The Angel's Share Grand Cru - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 255
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.11%
Wants: 183
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  16.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-15-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A blend of both bourbon and brandy barrel aged Angel's Share aged in oak barrels from 1-5 years
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Photo of Verecund
1.99/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle with Bucketboy on 10.26.2010.

Pours a dark, nearly night black with a thin tan head. Spoiler: This is my favorite part of the beer. It's all downhill from here.

Sweet booziness, caramel, and buttery popcorn. Grape brandy.
I don't want to dwell too much on this, so I'll make it quick: tastes of sour white grapes, plums, molasses, booze, and a brandy-like sweetness runs through it (to little effect). As it warms, I can't get through the permeating, unbalanced soured grape / vinous flavor. This is not good.

Surprisingly light and not as rich or thick as I expected. Tannic finish. Somewhat hot.

I came here to commiserate, but it looks like I may be alone here in finding this rather unbalanced, overly grapey, and not as rich as I expected, given a recent tasting of Deliverance (which was far superior, IMHO).

EDIT (Jan 2011): Based on others' recent experiences, this may have been an infected bottle. (921 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.51/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a hazy amber color with a rather large off-white head.

S: Very sour. Lemon, raspberry, and cherry with plenty of vinegar. Light bourbon and brandy notes with some mild vanilla and red grapes.

T: The flavor is just as off. Tons of lemon and vinegar notes. Lots of red fruits, especially raspberries, almost like a framboise in a sense. Light bourbon and brandy, a little bit of vanilla, too.

M: Medium bodied with very high carbonation.

O: Obviously this one has gone off the deep end. (506 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.11/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC, for the DC bottle share. From notes.

Really looks like brandy, with a great clear caramel color and amber body. No head presented.

Nose seems intriguing. Mild funk. Closed but a little subtle. Some hiding sweet caramel with a noticeable vinegar and acid. Not sure where this is going.

Palate hits with a giant mix of acid and caramel sweetness. Medium mouthfeel to let some of the malts carry around, but the tartness on this is just huge, with a big blast of acetic quality, which really doesn't mix with this thick caramel at all.

I don't think this is by design, this went somewhere else, it feels like there's a good brew hiding in here somewhere, but I don't even know what to think after drinking this. (778 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.22/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle opened with a big pop. Drank side-by-side next to a flat '09 bourbon Angel's Share. Dark brown body and a big mocha colored head.

Acidic super vinous/red wine aroma. Bourbon upfront with a fortified wine scent in the background. Robust dark chocolate rounds out the smell.

More of that acidity comes out in the flavor but not like other infected bottles I've had. This one was more drinkable. This tastes more like a sour red wine. Very vinous. Toffee, chocolate coats your tongue. Vanilla on the finish. Very decadent. This actually reminds me of a much less tannic and carbonated V009.

I did actually enjoy this but not nearly as much as what it was originally. It reminded me of a sour cab mixed with chocolate. Previous infected bottles I've had were drain pours. The sample I had off a keg when fresh was incredible. So sad to see this beer become infected. (873 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.46/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed on November 6th, 2010 in a Triple Petrus snifter. Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle purchased at BevMo Burbank a few days prior. Label reads "Angel's Share Grand Cru", 12% ABV. Bottle has some illegible yellowish numbers around the bottom rim; impossible to tell if these are batch/dates.

Bottle opened with a muted little pop. Beer is the color of prune juice (and about as cloudy and opaque). Absolutely zero carbonation.

Aroma is strong, redolent of cherries and dark pitted fruits (raisins, prunes, dates). Slight woody character. Boozy.

Flavor follows nose for the most part, with the addition of a peaty, salty character and a touch of rich chocolate and some muted vanilla. Low bitterness: what there is seems to come from the oak barrel aging. Quite sweet: perhaps a bit too much.

Mouthfeel is quite thick and coating (like rich chocolate milk). No carbonation = cloying. Alcohol warms on the tongue and significantly in the belly.

Not a value for the price. This beer would be far more drinkable with SOME carbonation, especially a low amount, to help cut the alcohol and thick sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 11-07-2010 03:45:46 (1,172 characters)

Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.47/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this with Brez07, pretty much copying his review since we were both in agreement. I'll put my notes in brackets.

