luttonm (6633) - 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 (8281) - 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!
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2008
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Dark dark brown - light brown head. Bourbin, vanilla, coconut, oak, wood, chocolate, berries, dried dark fruits, brown sugar, roasted, caramel, light butterscotch, licorice. Very complex. Heavy -> powerfull & fullbodied. jake65 (3982) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle: Dark brown pour with ruby tones. Big beige head. Aroma is sweet, faded hops and bourbon barrel notes. Roasty. Taste is a smooth blend of soft barrel notes with roastiness. Vanilla. Faded hops into a nice oaky tail. Smooth and delicious. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle: Thanks Jake65! Dark brown, tan head and light lacing. Nose of vanilla and toasty cherry with ample oak and caramel. Ample wood notes along with the vanilla. Low alcohol and grapes. Nice bitterness and sweetness along with the tannins and vanilla. So barrel aged. Yummy! fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle pours very dark brown color with tan head that laces and lasts the entire glass. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, and earth tones. Has a heavy body. Flavor is oak, bourbon, alcohol, caramel malts add a nice sweetness. Overall, this is a brew that lives up to the hype. I had read reports that this was beginning to sour so I decided to open it. Not with this one. Not a single sour note. The flavors meld together nicely. This would have been even better given more time. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours opaque ruby brown with a ring of bubbles. Nose is bourbon and bourbon alone. Fortunately, the taste rounds out the bourbon with vanilla, oak, chocolate, and cocoa powder. Sadly, and probably because of the build-up to finally having this beer, it left me wanting more. Not complaining, this was excellent, but I still wanted more.