The Angel's Share Grand Cru | The Lost Abbey

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

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of both bourbon and brandy barrel aged Angel's Share aged in oak barrels from 1-5 years

Added by Bitterbill on 02-15-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
265
Reviews:
110
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
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183
Gots:
33
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 265 |  Reviews: 110
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300 ml of a bold blend. Black with little head. Mostly bourbon in the aroma and taste. Full mouthfeel. Very drinkable, but it is to be sipped and not gulped. Grape is a distant flavour.Enjoyed as a barleywine, complex, and would like to have again further along aged.
Big thanks to JMBSH.

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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.

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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado's barleywine fest on Saturday. Numerous other beers were ignored so that I could savor a few glasses of this.

Opaque dark chocolate brown in the glass, topped by a quater-inch of caramel-colored froth. The head recedes to a crown that lasts until I finish my glass.

The aroma has a beautiful balance between barrel and beer; I smell brown sugar, raisins, figs and toffee alongside strong but not overwhelming bourbon, which seems to have taken precedence over the brandy barrel components. There's a slightly tart vinous quality along with subtle sherry-like oxidation in the background. Alcohol is present but subtle, lending another layer to the complex aroma.

Similar flavors are present on the palate, opening with brown sugar, sweet and tart dark fruit, caramel, lightly boozy bourbon and earthy oxidation. Dried fruit and sherry appear mid-palate along with a kick of bourbon, though it's all remarkably smooth and balanced. The blending of new and old vintages was handled brilliantly; there's a bit of fire from the newer vintages and a bit of oxidation from the older, with neither one overwhelming the palate. The cabernet franc-infused component of the blend makes its presence known as well, lending a vinous backbone that's simultaneously sweet and tart. The body is smooth, rich and nearly void of any harshness, and carbonation is at a perfect moderate level, while the finish lingers on for ages with flavors of dark fruit, sherry, tannins and brown sugar. Easily my favorite batch of Angel's Share yet.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mothman
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a small snifter.

Essentiially black; excellent lacing.

Feel: excellent except for some high ABV harshness; near full body; very good, if relatively high (for style), carbonation.

Taste: Sweet up front; Rich and complex; dark roasted malts dominate the bitter/sweet aftertaste.

O: Outstanding. Improved with warming and more warming.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This beer has incredible bottle variation, particularly with age, IMHO. I've had bottles that have blown me away (4.5 level) and bottles that have been half poured out.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged & corked 12.7oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with no head as expected and likewise no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit and licorice.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit and licorice. Then a decent alcohol sting follows along with some oak-aging essence. The roasted malt character is very hearty. There is very little hops presence as you would expect in this type of beer and yet there is still a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet

M: Crisp and very smooth, quite viscous, medium-to-heavy body, very light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, very strong kick, good aged representation of style, this is a good high-octane sipper to drink for a long time.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Kegatron
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 ml corked and caged bottle into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass. Thanks go to Sean9689 for hooking me up with this in a trade.

Pours black at first but holding this up to the light reveals more of an actual deep dark brown body on this, topped with about a ½ finger of fizzy burnt mocha head. This dissipates pretty quickly, finishing with a thin foamy ring around the edges that maintains itself nicely and ringing the sides of the glass with light spotty lace and oils that slowly ooze down the sides. Bourbon and brandy play tug-of-war in the nose with notes of fruit, vanilla, and burnt spicy molasses all mingling together into a powerful mélange of woody, sticky, and charred barrel character. Cocoa powder, sugars, and toast sit way underneath but are present if you dig pretty deep on this. Warm alcohol fusels sting the nose a tad.

The taste is once again a tale of two barrels, with the fruitiness, vanilla, and caramel flavors of the brandy mixing with the tannins to give this a green tangy tartness that spreads out through the profile and fluctuates in intensity as I work the bottle. Burnt molasses and brown sugars from the bourbon sit underneath and latches on to the base notes of chocolate and roast. Overall this comes off as a warm burnt stickiness that the drenches the palate and finishes with a smack of vanilla character and a mouth-enveloping charred dryness that seems to stretch for miles. The mouthfeel is full bodied; with a thick creaminess that gets chewier feeling the longer you hold it in your mouth. There is a ton of slickness from the barrel, giving this a slippery feel that counteracts the heaviness of the body. Speaking of which, the 12% ABV is just marvelously hid and despite the obvious beefy alcohol presence, I can't believe just how smooth this is, with no stinging heat and the alcohol mostly being confined to the brandy and bourbon notes.

Uh, this was pretty freaking good. The tartness threw me for a loop at times (I'm pretty sure that this was just a combination of flavors and not anything infection related) but it seemed to fluctuate in its assertiveness and never really become distracting. What does stand out here is the perfect balance of barrel flavors and the absolutely ridiculous drinkibility for such a huge beer. This is fantastic stuff. The Lost Abbey did right by this release.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of billab914
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey Sinner stemware. It poured a darker, cola like brown color with a very thin, bubbly, tan head circling the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a lot of brown sugar, molasses and vanilla coming through. A woody oak and some moderate bourbon add some barrel aging depth to it. Some dark fruit with some notes of cherry, raisin and fig come through as well. It's very smooth and complex. A bit on the sweet side, but it fits the beer very well. An excellent aroma overall.

The taste shows the woody, oak and vanilla right up front. Midway it starts to get a lot sweeter with some of the brown sugar and molasses coming through. In the finish the bourbon really comes out, but is also very smooth. The vanilla lasts through the finish and some of the dark fruits come out as well. I get some bitterness to the finish, which really helps bring all the sweetness back in check. A moderate alcohol heat is there in the finish as well. Excellent flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Drinkability was very good, It was very complex and flavorful but also smooth. The barrel flavors really enhanced the flavors and depth, but also allowed the beer to shine through. Definitely the best version of AS that I've had, and just a great beer overall.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

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The Angel's Share Grand Cru from The Lost Abbey
4.36 out of 5 based on 265 ratings.
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