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RATINGS: 213   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, 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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (6877) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
375mL bottle, sent from cpetrone84 (thanks a lot, Chris), pours a deep dark mahogany with almost no head - looks almost like a port wine or some similar liqueur. Nose is ultra-complex and deep, with what seems like a blend of brandy and bourbon, rich notes of dates and figs, liqueur, and some chocolate coated cherries. Flavour is uber-decadent and complex, with that same mix of bourbon and brandy, vanilla, dark fruits (though less than I detected on the nose), and a bit of chocolate - there’s also quite a prominent alcohol burn on the finish, but it is very fitting here. The carbonation is very low, almost flat, as with the other versions -- but I feel this works here, as it does in the other ones. Exceptional. My absolute favourite of The Angel’s Share versions. Shame this one isn’t available anymore.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgianBeerGal (3224) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle the last night with Matt and his boys all together. Thank goodness they only sell this in small bottles because it is HUGE. The grapes really come through in the aroma and flavor. There is also a decent amount of barrel funk too. This is all balanced by a dark, roasted malt. It is a huge beer but is not over the top. Pretty cool and glad I got to try this via trade.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4629) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Pours very black and dark but not all that much head. An intense aroma, like a spirit almost, and an even more complex flavor. Thick stout malts mixed with some hops and tons of heft. Definitely makes me think more of an imperial stout than a barleywine. What a starter drink for the day! Had a bit warm. Only complaint is the super high price.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadIndian (2425) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Shared with S.J. Does this brewery know how to make a barley wine or what? Fantastic. Nice fruit/ dark, bread and wood and bourbon with hints of vanilla bean and the hand of GOD!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1465) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Shared at the Royale gathering last night, thanks Peter! Poured from small, thick-walled, corked bottle into snifter. It was an interesting opaque, dark reddish brown color with thin beige film of spritzy bubbles. Aromas of blended booze, toasted hard wood, nutty tannins, rich caramelized sugars, oxidized malts, vanilla. Fairly true-to-style barleywine flavors, but again, enhanced, nay TRANSFORMED by the lengthy aging inside bourbon and brandy barrels. Some may say the whole "BA" thing is a fad, but here’s a brewery which definitely knows how to do it right. An interesting, almost overwhelming taste experience. Unique and delicious. Sip slowly.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2012
375 ml bottle from moejuck- thanks a ton, Joe! Pours a dark, hazy cola brown with almost no head- settles flat. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel malts, raisins, figs, dates, toffee candy, cola, oak, and a brandy-like boozy note. Flavor of tons of grapes, plums, brown sugar, caramel, oak, and a rich wine character, kind of like a Port or Bordeaux. More tartness in the flavor than the nose, while the nose has a ton of sweetness; both do, really. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation. Maybe a little too tart- I liked that dimension but it dominates the palate after the initial awesome complexity. Really hard beer to describe. Fun to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RoyalFlushing (324) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle poured a dark brown with ruby hues, a tiny tan head, and notable lacing. Aroma includes bourbon, roastiness, vanilla, honey, cherries, plum, and slight booze. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of sour cherries. Thick syrupy body produces a velvety mouthfeel and smooth finish with alcohol warming.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jlo7399 (217) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2012
One of the best beers I have ever had. Pours brown and had a thin head. Aroma was brandy, bourbon, chocolate, cola, dark fruits. Flavor is deep. Dates, raisins, bourbon, brandy, cola, etc...as it warms it gets more intense. I got something new every sip. Warming on the back end. Thanks to Juice for this gem.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2637) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Thanks to ahalloin for sharing this gem. A: Dark brown with decent sized head and lacing. S: Roasted malt, bourbon, brandy, alcohol, raisins and/or dark fruits. There’s a whole lot going on here. Amazingly complex. If there wasn’t such a prominent alcohol aroma, it would have achieved the highest score. T: Bourbon and brandy are each distinguishable and separate - very well done. Again, this beer is insanely complex but it’s also pretty hot. Also, dark fruits and a big, malty sweetness. I really think this one could benefit from a few years in the cellar. M: Good carbonation level, warm alcohol finish. D: A tasty brew. Good for splitting a few ways.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (15834) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2012
26th June 2010
Opaque black beer. Bubbly biscuit coloured head. Oaky vanilla chocolate malt nose. Soft smooth palate., a little dry. Very moderate carbonation. Oaky dark chocolate, rich. Subtle vanilla and spicy Port Wine. Equally subtle blackcurrant, red berry fruits and brandy. Minerals and a little coffee. The only thing I can’t taste is the grapes! Warming finish. Very good stuff!


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