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

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95
world-class

1,396 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,396
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 557
Gots: 431 | FT: 30
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

miffsudd, Mar 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

jlee9531, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Jmitchell3
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 375ml bottle into a snifter. Served at 55F.

A: Light off-white head. little retention. Deep reddish brown. Mild lacing, a little clarity around the edges of the glass.
S: Bourbon and alcohol. Did I mention bourbon?
T: wow. Really strong barlywine flavor. With bourbon and warming. Lots of bourbon and warming. Sweet on the first sip, deep bourbon flavor with oak, plum. the flavor is amazing and very pleasing.
M: Medium body, the alcohol is really only evident in the finish with medium warming and a bit of stinging on the back of the throat.
O: Great barleywine, fantastic oak and bourbon flavors. Phenomenal flavors and aroma. Docked points for the moderate warming. Alcohol was evident mainly in the aromas and finish, while the flavors up front were quite pleasant and balanced. Overall, one of the best barleywine's I've ever had. Highly recommended.

Jmitchell3, Mar 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Brinks, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

oso, Mar 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

BeerBucks, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

threedaggers, Mar 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

CDCNAM, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flat Abbey is officially dead, this cork shot out of the bottle with a huge burst of sound. What a great experience, dark almost black burgundy amber body with a light tan head filling my glass. Aroma is straight up bourbon vanilla/oak/charred wood you name it straight up bourbon barrel aging effects. Served at 50-55 degrees, this beer has sweet bourbon notes hidden fruit, plum/alcohol/raisin notes. But a dominant Kentucky bourbon barrel aged beer is perfect for Fat Tuesday, the alcohol isn't nearly as hot as the nose would entail. There's also hints of molasses and other burnt sugars along the way. The woody character on the palate carries each sip, to the bourbon drinker this beer would be a god send, and I do believe it deserves the hype I'm just not a huge bourbon drinker so this wouldn't be my desert Island beer. However, I appreciate the flavors so much that I'm impressed by the amount of bourbon I'm able to pick up, mouthfeel is oily intense and lingering between sips but complex enough and not just straight bourbon barrel aging. I had deliverance on tap and believe me I love it but they are apples and oranges both excellent in their own right I'm amazed at the mellow carbonation on the palate and the smoothness between sips, this definitely deserves the title Angel's Share.

WVbeergeek, Mar 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

wvsabbath, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of pknyc
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage that was opened on March 02, 2014. Beer fridge temp (58F).

A: This is a deep brown strong ale. There is a thin ring of tan head that seems to have a pretty good life expectancy.

S: Very enjoyable. Molasses, bourbon, a very slight heat that is perfect for a snowy evening. Some fruit esters. Oak. It is robust and complex and very very good.

T: Fantastic. Sweet, caramel, bourbon, oak, very complex. Very little alcohol (and its 12.5%!) which adds so much complexity. Just a little dark chocolate. Little vanilla. This is very well done and very well balanced.

M: Perfect. Coating with a touch of carbonation which adds complexity. Outstanding.

O: I don't want to repeat myself, but it was very enjoyable, fantastic, outstanding, etc etc etc.

pknyc, Mar 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

aasher, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Chuggernaut00, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Buckeye982, Mar 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

yokken, Feb 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

ThePaleRider, Feb 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Prospero, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Lucnifter, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

cardsfan, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Melman, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

hilgart1, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

facesnorth, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of bball208
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

bball208, Feb 10, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Lost Abbey beer and what a way to start.

Poured a rich burgundy almost black color with light brown head.

Amazing aromas of bourbon and vanilla and sweet malts.

Taste is full of bourbon up front finished by sweet malts and slight burn.

Nicer flavor as it warms with dark fruits, hint of raisin.

Slightly reminiscent of Schlafly Barleywine but not as much bite.

This beer is excellent in hiding the 12.5% abv and presenting the oak barrel flavors that li her nicely on the palette.

BeerisOK, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of ItsMe
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Snow day. Bourbon barrel aged beer with cork and cage. It's gotta be good right?!

Pours a murky dark mahogany with a thin rim of a head

The nose is heavy on brandy, vanilla, plums, raisins, chocolate, and oak.

The taste follows the nose. Very sweet. Vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruits. Alcohol warmth hits you in the chest in a nice way.

Super creamy and smooth. Light/medium carbonation, very easy drinking.

This beer is easily worth large price tag.

ItsMe, Jan 26, 2014
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,396 ratings.