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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: 578
Gots: 509 | FT: 42
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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: 1,640 | Reviews: 660
Photo of orangesol
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle poured into a few taster glasses. I had intended to open this one and then the 2009 but we struggled to finish this one.

A - Pours deep dark brown, mostly black, with a thin film of off-white head leaving no lace at all down the glass.

S - Smells of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, toasted wood, and warming bourbon. The booze is still VERY strong in this one but the base flavors are very nice.

T - Starts off with a nice mix of chocolate, vanilla, and toffee sweetness quickly giving way to a STRONG alcohol burn, lingering through the finish and then some. The bourbon is ever present, offering a warming sensation that blends well with the base flavors. I think a bit more time in the bottle would have done this one wonders but I didn't want to wait and find out it was flat. Oh well.

M - Heavy body and flavor with low carbonation. Big, heavy, feel with a mix of dark flavors and strong alcohol burn in the finish.

O - I have had this on-tap and it was much better than this. The flavors are complex and very enjoyable but it is just WAY too hot. Once it tones down a bit this will be a great beer but at the moment it is still too raw.

Photo of benclimbs
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - dark and big with zero head and a bit of lacing

Smell - 4.5 massive dried fruit and tobacco

Taste - so huge, complex, molasses, leather, oakey vanilla, prunes, cherries and a bitter cocoa finish - simply extraordinary

feel is good, low on carb but nicenot slick just very clean lingers in your mouth for a long time

wow! what a beautiful, complex unique beer

Photo of vfgccp
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, opened in June 2011.

A – Cola black with trace brown highlights. Not head at all.

S – Vanilla and molten brown sugar, oak, and soft booze. Faint lace of merlot and toasted nuts. Overall soft and balanced towards sweet.

T – Bone dry. Plum, oak, blackberries, leather and vanilla. Warm backend with bitter dark chocolate. Soft and well integrated flavor profile.

M – Low carbonation. Full body. Dry, oaky finish with a light chocolate note.

O – Interesting chocolate wine quality to the profile.

***

2009 bottle, opened in September 2012.

Similar appearance and aroma. Thicker flavor profile with more caramel and molasses sweetness, which has the side effect of elevating the chocolate in the profile. I'd bump the taste and mouthfeel up half a point each on this vintage.

Photo of mltobin
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance is dark brown with just a couple specks of foam. The Lost Abbey has an aroma of vanilla, bourbon, some oak. Upon sipping, I taste raisins, alcohol, malt & some butterscotch. For the barrel aging and other characteristics of this beer, it is well balanced, the end has some warm booze. A very good beer to cap your evening.

Photo of BOLTZ7555
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Hellbilly’s Hellraiser tasting. Bottle courtesy of Sparky27 & Bockyhorsey. Let me start off by saying all three of you are gentlemen and scholars!!! This was the BIG WINNER of the night. It began with a pop and a thick caramel head slowly climbing out of the top of the bottle. Incredible rusty brew with yeasty bits floating throughout the glass. Oak, molasses, vanilla, and toffee all playfully fighting for attention. Flavor is extremely complex with various dark fruits, chocolate, and mild bourbon. Unlike other barrel-aged beers, this one isn’t overpowered by the whisky, but instead, accentuates the brews other qualities. Delicious, refined, and exceptional.

Photo of impending
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml into a tulip. Pours a dingy prune juice dirty dishwater, carbonation of a day old opened bottle, zero lacing.

Aroma is amazing - rich, thick and full. Mom-Mom's holiday fruit cake reeking of dark spirits. Strong vinous qualities topped with vanilla extract. Truly complex, the potential descriptors are legion.

Taste is of a concocted drink, not a brew. The bourbon casts a shadow over all the other flavors. Aftertaste until tomorrow fades ever so slowly away. Initial sips give a sense of heat down the pipes as if this was significant+ proof. Mouthfeel is full bodied, not sure if carbonation would be a plus.

The initial flavor is delicious, not so much the middle notes where the alcohol announces loudly followed by the superb aftertaste. This is small sips only.
cheers
jd

Photo of Wadsey
2.23/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

2011 Angel's Share Bourbon

Disclaimer: last night my tasting group sampled 2008 Angel's Share Brandy, which was dull, thin and flat, and 2010 Angel's Share, which was badly infected (smelled like plastic, teriyaki and wet dog food and had a nasty sour cherry flavor). We drainpoured both beers. 

