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

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95
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1,358 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,358
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 541
Gots: 413 | FT: 28
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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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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours no head so no lace. Deep brown almost black color, ton of yeast left in bottle. No carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Nose is bourbon, flavor is slightly sweet bourbon. High ABV is up front. Needs some carbonation, there are 11.5% beers out there that have carbonation like Harpoons Leviathan Triticus. Very warming. This is bottle #3000 for my collection!! Seriously expensive at $18.99 for a caged and corked 375ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 23:43:02 | More by jdhilt
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml, 2010 version, not sure where I got this from, but it was around $15. Into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A: Bottle opens with a faint pop, and a vigorous pour yields a very dark brown beer with a few small bubbles that don't stick around very long . Fairly dark and, for the most part opaque. Not a bad looking beer, but a little bit of a head would really help it.

S: Huge aroma as soon as the cork is out of the bottle. Smells of bourbon, and chocolate, rich caramel, a bit of oak, and a huge note of vanilla on the very end. Rich and decadent, essentially like a bourbon caramel vanilla cheesecake. Fantastic. I could live in the headspace of this snifter.

T: Bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and oak, a hint of sherry on the finish as well, maybe a touch oxidized. I really enjoy all of the sweet flavors that mix together into a great combination of dessert liquor, but it still is definitely a beer. Not much else that I can say about this other than it is delicious.

M: Fairly heavy body with faint carbonation, in fact if you didn't try and seek out the carbonation you might miss it, its that faint. Pretty warm, but this has mellowed out a bit since the last bottle I had. Bourbon/Oak lends a certain dryness. Not bad, but maybe a touch more carbonation would really bring this around.

D: I will have no issues finishing this bottle off, and I'm quite happy this is in the 375ml format, as it is the perfect size. Very enjoyable after dinner type beer. It is getting a touch oxidized, so I'm not sure how much longer it really should be aged. Still a damn fine beer. Definitely lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:49:01 | More by pokesbeerdude
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kellertrumpet

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Union Jacks Wood 2.0 Tasting

Pours an opaque dark brown, nearly black. When held to the light dark brown highlights can be seen. Very thin mocha head that disperses quickly.

Brown sugar coated raisins with a nice caramel sweetness are the first things to hit me as I take a sniff. I also notice a possible hint of smoke and maybe a vinous note as well. The smoke and vinous aromas are far behind the obvious raisin. The alcohol is also quite present.

Very little carbonation but has a nice sticky feel. Despite the lack of carbonation it does not come off as syrupy.

Wonderful caramel backbone with a huge raisin presence. Some vinous characteristics but not distracting from the great raisin sweetness. Some roast coffee tones. Tons of fig and dark fruit rolled in brown sugar arise as the elixir warms. This beer gets better and better every degree that it warms. Bourbon alcohol notes are easily detected especially as the beer warmed. I certainly took my time. Ends surprisingly dry.

At 9.00 a glass it was a little steep but I must admit I would pay it again if I saw it on tap. Very tasty and would recommend trying if you ever come across it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 00:33:25 | More by kellertrumpet
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550mL bottle poured into a snifter; 2010 vintage

Pours a murky, ominous brown body with no head whatsoever. Some bubbles upon the pour, but that's about it. Therefore, no lace to be found. Syrupy when swirled, and leaves a thin oily layer in its wake.

The main aroma here is bourbon. Lots and lots of bourbon. Vanilla, toffee, oak and dark fruits round out the nose, but a beautiful bourbon aroma is first and foremost.

Huge bourbon notes, vanilla, raisins/dates, and wet/damp oak. The sugary sweetness from the malts is nearly overpowered by a huge dose of booze.

Thick, syrupy body with absolutely no carbonation. This is a big, ballsy beer that leaves a wake of bourbon, juicy raisins, and ethanol heat.

This is an after dinner sipper. With that in mind, it drinks just as you would expect.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 01:40:04 | More by ColForbinBC
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HeyItsChili

China

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

Received this bottle as an awesome extra in a trade with HopsSchnapps. Thanks go to him for the fantastic hook up.

A - Poured from a corked n caged bottle into a goblet. Pours dark mocha brown with faint amber highlights and a thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S - The smell is almost entirely bourbon. Good. Buttery sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak, hint of toffee.

