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

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Ratings: 1,606
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 575
Gots: 498 | FT: 40
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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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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a snifter)
A- The dense opaque brown body has a creamy tan head that fades to a thick ring soon after a bit. The creamy head slowly slides down the glass after each sip with some long legs to follow. S- The vanilla oak and bourbon note is like perfume even during the pour. There is some nice sweet dark malt aromas underneath supporting all that weight.
T- The warm boozy bourbon taste has big oak and vanilla flavors with a faint peat quality and some nice caramel malt sweetness to it. There is a a bittersweet chocolate malt flavor that leads to a dry woody tart note in the finish.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a big alcohol warmth and a gentle fizz that gives a creaminess to the texture.
D- This is a full bourbon beer with some good support from sweet dark malt. It is very drinkable once I could get passed sniffing it all day long.

Photo of hoptrip619
2.59/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is a lot like marriage, you can bitch about it all you want but at the end of the day it's just expensive...

A: All I can say is dirty motor oil because that's exactly what this beer looks like.

S: Pungent hot bourbon aroma, I felt like I was giving CPR to Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa. Once you get past the heat, it smells like you French toast soaked Old Grandad.

T: OUCH, FUCK! Dates, SONUVABITCH THAT'S HOT! Black licorice, MOTHER F*CKER! Vanilla.... You get where I'm going, I'm not going to taste anything for a month...

D: A thick, hot, flat bastard of a beer that is worth a try if you want to see what all the fuss is about... If I want to drink bourbon, I'll do that. Any clown can put beer in a bourbon barrel, few can justify the price tag...

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

12.7oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a dark, murky chestnut tone reminiscent of a quad, only darker. not much of a head, but i'm not going to hold that against it too much due to - IMO - what the lost abbey was going for here, dialing back the carbonation.

the aroma is out of this world. bourbon, vanilla, malts, molasses, alcohol, a touch of caramel, oak... really fantastic. i could smell this all night.

taste is also fantastically complex: a melange of the aroma profile plus notes of chocolate and some dark fruits that combine with the alcohol to suggest a wine-like flavor. wow. excellent flavor profile.

very, very low carbonation, reminds me of SA utopias, both from the flavor profile and low carbonation. really enjoying this beer. drinkability is a tougher nut to crack. this has instantly jumped into my top 5 favorite beers, but i can't see drinking more than one. i've had some other lost abbey brews and always seemed to be underwhelmed, but not here. well done.

Photo of hu5om
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

thanks to primetime3882 for the first of many delicacies!
split with newk340
a- dark brown, almost black. miniscule ring of fine bubbles.
s- sweet and smoky, caramel, toffee, chocolate, vanilla
t- smoky, heavy caramel, chocolate, toffee, vanilla after taste lingers. sweet with a light heat and slight booziness.
m- flat. strange. drinks a bit like red wine, really. decent tingle on the tongue but without carbonation, feels thin.
d- the flatness is weird, the taste still makes it worth trying, but not sure i'd get a bottle again. is the cork too small to keep air out? tick it if that's your thing, but there are alternatives.

Photo of newk340
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

split 12oz bottle w/ hu5om (received in a trade) in 6oz sampler glasses.

A: an inky murky brown, no evident carbonation and no head. a rather unassuming appearance.

S: strong whiffs of bourbon and oak, very smooth on the olfactory senses.

T: smooth sips of bourbon and oak are evident with underlying hints of caramel and a subtle vanilla aftertaste.

MF/D: very flat with a dry finish similar to a merlot wine, but smooth the whole way down. certainly can feel the heat after a few sips leaving a solid, yet enjoyable, buzz.

