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

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95
world-class

1,390 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,390
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 555
Gots: 428 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

firstlighthiker, Aug 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewery during the release. Came pre-poured, so the head was already settled into a tan ring. Deep, dark brown and opaque. The smell is dominated by the bourbon and oak. The flavor is similarly dominated, but also malty and sweet. Very creamy mouthfeel and goes down smooth despite the high alcohol.

I really want to try this head-to-head with the last release to see how they compare. I think the bourbon barrel version is less subtle and complex, but equally delicious.

srroos, Mar 16, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jjheinrichs, Jan 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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PatGreer, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured into a mini snifter three ways.

A: Wow! Carbonation ahoy! Go Lost Abbey! Slightly see-through black with brown around the edges.

S: Sweet vanilla with oaky bourbon and malty goodness. Chocolate notes follow behind a slight alcohol burn to the nostrils.

T: Brown sugar, dark molasses, vanilla coffee beans, a mix of bitter and milk chocolate, strong bourbon notes, restrained sweetness.

M: Long and lingering oaky vanilla aftertaste. Medium-low carbonation. Mouthfeel is full.

O: This is a fantastic ale, and although it's quite a bit pricey, it's worth at least a try or two. Would love to buy more to put away for a couple years.

Lordquackingstic, Sep 30, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%

Got this one in a trade, thanks so much sixt9coug!

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, almost black beer with the thinnest ring of head you can imagine. Whatever head was there dissipated very quickly. Looks like very little carbonation.

Smell: Strong bourbon notes with hints of vanilla and booze in the back. Boozey in the most appealing sense of the word. Very sweet smelling.

Taste: initially very sweet on the palate, a marshmellowy candy, vanilla sweetness. Bourbon undertones throughout the entire taste profile, finishing with a very pleasant toasted coconut. Boozey, helps to cut the sweetness of the beer and adds a nice bite to the finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, lightly carbed and coating.

Overall: What a special beer! Really excited to get to try this one. Wish I was able to get some more lost abbey offerings!

mahak213, Jul 10, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%

Blakeorm, Yesterday at 01:25 AM
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%

This is my first Lost Abbey beer and what a way to start.

Poured a rich burgundy almost black color with light brown head.

Amazing aromas of bourbon and vanilla and sweet malts.

Taste is full of bourbon up front finished by sweet malts and slight burn.

Nicer flavor as it warms with dark fruits, hint of raisin.

Slightly reminiscent of Schlafly Barleywine but not as much bite.

This beer is excellent in hiding the 12.5% abv and presenting the oak barrel flavors that li her nicely on the palette.

BeerisOK, Jan 29, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Bottle shared by Joe - much obliged!

Pours a chestnut brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth and sweet caramel malts with good amounts of vanilla and bourbon. Also present are deep milk chocolate aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust caramel malt flavors - sticky yet far from cloying - that indicate the base beer must be a pretty damn good beer in it's own right kick things off. Soon afterward milk chocolate flavors join in along with darker toffee. Midway through the sip bourbon and vanilla flavors make their way into the flavor profile, carrying through to a sweet and crisp ending with a bit of heat.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I was impressed with this bad boy, and was happy that the carbonation was at a good level. After having the Grand Cru and Bourbon I'm very interested to try the Brandy. I'd be willing to be that it's worth a shot, as is this one.

glid02, May 03, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

12oz pour at Sunset Grill (Boston), served in a flute-like glass

A - thin layer of loose mocha colored foam, the beer is hazy and dark chocolate brown in color...seemingly active bubbling.

S - incredible and bold dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, vanilla beans, and a huge hit of bourbon.

T - very sweet off the gun with nice lightly sour bourbon that carries throughout, joined by toffee, chocolate, spiced rum, caramel...the end brings some alcohol burn with dark fruits (detecting a bit of raisins) and toffee.

M - medium bodied yet slightly creamy...nice subtle carbonation that sits tight until the swallow before opening up. finishes chewy and rich with lingering bourbon bite.

D - incredible beer all around, was torn between which I liked more, the smell or taste - had to call it a draw. Great bourbon characteristics with a good amount of other things going on for balance. Was stoked to find this on tap, well worth it.

Stigs, Aug 05, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

The Lost Abbey, Angel's Share Ale
No discernable date or code. 12.7 oz. bottle
$17.49 @ The Cold Point Pub/Whole Foods Market, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Even a rough pour fails to bring up any real head atop its deep brown body, but what is there is a big-bubbled dark tan that doesn't stick around for too long. It leaves no lacing on the glass, nor does it display much in the way of "legs". Raised directly to the light you'll find ruby highlights gleaming just below the surface. With a rough pour my sample is obviously cloudy as the yeast has been roused.

The aroma is rich and full displaying sweetish dark toffee, damp wood, slightly tart dark-skinned fruits, Bourbon, chocolate fudge, coconut, vanilla, oak, and a hint of alcohol.

In the mouth it's full bodied and smooth with the exception of a little bit of alcoholic heat.

The flavor is as the nose suggests, with the exception of more fruit amidst the maltiness (red grape, fig, plum/prune) and a more distinct Bourbon character (I also get scotch at times). The oak lends a pleasing dryness to it, and along with the alcohol they balance it nicely (I'm not sure how much bitterness is actually in here). It finishes in different way as you progress through the glass and your taste buds adapt. For the most part it's generally dark-fruit and mild tartness followed by wood, then a rising note of alcohol backed by Bourbon flavor, and finally fading into soft fudge and coconut... or some slightly changed re-arrangement of such.

It's a big beer, and a sipper to be sure. Clearly displayed alcohol is not normally something I find pleasant (or acceptable), but it works here (and I've certainly tasted 'hotter' beers). It reminds me in many ways of Sam Adams Triple Bock, which as been shunned on BeerAdvocate, currently scoring a "C" (mediocre) with 569 reviews - how that can be, I don't know. This is thinner, yes; more fruity and perhaps a bit less 'malty', OK; and it presents Bourbon instead of maple syrup but they're still in the same general ballpark. Thus my score is in the same general ball park... an A.

NeroFiddled, Apr 28, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

2011 bottle from Hop City Atlanta, GA. Also had on tap at City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA.

A. Dark brown, absolutely no head.

S. Raisins, chocolate,fruit, bacon or some kind of smoked meat.

T. Vinous raisins, dates, Port wine, Chocolately Belgian malt flavor. Little to no hops. Very similar to Dark Lord or Goose Island Bourbon county stout.

M. Minimal carbonation. This does not bother me. This beer is very smooth and full in the mouth.

O. This is one of the best beers I have ever tasted. It compares favorably with Dark Lord, Westveleteren, Utopias, and is actually obtainable and affordable for mere mortal beer drinkers. Make sure you share it with someone. At 12.5% it's a one and done.

tomfneph, Jan 14, 2012
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,390 ratings.