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

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1,356 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,356
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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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

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

12.7oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a dark, murky chestnut tone reminiscent of a quad, only darker. not much of a head, but i'm not going to hold that against it too much due to - IMO - what the lost abbey was going for here, dialing back the carbonation.

the aroma is out of this world. bourbon, vanilla, malts, molasses, alcohol, a touch of caramel, oak... really fantastic. i could smell this all night.

taste is also fantastically complex: a melange of the aroma profile plus notes of chocolate and some dark fruits that combine with the alcohol to suggest a wine-like flavor. wow. excellent flavor profile.

very, very low carbonation, reminds me of SA utopias, both from the flavor profile and low carbonation. really enjoying this beer. drinkability is a tougher nut to crack. this has instantly jumped into my top 5 favorite beers, but i can't see drinking more than one. i've had some other lost abbey brews and always seemed to be underwhelmed, but not here. well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 01:37:53 | More by perrymarcus
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GabrielM

New Mexico

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

My first review, so thought I would save it for something special.

A - Awesome bottle and cover design, with "bourbon 2010" on the back. There was no hiss or pop as I pulled the cork, which was a bit disheartening, especially since hearing of all the carbonation problems with LA lately. The beer pours a dark brownish caramel-apple color, with a very thin line of head that dissipates somewhat quickly. A swirl brings it back, which is a good sign.

S - Strong bourbon up front, then caramel and brown sugar. Alcohol is present, but masked (or maybe enhanced) by the intense bourbon aroma.

T - Thick, warm bourbon on the palate, caramel, a bit of chocolate and molasses. The alcohol is felt soon after swallowing as it warms the throat and chest, but only for a second. It's actually a quite pleasurable "burn" if you enjoy the aforementioned flavors. Carbonation is weak, but definitely there.

M - As stated above, thick bourbon is the best way to describe the feel. Given its high ABV, this one is definitely strong in the mouth, but deserves a good swishing around to open up all the remaining nuances.

D - Given the intensity and strength, the warmth/burn is pronounced, but not overwhelming. A great sipper that requires a pause between drinks, but always has you looking forward to the next. Being a huge scotch drinker and complete fan of bourbon barrel aged brews, I am always excited to try a fresh batch, and this is one of the best I've had. However, let this baby age for a while and you'll have a much mellower, flavor-filled masterpiece on your hands.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 00:14:08 | More by GabrielM
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

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

Had on-tap at Pinnochio's in Media, PA on 10/26/11. Poured very dark brown/almost black. Some reddish brown towards the edges. Small head as it was poured (tan colored) but the head mostly receded. Moderate lacing...not really impressive.

Smell had a slight alcohol burn. Definitely smelled the bourbon! Also got vanilla, chocolate and a roasty malt aroma. Taste was similar to aroma...definite bourbon flavor, but it was balanced well with vanilla, roasty malts and chocolate. It was very drinkable for the style.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Only strike against it in terms of drinkable nature was the bourbon taste. It was a little much at times (especially as the brew warmed). Still...very delicious. Overall, I would have this brew time and time again. I loved it. Complex, delicious and high quality!

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 23:53:03 | More by MsRif
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swthomas55

Michigan

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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ChugginOil

Illinois

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

Pours a dark dark brown with reddish tints when held to the light. Tiny amount of tan head. Zero lace.

The nose has a ton of bourbon charateristics. Vanilla, butterscotxh, oak and caramel dominate. The heat from the high alcohol content lingers.

The taste is full of caramel, light cocoa, butterscotch, vanilla, light dry tannin, and a sweetness that is bold but evenly matched with roasty and dry barrel characteristics.

The mouthfeel is thick, viscous, bold, beastly. Ample carbonation nails it for the style.

Overall, glorious bourbon treatment that allows a lot of the base beer to show alongside the bourbon. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 22:29:15 | More by ChugginOil
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oceanman

Virginia

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

2009 vintage

Brown with a purplish tint, no indication of carbonation. Does not resemble beer, but looks intriguing.

