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

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Reviews: 666
Hads: 1,713
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 591
Gots: 525 | FT: 43
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006

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.
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Photo of grandq
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 350ml with a MASSIVE cream head that I could not keep in check and a virtually black body - looks like a dark plum. The head just...keeps...growing... Surprised I didn't have a gusher on my hands. Getting fig above all else from the nose, backed up by brown sugar, a really rich caramel scent and the suggestion of bourbon ("might I recommed you have some bourbon in you beer, sir" it says). I reply that I would, and taking a drink, I'm quite pleased with my bourbon-rific concoction I've been served. Beyond that, there's almost too much to describe here - caramel, prune, fig, cracked black pepper, oak, chocholate, vanilla, some more bourbon, a little fusel burn ("is 'burn' a flavor... really?" it questions) and a caramel finish again on the end. Quite cyclical, which just begs one to continue the cycle. Might be too much oaky bitterness at warmer temps. This is rich as all get out, but the mouthfeel is surprisingly light - and that's a welcome thing. Were this even a touch more viscous, I think it might approach undrinkable. A sipper, a dessert beer, and even at this size sharing is mandatory, but delightful to drink. The taste bud overload of richie-richness is nigh overwhelming - teeters on the edge of being way too much ("why, I believe I could say the same of you" it opines) but buries the needle just before the line. Quite good, but some flaws here and there that distract from pure drinking enjoynment

...uh, and points deducted for it being sentient...

Big thanks to IntriqKen for the bottle

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Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of rallison
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly a great beer. Have had this a number of times and figured I ought to actually put in a review.

Pours a thick, dark brown with a 2 finger tan head that is creamy and never fully dies (that, and the bottles really are over carbonated).

Smells of vanilla infused bourbon, sweet caramel/toffee and some funky dried fruits/dates. Nice.

The taste is quite similar to the smell. There is a healthy dose of vanilla bourbon that, while strong, lends itself nicely to this beer. The caramel/toffee sweetness is most definitely there in the form of a massive malt body to back up that bourbon (nice to see this after having had many bourbon beers where the malts just can't stand up to the bourbon). The alcohol is present, no question, most likely from the bourbon aging. This, however, is not an impediment with this beer. Dates and other similar candied fruit sort of flavors also float around in the background. Some oak presence. This beer just hits all the right spots.

Mouthfeel is very rich, overly carbonated at first (give it some time to settle and it is much more divine) and satisfying.

While this is a sipper for sure, I am always sad once my glass hits empty with a beer like this. As such, I cannot rate the drinkability any less than excellent.

Highly recommended. This is still a favorite beer of mine. With that said, here is how I rank the current Angel's Share editions:
06 Bourbon > 06 Brandy > 07 Bourbon > 07 Brandy
06 Bourbon was on tap for the Toronado BW fest and blew most everything else away. The other 3 I've had side by side a couple of times, and the ranking seems to stay the same. So yeah, a 4.5 average for this I think is about fair - the 06 Bourbon would score near a 5, the 06 Brandy probably a 4.7 or so, and the 07 Brandy probably a 4.3-4.4 or so. All fine beers though, no question.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

100th Review! It may have took a year and a half, but hey, I'm here aren't I?

A - Opened with a giant pop! Poured at fridge temp to avoid getting shot in the eye by the cork. 1 1/2 finger, tan head. Body is an opaque daaark brown in a 22 oz. snifter. Crazy lacing.

S - A little oak and a lot of bourbon (really?). Underlying hints of chocolate malts, yeasty undertones. Whiskey, caramel, alcohol. Smell's way better as it warms. Berries and dark fruits noted on the final sip

T - Fantastic chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, malty goodness. Alcohol heat not noticed until it's in your belly. Sweet finish. Faint mocha afterthoughts. Again, as it warms, specific tastes really shine through at different times.

M - A little lighter and sparkly than I'd like at first... the more it warms and dies down, the better it gets. Gets creamier with time. Still, a little too carbonated for what's going on here, in my opinion.

D - The price is about the only thing keeping me from sucking this one down. I'm really... really glad I have one left.

Notes: I drank one of these a month ago but was too buzzed to even taste it. One of those nights, y'know? My friend and even my girlfriend said it was good tho, so I figured I'd rock one for my 100th.

