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

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Ratings: 1,381
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 547
Gots: 415 | FT: 29
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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New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

My first review, so thought I would save it for something special.

A - Awesome bottle and cover design, with "bourbon 2010" on the back. There was no hiss or pop as I pulled the cork, which was a bit disheartening, especially since hearing of all the carbonation problems with LA lately. The beer pours a dark brownish caramel-apple color, with a very thin line of head that dissipates somewhat quickly. A swirl brings it back, which is a good sign.

S - Strong bourbon up front, then caramel and brown sugar. Alcohol is present, but masked (or maybe enhanced) by the intense bourbon aroma.

T - Thick, warm bourbon on the palate, caramel, a bit of chocolate and molasses. The alcohol is felt soon after swallowing as it warms the throat and chest, but only for a second. It's actually a quite pleasurable "burn" if you enjoy the aforementioned flavors. Carbonation is weak, but definitely there.

M - As stated above, thick bourbon is the best way to describe the feel. Given its high ABV, this one is definitely strong in the mouth, but deserves a good swishing around to open up all the remaining nuances.

D - Given the intensity and strength, the warmth/burn is pronounced, but not overwhelming. A great sipper that requires a pause between drinks, but always has you looking forward to the next. Being a huge scotch drinker and complete fan of bourbon barrel aged brews, I am always excited to try a fresh batch, and this is one of the best I've had. However, let this baby age for a while and you'll have a much mellower, flavor-filled masterpiece on your hands.

09-13-2010 00:14:08 | More by GabrielM
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


4.1/5  rDev -4%

Another offering from TND on Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co. Day/Weekend. This was the 2010 vintage, listed at 12.5% ABV, and poured into a tulip.

This batch is clearly on-point with its carbonation, though I don't mind flat big beers (read: BA Speedway, BA Hunahpu's, etc). A creamy fine carbonation sits atop a deep brown, nearly black body, that I would have believed as black had the edges and ruby/amber hues and the bit of beer at the bottom of the glass not been clearly brown. Leggy streams creep down the sides of the glass after a swirl that also stirs up more bubbles.

After a swirl, the nose yields plums, dates, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, caramel, a sticky nutty maltiness, and a warm aroma on young alcohol. It reminds me of BA Decadence 07, but young, and minus the porter roast. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the vanilla, toffee, and bourbon are more evident. They are nicely balanced with each other. Age will help this a lot, as there is still an almost astringent quality to the heavy booziness. I will be cellaring my bottle for a while.

Creamy on the palate with an appropriate level of carbonation. Somehow, despite the creaminess, the finish is sticky and resinous. This will only improve with age.

09-12-2010 23:10:33 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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3.65/5  rDev -14.5%

12.7oz bottle purchased somewhere local. Not sure why I got this, considering the cost and my bad experience with the brandy barrel offering last year, guess I'm just an optimist. Corked and caged, 2009 vintage.

Sedate pftt upon uncorking, does not instill confidence. Poured into a DFH tulip, a few small bubbles form, nothing evenly remotely resembling a head above the totally cloudy opaque dark brown brew. Legs galore, but not much lacing. Aroma is intense vanilla-tinged bourbon.

Taste is sweet upfront, chocolatey into the middle, where the barrel and bourbon take over and dominate. Nothing sedate about the flavors here. Numbness in mouth lasts and lasts after swallowing. Mouthfeel is slickery, too flat for my taste, and drinkability is okay, buoyed by the depth of flavors to pique interest. Not much redemption here for Lost Abbey.

09-12-2010 03:06:35 | More by ppoitras
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3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

Had this on Cask at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA

A: Jet black with amber hues in the light

S: Oak, whiskey, sweet complex malt, dark fruits

T: A very nice strong bourbon flavor. Almost comparable to a Manhattan. similar to the smell with all sorts of complex malty flavors. The wood is especially evident toward the end.

M: Thick and Oily, but nice. Definitely a sipper.

