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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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Photo of jpmclaug
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Lost Abbey tulip. Thanks to domtonzero and irishgurl4 for both sending me one of these.

A - Black body with a small tan had resting on top.

S - This smells a bit hot. Big alcohol notes provided by the bourbon and brandy barrel aging. Smells pretty sweet. Really you can't ask for a much better barrel aged aroma from a beer like this.

T - Real sweet. The brandy and bourbon notes are definitely present though I'm not picking up any imperial stout notes. Honestly while the barrel aging is at the for front of this beer I don't get that sickening alcohol taste that makes me want to reach for another drink.

M - pretty heavy body, a moderate amount of carbonation and slightly syrupy

D - Honestly pretty drinkable considering he ABV and what went into this beer. At this point I think the barrels provide nice flavors without giving a sickening alcohol taste. I'm a big fan of this and can't wait to see how this develops over time. While this one is a bit pricey I think it is worth trying for sure.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer as an AWESOME extra from johndoe8. Thanks Rich! This is my Christmas Day beer and man its tasty. Pretty black with deep mahagony highlights and a really thin tan ring. Even with a hard, hard pour not much head was apparent. Aroma is of vanilla, raisins, and assorted dried fruit. Brandy is more clear to me then bourbon, but I get both. It even smells a bit like booze. The flavor follows much from the nose. Lots of dried fruit flavors, vanilla, brandy and bourbon. Some less strong flavors of roasted malts and chocolate are clear but secondary. However they do add a nice complexity to the beer. Slick mouthfeel, low carb, expected and appropriate. Easy to drink, though clearly strong.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to mikesgroove for this brew. Poured at fridge temp

12.7oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black as black can be with a nice khaki 1 finger head that dissipates immediately other than a thin ring around the glass. Not much lacing left on the glass but some serious legs.

S- Strong booze and bourbon up front with a nice sweet vanilla and wood in the background. Definitely some dark fruits like raisins and dark chocolate in there as well.

T- Sweet dark roasted malts create a nice creamy thicker body with a blend of dark fruits and chocolate. Beyond that is a serious bourbon profile that creates quite an alcohol fullness and sting on the back of the palate. Plenty of wood present, Oak and vanilla.

M- Full bodied with lower carbonation and a strong alcohol finish that warms you up.

Overall this is a really great and complex brew but even being a serious bourbon aged fan the alcohol in this one is pretty serious and hard to get used to. Sticks out more than I would like.


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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 rudylaw
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to billshmeinke for this!

Pours a wet, murky brown with a thin head... in LA terms, that head may as well be 5 inches!

Lots of bourbon in the smell. Oak, vanilla, sugars and red grapes.

Being a blend of BA Serpent's and Brandy AS, the AS is the bigger brother. I get much more of that in the taste. The Serpent's sweetness is not to be outshined however. There's more chocolate and vanilla up front. Sweet caramel and brown sugar on the back end. This is a solid blend!

Very creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. But in LA terms...

I have a feeling this will be tremendous in 8-12 months. Right now, it's a little hot. Once this settles down and the boozy sweetness mellows, we could have a contender for best LA beer I've tried.

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Photo of tut2528
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

A: completely black, no transparency whatsoever. Pours about ½ fingers worth of head formation at the most, that is mocha colored. Moderate film sticks to the edge of the glass.

S: huge bourbon notes complemented by dark fruits such as raisins and figs. I also get a bold roasted note aspect with some alcohol, but the alcohol sits in quite nice. There also is a nice sweet and sugary toffee to heighten the complexity in the nose.

T: like the nose, except a monster of bourbon and the alcohol crush the palate. once you get past the ABV, some of the other pleasuring notes come up...dark fruits (raisins, figs again), mild coffee, mild chocolate, with a cream vanilla finish.

M: full bodied, fits the appearance and the taste quite well. Carbonation much more enhanced than Angel’s Share.

O: disappointing for the price that is it sold at, but glad I tried it. There are many other brews that are much less expensive and more well balanced than this one. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good brew, but this was a one timer for me. I highly recommend laying this one down for an extended period of time to mellow out the bold alcohol because it is just too dominating at this moment.

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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.


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Photo of PacNWDad
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-wise, this beer makes a bold statement. It is gives up a bit of dotted lace, then becomes a monolithic black with a narrow ring of bubbles around the glass on top of the beer. Aroma is supreme - really a world class combo of whiskey, malt and toffee. This is one of the best out there in terms of how it smells. Taste is not as complex as I expected, but is still very good. Mouth feel is lacking. I really would have expected a fuller, more robust mouth full. It could use a little more carbonation too. Overall very good, but this is in a crowded space. I am glad I had it and wish I could have another. :)

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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 pmccallum86
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark murky brown with a small cocoa brown colored head.