Gently poured into New Belgium tulip. 

A: Deep brown with amber highlights. Good clarity. No effervescence, head or lacing. 

S: Bourbon, soggy wood, some dark, dried fruits, and maybe caramel. There is an off note of something akin to puppy chow. 

T: A little malty sweetness up front, then some bourbon, fusel alcohol, and faint dark, dried fruits. Light bitterness. Boozy finish. 

M: Thin body and light carbonation. Warming and dry. 

O: This particular vintage is less than average for style and abysmal for its price. The other two vintages I sampled last night are complete failures by any measure. Given the above, I will not purchase Angel's Share in the future and most likely avoid it entirely. Avoid. 

Photo of laituegonflable
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark currant colour, with a head that seems listless but doesn't take a lot of cajoling to breathe lots of life back into it. Nice sticky ring of lace. Nice.

Thick, sticky red wine nose. Thick, sweet and boozey, I mean it smells like port. Brown sugar on there, raisins, blackcurrants and golden syrup. And yeah, just that rich, ripe, late-harvest red grape sugar as well. Une tasty beer, indeed.

Taste is very sweet, rich, syrupy. A rich complex brown sugar front with golden syrup and roasted almonds on there as well. Mid-to-late is all red wine with huge port wine notes, cherry and a good claret booziness. The back is all sweet again, with an effect almost like the sugars are crystallising in my mouth out of solution. You only really get that with a really artisanal dessert wine, or some amazing beer. Delicious.

Syrupy, rich , a little bit hot on the back but otherwise pretty awesome.

Yeah, a big feisty bitch with a sweet, beguiling outer facade. Dangerous, bewitching demon-woman beer.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA, and muled back to Australia to drink with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours empty and flat, a deep brown-black. No lace, no head-retention, obviously, because there's no head whatsoever. Despite this, there are tiny bubbles of carbonation trapped in the beer, which become apparent when it's tilted. I prefer a bit of head (don't we all), but it's not a bad look all up.

Nose is pungent and sweet and incredibly boozy, with huge port-like characters dominant. Big barrel characters: marshmallow, toasted coconut, boozy vanilla essence, with sharper notes of resin and glace cherries. Hoo-ey, what a nose. Almost too much to take in; about as complex and intense as any I've had. A winner.

Taste is wonderfully restrained, with a gorgeous vinous acidity tempering big sweet boozy notes of port, vanilla oak, and burnt toffee. Dark notes sit around the edges, giving a wisp of smoke here, a taint of charcoal there. It's a gorgeously malevolent and sneaking edge to a very sweet palate.

Feel is very smooth and supple, and the heat and booze gives it a sharpness that stops it from being too heavy.

Wow, wow, wow. From inauspicious beginnings (and much undercarbonation), this managed to blow me away. It's gorgeous, supple and incredibly complex. What a brew.

Photo of claytong
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i had an 2007 or 06 in 2011.
a terrific beer. cherry, warm, bourbon, vanilla.
no criticism, a very well crafted beer, not everything ideal, so no 5.0s.
it reminded me a lot of averys beer.
not sure how often id actually buy it though because of the price.

Photo of BigE90
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage poured into my Deschutes Sniffer glass

A: Poured virtually black, very little light coming through unless you hold up to the light. Not head, only a few bubbles evident.

S: Vanilla and Caramel jump right out followed by the alcohol. Then some fruitiness comes in to balance out the full fragrance.

T: Taste flat, the alcohol on this is very evident. I don't know if more aging would help but it taste a little hot to me. The Vanilla and Caramel are right there followed by some fruit, maybe figs or dates.

M: Strong alcohol is overpowering everything.

O: A little disappointed. Had the Brandy version a while back and I was very pleased. I hope this will mellow some with age. The flavors are there it is just not the right time yet to consume.

Photo of Pencible
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a muddy dark mahogany with no head. Not the most attractive sight.
S: It smelled like strong oak and bourbon and vanilla, with rich chocolate and toffee and port.
T: It tasted like rich caramel and toffee and honey wheat, with lots of oak and vanilla and bourbon, and a bit of port and chocolate. It had a smooth and mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Decent body.
D: This had the perfect combination and balance of flavors for a bourbon ale. Very delicious and complex. The body was decent (could have been fuller), and the alcohol wasn't very noticeable. So it was pretty easy to sip, but should never be drunk any faster. Lots of potential for aging this one. Excellent beer.

