Thanimal (29) - Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown pour. Brown sugar and maple syrup is what I taste the most in this beer. Great beer
daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2012 Super dark brown pour, cream head. Rich but delicate aroma of brown sugar, celery seed, light wood notes. Flavor is awesome. Creamy, sweet, brown sugar, cane syrup. Awesome.
Zymurgeist2 (1628) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Very happy they happened to have the 2008 for Oregon Brewers Festival Weekend. Very dark brown. Complex dark fruit and mellow flavor from the aging.
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2011
2011 vintage, fresh on draft at the brewery.
the bourbon character is quite forward in the nose, alcohol quite noticeable, and while that typically spells trouble for me, it remains delicately nuanced as the bourbon and alcohol seem tempered by the hearty wood, tobacco, brown sugar, plum and fig malt at play in the aroma. body is full and rotund, bourbon is forward but not excessive given the weight and flavor character of the adam: still slightly smoky, lightly brine / olive-like with leather and tobacco notes lingering late, balanced with medium+ malt sweetness (more fig, plum, brown sugar, molasses). hearty, filling and warming; full and satisfying. iíd stock up on bottles of this vintage.
2004 review, vintage unknown - most likely a few years old - sampled on draft at the brewery.
deep murky brown, nose is port-like and the character of adam and the oak seems to play more of a role than the bourbon (compare to 2011 review). sharp wood, moderately dry with notes of molasses, burnt plums and scotch. coating texture late with brown sugar and plum lingering.
neepsntatties (1632) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Hair of the Dog 10/15/11. Colour.... very dark brown with a slight garnet hue. Nose.... loads of booze, plum, currants and dark raisins. Palate... a decent frothing of CO2 followed by a Bourbon bite and wave after wave of dates, sultanas, dark toffee, plum pudding all reaching a crescendo of delightful booziness that lasts and lasts.
hayduke (4437) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a vibrant mahogany color with a thick and creamy tan head. Nose of ripe dark fruit, vanilla, and cherry. Rich body and alcoholic mouthfeel. Flavor is full of the bourbon barrel aspects,and the fruit and booze go good together.
chibuck (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle... dark brown, a bit shiny no head... the nose is phenomenal, one of the best smelling beers Iíve had, sweet molasses, bourbon, brown sugar... the taste isnít as bursting as the nose, a little flat, but outstanding, brown sugar and molasses, the finish is a bit too oaky with smoke, a small complaint, but still great... try this
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap @ Hair of the Dog. Deep mahogany with a dense, creamy, long lasting beige head. Aroma; holy crap does this thing smell good, bourbon, vanilla, oak, smoke, dark fruit, toffee, cherry and tobacco. Flavor is so good, the bourbon barrel character adds a nice boozy, bourbon quality that works perfectly with the base beer. You still get the smokey, dark fruit qualities of Adam but the bourbon, oak, vanilla steps it up a notch. Medium to full body with a perfect soft carbonation and a super long finish. This is one of the best beers Iíve ever had, as it warmed it got even better. Just outstanding.
Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: On tap at HOTD tasting room. Came to me a deep, dark brown with a creamy, quickly dissipating beige head that turned into a light ring around the edges.
Aroma: Sweet caramel, bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla bean, old leather, and smoke.
Flavor: Heavy bourbon up front, then moves to notes of dark fruit, peat, chocolate, and sweet vanilla. Not much flavor from the wood aging, but the bourbon sure as hell stands out! Leaves a very nice bourbon heat.
Palate: Mouthfeel is lagging in carbonation, but still very silky smooth and drinkable. A little oxidized, but by no means enough to keep this beer down. All the flavors are so complex and well-balanced, itís hard to say anything bad about this beer.
Overall: To put it elegantly, this beer threw me into a windowless van when I was least expecting it, took me into the woods, had itís way with me, and made me itís bitch. No complaints from me! I could drink this evvvvvvery day and be perfectly content!!!
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the tasting room. Apparently this version is Adam aged in bourbon barrels for three years. Pours black, like normal Adam, with small khaki head. Aroma is smooth dark chocolate, dark fruits, tobacco, cherry, some slight oxidation. The overall character of the aroma is aged beer, not so much barrel influence as one would expect from a barrel aged beer that has been resting this long. Not as much bourbon either, chocolate is the main component of the aroma. Flavor is a deep, smooth milk chocolate. Super creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation. This is definitely a different beer than both Adam and Cherry Adam. Iím not sure I like it more than either of those but this is still excellent.