(Insert Your Own “what the!” Expressions)

So my best friend brought over a Lost Abbey beer that he bought well over a year ago.  It’s The Angel’s Share from Port Brewing.  That is Tomme Arthur‘s place, and he’s got brilliant beers there.  This one is no exception.  According to the bottle, the titular angel’s share is a distilling term.  “Over time, some whiskey is lost to evaporation.  They refer to this loss of spirits as ‘The Angel’s Share’.  Each time a barrel is filled, a measure of this liquid seeps into the oak and is lost forever.”  Port Brewing aged this beer in oak barrels.

It’s brown and burgundy and beautiful following the current theme of appearance.  However, unlike some of my previous beers it is quite headless.   It clocks in at 11.5% alcohol. 

This beer exudes no hop flavor or aroma.  Yeah!  It is dominated by anise, or black licorice.  Boo!  And I do mean dominate.  Boy is it strong.   My friend and I both had the same reaction (see post title) with our first swig of this beer.

But there is also a streak of vanilla that slinks around the slightly heavy and oily body.  Once the anise goes away (which Royal says it does; I drank mine too fast) the brandy overtures arise.  I could taste the warmth of brandy coagulating at the back of my throat earlier.  Very nice sensation.

It was suggested that I harvest some of this sediment, but, come on!  I don’t have that kind of equipment.  That would be cool, though.

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