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RATINGS: 1147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monk191 (1776) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2015
A great brandy aged strong ale. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Smells of lots of vanilla, caramel and booze. Taste is sharp, with lots of brandy all around, and a good amount a vanilla. A bit of caramel and red apples as well. Had on tap at the Winchester Goose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (2141) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Hooo, this is strong. Boozy. Like drinking wood. Whiskey. If you like barrel aged beers, this is for you. Hints of vanilla. Tasted at Elijah Ps Monsters of Beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haukur (1800) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - OCT 17, 2015
Backlog. Vanilla, tobacco, dried fruits in the aroma. Palate is slick, some yeasty notes, strong hint of bourbon, well balanced, fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (2803) - GREECE - OCT 1, 2015
375ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Dark copper brown color with small beige head. Malty aroma, dark dried fruits, plums, figs, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, wood, alcohol. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma with alcohol addition. Medium oily body with soft to flat carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1374) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2015 On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours muddy reddish brown with minimal head. Aroma is big rich earthy malts, heavy sweet barrel-aged notes dominate the finish. Taste is huge boozy malt, rich lightly roasty caramel flavor, full mouthfeel, big oaky finish with lots of alcohol heat. Still balanced, given all the malt here. Very approachable for a barleywine, not excessive in any dimension, just big. Outstanding beer. UPDATE: 2015 Brandy barrel version, on tap @ Chuck’s CD 3 months later. Taste is similar to the original, brandy seems to add another layer to the caramel candy sweetness of this beer, still retains balance of the original and lacks the heavy bourbon notes of the bourbon version - the brandy barrels seem to meld with the case beer a bit better. Not hot, even at 12.5%, likely due all the big flavor here. Great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbaaron (1974) - Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2015
Draft. Pours what is looking like a murky dark brown. Dissipating head. I’m gonna give the appearance the benefit of the doubt. Big. Complex. Full of character. Warmth with a mild booziness. Caramel, toffee, dark fruit, brown sugar..all that malty barley wine goodness. Strong and good. Initial sweetness gets balanced out. Great balance. Lighter full body. Superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmongoose (2223) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle shared from 2009 375ml. Omfg nuff said. Pours almost black with oily slickness no head at all. The aroma is amazing dark fruits, oak, caramel, toffee, alcohol, earth goodness very complex. The flavor is ten times more powerful amazing goodness out of s bottle everything that you can smell is in the flavor personified. Overall one of the highest ratings I have given.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cagou007 (1046) - FRANCE - AUG 24, 2015
Pours deep black with no head. Nose is dark fruits and carsmel. Aromas are roasted malts, coffee, caramel, dark fruits, with whisky notes. Creamy texture, low carbonation. Long alcoholic and sweet-roasty finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swingracex (10) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2015
A great barleywine...and barleywines seem to meld to me...2009 release...too 10 easy

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2015 Bottle at Antwaerps Bierhuyske. Very thin, off-white head only retaining around the edges, deep reddish bronze colour, very dark but still transparent. Very complex, beguiling barley wine bouquet, of the kind I could sniff for hours; tawny port, banana liqueur, black olives, tons of vanilla tannins, milk chocolate, raisins soaked in brown rhum, coconut, marzipan, liquorice touch, candied orange, walnuts, cinnamon, mocha ice cream, red wine, candied dates. Intense candied sweetness in the onset but perfectly in place, bit syrupy, amaretto, sugary but in a refined, exotic kind of way, basic sourish accent, very soft, velvety, creamy mouthfeel, caramelly and lightly nutty undertone becoming deliciously chocolatey in the end, viscous and vinous as any big barley wine should be, peppery alcohol accent in the finish but only adding warmth and depth, orange liqueur, Pineau de Charentes, wonderfully bittersweet with oaky drought, long and very complex. Very expensive, but fantastic, especially if you like deep barley wines the way I do. Epic!

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