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The Angel's Share Grand Cru - The Lost Abbey

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The Angel's Share Grand CruThe Angel's Share Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

206 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 185
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  16.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-15-2010)
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the mothman for grabbing this gem for us.

Pours a deep dark mahogany color with a dark hardly transparent body. Small body with a smell half finger head.

Smell is of huge rich malts, light grapes, oak, and booziness. Probably the brandy and bourbon barrel aging.

Taste is MASSIVE. So many flavors going here it is insane. Lots of big oak and barrel aged flavors with some sour grapes and roasted malts. Taste is just so complex it's insane, a little hot, with the bourbon and brandy barrel flavors, but very good.

Mouthfeel is full rich and thick. Medium carbonation, big flavors.

Good drinkablility, the booziness is a little high, but it makes for a great sipper. Great beer I am glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 07:03:43 | More by pmccallum86
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Plinytheyoungest for sending this up.

Cork pops off very lightly.

Poured into Lost Abbey snifter.

Pours a small layer of tan head; very expected. Color is a dark brown with a caramel hue to it.

Aroma: This beer seems to have it all. From bourbon notes to brandy notes to the massive amount of grapes added that show nicely. Big oak flavors with some molasses sweetness. Big bourbon and brandy notes that show through the entirety of this beer. I seem to get some spices as well. A hint of cinnamon shoes. Huge aroma.

Taste: This definitely is a big beer. A lot of alcohol from the bourbon and brandy barrels show here. This beer is fairly hot. Very big and boozy. Lots of oak. The grapes add another layer that I really enjoy here. But wow, this beer is massive. It has a ton of malts. Some chocolate, molasses, sweet cherry, and plum flavors. Wow, this beer has a lot going on.

Mouthfeel: Dry, bold, and warming. This is a full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, showing nicely. It is hot with lots of barrel aging notes showing. I really don't mind it for the style, however. Ends with some nice brandy notes and oak flavors.

Overall, this beer is very solid. Full flavored and complex. It has a lot going on with it. It is drinking slowly, but that is because I don't want it to end. I am really glad I got to try this one. It is expensive, but worth it to try it. This beer has a lot going on with it.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 06:56:41 | More by mothman
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m1ked

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to a good friend d0ggnate for GIVING me this bottle... Having it paired with a Carmel apple napolean with a Carmel bourbon sauce on my 7th anni. Thanks dude.

A- pours a dark mahogany brown with cola colored edges. Thin wispy carbonation and a tiny halo of bubbles around the edges.

S- Brown sugary, caramel, old wood, raisins, dates, figs. Smells delicious. Deep & rich.

T- once again deep & rich brown sugar, mollasses, toffee, caramel, raisins, dates.

M- while it is low on carbonation it has just enough in there to give it a little life on your tongue. Otherwise this has a fair amount of weight on the tongue with some residual viscosity.

D- I am so pleased I was provided the opportunity at this once in
my lifetime beer. It is so delicious and memorable, equally glad I was able to have it on this memorable occasion.... Thanks Nate.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 00:47:19 | More by m1ked
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kaseydad

California

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snifter pour and I am met with a dark caramel/brown colored ale with a beige head with staying power and nice lacing. The aroma has an abundance of brown sugar, some green apple and brandy burns the nose as you inhale deeply. Smooth as silk taste with the brandy shining through and some syrup is also present in the taste. Full bodied mouthfeel with a nice creaminess. Drinkability is good but the booze will creep up on you if you aren't careful. Overall I was honored to experience this amazing brew. I look forward to our next meeting and encourage all to experience this liquid gold.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2010 03:16:39 | More by kaseydad
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Masterski for providing this in trade.

While you pour there is a small golden head, but it vanishes immediately. Dark brown color with no light getting through. No lacing at all.

Aroma is of Vanilla, raisins, alcohol. Quite deep and long after the pour remains quite potent.

The initial flavors are evident in the aroma. Lots of vanilla, raisins, brown sugar. Pretty complex. Plenty of wood character.
Winelike aftertaste. There is certainly a lot of bourbon character as well. The wood notes provide a depth and complexity that is wonderful. I think I liken the flavor a little to the crisp topping of crème brulee. Certainly the abv is evident but not overpowering at all.

This drinks like an after dinner drink and the body is fairly bold. Just the tiniest pin prick of carbonation.

Really enjoyed the opportunity to have this beer. Would love to grab another somehow. This is a great beer to explore for more than an hour.

Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 10:41:36 | More by Reagan1984
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Footbalm brought this up for the recent tasting... Huge thanks Eric!! Awesome beer.... really amazing.

Off white head has great retention and lace... deep dark brown brew.. fairly clear...

notes show first, "I could sit and smell this for hours" ... amazingly complex.. dark toast.. caramel.. good barrel presence.. golden raisins.. fruity elements are melted by rich malts...

flavor has some nice vanilla notes that mesh well with the above aromas.. lite cocoa.. something that I associate with figs... cigar wrapper ... fruity and bunches of misc. maltiness... not really "sweet" yet very malty.. nice medium/full body with a tad lighter than appreciated carbonation, but no "dead flat" jokes are needed. This beer is a winner that I would "maybe" kill to have available locally.

Ditmier commented very lovingly (he loves his recent AS bottles) that this isn't as "harsh" as the '09 Brandy AS.. but that is a great compliment.. lush... velvety.. one of the most complex beers out there.... In a perfect world, I want a Magnum!! Not so I can share it, but so I can enjoy it over about 8 hours.

4.5/5/4.5/4/5

Footbalm is the man! Like a beer gangster that just rolls in, corks his outlandish whales.. tells us to enjoy them... and then disappears. Really, though... Eric is a great cat and somebody that I appreciate his friendship.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 08:49:11 | More by JohnGalt1
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jampics2

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, shared post Dark Lord day by Melissa and Travis. Much thanks to you, friends!! This has been one I wanted to try for a long time, and it was sublime.

A: Dark brown with plum highlights and a decent white head.

S: Brown sugar, wood, red wine soaked raisins, brandy and caramelized malt.

T: So much going on. This is perhaps the best BW I've had. Sweet brown sugar, plums, figs, caramel, wood, bourbon and brandy, vanilla, toffee. This has so much depth, a great blend of flavors. Not as much wine barrel as I would have hoped. But that still leaves the most complex malty beer I've ever had.

M: Great visco, full body, just a kiss of carbonation.

D: Not the most drinkable beer due to the depth. I had to sip my 3oz slowly just to savor, but I don't know if I would want to take on a full bottle myself. A GREAT beer, thanks Travis!!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 22:13:50 | More by jampics2
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nectar14

California

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 mL, shared with my good friend, Chad.

A: Pours a tawny port-like brown, with a black center. Amber edges, thin film of tan head that lingers only a bit around the edges. Fairly clear, though, until you get down to the bottom of the bottle.

S: Fantastic nose of nutty oak, whiffs of whisky/brandy/liquer and caramel. There's a Brazil nut note, along with a bit of good tobacco smoke.

T: Up front coffee and caramel, with back up from smoky oak barrels. Lifted just a bit by dark fruit and the carbonation.

M: Again, very port/liquer like. Reasonably viscous, but not sticky or syrupy. Makes you want to grab a cigar, or maybe some Stilton cheese.

D: If you have a couple hours to sit still, this is exactly the level of drinkability you want. Smooth but boozy. Finely built, and a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 03:59:17 | More by nectar14
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ahalloin for sharing this gem.

A: Dark brown with decent sized head and lacing.

S: Roasted malt, bourbon, brandy, alcohol, raisins and/or dark fruits. There's a whole lot going on here. Amazingly complex. If there wasn't such a prominent alcohol aroma, it would have achieved the highest score.

T: Bourbon and brandy are each distinguishable and separate - very well done. Again, this beer is insanely complex but it's also pretty hot. Also, dark fruits and a big, malty sweetness. I really think this one could benefit from a few years in the cellar.

M: Good carbonation level, warm alcohol finish.

D: A tasty brew. Good for splitting a few ways.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 16:23:33 | More by Huhzubendah
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep red-brown body. Moderate sized tan head which forms a nice skim after subsiding. Spotty lacing.

S: A nice blend of bold, assertive, and dark flavors. Boozy notes of bourbon, brandy, and wine with healthy amounts of dark fruits, chocolate, brown sugar and caramel. Very earthy as it warmed.

T: Like the nose there is a strong dark vibe here.
Sweet malt notes from the caramel, brown sugar, molasses, figs, raisins and dark cherries. A huge blast of various barrel notes... the blending imparts about equal amounts of brandy, bourbon and a general vinous tone.

