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

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Reviews: 660
Hads: 1,687
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 585
Gots: 514 | FT: 42
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006

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.
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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clearly printed "BOURBON 2012" on the neck of the bottle. Nice 12.7 ounce corked bottle.

A - Hazy brown, slight lacing. A touch of burgundy in the body and orange hues on the edges.

S - Deep, dark bourbon bouquet. Its sweet and viscous in the nose, with strong aromas of oak and alcohol. A dark sugar complexity with molasses and brown sugar. An earthy dryness and whiskey kick.

T - Deep and rich taste. Dark, sugary sweet bourbon. The alcohol is spiced, warming, and tingly in the finish. The oak stands through plenty but is smooth and mellow with the amount of sweetness present. This is my favorite bourbon barrel beer to date because it doesn't have that fiery bourbon kick in the throat. This beer's abv is presented wonderfully and smoothly.

M - Medium bodied the beer is soft and luscious. Just enough carbonation to hold up to the sturdy body. Once again, its very easy drinking for its strength. Warming finish all the way down.

O - Delicious, complex brew with a lot of character and harmony. (1,008 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml corked and caged bottle, traded by my boy oakbluff!

Pours a cloudy mahogany, nice dark red highlights around the edges, thick tan head rises, tight bubbles, settles to a thin layer and medium ring around the glass, looks top notch. Smell is crazy, tons of caramel and wood, bourbon, very bready, yeast, bit of chocolate, more caramel, more oak, dark fruits, brown sugar and dates. Taste is rich buttery toffee, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, tons of wood, bready, yeast, alcohol comes through a bit, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, alcohol is well hidden, but the carbonation is way too high. I prefer the Brandy barrel version, but this is still some good stuff. Thanks Scott! (707 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It arrived in my latest Sinners club box(2009). Put in fridge for a while to cool things down.

I have to wedge the cork out of the bottle and....pop! The cork hit the ceiling!

It pours a very very dark brown with a small and quickly disappearing head of foam. Now there's just a ring of foam around the glass and no lacing.

The smell is big bourbon, with dark fruit, vanilla, more bourbon, and some sweetish caramel like malt notes. It smells very inviting though I do notice the ample alcohol in this monster of a brew.

The taste starts with the bourbon goodness followed by mucho malt sweetness, vanilla and oaky tones, some toffee, and both milk(sweet) and dark(bitter) chocolate. Wow! This has some killer flavours and I can definitely feel some warming from the alcohol but hell, I'm home and I'm not planning on going anywhere tonight so I can sit and sip and enjoy.;^)

The mouthfeel is medium bordering on thick and the carbonation is light but works nicely. It finishes full of bourbon with a bit of bitterness. I think this is another brew that a wine fancier could enjoy. Hell, I betcha a Bourbon drinker would find this right up his/her alley.

Drinkability? This one is not for timid! The full flavour demands your attention but take it slow and easy, dagnabit, so you can really enjoy the session. That being said, the 375ml didn't take me all that long to finish. Dammit.

Edit: 2010 Edition

A small pop when I removed the cork, it has the same colour but there's over an inch of tannish foam and plenty of lacing. No comparison to the 2009.

Smell and taste are, thankfully, right up there with my review of 2009. No change.

Mouthfeel gets a bump thanks to the slight but still very noticeable increase in carbonation. Just a better mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability? It's still a strong brew at 12%abv and there is nothing one can do about that but like the 2009, it is just as good a sipper. No change. (1,926 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, the only problem with this beer is the price and the carbonation.

A pop of the top would not be accurate. Just a lil hiss. Pours, the smallest amount of carbonation forms an almost transluscent head, nothing to retain, but it is a beautiful dark brown and black color, with a great bourbon aroma to it.

The taste amazing as well, and if any style of beer can do w/o adequate carbonation, it is this. But damn if these scores wouldn't be perfect if this was carbonated. Frankly, if I was 100% sure I could get another super fresh bottle w/ lots of carbonation, it would make a great blend. Anyways, burnt malt, molasses and bourbon are the biggest flavors. Tobacco, booze and vanilla, its like a strip club up in here!

