Deliverance | The Lost Abbey

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
95
world-class
432 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
DeliveranceDeliverance
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
432
Ratings:
1,905
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
Wants:
394
Gots:
554
For Trade:
44
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 432 | Ratings: 1,905
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.

 312 characters

Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black with a very small amount of mocha colored foam that eventually settles down to a thin cap of nothingness with some solid lacing.

Aromas begin with a large amount of oaky vanilla and a solid amount of both dark and semi-sweet bakers chocolate notes. The roasted, almost charred maltiness emerges as it warms along with the booziness from the multiple barrels involved in the aging process.

The tastes begin with sweet and bitter chocolate flavors along with more oak and vanilla. The spirit and subtle flavors of roasted malts provide a solid balance to the sweetness. There is plenty of caramel and brown sugar present throughout.

The mouthfeel is medium to full boided with a lower amount of carbonation. Finish is a bit boozy and aggressive from the roasted maltiness and the multiple barrel aging process

Overall I think this is a nice offering from Lost Abbey but it just isn't my cup of tea. The two beers I feel are better by themselves and really don't mesh in a harmonious fashion for me. While it is definitely not a bad beer, I just don't think I have the need to venture out and purchase it with the inflated price tag, but finding it on draft is more than reasonable and worth a go for sure.

 1,230 characters

Photo of jrallen34
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle drank out of my Darkness glass, courtesy of my girlfriend who wan 80's trivia, and courtesy of Alex for putting it up as prize...Medium brown pour with a very slow rising head, makes you and think nothing is coming. A solid finger of medium tan head coms about but quickly fades to just a ring, no lacing...The aroma is really sweet, tons of vanilla and bourbon, reminds me of a lighter Angel Share Grand Cru. A hint of honey and oak adds depth on the finish. As it warms reminds me more of an aged BCS because the bourbon is a little hot...The taste nails the aroma, but in a lighter way. Vanilla is the main player here with accents of oak and bourbon. Really creamy and smooth, I'm liking this way more than I thought I would and much more than the regular Angel Shares. The finish has some nice bitter coffee notes, really surprising, especially with a hint of heat.

Overall, this is really good and I'm surprised. I think this needed some time because I ad this when it first came out and I wasn't as nearly as impressed.

 1,040 characters

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was pricy but I'm a sucker for rip-offs. I found this for $17.99, small Lost Abbey bottle. Poured last night with a couple of other guys before a poker game, not a wise choice but then again we drank beer through the entire evening so the poker wasn't too serious.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color, completely opaque and with a very thin tan foam. It smells just the way I like barrel aged beers to smell, lots of brandy and bourbon, vanilla and toffee and all manner of sweet things. One of the best non-wild aromas I've had from Lost Abbey to date.

It tastes nearly perfect but maybe a little hot, then again it could be the bourbon/brandy flavors are to blame for the recognition of alcohol flavor. Beyond that there's some malty sweetness, not too much roastiness but more sweetness. The vanilla and chocolate notes come together like dessert.

Good carbonation, which is an unexpected treat in a Lost Abbey beer. Very well done all around. Now they just have to reduce their costs.

 1,003 characters

Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Pours one shade shy of black and completely opaque. Head is a quarter inch and mocha-colored and disperses almost immediately, forming a soapy skim across the surface and a thin band around the edges of the bowl. An arc of lacing is formed on the tilt side of the glass, with tiny raindrops of lacing cascading below. A big malty nose immediately reveals barrel aging reminiscent of Bourbon Angel's Share. A trace of booze follows, as well as brown sugar and perhaps licorice and a hint of vanilla. Taste consistent with nose; however, a pleasant buttery quality reveals itself as well as maple syrup - there's definitely some vanilla going on in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Some alcohol heat hits up front and gradually dissipates towards the finish. Carbonation is mild and balanced and evenly distributed from start to finish. This is a wonderful beer. I think I prefer Bourbon Angel's Share to Deliverance, but not by much. Quite a treat despite the $16.99 price tag. I think I'll definitely need to pick up another bottle to put a couple years on. I recommend picking this one up before it's gone.

 1,167 characters

Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with decent amounts of dark chocolate aromas. Also present are solid amounts of butterscotch and lighter hints of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the booze comes out a bit more. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip large amounts of vanilla flavors work their way into things along with milder amounts of butterscotch flavors. Moderate amounts of boozy heat temper the barrel flavors and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this was one of the thinnest BA beers I've had in a while. The flavors were all there but just weren't substantial enough to stand up to the barrel influences. Still, it's worth a shot to see for yourself.

