fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2007
Cask during the Port 1st Anniv Party. Wow what a great beer. Definitely on par with the original Angel’s Share. Lots of oak aromas and flavors to compliment all the dark fruit and molasses. Hints of bourbon too. Great stuff. DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 9, 2007
on cask at 1st anniversary party - the flavor was very similar to the original angels share...with flavors of dark fruits, vanilla and oak but this time with a splash of bourbon thrown in for good measure. it was easily the taster i got the most while i was there....i probably had 3 or 4 of these. fantastic. i do have to admit though... i gave them both the exact same rating but rated this 1 pt lower in overall simply because i think i prefered the original slightly more (but i wouldnt ever turn this one down if offered) wetherel (1905) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Hmm and Wow! I was wanting so hard to find a perfect rating. Well, 4.8 is close. I tried the spectacular bourbon barrel aged Angel’s Share beer today at Lost Abbey’s anniversary tasting. Wow! Probably the best beer I’ve ever had. Sweet creamy head. Deep rich color. Nice bourbon aftertaste. Nice malty smell at the bottom of the glass. People tell you to rate the smell first, before your smell sensors are saturated, but i think you should wait until the end, where the temperature has raised and the glass is filled with aroma. First taste, and i would say a touch more sweetness. Second tasting, and a touch less. Hmmm. just an incredible beer. I think they open a bottle once a week at the tasting room. They are releasing another in August. 10,5,9,5,19:4.8
Rerate: On tap at 2008 release: Perfect! 5.0
Rerate: Bottle with iowaherkeye at PP bottle shop. 4.8
Rerate: 5/8/08: Bottle at home. Strong carbonation. Tart acidic burn. Not good. Bad bottle or aging poorly? I’m afraid to ask. Drain poured half of it:3.9 auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 On cask at the brewery. Aroma perks forth with suave, sleek grandeur enticing in so many fruits, rich nuttiness and bold gout-inducing richness. Sprightly. Out of the hand engine, the beer comes as a ruddy hued mahogany, clouded with a fine, silky smooth cream head in tobacco tinted cloud. Flavor is redolent with extravagent creamed malts, mature sugar density and a whole pantheon of nuts, fruits, chocolate, nips of tobacco and fragrant plums. Texture completely sublime, the cask presentation hightening the sickening drinkability of a beer so hefty. The bourbon smoothes corners, draws deep breaths of moist woodiness and clean nut-dry parching quality. More rounded and deep than the Brandy-barrel version and it shows. I really didn’t think this beer could get any better. mmaheu (2) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007 does not count
Tasted at Port’s 1 year. All i can say is wow this was one good beer. You could smell and taste the wonderful bourbon, vanilla, and oak. My favorite beer of the day by far.
Bartzilla (624) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 Read below for my initial review. I braved the line. I stood around until my back and feet were giving out on me and, finally, I set foot on the carpet so the beer princess could sell me an ale of the same stuff I stood in line for all morning. She brought me back a delicious glass of this ale. It hit on all notes and was as advertised, but I did make a mental note... this was not nearly as good as Angel’s Share 001. But I enjoyed my glass of beer, bought a solid case and called it a day. Now I’ve finally been able to crack a few of these grossly overpriced bottle and 3 out of 3 shot foam. I deal with it. It doesn’t taste as good as the stuff I had on tap that day. I’m not even sure if it’s the same beer. The pour is an event. You have to somehow defeat the overcarbonation. Slow. The taste, well, ho-hum. Still not as good as the first batch. Definite barrel flavor, but I’ll take the regular big bottle offering over this stuff. It sits at 100 due to it’s rarity and that’s all. I’ll take an Oak Aged Yeti over this any day.padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
WOW! As if The Angels Share could get any better! Jumpin christ on pixie dust is this stuff ever delicious. Flavor profile off the charts. You taste it all. The wood, the whiskey, the barley wine. A delicious slap in the face.
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 Tasted 2 samples of this at the brewery, first anniversary party on Cinco de Mayo. Wonderful smells of Bourbon, vanilla bean, and sweet cherries. Tastes of Bourbon, vanilla, raisins, very little alcohol in the finish. Freakin awesome! hapjydeuce (1007) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2008 One of the best beers I have ever tried. Had a few sampler glasses at the Lost Abbey Anniversary, I couldn’t get enough of this stuff. On CASK! Heavy bourbon nose off the head, with lots of thick roasty malts and raisins. Very dark with a beautiful creamy beige head that lasted throughout each glass. The appearance almost reminded me of a tap Older Viscosity. Each sip only got better as it warmed. Flavor is incredibly complex, loaded with caramel, vanilla, raisin, figs, black cherries with a very well balanced finish of hops and warming bourbon & alcohol. No one flavor dominated over another, each component and its concentration within the brew was put together very well. Velvety-smooth and chewy mouth feel, like warm bread towards the end with the presence of oak. Absolutely fantastic! Everything was perfect, the balance in this creation was highly impressive. Just shy of a 5 because I would really like to have experienced it from a proper serving glass, not a plastic taster. Now THIS IS BEER ! ! ! WeeHeavySD (3408) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 Enjoyed 2 beautifal tasters of this at the Anniversary Fest. The bourbon came through nicely and it really complements the flavors of the angel’s share. Fantastic brew. toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Enjoyed this one at the 1st Anniversary at the brewery. My favorite of the day. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium head. Tastes of carmel and vanilla with raisins and figs and finishes with sweet malt.