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

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1,362 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,362
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 541
Gots: 413 | FT: 28
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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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jeonseh

Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one. It was a cold and rainy day here and as I have nothing to do this evening so I figured I could give beer my full attention. When I opened this it was a gusher and my first one but it settled down and poured into my Riedel crystal snifter.

A - First of this is one heck of a beauty of a beer. The color is a dark, plum purple that borders on the verge of black and is completely opaque. No light gets through it at all and has one beauty of a head. The head is a light mocha colored color and leaves a ton of lacing.

S - Smells is a big and complex nose. Get hints of dark fruits, candied plums and dates. Also there is a big, sweet shortbread biscuity smell that is sweet and also a hint of vanilla as well. Mixed in is a spicy hint of whiskey and bourbon that you can tell is a result of the barrel aging. Also get a hint of an alcohol wafting up from this one as well. Nose has just a bit too much alcohol in it for taste as it seems to dominate just a bit and would probably mellow out with age.

T - At first the taste is a sweet caramel and shortbread. Has that sweet biscuity aspect that sits up on top. After that there is a ton of dark fruit especially the sugary plums, dates and figs. Even reminds me a bit of a port as well with the sweet dark fruit aspect of the flavor profiel This then settles down and get a kick of alcohol and the spicy whiskey aspect comes through. After this sits in the mouth, get a nice long lingering whiskey aftertaste of cinnamon and oak. I love all the complexity and changes in this one as each sip is a bit different. Has a nice warming aspect to it on the end and the flavor just lingers on.

MF - So this is a nice feeling in the my mouth. It has a nice stickiness to it that is not at all cloying and comes in and rolls over the tongue. It was a nice smoothness but yet it manages to change with the beer. At the end, there is a nice spicy tingle that sits on the tongue. Not at all astringent despite all of the alcohol in it that I could taste in it.

D - Overall this is a great beer that just bring so much to the table and yet it is complex and completely in balance. The nose is nice and dominated by the oaky and bourbon spiciness. The taste runs the gamut from sweet, spicy, fruity. I would love to try to get a hold of some more of this and even try to age some if I could wait long enough not to drink it. I think it would be interesting to see if the beer mellowed out in a Definitely a top tier beer and one of the best I've had. Also a sipper not because it is overly strong or out of balanced, but because each sip is so complex that it deserves your full attention and is a beer that requires your full attention.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 02:19:37 | More by jeonseh
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Lost Abbey Tulip. Got this at Redstone Liquors on my last Boston trip.

A - Dark, almost black body with a small tan head that quickly runs away.

S - Wow... real sweet. Strong bourbon notes on top of a big sweet caramel, vanilla body. Brown sugar, molasses is also present. I'm impressed.

T - Follows the nose. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel and oak all mix together and it goes down fairly smooth. Boozy notes only add to the complexity.

M - Heavy body, light carbonation and a slight burn

D - Amazing. I was thinking that this wouldn't stand up to its reputation but it has easily met that. This beer really highlights what bourbon barrel aging can do. Love this one. I will have to pick up more of this the next chance I get.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 02:01:57 | More by jpmclaug
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SwillBilly

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2nd installment of the Sinners Club. 12.7 oz caged and corked bottle:

Appearance: Popped the cork and a big woosh ensued with a good bit of head foaming out of the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip, the color was deep dark mahongony topped by a huge light tan head. Hints of ruby shown around the edges. Head fades slowly to a thin, densly foamed foamed head topping the beer.

Smell: Initial hints of boubon and wood then loads of deep, dark and rich fruit ensue. Currants and ripe plums drenched in bourbon come to mind with and just a bit of caramel beneath the surface.

Taste: Wow !! You would think with the smell that bourbon would be a dominating flavor but that is not the case. Big and rich, with more dark and ripe fruit. Nice vanilla undertones peak through the malty mass along with the now present bourbon. Brown sugar and caramel come into to play as well. For such a big beer alcohol is well hidden though warms the face. Hops show in the finish with a nice, smooth bitterness that leaves the mouth asking for another sip.

Mouthfeel: Velvety and smooth that sticks to your mouth, not chewy thick but the viscosity is full.

Drinkability/Notes: Sure am glad I joined the LA Sinners Club. Where else could I get such fantastic beer. Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share hits a home run. I'm not a big fan of some bourbon barrel aged beers but this one is spot on. The bourbon accents the beer not dominating the flavor profile whatsoever. Plenty of big, rich, dark fruit with hints of vanilla and bourbon all finished with a nice bit of hop bitterness. Alcohol is so well hidden its dangerous. A true sipper that gets better as it warms. Seek and Enjoy !! Highly Recommended !

