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
Ratings:
1,886
Reviews:
699
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrownBottle
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SierraFlight
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Barley wine bottle share on 1/31. Very smooth, tasty stuff. Pours out a nice mahogany, , lots of sweetness, brown sugar, molasses. Silky, syrupy mouth feel, tons of warmth. deserving of the (mostly) high praise.

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Photo of KBlodorn
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hermit990
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jarrett123
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stratusjeans
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Budlum
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NickyDee21
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well you can have very different reviews of this depending on whether you have it on tap (excellent) or whether you play Russian Roulette with the bottles and their potential for being flat and having their customer service department tell you to go pound sand.

Even on tap, its a style of beer that should be designed to have lower than average carbonation. But at least some carbonation. The smallest wisp of tan head on the top is nice, lots of bourbon, raisin, chocolate malt, vanilla and oak aromas come out of it.

The taste is a delight, well balanced, not overly hot, the same feels in the nose are on the palate. Throw in some earthy tobacco, light char and smoke, molasses, this does a good job at being both complex and good.

With that said, I don't recommend purchasing any bottles of this. Its expensive to start with, and if they're flat (a good chance) its so disappointing.

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3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle was under filled. Beer never made it to the neck. I didn't realize until I left the store. Poured flat with no carbonation and certainly no lacing that others have written about. Smelled pretty good like vanilla and tobacco. However, the mouthfeel was much too flat to impress on taste or otherwise. Hopefully this was just a bad bottle (which certainly happens with barrel aged beers).

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Photo of Dmcdonald33013
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply perfect.

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Photo of Brewsed
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of madelf66
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TomMorris
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerbom
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TBonez477
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SayBoom
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Listed in the "1001", I will review this once I Have it again.

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Photo of BrewStrong
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
4.24 out of 5 based on 1,886 ratings.
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