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The Angel's Share - Brandy Barrel-Aged - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
86
very good

609 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 20.68%
Wants: 173
Gots: 167 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A barrel aged burgundy colored ale infused with copious amounts of dark caramel malt aged in the oak.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2008)
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Pahn

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

11.5%ABV, "BRANDY" almost legibly printed on the neck of the (new style) bottle, indicating it's the 2010 vintage. Received as a birthday gift from BA morningthief.

Appearance: Flat. Free pour yields a small white froth ring around the surface of the glass that disappears immediately.

By the way, if you've read the Tomme Arthur interview about his flat beers, you may remember he pointed out that the beers his company unprofessionally sent to the market before they were carbonated were "lightly carbonated" and that the carbonation only "expressed" when served at room temperature. I did not refrigerate this beer, and it's simply flat.

Pours a dark brown / black. 1.0 for appearance because I can see that it's (unintentionally) flat, and I don't want it to be flat. The same principle whereby I'd give the beer a 1.0 if its color were green, even if it had a nice big head.

Smell: Amaretto, booze, some caramel, chocolate and yellow cake. Nice but not very strong. Really opens up with some time in the glass. Lots of different, beautiful, decadent aromas appear, disappear, reappear.

Taste: Follows nose; nutty, decadent, sweet. Reminiscent of various liqueurs. Lots of vanilla, molasses, yellow cake, chocolate cake, brown sugar. Hot finish.

Often, there's a rather gross apple-cidery-ness from the lack of carbonation that comes up in the middle and lasts through the finish. Reminds me of drinking pre-fermented homebrew. This brings the score way down, because it's not only an off note, but it masks a lot of really beautiful things that (especially barrel aged) beers like this do near the middle and end of the beer. Most of these scores would skyrocket if the brewery knew how to bottle beer correctly.

Mouthfeel: Flat. Unacceptable.

Drinkability: I am angry that a good friend of mine paid a premium price for this bottle when it shouldn't have left the brewery in the first place.

Lost Abbey should be ashamed of themselves. If a novice homebrewer like me can carbonate a big barleywine, they can make sure their overpriced beer gets carbonated. I don't expect to give any more money to these amateurs.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 03:22:10 | More by Pahn
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The Angel's Share - Brandy Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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