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

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Ratings: 1,551
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 562
Gots: 472 | FT: 37
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Down in Kentucky and across the pond in Scotland, distillers who age their whiskeys for many years refer to the evaporation of the spirits from their barrels as “The Angel’s Share.” We couldn’t agree more. Each time a barrel is filled, a measure of liquid seeps into the oak and is lost for good.This striking Strong Ale is brewed with copious amounts of Caramel malt to emphasize the vanilla and oak flavors found in freshly emptied bourbon or brandy barrels. The beer spends a year in oak before it is packaged for release.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006)
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Photo of AndyEdgar
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of meatyard
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opens with a soft pffft. Poured into a snifter.

Pours out a very dark, murky brown with a cap of tan foam that lasts about 30 seconds and becomes a ring and a small atoll.

The smell is a luscious bourbon aroma and dark chocolate and cherries.

The taste is a really powerful bourbon flavor that makes you take notice of it and nothing else around you for a brief moment or two. After that there are many things that come and go; there's chocolate covered cherries, vanilla. It's very sweet in the aftertaste. This is a complex beer and very warming with some noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a lack of carbonation.

Overall: I had this a couple of times on tap and wish this had the carbonation levels of that. Still, sitting at home and being able to concentrate on the beer, you really get a feel for all of the complexity in this. It really is a very good beer. I don't know if the price warrants buying it very often, more likely whenever I see it on tap I will go for it.

Photo of mtbdonn
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ari32
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ArtZan
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BeerTruth
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a review for this beer before the whole fiasco occurred, stumbled across another bottle so let's give it a go again.

375 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a snifter served at cellar temperature.

Pours a deep black with a one finger fluffy light tan colored head that falls to a thin layer. Bits of stickiness grab a hold of the sides here and there, but not a whole lot. Aroma is thick with bourbon, vanilla, and rich caramel malts. A good dose of molasses with plums, dates, and raisins. A very complex nose which I'm sure will carry over to the flavor, or at least I hope. Initial flavor is sweet Vermont maple syrup with caramel and chocolate. Bourbon oak midway with brown sugar, almonds, and fig. Smokey and sweet aftertaste with toffee, butterscotch, and toasted malts. Very full flavored ale with a lot to take in. The feel is a medium warm body with a very aggressive carbonation that really distracts from the overall quality of this beer unfortunately. A great sipping beer, I just wish it was smoother in the mouth.

Photo of jayhunter357
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of touchmeimsac
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of doughanson78
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a tulip.

A: Pitch black with some dark red/brown at the edges. A one finger mocha colored head. Lacking in retention but still some decent lacing.

S: Big bourbon. Good amount of oak coming through. Vanilla, chocolate, and some light coffee. A tinge of alcohol.

T: Again big bourbon. Lots of alcohol. Oak, roasted caramel, vanilla, chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium bodied, a bit light. Light carbonation. Lacking creaminess. Lots of alcohol burn.

O: A very complex beer which would be awesome if there wouldn't be so much alcohol present. Might be awesome with some age if the alcohol mellows.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 12.7oz. bottle poured into a 7oz. snifter. Alcohol listed at 12.5%. I assume it's a 2010 version.

Appearance: Wow, I actually had to pull the cork out of the bottle. No pop at all! Not a good start. Poured out murky brown and completely flat. When swirled vigorously, a hair-thin light brown head forms on top. Body is opaque, dark brown, and slick. No lacing. Second pour produced a bit more head - looked much nicer.

Smell: Whoa-whoa-wee-wah! Welcome back to my good graces! Thick bourbon attacks the nostrils. No burn though - this smell is all about molasses, figs (tons of figs!), vanilla, raisins, milk chocolate, white pepper, and ever-so-slight alcohol. There's so much more though; I'm finding new subtleties every minute! What a treat! I'm in love with this smell!

Taste: All sorts-o-bourbon. Mainly I get vanilla, molasses/caramel, figs, and other sweet, dark fruits. Alcohol is quite apparent, and it picks up strength as the beer warms. Very sweet and complex - there are a lot of bourbon-associated flavors floating around in here. Very good. I dig.

Mouthfeel: Very lightly carbonated, heavy, warm, prickly, and dry. This drinks much like a spirit, while still containing many beer characteristics. Very sticky/sugary and syrupy. Definitely a sipper.

Drinkability: Slow going, but complex and delicious. This is a beautifully crafted beer! I think this Angel's Share can easily hang with Firestone's anniversary beers, which I consider the best barrel-aged beers out there. A must try. Split a 375mL with a friend, and a 750mL with multiple friends.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of oso
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Hessian257
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of KeefD
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to drgonzo3705 for giving me the chance to try this one!

