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

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very good

612 Ratings
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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 20.68%
Wants: 174
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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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

MinorThreat, Jun 24, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +12.6%

2010 version poured from a 375 mL bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown and leaves zero head.

Smell: Brandy, cocoa, dark fruits: plums & figs, mild cherry, oak. Pleasant but light & mild.

Taste: Plenty of tasty brandy, dark fruits, oak and a hint of sour fruit. Very tasty.

Mouth-feel: Definitely pretty flat but not 100% (wish it had a bit more carbonation though), medium body but it works for this beer. Very smooth for the ABV, smooth finish.

Overall: A solid beer, the brandy barrels gave this some really nice flavor. The age has made this very smooth and thankfully it still has a bit of carbonation. Definitely a pleasant beer with some nice flavor, especially if you are a brandy fan.

Resuin, Jun 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Brew33, Jun 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Massbmx, Jun 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

tchipharveyslake, May 29, 2013
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3.74/5  rDev -2.1%

375ml corked and caged 2008 bottle poured into tulip 28/5/13 thanks MasterSki and Sean9689 for sending me one of my longest standing wants

A dark cola liquid but there's just a slight poof when I pop the cork, even dumping it right down the center I get just a short lived film that leaves no lace, just a few pin prick bubbles but for the most part it looks pretty still. some sediment and legs on the side of the glass is something I don't see everyday

S lots of caramels and toffees, brown sugar both crystals and burnt, vanilla and brandy's strong, some sugar coated raisins with a hint of straight booze and oak, smells pretty solid

T a little more booze then the nose and loads of brandy, still woody and some candied dried fruits still there and less sugars and caramels, tastes good but the noes was much better

M silky but flat, some tannins but there's heat too, I like the aftertaste of brandy and caramel but its very still with just a couple bubbles and it may be just a couple as in two bubbles

O I want to love this beer as it smell great and tastes solid but it's pretty much dead in other areas, smell and flavor goes a long way but I'm not getting the whole package

This would be a world class beer if some issues were dealt with, I've only had a few beers from this brewery but I've noticed a trend

wordemupg, May 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

TheRuss9585, Apr 14, 2013
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2.01/5  rDev -47.4%

Serving Type: Bought 2 bottles after seeing good reviews. Paid $15 each. Drank from a wine glass.
A: A dark copper color with zero head.
S: Very fruity
T: I actually cringed the first couple of sips I took. You can definitely taste the brandy, but it was not a good thing. This beer played off the tongue as more of a hybrid wine than anything else.
M: The beer was very thin.

Overall: I had huge expectations for my first Lost Abbey beer. Unfortunately, I was hugely disappointed. I wanted to pour it down the drain, but ended up finishing the bottle. I just couldn't stand the thought of pouring 15 bucks down the drain. I even tried letting it warm a bit, in the hopes that it would get better, but it just didn't. I would not recommend this. After going back and reviewing the beer notes on the Lost Abbey website, I won't write off the brewery just yet. This is for those of you who crave the experimental beers!

Kagarran, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

heavenlyStash, Apr 03, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

Reviewed December 2011

2009 brandy barrel, into a snifter at Uber Tavern in Seattle.

Appeared almost pitch black with minimal head.

Smells very strongly of espresso and cream. Sort of weak up front, but it somehow gets stronger as you continue smelling. You can tell it’s very rich.

Taste was sweet and syrupy, with a big alcohol burn. Again, lots of coffee, vanilla, and caramel.

Palate was sticky with very little carbonation. It was a very powerful, full, full mouth beer. Big warming sensation.

Overall, a real treat. Age helps it for sure.

Smurf2055, Apr 01, 2013
The Angel's Share - Brandy Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
86 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.