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
Ratings:
1,890
Reviews:
699
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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606
Gots:
584
For Trade:
42
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Photo of Abbbp
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of bennetj17
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The cork opens with a loud "pop" indicating some good carbonation. The head is massively thick with soap-like bubbles sitting atop the dark brown liquid below. A bit of light can get through this beer about the edges, creating some amber hues. It leaves a great deal of lacing also. The aroma, while not too intense, has a nice depth. The perfumy bouquet has floral notes, wood, fruity esters, and a touch of aspirin. Very interesting.

No wonder this is so well rated, it actually has the richness and complexity of a good Belgian Quad: ripe, raisiny fruit notes, caramel sweetness, light medicinal spices, nice alcohol warmth but not too discernable. The barrel aging is very subtle, with it's key addition serving to smooth it out nicely. The foam feels silky on the tongue and it goes down oh so easily.

Decadent yet under control, complex yet approachable. This beer is very deserving of its elite status. One of my all-time favorites...

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Photo of tim007007
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of jfstilling
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hugonaut13
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of drtth
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dark brown beer is served in a nonic glass with almost no head beyond a ring of foam around the glass. By midway through the beer even that is pretty much gone entirely.

The aromas easily convince this was Bourbon Barrel aged and in addition to the vanilla there is a bit of chocolate in there.

The flavors follow the nose with the vanilla pretty much in charge followed by that bit of chocolate and some hints of the oak. There is also a noticeable presence of alcohol sweetness pretty much hiding any malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and smooth with very gentle carbonation. The finish begins as the vanilla and most other flavors fade leaving the alcohol a touch of sweetness most noticeable and almost concealing any bitterness until the very end.

Overall this seems a well made beer but is not one I personally will seek out to have again. I'm glad to have tried it but for me the alcohol is just a bit too prominent. Also, it seems to me the overall effect of the flavors would be helped by just a bit more bitterness in the finish. I suspect that this is one of those beers that I'd enjoy much more after a year or two of bottle age.

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Photo of jroberts8811
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CoolEthan
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of grittybrews
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark chocolate color into a half-pint glass with minimal head.

Powerful aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Extremely syrupy mouthfeel, very sweet taste of vanilla, caramel, honey, and chocolate that is balanced by warm alcohol, bourbon, smoke, and tobacco. Malty and slightly dry/bitter aftertaste.

Not at all subtle, highly complex, and completely delicious. Like an after-dinner dessert, cigar, and whiskey all rolled into one.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopkrid
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of brewcrew76
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml

A - Murky, deep brown with ruby highlights and 3 fingers of fizzy, tan cola head.

S - Big bourbon, vanilla, oak and sweet caramel aroma. Pretty one dimensional in the bourbon sense but very nice.

T - Sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, raisin, caramelized brown sugar, milk chocolate and a smoky finish.

M - Highly carbonated which makes it appear lighter than it is. A little fizzy on the tongue at first but that turns into a nice creaminess as it warms.

D - Reminds me slightly of a highly carbonated Bourbon County Stout. Somewhat one dimensional on the bourbon side but that is not a bad thing coming from this bourbon fan.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque ruby brown with a ring of bubbles. Nose is heavily bourbon. Some brief hints of raisins, vanilla and oak. Fortunately, the taste rounds out the bourbon with stronger vanilla, oak, chocolate, and cocoa powder. Pleasant alcoholic warmth. Sadly, and probably because of the build-up to finally having this beer, it left me wanting more. Not complaining, this was excellent, but I still wanted more.

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Photo of Hessian257
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of draheim
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

My very first review, after drinking more than 250 different beers over the last 8 months in an effort to develop my palate. No particular reason why I chose this one for my first review.

375mL bottle, vintage 2010, poured into a snifter. Zero carbonation at first; a few tiny bubbles soon materialize along the side of the glass, rising lazily to the surface. Color is deep brown with hints of burgundy around the edges. Looks like a flat cola.

Booze hits the nose first, along with plums, raisins, and bourbon. Hints of what's to come.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky. Taste of caramel, whiskey, toffee. Alcohol warming to the throat. Flavor is rich and complex, but almost cloying. Bigger sips reveal an almost cough syrup quality, alcohol burn on the swallow. The booze presence is clearly dominant and not entirely pleasant. This little bottle is almost a chore to get through.

Overall, I was not much impressed by this one - particularly considering the price tag. I don't think I've ever poured a beer so almost completely flat right out of the bottle. High ABV explains this to a degree, but some carbonation would have helped the mouthfeel and would have also concealed the booze a bit and provided more balance.

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Photo of rkarimi
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of blisscent
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IntriqKen
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ouch!
It is truly painfull that I only have one bottle of this beer.
Ouch!
Yes, pours an opaque dark amber that is almost black with a full finger of white foam that melts to a ring of tiny white bubbles.
Yes, the aromas are heavy with dark fruits like raisins and plums and dark brown sugar and sugary sweet smelling dark malts.
Yes, there is a wonderful blending of dark fruit, dark brown sugars, dark roasted malts, chocolate malts, pure Special Dark Herseys chocolate and a touch of bitter hops as you swallow.
Yes, a touch of the oak barrel smooths and mellows it all together.
Yes, the mouthfeel is incredibly smooth like no barleywine or American Strong Ale I've ever had the privilage of drinking.
And finally, YES, this is truly a remarkable brew...the best I've had from Lost Abbey ever and Lost Abbey makes incredible beers daily.

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Photo of PG2G
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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