patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2010 Bottle at Monk’s for the Lost Abbey dinner with Tomme Arthur. Pours black hole deep opaque with absolutely no head and a dead flat appearance. Aroma is outrageous: vanilla brandy, scotch, oak, chocolate, espresso beans, toasted malts, barley, caramel, toffee, fudge, creme brulee, and maple syrup. Body is full, but not overpowering. Palate is silky velvet smooth with a gentle spice on the front of the tongue. Finish is amazingly calm, mellow, and complex.. Hands down one of the best brews I have ever tasted in my life. Near perfect in my regard. Cheers.
Initial Rating: 4.9 as of 2/23/2010 (Lost Abbey Dinner at Monk’s). jredmond (8204) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2014 Sampled at monks during the lost abbey beer dinner. Pours a thick black body no head. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, vanilla extract. Thinner mouthfeel then expected but awesome notes of brown sugar, honey, and maple syrup.
Rerated...monks for Dallas’s engagement! One of the best beers I’ve ever had.
THIRD RERATING::: pours dark, dark brown with absolutely no lacing. Aroma is purely absurd - notes of chocolate, molasses, Bourbon. Mouthfeel is silky with notes of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, Bourbon, and a beautiful texture. Flawless.
FOURTH rerating with Pat. Last bottle of the Angel Share Flight: Brandy 08, Brandy 09, Bourbon 2009-10, Grand Cru. The Grand Cru boasts sour notes that I’ve never experienced. Making the beer nearly perfect. Hands down, one of the greatest glasses of beer I have ever sampled. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2013 12.7oz, corked & caged bottle courtesy of hapjydeuce. big thanks, justin! pours a gorgeous, hazy, dark chestnut brown with a thin, creamy, beige cap of foam leaving tight rings of lace. aroma is an absolute marvel of complexity with huge notes of vanilla fudge, toffee pralines, oak, and brandy layered atop molasses, toasted coconut, yellow raisins, and dried figs with touches of roast coffee, chocolate, black cherry, and boozy, spicy bourbon rounding out the quaff. flavor is amazing as well with the dark fruit notes of fig, date, cherry, and grape coming to the forefront while being bathed in smooth, sweet caramel, molasses, and woody bourbon backed by roasted malts, fudgy chocolate, and dry, nutty almonds with a kiss of warming brandy on the swallow. palate is full bodied and silky smooth making this one extremely drinkable with a perfect level of carbonation and an epic finish. overall, a sublime example of barrel aging/blending. one of the top brews i’ve ever tasted and certainly the best angel’s share of the lot. egajdzis (6501) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Dark mahogany brown with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, oak, chocolate, dark fruits, roast, smoke, and grapes. Taste of sweeter cherry, grapes, tobacco, resin, dark chocolate, port, light oxidation, and faint alcohol in the finish. This was paired with a stilton that was out of this world. DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Shared with james and pat(and the fiance:). Pours pitch black with a intense nose. Dried fruits and deep malt overtones. Slightly boozy taste but dominated by raisin flavors and thick creamy malt. Very complex
PhillyCraft (7082) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle at Monk’s for the Lost Abbey dinner with Tomme Arthur. Pours black hole deep opaque with absolutely no head and a dead flat appearance. Aroma is outrageous: vanilla brandy, scotch, oak, chocolate, espresso beans, toasted malts, barley, caramel, toffee, fudge, crème brulée, and maple syrup. Body is full, but not overpowering. Palate is silky velvet smooth with a gentle spice on the front of the tongue. Finish is amazingly calm, mellow, and complex. Awesommmmmeeeeeee daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle from stefanje, thanks so much! Pours a very dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma has tons of raisins, prunes, caramel, vanilla, toffee, wet oak, and some chocolate. Flavor is really, really good. Lots of vanilla and caramel, raisins, dates, dried figs, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, maple syrup. I drank this right after an 09 brandy AS and this really stood head and shoulders above. The Lost Abbey guys that I spoke to at the AZ strong beer fest were right, this stuff is insanely good. Wow. daleharshman (1064) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
375 mL bottle purchased at the brewery on release day (February 13, 2010) for $20. I tried the 2009 brandy barrel Angels Share last night, so I was eager to see how good this might be. The bottle opens with a considerable pop, more than the one last night. Pours into tulip glass a dark brown with...wait for it...two full fingers of brown head with great retention. Yes, it appears to be generously carbonated! Same excellent aroma (caramel, wood, maple syrup, chocolate, vanilla, and booze), but it’s somewhat muted -- could be because of that thick layer of foam that was not there in the much flatter 2009 brandy barrel I had last night ;-) Flavor is richer and more complex than the normal Angels Share -- the wood and booze (both brandy and bourbon are there) stand out more while the caramel and chocolate are more subdued. And I almost didn’t expect to be able to taste the grapes, but there’s a hint in there. Though the brandy/bourbon flavors are more noticeable, this actually has less "booze" in the flavor and finish than the normal Angels Share -- very smooth. Really, the carbonation is not a big issue for this beer which is a sipper any way. Though the bottle I had last night was flat, I have to say that the much improved carbonation in this bottle does not really add to the flavor or the overall experience. $20 is too much for a 375 mL bottle but I do have to say that I was very impressed with this one. (15, 234) jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010 Bottle. Excellent. I tried this one again and it’s better than the original version. Could drink this for the rest of my life and be happy. Smooth, full mouthfeel. Excellent. Top 10? craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Super dark brown pour with almost no head. Aroma is absolutely ridiculous- monstrous notes of vanilla, black cherry, molasses, dark brown sugar, candied fruit, plum, raisin, and definite booze. The nose is unbelievable. Flavor is phenomenal as well! Huge hits of bourbon, vanilla, sweet chocolate, caramel-- I can’t say enough, this is simply one of the best barleywines I have ever encountered. One of the best parts of this is that the carbonation is actually there, and the light effervescence is perfect. The alcohol is also incredibly well hidden, but comes through with beautiful subtlety at the finish. Incredible.