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

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95
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1,362 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,362
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 542
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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sweemzander

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color; one of the darkest strong ales in memory. Produced some minimal tan bubbles.

(S)- A rich profile of molasses, brown sugar, caramel, fig, raisin, cocoa, and a mild butterscotch aroma. Rich does not really cover it; very decadent and dessert-like.

(T)- Very much like the smell predicted. A rich core of a molasses/caramel/cocoa profile. Sweet, but not overly sugary or unbalanced. I like its delicate/complex nature despite its full body.

(M)- A good carbonation level; not flat by any means, but lower than your typical beer. Has a nice balance to it. Sweet and rich, but restrained. Great ABV integration for being 12.5%; feels much less than that. Thick, but not overly so; a happy medium of strength and complexity.

(D)- Despite its richness, strength, and full-bodied profile; it is quite enjoyable and delicate. Has a nice sweet smoothness with a warmth great for those cold winter nights. I would get more of this for special nights if the price was not so ridiculously high; which happens to be my biggest complaint for this. $17 for this tiny bottle? Really?

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 17:26:54 | More by sweemzander
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bbb099

California

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Split with mjyoung.

Appearance - No foam or head when poured. It appears to have a watery consistency. Color is a deep dark brown.

Smell - Heavy roasted barley aroma along with the alcohol smell you'd expect from a strong ale.

Taste - Very rich. Has smoky and nutty flavors followed with a light alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Quite flat. Avoid this beer if you prefer a well-carbonated beer.

Drinkability - Smoother than what I expected. A great winter beer in my opinion as I gulped this down after spending time outside in the cold.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 08:31:30 | More by bbb099
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mphopkins99

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to barleywinebrewer for passing this one on.

Poured darn near black, no head and almost no carbonation to speak of. Smell of oak, caramel and a very heavy bourbon presence. Went down amazingly smooth, particularly for a 12.5% ABV. Just a wonderful, warm alcohol presence.

The ABV limits the drinkability, but this is a fantastic beer that should be savored and enjoyed. Well worth seeking out.

Mike

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 00:13:56 | More by mphopkins99
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sessycuban

California

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this in a trade with Joey. You're a good man, Joey.

A - The beer pours a muddy brown. Perhaps a bit over-carbonated but I just let it settle. Great lacing, very sticky head.

S - Bourbon and caramel. This beer screams Tennessee.

T - Lots of caramel malts, huge malty backbone. The bourbon barrels also give it a slight peet taste. Yum!

M - Medium to full bodied, very rich. This one is definitely a sipper.

D - Much too hot for my taste, but a very interesting beer. I can't quite believe that this beer is only 12.5% abv as it is very boozy. Thumbs up to Tomme for putting out another creative brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 18:46:24 | More by sessycuban
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml

A - Murky, deep brown with ruby highlights and 3 fingers of fizzy, tan cola head.

S - Big bourbon, vanilla, oak and sweet caramel aroma. Pretty one dimensional in the bourbon sense but very nice.

T - Sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, raisin, caramelized brown sugar, milk chocolate and a smoky finish.

M - Highly carbonated which makes it appear lighter than it is. A little fizzy on the tongue at first but that turns into a nice creaminess as it warms.

D - Reminds me slightly of a highly carbonated Bourbon County Stout. Somewhat one dimensional on the bourbon side but that is not a bad thing coming from this bourbon fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 00:30:29 | More by brewcrew76
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy brown color. No head is formed. No lacings are left

S: Smell is great. Strong on wood and whiskey (Oh yeah! :)). Toffee, Caramel, roasted malts and alcohol

T: Delicious. Sweet upfront: toffee and caramel malts. Oak. Roasted malts bitterness. And some earthy hops bitterness too

M: Heavy body. Really molasses. Low carbonation. Sweet upfront and pleasant bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Excellent beer

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 14:07:34 | More by eduardolinhalis
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottled consumed 1/09 from notes
A - Deep dark caramel in color with red highlights. Thick tan head that stays - beautiful.
S - Bourbon, vanilla, maple syrup.
T - Taste follows nose with sweet dark fruit and a dry finish.
M/F - Medium body and a bit highly carbonated.
D - A very tasty beer that is busting with flavor. A real sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 17:32:05 | More by ThirstyBird
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DovaliHops

