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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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Reviews: 109
Hads: 255
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.11%
Wants: 184
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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Reviews: 109 | Hads: 255
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass.

Beer comes out dark brown, almost black, withe lighter brown edges. A light brown colored small head that fades very quickly. Not much lacing to it but I'm digging the look overall. As you take each sip the liquid itself slowly trickles down back to the pool at the bottom. It almost looks as if it's a carbonated pure maple syrup, a little thinner than that, but not much, pretty looking.

Smell is good as well. There were several reviews I read in the past of bourbon, whiskey and a few other spirits and I can see that. There is a prominent feature of alcohol that tickles your nose during each sniff. However it's a bit sweet in the smell in my opinion, similar to a cognac, or a cognac/barleywine love child. Malts and hops are present but certainly not the primary features as you sniff.

The taste is a slight step up, very good. Sweet malts are present right away, slight caramel and bitter chocolate characteristics. There is also a liquor, malty flavor to it. Hops more present in the flavor than the smell in my opinion, still not that strong though. There are some slight maple flavors to it as well.

I didn't like the mouthfeel at first, a bit too complex, but it really grew on me. It's certainly full bodied, but overall well balanced. There is a warmth from the alcohol that feels like the 12.5% that the bottle indicates but it doesn't really bite at you, has a clean/fresh finish. The drinkablility is very good, but certainly a sipper. Nice on a cool day.

Like this beer alot, love to have it again, but don't know if that will happen. My first of hopefully many Lost Abbey brews. (1,663 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Tired of figuring things out on my own, angel's wings won't you carry me home?" - Social Distortion

I boycott breweries that sue other breweries (Bear Republic, Lost Abbey, etc) so I'm pretty stoked that my girlfriend picked this up on her own volition. Pours a dark, dark chestnut color. No head but Angel's Share manages to squeek out the tiniest of tiny foam collars and a wispy skim that looks like a profile of Sonic the hedgehog.

This. Smells. Awesome. Bourbon leaps upon the nose carrying licorice, vanilla, molasses and raisin. Boozey sophistication.

Tastes like it smells: dark caramel, bourbon, fig, and vanilla. Hints of decadent chocolate, more boozey sophistication. Has a burnt, steely flavor as it warms which is the only thing that prevents this from being a 5. Scant carbonation which goes over well.

Honestly my first thoughts (following "wow, this is good stuff") were this is Founder's KBS done Belgian style. A sipper but something that I could sip all night, every night...if I were a millionaire. (1,026 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 09/18/10 notes. Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with less than one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, dark fruits, caramel malts, raisins, and sweet fruity malts.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, dark fruit, vanilla, grapes, and caramel malts.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, very smooth.

d - I thought this was outstanding. The bourbon and brandy Angel's Share beers I've had have been decent, but overly boozy and not carbonated, whereas this one was great. It smelled and tastes very complexed and balanced, and was very easy going down for 12% ABV. Would love to get another bottle of this one. (703 characters)

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

Finally got the opportunity to try this one (much to my surprise). Pours a rich, deep dark brown, with a minimal amount of faded white head. This one has a great nose, with raisins, plums, wood and booze. As was to be expected, there is light oxidation (which adds a bit of complexity, in this case), along with grapes, plums, bourbon, brandy, vanilla and oak. Amazing flavor here. After trying deliverance, and now this one, LA needs to keep blending the brandy AS, hopefully with more stellar results. (503 characters)

Photo of kels
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
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%... (1,665 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Stoad for the bottle!

375ml split with Kels, poured into snifters.

A: Pours a murky brown, opaque. Moderate head on the pours with only a ring of retention. Decent lacing. Lots of barrel, obviously. A good swirl brings the head back but there's too much abv and barrel to hold it long. The beer takes on a bit of a raspberry color once it get further down in the glass and the light tries to get through it.

S: Holy fuck, this is how a beer should smell. A good amount of bourbon and brandy with a slight nod to the bourbon. Lots of alcohol from both but fitting for the beer. Lots of barrel, deep and dank, that compliments the big alcohol and malt profile. Big deep chocolate and molasses notes. Brownie and spicy brown bread. Unbelievably complex.

