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

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4.29/5
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1,903 Ratings
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:
#596
Reviews:
701
Ratings:
1,903
pDev:
10.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of hopkrid
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Photo of peabody
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really dark used motor oil. No suds. Lacing for sure.
Smell is dark caramel charred malts with brown sugar molasses and honey.
Taste is very sweet malts and boozey sugar cotton candy. Raisin nut bread comes to mind with lots of alcohol in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky.
Drinkability would be good if people were giving this to you.( BTW Thanks Haver)
This is a very bad-a$$ brew here.

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Photo of rkarimi
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Truly spectacular bourbon barrel aged barleywine here in my glass. A murky, dark brown, pour reveals no carbonation and no lacing. Sweet candied fruit aroma rises and the flavors match the nose. Pretty smooth and full bodied with the 12.5 abv barely noticeable. Overall, amazing, is the word that comes to mind!

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Photo of PhatAtUT
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdmccarthy
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phelps
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Bruery tulip. No bottling date, though the label has a fancy black background and was picked up direct from the brewery, so I'll assume it's the 2010 version.

Looks: the petite pop of the cork fills me with dread, and my fears are realized as a burgundy liquid flows from the bottle and stirs up virtually no head whatsoever. My inner pessimist's glass is half empty, but my corporeal glass is now full of deep, inky plum-colored brew sporting the tiniest ring of tan bubbles.

Smells: distinct. Lost Abbey bourbon barrels seem to have a very recognizable quality that can easily overpower the base beer, which seems to be the case here. There's plenty of lovely woody oak and bourbon, imparting notes of vanilla and molasses. Buried deep underneath is some enticing fruitiness: plums, lemon zest and dark cherries.

Tastes: forceful, like a hippo-sized woman who still manages to be graceful. There are some powerful, strong flavors here, yet the beer seems to be kept in delicate balance. The taste is very similar to the nose: the bourbon barrels reign, occupying the flavor with vanilla and oak, while cherry syrup, sherry, dark chocolate and sugarplums dance in the background. It's actually very good.

Feels: the apparent lack of carbonation I noted in the appearance translated pretty precisely to the mouthfeel -- I can feel the faintest tingle across my tongue, but no more. The medium-bodied brew does, however, feel nice and buttery about the mouth. An alcohol heat singes the throat and can be felt like heartburn all the way down.

Drinks: like salvation by grace. These carbonation issues Lost Abbey seems to experience on a regular basis MUST be figured out, as with lesser beers (see: Older Viscosity) a lack of bubbles could completely ruin the experience. The Angel's Share, however, still manages to shine despite the lack of carbonation. It's complex, rich, and deliciously decadent. Figure out the bubble situation, and I could see it easily finding a place in my top 10.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of grittybrews
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
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 ajzy
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Rick778
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of bennetj17
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
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 -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jfstilling
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hugonaut13
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,903 ratings
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