D: I liked this one slightly more than the brady version. However, I'm not actively seeking it soon. I think it could age very well though.

09-08-2010 19:36:27 | More by mmercede
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New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -27.9%

Thanks to calinalu for this bottle I split with a friend. A corked and caged 12.7 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass. Served slightly chilled. 2009 Vintage.

Appearance: Deep dark brown in color. The lack of any head whatsoever really is disheartening. Some sediment floats toward the bottom of my glass.

Aroma: Nice bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some milk chocolate. A bit of heat here too but nicely balanced overall.

Taste: The rich bourbon and vanilla really stand out here, as does the heat from the alcohol. Much less balanced and more boozy in the taste. There is also some oak and chocolate in teh background of the bourbon, but nowhere near as pronounced.

Mouthfeel: This literally fell flat here for me. This bottle was clearly carbonated badly and the entire beer suffered for it. More like a spirit than a beer unfortunately.

Drinkability: The heat from the booze and the completely falt mouthfeel kill it for me here. I was barely able to finish my half of the bottle.

Overall, a really nice beer but the carbonation on mine really killed it. The aroma was amazing and the taste was really complex. The booze heat and flat mouthfeel took hold though and made it less enjoyable.

09-08-2010 03:21:50 | More by Gosox8787
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4.88/5  rDev +14.3%

2010 375 mL bottle

A. Pours a clear brown with a small whisp of a head (unlike many other vintages).

S. Lots going on in the nose: raisins, rum, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, and a bit of alcohol burn.

T. Taste is much like the smell, but with the addition of some oak notes.

M. Medium body with little carbonation and a lot of chewiness.

D. This is an incredible sipper. It might be because I enjoy bourbon neat, but I appreciate the bourbon flavor and burn that you get. I liked this so much that I picked up a case while on vacation.

09-07-2010 03:00:11 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

2008 750ML bottles, consumed from my Weyerbacher Tulip. Thanks to Dan for sending me this bad boy from his cellar. Cork pulled silently...

A- Dark brown and murky. Slightly opaque at the edges, but hard to see through. No head, no foam, no lacing.

S- Smells of molassas, dark malts, dark fruit, bourbon, and vanilla. Little bit of heat behind it, but not as bad as fresh AS.

T- Just like most Lost Abbey beers, this has an awsome flavor profile. It just tranisitions through different flavors, like dancing on your tongue. Sweet malt, dark fruit, booze, vanilla, and a little soy are prodominant. The boozy/hot flavor has definetely mellowed, and just adds some character.

M- Nice and full bodied, but a little light on carbonation. I've never had a Angel's Share with any carbonation, and this one had a tiny little bit.

D- I love the taste of this beer and keep reaching for more. It's strong and boozy, but that is what I like. I housed a few glasses of this with a buddy, and had a nice buzz working.

Overall an excellent beer, that could use a little more carbonation. The flavor profiles on this beer are awsome. Looking forward to cracking a couple 2010's in the near future, as I hear the bubbles are back.

09-05-2010 15:03:52 | More by Gfunk720
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

No pop on the bottle opening pours a very nice nut brown into a brandy snifter.

A - As stated a very nice nut brown. No carbonation at all.

S - Alcohol and caramel...why am I drinking this in the summer!

T - Smooth. Get the molasses, caramel, chocolate and vanilla....bourbon really shines

M - Again very smooth....not really a beer in my opinion but something special!

D - Can only do one of these a night.

Not sure where all the carbonation issues arise with these guys. Not sure if I would like this fizzy! That said I am happy to do the three hour round trip to Mass to get Lost Abbey/Port Brewing beers. Very good!

08-31-2010 01:53:02 | More by jimmy82063
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4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours with no head, smoke or visible carbonation. Color is dark brown with a red hue.

Smells deeply of red wine, chocolate, sweets. Exceptional smell.

At first I taste fudge, then wine, then a hint of caramel, and then all the flavors mesh and I'm left with the bourbon aftertaste. Very refined beer. So many flavors so well balanced. One of the best Lost Abbey beers for sure, much less sickeningly sweet than the brandy counterpart. I have to give this a perfect score.

