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
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#601
Reviews:
703
Ratings:
1,908
pDev:
10.96%
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4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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2.75/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle bought in 2013, no date. Perfectly stored.
After more than 4 years sitting in the bottle. At the first sip this appears to have a very well integrated bourbon flavors, very round, aged and mellowed. After a while, you realize that the flavor is actually thin, and quickly decays to an alcohol-only aftertaste. Looked like a bad implementation of alcohol+barrel.
Tasted in parallel to Lervig's BBA Barleywine, this one looked like a punch-less version of the other.
Maybe it needs 5 more years of cellaring.

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Photo of Nunya
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
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4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12.7 OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter
2013

This beer pours a very deep shade of brown. When held to a light a small amount of ruby light comes through. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing.

The bourbon character really comes through in the smell. The is a lot of caramel and vanilla with hints of oak and chocolate.

The flavor contains everything I smelled. It starts out with rich caramel and vanilla flavor. Through the middle a get a little dryness from the oak, meanwhile a slight boozy flavor pervades my senses leaving me with a warm and fuzzy feeling.

Full, thick, syrupy, and smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation

This is a damn good beer. The base beer supports the bourbon barrel treatment very well, and three plus years in the cellar did not hurt it at all.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep Espresso color with minimal head
S - Figs, prunes, sweet bourbon, and malt
T - Lots of booze with a malty sweetness and and the aftertaste is a bit like soy sauce
M - Medium heavy thickness with lots of burn
O - Very strong flavor and very boozey; works for me.

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3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: dark ruby color, no head
S: boozy, sharp bourbon.
T: high booze just like the nose. All booze, not good.
F: fire...all booze. Good god this needs 10 years to mellow out.

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