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

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Ratings: 1,526
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 555
Gots: 460 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
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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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A - Pours a dark reddish-brown with a small creamy tan head.
S - Smells like dark fruit, like dried raisins and cherries.
T - Definitely boozy but not overwhelming. The alcohol seems to ride on top of the raisin flavor.
M - Medium-thick mouth feel, the flavor hung around until my next sip. No carbonation.
O - Definitely a sipping beer. Wish I had a roaring fire going in the fire place and a good book in hand. I really enjoyed this beer and will buy it again next time I see it. Another excellent beer from Lost Abbey.

spacecake9, Yesterday at 10:01 PM
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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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