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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,960
Reviews:
445
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
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399
Gots:
555
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39
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to PretzelCity for this.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of creamy light brown head that has average retention given the ABV and leaves no lacing.

5.0 S: I personally didn't care much for regular Serpent's and I'm not a huge fan of any brandy barrel beer, but this combination is exquisite. The bourbon is a lot stronger than the brandy and the resulting intensity from each blends together almost perfectly. Anyway, the bourbon in this is smooth with a low booziness. Flavors include a good bit of leather, toastiness, a slight touch of peat, and subtle fruitiness. The brandy adds a nice vinous component. The barrels add a good bit of vanilla and oak. The underlying stouts lend a surprisingly soft roastiness with plenty of sweet caramel and molasses. A light sugariness with dark fruits and emphasis on plum and raisin. Very, very nice.

4.5 T: I don't know what this was like fresh, but at this point it's quite smooth and the booze is well in check. Bourbon and brandy again work very well together. I've had a few other bourbon + brandy beers and none of them have worked together at all, let alone as well as they do in this brew. Leathery bourbon with touches of peat and char. Woody, vinous brandy. Again good vanilla and oak. The base beers play second fiddle to the barrel treatments, but this is so good that I don't care (I usually do). Lots of caramel, molasses, and some brown sugar. Plum, raisin, prune, and tobacco fruitiness.

4.0 M: Medium to perhaps heavier medium body. Carbonation is a bit lower that what is typical for the style, but it works just as well. The problem is that this is missing the rich, velvety creaminess that I come to expect from beers of this nature. Very smooth though.

4.5 D: Best LA beer I've had. I didn't think I'd enjoy this nearly as much as I have, but I'm glad I did.

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Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours an extremely dark chocolate brown that looks pretty much black in the glass with a thick film of mocha head along the top that recedes to a solid collar and leaves no lacing, just some sticky legs.

Aroma is huge with bourbon and vanilla to start with an underlying sweet chocolate and dark fruit backbone. There is also some leather, tobacco, spent coffee grounds and brandy in the nose and an alcohol burn to finish things off.

Taste also starts with the bourbon but that's just an opener for the big sweet chocolate and caramel malt backbone with vanilla, raisins and plums. Maybe some coffee but the finish is really about the brandy and alcohol burn with a hint of dry oak.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with soft carbonation and on the fuller side of things in the body. Very dessert-like feel.

This is an outstanding beer and if they would consistently nail this types of beers, I'd still be in the Sinner's Club. If they keep it up, maybe I'll jump back in...

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of leitmotif
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of laituegonflable
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
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 illidurit
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Backlog purge. Bottle poured into a snifter. Dark dark brown with a lasting tan head. Luscious aroma with sweet chocolate and vanilla and an undercurrent of spicy bourbon. Flavor is fudge and toasted oak, dark chocolate, roasted malt, vague raisiny fruitiness, sweet alcohol. Fluffy moussey body, devilish and great.

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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think I got lucky and hit Julio's as a couple of these hit the shelf. The combination sounds fantastic to me.

Pours with a light brown two finger head that fairly quickly drops to an 1/8th in cap of foam. Can't see any light through this beer, which is a bit surprising. I am in low light so I can't really discern between brown and black here, but I am guessing more brown.

Aroma is of brown sugar and vanilla. A light sweetness and almost a light sense of chocolate in the background. More bourbon coming through.

Very nice beer. More molasses flavor vs. what I perceived as brown sugar in the aroma. A moment of mustiness, but this gives way to a nice sweet vanilla flavor. You definitely detect a higher abv here, but the sweetness and vanilla flavor plays nicely with these notes. I think I am getting bourbon up front and the brandy notes in the rear. The sweetness is consistent through and through. Wish there was a touch more dark roasted note from the stout side of the blend. But still really like this.

Lighter body than the flavor lets on. A touch of alcohol in the nose as you keep this in your mouth. Just a tingle of carbonation in your tongue.

I really like this and it's just outside of being a classic.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CHickman
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with a creamy/foamy 1+ finger khaki colored head that was packed with very tiny bubbles, fading very slowly and leaving a creamy layer on top after it dissipated. Minimal spotty lacing as expected.

Smells rich, intense and boozy up front, like burying my nose in a barrel or at least of fine glass of brandy or cognac. This has that dark fruit and raisin sweetness, followed by brandy or cognac or bourbon or dark rum. Toffee, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, oaky notes, dark chocolate and a ton of malty sweetness persist, but this still smells like a good strong ale with a ton of complexities and very interesting boozy/barrel accents. Wet tobacco and leather also come to mind as this goes between boozy, malty and fruity. Really wonderful to inhale.

Tastes brings much of the same as the nose with a dark fruit and booze sweetness that starts off in your face, but settles into earthy and oaky notes with the bourbon and brandy bringing a lot of complexities like burnt coffee, cocoa, tobacco and peat moss. Dark fruit like cherry, plum and raisin mix with vanilla, brown sugar, light piney hops, maple syrup, toffee, molasses, roasted nuts and port wine or brandy. The wood and peat moss aspects add some smoky highlights which seem to give a dry feel and help to mask the 12.5% ABV. Milk chocolate, espresso and bakers chocolate show up late as it fades with a combo of sweet and bitter. Each sip was different, full of flavor, and part of a lovely tug of war for attention.

A smooth feel while remaining thick and textured, this slid down easier than it should and is best drank as a slow sipper since it improves as it warms. The sweetness remains in check throughout, the ABV is masked perfectly and the slight bitterness adds to the overall complexities and experience. A damn fine beer, I'd love to get my hands on another bottle.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,960 ratings.
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