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

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

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.

Added by Jason on 04-23-2008

BEER STATS
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703
Reviews:
423
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
19.27%
 
 
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Photo of HopHeadLouie
2.18/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer should never have been released or once it got out it should have been recalled. Mouth feel is appalling! Not "appropriate for the style" not "mildly carbonated" not even close! Dead flat! Dishwater! Smells pleasant enough and you can vaguely see the potential of what it could be if it were properly carbonated, but it's not. It is hard to even describe this swill as beer, it reminds me more of a glass of iced tea after all the cubes have melted. As a Patron Sinner, I am very disappointed that Lost Abbey let this one out of the brewery.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle

A - Thick black sludge

S - Oak but not overpowering, sweetness, vanilla, coffee.

T - Caramel, raisins, plums, and a warming alcohol sensation. Very complex beer. I'm missing tons here, my palate feels overwhelmed.

M - Carbonation issues apparent with my bottle. Heavy complex body. Warming blast simulating carbonation with each sip.

D - So much going on with this beer. Very enjoyable even without the carbonation. Would love to try a carbonated bottle. Normally oak aged beers have an overpowering wood chip smell and taste. Not the case with this beer, very well balanced and oak does nothing but enhance the flavors. This is a sipping beer with a mandatory 2 minute break in-between sips. If this beer played Call of Duty 5 - it would def be a 5 star general.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap at the EBF, refreshed my memory with a 2008 vintage bottle. Carbonation problems are well known, and this was a bottle with said flatness, but having had it prior on tap i wont hold that against it for the reviews sake, now as for it costing over $31...

A - inky black with no head of course

S - brandy barrels aroma is very evident, oaky and woody with hints of the liquor, a sweetness as well, vanilla and toffe style

T - caramel emerges in the taste, specifically a burnt caramel/malt flavors, some fruity esthers come to bear as well, raisins, plum, even overripe apple, and strong alcohol flavors as well

M&D - this portion is a bit from memory, i wont judge based ona bottle suffering from a well documented issue. at the EBF i remember a significant liveliness, yet highly drinkable, i know that after the EBF it became kind of my "white whale" and when i saw a bottle i spared no expense. hopefully the carbonation issues will be/have been settled and i can have this great brew from a great brewery again

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2007, 750ml bottle from the cellar.

A whisp of carbonation escaped when removing the cork, followed by a quarter inch head of beige atop a dark brown body with a ruby hue.
Sparkling clarity from being laid down for two years. A partial skim coat remained for the duration of the glass as well as a few dots of lacework.

Aromatics start off with tart cherries, vineous fruits, boozy brandy, and soured apples. Hints of chocolate, oak, raisins, and citrus follow through.

Medium bodied with a syrupish mouthfeel. Tacky, sticky and chewy.

Soured fruits start the palate with acid-laced cherries, granny smith apples, and apricot pits. Warming, boozy alcohol quickly steps forward and shades of chocolate, char, and citrus follow though.

Finishes with a jowel-watering sourness, boozy fusels, and a mild throat burn.

I believe this was the vintage that Tommee used Brandy barrels that had aleady been used for the previous Angel's Share. Maybe that is where the obvious infection came from. Certainly a different animal from the versions I've had at fests or on draught at the Public house. Too bad I traded some really awesome beer for this really infected beer.
Ah well, at least it was carbonated.

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Photo of jdklks
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

goddamn, i've waited for this beer for a long time. i absolutely love uncorking beer and champagne bottles. the shooting of the cork; the crisp pssst sound; the sensation of being immediately immersed in the aroma escaping from within. yes, carbonation does wonderful things. so you can imagine that i was a little disappointed when i had to pull this one out like a wine cork, and, pouring with the vigour and conviction of a religious crusader, discovered that there was no head atop the deep and dark mahogony body. the head that would be there if this beer was carbonated looks amazing, in my imagination... oh, what a lovely head! the smell is strong with brandy (and seemingly bourbon) and dark fruity sweet malts, caramel, and vanilla. very pleasant.

holy shit, what this beer would be if it were carbonated!!! "Amazing" would be the word, if one word could describe it, and if it were carbonated. a huge brandy-almost-bourbon presence that blends beautifully with the caramel and vanilla. dark fruit sweetness complimented by a smooth and invigorating alcohol presence (12.5%), much like an imperial stout... its damn decent right now, but so much greater in my carbonated imagination.

Mouthfeel is fantastically thick, smooth and velvety on the palate... and in my imagination it is perfectly carbonated. But since in reality it is not at all carbonated, the mouthfeel sucks. drinkability is also imaginatively huge.

