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

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Ratings: 1,639
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 578
Gots: 508 | FT: 42
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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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A-Brown in the glass, one finger head, not much carbonation, clear amber/ruby when pouring.

S-Good deal of bourbon, vanilla, oak and caramel.

T-Starts with strong bourbon notes, balanced with vanilla and oak. Lots of toffee/caramel. Apples and chocolate as it warms.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, tad watery.

O-Yay for not getting an infected bottle! A yummy beer but the risk of infection is there.

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2012 Bourbon version served in snifter.

A- Deep dark brown/amber in color. Almost no head retention with no lacing to be found.

S: Nice aromas of vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, and booze are detectable.

T: Bourbon notes up front lead to oak, vanilla, and heat from the booze. Pleasant finish of candied sugar and figs.

M: The body is full, almost syrupy with minimal carbonation .

Overall: This edition of angel's share was enjoyable. I prefer the brandy barrel version because although the bourbon accentuates the flavors of the base beer, the brandy really adds a new dimension.

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2011 Vintage.
appearance: Dark dark brown. Nearly opaque save for some ruby highlights around the edges when held to light. Nearly no head.
smell: bourbon and rich decadence. Chocolate, vanilla, coconut, just a depth of rich aromas.
taste: More of the same. surprisingly smooth given the strength and depth of flavor.
overall: Would that I could drink an uninfected one of these each week. awesome. I can't forget that I've had 3 infected as well as an infected Deliverance. Still a great beer but makes me think twice before springing for another.
(To be fair, LA sent me some fantastic glassware when I reported the infected brews).

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