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

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95
world-class

1,356 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,356
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 541
Gots: 413 | FT: 28
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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ThePaleRider

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-27-2014 17:18:40 | More by ThePaleRider
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Prospero

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-23-2014 21:57:11 | More by Prospero
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Lucnifter

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-23-2014 08:23:01 | More by Lucnifter
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cardsfan

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-22-2014 12:54:21 | More by cardsfan
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Melman

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-22-2014 05:30:57 | More by Melman
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hilgart1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-16-2014 04:10:40 | More by hilgart1
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-15-2014 06:20:26 | More by facesnorth
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bball208

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is my new favorite beer of all time.

Despite it's lackluster appearance (almost no carbonation at all), since it carried more characteristics of a bourbon, it was actually okay with me that it was a little bit flat.

It poured a syrupy dark brown to black. you could see tons of legs on the side of the glass. Again, zero head.

It smelled like everything wonderful that i've ever smelled in one beer. I got sweet milk chocolate, tons of vanilla, oak, little cappucino, just a tremendous smelling beer.

The taste was mindblowing after the first sip. I knew it was my favorite. It goes down like silk, coats your mouth in what feels like liquid chocolate. You get some real nice burn from what tastes like bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, and molasses. The beer enters as an imperial stout, and exits like a bourbon whiskey. Incredibly complex, smooth, balanced, and... well perfect. The flavors of this beer and the makeup of it actually makes sense that there is very little carbonation. Carbonation really would seem to get in the way of the deep richness that this beer has to offer.

I will definitely pick up as many of these I can find IF i can ever find it again. Very hard to find.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 16:58:41 | More by bball208
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BeerisOK

Oklahoma

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Lost Abbey beer and what a way to start.

Poured a rich burgundy almost black color with light brown head.

Amazing aromas of bourbon and vanilla and sweet malts.

Taste is full of bourbon up front finished by sweet malts and slight burn.

Nicer flavor as it warms with dark fruits, hint of raisin.

Slightly reminiscent of Schlafly Barleywine but not as much bite.

This beer is excellent in hiding the 12.5% abv and presenting the oak barrel flavors that li her nicely on the palette.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 01:28:31 | More by BeerisOK
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ItsMe

Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Snow day. Bourbon barrel aged beer with cork and cage. It's gotta be good right?!

Pours a murky dark mahogany with a thin rim of a head

The nose is heavy on brandy, vanilla, plums, raisins, chocolate, and oak.

The taste follows the nose. Very sweet. Vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruits. Alcohol warmth hits you in the chest in a nice way.

Super creamy and smooth. Light/medium carbonation, very easy drinking.

This beer is easily worth large price tag.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:01:22 | More by ItsMe
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Braseltonage

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, dated 2013.

A: Foggy brown, opaque beer. Wispy tan head, decent lace.
S: Big dose of raisin up front, rich dark fruits. Overripe cherries. Vanilla, boozy. A little toasty oak, leather on the tail end.
T: Rich, sweet cherry notes up front, slightly viniferous. Some toffee, vanilla. Alcohol warmth comes in towards the finish. Very nice bourbon heat and leathery tannins wipe away the potential for overly sweet cloying feel.
M: Medium to full body. Tiny bubbles, reasonable carbonation. Sticky, but finishes decently dry with the oak & bourbon.
O: Pretty dynamic atrong ale/barleywine. Doesn't "hid" the booze, but doesn't wallop either. Really good and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 03:12:54 | More by Braseltonage
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danielfda

Italy

5/5  rDev +17.4%

01-26-2014 01:05:58 | More by danielfda
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MarkJBurch

New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-24-2014 01:14:35 | More by MarkJBurch
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_IanMcG561

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- Dark brown to black with no head, completely still beer.

Smell- Carmel, Oak, Alcohol, Bourbon

Taste- Rich, Thick, Malty, boozy

Mouthfeel- Thick, Sweet on the tounge, finishes with caramel and bourbon notes. Pairs really nicely with dark chocolate.

