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

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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 538
Gots: 412 | 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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Photo of yamar68


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
Photo of sammo


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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


4/5  rDev -6.1%

06-21-2012 17:13:23 | More by egrace84
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

06-21-2012 16:04:37 | More by hiphopj5
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-20-2012 18:14:40 | More by thebouch01
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-19-2012 21:21:18 | More by carteravebrew
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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


3.75/5  rDev -12%

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


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
Photo of Wamba


2/5  rDev -53.1%

05-25-2012 16:27:25 | More by Wamba
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-23-2012 13:16:31 | More by Mag00n
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

05-21-2012 18:30:11 | More by SickNukes
Photo of 4thelvofbeer


3.51/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 18:10:19 | More by 4thelvofbeer
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 06:05:40 | More by 51mmz0rz
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-11-2012 06:22:33 | More by Piason
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 23:12:11 | More by BostonHops
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-09-2012 03:36:58 | More by barbellsNbeers
Photo of vic21234


4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 23:18:39 | More by vic21234
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

05-06-2012 17:28:08 | More by Mebuzzard
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-05-2012 22:18:14 | More by whatname
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

04-30-2012 19:06:52 | More by IMS
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New York

1/5  rDev -76.5%

04-27-2012 01:04:52 | More by capy316
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-25-2012 19:15:18 | More by 2beerdogs
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

04-25-2012 13:33:05 | More by Kaydogg
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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