Smell is rich and sweet with a hint of bourbon. The smell is off syrup and molasses, really nice.

Taste is very rich, tons of robust flavors come through. Sweet molasses and milk chocolate with some vanilla oakiness.

Mouthfeel is really thick and creamy with medium to low carbonation.

Good beer, tastes like a much sweeter version of Bourbon County Stout.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a totally opaque black with little to no foam. Nose is sweet dark caramel and candied fruit with hint of bourbon. Taste is very smooth. Up front it is moderately bitter, lots of rich flavors, toffee, chocolate, molases, etc This starts to fade and then sweetness takes over towards the end, not overpoweringly so, beer finishes with a hint of bourbon bite. Quite lovely and a great sipper.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

A - Pours an inky black with a 3/4 of a finger chocolate colored head which evaporated quickly. Small clumps of lacing.

S - Intense aroma of bourbon, vanilla, wood, raisin, ash, anise, and chocolate. Smells amazing.

T - Incredibly rich and complex mix of chocolate, plum, oak, whiskey, vanilla, brandy, smoke, and black licorice. Date, prune and fig flavors come out as it warms. The tinniest hint of black cherry tartness in the mid palate. An soy sauce like element in the finish. (not a bad thing by any means) Woody bitterness and roast provides nice balance, but this is a sweet brew overall. ABV definitely noticeable but not overpowering. A slow sipper.

M - So full bodied, you almost need a knife and fork. Low carbonation. Velvety smooth. Coats the mouth, but manages to avoid being syrupy. Perfect for the style.

O - Complex and amazing. Thankfully, the bourbon flavors do not overpower the base beer. If sweeter strongly alcoholic beers are your thing, don't miss this one. Superb.

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Photo of Brob245
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours dark brown, almost black with no head or lacing.

Smell - you can smell the barrel aging - predominantly brandy. Can barely make out a slight char from the bourbon barrels. Not as dominate as some of the other reviewers have described.

Taste - finishes with an elegant dark chocolate, faint raisiny or dark fruit presence.

Mouthfeel - rich and velvety texture with very little carbonation.

Overall - a little pricey for a 12.7 ounce bottle but very good overall. Worth the splurge.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
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 bs870621345
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say I was extremely surprised and excited by this beer.

Pours black with ruby brown highlights when held up to light. Small tan head forms and leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass. Nice alcohol feet too.

Smell is of brown sugar, molasses, grapes, vanilla, oak, caramel, and alcohol. Wow sums it up but I was really not expecting this.

Opens up with grapes, vanilla, and bourbon, moves into the caramel and sugar territory, finishes with grapes sneaking up with bourbon and caramel. Rather sweet and warming, but not cloying at all.

Mouthfeel is full with a tinge of carbonation. Enough carbonation.

Overall, its damn good and damn surprising. Was not expecting this (had no idea what brandy was/is) but this is just awesome.

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Photo of IKR
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown to black with a moderate beige head that fairly quickly but still remained as a ring in the tulip.

Smell: Mild Bourbon, brandy, and slight oak notes.

Taste: A mixture of Bourbon, brandy, toffee/caramel, some roast malts, faint vanilla, and oak. The finish is fairly dry with a slight alcohol presence.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Good beer but for me the bourbon and brandy dominate. Very pricey.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a very expensive 375 ml bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a thick syrupy looking dark brown that borders on black. Topped with a thinish off white head.

S Very sweet with lots of vanilla, with a touch of bourbon and some raisin type fruit notes. Maybe a hint of chocolate a touch of alcohol comes through as it warms. Quiet complex

T Wow, amazing flavor with chocolate, a lot of brandy, a touch of bourbon, and some vanilla. A bit of an oak like taste is present as well.

M Pretty thick and smooth with carbonation.

Overall this is a great beer to spend an evening sipping on to appreciate the various complexities. My only complaint was the $16.00 something I paid for it.

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Photo of HosP
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple of these from a few different BA's. Poured 375ml into snifter.

A- No pop when the cork is pulled here. Pours black in color. No carbonation or head at all. Some khaki lace tries to cling to the edges, but fails quickly.

S- Wow, big notes of oaky, earthy bourbon to the nose. Overtakes much of the other aromas coming from it. Has a thick malty smell to it. A little intimidating.

T- Very powerful beer. Strong from start to finish. Get a lot of bourbon flavors with some nice oak taste right off the bat. Bourbon overtakes most of the other flavors here. No detection of any brandy barrel anywhere. As it warms the middle brings out some nice chocolate flavors. Roasted, oaky, earthy flavors underlie on the other flavors. Ends a little hot, especially as it warms. Each sip is powerful and full of flavors.

M- Full body doesn't do this justice. No carbonation here either. Surprisingly smoother than I would have thought.

