Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

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

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
684 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 684 | Ratings: 1,834
Photo of whatthehull
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A - Deep dark sludgy brown/tan w/ some slight red hues, dead head and no lacing. Very syrup like.

S - Bourbon and sweet wine, so much sugar, tons of complex malt, butterscotch, sweetened earth tone and dark dried fruits, tons of wood, oak and the like, lots of sweet yeast (Belgian maybe?), maple, molasses, some sort of mint or herb?, some spices, earth and tons of terrior

T - right off the bat it's booze (bourbon, sweet wine, whiskey and the like), then some nice toasted malts, so much sweet but not at all over the top, turns into an almost hoppy like bitterness that is fantastic, the wood comes out and just mellows everything gloriously, the smells turn into fluctuating tastes. Maple turns to vanilla and the herb mint turns into a mellow hop. I love how balanced yet complex this beer is. It is an ale, fine wine and fine spirit mixed

M - Very sticky! Full bodied, very complex, yet balanced, low acidity and very long finish

D - This is not for anyone who hasn't been drinking ales for sometime. If you jump into beer and like this, please send me a message and we need to hang, cause you are awesome. This has everything a huge beer needs, flavor, slight refreshment and nose and taste profile you get to geek out on

Final thought - $15 a pop is really high, BUT like any great beer, wine or spirit well worth the money. It is more of an experience than a beer

 1,385 characters

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the grey lodge watching the flyers winning 4-0. Go broad street bullies.

A- comes to me filled to the brim so no head but I'm not complaining about getting more beer. Deep dark cloudy black walnut in color just some hints of light on the edges.

S- bourbon soaked raisins and dates. Brown sugar and shoo fly pie. Dark bread and molasses.

T- raisin toast with molasses on top. Lots of bourbon and dates. Chocolate and brown sugar. Deep oak under tones. Its keeps coming back to the sweet dried fruits and the bourbon and I'm glad.

M- full bodied for sure but being that this has carbonation and just the right amount that it aerates and opens this brew up beautifully. Slightly sticky and chewy and a bit of heat but hey it is 12 abv and called a bourbon barrel its home for a time.

D- for 12 abv its pretty damn drinkable if you like bourbon that is. I love it and out side of the sweetness I would drink all I could get my hands on.

 952 characters

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

 782 characters

Photo of robotfeet
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had heard a lot of talk about this beer and was finally lucky enough to try it. Wasn't sure what to expect at first. The pour is dark brown with descent head. It has a lot of distinct flavors in the taste, however they are perfectly balanced so that no one is too strong. The taste is very rich. By far the best beer that I have ever had. Although not something that you could drink more than a couple of glasses of due to the rich flavor. If you can locate a bottle of this limited release, I would highly recommend it.

 522 characters

Photo of billzav
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burgundy in color, The Angel’s Share has appreciable notes of caramel and vanilla followed by a big bourbon kick from the barrel aging with a hint of dark fruit at the finish. The oaky bourbon character of this ale makes the alcohol content very noticeable, so The Angel’s Share won’t sneak up on you. This is the beer that you will savor at the end of the evening.

 371 characters

Photo of Jmamay22
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a very dark cola colored brown. Very opaque with little to no red highlights often found at the edges of the glass of such a dark beer. Nice thick mocha colored head that retains its size for a surprisingly long time despite the alcohol content.

The scent is amazing. Notes of treacle, molasses, raisin, plum, vanilla, and caramel. Lots going on there, but each with proper balance and not a hint of alcohol burn. A very enjoyable scent that is stunning.

The first impression once tasting is a silky smooth mouthfeel that is pure satin on the palette. The flavor begins with a cocoa and caramel bittersweet and progresses to the notes of dark fruit and treacle found in the nose. Nice finish of vanilla with just a hint of warming alcohol.

Altogether this is a very intense, yet balanced beer. A true sipper and well worth the long wait for the barrelled beer.

 876 characters

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at big wood @ brouwer's. have had previously as well. very dark, almost black, little bit of carbonation, definitely not flat, which i've been hearing is a serious problem with this in the bottles. the last bottle i had did have decent carbonation as well. maybe i got lucky. smells like brandy with a little caramel and chocolate hiding in there. the cold taste was not very revealing but when this baby warmed up, it came alive. the alcohol lingers all throughout each sip and plays well with others, the caramel, chocolate, a spot of vanilla, bourbon. fun stuff. warm, it is very enjoyable. always happy to have some lost abbey, always lucky to not be disappointed. i just wish we'd had a table at that time so i could've ordered something else while letting it warm.