M: Big. Heavy. While this is the first angel share with any semblance of carbonation, it wasn't fully integrated. I found the beer a bit still by the finish. Nice and boozy.

D: Very nice... but expensive and a bit too massive for me to want to drink with any amount of frequency.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 21:42:24 | More by callmemickey
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= pours a beautiful brown color. Looks black in the glass with a nice one finger head on it!!!! The head is a brownish color and holds some decent retention with some average lacing on the glass. A lot better than any other angels share that I've had.

S= Woah! Tons of aroma to this one. A nice amount of brandy some bourbon. I don't smell much of it but I do smell some of the grapes in it. Nice wood aroma to it as well as vanilla and toffee. There is a ton of aroma coming from this. A lot of stuff I dunno if I can pick it all out. There is a decent amount of alcohol in it as well. Super sweet smelling. Really amazing. Deeper you can smell some dark fruit smells like plums and figs. Nice caramel smell to it. Sooo many smells.

T= Just like the smell. I notice a lot more of the grapes in the taste however. A lot of sweetness but not cloying at all. There is a nice mixture of brandy and bourbon in the taste. Loads of toffee and dark fruit. Wow I just can't believe the complexity of this beer. The taste is similar to the smell and I went into some good detail there so I don't feel like retyping.

M= Nice strong taste and a really really dry finish.

D= The Red Poppy from the Sinners membership was good but this is awesome. I'm glad I rolled the dice just for this beer. Hopefully the others can live up to it. This beer has tons of complexity and flavor. Super delicious I can't wait to see how my other bottles do.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 03:04:59 | More by jjanega08
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weatherdog

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had side by side with the 09 Brandy with a huge thanks to Tony for providing it at a March tasting.

It pours a very lively dark brown, almost black, with a nice ring of bubbles surrounding the glass.

The first thing that hits he nose is the huge tannic red wine. Its got lots of dark fruits like figs and plums. Hints of vanilla thrown in there as well. I'm just loving the red wine character thats dominant in the nose. If the taste is anything as complex as the nose I'm in for a treat.

The taste has a nice sweetness throughout it. Barrel aging is very evident with oak and vanilla, and just a little bourbon. Once again the sweet red wine character is there and it adds a facet of complexity I've never had in a beer. As it warmed just a little alcohol made itself present. I know this beer has many different types of barrels in the blend and I would have thought that they would turn into a muddled mess by looking at the blend on paper. I can seriously pick out so many different flavors I would have never thought possible in a beer.

The body is medium/light, much more so than the 09 Brandy I had right next to it which may be attributed to the evident carbonation. i drank this one slowly but only for the simple fact that it was so complex I wanted to appreciate everything this beer had to give.

I had this beer side by side with the 09 Brandy and this one just blew it out of the water. It was so good it was the highlight of our whole tasting. I think Tomme should keep this type of blend going, since even though it is more expensive than just the regular Angel's Share, it is actually worth the high price tag. This beer was a real treat and up there as one of the best beers that have ever graced my lips.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 20:52:36 | More by weatherdog
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared courtesy of bmanning at a recent tasting alongside of Amyliz4 and Heather. Also a thanks to BeerWorld, who sent me a bottle a little while back--now I can see how this one does with some time.

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown with a decent-sized tan head. A tad bit of lacing.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, vanilla, and oak.

T: Very nice caramel notes alongside brown sugar and accompanying sweetness. A bit of toffee. Loads of dark fruits. Nice vanilla and oak coming through, and just a minor hint of alcohol.

M: Nice and fairly thick with good carbonation. Glad that's back on track.

D: Very, very nice. Excellent complexity with everything formed a beautifully-unified whole.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 00:20:36 | More by Thorpe429
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Murky, dark amber brown. It is carbonated! Small head, no retention or lacing

Smell: Sweet and boozy. Perhaps more brandy than bourbon with a bit of rum. Metric tons of sweet malts, caramal, brown sugar, dark fruits (raisins, plums, and figs), toffee, butterscotch, and vanilla.

Taste: Similarly sweet and boozy, tons of sweet malts, dark fruits (raisins and figs), toffee, vanilla, brown sugar. Perhaps a hare too much booze. Probably due to the blending, just the right amount of oxidation. I miss the tobacco/leather elements that some beers of this style exhibit.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth; nicely carbonated

Drinkability: One of the better old ales, the age on this one shows. Drinkability suffers a bit from the booziness of it.