Photo of Devi0us
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright fellow Advocates, I'm new to BA but I've been drinking craft brews for almost a year and a half now and this is my 1st ever review...

Appearance: Pours a very dark cloudy brown almost black in color with hardly any carbonation and a very little lacing.

Smell: raisins and plums, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, oak, and some alcohol towards the end perhaps. I can't really get a good smell due to allergies.

Taste: semi-sweet, vanilla and molasses. You can really taste the alcohol as it went down.

Mouthfeel: Hardly any carbonation at all. The beer got alot better as it warmed up to room temperature. Slightly smooth and not too thick. Good balance of flavors, and very well on the palate.

Overall: This was a really great tasting beer. I think a year or two of aging would do wonders for this beer. A great sipping beer.

Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Bottle poured into my KBS glass and tasted side by side with a FW Abacus '11.

A- Dark brown, almost black, great carbonation and immediate head, about 1 inch, tan in color. But, decent retention and minimal lacing.

S- I can smell the age, caramel, yeast, malts, def less oak and vanilla then Abacus, but some is there. A little sweetness.

T- Identical to the nose, def Strong Ale w/age, almost Belgian like. Would like more vanilla and bourbon.

M- Good, has a short finish at this point.

Overall- Good beer, Glad I have had it at this age, but would rather have it young.

Photo of kundog18
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle.

Aggressive pour yields faint wisp of carbonation. Quickly settles to nothing with no lacing to speak of. Good legs.

Smell - brown sugar, oak, dark fruit

Taste - brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, caramel, dates, figs, plums. mild astringency and mild tannic quality.

Mouthfeel - low carbonation works for the style. very sticky and viscous.

Overall - delicious. slow sipper, good bottle to spend an hour or two with or to split two to three ways. Not sure if it is worth the price tag, but definitely a well crafted beer. A good beer for the cellar - should age gracefully.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Lost Abbey, Angel's Share Ale
No discernable date or code. 12.7 oz. bottle
$17.49 @ The Cold Point Pub/Whole Foods Market, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Even a rough pour fails to bring up any real head atop its deep brown body, but what is there is a big-bubbled dark tan that doesn't stick around for too long. It leaves no lacing on the glass, nor does it display much in the way of "legs". Raised directly to the light you'll find ruby highlights gleaming just below the surface. With a rough pour my sample is obviously cloudy as the yeast has been roused.

The aroma is rich and full displaying sweetish dark toffee, damp wood, slightly tart dark-skinned fruits, Bourbon, chocolate fudge, coconut, vanilla, oak, and a hint of alcohol.

In the mouth it's full bodied and smooth with the exception of a little bit of alcoholic heat.

The flavor is as the nose suggests, with the exception of more fruit amidst the maltiness (red grape, fig, plum/prune) and a more distinct Bourbon character (I also get scotch at times). The oak lends a pleasing dryness to it, and along with the alcohol they balance it nicely (I'm not sure how much bitterness is actually in here). It finishes in different way as you progress through the glass and your taste buds adapt. For the most part it's generally dark-fruit and mild tartness followed by wood, then a rising note of alcohol backed by Bourbon flavor, and finally fading into soft fudge and coconut... or some slightly changed re-arrangement of such.

It's a big beer, and a sipper to be sure. Clearly displayed alcohol is not normally something I find pleasant (or acceptable), but it works here (and I've certainly tasted 'hotter' beers). It reminds me in many ways of Sam Adams Triple Bock, which as been shunned on BeerAdvocate, currently scoring a "C" (mediocre) with 569 reviews - how that can be, I don't know. This is thinner, yes; more fruity and perhaps a bit less 'malty', OK; and it presents Bourbon instead of maple syrup but they're still in the same general ballpark. Thus my score is in the same general ball park... an A.

Photo of Flounder57
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the chance to try this after work on Monday at the Brewhouse. Very happy to be able to try out this rare beer. The beer was poured into an Allagash tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown/black color with a thin ring circling around the glass. Couldn't really notice any carbonation.

Smell: dark fruits like raisins and plums, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, oak, and soom alcohol towards the end.