O- Lots of flavors, all of them good too! Very powerful, big beer. The alcohol heat is the only drawback. Have to sip through this beer, but very enjoyable. Would like to see what happens to the flavors as this ages for a while.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

~Davod23 made me laugh regarding the fluff on the back label, too much Stone, only cornier, which is hard to do~

Pours a quazi-black, a dark color reminiscent of The Abyss, almost black but not just quite. A dark caramel head gently appears after the pour which dissipates fast yet never really exits. Strong lacing.

Smells of red wine, barrel aging, sweet cherries, chocolate and raisins. All the dark fruits rolled together.

The spawn of Angels Share Brandy & Serpents Stout. Love Serpents Stout, thought the Angels Share was off-putting due to thick sweetness and carbonation. This is a refined, balanced, reborn beer. The taste replicates the nose. Well controlled. Subtle oak and licorice, chocolate and grape notes add to the complexity.

Mouthfeel is decently thick, smooth and creamy. Hot.


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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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Photo of r0nyn
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Shared with a fellow beer lover.

Dark, murky brown is the coloration of this beer as it collects in the glass from the pour. Ruby edges appear as you hold it up to the light. Possesses a creamy, lightish brown head that dissipates into a thin film floating to the top. Lacing is spotty at best, but leaves that glassy film indicative of a beer with a big alcoholic punch. Just from observing the surface, the legs on this weighty brew are clearly evident as they swirl around. Sweet vanilla essence greets the nose at first whiff, followed by some earthy aromas. Bittersweet baker's chocolate makes an appearance, along with quite a hit of booziness on the back end. Faint hints of the brandy and bourbon are ever so slightly there if you sniff hard enough.

Taste starts off with a sweet, malty kick. Lots of vanilla and brown sugar, followed by a ton of dark fruit. Raisins, ripe dates and figs, the works. A chewy chocolate component also makes an appearance. After that, it's almost as if you're gobsmacked by the boozy brandy and bourbon that come through. Lots of alcohol on the back end to round out the taste, though a bit of roasted maltiness from the Serpent's Stout shows up to temper the finish. Not a lot of bitterness at all. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly drying to the tongue with a good bit of body behind it. Definitely a sipper, but it goes down easily enough.

Having only sampled the Serpent's Stout prior to drinking this, I wasn't really sure what to expect except a ton of booze and that's pretty much what I got. With this much oomph behind it, you definitely have to pace yourself when drinking it. Blended beers are easy to mess up, but The Lost Abbey has something pretty good with Deliverance. Would definitely like to try this a bit more age on it, as the complexity of the taste would very likely improve.

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

Big thanks to Eric(turdfurgeson) for this treat.

A: Pours a murky dark brown with almost no head.

S: Bourbon,chocolate vanilla and slight brandy. Small amount of roasted malt and fruit.

T: Bourbon then booze. I get a lot of alcohol burn with this. Chocolate, vanilla then slight roasted malt. The aftertaste is bitter chocolate.

M: Medium-thick and oily body.

D: This is a sipper, like a brandy but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

What I would like to call a motor oil beer, I was expecting something a little lighter, but pours a thick slugedy black. Vanilla notes, lots of raisin and soy sauce. Nice beer but expect something heavy and full bodied.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this beer up at Coal Train in Colorado Springs November 2010:

A - Pours a jet black colored beer with a small dark brown head with moderate retention and okay lacing.

S - Caramel, buttery biscuits, dark ripe fruit, figs, chocolate roasted nuts, and peppery alcohol. Very nice aroma.

T - Sweet caramel, dark ripe fruits, Hints of butter, large brandy presence. also some chocolate, roasted nuts and bitter hops and some peppery alcohol. Very nice tasting beer.

M - Full bodied thick oily beer, lingers on the pallet with some bitter bite from the hops in the end. I bit bozzy.

Overall a very nice barrel aged beer.

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Photo of JLeege
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A blend of two barrel aged beers, its a Celebration!

Appearance- Into a snifter, pours jet black with a small tan head. A slight swirl revives a tan film on the surface.

Smell- Sweet dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, a touch of smoke, bitter coffee, this has a bit of everything.

Taste- Complex would be an understatement. Sweet caramel and chocolate up front. Vanilla, fruity, and bourbon notes in the middle. Followed by a slight bitter coffee touch. The brandy barrel portion shows on the finish, also a lingering cocoa flavor throughout. There is an alcohol warming, but not a burn.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation and very full bodied. Chewy and finishes on the dry side.

Overall- This is fantastic. It is expensive yes, but I do not regret the purchase at all, I got 3 more in the cellar. It is also properly carbonated and not "hot", fresh. Looking forward to revisiting this again in a few months, if I can keep my hands off them!

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,915 ratings.
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