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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 Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage: This beer poured out as a deep looking brown color. There is no head or lacing at all on this beer. Looks like a murky flat cola. The smell is loaded with bourbon notes... It's very boozy smelling but sweet at the same time. The taste is sweet, lots of vanilla and bourbon in this beer. The malts a hidden as well as the hops also. There is a hint of molasses in there also. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied but not much carbonation at all. Overall it's a big flavorful beer, could use some help but the carbonation was minimal. Perhaps newer vintages have a bit more to offer. Still very good but pricey, worth trying if you can afford it.

Knapp85, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bmur112, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of DaveAnderson
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

DaveAnderson, Nov 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

heddar33, Nov 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of McD0uche
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

McD0uche, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

sneaks2210, Nov 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

strongaf, Nov 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

TidalDave, Nov 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Broden, Nov 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

rolltide8425, Nov 06, 2012
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4.85/5  rDev +13.6%

tbone1384, Nov 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

BlackTuesday, Nov 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

dgroseph, Nov 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

benbjb, Oct 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

DarthGuitarHero, Oct 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

lenderpants, Oct 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Heynow007, Oct 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ystazi, Oct 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Rau71, Oct 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

aztraz, Sep 28, 2012
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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