California

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Pours an extremely murky, dark brown color with a tiny bit of bubbles...no head whatsoever...dammit. Scent makes me completely forget about the lack in carbonation, with it's heavenly aroma. I quickly get smooth bourbon and oak aromas with sweet vanilla and candied dark fruits. Wow, this scent is just bursting with complexity and deliciousness. Taste is just as the aroma begins, except with a little more dark fruit. Lovely dark fruits with oak and vanilla. Some caramel as well. A bit of molasses with some amazing bourbon notes. Slight alcohol burn, but just the right amount. Mouthfeel is vinous... not much carbonation at all. Kinda works for this full-bodied, big, delicious beer. Drinkability is fairly high...as long as I sip slowly to not get too drunk. Overall, I always enjoy a carbonated beer more than a non-carbonated beer. This just happens to work for this beer,...somewhat. I would still like it more if it were carbonated, but supposedly that's not what Tomme is going for with his Angel's Share.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 07:11:29 | More by DovaliHops
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle. 2008 bottling. 12.5% abv.

Leathery dark brown with murky, ruddy amber edges. Head starts off big and rocky and settles down to a small finger of peanut brown. Good lacing. Big bourbon aroma up front. Oak and vanilla show off the barrel aging nicely. Solid dark fruit and grape sweetness. Sweet candy edge.

Suggestions of roasted malts up front. Burnt brown sugar and herbal hop bitterness are there as well. Big bourbon flavors follow. Boozy dark fruit sweetness adds another dimension. Oak and vanilla accents blend in nicely. Sweet fruits and bourbon warmth peak before a long, warming finish. Lingering plum and grape sweetness gradually fades away. Full-bodied with a rather effervescent, rocky feel that helps lift the heavier fruit and bourbon off the palate, but almost feels over-carbonated.

Overall, very, very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 02:49:24 | More by alexgash
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

A- Pours an opaque mahogany, with reddish brown hues on the edges when held to the light. A finger and a half head of tight tan foam slowly recedes to a collar and film, leaving some lacing.

S- The aroma is rich and complex, very reminiscent of a bourbon barrel aged English Barleywine, but a bit more sharp and assertive. Sweet dark fruits, mostly date and fig, but also black cherries, are the dominant aromas. This is followed by toffee, caramel, and a touch of dark chocolate. A healthy dose of booze, woody tannins, and some faint tart granny smith apple. A lot going on, but lacks a bit of that "wow" factor.

T- When I first sipped this I was wondering where all the flavors were, but when it got to the back of my tongue I was wowed! It's a bit bland and nondescript on the front of the tongue, with just some basic malt and caramel flavor. However, on the back of the tongue I get huge dark chocolate, black cherry, and toffee notes. Caramel and vanilla pile on, and then I'm left with some dry, minutely tart, oaky tannins. Delicious!

M- The mouth feel is incredibly thick and viscous, velvety, with light carbonation. Pretty boozy as expected. Coats the mouth and is pretty drying.

O- Overall this exceeded my expectations, and I wish I hadn't traded away both of my other bottles! An excellent representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 04:04:42 | More by SadMachine
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling poured into a (proper) Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is very dark, but clear with ruby-red highlights. There is little to no carbonation (certainly not a good sign), but the nose is pretty nice. Lots of dark fruits, alcohol, toffee, and a hint of butterscotch.

Very full body, a sweet flavor profile, and an uber-creamy feel. I expected a hot, boozy mess, but 3 years in my cellar has tamed this monster and showed it who's boss. Lots of sweet, malty, toffee-like notes up front followed up by a mild alcohol warmth accented by some vanilla and chocolate notes. Unfortunately, I don't get much of the bourbon (other than the vanilla), but that's the price you pay for aging beers. Still, I have no regrets. As it is, it's drinking like a liquid Heath bar - full of sweet, syrupy vanilla and marshmallow-like goodness.

