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

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1,464 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,464
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 553
Gots: 455 | FT: 31
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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Photo of guess98224
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful! My husband and I just opened this 2010 bottle after a tough day taking inventory of our beers. We decided on Angels Share because it was the right size for just the two of us. Pours dark reddish burgandy. Rim of very light lacing. Wonderful, heady intense aroma including bourbon, brandy, raisins, other fruits. Taste is magnificient with brandy, raisins, and chocolate. Intense sense of warmth. My husband says it tastes like an alcoholic chocolate bar. Very smooth.

guess98224, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of zekeman17
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

zekeman17, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Chugs13, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Beerbuddy21, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -18%

sendbeer, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -6.3%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ObiWanKushnobi, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of purdueflyguy
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

purdueflyguy, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of kaseydad
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I believe this is a 2010 vintage. Can't find the date.

Popped the cork and there was the sound of a flat brew awaiting me. The pour did nothing to help my suspicions. Poured a dirty brown with no head present at all. No lacing. No bubbles. No nothing.

Gets better with smell. Reminds me of a nice aged barelywine. Big vanilla. Nice oak. The bourbon is still present. Fermented dark fruits. Brown sugar. I could smell this all day long.

The taste, though rather flat, is good. Has a nice bourbon flavor and some sweet malt. Fruity. Caramel and more vanilla. Tasty stuff.

Silky mouthfeel is all I can appreciate with this. Much too thin. Almost like water in the consistency.

Overall the look and feel of this was not great, but the flavor and aroma made up for that...which is the most important part anyway. A really good brew but add some lasting carbonation and this would become great.

kaseydad, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of runner440
4/5  rDev -6.3%

runner440, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Pecan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of astidad
5/5  rDev +17.1%

astidad, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of jgluck
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

jgluck, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of mbixler
4/5  rDev -6.3%

mbixler, Dec 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

metapod, Dec 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

baybum, Dec 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

mendvicdog, Dec 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

redliner8, Dec 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

roblund, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What I'm reviewing is a 2009 that was on tap.

A - Pours very dark with a light toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Figs, dark toasted chocolate malt, bourbon, oak, vanilla.

T - Sweet and a little cloying at times from the dark roasted malt and bourbon. Blends evenly with dark fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted caramel, oak, and bourbon dominating the palette. The oak tannins contribute a slight welcome dryness to an already sweet and boozy beer. Taste is complex, deep, and overall very rich.

M - Thick and somewhat syrupy with lip smacking stickiness, nice gentle carbonation that's borderline velvety.

O - Incredible beer, wish I had a few bottles of these in my cellar but can't complain because what are the odds of finding this gem tap like I did today.

jzeilinger, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date is obscured a bit, believe it to be a 2010 bottle. Possibly 2011.

A: Just the tiniest hiss as I remove the cork. Pours a very dark brown. No head, no lacing. Appears to be almost completely flat just like the terrible brandy version I just endured. Let's see if we can go 0/2 when drinking extremely expensive beers. Swirling it produces just the tiniest bit of foam for a second, so there is just a little bit of carbonation at least.

S: Smells like bourbon mixed with rubbing alcohol. Get some nice vanilla. Swear I get a band-aid type aroma too.

T: Bourbon up front, lots of it. Nice caramel and vanilla mixes in with some bright toffee. Get some chocolate in the middle, maybe a little char too. Finishes with a slap of grain alcohol and some oaky notes. Very boozy, lingering alcohol in the aftertaste.

M: Heavy but not as heavy as you'd expect a 12.5% flat beer to be. I think the high amount of bourbon waters it down and cuts it nicely with tons of alcohol. Still lacking, unfortunately.

O: Huh, that was a close one. Fully expected this to be terrible like the brandy version but it's pretty good. Super boozy and heavy on the bourbon. Flatness (though not completely flat) hurts the mouthfeel but honestly not as bad as you'd expect since the bourbon cuts the beer nicely. It's basically a sweet chocolate bourbon bomb, that's the best way I can describe it.

Dope, Dec 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

RichardMNixon, Nov 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

jculler82, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Phacoman
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Phacoman, Nov 25, 2012
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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