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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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 callmemickey
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, dark brown. Slight mahogany hues around the edges. No head, skim, foam, residue, lacing etc. Perfectly still looking.

S: Massive bourbon blast. Roasted malts. Oak and vanilla.

T: The taste is a different story as the bourbon really overpowered all the subtle flavors that make bourbon barrel-aged beers special. I just couldn't find the things that could have made this beer special.

M: Lightly carbonated (but in a good way). Nice booze burn at 12%.

D: In the end, there is just too much bourbon coming through in the flavor to make this more than a once in a blue moon beer. It took me quite a bit of time to finish my five ounce pour. Glad to get this on the cheap as opposed to shelling out for a big bottle that I'd struggle to finish. (753 characters)

Photo of Traquairlover
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this bottle.

12.7 oz bottle from 2009 poured into a large snifter.

A = Opaque with a certain cloudiness to it, chestnut brown with very little head - only slight bubbling around edge of glass.

S = Very strong and sweet smells of vanilla, walnuts, pecans, molasses. Really the thing this smells most like to me is Samuel Adams Utopias, but I'm not sure how much information that conveys to most people. It is very sweet and quite strong. Deep sniffs uncover a high alcohol presence, but that is not apparent on a casual smell.

T = Treacle, charred oak, roasted walnuts. This is still a little too young to have really resolved well, but I can see how it will improve over time. It does have a bit too much of a burnt taste, presumably from the bourbon barrels, that I am not so sure will resolve itself positively.

M = Virtually still liquid, which would be okay if it had slightly more body, but it is a little too thin, even with what is admittedly a heavy body. It is almost like it has two characters, a thin alcohol and a thicker malt syrup. I imagine it will greatly improve in this aspect over time. Great mouthcoating.

D = Not all that drinkable at the moment. A great experiment, but not something that really capture my tastebuds and keeps them longing for more. (1,306 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle purchased somewhere local. Not sure why I got this, considering the cost and my bad experience with the brandy barrel offering last year, guess I'm just an optimist. Corked and caged, 2009 vintage.

Sedate pftt upon uncorking, does not instill confidence. Poured into a DFH tulip, a few small bubbles form, nothing evenly remotely resembling a head above the totally cloudy opaque dark brown brew. Legs galore, but not much lacing. Aroma is intense vanilla-tinged bourbon.

Taste is sweet upfront, chocolatey into the middle, where the barrel and bourbon take over and dominate. Nothing sedate about the flavors here. Numbness in mouth lasts and lasts after swallowing. Mouthfeel is slickery, too flat for my taste, and drinkability is okay, buoyed by the depth of flavors to pique interest. Not much redemption here for Lost Abbey. (846 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle poured into a few taster glasses. I had intended to open this one and then the 2009 but we struggled to finish this one.

A - Pours deep dark brown, mostly black, with a thin film of off-white head leaving no lace at all down the glass.

S - Smells of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, toasted wood, and warming bourbon. The booze is still VERY strong in this one but the base flavors are very nice.

T - Starts off with a nice mix of chocolate, vanilla, and toffee sweetness quickly giving way to a STRONG alcohol burn, lingering through the finish and then some. The bourbon is ever present, offering a warming sensation that blends well with the base flavors. I think a bit more time in the bottle would have done this one wonders but I didn't want to wait and find out it was flat. Oh well.

M - Heavy body and flavor with low carbonation. Big, heavy, feel with a mix of dark flavors and strong alcohol burn in the finish.

O - I have had this on-tap and it was much better than this. The flavors are complex and very enjoyable but it is just WAY too hot. Once it tones down a bit this will be a great beer but at the moment it is still too raw. (1,155 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sent to me a while back by Cocoapuph. Thanks Jeremy!

I really didn't care much for the Brandy version, but let's see....

Served in a Duck Rabbitt snifter.

A: Poured out like prune juice... a dark reddish brown, with no head whatsoever. Still, looked very inviting.

S: I started to smell this right away from the mere thud of the cork pop. Deep, dark fruit aroma, with a strong bourbon presence, with vanilla and oak.

T: Peppery bitterness, strong oak presence, and some date and raison notes as well. Not much more than that to my mind.

M: Flat as a pancake, but maybe that was the point. No lacing, and a good bit of booze.

O: Maybe I just don't get the concept of this Angel's Share series. I wasn't impressed. (719 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Thanks to ShanePB for sharing.

A: Pours a dark brown color with no head or lacing at all...does not bode well for this beer.

S: Nice aroma of bourbon, roasted malt, caramel, and a hints of dark fruit and chocolate.

T: Very nice flavor profile of bourbon, some oak and vanilla with brown sugar and caramel.

M: Totally flat. Not unexpected really based on previous reviews, but was still hoping this bottle was carbonated. Can see how it would be great with some bubbles.