I found it interesting how many BAs said this beer (when fresh) was too hot and boozy. Let it be known - this beast has been tamed! It is now a warm, cuddly lap dog in your glass. It licks your face, fetches your slippers, and cowers when you raise your voice. I rank this ahead of Insanity but noticeably behind Bourbon County Brand Barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 23:04:17 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Xul

California

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Upon opening, the cork's removal makes a definite sound - very encouraging. Pours an opaque brown with absolutely no head, although a scant bit of lacing sticks around for a while.

S: Bourbon. Heavy bourbon up front although I wouldn't call it overpowering and despite the fact that it's been well over six months since it was bottled, it hasn't mellowed too much, other than a bit of heat going away. A melange of aromas lie behind the bourbon - vanilla, oak, caramel, dark fruits (especially raisins) and a hint of chocolate.

T: The bourbon is less dominant in the taste than the aroma, with the dark fruits and caramel coming up front. The bourbon, vanilla, and oakiness come in on the second half, leaving a balance at the end of all of the flavors involved. Each sip leaves me contemplating each component, but enjoying the overall sum more than any specific piece.

M: Sufficient carbonation to be enjoyable...perhaps there could be just a touch more, but compared to the bourbon barrel Santa's Little Helper, this is a world of difference.

D: If not for the price and availability, I could sit down and drive a few bottles of this in an evening...and then sleep very, very soundly.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 20:44:09 | More by Xul
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thickerfreakness

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to kinnaird for throwing this in as an EXTRA. Seriously thanks John.

After having some small one ounce samples before I was now able to split this one with my step-dad (who loves bourbon barrel beers) and enjoy it over a longer period of time.

Poured this one really cold out of the fridge to try and prevent any gushing. Its a very dark ruby brown with a slight half-inch, cream colored head that fades to a slight film that covers the top of the beer.

One of the best smelling bourbon beers I have ever had. The nose is dominated by smooth bourbon, vanilla, rich creamy caramels and oak with some chocolate and dark fruits.

Taste is really close to smell with just a really silky smooth bourbon flavor that is accented by tons of vanilla, oak, bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit. There is a little bit of alcohol burn on the after taste but it goes away after a bit and as it warms the sweet creamy caramel becomes an amazing addition to the flavor.

Its a little overcarbonated for this style of beer but its got a silky smooth mouthfeel otherwise.

An extremely drinkable and smooth big beer but ABV is still too high for a great score.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 01:50:44 | More by thickerfreakness
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared courtesy of EDA (not 750ml - Thanks Carlos for pointing out my cut and paste error, I really do appreciate it!).

Poured a brownish color with a medium sized off white head. Aromas of wood, vanilla, raisins, and bourbon. Tastes of raisins and all around dark fruits, lighter bourbon, wood, and vanilla. Lively body.

Notes from and tasted on 4/14/08

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 00:17:18 | More by hopdog
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep caramel ruby color, produces a wiskp of beige head, leaves little lacing.

S- Delicious aroma of smooth bourbon, sweet caramel, dark fruit, molasses and vanilla.

T- Sweet and boozy up front, lots of caramel, vanilla, fruit and molasses, towards the finish the bourbon and oak become more noticeable.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, rich feel.

O- A delicious beer, the flavors are rich and decadent, it's a real treat to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 09:25:59 | More by WillCarrera
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HeyItsChili

China

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle as an awesome extra in a trade with HopsSchnapps. Thanks go to him for the fantastic hook up.

A - Poured from a corked n caged bottle into a goblet. Pours dark mocha brown with faint amber highlights and a thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S - The smell is almost entirely bourbon. Good. Buttery sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak, hint of toffee.

T - So much going on here. Very strong alcoholic flavor. Dark fruit, Belgian candi syrup, hint of coffee, all lathered up with intense bourbon flavor. Really potent bourbony, warm alcohol aftertaste that lingers for a while.

M - Very low carbonation, slightly thinner bodied.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 04:44:32 | More by HeyItsChili
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle (2009 release) received from brdc. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip. Opened with a nice pop...not overwhelming, but satisfying pop.

A - Some tiny bubbles around the edge of the glass, but no head at all. A few swirls of bubbles on the surface, but that's about it. Dark, dark brown, almost totally opaque, just a hint of transparency around the edges when held to the light.