Photo of zoso1967
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have to be honest; this is not the most attractive beer I have ever laid eyes on. It is an opaque dark brown color with just a ring of tan bubbles around the edge. It pretty much looks like muddy pond water, BUT this look in a beer is actually sort of exciting, because it signals me that I am in for an interesting experience. The aroma is sweet and hot with plenty of bourbon up front, as well as caramelized sugar, dark fruits, toffee, some chocolate, oak and vanilla. The flavor really showcases the bourbon and oak aging, and is quite enjoyable. It has a sweet, caramelized sugar malt character that blends well with the bourbon and alcoholic heat. Other flavors include dark fruit, cocoa, leather, vanilla and oak. Surprisingly, it has a fairly decent bitterness that keeps the malt from getting out of hand. Well played Tomme, well played indeed. The mouthfeel on this is quite decadent and smooth with a wonderful lingering finish. This is very drinkable for style, and as I sit here enjoying it in a building that has been serving guests for over 200 years, it is hard not to get sucked in by the romance of it all.

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

374 ml/12.7 oz corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 12.5% ABV, "Bourbon 2010" printed on the back, towards the bottom of the bottle.

One thousand thanks to my amazing girlfriend Trish for not only putting up with this crazy hobby of mine, but for also buying this for me as my 1,000th beer review!

A - Mild Carbonation results in a quiet fizzy pour that allows only seconds of tan head to appear before falling away to a tiny ring of bubbles. Obvious for a beer this high in alcohol. Surprisingly, it's not sludgy like motor oil. Instead it's a clear, very dark brown color with mahogany red slivers around the edge.

S - Dark, rich notes of earthy, dirty old wood pairs well with an incredibly hot bourbon booze in the nose. It's like a slap in the face how hot it smells. Molasses trickles in after the booze but is followed by a scary soy sauce aroma. Let's not have a repeat of "Triple Bock" please... Vanilla and caramel malts find their way in towards the background of the aroma. No hop presence at all as it's almost entirely bourbon.

T - I'm thrown for a loop initially by the rich texture that it's got that it didn't seem to have on the pour. Then I'm thrown for a second loop with hop mild the bourbon alcohol hotness is in the flavor compared to the aroma. Vanilla and sweet milk chocolate with molasses outlines the caramel malt-laced warm wood bourbon barrel flavor nicely. Lot's of deep, rich notes cover up any hops that may actually be in here and actually work very well with the lower bourbon kick. This is incredible.

M - It looked thinner from the pour but boy, was I mistaken. Almost non-existent carbonation leaves this full-bodied, chewy beer smooth as velvet, rich, and thick. It lacks the alcohol kick to the taste (thankfully) that the nose has. Instead, it warms up your innards pretty damn quickly.

D - I'll be sipping this for the next two hours no doubt. It's warm and goes down well but would be best shared and is much more suited for anywhere between late fall and the dead of winter. While the hotness doesn't enter the taste so much, I still find this to be a beer that would only get better with another 5 years.

Photo of coalclear
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't usually review beers (this is my 1st review) but I thought I might try it out as this beer is definitely something worth talking about.

Poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip, basically no head, no smoke or visible carbonation and only a tiny pop from the cork. The appearance is nothing special really, a reddish hint in brown with no foamage to speak of.

The smell is wine. Pure unadulterated wine. I've never smelt a beer that smelt exactly like wine. Hints of chocolate and sweets are in there as well. But then comes the wine again. Fantastic.

First sip. And now I realize that this is one of those beers that just hits you like an anvil. After that first sip I knew it's now one of my favorite beers and can appreciate why it's so highly appreciated. This beer just a waterfall of dessert. At first I taste fudge, then wine, then a hint of caramel, and then all the flavors mesh and I'm left with one of the best desertif's I can think of. And then I get the bourbon aftertaste, haha awesome. Now I smell like I've been drinking whisky all night. Seriously this beer is a stunner. One of the most smile-inducing drinks I've had since Speedway Stout.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, can't beat that. Not a lot of carbonation, and I wouldn't have it otherwise.

Drinkability is a funny category to judge. It definitely isn't a session beer because of the high abv, but then again I'd probably take one of these bottles over 3 bottles of hoeggarden or something other. Furthermore it really isn't one of those beers that's so sweet and dessert like that you'd get sick of after too many.

