1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-AgedThe Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,520 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,520
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 555
Gots: 459 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,520 | Reviews: 645 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of FullObs
4/5  rDev -6.3%

FullObs, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of CADMixes
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

CADMixes, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Casey3236
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Casey3236, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of dsauter
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

dsauter, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of thegerm87
4/5  rDev -6.3%

thegerm87, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Fhantom99
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Fhantom99, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of eagles22
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance -vintage 2011 poured into weyerbacher tulip! Pours dark brown with a very thin tan head. Smell-big bourbon in the nose loads of vanilla,dry oak wood, tobacco and whiskey bourbon! One of the best smelling beers!! Taste- holy shit wow is this beer smooth !! Vanilla upfront with some dark dried fruits such as raisins and dates finished with a nice finish if the alcohol burn and vanilla and toffee!! This beer is suppose to be sipped an well worth the price. Mouthfeel-very smooth for a 12.5% brew! It is seriously so smooth for how much bourbon is in this beer and the lower carbonation works well for the style if it was too carbonated this beer would be way too harsh and the vanilla notes would not be there at all!!

eagles22, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Dbot
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Dbot, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Sparky44, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Cazlo
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Cazlo, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -6.3%

tom10101, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of DruRho
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

DruRho, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of sarch
5/5  rDev +17.1%

sarch, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown and nearly opaque in color. It poured with a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Strong aromas of bourbon are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of bourbon along with strong notes of underlying vanilla and hints of caramel.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink considering its strength because the only alcohol that is noticeable is the bourbon.

Note: 2012 vintage

metter98, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a murky dark amber in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation and some brown + ruby red highlights. The beer has a very thin light beige film that quickly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal to light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Heavy aromas of bourbon and vanilla with some lighter notes of oak, caramel, and toffee.

T: Similar to the smell, the flavor of this beer is dominated by the taste of bourbon. There are also some moderate flavors of vanilla and oak with light to moderate amounts of caramel and toffee malt sweetness. Very little bitterness and it fades immediately.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warmth in the finish.

O: Overall for a beer as big as this one, the alcohol is fairly well hidden. I'm a big bourbon fan so I was pretty excited to pick this one up and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. Huge bourbon presence.

dbrauneis, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jeff1973, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of PriorDoubleDark
3.5/5  rDev -18%

PriorDoubleDark, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of ralphw56
5/5  rDev +17.1%

ralphw56, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of BeerSnob1022
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

BeerSnob1022, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of alysmith4
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

alysmith4, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Squidly
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Squidly, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Lurkerson
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Lurkerson, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Holland, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Snikwad1020
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Snikwad1020, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of chrisrose30
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

chrisrose30, Mar 07, 2013
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,520 ratings.