The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - The Lost Abbey
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4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Much thanks to Bennetj17 for the opportunity to try this. Its quite dark and opaque, somewhat stout like in appearance. Mildly yet persistently carbonated, a very gentle pour into my Chimay chalice gave a one finger tan coloured head, with great retention, after more than a few minutes a half finger's worth is still present. Thick and sticky sheets of lace present that eventually disperse and reenter the body of this rich brew.
Quite a rich nose on this brew. Bourbon, toffee, bourbon soaked raisins, vanilla and wood, as well as a hint of more roasted malt aromas. I may see how this stand up to a cigar after the review.
Wow, this is a rich and decadent brew. The bourbon is there right from the start, then the rich toffee from the malts assert themselves. Vanilla and oak appear along with booze soaked raisins, and more roasted malt character appears in the middle and lasts to the finish, with a treacly character and notes of espresso and hints of anise and a whiff of smoke. Some mostly clean hop bitterness present at the finish, with earthy tones.
Incredibly smooth, full, and creamy. Some alcohol heat from this 12.5% monster, but what else could be expected from such a big beer aged in bourbon barrels? Rich, decadent, and very well integrated for my taste, the rich malts stand up to the pronounced bourbon character, and the subtler notes from the oak and hops add significant depth to this incredible brew.
This is a sipper to be sure, but is quite enjoyable, it will be a pleasure to enjoy the 375mls, even though it will take me a while to do so. Definitely worth trying for fans of well crafted barrel aged brews. Guess i will have to try to acquire the brandy barrel version in order to compare it with this rich and tasty treat. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2009 19:42:55 | More by demcorhip
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