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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (7880) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle shared at the mega tasting, 2014. It pours deep brown with a minimal head. The nose is wood, meaty, earth, vanilla, coconut, tangy dark fruits, dried berry and chocolate. The taste is tart white grape, wood, vanilla, some acidity, gooseberry, leather, berry, some alcohol warmth and toasted brown sugar with a smooth finish. Medium-full body, low carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. I assume the tangy/tart element has increased with age, but it doesn’t detract from the beer. Interesting, good depth and balance. Rather nice indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3365) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle to break up the sours. Big thanks to Paul. Pours very dark brown with a small lacey tan head. Nose is big sultana, stewed dates/raisins, vanilla essence and choc milk. Odd but works together nicely. Taste is huge vanilla bean and raisins, light spice, oats, stewed sultanas. A very sticky and slick mouth feel with pretty much no carbonation. ABV is hidden very well. Some light ash running behind the juicy raisin sweetness and a little bit woody to finish. Very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (12650) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle shared at a modest tasting in London. Many thanks to Paul for this geriatric beer. Pours clear, ruby-brown with a faint, bubbly tan head. Interesting aroma, lots of leather, feet, dried berries, tart fruits, plums. Well and tart flavor, moderately sweet with more leathery fruits, berries, earth, wet wood, some brown sugar, faint chalky cocoa, bread, cherries. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Tangy fruit finish, somewhat tannic, dry woodiness, some earthy bitterness, brown sugar, burnt toffee. Quite interesting. The character has likely changed dramatically over the last few years but it is still a complex and enticing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dctriman (59) - USA - SEP 20, 2013
Good,. Not as good as the regular Angel’s Share. Shared at a bottle share in DC.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen (9619) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle @ JetsonFest III, courtesy of foppa78. Maybe the world’s most generous man. Thanks Mat! Pours a clear dark brown appearance with a thin brown head. Huge caramel, grape/plum, rich toffee, somewhat spicy, beautiful aroma. Super clean, easy drinking, dessert, gooey chocolate, caramel, rich toffee, light grape, delicious sweet goodness. This one is a real fucken bro. Fucken a bro.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcnielsen (2362) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to foppa78 for sharing. Pours a black color with tan head. Vanilla, bourbon aromas. Big vanilla beer, with bourbon and oak flavors. Oh yeah.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (7830) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgianBeerGal (3280) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4703) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadIndian (2509) - 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!

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