Probably the best angel's share I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 02:47:36 | More by craytonic
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getkrunkhoe

California

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a taste with the brewer at the release...

App- pours a dark jet black color with a charcoal and tan (weird huh?)head, lot of carbonation in this one.

Ar- sweetnes, oak, bitterness is all I'm picking up

Taste has a lot going on; spice(hops),oak, sweeet(all the malts),fruity,bitter/tartness(cab franc)

MF- for a "dominant" beer it's got a pretty light MF. Not overpowering.

D- easy drinking considering the high Abv. definetly one you want to take time with and savor, it is a big beer (just doesn't feel like it).

One of my NEW favorites from Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 21:11:17 | More by getkrunkhoe
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tpd975

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown boardering on black. Small tight tan head. No retention or lace.

S: Tons of sweet malt. Caramel brown sugar and every dark fruit known to man. I have smelled raisins that smell less like dark fruit than this beer. Notes of rich vanilla beans, light oak, and a touch of booze.

T: Raisins and fig really stand out. Tons of caramel and rich gooey toffee. Vanilla and chocolate are noted. Hints of oak and a touch of light booze. Reallly great beer. Malt bomb but boy does it have depth.

M: Rather full in body, light carbonation but it is there.

D: Sippability is very high!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 00:10:51 | More by tpd975
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big mix of Angel's share -- I don't want to go over which ones they are. Popped open at a recent tasting out of severe curiosity.

Beer is brown and forms a brownish head of small bubbles. Beer is clear and the head leaves some lacing on the glass but there isn't much in the way of carbonation. Looks good.

WHOA! The aroma on this beer is nearly overwhelming. Its sweet, malty, alcohol, hot, good brandy / bourbon aroma, sweet raisins -- complex.

The flavor is about as complex. There is definitely a port like character to this beer. Medium body, no carbonation in the palate, the alcohol and sweetness comes through with this raisin fruit character in the midpalate. Overall its pretty good. It is very interesting. I've had a lot of the beers that make up this blend but not all of them. I'd be interested in trying the other Angel's share to tease apart the individual characters.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 22:25:42 | More by drabmuh
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glid02

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours a hazy Werther's butterscotch color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing but solid legs.

Smells of large amounts of everything - butterscotch, smooth caramel malts, vanilla, brandy, booze-soaked plums, and milk chocolate. The nose has a lot going on.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although not quite as complex. Caramel malt and butterscotch flavors with hints of darker toffee kick things off. Midway through the sip dark fruit flavors briefly come into play before being overtaken by good amounts of milk chocolate and well-integrated booze flavors - vanilla and mild butter. These flavors carry through to a crisp and sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with the complexity with this beer and there's not much else to say that hasn't been said. Well worth a shot and I'll be interested to see how this compares with the normal Angel's Shares.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 02:45:31 | More by glid02
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle in flute.

A - Pours dark mocha brown with a lighter tan head (yes, there's a good amount of it too). Some lacing along the sides of the glass along with a thin layer of head on top acting as the cap.

S - Vanilla, cherries, chocolate, bourbon, burnt sugars. A lot of stuff going on here. Very complex. Unlike any other Angel's Share I've had before.

T - Much like the nose, very complex. Bourbon, chocolate, cherries, grapes, vanilla, molasses. The bourbon is there, no doubt about it, but hidden very well. It complements more then interferes. Very well done. Sweet bourbon/chocolate finish.

M - Medium to heavy, rich, smooth, lighter carbonation.

D - My favorite Angel's Share out of all the different versions I've had. This is is a winner. I think these bottles have several years of aging left on them. I can't wait to crack open another in 6 months or so. I can see my rating going even higher as this has a chance to blend and age further.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 16:43:37 | More by Sean9689
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Arbitrator

California

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by largadeer and supplied by HopHead84. Thanks guys.

Served side by side with the '09 Brandy and '09 Bourbon (which were both flat and had to be force-carbed).

A: Pours a dark mahogany body with translucent maroon edges. The pour produces.... carbonation! Holy god, there are bubbles! A light tan head rises on the brew and coats the top of the beer for about 10 seconds before retreating to scattered lace and a thin collar. Good for a 12% brew.

S: What an aroma. This is filling in itself. Brandy, bourbon, vinous grapes, figs, dates, chocolate, molasses, tobacco, brown sugar. Caramel, vanilla, hints of tannins. My small pour lasted for 20-30 minutes because I was just sniffing this and sampling the lovely bouquet. I can't see this category getting any better.

