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

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95
world-class

1,426 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,426
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 558
Gots: 442 | FT: 30
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

firstlighthiker, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of srroos
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewery during the release. Came pre-poured, so the head was already settled into a tan ring. Deep, dark brown and opaque. The smell is dominated by the bourbon and oak. The flavor is similarly dominated, but also malty and sweet. Very creamy mouthfeel and goes down smooth despite the high alcohol.

I really want to try this head-to-head with the last release to see how they compare. I think the bourbon barrel version is less subtle and complex, but equally delicious.

srroos, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of jjheinrichs
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jjheinrichs, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of flyersfan900
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

flyersfan900, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

StrongAleSkeptic, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Goobastic
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Goobastic, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of roblund
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

roblund, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

PatGreer, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mini snifter three ways.

A: Wow! Carbonation ahoy! Go Lost Abbey! Slightly see-through black with brown around the edges.

S: Sweet vanilla with oaky bourbon and malty goodness. Chocolate notes follow behind a slight alcohol burn to the nostrils.

T: Brown sugar, dark molasses, vanilla coffee beans, a mix of bitter and milk chocolate, strong bourbon notes, restrained sweetness.

M: Long and lingering oaky vanilla aftertaste. Medium-low carbonation. Mouthfeel is full.

O: This is a fantastic ale, and although it's quite a bit pricey, it's worth at least a try or two. Would love to buy more to put away for a couple years.

Lordquackingstic, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of mahak213
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a trade, thanks so much sixt9coug!

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, almost black beer with the thinnest ring of head you can imagine. Whatever head was there dissipated very quickly. Looks like very little carbonation.

Smell: Strong bourbon notes with hints of vanilla and booze in the back. Boozey in the most appealing sense of the word. Very sweet smelling.

Taste: initially very sweet on the palate, a marshmellowy candy, vanilla sweetness. Bourbon undertones throughout the entire taste profile, finishing with a very pleasant toasted coconut. Boozey, helps to cut the sweetness of the beer and adds a nice bite to the finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, lightly carbed and coating.

Overall: What a special beer! Really excited to get to try this one. Wish I was able to get some more lost abbey offerings!

mahak213, Jul 10, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%

Blakeorm, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of BeerisOK
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

BeerisOK, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe - much obliged!

Pours a chestnut brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth and sweet caramel malts with good amounts of vanilla and bourbon. Also present are deep milk chocolate aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust caramel malt flavors - sticky yet far from cloying - that indicate the base beer must be a pretty damn good beer in it's own right kick things off. Soon afterward milk chocolate flavors join in along with darker toffee. Midway through the sip bourbon and vanilla flavors make their way into the flavor profile, carrying through to a sweet and crisp ending with a bit of heat.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I was impressed with this bad boy, and was happy that the carbonation was at a good level. After having the Grand Cru and Bourbon I'm very interested to try the Brandy. I'd be willing to be that it's worth a shot, as is this one.

glid02, May 03, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour at Sunset Grill (Boston), served in a flute-like glass

A - thin layer of loose mocha colored foam, the beer is hazy and dark chocolate brown in color...seemingly active bubbling.

S - incredible and bold dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, vanilla beans, and a huge hit of bourbon.

T - very sweet off the gun with nice lightly sour bourbon that carries throughout, joined by toffee, chocolate, spiced rum, caramel...the end brings some alcohol burn with dark fruits (detecting a bit of raisins) and toffee.

M - medium bodied yet slightly creamy...nice subtle carbonation that sits tight until the swallow before opening up. finishes chewy and rich with lingering bourbon bite.

D - incredible beer all around, was torn between which I liked more, the smell or taste - had to call it a draw. Great bourbon characteristics with a good amount of other things going on for balance. Was stoked to find this on tap, well worth it.

Stigs, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Lost Abbey, Angel's Share Ale
No discernable date or code. 12.7 oz. bottle
$17.49 @ The Cold Point Pub/Whole Foods Market, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Even a rough pour fails to bring up any real head atop its deep brown body, but what is there is a big-bubbled dark tan that doesn't stick around for too long. It leaves no lacing on the glass, nor does it display much in the way of "legs". Raised directly to the light you'll find ruby highlights gleaming just below the surface. With a rough pour my sample is obviously cloudy as the yeast has been roused.