 777 characters

Photo of khiasmus
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to Rustydiamond for sharing this with the early birds at the latest Brick Store gathering.

Pours a beautiful almost black that's clear when held to the light. The tight head lasts for the duration of the experience.
Nose has a bit of caramel, some hints of dark roasted grain and dark fruit, but is quite oaky, with even a hint of flemish-like sourness from the oak. Woody, heady and sweet pretty much sums this one up.
The taste smacks of the oak hinted at in the nose, and also has that hint of sourness. More caramel comes out, and other vanilla notes that compliment the oak. No hop flavor, of course, and the slightest grain bitterness to balance the sweetness, as well as the hint of sour oak.
The mouthfeel is excellent: thick, creamy, velvety, smooth, lingering and a touch of dryness at the tail end.
Overall drinkability? How does one rate a beer like this for drinkability? I will certainly have it again. I hope.

 944 characters

Photo of billshmeinke
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375-ml 2010 vintage. Poured into tulip.

A- Pitch black with a hint of brown. Hard pour yields a half finger bubbly off white head. Dies down to a bubbly ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Little spots of lacing on the way down.

S- First up is dark fruits (raisins and plumbs). Bourbon, vanilla, oak, and alcohol.

T- There is oak, raisins, plumbs, and bourbon up front. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, and fudge cake. A lingering oak/vanilla flavor.

M- Heavy and thick with light carbonation, and some warmth from the alcohol.

D- Quite good for the abv. A delicious beer. The 2010 is a great improvement over the 2008.

750-ml 2008 vintage. Poured into tulip.

A- Very dark brown. No head. No lacing.

S- Very sweet. Vanilla, oak, a little chocolate, and definitely some bourbon.

T- Dark fruits (cherry/raisin), vanilla mid palate, bourbon flavor cleans out the back end.

M- No carbonation. This really shouldn't be classified as an American Strong Ale. It is much more akin to an old ale. Quite similar to The Bruery's Papier.

D- Probably not gonna be sessioning this one anytime soon (not to mention how much that would cost).

$30 is pretty steep, but if you like port wines or like other beers like Papier this is right up your alley.

 1,247 characters

Photo of aerozeppl
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice deep brown color. Minimal amount of brown head. Some spotty lacing.

S: Bourbon up front. A nice earthy mustiness right behind it. Hints of basement which is a positive for me. Raisins, brown sugar plums with a slight funk. Quite a bit of fruit in there as well.

T: Very subtle. The bourbon was much more muted than I thought it would be. A nice sweetness is there with hints of molasses. Very complex.

M: Very bubbly. Nice crisp mouthfeel which was more than a little unexpected.

D: Just a really great beer. Very complex. A nice mix of the barrel and a great base beer. Recommended.

 595 characters

Photo of bennetj17
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The cork opens with a loud "pop" indicating some good carbonation. The head is massively thick with soap-like bubbles sitting atop the dark brown liquid below. A bit of light can get through this beer about the edges, creating some amber hues. It leaves a great deal of lacing also. The aroma, while not too intense, has a nice depth. The perfumy bouquet has floral notes, wood, fruity esters, and a touch of aspirin. Very interesting.

No wonder this is so well rated, it actually has the richness and complexity of a good Belgian Quad: ripe, raisiny fruit notes, caramel sweetness, light medicinal spices, nice alcohol warmth but not too discernable. The barrel aging is very subtle, with it's key addition serving to smooth it out nicely. The foam feels silky on the tongue and it goes down oh so easily.

Decadent yet under control, complex yet approachable. This beer is very deserving of its elite status. One of my all-time favorites...

 945 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Edition shared courtesy of bmanning at a recent tasting.

A: Pours a fairly dark brown with some copper hues to it. No head and no lacing.

S: Lots of delicious bourbon accompanied by vanilla, oak, caramel, and toffee. Hints of fruit in the background.

T: The bourbon is the key player, but is balanced quite well by the oak and caramel sweetness of the malt. Quite intriguing and complex.

M: Almost completely flat, but I didn't have a problem with it at all. The bourbon presence is definitely quite overwhelming, but the alcohol isn't too much--went down very smooth.

