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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:
#594
Reviews:
701
Ratings:
1,900
pDev:
10.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +4.9%

Photo of tedho21
3/5  rDev -30.1%

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 SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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 +1.4%
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 +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. No bottle date.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown, translucent at the edges, opaque everywhere else. Lots of chunky sediment near the end of the bottle. No head. Flat as hell.

Smell - Bourbon, vanilla, lots of booze. Toffee and burnt sugar. Booze. Whoa.

Taste - Bourbon, vanilla, oak. Barrel is strong. Lots of vanilla and toffee. Sweet. Oaky and boozy. Buttery in the finish. Oaky and just a touch bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Thick, but not too syrupy. Boozy and not easy to drink.

Overall - This was much better on tap. The carbonation probably has a lot to do with it. This is my first flat Lost Abbey bottle. I did pretty well, I think. Good beer. Terrible QC.

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Photo of vitters03
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mportnoy
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Side by side of 2010 and 2012 vintages
Poured into duvel glasses

A: both brews pour with little to no head, the younger has a bit more of a film that sticks around the side of the glass, no lacing on either. The body color is a dark brown burgundy.

S: 2012: at first I get a blast of straight booze, then after my nostrils calmed down and this brew warmed I noticed a nice chocolate like aroma along with a delicious sticky caramel/toffee aroma along with a nice bit of vanilla, I get a slight coffe nuttiness in there as well, this smells truly delicious.

2010: the alcohol is much much more mellow, the smell is similar to the younger version but less sticky by far, it seems like everything got toned down a notch and is now blending seamlessly, a bit more oak and dark fruit then in the younger.

T: in comparison the changes in flavor profile are much like the changes in aroma. The 2012 has a more sticky sweet caramel, and a lot of vanilla, while the 2010 is more mellowed and rounded, with more pronounced oak and dark fruit.... They both have this nutty chocolate fudge like aftertaste I love it.

M: both have very little to no carbonation and are on the heavier side of things, the 2012 seems to have a nice touch of sticky creamyness to it that has dissapeard from the 2010, the 2010 is more viscous, I felt like both could have used a bit more carbonation and a slightly thicker creamier mouthfeel.

O: a great brew, it's awesome getting to do this side by side and see how the brew changed, along with my palate, when this brew originaly came out, was when I first started drinking craft beer, and i thought it was disgusting, now I think it's phenomenal.

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Photo of mahak213
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a trade, thanks so much sixt9coug!

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, almost black beer with the thinnest ring of head you can imagine. Whatever head was there dissipated very quickly. Looks like very little carbonation.

Smell: Strong bourbon notes with hints of vanilla and booze in the back. Boozey in the most appealing sense of the word. Very sweet smelling.

Taste: initially very sweet on the palate, a marshmellowy candy, vanilla sweetness. Bourbon undertones throughout the entire taste profile, finishing with a very pleasant toasted coconut. Boozey, helps to cut the sweetness of the beer and adds a nice bite to the finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, lightly carbed and coating.

Overall: What a special beer! Really excited to get to try this one. Wish I was able to get some more lost abbey offerings!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of justinlaz
5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Eureka
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jbaker67
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a deep reddish brown to black with a tan colored head that stats for about 2 minutes. Aroma of sweet bourbon and dark fruits like figs. A bunch of vanilla and some alcohol. The taste is sweet with some vanilla accents and a slight heat. There is a caramel taste at the end along with the heat. The carbonation is spot on and the feel is silky smooth.

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Photo of Philousa
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed on tap at Harry's Hofbrau on 7/1/2012. This is a 2012 batch.

The beer sits a dark violet, brownish, like a drip brewed coffee, no cream. Poured with a slight ring of head around the glass. I can't even cover the top with a good swirl. Aroma starts with wood/oak with mild bourbon. Dark fruits - plums, dates - lies behind the stronger aromas. Black licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and wood dominate the palate on the first sip. The vanilla and wood stick around the whole time as it warms. There is a firm alcohol bite and fumey aftertaste. This beer ain't kidding! Teasing out the malt: lots of caramel sweetness to counter the alcohol bitterness. I'd attribute this sweetness to bourbon's natural sweetness, but I'm no hard alcohol expert. Makes me wonder what the brandy barrel aged version tastes like. Also, some raisin comes as it warms. Middling mouthfeel with a very dry aftertaste.

This comes across as an old ale to my untrained palate. The strong alcohol flavor is biting and abrasive, but in a beery way. It's just a notch below distilled, and there is complexity there. This is the best beer of that style I've had thus far. This is a treat. I'd only want this a couple times a year, if that.

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Photo of IKR
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

Appearance: Very dark reddish brown with a fairly generous beige head that gradually subside to a thin cap. The 2012 is really carbonated.

Smell: Mild Bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and slight oak notes.

Taste: A mixture of Bourbon, vanilla, toffee/caramel, some roast malts, and oak. The finish is slightly sweet with a hint of the bourbon and vanilla from the barrel. Hidden alcohol.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation (again, I'm reviewing the right beer).

Overall: Good beer and with the 2012 being properly carbonated (Kudos to Lost Abbey's QC improvements), it is a real treat. Pricey, but for those who can swing it a worthwhile purchase.

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Photo of heresy22
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of tut2528
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely no pop upon opening the cork. No carbonation whatsoever. Pours an extremely dark brown, no lacing

S: awesome huge smell of raisins, plums, molasses, and immense oak.

T: nice balance of dark fruits (figs, plums and prunes), well complemented by bourbon and oak. A nice creamy vanilla provides another nice addition. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable

M: definitely needs more carbonation as it is surprisingly light on the tongue

O: definitely a beer I wish I could obtain on a regular basis. I think this brew provides a nice gate-way to more complex brews. I find the drinkability rather high and the ABV is very well hidden

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Photo of Cowcakes
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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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