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

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Reviews: 660
Hads: 1,686
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 12.11%
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Gots: 512 | FT: 41
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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 bigbelcher
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Arizona Strong Beer Festival. Color was a rudy dark brown color. Lots of head and the keg poured very foamy when it was first tapped but settled down later on. Had a big white head. Aroma of oak barrels and toffee with a slightly high alcohol awareness evident. Taste was of a woody, oak barrel sweet malt beer. Very excellent beer and one of my favorites at the festival. The rep said some bottles would be coming to Arizona soon. (445 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

is there a better beer in the world than this? bring it to me. this pours into an 8oz chalice a lovely red/brown color with a minimal and fading off white head. smells like a billion delicious things, belgian yeast, caramel, milk chocolate, oak chips, sweet malt, booze. flavor at first is that of a liquid rollo candy, chocolate and gooey caramel combined, but soon after a barleywine sweetness and strength assert themselves and a wood aged sort of depth is in your face. this is so complex and evolving its insane. notes of dried fruit, toll house semisweet chips, and jim beam come through. there is no other beer like this. mouthfeel is near perfect too, plenty of bubbles, and a fuller medium body, strong alcohol burn as it warms. magnificent beer, with everything you could want and more. 12.5% is well hidden until it gets warm. i cant say enough good things about this one. damn damn damn. only thing i dont like is the price, $12 for an 8oz. pour. (958 characters)

Photo of hopstat
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the dog and pony

A: dark dried fruits - cherries, big chocolate and slight bourbon notes

T: amazing morph from dried fruit to big chocolate (like a dark chocolate syrup) to bitter chocolate to mocha to esspresso.

Overall: an amazing beer so complex you're sure to taste something new when you sale up in the morning (328 characters)

Photo of abfraser
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml purchased in 2008

A: Opens with a serious pop. Carbonation isn't going to a worry here, unlike many other Lost Abbeys lately. Dark rudy brown, with a beautiful creamy head that lasts the entire beer. Beautiful.

S: Oak. More oak. Nice bourbon and vanilla aromas. Dark caramel malt. Dark cherries. The barrel aromas are dominant at first, but dark fruit really comes out as this warms up.

T/M: Every in the smell and then some. Awesome bourbon, vanilla flavors and cherries and fruit in the background. The caramel malt is potent definitely laying the backbone for everything else. It's got a nice carbonation, doesn't taste syrupy at all. Amazing stuff.

D: Man, if only...

Near perfection in a barrel aged beer. The first Lost Abbey brew I've had that's met the hype (777 characters)

Photo of kels
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - big thanks goes out to my brother pwoods for this early birthday gift. I'm glad he knows what he's doing:) Shared with him and bamadog this weekend.

Appearance: Pours into the snifter softly, but still creates a whole glassful of foam. It's a creamy shade of tan with loads of airy bubbles. It fades quickly, retaining at a significant skim with lots of smooth, blanketing lacing. Liquid is a dark caramelized brown, viscous and opaque, with slight reddish highlights. The lacing is so thick and clingy I am somewhat tempted to lick it.

Smell: Smell is full of oaky bourbon, chewy/sticky malts, deep roasted and nutty grains and a slightly sticky fruitiness. This combines with a sharp punch of isopropyl alcohol in the background. Big is the best word I have to describe the smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is very big, but pretty smooth overall. The malts are chewy and nutty and are well-paired with a deeply toasted grain. The bourbon is sweetly woody with a clear vanilla presence. Heat is excellent in the mouth, throat and chest. This one drinks like a bourbon and tastes like a beer - absolutely delicious, and everything I could have hoped for. Caramelly malt and slight raisin sweetness. Feel is very usually light for the big flavors or for a strong ale in general thanks to the exceptional carbonation. Moderate texture, very smooth. Drying aftertaste leaves pleasant vapor in the palate.

Drinkability: Way higher than it should be. Drinks so surprisingly smoothly with great balance of flavors. Definitely worth it and lives up to the hype. (1,564 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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 (2,448 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A: Dark purple with no head.

S: Dull red wine scent in the nose, and, as it warms up, notes of vanilla

T: Dull at first, a little red wine, but given a moment it blossoms with sweet vanilla, caramel, oak, a slight taste of alcohol.

