bierkoning (13355) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle from Mashmaster, shared with good friends @ jbrus’s place. Corked bottle, opens with a loud bang. Vanilla, oak and bourbon in the aroma. Fruit confit, a hint of oak, cherry, alcohol, bourbon and vanilla in the flavor. Good complexity. World class. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Brouwers Hard Liver festival 2009. 2008 Vintage. Dark brown, one of the darkest beers at the fest. Tall smooth khaki head. Big bourbon character, lots of vanilla and a soft cream/icing like flavor that’s gives an almost butterscotch like note. Silky smooth palate with lingering chocolate and plum notes in the finish. Really well built, and by far one of the best of the festival. MeadMe (1662) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
A: Popped the cork and foam immediately came flowing from the bottle. Poured it into a Russian River Barrel Aged Tulip. The beer was a radiant dark black/brown hue. The head with four fingers high, big, bold, and rocky. Tons of carbonation this one... it did not want to die. Once it finally died down it did leave nice spots of lace all the way down the glass.
S: I am in love. Wow this smells even better than bourbon. Tons of oak and vanilla right up front. I have had some hard to get highly regarded bourbons from little known Kentucky distillers that did not smell as nice as this one. Beneath the barrel is a nice complex brew. Nice tones of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and chocolate. Boy can’t wait to taste this one.
T: Best barrel aged brew period. (Though to be honest I won’t compare it to barrel aged stouts as it’s a whole different monster). The flavor is wonderful. This has the perfect amount of bourbon goodness without going overthetop at all. Tons of oak, vanilla, and whiskey. That being said the wonderful flavors of the ale Lost Abbey started with are not lost. Nice whiskey soaked dark fruits make an appearance. As does nutty toffee and burnt dark brown sugar. Soo complex and sooo good. Wonderful.
M: Medium in body smooth and creamy. If there is one flaw it may be a bit too over carbonated.
D: So nice. I had planned to share this one and to be honest I am glad I kept it all to my self. It has been quite sometime since I enjoyed a brew this much rcreation (1) - Union City, California, USA - MAR 28, 2009 does not count
2008 bottle. Poured into a snifter. Deep brown with a very active head that grew as it sat. Overly carbonated but wonderful aroma of caramel, vanilla, bourbon. Very full flavored: molasses, dark fruit. bourbon & oak, alcohol not overpowering but clearly part of the package. Enjoyable, but I was expecting phenomenal
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Pours dark brown with some stray bubbles. Smells of oak, sour, molasses, dark fruit. Tastes Sweet and fruity and boozy with a sour finish. Not seeing the allure.
beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2009
2008 Vintage - 12.7 oz. bottle. I drank this bottle last night in honor of my father’s birthday; he would have been 74. God bless you, Dad. Pours a very dark brown, just about black, with a large brown head that lasted through two-thirds of the glass and left a web of lace. Very pleasant aroma of caramel, vanilla, bourbon with a few notes of raisin in there as well. The flavor is equally enjoyable with caramel, vanilla and bourbon, although I am not getting the fruit notes I picked up in the aroma. Fairly smooth on the palate with some mild heat from the alcohol approaching the swallow. This one is a sipper for sure. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2009
2008 bottle rating #700. poured a cola color with a frothy foam head that crackled initially with the high carbonation. aroma has molasses, bourbon soaked barrel, vanilla, and dark dried fruit. rich and hearty. the first sip coats the mouth completely and the carbonation is quite high. flavor has plenty of bourbon, barrel wood, rich dark fruit, molasses sweetness, and some alcohol. I will say the 12.7 oz bottle size is just right and the bottle itself is cool, no need for a 750 of this. certainly rich with lots of complexity. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2009
2008 Release 12.7 oz bottle poured into a snifter - thanks to Jake65. I have really been looking forward to The Angels Share... and it really did not disappoint... the hype surrounding this beer is proven to be true... I just don’t know about the price tag. I really don’t think a 750ml bottle of Angels Share is worth $30... I would rather have $30 of other (better) beer than 1 bottle of Angels Share... but that’s just me. Having said that... this one is loaded with carbonation (as others have mentioned) and takes away from the beer for the first half of the glass.... huge 3 finger tan head which slowly came down a bit to 2 fingers - deep deep brown / light black in color. A true beauty... needless to say. Huge bourbon aromas seep out of the bottle and glass. At first the carbonation really takes hold of the upper palate... letting the bourbon notes fill the mouth, while creating a thinner body. As the beer warms and reaches the lower portion of the glass, the carbonation dissipates and The Angels Share becomes something much greater. The body is stronger and more alive with flavors of deep dark fruits, some oak, lots of vanilla and of course bourbon. A really strong finish completes this one with more bourbon and a slight alcohol burn. I am so glad I got to have a bottle of this and look forward to having the Brandy Barrel version one day. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2009
’06 vintage at FoBAB. Dark brown to black with tan creamy head. Bourbon, chocolate, sweet aroma with little oxidation charecteristics. Flavor is well balanced bourbon to malt ratio with the oxidation finally coming out in the flavor like cherry but matches very well with the vanilla. Medium body with okay carbonation. Very barrel forward. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle. 2008 edition. Thought I had rated this, but I guess I haven’t. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, oak. Flavor was really smooth, but did not measure up to some of my favorite barrel aged BW’s; like Old Salty. Still it was good. Roasted malt, molasses, caramel, vanilla and cocoa predominate; not much fruitiness, which could have helped for my tastebuds. Good, but due to price probably the last time I’ll have this.