The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.7/5 rDev -13.3%
A 375ml bottle, 2009 vintage, shared with the amazing ATLBeerdog at his home in 'lanta, where the water is expensive and the nights are long.
A. Well... ok, let's just dive in. A few measly bubbles fade fast. There were like 3 of them. Maybe 2. Damn you, Tomme! The Angel's Share itself is a dark one, brown with red highlights and leggy - the booze is strong with this one. But of course there is ZERO head of any kind, no lace, and no bubbles.
S. Well, this is quickly on the way to redemption. The nose screams Sam Adam's Utopia's Jr. It really does. Immense character here - maple, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, port, a vinous-woody scent, rich and buttery and sweet, and yes, boozy. A bit of pecan perhaps in there... Tomme can Co. can absolutely make great smelling beer, and this is proof. Very rich, sweet, and dessert-like.
T. Quite woody at first, with vanilla (bourbon) and a high alcohol quality to the thing... tobacco and sweet malts, woodsy. Seems like it could be sweeter, somehow... Prunes and some dark fruit flit here and there. Brown sugar and caramel are here too, but the whole thing still seems too attenuated, in other words, this avoids being syrupy or sickly sweet but remains dry... hmm...
M / D. Totally, utterly flat. Similar to Utopias in this respect -- but Utopias is SUPPOSED to be flat. Angel's Share is simply too thick and needs bubbles to be drinkable. This would benefit a great deal with carbonation - there is no way around it. The finish is warming and boozy with lots of mature wood notes and is decent. But.
Have you ever been on a date with a totally gorgeous, smart and witty girl, but when you get to get back to your place she tells you she has to go, 'cause she has to pick up her five kids from her ex's place before going to check in with her parole officer? Neither have I, but it's more than sad - it's infuriating.
The 2009 batch of Bourbon Angel's Share isn't just disappointing, it's positively maddening. This beer could be GREAT. The lack of any carbonation is a fatal flaw that absolutely needs to be corrected, especially considering the high asking price on these small bottles. Until Lost Abbey makes a complete brew out of this tragic miss, it will remain just that. Crossing my fingers for the future vintages...
07-04-2010 21:32:31 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque. No head whatsoever.
The aroma is a bit restrained due to the obvious lack of carbonation, but it's still quite impressive with smooth bourbon notes on top of toffee, nuts, oak and vanilla. Lovely hints of vinous fruits.
The flavor is sweet and warming. Perfect integration between the bourbon and the malty backbone. Notes of vanilla, nuts and oak blend wonderfully with caramel malts, toffee and leather. Ends warming with notes of alcohol, bourbon and dried fruits.
Full-bodied and smooth but it feels a bit dull in the mouth as it is as flat as [insert something that makes a dirty joke out of this].
04-21-2010 19:05:27 | More by ricke
2.63/5 rDev -38.4%
I don't know what year this is.
No pop whatsoever upon pulling the sad cork out. Pours dark brown with maybe a trace of foam around the edges. The aroma is the only saving grace with this beer. It's very bourbony with traces of molasses, maple, vanilla extract, and sharp alcohol. There is no way in hell I could drink a bottle of this flat, boozy, utter mess of a beer. The taste is packing some serious heat along with some of the aforementioned aromas coming through in the taste, but the mouthfeel flat out sucks and I can't believe The Lost Abbey is still letting stores sell this flat bourbon water. Sorry, no good.
08-07-2010 00:27:06 | More by brownbeer
4.95/5 rDev +15.9%
It's difficult to write an appropriate description of a transcendental experience. This divine concoction changed my perspective on what beer could be. It offers every bit of complexity of a great wine melded with the deep satisfaction of a superb beer. Most barleywines seem to be overly sweet or harshly alcoholic but the balance in this beer is tremendous. Do whatever you can to secure some of this incredible beer.
03-17-2008 19:11:17 | More by explosivebeer
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
split 12oz bottle w/ hu5om (received in a trade) in 6oz sampler glasses.
A: an inky murky brown, no evident carbonation and no head. a rather unassuming appearance.
S: strong whiffs of bourbon and oak, very smooth on the olfactory senses.
T: smooth sips of bourbon and oak are evident with underlying hints of caramel and a subtle vanilla aftertaste.
MF/D: very flat with a dry finish similar to a merlot wine, but smooth the whole way down. certainly can feel the heat after a few sips leaving a solid, yet enjoyable, buzz.
07-21-2010 05:12:54 | More by newk340
4.68/5 rDev +9.6%
2008 vintage 375ml bottle. Pours into my glass a deep dark rich brown with a inch of creamy bubbly light tan head on top as well. The cork popped quite loudly here and I was glad I had a glass nearby! Aromas start with a deep, rich roasted maltiness with raisins, figs, dark fruit, caramel and molasses all in play. Enticing and flowing trails of vanilla and bright, woody oak accents. Big bourbon wafts up into the nose.
