Deliverance | The Lost Abbey

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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
Ratings:
1,957
Reviews:
443
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
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Photo of pearljam118
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jondeelee
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deliverance Ale opens with a rich, malty, alcoholic nose, the barrel aging immediately obvious and present in the form of heavy shades of charcoal-filtered bourbon and caramel-sweet grainy scotch. So potent are these aromas that at first the beer ends up bearing little resemblance to beer, instead smelling like fine liquor that has been tinged with aged port. There are, however, excellent and Imperial Stout-like notes just beneath the surface, including espresso grounds, chocolate and black malt, tobacco ash, and syrupy fig, black cherry, prune, and date fruit esters. Molasses and anise seed add to the gloopy, spicy aromas. As a whole, the nose is excellent, speaking of well-tended beer aged expertly in carefully-chosen barrels, plucked from its resting place at the height of drinkability and flavor. It’s hard to imagine more aromas drifting from a glass.

On the tongue, the beer opens with thick, black sugars, including molasses and dark, natural brown sugar, joined immediately by espresso, tobacco, ash, deeply roasted nuts, and strong-but-perfectly-blended overtones of bourbon and scotch. These latter notes don’t overwhelm the beer, as they can in some barrel-aged brews, but for the most part of the mouthful play off of the already-dark malt notes, adding further complexity and nuance. Fig, prune, and black cherry fruit esters add a bit of flavor, joined by anise and touches of black pepper. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the bourbon and scotch notes seem to increase in strength, biting at and burning the soft palate, much like a straight shot of liquor. Here the barrel aging proves somewhat detrimental, lending the beer a heavy alcoholic overtone, the vapors almost tangible in the throat. The aftertaste is a continuation of this heavy, liquor-soaked alcoholic vapor wash, with lingering ash, tobacco, and black malt, and lingers on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is a lightly syrupy medium (though based on the flavors it feels like it should be more viscous, and this provides a slightly distracting contrast), and carbonation is medium.

As a whole, this is certainly very good beer, and for the most part the barrel aging does wonders for what was almost certainly a very good brew to begin with. The only negatives come late in the mouthful, when the heady alcoholic vapors somewhat overtake the brew, and in the slightly strange lighter-than-expected mouthfeel. Very much worth trying, especially for fans of barrel-aged Imperial Stouts.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown, ends up black, with no light passing, some brown in the edges as well. A medium sized mocha dissipates rather quickly to a well retained ring, constantly supplied with new bubbles sliding up the glass.

Smell is chocolaty, sweet bourbon, booze, and a hint of vanilla and dark fruitiness.

Taste is bitter chocolate, bourbon, booze, roasted malts, and dark fruits soaked in brandy.

Full bodied, and very silky smooth. A bit of heat, but expected. A sipper for sure, which smooths more as it warms.

What a treat to find this within walking distance of work, and the cheapest price yet. I will be getting more for sure, this was delicious.

DOA

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Photo of larbush
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. The Serpents Stout really takes this over in the appearance. Poured a thin medium brown head, stuck around though.

Oak, bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate, roast/char, dark sweet caramel malts, vanilla.

Bourbon and oak up front, the brandy adds some fruity, boozy notes. Charred toffee, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla. The Serpent plays the biggest role here, and having had it before and knowing it's epicness, I'm totally cool here. This is great!

It's thick, full, smooth and creamy.

Like the BA Serpents, this is fantastic.

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Photo of Scout11
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of stonermouse
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at EBF; now reviewing from a bottle.

Pours deep brown with a hint of ruby. Thin, pillowy, roasted marshmallow colored head throughout.

The aroma is a blast of booze, and lots of oak. Smells like I have my head in a recently-emptied barrel. Great stuff.

The taste of the bottled version is true to what I remember from the keg at EBF. Strong bourbon notes, with a solid roasty, oaky base. Maybe a touch of tobacco as well. Slightly sweet for the most part, the brandy dries out the finish, giving this brew a second life at the back end. Superb.