T/M: Very very good. Lots of alcohol right when it hits your tongue but instantly mellow out in to a nicely oxidized, supremely complex sipper. Some definition between the bourbon and brandy but plenty of melding and smoothing out of the alcohol. More of the big barrel profile but mellowed and blended in nicely with the alcohol and complex malt bill. More of the chocolate and molasses with some spicy brown bread. As it warms even further, the alcohol starts to come out in the swallow and warms the belly even more. The body is medium full to full with more carbonation than I expected but still low and smooth enough to not take anything away from the beer.

D: ABV is high but it's so smooth and complex that I want another sip as soon as I swallow. Definitely a home run with this one. (1,561 characters)

Photo of popery
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From old notes (probably from Toronado's Barleywine Fest 2010). My favorite of the three versions of AS that I've tried. I found the normal bourbon version to be a bit dominated by bourbon, but the Grand Cru is smooth and the bourbon barrel-aging blends very well. This beer has a ton of different flavors bouncing around, though they all manage to fuse into a sweet, complex explosion. There are notes of brown sugar, molasses, raisins, grapes, cherries, oak, bourbon, caramel, vanilla and chocolate. The booze is felt but is warming without being harsh. Mouthfeel is smooth with a good level of carbonation for the beer (another point for this one over some other versions of AS, though that's only a bottle issue, as far as I know). I'm not sure why anyone would care about appearance here, but I've never seen a pretty glass of Angel's Share. It's a murky, muddy. dark reddish brown, approaching black, with a dissipating head, but who cares? It's also delicious. Definitely one of TLA's best. (997 characters)

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

From a bottle. Pours near black, nice head that settles to a wispy ring. Big alcohol heat on the nose, heavy on leafy tobacco and leather. First impression in the mouth is that the body is more thick and chewy than are some similar beers. Flavor is much more vinous than the nose, with wood and grapes in the forefront, moving into some tobacco, malt, and a pleasantly hot finish. Excellent beer, the best variation or vintage of Angels Share I've had by far. (459 characters)

Photo of russellaaron69
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour a deep drown, almost black, with a thin brown head that quickly faded but left a halo like ring around the outside of the glass. Smells like wood, whiskey & dark fruit with a hint of caramel & vanilla. Taste is outstanding. Sweet, burnt caramel with dark fruit (raisins, dates & currants) & vanilla. You can definitely taste the whiskey (alcohol) & wood as well. Mouthfeel is full & oily. I actually found myself chewing after I swallowed a couple of time. Drinkability is very good for such a heavy hitter. (512 characters)

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

Thanks for the Trade! Had this the other night with some friends, from notes.

Pours near black, with a small dark tan head, didn't last long, but left a ring throughout. Great pungent aroma of the bourbon and brandy here, hearty caramels, rich vanilla, dark chocolate, and a good helping of booze. Considerably boozier in the aroma than is felt in the taste. There is a big wood component here as well, and though I can't say grapes specifically, there is also a darker fruit character that I have been able to pinpoint more directly in some of the other angels share variations as raisin or plum. Taste is just so complex and delicious, all the rich caramels, toffee and vanilla are felt here. Robust malts, semi-sweet, but still maintains a great brown sugar note combining with all the barrel impact. Great body here as well, not extremely thick but chewy enough with a subtle carbonation that is just enough to satisfy and aid in the finish. A really great blend, I hope that I can get more of this batch and look forward to similar blends in the future. (1,060 characters)

Photo of berkey
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass 08/18/10. I'm liking the smaller bottle size, 750ml of this 12% monster would just be too much.

Cork is released with a small but reassuring *pop*, the absence of which was the harbinger of carbonation issues in other versions of this beer. A very small mocha colored head forms and quickly dissipates to a narrow ring around the rim of the glass. Body of the beer is very dark brown, near black and virtually opaque.

Alcohol aroma isn't quite as strong as I expected based on the ABV and my memories of the standard Bourbon version. Chocolate, oak, and slightly acidic fruity notes. I might not say grapes if I didn't read it on the label but they definitely play a part.

