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RATINGS: 1048   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 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 (4866) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (4958) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 10, 2007
Thanks to Beer_Hawk for sharing this and the Spring(ish) tasting. A ahzed brown pour with no head and no lace to speak of mostly because of the way I poured it. An aroma of raisins, wood, sweet malt, and oaked bourbon. With an excellent warmth from the abv. An agressive flavor of alcohol followed by a smooth sweetness and lite bourbon flavor. Excellent carbonation, the palate was just a teeny bit on the thin side. This is a very good BW. Thanks steve

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2007
Many thanks to Naven for supplying me with this hard to get brew. C+C 750: nice packaging. Pours black, dark brown with some light brown edging, one dark damn Barleywine! Head is tan, small, whispy but surprisingly lasting in its own thin way with a spotty touch of lace. Nose is assertive, jumping out at you with a blend of whisky, caramel malts, licorice, vanilla and some orangey citrus notes sneaking around in the background. Body is full, chewy, coating, seriously oily and velvety smooth, luxurious. Plenty of bourbon and sweet malts, caramel, grain with notes of cherry, lumber, chocolate and light roasty notes. A bit earthy with dark fruits. This brew really comes alive as the temp. rises, releasing the cherry and wood notes even more. A really complex brew. Finish is sweet malts, bourbony, fruity and lengthy. A truely wonderful brew. Wish i had an extra bottle to stash away in my cellar for another time. Port, what amazing brews they produce. Many thanks again Naven!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2007
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - APR 6, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2007
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2007
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 !.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (7816) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2007
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!

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