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

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95
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1,425 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,425
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 558
Gots: 441 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

dcloeren, May 26, 2013
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Imbibed at Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL on 02/13/2011.

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown with chestnut highlights and a cap of sudsy beige head.

Smell -- Dark fruit, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, cocoa, bread pudding, and gentle oakiness. Smells decadent and rich without being cloying.

Taste -- Gentle bourbon, coffee, roast malt, dark fruit, bread pudding, cocoa, vanillin, wet oak, and a hint of tart and earthy yeast that pairs with the faint alcohol sharpness to cut through the malty sweetness. While it is present, the alcohol presence is in modest proportion considering the 12% abv. Overall, sweet, but not at all cloying. Really impressive in that regard.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied with gentle carbonation. Chewy, slick, and with just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling overly heavy. Very good.

Drinkability -- Better than I had even anticipated. AND it was carbonated! Lots of depth, good barrel character, a perfect after dinner beer. I'll have my eye out for this on tap in the future. Must not be missed.

yeahnatenelson, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler (why the hell didn't I just get the 32?)

Pours with no real head, just a film that fades quickly to the tiniest of rings. Opaque deep brown body with orange edges.

Aromas are full of bourbon, vanilla/oak, Heath bar, and a slight vinous finish.

Pretty creamy on the palate, and one of the most full-of-flavor beers you'll ever have. The sweetness does take over on the flavor to trump the bourbon. Syrup, toffee, caramel, butter, bourbon, port wine...in that order. Very tasty! There was just a hint of carbonation, which is fine for the style. Smooth as baby skin on the mouthfeel.

This one - strangely enough - would be phenomenal with some french toast and bacon. If I didn't have church tomorrow, that would be SO on the breakfast menu.

BeerImmediately, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of BostonHops
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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

BostonHops, May 10, 2012
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

TKEbeerman, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of kkipple
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 375ml bottle, 2009 vintage, shared with the amazing ATLBeerdog at his home in 'lanta, where the water is expensive and the nights are long.

A. Well... ok, let's just dive in. A few measly bubbles fade fast. There were like 3 of them. Maybe 2. Damn you, Tomme! The Angel's Share itself is a dark one, brown with red highlights and leggy - the booze is strong with this one. But of course there is ZERO head of any kind, no lace, and no bubbles.

S. Well, this is quickly on the way to redemption. The nose screams Sam Adam's Utopia's Jr. It really does. Immense character here - maple, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, port, a vinous-woody scent, rich and buttery and sweet, and yes, boozy. A bit of pecan perhaps in there... Tomme can Co. can absolutely make great smelling beer, and this is proof. Very rich, sweet, and dessert-like.

T. Quite woody at first, with vanilla (bourbon) and a high alcohol quality to the thing... tobacco and sweet malts, woodsy. Seems like it could be sweeter, somehow... Prunes and some dark fruit flit here and there. Brown sugar and caramel are here too, but the whole thing still seems too attenuated, in other words, this avoids being syrupy or sickly sweet but remains dry... hmm...

M / D. Totally, utterly flat. Similar to Utopias in this respect -- but Utopias is SUPPOSED to be flat. Angel's Share is simply too thick and needs bubbles to be drinkable. This would benefit a great deal with carbonation - there is no way around it. The finish is warming and boozy with lots of mature wood notes and is decent. But.

Have you ever been on a date with a totally gorgeous, smart and witty girl, but when you get to get back to your place she tells you she has to go, 'cause she has to pick up her five kids from her ex's place before going to check in with her parole officer? Neither have I, but it's more than sad - it's infuriating.

The 2009 batch of Bourbon Angel's Share isn't just disappointing, it's positively maddening. This beer could be GREAT. The lack of any carbonation is a fatal flaw that absolutely needs to be corrected, especially considering the high asking price on these small bottles. Until Lost Abbey makes a complete brew out of this tragic miss, it will remain just that. Crossing my fingers for the future vintages...

kkipple, Jul 04, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flat 2009 release

Pours a lifeless black with some air bubbles but no head to speak of. Smell is an absolutely beautiful but holy-cow-powerful dose of bourbon and oak. Toffee, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol burn, dark fruits, just blistering my the senses. This one might end up being a bit too hot.