M: While I prefer my beer smooth, this is a bit too smooth. It's flat.

O: One of my favorites, not unlike Sucaba, but it's flatness makes it a bit less impressive. They should cap it. (419 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still, dark reddish-brown appearance.

Nose is brown sugar, vanilla and oak. Heavenly.

Taste is of deep rich sweetness. Highlights are oak with a vanilla bite. It's like an alcoholic chocolate covered cherry. Truly wonderful.

Mouthfeel is zingy, slightly boozy but not astringent.

Drinkability is high. This is a good sipper, boozy but very tasty. Layers of complexity with every sip.

Thanks to juicestam for sharing this treat out here in the middle of the Pacific. (470 characters)

Photo of bball208
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is my new favorite beer of all time.

Despite it's lackluster appearance (almost no carbonation at all), since it carried more characteristics of a bourbon, it was actually okay with me that it was a little bit flat.

It poured a syrupy dark brown to black. you could see tons of legs on the side of the glass. Again, zero head.

It smelled like everything wonderful that i've ever smelled in one beer. I got sweet milk chocolate, tons of vanilla, oak, little cappucino, just a tremendous smelling beer.

The taste was mindblowing after the first sip. I knew it was my favorite. It goes down like silk, coats your mouth in what feels like liquid chocolate. You get some real nice burn from what tastes like bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and molasses. The beer enters as an imperial stout, and exits like a bourbon whiskey. Incredibly complex, smooth, balanced, and... well perfect. The flavors of this beer and the makeup of it actually makes sense that there is very little carbonation. Carbonation really would seem to get in the way of the deep richness that this beer has to offer.

I will definitely pick up as many of these I can find IF i can ever find it again. Very hard to find. (1,204 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a snifter)
A- The dense opaque brown body has a creamy tan head that fades to a thick ring soon after a bit. The creamy head slowly slides down the glass after each sip with some long legs to follow. S- The vanilla oak and bourbon note is like perfume even during the pour. There is some nice sweet dark malt aromas underneath supporting all that weight.
T- The warm boozy bourbon taste has big oak and vanilla flavors with a faint peat quality and some nice caramel malt sweetness to it. There is a a bittersweet chocolate malt flavor that leads to a dry woody tart note in the finish.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a big alcohol warmth and a gentle fizz that gives a creaminess to the texture.
D- This is a full bourbon beer with some good support from sweet dark malt. It is very drinkable once I could get passed sniffing it all day long. (860 characters)

Photo of cannabanaceae
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky to get this one in seattle after finagling.

Look, Very dark brown with a beautiful head retention.

Smell, The smell was like carmel and bourbon with a little hop presence.

Taste , was Bourbon up front followed by hop bitterness then a malt backbone. This was the best breakfast ive had for quiet some time.

Had a little burnt brown shards in the bottom of my glass. This was extemly drinkable and is worth all the hype surrounding it. I WANT MORE! (464 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber to a black color with a big, yeasty tan head. In the aroma, oak, vanilla, roasty malt, bourbon and just a hint of chocolate. In the taste, bourbon, vanilla, oaky, with hints of chocolate and alcohol. A smooth and big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry bourbon and alcohol aftertaste. A great sipper, and perfect to share, great flavors, and all around, pretty freakin' great! (388 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to kryptic for this brew.

12.7oz
Caged/Corked

Poured into my Westy glass a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus foamy/fizzy tannish head, which left a big island in the middle of my glass, with some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, good touch of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. The taste is malty, a healthy note of bourbon, with some oak, and vanilla. Starts of sweet, then the big malts kick in. Full body. The alcohol is present, but not too much. Very drinkable, I've waited a long time to try this one out, finally, the wait is over. Thanks Mike. (612 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
4.8/5  rDev +14%
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. (1,448 characters)

Photo of t0rin0
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy crap, this just made my top 5 (of 1100) beers within the first sip. I was scared that this was another of those over-hyped beers that I read so much about. Now I'm regretting only buying 8 bottles.

