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

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Ratings: 1,551
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 562
Gots: 472 | FT: 37
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006)
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Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked 375 ml. bottle poured into a wine glass. The Angel's Share opens with a shy whisper and pours a deep flat brown. A bit of tan ring sits atop a hazy muddled mahogany pour and leaves some spots of lacing.

Nose is pleasant but pretty much limited to bourbon and oak along with a strong alcohol presence initially. Some light chocolate and caramelized cherry sit in back and only as the beer warms notably, yet still offering only moderate complexity.

Ditto on the flavor. Some fudgy chocolate up front and with a short and simple finish with a bit of bourbon flashing by en route. The beer warms to offer some chalky brown sugar and dark chocolate but the bourbon notes expand as well masking it to a degree.

Feel improves with warming, finishing with a bit of chocolate and brown sugar. Not as sweet as feared by viewing some other reviews, the beer drinks well for its heft.

Overall a largely mediocre beer that grew on me somewhat from start to finish but still doesn't make the grade even at half the price. Apparently I got the wrong vintage of sorts though I won't be risking such things again as for carbonation issues. I generally find that Lost Abbey beers seek sweet complexity through large amounts of simple unfermentable ingredients and this is no exception. And many nuances are lost in this route. And given the so oft light carbonation, what is the need for the expensive bottle I've heard many discussions about? Just put it in a simple bottle. Cheers.

Photo of stakem
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 11/29/10. A 375ml '10 bottle split with wishuwerebeer and poured into a 6oz snifter.

Appears with a coloration that looks like a deep hazed reddish brown. This looks like liquefied raisins...or dark plum juice maybe. A few dark tan bubbles appear around the perimeter of glass when swirled. This is hardly a display of head, it appears pretty much still. When held to the light, some ruby clarity shines through.

The aroma is a pretty straight forward shot of bourbon that burns the nose. Even though it is bold with alcohol it gives off scents of oak and a misleading vanilla sweetness meshed with a fine fruity smell of raisins and chocolate. Some caramel notes come through the back.

The taste is equally bold and fully bourbonized. Mid palate there are some caramel flavors and notes of smooth vanilla and oak that abruptly turns fusel and burning with alcohol. A light earthy to mineral taste evolves in the finish with a light contrasting hoppy bitterness mixed with chocolate.

Full in the feel and very lightly carbonated. While the low level of carbonation might be customary and understandable I would have enjoyed a bit more of it. This brew is clingy and coats the inside of the mouth yet it is high enough in abv to almost seem evaporative as well. Being someone who enjoys spirits, I really liked this brew as a slow sipper. I wouldn't mind having a couple more bottles of varying years but the price holds me back.

Photo of bbb099
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Split with mjyoung.

Appearance - No foam or head when poured. It appears to have a watery consistency. Color is a deep dark brown.

Smell - Heavy roasted barley aroma along with the alcohol smell you'd expect from a strong ale.

Taste - Very rich. Has smoky and nutty flavors followed with a light alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Quite flat. Avoid this beer if you prefer a well-carbonated beer.

Drinkability - Smoother than what I expected. A great winter beer in my opinion as I gulped this down after spending time outside in the cold.

Photo of mjyoung
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split with bbb099. 120z bottle in Anderson Valley snifter.

A: A dark brown, almost black, color with little to no head. It appears very thick, almost viscous, reminiscent of warm molasses.

S: Very pungent. A strong odor of bourbon that hits you over the head with a brick wrapped in gold foil. A powerful malty smell lurks beneath the liquor, waiting to pick up the pieces the gold brick leaves behind.

T: As I raise the glass to my mouth it smellss like someone poured a shot into my beer. I think this beer would be fantastic with another year in the bottle, but as it is it's almost a little too strong. The strong taste of toffee drives away the initial scent of bourbon, with chocolate and a dark nutty fruitness (raisins?) lurking around the corner. There is the lightest hint of hops, but you have to look to find it. The smooth finish completes the taste nicely.

M: A thick syrupy deliciousness that fits the beer perfectly. It doesn't seem to flow, rather to slide.

D: This is definitely a sipping beer. Very smooth, but the alcohol makes it hard to imagine drinking copious quantities

Photo of StormKing47
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a '10 with Jwiss22 and it was an indulgence of debauchery after some other quality brews. Reviewed from notes, served in my trusty Weyerbacher cuvee and this is how it went...

A- A very deep and dark brown color that is accompanied with no head as it has quickly dissipated away by the actual abundance of carb. Really, carb from this one glad '09 is over. I need a cigar for this one as it looks like a fine brandy sitting in the glass. Very inviting and calming.

