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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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no score

(send 'em beer!)
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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bluejacket74

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12.7 ounce (375 ml) caged and corked bottle, 2010 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky brown color with no head and no lacing at all. The cork was on the bottle tight, but once I got it out and there was no "pop", I figured this would be a flat bottle. The brew smells like dark fruit, brandy, molasses and caramel. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a red grape and a bit of a weird tart fruit flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little slick with pretty much no carbonation. I'm lucky I didn't get a totally infected bottle of this, it could have been a lot worse. This wasn't an awful beer, but it wasn't really enjoyable either. I'd like to try a good bottle of this brew at some point in the future, but that's not going to happen anytime soon after drinking this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 23:08:45 | More by bluejacket74
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Lost Abbey. Despite the incredible fall from grace that this beer has had to endure, it still was one of my most anticipated beers of the day. Enough so that I was willing to drink a pint in a warehouse when it was 100 degrees out

A: Dark chestnut brown with a thin brown head with OK retention. Great clarity, this beer looks pretty nice. Retention could be better, but at 12%, that's asking for a bit much

S: Insane. Brandy booziness layered over complex sweetness with caramel, dark honey, mild nuttiness. Alcohol is practically non-existent. Oak is present, with a tannic character that works well with the booze.

T: Opening up with sweet brandy and plenty of complex fruity sweetness - figs, caramel, honey. Rather light in body, and that prevents this beer from being cloying (it's far from it), and the drying tannic finish is excellent

M: I can see why the carbonation is essential - it simply highlights everything that's good about this beer - an excellent palate, a mild zing to go with both the dryness and the tannic finish. Fantastic stuff.

D: If I wasn't going to an epic tasting after this, I would have drunk the hell out of this and the bourbon AS on tap. Excellent beers, along with DDG, the only beers I kept wanting to drink in the 100 degree heat.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 13:16:27 | More by DefenCorps
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gford217

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle courtesy of KingG poured into a snifter.

I've been looking for this for quite a while and couldn't wait to pop the cork. It pours dark, dark brown with hints of mahogany showing through the edges. The head was bubbly and short lived and left only traces of lacing.

The aroma is huge and complex, and it really opened up as the beer warmed a little. There are tons of dark fruits in there with figs and raisins on top of a brown sugar sweetness. There is some vanilla and brandy as well.

The sweetness of the aroma carries over to the taste with the caramel malts and brown sugar underpinning everything else. Dark fruits, vanilla and a slightly more noticeable brandy presence than the aroma suggests.

The mouthfeel is slick and almost syrupy with little carbonation.

This is a great beer, though i definitely prefer the bourbon version. Very drinkable for the ABV and I look forward to the newest version coming soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 01:18:50 | More by gford217
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour reveals no head and no residual foam. The color is a murky Coke and coffee colored brew.

Very viney aroma. The brandy barrels really add punchy grape, vinegar aroma to this beer. Combined with that is a greenapple, toasted malt, and barnyard backup aroma.

Very tart fruity yeast flavors combine with the winey, earthy, oakey, Brandy barrel flavors. This makes a tart and chalky dry palate with some alcoholic heat.

This beer was interetsing, but definetly not what I expected or hoped for. Especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 00:50:45 | More by scruffwhor
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours dark, dark red brown amber. No head or carbonation. Rich aroma of brandy, dark fruits, malt and alcohol. Nice. Dark fruits with an emphasis on plums, brandy, some sherry notes. Heavy bodied and complex. Finishes sweet and boozy. A pleasant complex strong ale. This will definitely be interesting to age. It needs a bit more carbonation to rate higher, but I'll still get this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 03:11:29 | More by LiquidAmber
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 375ml bottle into my Orval glass. This is a 2009 bottle.

The beer pours a very dark brown, you can really tell the difference between brown and black on this one. There is no carbonation at all. No head comees up at all.

The aroma is super sweet and matly. Vanilla dominates this then you get some nice notes of brandy, and wood.

The taste is all malt, tons of vanilla again almost all the way through the finish. At the end there is a little wood and an alcoholic finish.

The feel is really weak here. Its very light feeling without much of a finish. There is a light warm feel.

Overall, this is ok, nothing special, the grand cru crushes this.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 01:57:32 | More by jrallen34
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champ103

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a 2008 bottle. I found it for a decent price, and thought I would give it a try. As I pull the cork, no pop. Grr.

A: Pours a dark brown color. A tiny bubbly head forms and recedes to nothing in a second. No lace.
S: Dry wood, smoke, vanilla, sweet toffee, and chocolate in the nose. Tons of alcohol.
T: Very sweet. Lots of toffee and vanilla. Cloyingly sweet. Dry wood and smoke. Tons of alcohol
M/D: Thick and syrupy with no carbonation. The lack of carbonation and alcohol makes this a slow sipper.

