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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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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