The aroma is rich and full displaying sweetish dark toffee, damp wood, slightly tart dark-skinned fruits, Bourbon, chocolate fudge, coconut, vanilla, oak, and a hint of alcohol.

In the mouth it's full bodied and smooth with the exception of a little bit of alcoholic heat.

The flavor is as the nose suggests, with the exception of more fruit amidst the maltiness (red grape, fig, plum/prune) and a more distinct Bourbon character (I also get scotch at times). The oak lends a pleasing dryness to it, and along with the alcohol they balance it nicely (I'm not sure how much bitterness is actually in here). It finishes in different way as you progress through the glass and your taste buds adapt. For the most part it's generally dark-fruit and mild tartness followed by wood, then a rising note of alcohol backed by Bourbon flavor, and finally fading into soft fudge and coconut... or some slightly changed re-arrangement of such.

It's a big beer, and a sipper to be sure. Clearly displayed alcohol is not normally something I find pleasant (or acceptable), but it works here (and I've certainly tasted 'hotter' beers). It reminds me in many ways of Sam Adams Triple Bock, which as been shunned on BeerAdvocate, currently scoring a "C" (mediocre) with 569 reviews - how that can be, I don't know. This is thinner, yes; more fruity and perhaps a bit less 'malty', OK; and it presents Bourbon instead of maple syrup but they're still in the same general ballpark. Thus my score is in the same general ball park... an A.

NeroFiddled, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of tomfneph
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle from Hop City Atlanta, GA. Also had on tap at City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA.

A. Dark brown, absolutely no head.

S. Raisins, chocolate,fruit, bacon or some kind of smoked meat.

T. Vinous raisins, dates, Port wine, Chocolately Belgian malt flavor. Little to no hops. Very similar to Dark Lord or Goose Island Bourbon county stout.

M. Minimal carbonation. This does not bother me. This beer is very smooth and full in the mouth.

O. This is one of the best beers I have ever tasted. It compares favorably with Dark Lord, Westveleteren, Utopias, and is actually obtainable and affordable for mere mortal beer drinkers. Make sure you share it with someone. At 12.5% it's a one and done.

tomfneph, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this 375 mL corked and caged bottle from the 2007 release (or so). I chilled it in the freezer before opening it and had no gushing issues. Consumed on 31-Oct-09.

A: The ale is a dark, mysterious black hue that offers out occasional deep ruby hues. As expected, condensation from the freezer temperatures is blanketing my snifter. A finger and a half of off-white head, dense, scaled back without lacing.

S: My snifter is still far too cold to the touch, preventing me from sniffing too early. The strong ale is formidable, heavy with oak, vanilla, brown sugar, and chocolate. The nose is very inviting, heavy with booze but wickedly complex.

T: Much like the brandy barrel version, this ale is phenomenal. Rich dark flavors start off, full and almost chewy, before transitioning to the wood and bourbon. The bourbon barrel has layered vanilla and brown sugar, along with a strong oaken body. The ale is sweet, benefiting from the from the bourbon, without a tell-tale boozy hit. The bourbon aspect of the ale is subtle, almost an afterthought behind the oak. The good news is that the oak aspect still carries the day. The complexity, from first sip to last, is a real treat; an excellent after dinner drink.

M: The mouthfeel is so deep, so complex, that words hardly do it justice. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, all working in tandem to deliver an epic experience.

D: So delicious, so complex, I'd suffer an untold number of hangovers to drink this every day. Beers like this make the U.S. the greatest country, brewing-wise, in the world. It also is a reminder that the Lost Abbey is world class.

akorsak, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of scottoale
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new Strong Ale from the Lost Abbey that will be available soon at all Pizza Ports and a few local retailers. From the bottle pours a burgundy-brown with no head.

The smell is sweet fruity malt with bourbon , a very boozy ale.

The flavor is somewhat Port like with dark ripe booze soaked grapes with some complexity untold. Dark ripe fig and plum with a light liquer like alcohol from the aging in the bourbon barrel give this sweet brew a dessert apperitif essence.

Big body, yet light and earthy from the booze barrels, this stuff is dangerously delicious and very potent. Can't wait too get my hands on some more!