S - Caramel, molasses, a bit of milk chocolate, vanilla, toffee and some alcohol, and a touch of prunes, and a bunch of raisins. Very complex.

T - Buttery toffee, molasses, milk chocolate, prunes. Flavors basically mirror the taste. Really good.

M - Carbonation is negligable, body is quite rich and full, and syrupy. Just the slightest hint of carbonation, but that is all it needs. This is really good.

D - 12% is on the high side...a touch boozy, but not overpowering. For what this is, it is rather drinkable. Split the 375ml bottle and it is just about right...probably could finish the 375 on my own, but not any more. For a high alcohol beer, this is pretty smooth, not hot, but noticable alcohol. Very good overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 03:55:38 | More by portia99
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep, brown color and a thick, impenetrable texture. There was absolutely no head or lacing to speak of.

S: A big, strong aroma of malt, caramel and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of caramel, dark fruit (raisins especially) and a big malty presence. The bourbon barrel flavor did peek through, but wasn't as prominent as you might think. Surprisingly, the ABV% wasn't that noticeable. A good, solid flavor.

M: A shockingly low amount of carbonation with a smooth, clean finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: This is an interesting and well-made beer. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 12:12:00 | More by avalon07
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warmstorage

California

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle, caged and corked. The cage was quite brittle and broke when I began twisting it. Huge carbonation pop when I pulled the cork out.

Appearance: deep almost opaque brown, with light to medium brown head, maintains a light head, and leaves light to moderate lacing.

Aroma: some bourbon, some oak, some brown sugar, some prunes and fruit.

Taste: oak, leather, some cherries, prunes, and deep toasted sugar/brown sugar. Delicious, and right up my lane, but kind of... one dimensional. Strong raisin.

Mouth: the slick sugary notes continues into a long slick mouthfeel. Definitely warm, and slightly tingly.

Overall: delicious, and fun, and interesting. But worthy of the astonishing hype? I'm extremely happy to have had it, and I'd even stand in line for it if I was local. But A+ average? I think it's somewhat overhyped. It's not a true 5 in any category. Again, don't get me wrong: it's delicious -- really, really tasty. But mindblowing, A+, it is not.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 03:55:34 | More by warmstorage
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What I'm reviewing is a 2009 that was on tap.

A - Pours very dark with a light toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Figs, dark toasted chocolate malt, bourbon, oak, vanilla.

T - Sweet and a little cloying at times from the dark roasted malt and bourbon. Blends evenly with dark fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted caramel, oak, and bourbon dominating the palette. The oak tannins contribute a slight welcome dryness to an already sweet and boozy beer. Taste is complex, deep, and overall very rich.

M - Thick and somewhat syrupy with lip smacking stickiness, nice gentle carbonation that's borderline velvety.

O - Incredible beer, wish I had a few bottles of these in my cellar but can't complain because what are the odds of finding this gem tap like I did today.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 05:39:29 | More by jzeilinger
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark currant colour, with a head that seems listless but doesn't take a lot of cajoling to breathe lots of life back into it. Nice sticky ring of lace. Nice.

Thick, sticky red wine nose. Thick, sweet and boozey, I mean it smells like port. Brown sugar on there, raisins, blackcurrants and golden syrup. And yeah, just that rich, ripe, late-harvest red grape sugar as well. Une tasty beer, indeed.

Taste is very sweet, rich, syrupy. A rich complex brown sugar front with golden syrup and roasted almonds on there as well. Mid-to-late is all red wine with huge port wine notes, cherry and a good claret booziness. The back is all sweet again, with an effect almost like the sugars are crystallising in my mouth out of solution. You only really get that with a really artisanal dessert wine, or some amazing beer. Delicious.

Syrupy, rich , a little bit hot on the back but otherwise pretty awesome.

Yeah, a big feisty bitch with a sweet, beguiling outer facade. Dangerous, bewitching demon-woman beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 05:47:03 | More by laituegonflable
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djmichaelk

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle from 41st Ave Liquors in Santa Cruz, CA.

