unclemattie (4035) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml, caged and corked. Pours a very dark brown/ black, hints of garnet. Aroma of sweetness. Oh, Candy! Dark fruit, vanilla, and that whiskey aroma that Bridgette lives for. Flavor is sweet, roasty, vanilla, some charcoal, lots of cherries, molasses, and heat. It has a big burn. As my buddy Seth said, "There are people who barrel age beer, then there are people who know how to barrel age a beer!" I feel more than lucky to have the Atl Crew to have shared this amazing bottle.
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for the trade. Pours a deep brown with ruby/amber notes and a medium off white head with spotty lacing. Oh I forgot to mention...the cork jumped off the bottle like a shotgun, seriously lucky lose an eye. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, whiskey, vanilla, nuts, oak, lightly roasted malt, molasses, tobacco and a little sugary. Flavor of dark fruits, toffee, nuts, whiskey, like oak, caramel, nuts, vanilla, a bit of alcohol and light roast.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml. bottle thanks to Toncatcher. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Lots of vanilla on first whiff, followed by the bourbon and some oak. Smooth bourbon flavor with some roasted malts and again some nice vanilla notes along with brown sugar. Warming alcoholic finish.
Oakes (11812) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown colour. Plummy, slightly smokey with hints of wood. A little bit spritzy (subsequent samples were not, ftr). Spicy, with a bit of alcohol burn. Well-rounded. Three recent resamples have revealed some wonderfully rich malts, and a well-integrated bourbon accent.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is deep brown with a thin tan head...aroma is not as strong as I would have thought...some bourbon and toasty notes...taste is sweet and seems super carbonated...some vanilla and caramel, but not much...hmmmmm.....
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled thanks to Atlatnta beer tasting. Pours an opaque black with tan head. Very sweet molassess taste and thick. Great beer, tastes delicious. Great beer, one of my favorites.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown color with amber hints and a brown head. Aroma is malty, caramel, roast, brown sugar, bourbon, fig, alcohol, oak, and vanilla. Flavor is malty, caramel, oak, vanilla, fig, bourbon, and alcohol.
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 Pours a beautiful deep brown color dark and beautiful. The small tan head quickly dissipates slowly. Average lacing and surprisingly above average carbonation. A lot of barrel aged beers become flat. Not this beer. I appears to be bottle condition. Smell of strong bourbon and sweet roasted dark malts. Tastes of strong bourbon/whiskey, coffee, sweet roasted malts, coffee, and toffee. Complex and very tasty - This WORLD CLASS. Drink and Enjoy!
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
First of all, I am amazed at how many people have sampled this one. Secondly, my methods of procurement will remain a closely guarded secret. Thirdly, I sincerely hope that all eBay prospectors die in a fire. On to my review:
Pour: Hazy deep brown with huge 4-finger tan head, a gigantic cork pop, and lacing that sticks more than a Freshman college chick dating a senior linebacker.
Nose: Oaky, plummy malt, brown sugar, spicy yeast, mild hops, bourbon, port, blackberry
Flavor: Initially oaky malty and caramelly, with plummy, blackberry, port, brown sugar, fig, mild cacao, but not tasting sweet, rather as a very well balanced oaky boubony beverage with the added brown sugary, malty, fig, and cognacy notes as subtle additions, and not as entitites overtaking the beer.
Palate/Overall: The palate was as complex as I’ve ever quaffed, with intermingling flavors and an amazing balance. As I poured the last dregs of this, I briefly considered going onto eBay for another, but then I regained my ratebeer confidence and realized that I will never become one of those bottom-feeding scumbags, and I remembered that with the proper where-with-alll, I would see this one again. Still, if that is too optimistic, then I will see this beer in my dreams, right next to Christy Canyon.
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sent to me by one of SoCal finest ratebeerians, Jon (WeeHeavySD), mucho thanks bro!
A deep brown with russet hues topped by a surprising frothy head which left good lace upon my Duval snifter, I expected little head from this beer honestly. Some oily legs as well with a swirl of the glass. The aroma has a big kick your ass Bourbon character at first. Lots of oak, vanilla, charcoal, molasses, fig, heavy brown sugar, aromatic pipe tobacco, star anise and a leafy peaty earthy yeasty ester... yes, quite the run on sentence but so what.
The taste profile opens with a heavy amount of malt and sugar overtones with a nice supportive twangy fruit background. Much like the other Angel Share, this has some strong port like characteristics but seemed to be more tannic and charred, therefore a tad rougher around the edges. The finish has a splash of vanilla and rye-like malt, slightly smoky and peaty too which rocks. With some age and a reduction of the somewhat aggressive booze, the finish could become glorious.
The mouth feel is lush and sharp at the same time with each sip a slightly different experience. I do seem to enjoy the brandy barrel version more, however I see this one aging better. Either way, I could do a lot worse that to sip and enjoy these treats from the hands of Tomme Arthur.