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RATINGS: 210   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (1937) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Tasted on 12/2/11 from a corked and caged 375mL bottle purchased online from Beverages4Less. Pours an extremely thick dark brown, almost looks like molasses, with a thin tan head that slowly recedes to a thin collar of lace. The nose is super intense sweet raisin with tons of brown sugar, slightly oxidized port wine, actually quite vinous and fruity, balsamic, and some underlying tartness that becomes more apparent as the beer warms. The sourness is much more present on the flavor, showing with tart lemon and balsamic vinegar, but all of the raisin vinous fruit, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee flavors are in the background, along with the distinct note of black peppercorn. The body is very thick and somewhat syrupy with a good amount of tannin, light, but fizzy carbonation, and a very long finish that starts off with the sour notes and moves through the gamut of vinous and malty caramel flavors as well. I am not sure that this was intended, but this is an excellent beer, almost completely masking the high alcohol content.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4013) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2011
375 ml cork and cage bottle thanks to boamr, thanks Ryan. Poured an ugly super deep slght reddish brown with the tiniest touch of beige head with some super serious agitation. Aroma of brandy, old honey, wet wood, sour cherry juice. The body was rather lifeless with only a hint of carbonation, medium body and a slight oily feel overall. Flavor is loaded with alcohol, vanilla and cherry juice, brandy, cardboard and more alcohol. I should of dank this one months ago, my bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Thanks to Dmac. Pours out a moderate rather still brown color with not much of a head. Aroma is dried fruits, strong alcohol notes, light oak, and light tartness. Taste is of light tartness, some dried fruits, light caramel port wine, oak, and some earthy notes, wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Bottle. Aroma has notes of bourbon, oak, leather, smoke, tobacco, alcohol, chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts. Very dark ruddy brown hue with no head. Flavor is heavy sweet. Palate is very heavy and oily flat. Overall a great smelling Barley Wine but with a huge amount of issues. Once again Lost Abbey fails to carbonate their Angel’s Share that now I’m thinking it’s on purpose. The result is one ugly beer with a gross palate. The bourbon is well blended and the aroma is just wonderful. Over rated bourbon BW as usual.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2011
12.7 oz bottle. Poured murky medium-brown with a short-lived beige head. The aroma picked up warm molasses, aged caramel, biscuits, and vinous fruit, with sweet bourbon and brandy accents.. tangy oak and grape skins emerged with warmth.. alcohol was held in check by the lovely deep sugars. The flavor found tasty vanilla beans across the middle, joined by aged caramel and molasses.. tangy oak, fruit skins, and black peppery notes laced throughout.. very tasty bourbon, molasses, and vinous notes on the long, belly-warming finish.. loved it! Heavier-bodied with low (but some) carbonation on the palate.. spicy, well-balanced, and extremely tasty! This was awesome.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 31, 2011
A: The beer pours a hazy amber color with a rather large off-white head. S: Very sour. Lemon, raspberry, and cherry with plenty of vinegar. Light bourbon and brandy notes with some mild vanilla and red grapes. T: The flavor is just as off. Tons of lemon and vinegar notes. Lots of red fruits, especially raspberries, almost like a framboise in a sense. Light bourbon and brandy, a little bit of vanilla, too. M: Medium bodied with very high carbonation. O: Obviously this one has gone off the deep end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2011
Red, brown, copper colored brew. Amazing smell, chocolate, cherries, acidic. Flavor has some sweetnjavascript: RadioSel(overall,17);ess, tart, cherries, wood, vanilla. Very nice sip beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doodler (312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Bottle from a trade with Ken (thanks greatly) - shared with a UT buddy. Pours a fizzy brown with a nice fluffy head. Nose of brown sugar, bourbon and raisins. Taste is similar - packed with malty grains, loads of woody bourbon, chocolate nibs and dark fruit, Finish is slightly hot and lingers on the tongue for a good bit afterwards. Nicely carbonated. Good stuff....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drowland (6038) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3/9/11. 375mL bottle courtesy hellomynameis. Opaque reddish-brown pour with a small ring of brown head. Very complex aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, black licorice, bourbon, vanilla, fudge, buttery coconut, and more. Sweet malty flavor that hints at sour grapes along with a solid dose of oak, buttery coconut, vanilla, dark fruits, brown sugar, and more. This is intense and quite nice. It’s like a sour bourbon barleywine. Awesome! Love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (4873) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2011
375ml bottle pours a deep brown with a cloudy beige head. Nose has a ton of cherry, vanilla, brown sugar, a little oak. Flavor has soured, cherries, burnt sugar, malty, sweet, a little vanilla, some wood. Full bodied, sour, dry finish. Uh oh, its infected.

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