Aggressive bourbon aromas burn the inside of the nose with a deep inhalation. Vanilla, chocolate, and layers of dark fruits.

A bourbon-y alcoholic burn dominates, but is complemented by interesting vanilla notes. There is an underlying sweetness which is effectively masked by the alcohol, but which occasionally makes its presence known. The mouthfeel is actually not as thick as expected. No carbonation, which works fine for the pensive mood of this beer. The finish lasts forever and is wonderfully evocative - licorice, toffee, pecan, plum, et al. Bourbon is well integrated into this beer, as it's not clear where the beer ends and the bourbon begins.

I could definitely spend a few hours on these 12.7 ounces. Certainly an experience, though not one I could afford to have often.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 00:14:12 | More by oceanman
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

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

On-tap at Pizza Port OB.
Pours a dark murky brown with a light tanish off white head that laces the glass nicely. The nose is big of bourbon, oack, raisins, dates, dark fruit and vanilla. The taste is a big hit of bourbon, raisins, toffee, dates, oak, canilla and a strong alcohol presence with a slight burntness. It's got a creamy feel withe a fairly thick body and good carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer for me, however if you don't like bourbon this definitly isn't the beer for you.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 02:19:47 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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baggio

Sweden

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

Bottle shared with fellow ba kplynch! I can't thank you enough for popping this baby open for our small tasting!

A: Copper-golden with a medium sized head which is beige/white in apperance.

S: Vanilla, Bourbon, Caramel, Fruit, Chocolate. The nose is incredibly inviting!

T: Vanilla, Bourbon, Cocoa, Ripe fruit, Toffee. I sipped away slowly on this one.

M: Varm and filling. Medium carbonation with a nice complexity and balance.

One of the best barrel-aged beers i've had in a loooong time. If you can get hold of this baby, try it!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 03:27:12 | More by baggio
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

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

2011 Bourbon Angel's Share on tap. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an impenetrable dark, cloudy brown, some light stone head which recedes to a ring which remains for the glass.

S: Gorgeous bourbon and oak forward, along with vanilla, cherry, and dark dried fruit. The bourbon and oak are really in your face. A little sweetness and dark chocolate as well.

T: Delicious bourbon and dark fruit, loads of oak and tannin, some caramel and molasses, with a long, kind of grainy cocoa finish, with a touch of bitterness. A little heavy on the bourbon for my taste, but really good nonetheless. Some alcohol is noticeable, but not really a mark against it.

M: Smooth, medium-light carbonation, medium-full body.

O: Really delicious and rich. Definitely a bourbon and oak bomb. Awesome with or for dessert.

One of the more schizophrenic beers I've had, Angel's Share ranges from phenomenal to drainpour. All the versions on tap I've had have been really good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 21:17:01 | More by pmarlowe
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

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

I had the chance to try this after work on Monday at the Brewhouse. Very happy to be able to try out this rare beer. The beer was poured into an Allagash tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown/black color with a thin ring circling around the glass. Couldn't really notice any carbonation.

Smell: dark fruits like raisins and plums, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, oak, and soom alcohol towards the end.

Taste: semi-sweet chocolate, more vanilla, raisins, molasses, slight oakiness, and it warmed up the body as it went down.

Mouthfeel: Loz carbonation. The beer got better as it warmed up to room temperature. Slightly smooth, good balnce of flavors, and very well on the palate.

Overall: This was a really great tasting beer. I would buy a bottle to store or another one if it was on draft at a bar I would be at. Great sipper and good to share with friends.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 23:56:32 | More by Flounder57
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hero27

Minnesota

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

12.7 oz corked/caged bottle.
12.5% abv

Obtained via trade with barleywinebrewer, thanks again!

