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

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Photo of watsonmd
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12.7 oz bottle, 51 Degrees, served into snifter

A: Pours incredibly dark for an ale. Dark brown head.

S: Bourbon, chocolate, raisins, very complex.

T: Similar. Boozy, slightly hot, bourbon and brandy coming through.

M: More of the same. Thick, sticky, coating....

O: Great beer. Glad I tried one of these. Need to add this to the cellar.

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Photo of gouettn
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jegross2
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Deliverance Ale from The Lost Abbey. This beer is a blend of Brandy Barrel Angel's Share and Bourbon Barrel Serpent's Stout. The Lost Abby is a brewery with a lot of hype, and they are best known for their sours/guezes. This is the first beer I have ever drank of theirs, although I do have a Serpent's Stout in my cellar.
Score: 97

2011 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 02/26/12. This is a backlogged review from a beer tasting I hosted on Oscar night.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a thin layer of caramel/brown highlight atop the glass. One half finger of creamy mocha colored head at pour settles into thin layer, ultimately settling into a ring around the glass. Above average lacing, solid retention. 4/5

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit. There's noticeable alcohol too. Fig, burnt chocolate and brown sugar too. Plum, rich milk chocolate, almond, pecan and tobacco leaf reveal themselves as well upon further whiffs as the beer warms. 4.5/5

Taste: Complex, super flavorful and balanced! First impression is mellow bourbon, fig, rich and creamy vanilla and brown sugar. There's oak/hickory and a moderate brandy-like flavor on the midpalate and towards the finish. Maybe it is just a part of the creamy vanilla flavor, but there is also a distinct "butteriness" to the beer as well. I want to say it's the almond/pecan flavor from the aroma. Whatever it is, it is a very subtle flavor that adds a really interesting additional complexity to the beer. There is also a consistent prune, molasses, milk chocolate, and "Raisinets" flavor throughout. As the beer layers, I detect a hint of banana too. Finishes with plenty of vanilla, raisin and rich chocolate flavor. Very sweet and viscous. Near perfect barrel aged stout flavors here. There's some booziness present, but the rich, sweet flavors keep the alcohol from being a "hot" distraction. I could see this one turning into something even greater with a little age on it. This one is a bit of a sipper, but even if it was not, I would demand that this brew be sipped and savored. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, minimal carbonation. Super creamy mouthfeel. Finishes a bit sweet, but it is not overly sweet at all. 4.5/5

Overall: Really expensive, but really delicious. If I am shelling out more than $10 per 12 oz, this is exactly the experience I want to have. I would absolutely buy this beer again, even though it retails at $20 (after tax) for one drink's worth.

Recommendation: Seek this beer out and save it for a special occasion.

Pairings: Chocolate chip pancakes.

Cost: $17.99 for a 355 ml bottle.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very, very dark brown - only really a dagger of dark brown piercing the body when held up to the light. Head is ochre, quite listless but leaving some nice trails behind. A swirl is quite effective in reviving it. Small bubbles, not too dense. Yeah, good colour, pretty good everything else.

Smells quite dark, yet not roasty. Lots of chocolate, dark and cocoa-esque with a Tia Maria edge. Yeah, very sweet, dark and liqueury, a touch of milk coffee and Irish cream almost and a big dollop of coconut lingering at the back. A really very fascinating smell, and very enticing.

Taste is quite sweet as well. Lots of chocolate, dark and sweet with some nectar notes on the front, and a touch of orange peel with more of that Tia Maria liqueuriness. Sweet, though, and nicely weighted with an obvious alcohol that only asserts itself through the fullness of the body and never gets hot. Pleasant touches of marshmallow with more Irish cream, caramel, some touches of cinnamon, milk coffee, and some hop notes towards the back giving apple characteristics. Some shiraz wine notes as well, berries and pepper, oh it's just intoxicatingly good. Wow. This is a cracker of a beer.

If a beer is this nice, I will drink it. It's a heavy drop and one for sharing, but it's amazing, so smooth, so tasty.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What happens when I bring a bottle of Deliverance to drink in São Paulo? Find out now:

Blackish brown colored, the small head is respectable for the style, the legs it leaves in the glass are a thing to watch. Its nose is even more beautiful; very fragrant and full of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, yum,! Its taste great, aged vanilla, chocolate, toasted oak, more of that glorious spirit, a little grape. The alcohol is buried very well, only a trickle is felt in the mouth until it goes down and warms your throat. It's thick and coating in the mouth, gently carbonated, which means it feels awesome as well.

