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

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Ratings: 1,524
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 556
Gots: 459 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006)
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Isermaja, Mar 09, 2012
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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle bought at the Sinner's release (375ml) 2008 version 12.5% ABV, taken out of converted chest freezer. Poured into Stone RIS tulip glass.

A: Popped cork and the beer bubbled up ( I heared this was the case for many others, even though chilled). Thick tan head, second pour was more creamy than the first. Coffee colored.

S: Bourbon, Oak/Wood, caramel with slight vanilla. I can't keep my nose away from this beer. Slightly sour/barrel smell.

T: First thing I noticed was the strong bourbon spirit flavor (much more than the brandy barrel version). Followed by the sour/barrel characteristics. Carmel and vanillia then come through and the beer finishes with a light roasty flavor that sticks around

MF: Medium body with a sticky feel that lasts. For all the bubble up front a very light carbonation overall?

D: Can't drink too much of this stuff, like the 375 size. But a very good one serving beer.

Great job! I like the Brandy Barrel version better, but still a great beer.

This is my first review, so this is a great beer for the occasion!

WeeObese, Mar 28, 2008
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- 12.5% bot. 2013. consumed 9/14 @ recommended 55F serving temp in a duvel glass.

(4.10) A: Auburn-chocolate pour is thick and viscose on the exit producing a billowing tan head 3+ inches tall. Good retention rate with a milky cream texture with an equally impressive lace coverage that smothers the vessel. Micro-effervesce is light along the edges.

(4.25) S: Aroma of dark rum raisin upon immediate uncorking, with sweet dark fruit liquor (figs and plums). Rich chocolate oak notes with burnt molasses sweetness blends beautifully with a smooth silky coffee roast. The alcohol is fairly reserved for 12.5% aromatic wise with a nice smoothing complexity that flows very well and a good level of awareness.

(4.30) T: The flavor starts off with big alcohol notes, dark fruit, sweet figs and plums following the nose, blending with a whiskey-chocolate combination making a big first impression. Dark raisin, with an earthy bittering finish with some lingering whiskey. The flavor is very polished, eloquent and refined.

(4.15) M: Medium milky body, with a light mention of carbonation. Nice chocolate-alcohol warmth with a slippery smooth texture that just slides off the tongue.

(4.25) O: a world class offering, solid A rating. A bit pricey at $18 spent on a 12 oz but worth the unique experience. Sticky, syrupy, oaky goodness in a bottle with a lingering after-effect of alcohol deep in the belly long after the swallow. Definitely one of the better BA stouts, but its no BCBS by comparison.

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2014 version on tap at Monk's Kettle, SF. Note that the 2014 version is now up to 14.8% ABV!!

I first had Angel's Share (Bourbon version) a few years ago. It was the first bourbon barrel ale I had, and it knocked my socks off. I thought of it as a peak experience.

Since then, I've had a lot of big beers, and a lot of barrel aged beers. So revisiting Angel's Share this year, I had more context for judging it. And it no longer knocks my socks off. It's a very lovely beer, no mistake about it, and I'd happily be grateful to anyone who gave me a bottle. But I've had better ones, where the underlying beer is more complex and more interesting, and not just a vehicle for the bourbon.

Angels Share is a very sweet beer, with lots of bourbon aroma and flavor. Very smooth. Yes, you do notice the ABV. Fine beer.

VashonGuy, Nov 17, 2014
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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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