Let this warm up to near room temp before taking a sip.
Pours a very dark burgundy..head of bubbly caramel-colored foam fades away slowly..leaving the rest of the dark, opaque liquid behind.
Aroma of candied fruits, sweet caramel malt, raisin, & oaky vanilla...
Flavor is more of the same..with a warming alcohol burn, a plethora of dark fruits, oaky bourbon-soaked malts, and bold vanilla.. delicious.
Had this brew after dinner this evening and it is a treat for any beer lover..very glad to have the opportunity to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 03:18:36 | More by hero27
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metter98

New York

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown and nearly opaque in color. It poured with a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Strong aromas of bourbon are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of bourbon along with strong notes of underlying vanilla and hints of caramel.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink considering its strength because the only alcohol that is noticeable is the bourbon.

Note: 2012 vintage

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 19:38:34 | More by metter98
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a deep reddish brown to black with a tan colored head that stats for about 2 minutes. Aroma of sweet bourbon and dark fruits like figs. A bunch of vanilla and some alcohol. The taste is sweet with some vanilla accents and a slight heat. There is a caramel taste at the end along with the heat. The carbonation is spot on and the feel is silky smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 11:40:47 | More by jbaker67
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Devi0us

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright fellow Advocates, I'm new to BA but I've been drinking craft brews for almost a year and a half now and this is my 1st ever review...

Appearance: Pours a very dark cloudy brown almost black in color with hardly any carbonation and a very little lacing.

Smell: raisins and plums, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, oak, and some alcohol towards the end perhaps. I can't really get a good smell due to allergies.

Taste: semi-sweet, vanilla and molasses. You can really taste the alcohol as it went down.

Mouthfeel: Hardly any carbonation at all. The beer got alot better as it warmed up to room temperature. Slightly smooth and not too thick. Good balance of flavors, and very well on the palate.

Overall: This was a really great tasting beer. I think a year or two of aging would do wonders for this beer. A great sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 07:42:36 | More by Devi0us
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waltonc

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml Bottle acquired from City Beer Store.

The carbonation in this beer is ridiculous. I had to hold my thumb over the top of the bottle for a few minutes to avoid losing any precious drops. This was really annoying at first (it's like $2 per fluid ounce!), but once I tasted it, I realized this carbonation makes the mouthfeel great. The bubbles are tiny and create a very fine, creamy texture. As the beer rested in my glass, the head oozed carbonation, like a bubbling mud pot centered over a geothermally active region. Perhaps the Yellowstone Caldera. The liquid is on the thicker side too. My tests determined that this is the correct viscosity.

There is lots of bourbon in the smell, along with other fruits and spice. Raisins are especially pronounced. These same traits are also present in the taste, along with vanilla, carmel, and tons of sweetness. Definitely my kind of beer. It's a shame this is one of those crazy rare beers that's so hard to come by. I'd drink this all the time if I could. One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 02:07:51 | More by waltonc
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John_M

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room in Exton during their Lost Abbey/Port Brewing event.

The beer pours a rich dark brown color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The beer is very viscuous appearing, looking almost like dark chocolate mud. The nose is very rich, sweet and attractive, with considerable chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. There's also some underlying spice, which includes a hint of black pepper. Flavors replicate the nose, but with a bit more hoppy bitterness then I recall from the bottled version. This helps to cut the sweetness somewhat, though this is still a very rich, sweet tasting beer. Mouthfeel is rich, very full, and long. The carbonation is fairly low (nothing like the bottles of brandy AS however), which adds to the smoothness on the palate. Drinkability is OK, though you can tell the alcohol is up there, and it wears on you after a while.

An excellent beer (of course), though without doubt a little bit goes a long way.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2009 13:24:15 | More by John_M
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Braseltonage

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, dated 2013.