The beer is very carbonated and if youre not careful it will foam over the top of the bottle. Once poured into a glass carefully it will produce a couple inches of nice beige head that lasts and lasts. The lacing isn't just normal lacing, rather its entire chunks of foam that hang on the side of the pint glass. The color is a dark red/purple/black color. The bottles description of "Burgundy" might be a bit more eloquent. Not see through at all but what do you want from a barrel aged beer. Actually its better this way.

The nose is just amazing. If you like scotch or bourbon (and I do) you'll love this. Theres also dark malts, some chocolate (no doubt from aging malts), and some whiskey smells coming out of this. I can't remember when I smelled a beer this good before. Theres been one or two DIPAs that I've tried that come close but the bourbon really gives it something extra.

It almost pains me to not give this beer a 5.0 in taste. Everything is perfect except the alcohol aftertaste. 12.5% abv will do that. Other than that, the chocolate, the oak, the whiskey, the malt, and the hop/alcohol bitterness were right on the money.

The body is nice and heavy. Very very smooth and warming. The CO2 level is just right. Its actually not as carbonated as it looks.

Every sip makes me a little more pissed that Tomme Arthur is on his rag because of his beers being sold on ebay and no longer releasing this beer in 750 ml size. Ya know, selling smaller bottles and charging more isn't going to stop people from ebaying these, its just going to upset the loyal fans and customers. (1,796 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Managed to pick two of these bottles in trades with drseamus and eclectic. Poured from a kick ass 375mL bottle into a snifter. Just by looking at the bottle I knew I was in for a treat...

A- Poured a very dark brown. The head on this baby was beautiful! At least two fingers worth of tan bubbly head gathered and slowly dissipated as the beer was consumed. Did not expect this whatsoever. Watch out for the cork when popping this one open. The force was strong that the cork popped itself before I even could finish removing the cage on top.

S- This was my favorite part of the beer. Up front there was a very nice oak, vanilla, bourbon scent. To add to the complexity, a dark fruity yeast revealed itself that reminded me of many quads that I have had. Can't go wrong with a bourbon barrel aged beer with hints of dark fruit.

T- I could not get over as to how prevalent the bourbon taste was, yet it wasn't as strong as other bourbon aged beers. An absolute perfect combination of bourbon and oak, fruit flavors. If I mixed a quad and bourbon barrel aged beer, this is what I would expect it to taste like.

M- An explosion of carbonation hits the palate. I think it really benefitted this beer as it masked the bourbon flavor so that it became more mild.

D- The combination of smell, taste, and carbonated mouthfeel make this a highly drinkable beer. I was so in awe by the surprises this beer offered that I could not help but to keep drinking.

Overall, well worth the hype! In fact, this beer exceeded my expectations. Thanks again drseamus and eclectic for this awesome brew. (1,587 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap in a tulip at Hopleaf.

Appearance: My pour is a totally opaque mahogany color, with a few spots of ruby or burgundy in the corners of the glass. A modest tan head melts away over the first half of the glass, not bothering to leave any lace. It is noticeably viscous as I swirl it in my glass.

Smell: The aroma is outstanding; a true wake up call after drinking a few milder beers. A complex spectrum of sweet aromas just burst out of the glass. The bourbon is noticeable, more so in the nose than in the flavor, with figs, dates, and raisins providing the fruit notes. Sweet toffee, caramel, and dark chocolate fudge overwhelm the milder bready malt notes. This is close to perfect.

Taste: The flavor starts strong as well, and each component is so well-integrated it takes me a few sips to distinguish each one. Dark gooey caramel, a bit of molasses, and some dark Belgian chocolate provide a sweet candy front, dark caramel and lightly roasted malt feed off the sweetness and add more depth. A blast of figs and rum raisin come in and lead to the ridiculous depth to the flavor. A light bourbon note overlays the rest of the sip, which is comprised of oak, a generous amount of vanilla, some coconut, and a few more dark fruit flavors. The finish is mostly sweet, with just a touch of bitterness and alcohol to keep the sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel: To call this anything less than full bodied would be blasphemy. There is no doubt about the intention of this beer - a full bodied, creamy, sweet, and complex brew, and the mouthfeel is consistent with this goal. Smooth and creamy for sure, it is a little syrupy at times, which is the only reason for the less than perfect score. It is properly carbonated, but the carbonation is hardly noticeable given everything else that is going on here.

