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RATINGS: 1056   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 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 (1681) - 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 (8940) - 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!).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 17, 2007
Thanks to awaisanen for the trade. Pours a deep brown with tons of ruby amber highlights and a smaller tan bubbly head that left some decent lacing. Aroma of deep dark fruits, vanilla, oak, molasses, caramel, bourbon and brown sugar. Flavor of dark fruits, honey, toasted malts, brown sugar, molasses, oaks, light whiskey, alcohol well hidden and very smooth. Lets hope the Lost Abbey keeps this one coming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 2007 bottle sampled on 12/15/07: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma of rich, sweet caramel malts and oaky brandy warmth along with some brown sugar. Body could hide the alcohol a little better, but this should age well.

Bottle sampled at the Port Brewing on 12/2/06: Pours a dark mahogany with ruby hues and a dense, frothy dark tan head. Complex sweet dark caramel and oaky brandy aroma has a touch of raisiny notes. Body starts sweet and dark caramely with a good amount of brown sugar and earthy sweet oak. Has a well-balanced, slightly warming finish. A nice beer that should age really well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
Dark fruit and vanilla notes balance with anise and fennel seed notes. Beautifully rich and decadent mouthfeel imaprt and almost zen-like feel to the consumption of this brew. Dark fruits with a touch of didtillate laden candied notes finish out to a wonderful sexual finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2209) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown-mahogany body with a small mocha head. Toffee-caramel aroma with toasty chocolate and green hops. Chewy palate with full force alcohol. Raisin and dark plummy flavours. Very good but I’d certainly like to get another go at this.
Tasted at Dr. Bill’s on March 22, 2007.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
sampled at lost abbey brewery - what to say about this beer. it smelled so good i didnt want to drink it. i wont be able to describe the smell accurately so ill save that. the flavor was oh sweet toffee/caramel malts, some dried fruit flavor...maybe raisin or plum, with some oak and vanilla to finish. just delicious. i just might have to rerate once i get to have this on cask next month...thats going to be insane.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kramer (4993) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2007
25 oz bottle, via BA Marvz. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, body under a tight bubbled foamy brown head. Moderate carbonation retains the head as a small creamy covering. Aroma is very thick and rich, just amazing. Vanilla, bourbon, thick caramel and toffee malts, and some light alcohol. Flavor is equally harmonious and rich. Huge caramel malt with a moderate brown sugar note grabs you first, then a rush of vanilla, but not like most barrel beer’s vanilla, this was like it was infused with actual beans. Finishes then with the brandy/bourbon, oakiness, and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very sturdy without being sticky or cloying like I would expect from such a high gravity beer with this much risidual sweetness. Perfect soft fine carbonation. This beer amazed me with the level of synergy that was acheived given the intensity of all the individual aspects. This is the epitome of what people refer to as a "sipper" beer. Do not open one of these if you don’t have 1.5-2 hours to enjoy this.

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