Nice pop of the cork (shew!) so I know there's some bubbles in there somewhere. Pours a dark brown color with no head or lacing. I can see some carbonation bubbles drifiting slowing to the top edge of the liquid. Big waft of bourbon is the first noticeable aroma followed by chocolate, light coffee and burnt caramel. Smells amazing! Flavor is nice blend of chocolate, roasted malts, dark caramel, bourbon, vanilla, booze, and oak. Mmmm, this is so close to being an imperial stout, but falls just short. Definitely the roastiest strong ale I've ever had. Carbonation is very light but it's nice and doesn't really need anymore for this style, but a touch more would be welcome. Really can't complain, as this beer soft, velvety, and warming. Booze is a little too much in the forefront, and this hampers the drinkability but it's delicious all around.

In all, I'm very happy to have had the chance to try this one and I was impressed. Not the flat mess that was Older Viscosity. Thanks again, Paul!

Photo of kodt
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of bort11
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mikesgroove sent this with Fight Club: Project Mayhem BIF. Thank you so much Mike.

12.7 oz corked and caged bottle. I split this with my wife. I'm such a nice guy. Once the cork popped, there was a slow gusher of foam. I poured into an Ommegang tulip. Very active head for a higher ABV beer. Color is a dark khaki, very slow to recede. Color is a murky chocolate brown.

Smell is WOW!. Very sweet, but never cloying. There is toasted coconut, brown sugar, wood, smoke. Very bold aroma. Taste is equally bold. Coconut is really standing out. That is a rare flavor in a beer. I've only come across it a few times. As it warms more spices come through. Dark candied ginger, still very woody.

Mouthfeel is a little on the light side, and the carbonation could calm down a little bit. However the flavor and smell makes up for any faults there. This is an absolutely fantastic beer.

Blipped "Angel" by Massive Attack

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of zoso1967
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have to be honest; this is not the most attractive beer I have ever laid eyes on. It is an opaque dark brown color with just a ring of tan bubbles around the edge. It pretty much looks like muddy pond water, BUT this look in a beer is actually sort of exciting, because it signals me that I am in for an interesting experience. The aroma is sweet and hot with plenty of bourbon up front, as well as caramelized sugar, dark fruits, toffee, some chocolate, oak and vanilla. The flavor really showcases the bourbon and oak aging, and is quite enjoyable. It has a sweet, caramelized sugar malt character that blends well with the bourbon and alcoholic heat. Other flavors include dark fruit, cocoa, leather, vanilla and oak. Surprisingly, it has a fairly decent bitterness that keeps the malt from getting out of hand. Well played Tomme, well played indeed. The mouthfeel on this is quite decadent and smooth with a wonderful lingering finish. This is very drinkable for style, and as I sit here enjoying it in a building that has been serving guests for over 200 years, it is hard not to get sucked in by the romance of it all.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of RobertColianni
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Angel's Share has a perfect visual aspect. It's black in the center when held up to light, but has an autumn rose halo. Beautiful beer.

S: Again, a perfect smell. Cooling milk chocolate. Nothing more.

T: If served in an oval wine glass, an old bourbon scent will hit your nose just before your first sip. Once the beer hits your lips and follows to your tongue, a strong, dark chocolate flavor will absorb into your mouth. Scents of bourbon still linger. As you pull away and swallow, a whiskey spike will get to you. Perfection.

M: It goes down like chocolate milk. Thick, smooth, creamy, and without carbonation.

OVERALL: I could live off this stuff. The first time I had it, I paid $19.00 for a bottle in 2010. I wandered Philadelphia as if I'd just fallen in love. Missed call after missed call showed up on my phone. I was buzzed, but more punch drunk on love and pleasure. The bottle I just reviewed was a 2011 that I picked up for $14.00 in Newtown Square, Penna. People talk and talk about contamination, but beer is beer. This one was contaminated, but was truly better with that bite and lack of carbonation. I took off .25 from my overall rating just because of the oxidation. Lost Abbey/Port really make great beers for long Winters and are a perfect choice for that night out with the girl you adore.

NOTE: Live review.

Photo of browniewithnuts
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WTF! is all I can say as the cork shoots out of the bottle almost breaking the light at the top of my ceiling. I cant say that I was not warned though.

Crazy carbonation flows a four finger rich tan head over the top of the glass. Body is of the blackest brown in color. Nose is delecious with toffee, molases and lovely oak infused bourbon. Waves of lace are left as the head fades. A mix of creamy carbonation carries carmalized richness into the mouth with first sip. Tasty buttered rum and toffee tones meet with lots of sweet dark fruit on the palate. Alchol tones are very well hidden except for the ways the flavors properly bring them out. This beer drinks better and smooths as it warms. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and chorolately like a bourbon truffel. Superbly drinkable.

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,551 ratings.