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 wulfie85
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2006 vintage!! 750ml shared with T.Arthur & Big Daddy @ the T
Nice pop with cork pull
Fantastic smell, brandy, as poured into 6oz tulip.
Great smooth taste, dry finish. 8-9 years in the bottle has reakly worked wonders for this bad boy. The brandy and body of the barley wine is there initially but fades beautifully.
Great feel, minimal carbonation but enough to assure you this was an amazing beer. Cant believe it held up all this time.

Im sure dome will disagree but this vintage was the reason "barleywine should still be made", as a great brewmaster said. Really lucky to get to try this in great company.

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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2009 release poured from a caged & corked 375ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with no head and no lacing as expected.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, brandy, roasted malts and some dark fruit.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brandy, chocolate, dark fruit and coffee. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. There’s a very mild alcohol burn. The hops presence is nearly undetectable. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp and a bit chalky, medium body, very low carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very flavorful and strong beer to sip on for a long time.

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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

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

This beer is perfect in every way. The smell was vanilla, toffee, molasses, sweet balsamic vinegar and caramel, the taste was more of the same with malty sweetness, no roasted bitterness, well balanced with an alcohol heat at the finish. Enjoyed this beer at 55F temp, a perfect sipper. Would pick up whenever available. Better than the Bourbon Barrel version which is also an excellent beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.64/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver. Pours pitch black and inky with no head whatsoever. Aroma is sweet brandy and some light anise, molasses, more sweet sugar. Flavor follows with thick brandy and molasses flavors, some light oakiness, burnt caramel, very sweet. Nearly no carbonation in this one, and on the sweet side which cuts through the thickness and puts things a bit on the cloying side. Big bodied though. I definitely liked the bourbon version better than this one, but would be nice on a winter day.

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