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Photo of throwitallaway
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decanted from the bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark color with a massive head. The head subsides quite a bit, leaving a thin layer of foam across the top. Aroma is intense. Big notes of vanilla, bourbon, plums, caramel, and alcohol. Taste starts with bourbon and vanilla, then transitions to caramel malts and plums, finally ending with a mild coffee-like bitterness. Damn there's a lot going on. Mouthfeel is right in the middle and quite creamy. This is a big beer and definitely a sipper. Overall I have zero criticism for this beer. It is excellent in general.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with some faint brown showing up around the edges when held up to the light. Great tight head that sticks around as a somewhat thick cap. Especially impressive given the huge abv. The aromas are heavenly. Just the right amount of Bourbon right off the bat. Lovely aromas of caramel, gentle but pure Bourbon, sweet oak, vanilla, gentle malt, chestnut honey, and various dark fruit, all nicely integrated and not hot smelling. The taste is also amazing. Extremely well integrated flavors with great Bourbon and oak up front followed by cream, vanilla, and fruit flavors. Very nice level of carbonation, not too aggressive at all. The mouthfeel is ultra rich and creamy, but with the alcohol well hidden. An absolutely amazing sipper. I really like bourbon influenced oak aged beers if they are done well. I think this is probably my favorite to date. When this brewery is firing on all cylinders, they can really be fantastic. This beer sure is.

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Photo of JDV
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Not nearly as good as the regular Angel's Share, in my opinion. Pours a dark cola color with light tan colored super fizzy head. Bottle gushed upon opening too. Smell is vanilla, raisin, bourbon and sweet malt. Taste is similar, but much more mild than the standard angel's share which was really rich and strongly flavored. The carbonation was way too high in this body and it just foamed in the mouth, which drives me nuts. Overcarbonated and underflavored.

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Photo of Crosling
3.37/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown color with a full head. Hard to get much out of the nose at all. Velvety mouth feel with a smooth texture. Not very complex overall, with out nuance or depth. It does have a nice hint of dried chocolate on the finish, but other than that, there isn't a lot of describable character. Good, solid ale. I have found these new versions of angels share beers to be just ok, both the latest batches are not as good as the original batch at GABF 2006.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the release and this is my 4th bottle but just started reviewing beers now that I have some under my wing.

My absolute favorite beer so far so here it goes:

Poured into a chimay goblit. My first gusher bottle this time but was not too bad. Cork popped off very fast with a nice popping sound but then it gushed onto my counter. Had a thick head at first but reduced down in size and is a nice light tan color. The beer its self has a redish tint when held to the light but is black in color all together.

Smell is awesome. So complex. Dark fruits, Belgian quad, sweet malt and vanilla and a good burbon. Almost too many things and could probably smell it for an hour and come up with all sorts of ingrediance.

Taste is incredible. Figs, rasins, spices, sweet malt, vanilla, burbon, oak, all balanced together perfectly. Its amazing this is a beer. You almost have to focus your attention on a flavor to make it come out since it is balanced so well. Simply amazing.

Mouthfeel is great. Nice carbonation with smooth malts balance well in your mouth.

Drinkability is awesome. I could drink this always and several a day.

The tap version to me tasted a little more viscus and fruity wick I liked but both are amazing. Glad my dad recently have me a few more of his bottles so I can enjoy this a little more since I traded off half of mine. Can't wait untill the next release. Thanks Lost Abbey!

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Photo of BlindPig
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours with a huge (looks over carbonated) tan head on a dark amber/brown body. After first pour it seemed like it was just that one over carbonated and rest had a nice 1" head to it and left a nice lacing always covering the top.
S-Big bourbon and oak in the nose. Big sweet caramel and candied fruits. Bread comes through nicely too. Strong hint of vanilla also. Maybe just a touch of grass hops.
T- Follows the aroma. Hops do come through a lot more in the taste than they do on the aroma. Big dry oak barrels with bourbon and vanilla, then the warming of bourbon coming in later. Grass hops leave tongue dry with the help from the wood and breads. Nice balance of fruits in this also.
M- Medium to full body with low carbonation. Has a sticky feel to it and a very big nice warming from the alcohol.
D- I love it. It has been a long time since I have had the original Angel's Share which I'll compare it to tonight. It's nice to finally have another barley wine.

