. Great finisher to a great day. Great dessert beer with powerful and complex flavor.

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Photo of DrSpaceman
2.57/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from bottle into snifter. Pours flat black, no head. Smell is sulfur, booze, stale. Taste is molasses, booze, oxidation, disappointment? Feel is kind of thin. Overall, it tastes medicinal. Not entirely bummed, I got the bottle on deep discount and had been wanting to review it.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle. Pours black with no head, thin ring that leaves spoyy lace. Aroma is a bit boozy with bourbon bad brandy overtaking roasted notes. Taste is intense, fairly complex with cherry, wine notes, light smoke, raisins, all surrounded by brandy and booze. Very tasty as a sipper. Mouthfeel is thin to medium but slick. Very good brew, would drink (or preferably split) another one in a heartbeat.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-wise, this beer makes a bold statement. It is gives up a bit of dotted lace, then becomes a monolithic black with a narrow ring of bubbles around the glass on top of the beer. Aroma is supreme - really a world class combo of whiskey, malt and toffee. This is one of the best out there in terms of how it smells. Taste is not as complex as I expected, but is still very good. Mouth feel is lacking. I really would have expected a fuller, more robust mouth full. It could use a little more carbonation too. Overall very good, but this is in a crowded space. I am glad I had it and wish I could have another. :)

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

What I would like to call a motor oil beer, I was expecting something a little lighter, but pours a thick slugedy black. Vanilla notes, lots of raisin and soy sauce. Nice beer but expect something heavy and full bodied.

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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 ljjpowers
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love the molasses/syrup feel of this one. Delicious mix of bourbon/brandy booziness off the nose and tongue. Vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, wood. Lingering alcohol aftertaste. Very solid.

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Photo of rockernino
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark brown/black color with a dark red/brown tint on the edges. Smell is HUGE bourbon sweetness with hints of brandy. Flavor is big on the bourbon (almost BCBS-like, with a tad less fruitiness) with some dark fruit and chocolate notes on the finish. Alcohol is detectable, but not hot. Mouthfeel is medium to medium heavy with a some light carbonation. Still pricey for $15, but it's a nice treat. I'd happily pick this up again.

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Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popped the cork with no hiss. Poured straight down the glass and no head. We have a flat one here folks. Tthis is the second time I've bought a $15+ stout from these guys that wasn't carbonated so I'm kind of dissapointed. Not sure how many more of these I will purchase from this brewery. Anyway, smell is plesent. Vanilla, roasted malts,coffee and a bit of coconut. Taste follows the nose but with some raisens and prunes. Also, get some heat from the alcohol as it goes down but not a ton so that's rather enjoyable. Mouthfeel is rich, full and slick. Overall it was a very nice beer I just wish it was cornonated, even just a little bit.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
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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