Thick, smooth mouthfeel with little carbonation, which I actually find appealing for this beer.

Drinkability is good, I'll have trouble drinking more than one but the taste doesn't get to desserty or filling after a while, which is great. Bravo.

08-29-2010 23:02:07 | More by ptykozoon
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

A- A very dark brown liquid bordering on black with absolutely no head whatsoever. Looks heavy, dense, and dead.

S- Bourbon, raisins, tobacco, figs, and alcohol. Extraordinarily complex. Astounding.

T- Raisins, vanilla, tobacco, figs, oak, alcohol, and a touch of nuttiness. Very unique and complex.

M- Bordering on flat, but it adds to the viscosity. The flavors are strong enough to come through in the low carbonation.

D- Very rich and smooth with a warming alcohol presence that warms all the way to my stomach. An excellent desert beer, and worth splitting- even if it is a small bottle.

08-27-2010 01:54:18 | More by david131
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

S - An amazing bouquet when poured into my glass. Imagine legitimate bourbon poured upon freshly cut cedar. Then add dates or figs, maybe dark cherries or grapes. Throw in some beautifully cut oak.

T - More of the same as smell, with a more pronounced date/fig note. Major oak/cedar/bourbon taste.

M - Very buttery, yet exactly what needs to be felt with a brew such as this.

D - Warning: If more than two of these are imbibed you might run the risk of your face melting.

This was an amazing beer - but in NO WAY a session beer. Drink this and you're done - at least I was...

08-25-2010 03:24:24 | More by jamex
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Picked up a bottle of this at The Foodery... perhaps a bit pricey ($24, if I recall). Not seeing any sort of date code around the bottle, so I am not 100% sure the vintage, but I am presuming it is 2010.

A: The bottle opened with a very modest pop, and poured pretty much as I would expect it to, given that fact. Very murky... so dark and hazy that it's nearly opaque, in fact. The head is quite minimal, but it does form a short-lived little bubbly lining.

S + T: A wafting aroma that just seems like it was itching to escape from the bottle. Both aroma and flavour are full of vanilla, woodiness, a big 'bourbon-alcohol.' There's a scent reminiscent of a candy store, somewhere between toffee, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate aromas which offers a bit of complexity. Flavour brings out some molasses and perhaps just some modest maple. Quite sweet and rich, and something to allow time to warm and savour.

M + D: Very full bodied and almost even creamy. Carbonation is quite minimal, but for the size of this beer, I don't think I would have wanted much more, honestly. It seems to carry a nice balance between being a strong ale and bourbon itself... minus the heavy alcohol content of being 80 proof. This is quite an enjoyable brew. The price tag would leave me juggling whether or not I picked it up again, but I can say that I would at least consider it.

08-23-2010 18:57:27 | More by Proteus93
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

I cant openly say I am not that into bourbon aged beer, simply for the fact if I want bourbon, Ill just drink bourbon.

A: Dark, Deep brown color, has a short thick rim of a lighter brown top. Head almost reminds you of a choc. stout. Appearance was actually desirable.

S: First sniff and that whiff of bourbon just hits you. You know where this is leading this into you as you take one whiff. Powerful stuff.

T: What was the smell leading up to you may ask? BOURBON, strong alcohol bite to this beer. Has a subtle caramel back taste to it.

M: Just as the appearance let you know, this has a dark, heavy mouthful to it.

D: Better shared if coming from a bottle, but on tap best beware it might take a little while to finish this one alone.

08-23-2010 04:18:44 | More by IPAkindaguy
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3.8/5  rDev -11%

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I've gotten a pair o' these guys in recent trades/BIFs, so thanks to those who sent them! I think this particular bottle came from GoGriz.

