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

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#594
Reviews:
701
Ratings:
1,903
pDev:
10.96%
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(originally rated 4.25 on 7 Mar 2013 - this review is on 30 Oct 2016 for Vintage 2016 corked bottle, poured into teku)

A: no sound when removing cork... bit of messy patches of bubbly foam on pour, settles quickly into jagged collar... liquid appears to be an opaque, dark brown with some burgundy highlights... the lace slips down when tilting the glass - not taking big enough sips to leave any naturally

S: chocolate-caramel, medium-light hint of vanilla, burnt caramelization twinkling in its belly... mild smoky char, earthy roast... faint essence of booze, but not the least bit hot... overall, the intensity is pretty potent, even with the beer cool but not cold in the glass

T: rich, layered malt - blend of cocoa, coffee, and a fat smear of caramel... surprising vibrant stone-fruit flavor around the edges... cordial-like booze large in the finish, with an almost moonshine-like fusel note - strong, but the thick malt tempers it fairly well - neither are respectively subtle

F: approaching full-bodied, if not already - silky-slick follow-through, though it falls short of syrupy, tooth-stickin' viscosity... strange but lovely? no belly/thorax warmth

O: the malt makes this - any thinning out of said malt would allow the raw ethanol to run rampant... very nice, but doesn't come close to the FW BA-ers... had this once on tap, now via bottle, but not compelled to lay down $16+ again

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this again on 2017-02-11 in Columbia, PA from a 375ml oz bottle

A - Almost opaque dark brown with a very short tan head a little lace.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, coconut, medium-dark roasted grain, semi-sweet chocolate.

T - Much like the smell but with some molasses, and caramel. Very tasty roasted grain with some char. Alcohol sweetness. Oak, fig, vanilla, coconut, some bourbon; but less than the smell. Finishes with some roasty bitterness to balance the sweet flavors. Some alcohol heat but appropriate for the style.

M - Mediium-heavy body and light carbonation. Creamy and substantial. Very nice.

O - Very well done. Not quite a Barelywine or an Imperial Stout. Strikes a balance between the two.

Note: the first time I had this beer, I simply gave it a 4.25 overall rating. With this more careful 2017 tasting, it's changed a little bit.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Corked & caged 375ml bottle split into tulips...2012 bottling -

A: Darker translucent mahogany...decent tan-ish head and lacing for a 12.5% brew. Carbonation is obviously fine on this last years batch...nice alcohol legs left behind.

S: Strong bourbon with an excellent, clear vanilla component...suggestions of brown sugar mixed with sweeter malt, loads of caramel, and chocolate. Oak and barrel notes raise their head here too. The booze isn't overwhelming at all either...this is nice...

T: Follows the nose, tons of flavors but very unified; lots of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee...to a lesser extent sugary malt, oak, lightly toasted wood staves...and to a slightly lesser extent dark fruit (dried figs), faint molasses and black licorice.

Surprisingly its not all over the board here. Lots of flavors that coincide with a stout, but the base beer has the character of an old ale (molasses, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, sugary malt). The barrels/vanilla/oak are crystal clear in the aroma and palate.

MF: Medium mouthfeel, warm but not distracting...medium-to-low carbonation is spot-on for a sipper like this.

O: Really pleased with this one, and I expected a beast! 2012's vintage shows that Lost Abbey has a good thing going with this brew, and also proves that they DO know how to carbonate their beers...

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Angel’s Share opens to a sweet, malty, bourbon-infused nose heavy with fruits and sugars. Dark fruit esters are immediately apparent, bringing figs, raisins, prunes, dates, and black cherries, as well as lighter hints of orange and nectarine. These are joined by a bright slam of molasses, as well as a milk chocolate aroma strong enough that it seems a candy bar has been dissolved in the bottle. Overlaying all of these is a heavy, oaky, vanilla-laced tone of bourbon and char, which mingles with the raisins and molasses to create a tawny port overtone. Faint tobacco, toast crust, white pepper and anise add further spice and complexity. As a whole, this is an amazing nose, the milk chocolate and tawny port aromas combining to create what, if it were served as dessert in a five-star restaurant, would probably be a twenty-dollar plate of utter decadence and bliss. In a bottle, the result is astounding, especially how the barrel aging blends perfectly with the existing aromas, adding deep and finely nuanced layers of complexity and variation. The aromas aren’t without slight fault, being possibly too heavy on sugars, and needing just a touch more ash and tobacco for balance, but are still very enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a sweet shot of fig, prune, raisin, and date fruits, joined by a combination of confectioner’s sugar, brown sugar, and molasses that makes the sweetness complex and almost overwhelming. Luckily the bourbon, vanilla, and oak notes jump in quickly from the barrel aging and add welcome darkness and bitterness. Then a thick swath of rising wheat dough and toast crust jumps in, adding earthiness, joined by touches of pine resin from the hops. Hold the beer on the tongue long enough and the sugars will die off almost completely, leaving what is far closer to watered-down bourbon than beer filling the nasal cavities, the vapors heady and strong. It says much of the strength of the flavors that they are still present in subsequent sips, despite the overpowering nature of the bourbon notes in the last half of the mouthful. The aftertaste is more bourbon, with some vanilla, sugar, and bread left over, and the thick vapors cling to the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is a strangely watery medium-light to medium, being both oily and dry (?!) at the same time, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this is very nice beer, but somewhat better on the nose than on the tongue, where the bourbon notes prove simply too strong in the latter half of the mouthful, and the beer becomes more watery bourbon than anything else. The strangely light mouthfeel is also jarring, and when combined with the light carbonation gives the beer a watery mouthfeel, despite the intense flavors. Still, there’s much to enjoy in here—providing you like bourbon, raisins, bourbon, vanilla oak, and bourbon—and fans of extreme barrel aging should give this one 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 1,903 ratings
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