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

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Ratings: 1313
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%


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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mmercede

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on Cask at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA

A: Jet black with amber hues in the light

S: Oak, whiskey, sweet complex malt, dark fruits

T: A very nice strong bourbon flavor. Almost comparable to a Manhattan. similar to the smell with all sorts of complex malty flavors. The wood is especially evident toward the end.

M: Thick and Oily, but nice. Definitely a sipper.

D: I liked this one slightly more than the brady version. However, I'm not actively seeking it soon. I think it could age very well though.

Serving type: cask

09-08-2010 19:36:27 | More by mmercede
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Diablerie

California

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Since I first became serious about quality beers, this has been my White Stag. Finally, I was able to try it.

Interestingly, it was not exactly what I had expected. It was darker and much more aggressive than I was under the impression it would (or should, perhaps) be.

I realize that with the 08 batch, there were some complications with the carbonation process, but I don't think that significantly affected the beer in a negative manner.

A--From Cask, served in a pint glass; Dark coloration (zero translucence); minimal head; appears to have a thick, syrupy quality to it.

S--Medicinal scent to it. Definitely catch hints of the Bourbon. Smells slightly of charcoal.

T--A very gruff taste to it. The alcohol content is strong and the beer is complex enough to offset this. However, the alcohol unfortunately comes through on the aftertaste. The bourbon infusion is very noticeable. As I had mentioned, it is aggressive, but otherwise, it is very palatable.

M--It burns a bit, but apart from that, there is a smooth, silky quality to it.

D--Definitely for sipping.

Serving type: cask

08-15-2009 21:06:15 | More by Diablerie
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Sigmund

Norway

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask conditioned at the Great British Beer Festival 2008, gravity dispense. Nearly black colour (very dark reddish brown). Intense and lovely aroma of various subtropical woods, winey notes. The mouthfeel has lots of alcoholic warmth as expected. The flavour has notes of oak and fortified wine. Very good.

Serving type: cask

11-03-2008 17:20:19 | More by Sigmund
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted by a 1/3 pint in a tall goblet, gravity-pour on cask @ BSF bar, GBBF 2008, London.

A: deep dark brown with copper-red hues, still, and no beer head (due to the gravity pour).
S: bourbon whisky and a lively vanilla scent from the new oak barrels lead the chorus, backed by a deep syrupy aroma of raisins. Rich but very mellow in terms of alcohol; the super thick malty backbone seems to wrap the relatively restrained piney hop aroma in the middle.
T: a rather sharp attack of hop fragrance upfront, consisting of oily malts, apples, piney hops, then falls heavily down the throat with a wave of warmth almost like a true spirit! Slightly dry in the oily palate in the aftertaste, where dark-fruit jam, vanilla scent of bourbon barrels, and high-octave dark maltiness intertwine before a decent and firm flow of hop bitterness rounds up the finish.
M&D: full-bodied, devilishly smooth with super-fine carbonation, and a tad oily on the palate, this oak-aged dark barley wine is great as a night-cap, satisfying in a spirit-lifting way. Better served in a sniffer, I say!

Serving type: cask

08-25-2008 10:20:15 | More by wl0307
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the brewery. Aroma perks forth with suave, sleek grandeur enticing in so many fruits, rich nuttiness and bold gout-inducing richness. Sprightly. Out of the hand engine, the beer comes as a ruddy hued mahogany, clouded with a fine, silky smooth cream head in tobacco tinted cloud. Flavor is redolent with extravagant creamed malts, mature sugar density and a whole pantheon of nuts, fruits, chocolate, nips of tobacco and fragrant plums. Texture completely sublime, the cask presentation heightening the sickening drinkability of a beer so hefty. The bourbon smoothes corners, draws deep breaths of moist woodiness and clean nut-dry parching quality. More rounded and deep than the Brandy-barrel version and it shows. I really didn’t think this beer could get any better.

Serving type: cask

07-23-2007 12:51:48 | More by CharlesDarwin
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KornWallace

New York

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Date: 4/6/14
Location: Trade from PA
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: The beer is black as night. Large viscous ring, no head no carbonation. There is a lot of cling when you sip the beer.
Aromatics: Big dark fruits with plums, dark grapes. Bourbon with a big alcohol smell. Some oxidization, little soy smell.
Flavor: The plums come in strong, heavy on the dark fruit. The bourbon flavoring is nice, warming alcohol, vanilla and some wood.
Mouthfeel: Very viscous, coating my tongue. Very warm alcohol goes all the way down my throat.
Notes: The cork swelled in the bottle, needed a cork screw to get it out. Bottled Dec. 2012. Bottle conditioned for 1 year.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 02:00:36 | More by KornWallace
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black as night with a murky look to it. Tiny wisp of off white head is scarce. A little bit of Brussels lacing is present. All I get in the aroma is sweet bourbon and a bit of dark malt. The mouth is silky smooth and viscous. The flavor is initially dark malt and roasted barley and quickly turns very sweet with the bourbon,black licorice,fig and plum notes.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 21:25:15 | More by Franziskaner
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Jmitchell3

Arizona

4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 02:49:22 | More by Jmitchell3
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 00:52:26 | More by WVbeergeek
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pknyc

New York

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:41:25 | More by pknyc
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bball208

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 16:58:41 | More by bball208
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BeerisOK

Oklahoma

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 01:28:31 | More by BeerisOK
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ItsMe

Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:01:22 | More by ItsMe
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Braseltonage

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, dated 2013.

A: Foggy brown, opaque beer. Wispy tan head, decent lace.
S: Big dose of raisin up front, rich dark fruits. Overripe cherries. Vanilla, boozy. A little toasty oak, leather on the tail end.
T: Rich, sweet cherry notes up front, slightly viniferous. Some toffee, vanilla. Alcohol warmth comes in towards the finish. Very nice bourbon heat and leathery tannins wipe away the potential for overly sweet cloying feel.
M: Medium to full body. Tiny bubbles, reasonable carbonation. Sticky, but finishes decently dry with the oak & bourbon.
O: Pretty dynamic atrong ale/barleywine. Doesn't "hid" the booze, but doesn't wallop either. Really good and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 03:12:54 | More by Braseltonage
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_IanMcG561

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- Dark brown to black with no head, completely still beer.

Smell- Carmel, Oak, Alcohol, Bourbon

Taste- Rich, Thick, Malty, boozy

Mouthfeel- Thick, Sweet on the tounge, finishes with caramel and bourbon notes. Pairs really nicely with dark chocolate.

Overall- This beer is pretty fantastic, rich in taste, almost like a wave of caramel/chocolate soaked in booze. Goes down a bit too easy for something so high in alcohol. completely still beer, no carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 05:22:29 | More by _IanMcG561
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 23:04:17 | More by deadonhisfeet
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 02:22:18 | More by HattedClassic
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champ103

Texas

3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 00:27:44 | More by champ103
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tlery

Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2014 01:59:31 | More by tlery
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Brob245

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:49:56 | More by Brob245
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mpcrump

Indiana

4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 03:00:37 | More by mpcrump
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 23:56:29 | More by tmzl
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 18:39:15 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Beersnake1

California

4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 02:55:45 | More by Beersnake1
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Adriatic

California

3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 04:17:37 | More by Adriatic
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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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