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

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Ratings: 1,521
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 557
Gots: 459 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Down in Kentucky and across the pond in Scotland, distillers who age their whiskeys for many years refer to the evaporation of the spirits from their barrels as “The Angel’s Share.” We couldn’t agree more. Each time a barrel is filled, a measure of liquid seeps into the oak and is lost for good.This striking Strong Ale is brewed with copious amounts of Caramel malt to emphasize the vanilla and oak flavors found in freshly emptied bourbon or brandy barrels. The beer spends a year in oak before it is packaged for release.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006)
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Bp123, Oct 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Pours dense deep brown, not much head, lacy with some legs. The nose is sherry, leather, prune, tobacco, vanilla, hint of bourbon. Big bold palate with dark dried fruit, figs, prunes, sherry, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate and some malt. Very rich and bourbon.

pat61, Oct 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

M_chav, Oct 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

pgrenvicz, Oct 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Gregaroo, Oct 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

fredmugs, Oct 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

77apm, Oct 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

freemanj, Oct 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

fingerflinger, Oct 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

MichaelLamb, Oct 26, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

Anaxagoris, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

thatoneguymike, Oct 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

boutwell, Oct 25, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -5.4%

ahalset, Oct 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

JackNip, Oct 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

corysmith01, Oct 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

hambone, Oct 24, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark, ruddy brown color with a head that dissipates nearly as fast as it's being poured, leaving a flat, barren surface with only the thinnest of rings around the edge of the glass. Lacing is spotty and near pin-head in size with virtually no stick.

Smell - Strong, sweet and boozy bourbon notes that hit on caramel and vanilla with hints of oak. Astringency is also quite apparent.

Taste - Less aggressive on the tongue than with the aroma. Deep caramel backbone with flavorful notes of oak and vanilla. Bourbon sweetness without much of the bite. Hints of raisin and faint traces of chocolate. Smooth, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, near syrupy, with low, lightly tingly carbonation. Smooth. Dry, warming finish.

Overall - Simply fantastic. The aroma had me concerned that it was going to be harsh, but it's one of the smoothest bourbon barrel-aged brews I've had to date. It's a steep price to pay for less than a pint's worth, but if you've got a reason to treat yourself, you could do a lot worse.

TheSixthRing, Oct 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

ThatsThatDude, Oct 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Rothobinide, Oct 23, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +2.1%

ChewbaccaSD, Oct 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

acidreflux, Oct 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Spike-likes-beer, Oct 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

brpendergast85, Oct 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

2014 61 degrees F

dark chestnut,
minimal head,
dark fruit, fig, whiskey on the nose
Yeah its hot this year. When I knew I had some more 2014 ordered : I drank my last 2013 last week, which was smoothly sublime.
Cracked the 2014 tonight and got a huge amount of heat, barrel and vaporous alcohol which blunted the beautiful taste of the 2013 that I recalled from last week.

I had started drinking my barrel aged beers fresh ( and only aging the bottle conditioned and standard non barrel beers) in order not to lose the intended flavors of the barrel aging process. This tends to work on beers that don't have huge barrel components (KBS, Backwoods, Merkin, Clown Shoes barreled beers other than Very Angry Beast). HUGE Brews like BCBS and Bruery Smoking Wood, Bois, & Sucre can handle and benefit from time in the cellar IMHO

This one needs some time. Aged a year: 4.75. Fresh 4.0 The next 4 bottles I have coming are going to get tagged not to open for a year.

Earlier in this evening , I split a 22 oz 2013 Scucaba with wifey: and while it definitely was better than this 2014 Angel, the 2013 Angel was beter than the 2013 Scucaba (again imho )

Jjski, Oct 19, 2014
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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