At $17, drinkability suffers, along w/ carbonation issues. $10 or under, and more carbonation = 5.0 on drinkability. (845 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle opened on 9.27.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a few dark brown bubbles that are gone instantly.

S - Boozy bourbon, sweet caramel and molasses. nice.

T - Bourbon, toffee, caramel. Amazing!

D - Low carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Age has done this one wonders. Smooth and sweet. Beautiful flavors. (320 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

A- Pours an opaque mahogany, with reddish brown hues on the edges when held to the light. A finger and a half head of tight tan foam slowly recedes to a collar and film, leaving some lacing.

S- The aroma is rich and complex, very reminiscent of a bourbon barrel aged English Barleywine, but a bit more sharp and assertive. Sweet dark fruits, mostly date and fig, but also black cherries, are the dominant aromas. This is followed by toffee, caramel, and a touch of dark chocolate. A healthy dose of booze, woody tannins, and some faint tart granny smith apple. A lot going on, but lacks a bit of that "wow" factor.

T- When I first sipped this I was wondering where all the flavors were, but when it got to the back of my tongue I was wowed! It's a bit bland and nondescript on the front of the tongue, with just some basic malt and caramel flavor. However, on the back of the tongue I get huge dark chocolate, black cherry, and toffee notes. Caramel and vanilla pile on, and then I'm left with some dry, minutely tart, oaky tannins. Delicious!

M- The mouth feel is incredibly thick and viscous, velvety, with light carbonation. Pretty boozy as expected. Coats the mouth and is pretty drying.

O- Overall this exceeded my expectations, and I wish I hadn't traded away both of my other bottles! An excellent representation of the style. (1,358 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 version on tap at American Craft, 8oz pour for about $7. The beer was dark brown with a reddish bent, more opaque than not, with an initial centimeter of tan foam that settled into a thin ring around the glass. No danger of low carbonation on tap, so that was a big plus. The aroma was really good and strong, moving the boundary to something between beer and liquor. Lots of bourbon but also lots of strong malt aromas (caramel, sweet roast) and maybe some oak aromas (some vanilla unless I'm imagining it).

This tasted like a serious drink, definitely a sipper with all the large flavors. Dark fruits like plums and raisins along with a nicely sweet malty base beer, contrasted with the bourbon punch. The bourbon tended to be the dominant flavor but I did enjoy the underlying beer. Somewhat thick bodied, giving a mouthfeel that matches the flavors and leaves a long lasting impression after each sip. (912 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe - much obliged!

Pours a chestnut brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth and sweet caramel malts with good amounts of vanilla and bourbon. Also present are deep milk chocolate aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust caramel malt flavors - sticky yet far from cloying - that indicate the base beer must be a pretty damn good beer in it's own right kick things off. Soon afterward milk chocolate flavors join in along with darker toffee. Midway through the sip bourbon and vanilla flavors make their way into the flavor profile, carrying through to a sweet and crisp ending with a bit of heat.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I was impressed with this bad boy, and was happy that the carbonation was at a good level. After having the Grand Cru and Bourbon I'm very interested to try the Brandy. I'd be willing to be that it's worth a shot, as is this one. (1,121 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Version shared with HimerMan. Pours with a russet brown/red color with slight haze. Above average carbonation (which was surprising given Lost Abbey's issues) that settles quite rapidly because of the high ABV/Barrel-aging, it slowly blankets the beer. Solid lacing remains as the foam subsides.

Aromas begin with irresistible dark heavily caramelized malts, cotton-candy sweetness and sweet alcohols. As it warms you get lots of dried fruits highlighted by currants, plumbs, dates, prunes, grapes, raisins and apples. No hops which is expected.