Not much else to say. It's a shame it's one of the highest priced brews out there, but then again only now do I see why. If you're one who hasn't pulled the trigger because of the price you should definitely try it at least once, and make sure you have a big slice of tiramisu to go with it - I guarantee you'll be in your own little happy place.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Local 44.

A: Was awaiting this beer with bated breath. Served in a tulip glass, full to the top. There really was no room left for head, although it didn't appear there was much to be had anyway. Dark amber in color, leaning towards brown. Minimal head was expected for the strength of this beer.

S: Huge bourbon aroma. Maple syrup and raisins are very present, with some vanilla undertones. Booze comes through quite easily, but the overwhelming sweet malt aromas were enough to subdue it. Similar nose as Nemesis.

T: Deep caramel malts, raisins and a woody/oak character. Pretty divine flavors here. Alcohol heat is pretty noticeable but nothing too hot. Very solid strong ale with a great bourbon presence.

M: Full and syrupy. Nice slickness on the tongue. Flavor lingers for a long time on the palate between each sip.

D: The carbonation was low on this beer, which made it a pretty big and syrupy malt bomb. Was worth a try once, price tag is a bit much on this beer.

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

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2010 version clocking in at 12.5% ABV. Might be young yet, but I can't wait.

Appearance: extremely dark non-translucent brown hue with a finger of tan head which dissipates rapidly. A strong showing for a strong ale.

Smell: in a word: rich. Heady malt with dark and dried fruits, blackcurrant and raisin and date; a rich woodiness which is both distinct and highly complementary; an alcohol burn in my nose which is either part of the bourbon aging or simply on the beer's own copious merits. I was wondering whether this beer would live up to the hype (and price), and if the smell is any indication it well and truly has.

Taste: rich and warm; chocolate, the aforementioned fruits and a hint of the bourbon character are all in place. The wood has subsided a bit from the aroma, but there's a faint mustiness which has replaced it to good effect. Bitterness is there, but is low for the mega malt flavors; hop flavor is almost indiscernible to me. Still, what an incredible beer.

Mouthfeel: thick body; incredibly silky and smooth on the palate. Low carbonation but the consistency and body make it creamy nonetheless; this is just delightful.

Drinkability: I could and would drink this all night if possible. It's not drinkable in the swillable sense, but it is certainly so in that I would gladly quaff another right after this one.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 12.7oz. bottle poured into a 7oz. snifter. Alcohol listed at 12.5%. I assume it's a 2010 version.

Appearance: Wow, I actually had to pull the cork out of the bottle. No pop at all! Not a good start. Poured out murky brown and completely flat. When swirled vigorously, a hair-thin light brown head forms on top. Body is opaque, dark brown, and slick. No lacing. Second pour produced a bit more head - looked much nicer.

Smell: Whoa-whoa-wee-wah! Welcome back to my good graces! Thick bourbon attacks the nostrils. No burn though - this smell is all about molasses, figs (tons of figs!), vanilla, raisins, milk chocolate, white pepper, and ever-so-slight alcohol. There's so much more though; I'm finding new subtleties every minute! What a treat! I'm in love with this smell!

Taste: All sorts-o-bourbon. Mainly I get vanilla, molasses/caramel, figs, and other sweet, dark fruits. Alcohol is quite apparent, and it picks up strength as the beer warms. Very sweet and complex - there are a lot of bourbon-associated flavors floating around in here. Very good. I dig.

Mouthfeel: Very lightly carbonated, heavy, warm, prickly, and dry. This drinks much like a spirit, while still containing many beer characteristics. Very sticky/sugary and syrupy. Definitely a sipper.

Drinkability: Slow going, but complex and delicious. This is a beautifully crafted beer! I think this Angel's Share can easily hang with Firestone's anniversary beers, which I consider the best barrel-aged beers out there. A must try. Split a 375mL with a friend, and a 750mL with multiple friends.

Photo of kkipple
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 375ml bottle, 2009 vintage, shared with the amazing ATLBeerdog at his home in 'lanta, where the water is expensive and the nights are long.

