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

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-AgedThe Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,315 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1315
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%


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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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alright so $18/bottle is pretty steep...but I've heard great things...

The beer pours a deep, dark brown with no head or lacing. There's a little sediment in the bottom, but not copious amounts. The beer reeks of bourbon, but also has potent notes of vanilla and bread. The taste follows suit with incredible vanilla smoothness (even at a warm serving temperature), moderate-intense booziness, and banana breadiness that pulls it all together. The mouthfeel is quite balanced with hints of everything in the beer's nose and taste, but it's smoothed out for casual sipping in comparison. There is a slightly bitter tobacco aftertaste that saturates your palate and lingers for some time. It's really what all barrel aged beers should be like as far as taste and mouthfeel...although it's still not a perfect 5/5 in either category.
Overall this beer was pretty incredible, but it's still hard to spend this much for 375mL bottle...especially when you're splitting it with someone else! A period of aging would be quite appropriate.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 06:28:47 | More by ThePorterSorter
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, deep brown body. No head, no lace.

Smells goood. Bourbon barrel beer goodness. Quintessential. Some dank mushrooms as well.

Taste is slightly brash, boozy and a trace astringent. Bourbony, and good. I get gouda as well. The sediment is the best part.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, not bad.

Impressive bourbon barrel stout. Sublime and best towards the bottom of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 03:55:32 | More by zaphodchak
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AstroAcks6

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-- Cork barely popped, jet black, tiny head that disappeared immediately

S- Strongly bourbon and oak nose. Some vanilla as well. The smell on this one is amazing!

T- Total bourbon with oak notes. No malt, definitely no hops.

M- Coats the tongue for a moment. Alcohol sticks.

O-- Completely unbalanced but a barrel-aged lovers dream. Pricey for what you get. Worth trying but I'll stick with GI BCBS

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 03:41:41 | More by AstroAcks6
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bourbon from 2010.

A: opaque, jet black, poured with very little head that quickly dissipated
S: full, intense, deep bourbon and extreme roasted malt
T: really mellow for 2010 but hot, sweeter, velvet with great bourbon, earthy
M: earthy, thinner but good, more bourbon than malt

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 14:27:57 | More by wisrarebeer
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a murky and dirty dark brown with a beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of roasted malt, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and wood. Taste is of roasted malt, vanilla, toasted coconut, and bourbon with a nice woody aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good bourbon barrel aged barleywine that I enjoyed very much.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 22:47:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ericmunley

Pennsylvania

1.95/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The first time I tried this beer (bottle poured in a Chimay chalice) I was really disappointed.

The second time I tried this beer (on draft) it was a little better, but not worth the buzz.

The third time I tried this beer (on draft...again) it was barely palatable.

I've tried this beer three times because of its "acclaim", but no matter how many times I try Angel's Share, it still tastes like Jack Daniels with cough syrup in it. Horribly unbalanced; just an overall substandard beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 05:16:45 | More by ericmunley
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notchucknorris

California

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with almost no head.

S: Pretty amazing smells out of this one. Lots of bourbon sweetness, caramel, oak, coconut and chocolate. Smells fantastic.

T: Lots of dark and booze soaked fruit flavors. A good bit of sweetness from the bourbon and some notes of wood. A bit boozy on the finish, but pretty tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 18:41:54 | More by notchucknorris
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 09:15:30 | More by StonedTrippin
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sentomaster

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle poured into DFH goblet

A- very disappointing. An ever so faint pop from the cork, not a good sign. Pour is a deep ruddy, black, thick, and murky color with almost no carbonation.

S- monster whiff of grapey, sherry-like alcohol. if you really look for it, a touch of bourbon and oak, but it has really faded over time. Gooey, fudgy caramel; rum soaked dark cherries.

T&M- peppery alcohol is still strong. Chocolate cake like consistency. Shockingly, this is actually carbed up pretty decently- considering the alternative of zero bubbles which I've gotten with this beer before. Oh so slight...but it is there, and the very, very fine carbonation actually manages to lend to the rich and decadent mouthfeel; still it needs a step up. it gets even better as it warms. Dark fruits really present themselves and start to shine and flex next to the huge alcohol notes. While the spicy alcohol is big, it's really not at all overwhelming at this point. Vanilla and bourbon also vie for the stage as it warms. Rum soaked dark cherries appear again this time covered in dark chocolate.

O- rich and decadent is how I would describe this, but it's just missing an extra dimension that would send this beer into the stratosphere. I had this on tap and it was amazing, this doesn't quite measure up.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:03:25 | More by sentomaster
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Casey10

Maine

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this for awhile finally decided to crack it open.

A nice smooth drink for the high abv.

