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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look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... a murky copper colored liquid pours producing basically no head. I was expecting this...

S- Very oaky smelling with a copious amount of bourbon presence

T- Bourbon is overwhelming vs the sweet malts of the flat beer. Some earthy wood flavor comes through as well

M- Medium body with no carbonation

O- Despite being flat, I managed to drink a fair amount of the bottle. All the great flavors are there, but the carbonation, or lack there of ruins this one. With the proper carbonation, I could see how this would be considered a solid beer


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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Bourbon Angel's Share on tap. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an impenetrable dark, cloudy brown, some light stone head which recedes to a ring which remains for the glass.

S: Gorgeous bourbon and oak forward, along with vanilla, cherry, and dark dried fruit. The bourbon and oak are really in your face. A little sweetness and dark chocolate as well.

T: Delicious bourbon and dark fruit, loads of oak and tannin, some caramel and molasses, with a long, kind of grainy cocoa finish, with a touch of bitterness. A little heavy on the bourbon for my taste, but really good nonetheless. Some alcohol is noticeable, but not really a mark against it.

M: Smooth, medium-light carbonation, medium-full body.

O: Really delicious and rich. Definitely a bourbon and oak bomb. Awesome with or for dessert.

One of the more schizophrenic beers I've had, Angel's Share ranges from phenomenal to drainpour. All the versions on tap I've had have been really good.

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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,913 ratings