The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - The Lost Abbey
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4.68/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a standard tulip glass.
Pours a deep, cloudy, dark brown that verges on black. A gigantic, frothy, tightly bubbled, 3 fingers tall, khaki head shoots out of the viscous liquid almost immediately and lasts an absolutely incredible length of time. I've never seen a high ABV, barrel aged beer have head that was for one, this tall and lasted this long. As it finally recedes, it leaves thick sheets of lacing along the edges of the glass, again highly unusual for such a high ABV, barrel aged beer. Absolutely outstanding.
Wow. Waves and waves of bourbon drifts up from the depths of the dark, alluring beer. The spicy bourbon character takes on subtle nuances of vanilla and light coconut. Underneath the massive barrel character, there are sizable notes of toffee, figs, plums, rum soaked cherries and caramel. for nearly 13%, the alcohol is very well masked, by the sweet malt character.
Sweet cherries upfront, with big, dark fruits not far behind; mostly more of the fig and the plum that is found in the nose. Underneath the juicy notes of fruit there is a solid, sweet wall of rich toffee and silky, milk chocolate. While this somewhat bread-y malt backbone is sweet, it never comes close to being cloying. The beer finish off dry from the high ABV and leaves resounding, lingering notes of sweet fig, cherry plum, toffee, powdered cocoa and bread. There are massive bourbon barrel notes in the finish as well; vanilla and faint coconut. The alcohol is hidden massively well, wow.
Robust and full mouthfeel with a delightfully, creamy, silky smooth body. Hides the alcohol extraordinarily well. Consistent, moderate to high carbonation. High drinkability.
Wow! This is an absolutely incredible beer, really hits on all cylinders! Huge, bourbon character in both the nose and in the taste, the base beer is an incredible example of a barleywine and the mouthfeel is up there with some of the best beers I've ever had. Extremely little alcohol in the taste. I've heard that Lost Abbey has had some problems with carbonation in this beer before, but rest assured, there is NO issue with this year's vintage. It's 100% ready to drink now. Buy this asap.
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2013 04:51:48 | More by flayedandskinned
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