A: Small pop when opening the bottle. Dark brown with lots of amber (almost purple) highlights. Minimal amount of head present, none of which is retained. [Carbonated, but barely.]

S: I got bourbon and brandy; a 1, 2 combination. Found this to be somewhat red wine-ish. Dark fruit. Initially lots of tannins, but these die off a little and more red wine fruit and barrel aspects come out. Occassionally you get just bourbon, which made me happy. [Reminded me a of a big full-bodied red wine, but bourbon and brandy kept letting me know it was a barrel-aged beer.]

T: Probably the beer equivilant of red wine. Some bourbon manages to come through (with caramel and light chocolate), but this is mostly dark fruit and tannins. Sourness from infection, but not crazy tart

M: Full bodied. Smooth with a red wine bite and [very drying finish].

O: I'm thinking this is one of the good infection bottles. Obviously I'm not sure how this is supposed to taste, but I enjoyed the ~4 oz that I drank. [Would have liked to have it the way it was meant to be, but definitely one of the more drinkable infections.] (1,225 characters)

Photo of Brez07
3.47/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split this last week with Drazzamatazz. 375ml bottle poured into a mini snifter

A: Small pop when opening the bottle. Dark brown with lots of amber (almost purple) highlights. Minimal amount of head present, none of which is retained

S: I got bourbon and brandy; a 1, 2 combination. Found this to be somewhat red wine-ish. Dark fruit. Initially lots of tannins, but these die off a little and more red wine fruit and barrel aspects come out. Occassionally you get just bourbon, which made me happy

T: Probably the beer equivilant of red wine. Some bourbon manages to come through (with caramel and light chocolate), but this is mostly dark fruit and tannins. Sourness from infection, but not crazy tart

M: Full bodied. Smooth with a red wine bite and dryness

D: I'm thinking this is one of the good infection bottles. Obviously I'm not sure how this is supposed to taste, but I enjoyed the ~4 oz that I drank (913 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.47/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this one, but it seemed off, maybe infected, I'm not really sure. Thanks to bmanning for sharing this at the tasting 6/25/11.

A: Has a VERY carbonated look with brown and crimson hues, seriously like a volcano of carbonation in the middle like a brut champagne, no joke.

S: Smells like a burnt cherry and port character in the nose, like an old red wine. Some oak barrel, prunes, seems a little off.

T/M: Burnt cherry and leather strap dominate with some prunes, raisins, and toffee. A little astringent and buttery in the feel and taste as well, though with tons of carbonation as the look had foreshadowed. Apple juice and bitters. (657 characters)

Photo of Lunch
3.53/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey Rastal tulip glass.

I've been saving this for a while and decided to crack on a relaxing Friday evening. Pours a dark and murky chestnut brown with a bit of light tan head. Smells of cheap grape juice with hints of bourbon and sweet malt. This is disappointing and I am hoping that I did not wait to long to enjoy this bottle. Taste is very forward with artificial white grapes and bits of malt malt that I have loved in both the bourbon and brandy version. Full and mildly carbonated, but I am disappointed with this. (558 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
3.56/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This bottle cost me $16.99. I'm really looking forward to it being worth it's weight. Let's find out.

A - At first glance this brew in not one that I would pick out of a lineup. Poured into the heart of a large brandy snifter this beer offers zero head. There's a light hurricane shaped wisp of gray at the surface that continues to rotate slightly as if it's still fermenting even after the pour. The body is a deep, deep purple and has a thicker than normal consistency.

S - Definitely a raisin aroma along with a sweet black licorice. There are hints of oak, which makes sense since the beer was aged in oak barrels.

T - Wow, this is a really pungent beer. The alcohol flavor is evident and the flavors are bordering on too much. The flavors of raisin and anise amidst the oak do not work well with one another. For that reason this brew must be sipped, slowly. Don't judge right away.

M - The feel is dry in the middle and in the finish. It actually has a coarse acidy feel throughout. It does not go down with any level of smooth.

~ I jumped to conclusions far to soon with this brew. Give it a chance. It will take nearly 3/4 of the bottle before you realize what you've got. Once you're done, you'll find the 'head' on this brew is more than any angel could offer. (1,277 characters)

Photo of Lukafer
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jdefont for the pour!