A - really nice dark not much carb but not bad either.

S - Dark chocolate some raisin notes. Strong alcohol.

T - More of the same as smell again strong.

M - Mouthfeel tingles from th alcohol and stays with you.

O - A really nice beer a bit pricey but worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 05:02:55 | More by Casey10
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bcostner1

Tennessee

3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was sent to me as a replacement for an infected, flat bottle of Brandy Angel's share that I purchased. Poured into a snifter.

A: Very minimal carbonation evident. Virtually no head whatsoever. It is not completely flat (like the infected bottle of Brandy Angel's Share that I had to drainpour) but it is obviously lacking in significant carbonation. Some carbonation does appear upon swirling the glass. Otherwise, pours a dark brown with tinges of dark ruby red evident as well.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, malt, booze, dark fruits. The aroma is enticing. I have smelled better but I have also smelled worse. I think the aroma would be significantly improved if the carbonation were present to a higher degree.

T: I have to say, I do love the taste of this. Very smooth. Lots of vanilla and bourbon for sure. Also get some booze, raisins, figs, dates, brown sugar, and molasses too. Pretty strong malt backbone. A little bit of wood. Hints of chocolate as well. I really can't knock the taste of this one despite the lack of appropriate carbonation. All of the tastes are pretty well balanced in my opinion and I enjoyed it.

M: Again, very little carbonation evident. That being said, this remains a relatively easy drinker in my opinion. A little on the slick side. While some alcohol is evident, it is definitely not overpowering, offensive, or "hot" in the least. I just wish there were more carbonation there.

I appreciate Ruby Johnson sending me this replacement beer for the bad one that I purchased. I definitely enjoyed it but can certainly see how it would be even more enjoyable when imbibed from an appropriately carbonated bottle or, better yet, tap/keg. I would love to try it in this format if I ever get the chance but I can't say that I would necessarily buy a bottle again until I hear that their carbonation issues have improved.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:58:26 | More by bcostner1
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from 2008 - thanks to pushkinwow for this

Appearance - Brown colour with pretty much no head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is isn't much lacing on the sides of the glass. The bottle opened without a 'pop'..

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, chocolate, booze

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a very low amount of carbonation (if any?) and I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and some dark fruits. There is also a touch of butterscotch/molasses and a some bourbon/booze. It ends with a sweet aftertaste with a lingering warming feeling from the booze.

Overall – A delicious and complex yet very drinkable beer. Of course I'd like some carbonation, but the fact that there isn't any leaves the beer feeling very velvety on the tongue. This is the perfect bottle for sharing on a special occasion and I'll buy it the next time I see it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 15:48:22 | More by spinrsx
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texantiff

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

S: Very boozy aroma and taste.
T: Lots of caramel.
M: Not much carbonation.
A:Heavy sediment. Dark brown color with red hints.

Had at a bottle share & the crowd's response was 50/50. Some felt that it was too sweet, others loved it.

There was also a heavy yeast flavor that wasn't over powering, but definitely noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 23:28:42 | More by texantiff
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schlimenhaumer

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks once again to kojevergas! Poured from the bottle into a nonic Guinness pint glass at altitude in Denver.

A: Pours a dark murky reddish color with a thin cream-colored head that leaves a bit of spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like a less alcoholic glass of bourbon, with plenty of floral oak notes. A bit of booziness in the background on this one.

T: Smooth bourbon flavors with plenty of oak. There’s a bit of yeast on the finish here to let you know you’re still drinking a beer. The alcohol’s concealed nicely here.

M: Full-bodied and very smooth. A bit dry on the finish, but very pleasant.

D: The difference between this and the brandy-barrel aged version was astounding; these two really illuminated what a difference aging can make. This is a very smooth, drinkable beer, but the bourbon characteristics make it a bit of a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 17:12:17 | More by schlimenhaumer
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DovaliHops

California

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Pours an extremely murky, dark brown color with a tiny bit of bubbles...no head whatsoever...dammit. Scent makes me completely forget about the lack in carbonation, with it's heavenly aroma. I quickly get smooth bourbon and oak aromas with sweet vanilla and candied dark fruits. Wow, this scent is just bursting with complexity and deliciousness. Taste is just as the aroma begins, except with a little more dark fruit. Lovely dark fruits with oak and vanilla. Some caramel as well. A bit of molasses with some amazing bourbon notes. Slight alcohol burn, but just the right amount. Mouthfeel is vinous... not much carbonation at all. Kinda works for this full-bodied, big, delicious beer. Drinkability is fairly high...as long as I sip slowly to not get too drunk. Overall, I always enjoy a carbonated beer more than a non-carbonated beer. This just happens to work for this beer,...somewhat. I would still like it more if it were carbonated, but supposedly that's not what Tomme is going for with his Angel's Share.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 07:11:29 | More by DovaliHops
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rtepiak