Surprisingly, the taste is not really hot at all (relatively speaking). In fact, the aggressive nature of the nose is tamed quite a bit once it hits the tongue, which saves this beer from being a hot mess which it very well could have been without the carbonation. A nice, flavorful mix of boubon, oak, and toffee. Still as flat as a pancake, but unlike the '08 Brandy version this one works a little bit better in its current state. Still needs some damn bubbles, but I won't complain too much in this case.

I could have given the mouthfeel a 1 or 2 if I was truly keeping it as a separate category, but because the flatness doesn't detract to the point that it hurts the taste I will be merciful.

This is actually quite drinkable as well for a beer of it's magnitude. I probably won't buy another flat bottle, but I did happen to enjoy it quite a bit. I just want to wait until this beer is in it's true form before I give it another shot.

alcstradamus, Oct 29, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

theminutemen, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Pecan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of deereless
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Little to no pop on the cork which followed with very light to no carbonation, deep ruby to black in color, slight viscosity is detected from the movement of the beer in the glass - 4.25, S: Intense aromas, the oak is very evident and provides a nice vanilla to the nose as well as obvious whisky smells from the bourbon barrel aging, there is also a marked sweetness that borders on sherry to chocolate covered cherries, also signs of caramel and coconut - 5.00, T: Intense raisin and date, alcohol is upfront which isn't all that surprising considering that the beer is 12.5%, the vanilla, oak and whisky that were rampant on the nose come through on the palate, there is also a strong holiday fruit cake soaked in whisky taste, I taste a hint of hops but it is really lost in all the malts and bourbon barrel - 4.75, M: The low to no carbonation keep this beer a silky smooth, it is also slightly syrupy - 4.50, D: Insanely complex - oodles going on in this beer only a fraction of which I feel like I'm capturing, this is the beer I wanted to ring in 2010 and it does not disappoint, the high alcohol does keep it in the sipping range - 4.50

deereless, Jan 01, 2010
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

BillHilly, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Must thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this treat.

From a truly unique and awesome looking bottle, pours a dark as sin liquid with ample tan head, leaving lacing all about the glass, a swirl bringing back the head quickly, leaving even more lacing. The aroma wreaks of bourbon, lots of sweet, sticky malts, vanilla, oak, caramels, marvelous.

Taste is right up there, similar to all hints in the nose, add a twist of rum, some dark fruits. A medium full body, starting tickling with carbonation, drying into the finish, and a bit slick. An exceptional beer, maybe a bit too carbonated for my taste, but a joy to drink.

objectivemonkey, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of drseamus
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I want this beer brought up on charges of attempted murder. As I was preparing to open the beer I got barely two twists off on the cage and it struck. The cork blew out of the bottle breaking the cage on the way. If my face had been in the way I would have been immediately killed.

A: Dark brown with a nice mocha head.

S: Bourbon first and foremost. Brown sugar, plum, and a touch of raisin follow. Slight must basement character.

T: SUPER SMOOTH. This has aged beautifully. On tap initially it had too much bourbon but it seems to smoothed out considerably and lost the heat. The bourbon is only there for flavor now and doesn't burn at all. Nice malty/sugary sweetness with dark fruits. More fruit in the nose than the flavor though.

M: Super smooth. Butter.

D: Why did Lost Abbey go from 750's to 375's? Those cheap bastards.

drseamus, Mar 02, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to concours95682, for the flat abbey

A - Pours dark mahogany, with a 1/2 finger of head. It dissipates instantly with no lacing or carbonation. Please Tomme, check your bottling line. There's probably a flaw in your physical sanitation that is causing the problem.

S - Chocolate, light roast coffee, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Wow, very good.

T - Heavier notes of dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak and vanilla. As it warms up there is lots of caramel and butterscotch flavors, appears to have gone through a 120 minute boil at least.

M - Light to medium in body, malt dominated, and smooth. Where's the alcohol? Amazing for a 12% beer.

D - A very complex beer and good overall. With some carbonation and a heavier body, this beer would receive perfect scores.

MisterClean, Oct 06, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

e30todamax, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Blanco
3.2/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Blanco, Mar 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

moonknight31, May 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Budinetz, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of yamar68
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

yamar68, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of scottoale
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

scottoale, Aug 23, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

megamass, May 26, 2013
Photo of taospowder
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

taospowder, Jul 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

alamode, Dec 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

TheRuss9585, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of hero27
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

hero27, Sep 08, 2008
The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,425 ratings.