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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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4.27
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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Almost black. Reddish tinge at the edge. No head.

Smell - Bourbon, brandy sweetness. Brandy takes over, but the bourbon is still present. Rich chocolate. Sweet caramel.

Taste - Sweet and very oaky. Brandy. Caramel. Bourbon takes a back seat. Fruity, probably from the brandy.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Sharp oak and alcohol. Medium heavy.

Overall - Very tasty. Overpowered by the barrel, but nice.

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Photo of Hammdesigns
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011 bottle

A- aggresively poured into snifter with no head whatsoever, black as night in color.

S- still has a great amount of bourbon, slight brandy aroma. Some funk and tart on the nose.

T- decent amounts of bourbon and brandy up front followed by a slight vanilla and chocolately finish. Little dry at the end and can't taste any alcohol on this one.

M- coats pretty well but does not stick around too long.

O- decent for a two yr vintage bottle. Wish I had this fresh to compare. Price is pretty steep but well worth it.

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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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
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 BEERchitect
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deliverance says it all! It's the beer that delivers us from the boredom of cookie cutter beers and from the maddening experimental notions that keep brewers from getting out their own way.

As this fusion ale pours, it's an ominous dark opaque brown that's easily mistaken for black. With very low carbonation, the beer certainly prefers brandy-like stillness to anything beer-like. With a tepid swirl of foam to start, the bubbles quickly fold in on themselves and collapse back into the beer. Even its brandy legging supplants any would-be lace. This one's a different animal.

With its stout-like properties well intact, the scents of espresso roast and cocoa-heavy chocolates come together with the help of molasses and toffee. But then the scent is woven together with a vinous fruit note of red grapes for an aroma combination that captures both brownie batter, sherry and port wine.

That sultry sweetness manifests in a lush bittersweet chocolaty taste. Hedging on silky espresso, the taste of burnt sugars offers a boisterous and masculine early palate. Warming up a bit, the vinous tartness comes to life in as much of a port and sherry-like fashion as it does of brandy. Sweetened up a bit, the fruits of dates, figs, prunes and grape all come out to play with the aid of savory near-soy sauce salty richness. Finishing pleasantly tart and cocoa-like- the beer leaves the palate with a lasting savory dessert-like finish.

Incredibly smooth and lush, the beer seeps into the taste buds with full-on saturation. Its rich texture is sliced through by the vinous alcohols for a welcome reprieved just before finish. Warm and spicy, the slight tannin-rich balance from red wine gives the residual sweetness a light semblance of balance.

Deliverance does a great job of tampering the sharp roast of hops and without making the beer overly boozy or winy. It delivers the perfect balance while allowing the stout to lead the charge. Supple, refined and astoundingly complex- this ale is best reserved for the most discerning of palates.

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Photo of Charliechu
3.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing a vintage 2011 bottle

First of all this is a pretty pricey bottle and depending where you get it , this can range from $14.99 - $19.99 . That being said , it's completely worth every penny.

I have had the 2013 earlier this year and I was excited to see what two years would do to this beer. Deliverance is probably one of my most favorite beer that's from lost abbey . I must say after two years the carbonation is completely nonexistence and the flavor have fallen off a bit . Personally I didn't feel as thought some of the original notes were there anymore and even the bourbon taste itself was very little . It smelled amazing and you can't taste any booziness at all with this baby but given what it tasted like I would recommend drinking this one fresh and if you plan to age it don't let it go pass two years,but then again my reviews are subjective to the bottle I got and my taste so don't hesitate to grab this beer . Don't be scared off by the price tag, well worth the cost .

Cheers !

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Photo of t420o
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lost Abbey Deliverance

Illegible date, but I'm pretty sure it's from the 2013 batch A

A- pour yields a 1/4 finger dark tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the edges. Beer is pitch black in color. 4

S- Rich in bourbon, toffee, caramel, chocolate, some roasted malt, some brandy notes, graham cracker, wood. Smells awesome. 4.75

T- big, rich bourbon and brandy notes upfront along with dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, coconut, light vanilla, wood. Warming finish. Excellent. 4.5

M- nice and hefty body with ample carbonation. 4.5

O- a pleasure. It's worth the price, though I just wish it wasn't so much ($17.99/12.7 oz.). But like I said, it's a phenomenal beer and worth what I paid, I just can't get it often. Tomme comes though with another masterpiece. 4.75

A+

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Photo of robwestcott
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a long forgotten bottle from 2010, or perhaps 2011.

cork popped and poured pitch black, thick and cold to an upland brewing goblet with a hint of a toffee colored short lasting, small bubbled head.

huge bourbon in the nose, very dark sugary syrup malts, hint of gingerbread and smoke.

