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RATINGS: 209   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, 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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Draught at EBF, 3/22/14
Favorite beer of the fest and definitely made me rethink my position on Angels Share. Previously, while I enjoyed the beer (weíre talkin batch 1, way back in 2006, I believe?), I was a little thrown off by the candied sweetness and slight alcohol heat. That was a young batch. I still gave it a 3.8. Now take that, and add to it all of the improvements that Tommeís made over the years, add some age (and resulting dryness), pick the very best barrels, blend. Hard to imagine it could be anything less than amazing. And in my book, it certainly delivered on that.
Sweetness is immediately tempered by vinousness; prunes, raisins, black currant-like notes. Chewy, but not syrupy or worty. While some other thought it was overly bourbony, I am usually pretty sensitive to that and didnt get it at all. Certainly a sipper, and yes, thereís going to be some alcohol, but I thought it was pretty well-concealed. Brandy-like sweetness, wood tannins, raisin-like sweetness, and bourbon complexities all melded perfectly. Nice carbonation level, as well. Too many of these things have ultra low levels and suffer because of it. This still has an engaging carbonation that helps mask some of its burly size.
Really one of the best barleywines out there (not that thatís saying much). Very unique and as always, I feel very lucky to have tried it.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lothore (548) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Got the last pour before the keg blew at Toronado BW festival. It was about half head but I got it for $1! A- Pours a deep, dark brownish color with a huge, tan head. S- Lots of brandy, raisin, oak. T- Sweet raisin, bready, spices, brandy, slight alcohol burn. M- Thick with medium carbonation. D- Awesome beer, iím glad I got the chance to taste it (barely!).

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cobaink2 (60) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Tasting from brouwers. No head at all. Smells of licorice, molasses and a big nose of bourbon. Great lingering tastes heavy on alcohol and licorice. Fantastico! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4066) - Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Rated on 7-24-2010 at Ratebeer Summer Gathering Grand Tasting in Grand Rapids, MI. This bottled beer has a tan head with a short retention, opaque brown body and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, fruity and alcohol. The taste is sweet, caramel malt and boozy. The palate has a warming sensation and this beer is full bodied. This is a very tasty beer which I am glad to have had the opportunity to rate. It is a sipping beer, would be a very nice winter beer, worth trying and a beer I would certainly drink again. I would not pass up trying this beer if it comes your way!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1798) - USA - FEB 16, 2014
Deep hazelnut brown in color... Aroma is strongly bourbon whiskey... Flavor is big caramel, dark fruits up front, gives way to tobacco, bourbon whiskey, but mellows on the finish... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4559) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle @ The HUGE Tasting. The pourís deep brown. Completely flat, as expected. Tart pennies. Acetic funk. Looks like this has picked up a bug. Notes of rich chocolate, wood. The taste is soured raisins. Brown bread. Brownie and vanilla toffee. Full body, rich, oily. Somehow this soured porter works.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (843) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle. Dark pour with a decent mocha head. Raisin, caramel, toffee, vanilla and oak. Complex and deep. Medium body. Acidic finish. Nice

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5382) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2014
38cl, as Angelís Share Grand Cru, recently retired exclusive American blended brew, with grapes, thx to John for bringing this over!, very complex brew, alcoholic/sweet and slightly fruity/vinous, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, very good brew

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Plovmand (6348) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown with a small beige head. The aroma is intense. Full of ripe fruit, dates, raisins, light acid, some brown sugar, wood and oak. The flavor is acidic and woozy with heavy notes of dates, prunes and dark ripe berries. Light cherry and leather. Wow this is great. Sweet and acidic bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8081) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle split at the BIG tasting, 03/01/14, big thanks to Paulo for this retired big fish ! Murky mahogony brown with a dirty beige head that splits to the edge. Nose is sweet, vanilla fudge, dark toffee, woody twang, dark fruits, light oxidisation. Taste comprises dark toffee fudge, dates, brown sugar, cake mix, light cocoa, subtle booze. Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, drying closure. Decent barley wine, not too sweet or hot, a little past itís best age wise I felt.


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