Taste: semi-sweet chocolate, more vanilla, raisins, molasses, slight oakiness, and it warmed up the body as it went down.

Mouthfeel: Loz carbonation. The beer got better as it warmed up to room temperature. Slightly smooth, good balnce of flavors, and very well on the palate.

Overall: This was a really great tasting beer. I would buy a bottle to store or another one if it was on draft at a bar I would be at. Great sipper and good to share with friends.

Photo of joecast
2.98/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The infamous 2009 angels share. Let this warm before opening and did manage a slight pop as the cork was removed.

The pour though I could tell was of a stll liquid. Minimal carbonation. The thinnest rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a light swirl of tan bubbles when swirling the glass. The beer itself is near enough to black in this dimly lit room. Interesting black sludge around the bottom edges of the bottle.

Insane aroma. Heavy doses of oak, vanilla and molasses. I mean room filling this smells so strong. Bourbon wafts through in the background. Amazing that the alcohol heat, which is easily noticeable, doesn't burn the hairs in my nose. Usually I don't like beers to have that much alcohol presence in the smell but this has quite a nice accompaniment to it.

Wow. Two sips and I'm feeling buzzed already. This is gonna be a struggle.
Quite a lot of bourbon character. Some oak and vanilla again but this time taking a back seat to the bourbon. Sweet molasses and heavy syrupy mouthfeel. Tough to judge mouthfeel actually cause I think carbonated it would be quite nice. As it is it's quite heavy and a bit sweet. Added to that, the alcohol makes it harder to get down.

Incredible beer but finishing is a struggle. Now I know why it says to share on the back label. Pity I'm not more of a spirits fan cause aside from that, the beer has a nice velvety, oatmeal body and smooth character. Now that I think of it, blend this with some mild oatmeal stout and it could be a winner. Give it five years and some carbonation and who knows.

Photo of finewinemike
2.93/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was popped in celebration of my 27th birthday! The first thing I noticed is that it didn't pop. Off to a good start...
Pours an extremely deep brown, like a fresh layer of varnish on wood. Smells like I would imagine a port aged in bourbon barrels would smell- lots of grape (touriga nacional)/ raisin, vanilla, burnt caramel, and oak. The flavor is semi-sweet and very reminiscent of raisins (actually thought of the old California Raisins claymotion ads while drinking this), but then there's some chocolate on the finish. Really, really hated the mouthfeel- the level of carbonation made the sweetness sit on my tongue longer than I would've liked. Not worth the price to me personally, but to each their own.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cigar City snifter on 5/14/11.

Pours very dark almost black with no head or carbonation.

Smells of barrel aging vanilla, chocolate, and even a little fruit. The booze is almost to much as the brew warms, lots of bourbon.

Taste is all bourbon to start and then some chocolate on the backside.

Mouthfeel is not all the great. It has a medium weight but with no carbonation it felt strange. Nice resin leaves a chocolate coffee flavor.

Overall I liked this beer even though it was a little flat. Drinkability is high on this brew. I would like to get another bottle to see if the carb changes. Good brew.

Photo of swthomas55
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked 375ml bottle at Papago Brewing, Scottsdale, AZ. 4/12/11. Poured into a snifter. No vintage marked on the bottle. Presumably the most recent (2010?)

Even though it's still cold from the cooler, an intense fruit - bourbon aroma rises from the glass. I am getting plums, pineapple, maybe peaches, and vanilla. Wow.

It's a deep brown, clear, with no head.

It enters the mouth like an aged sherry, and fills my palate with dried fruits that just go on and on and on. The finish is amazing, persisting for minutes. Mincemeat and molasses with rich malt are here in abundance.

There is no carbonation, but it doesn't need any. It is full and smooth, with some warmth. Despite it's strength, this beer is totally smooth. It's still a sippable beer, but there is not much heat from the alcohol.

I really can't come up with sufficient superlatives for this beer. It is truly amazing, a masterful blend of beer, barrel, and age.

After reading the other reviews, I have to agree that some carbonation might improve the beer. I maintain that it doesn't need it, in the same way at a fine sherry doesn't need carbonation. But the possibility of improvement forces me to reduce the 5 I gave to flavor down to 4.5, and to reduce the mouthfeel ranking similarly.

Photo of zhanson88
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I believe this one is the '09 version. Big thanks to pvequalsnrt for this one. Looking forward to trying this infamous beer.

