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

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Ratings: 1,404
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 556
Gots: 435 | FT: 30
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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 TheEremite
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 on tap at the Toronado Barleywine Festival in Feb. of 08.

What an exceptional beer. I'm not convinced this is a barleywine strictly. It's a bit heavy on the dark, chocolate and crystal malts. It pours a dark brown, almost black. It also has a significant chocolate flavor on there. There's also tons of caramel and vanilla from the bourbon barrel. It's pretty thick, full bodied, but it goes down silky smooth. This was by far the best beer at the fest, even though I'm not sure it would classify as a barleywine by BJCP or by GABF standards. I guess that's why lost abbey classifies it as one of their "non-denomination beers." Still, this is a must have for any beer fan. What a treat. I could sit for hours and just sniff that vanilla, caramel, chocolate and oak.

TheEremite, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darkest brown, with ruby edges, under a fuzzy, toasted tan head.

Sweet, smokey bourbon hits the nose first, with alcohol tagging along, ...oak, vanilla, and a hint of cherry comes behind....matched by caramel and cocoa...deep and mighty.

big buzz on the tongue, thick, slick, and whiskey-ish galore....chocolate meets rich brandy-ish favors, right up next to the bourbon feel. Long, finish, lushly textured, utterly luxuruious. Hoppy bitter smack on the tongue.

lovely stuff, satisfies my bourbon-loving sweet tooth (tongue?), though it feels like an imperial stout.

feloniousmonk, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to Rustydiamond for sharing this with the early birds at the latest Brick Store gathering.

Pours a beautiful almost black that's clear when held to the light. The tight head lasts for the duration of the experience.
Nose has a bit of caramel, some hints of dark roasted grain and dark fruit, but is quite oaky, with even a hint of flemish-like sourness from the oak. Woody, heady and sweet pretty much sums this one up.
The taste smacks of the oak hinted at in the nose, and also has that hint of sourness. More caramel comes out, and other vanilla notes that compliment the oak. No hop flavor, of course, and the slightest grain bitterness to balance the sweetness, as well as the hint of sour oak.
The mouthfeel is excellent: thick, creamy, velvety, smooth, lingering and a touch of dryness at the tail end.
Overall drinkability? How does one rate a beer like this for drinkability? I will certainly have it again. I hope.

khiasmus, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of WeisGuy
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

[My review for the bourbon barrel AS was deleted evidently and replaced with the brandy barrel review, so this is to the best of my recollection and isn't as detailed as the original review...the score, however, is exactly the same]

Big thanks to Jw347 and calsbeek for bottles of this delicious beer.

a - pour a deep dark brown nearing black, one finger brown head, decent retention and lacing

s - aromas of caramel malt and dark fruits, plum and raisin, definite notes of bourbon and oak, very well integrated, but doesn't jump out of the bottle as the brandy barrel version does

t - just like the aroma, caramel malt engulfs the palate along with dark fruits, some black cherry and plum, oak and bourbon notes linger on the finish, alcohol noticeable on the breath, very smooth and well integrated

m - medium-to-full bodied, moderate carbonation, well balanced finish with significant alcohol warming

d - this is definitely a sipper, intense flavors and a little boozy, but that's exactly what this style dictates

Props to Tomme on perfectly harnessing the power of the bourbon barrel. Although I don't like this one quite as much as the brandy barrel version, both are absolutely world class beers.

WeisGuy, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of SwillBilly
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2nd installment of the Sinners Club. 12.7 oz caged and corked bottle:

Appearance: Popped the cork and a big woosh ensued with a good bit of head foaming out of the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip, the color was deep dark mahongony topped by a huge light tan head. Hints of ruby shown around the edges. Head fades slowly to a thin, densly foamed foamed head topping the beer.

Smell: Initial hints of boubon and wood then loads of deep, dark and rich fruit ensue. Currants and ripe plums drenched in bourbon come to mind with and just a bit of caramel beneath the surface.

Taste: Wow !! You would think with the smell that bourbon would be a dominating flavor but that is not the case. Big and rich, with more dark and ripe fruit. Nice vanilla undertones peak through the malty mass along with the now present bourbon. Brown sugar and caramel come into to play as well. For such a big beer alcohol is well hidden though warms the face. Hops show in the finish with a nice, smooth bitterness that leaves the mouth asking for another sip.

Mouthfeel: Velvety and smooth that sticks to your mouth, not chewy thick but the viscosity is full.