S- Kapow! I am attacked by aromas that continue to pull you in for sniff after sniff. Tons of vanilla, gobs of bourbon, some sweet raisins in the back accompanied by caramel, oak and tannin aromas. Continued warming brings out the brown sugar, faint molasses and an all around sweet smell of this one. Would someone please light my cigar as I spark the duraflame log for the fire.

T- A really, really smooth taste of vanilla, raisins with caramel that the alcohol gives an almost rum cake or rum raisin sweetness. I love it, it really is divine. The bourbon taste is quite strong, but actually enjoyable as it melds with the oak, vanilla, raisin and even faint brown sugar sweetness that comes through in this one very well done.

M- Quite syrupy and coating almost like freshly tapped maple syrup. It's very viscous and extremely chewy from all of the complex flavors and ingredients present in this one. Not much prickle from the carb it just lets you know its there as this one runs crazy in your mouth.

D- Honestly not too sessionable, but very enjoyable a great sipper for the fire and enjoyed with a fine cigar. Oh the simple, sometimes overlooked pleasures of life. It's high abv says just one, but the smoothness and balance says three or four.

Another great example of the Master, The Tomme at his finest. Great beer!

Photo of afksports
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The bourbon-barrel aged Angel's Share is a beer from the "Saints and Sinners" brewery The Lost Abbey that also has its highs and lows. And the highs are high, the lows are low.

This is another one that reeks of bourbon. Pours smooth, looks dark, limited head initially that goes away totally by the middle of the glass. It's dark, dark dark, and has a brown hue that lets light through on the edges. Smells and tastes of bourbon, bites of alcohol, and malts complement the sharp edge to the end of the sip.

And that's what it is; a sipper. While it feels good going down, you just can't drink too much of this. And you certainly don't love the taste of it either - unless bourbon is your thing. For me, it's not. A Top100, yes it is. It's undeniably complex.

But not a Top100 for me. Especially at its price of acquisition.

(ps. the calories on this have got to be out of control!)

Photo of Gehrig
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber body topped by two fingers of light tan froth in the trusty Duvel tulip; good duration and some lacing. Big, boozy nose rife with bourbon, dried fruit such as fig and raisin, and molasses; excellent!

The taste is wonderful, full of but not completely dominated by the bourbon. It is all over this but allows the dense malt to emerge quite well, especially in the second half as this warms. The dried fruit, soaked in the bourbon flavor, combined with the sticky molasses, make for a great strong ale. This is tremendous, a real treat.

The mouthfeel is practically perfect--sticky, sweet, with a little grit, but mainly smooth, dense, and viscous; simply amazing. For its strength (125 ABV), this is really not a sipper, very accessible. I doubt I could handle two of these, but I'd love to try. The strength, as well as the cost ($13.99) are prohibitive, but despite my reservations, this is worth the coin.

Simply put, the best beer from The Lost Abbey I've had. The Angel's Share is divine and, the next time I can spare it, I'll gladly drop the money on this gem. A must try.

Outstanding.

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at tap at Devil's Den in Philadelphia

A-pours a murky dark brown with little thin tan colored head.

S-the nose is of bourbon and light wood up front. A fair bit of chocolate malt and lots of Sweet sugary dark malts come in next. A fair bit of raisins, dried plums, carmelized brown sugar.

T-follows the nose but more vibrant. The chocolate malts are more pronounced, fair bit of raisins, wood notes come in with a strong bourbon presence and decent bit of heat.

M-full bodied, creamy and wet, slightly coats the mouth with a lively finish somewhat prickly.

D-slightly bourbon heavy and somewhat hot but nice complexity of malt flavors balanced by a fair bit of sweetness.

Photo of PBoegel
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #150 (lord knows I have drank many more beers, but have not put them in yet, but this one is special)

Corked and caged 375 ml poured into a Brooklyn tulip snifter. The beer had a slight audible carbonation pop on uncorking, deep brown, finished oak wood, port like, very sight coffee ice cream tinted head along the outer rim of the glass only.

Aroma is immediately oak tannins, rum raisin ice cream, whiskey/single malt scotch, sweet chocolate, maple, sweet honey, dark spiced rum. There is some character resemblance to Dogfish Palo Santo, oily and sappy, hard to phrase without the beers side by side, but it came to mind. Chalk, leather, stone earthly tones as it warms.

In the flavor the first recall is Bailey's Irish Cream, followed by waves of pure maple, vanilla bean, cookie dough, currants and raisins. Big whiskey finish with powerful warming sensation across the tongue to the back of the throat. Apple butter notes, sour cherries, pie crust (deeply browned to burnt), dried apricot and plums.

