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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:
1,890
Reviews:
699
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Row 34 in Boston, MA.

This one pours a dark, opaque brown, with not a whole lot of head formation, or lacing.

Smells like caramel, chocolate, bourbon, toffee, and a slight hint of booze.

This one tastes amazing, such a nice interplay between the caramel and chocolate flavors. Sweet and decadent, but not too sweet, with some nice spicy bourbon, and a bit of warming alcohol. The alcohol is present, but it doesn't feel as strong as the 12.5% would suggest it be.

This is medium bodied, I wish it was a tiny bit thicker, but at least it's not syrupy. This has a lower level of carbonation.

A really well done BA strong ale/barleywine, whatever. It jus tastes excellent, has a nice complexity, and is not too boozy. Dangerously drinkable for the ABV.

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Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Wasatch
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to kryptic for this brew.

12.7oz
Caged/Corked

Poured into my Westy glass a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus foamy/fizzy tannish head, which left a big island in the middle of my glass, with some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, good touch of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. The taste is malty, a healthy note of bourbon, with some oak, and vanilla. Starts of sweet, then the big malts kick in. Full body. The alcohol is present, but not too much. Very drinkable, I've waited a long time to try this one out, finally, the wait is over. Thanks Mike.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this side by side with the brandy barrel aged and I preferred the brandy slightly to this one.

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Lots of head, beer smells slightly sweet but really strong liquor. Beer is brown, dark brown. There isn't much to say about it really. It was sweet, strong, mostly liquor tasting but surprisingly drinkable. Whatever the base of this bal aged beer is it was overwhelmed by the aging process. I'm curious if it was aged in "wet" barrels.

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Photo of beernads
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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 Gobzilla
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with brown highlights that had a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma is big on the bourbon that smacks your nose on the first whiff but also comes with vanilla, cocoa, slight brown sugar, caramel, and booze notes; quite complex.

T: the vanilla and the bourbon pop out immediately but work well together which displayed slight oak character. It also had caramel, brown sugar, and cocoa accents with a good booze presence.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, boozy, sticky, and silky finish.

D: drank pretty good considering the ABV on this bourbon bomb and was better than last years version IMO. I definitely like the bourbon version over the brandy. Overall it was a good offering from lost abbey.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bookstore Speakeasy. I'm told this is one of 4 kegs in the state. Lucky me.

The beer doesn't live up to the hype, but it's still pretty tasty. In short, it was a large snifter of bourbon candy. The character was rich and sweet, but the flavors were too smooth, making it hard to pick out many flavors. It came off a little dull for such a big beer. The bourbon character dominated and as it warmed the alcohol began to emerge. I'm glad I tried this beer, but wished it had approached everything I'd heard about it.

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Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage.

A - Very dark murky brown colour with a thin layer of dirty taupe head.

S - Sweet bourbon, vanilla and oak. Caramel, raisin, toffee.

T - Barrel at first: bourbon, charred oak and vanilla with a good sweetness. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another on-tap beer I enjoyed at Beachwood BBQ, and another with WTF pricing (read the end). On to the beer:

Dark brown color, not a whole lot of head or retention for this beer. Strong barrel aroma. That's the bourbon talking with notes of maple and raisins. The taste was bliss at first sip. Just tons of maple and raisins. But the further I got along, the beer lost of its lust. It was still good, but not as heavenly, and it seemed to "thin out" some. Fruity alcohol infused well within this beer. Not viscous, rather it went down easy.

It's good, just not shit my pants good. $30 for a 25.7 oz bottle in stores, but "just" $6 for a 10 ounce draft (about $15 for 25.7 oz on draft), what gives?

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Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Mar.

Pours dark brown with no head. This one is definitely flat. Aroma is a combination of roasted malts and bourbon, with maybe come chocolate and caramel mixed in. The flavor is lots of bourbon, oak and vanilla with some alcohol, roasted malt and chocolate/coffee. A very complex flavor. The mouthfeel is hurt by the fact the beer is flat as a pancake. Still, it is pretty drinkable and a good beer overall. I think it would be better with proper carbonation.

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Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with some faint brown showing up around the edges when held up to the light. Great tight head that sticks around as a somewhat thick cap. Especially impressive given the huge abv. The aromas are heavenly. Just the right amount of Bourbon right off the bat. Lovely aromas of caramel, gentle but pure Bourbon, sweet oak, vanilla, gentle malt, chestnut honey, and various dark fruit, all nicely integrated and not hot smelling. The taste is also amazing. Extremely well integrated flavors with great Bourbon and oak up front followed by cream, vanilla, and fruit flavors. Very nice level of carbonation, not too aggressive at all. The mouthfeel is ultra rich and creamy, but with the alcohol well hidden. An absolutely amazing sipper. I really like bourbon influenced oak aged beers if they are done well. I think this is probably my favorite to date. When this brewery is firing on all cylinders, they can really be fantastic. This beer sure is.

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

Have had the bottled version a number of times, but finally had it on tap at the LA/Port tasting room. This is just such a beautifully crafted rich decadent sipper. Really loved it on tap. And allways enjoy the tasting room vibe. But AS BBA really needed to be matched with some veiny cheese and finished with a sunset. Maybe not everyone's idea of a good time...but I'd pull out a good Padron 1964 to accompany as well.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2010 version clocking in at 12.5% ABV. Might be young yet, but I can't wait.

Appearance: extremely dark non-translucent brown hue with a finger of tan head which dissipates rapidly. A strong showing for a strong ale.

Smell: in a word: rich. Heady malt with dark and dried fruits, blackcurrant and raisin and date; a rich woodiness which is both distinct and highly complementary; an alcohol burn in my nose which is either part of the bourbon aging or simply on the beer's own copious merits. I was wondering whether this beer would live up to the hype (and price), and if the smell is any indication it well and truly has.

Taste: rich and warm; chocolate, the aforementioned fruits and a hint of the bourbon character are all in place. The wood has subsided a bit from the aroma, but there's a faint mustiness which has replaced it to good effect. Bitterness is there, but is low for the mega malt flavors; hop flavor is almost indiscernible to me. Still, what an incredible beer.

Mouthfeel: thick body; incredibly silky and smooth on the palate. Low carbonation but the consistency and body make it creamy nonetheless; this is just delightful.

Drinkability: I could and would drink this all night if possible. It's not drinkable in the swillable sense, but it is certainly so in that I would gladly quaff another right after this one.

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Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
4.24 out of 5 based on 1,890 ratings.
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