Overall- This beer is pretty fantastic, rich in taste, almost like a wave of caramel/chocolate soaked in booze. Goes down a bit too easy for something so high in alcohol. completely still beer, no carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 05:22:29 | More by _IanMcG561
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-20-2014 18:21:33 | More by FUwolfpacker
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling poured into a (proper) Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is very dark, but clear with ruby-red highlights. There is little to no carbonation (certainly not a good sign), but the nose is pretty nice. Lots of dark fruits, alcohol, toffee, and a hint of butterscotch.

Very full body, a sweet flavor profile, and an uber-creamy feel. I expected a hot, boozy mess, but 3 years in my cellar has tamed this monster and showed it who's boss. Lots of sweet, malty, toffee-like notes up front followed up by a mild alcohol warmth accented by some vanilla and chocolate notes. Unfortunately, I don't get much of the bourbon (other than the vanilla), but that's the price you pay for aging beers. Still, I have no regrets. As it is, it's drinking like a liquid Heath bar - full of sweet, syrupy vanilla and marshmallow-like goodness.

I found it interesting how many BAs said this beer (when fresh) was too hot and boozy. Let it be known - this beast has been tamed! It is now a warm, cuddly lap dog in your glass. It licks your face, fetches your slippers, and cowers when you raise your voice. I rank this ahead of Insanity but noticeably behind Bourbon County Brand Barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 23:04:17 | More by deadonhisfeet
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BringbakFavre

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-19-2014 02:19:25 | More by BringbakFavre
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JamLand

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-17-2014 01:54:56 | More by JamLand
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SteelSaw

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-17-2014 00:43:55 | More by SteelSaw
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midlifec

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-15-2014 04:59:04 | More by midlifec
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon 2012. Opened in Jan. 2014

The beer pours very little head to the point that is virtually non-existant. The beer itself is a deep and dark brown with occasional black areas. The beer is very obscure and dark that it gives off a slick shine in the light. The beer has a very strong smell and noticeable from the other side of the room. The beer has strong notes of vanilla and oak that are supported by fairly sweet malts. The taste is similar to the smell but with stronger notes of vanilla. The beer also a bit of alcohol to the taste and the sweet malts are particularly noticeable with bits of hop in the aftertaste. The beer feel is divine. Despite having been aged for so long, the beer feels extremely smooth and slick with no carbonation. Overall, a great and outstanding beer worthy of the ages.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 02:22:18 | More by HattedClassic
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champ103

Texas

3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours mahogany, brown color. At first a one finger beige head forms, and recedes in a second. No lace.
S: Vanilla, oak, chocolate. Toasted malts, and molasses. That is it. Pretty straight forward and all barrel.
T: Like the nose, fairly standard for a barrel aged strong ale. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, light oak.
M/D: A fairly lifeless body. Low carbonation, but certainly not flat. Though on the thin side. Fusel, almost ethanol like alcohol. Which makes this a slow sipper.

While this is not nearly as flat as other bottles of LA I have had, and really not bad. This just leaves me wanting more. Fairly standard. Too expensive, and plenty of other better examples of the style. For me, locally brewed at that.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 00:27:44 | More by champ103
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socon67

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-13-2014 01:59:41 | More by socon67
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tlery

Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass: 12 oz snifter

Appearance: pours murky and muddy with a beige head that nearly completely fades in almost no time at all. No lacing.

Smell: heavy on roasted malt, noticeable sweetness with hints of vanilla, bourbon, barrel wood, and just a modicum of coconut.

Taste: very similar to the nose. Heavy on roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, some coconut, and lingering wood.

Mouthfeel: lower in carbonation, but manages to be a bit crisp.

Overall: not the most aesthetically pleasing pour, but all other factors trump its underwhelming appearance. After letting this beer warm up a few minutes, I'm tempted to say this is the most delicious beer I've tasted in quite some time.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2014 01:59:31 | More by tlery
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-12-2014 16:36:33 | More by jjheinrichs
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,356 ratings.