Drinkability/Notes: Sure am glad I joined the LA Sinners Club. Where else could I get such fantastic beer. Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share hits a home run. I'm not a big fan of some bourbon barrel aged beers but this one is spot on. The bourbon accents the beer not dominating the flavor profile whatsoever. Plenty of big, rich, dark fruit with hints of vanilla and bourbon all finished with a nice bit of hop bitterness. Alcohol is so well hidden its dangerous. A true sipper that gets better as it warms. Seek and Enjoy !! Highly Recommended !

SwillBilly, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy crap, this just made my top 5 (of 1100) beers within the first sip. I was scared that this was another of those over-hyped beers that I read so much about. Now I'm regretting only buying 8 bottles.

The beer is very carbonated and if youre not careful it will foam over the top of the bottle. Once poured into a glass carefully it will produce a couple inches of nice beige head that lasts and lasts. The lacing isn't just normal lacing, rather its entire chunks of foam that hang on the side of the pint glass. The color is a dark red/purple/black color. The bottles description of "Burgundy" might be a bit more eloquent. Not see through at all but what do you want from a barrel aged beer. Actually its better this way.

The nose is just amazing. If you like scotch or bourbon (and I do) you'll love this. Theres also dark malts, some chocolate (no doubt from aging malts), and some whiskey smells coming out of this. I can't remember when I smelled a beer this good before. Theres been one or two DIPAs that I've tried that come close but the bourbon really gives it something extra.

It almost pains me to not give this beer a 5.0 in taste. Everything is perfect except the alcohol aftertaste. 12.5% abv will do that. Other than that, the chocolate, the oak, the whiskey, the malt, and the hop/alcohol bitterness were right on the money.

The body is nice and heavy. Very very smooth and warming. The CO2 level is just right. Its actually not as carbonated as it looks.

Every sip makes me a little more pissed that Tomme Arthur is on his rag because of his beers being sold on ebay and no longer releasing this beer in 750 ml size. Ya know, selling smaller bottles and charging more isn't going to stop people from ebaying these, its just going to upset the loyal fans and customers.

t0rin0, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of WeeObese
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle bought at the Sinner's release (375ml) 2008 version 12.5% ABV, taken out of converted chest freezer. Poured into Stone RIS tulip glass.

A: Popped cork and the beer bubbled up ( I heared this was the case for many others, even though chilled). Thick tan head, second pour was more creamy than the first. Coffee colored.

S: Bourbon, Oak/Wood, caramel with slight vanilla. I can't keep my nose away from this beer. Slightly sour/barrel smell.

T: First thing I noticed was the strong bourbon spirit flavor (much more than the brandy barrel version). Followed by the sour/barrel characteristics. Carmel and vanillia then come through and the beer finishes with a light roasty flavor that sticks around

MF: Medium body with a sticky feel that lasts. For all the bubble up front a very light carbonation overall?

D: Can't drink too much of this stuff, like the 375 size. But a very good one serving beer.

Great job! I like the Brandy Barrel version better, but still a great beer.

This is my first review, so this is a great beer for the occasion!

WeeObese, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of ralflord
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Double Bastard Glass. Beautiful appearance. Root beer brown, with a decadent head. Smell fluttered with alcohol, just for a second, then came the carmel sweetness, and malty tang. The taste. Come on!! Flirted with heavenly. Bourbon flavor, mixed expertly with rich, malt, sugar, carmel flavor. This beer felt wonderful on the mouth, dangerously almost too good. Drinkability off the charts. I could drink this beer regularly. If you have the means I highly suggest you getting this beer. Truly exceptional and one of the best beers I have ever had.

ralflord, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of explosivebeer
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's difficult to write an appropriate description of a transcendental experience. This divine concoction changed my perspective on what beer could be. It offers every bit of complexity of a great wine melded with the deep satisfaction of a superb beer. Most barleywines seem to be overly sweet or harshly alcoholic but the balance in this beer is tremendous. Do whatever you can to secure some of this incredible beer.

explosivebeer, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of mrkrispy
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(review of the draft version during the Bottle Release in 2008)
I went to the Bourbon Barrel release and was fortunate enough to be able to sample it in line - 3 times. Absolutely a stunning beer from first to last taste.

Glass arrived with a faint head on it with the brew a strikingly dark crimson approaching black. The bourbon nose was bold but not near overpowering.