Overall: This is a beer that borders on greatness. I had a less than stellar experience with a flat Brandy Angel's Share bottle, but the difference is like night and day. From the moment I had my first whiff of it, I knew this was going to be a special beer. The bourbon treatment is remarkably well done, neither destroying the flavor nor the mouthfeel of the base beer. A huge beer packed with taste and complexity. For me, this is worth seeking out when it is available. (2,290 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For $14.99, this beer better be good! I haven't had a lot of beers from The Lost Abbey, but what I have had I have really enjoyed. This one is special, because it comes from our trade with my buddy Erick. He provided us a ton of bottles on the list, so you will hear me talking about him quite a bit. This beer also has a high ABV. For that much, it better!

This beer is aged in oak barrels. That is such a trend right now in craft beer. Just because you have an empty oak barrel doesn't mean you need to age your beer in it! But from what I hear, this is a beer that is worth every penny and worth every drop. Cool story on where they get the name, too. This one is for you, Erick!

In the Glass: The beer is flat and looks like a flat soda in the glass. That doesn't upset me, as this beer should be somewhat flat. I don't want a barrel aged beer with too many bubbles. There isn't much head, and the lace is pretty boring. It does leave a thin layer of sticky residue on the side of the glass, but nothing to write home about.

Nose: I poured the beer and before I could turn around, Sheryl goes, "Smells like wine." I guess I know what to expect when I smell this beer! She's right, though. It does smell like wine. Imagine a nice woody Merlot. The beer is ice cold, but I wanted to try it both cold and at room temperature. I am not going to wait until it heats up to drink it. I am impatient! Cheers!

Flavor: This beer is a seasonal release from The Lost Abbey, and it did hit store shelves here in the Valley earlier this year. However, before I even knew it was here it was gone. At $14.99 a bottle, it better be delicious. Let's find out.

Oh. My. GOD! That's not beer. Nope. That is NOT beer. That is heaven in a glass. I guess the name Angel's Share is fitting. If this is what the angels are drinking, I hope to become one when I am dead and gone. There is SO much complexity here. You can definitely taste the high ABV, but then a nice layer of sweetness sets in and the alcohol heat is a thing of the past.

You can really taste the barrels in this beer, which is something not a lot of barrel aged beers can say. I bet this beer would age really well, too. That is what I was hoping it would taste like. Holy crap, that's good! For a brewery that is somewhat new to the craft beer scene, this is a great example of what makes a brewery succeed. i know why they limit the release on this, but I want a keg of this in my belly right now!!!

Mouthfeel: It's flat. It's also thick. There is a thin line of bubble around the edges, but I am focused on the sweetness in this release. I mean, wow. I am having a hard time finding the words to say to explain this beer. There is just so much flavor. As you swallow, a nice subtle dryness sets in and leave your palate just happy longing for another sip. I would love to see how this ages. Imagine this in 3, 5, even 7 year from now. What a treat!

Aftertaste: I wish the aftertaste lasted a little bit longer. It hangs around for a few minutes but it is not as intense as I had hoped. I bet this would be a great beer to pair a nice cigar with. We are planning a long weekend to San Diego this fall, and The Lost Abbey will be a stop on our list. I can't to see what else this brewery can do.

Erick, thank you so much for making this beer a reality. This is SO good. I hope you, living in San Diego, get the chance to try this and many more rare bottles from The Lost Abbey. I am jealous that you are so close to a brewery that can produce beers this delicious. I don't want it to end! (3,553 characters)

Photo of BOLTZ7555
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Hellbilly’s Hellraiser tasting. Bottle courtesy of Sparky27 & Bockyhorsey. Let me start off by saying all three of you are gentlemen and scholars!!! This was the BIG WINNER of the night. It began with a pop and a thick caramel head slowly climbing out of the top of the bottle. Incredible rusty brew with yeasty bits floating throughout the glass. Oak, molasses, vanilla, and toffee all playfully fighting for attention. Flavor is extremely complex with various dark fruits, chocolate, and mild bourbon. Unlike other barrel-aged beers, this one isn’t overpowered by the whisky, but instead, accentuates the brews other qualities. Delicious, refined, and exceptional. (681 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update...
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. (1,327 characters)

