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RATINGS: 1052   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 “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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Deep chocolate amber and slightly translucent with icy, galaxy tan sheafs spreading across the head. Lovely, beady cascading lace. Aroma channels straight to heaven. Caramelized beets, brandy butter, bourbon and rye. The dark hearted caramel whiskey is in complete harmony. Hazelnuts toy with coconut, oak and greased vanilla beans. Every piece is a match made in heaven. Flavor delights in full bodied abundance. Toffee encased with melting caramel liquor twines around the tongue and snaps like a spark to ignite the rest of the mouth. Melting jojoba lies with caramelized graham cracker crust with fire roasted coconut flakes blended into a pot of broiling bourbon crème brulee. Black plums and baked prunes serve as dark fruit elixirs, as a touch of blackened boysenberries is extinguished by bourbon rye prune melt. Dry, bitter tongue feels clean despite the heavy, full bodied assault that’s laid at its doorstep and chewed up like its bourbon laced milk chocolate truffles. Brandy butter and heavy caramel currents reinstate the crème brulee masterpiece in its triumphant finish. Another huge thank you to tpkenned for another wonderful bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Dark pour w/ slight head. Oak, citrus, hops aroma. Port like in taste. Sweet raisans/currants flavor. Full mouthfeel. Awesome Beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 12, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2009 2 rates: Wow, I love love this beer. Is it too perfect to be called beer? Tried at Port’s tasting room. Perfect color and aroma. Nice subtle oxidized undertone. Deep red and light brown. Sweet caramel taste and slight alcohol nose. Got the bottom of the bottle sample! Woohoo! I like the bourbon barrel version slightly more, but my rating is the same. 9,5,10,5,19:4.8 2 Rerates: Infected bottle. Unpleasant sourness, so I’m guessing some other bacteria instead of Brett, but the bacteria took about the same time as Brett: 9 months to sour, and the bacteria is tolerant of 11.5% alcohol beer, like Brett, and the L.A. building is swarming with Brett. 4,5,4,1,9:2.5

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
omhper (19334) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Bottled, thanks cquiroga! Rating #10000 at OMH. Dark brown, creamy beige head. Lovely aroma of mature caramel, blackberries and vanilla. Fruity and vastly malty. Full bodied, yet so soft and gentle. Notes of coffee and almost balsamic oak character. Very complex and extremely well balanced. Finishes with surprisingly low bitterness. Perfection in near every aspect. The best barley wine ever! What a superb beer to chose for an important milestone!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2007
Bottled, shared by omhper. Hazy dark brown with a small light brown foam. Deep vinous and malty aroma of dried fruit, red berries, nougat, vanilla with subtle distinct hop notes. Feels very harmonius. Full bodied and vreamy flavour of dried fruit, dades, pepper, nougat and small notes of Seville oranges. Long finish with extremely well-hidden alcohol of dark chocolate, nuts, almond and sweet red berries. Worldclass!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
Bottle. Ok, this was a bit of a surprise, I couldn’t really tell if this is a BW or an RIS. But no matter, it was incredible regardless of what you categorize it as. Nice roasty, woody, vanilla vinous notes in the aroma, lots of similar complexity in the flavor. Mouthfeel is substantial, alcohol warming accompanied by a sweet pleasant finish. A very creative and desirable brew, glad I kept one for the future.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - APR 27, 2007
Bottle at the Linkery San Diego, I cant believe they had this here, and it was set up as a desert beer.. it paired great with the brown sugar and kiwi coffe cake. Everythings in this beer. Coffee, fruits, nuts, chocolate, brandy, whiskey, honey, caramel. You name it. I tasted over everything else, brown sugar, raisins, whiskey, irish cream and coffee. But thats just what i remember. It is strongly alcoholic and noticable, but i think its an excelent desert beer, much like a port wine but with more complexity. The palate is amazingly smooth and silky, and finishes with a belguim dark chocalate and cognac aftertaste. WOW is this even beer?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jason (1680) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2007
Bottle. Big thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this. Dark brown body with thin head. Nutty aroma with caramel and alcohol being noted. The taste is exceptionally smooth with a nice warming alcohol feeling. Lite sugar dances on your tongue with a big caramel taste. This was done real well and finishes so good that I needed more (sorry Steve).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2007
Much thanks to TomDecapolis for this... Appears a dark, russett brown with red edges and a mild tan cap with a thick collar. Spotty lacing is left all over the glass. Smell is rummy with oak & bourbon notes. These aromas are followed up with complex brown sugar, raisins, fruit cake, black grapes, caramel, and toffee. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a beautiful, sticky mix of caramel, oak, and mollasses. Mouthfeel is sugary, & medium bodied with a vivacious lingering of raisins, sugar, oaky vanilla, and mollasses. Well done brew! I felt bad about taking so much for myself but it was in love with this beer and the bourbon complexities that it melded together with.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2007
750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a dark mahogany color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of oak, woody, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, toffee and light bourbon. Tastes of bourbon (stronger than the aromas), brown sugar sweetness, caramel, dark fruits, and oak. Alcohol content well hidden. I went back for seconds of this one and would have gotten more if any was left (good thing I have some more at home!).

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