A: Foggy brown, opaque beer. Wispy tan head, decent lace.
S: Big dose of raisin up front, rich dark fruits. Overripe cherries. Vanilla, boozy. A little toasty oak, leather on the tail end.
T: Rich, sweet cherry notes up front, slightly viniferous. Some toffee, vanilla. Alcohol warmth comes in towards the finish. Very nice bourbon heat and leathery tannins wipe away the potential for overly sweet cloying feel.
M: Medium to full body. Tiny bubbles, reasonable carbonation. Sticky, but finishes decently dry with the oak & bourbon.
O: Pretty dynamic atrong ale/barleywine. Doesn't "hid" the booze, but doesn't wallop either. Really good and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 03:12:54 | More by Braseltonage
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vic21234

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Served at cellar temperature.

A- Corked bottle opened with a weak pop. Pours very cola-like, dark with some light appearing through the top of the glass. A small amount of head quickly fades to just a filmy lacing along the side of the glass.

S- Smells very boozey with the bourbon shining through. Some caramel is hidden in there as well.

T- Starts off smooth with some caramel notes. I also get the oak/ woody notes, but really no vanilla. The back end of the taste is all booze.

M- Little to no carbonation, this one is a definite sipper. The 12.5% ABV is certainly apparent, and I would possibly call it one of the hottest tastes beers I've had, which isn't a bad thing. Each sip ends with a warming alcohol tingle down my throat.

Good stuff, would have liked to had two bottles so I can lay one down for even longer to see if the boozey notes subside a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 23:18:39 | More by vic21234
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to Bennetj17 for the opportunity to try this. Its quite dark and opaque, somewhat stout like in appearance. Mildly yet persistently carbonated, a very gentle pour into my Chimay chalice gave a one finger tan coloured head, with great retention, after more than a few minutes a half finger's worth is still present. Thick and sticky sheets of lace present that eventually disperse and reenter the body of this rich brew.

Quite a rich nose on this brew. Bourbon, toffee, bourbon soaked raisins, vanilla and wood, as well as a hint of more roasted malt aromas. I may see how this stand up to a cigar after the review.

Wow, this is a rich and decadent brew. The bourbon is there right from the start, then the rich toffee from the malts assert themselves. Vanilla and oak appear along with booze soaked raisins, and more roasted malt character appears in the middle and lasts to the finish, with a treacly character and notes of espresso and hints of anise and a whiff of smoke. Some mostly clean hop bitterness present at the finish, with earthy tones.

Incredibly smooth, full, and creamy. Some alcohol heat from this 12.5% monster, but what else could be expected from such a big beer aged in bourbon barrels? Rich, decadent, and very well integrated for my taste, the rich malts stand up to the pronounced bourbon character, and the subtler notes from the oak and hops add significant depth to this incredible brew.

This is a sipper to be sure, but is quite enjoyable, it will be a pleasure to enjoy the 375mls, even though it will take me a while to do so. Definitely worth trying for fans of well crafted barrel aged brews. Guess i will have to try to acquire the brandy barrel version in order to compare it with this rich and tasty treat. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 19:42:55 | More by demcorhip
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 375 mL bottle. Poured into a snifter. After chilling for a couple weeks in the fridge, I decided to finally warm this puppy up and drink it! Carefully I pried open the cork and made sure it did not completely fizz over. An extermely careful pour produced a murky dark brown/ black beer with a 1" cola like tan head that would not quit. Waited on it for about 5 minutes and no let up! Huge aroma- tons of sweet bourbon, some chocolate, oak. Very inviting smell. Taste was not far off from the smell, but I was surprised how well balanced it was. The first sip was a bit hot with the bourbon, but it mellows quickly and nicely. Molasses, oak, some vanilla, and a bit of booze all work well together. This is a true sipper, though. It warms the whole way down and the aftertaste works overtime. good carbonation in the mouthfeel department, but this one stays heavy, full bodied. Great night cap!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 00:10:51 | More by DrDogbeer
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mcallister

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good looking beer. Deep burgundy in color but oozed and poured with a monstrous head of tan chunky in nature that leaves a fluffy seperated lace in its path.

