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RATINGS: 1099   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2007
The pour reveals a dark brown color with a thin light brown head. Complex, superb aroma of whiskey, oak, fruits, vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Complex, amazing and classy flavor of oak, whiskey, chocolate, fruits, vanilla and caramel with a bitter finish, the alcohol is not apparent. The body is medium with a luscious, liquorous texture and moderate carbonation. Even for Pizza Port and Tomme Arthur, this is an impressive achievement, the elements are well blended and exist in harmony, the barrell aging was done masterfully.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark fruits, and big malt aromas. Pours amber brown. Dark malt flavors, bourbon and oak, very nice caramel malt flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 750ml bottle, Batch 1, sampled October 2007
The beer pours quite a bit darker than I was expecting. It is an opaque burnt amber color, that shows a brilliantly clear, light chocolate hue as I pour it. The head starts out a fat two-fingers in height and is frothy, rich amber tinged, dark tan color. Quite barrel influenced; some fruity, brandy-like notes are noticeable at first (including some slightly hot notes, that seem alcohol induced, but are really from the oak character). The nose soon picks up notes of oak-derived vanillin, touches of butterscotch and some spicy oak notes. The underlying beer is still noticeable though throughout all of this, though it does play a secondary, supporting role; aromatic notes of deeply caramelized malt sugars, some chalky cocoa notes, touches of toasty malt / dark bread, hints of dark grain notes (chocolate and something like Special B malt) and some fruit notes which meld with some probable brandy-induced aromas. The combination of the brandy & malt produce aromatic notes of raisins, a touch of cherry and some dried fig character. At times the aroma has me convinced that a mix of vanilla & hazel nut extracts has been added to the brew, or at least it seems that way. This is a very nice aroma, while it is certainly highly barrel influenced, it is not so much that it is detracting for me. I could wish that a bit more richness of the base beer came through though.

Soft, creamy, malt textures up front yield to a light spritz provided by the carbonation, but the beer really doesnít lose that creamy texture. In fact the malts cling to the palate, even coating the mouth in their velvety touch even after the beer has left my mouth. As I was sort of expecting, the oak plays the secondary role in the flavor to the combination of beer & brandy flavors (opposite to the aromas balance). The malt & brandy contribute a nice level of fruit character here, including notes of concentrated raisins, figs, and a very slight cherry note. The fruit notes seem to be slightly roasted in character; the dark malts used here contribute a slightly chalky roast grain character, touches of chocolate & really something that seems like burnt raisins. The oak really provides an incredible balance & contrast to the flavors of this brew. As the beer warms, flavors of sweet nut extracts start to become quite prominent; touches of hazelnut, almond and something much like amaretto become quite pronounced and enjoyable.

The oak flavors are very well integrated here; soft notes of vanillin are noticeable at times, and towards the middle through to the end is noticeable a subtle butterscotch note. Spicy oak flavors are noticeable throughout, but especially show up in the finish; in combination with the hop bitterness, these notes provide a balance to the sweet malt & fruit notes. I get the feeling that this beer has a nice hop influence to it, but for some reason (other than the fair amount of bitterness) I canít separate these contributions out from the rest of the competing flavors. As the beer warms up, the vanilla flavors really become much more prominent.

While I was expecting this to be at least good, I really am impressed how good this really is. This beer really works quite well with the brandy barrel. This is truly and enjoyable sipping brew, as the label states, 750ml is definitely a good size for slowly sipping & savoring amongst friends. I really like the flavors found in this brew as well as the silky textures of the body / mouthfeel; the two really compliment each other quite well. I canít actually imagine the texture of this beer being any better for this particular set of flavors. I really think more brewers need to explore this particular barrel type, as I just transferred a bunch of a Belgian-style Quad from a Heaven Hill Brandy barrel (same type of barrel used here I believe), that is shaping up to be quite phenomenal as well. Speaking of which, the brandy character really seems to move this beer into the realm of a strong, dark, Belgian beer like a Quad; ultimately, I think this is why I like this beer so much, barrel & barley wine did not really excite me that much, but little did I realize that the combination would evoke the complexity & fruit character that I like so much in a really good Quad. Quite surprisingly (at least to this lover of funky beers), this is easily, objectively (removing the situational aspect) the best beer I have ever had from Tomme. I really wish I had at least a couple more bottles of this batch as I have a feeling it is going to age quite well. Without the barrel character (brandy & oak derived), this beer would merely be at most good and more like just decent; really it is the marriage of all of the components of this brew that make it so incredible.

   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 (1926) - 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 (3000) - 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!!

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