O: Again, besides it being flat, I enjoyed this beer very much. (561 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 vintage. Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Cork comes out with the slightest pop. Vigorous pour yields a single layer of coarse bubbles atop a nearly opaque, dark brown brew, that dissipates very quickly. Lacing is non-existant.

S: This one smells delicious. Copious amounts of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and booze. All very distinct and all equally pungent.

T:Whoooaaa! This one is a slow sipper for sure. 12% that tastes and feels more like 16-18%. Opens woody. Vanilla, prunes, and tastes like someone put two shots of bourbon in my beer. Alcohol kick is beyond fierce. Very sweet throughout and booziness makes itself know midway through the experience and takes over almost completely towards the end. Dark fruit is pushed into the background. Very hot even after a year. Finish is sweet and aftertastes is numbingly boozy.

M: Medium to full bodied and flat as a pancake. Oily and slick in the mouth but the lack of carbonation actually works here. I feel like I'm drinking a bourbon. Make no mistake, this is one of the only beers I've come across that taste likes its HIGHER ABV than it actually is. Finish is sticky and aftertaste lingers.

D: This is a booze bomb if there ever was one. However, taste is quite complex and enjoyable once you get past the alcohol. Would love to have the carbonated version of this. (1,384 characters)

Photo of pepsican
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark ruby, near black with a medium sized off white head. Aroma was strong bourbon and vanilla. flavor was vanilla, oak, bourbon, candi sugar, and caramel. A bit over carbonated, slight hint of the abv but not bad. This would have been much better without the explosive carbonation, but still a pretty solid beer. (326 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Large pop when opened. huge brown-tan head over a dark liquid. Smells fruity, bourbon, vanilla, clean alcohol, but not much raw oak character. Alcohol dries out the aroma. Chocolate step forward as the beer breaths and warms.

Tastes oaky emptiness over malt sweet and alcohol. Chocolate powder, like Nestle cocoa. Bourbon and mild fruitiness. Nice, but not overly complex. The alcohol and sweet conflict in comparable intensity. Md-light body and oaky dries out the finish. Decent drinkablility. (511 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottel poured into my lost abbey glass

A - Pours an opaque dark brown with no head

S - Booouuuurbon. Lots of it. Also some caramel, spices, and dark fruits.

T - Loads of bourbon, sweet caramel malt, spices, figs/dark fruits, vanilla, and wood. Alcohol also very noticeable. Tasty though.

M - Lots of alcohol on the finish and a medium-full palate. Carbonation is medium to low

D - This is good stuff but maybe a little heavy on the bourbon, and that hampers the drinkability a bit , (496 characters)

Photo of mcgwire756
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of isubsmith
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another beer brought back from CA by my friend.

Appearance: Dark syrupy brown. Lots of head initially, but it instantly retreated to nothingness.

Smell: Wow. Lots and lots and lots of bourbon. Vanilla, caramel. Lots of toasted malt. Dark fruits - raisins and figs. Some toffee. Very complex nose.

Taste: Overpowering for me. It follows the nose, but it's just too much. This is coming from someone that loves bourbon and loves beer and had very high expectations for this beer. Its just too sweet I think. Too much malt, too much bourbon. I really wish I had another bottle to store in the cellar for a while. I think it could mellow out nicely. But the fresh bottle we had was just too much.

Mouthfeel: Very light carbonation. Surprisingly light body given the syrupy pour. Almost airy, especially as it warmed up.

Drinkability: I really wanted to like this beer and I'm quiet surprised I didn't. The sweetness was just too overpowering. Maybe I can get another bottle and age it for a while and see how that goes. (1,020 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Angel's Share is a quite nice barrel-aged strong ale. Still... it could have been much better. I had this later in the night so I was a bit drunk. My notes aren't the best as a result.

A: Dark black with noticeable sediment and particles floating around. 3.5

S: Sweet malty. Barnyard. 3

T: Malty with some bourbon barrel. Sharp Bourbon-alcohol. yum. 4

M: Foamy. 4.

O. 4. (395 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 375ml bottle, 2009 vintage, shared with the amazing ATLBeerdog at his home in 'lanta, where the water is expensive and the nights are long.

A. Well... ok, let's just dive in. A few measly bubbles fade fast. There were like 3 of them. Maybe 2. Damn you, Tomme! The Angel's Share itself is a dark one, brown with red highlights and leggy - the booze is strong with this one. But of course there is ZERO head of any kind, no lace, and no bubbles.

S. Well, this is quickly on the way to redemption. The nose screams Sam Adam's Utopia's Jr. It really does. Immense character here - maple, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, port, a vinous-woody scent, rich and buttery and sweet, and yes, boozy. A bit of pecan perhaps in there... Tomme can Co. can absolutely make great smelling beer, and this is proof. Very rich, sweet, and dessert-like.

