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

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

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 20.42%
Wants: 175
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Geuzedad, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

ste5venla, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

twenty5, Oct 15, 2013
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2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to tat2dhllblly for the trade at DLD 2012.

12.7oz C&C. 2009 vintage. Pops open with only the slightest hiss

Pours very dark brown with no head. No lacing.

Aroma is good - sweet and malty, smooth.

Flavor is harmed by the lack of carbonation, otherwise follows the aroma. Hard to pick out any details, but melds together well.

Mouthfeel also takes a huge hit. Light alcohol presence is welcome and not harsh at al.

Overall the lack of carbonation pretty much ruined what seems like it would be an excellent beer. I would never be able to pick out the brandy barrel aging, but it does seem complex.

zachary80, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

SocalKicks, Oct 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

BillRoth, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

C_Roetting, Sep 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Rekrule, Sep 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

drewone, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

GonzoHomebrewer, Aug 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

I_heart_beer, Aug 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Crazydaddyo, Jul 16, 2013
4/5  rDev +4.7%

WOLFGANG, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Lare453, Jul 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Altenor, Jun 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

kjkinsey, Jun 27, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

MinorThreat, Jun 24, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Brew33, Jun 13, 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%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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%

moonknight31, May 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

saiconotto, May 09, 2013
The Angel's Share - Brandy Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
84 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.