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RATINGS: 237   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, theyíre alright. Sometimes they misplace barrels. Other times, theyíre 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 weíd 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 Angelís 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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2010
12.7 ounce bottle, corked & caged: midnight color with an ivory ring surrounding a still body...thick, gooey prune aroma with sweet almonds, currants, and toffee. Beautiful velvety palate...Sour, red grapes coated with dark chocolate makes up a complex and exciting flavour profile. Finish is darker and even more complex: Truffles, black cherries, heavily toasted grain, light, fruity alcohol, and licorice. I love the idea of having a beer fresh that has already aged for several years. Thanks, Tomme for doing the hard work and storing this beer for us! Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Bottle from Bleeng
Pours a deep amber sap with a chunky body. Nose is sweet- pancake syrup sweet- with raisin oak notes. Flavor is maple caramel, slight bourbon, and sweet raisin in the finish. Thick and slick on the tongue. Deceptively complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sebletitje (8789) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2010
courtesy of sean9689. Cheers for sending this nice extra. What to say, this is by far the most outstanding Angelís 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 angelís bounty. This was one beer that you never want to finish, itís so delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (12660) - 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 Angelís Shares. Loved it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MeadMe (1589) - Fishhawk, 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, thereís 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 Angelís Share Iíve 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 Angelís Share out of all the different versions Iíve had. This is is a winner. I think these bottles have several years of aging left on them. I canít 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.

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