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 20:26:46 | More by SwillBilly
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surfer4life

California

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poored into a flute from the Tap.

A - Dark dark brown, with a small head. No lacing to be seen.

S - Bourbon Bourbon Bourbon. Hints of oak, vanilla, raisins, molasses and caramel. The smell was overwhelming at first, I must have been smelling for at least 10 minutes before even thinking of having a taste.

T - Bourbon Bourbon Bourbon. So smooth. For 12% acohol, the alcohol taste was not overwhelming, but was very evident. It's hard to describe all that is going on with this, fruitiness in the form of raisins and plums, sweetness of caramel and toffee, coffee in the mix.

M - Crisp clean and smooth, the palate was addicted on the first sip. This beer just feels like heaven in your mouth.

D - SO drinkable. The beer is one of the best I have had and I am lucky to have had it. I'm glad I asked what the unmarked Lost Abbey tap was. Because the bar that shall go nameless, was not advertising they had it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2009 02:38:48 | More by surfer4life
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JoeMayo

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to TProkop7 for popping this delicious brew.

A- Pours a very dark brown, approaching black. A thick cap of foam forms and recedes to thin film of foam, leaving heavy sheets of lacing down the side of the glass.

S- Dark and malty. Chocolate covered malt balls dominate the smell, along with smoky notes of bourbon and vanilla.

T- Wow, I am FLOORED by this beer. It is extremely well balanced and very smooth. This brew is very bourbony without being boozy. Dark malts with very strong notes of bourbon, vanilla, and deliciousness. It reminds me of chocolate covered malt balls, but is far more complex and WONDERFUL!

M- Slightly dry, although very rich.

D- Goes down very easy in spite of the high ABV and bourbon barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 05:05:55 | More by JoeMayo
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gford217

Georgia

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours super dark brownish amber with a massive rocky 3 finger head that almost overflows the snifter. Retention and lacing are excellent.

S: Smell is wonderfully sweet with brown sugar and caramel. There is a definite boozy bourbon aroma as well but extremely well integrated with the sweetness of the malts. I actually also got the slightest hint of sour in the nose at the finish.

T: As much as I would like to "buck the hype", this is one of the best tasting beers I have ever tasted. It's wonderfully creamy with molasses and caramel up front with the bready malts. The bourbon is present but very subtle and plays with the sweet vanilla tastes and dark fruits. In a word, spectacular.

M: As mentioned before, for a bourbon barrel beer this one is incredibly smooth and creamy yet highly carbonated. The bubbles just tingle the tongue...so, so good.

D: This is my first Angel's Share and I have to say it's one of my desert island beers - near perfect. The flavors are so big yet so well balanced, the hype is completely deserved. I need more of this now...

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 00:36:32 | More by gford217
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rye726

Colorado

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy mahogany with a thin tan head.

Nose has bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, cherries, plums and chocolate.

Taste has booze drenched fruits, wood, vanilla, caramlized candies, whiskey, cocoa and sweet bready malts.

Creamy body is lightly carbonated. Long, lasting finish.

Great stuff, another well done barrel aged beer from Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 01:07:42 | More by rye726
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Boto

Connecticut

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle: 2010 bottling. This one pours a murky, dark brown color. It appears to be "thicker" than a typical beer, looking more viscous when it pours. There is absolutely no head on it, and really no carbonation to speak of either. You could call it "still". Very nice aroma. Bourbon is up front. I also get notes of chocolate and raisins, as well as some other fruits. Vanilla and brown sugar also. What a succulent taste. A bit of bourbon and alcohol on the top. Lots of other flavors combining to form an exquisite combination. It is really rich and silky on the tongue. It may be a bit pricey, but it is definitely worth the money. I'll be buying this again (and again).

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 19:38:07 | More by Boto
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lsummers

California

4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the 2010 on tap. Pours a great dark plum black. Not a lacing to be seen although still fairly carbonated.

Smell of delicious oak and roasted nutty vanilla notes. Dried candied plums.

Tastes of dried fruit, raisins with a molasses and toasted nuttiness. Bourbon and vanilla oak notes linger throughout.

