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The Angel's Share (Bourbon Barrel) by The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing Company
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
12.50 % ABV


 
Review by duhast500 on 10/08/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 5 9 2010
Poured from 12oz. bottle into a snifter glass.

The color is a complete black with no highlights and no head or no lacing.

The smell is deep grape flavor with a nice molasses flavor that feels like a big barrel full. Some coffee flavor comes out to take this beer on to the next stage.

The taste is really strong with a nice brandy warning flavor, it has great deep oak flavor that comes up on you in a quick minute. There are hints of coffee grounds, cola syrup, dark malts, motor oil, brandy, and a full bodied cigar.

The feel of beer is heavy bodied, and you better be ready for this beer. It will sneak up on you if you take it too lightly. It slowly goes into a gradual lowering of flavor. It hits then drops, slowly. It is the beer you will talk about for time to come.


Served In: Pint Glass

Review by smellysell on 02/20/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 8 19 5 9 2006
Appearance
The beautiful 375mL presentation is corked and caged with a very elegant label. My anxiety is quelled from the moment I pop the cork to an audible “pop”. Even though I know the lack of carbonation is only a signature of recent Lost Abbey releases, I still breath a sigh of relief as the little cloud of co2 escapes. It pours jet black into the snifter, with a one finger beige head that sticks around for a couple minutes.

Smell
Fusels blended with bourbon dominate the aroma and are somewhat difficult to distinguish from one another. There are hints of oak and caramel, along with a touch of roasted malts.

Taste
Oak and vanilla flavors transition into caramel as it moves across my tongue. The finish has a slight burn along with bourbon and roasted malts. All of the flavors meld together nicely, nothing overpowering anything else. The yeast character is completely clean, with not real presence at all and is amazingly smooth for a 12.5% beer.

Feel
The body of this beer is as close to perfect for the style as I’ve had, leaving a nice coating on my tongue while not being too heavy or thick. The carbonation is dead on, giving off just a slight prickle that finishes incredibly smooth.

Overall
It’s really too bad that Lost Abbey’s bottling/sanitation practices have become such a problem, because this beer is a testament to how great of a beer they can produce when on. After 3+ years in the bottle it still has some life left in it, but it’s drinking incredibly right now.

Served In: Snifter

Review by joe1510 on 11/24/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 17 3 8 2008
375ml Bottle

2008 Bottling

A big thanks goes out to Kegatron for sending me this brew in a recent trade, thanks again Heath! Angel's Share gurgles from the bottle into my snifter black as night. There isn't a hint of light peeking through the body of this brew. Two fingers of khaki head grew slowly on a soft pour instantly becoming chunky and creamy, very meringue like. The head did eventually fall but not very much, settling at a finger of perfect creaminess and never dropping any lower. The carbonation isn't visible but you can see where the bubbles collide with the head to keep it going strong. Sheet lacing gets left behind every time the glass gets tipped. This is an outstanding looking brew with an incredible head especially when taking into consideration the high abv!

The nose on this beer is crazy unique. It's funny but the first thing I notice when my stout gets in the glass is toasted walnut and there's a lot of it. Not far behind is insanely rich vanilla oak, sweet bourbon, mildly roasty malts, a dash of heavy cream, cocoa powder and caramel. I can't take my nose from the glass. Each consecutive whiff brings out deeper complexity. I'm really digging the walnut quality that gets things started and never fully leaves. I can't wait to dive into this brew.

The flavor is deep but doesn't quite show the depth the nose did. Again, the toasted walnuts lead the way and give me a slight sensation of the bitter pith (?) when eaten from the shell. The barrel aging quality doesn't show up at first but the heavy cream, cocoa, and rich caramel do. There's a slight roastiness in the back and the toasted walnuts comes through again on the finish. The barrel aging waits until the second half to really step forward with vanilla, buttery oak and spicy bourbon. This is a deep complex brew but the flavor doesn't reach that of the aroma. When I drink this beer on the colder side there's a slight metallic quality that goes away as it warms.

The body has, surprisingly, a medium-full mouthfeel. The carbonation is dialed a little high which pushes the beer over the tongue too quickly and creates a little frothiness. It's not too far off but I'd enjoy this one more if the bubbles were fewer and farther between.

This is a big sipping brew but the excessive carbonation makes it drink easier than it should. The abv will catch up to you if you're not careful but with that said this goes down very easy.