Poland

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

would say that this is the quintessential response to a belgian quad in the american sense. quite the beer yet coined with the very american concept of bourbon barrel aging to express beer dynamics instead of unitizing a unique yeast culture to create such a high abv and palate range.

a drinking buddy recommended that i have this on tap in that the bourbon does not muddle the subtleties.

with that said this beer has two layers. the primary and actually quite interesting undertones of fruit, both autumn harvested and preserves. fig, cherry jam, and pear. that is fused and in wood and coated in vanilla and bourbon. great pour. quad look. overall a great beer and one to be had if you're into these elements. but this beer i think is good but at the same time safe.

in the U.S. no one knock a good bourbon case beer. i could just see this becoming dated as a style eventually. but america likes there beer to be manly so it makes beer big. i just think that this is getting typographically standardize in the end and we're disregarding the cultivation of the yeast and ingredient relationship. but then again... we have standardized yeast haven't we.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 23:40:47 | More by rtepiak
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ahalloin

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 375ml bottle. Removed the cage. Cork came out fairly easily but didn't release much of a pop.

Poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner wine glass. Very dark brown, almost black fluid with dark mahogany highlights. No head formed despite a fairly aggressive pour. However, some light tan cappuccino lacing forms around the outside with some swirling of the glass. Still, I'd like some head please!

The smell is a great balance of a deep malty, caramelly backbone, with touches of oak and significant bourbon notes. Sauteed vanilla bean as well.

The taste is exquisite, and I don't use that term lightly. This beer truly hits on all cylinders with the flavor. If I could give it a higher score than 5 right here, I would. The taste is like a deliciously rich French dessert. Deep caramel, cocoa, almost tiramisu-like flavor coupled with incredibly balanced oak and bourbon notes. Vanilla comes through a bit and even some rich fatty cream is implied. The finish is really amazing though with a slight bitterness and drying effect that keeps the beer from being too cloying.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium full. The carbonation is very subdued and almost nonexistent, but it doesn't really bother me that much. I don't think the beer is ruined by no carbonation but it would benefit from more carbonation. A rich dessert beer like this shouldn't be all spritzy anyway.

Overall, this beer is very, very good and should be hailed as a great blend. I want to give it a 5 in this category but find it hard based on the lower scores in appearance and mouthfeel which stem from the lack of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 01:52:09 | More by ahalloin
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tomfneph

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 21:03:12 | More by tomfneph
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark chocolate brown into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout snifter/tulip. Absolutely no head except for a few bubbles around wall of glass. Slight bit of lacing as I drink it.

Smells like rich chocolate and caramel. Like a liquid Carmelo candy bar. Raisins are in there too. It smells awesome! There is a hint of bourbon...reminds me of a rich chocolate and bourbon sauce bread pudding.

Taste follows the smell for me. Lots of chocolate and caramel. A hint of coffee. I can't taste any bourbon. Light bitter finish. Very nice!

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but it is definitely lacking in carbonation.

Overall this is very good. I hate to reiterate what everyone else has said about the carbonation but it definitely needs more. I will buy this again because the rest of it offsets the lack of carbonation for me. This is a sipper. I can't chug this too fast.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 23:58:40 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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blakelive784

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 fl oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a very dark shade of brown that still allows some light to pass. The head is half a finger, a bit thin, and it dissipates quickly.

S - Heavy oak, caramel, fruity yeast, sweet ethanol, bitter chocolate, and toasted malt. Awesomely complex and approachable.

T - Oaky bourbon, fruity esters, chocolate, tart fruit, heavy yeast and candied sugar. The caramel bourbon notes play well against the caramel and toasted malt. Strong woody oak adds a nice earthiness to play against the yeast. Complex, with awesome bold flavors. I'm having this one.

M - Medium to full bodied, smooth and wet. Supports the complexity of the flavors well.

D - This one no where near resembles the brandy aged version, which is a good thing. Extremely high quality and it hides its ABV well. I'll be having this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 21:16:39 | More by blakelive784
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Koufax21

New Mexico

2.7/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wow... What a disappointment. After having this on tap a few months ago and enjoying it, I decided to buy a bottle. I ignored beerandraiderfan's warning and bought my 14.99 - 12.7 oz. bottle. To his exact description... No carbonation. I mean none. I thought this was only similar in the aroma. Sweet, bourbon, caramel. The taste was off. Some kind of acrid, sour flavor. So disappointed in the bottle version. Just for the record... On tap is 10x the beer. Poor bottling.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 02:46:25 | More by Koufax21
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of uncertain vintage, gifted to me by Iowahawk (thanks Eric). It's deeper than mahogany brown with a little bit of visible activity. It's clear on top and there is a lot of suspended yeast toward the bottom of the tulip. A more careful pour could have alleviated some of the yeast, but I like vitamin b, so no big deal. The amount of yeast, however, does make me think that this bottle has some age on it. Not really any head or lacing.

