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

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Reviews: 671
Hads: 1,734
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 594
Gots: 534 | FT: 43
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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 deadonhisfeet
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling poured into a (proper) Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is very dark, but clear with ruby-red highlights. There is little to no carbonation (certainly not a good sign), but the nose is pretty nice. Lots of dark fruits, alcohol, toffee, and a hint of butterscotch.

Very full body, a sweet flavor profile, and an uber-creamy feel. I expected a hot, boozy mess, but 3 years in my cellar has tamed this monster and showed it who's boss. Lots of sweet, malty, toffee-like notes up front followed up by a mild alcohol warmth accented by some vanilla and chocolate notes. Unfortunately, I don't get much of the bourbon (other than the vanilla), but that's the price you pay for aging beers. Still, I have no regrets. As it is, it's drinking like a liquid Heath bar - full of sweet, syrupy vanilla and marshmallow-like goodness.

I found it interesting how many BAs said this beer (when fresh) was too hot and boozy. Let it be known - this beast has been tamed! It is now a warm, cuddly lap dog in your glass. It licks your face, fetches your slippers, and cowers when you raise your voice. I rank this ahead of Insanity but noticeably behind Bourbon County Brand Barleywine.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon 2012. Opened in Jan. 2014

The beer pours very little head to the point that is virtually non-existant. The beer itself is a deep and dark brown with occasional black areas. The beer is very obscure and dark that it gives off a slick shine in the light. The beer has a very strong smell and noticeable from the other side of the room. The beer has strong notes of vanilla and oak that are supported by fairly sweet malts. The taste is similar to the smell but with stronger notes of vanilla. The beer also a bit of alcohol to the taste and the sweet malts are particularly noticeable with bits of hop in the aftertaste. The beer feel is divine. Despite having been aged for so long, the beer feels extremely smooth and slick with no carbonation. Overall, a great and outstanding beer worthy of the ages.

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Photo of champ103
3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours mahogany, brown color. At first a one finger beige head forms, and recedes in a second. No lace.
S: Vanilla, oak, chocolate. Toasted malts, and molasses. That is it. Pretty straight forward and all barrel.
T: Like the nose, fairly standard for a barrel aged strong ale. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, light oak.
M/D: A fairly lifeless body. Low carbonation, but certainly not flat. Though on the thin side. Fusel, almost ethanol like alcohol. Which makes this a slow sipper.

While this is not nearly as flat as other bottles of LA I have had, and really not bad. This just leaves me wanting more. Fairly standard. Too expensive, and plenty of other better examples of the style. For me, locally brewed at that.

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Photo of tlery
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass: 12 oz snifter

Appearance: pours murky and muddy with a beige head that nearly completely fades in almost no time at all. No lacing.

Smell: heavy on roasted malt, noticeable sweetness with hints of vanilla, bourbon, barrel wood, and just a modicum of coconut.

Taste: very similar to the nose. Heavy on roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, some coconut, and lingering wood.

Mouthfeel: lower in carbonation, but manages to be a bit crisp.

Overall: not the most aesthetically pleasing pour, but all other factors trump its underwhelming appearance. After letting this beer warm up a few minutes, I'm tempted to say this is the most delicious beer I've tasted in quite some time.

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Photo of Brob245
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - a deep murky dark sepia with no head or lacing as expected.

Smell - very strong, you can smell the oak. Hints of vanilla and sweets dark fruits.

Taste - Wow, loads of flavors. Vanilla, chocolate with a healthy dose of bourbon with an earthy finish.

Mouthfeel - medium carbonation but still very drinkable for the alcohol content.

Overall - again WOW. A rich complex beer that's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mpcrump
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle at one of my favorite places - Monks Café in Philly.

A: Deep dark brown. Decent carbonation and head. Head is lighter brown in color.

S: Very strong bourbon smell. I get a hint of vanilla and something fruity. Can't quite catch it. Decent smell of some dark fruits as well - figs/plums.

T: Ah, this is what we came for. I will admit - I had this after a Deliverance. Cherries and then some dark fruits up front. Then some toffee and some light chocolate. Finishes with bourbon and a hint of vanilla.

M: Very nice. Moderate to high carbonation but still feels creamy. Very interesting.

O: Give it to Lost Abbey to make another wonder bourbon barrel aged beer. Definitely a quality beer.

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Photo of tmzl
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle, 12,5 % ABV

Look: Pours with large 2 thumb thick brown, creamy, slightly reddish foam. Medium retention, some of the foam forms a compact thin layer on the top for the whole ride. Carbonation visible. Color is dark brown/black, murky, can't see through, some yeast visible. Pours with thick/syrupy body, fair amount of lacing.

