aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big bourbon, oak and fruit nose with touchs of tannin and toasted caramel. Creamy and soft on the palate with good depth of mouthfeel. SIlky deep fruit and cocoa notes bounce over an intricate minefield of complexity. Very nice. I also had a better glass than the others at the fest which helped quite a bit.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 On draft at the Bistro’s BA fest 07. Dark garnet pour. Woody, dark fruit aroma with bourbon notes. Sweet malty goodness with pronounced bourbon and wood notes. Tons of caramel. Somewhat hot but it’s really young right now. Dark fruits, especially raisins fill it out nicely.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
06 version tasted at the Bistro’s 2nd Barrel-aged Festival. Strong malty aroma, brown sugar, molasses. Thick chewy body, slight acidic edge, lightly roasty. Assertive, woody, bourbony; comes off as more bitter and less soft/refined than the brandy barrel version, despite having more age on it. Still really good though.
DYCSoccer17 (3155) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Bistro’s 2nd BA Festival. Even though this was listed as 2007, it was clearly the 2006 version. I had about 4 samples that were 3-4 ounces a piece. Somewhat fruity, light bourbon aromas are present to start. Unfortunately, there is a definite ethanol presence in the nose. A bit of vinousness is present, too. Moderately hazy ruddy amber body with an oily, light tan/orange head. Fair lacing. Attractive stuff. Starts a bit sweet before some bourbon flavors make a presence. Becomes vinous, roasty, malty, caramelly in the middle. Finishes with a lightly bitter hoppiness. Smooth, velvety, warming, extremely drinkable. Great stuff.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Two versions on tap at the Bistro festival. Confusion reiagned surpreme all day: which one was the 2006 and whihc one was the 2007?
The "2006" was rather rough around the edges, strong flavors of bourbon and alcohol heat, some wood and some molasses, needs to mautre, so I guess this was in reality the 2007.
The 2006 was smooth, more subtle bourbon notes, I get some caramel, oak and some darek fruit. Ratings apply to this one.
IrishBoy (3684) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Bistro’s BA Fest! Nose of bourbon, molasses, and dark fruit notes; Hazy dark brown with a big brwon head; flavor of bourbon, caramel, sweetness, and light hop bitterness.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 (2006 batch on tap @ the bistro)brown body with a huge brown head.small bourbon notes along with some citrus hops,cotton candy,and brown sugar.very well balanced and no alcohol is detected.(2008 bottle from the sinners release)uber-dark brown.in fact,you cant see through the beer even when its held up to light.nice big light brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass.the aroma is simply awesome.bourbon,vanilla,oak,cotton candy ,pine hops,and bubble gum.the thing that i like best about the aroma is nothing is overpowering.the flavor is pretty much the same.again,everything is very well balanced.i think the 2008 has more flavor,although its a tad bit overcarbonated.
Hair (3) - Oceanside, North County SD, California, USA - JUN 15, 2007 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 Sampled at Lost Abbey during the One Year Aniversary. Similar to the standard (Brandy Barrel) Angel’s Share, but not as sugary sweet, and with less vanilla. Instead there is a very fruity (red... maybe raspberry though not sweet or tart) yeasty character, as found in many English Barley Wines and some other ales.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at Port Brewing at room temp. Prune brown color with just a wisp of a halo of light tan foam. Aroma is dark fruit with a little alcohol. Flavors are burgandy, vanilla, bourbon and a little oak. Finish is rich and smooth with a little alcohol and light bitterness. Full bodied and velvety with gentle carbonation.
duffmanyeah (16) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this beer at the 1st anniversary. Much like the regular angel’s share this one though is aged in whiskey barrels. Overpowering almost by the taste of this beer. So smooth it does not taste anything of alcohol. You can taste the coffee, malt, and chocolate in the texture. I would have had more, but I had to try each of the new port brews that were being released that day. One word... YUMM!!