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
Ranking:
#595
Reviews:
703
Ratings:
1,908
pDev:
10.96%
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The Willows - SF Beer Week - draft

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Vintage 2010

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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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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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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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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,908 ratings
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