A. Well... ok, let's just dive in. A few measly bubbles fade fast. There were like 3 of them. Maybe 2. Damn you, Tomme! The Angel's Share itself is a dark one, brown with red highlights and leggy - the booze is strong with this one. But of course there is ZERO head of any kind, no lace, and no bubbles.

S. Well, this is quickly on the way to redemption. The nose screams Sam Adam's Utopia's Jr. It really does. Immense character here - maple, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, port, a vinous-woody scent, rich and buttery and sweet, and yes, boozy. A bit of pecan perhaps in there... Tomme can Co. can absolutely make great smelling beer, and this is proof. Very rich, sweet, and dessert-like.

T. Quite woody at first, with vanilla (bourbon) and a high alcohol quality to the thing... tobacco and sweet malts, woodsy. Seems like it could be sweeter, somehow... Prunes and some dark fruit flit here and there. Brown sugar and caramel are here too, but the whole thing still seems too attenuated, in other words, this avoids being syrupy or sickly sweet but remains dry... hmm...

M / D. Totally, utterly flat. Similar to Utopias in this respect -- but Utopias is SUPPOSED to be flat. Angel's Share is simply too thick and needs bubbles to be drinkable. This would benefit a great deal with carbonation - there is no way around it. The finish is warming and boozy with lots of mature wood notes and is decent. But.

Have you ever been on a date with a totally gorgeous, smart and witty girl, but when you get to get back to your place she tells you she has to go, 'cause she has to pick up her five kids from her ex's place before going to check in with her parole officer? Neither have I, but it's more than sad - it's infuriating.

The 2009 batch of Bourbon Angel's Share isn't just disappointing, it's positively maddening. This beer could be GREAT. The lack of any carbonation is a fatal flaw that absolutely needs to be corrected, especially considering the high asking price on these small bottles. Until Lost Abbey makes a complete brew out of this tragic miss, it will remain just that. Crossing my fingers for the future vintages...

Photo of tedsox31
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12.7 oz size into a brandy snifter. There is almost no head to speak of. What does rise up fizzles quickly. The color is black.

The aroma is extremely strong with bourbon, and oak, vanilla, and raisins. The bourbon is quite intense at first, but as it warms the other scents come through.

Once again, bourbon is the main player here, There is also a lot of vanilla, some roastiness as well, and sweet oak. Some other complex flavors linger in the background.

The mouthfeel is very calm, not much carbonation, and very full. It goes down surprisingly easy for the abv, and has a lovely warming presence.

This is a very delicious beer. The bourbon is quite present at the beginning, but recedes into a very balanced beer once it is warmer. There is a lot going on here, but it is rich enough that I am content with only one. Another wonderful offering from The Lost Abbey.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at American Craft in Brookline a couple days ago. Review from notes.

4.0 A: Dark bar, but looks like black with small tan head. Reasonable lacing.

4.5 S: Overwhelming aroma is bourbon, but it is backed up with great complexity. Alcohol, dark crystal sweetness, plum fruitiness, and a touch of tobacco.

4.0 T: Again, bourbon is the strongest component. Taste follows the nose.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Would prefer a touch more carbonation. Reasonably smooth with alcohol on finish.

3.5 D: Tasty brew, but the bourbon gets to be a pain as the glass finishes. Due to the insane pricing, I see no reason to ever buy a bottle of this though.

Photo of airohead2001
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a 12.7 oz bottle. This is one I've been waiting for - one of the first beers I looked for when I first got into good brews. 2010 vintage.

A - Dark brown with red rims when put up to the light. A rough poor yields a thin head that quickly fades and gives rise to a ring of bubbles that lines the rim of my Westvleteren snifter for the duration of the drink.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, oak, booze. Wonderful smelling beer - far better than I was expecting.

T - Sweet, vanilla bourbon up front with dark fruits and charred malts bringing up the rear. Again, better than I expected.

M - Excellent mouthfeel. Thick and sticky with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - This is a hot one. I chose to tackle this small bottle on my own, and it might not have been the best idea.