Another big thanks to Heath for this brew! I've been a little underwhelmed with Lost Abbey and especially their pricing, but this beer is a good one. Angel's Share is very interesting and the bourbon barrel aging adds another layer of depth. I'd like to try the brandy version to compare.

Reviewed: 12/15/08

Served In: Snifter

Review by wagenvolks on 08/23/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 1 10 16 3 7 2009
(2009 version) For all intents and purposes, this beer pours flat. The faintest hint of carbonation slowly trickles up through the vinous, seal brown body, but the minuscule bubbles do little to form any semblance of a head. The aroma, on the other hand, is phenomenal. Rich, dark fruit notes of plum and fig surround nibs of dark chocolate and toasted toffee malts. Bourbon lingers in the background.

Good flavor too, it's a damn shame this beer isn't carbonated. Liquefied caramel and malted tootsie rolls dazzle the tongue while fig & raisin adding some fructose sweetness. A drying, chocolate liquor note finishes with a hint of nail polish and breathy, raw ethanol. Body is chewy, viscous, and flat, with some spicy tang to the finish due to the alcohol heat. Warms the stomach after only a few ounces. Overall, this was a good beer, it's just too bad that it wasn't properly carbonated, or else it would have been truly great.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 08/06/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 3 9 2008
I wanted to try out my new Lost Abbey stemware glass and the only proper way to break it in is with a top-notch Lost Abbey beer. I’ve had this beer back in March at the release but didn’t take notes. This bottle is now about 5 months old.

Ok, with all the stories of over-carbonated Angel’s Share (bourbon) bottles I can’t say I wasn’t scared of taking off the cork and popping this one. LOUD pop with foam slowly rising to the top of the bottle so I quickly tipped the bottle to my glass. Poured a dark caramel color with about two inches of mocha colored foam; there are some shades of red when held to the light. The foam was soft looking and soapy, leaving a coat of bubbles on the side of the glass as it settled. Impressive retention and lacing with a string of bubble racing upward from the side of the glass.

Boy, do I love Angel’s Share. Sweet raisins, caramel, bourbon, and brown sugar hit the nose instantly. The second wave includes notes of nutty malts, chocolate, coffee, dates, vanilla and wood. The aroma is really soft but complex. Very little heat is detected, but mostly it’s just wrapped around the aroma. After a while I can smell some grape and cherry notes. As the beer settles it opens up more roasted qualities and more chocolate to the front. The aroma tends to tone down but I’m still enjoying it. A little vinous aroma develops also.

The first sip is almost an intense sweetness. I taste some molasses, rich chocolate, brown sugar, bourbon, roasted malts, caramel, maple syrup and some alcohol heat in the finish. More dark fruits reveal themselves in the succeeding sips; there are some raisins, caramelized fruits, and a bit of dates in the finish. The sweetness seems to either tone down or the palate gets accustomed to it.

The beer has a somewhat thin mouth-feel near the end, it doesn’t exactly coat the palate, and the carbonation just doesn’t seem to work for me. This beer has the type of carbonation that feels forced and attacks the tongue a little bit instead of lifting the beer and gliding past the tongue. The alcohol is also a tad too present. After the beer warms up a bit there are more chocolate, coffee, and a bit of toffee flavors in the finish.

I remember the brandy version being a bit smoother and more easy to drink (so easy that the 12.5% sneaked up on me! And that one was 750ml too). This one is still pretty drinkable but it could be better.

Price: $15.00 Served In: Other

Review by Westside Threat on 04/18/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 11 18 3 9 2008
A: With a POP the cork came shooting out. Pours a thick sable body with a frothy sandstone colored head. With a vigorous pour, the head throttled 3 inches high with good staying power.

S: Brings a pungent yet dull bourbon with the unattractive sharp notes some bourbon barrel beers carry. Get some brown sugar, nilla wafer, oat bran, red apple, raspberry chocolate and vanilla. Smells really nice.

T: First flavor is grilled fig with caramelized sugar across the top. Striking vanilla with smooth bourbon…this is the way you bourbon barrel a beer. The bourbon isn’t overbearing and brutish but compliments the rest of the beer. Quality juicy raisins, molasses and toffee rest on the tip of the tongue, getting ready for the swallow. After the swallow, some warmed peaches and pecans shine with fruity esters venture into the nasal cavities. In the finish, massive amounts of burnt brown sugar crown the finish.

M: Really carbonated, had to spin the glass a few times to release some of the carbonation. Overall, quite chewy and solid.

D: Delicious. Solid bourbon barreling with really quality balance. I think I like the brandy version a bit better though.

Served In: Tulip

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