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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#595
Reviews:
701
Ratings:
1,900
pDev:
10.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,900 |  Reviews: 701
Photo of boomer31
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first review in too long...time to get back to it. First I must premise this review with a disclaimer, I've been wanting to try this beer since I became a BA 2 years ago, thanks mikesgroove!!!

A: a little pop after the cork came out, more than what I expected to hear from prior reviews but less than I wanted. Deep mahogany color with no head

S: sweet bourbon and dark fruits. Sweeter smell than anticipated

T: similar to the smell, sweet bourbon and dark fruits. Caramel malts and almost no alcohol burn for a 12%+ ABV. Really nice overall, one of the better BA beers I've had even with no carbonation this was a great one to taste.

M: Smooth and almost viscous as it warms. The small amount of carbonation does not hinder the taste one bit...dare I say that it works?!?

D: at 12%+ this works very well for a sipper after dinner. The sweetness is enhanced as it warms but an overall ve3ry nice beer.

Very happy to try this beer. One of the better barrel aged beers I've had and did not disappoint after a couple years of waiting. Definately looking to score a few more of these.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of eagles22
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance -vintage 2011 poured into weyerbacher tulip! Pours dark brown with a very thin tan head. Smell-big bourbon in the nose loads of vanilla,dry oak wood, tobacco and whiskey bourbon! One of the best smelling beers!! Taste- holy shit wow is this beer smooth !! Vanilla upfront with some dark dried fruits such as raisins and dates finished with a nice finish if the alcohol burn and vanilla and toffee!! This beer is suppose to be sipped an well worth the price. Mouthfeel-very smooth for a 12.5% brew! It is seriously so smooth for how much bourbon is in this beer and the lower carbonation works well for the style if it was too carbonated this beer would be way too harsh and the vanilla notes would not be there at all!!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark, ruddy brown color with a head that dissipates nearly as fast as it's being poured, leaving a flat, barren surface with only the thinnest of rings around the edge of the glass. Lacing is spotty and near pin-head in size with virtually no stick.

Smell - Strong, sweet and boozy bourbon notes that hit on caramel and vanilla with hints of oak. Astringency is also quite apparent.

Taste - Less aggressive on the tongue than with the aroma. Deep caramel backbone with flavorful notes of oak and vanilla. Bourbon sweetness without much of the bite. Hints of raisin and faint traces of chocolate. Smooth, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, near syrupy, with low, lightly tingly carbonation. Smooth. Dry, warming finish.

Overall - Simply fantastic. The aroma had me concerned that it was going to be harsh, but it's one of the smoothest bourbon barrel-aged brews I've had to date. It's a steep price to pay for less than a pint's worth, but if you've got a reason to treat yourself, you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of GoldenVIKE
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy brown-mahogany color with almost no head or visible carbonation.

S: caramel, dark fruit, malt, woody whiskey

T: Very sweet taste of rich caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. Very malty and earthy wood flavors with just enough of a bourbon presence to add complexity, but it's not overpowering by any means. Did not get as much of an alcohol burn as you'd think given the 12% ABV.

M: Medium bodied with almost no carbonation. I'd prefer more carbonation given the fact that this isn't a boozy beer.

O: Very unique, complex and interesting. I'd be curious to try the brandy and bourbon-aged varieties in one sitting to compare

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Photo of ChrisISO_SJ
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzy2004Ironman
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of harryhops
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MrJuengling
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mikennat
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not real great at reviews but give it a shot.
WOW, let me say i love Lost Abbey. This is a very sweet beer to smell and taste. Smells bourbon and sweet. Tastes very sweet (get the point-very sweet). Very caramel and fruit. Taste very much matches smell. A little stronger bourbon than expected. I love it. Warms you up a little in the end!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 2/6/10 notes. Got to try this thanks to a generous BA at SC Day.

a - Very very brown, almost black pour. No carbonation.

s - Bourbon is obviously the biggest smell here, but also a little bit of oak and caramel. Smells great.

t - Bourbon again is the main taste here, but also get a little oak, caramel, and vanilla. Reminds me of BCS a bit, a little bit hot.

m - Full bodied and a litt hot from all the bourbon.

d - Overall I really like this one, but it was a little hot. I'm a big bourbon fan so loved the smell and taste and would definitely like to try this one again.

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Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tpd975 for sending a 375ML bottle of this my way about a year ago. I've been waiting for the right time to pop it open & who knew that would be around 9PM, April 8th, watching the Twins beat the Mariners in game 3 of the 2009 season. Good a reason as any I figger.