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Photo of chaz410
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was blessed with this amazing offering at the Rare Beer Sampling for Pints for Prostate during the GABF.
The appearance is of dark amber with a very very thin light head.
Smell is more than worth the effort in finding this gem. Smells of vanilla, rich cherry and dark fruit malts, dark brandy sweet notes, bourbon roastiness, sweet caramel and rich toffee.
Taste is Unreal! This is the most beautifully blended mix of sweet liquor-like accents such as brandy, bourbon, oak, dark cherry and toffee mixed into strong ale notes like sweet caramel, light malts and small hints of subtle hops.
The mouthfeel is like silk and extremely smooth.
The overall sensation of drinking this beer is not at all harsh but must be enjoyed at a moderate pace.
It will age well and is possibly one of the best beers I've ever had!

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Photo of brownbeer
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Falling Rock.

A- Dark brown, no head.

S- Nose is prunes, maple syrup, dark fruit.

T- Flavor is similar to a tawny port. Rich molasses, imported chocolate, bold and definately tastes so.

M- Not much by way of carbonation but that lends itself to being soft and smooth.

D- I personally would want to split a bottle several ways due to the rich nature. Also, the fact that one should share something so awesome.

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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 DIM
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2008 version, 750ml bottle

a: Well, it isn't flat. A hard pour yielded a thin ring of medium sized bubbles that quickly faded. This could be revived with a swirl. The body was a very dark, ruby tinted brown. It was almost opaque.

s: Only my second brandy barrel aged beer and I can't keep my nose out of the glass. Warm but not hot, sweet but not cloying the brandy takes center stage. It is warm and inviting with oak and vanilla accents. Behind that are some dark fruits like raisins and plums plus a little toffee and brown sugar. Not overpowering like many barrel aged beers, instead this is almost subtle and very enticing.

t: Here again the brandy barrel is at the forefront, but just a little of the complexity from the nose is lost. Sweet elements of of brandy, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, and caramel. The dark fruits from the aroma are harder to find here, but they peek through every now and then. On the sweet side for sure, but it works well with this one.

m: Yeah, this is a little undercarbonated, but not by all that much. I don't like gassy b-wines, but this was just a bit too still. The body was viscous and somewhat silky.

d: I admit that I came into this with a chip on my shoulder. I had all kinds of nasty things in mind that I intended to write. It pains me to say it, but this great beer is only a couple bubbles away from being world-class. As great as it was, this is most likely my last Lost Abbey offering. They have taken a beating in the forums in recent months and deservedly so. To repeatedly release flat beer is baffling and unacceptable. Plain and simple, beer needs to be carbonated BEFORE it is sold. The onus should not be on the consumer to properly store a beer while it carbonates before it can be consumed. To do so without a word of warning to the public is particularly outrageous. Because they have failed to do this more than once, their customer service record is irreperably damaged in my eyes. Its a shame that such talented brewer would treat his customers with such disdain. No more LA for me.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.45/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged, 2008 vintage.

Poured into a Chimay chalice, and under-carbonated is an understatement. Scant few bubbles form with the hardest of pours. No head to speak of over this opaque dark brown brew. Upon swirling, heavy legs and tiny bubbles are seen along the glass.

Aroma is sweet and sour, tartness coupled with syrupy maltiness. Taste is worlds away from the nose: sweet and fruity upfront, moderately smokey old leather tannins in the middle, with an evaporating alcohol close. Warmth and numbing come along soon enough too. Mouthfeel is thin for the look and flavor, and drinkability is pretty limited.

Save your $30. The bad experience stories are true, much as I wanted to see them wrong.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to pry the cork out of this one with no carbonation assist. This beer, once in my tulip, was a dark, murky brown with a single bubble collar of foam.

Smells of earthy, slightly smoked barley with a touch of prune and a slight boozy, spicy hint.

Tastes rather thin and bland at first but then unfolds into grainy, ambiguous sweetness. This is followed up with a touch of cinnamon and a boozy, woody dryness.

Feels very thin but with a keen thickening of hidden carbonation that makes this quite playful.

A little dry, but a tasty take on the style. I'd say the carbonation issues with this were overrated.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE 2/14/10: I just cracked my first bottle of the 2009 release. Originally I rated this beer a 4.0 B+ and had given it 2's in both the mouthfeel and drinkability category for the '08 vintage. Although the 2009 release is still "nearly" flat, I do feel that it is a SIGNIFICANT improvement over last years release and the tiny amount of carbonation that is present is enough to turn this into a world class beer. The alcohol burn seems to be quite subdued, and the vanilla and toffee flavors are much more prominent. It would probably be fair to make my overall score an average of the two vintages, but I'm going to go ahead and just change it to reflect the 2009 vintage only. My original review text for the '08 is below

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Received this 750 ML 2008 vintage by mistake, but rather than send it back I decided to keep it despite the known carbonation issues.

