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

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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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Photo of sfoley333
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought my 6 bottle limit back in November and still have a couple from last year. This is the first bottle from this year that I have opened and since I was traviling to Brasil to visit the in laws for christmas thought it would be a cool time to pop one open. Shared with 5 other brazilians in Sao Paulo during christmas eve.

Poured into clear plastic 6oz cups. Poured a muddy brown color with nice white head. Smells is upfront sweet malt mixed with alcohol, oak, and an almost port smell. Taste is a mellow blend of carmel, sweet malty liquid bread, dark fruit, chocolate, oak, warming alcohol, and a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a light supple carbonation. While far from a session beer this beer is highly drinkable for such a malt and alcohol bomb, the oak aging really pays off on the finish.

By the way only my brother-in law and my cousin who works for mtv brasil liked this beer the others thought it was to strong and went back to drinking their skol. To each his own.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A muddy dark caramel brown. I've had the pleasure of sipping this one at least five times at various beer fests in the bay area. The most recent tasting having been at the 2007 barrel aged beer festival at the bistro in Hayward, California. This brew like mentioned above is a dark muddy colour with a small and thin off-white/brownish head of foam that dies quickly and is hard to revive. This brew in my chalice glass just reeks of bourbon and oak with a heart dose of candied bready malts as well. Hopheads may want to look the other way as this brew is all about the over the top sweet malts and their caramel sugary flavours which are enhanced by the notes of bourbon and oak that are left on this brew after Tommes aging process take hold. Mouthfeel is thick and coating, and reminiscent of a petite champagne cognac. Drinkability is good for one so heavy. Truly a legend in the oak/aged strong ale/barley wine category.

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Photo of genog
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big Thanks to franksnbeans for sharing one of these treasures.

Beautiful muddy, and thick, brown color with a light brown head that leaves very little lacing. Every swirl of this Angel produces a generous head back. Smell is of doughy, cookie and a rich toffee, buttery, and maple syrup boozy bourbon notes. Taste is sweet and awfully creamy. Mouthfeeling is great and allows you palate to soak in all the tasty bourbon and leaves a lingering warming. Great beer!

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Photo of OStrungT
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer smells of whiskey. It has a nice oak aroma as well as some mild vanilla. I smell some dark fruit. Some raisins, prunes, and figs. I can smell some sweet, carmel malts also. Also, the alcohol is present in the nose.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Whiskey up front, with some oak, and vanilla. It tastes sweet,with some fruity notes of fig, prunes, and raisins. The alcohol is present in the flavor also.

This very full bodied beer, goes down surprisingly smooth, leaving a whiskey like aftertaste. This beer is low in carbonation, suiting the style well. The alcohol warms the throat as it goes down.

This beer is probably not the best session beer. It has an aggressive flavor, and it is high in alcohol. Also, its price and availabality get in the way.

Overall: Thanks to oodeftone for hooking me up. Without you, I wouldnt have ever had the chance. This beer is great. I would drink it all the time if I could. Another great beer from Port.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the brewery. Aroma perks forth with suave, sleek grandeur enticing in so many fruits, rich nuttiness and bold gout-inducing richness. Sprightly. Out of the hand engine, the beer comes as a ruddy hued mahogany, clouded with a fine, silky smooth cream head in tobacco tinted cloud. Flavor is redolent with extravagant creamed malts, mature sugar density and a whole pantheon of nuts, fruits, chocolate, nips of tobacco and fragrant plums. Texture completely sublime, the cask presentation heightening the sickening drinkability of a beer so hefty. The bourbon smoothes corners, draws deep breaths of moist woodiness and clean nut-dry parching quality. More rounded and deep than the Brandy-barrel version and it shows. I really didn’t think this beer could get any better.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep, deep brown color-poured from the bottle a beautiful burgundy. Small head gone all too quickly. Sweet smelling-very port and raisen like. Wonderfully deep and rich flavor. Great notes of vanilla and oak. Noticeable alcohol flavors. Whiskey like flavors as well. Very smooth and creamy considering the abv. Lingering whiskey bite on the tongue. Very impressive beer. Night cap describes it all. Many thanks to callenak for this treat from Secret Santa 2006. Best US strong I have had-period.

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Photo of billvon
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a chance to try this at the Port brewery last time we were there during a tasting. Rich, complex strong ale with strong oak overtones. Almost as much of a 'port' as their Older Viscosity. As nutty as a good porter but without the heaviness. Definitely a sipping beer; sort of the opposite of a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of grumpy
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy cow! I can’t even begin to follow CharlesDarwin’s review. There nothing left to cover! So, I’ll just say that this is a huge, complex, delicious Barley Wine. If you hopheads that like your American BWs to be 1st cousin to an I2PA could pull yourselves away for one moment and give this stuff a whirl….

Yes, it’s worth the price.

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Photo of scottoale
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new Strong Ale from the Lost Abbey that will be available soon at all Pizza Ports and a few local retailers. From the bottle pours a burgundy-brown with no head.

The smell is sweet fruity malt with bourbon , a very boozy ale.

The flavor is somewhat Port like with dark ripe booze soaked grapes with some complexity untold. Dark ripe fig and plum with a light liquer like alcohol from the aging in the bourbon barrel give this sweet brew a dessert apperitif essence.

Big body, yet light and earthy from the booze barrels, this stuff is dangerously delicious and very potent. Can't wait too get my hands on some more!

Note: this beer make-up will change with the different barrels that it's aged in and a few other variables.

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