First sip and I'm still fairly impressed how well managed the alcohol is on the flavor relative to the high ABV (though it's very clear on the feel). Chocolate isn't as obvious here but but still in the mix along with some toffee and caramel I didn't detect earlier. Where there is alcohol Brandy notes seem to be the most distinct. This could be the grapes playing tricks on me though.

Medium-low carbonation works well on a beer like this. As previously alluded to there's a slight burn on the feel but it's to be expected and not enough to be a problem.

Recommend especially if you liked the Brandy version or have been wanting to try a version of this beer with carbonation. (1,418 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

I get a finger and a half beige head that is somewhat fizzy, and fairly quickly dies down to a good ring of foam around the edge of the glass with an island of foam in the middle that almost caps the entire surface of the beer. Oily legs on this one pull any and all lacing back into it's dark depths.

Smells intensely sweet. I get big sweet whiffs of caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, and salt water taffy. There is a hint of bourbon and oak lying in the depths of the perfume, and a vinous dark fruit character. Incredibly pungent and sweet.

In the taste is chocolate cake batter, vanilla fudge, english toffee, caramel, salt water taffy, a big oak presence, and a sort of nutty flavor. This all gives way to a vinous dark fruit flavor with a hint of black truffles cleaning out the back end. Smoke and truffles linger. Luckily less sweet and more balanced than the fragrance suggested.

Thick and oily. Fairly viscous, and very well carbonated. The carbonation is pretty fizzy and distracting.

Good drinkability. Quite a solid offering from Lost Abbey. Not necessarily a whole lot better than the '09 Brandy or '10 Bourbon Angel's Share especially in terms of mouthfeel (this was a little too carbonated whereas the other two were carbed perfectly, Tomme must have been worried about the potential negative back lash from anyone perceiving this beer to be under carbed), but certainly more complex.

Pairs incredibly well with L'Amuse Gouda which I am enjoying with it right now. (1,516 characters)

Photo of Douglas14
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got through being a Sinner's member.

Pours out a deep dark black with a dark brownish-red, mahogany-like hue around the edges. A small tan heads forms but doesn't stick around for long. The aroma is of burnt caramel, bourbon, oak, and dark, sweet fruit. There is a lot going on. Smelling it low I find more of the rich fruits while smelling it high I get more of the boozy-alcohol and bourbon notes. In the mouth I initially get bourbon and hot alcohol followed by tons of dark fruit. I get no grapes whatsoever, but there is a cherry-like alcohol flavor that lingers. Lots of oak and sweet oxidized-caramel flavors. The aftertaste is definitely of old/stale beer, but I was expecting that in this beer (and every other non-sour barrel-aged beer). Very full mouthfeel. Thick, chewy, and slick.

Outstanding beer. Great experience to drink it. At just below room temperature is when it's at it's best! (901 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a generous BA for sending this one out.

Unwound the cage and released the cork with a nice pop. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass, which produced a big foamy tan head that quickly reduced to a thin, patchy film across the top of the glass. The body has a dark brown, cherry wood hue and leaves very light lacing on the glass. Looks pretty good for a 12% ABV strong ale.

Swirling the glass brings out vanilla, caramel and bourbon right away. Toffee and grapes. Some alcohol burn. Candied fruits and figs. Sweet, barrel aged, complexity. Very well done.

The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Caramel and toffee. Sweet malts, bittersweet chocolate and lingering tart grapes. The bourbon barrels seem most dominant, but at times the brandy comes through as well. The grapes are not overly dominant, but definitely noticeable. There is a decent amount of alcohol burn, especially on the finish, but it is not entirely overwhelming. Figs and oak on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is good. This is a fairly thick, almost syrupy beer that has some creaminess to it as well. Carbonation is on the lower side, but perfect for the style. Lots of warming alcohol. A good beer for a cold nigt.

Drinkability is pretty good. Definitely a sipper and probably a beer that is most enjoyed when shared with friends. The ABV is noticeable and cuts down on the drinkability a bit, but this is a strong ale, so I'm not surprised. The flavor and aroma are great, so this is definitely a treat to drink.

