RATINGS: 1158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
Currently draft only. Recent bottlings have an orange front label.

Down in Kentucky and across the pond in Scotland, distillers who age their whiskeys for many years refer to the evaporation of the spirits from their barrels as The Angels Share. We couldnt agree more. Our Angels Share is a barrel aged burgundy colored ale infused with copious amounts of dark caramel malt to emphasize the vanilla and oak flavors found in freshly emptied brandy barrels. Each batch spends no less than 6 months aging in the oak. The beer is available in 750 ml bottles and on draft at inspired locations.

2010 ABV: 11.5% 375ml Bottling stamp on neck says 2010 but was released in Jan 2011. It is called the 2011 Angels Share Brandy.
2009 ABV: 11.5%, 375 mL
2008 ABV: 12.5%, gold lettering, 750ml and 375ml, with 2008 on label
2007 ABV: 11.5%, gold lettering, 750ml only
2006 ABV: 10.5%, black lettering, 750ml only

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2008
thanks bob for popping this one open on my birthday. very very dark brown pour light brown head. very sweet with tastes of roasted malts raisons sugar and carmel. Fantastic finish one of the best drinks to ever hit my mouth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (14022) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2008
(750ml bottle, thanks mj) Small brown head atop clear mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon/vanilla, coconut, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, Bourbon/vanilla. Medium-full body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
adrian910ss (2571) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 # 800. 2006 750 ml bottle courtesy of WeeHeavySD. Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a medium sized beige-light brown head. Complex aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt, candied sugar, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Taste is pleasantly sweet with hints of vanilla, oak, prunes, plums, dates, dark brown sugar, raisins, caramel and malt. Has a spectacular brandy finish. One of the best beers Ive had and certainly the best barley wine Ive ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DenverLogan (1197) - LA, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2015 Ruby brown; tan head. Rich malt and coconut aroma...more coconut in the first batch. Ive had this many times including at the 06 Toronado Barleywine fest where it won an award. Flavors of rich amber malts, vanilla, oak, bourbon, maple syrup, caramel. Quite tasty, smooth and lovely, with the first batch perhaps a tad more special. Rich and lovely, fresh or aged, in bottle or on tap. July 8, 2015 - This is the 12.5% version. Poured in a Saxo chalice. Pours brown with small head and lace. Aroma roasty malts, slight oxidation, nuts, earth, bourbon. Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of rich malts, minerals, brandy, funky fruit rind, raisins, plums. Overall rich and flavorful, warming and complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2008
2007 750 ml bottle via trade with wetherel - Pours a hazy brown color with a faint off white head. No lacing to mention. Aroma is oak/bourbon, dark esters, molasses, and vanilla. Flavor is sweet malt, dark esters, and vanilla. Medium to full body. I think what sticks out the most about this beer besides the fantastic aroma and flavor, is that it is SO smooth for a relatively young beer. A fantastic beer. Thanks John.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Courtesy of JimboWood. Poured a cloudy dark brown with a foamy, tan head. The aroma is big dark fruits with toffee, toasted and roasted malts, chocolate, and bourbon. Flavors are sweet carmel, big cinnamon and brown sugar, choclate, vanilla, raisins, plums, with some bitter hops and bourbon coming through in the finish. Surprisingly smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Bottle courtesy of cbkshubert. Good aroma of oak wood and bourbon whiskey. Dark body with tan head. Sweet tobacco, whiskey, wood with only a slight bitterness noticable. Alcohol on the fish found in bottom of glass was not a factor till last swig. Good beer that lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12839) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
8th Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines. Pours clear brown with a spare, fizzy, off-white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, toffee, nutty), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (dough, earth) with notes of heavy alcohol, dates, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2008
750 ml bottle shared with kleyland, courtesy of golubj, via alexanderj. 2007 vintage. Pours a dark brown. Thin, bubbly, off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, oak, and warming alcohol. The initial flavor is mildly sweet. Notes of raisins, vanilla, and oak chips. Strong, bitter finish. Warming alcohol was present from start to finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blankboy (7591) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2008
Rating 2100! Bottle (750ml) at beerbistro, shared with and courtesy of a very generous HogTownHarry. Batch 1, 2006 vintage. A milestone and a much anticipated beer, Im one happy camper! Pours a very dark ruby-brown with a small diminishing creamy tan head, almost oily-looking. Very nice rich aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, wood, caramel malt, alcohol, light spices, hops and more -- theres lots going on there, its quite complex. Flavour: Wow, thats everything its purported to be -- amazing! Wheres the 11.5% alcohol? Sweet taste of caramel malt, brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruit and some hops and alcohol in the finish. Cant taste much alcohol but this will knock you on your ass for sure, I can definitely feel it. Nice full body, syrupy mouthfeel. Amazing, quite simply the best barrel-aged beer Ive ever had. Thanks again Harry -- Im aging the 2007 version for at least year and then well share that sucker and I hope its even close to as good as this was. Wow.

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