 1,094 characters

Photo of cbutova
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA.

Armsby abbey on tap today

A- Black bodied pour to a goblet with a silky, frothy light mocha tan head. Head reaches about a finger before falling to a small foamy ring. Retention decent for a BA and lace had a few sheets and spots.

S- Deep dusting of cocoa nibs and roast malt assertive along with the Bourbon and barrel feel. Vanilla sweetness and slight wet oak.

T- Decadence in a glass. The cocoa flavor is especially rich and reminds me of eating and dark chocolate brownie or truffle. Deeply roasted grain and some ashy hints. The bourbon adds a whiskey and vanilla sweetness that pushes this into dessert territory. Some Belgian yeast notes of raisin, spice and dark fruits. Cherry truffle. Brandy is there as I sip onward with oak and fruity notes (I am a brandy noob but cook with it occasionally). Appropriate sweetness.

MF- Superbly thick body with a chewy feel as if you were actually eating dessert. Carbonation right where it needs to be at a medium-low level presenting no disruption to the rich flavor. Finishes quite hot but it is 14.5% to be fair (at least no alcohol flavor).

Lots of cocoa with an inspiring contribution from the Bourbon and Bandy barrels. The flavors seem to just meld into something reminiscent of a great cake or dessert. If I have learned one thing, Tomme knows how to blend and use barrels. I feel obligated to revisit the Lost Abbey staples that were flat for me 4 years ago. Brilliant.

 1,468 characters

Photo of maximum12
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So much to say about this beer, so few words. First & foremost let me tug my forelock in honor of jtrockchalk, who threw this lovely little bottle in as an extra to a recent trade. Yes, that's the kind of trader I'm dealing with. I thought I did him up good. But now I'll have to wait for another opening to even things up.

Not only that, this is named after one of my favorite songs from my college days, Deliverance, by the Mission U.K. If you like bombastic European alt-rock, go look it up. Great stuff. 'Fact, I'm gonna flip it on Grooveshark right now.

Oh, right, beer, sorry. As always, The Lost Abbey is class of the class in bottling. Great artwork, amusing anecdote on the back, & I can get the cork out without heavy machinery. Pours pitch black as the soul of the Dominator. The smell is...well...puzzling. Lots of barrel, malts, but with a strong scent of butter churning. What? Oh, & booze. Not at all what I was expecting. Who put Parkay in my chalice?

Once it encounters the tongue, Deliverance straightens out that odd smell thing. The barrels play it up; I get both the brandy & bourbon, but neither has the upper hand. I get more of the Angel's Share base here than the Stout. Plenty of drying oak. Again, that faint butteriness in the background, trying to hide between the malts & barrel. The alcohol comes through only in the end, warming, a touch of heat. That's OK. You don't like heat? Drink orange juice.

Well, this is a very good beer, but there's an oomph missing that keeps it from reaching the panorama of really excellent brews. Light on the complexity, this one uses the barrels to carry it.

 1,631 characters

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

on-tap, brouwers on lost abbey night

appearance: served in an unbranded snifter - very dark, bordering on ebony. light chocolate ring with ok lacing.

smell: big big aroma - bourbon, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak

taste: dueling barrels (bourbon, brandy) lead to a high potency. Very rich - dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, vanilla, oak, toffee and caramel, big roasty body. Potent and complex - the rarity tastes great.

mouthfeel: rich and full

overall: great

 473 characters

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
12.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks to sweemzander for yet another brew!

A - Totally black with a low off tan head, tiny spots of lace cling to the glass but no real retention or head at all.

S - Warm alcohol surrounds the roasted black malt and molasses nose with a touch of maple syrup sweetness. Barrel brandy and wood is pretty strong in this one.

T - Heavy, sweet maple and molasses with thick chocolate and brandy alcohol to the finish.

M - Full-bodied and rich with a mild carbonation finish. Smooth but not and boozy.

O - Not bad, but this beer was certainly nothing special in a sea of heavy, boozy, strong beers.

 688 characters

Photo of AgentMunky
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 ounce into a Knoingshoeven chalice. The bottle date is rubbed off.

A: Opaque dark brown-red. No head.