Cork pops convincingly, but no gusher, just a steady stream of bubbles. Smell is like being thrown in prison, except the prison is built all out of planks of wood freshly harvested from bourbon barrels. Nothing else, but I'm not complaining.

One tiny sip convinces me to let it warm, & it's a much better beer once it closes in on room temperature. And it gets tastier the more it warms; maybe I'll stick it in the microwave... the bourbon is the gunslinger here, but it's a surprisingly light touch based on the scent. There's all kinds of complexities going on in here I'm aware of but not savvy enough to sniff out. There's a layer of sweetness underneath the oak-aging, like my favorite Wisconsin maple syrup & a kick of dark, bloody fruit lurking like a predator, too. There's some other more subtle stuff. Lots of layers.

Drinkable...hmmmm. Kind of. I'm enjoying this & am pretty sure I could have handled the rest of the 375 I split with my wife. For a big beer the alcohol is hidden (if you don't count the bourbon!) & it's a pleasure to sip.

Overall I think this comes really close to living up to the hype. It's one of those strange, over-complex brews that I'm really enjoying, & think is really good, but I'm not sure I ever need another one. But a very good beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this side by side with the brandy barrel aged and I preferred the brandy slightly to this one.

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Lots of head, beer smells slightly sweet but really strong liquor. Beer is brown, dark brown. There isn't much to say about it really. It was sweet, strong, mostly liquor tasting but surprisingly drinkable. Whatever the base of this bal aged beer is it was overwhelmed by the aging process. I'm curious if it was aged in "wet" barrels.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Listed in the "1001", I will review this once I Have it again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cork flew out of this 375ml and then the beer erupted. Dark brown, it looks just like the brandy version. Nice bourbon and wood smell. Tastes like cola and vanilla coupled with bourbon, some licorice. This is a very flavorful beer and the alcohol was well hidden. I preferred the profile on the brandy barrel version a little more but this was still very good.

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Photo of BS68280
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dregs78 for a great trade! Poured from an 09 375ml bottle into my trusty DFH signature glass. Please don't be flat, please don't be flat.

A: Very dark brown. When held up to the night it is obvious that it is more of a dark cloudy brown then black. A couple bubbles... it turns out this isn't a completely flat one. Very very very lightly carbonated, no head but not completely flat.

S: Up front is a good amount of bourbon which fades into a tempting sweet vanilla, carmel. Boozy, but once you get past that it gets better.

T: Again with the bourbon up front. This rivals BCS with the amount of bourbon. A little oaky flavor and burnt malts which is followed by a good bit of alcohol heat. I am left with a taste of sweet dark fruits and a slightly chocolatey burnt malt.

M: Medium to thick body. Pretty flat too but i still like it a lot.

D: I thought this was a damn good beer. However the heat is a little much and the ABV shows through more than many other beers I've had.

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Photo of jarrett123
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 510a
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of imstimpy
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarshallBirdhouse
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whitenads
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pencible
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a muddy dark mahogany with no head. Not the most attractive sight.
S: It smelled like strong oak and bourbon and vanilla, with rich chocolate and toffee and port.
T: It tasted like rich caramel and toffee and honey wheat, with lots of oak and vanilla and bourbon, and a bit of port and chocolate. It had a smooth and mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Decent body.
D: This had the perfect combination and balance of flavors for a bourbon ale. Very delicious and complex. The body was decent (could have been fuller), and the alcohol wasn't very noticeable. So it was pretty easy to sip, but should never be drunk any faster. Lots of potential for aging this one. Excellent beer.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to Jason for bringing this 2008 bottle (i think it was 2008)

poured deep black and rather thick, i had a trace of carbonation but overall it was hard to find.

giant scents of bourbon mainly with alcohol and chocolate behind it.

mainly bourbon. there were faint hints of chocolate, some light vanilla, and maybe some oak. there was some serious heat on this, so alcohol dominated and as it warmed, it was even more dominant.

mainly a syrupy feel however there was a burning and warming sensation from the booze. the top of my tongue suffered as well as my stomach. this was a very slow sipper. i was not getting as much burn as others.

this was very good although it needs more time to mellow and allow the flavors to blend together. there was far too much bourbon in this that it took away from everything else. i can imagine another year+, this would be amazing.

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Photo of Prager62
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,900 ratings
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