Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle gushed all over my lap. Deep mahogany in color with a tan, foamy head. Stringy lacing. Lots of vanilla and alcohol, mostly bourbon. Toffee or caramel come out in the malts. Bitter and a bit acrid from the alcohol. There is a big note of brown sugar that comes out in the flavor. Raisins mix in with the vanilla. Creamy, and full bodied with a finish that is just as complex as the rest of the beer. Delicious.
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 Wow all I can say is that I have a new favorite beer. This beer is incredible. Me being a fan of bourbon beers from the get go this beer does not disappoint. Oak,Bourbon,Vanilla,Carmel, all rolled into the smoothest palette drinkable beer iíve ever had the pleasure of tasting.With that said iíve never given a perfect 5 but this beer is totally worthy. All the flavors blend together so smoothly and perfectly that I recommend to anyone trying this rare treat at least once and deciding for themselves. But as for me this beer sits atop the throne!
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2008
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 Thanks to MYSELF for getting a few of these!! Dark brown Belgiany looking pour with a big tan head. Head lasts to the very bottom of the glass too. Aromaís all over the map with notes of vanilla, raisins, chocolate (milk and dark both come to mind), strong oak, caramel and toffee. Seemed a slightly mild aroma when I first had it, but the second time I had it, it smelled fantastic. Flavor is equally demanding; bitter dark chocolate, raisins, strong oak mixing with sweet bourbon, vanilla and a woodlike bitterness. Quite sweet, but itís too complex to call "sugary." Finish dries things out with a bitter buttery hop flavor, lingering toasted wood, bourbon, and bitter raisin/dark fruit. Wonderful aftertaste goes on and on. High Belgian-esque carbonation makes this drinkable and easy going, but itís got a full body and TONS of flavor. I expected this to be good and man, this is a wondeful beer! Sweet enough to suit me and a complex flavor worth pondering and enjoying. I know the ratings for this have been going down, but I think this deserves to be in the top still. Lovely lovely beer.
Oh yeah, thanks to Moejuck for sending another bottle of this my way, much appreciated!
ChainGangGuy (4801) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2009 Appearance: Pours a reddish, dark brown body with some gunky murkiness to it and a large, fizzy, tan head.
Smell: Pleasantly pungent aroma of heavenly, heavily caramelized sugars, golden raisins, and a gratifying waft of alcohol. Plenty of distinct bourbon barrel accents, too.
Taste: Dark, rich caramelly malts, tons of dark fruitiness, a spoonful of vanilla creme brullee, and with a big taste of brown sugar striking the palate. Nice, complimenting blend of woodiness and top-shelf bourbon. Faint, faint touch of roast picked up on the otherwise sweet, warm, and wooden finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Full carbonation that really fizzles up the mouth.
Drinkability: For me, it was more than a bit overcarbonated, but thankfully it delivered a satisfying tastiness to warrant fighting the fizzies.
rallison (116) - USA - JUL 9, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Truly a great beer. Have had this a number of times and figured I ought to actually put in a review.
Pours a thick, dark brown with a 2 finger tan head that is creamy and never fully dies (that, and the bottles really are over carbonated).
Smells of vanilla infused bourbon, sweet caramel/toffee and some funky dried fruits/dates. Nice.
The taste is quite similar to the smell. There is a healthy dose of vanilla bourbon that, while strong, lends itself nicely to this beer. The caramel/toffee sweetness is most definitely there in the form of a massive malt body to back up that bourbon (nice to see this after having had many bourbon beers where the malts just canít stand up to the bourbon). The alcohol is present, no question, most likely from the bourbon aging. This, however, is not an impediment with this beer. Dates and other similar candied fruit sort of flavors also float around in the background. Some oak presence. This beer just hits all the right spots.
Mouthfeel is very rich, overly carbonated at first (give it some time to settle and it is much more divine) and satisfying.
While this is a sipper for sure, I am always sad once my glass hits empty with a beer like this. As such, I cannot rate the drinkability any less than excellent.
Highly recommended. This is still a favorite beer of mine. With that said, here is how I rank the current Angelís Share editions:
06 Bourbon > 06 Brandy > 07 Bourbon > 07 Brandy.
06 Bourbon was on tap for the Toronado BW fest and blew most everything else away. The other 3 Iíve had side by side a couple of times, and the ranking seems to stay the same.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from early 2008 release. Dark brown / black pour with light brown head. Aroma is woody, nice bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and light roast. The flavor is the same, very intense; sweet malt and vanilla / bourbon dominate. Enjoyed it.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark dark brown wiith a large tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, wood, and alcohol. Nice sweetness, good stuff.
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanx to Gumby for sharing this.Poured a nice dark brown color with a small, lacing khaki head. The nose was sweet, with dark fruits,whiskey and some chocolate. Flavor was great. Vanilla, darkfruits, and some woodiness.The balnce was great.Nothing dominating, you can taste and feel it all.A slight warming going down.Thanx Mike.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow this girl is really coming along nicely. First couple were a bit harsh, but smooth and tasty now. Great bourbon kick to a nice tasting barleywine. Burnt wood smokey sweetness, vanilla all compounded into this little 375 vessel of liquid delicousness.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
C&C 375ml bottle. Thanks to kmweaver for sharing! Deep brown with a huge beige head. Sweet, malty bourbony nose, woody and raisiny. Flavor mirrors the nose. The bourbon really works here, enhancing the flavor rather than killing it. Nice!