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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 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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Dang, this is good stuff. Pours dark black with brown highlights, like cocoa powder. Very flat, a thin head only lasts for a minute. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, very flat but itís perfect for this beer. Chocolate. Mmmm! Sour, roasted, hmmmm. Does this help: flat and dull yet somehow exponentially vibrant and interesting. Impossible to have too much, because youíll always want to taste just a little more. Seek this out, I hope to locate a bottle or two. Great beer that defies categorization. At least one thing makes me proud to be an American: the craft brew industry! Cheers!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a medium sized tan head. Malty aroma that is dominated by whiskey, oak and vanilla. I continued to smell this beer for several minutes before even taking a sip. Flavor is domintaed by whiskey, oak and vanilla, with hints of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and spice. This amazingly complex beer is the greatest beverage Iíve ever had.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Thanks Tomme. This beer is on fire. Tomme was right. It explodes with a fuming gasp and doesnít let up til the cows come home. Theres all kinds of stuff caught up in the froth. Looks like chocolate chips. This beer rules. Aromas are mild yet revealing of itís confidence. If I can just get this head to settle I could drink the darn thing. Medium to full nectar and well carbonated. Gets a little bubbly on the tongue. Moderately sweet with define bourbonesque flavors. This brew is sublimely well balanced. Flavors of nectarine, plumb, grapes, melon, caramel, creamed coffee, marshmallow, and stewed pineapple. The finish is refined and mildly sweetened exposing French toast. Overall: this brew is balanced and well defined in itís genre. This brew gets my TRUMP card.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - APR 5, 2009
2007 version. Aroma is first bewildering to me, it is very lightly sour with notes of wood, whiskey and vanilla. And there would be many other ways to describe it, letís just say that it is beautiful. The taste is sweet and the oak agedness is present in a perfect way, playing in the background, not too rough but balsy enough to make you take note. Lovely full body and soft carbonation brings it on home to me. This beer is like Sam Cookeís voice, as perfect as it can get.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JUN 9, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 750 ml. bottle @ Oíbrienís. I canít believe they had 12 bottles of this and 1 hour prior to closing they still had 5 left. WOW. Pours awesome, dark brown with the slightest hint of amber. Aroma of carmel, vanilla, and oak. Taste is very silky, carmel, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and a little bit of heaven. Excellent.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
adrian910ss (2348) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 # 800. 2006 750 ml bottle courtesy of WeeHeavySD. Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a medium sized beige-light brown head. Complex aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt, candied sugar, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Taste is pleasantly sweet with hints of vanilla, oak, prunes, plums, dates, dark brown sugar, raisins, caramel and malt. Has a spectacular brandy finish. One of the best beers Ive had and certainly the best barley wine Ive ever had.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kmurray8621 (1) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2009 does not count
Had on tap at Publick House in Brookline, MA. Definitely one of the best beers Iíve ever had, certainly the best barley wine. I also have two bottles, but will be keeping them cellared for several months given the carbonation issues.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2006
GABF í06: One of my favorite finds of this session. Intense nose let me know it meant business, and it really grabbed my attention after the first whiff. Mouthfeel was divinely silky and velvety. Perfect carbonation level. Deep brown hue with a nice and lasting froth. Very complex, with notes of rich brown sugar, fresh-baked multi-grain bread, dark fruit, sour apples, dark chocolate, walnuts and bold toffee (many more flavors and aromas, too many to mention). I went back for multiple samples of this. Tremendously awesome beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TomDecapolis (4473) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 My Bottom Line:
This Saint amongst Barley Wines miraculously morphs chocolate, caramel and berries into the most sensuous of malty maidens. As soon as it begs for intimacy, a whiskied spirit materializes to impregnate with its vanilla wisdom, and the heavenly consummation stops an entire moment dead in its tracks.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A cloak of foam tops the darkest burgundy.
-Although this is a big barley wine, the body is never obese or even sticky (ŗ la J.W.Leeís Harvest Ale or Kuhnhennís BB Barley Wine, which I still love).
-Carbonation is perfectly calculated; I would almost say this is a very drinkable malt monster.
-The multifarious fruitiness takes flight on the sweet maltiness, an ever so graceful duo.
-A few sips into it, I donít feel like analyzing anymore. I just want to indulge and grin, in silence.
-This is as complex and heavenly as the Bourbon Barrel version. Both include their respective barrels seamlessly and provide a wealth of flavors and titillations.

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