Mouthfeel is solid and appropriate- not too slick, and the lingering flavors are subtly sweet and pleasant, especially considering the onslaught of flavor in every sip.

This brew is truly spectacular. I have yet to try the two brews that make up this masterpiece, but I will seek them out (and perhaps mix them together). This beer is an expensive yet special treat that is worth the price of admission.

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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.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At long last, Deliverance.

A: The beer pours out of the bottle with...head! Carbonation! Can't wait for this. A ton of bubbles race to the bottom of a brown head of about 2 or 3 fingers. The retention is phenomenal and the lacing is quite nice.

S: The aroma has a much more roast character than I was expecting. Big booze notes, mostly on the bourbon side of things. Oak and vanilla hang out as well. The aroma is a bit disjointed and boozy.

T: The booziness carries through here, but isn't as pervasive as it was in the aroma. The roast is tempered by some smooth chocolate and oak from the various barrel aging. Again, the bourbon is noted the most but I think I'm getting Brandy characteristics from the sweetness. The taste isn't as good as I was hoping, but I certainly don't hate it.

MF: A bit watery than I was expecting, but very smooth on the palate. A dry, boozy finish. If the body was a bit fuller this would be like candy. Carbonated well!

O: This beer was very good, but it didn't live up to the hype. I'm glad I tried it and I think it's a pretty nice offering, but it wasn't worth the price tag.

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Photo of vic21234
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 Vintage bottle. Poured and drank at cellar temperature.

A- Pours a dark cola-type color. About a half-fingers worth of off-white head quickly fades to just a thin film along the top. Lots of lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- The awesome bourbon aromas really stand out in the smell. This one smells real hot. I also get some oak and dark fruit notes.

T- Up front the brandy and bourbon overpower all. The barrel aging seems to come out as well with some nice wood notes. This one drinks rather hot and the alcohol is apparent in each sip.

M- Heavy, definitely a sipper. Each sip leaves with a warming alcohol feeling.

An enjoyable sipping beer, but I almost feel I should have sat on this one a bit longer in the cellar.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery - which I love - and my experiences with both of the beers in this blend; I quite fancied each of them. I actually reviewed the Serpent's Stout just last night. I don't recall the cost. I purchased it somewhere in the Los Angeles area.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The cork didn't yield a satisfying pop, but rather a weak fartish sort of sound.

A: Pours a half finger floater of slight tan colour, okay thickness, no cream, and abysmal (four second) retention. Colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible. I fear undercarbonation.

Sm: Alcohol, bourbon, brandy, dark fruit (cherry methinks), dark malts, cream, and yeast. Bourbon and brandy are dominant to a massive degree. Caramelization. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Bourbon and brandy hit me first, and wildly throw off the balance. Caramelization, especially of the dark malt foundation comes through. Vague hints of dull chocolate. Hints of alcohol. A light wooden tone. This is a poor blend; either beer on its own tasted far better. The balance is just off. I'm curious as to the proportions of the blend. It's scattered, but still decent.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch thin. Slightly undercarbonated. Suits the flavour profile somewhat.

Dr: Pretty drinkable for the ABV, but the alcohol is noticeable. I wouldn't call it boozy. She's a sipper. Above all else, I think this beer's biggest flaw is putting its two constituent beers to waste. Each is better individually, and for that reason I can't recommend this one. It's pricey to boot. I wouldn't get it again. Maybe aging mellows it; I wouldn't mind trying one with a good four years on it. A huge disappointment from Lost Abbey.

Gets better as it warms up.

Low B-

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of codsmith
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft and in 2012 bottle from brewery

A: Jet black with very slight carmel ring around outside.

S: exceptional! The brandy and and whiskey from the barrels really shine through.

T: very rich and deep tones. Has a high amount of noticeable
alcohol taste.

M: medium, but with a high viscosity and fairly chewy.

O: one of my favorite beers by far. Very well blended and a must have any time you can get it.

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,957 ratings.
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