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): 14.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cue the banjos...A blend of Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout and Brandy Barrel Aged Barleywine. One of our highest and most sought after non sour aged releases.

Added by drummstikk on 08-09-2010

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Ranking:
#533
Reviews:
450
Ratings:
1,988
pDev:
9.28%
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of heddar33
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ESPNman
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle, roughly a year old, into a Stone IRS Snifter

A - Deep, dark, syrupy brown. It coats the wall of the glass as it splashes up. I gave this one an especially vigorous pour after I realized that there was zero head being produced. Even after that pour, it gave but a faint hint of head. This looks more like over-extracted iced coffee than beer. Zero lacing, zero retention. Just a thick syrup of a big 'ole barrel aged beer. Near perfect for the style.

S - Sweet dark fruits, and booze. Holy crap, so much booze on the nose. Figs, rum, and cherries at first. As it warms, more cocoa and bourbon start to come through. Mouthwatering.

T - Much like the nose, this is clearly a blended and complex beer. Sweet malts, sticky fruit, and brandied cherries attack up front. Much like the nose, the stout element starts to shine more as this beer warms. Big leather and cocoa, with plenty of oak barrel and a bit of spice. Despite the (almost) year in the cellar, this one could use some more time. It's still running quite hot, and the booze does take something away from an otherwise delicious beer.

M - For me, this is perfect for the style. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I like a big beer like this to have a thick mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation that dances on the tongue. It's almost like champagne, minus the effervescence. It's enough to be sure that the beer isn't a completely flat mess, but not so much to distract from the flavors and body.

O - I'm pretty glad that I have a couple more bottles laid down. This is a beer to age and to savor. It's also a beer to be shared. The huge ABV and complexity of the beer lends itself to being split 2 or 3 ways and enjoyed as a group. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Dope
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't see any dates on this one but I would estimate around 2 years old.

A: Cork comes off with just the lightest, faintest hiss. Pours a dark brown, oddly not as pitch black as I was expecting. Tiniest little fizzy head despite the most aggressive pour I could possible give it. Fades quickly. Essentially zero lacing.

S: Lots and lots of sweet dark fruits. Smells a lot like brandy and bourbon (duh). Loaded with sickly sweet caramel, toffee, molasses, raisins and vanilla. Not much roasted malt pokes through, maybe a hint of chocolate. Big and boozy.

T: Stinging bourbon and brandy. Lots of it. Up front there's lots of dark fruit, toffee and caramel. Turns into chocolate and vanilla in the middle, becoming very very oaky in the finish. A little char mixes in with the oak and then it's more burning brandy. Finishes dry and hot.

M: Thick and heavy. Being almost completely flat contributes to this effect.

O: It's not bad, the stout character is mostly swallowed up by all the brandy and bourbon. Surprising, especially given the decent age on this one. Might have to age one for maybe 5 years and see how it turns out. Too hot, too much spirits, not enough stout at this stage.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SadMachine
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 8/5/12

A- Black, though at edges some brown shows. Tiny head immediately dissipates, but carbonation continues to flow.

S- Aroma of dark fruits; plums, raisins, and a solid dose of booze.

T- A lot of smokey/roasty malts in the taste that wasn't there in the nose. The wood and bourbon comes through in the middle, and it finishes with booze and dark fruits.

M- The mouthfeel is medium to thick.

O- This is a very tasty brew, but one of the biggest sippers out there as they don't hide the booze one bit!

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

A: pours a deep brown with a small tan head that quickly fades to a collar around the edge of the snifter
S: smells hugely of bourbon, booze and alcohol with soft notes of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and a bit of molasses
T: taste is softer than the smell with a bit of bourbony caramel and vanilla, toffee, a hint of oak, slight chocolate and roast malt. aftertaste is of alcohol, oaky bourbon, a bit more sweet caramel, and just a bit of chocolate
M: very soft carbonation but it's there. a bit full in the mouth but it's to be expected with the ABV.
O: I'm not sure what the brandy barrels brought into this but the bourbon was most evident to me. this beer is very good though, it has a huge nose but the flavor is there in abundance without punching you in the face. I should have drank this one sooner. I have another bottle and I'm looking forward to revisiting this beer next year.

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4.9/5  rDev +13.7%

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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a very dark brown almost block color, with a small brown head that soon dissipates to nothing. Doesn't stick to the side of the glassware when swirled.

Smell – Lots of bourbon and brandy, with maple, molasses, vanilla, caramel, and a touch of oak. A very nice smell.

Taste – Very similar to the smell. A great bourbon beer.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation, a thin syrupy texture, with a slight alcohol bite.

Drinkability – This is a great bourbon beer, which usually isn’t one of my favorite flavors. Either bourbon beers are growing on me, or I’m a sucker for the ones with a hint of sweetness, which is the case here. Or maybe the brandy was a nice touch.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 1,988 ratings