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

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-AgedThe Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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91.5%
Liked This Beer
4.28 w/ 1,893 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:
#631
Reviews:
701
Ratings:
1,893
Liked:
1,733
Avg:
4.28/5
pDev:
10.98%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
607
Gots:
580
Trade:
42
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,893 |  Reviews: 701
Photo of siege06nd
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ketan for picking this up for me on his trip to San Diego.

A. Pours a very dark, tobacco brown. Half finger of tight, cream colored head. Very uniform and good looking head. Lacing is excellent.

S. Wow, excellent. Dark, ripe stone fruit, raisin, vanilla, toffee, roasted cashew, and a healthy dose of bourbon. Pleasant roasted nuttiness.

T. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruit. Big kiss of booze and some burn on the end. Little bit of earthy darkness from the barrel.

M. Full bodied, cloying, and marshmallow like.

O. A very nice brew, definitely holds up against some of the better. barrel aged strong ales and barleywines out there. Very glad to have enjoyed this one.

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Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Thanks to ShanePB for sharing.

A: Pours a dark brown color with no head or lacing at all...does not bode well for this beer.

S: Nice aroma of bourbon, roasted malt, caramel, and a hints of dark fruit and chocolate.

T: Very nice flavor profile of bourbon, some oak and vanilla with brown sugar and caramel.

M: Totally flat. Not unexpected really based on previous reviews, but was still hoping this bottle was carbonated. Can see how it would be great with some bubbles.

O: Again, besides it being flat, I enjoyed this beer very much.

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Photo of Woodysbeard
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of TimPell
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of lion22
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of SirIPAalot
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of lalakers24
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Bones2009
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Stevenscott
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of cvm4
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with no head whatsoever.

S - Bourbon, sweet vanilla, caramel & oak.

T - Very sweet vanilla and tart following into an oak center with toffee and bourbon finish.

M - medium body & carbonation.

O - A flow down bourbon lane. Very good slightly too tart for me.

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Photo of Dontcounttoday
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of EricYames
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of skunk242
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of axeman9182
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share pours a very deep mahogany, with a faint bit of caramel foam crowning the beer. The nose is absolutely heavenly. There's tons of caramelized brown sugar to form the base, and it's augmented by vanilla and oak. Bourbon is a subtle addition to the picture. The flavor profile is a little bit more rough. There's still some lightly burnt sugar, vanilla, and wood, but the bourbon presence is more brassy and harsh. Here it's the center of attention, with everything else playing more of a supporting role. The body is full and rich, but the carbonation is barely there. I like a more restrained carbonation for a malt forward beer, but this is a bit low even for me, and leaves the beer feeling flat. Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share is a decent to good beer right now, but I think it could use a little bit of time to really hit its stride.

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Photo of BeavNH
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy brown color. No head is formed. No lacings are left

S: Smell is great. Strong on wood and whiskey (Oh yeah! :)). Toffee, Caramel, roasted malts and alcohol

T: Delicious. Sweet upfront: toffee and caramel malts. Oak. Roasted malts bitterness. And some earthy hops bitterness too

M: Heavy body. Really molasses. Low carbonation. Sweet upfront and pleasant bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Excellent beer

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Photo of swetsastonic
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of tedho21
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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 SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into a large snifter

A: pours a deep brown with no light transmission. small tan head recedes quickly to form a small collar around the glass
S: smells of bourbon with notes of caramel, oak, vanilla, a tinge of chocolate and hint of coffee along with a bit of alcohol and booze.
T: lighter than I anticipated from the nose. those same flavors are there but muted a bit. still a lot of oak vanilla and caramel. slight alcohol burn and booziness. fairly smooth though. aftertaste is pretty alcoholic but has some notes of chocolate, caramel and vanilla
M: light carbonation and a surprisingly thin mouthfeel. it doesn't feel like it has the substance of a 12.5% beer. not bad though, and I'm quite pleased that it's carbonated.
O: buying this beer was a gamble due to lost abbey's purported carbonation issues, but this is fantastic with loads of complexity and great flavors. I'm gonna need to pick up another one.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: Pours a muddy dark brown with bits of khaki sediment floating around. Barely any khaki head. I'm not gonna lie, this is an ugly looking beer. Sometimes I wish this wasn't a review point because, especially in this beers case, it tells nothing of the gem it really is.

Smell: Bourbon vanilla and dark fruits (fig, raisin). Some chocolate in there too, not much booze on the nose for me.

Taste: This beer really made me say wow on the first sip. I did not expect the complexity it flexes at all. Boozy bourbon up front that lends superb bourbon characteristics without being over the top. Vanilla, typical to the bourbon, complements. Next, dark fruits from the nose shine. I expected the bourbon and fruits to play around through the finish, but as I swallowed, milk chocolate exploded to hold onto the lingering aspects of this brew. Not overly sweet and incredibly complex.

Mouthfeel: Even how this stacks up over the palate evolves through a single sip. Splashy at first with some heat, the dark fruit mid-palate brings with it a great chewiness that smooths out and becomes creamy on the finish. A very heavy beer, which I was pleased with because I wanted a sipper out of this.

Overall: I didn't think this would beat Deliverance for me, but it definitely done. One of the most complex beers I've had, and I think that term gets thrown around too lightly. Again, I wish appearance could be neglected for this beer, because it doesn't do any justice to what the beer is really about. Seek out hands down.

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Photo of rkarimi
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 91.5% out of 100 with 1,893 ratings
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