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

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Reviews: 660
Hads: 1,686
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 12.11%
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Gots: 512 | FT: 41
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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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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap in a tulip at Hopleaf.

Appearance: My pour is a totally opaque mahogany color, with a few spots of ruby or burgundy in the corners of the glass. A modest tan head melts away over the first half of the glass, not bothering to leave any lace. It is noticeably viscous as I swirl it in my glass.

Smell: The aroma is outstanding; a true wake up call after drinking a few milder beers. A complex spectrum of sweet aromas just burst out of the glass. The bourbon is noticeable, more so in the nose than in the flavor, with figs, dates, and raisins providing the fruit notes. Sweet toffee, caramel, and dark chocolate fudge overwhelm the milder bready malt notes. This is close to perfect.

Taste: The flavor starts strong as well, and each component is so well-integrated it takes me a few sips to distinguish each one. Dark gooey caramel, a bit of molasses, and some dark Belgian chocolate provide a sweet candy front, dark caramel and lightly roasted malt feed off the sweetness and add more depth. A blast of figs and rum raisin come in and lead to the ridiculous depth to the flavor. A light bourbon note overlays the rest of the sip, which is comprised of oak, a generous amount of vanilla, some coconut, and a few more dark fruit flavors. The finish is mostly sweet, with just a touch of bitterness and alcohol to keep the sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel: To call this anything less than full bodied would be blasphemy. There is no doubt about the intention of this beer - a full bodied, creamy, sweet, and complex brew, and the mouthfeel is consistent with this goal. Smooth and creamy for sure, it is a little syrupy at times, which is the only reason for the less than perfect score. It is properly carbonated, but the carbonation is hardly noticeable given everything else that is going on here.

Overall: This is a beer that borders on greatness. I had a less than stellar experience with a flat Brandy Angel's Share bottle, but the difference is like night and day. From the moment I had my first whiff of it, I knew this was going to be a special beer. The bourbon treatment is remarkably well done, neither destroying the flavor nor the mouthfeel of the base beer. A huge beer packed with taste and complexity. For me, this is worth seeking out when it is available. (2,290 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still, dark reddish-brown appearance.

Nose is brown sugar, vanilla and oak. Heavenly.

Taste is of deep rich sweetness. Highlights are oak with a vanilla bite. It's like an alcoholic chocolate covered cherry. Truly wonderful.

Mouthfeel is zingy, slightly boozy but not astringent.

Drinkability is high. This is a good sipper, boozy but very tasty. Layers of complexity with every sip.

Thanks to juicestam for sharing this treat out here in the middle of the Pacific. (470 characters)

Photo of bball208
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (1,204 characters)

Photo of hopstat
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the dog and pony

A: dark dried fruits - cherries, big chocolate and slight bourbon notes

T: amazing morph from dried fruit to big chocolate (like a dark chocolate syrup) to bitter chocolate to mocha to esspresso.

Overall: an amazing beer so complex you're sure to taste something new when you sale up in the morning (328 characters)

Photo of abfraser
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml purchased in 2008

A: Opens with a serious pop. Carbonation isn't going to a worry here, unlike many other Lost Abbeys lately. Dark rudy brown, with a beautiful creamy head that lasts the entire beer. Beautiful.

S: Oak. More oak. Nice bourbon and vanilla aromas. Dark caramel malt. Dark cherries. The barrel aromas are dominant at first, but dark fruit really comes out as this warms up.

T/M: Every in the smell and then some. Awesome bourbon, vanilla flavors and cherries and fruit in the background. The caramel malt is potent definitely laying the backbone for everything else. It's got a nice carbonation, doesn't taste syrupy at all. Amazing stuff.

D: Man, if only...

Near perfection in a barrel aged beer. The first Lost Abbey brew I've had that's met the hype (777 characters)

Photo of kels
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - big thanks goes out to my brother pwoods for this early birthday gift. I'm glad he knows what he's doing:) Shared with him and bamadog this weekend.

Appearance: Pours into the snifter softly, but still creates a whole glassful of foam. It's a creamy shade of tan with loads of airy bubbles. It fades quickly, retaining at a significant skim with lots of smooth, blanketing lacing. Liquid is a dark caramelized brown, viscous and opaque, with slight reddish highlights. The lacing is so thick and clingy I am somewhat tempted to lick it.