super viscous, the carbonation hides til the beer hits your palate and sneaks out. sitting in the glass, it appears almost flat and this is far from the truth. sweet, not bitter.

big barrel character, toffee, dark sweet chocolate, big bourbon, dark cherries, this is such an incredible beer, its a taste explosion.

drinkable ? well, perhaps not, but one's plenty.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage poured into a teku
A: jet black fully opaque with no head but a small brown lace ring around top of the liquid
S: bourbon, red wine, molasses, caramel, hint of raisin
T: bourbon forward, brown sugar, toffee, roasted coffee/cocoa
M: lacks a bit with almost no carb
Overall very impressive with booze hidden nicely from the aging process. Easily would buy again

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Photo of dvanhandel
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Deliver me from evil... Deliverance from the Lost Abbey is a strong, very strong beer. It pours black with no head because of the 12.5% ABV. The brandy and bourbon flavors swirl in your mouth.
Succumb to the madness. Pray for your deliverance from this hellish temptress.

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Photo of spoony
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle (vintage 2013 b) into a chalice.

A-The beer pours heavily, like motor oil, and produces no head; just a thin collar of dark brown bubbles. There is no carbonation visible through the espresso-colored liquid.

S-The smell is appropriately boozy with big doses of vanilla, caramel, and oak.I also detect some roasted coffee and chocolate flavors, as well as booze-soaked dark fruit. The brew is quite sweet.

T-The taste is similar to the smell, with obvious-but-not-annoying booze warmth mixing with the caramel sweetness, macerated cherry flavors, vanilla, and chocolate. There is a bit of roast coffee-like bitterness on the finish. The brew is pretty complex, as it should be at 12.5% ABV.

M-The feel is surprisingly light. Perhaps it is just the alcoholic nature of the beer, but I could have used a bit more heft. Carbonation is light, pretty soft, and fine.

O-This is a tasty, almost-stout like ale. I really enjoyed the bourbon/brandy character here, as it was assertive and complex, without being overwhelming. You can really taste the booze, but you know you are drinking a beer. The feel was a little strange, but not entirely awful. With a sweet and boozy flavor, this is a solid dessert option.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Look: Opaque black with a creamy mocha head. Quite an active beer for being barrel aged

Smell: Lots of chocolate and vanilla on the nos.! Getting chocolate, vanilla, lots of oak, dark cherries, brandy, prunes, and more dark chocolate. Lots of booze on the nose. Smells great.

Taste: Huge vanilla, dark chocolate, chocolate covered cherries, brandy soaked prunes, and dark pitted fruit on the tongue followed by big oak and brandy. The bourbon is there but is masked quite a bit by the brandy. Taste fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Big and thick. The beer covers the mouth and heats the throat going down. It's sweet but not too sweet as the earthy oak notes mellow it out real nice. Booze is definitely there keeping it a sipper but not too much and pleasantly so. The finish had lots of sweet red wine notes with more chocolate and the brandy shines through as it warms.

Overall: One tasty barrel aged brew. All the notes shine individually and really dig the chocolate covers dark fruit and brandy notes. But the oak and vanilla make this brew shine stand out and I really enjoy it! Some people have complained about carb issues on this but I've had none.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 8-oz. draft
Glass: Tulip
From: KnB Wine Cellars in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $6.00 (Wednesday deal)
Purchased: Aug. 7, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 7, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a black color with 1-to-2 fingers of tan caramel head. Sporadic lacing on the sides on the way down, good retention on the top.

Smelled bourbon, caramel, toffee, chocolate, espresso and boozy alcohol.

Tasted caramel, toffee, maple syrup, Bailey’s Irish Cream and butterscotch. So damn smooth. Alcohol is well-hidden for 12 percent, but still a liquorish finish.

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish.

Wow! Just phenomenal. So glad I tried it and can’t wait until I do it again.

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Photo of zac16125
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lost Abbey Deliverance
12.7oz bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku
there is a printed on vintage but it has partially rubber off; assuming this is the latest vintage though

Thanks to coreyfmcdonald for sending this one my way!

A: Pours a very dark brown, really almost black when its sitting in the glass, with 1 fingers width of mocha colored head which quickly dissipates down to an outer ring. Leaves effectively no lacing, but some alcohol legs.

S: Old ale aromas of sweet caramel/toffee, dark fruits, and cocoa; coupled with big barrel notes of both bourbon and brandy. Oak, vanilla, big bourbon and sweet brandy. No one thing dominates, its all integrated and balanced so well. I also get some roasted malts and a bit of booze. Really an incredible aroma.

T: Roast malts, bakers chocolate, and coffee are the first flavors I get. Next are some dark fruits and brandy. Oak and bourbon linger in the aftertaste. Its quite boozy, but not in a bad way, the booze balances this out. There is a bitterness as well that is somewhat of an off flavor for me, but overall very good.

