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

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The Angel's Share - Brandy Barrel-AgedThe Angel's Share - Brandy Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

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

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

2008 vintage 750ml
A vigorous pour produces a viscous black liquid with a handful of bubbles that dissipate almost instantly. Smells of oaky vanilla with a boozy edge. Hints of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit and tobacco round out the nose quite nicely. The flavor is sweet like an aged barleywine. Sweet sugar and caramel mixed with some vinous notes. A touch of ethanol and a nice flavor of dark fruits, grapes, chocolate, and tobacco. Medium to thick body with a sweet syrupy mouthfeel and not a lick of carbonation. I've sat on this bottle for quite some time fearing the disappointment that would ensue with the inevitable flat bottle. The lack of carbonation ruins the mouthfeel on this beer and makes a sweet beer even stickier. This smells wonderful! It's too bad I couldn't get a proper sample of this beer because I'll bet its really great!

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ffej for sharing a growler of this at a recent tasting.

Poured into a mini snifter, this brew appears a dark brown color that is nearly black with lighter brown showing clearly through the edges. A ring of tan head forms and stays along the perimeter of the glass. A swirl releases a few bubbles of carbonation. When held to the light, this brew shows ruby clarity through the body.

The aroma of this brew is big and boozy. There is a sweet smoothness of vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, and chocolate malt that comes across quite sweet smelling. Quite an enjoyable aroma across the board.

The taste includes chocolate malt that comes across like sweetened cocoa, vanilla, toasted coconut and a mellow oakiness. There is a big brandy reinforced booze presence that is lightly fusel in character. A lasting taste of chocolate malt coats the mouth and lingers with an enjoyable aftertaste.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation leaning towards low but it is fitting and enjoyable or this offering. Any more carb and it might have been distracting. Lots of flavor and depth to this sipper. Overall very enjoyable and easy drinking considering the big abv.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Billolick
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, on tap at the EBF, this past Saturday. The only brew I took notes on all weekend. Enjoyed 2 large sized samples that were truly savored. Poured burnt dark chocolate, near black, under a fierce looking dark tan head, sticks and sticks and emits loads of raisins and bourbon to the waiting nose. Rich, chewy and complex in the mouth and around the tongue. I picked up luscious notes of more raisins, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, ripe dark fruits...lovely beer....

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of malfunxion
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GClarkage
4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/06/09- Shared at a tasting with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- Either a late '08 or early '09 release. Last shipment of the Sinners Club. 375ml bottle, caged and corked. Poured into my Westvleteren chalice.

Appearance- Murky and thick looking pureed raisin color. Oh so slight head upon pour and quickly vanishes before your eyes. Leaves some light lace remnents. but looks very docile.

Smell- Lots of caramel, lots of rasins and dates. Definite alcohol scent. Couldn't really detect if it was bradny or not though.

Taste- The smell pretty much rounds it out. Very slight alcohol burn. Definite brandy barrel flavor. Lots of caramel and candied rasin flavor. Minor hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Ultra low cask-like carbonation level. Gets a touch watery after the swallow at times...about the only picky drawback. Lots of sugary fruit goodness in the taste.

Drinkability- Tremendous beer, whatever type it may be considered.

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Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours dark, dark red brown amber. No head or carbonation. Rich aroma of brandy, dark fruits, malt and alcohol. Nice. Dark fruits with an emphasis on plums, brandy, some sherry notes. Heavy bodied and complex. Finishes sweet and boozy. A pleasant complex strong ale. This will definitely be interesting to age. It needs a bit more carbonation to rate higher, but I'll still get this again.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is dark brown, poured from a bottle into a becher. Beer forms a white head and carbonation is mild.

The aroma is sweet with a back end of brandy in it.

The flavor is complex, very nutty, full bodied. Lots of sweetness and the brandy flavor is in there as well. There is a hint of caramel and a slight roast at the back end. Not a whole lot of bitterness.

Overall, I enjoyed this variant over the bourbon aged variant and apparently I'm in the minority. The flavors of the base beer were not overwhelmed by the brandy as they were, in my opinion, in the bourbon. If I want bourbon, I'll drink bourbon.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights and a thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots od dark fruits especially raisins in the aroma with plenty of brandy woody barrel character, hints of vanilla, slight vinous notes, pear esters, maple syrup tones and plenty of booze.

T: the pear and maple syrup was more apparent on the taste alongside woody brandy barrel character, dark fruits, vanilla accents, and quite a bit of heat.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, woody, dark fruity, boozy, and sticky finish.

O: it was an 09 vintage and it was still pretty hot, I honestly thought it would have mellowed out somewhat; still tasty though.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, so the trend now is to age the beer in used liquor barrels. Fine, most taste the same and few are highly drinkable. So when I tried this one I was surprised. It's a bit closer to SA Utopias than any other barrel aged beer I've had. The pour is a dark reddish, caramelly pond of richness. A pretty good head on it adds to the richness.
Aroma doesn't betray the abv. This is a smooth smell of caramel, light chocolate, vanilla and a touch of very dry timber. Oh, how I wish it were colder outside and the fireplace lit. Anywho, the taste follows the aroma. The caramel is a bit thicker and the vanilla clings to the woodiness. almost seems like a carbonated port. Some chocolate comes and goes as well as unripe figs and apricots. Very nice. I likey like this one. Alcohol does hit hard in the end...i'd like to see this one age a bit longer.

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.52/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle labeled BRANDY 2010 poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Dark brown with no carbonation at all and not a single bubble of head.

S - Brandy and a big sweetness up front with caramel, brown sugar and molasses. A touch of chocolate in the background.

T - FLAT, as I suspected from the pour. Trying to ignore the flatness, there is a big sweetness up front - dark caramel, molasses and brown sugar flavours all mixed together. The brandy and oak flavours are secondary but still in good proportion. The alcohol is slightly noticeable but not overly for the ABV. A hint of chocolate and some dark fruit notes come through in the background.

M - FLAT. The body is otherwise medium.

O - Was really looking forward to this beer and it turned out to be a very expensive drain pour.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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