Smell: Smell is full of oaky bourbon, chewy/sticky malts, deep roasted and nutty grains and a slightly sticky fruitiness. This combines with a sharp punch of isopropyl alcohol in the background. Big is the best word I have to describe the smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is very big, but pretty smooth overall. The malts are chewy and nutty and are well-paired with a deeply toasted grain. The bourbon is sweetly woody with a clear vanilla presence. Heat is excellent in the mouth, throat and chest. This one drinks like a bourbon and tastes like a beer - absolutely delicious, and everything I could have hoped for. Caramelly malt and slight raisin sweetness. Feel is very usually light for the big flavors or for a strong ale in general thanks to the exceptional carbonation. Moderate texture, very smooth. Drying aftertaste leaves pleasant vapor in the palate.

Drinkability: Way higher than it should be. Drinks so surprisingly smoothly with great balance of flavors. Definitely worth it and lives up to the hype. (1,564 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle picked up for me at the brewery from seaoflament, thanks a lot Carlos, my bottle says 12.5% ABV, saved this for my 700th review, poured into my New Belgium snifter

A-Almost black in color but very dark brown with some dark red around the edges, 1/2 inch frothy light tan head that stuck around longer than I have ever seen one, with no exaggeration it was over a half hour, just not budging, after that it left some nice lacing, perfect appearance

S-The obvious aroma from the beginning is bourbon and a good amount of it, provides a somewhat stinging and spicy aroma, tons of caramel is in the nose as well which is where this beer gets its fair share of sweetness from, lots of oak, also burned sugar, toffee, very faint dark fruits, and vanilla

T-Started off with a spicy bourbon flavor, faded into some sweet malt and vanilla in the middle, finish had some booze but was mostly a caramel sweetness, burned accents and sugar present throughout the entire hour and a half I sipped on this, later on the bourbon became more subtle and lots more vanilla showed up and was even present in the aftertaste at times, slightly warming going down but nothing too serious, complex flavor makes you want more after every sip, by the end I could still taste the bourbon slightly but there was a nice mixture between milk chocolate and sweet vanilla, incredible balance and unique to say the least

M-Loads and loads of carbonation and I knew that once I popped the cork, body was medium size, motuhfeel was full of bourbon so it was mostly dry and boozy, but there was also some sweet and slightly roasty accents, taste lingered for quite some time, especially once it warmed

D-Could have drank a full 750 ml of this but would not need to, this beer was amazingly drinkable for over twelve percent but it is still very strong which is why I cannot give it a five, alcohol is also more present in this one, still tremendously smooth and easy to drink

Did not enjoy this one as much as the brandy version but it was still awesome, would say this version is more similar to a barleywine, the smaller size bottle was a perfect serving too because of how strong it is, this one was a serious gusher this is one of the most unique beers out there and if you have not tried either of the Angel's Shares then you really need to, will definitely drink again in the upcoming years, congratulations to Tomme again for brewing yet another masterpiece (2,448 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A: Dark purple with no head.

S: Dull red wine scent in the nose, and, as it warms up, notes of vanilla

T: Dull at first, a little red wine, but given a moment it blossoms with sweet vanilla, caramel, oak, a slight taste of alcohol.

M: While I prefer my beer smooth, this is a bit too smooth. It's flat.

O: One of my favorites, not unlike Sucaba, but it's flatness makes it a bit less impressive. They should cap it. (419 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got in a trade with kinnaird...thanks for everything John!!!

I popped this open at DLD and had a couple of people around me become very happy with letting them sample...beer karma is good.

A-Poured into a Dogfish snifter. Pours a nice deep dark brown color almost black but when the light hits it you can see dark brown. Nice brown/tan head that went away rather quickly and left nice lacing on the sides.

S-From the first smell I could just pickup a sweet smelling bourbon. One I let it breathe for about a minute I could get more complex smells of vanilla and some fruitiness to it as well. Also the malts come in to play but only as a backbone I think. Just so much to take in.

