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

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95
world-class

1,379 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,379
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 545
Gots: 416 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Old Ale aged in bourbon barrels for 12 months.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006)
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 375 ml. bottle dated 2010 into a Russian River stemmed glass...

A - Uh oh...no pop when the cork is pulled. I didn't think there were carbonation issues with this years release, but I'm a little scared. Pours a murky, dark brown raisin like color that produces no head when poured vigorously. A very, very minute fizzy cream colored collar forms and dissapears as quickly as it forms.

S - Awesome aroma. Notes of bourbon, vanilla and oak along with dark sticky fruits (raisins, dates, figs). Everything mixes together very nicely and the bourbon doesn't overshadow anything else.

T - Follows the smell quite closely. Bourbon, sweet vanilla and oak mixed very nicely with dark sticky fruits. Real nice barrel integration here. Getting some caramel favors and, flavors of chocolate. Booze and sweetness actually add nicely to the other flavors.

M - Hmmm. Well, it's not flat, but there is very, very little carbonation. Very slight heat in the throat from the alcohol. Slight carbonation on the tongue, although more would really be nice.

D - Well, at $22 fr a 375 ml. bottle, I was expecting a little more, but I have come to realize that LA beers are a little more buck for their bang. Although, I must admit, that aside from Older Viscosity, this was the best offering I have had from them. Big ABV makes this one a slow sipper, but much like good bourbon, it is very well worth every sip.

01-15-2011 04:48:52 | More by KAP1356
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

375ml, 2010 version, not sure where I got this from, but it was around $15. Into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Bottle opens with a faint pop, and a vigorous pour yields a very dark brown beer with a few small bubbles that don't stick around very long . Fairly dark and, for the most part opaque. Not a bad looking beer, but a little bit of a head would really help it.

S: Huge aroma as soon as the cork is out of the bottle. Smells of bourbon, and chocolate, rich caramel, a bit of oak, and a huge note of vanilla on the very end. Rich and decadent, essentially like a bourbon caramel vanilla cheesecake. Fantastic. I could live in the headspace of this snifter.

T: Bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and oak, a hint of sherry on the finish as well, maybe a touch oxidized. I really enjoy all of the sweet flavors that mix together into a great combination of dessert liquor, but it still is definitely a beer. Not much else that I can say about this other than it is delicious.

M: Fairly heavy body with faint carbonation, in fact if you didn't try and seek out the carbonation you might miss it, its that faint. Pretty warm, but this has mellowed out a bit since the last bottle I had. Bourbon/Oak lends a certain dryness. Not bad, but maybe a touch more carbonation would really bring this around.

D: I will have no issues finishing this bottle off, and I'm quite happy this is in the 375ml format, as it is the perfect size. Very enjoyable after dinner type beer. It is getting a touch oxidized, so I'm not sure how much longer it really should be aged. Still a damn fine beer. Definitely lives up to the hype.

03-07-2011 02:49:01 | More by pokesbeerdude
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nygannon

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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twenty5

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-04-2011 22:57:58 | More by kjkinsey
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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MufflnMan

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-13-2012 02:34:02 | More by MufflnMan
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TheEvilGenius

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Rollzroyce21

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-14-2011 14:58:07 | More by Rollzroyce21
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beerpadawan

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-25-2012 16:47:20 | More by beerpadawan
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_morandi_

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

07-14-2014 20:20:47 | More by _morandi_
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LambicKing

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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appetiteforparis

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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ambruns1979

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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PlinyBeMiney

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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JohnnieQuest

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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e30todamax

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

20009 vintage thanks to OlieIPA.

Pours a very dark burgundy color, nearly black with a tiny bubbly tan head.

Scent of strong oak, vanilla, prunes, caramel, chocolate, bourbon, and sharp alcohol. A nice strong scent, the alcohol balances the intense oak out well to keep it from being overpowering.

Taste of creamy vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, dark fruit, sugars, and alcohol. Again, the alcohol seems to balance things out, but it goes to into the finish as well. Big oak and bourbon flavors make for one very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied, silky smooth and fairly flat. The same sharp bite of alcohol keeps it a bit lively.

A very drinkable, but boozy Strong Ale.

09-05-2009 01:55:40 | More by paco1029384756
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match1112

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-23-2013 02:30:01 | More by match1112
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MartyO

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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JDJTEXAS

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-17-2013 18:00:21 | More by TXhomebrewer
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,379 ratings.