Appearance: When I removed the cork on this I did get the slightest "pop" sound. Seems more promising than many bottles of this that have been opened. Pours out a very dark brown color that appears pitch black in the glass. Maybe the slightest caramel colors around the edges when held up to the light. A small amount of soapy head forms, but a swirl of the glass does conjure up a small amount of tan head. Retention and lacing are quite poor. Overall, it could be much worse. Some carbonation is evident.

Smell: Lots of delicious chocolate and toffee come out. I can tell this beer has aged for a period, because the bourbon has calmed and has given way to some off-the-fucking-chain vanilla scents. Of course, the oak from the barrels is evident as well. The vanilla in this really stands out as great.

Taste: Lots of chocolate and oaky vanilla are present first and foremost, followed by toffee and a small kick of bourbon flavor at the end. Very similar to the smell, and it really is delicious.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is medium bodied with extremely low carbonation, admittedly. There is some there, but the mouthfeel is very slick nonetheless. Could be better. Overall, the flavors in this beer are quite good, almost awesome, but the carbonation or lack thereof really hold it back. Still, a pretty damn good beer and one I would gladly have again. It's drinking very nicely right now.

Photo of GuruDel
3.37/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

375ml bottle into a tulip, split 3 ways

A: Pitch black pour yields no head, no bubbles, like pouring cold black coffee into a glass. Definetly an 09.

S: Big boozy dark fruits, oak, vanilla and chocolate.

T: Taste was mainly boozy dark fruits but as it warmed up, oak and vanilla crept in with some dark chocolate at the finish. Once this got to room temperature it was sweet, so sweet that it was like drinking a glass of maple syrup.

M: No carb what so ever, dead flat which made this harder to drink. Syrupy consistence coats the mouth and lingers for some time.

O: a fine beer for sure, just wish it had carbonation. I will seek out other vintages.

Photo of seeswo
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL, Pretty sure this is an 09. Pours black with a small amount of tan head that fades quick. Smell is vanilla, coconut, dark fruit, booze and a hint of maybe chocolate. Nice on the nose. Its got that boozy bourbon flavor that carries through the middle of the beer. Otherwise, the base beer itself isn't boozy and it is accompanied by dark fruit and a balanced, small amount of sweetness. Some sips it really comes together and some sips it comes off with too much bourbon. Even when it comes together, it is nothing stellar. Relatively thin (for what it is) in the body with low, but present carbonation. Overall, I like it but don't love it. Really don't understand the A grade above across this many reviews, even adjusting for the average review of an A- for a lot of reviewers. Ah well...

Photo of nhindian
3.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle poured into a snifter. Big thanks to russwbeck for sharing this, thanks Russ!

A - This beer looks pretty much identical to the brandy version. The color is somewhere between muddy swamp water and the first hint of darkness after the sun goes down. Neither of these bottles opened with so much as a pop after uncaging them. No head or lacing to be seen with this version either.

S - For how good the nose on the brandy version was, this one is even better. There are big notes of chocolate and vanilla that complement each other nicely. The barrel is more subtle here than in the brandy version, but the big kicker for this aroma is a ton of coconut. I'm not sure where it's coming from, but I'm getting a lot of coconut here. Compared to the brandy version, this beer is slightly more boozy.

T - After first sampling the brandy version first, I was bracing myself for a letdown of epic proportions with the taste. Much to my fortune, I was rewarded with a beer that wasn't a complete mess. There are bold flavors of chocolate and coffee here, and the bourbon is sweet and imparts an almost dark fruit characteristic to the flavor. However, much like the brandy, it's rather flat and doesn't help at all. Slightly more of an alcohol kick at the end, but I feel the 12.00% is hidden nicely.

M - The mouthfeel here is again flat and lifeless. It does feel a bit more robust in the mouth than the brandy, but I'm not sure if its because of the fuller flavors as it doesn't seem to have significantly more carbonation. It's strange having the flavors of a full-bodied stout without the mouthfeel to match.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Leagues ahead of the brandy version, but the complete lack of carbonation is a killer for me. I would never think carbonation would make that much of a difference for a beer of this size and style, but it absolutely does. Halfway through I was contemplating mixing it with a mild stout to force some into it, but didn't have anything cold...

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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,640 ratings.