Flavors of malt, vanilla, chocolate, with hints of molasses, bourbon, and toffee. The tastes don't linger too long, so there is no overpowering buildup. Moderate carbonation helps to cleanse the palate. Somewhat hot, much smoother than the Brandy version. A fantastic, world class beer.

mrkrispy, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of srroos
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewery during the release. Came pre-poured, so the head was already settled into a tan ring. Deep, dark brown and opaque. The smell is dominated by the bourbon and oak. The flavor is similarly dominated, but also malty and sweet. Very creamy mouthfeel and goes down smooth despite the high alcohol.

I really want to try this head-to-head with the last release to see how they compare. I think the bourbon barrel version is less subtle and complex, but equally delicious.

srroos, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of Overlord
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this while waiting for the ASBB and Veritas 003 release.

Poured a murky dark brown with some reddish highlights. Smelled strongly of tasty Bourbon. The taste was more complex, with an obvious raisin puree and caramel malt background overlaid with gigantic bourbon flavors. This is still a very good beer, but the wonderful complexity that the "regular" version gives you has been somewhat obliterated.

The nuances I remember savoring with each sip have been replaced and overwhelmed by an oak and bourbon background. Somewhat disappointing. A surprisingly high level of carbonation, which I liked, but might be offputting to some.

Overlord, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of fartingdog
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark with deep amber highlights when held to the light. Tan head dissipates to a thin layer. Nice lacing on the glass.

S- Oh god, this is good- rich and complex. Pit fruit (plum?), vanilla, light oak, hints of bourbon. Luscious.

T- Malty, rich and complex. I get bourbon, vanilla, hints of cherry, fig and oak. Big, bold and amazing.

M- Rich throughout the mouth, not too thick, not too thin- just right for a beer like this. Pleasant alcohol warming in the finish.

D- Well, this is perhaps my most favorite beer, ever. I would drink this daily if I had the stores. Absolutely amazing stuff. Definitely a bit of heaven.

fartingdog, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served at 50 degrees and poured into gold rimmed New Belgium Snifter

A – Poured a very dark brown, nearly opaque with only the slightest bit of light coming through on both the sides and the bottom of the glass. Very rich color, with slight reddish tints, but mostly just a deep russet brown. A smallish maybe one finger high head of gold and tan colored foam rose up from the bottom and lay across the top of the glass like a pillow. This settled down eventually, but left behind a thin film covering the top and very nice side glass lace. The side glass presentation was a bit remarkable in that it almost had a gold shine to it as it swirled around, very nice looking.

S – The aroma was huge, and full of alcohol from the first whiff. I did not think this would be coming off as strong as it did. Lots of wood and oak like aroma mixed in as well. I had to let this one sit and warm up to see what else was going to be coming through from it. The next whiff was much more complex then the first. Lots of oak notes still underlying, however these were now being layered in with a good bit of dark fruity notes, plums, or raisins perhaps. Still a touch hot from the aroma, as the alcohol was very discernable. There was definitely some spiciness to it as well, like a good spiced rum smell almost. Very dark and complex, I was getting the feeling that this one was going to put a hurting on me.

T – So I build it up and dive in for a taste. I had waited a long time to try this one, and I was not disappointed. Avery robust and full flavor profile, this was definitely one to sit down and think about as you go through it. A full on blast of spiced alcohol was the first thing that I noticed, kinda hot, but as it warmed it mellowed out and by the end of the session had all but blended into the background and simply become an outstanding ale. Loads of dark fruit notes were permeating through the flavor. Prunes, Raisins, Figs all very discernable in the flavor and really adding balance to it as they melded together. Lots of spice here as well, very big. The notes of oak and wood in the flavor were clearly becoming evident as it warmed, giving it a very subtle, yet very powerful presence. I can see why people rave about this; it is very unique, very dark, and very seductive almost. The flavor really needed some time to catch up with you, the first few sips were nothing compared to the last few, really outstanding I have to say and very different then anything I had in the past.

M – Super smooth and creamy, this medium bodied ale was just about perfect in the way it should have felt. Great carbonation profile throughout the session really never let up and gave it that silky smoothness that really lets the flavor pop and keeps it from getting too heavy. In fact it was really not filling at all, despite how big it was it was excellent as far as that.

D – Now if there was ever something designed to be sipped, this was it. I mean it was tremendous, and to be honest, I did not share and took care of this bottle on my own over the course of about 3 hours. It was just amazing how well it tasted. I thought in the beginning it was going to be a little too hot, but that was my fault for serving too cold, or being to anxious take your pick. But after letting this come up in temperature, it turned into one of the best I have ever had, really a tremendously good beer.

