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
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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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1,892
Reviews:
701
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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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
4.24 out of 5 based on 1,892 ratings.
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