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

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Ratings: 1,528
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 556
Gots: 461 | FT: 32
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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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Eighty, Jan 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

jayhunter357, Oct 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 04, 2013
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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.

Stigs, Aug 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

ATPete, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

kodt, Oct 12, 2013
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pjs234, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

gueuzegossage, Jan 26, 2012
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laxer8811, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

JimGlonke, Nov 12, 2013
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lunarbrew, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

jkane101, May 25, 2013
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Hendrick24, May 18, 2014
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rjp217, Mar 22, 2014
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tedho21, Jul 25, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown with reddish tints when held to the light. Tiny amount of tan head. Zero lace.

The nose has a ton of bourbon charateristics. Vanilla, butterscotxh, oak and caramel dominate. The heat from the high alcohol content lingers.

The taste is full of caramel, light cocoa, butterscotch, vanilla, light dry tannin, and a sweetness that is bold but evenly matched with roasty and dry barrel characteristics.

The mouthfeel is thick, viscous, bold, beastly. Ample carbonation nails it for the style.

Overall, glorious bourbon treatment that allows a lot of the base beer to show alongside the bourbon. Very nice.

ChugginOil, Apr 06, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Monk's during Philly Beer Week 2010.

Pours murky brown with some hints of ruby, very few tan bubbles that could be what you would call head.

Aroma was a mix of bourbon, bourbon and more bourbon with some cherries and vanilla bourbon thrown in for good measure. You get some oak, but this is a very one-note aroma, and that's perfectly fine by me.

Flavor was a rich blend of vanilla, molasses, chocolate and cherry. Slightly dry oaky finish on the tongue that balances out the sweetness well.

Big, full beer with little carbonation (again, perfectly fine!), that leaves a slick oily bourbon finish on the tongue.

Amazingly drinkable and I wish I could have this every day.

ChrisPro, Jun 28, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Sigmund, Nov 03, 2008
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Bwagner1122, Nov 09, 2013
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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