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

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-AgedThe Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
BA SCORE
4.29/5
1,895 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:
#591
Reviews:
701
Ratings:
1,895
pDev:
10.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
606
Gots:
579
Trade:
42
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Ratings: 1,895 |  Reviews: 701
Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of draheim
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
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 brewcrew76
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +0.9%
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 rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burgundy colored body was very still, and displayed no carbonation at all. The beer sat in the glass looking just like a red wine. Fearing a bad seal in the cork, I smelled the beer, but could not detect any heavy oxidation aromas, so the flatness seemed to be by design. The smell was very vinous, and reminded me of raisins soaked in whiskey. The taste was sweet and oaky, with lots of vanilla and raisins, and no hops. This was pretty much a red wine through and through, and was not at all like any other beer. The body was dense and still, and made for a nice sippping beverage.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
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 +4.9%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep caramel ruby color, produces a wiskp of beige head, leaves little lacing.

S- Delicious aroma of smooth bourbon, sweet caramel, dark fruit, molasses and vanilla.

T- Sweet and boozy up front, lots of caramel, vanilla, fruit and molasses, towards the finish the bourbon and oak become more noticeable.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, rich feel.

O- A delicious beer, the flavors are rich and decadent, it's a real treat to drink.

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Photo of DoctorB2B
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of WesM63
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of ALC82
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KJ2013
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of TBonez477
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingjohnh
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of tourdot
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep garnet color with a small, very fine head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

Smells of sweet malts combined with some oak wood and vanilla.

Tastes of the sweet malts with bourbon notes coming through. Malts lead off with caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Vanilla comes through blending into some oak woodiness. This ends with a bit more sweetness. Comes off pretty hot, but that is expected.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty and I am glad I finally got a chance to try this.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2016 bottle

L - Pours a hazy brown, dark caramel color - with no head or lacing

S - Huge bourbon whisky aroma! Oak.

T - Caramel, chocolate, tobacco, whisky. Rich and complex, well balanced. Packs some heat but not overburdening.

F - Medium body and low carbonation.

O - This beer gets better every sip, as your palate adjusts and it warms up. By the end you are upset it's gone, and make a mental note to by multiple bottles next time!

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Photo of Gww1864
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of kamikazeokami
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of sneaks2210
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of kevanb
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 Caged and corked 375ml bottle into a whiskey glass.

Only the faintest of pops greets you as the cork comes out. It pours out like motor oil and shares the color although a bit darker thankfully. It has minimal carbonation, but more than I was expecting based on other reviews for the 2011 vintage. It has no head whatsoever but there is a tiny bit of caramel color on the top. It smells really great, LOTS of bourbon with some nice firm oak aromas with faint vanilla. Flavors are pretty strong, lots of oaky bourbon with vanilla and some dark fruits, plums and raisins come to mind. The flavors are strong, but not really balanced and get a bit washed by the strong alcohol. It is a bit thin and the alcohol is really strong but I found it to be drinkable, although this is a sipper for SURE.

Verdict: Pretty strong sipper here, but most importantly enjoyable. I did prefer the 2010 Brandy version but this vintage was done well. I'll be excited to see how my second bottle turns out in a year or so.

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Photo of jwswigs
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 1,895 ratings
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