Overall, this is an excellent Strong Ale / Barleywine. Lots of flavor and a complex aroma. It would be nice to see the ABV masked a little more, but I'm not really complaining. If the mouthfeel and masked heat of FW13 were combined with this beer, then I think you would have the perfect strong ale. Anyways, I highly recommend seeking this beer out. Nice work Lost Abbey. (1,873 characters)

Photo of abuliarose
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

After the humid spell we've been having lately, this bottle got a little mold around the bottom. Odd that no other bottles in the cellar were affected; this one was just asking to be consumed. The cork went with a nice pop and some smoke, so I have good feelings about the carbonation. Pouted into a snifter to reveal tall and airy crema head over a bubbly opaque deep brown body. Pretty nice for looks, this one.
Smells absolutely delicious, like bourbon vanilla ice cream with sticky toffee pudding. Nose is a little hot and heavy, but for the style and with smells like this, who cares?
Tastes warm, light and sweet. Lots of nutty character on the aftertaste and a little port or sherry dryness in there with the bourbon and oak. Drinks like one of the latter too, with even some peatiness to it that evokes scotch. There's so much going on here, but it's all very well married. Very clean finish. Carbonation is barely there and mouthfeel is smooth, watery and alcoholic. It's a sipper brew, but a good one at that.

Overall, I would love a couple of these to age, especially in the winter. (1,094 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)

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 Xul
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown with some very slight amber hues when held up to the light. A frothy, one-finger beige colored head forms but settles into a thinner layer - not quite a head, but more than just lacing. Some light lacing is left down the glass as it's swirled and consumed.

S: The various barrel components are each very evident, as bourbon and brandy notes stand out, along with a sweet vinous quality from the cab franc grapes. Behind each of the specific barrels lies a light oakiness, evident but far from overpowering, followed by a toffee base with loads of vanilla, dark fruits - figs, dates, raisins, and hints of cherries, along with some light caramel.

T: Starts out with sweet toffee and caramel, along with a heavy dark fruit character, predominantly figs and dates. The cab franc grapes come in and give just enough character to remind that they're there, but never enough to overpower any other element, for the duration of the sip. Oak is apparent along with vanilla and while both bourbon and brandy are easily detected, the bourbon is the stronger of the two. The finish is sweet, but far from cloying with a light booziness creeping in, imparting a bit of a warming quality.

What bumps this from a 4.5 to a 5 for me is the fact that even though this is a big beer, it's ridiculously well integrated with subtle qualities, and no one barrel component is overwhelming.

M: Close to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation - plenty of bubbles for what it is, but it could be just a bit thicker. I understand that's partially a byproduct of the older barrels, but it would be easy to just rate this straight 5s if we started making allowances for special circumstances.

D: Ridiculously drinkable for a big barrel aged barleywine...the alcohol heat becomes a bit more apparent as it warms, but it goes down far too easily. (1,847 characters)

Photo of phattysbox
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Alex (Beerworld) for bringing this to a tasting that I organized at my place.

Opened with not even a pop and no hiss - low carbonation. Quite opposite from the Framboise de Amorosa we tried next. AHEM... Onto this beer... ;)

Poured into a tasting glass and only a thin lace of bubbles appear. The beer is a dark brown and hazy, the high sugar content and alcohol is noticeable as sticky finger grasp onto the side of glass if it gets swirled.

The nose is... Amazing. Simply fantastic. Burnt brown sugar, heavy crystal malts, dark caramel, and toffee. Some oak notes, but the malty sweetness is pervasive in such a great way. The Bourbon AS has more of barrel nose than Grand Cru IMHO. Swirling reveals more complexities - crushed hazelnuts, roasted figs/raisins, dark chocolate.

The taste is better than the nose!! Toffee notes really stand out in this beer. The oak makes more of appearance now and sings with malts, lending vanilla, toasted oats. The sweetness is huge, but not in cloying manner. Alcohol is completely hidden, but quite the sipper I'm sure. Mouthfeel is medium and completely opposite from dry. Little to no carbonation, but that doesn't take away from the complexity of the beer, I think it enhances it.