T: One of the best-tasting English barleywines I've had, bar none. Might even be the best. Brandy and bourbon spirits come up front, aided by vinous grapes. The brandy half manifests its tobacco and earthy contributions early, and they're counteracted by the sweetness of the bourbon component (which seems to impart more caramel and brown sugar than its cousin). Molasses and vanilla flit lightly in and out of the experience. Oxidation near the finish gives impressions of sherry. The taste draws to a lightly dry close with tannic astringency and a pepper bite working together. Incredibly subtle and well-integrated.

M: Chewy, full-bodied in flavor. The carbonation was arguably a tad high, but I won't really complain about that. Restrained booze.

D: As Chris commented, "Tomme should just give up on the individual Angel's Shares and make this the full-time blend." I agree. A 375mL bottle of this is a proper serving for several people. One of the most amazing beers I've sampled in recent memory. Just one criticism: the price. It's the equivalent of the $40 750mLs that Mayfield sells. It's a ridiculous price point for beer. I won't say that I will never spend $20 on a 375mL, but this is one of the few beers that will make me at least consider it.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 21:45:10 | More by Arbitrator
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of my Sinners' 2010 membership. Served in my Darkness snifter.

A - The cork pulls out with a pop and some gunsmoke. A vigorous pour yields a half-finger of tan foam that dissipates to a thin ring and a touch of light haze. A few spots of lace are left behind. THIS is what low carbonation means to me. Very, very, dark brown body that is completely opaque.

S - This is unlike any Angel's Share I've ever smelled. Vinous grape notes emerge first, but as it warms brandy, rum-cake, chocolate truffle, caramel, marshmallow, dark fruits, and oaky tannins and vanillins all join in. Light oxidation adds a touch of sherry. While there are obvious booze notes it's not at all harsh or solventy.

T - The flavor is incredibly rich and smooth. Loads of chocolate truffle, marshmallow, nuts, toffee, and dark fruits. The barrel and grape notes are far more understated, and serve mostly to add depth - they emerge in the finish and contribute a light sour note and a rich tannic aftertaste. Alcohol is masterfully hidden.

M - Light carbonation tingle, wonderfully smooth medium body, with a slightly sticky finish and a woody residual feel. The tiny bit of carbonation makes ALL the difference here. There's a touch of alcohol warmth, but it doesn't show up until very late in the bottle.

D - Wow! This stuff is terrific. I had not problem putting down the 375ml bottle on my own - it's much more drinkable than pretty much every other Angel's Share I've ever tried, except maybe the '06 Bourbon version that I had on-tap at FoBAB '08.

While I understand that all Angel's Share can't be blended with this many barrels and variants, if it were all carbonated like this Lost Abbey would go a LONG way to restoring customer confidence.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 07:54:09 | More by MasterSki
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Overlord

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pains me to write this review. Ugh.

Bottle opened with a noticeable pop. A low, but appropriate, level of carbonation for the beer. The mouthfeel benefited greatly from this not being a brew designed for wine drinkers and "foodies."

Pours a blackish brown with maybe a hint of amber to it. Smells really, really complex. Whoa. Some chocolate, some molasses/rum, a bit of ... grape-y fruit???? ... some earth tones, a kind of caramel nuttiness. Pretty darn complex. No bourbon/alcohol notes in the nose.

Taste is, again, pretty deliciously complex. Molasses, some chocolate, a surprising amount of dark fruit and ... I swear that's grapes ... and a hint of oakiness to it. The dark earth, caramel, nut, and choco-molasses really are offset nicely by some of the more exotic flavors.

*sigh*

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 07:07:54 | More by Overlord
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black in color with 2 fingers of head into my Dogfish Head signature glass. A half inch layer of foam camped out for quite a while. Be careful when pouring this one, as there was large chunk of sludge that came out as I was rinsing the bottle out. Didn't expect that considering the beer is only a couple weeks old, and luckily it didn't end up in my glass.

The smell is a very rich blend of buttery toffee, caramel, molasses, dark chocolate, a bit of alcohol heat, oak, walnuts, marshmallow, earthy hops...I could keep going on and on. Just layer after layer of aroma.

