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RATINGS: 1145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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Currently draft only. Recent bottlings have an orange front label.

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


scoobysnak's rating

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Very sweet cotton candy taste that is almost overwhelming. Let it warm up a little bit and it develops great sour notes that really enhance the complexity of the beer.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepatrickman (778) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 14, 2016
2009 bottle, courtesy of jamesy -- cheers! It has all of the tastes and smells of a 7 year old barley wine; it’s slightly oxidized, malt-forward, and completely flat. But the flavors had melded together beautifully, with the malt sweetness mellowing a lot and no booze heat at all. Someone I was drinking it with started calling it "Jack Johnson" because it’s so mellow. I can’t say I disagree.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DiarmaidBHK (4155) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Draft at Row 34. Pours black with a khaki head. Doesn't leave much lacing in the glass. Big bourbon notes on the nose. Lots of bourbon on the tongue. Hides it's booze well. Finished clean. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rask0lnikov (649) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 17, 2016
Dark brown, thin round of beige froth. Caramel, dark fruits, hints of sherry, raisins, hints of chocolate, liqeury notes in the aroma. Rich! Caramel, dark fruits, hints of caramel, hints of port, hints of berries. Dark fruits. Hints of chocolate in the end. Hints of cocoa and liqeury notes in the aftertaste. Silky structure, well balanced, rather heavy bodied, really enjoyable dessert.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsporrer (622) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2016
On tap @ HO1K Beers. Pours a cinnamon brown color with a thin tan ring. Light aroma of bourbon. Flavor is mostly whiskey with some woody earthy notes. Not my favorite style. Too much whiskey flavor and not much else.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bawelt (509) - Lyon, FRANCE - APR 10, 2016
Un corps de fou, beaucoup de présence. On est sur la bière noble par excellence : nez relativement éthylique, des notes de vieillissement, du malt très présent, très caramélisé. Bouche assez épaisse, notes champignonnees genre vieille cave. Beaucoup de fruits noirs, des notes légèrement vineuses. Très profonde, manque peut être de subtilité mais incontestablement une grande bière.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (684) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2016
Dark brown pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention. Borderline world class very complex nose of charred oak, candied dark fruit (plum, raisin), bourbon, light notes of tobacco and leather, caramel and prune over a slightly sweet malt base. Medium body with a smooth texture that has some creaminess. Superb carbonation that is well balanced with the body providing a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish. The flavor profile is borderline world class, especially for 12.5% ABV. Survive the onslaught of the first few sips and you will be in for quite a treat after your palate normalizes. Alcohol astringency is very well covered with just a bit emerging in the finish. Balance is world class, for a beer of this strength and it is a brewing masterpiece. A lot goes on in this complex beer, yet each element has its moment on the stage. Bourbon never leaves the palate but ebbs and flows allowing others to pop to the surface. A sweet bourbon leads off then flows into caramel by the middle. Here the other flavors of the nose arrive in roughly the following order: tobacco and leather, oak - which lingers, dark fruits and finally prune. The finish delivers a final crescendo of rich caramel that ebbs as bourbon lingers in the remarkable slightly dry finish. A little heat at the back of the throat, but far less than typical for an ale of this strength.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (3702) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2016
sample from bottle, backlog, poured a murky brown colour with a few bubbles on the side. nose of sweet caramel, butterscotch, prunes, chocolate, vanilla, sweet bourbon, toffe, sticky mouthfeel. oak, balanced beer, lovely sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (685) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2016
On tap at Whole Foods Market - Chandler. The aroma presents scents of muted sweet baked apple, faint cinnamon, and minor brandy booziness with faint plum floating beneath. Pours murky reddish-brown. The brandy heat hits the tongue first but quickly gives way to a melange of sweet graham cracker, golden raisin, and wet oak flavors. A glowing warmth on the swallow showcases the booziness once more. Not bad, but not nearly as enjoyable or complex as Angel’s Share aged in bourbon barrels.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (402) - DENMARK - MAR 15, 2016
N: prunes, charamel, even some hops but mostly big beautiful oak character. Not the sweet spirity kind but fat and fruity and yeasty banana bonbons. Dark fruits galore. T: dark sugars and oaky tanins. Clear barleywine caramel.. Mouthfeel is oily and with low carb. Great fruity aftertaste with a semi hot and sweet Finnish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHopster (1041) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2016
(bottle) Pours a black-brown complexion with quickly dissipating head. No glass lacing. Aroma of chocolate cherry cordial candy and alcohol. The flavor is an intense deep malt with brandy, dried dark fruits and some anise. Lingering palate.


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