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

The Angel's Share - Brandy Barrel-AgedThe Angel's Share - Brandy Barrel-Aged

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BA SCORE
86
very good

598 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 20.68%


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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RidiculedDisplay

California

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps the most contentious beer of all time? Well, that's probably a stretch, but lawdy if this beer hasn't been the subject of, likely, too much negative attention. Anyway, picked up a 750ml for $30 at my local Whole Foods:

Appearance: The flatness of this batch of Angel's Share, or any other beer that experiences some carbonation issues, is, in my opinion, not so much a problem for the drinking experience, as it is a problem for the visual aspects of the beer. No carbonation means no head and no lacing. I tend to place a lot of weight on a beer's lacing, in particular, and to a lesser extent its head, so when there's just nothing in my glass upon constant swirls, I have to give it a low rating. Body color can, of course, make up for where the lacing or head lack, but this one is a sort of off-brown greyish black that is just, well, not appealing at all, especially when held up to a light. That being said, I do, when I hold it up to a light, see some slight carbonation bubbles! Additionally, if you put your ear up to the glass, you can hear some definite popping. My bottle's been sitting for some time, so it's possible that this is because the yeast is beginning to do its job. I wouldn't, for what it's worth, call this beer completely flat.

Smell: Front-end is burnt sugar aromas - butterscotch most prevalently, followed by lighter caramel notes. Slight cocoa permeates, also, followed by the brandy, which isn't particularly overpowering, surprisingly, but definitely could use some mellowing out. "Hot" alcohol aroma follows, which definitely detracts. Back-end includes some fruity aromas, including dark cherries and black licorice. Oak and leather are back there, also.

Taste: Here is where the beer shifted into awesome for me. Very sweet, deep butterscotch, milk-y horchata-like flavor, followed by slight, very well accented oak. Coffee, chocolate follow on the back-end. Sort of espresso-like, but, again, bit into by a milkiness that's hard to describe. Black licorice, anise, cinammon. Brandy is MUCH more subtle here. "Hotness" is hard to find for me at this point. Really, pretty incredible, this young, and will probably only improve with age. Very deep, layered, rich flavor.

Mouthfeel: It's flat, but not that flat. Definite perceptible carbonation. Slick and slightly hot. No astringency.

Drinkability: I love the way this tastes, and that alone can keep me sipping on it. 12% is very well hidden, I think.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 06:44:15 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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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.

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