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

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96
world-class

1,547 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,547
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 559
Gots: 468 | FT: 37
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006)
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Photo of RobertColianni
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Angel's Share has a perfect visual aspect. It's black in the center when held up to light, but has an autumn rose halo. Beautiful beer.

S: Again, a perfect smell. Cooling milk chocolate. Nothing more.

T: If served in an oval wine glass, an old bourbon scent will hit your nose just before your first sip. Once the beer hits your lips and follows to your tongue, a strong, dark chocolate flavor will absorb into your mouth. Scents of bourbon still linger. As you pull away and swallow, a whiskey spike will get to you. Perfection.

M: It goes down like chocolate milk. Thick, smooth, creamy, and without carbonation.

OVERALL: I could live off this stuff. The first time I had it, I paid $19.00 for a bottle in 2010. I wandered Philadelphia as if I'd just fallen in love. Missed call after missed call showed up on my phone. I was buzzed, but more punch drunk on love and pleasure. The bottle I just reviewed was a 2011 that I picked up for $14.00 in Newtown Square, Penna. People talk and talk about contamination, but beer is beer. This one was contaminated, but was truly better with that bite and lack of carbonation. I took off .25 from my overall rating just because of the oxidation. Lost Abbey/Port really make great beers for long Winters and are a perfect choice for that night out with the girl you adore.

NOTE: Live review.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what a great beer. What a rollercoaster of an experience. Initial carbonation was just short of a gusher but still it took forever for the foam to settle into a drinkable state. That nit pick aside, this is a phenomenally balanced robust, soft, deceptive, satisfying beer.

The price of entry is sinful but the result is decadent! I'm glad I took a leap of faith and bought this one. Oh, one last sad note - at 375ml's this one is over all too fast.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz Growler, 2011 Bourbon. Served at around 45-50F to room temperature.

Pours murky dark brown, nearly black in the glass with a faint brown head that recedes to almost nothing pretty quick. Second pour was closer to room temp and produced a decent head with slightly better retention.

Aroma is strong bourbon and a lot of rich, complex malt. Tons of dark fruit, prunes, figs, raisins, dates, black currants, some molasses, nuts, dark bread/toast, vanilla and oak. Very good strength.

Flavor starts with a blast of bourbon, oak, vanilla, rich dark fruit and malt, prunes, figs, raisins, black currant, molasses, anise, hints of caramel and bread, dark tobaccos, strong warming alcohol on the finish, fairly sweet. Virtually no hop presence/bitterness detected...any that may be there are overwhelmed by the massive malt bill and bourbon.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, low carbonation, sticky.

Fantastic stuff. Huge and incredibly complex beer. You better love bourbon as it isn’t subtle at all. I think I like this a touch better than the Brandy Barrel version. While I can live with the near lack of carbonation, some bubbles certainly would ramp this up a bit in the appearance and mouthfeel categories. Letting this warm up to near room temperature really helped open this up a lot.

Photo of axeman9182
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share pours a very deep mahogany, with a faint bit of caramel foam crowning the beer. The nose is absolutely heavenly. There's tons of caramelized brown sugar to form the base, and it's augmented by vanilla and oak. Bourbon is a subtle addition to the picture. The flavor profile is a little bit more rough. There's still some lightly burnt sugar, vanilla, and wood, but the bourbon presence is more brassy and harsh. Here it's the center of attention, with everything else playing more of a supporting role. The body is full and rich, but the carbonation is barely there. I like a more restrained carbonation for a malt forward beer, but this is a bit low even for me, and leaves the beer feeling flat. Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share is a decent to good beer right now, but I think it could use a little bit of time to really hit its stride.

Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of impending
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml into a tulip. Pours a dingy prune juice dirty dishwater, carbonation of a day old opened bottle, zero lacing.

Aroma is amazing - rich, thick and full. Mom-Mom's holiday fruit cake reeking of dark spirits. Strong vinous qualities topped with vanilla extract. Truly complex, the potential descriptors are legion.

Taste is of a concocted drink, not a brew. The bourbon casts a shadow over all the other flavors. Aftertaste until tomorrow fades ever so slowly away. Initial sips give a sense of heat down the pipes as if this was significant+ proof. Mouthfeel is full bodied, not sure if carbonation would be a plus.

The initial flavor is delicious, not so much the middle notes where the alcohol announces loudly followed by the superb aftertaste. This is small sips only.
cheers
jd

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Stigs
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour at Sunset Grill (Boston), served in a flute-like glass

A - thin layer of loose mocha colored foam, the beer is hazy and dark chocolate brown in color...seemingly active bubbling.

S - incredible and bold dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, vanilla beans, and a huge hit of bourbon.

T - very sweet off the gun with nice lightly sour bourbon that carries throughout, joined by toffee, chocolate, spiced rum, caramel...the end brings some alcohol burn with dark fruits (detecting a bit of raisins) and toffee.

M - medium bodied yet slightly creamy...nice subtle carbonation that sits tight until the swallow before opening up. finishes chewy and rich with lingering bourbon bite.

D - incredible beer all around, was torn between which I liked more, the smell or taste - had to call it a draw. Great bourbon characteristics with a good amount of other things going on for balance. Was stoked to find this on tap, well worth it.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
96 out of 100 based on 1,547 ratings.