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Deliverance | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 434 | Ratings: 1,915
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark brown where no light shall pass. No head and no lace. It looks like an after dinner beverage.

Very see et, like a cross between a port and a Framboise (with no sourness).

Strong alcohol and cloyingly sweet dark cocoa flavor. Definitely a "beer" to drink by the fire. Think brandy snifter with a carbonated, raspberry tinged after dinner liqueur. Rich, rich body but with a decent level of carbonation. Long raisiny aftertaste.

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Photo of Goatdavemac
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer that I have ever had. Drank it at room temp in snifters, and was blown away. Way better than any other Barrel Aged beer that I have had.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Pours jet black, tan lacing for a head.

Smells of brown sugar, molasses, licorice, coffee, and burnt wood.

Tastes of coffee, chocolate, oak, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, raisin, and bourbon.

Full body with light tingly carbonation on the tongue. Warms going down.

This beer is immense and phenomenally rich. It's definitely a sipper. You couldn't drink it faster if you wanted to. The flavor and aroma are almost overwhelming. Quite an experience.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark sludgy brown color, no carbonation what so ever. Molasses, cacao, bourbon nose. Fairly full bodied and viscous. Very sweet and super boozy on the tongue dark and sweet. Lindt chocolate. Carmel with the tiniest hint of black licorice. Actually as off put I was with the Zero carbonation, this is actually very good. Very solid sipper.

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

Serving Type: Bottle
Vintage 2014b

A: 4.25 Pours thick and pitch black. Not much head (maybe half an inch) and it only lasts about a minute.

S: 4.5 Initially, there’s a lot more brandy than bourbon on the nose, bringing a huge amount of vanilla. The stout aromas come in close behind with a lot of chocolate and some roasted malt and berries. It’s really interesting how the chocolate and the brandy both dominate, while at the same time take turns up front.

T: 4.25 Similar to the nose, however, it’s a bit less balanced. Again, there’s lots of brandy and vanilla followed closely by the chocolate, roasted malt, black licorice, and a bit of coffee. With the vanilla, the brandy brings along some fruity, cherry flavors while the bourbon and stout seem to add a bit more raisin and cinnamon. Quite sweet at first with a slightly bitter finish.

M: 4.25 The thickness is great. It’s very rich considering it’s a blend of a stout and what’s essentially a barleywine, but there could be a bit more carbonation.

O: 4.25 This is a very interesting beer and a nice job of blending here. Some aspects are top notch, but the flavors could be a bit more integrated. Sometimes sips are quite brandy forward while others are more chocolate and bourbon forward. I prefer the latter, so hopefully a bit of time in the cellar will result in a more balanced flavor.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Truly spectacular beer. Poured a deep black with a touch khaki head: exactly what you would expect from a heavy stout. Aroma is sweet and heavy: Brown sugar, molasses, cocoa, fig, vanilla, bourbon. Doesn't really have some of the roastier notes or coffee that some serious stouts do but I'm ok with it. Taste is full bore sweet and rich. Tons of vanilla and fig, chocolate and cherry. Very very sweet, a bit too much if I'm honest. Feel is rich and smooth. Light carbonation. Overall a treat, definitely a slow drinker.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick tan head into a snifter that dissipated quickly. the body was dark black with some reddish edges.
s - big dark fruit aromas with some sweetness and oak.
t - fruit, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, brandy. you name it this beer has it. so complex and inviting yet incredibly drinkable.
m - medium with a little carbonation, more so than a lot of lost abbey beers which is a good thing here.
o - one of the best beers i've had in a long time.

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

Black color with just a bit of mocha foam on top. Looks like an Imperial Stout. Very complex aroma of caramel, dark malts and some dried fruits. A bit of alcohol on the nose too. Taste is absolutely fantastic. Rich caramel and roasty malts, not too sweet and the barrel aging adds some wonderful complexity. Mouthfeel is also great, smooth and creamy. Really great brew.

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Photo of deford
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Underwhelming...sorry, but I need to be honest here. It's underwhelming...the nose promises so much more than the taste delivers...(which is ironic since its called "Deliverance").

From notes...

A- Pitch black on the pour but ruby red through the light...beautiful...no head whatsoever.

S-Dark fruits, molasses,soy sauce, something kind of pumpkin like...pretty freaking amazing!

T-Dark fruits, molasses, cocoa, vanilla, licorice, w-sauce...everything the nose promised but just weak....pretty underwhelming.

M- No carb whatsoever....which is fine for a seriously barrel aged beer.

O- The taste doesn't deliver what the nose promises. The nose on this is fantastic...creating a desire that is not fulfilled in the taste. It's underwhelming...don't get me wrong, it's a great beer, it just doesn't live up to the nose....oh and the alcohol is nowhere to be found....be careful with this one.

