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

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86
very good

623 Ratings
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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 20.42%
Wants: 174
Gots: 166 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Down in Kentucky and across the pond in Scotland, distillers who age their whiskeys for many years refer to the evaporation of the spirits from their barrels as “The Angel’s Share.” We couldn’t agree more. Each time a barrel is filled, a measure of liquid seeps into the oak and is lost for good.This striking Strong Ale is brewed with copious amounts of Caramel malt to emphasize the vanilla and oak flavors found in freshly emptied bourbon or brandy barrels. The beer spends a year in oak before it is packaged for release.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2008)
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

zestar, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Kmlund, Oct 31, 2013
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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
Photo of zachary80
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
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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
Photo of Resuin
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
The Angel's Share - Brandy Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
86 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.