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

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1,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,356
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 540
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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Photo of yamar68


4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an ominous black with a slight edge of ruby clarity. The finger of off-white head is short lived but even without hardly any retention, there is some pretty impressive lacing and some sexy legs.

Nose is pretty damn boozy... some fresh tequila notes surface immediately. Sweet caramel and hot citrus. More tequila... was this aged in a tequila barrel? Seriously, I'm getting all sorts of tequila notes. Sweet booze, some leather and obvious wood. I'm intrigued.

Mmm... I was afraid of more tequila, not the case. Hot bourbon, rich woods, strong vanilla bits, some of that leather, plenty of heat that somehow doesn't inhibit the other flavors. Very interesting stuff. Like a bourbon/beer hybrid... tasty.

Very glad to have had the chance to try this one. Unique, warming, and not entirely flat!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 02:35:13 | More by yamar68
Photo of scottoale


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

A new Strong Ale from the Lost Abbey that will be available soon at all Pizza Ports and a few local retailers. From the bottle pours a burgundy-brown with no head.

The smell is sweet fruity malt with bourbon , a very boozy ale.

The flavor is somewhat Port like with dark ripe booze soaked grapes with some complexity untold. Dark ripe fig and plum with a light liquer like alcohol from the aging in the bourbon barrel give this sweet brew a dessert apperitif essence.

Big body, yet light and earthy from the booze barrels, this stuff is dangerously delicious and very potent. Can't wait too get my hands on some more!

Note: this beer make-up will change with the different barrels that it's aged in and a few other variables.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 00:58:54 | More by scottoale
Photo of gueuzegossage


4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-26-2012 23:57:43 | More by gueuzegossage
Photo of alamode


3/5  rDev -29.6%

12-11-2011 16:33:33 | More by alamode
Photo of hero27


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

12.7 oz corked/caged bottle.
12.5% abv

Obtained via trade with barleywinebrewer, thanks again!

Let this warm up to near room temp before taking a sip.
Pours a very dark burgundy..head of bubbly caramel-colored foam fades away slowly..leaving the rest of the dark, opaque liquid behind.
Aroma of candied fruits, sweet caramel malt, raisin, & oaky vanilla...
Flavor is more of the same..with a warming alcohol burn, a plethora of dark fruits, oaky bourbon-soaked malts, and bold vanilla.. delicious.
Had this brew after dinner this evening and it is a treat for any beer lover..very glad to have the opportunity to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 03:18:36 | More by hero27
Photo of TheRuss9585


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-14-2013 22:29:50 | More by TheRuss9585
Photo of Chingringo


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-18-2014 19:18:00 | More by Chingringo
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-29-2014 16:15:15 | More by LakerLeith
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

10-14-2013 09:03:46 | More by hopkrid
Photo of BostonHops


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

12.7oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a dark, murky chestnut tone reminiscent of a quad, only darker. not much of a head, but i'm not going to hold that against it too much due to what it would appear the lost abbey is going for here, dialing back the carbonation.

the aroma is out of this world. bourbon, vanilla, malts, molasses, butterscotch, alcohol, a touch of caramel, oak... really fantastic. i could smell this all night.

taste is also fantastically complex: a melange of the aroma profile plus subtle notes of chocolate and some dark fruits that combine with the alcohol to suggest almost a muted vinous character. wow, excellent flavor profile.

very, very low carbonation, reminds me of SA utopias, both from the flavor profile and low carbonation. really enjoying this beer. drinkability is a tougher nut to crack. this has instantly jumped into my top 5 favorite beers, but i can't see drinking more than one. i've had some other lost abbey brews and always seemed to be underwhelmed, but not here. well done.

original review on: 07-26-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 23:12:11 | More by BostonHops
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

06-13-2013 18:19:00 | More by djre4orm
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-04-2013 00:44:58 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-20-2011 23:18:00 | More by Rempo
Photo of Blanco