All in all, this is an excellent beer. From my year or so of being on BA, I've noticed that this beer is one of the most heavily scrutinized beers (along with Dark Lord) on this site. Yes, it's expensive, yes, it's really hot, and yes, there isn't a ton of carbonation. However, it is an excellent beer - one that every BA should seek out if given the opportunity to try some.

Given the price tag, this isn't a beer I will be drinking again in the near future; however, given the right occasion, I will definitely try some again. In fact, I'm anxious to get my hands on the brandy aged and grand cru as well.

Photo of jdklks
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, dark mahogony with an amber tint and a some dark tan bubbles. The smell is heavy with bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Some hints of chocolate and sweet dark fruits present as well.

Taste is mostly Bourbon up front with a lot of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar sweetness through the middle to accompany the vanilla and oak. The finish is very hot with alcohol and hints at chocolate and dark cherry sweetness.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick, and decently carbonated. Very hot on the palate. Drinkability will of course be limited by the abv.

Photo of ChrisPro
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Monk's during Philly Beer Week 2010.

Pours murky brown with some hints of ruby, very few tan bubbles that could be what you would call head.

Aroma was a mix of bourbon, bourbon and more bourbon with some cherries and vanilla bourbon thrown in for good measure. You get some oak, but this is a very one-note aroma, and that's perfectly fine by me.

Flavor was a rich blend of vanilla, molasses, chocolate and cherry. Slightly dry oaky finish on the tongue that balances out the sweetness well.

Big, full beer with little carbonation (again, perfectly fine!), that leaves a slick oily bourbon finish on the tongue.

Amazingly drinkable and I wish I could have this every day.

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

Thanks to largadeer for sending this out.

2010 vintage

Poured into kbs chalice

Very little pop from the cork. Pours a very light fizzy tan head. Color is a deep caramel brown, near black.

Aroma: Bourbon and then some. Oak, vanilla, dark fruits, cherries, raisins, grapes. Very warming.

Taste: The bourbon is very warming and I like it. Nice amount of oak. Vanilla stands out a lot. Very malty with lots of dried fruits. Grapes and cherries. Roasted malt in the aftertaste. Lots of great flavors here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and warm. Reminds me a bit of an olde ale. Medium to full bodied. Lower amount of carbonation but works well with a beer like this.

Overall, dangerously drinkable at the high abv. I had no problem with this one. The alcohol shows, but in a good way. Very well done.

Photo of thetomG
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft @ local option...

Aroma is pure bourbon. Flavor is even more bourbon but with some nice malt sweetness balancing things out. Not overly thick or oily and well carbonated which makes it surprisingly easy to drink especially when you factor in the strong bourbon elements, and the overall high ABV.

I'm not huge fan of bourbon barrel aged beers, but I would drink this again anytime. Very tasty!

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

375ml bottle, not sure what year though.

Pours a dark brown almost black color, not much head, more like some bubbles hanging out at the top that quickly go away, no lacing, although it is more lively than the brandy version.

Smell has a strong alcohol presence that's a bit astringent to the nose, behind it though is a fair amount of dark fruit and oak.

Taste has a huge punch of dark fruit, such as raisins and fig, and of course bourbon, unfortunately a lot of the complexities are burned out by the alcohol burn, it is severely hot, in fact my throat feels it the most, reminds me like I've taken some Robitussin or something, carbonation is quite soft but I wouldn't call it flat like the brandy or that it's detrimental in this case either, there's a good deal of barrel properties in this beer and for the most part I think they meld quite well unlike some other barrel aged beers I've had.

