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

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Ratings: 1,640
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 579
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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On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours a very dark amber with a small tan head that disappears quite quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is big bourbon, some leather, caramel, a bit of oak, vanilla, and a moderate amount of alcohol. The initial taste is sweet with caramel and vanilla. Then comes some bourbon and a light cherry flavor. The finish is warming and leaves a lingering oak presence. Surprisingly, the taste is not all that boozy. Medium-full body. Low carbonation. This is quite a tasty beer. It's sweet, but not cloying. I'm not going to regularly pay the huge price for bottles, but it is certainly worth the price when it is found on tap.

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2009 Version shared with HimerMan. Pours with a russet brown/red color with slight haze. Above average carbonation (which was surprising given Lost Abbey's issues) that settles quite rapidly because of the high ABV/Barrel-aging, it slowly blankets the beer. Solid lacing remains as the foam subsides.

Aromas begin with irresistible dark heavily caramelized malts, cotton-candy sweetness and sweet alcohols. As it warms you get lots of dried fruits highlighted by currants, plumbs, dates, prunes, grapes, raisins and apples. No hops which is expected.

The tastes begin more balanced with sweet caramel malts, fruits and light sweet bourbon. As it warms you get a little more of the oakiness and the woody tannins. The bourbon flavor and oak character balance with the delicate sweetness more in the taste than in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is rich and rounded up front without too much thickness or heaviness. Tannins/barrel imparted flavors helps to dry out the beer going into the finish. Carbonation is medium which was a huge treat given the reputation of this beer and helps to make the flavors lighter and less heavy on the palate.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and was extremely pleased we got a bottle that had some carbonation. Flavors are big and bold so I appreciate the small bottle offering. It is obvious that this beer was crafted very delicately and aged to the exact right time the brewer wanted. Flavors are huge but balanced between the dark caramelized malts and big bourbon boldness. I enjoyed this very much and will hopefully have it again down the road. Recommended, but a a crap-shoot unfortunately as many bottles don't have the carbonation I was lucky enough to receive.

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