MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle purchased at Chucks in Chagrin Falls last year (I don’t know who traded with them to get this, but I scored 3 other HotD’s and an Abyss that day). 2009 vintage. Thick black yeast deposit left in the bottle, no head at all, deep brown-red hue making it seem black. All great signs. Aroma is almost perfect. Deep roasted malt, honey, chocolate, toasted oat, vanilla and notes of heaven all in the nose. I cannot imagine the flavor getting better with age, since it has the perfect complexity and flavor after a year and a half... but I do doubt it could get worse. Flavor is like a rich deep cherry and molasses flavor. Strong notes of vanilla and wood come through with a honey-like smoothness as well as the subdued malty sweetness. God this one is amazing.
hackobock (2102) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
April 18, 2015. Bottle received in a trade with craftbeer1over, thanks!
Dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, figs, vanilla, chocolate, cherries, bourbon, oak and plums. Taste is sweet with caramel, vanilla, raisin, dark berries leading to a warming finish with bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee and cherries. Medium to full bodied, rounded and sticky mouthfeel, soft carbonation.
AndySnow (4615) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Where: At a tasting 2015-04-18. From hackobock, thanks!
Appearance: Dark amber/brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Wood, raisin, vanilla, caramel, bourbon.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Wood, vanilla, alcohol, caramel, malt, cherries.
rxeight (1796) - Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, 2014. The first thing I taste is port. I don’t know if that is because of they use port barrels or that’s a combination of the cherry and oak. Dark fruit but don’t know if I’d say cherry. More of a dark red wine fruit. Lots of oak. Boozy and potent yet smooth. Drank this after a bourbon county tap takeover, normally anything else would seem inferior after that lineup, but this was legit. Very enjoyable.
dresden (1111) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Still deep brown with a red hue. Big fruity aroma, not cherry but dark malt fruit, oak and booze. Sweet cherries, booze, sherry, soy. Very nice and lacking carb doesn’t hurt this at all
ElManana (982) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at 9050 tasting. Tasted next to Matt From The Wood. Very sweet, cherry, hot on alcohol. Prefer Adam I think.
Zakoon (190) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
355ml bottle enjoyed @ home. 2014 bottle, thanks to douglas88. Pours very dark reddish brown with no head at all. Aroma is leather, wet wood,cherries, vanilla, syrup, coffee and brown sugar. Taste is sweet and very light bitterness. Full bodied, oily texture, absolutely no carbonation. Finish is sweet, woody, light bitter and complex.
tcon25 (196) - Duvall, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour at Pine box Seattle, haven’t seen this, so I had to get it, black pour redish hint, Bourbon aroma hint of cherry, you can taste a lot of they black cherry, slight wood, a little over powering, would love to try a 2012-2011 after a lot of mellowing out. Really enjoyed this one.
andrewje41 (1182) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle shared at the pine box anniversary party. This is great. Thanks T! Pours a red tinted black with a big cocoa black cherry aroma. Flavor is a little syrupy, and a tad sweet with cherry. Smooth cherry and bourbon flavor. Wonderful stuff. Loved it.
barn0216 (488) - California, USA - FEB 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Honey and cherry aroma, milk chocolate. Super delicious taste, chocolate tootsie roll, Bourbon cherry, alcohol. Dry finish. Goddamn.
crossovert (8864) - Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle. Nice viscous liquid, some cherry and spice notes, thick caraamel and bourbon booze, nice.