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

BEER STATS
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1,892
Reviews:
701
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped open the 12.7oz bottle and poured into my new Lost Abbey tulip.

a - Poured a bright reddish gorgeous liquid into the glass which settled much darker and murkier. More of a purple. No head...but that's expected with a Bourbon Barrel-Aged beer. Has a bit of the bourbony shine, but not as much as others. More subtle.

s - Bourbon sweetness...but balanced and not over powering. Underneath is fruit punch and dark fruit flavor. Malty goodness...soaked in bourbon. Pretty big and bold.

t - Chocolate bourbon dipped grapes. The bourbon flavor is nice, but the heat is there immediately.

m/d - Extremely smooth...very boozy, liked spiked fruit punch. Leaves a really nice alcohol tingle and bourbon aftertaste. Very easy drinker. I'm a big bourbon fan and a fan of the stouts in bourbon, the strong ale is a nice mix. Very enjoyable and easy. solid beer.

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Photo of Gotti311
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Local 44.

A: Was awaiting this beer with bated breath. Served in a tulip glass, full to the top. There really was no room left for head, although it didn't appear there was much to be had anyway. Dark amber in color, leaning towards brown. Minimal head was expected for the strength of this beer.

S: Huge bourbon aroma. Maple syrup and raisins are very present, with some vanilla undertones. Booze comes through quite easily, but the overwhelming sweet malt aromas were enough to subdue it. Similar nose as Nemesis.

T: Deep caramel malts, raisins and a woody/oak character. Pretty divine flavors here. Alcohol heat is pretty noticeable but nothing too hot. Very solid strong ale with a great bourbon presence.

M: Full and syrupy. Nice slickness on the tongue. Flavor lingers for a long time on the palate between each sip.

D: The carbonation was low on this beer, which made it a pretty big and syrupy malt bomb. Was worth a try once, price tag is a bit much on this beer.

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Photo of BigMFDaddy
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Some effort on the cork, but a good pop, and lots of smoke. Served at 55 degrees.

Minimal carbonation and a deep red garnet walnut like brown color. Body is oily, with a real slick top that cicles in waves. Very little head when produced but a fine tan bubbled collar. Thick alcohol legs on the glass as well.

Nice oak notes, and hints of fruit barleywine like richness on the nose. Soft toffee and a vodka heat of burning alcohol at first but tolerable. Some warmth really brings out some great coconut aromas, and some fruit brandy like warmth. Very nice and impressive, it just comes off a little hot unfortunately.

Palate comes with a very silky feel. Thick and a bit of matching oily character, it coats everywhere nicely, but doesn't come off as sticky. Palate fills with lots of warmth and alcohol heat. Real interesting nutty like aromas of chestnut and hazelnuts fill the mid palate. Big boozy stomach bomb on the swallow for the aftertaste.

Overall it's a nice barrel aged strong ale, but it's just a little too hot unfortunately. Easily worth trying, with much to enjoy still though.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I believe this is a 2010 vintage. Can't find the date.

Popped the cork and there was the sound of a flat brew awaiting me. The pour did nothing to help my suspicions. Poured a dirty brown with no head present at all. No lacing. No bubbles. No nothing.

Gets better with smell. Reminds me of a nice aged barelywine. Big vanilla. Nice oak. The bourbon is still present. Fermented dark fruits. Brown sugar. I could smell this all day long.

The taste, though rather flat, is good. Has a nice bourbon flavor and some sweet malt. Fruity. Caramel and more vanilla. Tasty stuff.

Silky mouthfeel is all I can appreciate with this. Much too thin. Almost like water in the consistency.

Overall the look and feel of this was not great, but the flavor and aroma made up for that...which is the most important part anyway. A really good brew but add some lasting carbonation and this would become great.

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Photo of Pletser
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml sent by JMBH. Pours very dark brown, with no head. Thickish like a malted milkshake. Some bourbon and chocolate aroma, and voila! it taste like well integrated chocolate and bourbon, neither overpowering the other.Nicley drinkable, its like an aged old imperial stout, and without the booziness apparent. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to my boy Lunch for sending me this one in a past trade! 2010 Vintage! Tasted back-to-back-to-back with Brandy and Grand Cru. Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured a deep murky brown with a basically non-existant off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew was pretty tasty. This is one of those instances that you can tell that the beer had sat in bourbon barrels rather than just knowing that it was in a barrel. Really good flavor and aroma going on in this one. I was honestly afraid when I cracked the top on this one and didn't hear a pop from the cork. Was also concerned when there was basically no head formation. However, this one turned out quite well and was really enjoyable.