T. Quite woody at first, with vanilla (bourbon) and a high alcohol quality to the thing... tobacco and sweet malts, woodsy. Seems like it could be sweeter, somehow... Prunes and some dark fruit flit here and there. Brown sugar and caramel are here too, but the whole thing still seems too attenuated, in other words, this avoids being syrupy or sickly sweet but remains dry... hmm...

M / D. Totally, utterly flat. Similar to Utopias in this respect -- but Utopias is SUPPOSED to be flat. Angel's Share is simply too thick and needs bubbles to be drinkable. This would benefit a great deal with carbonation - there is no way around it. The finish is warming and boozy with lots of mature wood notes and is decent. But.

Have you ever been on a date with a totally gorgeous, smart and witty girl, but when you get to get back to your place she tells you she has to go, 'cause she has to pick up her five kids from her ex's place before going to check in with her parole officer? Neither have I, but it's more than sad - it's infuriating.

The 2009 batch of Bourbon Angel's Share isn't just disappointing, it's positively maddening. This beer could be GREAT. The lack of any carbonation is a fatal flaw that absolutely needs to be corrected, especially considering the high asking price on these small bottles. Until Lost Abbey makes a complete brew out of this tragic miss, it will remain just that. Crossing my fingers for the future vintages... (2,279 characters)

Photo of Igotmypistola
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hot ass 100 degree Cali night. and im in the mood for stouts and bourbon.

problems.
answers.

Blast the AC to 68 and act like it's winter!

With the idea in mind i grab Angel's Share (BOURBON) edition of course... open to no pop.. pours with no head. no carbonation. no wonderful lacing. hmm. coloring is murky dark. like a swamp at night.

Smellin, and it is in fact bourbon, hot bourbon. not overwhelming, sort of one dimensional.

Booozy. But delicious taste and aftertaste. i was in the mood for bourbon after all. i just wish it wasn't so flat. i drank a deliverance last night that was in fact quite carbonated. soo just my bottle perhaps.

Overall, its gonna get the job done. maybe not in the way i planned or wanted. but i'll get there. with a smile :) (764 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown with a very little khaki head, and good lacing.

smell is of bourbon, wood, alcohol, and dark fruit.

taste is strong alcohol, cocoa, and dark fruit, ends with a potent alcohol taste and somewhat dry.

overall a good american strong ale but a little too strong with the alcohol. (297 characters)

Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Bottle poured into my KBS glass and tasted side by side with a FW Abacus '11.

A- Dark brown, almost black, great carbonation and immediate head, about 1 inch, tan in color. But, decent retention and minimal lacing.

S- I can smell the age, caramel, yeast, malts, def less oak and vanilla then Abacus, but some is there. A little sweetness.

T- Identical to the nose, def Strong Ale w/age, almost Belgian like. Would like more vanilla and bourbon.

M- Good, has a short finish at this point.

Overall- Good beer, Glad I have had it at this age, but would rather have it young. (581 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer looks almost syrup-like while pouring. In the glass it is a solid, opaque black-brown color with the tiniest bit of tan film around the edges of the glass. No visible carbonation. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Has a strong boozy/alcohol note in the aroma. Aside from that, there's some roasted malts, and a good amount of raisins, figs, and currants.

Taste: I find it tough pinning down the specific flavors here. Malt flavor that is somewhat sweet, but tempered with some bitterness. There's a bit of booze throughout. The finish and aftertaste follow along the same lines, but add a bit of sourness, reminding me of the smell of whisky mash - so that's presumably coming from the whiskey/bourbon barrels. I think that I can detect a bit of spice here, but I can't really identify it and it might just be the alcohol. I sense a bit of dark chocolate in the aftertaste. There's really no presence of fruits anywhere.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a heavy-bodied beer. Thick and almost oil-like in how it coats the mouth. There's really no carbonation, and the beer is quite smooth. But, there's also a bit of alcohol burn in the finish.

Drinkability: Definitely a beer to enjoy in moderation. Strong in alcohol, strong in taste. For small sips, slowly, and in small quantities. But it works that way.

I'd been aware of this beer for a few years, and known it to be something of a "holy grail". Honestly, I am not all that impressed, but I can totally understand how others might love this. The dense, syrupy mouthfeel and the noticeable presence of alcohol are not what I'd call an acquired taste, but just something that I small percentage of people absolutely appreciate. This definitely has a unique and interesting flavor, and I think with the alcohol turned down I'd enjoy it more. As it is, this is for either the truly dedicated & interested, or those loving the strongest old ales & strong ales. I could certainly imagine consuming this with some very rich dark chocolate & raspberry dessert, but until I do that next, I think I'll pass on grabbing another bottle of this. (2,150 characters)

Photo of glazeman
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Just took step 1 of the medical licensing exam...time for a celebratory beer! 12.7 ounce bottle split with my brother. Bottle says 12.5% ABV (vs. the 12% in the description here). Also, the label is a slightly different color than in the picture here (mine was dark amber).

