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RATINGS: 1095   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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Currently draft only. Recent bottlings have an orange front label.

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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2014
12/17/014. 12.7 oz bottle. Not sure of the year, but labels says 12.5% ABV. Murky dark brown with basically no head. Sweet oaky aromas with caramel and dried fruit. Similar, sticky sweet flavors, hints of vanilla with a boozy warm finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (4081) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a smallish light tan head on there. Nose has some caramel up front with a lot of dark fruits in there. Taste is slightly sweet and very warming, and seems to have just a bit of wood and Belgian yeast to it. I like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (1067) - California, USA - NOV 30, 2014
On tap at Beercraft. Pours a dark brown color without any head. Low carbonation. Very noticeable alcohol booziness that overpowers a little.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (2298) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 19, 2014
On tap at The Hopping Pig in San Diego. Pours a slightly hazy brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is oaky bourbon toffee malt. Really nice. Flavor is sweet bitter with lots of oak and caramel. Some vanilla. Really smooth and nice. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsnicholas (325) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle (12.7oz $18): Murky brown with little head. Sweet fig smell. Taste... Sweet. followed by some warming. Not worth the cost IMO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (819) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle. 2012 vintage. Dark brown pour with a bit of head that disappears, looks like a fine liquor after the fact. Aroma is loads bourbon, vanilla, raisins, caramel, and oak. Taste is toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, rum soaked raisins, followed by some light bitterness, oak, with a boozy spirit forward finish, mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is light but certainly not flat as some have suggested. Really nice barley wine, surprisingly boozy given I sat on this for two years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (3566) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Tap, brown pour, tan head, nose is caramel, taste is more mild than the grand cru, cherries, sweet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beermack (710) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 1, 2014
375ml bottle. Burgundy colour, thin off white head. Lovely vanilla, oak chip and deep caramel nose, some vinous fruit action in there. Big boozy dark fruit and vanilla taste, lovely whiskey notes coming through, lovely and oaky, some spice, little bit of heat. More vanilla and deep caramel, filling it out nicely. Lovely figs, caramel and oak to finish. Lacking carb perhaps. Body is pretty good though. Well rounded, right amount of booziness, really very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (1059) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle pour split, enjoyed side by side with the bourbon aged vintage version. Thanks T for making this happen! Pours a reddish black with a fading tan head. Strong rich chocolate and sweet dark fruit. Sweet like a cookie flavor. Smooth flavor with a dark, more tart finish. Medium carb. A little boozy but overall drinks smooth. What a good beer this is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4874) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2014
2009 vintage. Very well done barley wine. Pours dark maroon with good head and lacing. Light sourness, lots of mash malt here. Some citrus, some booze. Brandy is light and well-integrated. Light bitter-sour finish. Bottle pour at Churchkey’s 5th anniversary - thanks to Jackl for a taste of this.

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