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

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Ratings: 1,585
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 567
Gots: 483 | FT: 37
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006

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.
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Photo of BeerTruth
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a review for this beer before the whole fiasco occurred, stumbled across another bottle so let's give it a go again.

375 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a snifter served at cellar temperature.

Pours a deep black with a one finger fluffy light tan colored head that falls to a thin layer. Bits of stickiness grab a hold of the sides here and there, but not a whole lot. Aroma is thick with bourbon, vanilla, and rich caramel malts. A good dose of molasses with plums, dates, and raisins. A very complex nose which I'm sure will carry over to the flavor, or at least I hope. Initial flavor is sweet Vermont maple syrup with caramel and chocolate. Bourbon oak midway with brown sugar, almonds, and fig. Smokey and sweet aftertaste with toffee, butterscotch, and toasted malts. Very full flavored ale with a lot to take in. The feel is a medium warm body with a very aggressive carbonation that really distracts from the overall quality of this beer unfortunately. A great sipping beer, I just wish it was smoother in the mouth.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.32/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of impending
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
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

Photo of doughanson78
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a tulip.

A: Pitch black with some dark red/brown at the edges. A one finger mocha colored head. Lacking in retention but still some decent lacing.

S: Big bourbon. Good amount of oak coming through. Vanilla, chocolate, and some light coffee. A tinge of alcohol.

T: Again big bourbon. Lots of alcohol. Oak, roasted caramel, vanilla, chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium bodied, a bit light. Light carbonation. Lacking creaminess. Lots of alcohol burn.

O: A very complex beer which would be awesome if there wouldn't be so much alcohol present. Might be awesome with some age if the alcohol mellows.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 12.7oz. bottle poured into a 7oz. snifter. Alcohol listed at 12.5%. I assume it's a 2010 version.

Appearance: Wow, I actually had to pull the cork out of the bottle. No pop at all! Not a good start. Poured out murky brown and completely flat. When swirled vigorously, a hair-thin light brown head forms on top. Body is opaque, dark brown, and slick. No lacing. Second pour produced a bit more head - looked much nicer.

Smell: Whoa-whoa-wee-wah! Welcome back to my good graces! Thick bourbon attacks the nostrils. No burn though - this smell is all about molasses, figs (tons of figs!), vanilla, raisins, milk chocolate, white pepper, and ever-so-slight alcohol. There's so much more though; I'm finding new subtleties every minute! What a treat! I'm in love with this smell!

Taste: All sorts-o-bourbon. Mainly I get vanilla, molasses/caramel, figs, and other sweet, dark fruits. Alcohol is quite apparent, and it picks up strength as the beer warms. Very sweet and complex - there are a lot of bourbon-associated flavors floating around in here. Very good. I dig.

Mouthfeel: Very lightly carbonated, heavy, warm, prickly, and dry. This drinks much like a spirit, while still containing many beer characteristics. Very sticky/sugary and syrupy. Definitely a sipper.

Drinkability: Slow going, but complex and delicious. This is a beautifully crafted beer! I think this Angel's Share can easily hang with Firestone's anniversary beers, which I consider the best barrel-aged beers out there. A must try. Split a 375mL with a friend, and a 750mL with multiple friends.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of KeefD
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to drgonzo3705 for giving me the chance to try this one!

Nice pop of the cork (shew!) so I know there's some bubbles in there somewhere. Pours a dark brown color with no head or lacing. I can see some carbonation bubbles drifiting slowing to the top edge of the liquid. Big waft of bourbon is the first noticeable aroma followed by chocolate, light coffee and burnt caramel. Smells amazing! Flavor is nice blend of chocolate, roasted malts, dark caramel, bourbon, vanilla, booze, and oak. Mmmm, this is so close to being an imperial stout, but falls just short. Definitely the roastiest strong ale I've ever had. Carbonation is very light but it's nice and doesn't really need anymore for this style, but a touch more would be welcome. Really can't complain, as this beer soft, velvety, and warming. Booze is a little too much in the forefront, and this hampers the drinkability but it's delicious all around.

