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 Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of matttttYCE
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage poured into a medium sized brandy snifter.

No real head to speak. Just the tiniest cropping of bubbles that disappear immediately and the slightest, sliver of a ring around my glass. The color is a deep, dark, and murky brown with maybe some purple highlights. Swirling vigorously produces a filmy coating of bubbles and a bit more around the edge of the glass. Hey, I'll take some carbonation over no carbonation.

The aroma is of abundant bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, toffee, loads of brown sugar, dark fruit like plums, figs, raisins, hints of chocolate covered dark cherries, lots of sweetness and sweet caramelized malts. Very rich smelling beer, indeed.

At first sip I get lots of bourbon and chocolate flavors. Then come the intricacies of vanilla, caramel, molasses, toffee, lots of brown sugar, the fig and plum and raisin, slight cola hints, with plenty of sweet roasty and caramelized malts. Also hints of dark cherries in the taste, but maybe just because I'm smelling chocolate covered cherries in the aroma. Lots of bourbon and oak flavor here but it's well integrated and not overpowering. Does get boozy as it warms, but nothing you can't handle.

Consistency is velvety, carbonation is bordering on delicate (the lightest rating I give for carbonation), body is medium-ish, maybe a tad bit higher, and the finish is actually pretty long. Lasting flavors of dark fruits, bourbon, and brown sugar. Even though this has quite low carbonation, it works decently well with the overall feel. Could be better with higher carb, though.

I was admittedly apprehensive of this beer, but after having it, I went back and bought a couple more to hold on to and I plan on buying a Brandy version or two shortly. This is a good beer, not quite great. But certainly one I would recommend to anyone who enjoys bourbon barrel aged beers. Odd side note, with the last 1/8th of the bottle I had the crazy idea to eat a maple glazed doughnut with this and it was probably one of my favorite food and beer pairings that I've tried. Just had to throw that out there.

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Photo of armock
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego, CA

A - Poured a dark brown color with a thin tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Lots of vanilla oak and bourbon from the barrel with some dark fruits and alcohol

T - Follows the nose with dark fruits and vanilla oak and strong bourbon flavor

M - This beer has a thin body with very light carbonation to it

O - This would have been an outstanding beer if there was more carbonation to it however as it is it was still a very good beer that I would get again if I had the chance worth grabbing a glass of if you see it around

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Photo of Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a snifter a dark, opaque brown with no head to speak of other than a few stray bubbles. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, and oak-soaked bourbon. Taste was slick and sweet right off the bat, with an obvious alcohol kick, dark malts and bourbon are dominant, and balance each other pretty good. Some subtle fruit notes come through. Full-bodied, strong, but smooth and fairly be savored slowly, and definitely at a warmer temperature. Better if you are a fan of bourbon obviously. I did like the brandy version of this beer much better.

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Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of VAbdoyan
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of birchstick
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - color is rustic brownish without any head to speak of

S - the nose is of sweet bourbony aromas of vanilla and some caramel; there are also dark fruits present on the nose

T - sweet dark fruits open this one up nicely. Next up are some raisins and sticky malts mixed with a little cola. A load of bourbon shows up on the backend and overwhelms everything else. Pretty solid taste profile going on here.

M - flat and watery, underwhelming

D - this is a solid beer, love the bourbon and vanilla flavors in it. For some reason, it just seemed to fall a bit short as a complete beer, though. The price point has kept me away from it in the past and I think it will continue to do so in the future.

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Photo of Captainren
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the tap in a tulip glass.

Appears a murky dark brown, not quite black. Very little head. Aroma is strong and boozy, tons of whiskey. Taste is dominated by the bourbon as well, but too much in my opinion. Alcohol, oak, a little vanilla. Thin to medium body, moderate carbonation. It could be thicker to match the power of the flavor.

Finally got to try this , I had been on the look out for it on draft, as I wasn't willing to chance a flat bottle. But for the high price, I probably won't seek it out again

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Photo of wtfuggles
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

Pours a very hazy brown purplish color, with almost no head. Mildly viscous with a small amount of lacing.

Aroma is sweet malts with licorice, dark fruits, chocolate, molasses and oak bourbon and vanilla notes that get better and better as it warms.

Taste is very powerful and sweet with molasses, plums, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Finishes long and sweet with tons of oak and vanilla notes. Aftertaste is chocolaty and a bit roasted.

Body is heavy and mouthfeel is smooth and viscous, with mild to low carbonation . Despite being definitely a sweet beer it is well balances and the fairly high abv is amazingly well hidden.

Overall an amazing beer from Lost Abbey. Nice balance of sweetness well complemented by the wooden notes. A classic.

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Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of groetman
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Kranders
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap pre-thanksgiving. Small 5oz pour. Fantastic strong bourbon filled aroma that really set the tone for the beer. Nice malty taste with a little bit of oaky-barrel flavor coming through and a nice strong bourbon finish. Kind of straddled the line between a thick and thin beer, with aspects of both that muddled it up a little. Great overall beer, but not the most exceptional barrel aged RIS.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of seanthornton152
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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