I have a feeling this would have been a good, maybe almost great, beer if it wasn't for the fact that the alcohol burn is so strong, that's what vodka shots are for. Maybe 3-5 years of age on this would have mellowed it out, emphasizing the maybe. Considering the cost though, I don't think I'll be picking any more up to try that experiment, plenty of better beers at cheaper prices.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 version on tap at American Craft, 8oz pour for about $7. The beer was dark brown with a reddish bent, more opaque than not, with an initial centimeter of tan foam that settled into a thin ring around the glass. No danger of low carbonation on tap, so that was a big plus. The aroma was really good and strong, moving the boundary to something between beer and liquor. Lots of bourbon but also lots of strong malt aromas (caramel, sweet roast) and maybe some oak aromas (some vanilla unless I'm imagining it).

This tasted like a serious drink, definitely a sipper with all the large flavors. Dark fruits like plums and raisins along with a nicely sweet malty base beer, contrasted with the bourbon punch. The bourbon tended to be the dominant flavor but I did enjoy the underlying beer. Somewhat thick bodied, giving a mouthfeel that matches the flavors and leaves a long lasting impression after each sip.

Photo of TommyW
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown/amber with no head.

S- Smells like a burgundy wine at first, then come in notes of bourbon, vanilla and molasses.

T- Not an overly aggressive bourbon presence like I was expecting, but it's definitely there. Oak and vanilla along with caramel, molasses and brown sugar. The booze is definitely noticeable, but help keep a lot of the sweet notes of the beer in check a little.

M- Almost syrupy feel to it with a very low carbonation, just enough is there to keep it from being overwhelming.

D- A very strong, both in flavors and abv, beer; most definitely a sipper, but a good one at that.

Photo of woosterbill
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Sunset Grill + Tap into a 5oz tasting flute.

A: The body is jet black with just the faintest hints of dark copper highlights, and (thankfully) sports a thin but distinct head of ultra-fine tan bubbles. A ring sticks around for the duration, and leaves some light lacing. Nice.

S: Strong bourbon, oak, vanilla, maple, caramelized fruit, and some booze. Intense, yet surprisingly balanced.

T: Starts out with straight whiskey, then soon becomes redolent of deep, rich, sweet malts. The interplay of oaky vanilla and fruity, caramel malt is intoxicating (both literally and figuratively). The downside is a hugely boozy finish, but it's hard to complain too much when the beer's 12%. Quite tasty.

M: Sticky and medium bodied with moderate, fine carbonation. Fine.

D: Five ounces is plenty (especially in a flight with other big beers).

Notes: I had this as part of a flight that included Double Crooked Tree, Allagash BA Black, and Péché Mortel. All were delicious, but this one stood out for being (surprisingly) the most balanced. It wasn't quite the blast of crazy huge syrupy flavor that I remember the Brandy version being, but it's a massive and delicious beer in its own right. I'd love to try the Grand Cru.


Photo of glazeman
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Just took step 1 of the medical licensing exam...time for a celebratory beer! 12.7 ounce bottle split with my brother. Bottle says 12.5% ABV (vs. the 12% in the description here). Also, the label is a slightly different color than in the picture here (mine was dark amber).

A: Pours a dark, dark, brown, not quite black. A vigorous pour yields only a ½ finger tan head that dissipates quickly into swirl of bubbles with a crown. Minimal lacing.

S: Bourbon is the dominant smell that I get, with notes of chocolate, coffee and caramel in the background.

T: Quite tasty, though not all that complex. Tastes quite similar to the nose. Bourbon is far and away the dominant flavor, some sweet raisins, with only some caramel and alcohol heat on the back end.

M: Smooth, with a nice level of carbonation. Not quite as sticky or full-bodied as I would have liked.

D: Well, it was a nice beer to try, definitely an interesting brew, but it has a hefty price tag. Also, I thought some of the parts were not melded together and as balanced as they could have been.

Photo of grittybrews
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark chocolate color into a half-pint glass with minimal head.

Powerful aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Extremely syrupy mouthfeel, very sweet taste of vanilla, caramel, honey, and chocolate that is balanced by warm alcohol, bourbon, smoke, and tobacco. Malty and slightly dry/bitter aftertaste.

Not at all subtle, highly complex, and completely delicious. Like an after-dinner dessert, cigar, and whiskey all rolled into one.

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,606 ratings.