The tastes begin more balanced with sweet caramel malts, fruits and light sweet bourbon. As it warms you get a little more of the oakiness and the woody tannins. The bourbon flavor and oak character balance with the delicate sweetness more in the taste than in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is rich and rounded up front without too much thickness or heaviness. Tannins/barrel imparted flavors helps to dry out the beer going into the finish. Carbonation is medium which was a huge treat given the reputation of this beer and helps to make the flavors lighter and less heavy on the palate.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and was extremely pleased we got a bottle that had some carbonation. Flavors are big and bold so I appreciate the small bottle offering. It is obvious that this beer was crafted very delicately and aged to the exact right time the brewer wanted. Flavors are huge but balanced between the dark caramelized malts and big bourbon boldness. I enjoyed this very much and will hopefully have it again down the road. Recommended, but a a crap-shoot unfortunately as many bottles don't have the carbonation I was lucky enough to receive. (1,704 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from 2008 - thanks to pushkinwow for this

Appearance - Brown colour with pretty much no head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is isn't much lacing on the sides of the glass. The bottle opened without a 'pop'..

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, chocolate, booze

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a very low amount of carbonation (if any?) and I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and some dark fruits. There is also a touch of butterscotch/molasses and a some bourbon/booze. It ends with a sweet aftertaste with a lingering warming feeling from the booze.

Overall – A delicious and complex yet very drinkable beer. Of course I'd like some carbonation, but the fact that there isn't any leaves the beer feeling very velvety on the tongue. This is the perfect bottle for sharing on a special occasion and I'll buy it the next time I see it. (883 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank this 2009 version from a 375ml bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours an ugly dark brown with not carbonation at all. I got no head rise, I heard the 08 had a carbonation problem, 09 too?

The aroma is relatively strong delivering a ton of vanilla on the nose with a finish that provides some nice depth with oak dominating followed by some distinct bourbon flavor.

The taste is super super sweet. There is a ton of vanilla, which is nice, but probably too much here. BI BCS is a better example that provides the perfect amount. The vanilla would be more tolerable if it was better balanced out with other flavors. If there was big hit of oak or bourbon to break up the vanilla which really lasts to the end, then it could be ok.

The feel is pretty poor, its very light without much lasting flavor.

The drinkability is limited by its one-note-edness.

Overall, a little disappointed here. The bourbon is better than the brandy version, but the Grand Cru dominates, them both its not even funny. A couple minor changes and this could be really good. (1,065 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken on 11/10/10 at the Armsby Abbey. Poured into a snifter.

A - A rich, dark not quite black pour with no light passing through. There was a one finger dark tan head that dissolved quickly into a tan halo.

S - HUGE bourbon aromas upfront. After getting past all that bourbon there was some dark earthy fruits and a touch of carmel.

T - Very, very similar to the nose with just more dark fruits and carmel. Still that huge bourbon flavours that really is first and foremost.

M - Low carbonation, creamy. You can really feel the alcohol on the tongue.

D - I almost feel that this needs some age on it, as the alcohol is FAR too up front with this. Smooth, creamy, and potent with nice complex flavours but still far too agressive. (746 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes 2/17/2011

A: a very murky/muddy brown with no head, leaves just the slightest ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass

S: bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits

T: bourbon is the main taste you get from this one, followed by dark fruits and vanilla, and a hint of oakiness

M: very mildly cabonated, smooth, medium body

D: I found Port Brewing Older Viscosity went down much easier/smoother than this one. the two are similar, but this one is a touch less drinkable

Cheers!
The CPJ (506 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep, brown color and a thick, impenetrable texture. There was absolutely no head or lacing to speak of.

S: A big, strong aroma of malt, caramel and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of caramel, dark fruit (raisins especially) and a big malty presence. The bourbon barrel flavor did peek through, but wasn't as prominent as you might think. Surprisingly, the ABV% wasn't that noticeable. A good, solid flavor.

M: A shockingly low amount of carbonation with a smooth, clean finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: This is an interesting and well-made beer. Definitely worth a shot. (614 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught at Brouwer's Big Wood, served in a snifter, Angel's Share Bourbon Barrel-Aged is black with a small tan collar leaving no lace.

Smell is big caramel, some raisin and lots of bourbon.

Taste is also big on the caramel, some sweetness countered by some roast, raisiny and hot.

Mouthfeel is slick and dry, with very low carbonation.

Drinkability is average, not nearly as exciting as I hoped, this is way over priced, I'm glad I only spent $9 on a draft then $30 on a bottle! I will definitely never bother with this again unless the price comes way down, in line with the plethora of other bourbon barrel aged bombers, $8-10...3 times the cost and average for the style. (685 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into snifter - thanks gill!

