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

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1,362 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,362
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 542
Gots: 413 | FT: 28
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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mahak213

New York

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 01:55:45 | More by mahak213
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abeerdude

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-10-2012 00:15:33 | More by abeerdude
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justinlaz

Arizona

5/5  rDev +17.4%

07-08-2012 05:34:03 | More by justinlaz
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1Adam12

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-06-2012 00:55:55 | More by 1Adam12
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Eureka


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-05-2012 02:57:30 | More by Eureka
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 11:40:47 | More by jbaker67
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Philousa

California

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 03:15:33 | More by Philousa
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IKR

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 02:19:59 | More by IKR
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heresy22

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-02-2012 02:50:32 | More by heresy22
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enelson

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-27-2012 15:30:01 | More by enelson
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tut2528

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 04:54:51 | More by tut2528
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Cowcakes

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

06-24-2012 05:59:00 | More by Cowcakes
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 02:35:13 | More by yamar68
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sammo

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-22-2012 20:36:59 | More by sammo
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egrace84

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

06-21-2012 17:13:23 | More by egrace84
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hiphopj5

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -12%

06-21-2012 16:04:37 | More by hiphopj5
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-20-2012 18:14:40 | More by thebouch01
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-19-2012 21:21:18 | More by carteravebrew
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-04-2012 04:57:19 | More by vrbulldog22
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12%

05-30-2012 21:49:56 | More by kayrex
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danieelol

Australia

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 09:39:38 | More by danieelol
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Wamba

Illinois

2/5  rDev -53.1%

05-25-2012 16:27:25 | More by Wamba
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KBennall

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-25-2012 15:45:41 | More by KBennall
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Mag00n

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-23-2012 13:16:31 | More by Mag00n
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SickNukes

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

05-21-2012 18:30:11 | More by SickNukes
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.