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RATINGS: 1048   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 ďThe Angelís Share.Ē We couldnít agree more. Our Angelís 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 17/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Rated on 3-17-2010 (Corked and caged bottle) This beer pours a large very fizzy tan head that mostly diminishes, opaque dark brown body, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, chocolate, oak, sweet, dark fruits, vanilla, and alcohol. The taste is sweet, caramel malt, chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol, and has a semi-dry finish. The palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, WOW what a great tasting beer to drink and rate! This is a sipping beer at 12% ABV and not a beer to be taken lightly. It has a sensational flavor, worth trying and a beer I would drink again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nik925 (745) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
2008 -12.5% bottle. Tucked this away for a while, popped for the Sup... Big Game. Very flat, but sure, it is old and corked/caged. Sediment layer is crazy thick and fully bricked. That 12.5% is a kick in the pants and rides over the taste and aftertaste. Beautiful malt, great barrel aging, but still bit of harshness to the sip after ~5+ years. Hard to rate as, with the high ABV and lack of carb, tastes like a sweet, low alcohol bourbon - or an odd port. While the aging I gave it was overkill, it made it more interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yiannnos (742) - , CYPRUS - JAN 29, 2014
Dark brown colour. Caramel, dark fruit, raisin, vanilla aroma and full bodied taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RihardsF (81) - LATVIA - JAN 21, 2014
Pours dark brown with beige head. Big aroma kicks in the nose with malts and dried fruits, some caramel. Taste is also BIG, it is a bit sweet, but with a huge body. Fruity, bitter, sour, then alcohol kicks in but I like that it is not too overwhelming. One bottle on 2-3 persons is ok, for one it would be a struggle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pjaco (27) - - JAN 16, 2014
A Lost Abbey Christmas ... this was a gift to be able to find. At the high price point - a bit under value, but excellent none the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1044) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2010 375ml bottle pours a hazy brown with zero head. Big bourbon aroma. Bourbon vanilla caramel taste. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (831) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2014
375 ml bottle, 2008 vintage, gifted to me by OldMrCrow -- thanks! After struggling with the cork, it eventually released with a nice, resounding "pop," and the contents poured complete with bubbles into a tulip. I won the carbonation lottery on this one! Clear, dark brown pour with half a finger of offwhite head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is pretty big on soy sauce, raisin, oxidation, but still maintains some of its former identity with notes of caramel, plum, and toffee. Taste: soy sauce and raisin, cola, moderately sweet. Full body, lovely texture, nice, soft carbonation. Overall: Iíve had this beer fresh once or twice before, but neglected to rate it because I was sure Iíd drink it again and again (and also because I was probably too drunk to put down any coherent notes). Deliverance is one of my all time favorites, and one of these nights I should have a small tasting with Serpentís Stout, Angelís Share, and Deliverance. At any rate, Iím going to be a bit generous with the rating here, based on past experiences and what I recall. Next time I have this Iíll be sure to append the rating and do a proper averaging. It was great to try this one with some serious age on it, but based on this Iíd say 6 years is a bit long for this one. Based on this bottle alone: 7/4/7/4/15 = 3.7. Based on memory alone: 9/4/9/4/17 = 4.3. Iíll split the difference.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jimmythespoon (452) - CYPRUS - JAN 2, 2014
Shared a bottle on Christmas eve. Not a big fan of barley wines but this beer truly blew me away. Full body, strong aroma hits you straight in the face, yet so smooth and velvety. One of the best beers I tried this year!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
greenclansman (742) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - JAN 1, 2014
Wow...AMAzing beer. Super full taste and aromas of wall nut, raisins and malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmzl (82) - SLOVENIA - DEC 29, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2014
2013 bottle, 12,5 % ABV

Look: Pours with large 2 thumb thick brown, creamy, slightly reddish foam. Medium retention, some of the foam forms a compact thin layer on the top for the whole ride. Carbonation visible. Color is dark brown/black, murky, canít see through, some yeast visible. Pours with thick/syrupy body, fair amount of lacing.

Smell: Dark, burned caramel, dark/milk chocolate, bourbon, oak, then some sweetness, dark fruit, raisins, vanilla. Holy shit intense - filled the room the second it was opened. Rich, oily, hint of coconut, fat overall.

Taste: Bourbon, oak, vanilla. Rich complex sweet taste of different types of chocolate, burned caramel. Fat play between bourbon and rich malt character - lovely. Aftertaste consists of malty bitterness and bourbon, maybe slightly sour. Canít detect any hop flavour/aroma. Thereís some alcohol in finish.

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy. Med-low carbonation - expected for such a fat boy. There is some warming from the alcohol.

Overall: Smooth and sweet ride for a 12,5 % ABV bourbon and malt bomb. Aging did some splendid work on it. Was a feast, but holy shit - half gone and I was drunk. Not your typical Sunday stroll.

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