I wanted to see if the 2008 finally carbonated. It is not, and pretty much ruins this for me. I don't want to harp on that issue to much. It is what it is. I hope I can find some 2009, which I hear is suppose to be carbonated. Will update my review then.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 22:17:44 | More by champ103
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 release, 12.7oz bottle, $15.99 in Chicago. The price is high, but I was glad to get a smaller bottle as I'm pretty sure 750mL would be way too much of this beer. The beer is dark brown and opaque, thin ring of head, no lace but above all there are BUBBLES! The aroma is strong brandy, caramel-like sugar, plums and other dark fruits, boozy alcohol. The taste is all brandy, I'm not sure how much the base beer matters against the strength of these barrels. I'd like to try Angel's Share without the barrel aging so I could get a better feel for the beer itself, but that's not to say this isn't good. Any flavors I list are likely to be from the brandy, dark fruits like figs and plums, strong booze, etc. Lightly carbonated with a velvety mouthfeel, I honestly think the light mouthfeel suits the style well.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 04:18:01 | More by TurdFurgison
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Sunset Tap & Grill into a snifter.

A: Opaque black body with (surprise surprise) zero bubbles. No carbonation at all. Come on.

S: Sweet, sweet smell of cinnamon, chocolate, roasted nuts, oak, port, and brandy. Hugely sweet and complex, with all the booze melded seamlessly into the brandy/vinous notes.

T: Follows the nose, with emphasis on the alcohol, plus major maple presence. I'd put this stuff on pancakes. Delicious, rich, and complex.

M: Thick and mouth-coating; sticky-sweet, but (guess what) no carbonation to smooth things out.

D: 8 ounces is a bit too much for me; I can't imagine killing a 750.

Notes: An amazing, albeit flawed, example of brewing ingenuity. Delicious and absolutely overwhelming.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2010 01:44:11 | More by woosterbill
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

2008 vintage 750ml
A vigorous pour produces a viscous black liquid with a handful of bubbles that dissipate almost instantly. Smells of oaky vanilla with a boozy edge. Hints of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit and tobacco round out the nose quite nicely. The flavor is sweet like an aged barleywine. Sweet sugar and caramel mixed with some vinous notes. A touch of ethanol and a nice flavor of dark fruits, grapes, chocolate, and tobacco. Medium to thick body with a sweet syrupy mouthfeel and not a lick of carbonation. I've sat on this bottle for quite some time fearing the disappointment that would ensue with the inevitable flat bottle. The lack of carbonation ruins the mouthfeel on this beer and makes a sweet beer even stickier. This smells wonderful! It's too bad I couldn't get a proper sample of this beer because I'll bet its really great!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 22:39:35 | More by johnnnniee
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been lucky enough to sample this one several times, from the wood, from the keg, and from the bottle. I do give the nod to the bourbon barrel one for overall beauty, especially from the wood but this one is damn fine as well. Darker than most barleywines, this one is almost the colour of a chocolate Terry's orange from the UK. The aroma is all brandy, chocolate malt, lovely deep fresh baked bread and spice. The taste is great, with a real depth of chocolate, brandy, and deep roasty malt flavors that are all well integrated and integral. The mouthfeel is medium milkshake thick with a great drinkability. Good stuff. I wish they would bottle all in 375's as well, because honestly without a friend to split this with a 750 is too much.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 17:20:15 | More by francisweizen
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FosterJM

California

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

512th review on BA
Draft
@Bruery Provisions

App- This was more of a super dark brown with some purple to it. Weird kinda mix of colors and a ring of bubbles vs a head to it. On the bottle of glass was the lace and cling.

Smell- Very sweet and a little savory with a lot of dark fruits and the essence of the barreling. Not bad/not outstanding. Right down the pike.

Taste- The taste somewhat followed the nose although with the dark fruits and the brandy came the actual booze and a little bit of full bodied port/raisin.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Not as flat as I thought it would be and I was happy for that, just a bit off.

Drink- For the money I spent on this it was well worth not shelling out for the whole bottle. I wouldve been dissapointed. This was tasty, different and a bit complex. Would like the other variants.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 03:43:15 | More by FosterJM
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tpd975

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, to Dave, aka ibrew2or3 for this one. You Rock my friend!

A: A deep russet brown hue with ruby highlights, small tan head and good lace.

S: The nose starts out nice and fruity with hints of plum, raisin, and starfruit. Touches of spice with notes of cardamom, clove and anise. Hints of nutty toffee, roasted malt, and vanilla before the barrel kicks in.

