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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,401 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,401
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 557
Gots: 433 | 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  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, '08 Vintage
Snifter, split bottle between two people
***600th BA review***

A: Pours completely carbonation less. Flat. Flatter than flat. Dark dirty brown. Reddish hues towards corners. Murky brown color. Carbonation is knocking this down for me.

S: Rum soaked raisins. Dark fruits. Barrel is there. Vanilla notes. Wood. Toffee and caramel for sure. Maybe some oxidation too.

T: Tons of dark fruits. Rum soaked raisin. Lots of vanilla. Lack of carbonation sucks, but the flavors are still very good.

M: Full bodied. Carbonation lack sucks.

I know this beer would have been killer if there was carbonation, and maybe a little less age on it.

inlimbo77, Sep 24, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: no head or lacing on a deep brown body.

S: butter, bourbon, oak, roasted malts and syrup.

T: movie popcorn butter, fairly bitter with the bourbon and oak very strong here. The roasted malts are mild with sweetness from vanilla late in the finish.

M: thick body and light carbonation. this one probably lost its carbonation as I have heard others from this brewery do.

Overall: I have a hard time with the buttery flavors overpowering my taste buds with some bourbon stouts. so for my tastes, this is a good rating considering the butter notes are off set well by the other flavors.

kylehay2004, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with almost no head on a very dark brown body. Low retention and no lace.

S - Boozy notes of vanilla, caramel, and toasted oak with brown sugar, molasses and lots of toffee.

T - Sweet, thick malt up front with notes of caramel, vanilla, and toffee. Lots of vanilla and whiskey character in the middle and a finish of peppery bourbon, bakers chocolate, smoke, and lingering charcoal.

M - A moderately thick body, low carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - well, it is a little low on carbonation, as feared, but it is in not excessively sweet and it is wonderfully complex. The dark chocolate is not excessively sweet but has an intensely dark character to it that works well with the whiskey notes. Dense and complex with a sweetness that lingers just a bit more than it should.

nickfl, Sep 18, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

vandemonian, Sep 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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1.65/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'm all for a heavy beers, complex beers, unusual beers; I can appreciate that a lot of work went into this one, but this poorly-conceived beer simply isn't enjoyable to drink - it doesn't work.

Appearance: As many have noted, one immediately notices when pouring that this beer has very little carbonation. There is no head to speak of. As for color, it is deep and dark, like oil.

Smell: The smell is predominantly bourbon and caramel. A little one-sided.

Taste: It tastes like a sticky, syrupy, diluted bourbon. The alcohol is front and center, but it has a cloying and thick saccharine bitterness to it that makes it very unappealing to drink. It's only about 1% of beers that I wouldn't bother to finish - if this one hadn't cost so much I would have just chucked it. It really was a chore to drink. It is unfathomable to me why this beer isn't more carbonated - it's absolutely necessary.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, syrupy. Lack of carbonation makes it feel sticky and heavy.

Perhaps other reviewers got versions with more carbonation, which would have helped a lot; as it was, I thought it was a terribly-executed beer. And I was going into it expecting it to be fantastic. Perhaps the biggest letdown of a beer I've ever had - the price is absurd for the quality.

FreakyBeat, Sep 08, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Mahogany body with a small beige head.

S: Huge coconut and vanilla tannins, warming alcohol, prune, caramel.

T: Rich caramel, spiced raisins, chocolate, creamy vanilla, booze-soaked oak, sweet toffee.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied, creamy.

O: Extremely tasty thanks to the awesome barrel character. I'd take this over Deliverance any day.

Etan, Sep 06, 2012
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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,401 ratings.