What a treat! Too bad it's $14.99 for a 375 ml bottle. I guess I'll have to wait to find it on-tap to sample again.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375 ml bottle - 2017 version

L - Pitch black, rich, no head or lacing - looks like death!

S - Bourbon, burned brown sugar, brandy, sugar cane. Tons of booze. It doesn't hide. Every aroma dominates - impressive

T - Sugary sweet, bourbon and brandy booze penetrate your senses. Booze will knock you out - nothing hidden here!

F - Full body and low carbonation.

O - An amazing slow sipper - lots of sweetness but perfectly blended with bourbon and brandy. Awesome brew

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form an 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip. No date from what I can tell.

A: Body is totally opaque black. Nice light mocha head, tight bubbles, reasonable retention.

S: Lots of vanilla and whiskey comes through in the nose, as well as the stout aromas. Smells like it has some age on it.

T: A tremendous blend. Some roasty malt freshness along with just enough aged whiskey stout character. Totally outstanding.

M: Beautifully carbonated, not flat like some barrel aged stouts I've had.

D: They did everything right here. I wasn't crazy about angel's share, but the balance here is exactly what it was missing.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured to Duvel tulip the beer pours a deep dark viscous black with dark brown edges in the light. Small 1/4 finger brown head with some retention and nice lacing. Little carbonation. The nose is a pleasant mix of bourbon and brandy with hints of oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and roasted malt. Smells great. The flavor is even more complex with an initial rush of fig and raisins and prunes before the bourbon and vanilla oak flavors come in. Roasted malt. Mildly bitter. Not hint of the higher abv, very impressive. Rich and full bodied with light carbonation. Finishes very smooth. Overall, this is fantastic! I'd love to pick more up and age. It's already mellow and tasty though. Highly recommended!

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ehammond1
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap (2009)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

(Aged for 2 years)

A beautiful dark brown ruby that clings to to the glass. A thin light brown head. Beautiful.

The aroma is sweet (not to mention terrific!). I smell the bourbon along with a sweetness resembling coconut and molasses. I also smell chocolate and cherry. Wow!

The taste is a complete whirlwind of sweet molasses, bourbon, rich and velvety chocolate, all with a strong backbone of alcohol-drenched cherries and then even more chocolate. A layered, textured, taste adventure! Simply exceptional.

A rich and luscious mouthfeel.

While I'm full of rich superlatives for this beer, (surprisingly?) it isn't all that drinkable (in large quantity!). My 10oz. pour is far too much for me; I'm actually sharing it with those around me willfully. That being said: This beer rocks!

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Photo of Samuel906
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Gaddabble
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bedrocker
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black. Very thin brown head that all but disappears as you drink this beer.

Smell: Bourbon and brandy barrels, mostly. Little bit of chocolate and vanilla. Smells incredible.

Taste: I love bourbon, and that's the main flavor I get from this beer. Strong oak flavor that introduces an incredibly complex mixture of vanilla, chocolate, malts, caramel, and a little bit of dark fruit. Finishes with more oak. Incredible.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and thick, although almost no carbonation. Slight alcohol bite, but that's to be expected considering the high alcohol content.

Overall: Worth the price, in my opinion. Had this on my birthday, and it was one of the best beers I've ever had. Very complex, and did I mention this beer is reminiscent of bourbon? Highly recommended.

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Photo of pkalix
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12.5% percent with barrel-age aromas and flavors.... almost black. no carbonation. a bit of alcohol in the taste, but what would you expect with 12.5% ? both brews that are being blended are very nice. not as rich as the 'Belgian' dark ales they produce, which is really nice. I guess blending is the big thing lately with all the breweries and this one doesn't disappoint. time for a return trip to the brewery. but this time sober to start out....

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short poured from a 375 ml bottle into my Chimay goblet. a little bit of head (enough to know it's carbonated), and dark blackish brown body. The fruity Brandy barrel and Vanilla caramelish Bourbon barrel come through hugely on the nose, as do notes of chocolate and coffee. Some raisin/fig/prune stuff goin on as well. Bourbonbrandydeliciousness on the mouth. A lot of chocolate and Coffee Nip candy flavor. A rich espresso lingering finish. The flavor keeps changing in my mouth. I am in love. The mouth is nice and creamy and adequately carbonated. Drinks pretty well given it's 12 %. Only a few sips and I already feel warm.

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Photo of DLSheidy
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2013B. Poured black as motor oil with very little head. Amazing sweet nose of Bourbon. Drinking very smoothly.

