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

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Reviews: 660
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rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.6%
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 cvm4
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with no head whatsoever.

S - Bourbon, sweet vanilla, caramel & oak.

T - Very sweet vanilla and tart following into an oak center with toffee and bourbon finish.

M - medium body & carbonation.

O - A flow down bourbon lane. Very good slightly too tart for me. (293 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share pours a very deep mahogany, with a faint bit of caramel foam crowning the beer. The nose is absolutely heavenly. There's tons of caramelized brown sugar to form the base, and it's augmented by vanilla and oak. Bourbon is a subtle addition to the picture. The flavor profile is a little bit more rough. There's still some lightly burnt sugar, vanilla, and wood, but the bourbon presence is more brassy and harsh. Here it's the center of attention, with everything else playing more of a supporting role. The body is full and rich, but the carbonation is barely there. I like a more restrained carbonation for a malt forward beer, but this is a bit low even for me, and leaves the beer feeling flat. Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share is a decent to good beer right now, but I think it could use a little bit of time to really hit its stride. (917 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy brown color. No head is formed. No lacings are left

S: Smell is great. Strong on wood and whiskey (Oh yeah! :)). Toffee, Caramel, roasted malts and alcohol

T: Delicious. Sweet upfront: toffee and caramel malts. Oak. Roasted malts bitterness. And some earthy hops bitterness too

M: Heavy body. Really molasses. Low carbonation. Sweet upfront and pleasant bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Excellent beer (468 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep caramel ruby color, produces a wiskp of beige head, leaves little lacing.

S- Delicious aroma of smooth bourbon, sweet caramel, dark fruit, molasses and vanilla.

T- Sweet and boozy up front, lots of caramel, vanilla, fruit and molasses, towards the finish the bourbon and oak become more noticeable.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, rich feel.

O- A delicious beer, the flavors are rich and decadent, it's a real treat to drink. (491 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into a large snifter

A: pours a deep brown with no light transmission. small tan head recedes quickly to form a small collar around the glass
S: smells of bourbon with notes of caramel, oak, vanilla, a tinge of chocolate and hint of coffee along with a bit of alcohol and booze.
T: lighter than I anticipated from the nose. those same flavors are there but muted a bit. still a lot of oak vanilla and caramel. slight alcohol burn and booziness. fairly smooth though. aftertaste is pretty alcoholic but has some notes of chocolate, caramel and vanilla
M: light carbonation and a surprisingly thin mouthfeel. it doesn't feel like it has the substance of a 12.5% beer. not bad though, and I'm quite pleased that it's carbonated.
O: buying this beer was a gamble due to lost abbey's purported carbonation issues, but this is fantastic with loads of complexity and great flavors. I'm gonna need to pick up another one. (933 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: Pours a muddy dark brown with bits of khaki sediment floating around. Barely any khaki head. I'm not gonna lie, this is an ugly looking beer. Sometimes I wish this wasn't a review point because, especially in this beers case, it tells nothing of the gem it really is.

Smell: Bourbon vanilla and dark fruits (fig, raisin). Some chocolate in there too, not much booze on the nose for me.

Taste: This beer really made me say wow on the first sip. I did not expect the complexity it flexes at all. Boozy bourbon up front that lends superb bourbon characteristics without being over the top. Vanilla, typical to the bourbon, complements. Next, dark fruits from the nose shine. I expected the bourbon and fruits to play around through the finish, but as I swallowed, milk chocolate exploded to hold onto the lingering aspects of this brew. Not overly sweet and incredibly complex.

Mouthfeel: Even how this stacks up over the palate evolves through a single sip. Splashy at first with some heat, the dark fruit mid-palate brings with it a great chewiness that smooths out and becomes creamy on the finish. A very heavy beer, which I was pleased with because I wanted a sipper out of this.

Overall: I didn't think this would beat Deliverance for me, but it definitely done. One of the most complex beers I've had, and I think that term gets thrown around too lightly. Again, I wish appearance could be neglected for this beer, because it doesn't do any justice to what the beer is really about. Seek out hands down. (1,558 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. No bottle date.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown, translucent at the edges, opaque everywhere else. Lots of chunky sediment near the end of the bottle. No head. Flat as hell.

Smell - Bourbon, vanilla, lots of booze. Toffee and burnt sugar. Booze. Whoa.

