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

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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
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#623
Reviews:
704
Ratings:
1,911
pDev:
10.96%
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of jethrodium
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours a very dark amber with a small tan head that disappears quite quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is big bourbon, some leather, caramel, a bit of oak, vanilla, and a moderate amount of alcohol. The initial taste is sweet with caramel and vanilla. Then comes some bourbon and a light cherry flavor. The finish is warming and leaves a lingering oak presence. Surprisingly, the taste is not all that boozy. Medium-full body. Low carbonation. This is quite a tasty beer. It's sweet, but not cloying. I'm not going to regularly pay the huge price for bottles, but it is certainly worth the price when it is found on tap.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of claspada
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Version shared with HimerMan. Pours with a russet brown/red color with slight haze. Above average carbonation (which was surprising given Lost Abbey's issues) that settles quite rapidly because of the high ABV/Barrel-aging, it slowly blankets the beer. Solid lacing remains as the foam subsides.

Aromas begin with irresistible dark heavily caramelized malts, cotton-candy sweetness and sweet alcohols. As it warms you get lots of dried fruits highlighted by currants, plumbs, dates, prunes, grapes, raisins and apples. No hops which is expected.

The tastes begin more balanced with sweet caramel malts, fruits and light sweet bourbon. As it warms you get a little more of the oakiness and the woody tannins. The bourbon flavor and oak character balance with the delicate sweetness more in the taste than in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is rich and rounded up front without too much thickness or heaviness. Tannins/barrel imparted flavors helps to dry out the beer going into the finish. Carbonation is medium which was a huge treat given the reputation of this beer and helps to make the flavors lighter and less heavy on the palate.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and was extremely pleased we got a bottle that had some carbonation. Flavors are big and bold so I appreciate the small bottle offering. It is obvious that this beer was crafted very delicately and aged to the exact right time the brewer wanted. Flavors are huge but balanced between the dark caramelized malts and big bourbon boldness. I enjoyed this very much and will hopefully have it again down the road. Recommended, but a a crap-shoot unfortunately as many bottles don't have the carbonation I was lucky enough to receive.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap in a tulip at Hopleaf.

Appearance: My pour is a totally opaque mahogany color, with a few spots of ruby or burgundy in the corners of the glass. A modest tan head melts away over the first half of the glass, not bothering to leave any lace. It is noticeably viscous as I swirl it in my glass.

Smell: The aroma is outstanding; a true wake up call after drinking a few milder beers. A complex spectrum of sweet aromas just burst out of the glass. The bourbon is noticeable, more so in the nose than in the flavor, with figs, dates, and raisins providing the fruit notes. Sweet toffee, caramel, and dark chocolate fudge overwhelm the milder bready malt notes. This is close to perfect.

Taste: The flavor starts strong as well, and each component is so well-integrated it takes me a few sips to distinguish each one. Dark gooey caramel, a bit of molasses, and some dark Belgian chocolate provide a sweet candy front, dark caramel and lightly roasted malt feed off the sweetness and add more depth. A blast of figs and rum raisin come in and lead to the ridiculous depth to the flavor. A light bourbon note overlays the rest of the sip, which is comprised of oak, a generous amount of vanilla, some coconut, and a few more dark fruit flavors. The finish is mostly sweet, with just a touch of bitterness and alcohol to keep the sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel: To call this anything less than full bodied would be blasphemy. There is no doubt about the intention of this beer - a full bodied, creamy, sweet, and complex brew, and the mouthfeel is consistent with this goal. Smooth and creamy for sure, it is a little syrupy at times, which is the only reason for the less than perfect score. It is properly carbonated, but the carbonation is hardly noticeable given everything else that is going on here.

Overall: This is a beer that borders on greatness. I had a less than stellar experience with a flat Brandy Angel's Share bottle, but the difference is like night and day. From the moment I had my first whiff of it, I knew this was going to be a special beer. The bourbon treatment is remarkably well done, neither destroying the flavor nor the mouthfeel of the base beer. A huge beer packed with taste and complexity. For me, this is worth seeking out when it is available.

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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,911 ratings