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

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-AgedThe Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
BA SCORE
91.5%
Liked This Beer
4.28 w/ 1,893 ratings
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
Ranking:
#631
Reviews:
701
Ratings:
1,893
Liked:
1,733
Avg:
4.28/5
pDev:
10.98%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
607
Gots:
580
Trade:
42
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,893 |  Reviews: 701
Photo of peabody
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really dark used motor oil. No suds. Lacing for sure.
Smell is dark caramel charred malts with brown sugar molasses and honey.
Taste is very sweet malts and boozey sugar cotton candy. Raisin nut bread comes to mind with lots of alcohol in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky.
Drinkability would be good if people were giving this to you.( BTW Thanks Haver)
This is a very bad-a$$ brew here.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kodt
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ajzy
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of rkarimi
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Hessian257
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Stillyman11
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of grittybrews
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark chocolate color into a half-pint glass with minimal head.

Powerful aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Extremely syrupy mouthfeel, very sweet taste of vanilla, caramel, honey, and chocolate that is balanced by warm alcohol, bourbon, smoke, and tobacco. Malty and slightly dry/bitter aftertaste.

Not at all subtle, highly complex, and completely delicious. Like an after-dinner dessert, cigar, and whiskey all rolled into one.

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Photo of Rick778
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abbbp
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of bennetj17
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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...

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Photo of tim007007
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jroberts8811
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jfstilling
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hugonaut13
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CoolEthan
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of draheim
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

My very first review, after drinking more than 250 different beers over the last 8 months in an effort to develop my palate. No particular reason why I chose this one for my first review.

375mL bottle, vintage 2010, poured into a snifter. Zero carbonation at first; a few tiny bubbles soon materialize along the side of the glass, rising lazily to the surface. Color is deep brown with hints of burgundy around the edges. Looks like a flat cola.

Booze hits the nose first, along with plums, raisins, and bourbon. Hints of what's to come.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky. Taste of caramel, whiskey, toffee. Alcohol warming to the throat. Flavor is rich and complex, but almost cloying. Bigger sips reveal an almost cough syrup quality, alcohol burn on the swallow. The booze presence is clearly dominant and not entirely pleasant. This little bottle is almost a chore to get through.

Overall, I was not much impressed by this one - particularly considering the price tag. I don't think I've ever poured a beer so almost completely flat right out of the bottle. High ABV explains this to a degree, but some carbonation would have helped the mouthfeel and would have also concealed the booze a bit and provided more balance.

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4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml

A - Murky, deep brown with ruby highlights and 3 fingers of fizzy, tan cola head.

S - Big bourbon, vanilla, oak and sweet caramel aroma. Pretty one dimensional in the bourbon sense but very nice.

T - Sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, raisin, caramelized brown sugar, milk chocolate and a smoky finish.

M - Highly carbonated which makes it appear lighter than it is. A little fizzy on the tongue at first but that turns into a nice creaminess as it warms.

D - Reminds me slightly of a highly carbonated Bourbon County Stout. Somewhat one dimensional on the bourbon side but that is not a bad thing coming from this bourbon fan.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque ruby brown with a ring of bubbles. Nose is heavily bourbon. Some brief hints of raisins, vanilla and oak. Fortunately, the taste rounds out the bourbon with stronger vanilla, oak, chocolate, and cocoa powder. Pleasant alcoholic warmth. Sadly, and probably because of the build-up to finally having this beer, it left me wanting more. Not complaining, this was excellent, but I still wanted more.

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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 91.5% out of 100 with 1,893 ratings
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