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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Dark black pour with tan small head. Aroma tons of bourbon sweet brown sugar black licorice and dark fruits. Taste is similar. Much better than other Angel share i’ve had before. Pretty tasty stuff when carbonated like this batch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2010
(375ml bottle via trade with BA Solomon420) espresso brown pour with light tan bubbles. Nose of bourbon, grapes, oak, sweet chocolate, and brown sugar. Complex and delicious nose! Taste of brown sugar, toasty malt, bourbon, graham cracker, caramel, sweet chocolate, and dry cocoa, Finish is dry and very flavorful. Some alcohol here as well, but nicely hidden for 12%. FINALLY an Angel’s Share that is carbonated like it should be. Finally I get it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2010
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, murky dark brown pour with no head, aromas of caramel, toasted marshmallow, buttery fruits, flavors of honeycomb, vanilla, cinnamon toast and chocolate chip cookies

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12757) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 19, 2010
(375ml bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of oak, caramel, port, coconut, bourbon, toffee, plum, and brandy. Flavor of cherry, caramel, coconut, dark fruit, vanilla, and roasted malt with a dry oak finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2010
375ml bottle. The pour yields an extremely dark and ruddy looking chestnut-mahogany colored body. A surprisingly staunch head of smooth, mocha tinted foam recedes slowly to a wispy film with a pronounced rim around the edge. Dense sheeting on the glass breaks apart into minimal, spotty globules that meander slowly back towards the body beneath. The nose comes across with a faint but sharp twinge of sherry vinegar, a disappointing revelation for sure. I can feel the rich brown sugar and caramel-toffee trying to reign free, but alas, there’s just that little, sharp, alcoholic edge that gets in the way. Still, notes of hazelnuts, walnuts, maple covered dates, and cocoa are awfully hard to resist. Flavors are right on par, again based in rich, caramelized sugars, blended dark fruits, and maple glazed nuts. A little sour mash bourbon twang comes across, while tannic, slightly vingeary grape notes seem a little misplaced. The palate is perhaps too carbonated, the opposite of what plagued a few recent batches of Angel’s Share. It is also a little too dry, with some of the tannins seemingly thinning it out a bit, and the yeast proving just a bit too hungry. Overall, it’s a damn fine beer, but it is not without flaw, and the bourbon and brandy versions both surpass it with ease.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2010
Muddy, murky, cloudy, hazy dark raisin pour with a razor thin latte head that left without a trace. Aroma brought tons of dark fruit to the party, with plum, cherry skin, dates, along with vanilla, oak and bourbon. Flavor is still a bit hot with cocoa, caramel, honey, and molasses adding to the above. Extremely sweet and syrupy but still tasty. Just didn’t bring anything tremendously unique to the table and not better than the others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
Bottle shared by ratman. Pours cloudy, hazy dark brown with little to no head. Aroma is heavy caramel malt, alcohol, light hops, dark fruit (dates, plums), vanilla, and oak. Flavor is caramel malt, vanilla, oak, alcohol, medium hops, and dark fruit (prune, date). Full bodied, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2010
Served from a 375 mL bottle from the brewery. This delight pours a deep dark raisin brown with a medium brown head. Aromas full of barrels, bourbon, port, brandy, wine you name it. Smells like you walked into a winery or distillery. The flavors continue with the deliciousness. Fine port, chocolate, oak barrels, bourbon, raisin, booze, dried dark fruit.. Mouth is well carbonated and a touch warm. A phenomenal beer that could maybe use a little more time in the bottle but already great!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2010
[Bottle] shared by timbeer. Pours a clear deep brown with a little, but ample, khaki head. Aroma is butterscotch, sulfur, alcohol, clove, chocolate, cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla. Flavor is pretty boozy, quite dry, with some caramel and dark fruits and is pretty vinous overall. Overall, very spicy from the alcohol, but pretty good. The initial aromas are not too thrilling, however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
(Big thanks to Hellmynameis for this special beer.)Dark brown with light brown highlights.Head is small and bubbly but its there.Aroma is Brandy,Bourbon,oak,vanilla,dark fruit,chocolate,caramel,and slight oxidation.The flavor is much of the same with some molasses added.A bit syrupy sweet but not in an obnoxious way.Lost Abbey did an awesome job on this blend.

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