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

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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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Photo of Abbbp
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of deNerval
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BullBearHawk
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of yeaprolly
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ejw127
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of JAXSON
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2009 750ml bottle. After anxiously twisting off the cage, the cork pulled out with a muted, anticlimactic "pup" sound. Shit. Poured a still deep brown into a brandy snifter. Definitely some nice, big bourbon on the nose, with rich dark chocolate, tobacco, plums, and figs. Good nose. Flavor is big, rich, and decadent. Dark unsweetened chocolate, plums, a bit of a vinous grapey character. Tobacco and leather in there. A bit of hot bourbon around the edges. Good flavors, but this thing is basically near flat and the palate just does not properly carry the flavors. Shame, this would have benefited greatly by some carbonation.

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Photo of DoctorB2B
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of uvm2003
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of hoserking
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of brother_kenneth
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of muletrane
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of bullywee
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 375ml corked/caged bottle into a snifter.

A:Very little carbonation. Like 3 bubbles. No head. It looks like a dark syrupy non-carbonated cola.

S: Oak plus a strong Bourbon and booze smell. Also picking up some vanilla and carmel notes. Thought the alcohol would be much more subtle since its been aged for a year but it still smells strong.

T: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, Definitely a sipper.

M: Think and syrupy mouthfeel.

Great aroma and flavors but not worth the $23.99 I paid for the 12.7oz bottle.

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Photo of nhindian
3.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle poured into a snifter. Big thanks to russwbeck for sharing this, thanks Russ!

A - This beer looks pretty much identical to the brandy version. The color is somewhere between muddy swamp water and the first hint of darkness after the sun goes down. Neither of these bottles opened with so much as a pop after uncaging them. No head or lacing to be seen with this version either.

S - For how good the nose on the brandy version was, this one is even better. There are big notes of chocolate and vanilla that complement each other nicely. The barrel is more subtle here than in the brandy version, but the big kicker for this aroma is a ton of coconut. I'm not sure where it's coming from, but I'm getting a lot of coconut here. Compared to the brandy version, this beer is slightly more boozy.

T - After first sampling the brandy version first, I was bracing myself for a letdown of epic proportions with the taste. Much to my fortune, I was rewarded with a beer that wasn't a complete mess. There are bold flavors of chocolate and coffee here, and the bourbon is sweet and imparts an almost dark fruit characteristic to the flavor. However, much like the brandy, it's rather flat and doesn't help at all. Slightly more of an alcohol kick at the end, but I feel the 12.00% is hidden nicely.

M - The mouthfeel here is again flat and lifeless. It does feel a bit more robust in the mouth than the brandy, but I'm not sure if its because of the fuller flavors as it doesn't seem to have significantly more carbonation. It's strange having the flavors of a full-bodied stout without the mouthfeel to match.

D - Drinkability is moderate. Leagues ahead of the brandy version, but the complete lack of carbonation is a killer for me. I would never think carbonation would make that much of a difference for a beer of this size and style, but it absolutely does. Halfway through I was contemplating mixing it with a mild stout to force some into it, but didn't have anything cold...

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.52/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a bottle of this on Saturday, 19 May 2012.

A: Translucent deep, dark amber in color. Almost no head.
S: Alcohol (almost overpowering) with sweet bourbon undertones.

T: Strangely , the smell and tastes are quite a bit different. Sweet flavors of bourbon, dark fruits and a nice heat from the alcohol, but no overpowering alcohol taste as in the smell...really nice flavor with a lot of good depth.

M: Very light, almost watery (could be influence by drinking a couple of heavy stouts before this beer).

O: Really nice; not outstanding (especially since the price of these bottles is borderline ridiculous), but a good beer that is drinkable in moderate quantity (like one of these a night). Definitely not the beer you want to have a few of.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep brown cola color with no head whatsoever. The only slightest bit of carbonation was a few tiny bubbles around the edge that barely made the rise to the top.

S: Sweet toffee and caramel candied malts aromas lay beneath the big nose of oak, vanilla, and bourbon.

T: Big big bourbon with just a touch of the candy malts and a bit of oak not much else makes it through the bourbon.

M: Full bodied with a nice oily slickness left behind. I only wish it had a little carbonation to perk this up.

D: I like the beer itself but am a bit let down overall. I enjoy a big bourbon filled beer, which this certainly delivers on but I thought the carbonation issue was fixed with this release. Maybe I got a bum bottle, which I hope it was but I expected a bit more out of this beer and it didn't deliver like I thought it would.

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Photo of champ103
3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of Adriatic
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Unique beer that has a unique taste. Was not my personal favorite. I get a weird prune taste during and after I take a sip. I experienced this same sensation with Thelonious Monk. Maybe I just have not developed my palate enough for this type of beer. First beer I have tried from The Lost Abbey. Will hopefully have more luck with another beer from this brewer.

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3.56/5  rDev -16%

Photo of bulletrain76
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, 2009. Dark brown with almost no head. Bourbon, dried fruit, soy sauce, wood and caramel in the aroma. The flavor is smoother and lacks the oxidized soy notes of the aroma. Lots of dried fruit, tobacco, toasty grain, some chocolate and oak. Rich and alcoholic but not harsh. Thick and flat on the tongue. Great flavor and immensely complex, but the weird oxidized soy notes in aroma and lack of bubbles hurt it overall.

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