3fourths (8377) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 375ml bottle. I had this in the truck for about 5 hours but let it settle for a couple when I got home because I know how much the Lost Abbey yeast can negatively affect the beer. Letís just say itís one of the many reasons Iím not such a huge fan of this brewery. They do have some winners, though, namely the Brandy Barrel Angels Share, which I absolutely love. So on to the rating... out of the bottle itís foaming and overcarbonated and lands in the glass under about twelve feet of thick brown foam. Okay, I can wait. The nose is primarily semi-sweet bourbon, complete with the maple and vanilla that seems to be the norm in bourbon aged strong ales or barley wines, something that doesnít come through so dominating as with a stout or porter due to the roast and chocolate. But this one smells nice enough, with some spicy charred malt, some boozy alcohol, some barrel tannins and some tobacco/plum/date/nut notes, which is pretty nice but doesnít impress me as much as the brandy barrel version. Texture is overcarbonated but sticky, with a resinous nut and dried, spiced plum flavor thatís most prominent. The finish has a hint of alcohol, not completely transparent but not overpowering at all, and as a whole it comes off heavy with the nut character. Thereís some sweet maple-flavored bourbon for sure, and also some peppery wood and graham cracker flavors hidden a little deeper. Overall itís a fine beer, has a lot going for it, especially the dried nuts and wood, but it doesnít measure up to the brandy barrel version, but then Iím a whore for brandy and wine barrel barley wines (bourbon belongs with stout, brand and wine with barley wine). Quite good, but dare I say overrated a bit?
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared by nolonkowal. I was very unimpressed with this beer. The regular version was better in my opinion. Lighter body with a mostly a watered-down bourbon flavor with some heat, and hints of oak. Definitely not a good mix.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 Bottle from Dunk. I drank this a few weeks ago, was supposed to save to drink with illinismitty, but he came the following week. Anyway, Dark brown with ruby highlights. Big fluffy/fizzy tan head. The aroma was of sweet caramel, wood, and light brown sugar. The flavor was the same with light sour notes and bourbony finish. Massive lacing left at the end. Good, but not great like the other Angels Share. FYI canít sniff Old Stock Bourbon, know that.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375mL bottle. Pours a dark, murky brown color; slightly viscous; fizzy light-tan head with patchy lacing. Lots of warming bourbon, dried fruits, and chewy brown sugar in the aroma; soft, generous bourbon character. Highly carbonated. Full mouthfeel: chewy bourbon, toasted oak and dried fruits; intense, viscous chewy malts underneath, coupling well to a generous bourbon presence; impressively tasty and dense, although I think I prefer the original brandy version a bit better. Lengthy finish, showing chocolate, dried fruits and caramel, and lingering soft bourbon.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by nolankowal: Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma, oaky, bourbon, vanilla, some caramel. Flavor, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, earthy notes, some booze to it. I preferred the brandy version, but this would probably do well with some age on the bottles.
BOLTZ7555 (2879) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at Hellbillyís Hellraiser tasting. Bottle courtesy of Sparky27 & Bockyhorsey. Let me start off by saying all three of you are gentlemen and scholars!!! This was the BIG WINNER of the night. It began with a pop and a thick caramel head slowly climbing out of the top of the bottle. Incredible rusty brew with yeasty bits floating throughout the glass. Oak, molasses, vanilla, and toffee all playfully fighting for attention. Flavor is extremely complex with various dark fruits, chocolate, and mild bourbon. Unlike other barrel-aged beers, this one isnít overpowered by the whisky, but instead, accentuates the brews other qualities. Delicious, refined, and exceptional.
TURDFERGUSON (4004) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 Notes from 4/5/08. Bottle from the Sinners Club. Shared with Ethan, Aubrey, and Henning at Aubreyís place on a stormy candle filled night. On to the brewski: pour is darker and cloudy with very nice head retention. Aroma of wood, sweet bourbon, toffee, earth, vanilla. Flavor is so smooth for such a big beer. Bourbon barrel takes on surprisingly earthy and tart characteristics. This is very a very different beer from from the brandy barrel release, but it is a very good one. Iím glad Iíve got a few more in the cellar.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ml bottle. As others have mentioned, the cork comes flying out of the bottle with a huge pop. Pours a deep brown with a large, light khaki head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Active carbonation in the body. Flavor is nice and smooth. Notes of fruit, caramel, vanilla. The bourbon really blends in nicely. Warming alcohol is a treat, not something that overwhelms. Really looking forward to what some time in the cellar will do to this beer.
holdenn (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7 oz bottle thanks to rustychiles for this trade. Pops with a loud "pahp". Pours with a lot of carbonation and black bits of yeast on top of the tall rootbeer float-ish head on a mahogany brown body. First sniff .. I guess this a bourbon aged beer. Bourbon, oak, that rich toffee, almost buttery notes of bourbon. A touch of spice and raisins underneath. Creamy smooth medium body. Rich buttery bourbon flavors. Chocolate, banana, cherries, raisins,vanilla. Flavors are rich and hot. Lots of alcohol mixed in with that oak and dried fruits. Great beer, but I think they went a little over board with the bourbon. It tastes like one of the finest bourbons that Iíve ever had. But as a beer, it would be better to get more of the wonderful angelís share out from under Heaven Hill.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the Hellbillyís Hellraiser Phoenix tasting (4/13/08). Bottles courtesy of me and Bockyhorsey. Pours a deep caramel color with minimal beige head and spotty lacing. Nose is yeast, caramel, brown sugar and a oaky bourbon background. Palate is caramelized brown sugar, vanilla, some dark fruits and bourbon, though just enough Ė not overpowering in the slightest. Deserves the hype Ė just an awesome brew. Wish the bottles were biggerÖ ;-)