T - So much going on here. Very strong alcoholic flavor. Dark fruit, Belgian candi syrup, hint of coffee, all lathered up with intense bourbon flavor. Really potent bourbony, warm alcohol aftertaste that lingers for a while.

M - Very low carbonation, slightly thinner bodied.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 04:44:32 | More by HeyItsChili
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with almost no head. Looks like its carboanted just not very highly. Smells like sweet buttery bourbon. Nothing else detectable on the nose but vanilla and oak! Tastes sweet and bourbon heavy. Tons of vanilla and oak. A good sweet malty profile underneath that is just covered in bourbony goodness. Thick almost syrupy mouthfeel. Definitely a sipper but very drinkable. Now I just wish it was half the price!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 19:02:51 | More by Urbancaver
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes 2/17/2011

A: a very murky/muddy brown with no head, leaves just the slightest ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass

S: bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits

T: bourbon is the main taste you get from this one, followed by dark fruits and vanilla, and a hint of oakiness

M: very mildly cabonated, smooth, medium body

D: I found Port Brewing Older Viscosity went down much easier/smoother than this one. the two are similar, but this one is a touch less drinkable

Cheers!
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 05:36:40 | More by THECPJ
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burgundy colored body was very still, and displayed no carbonation at all. The beer sat in the glass looking just like a red wine. Fearing a bad seal in the cork, I smelled the beer, but could not detect any heavy oxidation aromas, so the flatness seemed to be by design. The smell was very vinous, and reminded me of raisins soaked in whiskey. The taste was sweet and oaky, with lots of vanilla and raisins, and no hops. This was pretty much a red wine through and through, and was not at all like any other beer. The body was dense and still, and made for a nice sippping beverage.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 04:54:12 | More by rajendra82
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Imbibed at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL on 02/13/2011.

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown with chestnut highlights and a cap of sudsy beige head.

Smell -- Dark fruit, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, cocoa, bread pudding, and gentle oakiness. Smells decadent and rich without being cloying.

Taste -- Gentle bourbon, coffee, roast malt, dark fruit, bread pudding, cocoa, vanillin, wet oak, and a hint of tart and earthy yeast that pairs with the faint alcohol sharpness to cut through the malty sweetness. While it is present, the alcohol presence is in modest proportion considering the 12% abv. Overall, sweet, but not at all cloying. Really impressive in that regard.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied with gentle carbonation. Chewy, slick, and with just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling overly heavy. Very good.

Drinkability -- Better than I had even anticipated. AND it was carbonated! Lots of depth, good barrel character, a perfect after dinner beer. I'll have my eye out for this on tap in the future. Must not be missed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 04:26:52 | More by yeahnatenelson
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djaeon

California

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a soupy dark brown with no head. Smells of obvious bourbon, in a good way, with some malty undertones. The barrel aging really comes through. Aside from the bourbon, I'm picking up a hint of molasses and light bitterness. It doesn't have that hot alcohol feeling like I would expect from a barrel aged beer of this sort, but still gives of those bourbony vapors in the mouth, which is a pleasant surprise. Extremely light on the carbonation. It's drinkable in that it's very flavorful and enjoyable, but I wouldn't want more than one.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 01:16:43 | More by djaeon
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peabody

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really dark used motor oil. No suds. Lacing for sure.
Smell is dark caramel charred malts with brown sugar molasses and honey.
Taste is very sweet malts and boozey sugar cotton candy. Raisin nut bread comes to mind with lots of alcohol in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky.
Drinkability would be good if people were giving this to you.( BTW Thanks Haver)
This is a very bad-a$$ brew here.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:12:34 | More by peabody
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Brez07

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewing from notes. Had this on tap about 2 months ago. 10 oz pour

A: Dark ruby colored. Just a thin line of head around the edge of the glass. No lacing

S: Very inviting nose. Includes dark fruit, roasted almonds, vanilla, hazelnut, dry chocolate and oak

T: Initially starts with a strong tinge from the alcohol, but this is quickly overcome by the elements from the nose. Some oak and vanilla trail off to hazelnut. There is a sweet, port-like finish