T-This is one of the best tasting barrel aged beers I have ever had. Kind of on a sweet taste that comes out of nowhere which goes with the vanilla that I smelled earlier. The roasted malts come through nicely along with a nice touch of fruit and figs. The bourbon comes through with this but it is not overpowering at all. The warmer it becomes the better I think it is becoming.

M-For such a complex tasting beer it has a nice mouthfeel. A little on the heavy side but the carbination makes up for it very nicely. Coats the palate but doesn't leave a lingering feel after it is gone.

D- This beer is dangerous. I mean dangerous. It is so drinkable and I could get enough of it. The ABV is very hidden and I was sad once I took my last sip. I wish I could get my hands on more of this. (1,475 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: cautiously uncorked after hearing various gusher stories on ba, no such happening but there is a slow rise up the neck of the bottle easily parried off by a gentle pour into my St. Bernardus chalice, lovely mocha-foam head shows permanent retention, fed by numerous slow eruptions of gas from the bottom like island generation in time-lapse, the beer itself is nearly black at first glance, producing brown tones when lifted to the light

s: upfront, sticking your head inside a bourbon-logged oak barrel emptied after a decade or more of waiting once the sharp alcohols have had time to evaporate away and become the angel's share - only the sweet and smoky caramelized sugars, damp oak, and woody vanilla remain, deep layers of dark cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate, thick compote of date and fig with a molasses touch, roasty espresso dark chocolate cookies, aged hops appropriately add only a dried herbal flavor, flawlessly stitched together

m: lively but delicate carbonation, medium-full body

t: taking a bite of a moist, fresh dark chocolate and espresso molasses cake while sucking on a damp, charred piece of oak chipped from the inside of a long-used bourbon barrel, rich date and fig reduction, again I love the barrel presence here - all the best contributions of the oak and bourbon, midway the sweetness falls back just a bit as a dry roast seeps in, all of this lingers together with an herbal hop flavor and mild bitterness in a long, loitering finish, delicious

d: just an enchanting beer with an absurdly well concealed abv of twelve point five percent, yeah it's drinkable, but I had a great time enjoying it over the course of a few hours

finally made the leap on this open window windy evening during the seasonal transition, good cheese pairing with Meadow Creek Appalachian Tomme (that my cheese shares its name with the brewer was not planned, swear), Sexual Chocolate in exchange for a 375 ml some time ago, via MiScusi playing middleman for a BA outsider (1,994 characters)

Photo of
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle.

Poured a very dark brown, virtually opaque even when held up to light. Edges suggest red tones. Formed a massive, creamy, tan colored head. Lacing was minimal, good legs after the head moved on.

Aroma gives away the bourbon barrel right out of the gate. Dark fruits (cherries & figs). Just a touch of funkiness. Pine and herbal notes. Overall, scent is very sweet.

Taste gives me coffee and chocolate. Bourbon and vanilla. Cherries, caramel and the herbal notes near the end.

Body is full and silky. Carbonation is high initially, but calms down a lot. Medium in dryness, seemed to be more noticeable in the finish than while drinking (that statement makes very little sense, even to me, but I don't know how else to express it). Alcohol content starts to warm you up right away.

This is an incredibly complex beer. Calling it a strong ale is almost insulting, but I don't know where else it should go either. I sipped this over the course of two hours and enjoyed every minute of it. (1,004 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Arizona Strong Beer Festival. Color was a rudy dark brown color. Lots of head and the keg poured very foamy when it was first tapped but settled down later on. Had a big white head. Aroma of oak barrels and toffee with a slightly high alcohol awareness evident. Taste was of a woody, oak barrel sweet malt beer. Very excellent beer and one of my favorites at the festival. The rep said some bottles would be coming to Arizona soon. (445 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

is there a better beer in the world than this? bring it to me. this pours into an 8oz chalice a lovely red/brown color with a minimal and fading off white head. smells like a billion delicious things, belgian yeast, caramel, milk chocolate, oak chips, sweet malt, booze. flavor at first is that of a liquid rollo candy, chocolate and gooey caramel combined, but soon after a barleywine sweetness and strength assert themselves and a wood aged sort of depth is in your face. this is so complex and evolving its insane. notes of dried fruit, toll house semisweet chips, and jim beam come through. there is no other beer like this. mouthfeel is near perfect too, plenty of bubbles, and a fuller medium body, strong alcohol burn as it warms. magnificent beer, with everything you could want and more. 12.5% is well hidden until it gets warm. i cant say enough good things about this one. damn damn damn. only thing i dont like is the price, $12 for an 8oz. pour. (958 characters)

Photo of meatyard
4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opens with a soft pffft. Poured into a snifter.

