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

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world-class

1,362 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,362
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 541
Gots: 413 | FT: 28
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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SirIPAalot


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-19-2012 16:52:54 | More by SirIPAalot
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lalakers24

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-19-2012 16:08:59 | More by lalakers24
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Bones2009

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

08-18-2012 03:32:59 | More by Bones2009
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-17-2012 05:42:42 | More by ryan1788a5
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Stevenscott


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-13-2012 22:07:33 | More by Stevenscott
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with no head whatsoever.

S - Bourbon, sweet vanilla, caramel & oak.

T - Very sweet vanilla and tart following into an oak center with toffee and bourbon finish.

M - medium body & carbonation.

O - A flow down bourbon lane. Very good slightly too tart for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 00:00:53 | More by cvm4
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Dontcounttoday

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12%

08-10-2012 20:43:58 | More by Dontcounttoday
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EricYames


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-09-2012 01:56:21 | More by EricYames
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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

08-06-2012 23:42:44 | More by LotsofLupulin
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skunk242

California

3.75/5  rDev -12%

08-04-2012 17:52:52 | More by skunk242
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axeman9182

New Jersey

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

Served on tap in a snifter at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share pours a very deep mahogany, with a faint bit of caramel foam crowning the beer. The nose is absolutely heavenly. There's tons of caramelized brown sugar to form the base, and it's augmented by vanilla and oak. Bourbon is a subtle addition to the picture. The flavor profile is a little bit more rough. There's still some lightly burnt sugar, vanilla, and wood, but the bourbon presence is more brassy and harsh. Here it's the center of attention, with everything else playing more of a supporting role. The body is full and rich, but the carbonation is barely there. I like a more restrained carbonation for a malt forward beer, but this is a bit low even for me, and leaves the beer feeling flat. Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share is a decent to good beer right now, but I think it could use a little bit of time to really hit its stride.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 04:43:12 | More by axeman9182
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beav19

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-01-2012 01:22:23 | More by beav19
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy brown color. No head is formed. No lacings are left

S: Smell is great. Strong on wood and whiskey (Oh yeah! :)). Toffee, Caramel, roasted malts and alcohol

T: Delicious. Sweet upfront: toffee and caramel malts. Oak. Roasted malts bitterness. And some earthy hops bitterness too

M: Heavy body. Really molasses. Low carbonation. Sweet upfront and pleasant bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Excellent beer

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 14:07:34 | More by eduardolinhalis
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-27-2012 13:00:42 | More by swetsastonic
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.6%

07-25-2012 02:03:47 | More by tedho21
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WillCarrera

Ohio

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

375 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep caramel ruby color, produces a wiskp of beige head, leaves little lacing.

S- Delicious aroma of smooth bourbon, sweet caramel, dark fruit, molasses and vanilla.

T- Sweet and boozy up front, lots of caramel, vanilla, fruit and molasses, towards the finish the bourbon and oak become more noticeable.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, rich feel.

O- A delicious beer, the flavors are rich and decadent, it's a real treat to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 09:25:59 | More by WillCarrera
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SHODriver

Louisiana

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into a large snifter

A: pours a deep brown with no light transmission. small tan head recedes quickly to form a small collar around the glass
S: smells of bourbon with notes of caramel, oak, vanilla, a tinge of chocolate and hint of coffee along with a bit of alcohol and booze.
T: lighter than I anticipated from the nose. those same flavors are there but muted a bit. still a lot of oak vanilla and caramel. slight alcohol burn and booziness. fairly smooth though. aftertaste is pretty alcoholic but has some notes of chocolate, caramel and vanilla
M: light carbonation and a surprisingly thin mouthfeel. it doesn't feel like it has the substance of a 12.5% beer. not bad though, and I'm quite pleased that it's carbonated.
O: buying this beer was a gamble due to lost abbey's purported carbonation issues, but this is fantastic with loads of complexity and great flavors. I'm gonna need to pick up another one.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 07:27:24 | More by SHODriver
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: Pours a muddy dark brown with bits of khaki sediment floating around. Barely any khaki head. I'm not gonna lie, this is an ugly looking beer. Sometimes I wish this wasn't a review point because, especially in this beers case, it tells nothing of the gem it really is.

