mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown, dense, awesome legs with an actual head (it has bubbles!) Aroma- Madeira, wood, brown sugar, raisins, cookies, alcohol, really complex. Taste- really similar to a Madeira, roasted malts, toffee, raisins, red grapes, oak, alcohol. Full bodied and smooth. Excellent barrel aged beer.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap (?) at Toronado barleywine fest 2010. The question mark there is due to the fact that I heard this beer didnít exist on tap, but it was definitely Angels Share Grand Cru on the list for this fest. Maybe they poured it out of bottles behind the scenes - who knows? Pours very dark brown and more opaque than pretty much anything else there. A nice one-finger tan head sits on top and lasts a long time. Amazing aroma: caramel, chocolate, brandy, bourbon, red grapes, and oak. Flavor is also really excellent, as all Angels Share incarnations are when theyíre carbonated. Brandy and bourbon along with cabernet grapes, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, and mild roast. So much going on there. Also a little alcohol. Fairly full body with a great carbonation level (medium-low) and a little booziness, but not enough to make it a chore to drink. Nice one, Tomme.
JohnnyJ (3894) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was lucky enough to get some of this at the release without needing to open up one of my few purchased bottles. Thank you for sharing. Dark brown pour, thin tan head. It has carbonation! Very rich sweet malt, dark dried fruits (plums, prune, raisin), chewy bread, bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses, note of grape sweetness. This is a very complex HUGE barleywine, focused on sweet malt and barrel aging.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark amber brown, dark fruits, caramel malts, alcohol, molasses, wood, vanilla, little chocolate, slightly vinious.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2nd rating, happy first 2 ratings come from a bottle I bought yesterday. I got to take a sip out of Christianís glass at the release but wanted to rate it from a bottle. Pours brownish black with a thin tan ring. Nose is sweet rich, and malty. Taste is sweet, malty, boozy, pretty good but way too much booze, feels like bourbon more than brandy. I like the concept behind this beer, but Iím really not sure if the blended beer does it as well as the original .
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1st rating on a bottle weeheavysd brought to hophead22ís tasting no less..Holy shit was my reaction when Tim popped the cork and it actually popped...Aroma was very sweet, bourbon, vanilla, caramel...Flavor was bourbon, dark chocolate and vanilla..Good carbonation.. My only knock against this beer is its $20 for a 375ml price tag..Thanks Jon.