Pours out a very dark, murky brown with a cap of tan foam that lasts about 30 seconds and becomes a ring and a small atoll.

The smell is a luscious bourbon aroma and dark chocolate and cherries.

The taste is a really powerful bourbon flavor that makes you take notice of it and nothing else around you for a brief moment or two. After that there are many things that come and go; there's chocolate covered cherries, vanilla. It's very sweet in the aftertaste. This is a complex beer and very warming with some noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a lack of carbonation.

Overall: I had this a couple of times on tap and wish this had the carbonation levels of that. Still, sitting at home and being able to concentrate on the beer, you really get a feel for all of the complexity in this. It really is a very good beer. I don't know if the price warrants buying it very often, more likely whenever I see it on tap I will go for it. (1,001 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Pours dense deep brown, not much head, lacy with some legs. The nose is sherry, leather, prune, tobacco, vanilla, hint of bourbon. Big bold palate with dark dried fruit, figs, prunes, sherry, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate and some malt. Very rich and bourbon. (262 characters)

Photo of SurfsideChris
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Had it on tap at Surfside Tap Room in Oceanside California. This year's brew according to Alex, their sales rep, this beer clicked in at 14.8%. Very aggressive and very boozy. Pours a cloudy dark brown with an almost non existent tan head. Beer is phenomenal just not for the faint of heart. Must love bourbon since this one was aged for almost two years in barrels. (370 characters)

Photo of Jjski
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

2014 61 degrees F

dark chestnut,
minimal head,
dark fruit, fig, whiskey on the nose
Yeah its hot this year. When I knew I had some more 2014 ordered : I drank my last 2013 last week, which was smoothly sublime.
Cracked the 2014 tonight and got a huge amount of heat, barrel and vaporous alcohol which blunted the beautiful taste of the 2013 that I recalled from last week.

I had started drinking my barrel aged beers fresh ( and only aging the bottle conditioned and standard non barrel beers) in order not to lose the intended flavors of the barrel aging process. This tends to work on beers that don't have huge barrel components (KBS, Backwoods, Merkin, Clown Shoes barreled beers other than Very Angry Beast). HUGE Brews like BCBS and Bruery Smoking Wood, Bois, & Sucre can handle and benefit from time in the cellar IMHO

This one needs some time. Aged a year: 4.75. Fresh 4.0 The next 4 bottles I have coming are going to get tagged not to open for a year.

Earlier in this evening , I split a 22 oz 2013 Scucaba with wifey: and while it definitely was better than this 2014 Angel, the 2013 Angel was beter than the 2013 Scucaba (again imho ) (1,157 characters)

Photo of mrkrispy
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(review of the draft version during the Bottle Release in 2008)
I went to the Bourbon Barrel release and was fortunate enough to be able to sample it in line - 3 times. Absolutely a stunning beer from first to last taste.

Glass arrived with a faint head on it with the brew a strikingly dark crimson approaching black. The bourbon nose was bold but not near overpowering.

Flavors of malt, vanilla, chocolate, with hints of molasses, bourbon, and toffee. The tastes don't linger too long, so there is no overpowering buildup. Moderate carbonation helps to cleanse the palate. Somewhat hot, much smoother than the Brandy version. A fantastic, world class beer. (662 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Must thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this treat.

From a truly unique and awesome looking bottle, pours a dark as sin liquid with ample tan head, leaving lacing all about the glass, a swirl bringing back the head quickly, leaving even more lacing. The aroma wreaks of bourbon, lots of sweet, sticky malts, vanilla, oak, caramels, marvelous.

