The Angel's Share - Brandy Barrel-Aged - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by gthornton:
4.7/5 rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I had the pleasure of enjoying this on tap with some clase friends this week. I hadn't really ever expected that I would ever have more than a taster of this, since it is so expensive, yet the folks at WineSteals came through.
This was served in an oversized wine glass... almost to the brim, I might add (and for $4 I might add).
A: Dark brown, with a ruby red hue buried deep beneath the surface. It's a barley-wine, so you should not be expecting a head.
S: So much going on here! Toffee, butter, coffee, pumpernickel bread, rye, caramel, dark cherries, maple syrup...
T: All of the aromas come out beautifully on the tongue... best of all, a very mellow boozeyness that took us all for surprise, we were expecting this to feel a lot more oppressive than it was. Very well balanced and smooth.
M: Rich, almost sticky sweet, thick on the tongue, high viscocity... hmm any adjectives I left out?
D: This is a high ABV drink mind you, but for the style this is an exceptionally smooth drink, that now that I have tried it, I think I will fork out the $30 for a bottle, because it is so well crafted.
Serving type: on-tap
01-30-2010 05:34:08 | More by gthornton
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2.08/5 rDev -45.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2014 01:18:52 | More by Alieniloquium
4.09/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
M: Full bodied and pretty smooth.
O: 12% alcohol is not present, which is impressive. That said, this is disappointing after the bourbon barrel aged version, and I wasn't expecting it to be as good (bourbon Angel's Share is one of my favorite beers). THAT said, this is a really good beer, recommended, but worth a try? At $15, I'm not sure...
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 00:41:19 | More by BierJager89
4.38/5 rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2014 18:50:24 | More by StonedTrippin
The Angel's Share - Brandy Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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