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
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

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1,892
Reviews:
701
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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Photo of GilGarp
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml cork and cage bottle. 2010 vintage cellared since new in my basement.

Angel's Share is a very deep reddish brown color with good clarity on the pour (sediment left in the bottle). No head whatsoever.

Aroma is malty sweet with bourbon barrel in the background.

Flavor is also mostly sweet with caramel, figs, and candied nuts. The hops from the base barleywine have totally faded but the overall balance of the beer is still fantastic. The bourbon is subtle but adds a nice layer of depth.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and super smooth with almost no carbonation at all.

Overall an excellent barleywine and the bourbon barrel aging adds great character. The only downside is that it's basically flat but, for the style I don't really mind.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown black with almost half a finger head. Not as dark as I expected it to be. Nose is all bourbon. Front and center. Taste is also mostly like drinking bourbon without the sting of the alcohol. I get quite a bit of oak. Moderate to heavy carbonation is surprising. However, I think it works in this case by giving it a creamy feel albeit thinner than I'd like for a BBA ale. Alcohol is hidden well. Overall, pretty good. Wouldn't seek it out again due to the high price point but enjoyable nevertheless.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into a Stone glass.Pour is dark brown in color.You can smell the Bourbon in there.Taste is Bourbon up front but you can also taste fruit.For me I could taste raisins.More dried fruit.Maybe a hint of Vanilla.I liked it a lot.It has a fantastic flavor to it.To me the Bourbon is blended pretty well with the other flavors.I probable would not drink this beer that often because of price.For a 12.7 oz bottle it was around 16.00.Pretty high but I just had to try it.If you got the bucks give it a try.

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Photo of dataylor21
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ppavlick
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SDStoutly
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rdooley
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hallertau
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shnanign
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChicagoNick
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bcsteve89
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BeerOps
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DrSpaceman
3.16/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into snifter, pours flat muddy brown. Before warm up, beer is strongly sulfurous. No smell, largely unpleasant. As beer comes up to temperature more dried fruit, oak, and vanilla come through in the smell. Belgian candi sugar, oxidation, and booze. Less refined than expected, especially at this price point. Feel is too thin for the alcohol content, definitely has some heat on the finish. Overall, I am underwhelmed with both Angel's Share and Deliverance Ale.

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Photo of timc100
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2015

Lost Abbey's barrel aged beers are reliably accompanied by a large price tag keeping them out of the regular rotation. Very happy these hit distribution.

Lost Abbey can pack in more straight whiskey flavor into a beer than most breweries specializing in barrel aging. Even as an avid whiskey drinker it can be a bit overkill (i.e. Bourbon Santa's Little Helper). Angel's Share boasts an impressive and intense bourbon flavor without muting the notes around it. Vibrant broozy sweet flavors of caramel, toffee, and vanilla icing. Has enough raw whiskey flavor and oak to keep it from being overly sweet. Drinks incredibly smooth, appropriate carbonation and medium-full body to hold the flavors, though avoids syrupy territory.

Great barrel aged beer, probably best in the Lost Abbey lineup that hits distribution - second to Churchill's Finest Hour.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of okono
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dave_Treat
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. An exceptional beer. Poured from bottle into a snifter. Dark almost black ale, with a burgundy undertone. Small head with decent lacing. Smells of caramel and fruits. Taste is extended with the vanilla of the barrels. Smooth. Little alcohol heat.

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Photo of Joshua1973
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Coronaeus
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of juneauscott
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJNAPS
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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