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Photo of yamar68
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an ominous black with a slight edge of ruby clarity. The finger of off-white head is short lived but even without hardly any retention, there is some pretty impressive lacing and some sexy legs.

Nose is pretty damn boozy... some fresh tequila notes surface immediately. Sweet caramel and hot citrus. More tequila... was this aged in a tequila barrel? Seriously, I'm getting all sorts of tequila notes. Sweet booze, some leather and obvious wood. I'm intrigued.

Mmm... I was afraid of more tequila, not the case. Hot bourbon, rich woods, strong vanilla bits, some of that leather, plenty of heat that somehow doesn't inhibit the other flavors. Very interesting stuff. Like a bourbon/beer hybrid... tasty.

Very glad to have had the chance to try this one. Unique, warming, and not entirely flat!

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another offering from TND on Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co. Day/Weekend. This was the 2010 vintage, listed at 12.5% ABV, and poured into a tulip.

This batch is clearly on-point with its carbonation, though I don't mind flat big beers (read: BA Speedway, BA Hunahpu's, etc). A creamy fine carbonation sits atop a deep brown, nearly black body, that I would have believed as black had the edges and ruby/amber hues and the bit of beer at the bottom of the glass not been clearly brown. Leggy streams creep down the sides of the glass after a swirl that also stirs up more bubbles.

After a swirl, the nose yields plums, dates, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, caramel, a sticky nutty maltiness, and a warm aroma on young alcohol. It reminds me of BA Decadence 07, but young, and minus the porter roast. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the vanilla, toffee, and bourbon are more evident. They are nicely balanced with each other. Age will help this a lot, as there is still an almost astringent quality to the heavy booziness. I will be cellaring my bottle for a while.

Creamy on the palate with an appropriate level of carbonation. Somehow, despite the creaminess, the finish is sticky and resinous. This will only improve with age.

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Photo of drtth
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dark brown beer is served in a nonic glass with almost no head beyond a ring of foam around the glass. By midway through the beer even that is pretty much gone entirely.

The aromas easily convince this was Bourbon Barrel aged and in addition to the vanilla there is a bit of chocolate in there.

The flavors follow the nose with the vanilla pretty much in charge followed by that bit of chocolate and some hints of the oak. There is also a noticeable presence of alcohol sweetness pretty much hiding any malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and smooth with very gentle carbonation. The finish begins as the vanilla and most other flavors fade leaving the alcohol a touch of sweetness most noticeable and almost concealing any bitterness until the very end.

Overall this seems a well made beer but is not one I personally will seek out to have again. I'm glad to have tried it but for me the alcohol is just a bit too prominent. Also, it seems to me the overall effect of the flavors would be helped by just a bit more bitterness in the finish. I suspect that this is one of those beers that I'd enjoy much more after a year or two of bottle age.

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Photo of beerdweeb
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage on tap @ Beachwood Brewing

A: Dark with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly

S: Intense! Bourbon, super caramelly, and malty

T: Rich caramel and bourbon come through. Roasted malt and dark fruit. A tad warm.

M: Full bodied with little carbonation.

O: Good beer. Bunch of extreme flavors present. Buy bottles and wait a year after trying it fresh. It's good now but seems like a great candidate for aging.

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Photo of invalid665
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Reviewed 5/25/2010. 8 oz pour in a large snifter.

Ar: Boozey, whiskey and oak, chocolate, raisin, caramel, maple syrup, strong clean alcohol, dark sweet fruit

Ap: Thin tan head, good retention, light lace, hazy brown, legs (epic and beautiful)

T: Very sweet caramel, brown sugar, maple, strong clean alcohol follows, ends with alc and wood, chocolate, raisin, very woody, strong hard alcohol barrel character, lots of full middle malt, caramelized nuts, rich chocolate, spice (oak and earth)

M: Warming, alcohol thins out the body a lot, sipper, alcohol is relatively clean throughout, end is a little too thin, astringency hints, low carbonation

O: Alcohol is too strong, quite good but with the alc finished lighter, stays good with warmth, alc limits the occasions i would drink this.

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Photo of TAMPACRAFTHEAD
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C. Cloudy even though it is dark
H. Carmel-ish Dark Brown
N. HUGE alcohol burn in the nose, almost smelled like children's vitamins with alcohol

There was a slight "pop" to this cork, although it was less carbonated, which seems to be an on going issue with previous The Lost Abbey's I have had. Possibly an issue with shipping? That said this beer almost drank like Sam Adam's Utopia's which to me was the consistency of a Cognac. I guess you could say this is the "poor-man's Utopias" although it isn't as large ABV wise it taste similar. Like a sexy tall woman the legs take over the glass. The alcohol is very present in the nose, but not so much on the palette. Making this beer one that could creep up quick. Overall a very solid beer.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks once again to kojevergas! Poured from the bottle into a nonic Guinness pint glass at altitude in Denver.

