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RATINGS: 1067   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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Down in Kentucky and across the pond in Scotland, distillers who age their whiskeys for many years refer to the evaporation of the spirits from their barrels as “The Angel’s Share.” We couldn’t agree more. Our Angel’s Share is a barrel aged burgundy colored ale infused with copious amounts of dark caramel malt to emphasize the vanilla and oak flavors found in freshly emptied brandy barrels. Each batch spends no less than 6 months aging in the oak. The beer is available in 750 ml bottles and on draft at inspired locations.

2010 ABV: 11.5% 375ml Bottling stamp on neck says 2010 but was released in Jan 2011. It is called the 2011 Angels Share Brandy.
2009 ABV: 11.5%, 375 mL
2008 ABV: 12.5%, gold lettering, 750ml and 375ml, with 2008 on label
2007 ABV: 11.5%, gold lettering, 750ml only
2006 ABV: 10.5%, black lettering, 750ml only

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AWISLguy (1420) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2014
375ml corked bottle from ??? (not sure - somewhere in CHI), labelled as "bourbon 2013", and cellar aged 10 months. Served at cellar temperature into my New Holland tulip. Pours a darker-than-cola color with an off-whte head leaving nice streaks of lace. Aroma has pure bourbony vanilla. On further inspection, chocolate and nuts and caramel show up. Lovely bourbon-heavy, though. Taste is of sweet vanilla, caramel, chocolate, some dark fruit, nuts ... and more sweet vanilla bourbon. Some alcohol presence, but super smooooooth. Medium bodied. Finishes mostly sweet - even a bit cloying. Different than most barleys; love the bourbon presence with the chocolate/caramel. Excellent brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6296) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2014
(Bottle, 2010 vintage) Dark brown colour, with a hint of ruby when seen through light. Almost flat, with just a few quickly disappearing bubbles. Malty, fruity, vinous nose with notes of caramel, oak wood, dried fruit, raisins, vanilla, port wine and a touch of brandy. Malty, fruity taste with caramel, dried fruit, raisins in brandy, vanilla, oak wood, port wine and a vinous finish with fiery alcohol and a touch of tannin acidity. Full body, despite the lack of carbonation, it’s actually quite massive. Fairly sweet, with fiery alcohol in the finish. Low bitterness. Different, but quite lovely. (Rating # 6000)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
aenima (274) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2014
2009 release. The aroma is very fruity with plum, raisin and caramel. The taste is similar and the fruityness is really to much for me. Unbalanced. Low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Staffan47 (880) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
Flaska från 2009. 75cl. (Parallellt mot bourbon 2010, ej blint). Privatimport från Brill & Co. Tunn bourbondoft. Vattnig. Helt flat (?). Hur fasen kan den vara så vattning? Hade inte Lost Abbey problem med infektion alldeles nyss?...på det stora hela är den god.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4728) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2014
Bottle: 2008 vintage: Served in a Duvel glass: Flat deep dark brown to black beer. Aromas of soya, toast, oak, light bourbon, brown sugars, light vinous and a sprinkle of alcohol tints. Flavours of alcohol, oak, spices, some fruit like prunes and grapes, light tart (infection?), dried leaves, light sticky, malts, light toffee, light yeast, some brown sugars, bitters and light vinous. Aftertaste is a mix of spices, malts, prunes, oak, toffee, vinous tones and some toast. No carbo, watery mouthfeel, full bodied and a light oily texture. Strange, spicy, light tart, flat... But not bad!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2302) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2014
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 Bottle / 2011: Thanks, Mike. Opaque, deep brown. No head, no carbonation at all. Nothing. Still, oily, no movement. Aroma is awesome; almost like a Utopias junior. Notes of brandy soaked raisin bran bread, sweet cherries, sticky toffee, caramel candy & brown sugar, with a light dusting of cocoa dust. Taste is not on the same level. There’s an apparent tartness, doesn’t taste like actual infection (vinegar or overly sour) but more just like an evolution of the brandy character. Tart red grapes & tangy raisins, sweet cherries coated in brown sugar & brandy, mild wet wood, & a butter toffee finish. Starts a little tart, finishes mostly sweet. The brandy is apparent, flavorful, but smooth & never hot. Mouth feel is lacking, due to lack of carbonation. This has potential to be amazing, based on the aroma. The flavor of this bottle was lacking, though, as was the carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6946) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2014
12.7oz bottle, 2008 vintage. Thanks to DanielCoor for sharing. Opaque brown color. No head or lace. Yeast sediment visible in the body. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of creamy texture. Little to no carbonation. Pretty much completely flat. Light heat in the finish. Light sweet taste, more drying in the end. Moderate bitter. Flavor is pretty nice... Some chocolate, light spice, big barrel aroma. Getting the brandy flavors... Hints of apple, light cinnamon spice. Dark fruit. Solid, interesting stuff. Very nice big complex barelly flavor to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2014
2008 vintage. Deep black color with no head. Aroma is heavy on the bourbon and caramel. Flavor is more nuanced, with notes of chocolate, plum, bourbon, and subtle hoppiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAR 19, 2014
Pours deep dark murky black with the shortest lived fizzy beige head I’ve ever witnessed. The aroma is BIG chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, and alcohol. The flavour is sweet, chocolate, toffee, caramel, anise, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, light sourness. Oak in the finish, semi dry mouth feel, a little chewy. Expensive, but I’d likely buy this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerhunter111 (8335) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein rötlichoranges Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch intensiv süß malzig, Karamell, holzig, alkoholisch. Geschmack angenehm malzig fruchtig, wärmend, Karamell, alkoholisch.

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