SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This poured mahogany in color with a creamy head. The nose was nicely complex with scents of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit and a slight herbalness. The palate is similarly complex and medium to full-bodied with great richness and balance. There is plenty of carbonation to keep this deep beer fresh. Aging should allow this to mellow out a bit and be potentially perfect for my palate.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Immy at the RB Richmond Gathering. Very dark brown and well carbonated. Dark roast malts with oak and bourbon in aroma.Very sweet dark roastyness with chocolate vanilla and bourbon flavors. Honey or maple sugar sweeetness and very full mouthfeel.
Finishes with bourbon and a bit of woody bitterness. Extremely tasty...thanks Immy.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Pours very dark brown with a thin tan head. The nose is very much bourbon and alcohol. Taste was very overwhelmed with the bourbon, instead of just highlighting it. A bit too much for my liking. While the flavors and mouthfeel were complex, the bourbon just took prominence to too high a degree. Shame. Still not bad, but not excellent. Mouthfeel was medium and had a dry finish.
notalush (5269) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Dickinsonbeerís Hoboken gathering (thanks to beastiefan2k, actually!) - sometimes the barrel makes all the difference - this tastes very much like "regular" angelís share, but with some toasted coconut, slightly lower sweetness, and more noticeable wood - the bourbon is fairly apparent - the complex notes of dark fruit and chocolate I detected in the original are absent in this one - maybe Iím just tired of bourbon-aged beers, but this barrel turned this into a much less impressive beer - tasty, but hardly transcendent like the original.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 375 ml bottle from the Patron Sinners release. When I pulled the cork it nearly took my arm through the ceiling. The gush followed a few seconds later. The pour is very dark brown with some garnet highlights. A very Coca-Cola-esque head to begin with. It eventually settled out to a dark tan ring with some wisps in the middle, and some lace. Boozey bourbon alcohol vapors attack the nostrils. Underneath that you certainly find a pleasant chocolate/caramel character. Here come an aggressive oak character just got me. The flavor seems a bit more balanced. Most of the same flavor. Bourbon is still in the lead. A nice blend of chocolate and oak. I also get a bit more smoke and tobacco character. Levi Garrett anyone? A little bit of cocoa powder in the finish. Medium/light body. High, aggressive carbonation which is sort of a put off for me. Dry warm finish. I am certainly glad for the chance to try this bottle of beer. This may just be a bit too bold for me, I guess. It drinks more like a spirit than beer. When barrel aged beer starts to get to this extreme, they start to turn me off. Still, a fine beer. When you only have one bottle, its hard to stay away for too long.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkest brown, with ruby edges, under a fuzzy, toasted tan head.
Sweet, smokey bourbon hits the nose first, with alcohol tagging along, ...oak, vanilla, and a hint of cherry comes behind....matched by caramel and cocoa...deep and mighty.
big buzz on the tongue, thick, slick, and whiskey-ish galore....chocolate meets rich brandy-ish favors, right up next to the bourbon feel. Long, finish, lushly textured, utterly luxuruious. Hoppy bitter smack on the tongue.
lovely stuff, satisfies my bourbon-loving sweet tooth (tongue?), though it feels like an imperial stout.
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Paulís Hoboken Gathering: Muddy brown pour with a thick tan head. Nose has lots of vanilla, rich toast, sweet/fresh tobacco and bourbon. Dense and creamy body with a rich flavor. Woody and earthy, vanilla, almond, fresh tobacco, and a smooth bourbon sweetness. The finish has a prolonged toasted malt subtly. Very nice stuff, just like the original Angels Share.
dchmela (2785) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#500!!!! Pours deep brown with a thick off white head. Aroma is bourbon, brown sugar nuts, and very strong malt. Thick strong bourbon like taste with lots of malt and a strong nuttiness. What a completely different beer than anything I have ever had. Like a malty, carbonated glass of scotch. Very smooth body and leaves a smooth bourbon twang on the finish. A really nicely balanced beer that drew a lot of flavor from the characteristics of the barrel.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had one of these for my birthday dinner at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. There is a lot of flavour present in this bad boy. Lots of depth with the beer. I was surprised it was 12.5% ABV. Very sweet and full of whiskey flavour. Are they sure that they totally emptied the barrel before adding beer to it? Definitely a great experience and one of my favourites from lost abbey.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at DLD 2008. Nice looking frothy head with some decent lacing. Wonderful aromas of bourbon, vanilla and oak. I absolutely love the 2006 brandy barrel verison and was really excited to try this. Much thinner on the palate than its brandy counterpart. Bourbon was a bit too much and rough around the edges. Still had a wonderful deep caramelization to it. Sticky and slick on the palate. Good complexity in the base beer, but the whiskey just didnít seem to blend as nicely as the brandy barrel version. A bit let-down, but overall, tasty stuff and still well made.