Note: this beer make-up will change with the different barrels that it's aged in and a few other variables.

scottoale, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of zoso1967
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have to be honest; this is not the most attractive beer I have ever laid eyes on. It is an opaque dark brown color with just a ring of tan bubbles around the edge. It pretty much looks like muddy pond water, BUT this look in a beer is actually sort of exciting, because it signals me that I am in for an interesting experience. The aroma is sweet and hot with plenty of bourbon up front, as well as caramelized sugar, dark fruits, toffee, some chocolate, oak and vanilla. The flavor really showcases the bourbon and oak aging, and is quite enjoyable. It has a sweet, caramelized sugar malt character that blends well with the bourbon and alcoholic heat. Other flavors include dark fruit, cocoa, leather, vanilla and oak. Surprisingly, it has a fairly decent bitterness that keeps the malt from getting out of hand. Well played Tomme, well played indeed. The mouthfeel on this is quite decadent and smooth with a wonderful lingering finish. This is very drinkable for style, and as I sit here enjoying it in a building that has been serving guests for over 200 years, it is hard not to get sucked in by the romance of it all.

zoso1967, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a nice creamy head. As expected, the barrel is up front. Then you start to smell the other aspects. A surprise in the aroma is a hint of cherry. Strong bourbon flavor, toffee, and vanilla. Start drinking at cellar temp and allow the beer to warm. This is an amazing beer.

LittleBreeze, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine brought this beer down from Seattle for me, and I've been sitting on it for about six months now. I figured a Tuesday night was as good as any to crack her open and enjoy.

Poured from the 12.7-oz. bottle into a Belgian snifter. Really, really carbonated, and both bottle and glass runneth over. After the beer settles in the snifter, though, things begin to take shape. There is a healthy tan head on top, with some noticeably sticky lace. It's a dark beer, dark brown, with little light shining through when the glass is held up to the light. Some faint reddish tint around the edges, though. The nose is very strong; heavy oak scent with a dense dark fruit smell. Think prunes and raisins on steroids (no, I don't really know what that means either, but it's what this beer smells like). Molasses, vanilla, and coffee scents exist as well. The taste is fantastic. Big and bold, but delicious. Strong molasses here as well, but with some more tangible fruit flavors (prune, fig, raisin). Sweet finish with a faint hoppy dryness. Mouthfeel is soft and easy-going.

This is a great beer. It's big, and opponents of oak-aged beers probably won't like it. But still, it's delicious. Smooth and easy to drink, the high ABV (12%) is there, and you know it's there, but it's not tyrannical. It settles back and lets the laid-back fruit flavors take over in a velvety tongue. A great brew at every step. Worth seeking out if you can't find it in your neck of the woods.

Atlas1, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

yeahnatenelson, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of ZX6Chris
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch from the beginning of 2010

A-Dark but with hints of brown liquid around the edges.Small amount of head that quickly settles to a ring around the edges.

S-Bourbon! And I like it! Oak, vanilla, sweet malts.

T-Bourbon, boozy, oak, vanilla, chocolate.

M-It's a big beer that's well carbonated to help it go down.

D-Just amazing. I really enjoyed the glass but don't think i could of had too many. Enjoy this in moderation.

ZX6Chris, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of kmeves
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a medium frothy lasting beige head and lacing. Aroma is fruity sweet with heavy amounts of caramel malt, rasin, plum, licorice, bourbon, oak and light chocolate. Flavor is sweet with a nice medley of vanilla, chocolate, caramel and infused wood. Full bodied, somewhat oily texture. Very little carbonation, finishes mildly alcoholic.

kmeves, May 28, 2009
Photo of david131
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A very dark brown liquid bordering on black with absolutely no head whatsoever. Looks heavy, dense, and dead.

S- Bourbon, raisins, tobacco, figs, and alcohol. Extraordinarily complex. Astounding.

T- Raisins, vanilla, tobacco, figs, oak, alcohol, and a touch of nuttiness. Very unique and complex.

M- Bordering on flat, but it adds to the viscosity. The flavors are strong enough to come through in the low carbonation.

D- Very rich and smooth with a warming alcohol presence that warms all the way to my stomach. An excellent desert beer, and worth splitting- even if it is a small bottle.

david131, Aug 27, 2010
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,426 ratings.