T: Wonerful malt caramelization starts this one off with a bang. Some semi-sweet chocolate comes next with hints of pure vanilla beans. Vinous qualities come thru and then boom, the barrel. Light toasted oak and hints of booze finish this one off in a light but perfect way.

M: Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Just a touch of booze from the barrel.

D: Wonderful! Give me a cigar, and a 750 of this gem and I am set for the evening.

Thanks Dave, this rare gem was a real treat!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 00:59:48 | More by tpd975
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/24/2009. 2008 bottle. Absolutely no pop at all upon uncorking. Pours a flat dark brown with absolutely no head nor any carbonation. Lots of floating yeast particles. Aroma of booze, raisin, and lots of malt. Flavor is also boozy (although I don't get liquor specifically) with lots of sweet malt, prunes, raisin. Cloying and sweet. Not very complex nor tasty to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 03:20:30 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml courtesy of RomanW70. Pours the color prune juice with no head. Nose was vanilla, booze and a suggestion of grapes. Taste follows nose with the addition of some cocoa. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with an almost non-existent carbonation presence. Delicious beer with great complexity. This beer doesn't need a lot of carbonation, but a trace more would have really made this beer exquisite. A great offering nonetheless, but definitely one to share.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 01:57:49 | More by Jwale73
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a dark mahogany color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of oak, woody, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, toffee and light bourbon. Tastes of bourbon/brandy (stronger than the aromas), brown sugar sweetness, caramel, dark fruits, and oak.

Alcohol content well hidden. I went back for seconds of this one and would have gotten more if any was left (good thing I have some more at home!).

Notes from and tasted on 4/18/07

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 00:48:41 | More by hopdog
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AgentZero

Illinois

1.45/5  rDev -62%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - From the infamously unactivated yeast = no carbonation batch of '08, this pours out dead flat and looks like coffe that's been sitting around too long or pond water that's starting to scum up. No head whatsoever.

S - Smell caramel, a lot of brandy, I don't like the smell of these at all. Dark fruits, possibly some cherry but for lack of a better term, this just smells weird. Kind of chemically.

T - Not sure how to describe this, some caramal malts, minimal on thte brandy, no real subtlety or complexity whatsoever. Horribly dissapointing, honestly, it's kind of gross.

M - Horrible, thick, oily. No carbonation, between this and the taste this is just bad.

D - Can't drink this anymore, me and my friend dumped it all down the sink. It's that bad. What a complete waste of money.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 14:10:41 | More by AgentZero
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tough to know how to rate this on mouthfeel, as it was almost, if not completely, flat. Must a beer be carbonated? In this case, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. Certainly a sipping beer - sweet malt notes with a distinct brandy character from the barrel - something to be shared after dinner in snifters.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 13:49:56 | More by Brent
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GClarkage

California

4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/06/09- Shared at a tasting with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- Either a late '08 or early '09 release. Last shipment of the Sinners Club. 375ml bottle, caged and corked. Poured into my Westvleteren chalice.

Appearance- Murky and thick looking pureed raisin color. Oh so slight head upon pour and quickly vanishes before your eyes. Leaves some light lace remnents. but looks very docile.

Smell- Lots of caramel, lots of rasins and dates. Definite alcohol scent. Couldn't really detect if it was bradny or not though.

Taste- The smell pretty much rounds it out. Very slight alcohol burn. Definite brandy barrel flavor. Lots of caramel and candied rasin flavor. Minor hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Ultra low cask-like carbonation level. Gets a touch watery after the swallow at times...about the only picky drawback. Lots of sugary fruit goodness in the taste.

Drinkability- Tremendous beer, whatever type it may be considered.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 19:33:48 | More by GClarkage
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, so the trend now is to age the beer in used liquor barrels. Fine, most taste the same and few are highly drinkable. So when I tried this one I was surprised. It's a bit closer to SA Utopias than any other barrel aged beer I've had. The pour is a dark reddish, caramelly pond of richness. A pretty good head on it adds to the richness.
Aroma doesn't betray the abv. This is a smooth smell of caramel, light chocolate, vanilla and a touch of very dry timber. Oh, how I wish it were colder outside and the fireplace lit. Anywho, the taste follows the aroma. The caramel is a bit thicker and the vanilla clings to the woodiness. almost seems like a carbonated port. Some chocolate comes and goes as well as unripe figs and apricots. Very nice. I likey like this one. Alcohol does hit hard in the end...i'd like to see this one age a bit longer.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 06:23:20 | More by Mebuzzard
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcb890 for sending me this cute little bottle in an excellent trade that knocked multiple bottles from my wants list. "Brandy 2009" is stamped on the back of the bottle, close to the bottom, so the 2009 vintaaage.

