The Lost Abbey Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel

Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel


The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, California, United States 🇺🇸

Barley Wine Regular
ABV: 12.5% IBU: 52 Ticks: 62
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Angel's Share

Admin Note: There are unique entries for Angel's Share aged in Brandy Barrels, Bourbon Barrels and Scotch Barrels.

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. The beer is 12.5% ABV and is available in 375ml bottles and on draft at inspired locations.

The Angel’s Share Story
It’s warehouse #5 built in 1886 that gets the most attention. The other four weren’t built so well and succumbed over the years. On the outside, to most #5 is a rather unremarkable white washed building. That is until they pass through the weathered doors and are easily consumed. Here in the hallowed halls it just oozes history. Inside this three story building, they find row after row of whiskey slumbering away the days until the distiller calls their name and they are called into action.

It’s a weathered building with a timeline of over one hundred and twenty years of continuous service. Looking around, there is a warm orange glow from all the wood inside. On both sides of the room for as far as your eyes can see, there are wood racks with carvings, nicks and dings. It smells sweet in here. Could that be the Whiskey breathing? Perhaps it’s the angels doing their work? Or is there just something sweet about 200 year old wood that intoxicates your sense of smell.

Imagine the history that belongs to the wood in this “shed.” It comes from seeds that were planted when the idea for the Revolutionary War was just fermenting. And it’s still here, every single day telling the story of this distillery. This warehouse has seen it all. It survived the harsh winter of 1913. There was the Tornado in 1956 and who can forget the flood of 1973? But, it’s still here. Still working, living and breathing whiskey as great grandpa designed it to do.

Sure, there are more cobwebs and spiders than there used to be. It’s an old building after all. One of the family members proclaimed it to be a grand old warehouse of monumental importance, so now it’s on the National Registry of Historic Buildings. Yet, the premise has always been the same. We need a place to age those spirits. And #5 has always been there.

Ask the family members to describe #5 and they all tell you the same thing.”The angels get more than their fair share from #5 but we don’t care. To us, there is nothing finer than the whiskey that comes from old #5. We wish they drank less. But then again, we really don’t need an excuse to drink more?”

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Dusty but tasty! Tack Lennart S.

Tried from Bottle on 23 Feb 2020 at 23:56

Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

Bottle. Pours greasy black with a thin shortlasting small offwhite head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, malt, chocolate, raisins, dates, alcohol. Taste is bourbon up front, vanilla, raisins, dates, chocolate, malt, barley, dry woody notes, licorice in the end.

Tried from Bottle on 06 Nov 2019 at 17:19

Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 9

Bottle, thanks Jon. Aroma is full on, raisin, fruity, booze. Taste is fruity, bourbon, booze, dark fruit, little bit sparkly,

Tried from Bottle on 09 Sep 2019 at 16:03


Tnx chyba Pan Omar?

Tried at Mikkeller Bar Warsaw on 30 Sep 2018 at 10:55

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 10 | Overall - 8.5

Bottle at home. Hazy copper brown with a brief, beige head. Massive aroma and taste of vanilla, caramel, bourbon and toffee. Quite sweet, yet the light roast is balancing it out elegantly. Great sipper!

Tried from Bottle on 22 Sep 2018 at 20:23


Tried from Bottle on 14 Jun 2018 at 22:04

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

Bottle at puttetjes. Brown with no head. Sweet roasted malts, caramel, overripe strawberries, leathery, grainy bourbon, tutti fruity and massive vanilla smoothness. Big sweet and moderate bitter. Full body and soft carbonation. --- Beer merged from original tick of Angel's Share: Bourbon Barrel-Aged on 18 Jun 2018 at 11:29 - Score: 8

Tried from Bottle on 14 Jun 2018 at 20:16

Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

Bottle shared thanks to sjogro. Hazy dark brown with small short lasting beige head. Massive bourbon, sweet vanilla, toffee, fudge, brandy, light alcohol, raisins, brown sugar, creamy vanilla pudding. Quite sweet and medium bitter. Full bodied with slick feel, soft carbonation and some booze. Lovely.

Tried from Bottle on 14 Jun 2018 at 20:14


Tried on 08 Mar 2018 at 16:12