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RATINGS: 1086   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 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 18/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 Pours watery-caramel colored with very slight tan head. Aroma is hugely brandy and dark fruit, caramel, oak. Taste is slightly harsh and overwhelmingly brandy. Actually, overwhelms the barley wine aspects of the beer initially, but does develop some deeper complexity after a few sips. Very nice. ---- Re-rate bottle: 11/20/2007 Much better impressions of this beer after having it in the bottle versus the GABF version. The brandy is much more smooth and blends very well with the English Barley Wine aspects of this beer. I still think that it is predominantly a boozy beer, but it works so well on this one. As if the beer was made as a base to showcase the brandy aging. Very smooth, caramel, sweet brandy. Finishes slightly boozy, but not overwhelmingly so. Just very, very well balanced in its flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomthompson89 (1922) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2007
nose is scotch bourbon malt and alcohol also so oak , brown black color good tan head flavor combined all of the above in a very easily drinking beer for the percentage, good bitter finish but really nice, would have enjoyed a little more hops at beer bistro.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Poured black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, and caramel. I could smell this all day! Big vanilla taste with a smooth bourbon kick. Caramel, oak, and some fruit present. Very smooth. One of the best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 REVISITED: Just sampled a bottle of the new batch. What a disappointment. None of the great things I said below apply to this anemic version. Maybe it needs aging but this was a major letdown. This wouldnít get a 2.7, let alone a 4.7.

Thanks, illinismitty. What can I say other than this is one absofrigginlutely good drink. Pours an opaque black with a small beige head. Luscious aroma of caramel malts, bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, balsamic reduction, and ripe berries. Full-bodied with a sticky, syrupy feel. The flavor was just magnificent. All the aromatic essences working together for a sweet yet robust and satisfying taste producing an esophageal warmth as it is swallowed. As balanced as it is complex. This is something Iíd love to keep drinking now and also stash a case or two away to see what happens. Excellent. One of my favorite barleywines was the no longer existing Dogwood Excellent Adventure. This surpasses that and is "available."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gorbalev (2974) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2007
Bottle, a very damn expensive one, shared at Beer Bistro with my good friend Big Red, who bought it as a bday gift - many many thanks man!! Very dark brown/black, creamy off white brownish head - looks great (this is a barleywine?). Aroma was stunning - complex roast, hops, alcohol, oak, vanilla, charcoal, spice - I could go on, but this thing was a great treat for the old sniffer. Taste - man, thatís good stuff - lots of vanilla and oak mixed with alcohol and sweet malt. Dessert sweet. Some peat seeps in there as well, but just a bit. I still have a hard time imagining this as a Barleywine (blind, I would have said an imperial stout - I think). In any case, is it incredibly complex and contemplative - if I was ever going to drink a $56 beer, Iím glad it was this - stunning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011
Name: Angelís Share 2006 Brandy
Date: December 02, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brewery, tasting
Appearance: black with ruby edges, fine tan head
Flavor: rich malt flavor with tons of bourbon character

Name: Angelís Share 2006 Brandy
Date: December 17, 2006
Mode: bottle
Source: roadtrip
Appearance: black, wispy tan head, touch of lace, sweet fruity port, bourbon
Aroma: and vanilla aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of licorish, sweet chewey chocolate, nice sweet vanilla, boils down to all chocolate and bourbon, like a liquor filled chocolate candy

Name: Angelís Share 2006 Brandy
Date: March 24, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
still lots of rich dark chocolate, way too soon to see any change, check back in a few years

Name: Angelís Share 2007 Brandy
Date: October 11, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brewfest, GABF
same rich chocolate and bourbon,

Name: Angelís Share 2007 Brandy
Date: December 16, 2007
Source: tasting
sweet caramel is being taken over by the oak,

Name: Angelís Share 2007 Brandy
Date: December 24, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Appearance: black, fine beige head
Aroma: rich and fruity aroma with nice dark caramel sweetness and a touch of grape tartness, brandy soaked raisons
Body: body is a bit thin
Flavor: rich dark caramel and chocolate flavor, lots of brandy character, a bit hot, brandy and candy caramel sweetness, touch of bitter dark chocolate, oaky bitterness starts soft and grows towards a bitter finish
Overall: needs at least a year or two of age for the various flavors to meld

