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

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1,611 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,611
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 575
Gots: 499 | FT: 42
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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 AKBelgianBeast
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to tayner for an amazing trade.

Pours a dark brown and ruby with a huge rocky light tan head. Appears to be quite overcarbonated. Nose REEKS of bourbon heat and dark fruits, wood. Taste = Bourbon! dark fruit, caramel, bourbon soaked raisins, vanilla, caramel apple, wood and bourbon and alcohol on the finish. Wonderful. Great sweetnes lingers in the mouth and on the lips. This one will be amazing after a few years in the cellar. Mouthfeel is suprisingly thin and waaayyy more carbonated than I expected. Drinkability is good for the style, but will greatly improve with some cellaring I think. Certainly an amazing concoction, bourbon is right up front. Defenitely a great cellar candidate. Pleased to have had the opportunity to have tried it. Thanks again, Dana!

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.32/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of meatyard
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opens with a soft pffft. Poured into a snifter.

Pours out a very dark, murky brown with a cap of tan foam that lasts about 30 seconds and becomes a ring and a small atoll.

The smell is a luscious bourbon aroma and dark chocolate and cherries.

The taste is a really powerful bourbon flavor that makes you take notice of it and nothing else around you for a brief moment or two. After that there are many things that come and go; there's chocolate covered cherries, vanilla. It's very sweet in the aftertaste. This is a complex beer and very warming with some noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a lack of carbonation.

Overall: I had this a couple of times on tap and wish this had the carbonation levels of that. Still, sitting at home and being able to concentrate on the beer, you really get a feel for all of the complexity in this. It really is a very good beer. I don't know if the price warrants buying it very often, more likely whenever I see it on tap I will go for it.

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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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

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4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,611 ratings.