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

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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

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Photo of BFro
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Hophead717
2.94/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark brown--raisin hued, with no head whatsoever. Not a good sign for carbonation levels.

S: All bourbon, all the time. Some dark fruits in the back, but it's kind of hard to find anything else through the strong bourbon. It works nicely though.

T: Bourbon-soaked raisins. Entirely one-dimensional.

M: Flat. Devoid of all carbonation. Definitely lacks the properties of beer.

O: This is a disappointing beer. Between the one-dimensional taste and entire lack of carbonation, this beer is a letdown. Not one I'd seek out or recommend.

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Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ChugginOil
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown with reddish tints when held to the light. Tiny amount of tan head. Zero lace.

The nose has a ton of bourbon charateristics. Vanilla, butterscotxh, oak and caramel dominate. The heat from the high alcohol content lingers.

The taste is full of caramel, light cocoa, butterscotch, vanilla, light dry tannin, and a sweetness that is bold but evenly matched with roasty and dry barrel characteristics.

The mouthfeel is thick, viscous, bold, beastly. Ample carbonation nails it for the style.

Overall, glorious bourbon treatment that allows a lot of the base beer to show alongside the bourbon. Very nice.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of JustinQ
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

15.99 For 375 ml Bottle

Serving Type: Bottle poured into snifter

Appearence: dark dark red/ Light brown, cloudy. FLAT

Aroma: Bourbon straight. No malt or hops just straight up bourbon

Taste: Vanilla. oak. alcohol. Residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Flat and thick

Overall: C. Good beer. not a fan of the co2 levels or the price.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with almost no head. Not much lacing, either.

S - It smelled of vanilla and oak with some toasty notes. Light caramel notes, too.

T - It tasted very malty with a strong boozy character. Some oak, bourbon and vanilla flavors.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A full bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This was pretty tasty. A nice bourbon barrel aged brew.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Mud brown. No head. No lacing. Opaque

S: Winey, huge grapey fruits, whiffs of molasses, touch of oak and of bourbon. Powerful.

T: Strong malt-alcoholic sweetness. Incredibly brief maintaste -- flash of fruit and the like -- but strong vanilla bean on the aftertaste more than makes up for it. Obvious and excellent bourbon.

M: Smooth and flat.

O: One of the more bourbony beers I've experienced. It smells great, and it tastes good as well. It gains character as it warms; recommended.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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

375 mL 2010 version drank sometime in early 2011 I believe. Served into a Dogfish Head snifter...from notes

No pop upon removing cork. Pours a dark brown cola color with not much visible carbonation. The bubbles are in there though, just very fine. They leave a thin, light tan collar. The visible carbonation does increase as the beer warms.

The nose is bourbon, sweet malts, raisins, and a bit of oak. There's some dark fruits backing all that up and a hint of butterscotch buried in there too.

Taste a nice very balanced blend of bourbon, vanilla, sweet malt, oak, and a fruity undertone. Nothing stands out too much, the balance is just great.

It has a thick full body with a slick mouthfeel. The carbonation is present and I don't feel I need it to be any greater than it is. The booze provides some bite to this as well.

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

Alright so $18/bottle is pretty steep...but I've heard great things...

The beer pours a deep, dark brown with no head or lacing. There's a little sediment in the bottom, but not copious amounts. The beer reeks of bourbon, but also has potent notes of vanilla and bread. The taste follows suit with incredible vanilla smoothness (even at a warm serving temperature), moderate-intense booziness, and banana breadiness that pulls it all together. The mouthfeel is quite balanced with hints of everything in the beer's nose and taste, but it's smoothed out for casual sipping in comparison. There is a slightly bitter tobacco aftertaste that saturates your palate and lingers for some time. It's really what all barrel aged beers should be like as far as taste and mouthfeel...although it's still not a perfect 5/5 in either category.
Overall this beer was pretty incredible, but it's still hard to spend this much for 375mL bottle...especially when you're splitting it with someone else! A period of aging would be quite appropriate.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, deep brown body. No head, no lace.

Smells goood. Bourbon barrel beer goodness. Quintessential. Some dank mushrooms as well.

Taste is slightly brash, boozy and a trace astringent. Bourbony, and good. I get gouda as well. The sediment is the best part.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, not bad.

Impressive bourbon barrel stout. Sublime and best towards the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of AstroAcks6
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-- Cork barely popped, jet black, tiny head that disappeared immediately

S- Strongly bourbon and oak nose. Some vanilla as well. The smell on this one is amazing!

T- Total bourbon with oak notes. No malt, definitely no hops.

M- Coats the tongue for a moment. Alcohol sticks.

O-- Completely unbalanced but a barrel-aged lovers dream. Pricey for what you get. Worth trying but I'll stick with GI BCBS

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bourbon from 2010.

A: opaque, jet black, poured with very little head that quickly dissipated
S: full, intense, deep bourbon and extreme roasted malt
T: really mellow for 2010 but hot, sweeter, velvet with great bourbon, earthy
M: earthy, thinner but good, more bourbon than malt

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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