Deliverance Ale is an American Strong Ale, 12.5 % ABV. A blend of The Angel’s Share and Serpent’s Stout.
Appearance: Rich, dark brown with no light penetration. Mocha head fizzes away almost instantly to nothing. No lacing. Decent amount of sediment at the bottom of the glass.
Smell: Huge bourbon and oak notes. Very sweet with noticeable alcohol presence. Hints of roasted malts and dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Big and thick, but not to the point of being chewy. A bit of carbonation can be felt on the tongue.
Taste: Very similar to smell. The brandy and bourbon barrel aging makes this beer very boozy, but it is balanced perfectly against the oak and roasted malt background. A very delayed chocolate finish.
Overall: I loved this beer. A beer with this kind of alcohol presence walks a very thin line between being amazing or a boozy mess. It takes the best parts of its two base beers and combines them into a complex, amazingly crafted beer. You get the bourbon and oak from the Angel’s Share and the bitter chocolate roastiness from Serpent’s Stout. The price tag is a little steep at $15.99 for a 375 ml bottle, but it’s completely worth it in my opinion.
96 out of 100