timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Walters in trade. Some beers just have an immediate impact and are of such perfect balance that you have to give them a great rating. The cherry, bourbon, and old ale flavors that CAftW imparts made this brew stand out as unique, tasty, and drinkable. Only slightly carbonated makes this the lone knock on the palate for some. Absolutely stellar beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Experiment_Ale (847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Seth’s with Seth Taylor, Stephen, and Dina. After being soda streamed, layer of cream brown head. Aroma is musky fig, raison, musky barrel. Taste is figs, dark fruits, sticky aged cherries, woody barrel, tasty. Finish is tasty sweet booze. The woody alcoholic dark fruit notes are really nice, but it is slightly too swert, maybe time would do it well.
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2012 bottle at Higgins.
Head is small, mostly diminishing.
Body is black.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain), with notes of bourbon/whiskey, wood, cardboard, walnut shells, balsamic vinegar,
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
More proof that beer just does not age well. Dull, oxidized nose, even some vinegar in there. Overwhelming sweetness with little other than massive alcohol burn to balance. Another sugary booze bomb from HotD.
dalekliz (854) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle, aged 6 years. Pours a deep dark brown with some tan bubbles. Woody aroma with berries, malt, oak, brown sugar. Taste is rich and sweet, of oak, chocolate covered cherries, malt, syrup. Low carbonation. Lingering big oak and berries. Aged great.
jdb288 (472) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh 2014 bottle. Zero carbonation (well documented) with no head, obviously. Muddy, bloody red pour with a velvety, syrupy consistency. Aroma is tobacco, barrel, slight cherry...NyQuil popped into my head for some reason. Taste is combination of all of these elements (sans NyQuil). Intense and concentrated flavors at play here. A sipper for sure.
Homer321 (1591) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via trade. 2014 bottle. Pour is absolutely still. Aroma is a sweet, fruity, leathery, vinous, vanilla, and cherry symphony. No alcohol or off aromas noted. No head, deep, intriguing brown with red highlights and some alcohol legs on top. Taste is initially a sugary sweetness, likely due to residual sweetness and unfermented bottling sugars. After that the cherry and fruitiness takes over with some vanilla and a light booziness. Malt flavors are dried fruit, slightly leathery with an almost tobacco note. Finish is semi sweet and clean with very little alcohol noted. A truly delectable dessert beer. Reminiscent of a Utopias type of beer but with a more fruit forward component and no alcohol present until you feel the effects of it. I’m not sure carbonation would enhance this beer much. The only knock is that the sweetness seems like a table or corn sugar and not a residual, sticky, malty sweetness if that makes any sense. Really nice beer.
umich03jm (1766) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 bottle. Pours dark brown with a ruby red hue. No head at all which is very disappointing. Aroma is one of the best I’ve ever smelled. Chocolate covered cherries, tobacco, caramel, toffee, oak, plums, vanilla, and light bourbon. Tastes pretty awesome too but it’s completely flat. Is that normal for this beer? Rich fudge, juicy cherries, smooth bourbon, tobacco, and caramel. Moderately sweet. Medium body. Sticky mouthfeel and a little syrupy. This would be in my top 10 of all time if it had some carbonation. Need to try this again with a couple years on it.
merc7186 (1957) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Bourbon, Tobacco, Mild Cherry
Appearance: Brownish/Reddish Hue, Passes Mild light, Almost No Head, Almost No Lacing
Taste: Medicinal Cherry, Mild Bourbon, Mild Tobacco
Mouthfeel: Mediocre Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy
Beaver (1264) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, dated 2014. Pours dark brown with no real carbonation.
The aroma is bourbon chocolate cherries.
The flavor is sweet malts, strong bourbon alcohol, dark fruits, roast chocolate and slightly tart cherry. There’s a little harsh alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with no carbonation.
Overall, a nice decedent beer.
Salmoniform (454) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured 2014 from bottle to glass. Dark hue with no head. Aroma is cherries, wood, vanilla, tobacco, smoke, chocolate, toffee, prunes. Taste is sweet throughout with an astringent following and slight ethanol finish. Mouthfeel is great with a moderate full body but no carbonation yet. Overall this is one of the best HOTD brews that I’ve had. It will be epic in a few years when finally carbonated. The 13% is well integrated!
KansaiBeerLvrs (1572) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the Hair of the Dog mini-tasting. 2009. Served in a snifter. A 6 year old beer! Somewhat more of a nutty muddy brown pour compared to the regular Adam. A stronger barrel aroma as well. More heat, the taste is syrupy sweet cherry, sherry, maple syrup & oak. Tasty.