BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2008 08 bottle. Poured a deep, murky brown color with a thick beige head that diminished slowly and left some lacing. Aroma was mostly bourbon, with sme caramel, molasses, plum, and light alcohol coming out as it warmed. Flavor consists of caramel malts with hints of molasses and light chocolate, some dark fruit (namely plum) and a light oak, drying finish. Light alcohol present on the finish. Smooth on the palate with a decent drying character. Definitely a good beer, and perhaps it will mature with age, but as of now, no match for the brandy version.
drewbeerme (3838) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2010 375ml bottle, 2008 vintage, first bottling. a big pop implies lots of carbonation in this. pours dark brown with tan head. a soft buttery bourbon, and woody vinous cherry notes. wonderful aroma. flavors are oaky, charred toffee malt notes, vanilla and buttery bourbon notes. finishes with a toasted and smoked nuttyness. everything in seemless balance and alcohol is contained. the bourbon fits AS about as well as the brandy. although, not quite as smooth around the edges as 06 brandy. this is similar to 07 brandy but the bourbon barrel makes this quite different than the brandy. a great barrel aged barleywine, was there any doubt? no, of course not, but i prefer brandy version. 3.8.
2006 vintage draft at Fobab 08 and 2009 vintage from 375ml were fantastic. 4.2.
6/27/10, Angels Share tasting (Brandy ’06, ’09, Bourbon ’08, ’09, ’10, and Grand Cru ’10).
Brandy ’06, pours dark brown with ruby tint, tan head. nose is papery sherry plums. pretty oxidized. Fl plums paper sherry vanilla. thin body past it’s prime but actually this is a good beer 7/4/7/4/15 = 3.7.
Brandy ’09. pours deep brown with red tints no head nose has big brandy oakm smoke caramel and a touch butterscotchy that actually works with it. Flavor brandy caramel smoke chocolate, nice. Nice and smooth. Feel med body really good. this was one of the top 2 in the tasting. 8/4/9/4/17 = 4.2.
Grand Cru ’10, pours dark brown with ruby tint and a fizzy off white head. nose has brandy caramel, oak, vanilla, flavor brandy, oxidation (similar to brandy ’06), oak, chocolate, plums. Alc heat, probably the booziest one of the bunch which is odd. boozy for sure. 9/4/8/4/17 = 4.2.
Bourbon ’08 pours dark brown red tints, nose papery oxidation bourbon
and toffee undertones. Flavor has toffee nuttiness dark fruit, and paper. past its peak but still drinkable. 7/4/7/4/14 = 3.6.
Bourbon ’09, pours dark ruby brown with no head. Nose alcohol toffee, raisin, bourbon, butterscotch. flavor bourbon char smoke alc booze and chocolatey finish. Very smooth and tasty. 8/4/9/4/17=4.2.
Bourbon ’10 pours dark brown with tan head. nose has toffee and bourbon. flavor bourbon chocolate smoke nuts alc, med body wow really tasty but a bit hot and rough. 9/4/8//4/16 = 4.1.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color with a full head. Hard to get much out of the nose at all. Velvety mouth feel with a smooth texture. Not very complex overall, with out nuance or depth. It does have a nice hint of dried chocolate on the finish, but other than that, there isn’t a lot of describable character. Good, solid ale. I have found these new versions of angels share beers to be just ok, both the latest batches are not as good as the original batch at GABF 2006. Thanks to Jake.
WeeObese (18) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle bought at the Sinner’s release (375ml), taken out of converted chest freezer. Poured into Stone RIS tulip glass.
Ar: Bourbon, Oak/Wood, caramel with slight vanilla. I can’t keep my nose away from this beer. Slightly sour/barrel smell.
Ap: Popped cork and the beer bubbled up ( I heared this was the case for many others). Thick tan head, second pour was more creamy than the first. Coffee colored.
F: First thing I noticed was the strong burbon spirit flavor (much more than the brandy barrel version). Followed by the sour/barrel characteristics. Carmel and vanillia then come through and the beer finishes with a light roasty flavor that sticks around
P: Medium body with a sticky feel that lasts. For all the bubble up front a very light carbonation overall?
Great job! I like the Brandy Barrel version better, but still a great beer. This is my first review, perfect beer for the occasion.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a deep hazy brown with a thin beige head. The aroma was of aged fruity malt with a medium sweetness. Vanilla and bourbon stood strong but not over powering. Some sugary caramel mixes with the fruit and bourbon. The flavor was also semi-sweet and fruity with a good back bone of bourbon. Notes of vanilla, raisin, and wood. Medium to full bodied with a little warmth. Very nice.
dalekliz (824) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the release. Deep dark brown with a light, brown head. Intense aroma of bourbon and sweet malt. The bourbon also comes through wonderfully in the taste, combining with rich, sweet malt and notes of molasses, dark fruits. Huge mouthfeel and lingering woodsy sweetness. Absolutely heavenly.
explosivebeer (36) - Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
It’s difficult to write an appropriate description of a transcendental experience. This divine concoction changed my perspective on what beer could be. It offers every bit of complexity of a great wine melded with the deep satisfaction of a superb beer. Most barleywines seem to be overly sweet or harshly alcoholic but the balance in this beer is tremendous. Do whatever you can to secure some of this incredible beer.
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, and a few pints at the release. Pours black with a tan head. Nice aroma of bourbon, malt, and a hint of smoke. The chocolate, bourbon, wood, and malt flavors are very smooth like a ripe plum that melts in your mouth.
DenverLogan (746) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown...significant head. Aroma of dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, bourbon. Flavor includes a wonderful blend of molassas, toasty malts, brown sugar, wood, bourbon, slight coconut, raisins, chocolate...absolutely delicious! On tap at Port.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 16, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I’m a sinner. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak aroma. Initial taste of chocolate and bourbon, followed by molasses and vanilla, transitioning to a citrus and oak taste, and finishing with a brown sugar taste and alcohol warmth. Excellent.