S: Boozy. Bourbon and brandy both make an appearance, but I think the Serpent's Stout overpowers the Angel's Share. Roasted-dry malts are reminiscent of an imperial stout. A rich, ensorcelling scent, deserving of full marks.

T/M: An intriguing combination that definitely works, though I think in the favour Angel's Share. It shares the same fruit (grape) heaviness, with a smoothness that is perhaps a bit TOO smooth. However, the deep dark chocolate maltiness balances it out with bitterness. Excellent!

O: Damn. A big, huge, powerful, compelling beer. That doesn't, however, make it an excellent beer by necessity. Worth trying, worth buying, would have again. Recommended.

 801 characters

Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a thick looking deep dark brown, almost black in the glass. Topped with a thin skim of tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring.

Smell. Very woody bourbon, buttery caramel candy, leather, and some chocolate and vanilla.

Taste. Big bourbon and vanilla, caramel candy, old wood, butterscotch, cocoa powder. Quite sweet, boozy, and very rich.

Mouthfeel. Full body with low carbonation.

Overall. A massive beer with tons of barrel influence. Nice to find an appropriate amount of carbonation (though that should never be a welcomed surprise...).

 565 characters

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.

 458 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml bottle that I only bought because I found it for $11, I feel bad for anyone who paid $17 because this beer is way overpriced. Black color, a decent head, it was not completely flat! Aroma was a bit of booze and malt, meh. Flavor was barrel and grapes, I mostly tasted the angel's share because I kept thinking of cognac. Decent beer but ridiculously overpriced even at $11. Booo.

 385 characters

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

on tap at the khyber in philly

Pours a viscous blacked out color with a nice, thick crop of tanned head resting on top. Retains nicely, while leaving a layer of film on the beer with some spots of lacing on the glass.

Boozy and warm in the nose with plenty of rich bourbon and brandy scents. The brand angel's share is clearly present here, along with touches of vanilla, oak and leather. Some coffee and chocolate tones add in from the serpent's stout as well.

Begins fairly boozy as expected, but with plenty of malty textures to temper the alcohol. Caramel with bread crust and brown sugar swirl with a mixture of coffee and chocolate. The two beers pair pretty well together, although the barrel character from the angel's share clearly outshines the serpent's stout. Plenty of oaky vanilla mixed with bourbon and brandy, followed by a light touch of smoke. Finishes warm and full with some residual brandy flavor.

Full bodied, lower carbonation (no, it's not flat), very creamy and slick on the tongue. I've had both of the base beers more than once and this is a nice marriage between the two. I still think my favorite of these LA offerings is the bourbon angel's share, but then again it always depends on what vintage you get.

 1,242 characters

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

 641 characters

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

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a Teku glass. I believe this is from 2012.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep brown, nearly black and leaves behind about a finger of tan head which fizzles away quickly.

Smell: Bourbon and chocolate flavors upfront along with some brandy and cherry. Some earthiness to it as well as.

Taste: Bourbon, chocolate, cherries, oak and vanilla. Finishes with some brandy which is very nice. A lot of the familiar bourbon barrel aged stout flavors but some differences, especially towards the finish of the flavor. A very prominent oak/rooty flavor throughout also makes it a bit different.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a light carbonation - surprisingly smooth though.

Overall: This one has picked some some interesting flavors from its time in the barrels. Earthy tones accompany the delicious bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit flavors along with a hint of cherry which is nice. Overall, I was satisfied with this brew which mixed some familiar flavors with some different things to make for an interesting beer and its smoothness is exceptional.

 1,074 characters

Photo of Suds
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting, very enjoyable beer. Aggressively strong, uncountable flavors, and lots of alcohol, it's an experience. The beer itself is black...what little head there is shows as a faint chocolate milk ring. The aroma is boozy (like a strong port), with chocolate, plum, molasses, and sugar. Loads of malt...not much of a hop aroma. It's a bomb of fruity esters, alcohols, melanoidins, and sugars. Wow. The taste is not as sweet as expected....a solid keel of bitterness keeps the beer on balance. Alcohol helps too. Very warming...whew. Full in body, but a bit more carbonated that necessary. It's a little disjointed...a hodgepodge of flavors (all intense) that come together in different ways.

 707 characters

Photo of papat444
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to F2brewers for this one.