To call this beer full bodied is the understatement of the century. Very light carbonation, low bitterness with wood tannins on the tongue and cheeks. Tannins help balance the sweetness, this Share finishes semi-sweet with lingering after taste of plums, rum, bourbon and currants.

If you are not sure of barrel aged beers the thing is barrel aging requires in my opinion a very strong rich bodied well developed beer in order to shine and not be overrun by the whiskey/bourbon/other barrel characteristics. The bourbon and wood tones are strong in Angels Share to be sure, but the dried fruit and alcohol character from the base beer blend well with the former. While the carbonation is low the alcohol is allowing it to age much like Port Wine.

Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque and murky medium brown with orangey highlights, some soapy low foam bubbles up slightly leaving no head.

Aroma of nutty cocoa, brandy, dark malt and overripe fruit. Rich flavors of dark malt, whisky-soaked raisins, some oakey woodiness, vanilla and marshmallow, some cocoa. Very strong and boozey, but not too overpowering.

Moderate mouthfeel despite nearly no carbonation, a bit of tingle in the finish. Some warming of the cheeks and numbing of the tongue. Tasty beer, but IMO perhaps a bit overhyped.

Photo of Boto
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle: 2010 bottling. This one pours a murky, dark brown color. It appears to be "thicker" than a typical beer, looking more viscous when it pours. There is absolutely no head on it, and really no carbonation to speak of either. You could call it "still". Very nice aroma. Bourbon is up front. I also get notes of chocolate and raisins, as well as some other fruits. Vanilla and brown sugar also. What a succulent taste. A bit of bourbon and alcohol on the top. Lots of other flavors combining to form an exquisite combination. It is really rich and silky on the tongue. It may be a bit pricey, but it is definitely worth the money. I'll be buying this again (and again).

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 12.7 oz. Seems like a good choice for Turkey day evening.
Suprised and impressed with the dark brown murkiness of the pour. Disappointed with the zero apparent carbonation

Aroma is much nicer. Malty molasses, raisin, brown sugar and vanilla.

Taste is much much nicer. Caramel, toffee, bready, brown sugar, malty goodness. Finishes with some cocoa, peat, vanilla. Surprised by the chocolates coming through. Really something nice.

Nice medium body. Mouthfeel is slick, but bearable. Would obviously be helped by some more carbonation. Not as sticky as I would have expected with pretty much no carbonation. Still I didn't find the abv offending, just some warming.
Does get to be a bit much to handle as it warms.

Bet this stuff is just outstanding on draft. Probably near outstanding when they bottle properly. This was very good.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For this Thanksgiving I am giving thanks by having this beer. Really beutiful deep ruby brown hugh, but still. I mean flat. The aroma is saturated with vanilla, oak, bourbon, and notes of raisins and dry cherries. The flavor of this beer is unreal. Tons of sweet malts, the aformentioned vanilla, bourbon and oak. Some dry fruit flavors make apperances. I detect faint chocolate notes. A hint of heat and alcohol on the back end, but less than I would have though with how still it is. Smooth and slick mouthfeel. I'd say this is one hell of a sipper.

Photo of bosco7
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 vintage

Poured into a snifter. Dark with absolutely no head due to the booze.

Smells phenomenal. Has that distinctive Lost Abbey caramel raisin aroma. Bread and bourbon.

Profound flavor profile here. Raisins, toffee, bread pudding, and sweet sweet bourbon. Almost overwhelmingly boozy.

Mouthfeel is luscious but the bourbon really detracts from this.

Overall this a really great beer but the bourbon really detracts from its drinkability. This 12 oz. bottle could definitely satisfy 3 people. Recommended.

Photo of tops851
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a very large wide bowl wine glass.

A - Dark, opaque maroon-raisin colour that almost turns clearer towards the edge as if a pure alcohol "floater" were present (which there very well could be at 12½%)! No head at all, no; none whatsoever. Gone. (Save for a few "archipelagos" in a very dark sea, and when swirled they slide down the glass VERY sllloooow).

S - Woooow... yummy. Strong sweet whiskey notes for sure, (kinda Yukon Jack-like nose actually) sweet caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, faint toasted coconut even, definately expressive.

T - Follows the nose.Soft Scotch-Bourbon, vanilla, rich caramelly oak faint coconut. Not too sweet but definitely dessert! Boozy notes adding to the dark rum-raisin-surprise complexity for sure, oh;.. it's rich baby,.. it's rich!