Pours dark brown, little to no head, almost no carb visible.  Smells are bourbon, and oak, really boozy smell.  Tastes are oak, slight chocolate and licorice, oaky and boozy, slight burnt sugar as well. Extremely high alcohol flavor.  Mouthfeel is slightly disappointing, with little carb. Despite the lack of carb,  drinkability is still pretty good for a high ABV. Not as good as I was hoping it'd be, but still a good beer.  (465 characters)

Photo of treyrab
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks goes to Matt for sending this from the release a while ago. It's been sitting in my 55F cellar since I received it. I wanted to keep this cooler as the rumors have been circulating of infection. I decided to test it out tonight. Split with the girlfriend into two separate snifters.

A: Open the bottle with a nice pop of the cork. Some of the ghostly smoke streams out, which is a good sign for the lack of carbonation lately for Lost Abbey. Pours a muddy brown with a small tan head. Very murky brown, with perhaps some mahogany brown. The head does not last long, and goes to a still liquor look.

S: Upon initial whiff the cork smells of sour cherry, Brett, Pedio, and funk. Ironically, the beer itself does not have the same characteristics. Given the smell of the cork, I would have guessed a wild was inside this bottle. The beer smells kind of funky, but not sour. Nice bourbon soaked raisins, cherry, and caramel. This is blended with some Belgian yeast and spices with chocolate and toffee. Very interesting.

T: Same as the above, really. Chocolate and bourbon, with rum and bourbon soaked raisins. An interesting Belgian funk comes through as well. Not a lot, but just enough to let you know its there.

M:D: A little thin, but I expected that for the high alcohol and bourbon.

Overall, this will be infected to high heaven in a few months. It was starting to get funky now, and any longer it would be to the extreme I feel. Not bad now though, but wish I drank it sooner. (1,498 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown/black with a light tan fast fading head.

Nose is all sweet black dark chocolate. Pure, dark, sweet chocolate with a hint of vanilla and an undertone aroma of bourbon.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and rich. There is elegant "chamgagne type" of carbonation. Viscous and a bit syrupy but generally pleasing; a "big" beer.

Flavors are rich and thick, layered and complex. Black chocolate, sweet black coffee, rum, cooked raisins, prunes and molasses. There is a big licorice character and a big black licorice finish. Sweet cherry/chocolate mid palate but gives way to a licorice syrup and then more black chocolate that would do well with desserts.

This brew is rich and thick and complex enough that I would try it with ice cream! There is an initial bitter burnt molasses character that improves with air and as this one warms.

This one is really not "drinkable" in the general sense of the word. I suspect one would usually consume this much like a brandy or cordial where one would simply sip a small amount. Simply too thick, sweet and rich to really "drink."

More pleasing than the regular Angel's Share. (1,132 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300 ml of a bold blend. Black with little head. Mostly bourbon in the aroma and taste. Full mouthfeel. Very drinkable, but it is to be sipped and not gulped. Grape is a distant flavour.Enjoyed as a barleywine, complex, and would like to have again further along aged.
Big thanks to JMBSH. (288 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into 25oz snifter. Thanks to craytonic for this one.

A: Pours an extremely dark brownish-red with about a finger of dark brown fizzy head that quickly bubbled away into a very thin fuzzy film and collar. No lacing.
S: Big notes of booze, figs, caramel, dark cherries, and dates. There is maybe a hint of wood and a touch of grapes. There's also something I can't place my finger that I'm not a fan of.
T: Big fruity notes of figs, dates, raisins, grapes and cherries, just like the nose. It's also rather buttery. The finish is woody and full of oak and bourbon. Aftertaste is really sweet with notes of brown sugar with a hint of tobacco.
M: Carbonation is very spritzy over a full body and decently thick mouthfeel. The alcohol warmth is actually pretty mellow in this, and there are much more alcoholic flavors than there is alcohol heat. Still my throat can feel it as it trickles down.
D: I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I like it, but I don't think I would ever want to have it again. I can tell there is quality here, but there's something about it that is keeping me from instantly raving about it. Still, not a bad sipper on a cold night. (1,172 characters)

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This beer has incredible bottle variation, particularly with age, IMHO. I've had bottles that have blown me away (4.5 level) and bottles that have been half poured out. (168 characters)

Photo of sugit
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very aggresive pour yeilded about a finger of head, but quick gone from there to nothing. Dark brown with a tinge of red. Zero lacing. Very little carbonation.