Pours a dark opaque blackness with some faint browned tones. Very thin bubbled head dissolves quickly with a few gasps of retention.

Supremely rich nose with chocolate cake, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Notes of burnt sugar with roasted malts and candied dark fruit.

Waves of flavor begin with deep, dark chocolate and syrupy caramel. Cake-like notes swirl with vanilla and oak, with a continuing note of sweet bourbon. Excellent integration between the boozy and the sweet, along with dark fruit. Finishes boozy, warm, and memorable.

Full body, mild carbonation (lol), sticky and syrupy on the tongue. Absolutely wonderful flavor and scent, and the carbonation seemed to hold up on this one - If all Angel's Share bottles were like this I'd buy more. (797 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Release, received in trade from aromatorio and OldSock. Thanks a bunch for a chance to try these brews! Poured into my Duvel tulip

A: The cork comes off with a resounding pop and into my glass, this brew goes! Deep reddish brown with a gorgeous 3-finger latte-colored head. Plenty of lace too.

S: Deliciously complex. This one starts off with a moderate bourbon note with a solid oak note. The oak is fairly strong and makes me think it was rather fresh. Underneath lies a hint of vanilla and a complex malt profile with figs and prunes. There's a hint of tobacco too. Very, very good - very well balanced

T: Starts off a complex mixture of bourbon, oak, brown sugar, dried figs and apricots. Mildly tannic. Medium bodied but dries up incredibly on the finish with some alcohol heat.

M: Excellent - great carbonation and a wonderfully dry finish

D: I'm savoring this one immensely and for the ABV, I really have to hold myself back

**Edit 01 May 2010**

Drinking my last bottle of this batch (2008), and I have to say that it hasn't changed too much. Still very bourbon-forward up front with some vanilla and coconut working brilliantly with the tobacco and dark fruit. The booze has died down a touch, but good god, this is a brilliant beer! Bravo, Tomme! (1,267 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

374 ml/12.7 oz corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 12.5% ABV, "Bourbon 2010" printed on the back, towards the bottom of the bottle.

One thousand thanks to my amazing girlfriend Trish for not only putting up with this crazy hobby of mine, but for also buying this for me as my 1,000th beer review!

A - Mild Carbonation results in a quiet fizzy pour that allows only seconds of tan head to appear before falling away to a tiny ring of bubbles. Obvious for a beer this high in alcohol. Surprisingly, it's not sludgy like motor oil. Instead it's a clear, very dark brown color with mahogany red slivers around the edge.

S - Dark, rich notes of earthy, dirty old wood pairs well with an incredibly hot bourbon booze in the nose. It's like a slap in the face how hot it smells. Molasses trickles in after the booze but is followed by a scary soy sauce aroma. Let's not have a repeat of "Triple Bock" please... Vanilla and caramel malts find their way in towards the background of the aroma. No hop presence at all as it's almost entirely bourbon.

T - I'm thrown for a loop initially by the rich texture that it's got that it didn't seem to have on the pour. Then I'm thrown for a second loop with hop mild the bourbon alcohol hotness is in the flavor compared to the aroma. Vanilla and sweet milk chocolate with molasses outlines the caramel malt-laced warm wood bourbon barrel flavor nicely. Lot's of deep, rich notes cover up any hops that may actually be in here and actually work very well with the lower bourbon kick. This is incredible.

M - It looked thinner from the pour but boy, was I mistaken. Almost non-existent carbonation leaves this full-bodied, chewy beer smooth as velvet, rich, and thick. It lacks the alcohol kick to the taste (thankfully) that the nose has. Instead, it warms up your innards pretty damn quickly.