A - As to be expected with the high ABV, the head is small to nonexistent. Not much evidence of carbonation, which gives me a momentary panic remembering the 2009 issues, but it's a beautiful dark brown, with rusty brown highlights at the edges. Gorgeous outside of the lack of head.

S - I get a lot of bourbon. More than I thought I would. It gets more subtle as it warms up, and some dark fruit and toffee comes through later, but that's all you get at first. I can't say that I don't like it -- I **love** bourbon.

T - At first it was too cold, so all I got was a smack in the face from the bourbon. But as it warmed, it really opened up like I'd hoped. Bourbon (obviously) in the front, then brown sugar in the middle, with raisins, figs, and black cherries in the long finish. One of those that you just want to savor forever as you go.

M - Well, when cold, it seems almost flat. But as it came more toward room temperature, it fluffed up and was much more carbonated. Much more. I almost didn't believe the difference. This is definitely not a 2009 bottle. Very thick, well carbonated, and almost chewy.

D - Ok, I know I'm going off the script here, but how can any 12.5% beer be drinkable? I guess this one is as much as it can be. I was kind of hammered for a while after this one, so I took notes and settled down before typing this up. But there's just no way I could sit and drink more than one of these in a sitting. Just for the flavor I'll give it just above average for this class of ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 01:56:40 | More by djmichaelk
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Armsby Abbey on 5/23/10. Served in a snifter. Poured one shade shy of black with a frothy, tan-colored head that dissipates into a cluster of bubbles around the edges. Nose reveals bourbon, toffee and a hint of wood. Taste consistent with nose - rich, buttery and decadent with a complexity that improves as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a smooth, even carbonation that is lighter than anticipated. Bourbon Angel's Share is one of my favorite brews - a great sipper that improves as it warms. Definitely seek this one out if it is available on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2010 22:46:59 | More by Jwale73
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paulozanello

Brazil

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy brown purplish color, with almost no head. Mildly viscous with a small amount of lacing.

Aroma is sweet malts with licorice, dark fruits, chocolate, molasses and oak bourbon and vanilla notes that get better and better as it warms.

Taste is very powerful and sweet with molasses, plums, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Finishes long and sweet with tons of oak and vanilla notes. Aftertaste is chocolaty and a bit roasted.

Body is heavy and mouthfeel is smooth and viscous, with mild to low carbonation . Despite being definitely a sweet beer it is well balances and the fairly high abv is amazingly well hidden.

Overall an amazing beer from Lost Abbey. Nice balance of sweetness well complemented by the wooden notes. A classic.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 04:11:07 | More by paulozanello
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle 12,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2012 Bourbon version.

I am the 1000th person to review Angel's Share :D

Appearance: Angel's Share appears a very deep brown (verging on black) in the glass, however a strong back light transforms the body into the deepest of reds, with beautiful golden amber edges. A rough pour yields a good sized tan coloured head that lasts well for the style/abv. and even leaves a little lacing as it recedes. A light swirl coats the glass in heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: Ah man, this smells phenomenal! The barrel character obliterates much of the base beer in the initial nose, but it is so good that it becomes a non issue! Buttery vanilla, sweet caramel, butterscotch, oak, toasted coconut and a little booze are all noted. As the beer begins to warm, some more of the base beer begins to emerge, with notes of brown sugar, earthy toasted malt and some dark fruits.

Taste: As with the nose, the initial flavour offers a ton of barrel character as well as a fair amount of alcohol. Warming does yield an increase in notes from the base beer, but at times the overall flavour comes across as a tad thin (of course I am really nit picking here, because this stuff is delicious!).
Notes include: buttery vanilla, rich caramel, butterscotch, a fair amount of oak, brown sugar, some dark fruits (cherry, raisin and maybe a touch of date) and toasted malt.

Mouthfeel: I am probably the only person in the world to say this, but I think Angel's Share is a tad overcarbonated (medium or just over level). That said, it is velvety smooth and settles down pretty quickly. The body is just shy of full (fuller would have been better) and lightly sticky.

Overall: Angel's Share is a superb barrel aged beer and one I would love to have again. That said, I do think a year or two in the bottle would likely yield an improvement - seems I will have to get another bottle or two to test my theory!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 06:48:27 | More by Thehuntmaster
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.