M: Medium bodied. Some carbonation. Dry chocolate aftertaste

D: Insane drinkability, for the first glass at least. Very complex beer with so many flavors packed in. I went back for another glass the next day. Seems like a good one to stash away for a bit

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 02:03:44 | More by Brez07
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is quite fruity, what I expect from a barleywine, with a syrupy feel and an overtone of caramel and brown sugar. It pours a dark opaque chocolate brown with a thin tan head that quickly hits the road. Flavor is fruity with hints of caramel, brandy and molasses and a strong but not too fierce alcohol bite. Texture is smooth as almond milk with a nice sharp and ragged edge. This one is spendy, but if you are a barleywine nut I'm sure it will be up your alley.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 21:14:32 | More by Cyberkedi
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage

A- Body is a translucent, nearly opaque dark brown body. A rather aggressive pour still leaves this beer flat-with absolutely no head. Flat abbey strikes again (actually I've had probably 20 or so brews from them and this is only the second or third flat one).

S- Nose is potent and pretty much as the bottle describes-A ton of caramel malt and bourbon characteristics, as well as a good amount of alcohol astringency. A mild to moderate amount of wet oak looms in the background as well as the slightest touch of toffee and chocolate.

T-Overall impression of the taste is slightly sweet, slightly boozy. Its got a good bit of caramel and molasses to it and the heat comes in up front. Letting the sip linger on the palate really brings out a lot of complexity with chocolate, oak, and toffee- the finish has a touch of what seems to be an impression of candi sugar before the heat returns-and lingers on and on.

M- Mild carbonation and a thick, viscous body that would be ultra velvety smooth if it wasnt for the alcohol consistency/astringency with a moderate presence. The feel isn't nearly as flat as the appearance.

D- This is an interesting beer overall. Kind of comes off as a BA scotch ale-which is a very cool concept-and I havent tried many. The bourbon is a little hot and heavy and I probably could have been a bit more patient with this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:40:40 | More by PittBeerGirl
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leakyfaucet12

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- This beer was thinner than what I was expecting. There is barely any head and I tried to agitate it to bring some life back into it with no success.

s- tons of dark fruits and strong booze tones. I can smell some vanilla and chocolate at the same time and a hint of hazelnut. Pretty tasty smelling.

t- very sweet with hints of dark fruits and maple syrup flavor almost. This beer definately has some heat to it but it is definately hidden with the sweet malts.

m- This beer lacks the carbonation that I look for. It almost is too syrupy with the mouthfeel. I do like the warmth that the alcohol gives me but overall I really would like more from this

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 01:29:55 | More by leakyfaucet12
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Telix

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from OLD notes, so I apologize:

A: A deep chocolate with fainter brown on the edges. Shows very minimal carbonation. It actually looks kind of thin...

S: Intense. Sweet, raisiny, some bitterness. Hoppiness is evident. Some cocoa.

T: Quite sweet, quite intense, with a porty, raisiny character. There is a bitter bite that shows a high level of hopping. There is a big, zesty character on the entire palate, which makes it feel effervescent on the tongue. There is some chocolate, and the finish is big, zesty, and bitter. It's an interesting brew. Big, boozy, sweet, with a huge tongue-zipping bitterness. Maybe some blueberry? Other fruits?

M: Pretty solid. Zippy on the tongue. Not too thick. The lack of carbonation lends to a bit of syrupyness.

D: Hrm. Sooo sweet, sticky, flat, pruney, porty... I could have had half the amount and been OK with it. Does that say something about it?

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 15:01:57 | More by Telix
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.05/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Dark night black with very little head and what is there fades fast. No lace.

S Amazingly sweet smell. Dark fruit and licorice with woody, oak and bourbon tones in the forefront. Prunes, raisins, and vanilla oak. Dark fruit is prominant. Strong yeasty and hints of spice. Rich deep smells of dark fruit and spice. Deep whiffs of chocolate.

T- Forefront of chocolate with a touch of booze. Rum like taste with a hint of sour grapes. Lots of raisin. Fruity, dark plums, dark cherry, and grape. Mix this with some milk chocolate and a booze bite.