Mouthfeel is creamy, round, fat, yet smooth.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. The quality of the beer shines through in every category. A complex beer that stays dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2013 21:53:47 | More by lsummers
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ehammond1


4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap

Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

A dark brown and murky pour with a very thin head. Not much lacing on the glass.

After having just smelled this beer once, I knew it was something incredibly special--magnificent. There's so much going on here it's tough to find it all and list it on paper. Initial biting bourbon, sweet dark fruits like cherries and raisins, deep and rich chocolate, some sweet caramel and butterscotch, woody elements and vanilla as well. So complex, so varied, yet tremendous! Bravo!

A bit more bourbon in the flavor than in the aroma, but it ties the whole beer together exceptionally well. The sweet caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla flavors are cut extraordinarily well by the bite of the alcohol, the woody elements are a nice backdrop of ever-present flavor, and dark fruity flavors of burnt cherries, raisins, and figs round out this incredibly complex beer. A true masterpiece!

A thick and substantial sipper--exceptionally well crafted.

An astounding beer--a beer that makes you stop and think and appreciate the liquid inside your glass. Sublime nirvana.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 05:14:51 | More by ehammond1
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IntriqKen

California

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ouch!
It is truly painfull that I only have one bottle of this beer.
Ouch!
Yes, pours an opaque dark amber that is almost black with a full finger of white foam that melts to a ring of tiny white bubbles.
Yes, the aromas are heavy with dark fruits like raisins and plums and dark brown sugar and sugary sweet smelling dark malts.
Yes, there is a wonderful blending of dark fruit, dark brown sugars, dark roasted malts, chocolate malts, pure Special Dark Herseys chocolate and a touch of bitter hops as you swallow.
Yes, a touch of the oak barrel smooths and mellows it all together.
Yes, the mouthfeel is incredibly smooth like no barleywine or American Strong Ale I've ever had the privilage of drinking.
And finally, YES, this is truly a remarkable brew...the best I've had from Lost Abbey ever and Lost Abbey makes incredible beers daily.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 03:59:22 | More by IntriqKen
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sman262

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: looks like a stout, but when held to the light the ruby red shines through

S: I don't know if there is a better smell than a well crafted American strong ale in barrel. The two go so well hand in hand.

T: Love it, its a bit on the strong side, but this is probably due to the 11.5 abv. Which is hidden well for that volume.

M: Like I said before American Strong Ale and Oak together are a winning combination

D: Glad I got one bottle, for sure. Thanks to rallison.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 06:12:51 | More by sman262
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sfoley333

Brazil

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought my 6 bottle limit back in November and still have a couple from last year. This is the first bottle from this year that I have opened and since I was traviling to Brasil to visit the in laws for christmas thought it would be a cool time to pop one open. Shared with 5 other brazilians in Sao Paulo during christmas eve.

Poured into clear plastic 6oz cups. Poured a muddy brown color with nice white head. Smells is upfront sweet malt mixed with alcohol, oak, and an almost port smell. Taste is a mellow blend of carmel, sweet malty liquid bread, dark fruit, chocolate, oak, warming alcohol, and a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a light supple carbonation. While far from a session beer this beer is highly drinkable for such a malt and alcohol bomb, the oak aging really pays off on the finish.

By the way only my brother-in law and my cousin who works for mtv brasil liked this beer the others thought it was to strong and went back to drinking their skol. To each his own.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 20:59:22 | More by sfoley333
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Stoneman78

California

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a way to close out my 30th birthday, it is time to indulge in one of the most desired beers in the country! 750ml bomber poured into a Duvel tulip glass at 11:16pm

Appearance- The hue is a dark brown hue with tinges of crimson peeking out at the edges, my slow pour resulted in a thin one-finger layer of tan coffee cream head with a small area of dark bubbles gathered near the edges that is mostly sustaining, streams of tiny bubbles can be seen climbing the walls of glass, spotty patches of lacing spot the glass

Smell- The aroma is a unique bouquet of scents, initially dominated by sweet malts, oak, bourbon, and alcohol, there are some lingering tones of chocolate and vanilla sweetness that balance out the strong ethanol presence

Taste- Waited for the ale to warm, initial taste follows the aroma with a strong wave of oak wood and bourbon reminiscent of a milder desert wine, some moderately sweet malts are balanced by an interesting dryness that leaves a sense of vanilla and transitions to a finish that has some slight alcohol warming and dark fruits