Smell: Dark, burned caramel, dark/milk chocolate, bourbon, oak, then some sweetness, dark fruit, raisins, vanilla. Holy shit intense - filled the room the second it was opened. Rich, oily, hint of coconut, fat overall.

Taste: Bourbon, oak, vanilla. Rich complex sweet taste of different types of chocolate, burned caramel. Fat play between bourbon and rich malt character - lovely. Aftertaste consists of malty bitterness and bourbon, maybe slightly sour. Can't detect any hop flavour/aroma. There's some alcohol in finish.

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy. Med-low carbonation - expected for such a fat boy. There is some warming from the alcohol.

Overall: Smooth and sweet ride for a 12,5 % ABV bourbon and malt bomb. Aging did some splendid work on it. Was a feast, but holy shit - half gone and I was drunk. Not your typical Sunday stroll.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle opened on 9.27.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a few dark brown bubbles that are gone instantly.

S - Boozy bourbon, sweet caramel and molasses. nice.

T - Bourbon, toffee, caramel. Amazing!

D - Low carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Age has done this one wonders. Smooth and sweet. Beautiful flavors.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured at 59 degrees into a snifter.

It poured black with a finger of head. The first smell was amazing. Completely took me off guard. Overwhelming sweet smells of brandy, caramel, prunes, and liquor.

Taste did not disappoint. Strong hints of caramel, port, brandy, and dark fruit. Absolutely amazing.

Overall, this is an amazing beer. It's one of my favorites, if not my favorite. I picked up a couple of extras, so I look forward to trying this again in a year or so.

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Photo of Adriatic
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Unique beer that has a unique taste. Was not my personal favorite. I get a weird prune taste during and after I take a sip. I experienced this same sensation with Thelonious Monk. Maybe I just have not developed my palate enough for this type of beer. First beer I have tried from The Lost Abbey. Will hopefully have more luck with another beer from this brewer.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not as thick but reminds me a lot of Weyerbacher's Insanity. Very similar in look and taste. It would be interesting to do a blindfold taste with the two. Nonetheless, this British barley wine is delicious albeit a bit pricey. Off to buy another one (hiccup).

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mini snifter three ways.

A: Wow! Carbonation ahoy! Go Lost Abbey! Slightly see-through black with brown around the edges.

S: Sweet vanilla with oaky bourbon and malty goodness. Chocolate notes follow behind a slight alcohol burn to the nostrils.

T: Brown sugar, dark molasses, vanilla coffee beans, a mix of bitter and milk chocolate, strong bourbon notes, restrained sweetness.

M: Long and lingering oaky vanilla aftertaste. Medium-low carbonation. Mouthfeel is full.

O: This is a fantastic ale, and although it's quite a bit pricey, it's worth at least a try or two. Would love to buy more to put away for a couple years.

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Photo of pkalix
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

beautiful super dark brown pour, with light tan film on top. tilting the tulip glass leaves a consistent, but not thick, layer of micro bubbles and film. very nice looking in the glass!
aroma is divine. reminds me of that elusive Eclipse clone I've been looking for. dark fruit, fig, prune, but with lots of bourbon (not overpowering, though). this smells exactly like the Elijah Craig 12 year Eclipse I had last month. this is supreme! so far, so awesome. I wanna say five so far....
taste is also a lot like the Eclipse although this is a different taste. where the eclipse is a stout, this is what Lost Abbey calls on the label "malt beverage"???? with so much definition in our beer world these days, what the heck is a 'malt beverage'? that makes it sound like a Zima or some kind of Seagrams crap. their website says the 2011 version is an English Barleywine. the one I have is 2013.
the liquid is much thicker than Eclipse and the taste is also much thicker. sorry about the frequent references to the Eclipse; that is my new standard. this clocks in at 12.5% though and that explains a lot of the thickerness.... taste is also of the dark fruits with lots of bourbon barrel influence. one of the best tasting 12+% brews I've ever had. I wonder if it were a tad lower in abv if it be a little smoother? and, at that point, perfect. the sweet caramelness is almost a little beyond base. either way, this is still a great brew.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. bottle originally purchased in the San Diego area and shipped back to D.C. (thanks, John Serra!), 2012 vintage, poured into my Rogue chalice, drank 9/26/13 over several hours (nice sipping distractor from the monotony of bottling homebrew):

A: 3/3 - ruby red-to-dark brown depending on the lighting, minimal clarity, pours into a subtle glass lacing (to be expected for a high ABVer)

S: 11/12 - tobacco, leather, rum...barrel-aged bomb that's 2 Legit 2 Quit!