M- Thick, chewy, strong, boozy bite and creamy

D- A definite sipper. Creamy and sweet and boozy. Take it slow.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 03:26:05 | More by JayS2629
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. My glass comes to me filled with an opaque black liquid and a tiny bit of foam on top. The aroma has some very appealing sweet vanilla and bourbon aspects. Vanilla is also the first thing I taste with this beer. Some syrupy sweetness is also present. A touch of coffee bitterness as I swallow. A touch of powdered chocolate in the aftertaste. Bourbon flavors are present throughout. As legend tells us, this is a full bodied beer that is nearly flat. It leaves a filmy coat in my mouth. It drinks well--none of the flavors are too overpowering. The high alcohol will do a number on me (on glass is enough), but it is enjoyable nevertheless.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2011 15:08:03 | More by ToasterChef
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

2008 vintage. Pours pitch black and completely opaque with only the slightest of mahogany edges when held to a light source. Two finger frothy beige head with decent retention, only slowly fading into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic splotches f lacing left behind. Ah, the good old days when LA's big beers were properly carbonated.

The barrel aging has resulted in a boozy bourbon aroma with hints of earthy oak, vanilla and marshmallow. Underneath the huge bourbon barrel presence there's hints of roasted malt, smoke, chocolate, caramel and toffee. All of these elements are blended nicely, creating a very impressive nose.

Medium bodied and better balanced than the aroma suggests. I was expecting a massive, one dimensional bourbon bomb but this beer is very complex with multiple flavors bouncing off of each other. As in the aroma, the bourbon barrel presence is dominant with hints of sweet booze, earthy oak and sweet vanilla notes. The flavor of the bourbon is strong but this beer isn't very hot and the high ABV is well masked. Underneath the bourbon there is some luscious chocolate malt, toffee, caramel, smoke and coffee bean. Slightly roasted with a very subtle lactic creaminess adding to the complexity and improving drnikability. Nice warmth in the finish.

This was the first vintage of this beer that I've sampled and it exceeded all of my expectations. Incredibly complex, well balanced and damn quaffable. Subsequent batches have failed to live to the '08.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 04:39:09 | More by corby112
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mcgwire756

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into tulip.

I have been wanting this one for a while and got it in a trade with Binek. Thanks man.

Poured a dark brown/black. Almost no head. Big time lacing on the side of the glass. This beer smells of bourbon and dark fruit and raisans. I love it. Man is this beer heavy and it hits you hard quickly. This is definitely one to share. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth for 12% but man does this drink like a stout. Do yourself a favor and share this with a friend. Definitely high quality to be enjoyed slowly.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 03:52:12 | More by mcgwire756
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Tonight I am reaching for one of my standard glasses in my cupboard, my Dogfish Head goblet which always creates a nice head due to the etching on the bottom. I proceeded to pull off the cage and pull the cork out and surprisingly it slipped out fairly easily. When the cork released there was almost no popping sound and this worried me right off the start but I went on. On the pour I decided to go slow and straight on trying to entice some form of head and I never got it. There is absolutely no bubbles or foam on this syrupy ale. When I hold my glass up to the light it is a murky hazy deep plum and brown color with no light passing through. Something I noticed that was different was that there is a shiny sheen that catches the light every once and a while on top of my beer that resembles a oil slick. As typical I gave a generous swirl and was left with a fairly heavy lacing creeping down the glass walls.

Smell:

Wow, bourbon takes front and center is this excellent smelling ale. Smooth notes of brown sugar, burnt toffee, and figs are wrapped around the warming alcohol. The sweetness is just so prominent and right behind the bourbon that it almost comes off cloying. I think something that makes this seem so well rounded is the fact that the base beer is very complex on its' own then aged to perfection in the barrel. I have had numerous beers where the base is lacking then they try and spice it up with a barrel of some kind and it falls flat in my opinion. In the finish there just a tinge of the heat alcohol and oaky tannins with copious amounts of vanilla and no hop presence.

Taste:

Wow, this is a punch in the face from a whiskey distillery! Again, bourbon really is the main act and runs quickly across your tongue and warms your throat the whole time. Loads of caramel sweetness and raisins cut through the sharp bourbon notes making it sweet and enjoyable. In the middle I feel like I just had a teaspoon of vanilla extract but that's not such a bad thing trust me. Some spicy earthiness from the oak that adds another layer of complexity which I really enjoy. The only downfall here is the fact that this is pretty much flat and I am can't get any carbonation out of this. Looks like another let down from Tomme Arthur in the carbonation department, but besides that I really love all of the flavors and complexity.In the finish I am pulling out some thick creamy flavors that resemble tiramisu and cool whip.