Overall I really loved this one. Now I have not really had anything from Lost Abbey that I have not liked, but this and Devotion on back to back nights have really taken this thing to a while new level. The complexity displayed in the is uncanny and I really had a touch time with this review, as I am not usually at a loss for words with my reviews, but this one had me there, it was just that good. I really look forward to the Brandy and Bourbon barrel aged editions later this year; they will truly be breathtaking as I can only imagine the heights to which this one will get.

mikesgroove, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of tjthresh
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/mahogany with a brown head. Heavy dark friut aroma with lots of oak. Rich, and very malty with lots of fruity goodness up front. This was the last beer of a long night of sampling for me and Mike. Hopefully I will be lucky enough some day to have another bottle of this fine beer.

tjthresh, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of BillyB
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very excited to try this one and got lucky at the Great American Beer Festival this year in Denver. The last Port beer I tried was Cuvee de Tomme at Michael Jackson's University of Pennsylvania Dinner a couple of years ago.

This American Strong Ale pours a dark brown with a slight ruby colored highlight. A thin, one finger tan head.
Aromas of sweet malt and alcohol dominate. Followed by some oakey, woody notes. Also some chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Also some dark fruit.
Taste is oak/wood and alcohol upfront. Melded nicely and not overwhelming. Followed by some chocolate, vanilla and dark fruit flavors. Maybe even a hint of rum.
Mouthfeel is very full and creamy with a wonderfully strong alcohol warmth.
Overall an amazing beer! This is one you would consider as a brewing achievement. Pushing the envelope of style while still incredibly tasty.

BillyB, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a way to close out my 30th birthday, it is time to indulge in one of the most desired beers in the country! 750ml bomber poured into a Duvel tulip glass at 11:16pm

Appearance- The hue is a dark brown hue with tinges of crimson peeking out at the edges, my slow pour resulted in a thin one-finger layer of tan coffee cream head with a small area of dark bubbles gathered near the edges that is mostly sustaining, streams of tiny bubbles can be seen climbing the walls of glass, spotty patches of lacing spot the glass

Smell- The aroma is a unique bouquet of scents, initially dominated by sweet malts, oak, bourbon, and alcohol, there are some lingering tones of chocolate and vanilla sweetness that balance out the strong ethanol presence

Taste- Waited for the ale to warm, initial taste follows the aroma with a strong wave of oak wood and bourbon reminiscent of a milder desert wine, some moderately sweet malts are balanced by an interesting dryness that leaves a sense of vanilla and transitions to a finish that has some slight alcohol warming and dark fruits

Mouthfeel- A very full-bodied Strong Ale with plenty of heft throughout, the texture is smooth and creamy with low low viscosity, carbonation is lively and ample

Drinkability- Falling in lockstep with other reviews, I've found this to be an ale worthy of the prized top-tier, the overall taste sensation is that of a creamy and complex barleywine with excellent drinkability despite the 11%abv, the flavor profile jumps across a range of flavor sensations but somehow wraps it all up into a well-balanced package, given the scarcity of Angel's Share, this is a primo Strong Ale that should be reserved for special occasions assuming you can get your hands on one!

Stoneman78, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of sman262
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: looks like a stout, but when held to the light the ruby red shines through

S: I don't know if there is a better smell than a well crafted American strong ale in barrel. The two go so well hand in hand.

T: Love it, its a bit on the strong side, but this is probably due to the 11.5 abv. Which is hidden well for that volume.

M: Like I said before American Strong Ale and Oak together are a winning combination

D: Glad I got one bottle, for sure. Thanks to rallison.

sman262, Jan 09, 2008
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4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ouch!
It is truly painfull that I only have one bottle of this beer.
Ouch!
Yes, pours an opaque dark amber that is almost black with a full finger of white foam that melts to a ring of tiny white bubbles.
Yes, the aromas are heavy with dark fruits like raisins and plums and dark brown sugar and sugary sweet smelling dark malts.
Yes, there is a wonderful blending of dark fruit, dark brown sugars, dark roasted malts, chocolate malts, pure Special Dark Herseys chocolate and a touch of bitter hops as you swallow.
Yes, a touch of the oak barrel smooths and mellows it all together.
Yes, the mouthfeel is incredibly smooth like no barleywine or American Strong Ale I've ever had the privilage of drinking.
And finally, YES, this is truly a remarkable brew...the best I've had from Lost Abbey ever and Lost Abbey makes incredible beers daily.