Taste is right up there, similar to all hints in the nose, add a twist of rum, some dark fruits. A medium full body, starting tickling with carbonation, drying into the finish, and a bit slick. An exceptional beer, maybe a bit too carbonated for my taste, but a joy to drink. (615 characters)

Photo of bgramer
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Whoa - when popping the cork, you could smell the bourbon instantly, and oh what a heavenly smell.

Poured into my glass cold so it wouldn't gush as much out of the bottle, it was dark and purpley. As it warmed up, it smelled so sweet and I tasted the bready bourbon sweetness. It definitely has a candied and spicy flavor that gives it an awesome balanced complexity over the oak and bourbon which blends well together.

Imagine how well this is going to age! I'm looking forward to trying this again soon. (507 characters)

Photo of throwitallaway
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decanted from the bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark color with a massive head. The head subsides quite a bit, leaving a thin layer of foam across the top. Aroma is intense. Big notes of vanilla, bourbon, plums, caramel, and alcohol. Taste starts with bourbon and vanilla, then transitions to caramel malts and plums, finally ending with a mild coffee-like bitterness. Damn there's a lot going on. Mouthfeel is right in the middle and quite creamy. This is a big beer and definitely a sipper. Overall I have zero criticism for this beer. It is excellent in general. (566 characters)

Photo of mpcrump
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle at one of my favorite places - Monks Café in Philly.

A: Deep dark brown. Decent carbonation and head. Head is lighter brown in color.

S: Very strong bourbon smell. I get a hint of vanilla and something fruity. Can't quite catch it. Decent smell of some dark fruits as well - figs/plums.

T: Ah, this is what we came for. I will admit - I had this after a Deliverance. Cherries and then some dark fruits up front. Then some toffee and some light chocolate. Finishes with bourbon and a hint of vanilla.

M: Very nice. Moderate to high carbonation but still feels creamy. Very interesting.

O: Give it to Lost Abbey to make another wonder bourbon barrel aged beer. Definitely a quality beer. (711 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black with a wispy brown head and plenty of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Coconut, caramel, figs.

Taste: Up front it’s big time caramel malt with vanilla. Bitterness peeks in a bit. Fades into a woody sweet ethanol taste. Leaves a bourbon aftertaste on the breath.

Mouthfeel: Very thick with fine carbonation.

Overall: Great sipping beer. Strong, boozy, and delicious. (387 characters)

Photo of Lothore
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me first say that at first I really wanted to not like this beer. Something about this whole frequent special releases thing kind of rubs me the wrong way for some reason.

A- I have to say this looks just about perfect. Very dark brown, almost black with a creamy, tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing as it falls.

S- Smell is very enticing, sweet, brown sugar, spices, almost detect a sour note towards the end, slight coffee, a bit of bourbon.

T- Taste is much different than I was suspecting from the smell. Tastes creamy, mixed spices in the middle, sweet cream, a slight bit of bourbon. Can detect the alcohol warming but it blends in so superbly. The sweetness wears on you after a while. Definitely a sipper.

M- A bit thinner than I would have guessed, very crisp with a lot of carbonation. Refreshing, I'm a little tired of beers that are way too thick, this is excellent.

D- I really really wanted to not like this beer. I tried to find as much wrong with it as I could but I just couldn't. Not a huge fan of the brewery, didn't buy into the hype and I loved it. Try to get a bottle now why there is still some in circulation, you won't regret it. (1,171 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to tayner for an amazing trade.

Pours a dark brown and ruby with a huge rocky light tan head. Appears to be quite overcarbonated. Nose REEKS of bourbon heat and dark fruits, wood. Taste = Bourbon! dark fruit, caramel, bourbon soaked raisins, vanilla, caramel apple, wood and bourbon and alcohol on the finish. Wonderful. Great sweetnes lingers in the mouth and on the lips. This one will be amazing after a few years in the cellar. Mouthfeel is suprisingly thin and waaayyy more carbonated than I expected. Drinkability is good for the style, but will greatly improve with some cellaring I think. Certainly an amazing concoction, bourbon is right up front. Defenitely a great cellar candidate. Pleased to have had the opportunity to have tried it. Thanks again, Dana! (775 characters)

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.