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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,362 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,362
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 542
Gots: 413 | FT: 28
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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DaveAnderson

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 bottle, poured into a Darkness tulip.

A: Looks like cowboy coffee, only less carbonated. You would need to add CO2 to reach "flat". It's muddy and murky, which would be promising, if only it weren't flatter than the Texas Panhandle.

S: A lot of Bourbon-barrel beers smell great. This is no exception. It has the usual notes -- toffee, caramel, oak -- but I can't help thinking it would reveal more of itself if it had some bubbles popping. A little time and temperature change does not seem to coax more depth from this beer. Pity.

T: There's a sourness that wasn't hinted on the nose. It is otherwise very consistent with the smell. The label says 11.5% (I presume later years are the listed 12.5%), but it's well-masked.

M: Lack of carbonation really hurts this beer. It just seems thin.

O: I presume I would have given this beer at least 1/2 points higher on every metric, if it had even modest carbonation. As is was, I was really disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 08:17:00 | More by DaveAnderson
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-21-2012 20:41:39 | More by heddar33
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Chris_Cali_2o9


2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

11-20-2012 05:39:33 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
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McD0uche

California

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass:

A: Pours a black/brown color with a light brown, one-finger head. The retention isn't great and there isn't any initial lacing to speak of. Carbonation is completely absent. As you consume the beer, the overall stickiness becomes apparent, with streaks of lacing ringing the glass. This latter quality ups the overall appearance.

S: A pleasant, complex aroma that includes toffee, malts, raisins, sweet bread, vanilla, and a bit of oak. A healthy dose of a booziness floats in the scent as well. Overall, it smells outrageously delicious, and I'm salivating just contemplating the taste.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell, with sweet raisin bread filling out the backbone of the flavor complex. Toffee flavors and malt notes float in the mix, with a big, hefty, boozy flavor kicking you in the dome on the way down. Finishes bitter. Since the flavor is intense and the alcohol is heavy, this beer is best enjoyed slowly at a sipping pace.

M: Soft and velvety. The carbonation is so subdued, you wouldn't really notice it unless you tried. Overall, it's alright. It works with the flavor and strength of the beer, but doesn't have any qualities to write home about. Probably the weakest aspect of the beer.

O: Generally speaking, this was awesome. Despite a lazy appearance and lackluster mouthfeel, this strong ale came through big time on smell and flavor. It compares very similarly in taste to Firestone's Abacus (now §ucaba) barleywine, so if you haven't ever had a chance to try that, this can fill in as an imitator. Kudos to Lost Abbey for putting out a memorable strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 02:59:29 | More by McD0uche
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sneaks2210

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-17-2012 16:34:45 | More by sneaks2210
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strongaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-15-2012 04:22:24 | More by strongaf
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TidalDave

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-11-2012 17:29:28 | More by TidalDave
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Mister_Joshy

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-10-2012 04:53:15 | More by Mister_Joshy
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Broden

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-06-2012 22:31:10 | More by Broden
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-06-2012 02:37:28 | More by rolltide8425
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tbone1384

Wyoming

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-06-2012 01:21:00 | More by tbone1384
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BlackTuesday

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-03-2012 20:18:03 | More by BlackTuesday
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dgroseph

California

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-01-2012 20:36:04 | More by dgroseph
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benbjb

Washington

5/5  rDev +17.4%

10-29-2012 20:13:09 | More by benbjb
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

10-29-2012 14:35:50 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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twelveinches

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

10-27-2012 17:12:01 | More by twelveinches
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lenderpants

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

10-21-2012 21:11:07 | More by lenderpants
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Heynow007

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.4%

10-17-2012 00:25:53 | More by Heynow007
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ystazi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

10-11-2012 19:48:50 | More by ystazi
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Rau71

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

10-10-2012 03:41:20 | More by Rau71
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

10-01-2012 02:02:57 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

09-28-2012 09:35:37 | More by Beeradelphia
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aztraz

Sweden

4/5  rDev -6.1%

09-28-2012 06:47:28 | More by aztraz
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, '08 Vintage
Snifter, split bottle between two people
***600th BA review***

A: Pours completely carbonation less. Flat. Flatter than flat. Dark dirty brown. Reddish hues towards corners. Murky brown color. Carbonation is knocking this down for me.

S: Rum soaked raisins. Dark fruits. Barrel is there. Vanilla notes. Wood. Toffee and caramel for sure. Maybe some oxidation too.

T: Tons of dark fruits. Rum soaked raisin. Lots of vanilla. Lack of carbonation sucks, but the flavors are still very good.

M: Full bodied. Carbonation lack sucks.

I know this beer would have been killer if there was carbonation, and maybe a little less age on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 14:21:40 | More by inlimbo77
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: no head or lacing on a deep brown body.

S: butter, bourbon, oak, roasted malts and syrup.

T: movie popcorn butter, fairly bitter with the bourbon and oak very strong here. The roasted malts are mild with sweetness from vanilla late in the finish.

M: thick body and light carbonation. this one probably lost its carbonation as I have heard others from this brewery do.

Overall: I have a hard time with the buttery flavors overpowering my taste buds with some bourbon stouts. so for my tastes, this is a good rating considering the butter notes are off set well by the other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 03:18:57 | More by kylehay2004
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.