Taste - Bourbon, vanilla, oak. Barrel is strong. Lots of vanilla and toffee. Sweet. Oaky and boozy. Buttery in the finish. Oaky and just a touch bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Thick, but not too syrupy. Boozy and not easy to drink.

Overall - This was much better on tap. The carbonation probably has a lot to do with it. This is my first flat Lost Abbey bottle. I did pretty well, I think. Good beer. Terrible QC. (720 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Side by side of 2010 and 2012 vintages
Poured into duvel glasses

A: both brews pour with little to no head, the younger has a bit more of a film that sticks around the side of the glass, no lacing on either. The body color is a dark brown burgundy.

S: 2012: at first I get a blast of straight booze, then after my nostrils calmed down and this brew warmed I noticed a nice chocolate like aroma along with a delicious sticky caramel/toffee aroma along with a nice bit of vanilla, I get a slight coffe nuttiness in there as well, this smells truly delicious.

2010: the alcohol is much much more mellow, the smell is similar to the younger version but less sticky by far, it seems like everything got toned down a notch and is now blending seamlessly, a bit more oak and dark fruit then in the younger.

T: in comparison the changes in flavor profile are much like the changes in aroma. The 2012 has a more sticky sweet caramel, and a lot of vanilla, while the 2010 is more mellowed and rounded, with more pronounced oak and dark fruit.... They both have this nutty chocolate fudge like aftertaste I love it.

M: both have very little to no carbonation and are on the heavier side of things, the 2012 seems to have a nice touch of sticky creamyness to it that has dissapeard from the 2010, the 2010 is more viscous, I felt like both could have used a bit more carbonation and a slightly thicker creamier mouthfeel.

O: a great brew, it's awesome getting to do this side by side and see how the brew changed, along with my palate, when this brew originaly came out, was when I first started drinking craft beer, and i thought it was disgusting, now I think it's phenomenal. (1,672 characters)

Photo of mahak213
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a trade, thanks so much sixt9coug!

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, almost black beer with the thinnest ring of head you can imagine. Whatever head was there dissipated very quickly. Looks like very little carbonation.

Smell: Strong bourbon notes with hints of vanilla and booze in the back. Boozey in the most appealing sense of the word. Very sweet smelling.

Taste: initially very sweet on the palate, a marshmellowy candy, vanilla sweetness. Bourbon undertones throughout the entire taste profile, finishing with a very pleasant toasted coconut. Boozey, helps to cut the sweetness of the beer and adds a nice bite to the finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, lightly carbed and coating.

Overall: What a special beer! Really excited to get to try this one. Wish I was able to get some more lost abbey offerings! (836 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a deep reddish brown to black with a tan colored head that stats for about 2 minutes. Aroma of sweet bourbon and dark fruits like figs. A bunch of vanilla and some alcohol. The taste is sweet with some vanilla accents and a slight heat. There is a caramel taste at the end along with the heat. The carbonation is spot on and the feel is silky smooth. (363 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed on tap at Harry's Hofbrau on 7/1/2012. This is a 2012 batch.

The beer sits a dark violet, brownish, like a drip brewed coffee, no cream. Poured with a slight ring of head around the glass. I can't even cover the top with a good swirl. Aroma starts with wood/oak with mild bourbon. Dark fruits - plums, dates - lies behind the stronger aromas. Black licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and wood dominate the palate on the first sip. The vanilla and wood stick around the whole time as it warms. There is a firm alcohol bite and fumey aftertaste. This beer ain't kidding! Teasing out the malt: lots of caramel sweetness to counter the alcohol bitterness. I'd attribute this sweetness to bourbon's natural sweetness, but I'm no hard alcohol expert. Makes me wonder what the brandy barrel aged version tastes like. Also, some raisin comes as it warms. Middling mouthfeel with a very dry aftertaste.

This comes across as an old ale to my untrained palate. The strong alcohol flavor is biting and abrasive, but in a beery way. It's just a notch below distilled, and there is complexity there. This is the best beer of that style I've had thus far. This is a treat. I'd only want this a couple times a year, if that. (1,223 characters)

Photo of IKR
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

Appearance: Very dark reddish brown with a fairly generous beige head that gradually subside to a thin cap. The 2012 is really carbonated.