At first sip, while the beer is still a touch too cold, the flavor is dominated by dry oak and tannins. The addition of the Cab Franc grapes definitely does not go unnoticed. As warming ensues, those tannins begin to disappear and are replaced by a leathery chocolate character, along with a bit of the fruitiness from the grapes. At this young stage the alcohol is noticeable but not quite as hot as fresh single barrel Angel's Share releases. The overall flavor is also not quite as brash, which really could be a positive or a negative depending on what type of beer you prefer...for me though, it seems to be a fairly neutral change.

The mouthfeel here is wonderful. Rich and creamy, almost full bodied, good levels of soft carbonation. Perhaps a tad too dry which is why it doesn't get a 5 here.

Drinkabilty is solid. This is a beer I would love to revisit. I'm not sold on the aging ability though...I think it is smooth enough at this point that it is probably already at its peak. Overall it is a wonderful beer that is unfortunately overpriced, but if you are a fan of other Angel's Share releases then it is something you should definitely seek out at least one bottle of.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 23:39:36 | More by alcstradamus
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mrkrispy

California

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

With disdain for the pricing in my head, I picked a couple of these up from the Brewery. Love me some Angel's Share, especially after a disappointing 2009, and the blend info had me interested. I bought the bottle the day of the release, opened it a few weeks later.

Undid the cage, twisted the cork off to a surprising *POP*. I immediately got a whiff of black strap molasses. Poured in to a tulip while cold, with a nice centimeter head. Bubbles!

Chilled thoughts: big molasses and bourbon aroma, brown sugar, hint of booze. Thick, full body, perfect carbonation(!). A bit sweet, but very complex with ghosts of familiarity, chocolate, toffee. No coffee or burnt roasty character, a plus for me. Not getting the wine character I thought I would get. A thick molasses stout finish, bit of twang.

Once warmed: Dark sugar and molasses aroma everywhere, hint of alcohol and some caramel booze. I smell Brandy Angel's Share. Big beautiful flavor, carmalized sugar and molasses coating the mouth and tongue. Melted semi-dark chocolate taste. Now warmed, I get a wine note, some tannins. No oak yet. Malt, chocolate, and dark sugars sticking around. The depth is perplexing. Tannins with rich chocolate remaining on the palate, cherries too? I get some oak in the background, very well disguised. The twinge of the cab is there, but would you notice it if not told of it? Could it be giving the faint cherry flavor? I don't know. The alcohol is well hidden, virtually no hot flavors, incredible right now. Slight tan head remained the hour or so I drank it. For those worried about carbonation, this is perfect.

This beer is outstanding straight from the fridge. It is down right phenomenal warmed. Wow. I think the most intriguing aspect of this beer is what could come from aging since it is so incredible now...will the molasses and dark sugars subside, allowing more wine character to show thru? Those flavors are a wee bit too bold for me at the moment. Minimal hotness, great mouthfeel, most of it is aged, will it have legs? I would love to test out blends of older and newer Brandy and Bourbon Angel's Share to see if you can get a fair homemade approximation. I don't find the price reasonable, but I don't review based on price, and I can't say I regret handing over a left nut for a bottle after this. World Class, easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 08:48:28 | More by mrkrispy
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Nesued

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12.7oz bottle, obtained as a member of the Lost Abbey "Sinners 2010" Club.

A refreshing pop emitted when I pulled the cork. After previous years of the Angel's Share, this was a good sign.

Appearance - Black, plain and simple, black. A very small tan head formed upon the inital pour.

Smell - Wonderful opening oak/wood notes followed by a rich caramel and sweet nose. Catching a bit of grape/fruit aromas as well, almost reminds me of DFH's midas touch a bit. Some bourbon/brandy aromas as well. I poured this cold and came back to it as it warmed. The nosed opened up a lot to include some vanilla and more oak notes. So very much going on.

Taste - The deep oak flavors are the first to emerge followed by some vanilla notes, warming alcohol middle and a strong malty finish. The grape notes in the aroma are present, but far in the background. So well-balanced in this "near barleywine".

Mouthfeel - A very light carbonation is perfect for this offering. Not too much, not absent. It assists in transporting the flavors around your mouth. Medium to medium-heavy density. Overall good for all the the beer has going on for itself.

Drinkability - Drink this at room temp, otherwise you are cheating both yourself and the beer. What a pleasure to enjoy this over a few hours in front of a warm file. Such a rich and well constructed marrying of barrels to produce an outstanding finished product. Kudos.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 01:32:57 | More by Nesued
The Angel's Share Grand Cru from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.