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

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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-AgedThe Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

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.

Added by scottoale on 08-23-2006

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass, pours a real nice dark brown. Big dried fruits nose, dates, raisins and figs, slight vanilla and roasted coconut. Taste of caramel, big vanilla and dried dark fruits sweetness, a definite winner!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AdamB84 for this bottle.
Probably the most excited I've been to try a new beer in a long time. Served this at cellar temperature, in a snifter, from a 12.7 ounce bottle. Corked and caged ofcourse.

Appearance: Bottle opened with a loud pop, and foamed over a bit. Angel's Share pours out a deep burgandy color that was quite dark. A somewhat soft pour yielded a little better than two fingers of thick, pillowy, almost tan colored head. Head just seems to hang there forever, lasts through out the whole experience. A thick layer of lace coated the entire glass. Quite a bit of active carbonation bubbles are noticed rising to the top of the glass.

Smell: Such a strong, complex nose on this beer. A nice strong oak aroma seems to be the most present. Slight hints of bourbon in the background. Underlying vanilla and raisin aromas. Touches of brown sugar, molasses, and leather. A slight boozy blast rounds out the nose. I'm pretty impressed so far.

Taste: This is one great tasting beer. Again, the oak flavor seems to be the strongest. Slightly sweet with a mild bourbon flavor. Nice thick maltiness, with some raisin and vanilla. Finishes quite smooth with some more oak and some body warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel. A somewhat thick, mouth coating brew. Pretty much perfectly carbonated. Full bodied.

Drinkability: Very drinkable despite the big flavors and the alcohol content of this brew. It's a sipper though. Angel's Share, in my opinion, lives up to the all the hype that I've heard. Another great beer from The Lost Abbey.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Batch - shout out to thebestever

A - Dark brown body with a small ring of head that dissipates quickly. Appears carbonated!!!

S - Bourbon, oak, vanilla, malt... very nice

T - Bourbon, vanilla, oak, malt, and a bit of alcohol

M - Huge flavor with a nice low level of carbonation

D - A very well done ale. Very bold. For a 12 percent ABV this is very drinkable.

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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,909 ratings