It smells awesome! Rich sweet maltyness, oak and bourbon are most prominent, and are also well balanced. Their is some gentle boozy heat emanating from the brew, but not much. Later I get some dark fruit, but mainly it's the aforementioned elements dancing together beautifully and demonstrating great depth and complexity.

Tastes much like the nose. It's boozy, malty sweet, and the oak whiskey barrel isn't particularly subtle. I get a bit of dark fruit and some vanilla and chocolate notes late, likely from the barrel. The alcoholic heat is not as mellow as in the nose, and the taste is just not quite as smooth and balanced as the nose, though composed of the same influences. But I can't call it anything other than delicious.

Carbonation is low, and there is some alcohol burn. The body is full-ish, but not as much expected, probably because of the low carbonation. Still, it feels pretty silky and smooth in a big picture context.

I had this on tap a couple of months ago and if my memory server me correctly, which is not a given by any stretch, the draft version was even more delicious than this. And it was better carbonated, and had a better mouthfeel. Still, whatever age or conditions may have done to this particular bottle sample, it is an awesome smelling, delicious brew with great complexity and good balance. I'm down to a couple or three ounces, and I wish there were more.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 03:46:28 | More by sprucetip
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kojevergas

Texas

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

12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a nonic pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock Colorado. Reviewed live. This was part of a horizontal with the brandy barrel aged.

A: Pours a half finger head of light cream, decent thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a very dark caramel-black.

Sm: Nicely oaky. Some grape and caramel as well. Not as much yeast as the Brandy barrel. A bit of raisin.

T: Oak, bourbon, grape, and raisin. Rich and complex, without the sweetness of the brandy barrel aged. The yeast is lighter than in the brandy barrel. Layered and wonderful.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and fragile. Suits the flavours quite well. I dig it.

Dr: Highly drinkable. I'd definitely have it again. Probably best bottle conditioned and aged.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 03:33:27 | More by kojevergas
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a burnt chestnut (almost black) with reddish-mahogany highlights around the rim. Minimal head vanishes quickly. Thick film appears on the side of the glass along with spotty lacing.

N: Bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate (almost fudge-like), oak, caramel, light solvent and very mellow fruity esters.

T: Dark chocolate, fudge, sweet bourbon, candy sugar and booze upfront. Mid-palate showcases sugary caramel, pecans and rich vanilla. Finishes a tad boozey with bourbon, scorched chocolate, creamy vanilla, oak and notes of charcoal.

M: Lighter side of medium bodied, sticky, very warming and slightly creamy.

O: The barrel aging really lends some very rich vanilla flavors only bringing out a slight booziness and a lighter body which is expected after 9 months in a barrel. Very rich dark chocolate tones with sugary caramel and bourbon mingle together very nicely. It's easy to see why this Bourbon Barrel Strong Ale is so highly regarded. Angel's Share is truly a gift from the Heavens.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 02:14:35 | More by justintcoons
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whatthehull

California

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

Tulip

A - Deep dark sludgy brown/tan w/ some slight red hues, dead head and no lacing. Very syrup like.

S - Bourbon and sweet wine, so much sugar, tons of complex malt, butterscotch, sweetened earth tone and dark dried fruits, tons of wood, oak and the like, lots of sweet yeast (Belgian maybe?), maple, molasses, some sort of mint or herb?, some spices, earth and tons of terrior

T - right off the bat it's booze (bourbon, sweet wine, whiskey and the like), then some nice toasted malts, so much sweet but not at all over the top, turns into an almost hoppy like bitterness that is fantastic, the wood comes out and just mellows everything gloriously, the smells turn into fluctuating tastes. Maple turns to vanilla and the herb mint turns into a mellow hop. I love how balanced yet complex this beer is. It is an ale, fine wine and fine spirit mixed

M - Very sticky! Full bodied, very complex, yet balanced, low acidity and very long finish

D - This is not for anyone who hasn't been drinking ales for sometime. If you jump into beer and like this, please send me a message and we need to hang, cause you are awesome. This has everything a huge beer needs, flavor, slight refreshment and nose and taste profile you get to geek out on

Final thought - $15 a pop is really high, BUT like any great beer, wine or spirit well worth the money. It is more of an experience than a beer

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:37:17 | More by whatthehull
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,315 ratings.