IntriqKen, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of chefscott79
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance-looks dark with nice head

smell-almost like oatmeal cookie....and awesome...best nose ever of any barrel aged beer I have ever had...

taste...wow super oatmeal cookie like...and way more complex with tastes of tobacco and perfectly balanced sweetness

mouthfeel...creamy and perfect

drinkablility....someone want to share some more with me...my favorite beer I have ever tried...well of the barrel aged at least...I could drink this everyday...yummm

chefscott79, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of sfoley333
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought my 6 bottle limit back in November and still have a couple from last year. This is the first bottle from this year that I have opened and since I was traviling to Brasil to visit the in laws for christmas thought it would be a cool time to pop one open. Shared with 5 other brazilians in Sao Paulo during christmas eve.

Poured into clear plastic 6oz cups. Poured a muddy brown color with nice white head. Smells is upfront sweet malt mixed with alcohol, oak, and an almost port smell. Taste is a mellow blend of carmel, sweet malty liquid bread, dark fruit, chocolate, oak, warming alcohol, and a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a light supple carbonation. While far from a session beer this beer is highly drinkable for such a malt and alcohol bomb, the oak aging really pays off on the finish.

By the way only my brother-in law and my cousin who works for mtv brasil liked this beer the others thought it was to strong and went back to drinking their skol. To each his own.

sfoley333, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A muddy dark caramel brown. I've had the pleasure of sipping this one at least five times at various beer fests in the bay area. The most recent tasting having been at the 2007 barrel aged beer festival at the bistro in Hayward, California. This brew like mentioned above is a dark muddy colour with a small and thin off-white/brownish head of foam that dies quickly and is hard to revive. This brew in my chalice glass just reeks of bourbon and oak with a heart dose of candied bready malts as well. Hopheads may want to look the other way as this brew is all about the over the top sweet malts and their caramel sugary flavours which are enhanced by the notes of bourbon and oak that are left on this brew after Tommes aging process take hold. Mouthfeel is thick and coating, and reminiscent of a petite champagne cognac. Drinkability is good for one so heavy. Truly a legend in the oak/aged strong ale/barley wine category.

francisweizen, Dec 16, 2007
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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big Thanks to franksnbeans for sharing one of these treasures.

Beautiful muddy, and thick, brown color with a light brown head that leaves very little lacing. Every swirl of this Angel produces a generous head back. Smell is of doughy, cookie and a rich toffee, buttery, and maple syrup boozy bourbon notes. Taste is sweet and awfully creamy. Mouthfeeling is great and allows you palate to soak in all the tasty bourbon and leaves a lingering warming. Great beer!

genog, Dec 13, 2007
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer smells of whiskey. It has a nice oak aroma as well as some mild vanilla. I smell some dark fruit. Some raisins, prunes, and figs. I can smell some sweet, carmel malts also. Also, the alcohol is present in the nose.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Whiskey up front, with some oak, and vanilla. It tastes sweet,with some fruity notes of fig, prunes, and raisins. The alcohol is present in the flavor also.

This very full bodied beer, goes down surprisingly smooth, leaving a whiskey like aftertaste. This beer is low in carbonation, suiting the style well. The alcohol warms the throat as it goes down.

This beer is probably not the best session beer. It has an aggressive flavor, and it is high in alcohol. Also, its price and availabality get in the way.

Overall: Thanks to oodeftone for hooking me up. Without you, I wouldnt have ever had the chance. This beer is great. I would drink it all the time if I could. Another great beer from Port.

OStrungT, Nov 27, 2007
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the brewery. Aroma perks forth with suave, sleek grandeur enticing in so many fruits, rich nuttiness and bold gout-inducing richness. Sprightly. Out of the hand engine, the beer comes as a ruddy hued mahogany, clouded with a fine, silky smooth cream head in tobacco tinted cloud. Flavor is redolent with extravagant creamed malts, mature sugar density and a whole pantheon of nuts, fruits, chocolate, nips of tobacco and fragrant plums. Texture completely sublime, the cask presentation heightening the sickening drinkability of a beer so hefty. The bourbon smoothes corners, draws deep breaths of moist woodiness and clean nut-dry parching quality. More rounded and deep than the Brandy-barrel version and it shows. I really didn’t think this beer could get any better.

CharlesDarwin, Jul 23, 2007
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,404 ratings.