Poured a deep brown color, nearly black. No head as expected, although even if this wasn't flat I still wouldn't expect much head so I am not going to fault it too much for that.

Smell is big time oak, also a hot alcohol sting. Smooth vanilla, fudge, caramel, toffee, along with a lot of brandy. Really exquisite, this is one area where the lack of carbonation isn't going to really play too negatively. Definitely exceptional in this department.

The brandy comes through huge in the flavor, but it is a warm and inviting heat and luckily not a burning one. But HOLY SHIT is this HOT....I can see why some people are turned off by the flatness, there is nothing here to splash around the flavor and your tongue is just bombarded with a blitzkrieg of booze. 3 sips in and my tongue is literally going numb. Rich vanilla and toffee flavors make up the back end. In small doses this would be incredible, more akin to a fine liquor rather than a beer. The bomber is waayyy too much.

Mouthfeel is, as expected, bad. Flat as a pancake, although truthfully I found the Older Viscosity 2009 to be much worse. The flavors here mesh a bit better with the tools that they have (the toolbox is near empty though). Perhaps since this one has had a few more months on it than the Older Vis it has mellowed out a bit.

Drinkability is very low due to the overall monstrous nature of this. Its just so incredibly rich and boozy there needs to be some carbonation to bring it all together. Hopefully the next bottling of this is an upgrade.

Despite all of this, I still "almost" want to call this a world class beer, even in its current state. It is so close, just a smidgen of carbonation would have been satisfactory. Can I get a smidgen, please?

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was really looking forward to this stuff. The ridiculously generous and fruity OlieIPA opened a big fat 750ml one particular evening. All the hype and disappointment surrounding the flat bottles was about to be tested by the world's leading expert in ... uh .... disappointment.

Just as purported, she looks pretty flat. Zero head, like that time I .... never mind. Color is brown. An almost unpleasant shade of night-after-filet-mignon brown but in a rich, thick, completely opaque poop jello sort of way. The darkest shade of caramel possible.

Big smells of liquor, remniscent of Grand Marnier. Maybe even some wood, nicely done, with figs underlain. Smells big.

Taste of caramel. The oak is prominent and delicious. Big brandy taste. One strong ass beer. Caramel again.

I would like to love this beer, but the utter complete flatness detracted quite a bit from the overall experience, which bothers me on several levels. See extensive forum discussions for details.

Overall: disappointment, want to try another vintage

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, received this bottle from MuenchenerKindl last December, sat on it for a while, and I've been feeling pretty shitty, so what better beer than this for a pick-me-up?!

Into my Duvel glass, pours a rather dark and has the color of chocolate. The head was nice, but receded quickly to a thin film, a foamy ring around the edges, and spiderwebbing lacing down the glass.

The aroma is busy. First impression gives oak, brandy, chocolate, and caramel hints. Dive deeper, you find grapes, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, smaller hints of cherry, and vanilla. Pretty sure I picked up some kitchen sink in there too.

Taste runs the gamut even more. On top of the oak, brandy, brown sugar, raisin, grapes, cherry, sherry, brandy, bourbon (?), its got a smorgasbord of nuances I can scarcely even begin to describe. I am a simple mortal, not worthy of this beer's godliness.

The mouth is exceptional, a medium body, dry and stingy like a fine wine, with a fine effevescent carbonation to remind you you are, actually, still drinking beer, and a warmth that is caring, and forgiving. In fact, I can scarcely believe this is a 12% beer. Until I get to the last few ounces. Then it hits.

Nevertheless, its been a joy to drink, a pleasure. Its the kind of crazy complex brew that the beer aficionado requires, from time to time. Much thanks, Tom. Much thanks.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on cask at O'Brien's, along with the Older Viscosity and Sinner's Blend 2009. Talk about a strong beer line-up.

Appearance: Dark. Darker. But not quite darkest, that title would be saved for the Older Viscosity, but still a very dark brew. Little foamy carbonation, which, apparently, is more than you get in the bottle from last year's batch.

Smell: Huge notes of booze strike the nose first, and at first sniff, you'd guess it's Bourbon. Oaky, with a hint of vanilla and lots and lots of booze. Roasted malt character is present as well.