Name: Angelís Share 2007 Brandy
Date: January 10, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
infected and cheesy

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Angelís Share 2008 Brandy
Date: September 03, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Cellar Stock
Appearance: slight pop upon opening, black, nearly still with just a bubble or two, thick and viscous with legs
Aroma: sweet brandy aroma with sweet caramel and chocolate
Body: still body
Flavor: sweet chocolate and caramel flavor, hot brandy character, dark chocolate bitterness
Overall: the lack of carbonation brings out the hot alcohol

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+ /4

Name: Angelís Share 2009 Brandy
Date: February 06, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brewery
Appearance: opens with a slight pop, opaque dark brown, short lived frothy tan head, thick and viscous
Aroma: sweet caramel candy aroma, brandy sweetness, chocolate and toffee
Flavor: rich caramel candy flavor, brandy and vanilla sweetness, sweet chocolate, touch of hot caramel

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

Name: Angelís Share 2010 Brandy
Date: January 18, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: opaque dark brown, wispy tan head
Aroma: sweet vanilla and caramel aroma, brandy sweetness, chocolate and toffee
Body: big body
Flavor: rich caramel candy flavor, brandy and vanilla sweetness, sweet chocolate

Name: Angelís Share 2010 Brandy
Date: May 07, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: bullockís
bottle version is starting to pick up a touch of tartness

Name: Angelís Share 2010 Brandy
Date: July 31, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: hop city
tartness is growing and becoming remanicent of the infected 2007

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

Name: Angelís Share 2006 Brandy
Date: November 01, 2007
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2006
the 2006 does beat the 2007 for now

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2007
Aroma is full on bourbon, peat, scotch and of course,some alcohol notes, deep auburn, tiny tan head, oily at the sides of the glass. Flavour is a majestic malt, (caramelized) which reminds me of the top layer of creme brulee, alcohol is also noted, but appreciated. Full bodied, very bold, bitter, a beautiful night cap beer. Sensational! Thanks for sharing Dave Steen!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 27, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Sampled side by side with the Bourbon barrel version, a cinnamon roll, and rich vanilla ice cream. Yep, you heard that right. Barrel tasting at the brewery - - - unfortunately by this point, not much was working for me up stairs. My best recollection = it was still fanastic but overshadowed ever so slightly by the bourbon version. Still had the vanilla, oaky, rich, palate coating, dark fruit thing goin on. Quite the comtemplative beer I must say. Artwork.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rederic (3156) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2007
Deep dark burgundy color, with a tan-colored head, leaving laces, yeasty, with a sweet dark chocolatey and black coffee accent, with some toasted, dark malt notes, with some liquorice and anise spiciness, some dark dried fruits coated in molasses, within a vanilla oaky and brandy, bourbon liquor aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a smooth syrupy, rich fruity winey and roasted malt character, with a black chocolatey and black coffee notes, with a warmth liquorish brandy, port-like alcoholic mouthfeel, with some candied dark fruity notes of dates, prunes, raisins, a nice vanilla oakiness accent, with some molasses, brown sugar, candi sugar, leading towards a warmth alcoholic sweet malty, liquorice, roasty dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2010 Rating #200, and rating #30 of the Top 50 rated beers (as of right now anyway)! 750ml, 2006 bottle, with a giant THANK YOU to drewbeerme for this gem! Pours a dark brown/black with a moderate foamy tan head that dissipates down to a thin but persistent covering, slight lacing. Absolutely amazing aroma of dark fruits, raisin, plum, black cherry, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and just a whiff of brandy or cognac maybe. Stunning! Flavor delivers and then some on the aromatic complexity, following through with more oak, vanilla, plenty of caramel maltiness, done just right, and slight warming. Palate is full and smooth, with a gentle touch of carbonation and a moderately lingering finish that drifts off gently, begging to prolong the time to enjoy as much as possible. This one delivers on all fronts!

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