A: Pours a dark, dark, brown, not quite black. A vigorous pour yields only a ½ finger tan head that dissipates quickly into swirl of bubbles with a crown. Minimal lacing.

S: Bourbon is the dominant smell that I get, with notes of chocolate, coffee and caramel in the background.

T: Quite tasty, though not all that complex. Tastes quite similar to the nose. Bourbon is far and away the dominant flavor, some sweet raisins, with only some caramel and alcohol heat on the back end.

M: Smooth, with a nice level of carbonation. Not quite as sticky or full-bodied as I would have liked.

D: Well, it was a nice beer to try, definitely an interesting brew, but it has a hefty price tag. Also, I thought some of the parts were not melded together and as balanced as they could have been. (1,061 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the tap in a tulip glass.

Appears a murky dark brown, not quite black. Very little head. Aroma is strong and boozy, tons of whiskey. Taste is dominated by the bourbon as well, but too much in my opinion. Alcohol, oak, a little vanilla. Thin to medium body, moderate carbonation. It could be thicker to match the power of the flavor.

Finally got to try this , I had been on the look out for it on draft, as I wasn't willing to chance a flat bottle. But for the high price, I probably won't seek it out again (520 characters)

Photo of spoons
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip

Pours a dark brown color with watery edges. Looks a little syrupy. Absolutely no head or carbonation to speak of. You can see the alcohol in the form of legs around the sides of the glass.

Smells like a lot of cheap vanilla and malt. Like a port. Chocolate and alcohol (harsh). Some darker fruits like figs and raisins. Whisky.

Taste comes in smooth and syrupy. Tastes like bourbon. A lot of caramel and vanilla. With no carbonation this reminds me of Utopias. Like a not so great port, very muddy. As far as placing it in the beer catergory its not so bad. Could use a little more time. (610 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown with a slight mahogany hint. The pour produced a small head that quickly receeded and left no lace.

A: Strong burbon, toffee, caramel malts, oak, and vanilla. Very boozy and sweet.

T: Much of the same as in the nose. The malts blend very nicely with the burbon barrels. I get a nice earthiness, with caramel, vanilla, and oak. The beer finishes smooth and dry, as is with most BA beers.

M: Oily, medium to heavy body. My bottle did have some carbonation, but not as much as I had hoped.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is ok for a beer of this strength. But the lack of sufficient carbonation and and the High ABV will limit it a little. Overall, I think this is a good beer. Although, I think there are many other BA offerings out there that are supierior. Skal. (827 characters)

Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (3,010 characters)

Photo of gregalobeer
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought the Angel's Share at my usual store with lots of corked big beers on the shelf. It must have been positioned above the wrong price tag that day (and I must have been stocking up), because I don't remember spending $30. Though last time I went, that was the price. In any case ... I wasn't setting the bar particularly high to "get my money's worth."

My first reaction was that the beer had very little carbonation. I am vindicated by the other reviewers who had the same reaction from the bottled Angle (I know, I shouldn't have read them before; won't happen again).

The color and smell were impressive, despite the poor carbonation. Alcohol was apparent. So was the brandy casking. The beer tasted almost like a martini with bourbon coating the tumbler and a raisin/carmel/malt-heavy brown ale in the mix.

I had a lot of fun drinking this beer for about 10 minutes, sipping more than gulping, though I prefer a mouthfull with darker beers.

All in all, the lack of carbonation didn't bother me really. There's plenty to like about Angel's Share in the non-carbonated bottle. I didn't finish it, but I enjoyed it. I recommend splitting it with a few buddies. Approach it like a nice scotch. (1,203 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I've gotten a pair o' these guys in recent trades/BIFs, so thanks to those who sent them! I think this particular bottle came from GoGriz.

VDubb seems pretty interested in this one, so here's some more vicariousness. It pours a bleakly murky brown with not much of a head to speak of. The nose is rather bourbon-centric, with some oak, milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, pretzels, and a smidge of roasted malts piled in there as well. The taste similarly whiskey-forward, with an added kick; the rest of the smell's constitutive elements, minus the chocolate, return for a second season, but the bourbon seems to have an ego issue that would preclude further contract extensions. The body is fairly hefty, with a very light carbonation (I thought the '10s fixed this...?) and an almost chewy feel. Overall, I feel this brew just missed the landing zone, fracturing a leg on landing. It'll heal, but the memory will malinger for a while. I'm thinking about aging the other bottle, if only to see how things go if the bourbon settles a tad. Beyond that, the other flavors seemed kinda weak, and the almost-flat, murky liquid was not very appealing. This one just wasn't fully for me. (1,216 characters)

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