Taste: Very strong, as the booziness is not very tamed in this form. Hard in some ways to get past, but cask temperature definitely works for this beer, as it develops that vanilla, prune and fig-like fruits, and that sweet brandy tone that can strike just as the booziness is feeling too warm. A lot going on here for sure, but really needed to mellow a bit before being all that perfection it wants to be.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, not overly carbonated (thanks to the cask), but I would've actually liked just a bit more carbonating, would've added some character to this heavy brew.

Drinkability: Relatively low, it's just a little too boozy for my liking. Yes, the taste was good and solid, but with that kind of alcohol burn, it's more like drinking light spirits than enjoying a great brew.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A= No pop when the cork comes off. Pours a dark brown almost black color with no head whatsoever. The color is decent I suppose but the head lets me down sooo much.
S= Lots of chocolaty notes. Vanilla is there for sure and lots of brandy. Really great smell. Caramel is there too with lots of toffee. I love the smell.
T= The initial taste is nothing at all. When it first hit my lips I thought they also forgot to flavor the beer. Then the amazing flavor washes over my tongue. I think the lack of carbonation didn't allow the flavor to fully penetrate my tongue upon first sip because the following sips are great. Toffee, chocolate, loads of vanilla, oak, and toasty greatness. Really hot in my belly but nothing in my mouth. The carbonation is missed but I guess thats not a problem with taste.
M= Really smooth I wish it had carbonation. If it did i would imagine the mouthfeel to rival westy 12 but there is no carbonation so I cant really say. Feels like Motor oil going down.
D= Tastes great and smells wonderful. The carbonation problem is the only downfall for this beer. Really tastes great. Could be one of the best in the world but, well as I already mentioned it has no carbonation.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I think that at this point these bottles are not going to carbonate, this is just a bad batch.
Murky brown substance with both sediment and particles floating throughout. This is actually appealing the rating is due to its complete lack of carbonation which results in absolutely no head. And lets face it, everyone loves good head.
Lots of fantastic aromas including but not limited to, Raisons, molasses,and toffee with a pleasant vinous character probably due to the brandy.
Fig is a primary contributer to the taste. With the sweet candy presence of toffee and a warm finish due to the brandy.
This beer had a full body but no carbonation.
What a great beer this had been. $40 is a lot of money to spend on a defective product. Had this been well carbonated I would do it again but given the circumstances I would like to return my second bottle for a refund.

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Photo of pecokid
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in tulip glass at about 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Poured muddy amber. Chill haze perhaps? Next to zero carbonation. Strong vanilla and oak flavor with malty sweetness. Vanilla and tobacco scent. Alcohol certainly noticeable in flavor but not overwhelming. Slightly slick mouth feel. Paid $45 at the Foodery in Philadelphia. While I appreciate the artistry in this brew it is not quaffable at all, but perhaps it should not be. I really wanted to like this beer and was prepared to deal with a little funkiness from the barrel but the lack of carbonation can not be ignored. Sadly, I will never pay my own money for this beer unless the price drops in half.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

The moment of truth. Decided to crack my 375mL of Brandy Barrel Angels Share. To be honest, I didn't have high expectations. This bottle was supposedly re-carbonated and rebottled by Tomme...

This beer is flatter than a 12 year old girl before she hits puberty. Still as can be. Dark brown with purple hues, and some translucency around the edges. No head.

The smell is pleasing. Brandy and vanilla at the forefront. Some sweet chocolate and very light toffee smell. An oak scent really complements well. A roasted caramel and pecan scent. Not overly complex, but very in your face and what's here smells good.

Incredibly hot, to the point where my mouth is burning. Every flavor in the scent is echoed in the taste. Very nice burnt caramel and toffee flavors that mix well with the vanilla and oak tastes. Fairly roasted. Unfortunately the lack of carbonation really kills this beer. I really wish this could have been had ontap...

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.69/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Lost Abbey. Despite the incredible fall from grace that this beer has had to endure, it still was one of my most anticipated beers of the day. Enough so that I was willing to drink a pint in a warehouse when it was 100 degrees out

A: Dark chestnut brown with a thin brown head with OK retention. Great clarity, this beer looks pretty nice. Retention could be better, but at 12%, that's asking for a bit much

S: Insane. Brandy booziness layered over complex sweetness with caramel, dark honey, mild nuttiness. Alcohol is practically non-existent. Oak is present, with a tannic character that works well with the booze.

