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

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Ratings: 1,548
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 562
Gots: 469 | FT: 37
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Down in Kentucky and across the pond in Scotland, distillers who age their whiskeys for many years refer to the evaporation of the spirits from their barrels as “The Angel’s Share.” We couldn’t agree more. Each time a barrel is filled, a measure of liquid seeps into the oak and is lost for good.This striking Strong Ale is brewed with copious amounts of Caramel malt to emphasize the vanilla and oak flavors found in freshly emptied bourbon or brandy barrels. The beer spends a year in oak before it is packaged for release.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the LA release party.

Poured a deep brown with a small off-white head.

The aroma was full of rich caramel malt, faint chocolate, brandy, oak, and subtle vanilla. Some alcohol was present.

The flavor of the beer had a rich caramel maltiness with notes of chocolate malt, appropriate for the style. It was well attenuated and didn't finish too sweet. It was well infused with prominent notes of brandy, vanilla, and oak, which added tremendous complexity. Some medium dried fruits came through in the palate as well.

The mouthfeel was medium-to-heavy, but not overly so. The body was full and creamy. The carbonation was delicate and dialed in just right.

A superb strong ale that exhibits a wonderful spirit barrel character. A great beer to enjoy over an hour's time. As it warms, more complexity shines through.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split with bbb099. 120z bottle in Anderson Valley snifter.

A: A dark brown, almost black, color with little to no head. It appears very thick, almost viscous, reminiscent of warm molasses.

S: Very pungent. A strong odor of bourbon that hits you over the head with a brick wrapped in gold foil. A powerful malty smell lurks beneath the liquor, waiting to pick up the pieces the gold brick leaves behind.

T: As I raise the glass to my mouth it smellss like someone poured a shot into my beer. I think this beer would be fantastic with another year in the bottle, but as it is it's almost a little too strong. The strong taste of toffee drives away the initial scent of bourbon, with chocolate and a dark nutty fruitness (raisins?) lurking around the corner. There is the lightest hint of hops, but you have to look to find it. The smooth finish completes the taste nicely.

M: A thick syrupy deliciousness that fits the beer perfectly. It doesn't seem to flow, rather to slide.

D: This is definitely a sipping beer. Very smooth, but the alcohol makes it hard to imagine drinking copious quantities

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewing from notes. Had this on tap about 2 months ago. 10 oz pour

A: Dark ruby colored. Just a thin line of head around the edge of the glass. No lacing

S: Very inviting nose. Includes dark fruit, roasted almonds, vanilla, hazelnut, dry chocolate and oak

T: Initially starts with a strong tinge from the alcohol, but this is quickly overcome by the elements from the nose. Some oak and vanilla trail off to hazelnut. There is a sweet, port-like finish

M: Medium bodied. Some carbonation. Dry chocolate aftertaste

D: Insane drinkability, for the first glass at least. Very complex beer with so many flavors packed in. I went back for another glass the next day. Seems like a good one to stash away for a bit

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A muddy dark caramel brown. I've had the pleasure of sipping this one at least five times at various beer fests in the bay area. The most recent tasting having been at the 2007 barrel aged beer festival at the bistro in Hayward, California. This brew like mentioned above is a dark muddy colour with a small and thin off-white/brownish head of foam that dies quickly and is hard to revive. This brew in my chalice glass just reeks of bourbon and oak with a heart dose of candied bready malts as well. Hopheads may want to look the other way as this brew is all about the over the top sweet malts and their caramel sugary flavours which are enhanced by the notes of bourbon and oak that are left on this brew after Tommes aging process take hold. Mouthfeel is thick and coating, and reminiscent of a petite champagne cognac. Drinkability is good for one so heavy. Truly a legend in the oak/aged strong ale/barley wine category.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark chocolate color into a half-pint glass with minimal head.

Powerful aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Extremely syrupy mouthfeel, very sweet taste of vanilla, caramel, honey, and chocolate that is balanced by warm alcohol, bourbon, smoke, and tobacco. Malty and slightly dry/bitter aftertaste.

Not at all subtle, highly complex, and completely delicious. Like an after-dinner dessert, cigar, and whiskey all rolled into one.

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