S: Very strong aroma. Hits you from a foot away. Very sweet smelling and lots of bourbon. Toffee and a little bit of woodiness.

Really a nice aroma to it. Reminds me a lot of AS Brandy.

T: Very rich. Lots of things going on. As with the nose, very sweet brandy and lots of bourbon take the forefront. A little more oak/wood than in the nose. Some dark fruit, prunes from what I can tell, also mixed in there. Every so slight grape notes, that make you go ah ha! That's what that is!

M: Nice and think, almost perfect in that sense for me. Too low of a carbonation level though. I hope LA doesn't make this a habit again. It really hurts the experience for me.

D: Def a sipper. Would glad to split a bottle with someone. A little too low of a carb level for me. Slight booze burn that reminds you it's a 12% beer. (983 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged & corked 12.7oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with no head as expected and likewise no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit and licorice.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit and licorice. Then a decent alcohol sting follows along with some oak-aging essence. The roasted malt character is very hearty. There is very little hops presence as you would expect in this type of beer and yet there is still a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet

M: Crisp and very smooth, quite viscous, medium-to-heavy body, very light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, very strong kick, good aged representation of style, this is a good high-octane sipper to drink for a long time. (891 characters)

Photo of nkersten
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a NB globe. Very dark brown slightly translucent at the edges, thin foamy tan head settles to a ring at the edge of the glass. Smell is lots of dark fruit, raisins, oak, bourbon, a bit of apple and grapes, alcohol. Taste is boozey barrel up front followed by a silky, buttery vanilla, bourbon, oak, grape skins, slightly tannic, raisins, and a bit of heat in the finish. A very heavy body with low carbonation. The heat takes away from the drinkability a little, but overall this is a very tastey beer. (514 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from my notes. This bottle was split 10 ways at a private tasting for Uprising members at Novare Res.

A: Dark brown liquid--nearly black. Tiny tan foam head.

S: Bourbon and sweet plum.

T: Sweet malt, bourbon. Some spices (probably a mixture of the brandies). A little bit of burn going down.

M: Full body, medium carbonation. A thick coat is left behind.

D: A little tough to drink; lots of flavors and a high ABV. This is one that is worth sharing. (463 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Shared by fbm115. Pours a fairly dark copper/caramel color with a very slight tan head. The aroma is actually fairly sweet with notes of caramel, toffee and a slight alcohol note. Smells somewhat oaky as well. The first sip yields a nice rich flavor that goes down pretty smooth. The sweetness is the first taste that I pick up with the caramel and toffee notes. Nice medium mouthfeel. For 12% this goes down way too easy! (430 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-one-finger thick , lightly cocoa-browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown, with a touch of amber to it around the edges. The beer remains mostly opaque when held up to the light, but does show some clear, lighter amber-brown hues. The aroma is a rich mix of brandy, rich browned malt aromatics, toasted caramelized notes, dark fruity prune notes, some spicy alcohol, spicy oak notes, definite rich vanillin character and hazel nut aromatics. This definitely has hit the spot, this is the first Angel's share since the batch 1 Brandy version; a very well integrated, smooth mix of Barrel notes, dark fruit, vanilla and rich malt. It reminds me of a decadent, brandy soaked, dark spice cake; it is definitely a desert beer.

The taste is just sweet enough to work well with the spicy barrel character, and rich viscosity. Flavors of vanilla, dark caramel, molasses, brandy soaked plums and raisins, light cocoa notes and brown sugar crusted nuts work harmoniously up front. The beer is still a little cold, which tends to accentuate a spicy oak note in the finish as well as some alcohol warming / heat in the finish. This has a touch of tartness to it somehow; perhaps influenced by the grapes, the barrels and even the alcohol. The rich malt character is quite decadent, but really isn't too much and somehow manages a certain "lightness"; though this is definitely a sipping beer. As this warms up it becomes a touch richer, and a bit less spicy and alcoholic in the finish, though this still remains so. The dominant note here is the malt (though the barrel character is pretty close) with rich brown sugar, a complex nuttiness, smooth toasted malt, browned bread flavors and a really rich caramel character that leans towards buttery, dark toffee. This has just about a perfect balance between light carbonation and chewy body for a beer like this. There is even a touch of barrel derived smokiness and saltiness that comes through, to add to the complexity, as the beer warms up.