VDubb seems pretty interested in this one, so here's some more vicariousness. It pours a bleakly murky brown with not much of a head to speak of. The nose is rather bourbon-centric, with some oak, milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, pretzels, and a smidge of roasted malts piled in there as well. The taste similarly whiskey-forward, with an added kick; the rest of the smell's constitutive elements, minus the chocolate, return for a second season, but the bourbon seems to have an ego issue that would preclude further contract extensions. The body is fairly hefty, with a very light carbonation (I thought the '10s fixed this...?) and an almost chewy feel. Overall, I feel this brew just missed the landing zone, fracturing a leg on landing. It'll heal, but the memory will malinger for a while. I'm thinking about aging the other bottle, if only to see how things go if the bourbon settles a tad. Beyond that, the other flavors seemed kinda weak, and the almost-flat, murky liquid was not very appealing. This one just wasn't fully for me.

08-22-2010 04:01:26 | More by TMoney2591
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Drank while fantasy football mock drafting...ah the life we lead. Shared with milwaukeeclassic (who is a mighty douche for certain) and steepH20. Bottle courtesy of Ryan as an extremely thoughtful extra. Thanks Ryan!

Huzzah carbonation...shimmery burgundy when held to the light

Mighty bourbon on the nose along with some raisin, dark fruits, and vanilla. Bourbon-tastic for sure

Taste is caramel malts, bourbon, and quite a bit of alcohol. Very hot and sweet.

Limited carbonation, oily, and again....hot. I understand it's 12%, but this beer does little to cloak any of the massive heat that radiates off this beast.

Glad this was split. Thanks for the generosity though Ryan.

08-21-2010 05:15:58 | More by BarrytheBear
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4.1/5  rDev -4%

Bottle compliments of mothman. Pours a pitch black brown with minimal head or carbonation. The aroma is of bourbon, dark malt, and vanilla, with some boozy notes. The first sip and it is evident this was aged in bourbon barrels as that is the first thing that comes to mind. After that the taste is sweet with notes of licorice, dark fruit, and chocolate. Med/Heavy mouthfeel. Very tasty stuff.

08-20-2010 16:32:10 | More by kbutler1
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3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

Served on draft @ Durty Nellies. Not a bad deal @ 7.50 per 10 oz considering an 375 ml bottle costs 15.99 at the store.

A; pours a murky dark brown, opaque, no head... doesn't look pretty but at 12.5% and a barleywine, I wouldn't expect much more

S: wow--- bourbon all over!! it is super strong. lots of vanilla and boozey notes, not picking up much in the way of beer notes, maybe some sweet malts...

T: just like the nose, this one is stiff when it comes to the bourbon. Tons of vanilla along with some sweet malts, somewhat spicey and boozey on the finish

MF: medium body- not thick and syrupy like I'd expect for a barleywine (this is a +)

D: well drinkability is a an interesting term when it comes to a bourbon barrel aged barley wine that hits 12.5 in the ABV dept. But I must say, this is balanced nicely as it isn't overly hot and there are a lot of delicate bourbon features present. My only complaint is that the bourbon hides the base beer too much.

08-19-2010 03:38:34 | More by homebrew311
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3.83/5  rDev -10.3%

Appearance: A tiny bit of a dark tan hed that dissipates instantly. The beer itself is a very dark brown.

Smell: The aroma is dominated with vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, dark fruits, and plums.

Taste: A fair amount of sweetness, with a good bit of alcohol presence without being too hot. A tiny bit of bitterness to balance out all of the sweetness. There is some serious bourbon and a hint of vanilla, with a back end of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: It was lighter than I expected with a medium to full body that didn't coat the mouth like I expected.

Drinkability: The first half of the 375 ml was not a challenge to drink, but by the last quarter of the bottle I wished I had split the beer with someone. It is rather powerful in flavor and just an intense beer that really is best in small quantities.

08-16-2010 20:25:16 | More by OnThenIn
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New York

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured a very dark and cloudy blackish brown with no head at all. The carbonation is very low, but gives a pleasant mouthfeel to a very thick brew.