Drinkability:

Overall, a really sold beer that has a lot of bold complex flavors that I feel like many will enjoy. The only set back is Tomme needs to work out some of the fine details on his beers. If you like bourbon and strong Belgian styled ales this will be right up your alley. I really enjoyed drinking this beer even thought the minor mistakes were there but hey we all can't be perfect all the time right? If you come across this beer be sure to grab it and give it a shot becuase it is definitely worth the hype and fairly reasonably priced.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 13:56:07 | More by Bmoyer0301
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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at ramnuts house by Black13. Our host, TulipSnifter, Bird, Mini, and Growler were there with us on 1-15-11. Review from notes.

A: Pruney brown, wisp ring, no lacing.

S: What a smell! There's the Bourbon... Holy hell that's nice. Burnt sugar, chocolate syrup, and raw wood.

T: Taste bud crushing woody alcohol, licorice (strong), leather, and more wood.

M: Buttery, numbing, not as heavy as expected, and... A touch of carbonation!

D: Big beer here. It's a sipper to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 11:11:23 | More by hopsbreath
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml. bottle dated 2010 into a Russian River stemmed glass...

A - Uh oh...no pop when the cork is pulled. I didn't think there were carbonation issues with this years release, but I'm a little scared. Pours a murky, dark brown raisin like color that produces no head when poured vigorously. A very, very minute fizzy cream colored collar forms and dissapears as quickly as it forms.

S - Awesome aroma. Notes of bourbon, vanilla and oak along with dark sticky fruits (raisins, dates, figs). Everything mixes together very nicely and the bourbon doesn't overshadow anything else.

T - Follows the smell quite closely. Bourbon, sweet vanilla and oak mixed very nicely with dark sticky fruits. Real nice barrel integration here. Getting some caramel favors and, flavors of chocolate. Booze and sweetness actually add nicely to the other flavors.

M - Hmmm. Well, it's not flat, but there is very, very little carbonation. Very slight heat in the throat from the alcohol. Slight carbonation on the tongue, although more would really be nice.

D - Well, at $22 fr a 375 ml. bottle, I was expecting a little more, but I have come to realize that LA beers are a little more buck for their bang. Although, I must admit, that aside from Older Viscosity, this was the best offering I have had from them. Big ABV makes this one a slow sipper, but much like good bourbon, it is very well worth every sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 04:48:52 | More by KAP1356
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged 12.7oz bottle into two FoBAB tasters. Thanks to HollyAnn for the assist!

BOURBON 2010

A: Took a little effort to get the cork out but there was no "pop" when it released. A vigorous pour netted a tiny but creamy film of mocha colored foam. Head retained for about 30 seconds and not one speck of lace was left behind.

S: Very nice aroma of bourbon, dark/fudgy chocolate, bruised dark fruit, brownies, brown sugar, and wet barrel.

T: Pretty much as above with the addition of a pretty distinct alcohol flavor. It fits in nicely and doesn't detract from the savory flavors.

M: A bit more slick and syrupy than I would've cared for. This could've used some much needed carbonation. Finish is quite long and develops nicely.

D: Splitting this small bottle was just the perfect size. Our taste buds were wrecked by this and we wondered how this would've scored if it had some frigging bubbles in it. I love paying a premium for flat beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 00:35:38 | More by GbVDave
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Sierra Grille yesterday. Always a good one to find on-tap rather than paying the obscene price for a bottle.

Poured very dark brown/red, nearly black looking. Small tan head sits on top eventually turning to a ring, not much lacing.

The smell is excellent with loads of bourbon, cocoa, vanilla and only improves as it warms.

Taste is much of the same as the smell. Big bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, dark fruits. Some oak and spice. Boozy and sweet, a huge beer.

Mouthfeel - well it's carbonated, always a good thing!

Damn, 1 glass of this sets me straight. Great flavors but maybe a tad much booze and sweetness for me, definitely a nice sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 14:58:51 | More by Chico1985
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,358 ratings.