M - Heavy syrupy body, mild carbonation, coatingly luxurious.

D - Amazing. Duh definitely NOT a session beer (can you say "too loaded"), but so smooth it's ridiculous for what is essentially "wine." A top "nightcap nipper!"
I was really having a tough time coughin' up $16 for a 375ml, but really wanted to taste it bad enough, sure glad I did. This beer really highlights bourbon barrel aging in a way I have yet to experience. Allagash Curieux was smooth but I could barely tell, whereas this REALLY let's the whiskey notes sing. Love this ale alright,.. probably too much for how bad it stings the pocketbook!

Photo of argock
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Might as well make it a great one to start the next 1000 reviews...

Served on-tap in a 10oz goblet at Sunset Tap and Grill (Allston, MA).

A: Nearly black with dark brown highlights at the edges. There is a thin cap of beige head that leaves intricate lacing with progress through the glass.

S: Bourbon soaks through the aroma in all phases but both sweet and dark chocolate and espresso run through this very sweet brew. Toasted malt and earthy hops are bit players.

T: The sweetness of this brew really works well in its many facets with sweet chocolate, espresso, cocoa, and more leafy hops than in the nose. The malt sweetness is powerful without being overpowering. Definitely a sipper and a damn good one at that. The roasted/toasted flavors provide nice accents and enhance the coffee and chocolate flavors very well. Alcohol is masterfully absent -- it's a very well-crafted beer that deserves the praise it garners.

M: Carbonated (yay) with a smooth but less full feel than I wanted in such a big beer. The asftertaste is of a very dark cocoa mocha.

D: I really enjoyed this brew and would definitely have it again, but it is a one-and-doner because of the heavy sweetness and ABV. Still, I am very glad I had a chance to try this one.

Photo of crossovert
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12.7 oz corked and caged brown bottle. 2010 vintage. 12.5% alcohol.

It pours a dark brown with a fizzy off-white head that never gets very large and dissipates immediately with no lacing.

The smell is dominated by bourbon through and through. There are hints of oak, alcohol, and fruits. It isn't super complex, mainly bourbon. There is a hint of chocolate that hints in but never becomes super noticeable.

The bourbon dominates the flavor, though it isn't as alcoholic as I was expecting. It has some caramel, vanilla, and oak, but that is about it. There is some walnuttiness that comes through, almost like a stale maibock in the finish I was hoping for something with more complexity, this is basically bourbon flavored beer.

The bottle was overpriced, it is a bit overhyped.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Lost Abbey Tulip. Got this at Redstone Liquors on my last Boston trip.

A - Dark, almost black body with a small tan head that quickly runs away.

S - Wow... real sweet. Strong bourbon notes on top of a big sweet caramel, vanilla body. Brown sugar, molasses is also present. I'm impressed.

T - Follows the nose. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel and oak all mix together and it goes down fairly smooth. Boozy notes only add to the complexity.

M - Heavy body, light carbonation and a slight burn

D - Amazing. I was thinking that this wouldn't stand up to its reputation but it has easily met that. This beer really highlights what bourbon barrel aging can do. Love this one. I will have to pick up more of this the next chance I get.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan!

The beer has a color similar to that of a cup of coffee or perhaps cola. There is very little head that leaves absolutely no lacing. The aroma is bold and powerful. Caramels and butterscotch candies soaked in bourbon over a strong malt bill. The taste is very bold and enjoyable. The feel would be great if this beer was adequately carbonated. I would definitely drink this again.

***

2008 vintage

Carbonation was perfect. Similar flavor. Still some heat, but delicious.
4/4.5/4.5/4/4 or 4.5

Photo of rudzud
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken on 11/10/10 at the Armsby Abbey. Poured into a snifter.

A - A rich, dark not quite black pour with no light passing through. There was a one finger dark tan head that dissolved quickly into a tan halo.

S - HUGE bourbon aromas upfront. After getting past all that bourbon there was some dark earthy fruits and a touch of carmel.

T - Very, very similar to the nose with just more dark fruits and carmel. Still that huge bourbon flavours that really is first and foremost.

M - Low carbonation, creamy. You can really feel the alcohol on the tongue.

D - I almost feel that this needs some age on it, as the alcohol is FAR too up front with this. Smooth, creamy, and potent with nice complex flavours but still far too agressive.

