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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2010
375 ml bottle from my Sinners Club membership. Poured into a snifter. Pours an opaque murky brownish black, a decent brownish head that that dies to a small film, clinging to the edges, small lacing. Aromas are a wonderful plethora of barrel elements, wet oak in copious amounts, vanilla, the spirits come through with the slight edge to bourbon over brandy, warming, a touch boozy, tannins, with caramel and toffee malt base beneath, a touch of dried dark fruits giving this the English style barleywine flare. A touch of grape does come through, but small and just adds to the dark fruit feel, a touch of marmalade, light bitterness. Big barrel display blend, smooth. Initial is a fuller bodied beer, palate sticker with caramel and toffee malts, brown sugar, light cocoa, dried fruit, coffee beans, and big barrel cutting through the fog, bourbon and brandy from the wet oak, vanilla tannins, a touch of mellow tannin red wine feel on the far backend, but this is very subtle, and the spirit and sturdy malt base are dominant. As it warms, the nose and body give off a touch more red wine, it really is pleasant, a warming brew, boozy but not overly so. Finish is warm, good vanilla, barrel, and cab grape tannins. Sticky sweet, this is a lovely beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4282) - Utah, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle from Footbalm and shared with Eric and Doug, Thanks!
Appearance: Black with a small tan head and very little lacing
Aroma: Brown sugar, bourbon, brandy
Taste: Bourbon, brown sugar, dark fruits
A very complex and good beer. A lot of things going on at once, well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle shared by Eric. Thanks Eric! Pours dark brown almost black with head. Aroma is booze, wood, vanilla, dark fruit, plum, raisin, coconut. Mouthfeel was stinging due to the carbonation. I find this interesting because the other Angel Share beers they make have low carbonation. Yet this blend has a lot. So I don’t get that. Flavors follow the nose and have a dark brown sugar component as well. Finishes with a twang. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I don’t know what the twang finish is. It lasted during the whole glass. Maybe its because the blend wasn’t done right maybe I don’t know. Overall still a solid brew. Thanks Eric!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (5812) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle thanks to Eric- you the man! Pours a dark almost black color with a medium off-white head: looks like a Imperial Stout. The nose is complex and great; bourbon, sweeter barrel notes, light hops and candies. The flavor is elusive, complex and full; rich bourbon, tart wood, amazingly powerful though somehow subdued brandy flavors, a tingling alive mouthfeel. Very nice. So complex I need to try this a lot more for a full profile. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Much thanks to bleeng for this beer. Pours a deep, dark, cola color with a mocha head. Rich caramel, toffee, dark chocolate , vanilla and oak. Flavor is rich, medium bodied tastes of spicy meat, figs, liquid milk choclate. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Poured from a bottle at home after picking these up last weekend at the brewery.Opened the cork which revealed a nice loud "pop". Pour is muddy brown with a 3/4 inch tan head. Perfect carbonation in my book. Full thick body with a super smooth mouthfeel. Typical AS flavors of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, and booze. Long complex finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
12.7 ounce bottle. Pours a solid darker brown with a small tan head. Aroma is just sinful. Just so much caramel, toffee, maple, brown sugar, jamoncillo. Great aroma. Nice: The flavor repeats this theme with the welcome addition of ripe dates and prunes, other sweet dark fruits, a pinch of chocolate, whiskey finish. Warm but not hot. Fuller mouthfeel, medium carbonation. I’d like to see this in a year, though awesome it stands now. Overall, excellent to world class.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2010
2oz tasting at NOTB
Appearance : Dark brown, nice creamy head. Nice lacing
Aroma : Brandy, bourbon, sweet, hops and liquorice.
Taste : Bourbon, vanilla, sweet dark fruits. Finish dark chocolate, some bitterness.
Overall : This was so good. Much better than the Bourbon Angel Share I had the same night at the Sunset Grill.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
egajdzis (5266) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Dark mahogany brown with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, oak, chocolate, dark fruits, roast, smoke, and grapes. Taste of sweeter cherry, grapes, tobacco, resin, dark chocolate, port, light oxidation, and faint alcohol in the finish. This was paired with a stilton that was out of this world.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
patrickfannon (1236) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2010 Bottle at Monk’s for the Lost Abbey dinner with Tomme Arthur. Pours black hole deep opaque with absolutely no head and a dead flat appearance. Aroma is outrageous: vanilla brandy, scotch, oak, chocolate, espresso beans, toasted malts, barley, caramel, toffee, fudge, creme brulee, and maple syrup. Body is full, but not overpowering. Palate is silky velvet smooth with a gentle spice on the front of the tongue. Finish is amazingly calm, mellow, and complex.. Hands down one of the best brews I have ever tasted in my life. Near perfect in my regard. Cheers. Initial Rating: 4.9 as of 2/23/2010 (Lost Abbey Dinner at Monk’s).

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