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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,396 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,396
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 557
Gots: 431 | FT: 30
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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Photo of Braseltonage
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, dated 2013.

A: Foggy brown, opaque beer. Wispy tan head, decent lace.
S: Big dose of raisin up front, rich dark fruits. Overripe cherries. Vanilla, boozy. A little toasty oak, leather on the tail end.
T: Rich, sweet cherry notes up front, slightly viniferous. Some toffee, vanilla. Alcohol warmth comes in towards the finish. Very nice bourbon heat and leathery tannins wipe away the potential for overly sweet cloying feel.
M: Medium to full body. Tiny bubbles, reasonable carbonation. Sticky, but finishes decently dry with the oak & bourbon.
O: Pretty dynamic atrong ale/barleywine. Doesn't "hid" the booze, but doesn't wallop either. Really good and worth seeking out.

Braseltonage, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of danielfda
5/5  rDev +17.1%

danielfda, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of MarkJBurch
4/5  rDev -6.3%

MarkJBurch, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of _IanMcG561
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- Dark brown to black with no head, completely still beer.

Smell- Carmel, Oak, Alcohol, Bourbon

Taste- Rich, Thick, Malty, boozy

Mouthfeel- Thick, Sweet on the tounge, finishes with caramel and bourbon notes. Pairs really nicely with dark chocolate.

Overall- This beer is pretty fantastic, rich in taste, almost like a wave of caramel/chocolate soaked in booze. Goes down a bit too easy for something so high in alcohol. completely still beer, no carbonation.

_IanMcG561, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

FUwolfpacker, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling poured into a (proper) Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is very dark, but clear with ruby-red highlights. There is little to no carbonation (certainly not a good sign), but the nose is pretty nice. Lots of dark fruits, alcohol, toffee, and a hint of butterscotch.

Very full body, a sweet flavor profile, and an uber-creamy feel. I expected a hot, boozy mess, but 3 years in my cellar has tamed this monster and showed it who's boss. Lots of sweet, malty, toffee-like notes up front followed up by a mild alcohol warmth accented by some vanilla and chocolate notes. Unfortunately, I don't get much of the bourbon (other than the vanilla), but that's the price you pay for aging beers. Still, I have no regrets. As it is, it's drinking like a liquid Heath bar - full of sweet, syrupy vanilla and marshmallow-like goodness.

I found it interesting how many BAs said this beer (when fresh) was too hot and boozy. Let it be known - this beast has been tamed! It is now a warm, cuddly lap dog in your glass. It licks your face, fetches your slippers, and cowers when you raise your voice. I rank this ahead of Insanity but noticeably behind Bourbon County Brand Barleywine.

deadonhisfeet, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of BringbakFavre
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

BringbakFavre, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of JamLand
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

JamLand, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of SteelSaw
4/5  rDev -6.3%

SteelSaw, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of midlifec
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

midlifec, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of HattedClassic
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon 2012. Opened in Jan. 2014

The beer pours very little head to the point that is virtually non-existant. The beer itself is a deep and dark brown with occasional black areas. The beer is very obscure and dark that it gives off a slick shine in the light. The beer has a very strong smell and noticeable from the other side of the room. The beer has strong notes of vanilla and oak that are supported by fairly sweet malts. The taste is similar to the smell but with stronger notes of vanilla. The beer also a bit of alcohol to the taste and the sweet malts are particularly noticeable with bits of hop in the aftertaste. The beer feel is divine. Despite having been aged for so long, the beer feels extremely smooth and slick with no carbonation. Overall, a great and outstanding beer worthy of the ages.

HattedClassic, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of champ103
3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours mahogany, brown color. At first a one finger beige head forms, and recedes in a second. No lace.
S: Vanilla, oak, chocolate. Toasted malts, and molasses. That is it. Pretty straight forward and all barrel.
T: Like the nose, fairly standard for a barrel aged strong ale. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, light oak.
M/D: A fairly lifeless body. Low carbonation, but certainly not flat. Though on the thin side. Fusel, almost ethanol like alcohol. Which makes this a slow sipper.

While this is not nearly as flat as other bottles of LA I have had, and really not bad. This just leaves me wanting more. Fairly standard. Too expensive, and plenty of other better examples of the style. For me, locally brewed at that.

champ103, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of socon67
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

socon67, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of tlery
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass: 12 oz snifter

Appearance: pours murky and muddy with a beige head that nearly completely fades in almost no time at all. No lacing.

Smell: heavy on roasted malt, noticeable sweetness with hints of vanilla, bourbon, barrel wood, and just a modicum of coconut.

Taste: very similar to the nose. Heavy on roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, some coconut, and lingering wood.

Mouthfeel: lower in carbonation, but manages to be a bit crisp.

Overall: not the most aesthetically pleasing pour, but all other factors trump its underwhelming appearance. After letting this beer warm up a few minutes, I'm tempted to say this is the most delicious beer I've tasted in quite some time.

tlery, Jan 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jjheinrichs, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

thebigredone, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Cynic-ale, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Schmoog
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Schmoog, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

deuce9259, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Eighty
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Eighty, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Davepoolesque, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of nihiloexnihil
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

nihiloexnihil, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

bt931912, Jan 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ari32, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Brob245
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - a deep murky dark sepia with no head or lacing as expected.

Smell - very strong, you can smell the oak. Hints of vanilla and sweets dark fruits.

Taste - Wow, loads of flavors. Vanilla, chocolate with a healthy dose of bourbon with an earthy finish.

Mouthfeel - medium carbonation but still very drinkable for the alcohol content.

Overall - again WOW. A rich complex beer that's definitely worth a try.

Brob245, Jan 03, 2014
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,396 ratings.