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Photo of JamesMcPolin
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been in the cellar for 11months now and I’ve been craving something that will ‘wow me’ so I think it’s about time I pop the cork on this baby. Poured into a Stone Old Guardian goblet.
Nice head retention relative to the style and the color of the head is a delicious looking chocolate/mocha. Dark in color with hues of brownish-red when held to the light.
The nose is simply heavenly. Essence of barrel aging right up front and in your face. Detecting much more of the Angel’s Share than the Serpent. Oak, spirits, dried sweetened prunes, woody vanilla, chocolate, toffee. Taste follows the nose.
Creamy with great body and gentle warmth. An ever-so-slight coffee dryness that lingers on the palate between sips.
What a treat. Wish I had more. Like… a lot more! I’m gonna go ahead and say this is in my top 5 all-time. Worth every high-priced penny.

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Photo of Seiler22
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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 nbree00
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8-9 month old bottle

A: Success, we have carbonation. No small order when your talking anything related to angel's share. Pours a beautiful jet black color with a 1/2 inch brown head.

S: Great aromas here, notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses,espresso and chocolate cake. The nose is super rich and inviting.

T: Wow, so creamy and rich on the palate. I tend to prefer the bourbon barrel serpent stout over brandy barrel angel's share but the marriage of the two is just heavenly. Flavors of fresh baked double chocolate cookies, espresso, bread pudding, raisins, whipped cream, dates, coconut and a hint of blackberries. The flavors on this are damn near perfect, the slight roastiness balances out the sinful richness.

M: Ridiculously silky mouthfeel on this. Goes down so easy, and the added layer of depth from the oak really makes this beer hard to put down, you just want more and more.

O: Overall a phenomenal beer, very well balanced with little to nothing I would change.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey Rastal San Marco Glass. Pours a very dark, nearly opaque broown with a fine, half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark and roasted malt, vanilla, wood and bourbon, nice. Flavor is really, really nice; dark and mildly roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, oak, dark dried fruit, finishes with a hint of brandy and sherry. Medium, creamy bodied. Tastes like a perfect blend of its two components with excellent balance between the Angel's Share and stout. Both are excellent ales and this is also superb. Definitely a very warming alcohol presence, but this too is melded into the flavor well. Heavenly.

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Photo of sureshot08
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours very dark, nearly black. Minimal head but a thin row of bubbles is maintained on the surface.

Smell: Initially got some bourbon character, but later noticed brown sugar, caramel, some wine-like notes (?from the brandy barrels). Also some raisins.

Taste: The bourbon is there but restrained, tastes kind of like an imperial stout but seems gentler despite a definite alcohol presence. A little bit of dark fruits (like figs).

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, but a little more carbonation might be nice.

Overall: Remains me a little of Firestone Walker Anniversary XVI but I think this is more balanced. A very complex and interesting beer, but with a steep pricetag ($15 for 375ml).

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Photo of jminsc76
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip, pours a brown head - mildly red in tinge - atop a dark black body. Not impenetrable though. Considering the ABV level, the head stays consistently thick throughout.

Aromas of brandy and biscuit, with just a little bit of bourbon. Deeper *whiffs* also yield mild figs and dates. Basically it’s like dipping cookie dough in a brandy barrel, and it’s freakin’ lovely.

Flavors of graham cracker, chocolate, bourbon, and brandy (in that order). Also some chocolate chip cookies and a bit of that biscuit from the bouquet. Despite a small degree of heat, this is smooth across the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slightly silky.

Overall, starts off like a Double Stout with strong hints of bourbon and brandy and ends like an Angel’s Share with a copious quantity of dark chocolate malts. In short, yum, yum, yum. I could easily knock back three per sitting.

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Photo of jacewg
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time having this beer. 375ml bottle to glass. 2011 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours with a huge mocha head that quickly fades but leaves a nice little mocha ring as you drink. FVery deep brown in color, almost black. Carbonation does not appear to be an issue here.

Nose: A LOT going on. Very big barrel notes. A bit of roast and some dark fruit as well. Some sweeter notes akin to molasses. Very, very good nose.

Taste: More or less follows the nose. Again a big, boozy barrel character with some vanilla, caramel, and oak. Quite sweet up front with some dark fruit notes but fades to a fantastic rich finish with dark chocolate leading the way. Some alcohol heat as expected and wanted for the style.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, but enough to aid the drinkability of this rich, delicious beer. I would love to try this beer fresh and see how the mouthfeel differs, as I suspect it has thinned out a little with age.

Overall: A wonderfully delicious and complex beer. Pricey, but definitely worth it to try this jewel. Only a slightly thicker mouthfeel is keeping this beer from being essentially perfect.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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