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Photo of mrmaps
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours jet black and viscous. Aggressive pour caused a bit of foam to rise up, but it was mostly an after though

S: Sweet bourbon -- no doubt about where it was aged. Rich malts, residual sugar, toasty grains

T: Bourbon leaps out and grabs you. After spending an hour and a half drinking the beer, it became better balanced as it warmed up. By the end, either my palate was used to the bourbon or it had balanced itself out, because it was not so forward. The residual sweetness and thick body balanced the alcohol well. There was no burn at all.

F: Thick, sweet. Finish lingers for an insane amount of time. Can take forever to drink this beer if it is savored.

O: Wasn't initially impressed, but as time went on, the beer got better and better. By the end it was one of the better beers that I have had. It was on pare with a bourbon county stout that had been aged for five years. The difference is that the goose island beer is less than half the price -- if you can find it.

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Photo of docoman
5/5  rDev +17.1%

This so far is my most favorite beer to date (even liked more than Bells Black Note and Founders KBS)... I've been told that just about any beer from Lost Abbey is amazing and this one definitely didn't disappoint. I was at the San Diego, CA Stone Liberty station bistro/beer garden and they had this by the bottle, maybe 2-3 left I was told and glad to have opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

What a great beer- very rich and full with amazing length of finish, and an almost syrupy texture, yet it's not too heavy, just deeply flavored. The brandy and bourbon barrels are both in evidence, with chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of scorched wood from the bourbon, and a round, fruity sweetness from the brandy as well as a bit of an edge. Seamlessly integrated, with an overall impression of smores made with some bitter chocolate and a drizzle of booze. Delicious!

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Poured into a wine glass on 05.19.14.

A: Midnight black with no red in the glass. No head, only a tan ring at the top.

S: Strong vanilla, brandy, bourbon, wood barrel. Amazingly complex!

T: Vanilla, dark cherry, plum dominate. Oak barrel, milk chocolate, raisin are subtle.

M: SIlky smooth. It's like velvet. Somewhat chewy.

O: This is a beer for a special event. To say that it is complex does not do it justice. I got a wash after wash of flavor. It was very difficult to pick apart. I didn't think that the blend of Serpent's Stout and Angel's Share would work, but oh man it does.

Rating: A+

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -11%

A: Deep chocolate brown with almost no head (2/3)
S: Bourbon barrels anyone? Wood, alcohol, and sweetness with a little bit of sourness like a Jack Daniels (9/12)
T: Remarkably light flavor, though the bourbon barrels still sing out. A little bit of raisiny malt and alcohol sprinkled in, too. (16/20)
F: Truly viscous and lightly carbonated. Like motor oil.(3/5)
O: This one packs a punch. If you’re ready to drink delicious motor oil, sign right up, but don’t take it lightly. (8/10)

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Photo of evianIPA
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Port Brewing became one of my favourite breweries after just one beer, MONGO, but this is my first chance to sample something from The Lost Abbey.

12.5% and no mention of beer style. An auspicious beginning I fear.

It's a disappointing start though. Blame the cork, but there's little to no carbonation, and zero head. This may not be such a bad thing though, especially in light of the impenetrable rosewood menace in my glass whose maroon edges are barely distinguishable. I'm definitely willing to let my other senses contribute before sentencing.

Chocolate. Oak (courtesy of the bourbon barrels). Hints of alcohol, acetone and coffee. This is the real deal, and carbonation issues are quickly forgotten.

HOT DAYUM! If there's a magic genie around, my only wish is for a vat in which I may bathe in this irresistible goddess of chocolate, whose smooth alcohol warms me from the inside out.

First impressions of the mouthfeel are ecstatic. Despite a lack of carbonation, there's a soft yet full mouthfeel, and a creeping bitterness. Yet, after continued sips. the bitterness and alcohol contribute to a slight astringency, that whilst a challenge, isn't enough to put this disciple off course.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, and would love the opportunity to a properly carbonated bottle. Kudos to Port Brewing!

12.5% Year Unknown

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Photo of 40ontarget
4.4/5  rDev +3%

A- Dark treacle color with thin tan head that recedes to a thin ring around the glass.

S- Boozy, raisins, sorghum, brown sugar, dark karo syrup.

T- Toasted grain, brown bread, black cherry, beef au jus, slightly herbal and bitter warm finish.

M- Not as thick as expected but still silky.

