The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - The Lost Abbey
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4.43/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Corked 375ml bottle at Papago Brewing, Scottsdale, AZ. 4/12/11. Poured into a snifter. No vintage marked on the bottle. Presumably the most recent (2010?)
Even though it's still cold from the cooler, an intense fruit - bourbon aroma rises from the glass. I am getting plums, pineapple, maybe peaches, and vanilla. Wow.
It's a deep brown, clear, with no head.
It enters the mouth like an aged sherry, and fills my palate with dried fruits that just go on and on and on. The finish is amazing, persisting for minutes. Mincemeat and molasses with rich malt are here in abundance.
There is no carbonation, but it doesn't need any. It is full and smooth, with some warmth. Despite it's strength, this beer is totally smooth. It's still a sippable beer, but there is not much heat from the alcohol.
I really can't come up with sufficient superlatives for this beer. It is truly amazing, a masterful blend of beer, barrel, and age.
After reading the other reviews, I have to agree that some carbonation might improve the beer. I maintain that it doesn't need it, in the same way at a fine sherry doesn't need carbonation. But the possibility of improvement forces me to reduce the 5 I gave to flavor down to 4.5, and to reduce the mouthfeel ranking similarly.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2011 02:32:27 | More by swthomas55
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