D: Very complex with powerful yet complementary flavors; a big hit, and I'd love to drink this one again.

 684 characters

Photo of ptykozoon
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours no head, nor smoke or visible carbonation. Color is dark brown with a red hue.

Smells of deep red wine, chocolate, dense toffee and caramel balance the bourbon. Exceptional.

First fudge, wine, then hint of caramel, then all these complimentary flavors mesh. Bourbon aftertaste. Very refined beer. So many flavors so well balanced. One of the best Lost Abbey beers, which is high praise.

Let this sit a while, lower carbonation complements the beer better.

Dessert in a glass. And one of the first big barrel aged beers on the West Coast.

 547 characters

Photo of yourefragile
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at "The Bookstore" in Bethlehem, PA.

The looks of this pour are fairly unremarkable, very dark brown, near black with a thin light brown head that has little retention and leaves no lacing. Aroma is exceptional, very strong and nuanced balance of bourbon, oak, molasses, vanilla, etc. Very sweet and boozy, almost overwhelming in strength. Flavor is very similar to the nose, primarily bourbon and oak flavors, with a caramel malt backbone trying to poke through. Alcohol is obviously present, though not uncomfortably so. Finish has strong lingering bourbon taste. Mild notes of dark fruits, raisins, slightly spicy. No problems with carbonation in this serving, full bodied, very smooth and pleasing on the palate. For the complexity and booziness of this beer compared to others of similar styles this is very drinkable, but (this goes without saying) this is obviously a sipper for sharing.

 915 characters

Photo of DIM
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a murky brown with some hints of amber and orange. This was a foamer with a dangerous cork. The head, for all its fury, was surprisingly short lived.

s: Huge aromas of bourbon soaked raisins, and to a lesser extent, cherries and plums. Sweet elements of brown sugar and vanilla. Mild oak aroams and a little solventy alcohol round things out. I sniffed this one more than I sipped it.

t: This tastes to me like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, with its strong flavors of raisins and brown sugar. Potent bourbon and vanilla flavors blanket everthing without completely taking over. Minimal oak flavors as well. This was almost perfect and more complex than I am able to describe.

m: Luxuriously thick body, but just a little over carbonated. A very pleasant bourbon tingle lingers for a while.

d: I got this jewel as an extra from rallison. Big thanks Ryan! I am thrilled to have had the chance to try this spectacular offering.

 937 characters

Photo of MarcWP
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.

Pours a dark brown a couple of shades shy of black. Nice active dark tan head giving evidence that this is well carbonated unlike the 2011 vintage I had two years ago.

Aroma is big barrel notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla, and char joined by a chewy Barleywine base showcasing figs, dates, raisins, caramel, and cocoa powder. The aroma is huge and intoxicating. A bit heavy on the barrel but that's not really an issue.

The palate gets struck with a more balanced beast as the barrel character plays well with the dark fruits, caramelized sugars, and powdered chocolate notes. There is booziness but it helps counteract the sweetness. Oak tannins come out in the end to lend a nice touch to the vanilla and charred raisin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. A little light but goes with the style. It's not intended to be heavy like a stout. It's more like a creamy light liqueur.

Overall a very nice beer and certainly the carbonation does wonders to the experience. The flavors are very well integrated and drinks rather smooth for the abv. I still prefer Deliverance to this considering it has a bit fuller mouthfeel and more depth of flavor. My belief is this has become a bit under appreciated. Though not a shocker considering the price tag, but still not a beer that's talked about much like it used to be.

 1,333 characters

Photo of bashiba
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick and chewy looking dark brown with lots of sedement and just a hint of off white head.

The smell was huge, a giant vanilla and oak whiskey smell with hints of alcohol sweetness along with a big dark fruity nose with some cherries and raisons.

The taste was mellow and smooth after the assault the aroma gave my nose. Subtle malt sweetness mixing in with a nice musty yeast flavor along with a light bit of vanilla and cedar with a touch of raison and a slightly earthy and bitter hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is warm and thick with a long lingering resiny finish carrying the flavor on and on.

A very nice sipper of a strong ale, something I would drink plenty of if the price wasn't quite so high and availability was a little greater, still it will be a very nice treat from time to time.

