beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Sampled on 2/20/2010. This barleywine pours a dark brown color from a 650ml bottle. Medium sized tan head with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is brown sugar, malt, oak, grapes and a touch of vanilla. A medium to full bodied Barley wine. The malts are caramel, fruity, oaky and sweet. The hops are floral and earthy. Good carbonation. Note that this beer has carbonation and was NOT a gusher OK folks! Nice balance. Lots of brown sugar and oak with a touch of alcohol at the finish. This Barleywine has an excellent aging potential. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a touch of alcohol bite. mar (5444) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2010
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured deep brown with a cream head. nose is alcohol, brandy, caramel, dark fruits, and raisins. nice on the palate, big flavors of raisins and brandy, light alcohol, and a great thickness. mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark cola brown with a short tan head. Aroma is lots of bourbon and some maltiness and that’s pretty much it. Flavor is mostly Bourbon with lots of caramel and some oak. Pretty good but too much Bourbon. Full bodied, slick, and lightly carbonated. JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Dark black pour with tan small head. Aroma tons of bourbon sweet brown sugar black licorice and dark fruits. Taste is similar. Much better than other Angel share i’ve had before. Pretty tasty stuff when carbonated like this batch. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2010
(375ml bottle via trade with BA Solomon420) espresso brown pour with light tan bubbles. Nose of bourbon, grapes, oak, sweet chocolate, and brown sugar. Complex and delicious nose! Taste of brown sugar, toasty malt, bourbon, graham cracker, caramel, sweet chocolate, and dry cocoa, Finish is dry and very flavorful. Some alcohol here as well, but nicely hidden for 12%. FINALLY an Angel’s Share that is carbonated like it should be. Finally I get it.
blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2010
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, murky dark brown pour with no head, aromas of caramel, toasted marshmallow, buttery fruits, flavors of honeycomb, vanilla, cinnamon toast and chocolate chip cookies bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 19, 2010
(375ml bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of oak, caramel, port, coconut, bourbon, toffee, plum, and brandy. Flavor of cherry, caramel, coconut, dark fruit, vanilla, and roasted malt with a dry oak finish. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2010
375ml bottle. The pour yields an extremely dark and ruddy looking chestnut-mahogany colored body. A surprisingly staunch head of smooth, mocha tinted foam recedes slowly to a wispy film with a pronounced rim around the edge. Dense sheeting on the glass breaks apart into minimal, spotty globules that meander slowly back towards the body beneath. The nose comes across with a faint but sharp twinge of sherry vinegar, a disappointing revelation for sure. I can feel the rich brown sugar and caramel-toffee trying to reign free, but alas, there’s just that little, sharp, alcoholic edge that gets in the way. Still, notes of hazelnuts, walnuts, maple covered dates, and cocoa are awfully hard to resist. Flavors are right on par, again based in rich, caramelized sugars, blended dark fruits, and maple glazed nuts. A little sour mash bourbon twang comes across, while tannic, slightly vingeary grape notes seem a little misplaced. The palate is perhaps too carbonated, the opposite of what plagued a few recent batches of Angel’s Share. It is also a little too dry, with some of the tannins seemingly thinning it out a bit, and the yeast proving just a bit too hungry. Overall, it’s a damn fine beer, but it is not without flaw, and the bourbon and brandy versions both surpass it with ease. BOLTZ7555 (3127) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2010
Muddy, murky, cloudy, hazy dark raisin pour with a razor thin latte head that left without a trace. Aroma brought tons of dark fruit to the party, with plum, cherry skin, dates, along with vanilla, oak and bourbon. Flavor is still a bit hot with cocoa, caramel, honey, and molasses adding to the above. Extremely sweet and syrupy but still tasty. Just didn’t bring anything tremendously unique to the table and not better than the others. BeerandBlues2 (13823) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
Bottle shared by ratman. Pours cloudy, hazy dark brown with little to no head. Aroma is heavy caramel malt, alcohol, light hops, dark fruit (dates, plums), vanilla, and oak. Flavor is caramel malt, vanilla, oak, alcohol, medium hops, and dark fruit (prune, date). Full bodied, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.