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

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86
very good

618 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 20.68%
Wants: 175
Gots: 166 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

grom111, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

PuckIt, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
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...

BierJager89, Feb 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

MichiganderHB, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Davepoolesque, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

hbchrisg, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Unchi, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

akang, Nov 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

siege06nd, Nov 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

zestar, Nov 02, 2013
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3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 10.15.13
2010 Vintage

A - Pours a very dark brown and completely flat. No head at all.

S - Sweet, syrupy, dark fruit.

T - Very sweet and bitter fruit. Not good.

D - No carbonation to speak of with a heavy body.

O - Sweet, syrupy, dark fruit with no carbonation. No thanks.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ajcormier, Oct 31, 2013
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Kmlund, Oct 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Geuzedad, Oct 26, 2013
The Angel's Share - Brandy Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
86 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.