 813 characters

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage.
appearance: Dark dark brown. Nearly opaque save for some ruby highlights around the edges when held to light. Nearly no head.
smell: bourbon and rich decadence. Chocolate, vanilla, coconut, just a depth of rich aromas.
taste: More of the same. surprisingly smooth given the strength and depth of flavor.
overall: Would that I could drink an uninfected one of these each week. awesome. I can't forget that I've had 3 infected as well as an infected Deliverance. Still a great beer but makes me think twice before springing for another.
(To be fair, LA sent me some fantastic glassware when I reported the infected brews).

 636 characters

Photo of PBoegel
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #150 (lord knows I have drank many more beers, but have not put them in yet, but this one is special)

Corked and caged 375 ml poured into a Brooklyn tulip snifter. The beer had a slight audible carbonation pop on uncorking, deep brown, finished oak wood, port like, very sight coffee ice cream tinted head along the outer rim of the glass only.

Aroma is immediately oak tannins, rum raisin ice cream, whiskey/single malt scotch, sweet chocolate, maple, sweet honey, dark spiced rum. There is some character resemblance to Dogfish Palo Santo, oily and sappy, hard to phrase without the beers side by side, but it came to mind. Chalk, leather, stone earthly tones as it warms.

In the flavor the first recall is Bailey's Irish Cream, followed by waves of pure maple, vanilla bean, cookie dough, currants and raisins. Big whiskey finish with powerful warming sensation across the tongue to the back of the throat. Apple butter notes, sour cherries, pie crust (deeply browned to burnt), dried apricot and plums.

To call this beer full bodied is the understatement of the century. Very light carbonation, low bitterness with wood tannins on the tongue and cheeks. Tannins help balance the sweetness, this Share finishes semi-sweet with lingering after taste of plums, rum, bourbon and currants.

If you are not sure of barrel aged beers the thing is barrel aging requires in my opinion a very strong rich bodied well developed beer in order to shine and not be overrun by the whiskey/bourbon/other barrel characteristics. The bourbon and wood tones are strong in Angels Share to be sure, but the dried fruit and alcohol character from the base beer blend well with the former. While the carbonation is low the alcohol is allowing it to age much like Port Wine.

 1,766 characters

Photo of CHickman
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Popped the cork and it pours a black looking mahogany brown with a 1-2 finger tan foamy head that was full of tiny bubbles and dissipated quicker than expected, leaving a creamy ring around the top.

Wow, the bourbon or whatever was in those oak barrels hit my nose about 6 inches from the snifter. Lots of toffee, caramel, molasses, maple syrup and brown sugar before more booze kicks in and unleashes earthy and oaky notes, light vanilla, roasted grains and/or smoked malts, dark chocolate and a strong sweetness that never crossed over to cloying and kept the aroma wonderfully complex. Great smelling brew. I read the label and it is indeed bourbon barrels that gives this that extra kick into the barrel aging heaven stratosphere.

Taste is a lot smoother than I expected since there is an initial heat wave with the first sip, but that settles down and just becomes part of the whole bourbon barrel aged experience. Like the nose, the flavor is rich and full of sweet malt and oaky notes which include the aforementioned toffee, caramel, molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, earthy and oaky notes, vanilla, roasted grains and/or smoked malts, dark chocolate and of course bourbon...good bourbon with that smoky peat moss and burnt copper tin mash essence. Like the nose there is a strong sweetness that never crossed over to cloying and keeps getting better and more complex as it warms, even with the 12.5% ABV letting you know it's there with each and every sip. The aftertaste has soy sauce, burnt campfire marshmallow, more woody and oak notes and some faint piney hops that are woven into the sweet bourbon. It's a shame this bottle is only 12.7 oz.

Mouthfeel is buttery smooth and creamy considering that the booze and heat strike right from the first sip. The body is chewy and on the heavy side with very light to almost watery carbonation, a boozy, oaky finish that trails off on the sweet side with brown sugar, burnt coffee grinds, toffee and bourbon making for a nice complex ending. Enjoyable beer from start to finish, so much easier to drink than it should be - golf clap here for being so well done.

Overall the sum of all the collective parts of this brew to made this exceptional. It was very tasty, easier to drink that it should be at this high ABV level, and naturally got better as it warmed. I'm going to actively seek this out again and suggest any bourbon barrel aged beer lover do the same.

 2,423 characters

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork comes off with a bang, followed by slow sustained foam creeping out of the bottle. In the glass, this thankfully slowed down. The colors seeping through this dark brown mass are hints of raisin and burgundy. The head is a finger of frothy tan.

