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

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86
very good

609 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 20.68%
Wants: 173
Gots: 166 | 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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Reviews by PatronWizard:
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PatronWizard

California

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was really looking forward to this stuff. The ridiculously generous and fruity OlieIPA opened a big fat 750ml one particular evening. All the hype and disappointment surrounding the flat bottles was about to be tested by the world's leading expert in ... uh .... disappointment.

Just as purported, she looks pretty flat. Zero head, like that time I .... never mind. Color is brown. An almost unpleasant shade of night-after-filet-mignon brown but in a rich, thick, completely opaque poop jello sort of way. The darkest shade of caramel possible.

Big smells of liquor, remniscent of Grand Marnier. Maybe even some wood, nicely done, with figs underlain. Smells big.

Taste of caramel. The oak is prominent and delicious. Big brandy taste. One strong ass beer. Caramel again.

I would like to love this beer, but the utter complete flatness detracted quite a bit from the overall experience, which bothers me on several levels. See extensive forum discussions for details.

Overall: disappointment, want to try another vintage

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 22:50:00 | More by PatronWizard
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Bottle at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver. Pours pitch black and inky with no head whatsoever. Aroma is sweet brandy and some light anise, molasses, more sweet sugar. Flavor follows with thick brandy and molasses flavors, some light oakiness, burnt caramel, very sweet. Nearly no carbonation in this one, and on the sweet side which cuts through the thickness and puts things a bit on the cloying side. Big bodied though. I definitely liked the bourbon version better than this one, but would be nice on a winter day.

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375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. No idea on the age of this bottle.

Appearance - No pop when I pulled the cork. Lifeless as I pour it. Dark brown body. No head. Not a single bubble.

Smell - Lots of dark fruits. Musty oak. Vinous notes. Acidic grapes. Brown sugar and vanilla round it out. Not a promising smell, since I believe this bottle is from the era of the "troubles" at Lost Abbey.

Taste - Yep, it's pretty tart. Syrupy at first. Brown sugar monster. Oak. Dark cherries. Then a vinegar sourness kicks in. Red wine vinous notes. Oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Flat as can be. Heavy. Sluggish to drink.

Overall - I suspected this might be infected and/or flat. I got both. Anyway, I think I've had this beer on tap a couple times, but I can't remember, so this is the experience I can rate.

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A: Dark brown with maybe a slight purple tint, almost black, with a few mocha bubbles of head.

S: Brown sugar, oak, vanilla, dark moscato, red wine, red grapes in the nose.

T: Red wine, fruity brandy, oak, a bit tart, red grapes, orange zest, very vibrant flavors, though I wish there was a bit of vanilla.

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bottle from 2008 is drinking extremely well right now. tried side by side with cuvee de tomme, a once in a lifetime opportunity. dark brown in color, sludgy thick, very little visible carbonation. a nose like a fine cognac, with warming but not caustic alcohol intensity. lots of layered sugars and spices here from vanilla to clove to nutmeg to brown butter richness, this has a whole lot going on. i get some nice oak sweetness and mellowness in there too, but to me this is a little less interesting than the bourbon barrel edition, which stands as one of my favorite beers of all time. the brandy flavors have maybe worn off a bit with age, so i get the oak and the booze without all the flavor i got from the bourbon barrel. still. the angels share is a ridiculous beer in its own right, so i have no complaints really at all. smooth as velvet with warming booze, almost no carbonation, but it isnt missed. a little goes a long way here with this incredibly rich and strong flavor experience.

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