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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
Ratings:
1,886
Reviews:
699
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2nd beer at the Blue Dog while awaiting the CBS raffle.

A- Dark brown brew, not quite black. Not much light, but I do see few bubbles rising up the glass. Very tiny amount of cola head fizzes away to nothing.

S- Burning hot bourbon, with a bit of mellowing vanilla. Buried under the bourbon is some oak, more booze, and faint resinous hops. I found myself searching for these.

T- Not a whole lot in this. Vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits and some wood. All the flavors are subtle, and no real standout.

M- Medium to full bodied brew with almost no carbonation, very low. One plus is there isn't much heat in the mouth from this abv.

O- I was a little let down by this. It was decent, but I was expecting more. This was the 2010 version and the bourbon was still pretty strong. I was tempted to splurge the cash on a bottle before, but glad I never did.

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Photo of mactrail
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You can feel it slowly scorching its way down your throat. Tastes totally boozy, like it has a shot of Old Crow topped off with stout. Chocolate cake with chocholate cherries. Rich, hot, huge flavors. If you're in the mood for a monstrous big crack pipe of a beer, this would be the one. Dessert in a glass. Ideal slow sipping beer. Clear, dark stout color. Nice lacing in the tulip glass.

It doesn't get much better than this for sheer intensity of a beery sort. On tap at Pizza Port OB.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown and opaque with a thin light tan head.

The smell? Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon. Of course oak and vanilla as well as a bit of smoke, sweet grain and raisins.

Wow, what a flavor burst on first sip. I wish I had a shot at this in my tasting prime, I almost feel ill equipped. Anyway, bourbon remnants are dominant with huge notes of vanilla, smoke, raisins, and booze. It's quite delicious and a bit of a monster.

Mouthfeel is great. Full bodied, thick, chewy. It comes complete with ample fine bubbled carbonation.

Overall, I'm a bit floored over the whole experience. A few years ago this was a bucket list beer for me and I'm thrilled to have stumbled on it. The downside for me is I feel like I've had this beer before. I'm just getting tired of Bourbon Barrel Beers, they are all starting to run together and it's not special anymore. Great beer, but I would have appreciated it more 3 years ago.

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4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Angel's Share has a perfect visual aspect. It's black in the center when held up to light, but has an autumn rose halo. Beautiful beer.

S: Again, a perfect smell. Cooling milk chocolate. Nothing more.

T: If served in an oval wine glass, an old bourbon scent will hit your nose just before your first sip. Once the beer hits your lips and follows to your tongue, a strong, dark chocolate flavor will absorb into your mouth. Scents of bourbon still linger. As you pull away and swallow, a whiskey spike will get to you. Perfection.

M: It goes down like chocolate milk. Thick, smooth, creamy, and without carbonation.

OVERALL: I could live off this stuff. The first time I had it, I paid $19.00 for a bottle in 2010. I wandered Philadelphia as if I'd just fallen in love. Missed call after missed call showed up on my phone. I was buzzed, but more punch drunk on love and pleasure. The bottle I just reviewed was a 2011 that I picked up for $14.00 in Newtown Square, Penna. People talk and talk about contamination, but beer is beer. This one was contaminated, but was truly better with that bite and lack of carbonation. I took off .25 from my overall rating just because of the oxidation. Lost Abbey/Port really make great beers for long Winters and are a perfect choice for that night out with the girl you adore.

NOTE: Live review.

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3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 version, 12.7 oz C&C bottle served in a DFH signature glass.

A: Whoa, carbonation! Not just from the etching on the bottom of the glass, but there were lots of bubbles and a thin light tan head actually formed on the pour. That subsided quickly leaving a pretty still dark brown, cola looking body with a thin ring around the rim. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Smells of bourbon, oak, dark pitted fruits and some subtle sweetness all fill the nose.

T: Big bourbon up front that lingers throughout the whole sip. As it develops in the mouth the oak comes through as well as a caramel like sweetness. Some dried fruits, mainly figs and dates, also pop up in the taste. There is some definite heat in there, but it is far from from overpowering.

M: Heavy bodied, slightly chewy in nature with some actually prickly carbonation. I'm psyched. A little heat and some subtle sweetness left on the palate. As the beer warms the carbonation goes by the wayside, but it doesn't hurt the beer.

O: Well this gets major points because it's actually somewhat carbonated. The bourbon flavor is bold and lingers throughout the whole sip, but still is pretty tasty. This is definitely a sipper.

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4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Prune brown, opaque, no heard. Thin ring and no lace.

S - Big cooked fruit, bourbon, wood and sweet malt.

T - Huge flavors. Sweet caramel center, cooked dark fruit, vanilla wood and bourbon. Yum.

M - Great carb, medium body and nicely balanced.

D - I still use this category as drinkability. It's 12 percent and a killer. Not sessionable. Beautiful on tap but is usually flat in the bottle.

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

Tried this on draft in a small snifter. Dark brown/black with minimal foam. The smell is great. Malt, chocolate, caramel and huge burbon. It almost jumps out of the glass at you. The taste is similarly great. The burbon is up front along with coffee, chocolate and caramel. The alcohol while not overpowering is present. Great beer with tons on flavor.

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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really enjoyable bourbon stout. I was able to taste a vertical of 10' and 11' on draft. They were similar, however the 10' was much smoother with the bourbon taste having subsided a little making it slightly more enjoyable then the 11'. Both were tasty, however I liked the 10' better.

Both poured a pitch black with no head.

The noses were similar too. Bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon. Traces of vanilla, but it is hard picking up anything other then bourbon.

When it comes to taste, the differences are very subtle. In the 10' the bourbon is immediate, but it does allow the vanilla and chocolate. Finishes strong. The 11' is pretty much all bourbon from start to finish.

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