D - I'll be sipping this for the next two hours no doubt. It's warm and goes down well but would be best shared and is much more suited for anywhere between late fall and the dead of winter. While the hotness doesn't enter the taste so much, I still find this to be a beer that would only get better with another 5 years. (2,165 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is quite fruity, what I expect from a barleywine, with a syrupy feel and an overtone of caramel and brown sugar. It pours a dark opaque chocolate brown with a thin tan head that quickly hits the road. Flavor is fruity with hints of caramel, brandy and molasses and a strong but not too fierce alcohol bite. Texture is smooth as almond milk with a nice sharp and ragged edge. This one is spendy, but if you are a barleywine nut I'm sure it will be up your alley. (474 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours mahogany, brown color. At first a one finger beige head forms, and recedes in a second. No lace.
S: Vanilla, oak, chocolate. Toasted malts, and molasses. That is it. Pretty straight forward and all barrel.
T: Like the nose, fairly standard for a barrel aged strong ale. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, light oak.
M/D: A fairly lifeless body. Low carbonation, but certainly not flat. Though on the thin side. Fusel, almost ethanol like alcohol. Which makes this a slow sipper.

While this is not nearly as flat as other bottles of LA I have had, and really not bad. This just leaves me wanting more. Fairly standard. Too expensive, and plenty of other better examples of the style. For me, locally brewed at that. (717 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Armsby Abbey on 5/23/10. Served in a snifter. Poured one shade shy of black with a frothy, tan-colored head that dissipates into a cluster of bubbles around the edges. Nose reveals bourbon, toffee and a hint of wood. Taste consistent with nose - rich, buttery and decadent with a complexity that improves as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a smooth, even carbonation that is lighter than anticipated. Bourbon Angel's Share is one of my favorite brews - a great sipper that improves as it warms. Definitely seek this one out if it is available on tap. (575 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A restoration of a review lost in the great purge of '09... originally sampled in July '09 at Monk's for my b-day

A-Deep rich dark brown. Khaki head that went away rather quickly but left nice lacing on the sides.

S-Rich, complex blend of aromas of burbon, vanilla oak, dark fruit, wine, herbs and hints of malt. Nothing overpowers another scent.

T- While the scents of the beer all hinted towards rich and full flavors, everything contained there-in was in a delicate balance where each sip brought on a new taste. Amazingly complex flavors of vanilla oak, burbon, dark fruit, wine and spice all with a nice backbone of malt.

M-Rediculously smooth for all of the complexities. Nicely carbonated.

D-Amazing. A must have, in a class of its own (749 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at tap at Devil's Den in Philadelphia

A-pours a murky dark brown with little thin tan colored head.

S-the nose is of bourbon and light wood up front. A fair bit of chocolate malt and lots of Sweet sugary dark malts come in next. A fair bit of raisins, dried plums, carmelized brown sugar.

T-follows the nose but more vibrant. The chocolate malts are more pronounced, fair bit of raisins, wood notes come in with a strong bourbon presence and decent bit of heat.

M-full bodied, creamy and wet, slightly coats the mouth with a lively finish somewhat prickly.

D-slightly bourbon heavy and somewhat hot but nice complexity of malt flavors balanced by a fair bit of sweetness. (687 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to my boy Lunch for sending me this one in a past trade! 2010 Vintage! Tasted back-to-back-to-back with Brandy and Grand Cru. Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured a deep murky brown with a basically non-existant off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew was pretty tasty. This is one of those instances that you can tell that the beer had sat in bourbon barrels rather than just knowing that it was in a barrel. Really good flavor and aroma going on in this one. I was honestly afraid when I cracked the top on this one and didn't hear a pop from the cork. Was also concerned when there was basically no head formation. However, this one turned out quite well and was really enjoyable. (996 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550mL bottle poured into a snifter; 2010 vintage

Pours a murky, ominous brown body with no head whatsoever. Some bubbles upon the pour, but that's about it. Therefore, no lace to be found. Syrupy when swirled, and leaves a thin oily layer in its wake.

The main aroma here is bourbon. Lots and lots of bourbon. Vanilla, toffee, oak and dark fruits round out the nose, but a beautiful bourbon aroma is first and foremost.

Huge bourbon notes, vanilla, raisins/dates, and wet/damp oak. The sugary sweetness from the malts is nearly overpowered by a huge dose of booze.

Thick, syrupy body with absolutely no carbonation. This is a big, ballsy beer that leaves a wake of bourbon, juicy raisins, and ethanol heat.

This is an after dinner sipper. With that in mind, it drinks just as you would expect. (798 characters)

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.