In all, I'm very happy to have had the chance to try this one and I was impressed. Not the flat mess that was Older Viscosity. Thanks again, Paul!

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4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mikesgroove sent this with Fight Club: Project Mayhem BIF. Thank you so much Mike.

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle. I split this with my wife. I'm such a nice guy. Once the cork popped, there was a slow gusher of foam. I poured into an Ommegang tulip. Very active head for a higher ABV beer. Color is a dark khaki, very slow to recede. Color is a murky chocolate brown.

Smell is WOW!. Very sweet, but never cloying. There is toasted coconut, brown sugar, wood, smoke. Very bold aroma. Taste is equally bold. Coconut is really standing out. That is a rare flavor in a beer. I've only come across it a few times. As it warms more spices come through. Dark candied ginger, still very woody.

Mouthfeel is a little on the light side, and the carbonation could calm down a little bit. However the flavor and smell makes up for any faults there. This is an absolutely fantastic beer.

Blipped "Angel" by Massive Attack

Photo of deereless
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Little to no pop on the cork which followed with very light to no carbonation, deep ruby to black in color, slight viscosity is detected from the movement of the beer in the glass - 4.25, S: Intense aromas, the oak is very evident and provides a nice vanilla to the nose as well as obvious whisky smells from the bourbon barrel aging, there is also a marked sweetness that borders on sherry to chocolate covered cherries, also signs of caramel and coconut - 5.00, T: Intense raisin and date, alcohol is upfront which isn't all that surprising considering that the beer is 12.5%, the vanilla, oak and whisky that were rampant on the nose come through on the palate, there is also a strong holiday fruit cake soaked in whisky taste, I taste a hint of hops but it is really lost in all the malts and bourbon barrel - 4.75, M: The low to no carbonation keep this beer a silky smooth, it is also slightly syrupy - 4.50, D: Insanely complex - oodles going on in this beer only a fraction of which I feel like I'm capturing, this is the beer I wanted to ring in 2010 and it does not disappoint, the high alcohol does keep it in the sipping range - 4.50

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WTF! is all I can say as the cork shoots out of the bottle almost breaking the light at the top of my ceiling. I cant say that I was not warned though.

Crazy carbonation flows a four finger rich tan head over the top of the glass. Body is of the blackest brown in color. Nose is delecious with toffee, molases and lovely oak infused bourbon. Waves of lace are left as the head fades. A mix of creamy carbonation carries carmalized richness into the mouth with first sip. Tasty buttered rum and toffee tones meet with lots of sweet dark fruit on the palate. Alchol tones are very well hidden except for the ways the flavors properly bring them out. This beer drinks better and smooths as it warms. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and chorolately like a bourbon truffel. Superbly drinkable.

Photo of zoso1967
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have to be honest; this is not the most attractive beer I have ever laid eyes on. It is an opaque dark brown color with just a ring of tan bubbles around the edge. It pretty much looks like muddy pond water, BUT this look in a beer is actually sort of exciting, because it signals me that I am in for an interesting experience. The aroma is sweet and hot with plenty of bourbon up front, as well as caramelized sugar, dark fruits, toffee, some chocolate, oak and vanilla. The flavor really showcases the bourbon and oak aging, and is quite enjoyable. It has a sweet, caramelized sugar malt character that blends well with the bourbon and alcoholic heat. Other flavors include dark fruit, cocoa, leather, vanilla and oak. Surprisingly, it has a fairly decent bitterness that keeps the malt from getting out of hand. Well played Tomme, well played indeed. The mouthfeel on this is quite decadent and smooth with a wonderful lingering finish. This is very drinkable for style, and as I sit here enjoying it in a building that has been serving guests for over 200 years, it is hard not to get sucked in by the romance of it all.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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