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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

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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433
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1,909
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
19.67%
 
 
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Photo of fear025
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma:Bourbon, vanilla, raisins, currants, hot alcohol, reminiscent of a cake batter.

Appearance:Dark mahogany in color, very little head, good lacing.

Taste:Lots of bourbon, dark malts, walnut.

Mouthfeel:Medium to thick body. Harsh alcohol burn, good carbonation.

Drinkability:It's a good sipper, but it's got some harsh notes that will probably do well with some age on it.

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

Obtained via the now defunct Sinner's Club at Lost Abbey. A nice arrangement. Sorry it is no more.

Appearance - A very mild head formed on the pour. Some tan residual ring but not much of a head. No matter for something of the pedigree. Poured a deep brown/black. Swirl this around and you get some nice retention. Appealing.

Smell - Big nose here. Some coconut, caramel and sweetness. A bit of the bourbon comes through here as well. Some oak as well, along with some anise and vanilla. A lot going on here.

Taste - Recommendation: Let this warm. This is not something you want to drink cold. Chilled is ok, but warm is sublime. So much going on here. Caramel comes through, some brandy warmth shows up quickly here. Some woody and vanilla as well. Not as sweet as I had expected. Crisp finish with a nice snap at the end. I'm guessing that is the a nice contribution from the Serpent Stout component.

Mouthfeel - Full and inviting. The carbonation leads the beer nicely around the mouth without being overbearing.

Overall - What a sipper. I would have liked a bit more of a sweetness in the middle, but otherwise a top-notch offering from a huge blend. Glad I have a few more. I'll be saving these to see how they last.

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Photo of ixodus
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours deep brown in color with a mocha colored head that leaves small traces of lacing. Head retention is decent.

S: Dark Chocolate, Plums, Figs, Vanilla, Brown Sugar, Charred Oak, Whiskey, Molasses. Alcohol is quite present.

T: A lot going on in this one. Sweet dark chocolate and dark fruit up first complimented with roasty malts, vanilla and charred oak. A caramel like sweetness is also present. The bourbon shines through over the brandy but it's more in the back. This beer is quite boozy.

M: Full bodied, soft carbonation, slightly sticky and boozy.

O: A definite sipper. This would be a great desert beer. It's delicious and complex but it's pretty hot as far as alcohol goes. My only qualm is it's quite expensive at $15 for a 12.7 oz.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
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 BWood
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another solid showing from The Lost Abbey. Not sure if I like this one better than the angels share alone though. Boozy up front like most of their higher abv beers are. Seems like they like to hit you with the booze hard. Can definitely taste both the bourbon and brandy. Great beer but high price point, $15.99 for 12.7oz

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Photo of codewarrior
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork and Caged 375mL Poured into a Tulip.

This was my contribution to my friend T's tasting. Thankfully it stood up to some of the massive brews he pulled out.

L: Pours a thick black with a wispy touch at cream-foam head. For how thick it is, I expected yet thicker.

S: Massively malt forward with the Angel's Share right up front, overtaken by a mealy stout middle, overtaken by bourbon wonderfulness. The 3 flavors fade wonderfully together, into a malty, boozy, mealy finish. Great balance for how much is going on here. Never turns into the mess i expected.

T: Blend is more horizontal in the mouth than the nose, the 3-components rise up as one into a wonderfully over-powering middle. After that the malt drops out in favor of a bourbon-y stout wonderfulness. Perfection, for all it's overwhelming magnificence.

F: Thick, but not thick enough. Effervescent carbonation is perfect and makes the beer seem almost light. Still, I'm looking for some pretty massive (read: Cafe Royale) type viscosity here.

D: More please. Surprisingly drinkable for a sipper.

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is fantastic! -
12.7 oz. bottle poured into my favorite tulip glass (Ephemere)
poured thick and viscous and put up a 1/2-finger of head -
the darkest mahogany brown - when held up to light you can see the color come through around the edges -
smells like all the good stuff ! -
taste is amazing at the moment - the dried fruits, the chocolate, the booze - caramel - vanilla/chocolate - wow!
fizzy on the front end with a slick hot mouthfeel -
nice lingering aftertaste -
leaves a little sediment in the bottom of the glass -
I want more!

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewing a 2011 Vintage Deliverance Ale.

A: Pours black with a brown head, quickly disappears to a slight tan rim-foam...

S/T: Stong with alcohol right up front, almost to the point of overpowering but, smooths out quickly with a sweet flavor of bourbon and brandy notes, sweet heat, some candied sugars, vanilla and molasses notes in the background. A long finish lingers leaving a nice vanilla taste behind....

M: Somewhat thick, oily and a bit slick. Not really digging the mouthfeel here...seems it is missing something, but can't really pin down exactly what...needs to be smoother....

O: Good, not great. A nice sipping beer, but really lacks in the mouthfeel dept. Try if you have not had it before, but not drinkable quantities above one bottle...

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Photo of MrFootstones
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Head forms with vigorous pour, and quickly dissipates into a thin veil of foam. Dark brown, with light just making it through.