Edit: review comparison: Unlike the bourbon barrel the brandy heats up a lot stronger (even with more age on it). Not as smokey and woody character to it. Instead you have upfront brandy which hits your tongue very noticeable. Leaves a bigger bitterness as well IMO. Think I prefer the bourbon barrel just due to the more complex wood characters that come through along with the smokiness. I thought that balanced everything out and made it better "rounded" than the brandy does.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lost Abbey is, without a doubt, my favorite brewery. This beer is one of the reasons why.

Pours a dark, dark brown with red highlights into a snifter. Thick, off-white two finger head fades fairly quickly, leaving a thin collar and spotty lacing. Sweet malts, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of booze on the nose, with some spice and dark fruits in the mix as well. Chocolate hits the palate first, with the bourbon & vanilla quickly backing it up. The complexity of this stuff is unreal. Oak, fig & plum, spice, sherry, and a bit of alcohol all fade in & out with each sip. Magnificent. Coarse carbonation takes a bit away from the mouthfeel, but only slightly. Insanely drinkable. The 12% abv barely shows.

Believe the hype.

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Photo of errantnight
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5


But only an ounce or two lost as it is hastily decanted into a pair of Delerium Trements tulips.

This might be the most intensely, and awesome, aroma'd beer I've ever had. There's a booming bourbon note that blends smoothly into a warm, almost citrus hop aroma, melding with rich, toasted malts and gently simmering caramel. Exceptional doesn't really cover it. You can smell it from a mile away, and it's delicious. You lean in close, and it's not explosively boozy or rich, the nuances just unfold. Spectacular.

Aside from the slightly overmuch carbonation that booms and folds, it's a purdy looking rich amber brown.

Biiig vanilla sweeping through the middle before running into a tanniny bourbon ball. Just too strong on the bourbon. It tastes like some was poured into the glass. Could we get some unblended, fresh Angel's Share to be blended in a la Rodenbach? That would make for a spectacular beer. The oak and tannins are way too prevalent, none of the nuance and texture present in, say, Curieux. Cooked marshmallow and roasted and toasted malt notes bring together a phenomenal base for this beer this is overwhelmed by its barrel partner.

Too carbonated by half, maybe an entire volume. This should have a full, silky mouthfeel. And while it's smooth, there's a lively spritziness that is unnecessary, and really, just wrong.

Despite my qualms, the aroma keeps bringing me back. And the hint of something perfect underneath it all. Keep one for the cellar and see if the more extreme notes drop out in time, and look forward to next year to see if the barrel aging profile gets refined over time.

Unworthy of its place as one of the most perfect beers in the world... but conversely, very worthy of the hype as something interesting and spectacular in its own, roughly honed way.

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Photo of gford217
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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...

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Photo of prototypic
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to Adam for sending me this one. Flat out phenomenal beer. Thank you.

Appearance: It pours a very dark mahogany color. There's a hint of red peaking around the edges. Carbonation is extremely active and yields a nearly four finger deep head that's mocha brown in color. It was extremely slow to dissipate and left an excellent coat of lace on the glass.

Smell: This is a very unique and excellent aroma. It's very malty and features a refined bourbon smell. The bourbon appears to be perfectly blended and the nose suggests it plays a more subtle, complementary role rather than simply overwhelming the other scents and flavors. This is my preference for the style and the aroma has created extremely high expectations. There are some light spicy notes as well as a distinct toffee aroma. It certainly has an oak/wood chip scent. Light vanilla and dark fruit round it out.

Taste: With the nose raising my expectations even further, the flavor delivers and then some. Wow! This is one hell of a fine tasting beer. It's malty and sweet up front. It has a unique toffee flavor that distinguishes it a little from other releases of this style. The bourbon flavor emerges and is a near carbon copy of the nose. It's extremely well blended and complementary in nature. Vanilla and light spice flavors really open it up. It's very complex and tasty. Oak, light dark fruit, and very faint roasted coffee flavors emerge on the tail. Finishes sweet with a slight alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied. Feels a little thinner than I prefer. This would be an absolute knockout if the feel were just a little smoother. It just lacks that ultra-creamy smooth feel that I was hoping for. Carbonation is high and active, but doesn't negate the feel. Drinkability is extremely high. At 12%, it's very strong. But, alcohol is barely noticeable and it's difficult to savor. It's just too damn tasty.