O- In a word powerful. Reminds me of Avery's Uncle Jacob, but not as heavy. Would like to drink this one again as the weather cools down.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ontap. This batch was 12.5% abv

Pours a dark brown color with a semi creamy off-white head.
The aroma carries so much expression, with flame torched marshmallow, vanilla, oak, bourbon, brandy, cocoa, and somewhat sweet overall.
The flavor has cocoa, caramel, vanilla, bourbon spiked coffee, and plenty of dry oaky tannins. Slight oxidized notes, a bit of sherry to compliment the bourbon, brandy, and alcoholic esters all around. Medium bodied,

Liquid candy for adults.

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Photo of seedyone
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle that I thought was dated 2014, but seems to have vanished w/condensation.

Very tan head that dissipates quickly. Looks syrupy as it fills the glass, a wide mouthed Chimay goblet.

Prune/raisiney aroma. The bourbon is present & it tastes like it should have an alcohol burn, but it doesn't. Perhaps smoothed with the brandy barrel aging.

Very syrupy texture & a slight burnt sugar bitterness that keeps the sweetness in check.

There is a whole lot going on in this glass & at $1.50 an Oz. one would assume it's all got to do with the aging. The 12.5% is barely noticeable on the palate.

Next time (and there will be a next time) I'll be sure to have a range of nibbles to see what marries.

Big taste. Big beer. For big occasions.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my Gandhi-Bot snifter. Dark chocolate body with about a finger of mocha-colored head. Seemed a little thin on the pour, but still pretty good eye candy.

Some nice boozy notes in the nose. I suppose I'm getting a bit of apple, caramel, and raisin from the brandy barrel aging. Otherwise, some milk chocolate in there too. I enjoy how this smells.

Strong booziness. I think this beer would benefit from aging. I like big, boozy beers; but the booze here has overpowered the flavors the smell is teasing me with. As it warms, I do pick up some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I'd like for a barrel-aged brew. I wish this were thicker and more syrupy.

This is pretty good. In the future, I think I'd like to buy one to age. You know, when I feel like spending $17 on a small beer again.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle bought in Summer 2013 at Minogues in Saratoga Springs NY. Hand written 2013 visible on label.

Bottle says 12.5% unlike the header for this beer.

Pours no head. Very dark. A bright flashlight cannot be seen through the beer without looking through the top showing a dark hued deep amber red. Appears very low carbonation. Smell is cocoa, chocolate and oak; very nice. Taste is mouth meltingly delicious. Chocolate, malty goodness with hints of dry oak and nut with slight hints of brandy and fruit. Mouth-feel is medium to full bodied goodness and it hangs around. I really like this beer and it is a must have.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Jet black and impenetrable to light. Just a trace of dark brown head is present. Strong yet sweet aroma of bourbon and brandy is present and loads of deep,dark relentless malt are detectable. The flavor is filled with fig,prunes,black licorice and dark malt. The mouth is gives a cooling sensation and is velvety smooth and very easy to drink considering the strength.

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Photo of WellRested518
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the caged 375 into a large wine glass. Sadly, I don't own a snifter yet.

Pours pitch black with a caramel head... Although it disipates quickly you're left with a centimeter thick crown that cakes to the edge of the glass. You can see the carbonation carying whisps of froth back and forth in a slowdance of transcendence.

Smells hot. Chocolate covered raisins, vanilla, espresso, and sherry protrude. There is a definite sense of complexity as the brandy and bourbon sneak up.

Spicy raisin notes spring up mid-mouth with a real sense of earth, much like a marsala. Once again, the finish is pretty hot, but not in a bad way at all; It's that burn in your cheek feel that says "slow down, enjoy yourself."

Great find... in the words of Wayne and Garth, "We're not Grateful!"

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with being "Delivered" and as the label indicates Sin IS Good! This is how I envision a strong ale should be. Pours dark as night and carbonation higher than anticipated (pleasant surprise there), head dissipating fairly quickly but appropriate to time nonetheless. Set up extremely well in my BCBS snifter. Admired the unique, intense smell from the combination of bourbon and brandy barrel aging. 'tis a sipper to take your time with and enjoy the SIN (Pleasure?) of Deliverance!

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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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Umberto at Curran's tasting.

Pours a deep, dark stout-like black, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass. The head descends into an oily film fairly quickly.

Smells like bourbon, brandy, chocolate, vanilla, and oak.

Rich bourbon-soaked brownie batter flavor up front, just decadent, a little bit of espresso flavor, some boozy brandy flavors, and some nice dark fruits flavor- cherries, plums, raisins, etc.

Thick bodied, almost motor oil like, very viscous. Creamy, smooth, thick mouthfeel, very low carbonation. Drinkable despite the body and ABV.

This one was a surprise, it's interested me for a while, but I never thought I'd be able to try it. Thanks Umberto!

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