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

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Ratings: 1,639
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 577
Gots: 509 | FT: 42
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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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Ratings: 1,639 | Reviews: 660
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1.52/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Received this as part of the 2009 Sinner's club mailings.

Appearance: Flat. Shit. Was afraid that would be the case. I complained to the brewery and received replacement bottles that were supposedly carbonated, but this is flat as a plank. No head, no lacing. I raised the bottle higher and higher as I poured but still nothing. I might as well get out a straw and start blowing at this point.

Smell: Booze and burt oak with some medicinal elements. There are some prunes and raisins as well, but they are buried by the aforementioned elements. Was hoping for something else but just booze.

Taste: Booze, burt oak, and medicinal elements.

Mouthfeel: Flat, and it should not be.

Drinkability: Drained poured this flat, boozy bastard. Complete disaster of a beer. At least I can finish a bottle of bud light, so what does that say about this beer?

I'll try again next year perhaps. I think Lost Abbey does make some great beers, so I am not on a smear campaign (see my other reviews for many praises), but this beer is flat undrinkable.

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4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one is the 750ml corked and caged. Pours a deep mahogany color with a full finger wispy light tan head that fades quickly to surface. Thin but significant patterns of Belgian lacing as you go. The smell is amazing!! Right out of the bottle, the first pour reveals big bourbon notes. As it warms the aroma becomes fruitier and sweeter, brown sugar from a far with a berry tartness further in. The mouth feel is bright and tangy, medium-light bodied, tart with a balanced creamy texture. The flavor is crazy unique; tart apple and berries, bourbon and vanilla with fig and notes of molasses. The experience lingers nicely! One of the best drinkers around!! It goes in a flash while you attempt to consider all of its complexities.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to mikesgroove for this brew!

12.7oz. brown corked/caged bottle, poured into a snifter. '08

A: Huge pop from the cork, then some spillage. Pours a very deep brown, nearly black, completely opaque. A big ass head, at least 2 1/2 fingers in the snifter, holds very nicely. Tons of sticky lacing.

S: Tons of bourbon. Lots of caramel and buttery toasted nuts. Little hints of vanilla and some spices. Alcohol is present and pleasant.

T/M: Alcohol is much more potent in the taste, maybe a little sting and a huge warmth all the way down and lasting in the belly. More of the same from the nose but with some milky chocolate and syrupy molasses. The bourbon is delicious. Has a bit of yeast... actually a bit like a Belgian yeast. Carbonation reminds me of a Belgian, too.

D: Very slow sipper. It's in a 12.7oz bottle for a reason. Damn tasty and will cap my night, nicely.

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Pours dense deep brown, not much head, lacy with some legs. The nose is sherry, leather, prune, tobacco, vanilla, hint of bourbon. Big bold palate with dark dried fruit, figs, prunes, sherry, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate and some malt. Very rich and bourbon.

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4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml, 2010 version, not sure where I got this from, but it was around $15. Into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Bottle opens with a faint pop, and a vigorous pour yields a very dark brown beer with a few small bubbles that don't stick around very long . Fairly dark and, for the most part opaque. Not a bad looking beer, but a little bit of a head would really help it.

S: Huge aroma as soon as the cork is out of the bottle. Smells of bourbon, and chocolate, rich caramel, a bit of oak, and a huge note of vanilla on the very end. Rich and decadent, essentially like a bourbon caramel vanilla cheesecake. Fantastic. I could live in the headspace of this snifter.

T: Bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and oak, a hint of sherry on the finish as well, maybe a touch oxidized. I really enjoy all of the sweet flavors that mix together into a great combination of dessert liquor, but it still is definitely a beer. Not much else that I can say about this other than it is delicious.

M: Fairly heavy body with faint carbonation, in fact if you didn't try and seek out the carbonation you might miss it, its that faint. Pretty warm, but this has mellowed out a bit since the last bottle I had. Bourbon/Oak lends a certain dryness. Not bad, but maybe a touch more carbonation would really bring this around.

D: I will have no issues finishing this bottle off, and I'm quite happy this is in the 375ml format, as it is the perfect size. Very enjoyable after dinner type beer. It is getting a touch oxidized, so I'm not sure how much longer it really should be aged. Still a damn fine beer. Definitely lives up to the hype.

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