I had high expectations for this one and they've actually been exceeded. It's hard to find any fault in this beer. My one small criticism is that it needs to be a tad thicker and have the feel smoothed out a little. Nevertheless, Lost Abbey has crafted a world class beer with this one. You must find it...somehow, someway.

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Photo of SQNfan
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured mahogany in color with a creamy head. The nose was nicely complex with scents of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit and a slight herbalness. The palate is similarly complex and medium to full-bodied with great richness and balance. There is plenty of carbonation to keep this deep beer fresh. Aging should allow this to mellow out a bit and be potentially perfect for my palate.

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Photo of robotfeet
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had heard a lot of talk about this beer and was finally lucky enough to try it. Wasn't sure what to expect at first. The pour is dark brown with descent head. It has a lot of distinct flavors in the taste, however they are perfectly balanced so that no one is too strong. The taste is very rich. By far the best beer that I have ever had. Although not something that you could drink more than a couple of glasses of due to the rich flavor. If you can locate a bottle of this limited release, I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of pwoods
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to mikesgroove for this brew!

12.7oz. brown corked/caged bottle, poured into a snifter. '08

A: Huge pop from the cork, then some spillage. Pours a very deep brown, nearly black, completely opaque. A big ass head, at least 2 1/2 fingers in the snifter, holds very nicely. Tons of sticky lacing.

S: Tons of bourbon. Lots of caramel and buttery toasted nuts. Little hints of vanilla and some spices. Alcohol is present and pleasant.

T/M: Alcohol is much more potent in the taste, maybe a little sting and a huge warmth all the way down and lasting in the belly. More of the same from the nose but with some milky chocolate and syrupy molasses. The bourbon is delicious. Has a bit of yeast... actually a bit like a Belgian yeast. Carbonation reminds me of a Belgian, too.

D: Very slow sipper. It's in a 12.7oz bottle for a reason. Damn tasty and will cap my night, nicely.

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Photo of weeare138
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of sessycuban
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of bgramer
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Whoa - when popping the cork, you could smell the bourbon instantly, and oh what a heavenly smell.

Poured into my glass cold so it wouldn't gush as much out of the bottle, it was dark and purpley. As it warmed up, it smelled so sweet and I tasted the bready bourbon sweetness. It definitely has a candied and spicy flavor that gives it an awesome balanced complexity over the oak and bourbon which blends well together.

Imagine how well this is going to age! I'm looking forward to trying this again soon.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle picked up for me at the brewery from seaoflament, thanks a lot Carlos, my bottle says 12.5% ABV, saved this for my 700th review, poured into my New Belgium snifter

A-Almost black in color but very dark brown with some dark red around the edges, 1/2 inch frothy light tan head that stuck around longer than I have ever seen one, with no exaggeration it was over a half hour, just not budging, after that it left some nice lacing, perfect appearance

S-The obvious aroma from the beginning is bourbon and a good amount of it, provides a somewhat stinging and spicy aroma, tons of caramel is in the nose as well which is where this beer gets its fair share of sweetness from, lots of oak, also burned sugar, toffee, very faint dark fruits, and vanilla

T-Started off with a spicy bourbon flavor, faded into some sweet malt and vanilla in the middle, finish had some booze but was mostly a caramel sweetness, burned accents and sugar present throughout the entire hour and a half I sipped on this, later on the bourbon became more subtle and lots more vanilla showed up and was even present in the aftertaste at times, slightly warming going down but nothing too serious, complex flavor makes you want more after every sip, by the end I could still taste the bourbon slightly but there was a nice mixture between milk chocolate and sweet vanilla, incredible balance and unique to say the least

M-Loads and loads of carbonation and I knew that once I popped the cork, body was medium size, motuhfeel was full of bourbon so it was mostly dry and boozy, but there was also some sweet and slightly roasty accents, taste lingered for quite some time, especially once it warmed

D-Could have drank a full 750 ml of this but would not need to, this beer was amazingly drinkable for over twelve percent but it is still very strong which is why I cannot give it a five, alcohol is also more present in this one, still tremendously smooth and easy to drink

Did not enjoy this one as much as the brandy version but it was still awesome, would say this version is more similar to a barleywine, the smaller size bottle was a perfect serving too because of how strong it is, this one was a serious gusher this is one of the most unique beers out there and if you have not tried either of the Angel's Shares then you really need to, will definitely drink again in the upcoming years, congratulations to Tomme again for brewing yet another masterpiece

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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.