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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (1361) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 28, 2015
On tap at Stein’s for the 2 year anniversary. Aromas of chocolate and dark fruit. Pours a murkey Mississippi Mud brown with taupe head that lingers only as a collar. Complex flavors of deep dark fruit and bourbon. Moderate high floral hop aspects. Mouthfeel is spritzy - tingling the tongue. Overt molasses more pronounced as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2912) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Draft at Huna 2015. Pours dark brown with nearly no head at all. Nose is all booze with cocoa and fudge. Taste is mostly the same. Difficult to discern any particular barrel, but is definitely barrel forward. Base beer is smooth, malt forward, and really hides the alcohol well. Overall very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (2368) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Taster pour at Sam Fest Barleywine Festival (2015). Hazy darkish brown in color with a slight tan head. Nose is malty with some slight booze. This is nice, but lighter and more nuanced than some of the other barleywines sampled at Sam Fest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (2111) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
HMOG 2015. Honestly had no idea that there was a grand cru version. Thanks to whomever held onto this. Barely carbed, but still nice flavors of bourbon, caramel, aged fruit, lingering boozy sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tcon25 (313) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Draft pour at toronado. Dark brown almost black pour. Strong barrel aged alcohol aroma, you can definitely taste it to, great mix of bold flavor, can taste the wood in the after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3728) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle courtesy of tkrjukoff. Pours slightly hazy dark mahogany with no head worth mentioning. Smell is malty and fruity with caramel, sweet dark bread, charred wood, grapes, kumquats and orange zest. Taste is sour and malty with caramel, dark bread, lemon juice, dark grapes, moist wood, red wine vinegar, leather, moist soil, kumquats and orange zest. Mouthfeel is dry, tart and medium to full bodied. Finish is sour with dark bread, caramel, lemon juice, grapes, red wine vinegar, leather, moist soil, kumquats and lemon zest. Quite alright as a strong American sour but clearly infected and not a barley wine or what the brewer intended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (14698) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle at Bryggerivisning o lite bärs, Sätila, 150109. Clear deep amber/mahogany beer with a small head. Malty caramel aroma, sourish, grapes, fruity, sourish, grapes, vinous notes. Sourish vinous flavor, grapes, citrus, sour. Guess it is infected or something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Rich caramel/toffee aroma with bourbon and light fruitiness. Caramel/toffee flavor with bourbon and brandy. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel/toffee lingers with bourbon, light brandy, and light cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mackRIS (37) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Pours a dark murky reddish brown. Aroma is brandy, booze, oak, cherry, molasses. Taste is sweet, brandy, booze, oak, malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1410) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Pours murky brown with a thin tan head which quickly fades to no lacing. Aroma is of brandy, rum raisins, dark fruits, cherry, molasses, boozy bourbon, sweet malts, and some oaky notes. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma with a lot of brandy, rum, and bourbon oaky notes. Has a full body with a creamy mouthfeel and a sweet, slightly warming, medium long finish. Overall, a world class barely wine that shows characteristics from all of the different barrels used for Angel’s share.

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