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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
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
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Photo of Tele
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Vintage 2014b

A: 4.25 Pours thick and pitch black. Not much head (maybe half an inch) and it only lasts about a minute.

S: 4.5 Initially, there’s a lot more brandy than bourbon on the nose, bringing a huge amount of vanilla. The stout aromas come in close behind with a lot of chocolate and some roasted malt and berries. It’s really interesting how the chocolate and the brandy both dominate, while at the same time take turns up front.

T: 4.25 Similar to the nose, however, it’s a bit less balanced. Again, there’s lots of brandy and vanilla followed closely by the chocolate, roasted malt, black licorice, and a bit of coffee. With the vanilla, the brandy brings along some fruity, cherry flavors while the bourbon and stout seem to add a bit more raisin and cinnamon. Quite sweet at first with a slightly bitter finish.

M: 4.25 The thickness is great. It’s very rich considering it’s a blend of a stout and what’s essentially a barleywine, but there could be a bit more carbonation.

O: 4.25 This is a very interesting beer and a nice job of blending here. Some aspects are top notch, but the flavors could be a bit more integrated. Sometimes sips are quite brandy forward while others are more chocolate and bourbon forward. I prefer the latter, so hopefully a bit of time in the cellar will result in a more balanced flavor.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml Bottle into a Bruery Tulip

Pours pitch black with a healthy fan head. The head falls to a thin film leaving only slight lacing on the glass.

Nose is complex. Heavy on the spirits (boozy), but invitingly sweet at the same time. The barrel character overshadows anything else in the brew, but it smells fantastic.

The taste is a touch hot, but not overwhelmingly so. The balance of the two barrels is masterful - the bourbon and brandy play very well together. A residual wood flavor dries the palate slightly. Everything works together here.

The mouth is a little more thin than I'd like. This beer tastes like it should be motor oil thick, but it comes off as medium bodied.

Overall, a supremely enjoyable brew from Lost Abbey. I hope this is an indication of things to come from Lost Abbey's barrel program.

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Photo of 40ontarget
4.4/5  rDev +3%

A- Dark treacle color with thin tan head that recedes to a thin ring around the glass.

S- Boozy, raisins, sorghum, brown sugar, dark karo syrup.

T- Toasted grain, brown bread, black cherry, beef au jus, slightly herbal and bitter warm finish.

M- Not as thick as expected but still silky.

O- In a word powerful. Reminds me of Avery's Uncle Jacob, but not as heavy. Would like to drink this one again as the weather cools down.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

375ml bottle into an Allagash glass.

A very dark brown body, nearly black, topped off by a two finger widths, dark tan, creamy looking head. The head holds well, and there's a bit of lacing going on too.

The aroma is nice, there's a big cherry/vanilla component, maybe some oaky/ashy quality there in the background too. Tobacco leaf. I'm missing a lot of the smell I'd expect from the Imperial Stout.

Tastes nice too, alcoholic cherries and vanilla hit first, followed by some milk chocolate and caramel. The oak is present, along with a sweet sugary quality of brown sugar and raisins. The end of the sip is pretty hot though, negatively impacting what is otherwise a great flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy, quite viscous indeed. The richness and smoothness give it a real dessert type feel, very nice to swirl around the mouth. I don't think it could be improved upon, the carbonation level is spot on as well. Perfect marks.

The heat makes this one drink rather poorly. I've had this problem with a lot of Lost Abbey beers before. The alcohol heat seems to be present from start to finish, and by the swallow it's not a warming sensation but an actual unpleasant flash of heat moving down my throat. Reminds me a lot of Santa's Little Helper, which also has this problem. With many more years on this, who knows, this could be sorted out, but this was the only negative aspect of an otherwise great beer.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of Samuel906
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Truly spectacular beer. Poured a deep black with a touch khaki head: exactly what you would expect from a heavy stout. Aroma is sweet and heavy: Brown sugar, molasses, cocoa, fig, vanilla, bourbon. Doesn't really have some of the roastier notes or coffee that some serious stouts do but I'm ok with it. Taste is full bore sweet and rich. Tons of vanilla and fig, chocolate and cherry. Very very sweet, a bit too much if I'm honest. Feel is rich and smooth. Light carbonation. Overall a treat, definitely a slow drinker.

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

A - Pretty close to black in color and a thin brown head on top that sticks nicely when swirled.

S - Explosive aroma! Bourbon, oak and vanilla are all strong, but the sweet, chocolaty smell is there, too. Alcohol is abundant, but pleasant.

T - Much of the same as in the nose, though maybe some dark fruit, too. The alcohol gets in the way of some of the flavors. Honestly, the flavors aren't meshing as well as they come through in the aroma.

M/D - Medium bodied, as the alcohol seems to thin this beer out a bit. Not much carbonation. Overall, an interesting attempt at blending and fairly enjoyable, but definitely not worth the price tag.

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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 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 Radcpa
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting taste bourbon stout and the fruity coconut mixture. Great rich brown color with a small head and just the right amount of carbination. The aroma is very light.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 sjdevel
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a deep dark brown-but really black. Really small 1/2 finger head in the glass. There is some nice lacing and seemingly more of a foam ring as it sits and warms. Seems a bit flat at first, but we are talking about a 12.5% ABV brew and barrel aged.

Smell: Very sweet, chocolatey, hints of coffee and tobacco, caramel, and very BOOZY! Smells very dessert like. Plum, raisin, and dates.

Taste: Wow, a huge blast / bite of alcohol that simultaneously rushes to the taste buds along with chocolate and coffee. Sweetness comes through strong. There is a lot going on and very complex. You get a lot of barrel notes - nutty flavors, charred oak, the leeched out the bourbon and brandy barrels. Fades out with some smokey notes and chocolate - dries out. Plum, raisin, and dates. Very flavorful.

Feel: Quite rich and full bodied for a beer that is so high in ABV and barrel aged.

Overall: This is an amazing brew. Not one for a hot day and just after mowing the lawn. I wanted to mix with some half-and-half to make an awesome mixed drink - like a White Russian. This would make a good sauce when reduced and then poured over a huge bowl of ice cream. Very good heavy and boozy stout. Grab one if you can!

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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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Deliverance from The Lost Abbey
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,945 ratings.
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