A: Pours a dark murky reddish color with a thin cream-colored head that leaves a bit of spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like a less alcoholic glass of bourbon, with plenty of floral oak notes. A bit of booziness in the background on this one.

T: Smooth bourbon flavors with plenty of oak. There’s a bit of yeast on the finish here to let you know you’re still drinking a beer. The alcohol’s concealed nicely here.

M: Full-bodied and very smooth. A bit dry on the finish, but very pleasant.

D: The difference between this and the brandy-barrel aged version was astounding; these two really illuminated what a difference aging can make. This is a very smooth, drinkable beer, but the bourbon characteristics make it a bit of a sipper.

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Photo of DrJay
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove. Thanks!
The cork came out easy and was followed by a bit of foaming, nothing too extreme but opening it near my sink was a good idea. The beer is dark and opaque, sort of a toffee brown, a little murky, and it has a rocky brownish beige head. Not much head retention with a little chunky lace, not bad for a big beer. Nice aroma! Rich toffee and dried fruits, dates and prunes, bready and sweet with a combination of caramel and bourbon. Mild oak and vanilla with a bit of molasses. Crap, there's a lot of carbonation, too much. It gets in the way of tasting the beer. Alcohol warmth and flavour throughout, lingering into the finish. Bitterness was moderate to low, noticeable without being up front. Malts were quite nice though, very bready with a lot of caramelized sugar character, toffee and a hint of chocolate. Pleasant woody and vanilla, bourbon notes, and plenty of dried fruits, raisins. Slight astringency from the wood, medium to full bodied. Pretty good, very tasty. The only real problem is the overcarbonation, which really detracted from the experience.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle compliments of mothman. Pours a pitch black brown with minimal head or carbonation. The aroma is of bourbon, dark malt, and vanilla, with some boozy notes. The first sip and it is evident this was aged in bourbon barrels as that is the first thing that comes to mind. After that the taste is sweet with notes of licorice, dark fruit, and chocolate. Med/Heavy mouthfeel. Very tasty stuff.

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Photo of Beervana
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Overlord
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this while waiting for the ASBB and Veritas 003 release.

Poured a murky dark brown with some reddish highlights. Smelled strongly of tasty Bourbon. The taste was more complex, with an obvious raisin puree and caramel malt background overlaid with gigantic bourbon flavors. This is still a very good beer, but the wonderful complexity that the "regular" version gives you has been somewhat obliterated.

The nuances I remember savoring with each sip have been replaced and overwhelmed by an oak and bourbon background. Somewhat disappointing. A surprisingly high level of carbonation, which I liked, but might be offputting to some.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clearly printed "BOURBON 2012" on the neck of the bottle. Nice 12.7 ounce corked bottle.

A - Hazy brown, slight lacing. A touch of burgundy in the body and orange hues on the edges.

S - Deep, dark bourbon bouquet. Its sweet and viscous in the nose, with strong aromas of oak and alcohol. A dark sugar complexity with molasses and brown sugar. An earthy dryness and whiskey kick.

T - Deep and rich taste. Dark, sugary sweet bourbon. The alcohol is spiced, warming, and tingly in the finish. The oak stands through plenty but is smooth and mellow with the amount of sweetness present. This is my favorite bourbon barrel beer to date because it doesn't have that fiery bourbon kick in the throat. This beer's abv is presented wonderfully and smoothly.

M - Medium bodied the beer is soft and luscious. Just enough carbonation to hold up to the sturdy body. Once again, its very easy drinking for its strength. Warming finish all the way down.

O - Delicious, complex brew with a lot of character and harmony.

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Photo of JonathanG
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hops & Pie, served in a Great Divide tulip.

I couldn't drink more than 1-of these, and for me, it needs to be the last beer of the night. With that being said, this was an excellent way to end the meal.

This is the closest beer I've had to a Madeira. It really reminded me of a Madeira with the dried fruit and oxidized notes of raisins, hints of prune, and walnut-like notes, as well as a bit of maple syrup. I like the nose better than the palate, which is a bit sweet for my personal tastes. Good, nonetheless.

Lightly carbonated. With a few swirls, a minimal head re-forms and subsides quickly. Definitely on the sweeter side of things. Nice complexity on the nose and palate, with the aromas blossoming and the flavors becoming more pronounced as the beer warms-up a bit.

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