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, the rich bourbon complexity hits like heavyweight; in the middle of the mouth, the flavors continue to envelope with a rich sugar complexity; bourbon-notes continuing to linger until the finis where the booze hits big time too

M: 4/5 - moderate-to-high bodied; appropriate carbonation; booze supercoats the tongue

O: 9/10 - another winner from The Lost Abbey; an impressively complex bourbon-barreled aged brown that leaves me clamoring for another bottle (if you're reading Dr. Serra...?!?)

TOTAL = 45/50

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Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had the bottled version a number of times, but finally had it on tap at the LA/Port tasting room. This is just such a beautifully crafted rich decadent sipper. Really loved it on tap. And allways enjoy the tasting room vibe. But AS BBA really needed to be matched with some veiny cheese and finished with a sunset. Maybe not everyone's idea of a good time...but I'd pull out a good Padron 1964 to accompany as well.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle, thanks be to doktorzee for the bottle. Warning - bring out your corkscrew for this one - wrist action, teeth, nor pliers would do the trick otherwise.

This beer pours a murky, very dark roan brown hue, with ever so slight basal cola edges, and one finger of tightly foamy, and mostly just straight-up creamy beige head, which settles rather quickly, leaving some decent swaths of snow rime lace around the glass as things duly sink away.

It smells of fairly woody oak, with a lesser vanilla/caramel sweetness, floral, raisiny red wine, bittersweet chocolate, spicy grain alcohol, further besotted dark orchard fruit, and a wee oily nuttiness. The taste is big caramel/toffee malt, sugary bourbon barrel notes - vanilla, more caramel, and a rather denatured alcohol sweetness - cherry pie, butterscotch, dried coconut flesh, dark baking sugar, and a slight earthy dryness.

The carbonation is quite innocuous, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and really quite smooth, and even a tad creamy - no hops gadding about, messing up this metric. It finishes on the mildly saccharine side, the very same sort that has assaulted my sweet tooth over the past half hour - caramel, vanilla, booze, and indistinct fleshy fruit.

A well-wrought strong ale, with heady bourbon barrel notes, and a more or less tempered sweetness, overall, somehow. I'm sure there's more to say about the nature of this affair, including the idea espoused in the name and on the label, but I'm too tired, and this beer is too good, for me to get any more florid than I already am.

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Photo of Swongler
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I did not expect that. I did not expect this to be so good. I don't know why. I just came in with low standards and was blown away. This is easily one of my favorite beers now. Had on tab, and I own bottles of the 2011 and 2013 vintages; I'm looking forward to opening these.

A - Not too impressive for a world class beer. Dark, thin, a hint of red rose and maroon coloring when held up to the light.

S - Roses, sweet bourbon, dark cherries, a little stout smell. Instantly knew my expectations were about to be destroyed when I smelled this one.

T - This took me to another place. Ripped me from reality. Tastes about as good as it smells. If you let it fall to the sides of your tongue you taste the bourbon. Sweet, home-made chocolate. Almost a stout flavor as well. This tastes great. EDIT: Oh, a little bit of port. I noticed this when I was writing the "Overall" rating up.

M - Slightly sticky. Some spilled over the side of the glass and felt just as sticky on my glass as it did in my mouth. Runs straight over the tongue and into the back of your throat, almost challenges you to put it in a shot glass and throw one back.

O - Very impressed. If you can find a bottle under $15, I would recommend picking it up. Easy buy. I could drink this all night, and it is the perfect post-dinner beer, like a port. Easy to drink despite how chewy it is to me. One of my favorite beers.

Because of Angel's Share on tap, I picked up 2 bottles (2011, 2013), and a bottle of 2011 Deliverance, which I am excited to try.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.

Pours a dark brown a couple of shades shy of black. Nice active dark tan head giving evidence that this is well carbonated unlike the 2011 vintage I had two years ago.

Aroma is big barrel notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla, and char joined by a chewy Barleywine base showcasing figs, dates, raisins, caramel, and cocoa powder. The aroma is huge and intoxicating. A bit heavy on the barrel but that's not really an issue.

The palate gets struck with a more balanced beast as the barrel character plays well with the dark fruits, caramelized sugars, and powdered chocolate notes. There is booziness but it helps counteract the sweetness. Oak tannins come out in the end to lend a nice touch to the vanilla and charred raisin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. A little light but goes with the style. It's not intended to be heavy like a stout. It's more like a creamy light liqueur.

Overall a very nice beer and certainly the carbonation does wonders to the experience. The flavors are very well integrated and drinks rather smooth for the abv. I still prefer Deliverance to this considering it has a bit fuller mouthfeel and more depth of flavor. My belief is this has become a bit under appreciated. Though not a shocker considering the price tag, but still not a beer that's talked about much like it used to be.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a very dark cola colored brown. Very opaque with little to no red highlights often found at the edges of the glass of such a dark beer. Nice thick mocha colored head that retains its size for a surprisingly long time despite the alcohol content.