Popped open in the wake of a 3-2 Twins win over the White Sox. By "popped" I mean pulled the cork, since there was no pop, & zero sizzle on the pour. Black & flat & hostile as Sauron's soul. Smell is deep, dark brandy with an underwear of raspberries, which seems a touch disconcerting. Huh.

The Angel's Share Brandy is no false advertising, this could almost pass for the real thing. The brandy is thick & tarry, coating everything it touches. Nonetheless there is plenty to experience. Hard, dark red fruits meander along the sides of the tongue. The barrel lends obvious trumpets of vanilla, subtler hints of stunningly pure maple syrup, & a woody shot at the end dries out the palate & demands another sip. Then the brandy comes home & slams everything back into the mat. Just to make sure they all know who's ruling this beer.

It is flat. Who frickin' cares? So many words spilled & I was prepared to be offended, but this tastes so good, I don't care if there are no tiny bubbles. Would it be better with? No idea. But this is straight-up good-sippin' stuff.

Excellent brew. This is what I've hoped for from The Lost Abbey, & what I hadn't found yet. Top-notch beer that I'd happily have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 02:20:14 | More by maximum12
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ArrogantB

Colorado

1.98/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

750ml bottle, 2007 brandy-barrel vintage courtesy of Weibull, thanks! I have been looking forward to this beer and my birthday seemed as good a day as any to pop this bottle. The color is a real nice dark-brown with red edges and a nice foam that dissolves into a smattering of off-white bubbles ringing the glass. It looks good! The aroma is very oaky, woody, and boozy with some vanilla. This sounds weird but the smell reminds me of Oaked Yeti but there is also just the hint of cognac. The flavor is pretty exceptional the moment it passes the lips. It is woody, more booze and sweet syrups abound. Wow, the flavor is also kind of hard to pin down as I am tasting different flavors with each sip, and odd gum flavor like Blackjack and candy. Perfect silky mouth-feel but the drink-ability is oddly not hampered by the ABV and the beer is boozy (in a very good way). This is a very complex tasting beer and if I was more articulate I would tell you why. Instead, all I can say is that if you like barrel-aged beers, seek this out, its tasty. The complexity of the flavor is helpful, aiding the drink-ability making you want to keep sipping and get blasted with a new taste. I had to bump the drinkability score, no problem drinking the whole bottle.

update 11/2008 2007 batch

sour, dirty diapers, drainpour...

update 07/2009 2008 batch

its flat and it sucks, what happened?

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 02:29:09 | More by ArrogantB
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken on 11/10/10 at the Armsby Abbey. Poured into a snifter. This is a 2009 batch.

A - A rich, dark not quite black pour with no light passing through. There was a one finger dark tan head that dissolved quickly into a tan halo.

S - Unlike the more aggressive bourbon barrel-aged Angel's Share this alcohol, the brandy, is more subdued allowing dark earthy fruits and a touch of carmel to really pop.

T - Very, very similar to the nose with just more dark fruits and carmel. There is a nice interplay of the delicious brandy and your typical strong ale flavours.

M - Low carbonation, creamy. The brandy is present on the mouth, but more subtle thanks to the aging.

D - The year really helped this strong ale out. Flavours have melded very nicely to create a very solid ale. Smooth, creamy, and potent with nice complex flavours but would still benefit from more aging.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 03:27:50 | More by rudzud
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at UJ's for their Strong Ale Fest on 2/13/10.

A - Appeared in a tulip as a dark brown, mocha-colored liquid with absolutely no head at all... hence no lacing either.

S - The prominent brandy presence imparts a pitted fruit character paired with woody oak notes and an inkling of sugar candy sweetness. As the liquid reached room temperature, hints of soy sauce, chocolate and molasses also emerged. Overall, the aroma is sweet yet slightly boozy with a prevalent dark fruit tang.

T - Initial aroma suggests a warm, candied-dark-fruit-soaked-in-brandy character, subtle oaky notes and a hint of soy sauce. The dark fruit character suggests apricots, plums and raisins. Malt is sweet with plenty of caramel and toffee forming the backbone of the ale. The alcohol presence really gains strength as the liquid warmed up.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation and a slick, fairly oily texture. Finishes with moderate alcohol sting on the tongue.

D - This one got pretty intense as it warmed up, and the brandy is obviously apparent. While it wasn't much to look at, it delivered a complex flavor profile overall while maintaining its drinkability for a 12% Strong Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 00:41:31 | More by ffejherb
The Angel's Share - Brandy Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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