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RATINGS: 832   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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Same base beer as The Angelís Share, but aged in Heaven Hill Wheat Whiskey barrels instead of the Brandy barrels for the standard release. Bottled beginning in 2008 in 375mL bottles.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
explosivebeer (36) - Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Itís 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DenverLogan (770) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2008
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Iím 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
As much as I hate the fact that the price of this beer was raised 100%, I will say, itís a fine beverage. This is not as good as the original first run of Angels share, but itís a tad bit better than the last release of the Brandy version. The bourbon is ever-present, but there is a really nice clean finish with this beer. Still, this one stands to improve over time. Iím sure the next batch will go for $30 a piece and come in 5 ounce bottles, but hell, I stood in line for these bottles, Iíd probably begrudgingly do it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Got a pint today at the release and also popped a bottle when I got home. Drink it at room temp! Pours very dark chocolatey brown, virtually black. Somewhat fizzy, light brown head, with decent retention, some lace. Smells of vanilla mostly with some bourbon and then oak notes in the background. When I first tasted the beer it was slightly chilled and the flavors were masked by the kind of bitter bourbon and alcohol flavors. As the brew warmed though, the vanilla and oak flavors really came forward to blend nicely with the bourbon. Very well balanced by the end of the glass. I would like to say itís full bodied, but its not. Medium body, a little overcarbonated, in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Tap at EBF 08. Pours the same as Brandy AS- deep murky woody brown with ruby highlights and a thin beige head. Aroma is syrupy sticky sweet with tons of dried fruits, raisin, plum, some apple, figs, along with sharp dark crystal malts- caramel- toffee and some light tar and chocolate- while as it warms the modest bourbon comes in - perhaps a bit stronger in character than the Brandy version. Flavor is strong, full, and syrupy like the original, has all the full malty character- fruity esters, figs, dates and smooth woody oaky bourbon- light maple syrup hints with lots of fruity dark sharp malts and malt syrup. Velvety smooth on the palate with a nice lingering woody bourbon character and some warming action from the alcohol. I probably liked this about the same as the Brandy version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 The test of a ball-buster of a good beer that stands on itís own?.?.?.the aroma and flavor standing up to the whiskey barrel process - CHECK! This monster retains the cherry and date and plum elements - but carries them in sequence with the vanilla/coconut lead. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Bottle. Blackish beer with a huge tan head. Bourbon aroma with malt and a bit of chocolate. Bourbon flavor with malt, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Fuller bodied. LIngering bourbon. Needs a bit of time. I like the regular version better as the bourbon starts to compete a bnit here without fully complementing. Still a great beer though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vferg (17) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Had at EBF. Very good beer. Bourbon came through slightly adding a very nice flavor that wasnt overwhelming.

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