Poured from a 375ml bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Pours a very dark color with a thin, almost non-existent head, probably due to the barrel aging. Aroma is strong, molasses, bourbon. Taste has a bit of smoke to it, sweet brandy with next to no carbonation. Quite the beast and a sipper for sure.

 329 characters

Photo of rlee1390
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass and while pouring, one finger off white/almost brown that doesn't last for long.

S-Bourbon and oak with some spices from the brandy. Roasted malt and chocolate.

T-The balance here is amazing. The bourbon and brandy barrels are in perfect harmony, the booziness of the bourbon goes great with the spices from the brandy. The oak is there as well. Rather chocolatly with some roasted malt as well.

M-Medium body, alcohol heat is hidden, not much carbonation.

O-A great beer from Lost Abbey, the balance between the brandy and the bourbon barrels was a real delight.

 588 characters

Photo of BMMillsy
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from my trip to Cali. Corked and caged. A pricey $16.99 for 12.7 oz but happy to try at least once. Pours a deep black color with a very small brown late-forming head, looks pretty thick and viscous. Sweet vanilla, brandy, chocolate, anise, caramel on the nose. Flavor is a seamless blend of chocolate, vanilla, brandy, licorice. Sweet brandy, and satisfying, with beautiful vanilla oak barrel notes. Hearty and velvety thick with low but very adequate carbonation. Warming but not any sharp alcohol at all. One of the best BA imperial stouts I have had (strong ale, whatever, this is a stout pretty much) up there with Parabola and Black Note. Similar to those two but with a bit more caramel and dark fruit. Yum and more yum. This is really among the best of them.

As this warms there is a nice nuttiness coming out, I assume from the brandy (I get a similar flavor from JW Lees Calvados). The flavors later nicely, with more toffee and caramel coming out as well. Just awesome.

 988 characters

Photo of cosmicevan
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12.7oz bottle into Lost Abbey tulip.

a - Poured a pitch black with a nice finger creamy head. The head was tiny bubbles all mushed together and on top of each other...very molecular. As they popped, there was some chunky lacing clinging to the glass...milkshake-ish. The head hung around for a while.

s - Without even smelling the glass, the room immediately was overtaken by a boozy smell. Upon closer inspection a thick syrupy musty wooden smell. I feel like the brandy is more apparent but the mix creates a bit of a fight for dominance which results in a somewhat over-ripened fruit smell. For some reason, I can't stop smelling the glass though. Figs and plums too...

t - Lots going on. Big booziness. Again a bit of a fight for dominance in the flavor and kind of like taking a big swig of sangria and getting tons of fruit in your mouth.

m - Bold and thick. Real full bodied with a nice boozy tingle. After taste is a bit fruity and like sopped up barrels.

d - I have to say I was a bit nervous as I popped the cork...didn't make the trademark POP that I love when opening a beer. it was more of a pfttt...none-the-less the beer was plenty carbonated. My overall impressions left me feeling that I drank sangria and not a beer...pretty amazing that it was a beer though. She's a big beer. A sipper. Very glad I was able to find this at Julio's when I was in Boston not too long ago, but not something I'd actively pursue again.

 1,447 characters

Photo of thagr81us
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to billab914 for sending me multiples of this one in past trades! Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger brown fizzy head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and peat. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins, peat, big sweet alcohol, dark chocolate, and very subtle wood. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one had a nice sweetness going on here with just a hint of bitterness to help bring it all together. Still pretty boozy though. I could see this one being great down the road with a little more time in the cellar to mature.

 820 characters

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a small light tan head. In the aroma, huge bourbon presence. In the taste, mellow bourbon notes, with a small malty roast in the there. A small alcohol bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry vanilla and bourbon like aftertaste. Big bourbon all day, notes of vanilla, alcohol, and a small roasty malt.

 335 characters

Photo of AgentZero
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black beer that foamed up a small brown head that quickly dissipated and only left some spots on the side during the drink.

S - This is a little bit on the boozy side with some oak and dark fruit. Smells a little too bourbony for my liking, but okay.

T - Taste is surprisingly really good, somehow the combination of two pretty good beers makes one really great beer. Great vanilla with mild oak, nice bourbon sweetened by brandy, some dark fruit, really great mixture of beers that goes down easy and hides the alcohol.

M - Full bodied and smooth, low carbonation, but not flat.

D - Highly drinkable for 12.5%, great stuff, would love to drink again.

 659 characters

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe