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

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Ratings: 1,585
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 567
Gots: 483 | FT: 37
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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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.41/5  rDev +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

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4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Corked & caged 375ml bottle split into tulips...2012 bottling -

A: Darker translucent mahogany...decent tan-ish head and lacing for a 12.5% brew. Carbonation is obviously fine on this last years batch...nice alcohol legs left behind.

S: Strong bourbon with an excellent, clear vanilla component...suggestions of brown sugar mixed with sweeter malt, loads of caramel, and chocolate. Oak and barrel notes raise their head here too. The booze isn't overwhelming at all either...this is nice...

T: Follows the nose, tons of flavors but very unified; lots of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee...to a lesser extent sugary malt, oak, lightly toasted wood staves...and to a slightly lesser extent dark fruit (dried figs), faint molasses and black licorice.

Surprisingly its not all over the board here. Lots of flavors that coincide with a stout, but the base beer has the character of an old ale (molasses, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, sugary malt). The barrels/vanilla/oak are crystal clear in the aroma and palate.

MF: Medium mouthfeel, warm but not distracting...medium-to-low carbonation is spot-on for a sipper like this.

O: Really pleased with this one, and I expected a beast! 2012's vintage shows that Lost Abbey has a good thing going with this brew, and also proves that they DO know how to carbonate their beers...

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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,585 ratings.