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

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95
world-class

1,350 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 536
Gots: 415 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
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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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-24-2011 14:32:57 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a very dark brown with a whisp of an off-white head. Fair head retention.

S: Elegant full bourbon nose. Vanilla central, wood, a joy to smell.

T: A rather roasty, dark chocolate flavours meets me initially. The bourbon comes in and smooths it out, but this is almost stout like at times. Not sure if there's less residual sugar than Brandy Angel's Share but it certainly tastes like it. A good flavour, but not as strikingly delicious as the Brandy version for me.

M: Full-bodied, thick, nice warming alcohol in the finish. Light carbonation.

D: I've only had tasters in the past and have wanted to have a full pour of this. It's weird to have a beer on-tap that's much cheaper than in the bottle. This is good, but for Angel's Share it looks like brandy is the way to go, my palate is clearly gravitating towards the brandy barrel aged beers, but I certainly enjoyed this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 21:22:10 | More by Halcyondays
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-11-2012 19:48:23 | More by mendvicdog
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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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beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-09-2013 06:07:37 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

2008 vintage. Pours pitch black and completely opaque with only the slightest of mahogany edges when held to a light source. Two finger frothy beige head with decent retention, only slowly fading into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic splotches f lacing left behind. Ah, the good old days when LA's big beers were properly carbonated.

The barrel aging has resulted in a boozy bourbon aroma with hints of earthy oak, vanilla and marshmallow. Underneath the huge bourbon barrel presence there's hints of roasted malt, smoke, chocolate, caramel and toffee. All of these elements are blended nicely, creating a very impressive nose.

Medium bodied and better balanced than the aroma suggests. I was expecting a massive, one dimensional bourbon bomb but this beer is very complex with multiple flavors bouncing off of each other. As in the aroma, the bourbon barrel presence is dominant with hints of sweet booze, earthy oak and sweet vanilla notes. The flavor of the bourbon is strong but this beer isn't very hot and the high ABV is well masked. Underneath the bourbon there is some luscious chocolate malt, toffee, caramel, smoke and coffee bean. Slightly roasted with a very subtle lactic creaminess adding to the complexity and improving drnikability. Nice warmth in the finish.

This was the first vintage of this beer that I've sampled and it exceeded all of my expectations. Incredibly complex, well balanced and damn quaffable. Subsequent batches have failed to live to the '08.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 04:39:09 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-10-2012 05:07:36 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update...
2010 version - Appears a turbid dark russett brown with a dark tan head tan that slowly fades into a small collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of mollasses, brown sugar, caramel, creme brûlée, vanilla, port, bourbon, and complex cocoa infusions.
Taste is of the aromas with sweet bourbon based bread pudding... Very beautiful.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sweet, cake like, yeasty, dessert drink for the ages that I would put up there with the finest bourbons, brandy, or ports.

Old Review from 2008 A- 4.5, S - 4, T - 4, M - 4, D - 4
Much thanks to TomDecapolis for this...btw, I've never seen pressure like this in a bottle, other than the Saint Bernardus Christmas bottle that I opened at Tom's place. This bottle couldn't wait to pop the cork out. Tom barely touched the cage 1 turn and the cork shot out like a 12 gauge blast, leaving a mark in my 9 foot high ceiling. WARNING: Point cork away from anyone, or anything of value.
Appears a dark, russett brown with red edges and a mild, 1 finger tan cap with a thick collar. Scattered lacing is left all over the glass.
Smell is of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and caramel.
Taste is of the saturated oak, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, hot, oaky, with chewy, sugary caramel along the palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 02:26:33 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-11-2013 15:39:48 | More by MarkyMOD
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA, and muled back to Australia to drink with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours empty and flat, a deep brown-black. No lace, no head-retention, obviously, because there's no head whatsoever. Despite this, there are tiny bubbles of carbonation trapped in the beer, which become apparent when it's tilted. I prefer a bit of head (don't we all), but it's not a bad look all up.

Nose is pungent and sweet and incredibly boozy, with huge port-like characters dominant. Big barrel characters: marshmallow, toasted coconut, boozy vanilla essence, with sharper notes of resin and glace cherries. Hoo-ey, what a nose. Almost too much to take in; about as complex and intense as any I've had. A winner.

Taste is wonderfully restrained, with a gorgeous vinous acidity tempering big sweet boozy notes of port, vanilla oak, and burnt toffee. Dark notes sit around the edges, giving a wisp of smoke here, a taint of charcoal there. It's a gorgeously malevolent and sneaking edge to a very sweet palate.