Photo of BWood
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An exceptional beer. Poured for me at Cannery Row Brewing Company in Monterey, CA. Great selection there btw. Super smooth beer hitting all the right spots for me. Boozy without be I g overbearing. Has the heat but easy to drink. Definitely a top 5 for me. If you see it I suggest you grab as much as you can carry. (316 characters)

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Southbay - Thanks Joey.
Shared this among 4 friends. Poured into an 8oz snifter. Pour was dark brown- black with an aggressive brown head.
Aroma was very bourbony , some caramel notes also.
Taste was very complex. The bourbon was not as prominent as in the smell. It blended well with the malt and hop flavors to bring out a wonderful cornucopia of tastes. Raisin, carmel, vanilla, woody oak fantastic.
The alcohol was well hidden and not noticeable at all until it warmed the gullet.
Mouthfeel was silky smooth - definitely a 5.
Drinkability - off the charts -- I wish there was more than a 375ml bottle.
Definitely a pleasure to drink this. (657 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a frothy beige head (after exploding as a gusher) that retains nicely but leaves less lacing than expected

Smell: More like a Heath bar than a Bourbon barrel, the aroma is filled with chocolate, vanilla, caramel and hints of dark fruit

Taste: Lots of rum-soaked dark fruit initially and joined by the vanilla and milk chocolate elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, the Bourbon element become more pronounced, with a lingering sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: Superbly complex, sweet but not cloying, this is a beer that lives up to its hype

Note: The 2009 version has no carbonation and is very boozy - a real disappointment (742 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow 9 months since my first review and I am about to review beer 400. Not bad considering I only review the good shit.

After careful consideration I picked this one. I am so lucky to have gotten two of these bad boys via trade. Thanks to CoreyRhoads and franksnbeans for these. It is a perfect brew for #400

A: Popped the cork and foam immediately came flowing from the bottle. Poured it into a Russian River Barrel Aged Tulip. The beer was a radiant dark black/brown hue. The head with four fingers high, big, bold, and rocky. Tons of carbonation this one... it did not want to die. Once it finally died down it did leave nice spots of lace all the way down the glass.

S: I am in love. Wow this smells even better than bourbon. Tons of oak and vanilla right up front. I have had some hard to get highly regarded bourbons from little known Kentucky distillers that did not smell as nice as this one. Beneath the barrel is a nice complex brew. Nice tones of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and chocolate. Boy can't wait to taste this one.

T: Best barrel aged brew period. (Though to be honest I won't compare it to barrel aged stouts as it's a whole different monster). The flavor is wonderful. This has the perfect amount of bourbon goodness without going overthetop at all. Tons of oak, vanilla, and whiskey. That being said the wonderful flavors of the ale Lost Abbey started with are not lost. Nice whiskey soaked dark fruits make an appearance. As does nutty toffee and burnt dark brown sugar. Soo complex and sooo good. Wonderful.

M: Medium in body smooth and creamy. If there is one flaw it may be a bit too over carbonated.

D: So nice. I had planned to share this one and to be honest I am glad I kept it all to my self. It has been quite sometime since I enjoyed a brew this much.

Overall: This is what barrel ageing is all about. Lost Abbey took a world class ale blasted it straight into another dimension. The wonderful nuances of bourbon barrel ageing really comes out in this beer. What separates it from the others is that the barrel does not detract from the ale. It is wonderful in every sense of the word. Great, Great, Great. What a fitting beer to drink for number 400. I love it, I love Lost Abbey, and man do I ♥ beer.

Cheers, Prost, Slainte, Vashe zdorovie .... To Lost Abbey, To BA, and to this 400 and 400 more. (2,362 characters)

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4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Dark syrupy brown, small tan head, looks intense.

So much going on her...Big bourbon smell, brown sugar, vanilla, figs, smokey rasins and a small amount of funk. The taste is increadable...so complex, everything from rasins soaked in bourbon, oak, vanilla beans, maple syrup, dark fruit and wet hay, the alcohol is very well balanced with the rest of the components of this beer. Slick mouthfeel, super smooth. Very drinkable but it sneaks up on you. (459 characters)

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.