First sip brings a lush, somewhat sweet rich maltiness that is lightly roasted. Notes of raisins, cocoa, brown sugar and caramelized sugars. Vibrant vanilla flavors cavort with hints of dark fruits. As it flows down woody oak flavors kiss the palate and make me envision barrels of this amazing beer lying patiently at wait in the Lost Abbey brewery waiting for just the right moment to be released from its wooden confinement. Smooth bourbon shines through on the finish and the alcohol is nearly non-existent here. A deeply complex and insanely tasty brew.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has somewhat of a creaminess to it as well. This is quite carbonated and personally I think the carbonation is a little overdone here. Overall though, it's intensely complex, warming and contemplative. Definitely a sipper, but one I could sip all night. An amazing beer that I would recommend any day of the week!
11-05-2008 03:03:32 | More by orbitalr0x
4.51/5 rDev +5.6%
I did not expect that. I did not expect this to be so good. I don't know why. I just came in with low standards and was blown away. This is easily one of my favorite beers now. Had on tab, and I own bottles of the 2011 and 2013 vintages; I'm looking forward to opening these.
A - Not too impressive for a world class beer. Dark, thin, a hint of red rose and maroon coloring when held up to the light.
S - Roses, sweet bourbon, dark cherries, a little stout smell. Instantly knew my expectations were about to be destroyed when I smelled this one.
T - This took me to another place. Ripped me from reality. Tastes about as good as it smells. If you let it fall to the sides of your tongue you taste the bourbon. Sweet, home-made chocolate. Almost a stout flavor as well. This tastes great. EDIT: Oh, a little bit of port. I noticed this when I was writing the "Overall" rating up.
M - Slightly sticky. Some spilled over the side of the glass and felt just as sticky on my glass as it did in my mouth. Runs straight over the tongue and into the back of your throat, almost challenges you to put it in a shot glass and throw one back.
O - Very impressed. If you can find a bottle under $15, I would recommend picking it up. Easy buy. I could drink this all night, and it is the perfect post-dinner beer, like a port. Easy to drink despite how chewy it is to me. One of my favorite beers.
Because of Angel's Share on tap, I picked up 2 bottles (2011, 2013), and a bottle of 2011 Deliverance, which I am excited to try.
09-10-2013 01:01:54 | More by Swongler
4.55/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours dark brown/mahogany with a brown head. Heavy dark friut aroma with lots of oak. Rich, and very malty with lots of fruity goodness up front. This was the last beer of a long night of sampling for me and Mike. Hopefully I will be lucky enough some day to have another bottle of this fine beer.
01-18-2008 01:53:30 | More by tjthresh
3.95/5 rDev -7.5%
I'm a bourbon country stout veteran, so much of this is in comparison to that (fair or unfair):
Real nice nose. no head at all. Pretty good bourbon flavor - a more bright/rye-ish bourbon feel. Mouth feel is really weak. You get this great bourbon flavor, but without the thick creaminess I expect after BCS. On the flip side, it's "smoother," which makes it less heavy (for better or worse).
As a chicagoan, given the choice of this or readily available bcs, i would probably go with the latter.
08-05-2010 04:15:27 | More by charlieos
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
Very dark brown with a reddish head, great retention and lacing. Smell is very sweet with maple syrup, caramel, bourbon, and toffee all being noticed. Taste is sweet caramel, bourbon, some vanilla, dark fruits, and the a boozy finish. Slightly less than high carbonation with a full body. Good beer, probably will get better with age. Thanks to pepsican for the sample. Had this again and it has much improved already; a top notch beer.
12-28-2008 00:54:02 | More by badbeer
3.93/5 rDev -8%
Bottle courtesy of Mar.
Pours dark brown with no head. This one is definitely flat. Aroma is a combination of roasted malts and bourbon, with maybe come chocolate and caramel mixed in. The flavor is lots of bourbon, oak and vanilla with some alcohol, roasted malt and chocolate/coffee. A very complex flavor. The mouthfeel is hurt by the fact the beer is flat as a pancake. Still, it is pretty drinkable and a good beer overall. I think it would be better with proper carbonation.
12-30-2009 04:09:15 | More by Mora2000
3.95/5 rDev -7.5%
2010 Vintage poured into my Deschutes Sniffer glass
A: Poured virtually black, very little light coming through unless you hold up to the light. Not head, only a few bubbles evident.
S: Vanilla and Caramel jump right out followed by the alcohol. Then some fruitiness comes in to balance out the full fragrance.
T: Taste flat, the alcohol on this is very evident. I don't know if more aging would help but it taste a little hot to me. The Vanilla and Caramel are right there followed by some fruit, maybe figs or dates.
M: Strong alcohol is overpowering everything.
O: A little disappointed. Had the Brandy version a while back and I was very pleased. I hope this will mellow some with age. The flavors are there it is just not the right time yet to consume.
05-21-2011 03:32:39 | More by BigE90
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
Cheers to bennetj17 for this brew that has been on my Wants for a long time. 375ml bottle from my cellar. The beer overflows with foam upon uncorking but I only lost a bit of it. No lacing on the glass. Dark amber in color. Smells of bourbon, carmel, and something sweet. Tastes mostly of carmel & the bourbon. Mouthfeel is a little less than I expected & if anything there is too much carbonation (a stark contrast in comparison to the Brandy version). Drinkable even with the ABV. I am glad I had a chance to try this brew.
05-10-2009 16:21:55 | More by SkinnyElvis
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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