M/D: Full bodied, chewy but not necessarily thick, carbonation is appropriate but on the higher end of the spectrum for such a big beer (not sure what others are talking about who say its flat/under carbonated), and gives a full body warming sensation. ABV is noticeable, but in a good way, and theres really no heat. All things considered drinkability is actually quite good.

O: Overall, a great beer from top to bottom. The highlight is the aroma, which is divine. Full disclosure, Im kind of a whore for big booze beers, especially when aged in barrels, but I did really dig this one.

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Photo of RyanLaw
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours very dark brown with a small amount of tan head just around the edge of the glass.

S - Vanilla, oak, brandy and bourbon.

T - Strong, rich and sweet, some alcohol burn.

M - Medium to full bodied with some carbonation.

O - Very dark and boozy and as someone who likes bourbon, enjoyed it. Delicious and easy to drink despite the alcohol content. Overpriced in my opinion at $17 but a very good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of sureshot08
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
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 mahak213
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours dark brown, verging on black, and sits black in the glass with just a bit of light making it through the edges of the glass. No head to speak of... no surprise there.

Smell- Vanilla and oak, sweet booze, cocoa, caramel, and a bit of butterscotch. Booze isn't hidden at all, but it works in a cohesive way

Taste- Molasses and dark fruit, some cocoa, and lots of well integrated booze. Very sweet, has a slight burnt sugar taste leading to a mildly bitter dark chocolate finish

Mouthfeel-Full, sticky, syrupy, and completely still. Some light carbonation would be nice.

Overall- Good stuff, but the lack of carbonation in my bottle really held things back.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deliverance pours a almost blackish color with a small head. There is a brandy like, barrel like, spicy malty aroma. The taste has nice strong wood and smokey notes, malty, with hints of a dark wine like flavors. Very nice complete body. Overall an awesome beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good carbonation and some lacing. Aroma consists of bourbon with residual sugar notes and caramelized sugars. Taste is also dominated by bourbon notes with some caramelized malt and quite a lot of residual sugars. Some dried fruits and light chocolate notes are also perceptible. Body is full with great carbonation and surprisingly no apparent alcohol. Nice nightcap style beer.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tulip.

Opening this bottle I had to practically use a set of pliers to get the cork out. It is easy to tell even before I opened it that there would be no carbonation in this bottle. When I finally got it open and poured it aggressively, my fears were confirmed. The beer has an onyx black color with just a few stray bubbles that happened to form from the beer sloshing around in the glass.

Rich chocolate cake, bourbon, and brandy are all strong in the nose. Vanilla, roasted malt, and a bit of alcohol come through as well.

The flavors are unfortunately flattened out by the lack of carbonation. Each sip starts with dark and sweet chocolate, sweet bourbon, and brandy, with vanilla and roasted malt adding some depth in the middle. The end has a little jolt of alcohol, and the rest of the flavors really fall off into a watery finish. Again, the lack of carbonation leads to problems.

The mouthfeel is disappointing, mostly because it is totally flat. The beer has the thickness and complexity to warrant a nice, thick, viscious, and creamy mouthfeel, and it comes up way short. Instead, it feels thick and syrupy.

I imagine this could be an incredible beer if it actually had carbonation in it. Lesson learned - do not spend money on flat Lost Abbey bottles.

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Photo of Smurf2055
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter, no head, dark but not impy stout dark.

Strong brandy vanilla smell, reminiscent of the angels share.

Bold smokey flavors up front, vanilla and oak, bourbon and brandy, getting a lot more of the strong ale than the stout.

Very interesting, will try it again, despite the price tag.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark coffee body. Khaki head settles quickly into a thin halo with low lace.

S - Espresso, cola, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, hazel nut, molasses, leather, anise. Outrageous complexity and balance.

T - Dark 70% chocolate, medium roast coffee, cream, caramel, vanilla, hazel nuts, cola, Brazil nuts, chard barrels, dark bourbon, warm woody booze.

M - Creamy, medium body with bright carbonation.

O - A stellar blend.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I give this a "3" because part of my problem with this brew is that it tastes more like a liquor rather than beer. Maybe not a fair judgment but if I want a liquor, I'll get a liquor. I don't care for saison's either cause they taste too much like soda. If I want a soda, I'll get a soda.

I like some strong ales...this isn't one of 'em. I couldn't even finish the glass I poured and I'm sorry about that. Big disappointment. :(

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Photo of BrianJohnson
2.7/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a black color, almost like a stout. No head to speak of, and really no carbonation either. Bourbon is very strong from the get-go, smell and taste. Almost drinks like a glass of liquor, not beer. I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer mainly because the bourbon taste overwhelms any other beer taste on this one.

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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...).

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,920 ratings.
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