masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Huge thanks to Solan who gave me this beer as a bonus in a trade. Rediculous I know. Poured a dark brown color with a large head. Nose was vanilla and strong bourbon. Taste was much the same. This felt quite one dimensional to me. Big caramel sweetness througout and only alcohol and bourbon to tone it down. Not hard to drink by any means, but not living up to the hype. Thanks again solan for the chance to try this. That1Guy (2236) - Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2015 Crushed with Jakebra. This is not fair. No beer should be this awesome. Fuckin a. Cant describe it. The most euphoric beer Ive had so far. Definitely almost angelic. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
375ml bottle. Dark brow/reddish pour with a tan head. Very malty, some woddy notes as well, lots of dark fruits, super rich. More dark fruits in the flavor as well, raisins are really prominent to me. Some bourbon notes in the back of the throat, very warming and very tasty. Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2008
375 ml bottle (9/18/08) Courtesy of Hopscotch CU/WVU throwdown)-Pours a dark brown with a nice small tan head. The cork flew out of the bottle upon opening. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, dried fruit, alcohol, and molasses. Flavor was the same with the bourbon mxed in throughout. This full bodied brew is the best Barley Wine Ive ever tasted. Very well balanced, Awesome. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Sweet, sticky, rich, roasty and warm...Cork ejects with a big pop which leads to just a bit of gushing. Pours dark brown with about a finger or so of tan head that recedes to a thin lasting layer. Sweet, rich, deep aroma of caramelized sugar, raisin, roastiness, creme brulee, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Oh yeah. Mouthfeel initially just kind of average with a bit of fizziness/light prickliness that detracts a bit but eventually settles out to a warmer, smoother palate, becoming lightly silky. Fairly sticky esp. in finish. Some light fine rings of lacing and a syrupy film inside snifter. Flavor of caramelized sugar, raisin, roast, molasses and a touch of bourbon. Hot but it is kind of a smooth alcohol presence. As it warms the oak and vanilla emerge more amd meld with the other flavors. Medium-bitter bite through finish. Lovely and big. Rating 1K down the hatch. Mucho thanks to IrishBoy for the treat of this 375 ml bottle.
luttonm (6274) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2008
07 Draft at Brouwers Big Wood 2008. Big. big roasty maple syrup, grain, earthiness. Heavy, bright carbonation that explodes in the mouth. Palate bomb, like straight juice. Intense woodiness with sugery malt. not intensely sticky but very coating. The most flavorful beer ive ever had. fascinating, one of a kind beer. and lovely to have again, and on tap no less trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2011 On TAP at Brouwer’s Big Wood 08. Pours dark – as black as a stout – with a great off-white head. DEEP aroma – a ton of malts, reminds me of something breakfasty – a deep, roasty maple syrup, maybe. Bourbon. Oak. The flavor is just huge – it explodes when it hits your tongue unlike anything else I’ve had. Incredibly thick, but still clean and dry. I still think it’s a bit too sweet, and I’d love to try something like this that has a bit better balance. There’s a roastiness that comes through at the end. This is about as full-bodied as it is possible to make a beer. Points for novelty. RERATE 03/20/10 at Brouwer’s Hard Liver 2010. I still definitely enjoy the bourbon version better, but Angels has really worn on me - it’s just too hot, and too much of a palate bomb for my liking anymore. Dropping a point from this one in both palate and overall categories. RERATE 03/05/11: I have to knock a few more points off this one. It’s just simply too boozy, and for whatever reason, I *feel* this one more than I do any other beer. Every time I have one, I’m done... which doesn’t happen after a World Wide Stout, so something is awry. I’m to the point where the novelty of Angel’s Share has disappeared, and I’m just no longer a fan. I can appreciate the complexity, but I’m over it. BuckeyeBoy (7680) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Bottle pours out a dark brown with some red highs topepd with a cream head. Aroma of sweetness and plenty of the bourbon with wood. Tast of more wood plenty of sweetness. Tasty. thanks jake for the love. Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
2008 botling. Dark, nearly opaque mahogany brown with red highlights at the rim. Big, fluffy, medium-tan head on the pour dissipates into a fine, thin layer. The nose is redolent of sweet, dark, caramel malt with vanilla, oak, Bourbon, and alcohol top notes with golden raisins, toffee, molasses, and dark brown sugar base notes. Dark, sweet, malt notes again in the flavor along with a soft smokiness, molasses, and brown sugar. There is caramel and woodinessas well alongside pleasant aged and oxidized characteristics with a very slight bitter tartness in the finish. The body is full, but oddly light-feeling. This is in contrast to the big, dense body with heavy thickness on the palate that one might expect from a beer of this type. It is a refreshing surprise and adds a new dimension to this very interesting beer. baggio (337) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle shared with fellow beeradvocate kplynch! I Can’t thank you enough for popping this baby open for our small tasting!
Apperance: Copper-golden with a medium sized head which is beige/white in apperance.
Aroma: Vanilla, Bourbon, Caramel, Fruit, Chocolate. The nose is incredibly inviting!
Flavor: Vanilla, Bourbon, Cocoa, Ripe fruit, Toffee. I sipped away slowly on this one.
Palate: Varm and filling. Medium carbonation with a nice complexity and balance.
One of the best barrel-aged beers i’ve had in a loooong time. If you can get hold of this baby, try it!