Feel is very smooth and supple, and the heat and booze gives it a sharpness that stops it from being too heavy.

Wow, wow, wow. From inauspicious beginnings (and much undercarbonation), this managed to blow me away. It's gorgeous, supple and incredibly complex. What a brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 11:31:50 | More by lacqueredmouse
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008
Popped it open, little carbonation and hardly any bubbles or head on the pur. Looked sad! Poured a deep amber color with reddish and brown hues to it. Nose was flatter than I expected due to carbonation I am sure. But the bourbon was there for sure as was brown sugar, candied fruits, caramel, vanilla, oak. Taste was strong on bourbon and despite crappy carbonation it still tasted good. Mouthfeel was not has creamy and good but nevertheless it was still tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 01:44:46 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bookstore Speakeasy. I'm told this is one of 4 kegs in the state. Lucky me.

The beer doesn't live up to the hype, but it's still pretty tasty. In short, it was a large snifter of bourbon candy. The character was rich and sweet, but the flavors were too smooth, making it hard to pick out many flavors. It came off a little dull for such a big beer. The bourbon character dominated and as it warmed the alcohol began to emerge. I'm glad I tried this beer, but wished it had approached everything I'd heard about it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2009 23:24:55 | More by tempest
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted by a 1/3 pint in a tall goblet, gravity-pour on cask @ BSF bar, GBBF 2008, London.

A: deep dark brown with copper-red hues, still, and no beer head (due to the gravity pour).
S: bourbon whisky and a lively vanilla scent from the new oak barrels lead the chorus, backed by a deep syrupy aroma of raisins. Rich but very mellow in terms of alcohol; the super thick malty backbone seems to wrap the relatively restrained piney hop aroma in the middle.
T: a rather sharp attack of hop fragrance upfront, consisting of oily malts, apples, piney hops, then falls heavily down the throat with a wave of warmth almost like a true spirit! Slightly dry in the oily palate in the aftertaste, where dark-fruit jam, vanilla scent of bourbon barrels, and high-octave dark maltiness intertwine before a decent and firm flow of hop bitterness rounds up the finish.
M&D: full-bodied, devilishly smooth with super-fine carbonation, and a tad oily on the palate, this oak-aged dark barley wine is great as a night-cap, satisfying in a spirit-lifting way. Better served in a sniffer, I say!

Serving type: cask

08-25-2008 10:20:15 | More by wl0307
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at "The Bookstore" in Bethlehem, PA.

The looks of this pour are fairly unremarkable, very dark brown, near black with a thin light brown head that has little retention and leaves no lacing. Aroma is exceptional, very strong and nuanced balance of bourbon, oak, molasses, vanilla, etc. Very sweet and boozy, almost overwhelming in strength. Flavor is very similar to the nose, primarily bourbon and oak flavors, with a caramel malt backbone trying to poke through. Alcohol is obviously present, though not uncomfortably so. Finish has strong lingering bourbon taste. Mild notes of dark fruits, raisins, slightly spicy. No problems with carbonation in this serving, full bodied, very smooth and pleasing on the palate. For the complexity and booziness of this beer compared to others of similar styles this is very drinkable, but (this goes without saying) this is obviously a sipper for sharing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2009 00:39:40 | More by yourefragile
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 15:47:02 | More by akorsak
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a snifter)
A- The dense opaque brown body has a creamy tan head that fades to a thick ring soon after a bit. The creamy head slowly slides down the glass after each sip with some long legs to follow. S- The vanilla oak and bourbon note is like perfume even during the pour. There is some nice sweet dark malt aromas underneath supporting all that weight.
T- The warm boozy bourbon taste has big oak and vanilla flavors with a faint peat quality and some nice caramel malt sweetness to it. There is a a bittersweet chocolate malt flavor that leads to a dry woody tart note in the finish.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a big alcohol warmth and a gentle fizz that gives a creaminess to the texture.
D- This is a full bourbon beer with some good support from sweet dark malt. It is very drinkable once I could get passed sniffing it all day long.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 16:31:44 | More by rhoadsrage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-11-2013 02:11:33 | More by XmnwildX12
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 11/29/10. A 375ml '10 bottle split with wishuwerebeer and poured into a 6oz snifter.