Smell: Bourbon vanilla and dark fruits (fig, raisin). Some chocolate in there too, not much booze on the nose for me.

Taste: This beer really made me say wow on the first sip. I did not expect the complexity it flexes at all. Boozy bourbon up front that lends superb bourbon characteristics without being over the top. Vanilla, typical to the bourbon, complements. Next, dark fruits from the nose shine. I expected the bourbon and fruits to play around through the finish, but as I swallowed, milk chocolate exploded to hold onto the lingering aspects of this brew. Not overly sweet and incredibly complex.

Mouthfeel: Even how this stacks up over the palate evolves through a single sip. Splashy at first with some heat, the dark fruit mid-palate brings with it a great chewiness that smooths out and becomes creamy on the finish. A very heavy beer, which I was pleased with because I wanted a sipper out of this.

Overall: I didn't think this would beat Deliverance for me, but it definitely done. One of the most complex beers I've had, and I think that term gets thrown around too lightly. Again, I wish appearance could be neglected for this beer, because it doesn't do any justice to what the beer is really about. Seek out hands down.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 19:43:19 | More by cfrances33
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rkarimi

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-21-2012 21:14:19 | More by rkarimi
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Grant35

California

5/5  rDev +17.4%

07-18-2012 05:04:36 | More by Grant35
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. No bottle date.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown, translucent at the edges, opaque everywhere else. Lots of chunky sediment near the end of the bottle. No head. Flat as hell.

Smell - Bourbon, vanilla, lots of booze. Toffee and burnt sugar. Booze. Whoa.

Taste - Bourbon, vanilla, oak. Barrel is strong. Lots of vanilla and toffee. Sweet. Oaky and boozy. Buttery in the finish. Oaky and just a touch bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Thick, but not too syrupy. Boozy and not easy to drink.

Overall - This was much better on tap. The carbonation probably has a lot to do with it. This is my first flat Lost Abbey bottle. I did pretty well, I think. Good beer. Terrible QC.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 02:07:14 | More by Alieniloquium
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vitters03

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

07-15-2012 18:52:35 | More by vitters03
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AlexChillton

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-12-2012 06:11:04 | More by AlexChillton
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

07-12-2012 05:55:28 | More by mportnoy
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Side by side of 2010 and 2012 vintages
Poured into duvel glasses

A: both brews pour with little to no head, the younger has a bit more of a film that sticks around the side of the glass, no lacing on either. The body color is a dark brown burgundy.

S: 2012: at first I get a blast of straight booze, then after my nostrils calmed down and this brew warmed I noticed a nice chocolate like aroma along with a delicious sticky caramel/toffee aroma along with a nice bit of vanilla, I get a slight coffe nuttiness in there as well, this smells truly delicious.

2010: the alcohol is much much more mellow, the smell is similar to the younger version but less sticky by far, it seems like everything got toned down a notch and is now blending seamlessly, a bit more oak and dark fruit then in the younger.

T: in comparison the changes in flavor profile are much like the changes in aroma. The 2012 has a more sticky sweet caramel, and a lot of vanilla, while the 2010 is more mellowed and rounded, with more pronounced oak and dark fruit.... They both have this nutty chocolate fudge like aftertaste I love it.

M: both have very little to no carbonation and are on the heavier side of things, the 2012 seems to have a nice touch of sticky creamyness to it that has dissapeard from the 2010, the 2010 is more viscous, I felt like both could have used a bit more carbonation and a slightly thicker creamier mouthfeel.

O: a great brew, it's awesome getting to do this side by side and see how the brew changed, along with my palate, when this brew originaly came out, was when I first started drinking craft beer, and i thought it was disgusting, now I think it's phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 02:11:07 | More by PeterIngemi
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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