MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle courtesy of EDA Mike at the blind tiger grand opening night. thought this was a BSA or a Quad at first. dark blackish chestnut color and dark copper at edges. tawny creamy head. raisiny sweet dark malt aroma, brown sugar, prune, and other dark fruits too. flavor is like a barleywine and a dubbel, super high octane toffee malt, more dark fruits, prune, vanilla flavors. top shelf cognac/bourbon, beautiful super-clean finish - goes out like a monk. faint heat aftertaste. Thansk a MILLION, Mike!
puzzl (3240) - New York, New York, USA - APR 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from JohnC. Pours miraculously black for a barleywine with a nice head. Oaky, malt, caramelly and raisin aroma. Super-smooth, luxurious and rich flavor, cherry and mocha notes, chocolate, mild hops, prune. Surprisingly un-boozy for a beer of this stature. Fantastic stuff.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 Pours a dark brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is of aged malts and some hops. Flavor is of aged malts with some spices and hops.
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at the Columbus Tasting V thanks to Moejuck:Dark brown pour witha yellowed-white head. Aroma of oak, caramel malt, vanilla...a nice combonation of bourbon qualities and english barley wine aspects. The flavor brought on lots of bourbon notes as well, oak and vanilla, with more caramel malt coming through. Lively carbonation, a bit boozey...but a good brandy kinda boozey, warming with a dry finish.
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black-brown beer with reddish highlights on the sides and with a nice yellow-beige head on top. Aroma is very rich, elegant, malty, refined, fruity and overwhelming. There are lots of sensations going on, The beer is rich and malty with hints of vanilla, coffee, sweet bread-pudding, fruits and caramelized fruits. The taste is even more impressive, there are at least four different sensations working well together. The taste is very Rochefort 10 like but with an additional complexity of well integrated fruits, honey, vanilla, slight roasted grains, XO Cognac, Bual Madeira, Malaga wine Sholtz Hermanos, and some spices, I guess Cinnamon and Cardemom. A super rich beer with an out of this world elegance, ABV is hardly detectable. Composition is all about balance. Whoooha Joris what a mind blower, Thanks !.
JorisPPattyn (7717) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red-shot, nearly black beer; small, yellow/amber head. Fruity, wow - and roasted malts in the ideal combination, fruits seeped in precious XXO brandy, with exotic fruit added. Oh my God, This tastes mind-blowing good; a strong Belgian-type ale, from casks wherein XXO brandy has been matured, with a lot of fruity flavours. This is vinous, and brandy-like but alll of top-quality, dark fruit as black cherries, vanilla sticks, other retronasal spices. Despite the brandy character is the alcohol fairly well hidden. Full bodied, slick, viscous. This is beyond belief. Absolutely gorgeous - thanks Warren and Bill!
shigadeyo (2964) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A special "thank you" to Beer_Hawk for sharing this beer at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting in Knoxville, TN on 3/10/2007. I didnít think that Iíd ever get a chance to try this beer, so I really appreciate your generosity...
The Angelís Share is a very dark amber brown color with a foamy tan head. The aroma on this beer is an unbelieveable blend of malts, aged fruit (cherry, plum, raisin), bourbon, oak, vanilla, and alcohol. This also has a very inviting sweetness to it. The same qualities found in the aroma can also be found within the complex flavor of this beer. The maltiness in the flavor is rich, sugary, and mostly caramel and fruit. I also noticed robust red wine (similar to Shiraz or Merlot ) and port flavors. A warming bourbon and whiskey alcohol prescence melds nicely with other flavors. The oak/wood adds an enjoyable dryness in the finish. This beer has a medium body and is very smooth on the palate. I really feel fortune and privileged that I got to try this awesome beer. Thanks again Steve!
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from my bro (Vac) shared with the crew at the Knoxville Spring(ish) Tasting. Poured dark brown with an off-white head. Unbeatable aroma of nicely blended bourbon, wood, vanilla, fruits, and malts backed with light (but not unpleasant) alcohol and a hint of smoke. The flavor found fruits, spices, and bourbon nicely mixed to form an unforgettable barley wine. Medium to full body, creamy texture, and sweet throughout. A truly exceptional BA. Thanks bro!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 Thanks to Beer Hawk for sharing this at the Knoxville tasting. Pours deep amber brown with a diminishing head. Aggressive aroma of cherry, dark fruits, and wood. Initial sweet flavor of plums, vanilla, and caramel. Mid palate has a nice balance of brandy with slightly woodiness, with some peat or tobacco notes. Smooth but mild alcohol on the finish, with subtle and not overdone accent of a sweet smooth brandy. The bitterness does not bite like some american style barleywines. Very well done barrel aged brew. I wish more brewers would go the brandy barrel route instead of Bourbon. Worthy of its top 50 status.
2007 Batch. Well, itís infected. I am not too pleased considering what I had to go through to get it. However mine is not a drainpour but itís obvious that other organisms turned this into a 3.2
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Often for me barleywines end up tasting similar, I think to myself, yah, it tastes like a barleywine, some more on one character, but few REALLY stand out. This was in a new catagory. Often I find beers with malt depth or complexity, this just turned my plastic desk ruler in to a yard stick, such massive malt character its hard to describe. Very rich malts, hints of raisin, vanilla, cherry, plum, caramel, brandy, and a dusting of hops. No excess alochol and a very smooth mouthfeel. This was one of those barleywines that deserves to be a benchmark. Oh yah, and thanks to batkins for this one as well!