hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
sweet jesus, finally! lovingly shared by bockyhorsey and sparky27 at the PHX tasting. after a struggle with the cork and devastating near-overflow (crisis avoided, though)... this pours very dark reddish brown, nearly black. perched on top is a big light tan head that eventually fades to a film of funny colored foam leaving behind a nice trail of lacing. the aroma is akin to a red wine.... notes of prunes, black raisins, belgian chocolate and wood. the bourbon smell is present and sweet but not overwhelming. (notes get sparse at this point!) as far as the flavor... well, it is more refined and smarter than i. itís a complex mix of oak, vanilla, dark fruit, a little molasses, chocolate again, wood and a peppery dry woody finish. everything is in perfect balance. the bourbon does nothing to get in the way but rather plays a secondary role to help coalesce an amazing experience. insanely drinkable if it werenít for the price tag...
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 North Raleigh Tasting! Opened like a Champaign bottle, cork hit the ceiling, leaving a slight scuff. Dark Brown pour with fluffy head a wonderful lace. Bourbon and oak on the nose. Maple syrup, bouubon, oak and caramel malts. Another excellent effort!
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First RB rating after 300 on BA (as Stoneman78)! The cork and cage flew off this one, gushing brewing gold all over the floor, yikes. Dense brown hue with huge billowing head that eventually dies down to a thin layer. Smell dominated by oak, vanilla, caramel, sweet malts, and light bourbon. Delicious and rich initial taste profile of molasses, oak, caramel malts, and maple syrup opens up quickly to a whiskey alcohol burn and vanilla. Finishes syrupy sweet and drying. Thick chewy texture and prickly carbonation. Absolutely a top-tier beer with improved balance and drinkability compared to the original AS; however, it lacks some of the punch and range of the brandy AS which I would rate slightly higher on flavor and aroma.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good lord, the Virginia Tidewater people get their hands on some good shit. This is my fourth consecutive amazing beer from Immy and The_Beer_God, this one courtesy of Immy. You rock, Tim! Strawberry brown color with good head retention. Aroma is strong (but not overly) oak, caramel and other toasty, malty notes. Iíve long said the ultimate meal is beer and waffles. Well, this is a beer that tastes like waffles! Strong maple taste (grade B), caramel, chocolate and nuttiness. Effervescence good. Thick and a little chewy. A little overly sweet, but still a damn fine beer.
KAME (160) - California, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 Rating based on a collection of notes from multiple samples. This is the way that barrel-aging should be done. The original Angelís Share (brandy) came off as overly boozy and much more of a liquor than as a beer. Bourbon Barrel Angelís Share is so much more balanced, smooth and creamy without the intensity that the standard release has. The beer in itself is a bit on the sweet side, but with a beautiful presentation of molasses, vanilla, and oak over a beautiful malty backbone.
Ughsmash (7331) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Michael for the bottle! Youíre going to want to chill this more than I did before opening.. explosive cork and a bit of a mess on the table, but all was well. Poured deep, seductive brown with a well-retained cap of oaky-tan head. The aroma picked up a fresh burst of oak and vanilla with dark, sweet bourbon sugars not far behind.. deeper yet, rich aged caramel and molasses join in.. right at the very back the alcohol prickles the nose hairs.. I loved the way this was layered in its presentation.
Caramel and molasses roll over the tongue, trailed closely by a vibrant hit of whiskey.. the middle was a tad messy with the whiskey still trying to steal the show, repressing the vanilla, caramel, and molasses.. oak plays a huge role in drying out the edges and the back.. a bunch of whiskey and molasses on the long, memorable finish. Heavier-bodied, but somewhat slick on the palate with a dry finish.. the balance could have been better at times when the whiskey took off. Overall a mighty fine brew!
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2013 From bottle at Lost Abbey before RBSG on 08/02/2008. Deep brown body with a medium brown head. Big bourbon and yeast aroma. Bready caramel, yeast and light bourbon flavor. Full body with moderately low carbonation and a smooth finish. - 8/4/9/4/18-4.4
Bottle courtesy of Immy on 04/19/2008. Dark brown body with ruby highlights. Molassas, maple, vanilla aromas with caramel hints and a light bourbon ending. Sweet caramel and molassas flavor, light vanilla and caramel. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.
2/6/11. Clear dark amber body nearly no head
Sweet vanilla caramel oak and yeast aroma
Sweet oak flavor vanilla oak yeast and malt flavor
Medium full body low carb 9/4/9/4/17/4.3
vyvvy (4583) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to xmarcnolanx for sharing this highly regarding beer. Pours very dark brown with a nice tan head. The aroma has a ton of oak, only a hint of whiskey to me (marc apparently felt differently), dark caramel and some vanilla. Medium / full body that seems lighter than what was expected and lots of sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with grainy oakiness, brown sugar, toffee, dark caramel, heavily toasted malt and some definite alcohol. the finish has quite a bit of bite with citric traits and sharpness. There seem to be some hops showing through as well. Very nice beer.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is sweet bourbon, lots of bourbon, but not overwhelming, sweet caramel.
Taste is bourbon, sourness, vanilla. Deep, rich alcohol, oak.
Finishes fizzy, alcoholic, cloying.
This is very good.
3fourths (8499) - 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?