T: Opening up with sweet brandy and plenty of complex fruity sweetness - figs, caramel, honey. Rather light in body, and that prevents this beer from being cloying (it's far from it), and the drying tannic finish is excellent

M: I can see why the carbonation is essential - it simply highlights everything that's good about this beer - an excellent palate, a mild zing to go with both the dryness and the tannic finish. Fantastic stuff.

D: If I wasn't going to an epic tasting after this, I would have drunk the hell out of this and the bourbon AS on tap. Excellent beers, along with DDG, the only beers I kept wanting to drink in the 100 degree heat.

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Photo of kappldav123
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle looks incredibly good. The beer in the glass deep black, almost oily, no head. Wonderful malty-old aroma. Starts fiery-malty, very complex, very woody notes, very strong, modest alcoholic. Very nice finish, warming, well balanced, prickly, very long. Wonderful beer!

Big thanks to scrizz for sending that beer to my house!

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been holding onto it for a few months at cellar temp to carbonate. Time to crack one open.

A-Pours a murky dark brown, completely chocolatey opaque at the bottom and hints of light at the side on top. No head cause you'd need carbonation for that.

S-Brandy, molasses, dark fruit and milk chocolate. Very nice.

T-Boozy from the jump, with brandy soaked raisin flavors, some light brown sugar and caramel. A very rich chocolate note caps things off and then a hint of fig all the way at the back.

M-Rich but still remarkably light on the tongue. Absolutely no carbonation.

D-The best flat beer I have ever had or (for what I paid for it) hope to have. Despite the well publicized carbonation issues, this is a damn fine beer.

HV

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Photo of steeltown71
4.89/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Brandy Barrel Aged, found a bottle on the shelf at the Cracked Kettle. I've been wanting to try this for a long time so here goes & let's try not to be biased:

A: Pours dark brown-gold with mild carbonation.

S: Huge presence, intense, multi-layered aroma - caramel, hazelnut, cognac, almost approaches a Utopias-sweetness in smell.

T: Sweet caramel at first, massive complexity, vanilla, toffee, s'mores - still sweet on finish with noticeable oak, brandy. Long finish - I could think of a thousand things this would go well with.

M: This is far, far more lively than I expected. With all the no-carbonation/undrinkable horror stories out there about AS, I guess I was expecting it to be completely flat. Maybe that's the '09 batch only because this has the perfect amount of carbonation for what it is.

D: My only regret is not buying every bottle they had. I can't imagine a better evening cordial to sip than this.

Met and exceeded high expectations. Not sure what happened with the '09 batch but if there is any '08 left seize it immediately.

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Photo of ricke
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

A: Very dark brown with small ruby edges, basically opaque. Absolutely no head, no lacings, nothing happens when I swirl the glass.

S: A decent amount of boozy brandy aromas. Fudge, caramel, vanilla, wood and brandy. You can really tell that the beer suffers from the lack of carbonation, it's like the aromas are stuck without the ability to hijack the carbonation and escape the liquid. Too bad, but still a good smell.

T: The taste is better with more things going on. It's very sweet with lots of brandy notes. Vanilla, fudge, dark caramel and nice oak barrel flavors. Some fruit aromas and raisins. The finish is really boozy with a brandy-like character. Quite an intense flavor, that's just slightly too boozy.

M: Full-bodied, sticky texture. Absolutely no carbonation, completely flat.

D: Although it obviously suffers from the lack of carbonation, it's still a really good beer. Perhaps it could have been slightly less boozy, but the brandy flavors give it a rather rich character.

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Photo of raverjames
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

375ml Corked bottle labeled 2008. I heard this was a problematic batch, but the bottle I received was supposedly traded at the brewery for a refurbed bottle. Well, I guess that didn't work.
This beer poured with zero head. It is flat, and I mean flat like tap water. Not a single bubble to be found. Smells great, but it is a subtle smell. The nose is full of vanilla, caramel, plum, and boosy goodness. The taste is very similar with loads of over ripe fruit, vanilla, and sweet brandy. However, this beer feels horrible in the mouth. It is overly sweet and hard to swallow. I refuse to pour this expensive beer out, so I tried to sip slowly and enjoy. How can a big brewery mess a beer up like this? I have had beers carbonate slowly before. They tend to only have a bit of bubbles after a few months in the bottle. After 8 months, those beers finally have full carbonation. This is different. There is no sign of bottle fermentation. I am afraid this brew will never carbonate. I have one more bottle in the cellar. It will sit there for the next 3 years, then I will revisit. I pray for carbonation. Lost Abbey needs to learn about quality control. Oh well, at least the CdT was somewhat carbonated.

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