Smell: Mild Bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and slight oak notes.

Taste: A mixture of Bourbon, vanilla, toffee/caramel, some roast malts, and oak. The finish is slightly sweet with a hint of the bourbon and vanilla from the barrel. Hidden alcohol.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation (again, I'm reviewing the right beer).

Overall: Good beer and with the 2012 being properly carbonated (Kudos to Lost Abbey's QC improvements), it is a real treat. Pricey, but for those who can swing it a worthwhile purchase. (687 characters)

Photo of tut2528
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely no pop upon opening the cork. No carbonation whatsoever. Pours an extremely dark brown, no lacing

S: awesome huge smell of raisins, plums, molasses, and immense oak.

T: nice balance of dark fruits (figs, plums and prunes), well complemented by bourbon and oak. A nice creamy vanilla provides another nice addition. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable

M: definitely needs more carbonation as it is surprisingly light on the tongue

O: definitely a beer I wish I could obtain on a regular basis. I think this brew provides a nice gate-way to more complex brews. I find the drinkability rather high and the ABV is very well hidden (641 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an ominous black with a slight edge of ruby clarity. The finger of off-white head is short lived but even without hardly any retention, there is some pretty impressive lacing and some sexy legs.

Nose is pretty damn boozy... some fresh tequila notes surface immediately. Sweet caramel and hot citrus. More tequila... was this aged in a tequila barrel? Seriously, I'm getting all sorts of tequila notes. Sweet booze, some leather and obvious wood. I'm intrigued.

Mmm... I was afraid of more tequila, not the case. Hot bourbon, rich woods, strong vanilla bits, some of that leather, plenty of heat that somehow doesn't inhibit the other flavors. Very interesting stuff. Like a bourbon/beer hybrid... tasty.

Very glad to have had the chance to try this one. Unique, warming, and not entirely flat! (802 characters)

Photo of danieelol
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Adam @ Platinum.

Have been eagerly anticipating this one as for my money Lost Abbey make some godlike stuff.

...And it's carbed. Thin half-head, but it's there. Dark, dark black (not the "burgundy coloured" beer claimed on the label). Good lacing. Head can be enhanced with some intense swirling also, at least initially.

Rich aromas of bourbon, muscatels, burnt tyres, rich rich cream desserts. An earthiness. Chocolate/ vanilla. Rich stuff.

Taste is massive muscatels and port. Very porty. Lots of chocolate and vanilla; and alcohol but it's never unwelcome. Huge chocolate port flavours in this. Fig. Mix of nutty, grapey flavours.

Mouthfeel is silky and a bit hot; really dry beer actually. The sugar is comprehensively hidden by alcohol.

Overall a superb, very rich beer. Big sipper. (804 characters)

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a bottle of this on Saturday, 19 May 2012.

A: Translucent deep, dark amber in color. Almost no head.
S: Alcohol (almost overpowering) with sweet bourbon undertones.

T: Strangely , the smell and tastes are quite a bit different. Sweet flavors of bourbon, dark fruits and a nice heat from the alcohol, but no overpowering alcohol taste as in the smell...really nice flavor with a lot of good depth.

M: Very light, almost watery (could be influence by drinking a couple of heavy stouts before this beer).

O: Really nice; not outstanding (especially since the price of these bottles is borderline ridiculous), but a good beer that is drinkable in moderate quantity (like one of these a night). Definitely not the beer you want to have a few of. (753 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: No head to speak of, body is a very dark brown.

S: Deep aged stout aromas, this is how some 4-5 year old stouts I've had smelled. Add extra some boozyness though.

T: Nice dark malt flavors, heavy bourbon flavors as well.

M: Pretty flat, nothing to lift the thickness of the beer.