The smell is strongly of raisins and fig. I can tell it is sweet even before drinking it because the dried fruitiness of the aroma is so strong. I can also smell the oak of the bourbon barrels and a bit of the bourbon.

The taste is slightly hot with alcohol (kind of like drinking actual bourbon). The beer is indeed very sweet.

The mouthfeel is soft since there is so little carbonation.

The drinkability is good. The beer is fairly smooth but a little sweet to drink entirely in one sitting without something to cleanse the palate.

08-14-2010 06:18:34 | More by wd40
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2.63/5  rDev -38.4%

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.

08-07-2010 00:27:06 | More by brownbeer
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3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

I'm a bourbon country stout veteran, so much of this is in comparison to that (fair or unfair):

Real nice nose. no head at all. Pretty good bourbon flavor - a more bright/rye-ish bourbon feel. Mouth feel is really weak. You get this great bourbon flavor, but without the thick creaminess I expect after BCS. On the flip side, it's "smoother," which makes it less heavy (for better or worse).

As a chicagoan, given the choice of this or readily available bcs, i would probably go with the latter.

08-05-2010 04:15:27 | More by charlieos
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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

12.7oz bottle into snifter. Bottom of the bottle says Bourbon 2010. Consumed 8/5/2010.

A: Pours an extremely dark woody brown that looks black with basically no head. The beer is not flat, but it hardly frothed up with a vigorous pour. Faint collar around the glass that left spots of faint lace.
S: Big wiff of bourbon with a touch of vanilla and raisins. Very strong smelling. After it mellows a bit I get notes of dark fruit and various spices. Potent but great smelling.
T: Lots of bourbon, raisin, caramel, molasses, vanilla and woody spices. Definitely a sipper. Alcohol has some heat to it. Aftertaste is full of butterscotch and toffee. Slight medicinal cherry syrup notes as well.
M: Thick mouthfeel that is slick and pretty much flat. Alcohol is hot and rich. Could use a year or two.
D: Very smooth, complex and delicious flavors, but the alcohol overpowers much of them. I'm not opening my other bottle for a while. This beer could also use more carbonation. I don't know if it's just my bottle or if LA famous carbonation issue has reached my taste buds. Either way not a bad brew...if you like bourbon.

EDIT: 3/28/2012. Two year old bottle is still surprisingly hot and bourbon forward, and still very under-carbonated. I wasn't expecting it to get anymore bubbles, I'm just saying all the bottles I've tried are flat. Alcohol burn has gone down slightly, but not as much as I was expecting. Still a good beer, but if you hate bourbon stay away.

08-05-2010 01:51:36 | More by scottfrie
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

08-05-2010 00:52:20 | More by Stigs
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Well there is some carbination here in this bottle, not alot but enough to make an enjoyable experience and leave a nice ring around the edges of the glass over the thin oil that is angle's share. man this is like oil butter in the glass and in the mouth. total sipping beer, drinks very much like a wine. Aroma is much better in this bourbon version compared to the Brandy, it is just a touch mellower but alot less bacterial smelling, and also tasting, overall. the aroma and flavors come out in a nice dark fruit and raison that in a more subtle way reminds me of a red wine, with a nice very pleasent bourbon alcohol presence with its vanilla componant. Great beer to sip on when you have some time to relax, don't rush this one, and don't distract yourself from it.

08-02-2010 05:04:40 | More by ChadQuest
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3.53/5  rDev -17.3%

Poured from a 375ml corked/caged bottle into a snifter.

A:Very little carbonation. Like 3 bubbles. No head. It looks like a dark syrupy non-carbonated cola.

S: Oak plus a strong Bourbon and booze smell. Also picking up some vanilla and carmel notes. Thought the alcohol would be much more subtle since its been aged for a year but it still smells strong.

T: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, Definitely a sipper.

M: Think and syrupy mouthfeel.

Great aroma and flavors but not worth the $23.99 I paid for the 12.7oz bottle.

07-28-2010 22:22:29 | More by IdrinkGas
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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