Aroma: BOOZE! Cinnamon toast, vanilla, oak, smoke, caramelized brown sugar, chocolate dipped toffee.

Taste: Burnt caramel, roastiness, booze, vanilla, smokiness, brown sugar, and milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, just enough to create a nice, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Delicious, but clearly a strong beer you can't drink a ton of. Had a third of a bottle, but could have had a half at least.

Overall this was a nice beer. The roastiness provided by the Serpent's Stout helped to balance the sweetness of the Angel's Share.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle bought in Summer 2013 at Minogues in Saratoga Springs NY. Hand written 2013 visible on label.

Bottle says 12.5% unlike the header for this beer.

Pours no head. Very dark. A bright flashlight cannot be seen through the beer without looking through the top showing a dark hued deep amber red. Appears very low carbonation. Smell is cocoa, chocolate and oak; very nice. Taste is mouth meltingly delicious. Chocolate, malty goodness with hints of dry oak and nut with slight hints of brandy and fruit. Mouth-feel is medium to full bodied goodness and it hangs around. I really like this beer and it is a must have.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent one finger high, tan, creamy head. Retention and lacing are decent as well. Surprising for a Flat Abbey beer. Pitch black colored beer. Pleasant aroma. Reminds me of Port Older Viscosiy. Dark fruits, rum rasin cake, bourbon, butterscotch, vanilla, chocolate, light coffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Taste rivals the smell with more oaky bourbon goodness, brandy, and caramel. Light finish, though a bit hot. Filmy consistency, light carbonation, and medium-full body.

Overall probably the better beers I've had so far from Lost Abbey. Glad to see them getting some carbonation in this one.

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Photo of Impfan
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing nose and flavor of chocolate, bourbon, sherry, cherries, brandy, toffee, fig, date, raisin, sandalwood, and coffee. Beautifully balanced with almost no carbonation, but a voluptuous mouthfeel that is coating, and helps the finish to last incredibly long.

I'm a moderate fan of Serpent Stout, and only a marginal fan of The Angel's Share, but this blend is absolutely fantastic!

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark with a light mocha colored head. No real lacing

S- Smells boozy and bourbony. notes of chocolate and coffee come through. I also pick up some caramel and dark fruit.

T- Nice and smooth, tastes primarily like chocolate. The bourbon and coffee notes come in through the aftertaste. Creamy with some date type flavor. Some smokiness/oakiness too.

M- Very nice and smooth intially, but warms up. The aftertaste is strong and boozy.

D- Pretty drinkable, but needs some more time to mellow out. It's getting there, and has the makings of a great beer in the future.

-Gfunk

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at fresh craft in denver 3/1/13

A: murky dark brown with sticky lacing. Long lasting tan head. Looks like used engine oil

S: a mix of barrel aged spirits. Super boozy. Bourbon, brandy, rum, scotch, you name it, they're all here. Some roast and chocolate come out as it warms

T: more booze up front. I'm tempted to add an ice cube it's so much like scotch. It's oily and thicker, but really boozy. Lots of caramel sweetness comes out too. It also has a ton of honey and figs. That flavor seems to always come out in aged, slightly oxidized strong ales. The booze is slightly overpowering for me.

M: thick, oily, coating. Lots of residual sugar here.

O: I love both beers individually, but this is a bourbon bomb. A little less alcohol and barrel character would bring this one in my own personal tolerance. Glad to try it, but once is prob. Good.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't had Angel's Share (I missed my chance last time it was available) but I hear its awesome and Serpent's Stout is literally one of the best stouts I have ever had so I go into this excited. Nose is surprisingly sweet. Vanilla, sherry, caramel, oak, cherries, chocolate, chocolate covered cherries, plums, figs, dark fruits and grape. Taste is strong, oak flavors up front with vanilla and chocolate. Cherries and grapes follow with some assistance from dark fruits. Definite booziness; warming but not overwhelming. The barrels really come through in an awesome way and they don't fight each other. There are very distinct bourbon notes up front followed right on the heels by the fruitier brandy flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth, silky, slightly hot and awesome. This is one the greatest barrel aged ales I have ever tasted, hands down.

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Photo of Wadsey
3.47/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Lost Abbey Deliverance 2010 

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours black with dark brown along edges. Light brown head is restricted to a thin ring stuck to glass. 

S:  Bourbon and chocolate milk, which probably results from synergy of chocolate and vanilla. Additional aromas include caramel, alcohol, dark fruits and powdered sugar. 

T: Bourbon, caramel and malty sweetness lead off.  Alcohol is out in open.  Medium bitterness. Dark fruits appear to be more like red grapes and lend a vinous quality to taste. All that is left of the barrel-aged Serpent's Stout is a vague note of roasted malts. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium-light carbonation. Velvety mouthfeel with appropriate warming from alcohol. 

O: Bourbon and alcohol dominate Deliverance, which is somewhat expected, given the big abv. I'm docking the beer for that. In fact, I'm probably be generous as it has dodged infection, so far. 