Overall, one of best beers I've had and would say this almost like a desert beer. Never though I would have the chance to have it, glad I tried, and will probably have the opp. again. Thanks Alex!

Beautiful brew. Seek out. (1,467 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 cpetrone84
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a dark brown, almost black colored liquid (almost cola esq). The head is dark khaki colored and bubbly.

S-the nose is big, lots of roasted caramel, touches of dark chocolate malt, tons of dark fruits, lots of raisins with hints of wood.

T-the taste is also huge, big roasted caramel with a light underlying chocolate. the dark fruits are huge, tons of raisins that linger quite long with the wood blended in together.

M-pretty smooth, highly carbonated with a good crisp finish and a full body.

D-this is extremely tasty, huge dark fruit presence with a great complexity. everything works very well together, awesome! (674 characters)

Photo of Jmoore50
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a side by side with Angel Share Grand Cru, Brandy, and Bourbon. The Bourbon was the best, the Grand Cru second, and then the Brandy last. All are very good beers, but the hype around Grand Cru gave it a little too much credit where the Bourbon deserved much more praise then it got.

The appearance on this beer is a very dark caramel color with a darker brown heart. It has a fluffy two finger tan head that left a medium amount of lacing. It was a muddy color, with no real clarity, but I understand that the amount of blends that were in this beer would contribute to a real uncontrollable color.

The smell was pretty amazing, something that I could not believe. Some great caramel, chocolate, toffee, butterscotch, booze. It had a lot of things going on in it, with no real smell coming out strong. Vanilla and Oak were fairly large, but not completely dominant.

The taste is good, real good. I think the main problem that I had with this beer is that it has so much going on that it gets a touch muddled. What I loved about the Bourbon was that it had three or four strong flavors that melded together really well. This has a dozen things going on that are really good, its almost too much of a good thing. Vanilla, Oak, Chocolate, Booze, Caramel, Toffee, Candied Sugar, dark fruit-plumb & apricots.

It has a lighter mouthfeel that hurts the beer. I want this to be thicker and meaner. So many blends, so much flavor, too little body. It is a good beer, but damn was it hard to finally get a hold of. Good beer.

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Photo of trygger87
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up at whole foods in SF CA. This beer is dark as night. Pours almost no head to speak of. This beer reeks of boozy dark fruits. With vanilla and toffee under tones. Taste is a bit sour at first followed by a big time whiskey/ bourbon flavor. This beer is really good, though its a bit expensive. I would recommend this beer to any one who likes barrel aged beers. (370 characters)

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

Had during Philly Beer week. Big thanks to Tomme himself for sharing! Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tasting snifter. Pours a dark brown out of the bottle, settling mostly black looking in the glass. Decent size head after pour, tanish in color...but settles very quickly and dissapears completely. No real lacing to speak of, maybe just a couple fizzy bubbles sliding quickly down the sides of the glass. Almost looks completely flat once the head settles.

Aroma smells great, but somewhat distant. Lot's of booze, including the bourbon and brandy notes. Caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and dark over-ripe fruits.

Wow, the bourbon and brandy Angel Shares are delicious, but this one takes the cake. If you've had either one, imagine it being more carbonated and super smooth! An incredibly easy drinker for such high booze flavor. The bourbon and brandy mix awesome! Very sharp, crisp flavors...including caramel, dark fruits...raisins, mollasses, wood, and toasted malts. The booze warmth is impressive! Overall though, I still can't believe how incredibly smooth this beer is compared to it's counter-parts. Very complex, and once again...delicious! Thanks again Tomme...what a fantastic beer! (1,198 characters)

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4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured dark brown with good carbonation and a dirty white head

S: Sweet. Vanilla, oak, dark fruits, brown sugar, bourbon

T: Followed the nose pretty well but wow was this good. I noticed oak, bourbon, vanilla to be more prominent but chocolate, dark fruits and everything comes out. Hints of earth, tobacco too

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

D - Excellent and a must try (402 characters)

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