D: Overall I'm not sure about this one. It's very good, tastes like someone added a shot of bourbon to an old RIS. It's so different however that I find it hard to determine if I'd buy it again. (531 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a dark, murky chestnut tone reminiscent of a quad, only darker. not much of a head, but i'm not going to hold that against it too much due to what it would appear the lost abbey is going for here, dialing back the carbonation.

the aroma is out of this world. bourbon, vanilla, malts, molasses, butterscotch, alcohol, a touch of caramel, oak... really fantastic. i could smell this all night.

taste is also fantastically complex: a melange of the aroma profile plus subtle notes of chocolate and some dark fruits that combine with the alcohol to suggest almost a muted vinous character. wow, excellent flavor profile.

very, very low carbonation, reminds me of SA utopias, both from the flavor profile and low carbonation. really enjoying this beer. drinkability is a tougher nut to crack. this has instantly jumped into my top 5 favorite beers, but i can't see drinking more than one. i've had some other lost abbey brews and always seemed to be underwhelmed, but not here. well done.

original review on: 07-26-2010 (1,075 characters)

Photo of vic21234
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Served at cellar temperature.

A- Corked bottle opened with a weak pop. Pours very cola-like, dark with some light appearing through the top of the glass. A small amount of head quickly fades to just a filmy lacing along the side of the glass.

S- Smells very boozey with the bourbon shining through. Some caramel is hidden in there as well.

T- Starts off smooth with some caramel notes. I also get the oak/ woody notes, but really no vanilla. The back end of the taste is all booze.

M- Little to no carbonation, this one is a definite sipper. The 12.5% ABV is certainly apparent, and I would possibly call it one of the hottest tastes beers I've had, which isn't a bad thing. Each sip ends with a warming alcohol tingle down my throat.

Good stuff, would have liked to had two bottles so I can lay one down for even longer to see if the boozey notes subside a bit. (931 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip, bottled in 2011. Pours a really dark mahogany, with just a ring of lacing, with even the most aggressive pour. That ring has amazing retention. Smell is bourbon, burnt brown sugar, fig, molasses, prunes, and vanilla. Taste is so crazy complex. Everything I got from the nose, but so balanced, except a pungent bourbon and vanilla flavor that grabs you by the short hairs and makes you crave the next sip. Body is medium, not much carbonation, a dry finish, and a very drinkable sipper. This is so special now, I need to find out what a few more years will do. (592 characters)

Photo of Hophead717
2.94/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown--raisin hued, with no head whatsoever. Not a good sign for carbonation levels.

S: All bourbon, all the time. Some dark fruits in the back, but it's kind of hard to find anything else through the strong bourbon. It works nicely though.

T: Bourbon-soaked raisins. Entirely one-dimensional.

M: Flat. Devoid of all carbonation. Definitely lacks the properties of beer.

O: This is a disappointing beer. Between the one-dimensional taste and entire lack of carbonation, this beer is a letdown. Not one I'd seek out or recommend. (540 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown with reddish tints when held to the light. Tiny amount of tan head. Zero lace.

The nose has a ton of bourbon charateristics. Vanilla, butterscotxh, oak and caramel dominate. The heat from the high alcohol content lingers.

The taste is full of caramel, light cocoa, butterscotch, vanilla, light dry tannin, and a sweetness that is bold but evenly matched with roasty and dry barrel characteristics.

The mouthfeel is thick, viscous, bold, beastly. Ample carbonation nails it for the style.

Overall, glorious bourbon treatment that allows a lot of the base beer to show alongside the bourbon. Very nice. (628 characters)

Photo of JustinQ
3.26/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

15.99 For 375 ml Bottle

Serving Type: Bottle poured into snifter

Appearence: dark dark red/ Light brown, cloudy. FLAT

Aroma: Bourbon straight. No malt or hops just straight up bourbon

Taste: Vanilla. oak. alcohol. Residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Flat and thick

Overall: C. Good beer. not a fan of the co2 levels or the price. (329 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with almost no head. Not much lacing, either.

S - It smelled of vanilla and oak with some toasty notes. Light caramel notes, too.

T - It tasted very malty with a strong boozy character. Some oak, bourbon and vanilla flavors.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A full bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This was pretty tasty. A nice bourbon barrel aged brew. (396 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Mud brown. No head. No lacing. Opaque

S: Winey, huge grapey fruits, whiffs of molasses, touch of oak and of bourbon. Powerful.

T: Strong malt-alcoholic sweetness. Incredibly brief maintaste -- flash of fruit and the like -- but strong vanilla bean on the aftertaste more than makes up for it. Obvious and excellent bourbon.

M: Smooth and flat.

O: One of the more bourbony beers I've experienced. It smells great, and it tastes good as well. It gains character as it warms; recommended. (543 characters)

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