This is definitely quite nice, after being disappointed in any Angels Share since the first Brandy batch, I am quite happy to be drinking this; though to be fair much of my previous disappointment is due to the phenomenal status of that first bottled batch. This doesn't quite reach the level of that first batch, as it is a touch hot and not quite as well integrated, but this is a damn fine sipper. (2,466 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 300 mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The pour is molasses brown, with a small cocoa colored head. With the ABV what it is, I am not surprised at the quick disappearance of the head or lack of lace.

Smell: The aroma has some tart cherry notes. Molasses, caramel, and brown sugar all provide a sweet aspect to the aroma, and some roasted malt, vanilla, oak, and dark fruits add some serious depth.

Taste: Even knowing how sweet this is going to be, I am still turned off by the overwhelming sweetness. Brown sugar and molasses really overpower the medium roasted malt. Some plums, brandy, vanilla and oak add complexity, but unfortunately add to the sweetness as well. A bit of oak later on helps a bit toward the end. This is clearly a dessert beer.

Mouthfeel: This full bodied strong ale starts off sweet and chewy and finishes a little bit dry from the oak. Light to medium carbonation. A bit of heat is apparent in a warming sensation that hits my stomach.

Drinkability: I enjoyed the small glass I had and thought it was very well-crafted, but I would not really be able to handle much more of this outside of a dessert setting. (1,159 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 375ml caged and corked bottle. Many thanks go out to jdefont for bringing this to a recent tasting. I've been looking forward to this one Justin!

A- Pours a very deep brown color. 1/4 finger tan head that dies rather quickly. Very light spots of lace on the sides of the snifters.

S- This one is interesting to say the least. There is a lot of darker fruits with plums, raisins, and some fig. Heavy alcohol tones which display a light bourbon hint in the nose. There isn't much in the way of the brandy barrel but I suspect this will come out more in the taste. Oak tones come in the ending more which quickly gets covered by a medicinal alcohol aroma.

T- Light roasted malts in the front along with a nice brandy barrel tone (think green apple skins, caramel, and light vanilla) along with a alcohol flavor. Middle of the beer mellows out a bit with darker fruits mixing with brown sugar and light vanilla undertones. The bourbon barrel comes into the ending with a nice warming alcohol from the back of the flavor to the aftertaste. Other ending tones consist of oak and light charred overtones. Some more of the vanilla that comes has been in the whole beer still appears in the ending.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style being a little low (which I think is what they are going for..no carbonation issue here). Barrel notes and light roasted darker fruits left on the palate. Warming alcohol with vanilla, darker fruits, and charred barrels in the aftertaste. Flavors I thought were well balanced for the beer. Heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol. Clean tasting through and through.

D- This was a good beer to sip on. Lost Abbey has never put out a bad beer in my opinion. The ABV was not in your face the entire time in the forefront but you could tell it was a 12% beer. A glass of this of enough for me but I would love to share this one with a friend or two. (1,920 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one!

Poured the last of the bottle into a champagne flute. From a distance the bottle was throwing off maple syrup and brown sugar aromas. It was black in the center and a burnt russet shade in the meniscus of the glass. There was a feeble skim at first that retreated to a sticky collar at the edges, which stuck around.

Nose had the aformentioned maple and brown sugar, mixed with vanilla and traces of sweet bourbon. Not overly sweet, it had a subtle woody character to the nose.

Super rich malt base, dense and cookie-like, maple, tobacco, dark fruit (currant), with a long, mellow bourbon finish. Rich and viscous, a slow sipper for sure. The alcohol stung the back of my gums a little bit, but it wasn't overtly boozy. Good stuff, though I may prefer bourbon Angels Share. (815 characters)

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The Angel's Share Grand Cru from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.