For those dedicated readers of my blog (thanks Mom and Dad) who have anxiously followed the latest announcements about one particular beer…
Let me unequivocally state that the aforementioned bottle has now been joyously consumed. In my last post, I had made a solemn vow to finally drink the bottle of Lost Abbey’s Angel’s Share, so let it never be said that I don’t follow through on my word, at least when it comes to beer.
But, once again, we will take a somewhat circuitous route to the tasting.
This past week I saw the memorable Seinfeld “Soup Nazi” episode for the umpteenth time, one of my favorite television episodes of all time. Early on, Jerry is regaling Elaine that the soup is so delicious that it makes you weak in the knees. Of course, later on Elaine gets a taste of the soup and immediately must sit down on the nearest city stoop.
This is exactly what came to mind when I had my first sip of The Angel’s Share. Knee-weakening good.
The beer pours a dark brown (SRM 34) and has a quickly dissipating head, although an almost lace-like foam stays on the surface. On the nose it presents a complex aroma of raisins, spice, bourbon, and chocolate. Similar on the palate and sweet, but not overly so, I was enjoying this for several minutes before tasting. It had a lighter mouthfeel than I was expecting and is refreshingly lightly carbonated with a pleasingly long aftertaste.
Hop heads take note. STAY AWAY! This is a challenging beer in terms of the dizzying elements on the nose and palate. It reminds me of the time I had my first glass of good cabernet after years of Liebfraumilch and Lancer’s (still a cool bottle though). I could intellectually appreciate the structure, but that it was a leap for my limited palate.
I savored this beer saving more than the promised thimbleful for my wife. She didn’t like it. One final swirl of the glass revealed a foamy representation of the Milky Way Galaxy, but I believe that was the 12% ABV talking.
P.S. The Angel’s Share refers to the portion of wood cask liquid that evaporates during the distilling or aging process.
Lost Abbe Website: http://lostabbey.com/
Soup Nazi http://theidiotspeaketh.com/