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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - The Lost Abbey

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-AgedThe Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

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95
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1,317 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1317
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%


Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Old Ale aged in bourbon barrels for 12 months.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006)
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottled consumed 1/09 from notes
A - Deep dark caramel in color with red highlights. Thick tan head that stays - beautiful.
S - Bourbon, vanilla, maple syrup.
T - Taste follows nose with sweet dark fruit and a dry finish.
M/F - Medium body and a bit highly carbonated.
D - A very tasty beer that is busting with flavor. A real sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 17:32:05 | More by ThirstyBird
More User Reviews:
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charlzm

California

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Consumed April 23rd, 2014 from an undated bottle that I have had for at least 6 months. Poured into a DFH snifter.

Cork came out of the bottle with the tiniest little pop, indicating that there is precious little carbonation within. A vigorous pour confirms this; no head forms at all. None.

The beer is an opaque dark brown with slightly less opaque deep purple/ruby highlights when held to strong light. Did I mention it has no head whatsoever? The beer does have some modest legs when the glass is swirled, so there is that.

Aroma is candied, pitted fruit, vanilla and wood. Boozy.

Flavor is a lot like the nose: it stars with a strong showing of sweet prunes, dates and raisin. Some thin wood bitterness and boozy vanilla wash in before the whole thing fades into a medicinal memory down the gullet. "Cloying" is a word I throw about a little, but here it is appropriate; this beer is just so boozy and so sweet that it desperately needs some carbonation.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and slightly slick and maybe even a little oily. If only there were some soft carbonation...

The flavors in this beer are fine, but the lack of carbonation is a critical flaw that causes the whole affair to come down like a house of cards. I won't be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 03:35:57 | More by charlzm
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

A- Pours an opaque mahogany, with reddish brown hues on the edges when held to the light. A finger and a half head of tight tan foam slowly recedes to a collar and film, leaving some lacing.

S- The aroma is rich and complex, very reminiscent of a bourbon barrel aged English Barleywine, but a bit more sharp and assertive. Sweet dark fruits, mostly date and fig, but also black cherries, are the dominant aromas. This is followed by toffee, caramel, and a touch of dark chocolate. A healthy dose of booze, woody tannins, and some faint tart granny smith apple. A lot going on, but lacks a bit of that "wow" factor.

T- When I first sipped this I was wondering where all the flavors were, but when it got to the back of my tongue I was wowed! It's a bit bland and nondescript on the front of the tongue, with just some basic malt and caramel flavor. However, on the back of the tongue I get huge dark chocolate, black cherry, and toffee notes. Caramel and vanilla pile on, and then I'm left with some dry, minutely tart, oaky tannins. Delicious!

M- The mouth feel is incredibly thick and viscous, velvety, with light carbonation. Pretty boozy as expected. Coats the mouth and is pretty drying.

O- Overall this exceeded my expectations, and I wish I hadn't traded away both of my other bottles! An excellent representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 04:04:42 | More by SadMachine
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markgugs

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%

04-20-2014 17:54:09 | More by markgugs
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funkel81

California

3.75/5  rDev -12%

04-19-2014 16:04:16 | More by funkel81
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2GOOFY

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-14-2014 19:12:02 | More by 2GOOFY
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Dicers

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.1%

04-14-2014 00:42:12 | More by Dicers
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jkrug5

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-13-2014 02:11:21 | More by jkrug5
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JimmyAloysius

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

04-09-2014 21:53:28 | More by JimmyAloysius
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greenspointexas

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-07-2014 22:51:55 | More by greenspointexas
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RWNay

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-07-2014 18:59:55 | More by RWNay
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KornWallace

New York

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Date: 4/6/14
Location: Trade from PA
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: The beer is black as night. Large viscous ring, no head no carbonation. There is a lot of cling when you sip the beer.
Aromatics: Big dark fruits with plums, dark grapes. Bourbon with a big alcohol smell. Some oxidization, little soy smell.
Flavor: The plums come in strong, heavy on the dark fruit. The bourbon flavoring is nice, warming alcohol, vanilla and some wood.
Mouthfeel: Very viscous, coating my tongue. Very warm alcohol goes all the way down my throat.
Notes: The cork swelled in the bottle, needed a cork screw to get it out. Bottled Dec. 2012. Bottle conditioned for 1 year.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 02:00:36 | More by KornWallace
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Jdotswizz

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.4%

04-07-2014 01:38:38 | More by Jdotswizz
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Gerasimos

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-06-2014 23:51:09 | More by Gerasimos
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SirElton

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

04-02-2014 03:21:09 | More by SirElton
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ArdyExfor

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-29-2014 23:59:05 | More by ArdyExfor
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black as night with a murky look to it. Tiny wisp of off white head is scarce. A little bit of Brussels lacing is present. All I get in the aroma is sweet bourbon and a bit of dark malt. The mouth is silky smooth and viscous. The flavor is initially dark malt and roasted barley and quickly turns very sweet with the bourbon,black licorice,fig and plum notes.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 21:25:15 | More by Franziskaner
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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

03-25-2014 21:49:39 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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bcerv-ca

California

3.75/5  rDev -12%

03-24-2014 21:48:02 | More by bcerv-ca
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-22-2014 20:11:11 | More by afsdan
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rjp217

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12%

03-22-2014 14:44:52 | More by rjp217
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kowlau22


1.25/5  rDev -70.7%

03-17-2014 21:41:26 | More by kowlau22
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miffsudd

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-17-2014 21:40:02 | More by miffsudd
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jlee9531


5/5  rDev +17.4%

03-15-2014 16:44:19 | More by jlee9531
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Jmitchell3

Arizona

4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 375ml bottle into a snifter. Served at 55F.

A: Light off-white head. little retention. Deep reddish brown. Mild lacing, a little clarity around the edges of the glass.
S: Bourbon and alcohol. Did I mention bourbon?
T: wow. Really strong barlywine flavor. With bourbon and warming. Lots of bourbon and warming. Sweet on the first sip, deep bourbon flavor with oak, plum. the flavor is amazing and very pleasing.
M: Medium body, the alcohol is really only evident in the finish with medium warming and a bit of stinging on the back of the throat.
O: Great barleywine, fantastic oak and bourbon flavors. Phenomenal flavors and aroma. Docked points for the moderate warming. Alcohol was evident mainly in the aromas and finish, while the flavors up front were quite pleasant and balanced. Overall, one of the best barleywine's I've ever had. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 02:49:22 | More by Jmitchell3
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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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