The Angel's Share Grand Cru - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by kels:
4.7/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Mmmm....thanks pwoods for sharing this one with me. Probably not something I'd ever see otherwise.
Pours deepest chocolate, more or less black. It is completely opaque, save a layer of semitransparent alcohol that seems to separate and float just above the beer. There are deep ruby-raspberry highlights that present in the light. The initial 1/2 finger of fizzy tan foam fades immediately with little memory left behind. Just a slight ring hugs the sides of the glass and spots the walls momentarily after the wash.
The aroma of this beer is out of this world. It is so complex and deep. There's an immediate plummy, dark cherry fruitiness coupled with the warmth of charred wood. The alcohol doesn't hide itself nor come across sharply, but instead presents in a soothing and deepening way. Keep smelling a little longer, and find a rich, caramelly sweetness that is more candy-like than milk-like.
The taste really stands up to the smell - just as good. It is simultaneously caramelly, fruity, oaky, and alcoholic. The sweetness of the caramel gets a surprising complement from a juicy, chewy fruit note. The heat of the alcohol is well tamed by the warmth of the wood. The aftertaste reveals a bit of anise, vanilla and a hint of sour cherry.
Feel is not as viscous as expected from the appearance, but it holds its own at a moderate mouth. It is very smooth, and there's just a little hit of carbonation at the ends that holds the sticky, tongue-coating aftertaste around for extra long-lasting enjoyment.
Drinkability is waaay higher than it should be. It is so tasty and smooth and satisfying that it drinks easily. Too bad about that sneaky 12%...
Serving type: bottle
09-19-2010 04:01:10 | More by kels
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The Angel's Share Grand Cru from The Lost Abbey
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