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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Nearly four years ago, we hired some Angels to work their magic on all manners of oak barrels and beers in our barrel program. As Angels go, they’re alright. Sometimes they misplace barrels. Other times, they’re selfish and hide the best barrels. And at least one of these Angels is mischievous from time to time adding grapes to the barrels to see what might happen. Recently, we found some of these "Angels Barrels" which we’d lost over time. After tasting them, we decided to marry some of the barrels together creating a time in a bottle snapshot of some of our favorite Angel’s Share barrels. This Grand Cru bottling has been thoughtfully blended to bridge the first batches with our most recent releases. We hope that you, like us and our Angels, find it worthy of the designation Angels Share Grand Cru.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sebletitje (8029) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2010
courtesy of sean9689. Cheers for sending this nice extra. What to say, this is by far the most outstanding Angel’s Share beer I have had. Pours a deep dark brown, thin tan/mocha head. Aroma, big quiff of barrel and bourbon goodness engulfs the nose, lots of malts, strong dark fruits and caramel. Flavors, boozy, caramel, barrel,chocolate malts, warming abv with a strong bourbon sweet palate, butterscotch thickness. This complex, highly drinkable from the way the bourbon comes out to the perfect combination of malts, caramel and chocolate and the mild dark fruits. Not sure how to describe it, but this is as close to heaven as I will ever get, and a definite angel’s bounty. This was one beer that you never want to finish, it’s so delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (11546) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of grapes, coffee, brandy, boubon, oak, cocoa, toffee, vanilla, plum and pepper. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of grapes, brandy, bourbon, oak, toffee, carmel, pepper, plum and light vanilla with a smooth warming lingering fruity finish. And it was carbonated properly!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle, courtesy sebletitje. Pours ruddy copper with a small fizzy head and lively wet lacing on the glass. Nose is big on the bourbon and wood, with complex dark fruits and sweet caramel malts. Flavor is just awesome. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, wood, sweet chocolate, a dry nuttiness present throughout. Full-bodied, extremely drinkable at 12%. Probably the best tasting of all the Angel’s Shares. Loved it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MeadMe (1487) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2010
A: Pours dark brown boardering on black. Small tight tan head. No retention or lace. S: Tons of sweet malt. Caramel brown sugar and every dark fruit known to man. I have smelled raisins that smell less like dark fruit than this beer. Notes of rich vanilla beans, light oak, and a touch of booze. T: Raisins and fig really stand out. Tons of caramel and rich gooey toffee. Vanilla and chocolate are noted. Hints of oak and a touch of light booze. Reallly great beer. Malt bomb but boy does it have depth. M: Rather full in body, light carbonation but it is there. D: Sippability is very high!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 375ml bottle in flute. A - Pours dark mocha brown with a lighter tan head (yes, there’s a good amount of it too). Some lacing along the sides of the glass along with a thin layer of head on top acting as the cap. S - Vanilla, cherries, chocolate, bourbon, burnt sugars. A lot of stuff going on here. Very complex. Unlike any other Angel’s Share I’ve had before. T - Much like the nose, very complex. Bourbon, chocolate, cherries, grapes, vanilla, molasses. The bourbon is there, no doubt about it, but hidden very well. It complements more then interferes. Very well done. Sweet bourbon/chocolate finish. M - Medium to heavy, rich, smooth, lighter carbonation. D - My favorite Angel’s Share out of all the different versions I’ve had. This is is a winner. I think these bottles have several years of aging left on them. I can’t wait to crack open another in 6 months or so. I can see my rating going even higher as this has a chance to blend and age further.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2010
bottle thanks to bleeng. Pours black with tan bubbles for head. Nose is of toffee and vanilla. Taste is of brown sugar, caramel, oak and vanilla. Very complex. Mouthfeel is thick, sweet and had some alcohol noticeable. Very good brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - MAR 20, 2010
shared by kmweaver, thanks man! this was the first time i have tried any version of angels share. nice dark brown pour, thick and syrupy. lots of thick, chewy nice flavors of barrels, vanilla, almond, caramel, etc. flavor is great, reminds me a bit of utopias. nice thick palate that lasts a while, warming in the most desirable way, not unpleasant at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 13, 2010
12.7oz bottle, from the Patron Sinners Club. Pours a deep, slightly oily golden-brown color; honeyed-yellow edges; thin, mixed-bubbled, light-tan head with minimal lacing and non-existent lacing. Some warming alcohol in the aroma; lots of viscous brown sugar, honeyed sweetness, toasted oak, along with dark fruits and caramel; lightly oxidized, and lots of vinous and alcohol character; alcohol is restrained enough, no harsh edges. Full body: light carbonation, oily texture, and moderate acidity; the light carbonation works fine for this; huge amounts of oily brown sugar, dense dark fruits, complex caramel and a pleasantly integrated oxidized presence; generally seamless, soft-edged alcohol character, hugely complex brown sugar and honeyed malts, and this isn’t nearly as much oxidation as the previous bottle we tried at Woodshop; solid, complex, and loads of brown sugar and honeyed caramel; tasty and warming. Long, long finish of brown sugar, caramel, and dried dark fruits; again, there’s a slight oxidation here and pleasant, vinous alcohol notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Bottle. Opens with a pop. Seems to have carbonation. Pours with a large (about an inch) tan head (more than most any non tap Angel Share, and I have had most vintages fresh) that flattens over a murky deep brown body. Damn. Some strong alcohol legs. Not really lacing, but legs like a sake, mead, ice cider or even hard liquor. Boozy aroma with a lot of barrel character. Some toffee and sweet bread. Lots of vanilla and boundless complexity. Sweet. Oh wow, big boozy and awesome character. A great Angel’s Share. Huge palate crushing flavors that wow you like all the other vintages. This stuff makes you think. Very hot, but dry and tannic. Not even a hint of anything that would make you think cloying (which is impressive). Seems to have a decently low gravity for a beer like this. Warming from the first sip (although it takes about a minute to get their). Duration is still going from the first sip (I am drinking this as I type and it has been about two minutes). Lots of wood, lots of booze and vanilla. Now a second sip: this is really a barrel melange: delicious. I am getting a little hint of grape, but I that might just be the brandy barrels. Lots of toffee. Rich and elegant. Creamy, almost too lively carbonation (WELCOME BACK BUBBLES!). Neither the alcohol, nor sweetness make this hard to drink. What makes it hard to drink is the sheer assault of decadent flavors and strong (in the nicest of ways for me) barrel flavors that seriously crush your palate. A better beer sipper would be hard to find. There is some alcohol, but it is not fusel. Just a hint of nostril burn coming up from your throat when you sip it. This is a great version of Angel Share, and as always a really special experience for your palate every time you have it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010 Bottle. Excellent. I tried this one again and it’s better than the original version. Could drink this for the rest of my life and be happy. Smooth, full mouthfeel. Excellent. Top 10?

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