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

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world-class

1,350 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 538
Gots: 412 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Old Ale aged in bourbon barrels for 12 months.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006)
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Ratings: 1,350 | Reviews: 632 | Display Reviews Only:
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mscudder

Georgia

4/5  rDev -6.1%

06-25-2013 23:01:14 | More by mscudder
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taospowder

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-10-2013 13:35:16 | More by taospowder
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

01-16-2013 23:02:47 | More by Budinetz
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Piddmeista

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-05-2013 08:13:48 | More by Piddmeista
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip, bottled in 2011. Pours a really dark mahogany, with just a ring of lacing, with even the most aggressive pour. That ring has amazing retention. Smell is bourbon, burnt brown sugar, fig, molasses, prunes, and vanilla. Taste is so crazy complex. Everything I got from the nose, but so balanced, except a pungent bourbon and vanilla flavor that grabs you by the short hairs and makes you crave the next sip. Body is medium, not much carbonation, a dry finish, and a very drinkable sipper. This is so special now, I need to find out what a few more years will do.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 01:11:47 | More by SawDog505
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

02-06-2013 15:24:44 | More by browniewithnuts
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Gtreid

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown with a slight mahogany hint. The pour produced a small head that quickly receeded and left no lace.

A: Strong burbon, toffee, caramel malts, oak, and vanilla. Very boozy and sweet.

T: Much of the same as in the nose. The malts blend very nicely with the burbon barrels. I get a nice earthiness, with caramel, vanilla, and oak. The beer finishes smooth and dry, as is with most BA beers.

M: Oily, medium to heavy body. My bottle did have some carbonation, but not as much as I had hoped.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is ok for a beer of this strength. But the lack of sufficient carbonation and and the High ABV will limit it a little. Overall, I think this is a good beer. Although, I think there are many other BA offerings out there that are supierior. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 22:03:41 | More by Gtreid
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woodchip

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

09-08-2013 15:45:33 | More by woodchip
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.1%

07-20-2013 01:03:37 | More by HopsHopenstein
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topdown

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-11-2013 05:21:28 | More by topdown
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kevanb

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 Caged and corked 375ml bottle into a whiskey glass.

Only the faintest of pops greets you as the cork comes out. It pours out like motor oil and shares the color although a bit darker thankfully. It has minimal carbonation, but more than I was expecting based on other reviews for the 2011 vintage. It has no head whatsoever but there is a tiny bit of caramel color on the top. It smells really great, LOTS of bourbon with some nice firm oak aromas with faint vanilla. Flavors are pretty strong, lots of oaky bourbon with vanilla and some dark fruits, plums and raisins come to mind. The flavors are strong, but not really balanced and get a bit washed by the strong alcohol. It is a bit thin and the alcohol is really strong but I found it to be drinkable, although this is a sipper for SURE.

Verdict: Pretty strong sipper here, but most importantly enjoyable. I did prefer the 2010 Brandy version but this vintage was done well. I'll be excited to see how my second bottle turns out in a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 05:27:58 | More by kevanb
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csustar001

New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%

02-19-2013 14:37:57 | More by csustar001
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John11486

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-08-2012 22:37:27 | More by John11486
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml. bottle dated 2010 into a Russian River stemmed glass...

A - Uh oh...no pop when the cork is pulled. I didn't think there were carbonation issues with this years release, but I'm a little scared. Pours a murky, dark brown raisin like color that produces no head when poured vigorously. A very, very minute fizzy cream colored collar forms and dissapears as quickly as it forms.

S - Awesome aroma. Notes of bourbon, vanilla and oak along with dark sticky fruits (raisins, dates, figs). Everything mixes together very nicely and the bourbon doesn't overshadow anything else.

T - Follows the smell quite closely. Bourbon, sweet vanilla and oak mixed very nicely with dark sticky fruits. Real nice barrel integration here. Getting some caramel favors and, flavors of chocolate. Booze and sweetness actually add nicely to the other flavors.

M - Hmmm. Well, it's not flat, but there is very, very little carbonation. Very slight heat in the throat from the alcohol. Slight carbonation on the tongue, although more would really be nice.

D - Well, at $22 fr a 375 ml. bottle, I was expecting a little more, but I have come to realize that LA beers are a little more buck for their bang. Although, I must admit, that aside from Older Viscosity, this was the best offering I have had from them. Big ABV makes this one a slow sipper, but much like good bourbon, it is very well worth every sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 04:48:52 | More by KAP1356
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ambruns1979

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-13-2013 15:05:05 | More by ambruns1979
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

2.83/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2010 vintage
Look: The beer pours a dark brown color with no head
Smell: Chocolate, vanilla, caramel and bourbon
Taste: Overly sweet (dark fruits) and alcoholic. Bourbon is very much present, but the alcohol is sharp and disturbing
Mouthfeel: medium body with low carbonation
Overall: The beer could have been so nice, could, because the alcohol is so badly hidden that I can hardly distinguish this with a bottle of pure ethanol from my work…. After the sour 2009 version, I will not try this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 17:10:04 | More by rvdoorn
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jnardone235

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%

10-12-2013 03:14:31 | More by jnardone235
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-28-2013 22:01:33 | More by sludgegnome
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brownbeer

Missouri

2.63/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I don't know what year this is.

No pop whatsoever upon pulling the sad cork out. Pours dark brown with maybe a trace of foam around the edges. The aroma is the only saving grace with this beer. It's very bourbony with traces of molasses, maple, vanilla extract, and sharp alcohol. There is no way in hell I could drink a bottle of this flat, boozy, utter mess of a beer. The taste is packing some serious heat along with some of the aforementioned aromas coming through in the taste, but the mouthfeel flat out sucks and I can't believe The Lost Abbey is still letting stores sell this flat bourbon water. Sorry, no good.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 00:27:06 | More by brownbeer
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Hendrick24

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-18-2014 03:50:20 | More by Hendrick24
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lakersfan16

Alaska

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-19-2011 01:09:05 | More by lakersfan16
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-14-2011 04:58:37 | More by PhineasGage
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep brown color dark and beautiful. The small tan head quickly dissipates slowly. Average lacing and surprisingly above average carbonation. Usually, barrel aged beers become flat. Not this beer. I appears o be bottle condition. Smell of strong bourbon and sweet roasted dark malts. Tastes of strong bourbon/whiskey, coffee, sweet roasted malts, coffee, and toffee. Complex and very tasty - This WORLD CLASS. Drink and Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 04:18:23 | More by ATLbeerDog
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mjw1200

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.4%

02-19-2013 03:34:10 | More by mjw1200
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imyourhero21

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-31-2013 04:11:15 | More by imyourhero21
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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