3.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Color is a dark chocolate brown with no apparent head. smell is of chocolate and roasted malt with light bourbon undertone. Taste is of malt, slightly chocolate with a molasses presence. medium bodied. decent drinkability for a -bal beer, but i'm not as keen on this as I am -bal stouts. still, a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 04:11:35 | More by Blanco
Photo of mtbdonn


4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-28-2013 19:55:59 | More by mtbdonn
Photo of patm1986

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-15-2011 05:12:53 | More by patm1986
Photo of BillHilly


4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-08-2013 01:53:50 | More by BillHilly
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

07-23-2013 23:36:34 | More by eulerthegrape
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

04-24-2012 17:56:10 | More by Nightrain87
Photo of OStrungT


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

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer smells of whiskey. It has a nice oak aroma as well as some mild vanilla. I smell some dark fruit. Some raisins, prunes, and figs. I can smell some sweet, carmel malts also. Also, the alcohol is present in the nose.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Whiskey up front, with some oak, and vanilla. It tastes sweet,with some fruity notes of fig, prunes, and raisins. The alcohol is present in the flavor also.

This very full bodied beer, goes down surprisingly smooth, leaving a whiskey like aftertaste. This beer is low in carbonation, suiting the style well. The alcohol warms the throat as it goes down.

This beer is probably not the best session beer. It has an aggressive flavor, and it is high in alcohol. Also, its price and availabality get in the way.

Overall: Thanks to oodeftone for hooking me up. Without you, I wouldnt have ever had the chance. This beer is great. I would drink it all the time if I could. Another great beer from Port.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 02:47:13 | More by OStrungT
Photo of TKEbeerman


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

Poured into my Duvel Tulip, this ASA pours a very very deep mahogany with very little head.

S: The nose is bourbon dominate. From the pop of the cork, to the last sip bourbon fills my nose. Notes from the oak barrels, along with some dark caramel malt and a touch of chocolate round off the nose. This brew almost rivals KBS as the most bourbon like nose.

T: The flavor is a bourbon bomb!. Very smooth and refined. Oak barrels really smooth this baby out, and add the traditional vanilla hints you'd find in a brew like this. More chocolate pokes out in the flavor then the nose. Would have liked to see a better incarnation of some hoppy bitterness being that this is an ASA, but really there is almost no flaw here.

MF: Mouthfeel is a little light, and the 12% ABV coupled with the bourbon leaves the mouth a little dry and burns the back of the throat. However, the bourbon flavor does linger and is certainly tasty!

D: Drinkability is excellent. This thing is going down like water!

Overall, thanks to portia99 for hooking me up with this brew. Lost Abby has done an excellent job crafting this ASA. My only major gripe....the price tag!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 02:30:09 | More by TKEbeerman
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling poured into a (proper) Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is very dark, but clear with ruby-red highlights. There is little to no carbonation (certainly not a good sign), but the nose is pretty nice. Lots of dark fruits, alcohol, toffee, and a hint of butterscotch.

Very full body, a sweet flavor profile, and an uber-creamy feel. I expected a hot, boozy mess, but 3 years in my cellar has tamed this monster and showed it who's boss. Lots of sweet, malty, toffee-like notes up front followed up by a mild alcohol warmth accented by some vanilla and chocolate notes. Unfortunately, I don't get much of the bourbon (other than the vanilla), but that's the price you pay for aging beers. Still, I have no regrets. As it is, it's drinking like a liquid Heath bar - full of sweet, syrupy vanilla and marshmallow-like goodness.

I found it interesting how many BAs said this beer (when fresh) was too hot and boozy. Let it be known - this beast has been tamed! It is now a warm, cuddly lap dog in your glass. It licks your face, fetches your slippers, and cowers when you raise your voice. I rank this ahead of Insanity but noticeably behind Bourbon County Brand Barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 23:04:17 | More by deadonhisfeet
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New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%

07-22-2013 03:12:13 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-26-2011 01:45:20 | More by pjs234
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-28-2012 06:00:23 | More by Beerbuddy21
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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