Appears with a coloration that looks like a deep hazed reddish brown. This looks like liquefied raisins...or dark plum juice maybe. A few dark tan bubbles appear around the perimeter of glass when swirled. This is hardly a display of head, it appears pretty much still. When held to the light, some ruby clarity shines through.

The aroma is a pretty straight forward shot of bourbon that burns the nose. Even though it is bold with alcohol it gives off scents of oak and a misleading vanilla sweetness meshed with a fine fruity smell of raisins and chocolate. Some caramel notes come through the back.

The taste is equally bold and fully bourbonized. Mid palate there are some caramel flavors and notes of smooth vanilla and oak that abruptly turns fusel and burning with alcohol. A light earthy to mineral taste evolves in the finish with a light contrasting hoppy bitterness mixed with chocolate.

Full in the feel and very lightly carbonated. While the low level of carbonation might be customary and understandable I would have enjoyed a bit more of it. This brew is clingy and coats the inside of the mouth yet it is high enough in abv to almost seem evaporative as well. Being someone who enjoys spirits, I really liked this brew as a slow sipper. I wouldn't mind having a couple more bottles of varying years but the price holds me back.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 16:09:58 | More by stakem
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Zorro

California

3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No carbonation, had to pry the cork out.

Flat brown colored ale without any head whatsoever.

Strong bourbon smell and vanilla with a really strong fig aroma. Fruit scents of cherries and pineapples.

Starts out sweet and boozy with a strong whiskey flavor and a little grape and fig in it. Very strong on the fig flavor almost to the point of annoyance. Patent malt is present but the booze obliterates it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is just average. The lack of carbonation just kills this.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 01:05:59 | More by Zorro
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours no head so no lace. Deep brown almost black color, ton of yeast left in bottle. No carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Nose is bourbon, flavor is slightly sweet bourbon. High ABV is up front. Needs some carbonation, there are 11.5% beers out there that have carbonation like Harpoons Leviathan Triticus. Very warming. This is bottle #3000 for my collection!! Seriously expensive at $18.99 for a caged and corked 375ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 23:43:02 | More by jdhilt
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-12-2013 18:48:08 | More by InspectorBob
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 21:50:32 | More by orangesol
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a murky dark amber in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation and some brown + ruby red highlights. The beer has a very thin light beige film that quickly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal to light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Heavy aromas of bourbon and vanilla with some lighter notes of oak, caramel, and toffee.

T: Similar to the smell, the flavor of this beer is dominated by the taste of bourbon. There are also some moderate flavors of vanilla and oak with light to moderate amounts of caramel and toffee malt sweetness. Very little bitterness and it fades immediately.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warmth in the finish.

O: Overall for a beer as big as this one, the alcohol is fairly well hidden. I'm a big bourbon fan so I was pretty excited to pick this one up and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. Huge bourbon presence.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 19:38:34 | More by dbrauneis
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DoubleJ

California

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

Another on-tap beer I enjoyed at Beachwood BBQ, and another with WTF pricing (read the end). On to the beer:

Dark brown color, not a whole lot of head or retention for this beer. Strong barrel aroma. That's the bourbon talking with notes of maple and raisins. The taste was bliss at first sip. Just tons of maple and raisins. But the further I got along, the beer lost of its lust. It was still good, but not as heavenly, and it seemed to "thin out" some. Fruity alcohol infused well within this beer. Not viscous, rather it went down easy.

It's good, just not shit my pants good. $30 for a 25.7 oz bottle in stores, but "just" $6 for a 10 ounce draft (about $15 for 25.7 oz on draft), what gives?

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 21:44:42 | More by DoubleJ
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with some faint brown showing up around the edges when held up to the light. Great tight head that sticks around as a somewhat thick cap. Especially impressive given the huge abv. The aromas are heavenly. Just the right amount of Bourbon right off the bat. Lovely aromas of caramel, gentle but pure Bourbon, sweet oak, vanilla, gentle malt, chestnut honey, and various dark fruit, all nicely integrated and not hot smelling. The taste is also amazing. Extremely well integrated flavors with great Bourbon and oak up front followed by cream, vanilla, and fruit flavors. Very nice level of carbonation, not too aggressive at all. The mouthfeel is ultra rich and creamy, but with the alcohol well hidden. An absolutely amazing sipper. I really like bourbon influenced oak aged beers if they are done well. I think this is probably my favorite to date. When this brewery is firing on all cylinders, they can really be fantastic. This beer sure is.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 00:03:18 | More by Georgiabeer
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,350 ratings.