wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to Ken for this one. Dark brown to black body, tall gushing tan head. Aroma of warm brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, strong bourbon character, noticeable alcohol. Flavor has an overwhelming bourbon note, cola, coffee bitterness in finish. Effervescent body. Bourbon is boring.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle sampled at Noog4 thanks to the generosity of John C. Big lacing on this one. Murky chestnut pour with a lasting head. Plenty of wood barrel to this. In fact, too much IMO. Buttery bourbon and light fruit (date?) is also present. The flavor is not as bright and fruit as the regular Angels Share. It certainly is complex but it is overtaken by lots of wood and buttery bourbon. I still note some dark fruit but it is nearly swept away by the bourbon barrel. Full mouth feel, creamy and slick. Good, but I preferred the original.
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Surprisingly nice. Overrun by bourbon, but it is a sweet, mellow bourbon, like baby corn, backing up a pretty pungent barleywine. Deep and complex, with notes of fine caramel, smoke, and buttery cookies. With its huge head, one of the best looking barleywines Iíve seen. Very well done.
lb4lb (2583) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2008
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2009 Not nearly as good as the regular Angelís Share, in my opinion. Pours a dark cola color with light tan colored super fizzy head. Bottle gushed upon opening too. Smell is vanilla, raisin, bourbon and sweet malt. Taste is similar, but much more mild than the standard angelís share which was really rich and strongly flavored. The carbonation was way too high in this body and it just foamed in the mouth, which drives me nuts. Overcarbonated and underflavored.
2009 - Completely flat.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
So good. This is a crazy brew. A bit hot from the alcohol but such smooth flavor. Sweet with vanilla and bourbon and oak and even some dark rich fruits like figs and maybe plum or cherry flavor. Something I would like to age.
jlizard (8) - Richmond, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really enjoyed this beer! Splitting or having a full bottle at night after dinner, or at the end of a party is recommended...This beer is highly complex and delicious, yet very drinkable and not to sweet..just the right blend of malt and wood...
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at HotShotz Indy tasting May 24, 2008 - Aroma is bourbon, caramel, earthy hops, oak and vanilla. Pours a very dark brown with no head or lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a little raisin and other dark fruits sneaking in. Palate is very smooth and what separates this from other BB brews. A lot of the time, the bourbon overpowers the base beer. Tomme is able to find just the right balance. I am starting to tire of bourbon in my beer and would have probably given this a higher rating a year ago. Very tasty nonetheless.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just kept getting better and better as it warmed,at first it was all oak and some bourbon,but soon the rich malt,and yeast ester became plesantly evident,taste was same way ,the bourbon barrel dominated at first,but soon the rich caramel malts and all those fruit esters came to forefront, the malting would have to be more a competitor with the bourbon for this to be upper eschelon. Still a top notch brew. Thanks Kingpin
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Zinister, sampled at his tasting. Thanks!
After the cork exploded into the air and shocked all in the room, the beer poured a deep black with a cherry oak nose. Flavor is oaked cherry wood with chocolate smears. Full mouthfeel. Dang good.
pineypower (3036) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Swore I rated this before, but found it wasnít in my list. O well still have notes from Dmacís. Thanks to jimmack for bringing this one. Pours out very dark brown with a small slightly off white head. Aroma is of bourbon, oak and some nice dark fruits. Taste is very complex with some nice earthy oak, vanilla and bourbon present throughout slight malty sweetness lingering but never overpowering, slight alcoholic burn on the finish. Very solid and very complex