Mouthfeel- A very full-bodied Strong Ale with plenty of heft throughout, the texture is smooth and creamy with low low viscosity, carbonation is lively and ample

Drinkability- Falling in lockstep with other reviews, I've found this to be an ale worthy of the prized top-tier, the overall taste sensation is that of a creamy and complex barleywine with excellent drinkability despite the 11%abv, the flavor profile jumps across a range of flavor sensations but somehow wraps it all up into a well-balanced package, given the scarcity of Angel's Share, this is a primo Strong Ale that should be reserved for special occasions assuming you can get your hands on one!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 08:25:14 | More by Stoneman78
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billvon

California

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a chance to try this at the Port brewery last time we were there during a tasting. Rich, complex strong ale with strong oak overtones. Almost as much of a 'port' as their Older Viscosity. As nutty as a good porter but without the heaviness. Definitely a sipping beer; sort of the opposite of a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 04:03:59 | More by billvon
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 375 mL bottle

A. Pours a clear brown with a small whisp of a head (unlike many other vintages).

S. Lots going on in the nose: raisins, rum, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, and a bit of alcohol burn.

T. Taste is much like the smell, but with the addition of some oak notes.

M. Medium body with little carbonation and a lot of chewiness.

D. This is an incredible sipper. It might be because I enjoy bourbon neat, but I appreciate the bourbon flavor and burn that you get. I liked this so much that I picked up a case while on vacation.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 03:00:11 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imagine my surprise when tonight I was presented the opportunity to have Angel Share Bourbon Barrel... Frankly, I didn't expect it and was brimming with anticipation.

We enjoyed this in the proper Lost Abbey Glass. The beer pours with a frothy/effervescent light tan head that shows some initial retention, but then bows to gravity. A small amount of foam does ring the glass. Later there was the lightest touch of lacing, but not much at all. The beer was a murky deep brown color. Almost a purplish tone to it... But not as pronounced ass some Belgian Quads...

Aroma was very interesting. Lots of vanilla and a touch of sharp, acidic tone that almost forecasts a sour flavor to come. (It never came)

O.K., so now I understand the reason why this is so highly thought of. What a beer. Vanilla, brown sugar, maple, over and over again. The bourbon flavor is so smooth and prevalent it's not even funny. The complexity is amazing. There are deep fruits, but they don't pop out as a single fruit to me. I could list a dark fruit or two, but I won't since none claimed center stage. You get a sense of the alcohol, but not heat. Just a warming glow.

Silky smooth and it gets smoother as it warms. Certainly a BIG mouth feel, but one that you savor....

The drinkability is insane. Savor and enjoy.

This is on the short list of the best beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 02:38:37 | More by Reagan1984
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JonathanL7890

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Southbay - Thanks Joey.
Shared this among 4 friends. Poured into an 8oz snifter. Pour was dark brown- black with an aggressive brown head.
Aroma was very bourbony , some caramel notes also.
Taste was very complex. The bourbon was not as prominent as in the smell. It blended well with the malt and hop flavors to bring out a wonderful cornucopia of tastes. Raisin, carmel, vanilla, woody oak fantastic.
The alcohol was well hidden and not noticeable at all until it warmed the gullet.
Mouthfeel was silky smooth - definitely a 5.
Drinkability - off the charts -- I wish there was more than a 375ml bottle.
Definitely a pleasure to drink this.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 17:01:29 | More by JonathanL7890
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Angel's Share has a perfect visual aspect. It's black in the center when held up to light, but has an autumn rose halo. Beautiful beer.

S: Again, a perfect smell. Cooling milk chocolate. Nothing more.

T: If served in an oval wine glass, an old bourbon scent will hit your nose just before your first sip. Once the beer hits your lips and follows to your tongue, a strong, dark chocolate flavor will absorb into your mouth. Scents of bourbon still linger. As you pull away and swallow, a whiskey spike will get to you. Perfection.

M: It goes down like chocolate milk. Thick, smooth, creamy, and without carbonation.

OVERALL: I could live off this stuff. The first time I had it, I paid $19.00 for a bottle in 2010. I wandered Philadelphia as if I'd just fallen in love. Missed call after missed call showed up on my phone. I was buzzed, but more punch drunk on love and pleasure. The bottle I just reviewed was a 2011 that I picked up for $14.00 in Newtown Square, Penna. People talk and talk about contamination, but beer is beer. This one was contaminated, but was truly better with that bite and lack of carbonation. I took off .25 from my overall rating just because of the oxidation. Lost Abbey/Port really make great beers for long Winters and are a perfect choice for that night out with the girl you adore.