Smells big and sticky sweet with ridiculous amounts of gooey barley, brown and candy sugar, ripe and tangy dark fruits, rice crispies and marshmallows, all nestled into a sweet and subtle bourbon. Wow...

Starts with a cola and rock candy sweetness with little nips of enticing (unnameable) herbs. This takes off into a tobacco earthy hop and a slight touch of anise. This ride too comes to an end at a nice boozy sting with the dryness lingering.

Feels fine and velvety with a soft scrubbing of carbonation. This felt a little too lively for the flavors present. I would have liked something a little more tame to let the flavors out a little more calmly. Still nice though...

A great beer. One of the more exciting ones I've tried in a while.

 1,001 characters

Photo of rfgetz
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A restoration of a review lost in the great purge of '09... originally sampled in July '09 at Monk's for my b-day

A-Deep rich dark brown. Khaki head that went away rather quickly but left nice lacing on the sides.

S-Rich, complex blend of aromas of burbon, vanilla oak, dark fruit, wine, herbs and hints of malt. Nothing overpowers another scent.

T- While the scents of the beer all hinted towards rich and full flavors, everything contained there-in was in a delicate balance where each sip brought on a new taste. Amazingly complex flavors of vanilla oak, burbon, dark fruit, wine and spice all with a nice backbone of malt.

M-Rediculously smooth for all of the complexities. Nicely carbonated.

D-Amazing. A must have, in a class of its own

 749 characters

Photo of BrianBoruma
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Snifter glass

A: Only complaint is thin head that dissipates quickly. Was off white, now gone. Sad. Body is dark, black, appears viscous as I swirl.

S: I could smell this forever. Lots of spicy oak and vanilla notes. A bit of toffee in there too. I want to keep smelling this.

T: Exactly like it smells. First impression is vanilla, backed by the woody oak from the barrel aging. Lingering burn from the alcohol though on the back of the throat. I feel it slide down and settle into my belly. It's giving me the warm belly feeling, I like that. Toffee notes aren't as pronounced as in the smell. Main impression is of vanilla and oak and some dark fruits.

M: A little thick for a dark strong in my opinion. It's not overly displeasing, just more what I would imagine the mouthfeel of a barleywine or a stout to be.

D: I would definitely have another one, on a cold night when I want to drive the cihll from my bones, but at 12.5% it would be just one more. Anything past that and I'm sleeping at the bar.

 1,023 characters

Photo of FATC1TY
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from a 32 oz growlette.

A: Black, almost black really, slightly lighter near the top, little to no head on this. Thin line around the rim. Almost not carbonation to this.

S: What could smell better than this?! Bourbon loves rejoice. It's sweet, boozy fruit. Reminds of a cherries soaked in bourbon and chocolate. Just a smooth, but strong whiff of whats to come.

T: Tastes like it smells. Strong was the first thing that came to mind. Malty and sweet, then the caramel, and vanilla come in. Slight bite, but it's the alcohol. Swallow this and you can tell there is a higher ABV. It's not hiding at all. It's smooth like a fine bourbon, and despite wishing it was more carbonated, it's complex and blends really well with all that.

M: Medium body, no carbonation, and slides down easy. Good easy drinker, except it's a bit heavy on the alcohol side I think. I like the high ABV, just doesn't lend it's self to mingle as nice as I wanted.

Overall- Great complete beer with alot going on. I love bourbon as well as beer, and I think this is the better one out there doing the barrel aging. Aged for a year, and you can taste/smell the notes that the bourbon placed in here. Tasted better as I sipped and it warmed up. I enjoyed it, worth the try. Although, it's pricey.

 1,292 characters

Photo of jjayjaye
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one is the 750ml corked and caged. Pours a deep mahogany color with a full finger wispy light tan head that fades quickly to surface. Thin but significant patterns of Belgian lacing as you go. The smell is amazing!! Right out of the bottle, the first pour reveals big bourbon notes. As it warms the aroma becomes fruitier and sweeter, brown sugar from a far with a berry tartness further in. The mouth feel is bright and tangy, medium-light bodied, tart with a balanced creamy texture. The flavor is crazy unique; tart apple and berries, bourbon and vanilla with fig and notes of molasses. The experience lingers nicely! One of the best drinkers around!! It goes in a flash while you attempt to consider all of its complexities.

 733 characters

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
4.24 out of 5 based on 1,834 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!