cstuartj (908) - Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brilliant deep ruby brown color. Thin head. Laces well. Nice crisp biting nose, some wine and sour notes. Very strong attack, fruity, wine, big wood finish.
ekoerper (581) - Iowa, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: lots of barrel character - spicy and oaky, vinous, sour cherries, caramel, toasty malts. Pours a murky reddish brown color, beige head that dissipates fairly quickly to a persistent thin layer, not a lot of lacing. Flavor is quite complex, the big toasty/caramel malt profile is complemented with loads of spirits and barrel notes, spicy whiskey, oak, and a moderate tart cherry character. Fairly rich flavor, fruity, some sweetness, but with a relatively dry finish. Full body, low-medium carbonation. Very tasty, interesting, and complex.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark copper color thatís completely opaque with dark amber edges and a two finger light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Sweet, vinous aroma with a strong barrel character, sweet malt and subtle solvent/acetic acid. Lots of earthy oak and a combination of sweet spirits but the Pinot, rye whiskey and sherry notes really stand out. Slightly spicy with lots of vinous dark fruit. Underneath the barrels, there is some lactic funk and musty bugs along with sweet malt and more dark fruit. Iím not familiar with The Stoic but Iím certainly picking up elements from the Adam used in the blend. As it warms, hints of caramel, chocolate and toffee come out as well as some dark cherry, plum and raisin. Smells really complex and the faint solvent/acetone is the only thing keeping it from getting higher marks.
Medium bodied with slightly tart funk and a nice balance of barrel, dark malt, vinous fruit and spice. The barrel character is very prominent without overpowering the other characteristics. Lots of dry, toasted oak along with silky vanilla and sweet booze. The combination of spirits creates a really unique sweet boozy flavor that never becomes hot. The high ABV is actually excellently masked. I was shocked to see that it was that high. The spicy rye character is pretty strong as are the vinous dark fruit notes from the Pinot barrel. Really complex with elements of each barrel treatment coming through with each sip. Although there is a ton of barrel character/alcohol flavor, there is no heat and it isnít a complete booze bomb. Underneath the barrels, elements of the base beers(especially Adam) come through. Some slight smokey, roasted malt with dark chocolate, toffee and caramel as well as some vinous cherry, grape fig and plum. Faint tart, sourness but not acidic or harsh. Just a bit of acetic solvent but itís very faint and doesnít affect the flavor very much. Very complex and flavorful and the well masked ABV makes it deceptively drinkable.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I wrote a damn good review, but then I got asked to sign in after writing it and it was gone. Fuck that. This is a summary of what I had.
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Well hazed plum color. One finger of frothy head. Retention is lacking and a very short ring of lacing is left.
4.0 S: This smells mainly like Dissident. Tons of tart cherries and lactic acid tanginess. The grape component really stand out. Sherry, pinot, and cognac dominate the nose in that order. The bourbon is present, but only if you try really hard to find it. If I didnít know it was in there, I never would have mentioned it. Thereís some fruitiness underneath, but this is mainly vinous grape-iness and Dissident.
3.0 T: Adam shows up for the first time in the taste. The unrefined, earthy fruitiness is appreciated. Though this still have tart cherry and some lactic acid, the Dissident is a rather small component of the taste. The grape barrels, however, are still holding strong and you can taste each of their contributions. The bourbon is also a little stronger, but for the most part it seems out of place. Oak, vanilla, and some tannic astringency. The rest is a jumble of fruits, caramel, and spiciness. Most of this falls beneath the grape barrels to play a secondary role.
3.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. The thing I donít like about the mouthfeel is the almost puckering tannic astringency and the lasting sherry and cognac aftertaste.
3.5 D: Interesting experiment, but itís a baffling combo of brews and barrels. Itís like a overly creative homebrewer was calling the shots. Itís not bad, but itís far too pricey and the flavors donít work all that well together.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-07-2012 04:05:10
OmegaX (1144) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Chipalsa for sharing this one! Nose is tart oak, vinous notes, bourbon, vanilla, and toffee. Pour is dark red/brown with a nice head. Flavors are big fruit and bourbon notes with a strong malty, caramel backbone and a lingering oak and grape flavor. Good stuff.
ACHops (565) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Deschutes in PDX. Pretty sure this is the first of their reserve series not in a 22oz bottle, which makes me wonder if HotD did the actual bottling... Pours cloudy burgundy red with a thin lacey head. Aroma is huge sour cherries, bourbon, and oak. Taste is a sharp sour pucker up front, followed by sweet roasty malts. Strong cognac and rye notes on the finish. The alcohol is big and warming. Whew. Lots going on here. Take your time and let this open up. Obviously this needs some aging, recommended right on the bottle not to drink until 5/2013 - but I had several bottles and couldnít help myself. Previous comment that this is a blend of a sour and barleywine pretty much nails it. With some age the harsh liquor notes should mellow and hopefully blend with the sour flavor a bit better.
Chipalsa (1298) - Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance - Deep hazy red, thin lacing
Aroma - Cherry pie filling, hops, vanilla, port wine
Taste - Oak, vanilla, toffee, tart (cherry, blackberry), bourbon, acidic, warm
This beer was all over the place, layers of flavors come out as it warms up, and it resembles some sort of sour ale/barley wine hybrid. Very fun to drink.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a cloudy red-brown color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of sour cherries with dark fruits, sweet caramelized sugars, caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, and a bit of booze.
T - Starts off with some sour cherries with some brown and caramelized sugars, caramel malts, and some vanilla. Through the middle, oak and Bourbon comes through with some raisin, date, and other dark fruits, and bit of sherry and Belgian yeast. The finish is a mix of sour cherry, vanilla, oak, caramelized sugars, dark fruit, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. The sourness of the cherries comes through nicely and the rest of the beer is big and bold but balances nicely.
jsquire (3313) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky caramel colored beer with big bubbles coming to the top that really failed to create any head. Fascinating nose of wet wood, red wine acidity, berries and alcohol. The nose gives off the sour/funk warning signs. This beer has some of everything in it. It seems meant to be drunk out of a snifter on a cold night when you have an hour to drink it. Cherry flavors, barrel, vinegar, red wine, over ripe plums, cardboard, blood, sherry, bourbon as it warms, and alcohol. Very complex beer. One of those that is more interesting than easy to drink. By the end of the beer it convinces you that it is really good.
beerguy101 (5251) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on 7/7/2012. This American Strong Ale pours a medium to dark orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, sweet, fruity and ever so slightly tart. A medium to full bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. A barley wine meets a sour/wild ale. Very sweet, Mild carbonation. Smooth tasting. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and a touch funky.