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

A - Light pop when the cork is pulled. Pours jet black with little carbonation. Some lacing down the side of the tulip.

S - Booze, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, charred oak.

T - Hot booziness, indistinct at first and then opening to big bourbon vanilla. Sweet caramel with a touch of fruitiness. Some coconut and chocolate notes as the glass warms. Finishes as hot as it begins, warming the back of the throat.

M - Nice round medium mouthfeel. Heat makes the beer come across as less supple, but this is definitely one of the more pleasant aspects of the beer.

O - A solid, drinkable beer with nice complexity, despite the forwardness of the bourbon. I have another bottle that I think I'll sit on for another year, but I'm very happy to have opened this one. Cheers,

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Photo of Schmittymack
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this; my second bottle. Poured into the ol' trusy shaker glass a dark brown/black with very little head. Decent carbonation with aroma of booze/alcohol and malt. Taste was chocolate and bourbon with a little bit of sourness (maybe it's the booziness?). Definitely glad I have a couple more bottle of this one.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter--2010 vintage enjoyed on 3/20/12.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with red hues. There is no head at all but a bit of white wisps that disappear very quickly.

N: Beautifully boozy with lots of raisons and plum.

T/M: Sweet and boozy but not overwhelmingly hot. Raisins and plums with a touch of toasted coconuts & chocolate. The body is medium, not too heavy, and finishes with a little bit of heat.

This beer is fantastic. The year of cellaring at optimal temperatures (thanks for caring about the condition of your beers, Dee!) has done this one so well! It has mellowed out perfectly so that the heat is less powerful. It has lost a touch of its coconut flavor, but this is very mild.

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Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours with a deep darkness that allows for a bit of light to show through at the top of the glass. This pours with little to no foam, but does have the small carbonation swirls. Its aroma of deep dark chocolate, roast, and slight fig/raisin. Its taste is of deep rich oaked bourbon, with notes of dark chocolate and a sweet vanilla with a slight caramel. When it comes to mouthfeel it coats the tongue with a velvety texture. Overall, I was pretty impressed with this blend. I have had both of the parents of the blend and by themselves are amazing. On a whole this goes in the category of one of Tomme's/Lost Abbey's best beers to date. For the price this was worth it.

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Photo of BZero007
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at Julios in MA.

Poured a clear light amber color with a off white head formed easily. The aroma from this concoction is just amazing and very enjoyable. Sweet malts that intermix with a fruit/liquor background power through on the profile for the flavors in this brew. The medium body is matched with a perfect amount of carbonation that pushes this well balanced aroma and flavor through.

A very enjoyable brew as in with most lost Abbey one off's or limited production it was too pricey for such a small bottle.

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Photo of codsmith
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft and in 2012 bottle from brewery

A: Jet black with very slight carmel ring around outside.

S: exceptional! The brandy and and whiskey from the barrels really shine through.

T: very rich and deep tones. Has a high amount of noticeable
alcohol taste.

M: medium, but with a high viscosity and fairly chewy.

O: one of my favorite beers by far. Very well blended and a must have any time you can get it.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
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 321jeff
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, picked up in trade awhile back. Poured into my Mother Earth snifter.

Pours a deep murky brown, almost black with a light tan collar of a head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Expected for such a high gravity brew, but it's not very good looking or inviting.

Aroma has a lot going on, sweet dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses and a substantial whiskey note. On the first whiff, I wasn't too impressed but as it warms, everything is coming together nicely.

The taste starts off sweet up front followed by brown sugar and molasses and some whiskey soaked dark fruits. Finishes surprisingly dry with a smokey whiskey aftertaste. The alcohol is present but nicely subdued.

Mouthfeel is thick but dry with just a hint of carbonation. Overall, this is an enjoyable sipper that does a nice job of bringing together the sweet dark fruits and strong whiskey flavors.

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Photo of mjn5036
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cork was removed and the faintest pop emerged. Uh-oh. A vicious pour reveals a small head and stirs up a minimal amount of carbonation. At least there was some carbonation present. The beer pours a dark black with brown highlights when held up to the light. Not much lacing, but some can be found.

On the nose is where the Brandy Barrel Angel's Share really shines through. Brandy and bourbon, sweet apples, dark fruit, molasses, caramelized sugars and chocolate are the major smells I pick up on in this one. An enticingly sweet smell with a malty backdrop makes this one smell amazing.

The taste is not a letdown. A ton of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, candied sugar, molasses, fig, and the delicious toffee profile found in a good English barley wine. Alcohol is ever present but not in a degrading manner - the bourbon and brandy play together quite well

The light carbonation does not hurt this beer whatsoever. It seems to fit this sipper perfectly. This one is super thick and viscous on the palate with a warming alcoholic aftereffect. The 12.5% is not as evident in the taste as it is in my flushed cheeks as I finish this glass. For as heavy as a beer this is the drinkability is superb. I enjoyed this one until the very last drop was gone.

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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
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