NOTE: Live review.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 21:00:23 | More by RobertColianni
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a snifter)
A- The dense opaque brown body has a creamy tan head that fades to a thick ring soon after a bit. The creamy head slowly slides down the glass after each sip with some long legs to follow. S- The vanilla oak and bourbon note is like perfume even during the pour. There is some nice sweet dark malt aromas underneath supporting all that weight.
T- The warm boozy bourbon taste has big oak and vanilla flavors with a faint peat quality and some nice caramel malt sweetness to it. There is a a bittersweet chocolate malt flavor that leads to a dry woody tart note in the finish.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a big alcohol warmth and a gentle fizz that gives a creaminess to the texture.
D- This is a full bourbon beer with some good support from sweet dark malt. It is very drinkable once I could get passed sniffing it all day long.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 16:31:44 | More by rhoadsrage
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BOLTZ7555

Arizona

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Hellbilly’s Hellraiser tasting. Bottle courtesy of Sparky27 & Bockyhorsey. Let me start off by saying all three of you are gentlemen and scholars!!! This was the BIG WINNER of the night. It began with a pop and a thick caramel head slowly climbing out of the top of the bottle. Incredible rusty brew with yeasty bits floating throughout the glass. Oak, molasses, vanilla, and toffee all playfully fighting for attention. Flavor is extremely complex with various dark fruits, chocolate, and mild bourbon. Unlike other barrel-aged beers, this one isn’t overpowered by the whisky, but instead, accentuates the brews other qualities. Delicious, refined, and exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 06:09:59 | More by BOLTZ7555
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update...
2010 version - Appears a turbid dark russett brown with a dark tan head tan that slowly fades into a small collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of mollasses, brown sugar, caramel, creme brûlée, vanilla, port, bourbon, and complex cocoa infusions.
Taste is of the aromas with sweet bourbon based bread pudding... Very beautiful.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sweet, cake like, yeasty, dessert drink for the ages that I would put up there with the finest bourbons, brandy, or ports.

Old Review from 2008 A- 4.5, S - 4, T - 4, M - 4, D - 4
Much thanks to TomDecapolis for this...btw, I've never seen pressure like this in a bottle, other than the Saint Bernardus Christmas bottle that I opened at Tom's place. This bottle couldn't wait to pop the cork out. Tom barely touched the cage 1 turn and the cork shot out like a 12 gauge blast, leaving a mark in my 9 foot high ceiling. WARNING: Point cork away from anyone, or anything of value.
Appears a dark, russett brown with red edges and a mild, 1 finger tan cap with a thick collar. Scattered lacing is left all over the glass.
Smell is of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and caramel.
Taste is of the saturated oak, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, hot, oaky, with chewy, sugary caramel along the palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 02:26:33 | More by weeare138
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber to a black color with a big, yeasty tan head. In the aroma, oak, vanilla, roasty malt, bourbon and just a hint of chocolate. In the taste, bourbon, vanilla, oaky, with hints of chocolate and alcohol. A smooth and big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry bourbon and alcohol aftertaste. A great sipper, and perfect to share, great flavors, and all around, pretty freakin' great!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 22:17:53 | More by OWSLEY069
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Wasatch

Utah

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to kryptic for this brew.

12.7oz
Caged/Corked

Poured into my Westy glass a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus foamy/fizzy tannish head, which left a big island in the middle of my glass, with some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, good touch of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. The taste is malty, a healthy note of bourbon, with some oak, and vanilla. Starts of sweet, then the big malts kick in. Full body. The alcohol is present, but not too much. Very drinkable, I've waited a long time to try this one out, finally, the wait is over. Thanks Mike.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 23:28:29 | More by Wasatch
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a frothy beige head (after exploding as a gusher) that retains nicely but leaves less lacing than expected

Smell: More like a Heath bar than a Bourbon barrel, the aroma is filled with chocolate, vanilla, caramel and hints of dark fruit

Taste: Lots of rum-soaked dark fruit initially and joined by the vanilla and milk chocolate elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, the Bourbon element become more pronounced, with a lingering sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: Superbly complex, sweet but not cloying, this is a beer that lives up to its hype

Note: The 2009 version has no carbonation and is very boozy - a real disappointment

Serving type: bottle

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