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) Angelís 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 angelís 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!!
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled on Cask at the Lost Abbey Anniversary gathering. This was the first thing I tried and nothing else could compare. Pulled from the cask a dark brown with some redish hues. Thick and cream head fill my plastic taster glass. Aroma of cherries, oak and bourbon. Flavor was very rich with rasins and dates. A very bourbony finish, with alcohol warming and sharpness, but without a harsh flavor. I tired it with a friend whom I recently shared some Westy with, and we both agreed this blew it out fo the water. Easily the best thingk Iíve ever had.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAY 16, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
5/5/07. On cask at Lost Abbey 1st Anniversary Party in San Marcos, CA 5/5/07. Cask! Muddy dark brown color with a creamy tan "malt ball" Whopper-like spongy head that is amazingly well retained. Despite this and the well-integrated carbonation that lasts way longer than it has any right to, I still cursed the use of the sparkler they served it through. A beer this intricately nuanced certainly deserves better. But otherwise this cask was in peak condition. Aroma is wildly different from the regular Angelís Share, with a succulently fruity cherry-bourbon medley and other assorted dark fruits, like candied figs and bourbon-drizzled dates (yes, THAT decadent). The sweetness is apparent but wonderfully checked by the bright cherry-like fruitiness, a raw wood hum and the gentle warmth of fine bourbon. The lone downfall is a shade too much bourbon, but this is markedly different from your sleazy TGIFridayís well shit. The bourbon has a softness to it that keeps it from taking over, and allows the base beer to show a whole different expression than the brandy barrels will allow. The flavor is incredibly wonderfully malted, mostly of molasses, dates, and hints of sweet tobacco. Rich vanilla and still some striking fruity wood notes. But once again the bourbon leaves a little too much heat behind, masking some of the subtlety even as it ramps up the complexity. Itís a trifle of a complaint, but it sadly keeps this from being completely out-of-this-world. Full body with a warm woody texture and lovely dry caramelized sugar in the finish. Long, great malt depth. A surprising improvement on an already outstanding beer. I canít wait until they release this in bottles. If the bourbon intensity can mellow out a bit with extended age (and Iím not really talking about alcohol heat-- moreso just intense bourbon FLAVOR), this beer could be simply incredible. As it is, itís damn close.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask during the Port 1st Anniv Party. Wow what a great beer. Definitely on par with the original Angelís Share. Lots of oak aromas and flavors to compliment all the dark fruit and molasses. Hints of bourbon too. Great stuff.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 9, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on cask at 1st anniversary party - the flavor was very similar to the original angels share...with flavors of dark fruits, vanilla and oak but this time with a splash of bourbon thrown in for good measure. it was easily the taster i got the most while i was there....i probably had 3 or 4 of these. fantastic. i do have to admit though... i gave them both the exact same rating but rated this 1 pt lower in overall simply because i think i prefered the original slightly more (but i wouldnt ever turn this one down if offered)
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 8, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Hmm and Wow! I was wanting so hard to find a perfect rating. Well, 4.8 is close. I tried the spectacular bourbon barrel aged Angelís Share beer today at Lost Abbeyís anniversary tasting. Wow! Probably the best beer Iíve ever had. Sweet creamy head. Deep rich color. Nice bourbon aftertaste. Nice malty smell at the bottom of the glass. People tell you to rate the smell first, before your smell sensors are saturated, but i think you should wait until the end, where the temperature has raised and the glass is filled with aroma. First taste, and i would say a touch more sweetness. Second tasting, and a touch less. Hmmm. just an incredible beer. I think they open a bottle once a week at the tasting room. They are releasing another in August. 10,5,9,5,19:4.8
Rerate: On tap at 2008 release: Perfect! 5.0
Rerate: Bottle with iowaherkeye at PP bottle shop. 4.8
Rerate: 5/8/08: Bottle at home. Strong carbonation. Tart acidic burn. Not good. Bad bottle or aging poorly? Iím afraid to ask. Drain poured half of it:3.9
auerbrau (3082) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 On cask at the brewery. Aroma perks forth with suave, sleek grandeur enticing in so many fruits, rich nuttiness and bold gout-inducing richness. Sprightly. Out of the hand engine, the beer comes as a ruddy hued mahogany, clouded with a fine, silky smooth cream head in tobacco tinted cloud. Flavor is redolent with extravagent creamed malts, mature sugar density and a whole pantheon of nuts, fruits, chocolate, nips of tobacco and fragrant plums. Texture completely sublime, the cask presentation hightening the sickening drinkability of a beer so hefty. The bourbon smoothes corners, draws deep breaths of moist woodiness and clean nut-dry parching quality. More rounded and deep than the Brandy-barrel version and it shows. I really didnít think this beer could get any better.