Dark bready malts with bourbon, cherry, fig, date, caramel, oxidation, wood, vanilla, and an earthy astringent almost ester on the ending. Spicey with even hints of pumpeknickel. Reminiscent of Adam in aroma.

Quite a tasty treat here. Huge with caramel and dried fruits, alcohol, date, fig, nuggat, breads, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon, oak, toasty vanilla, pecan, milk chocolate,smoke, burnt sugars, oxidation, dried cherry, marmalade, and on and on.

Unfortunately this is way to carbonated. Really hurting the mouthfeel as it causes the beer to seperate on the toungue on each sip almost discentigrating in nature. However I can live with that and could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 18:36:35 | More by mcallister
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle, 12,5 % ABV

Look: Pours with large 2 thumb thick brown, creamy, slightly reddish foam. Medium retention, some of the foam forms a compact thin layer on the top for the whole ride. Carbonation visible. Color is dark brown/black, murky, can't see through, some yeast visible. Pours with thick/syrupy body, fair amount of lacing.

Smell: Dark, burned caramel, dark/milk chocolate, bourbon, oak, then some sweetness, dark fruit, raisins, vanilla. Holy shit intense - filled the room the second it was opened. Rich, oily, hint of coconut, fat overall.

Taste: Bourbon, oak, vanilla. Rich complex sweet taste of different types of chocolate, burned caramel. Fat play between bourbon and rich malt character - lovely. Aftertaste consists of malty bitterness and bourbon, maybe slightly sour. Can't detect any hop flavour/aroma. There's some alcohol in finish.

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy. Med-low carbonation - expected for such a fat boy. There is some warming from the alcohol.

Overall: Smooth and sweet ride for a 12,5 % ABV bourbon and malt bomb. Aging did some splendid work on it. Was a feast, but holy shit - half gone and I was drunk. Not your typical Sunday stroll.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 23:56:29 | More by tmzl
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 (last years) vintage (not the new release). 375ml bottle into DFH snifter.

A - Open with a loud "pop". Poured aggressively so there was a huge head. Black with a frothy tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing behind. The head is very sticky and hangs on to the side of the glass.

S - Dark fruit, boozy bourbon, chocolate. Smells very smooth and complex...a lot more then I can describe in a review. A sweet smell fills the nose after the initial notes fade.

T - Wow. Very good. Plums, raisins, milk chocolate, malts, dark cherry, smooth bourbon flavor. Better then I expected, truthfully.

M - Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, rich, creamy, smooth. Great to swirl around in your mouth and savor.

D - Very smooth for the style and barrel aging. Easy to drink, alcohol is smooth and subtle, very smooth. Lost Abby hits a HR on this one. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 02:40:28 | More by Sean9689
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler (why the hell didn't I just get the 32?)

Pours with no real head, just a film that fades quickly to the tiniest of rings. Opaque deep brown body with orange edges.

Aromas are full of bourbon, vanilla/oak, Heath bar, and a slight vinous finish.

Pretty creamy on the palate, and one of the most full-of-flavor beers you'll ever have. The sweetness does take over on the flavor to trump the bourbon. Syrup, toffee, caramel, butter, bourbon, port wine...in that order. Very tasty! There was just a hint of carbonation, which is fine for the style. Smooth as baby skin on the mouthfeel.

This one - strangely enough - would be phenomenal with some french toast and bacon. If I didn't have church tomorrow, that would be SO on the breakfast menu.

Serving type: growler

10-09-2011 02:38:17 | More by BeerImmediately
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ottovon

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

shared by fowlelanguage.

A: murky, reddish brown with minimal head. leaves just a ring of head.

S: nice aromas of bourbon, it is one of the first things i noticed. there is candi sugar, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and a nice toffee aroma.

T: just like the aroma. bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted malt, and toffee. subtle cherry and berry aromas. chocolate and burnt sugar are also in there.

M: smooth, creamy, thick and low carbed.

O: this is a great beer. a slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 19:36:42 | More by ottovon
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,356 ratings.