The scent is amazing. Notes of treacle, molasses, raisin, plum, vanilla, and caramel. Lots going on there, but each with proper balance and not a hint of alcohol burn. A very enjoyable scent that is stunning.

The first impression once tasting is a silky smooth mouthfeel that is pure satin on the palette. The flavor begins with a cocoa and caramel bittersweet and progresses to the notes of dark fruit and treacle found in the nose. Nice finish of vanilla with just a hint of warming alcohol.

Altogether this is a very intense, yet balanced beer. A true sipper and well worth the long wait for the barrelled beer.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
4.81/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

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Photo of Jonada
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage served in a snifter

Appearance: Pours very dark brown in color. There's not so much of a head, but rather a thin coating of light tan foam. Body is nearly opaque with only a small amount of light seeping through at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Lots of bourbon barrel character, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, wood, fudge.

Taste: Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, dark fruit (raisins in particular), oak, slight twinge of hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Alcohol is there, but masked very well.

Overall: Another winner from Lost Abbey. A little pricey, but worth it.

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Photo of gr0g
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage poured from a 375ml bottle. Color is very nearly black while there's quite a bit of carbonation in the form of very fine bubbles. It's enough to yield a finger-high head that leaves some sparse lacing and a fine foamy film behind. Aroma features ripe, dark fruit with nice, subtle barrel-aging notes. Very little fusel presence. Ripe raisin and plum notes. The barrels add a touch of oaky vanilla.

Flavor is very nicely balanced, hardly too sweet and/or boozy. A hint of stout-like roasty, dark-chocolatey character. Dark fruit and barrel notes take over from there. A bit of a syrupy texture with soft, but not quite silky carbonation. There's actually a bit too much carbonation going on, but at least it's not harsh and overly fizzy. Some lingering oak and vanilla on the finish.

The Angel's Share is an expensive proposition, but this bourbon barrel version wow'ed me. Good balance, not at all "hot," this is ready to drink right now. A top-notch barrel-aged ale.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage.

A - Very dark murky brown colour with a thin layer of dirty taupe head.

S - Sweet bourbon, vanilla and oak. Caramel, raisin, toffee.

T - Barrel at first: bourbon, charred oak and vanilla with a good sweetness. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.75)
Pours a deep, cloudy, dark brown that verges on black. A gigantic, frothy, tightly bubbled, 3 fingers tall, khaki head shoots out of the viscous liquid almost immediately and lasts an absolutely incredible length of time. I've never seen a high ABV, barrel aged beer have head that was for one, this tall and lasted this long. As it finally recedes, it leaves thick sheets of lacing along the edges of the glass, again highly unusual for such a high ABV, barrel aged beer. Absolutely outstanding.

Aroma: (4.5)
Wow. Waves and waves of bourbon drifts up from the depths of the dark, alluring beer. The spicy bourbon character takes on subtle nuances of vanilla and light coconut. Underneath the massive barrel character, there are sizable notes of toffee, figs, plums, rum soaked cherries and caramel. for nearly 13%, the alcohol is very well masked, by the sweet malt character.

Taste: (4.75)
Sweet cherries upfront, with big, dark fruits not far behind; mostly more of the fig and the plum that is found in the nose. Underneath the juicy notes of fruit there is a solid, sweet wall of rich toffee and silky, milk chocolate. While this somewhat bread-y malt backbone is sweet, it never comes close to being cloying. The beer finish off dry from the high ABV and leaves resounding, lingering notes of sweet fig, cherry plum, toffee, powdered cocoa and bread. There are massive bourbon barrel notes in the finish as well; vanilla and faint coconut. The alcohol is hidden massively well, wow.

Mouthfeel: (5)
Robust and full mouthfeel with a delightfully, creamy, silky smooth body. Hides the alcohol extraordinarily well. Consistent, moderate to high carbonation. High drinkability.

Overall: (4.5)
Wow! This is an absolutely incredible beer, really hits on all cylinders! Huge, bourbon character in both the nose and in the taste, the base beer is an incredible example of a barleywine and the mouthfeel is up there with some of the best beers I've ever had. Extremely little alcohol in the taste. I've heard that Lost Abbey has had some problems with carbonation in this beer before, but rest assured, there is NO issue with this year's vintage. It's 100% ready to drink now. Buy this asap.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep garnet color with a small, very fine head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

Smells of sweet malts combined with some oak wood and vanilla.

Tastes of the sweet malts with bourbon notes coming through. Malts lead off with caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Vanilla comes through blending into some oak woodiness. This ends with a bit more sweetness. Comes off pretty hot, but that is expected.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty and I am glad I finally got a chance to try this.

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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.