Photo of JAXSON
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2009 750ml bottle. After anxiously twisting off the cage, the cork pulled out with a muted, anticlimactic "pup" sound. Shit. Poured a still deep brown into a brandy snifter. Definitely some nice, big bourbon on the nose, with rich dark chocolate, tobacco, plums, and figs. Good nose. Flavor is big, rich, and decadent. Dark unsweetened chocolate, plums, a bit of a vinous grapey character. Tobacco and leather in there. A bit of hot bourbon around the edges. Good flavors, but this thing is basically near flat and the palate just does not properly carry the flavors. Shame, this would have benefited greatly by some carbonation.

Photo of BrianBoruma
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Snifter glass

A: Only complaint is thin head that dissipates quickly. Was off white, now gone. Sad. Body is dark, black, appears viscous as I swirl.

S: I could smell this forever. Lots of spicy oak and vanilla notes. A bit of toffee in there too. I want to keep smelling this.

T: Exactly like it smells. First impression is vanilla, backed by the woody oak from the barrel aging. Lingering burn from the alcohol though on the back of the throat. I feel it slide down and settle into my belly. It's giving me the warm belly feeling, I like that. Toffee notes aren't as pronounced as in the smell. Main impression is of vanilla and oak and some dark fruits.

M: A little thick for a dark strong in my opinion. It's not overly displeasing, just more what I would imagine the mouthfeel of a barleywine or a stout to be.

D: I would definitely have another one, on a cold night when I want to drive the cihll from my bones, but at 12.5% it would be just one more. Anything past that and I'm sleeping at the bar.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
VINTAGE: 2010 375ml Corked & Caged
Super thanks to BigTomZ for hooking me up with this one!

This one pours up a very dark brown color with a slight golden tint, at the edges. A small-ish tan colored head forms and dissipates to a thin, spotty surface covering film. The lacing is in spots, which slowly slide down the side of the glass, through the oiliness, to the liquid.
A slightly better head would get this one a perfect appearnace score...lost .5 for the small head.

Good god, I love the smell of this one! Bourbon notes are all up in your face. Not bashful about it, at all. I love that!
The wonderful part is that you can also easily find massive oakiness and vanilla notes. Along with brown sugar, toasted caramel and black strap molasses notes. There's some kind of dark fruit sweetness buried in there, as well.

Roasted malt notes blend with vanilla, oak and bourbon, to create something wonderfully delicious. Nice....
Dark and golden brown sugars both play here, along with that molasses that was spotted in the nose. The caramel has gone down deep, but the dark fruit presence has come up a tad bit. Definite hints of dates and a light fig taste.
The booziness does not hide itself inside of this one. You feel and taste every bit of the 12%abv, and it's oh so good!

This body is thick. Not quite Dark Lord thick, but possibly the closest that I've yet found. Very oily and viscous. The low level of carbonation is perfectly set for keeping this one just active enough.

Okay, as much as I love it, the in-your-face booziness of this one does not lend itself to extreme drinkability. Other than that though, it has great flavor and amazing body, meaning that I'd never turn this one away.
Delicious! Totally worth the effort that it took me to finally land one of these.

Photo of jwinship83
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle. 2010 bourbon barrel edition. drank from my new belgium globe glass.

A- the cork comes out of the bottle with a very faint hiss. i was told that this one would have carbonation, but it appears that i was lied to. the pour itself is a very murky dark brown colored body with no more than a crown of khaki colored head. no lacing sticks to the sides of my glass.

S- what this beer lacked in appearance, it made up for in the nose. it starts out with sweet caramel malts. theres also some brown sugar in here. very sweet smelling. somewhat fruity as well. mostly cherries and dates, but a little plum also. the bourbon character is quite strong. so is the oak. there is also a fairly strong odor of alcohol in this one.

T- the taste starts out with a kick of bourbon. after that come the sweet malts i could smell. lots of caramel and fruits. cherries, plums, and raisins. the barrel aging makes itself known with plenty of vanilla. theres a little bit of alcohol burn also, but its very forgivable considering that this is a barrel aged barleywine.

M- the mouthfeel is this and syrupy. palate coating. there is a decently strong warming from the alcohol, but its expected. the carbonation is low, even for the english barleywine style which is supposed to have a low level of carbonation. not quite flat, but not what it should be either.

D- this is a slow sipper for sure. ideal for colder weather but i can see this being enjoyable anytime. more than one isnt an option because its too strong, and too expensive at $17 per bottle. ill pick up another one next year.

Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky mud color with absolutely no head. So yes, no lace.

Strong alcohol aroma. Bourbon and plums and plenty of sweetness.

Big boozy taste. Sweet caramel malts with bourbon flavor. Oak hints and a sweet vanilla taste.

Thick and slick mouthfeel with a big alcohol bite.

Wow, powerful stuff. One bottle will do ya.

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,551 ratings.