sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured deep dark brown with no head. Aroma of sweet bourbon, smooth and sweet. Full body, flavour as the aroma.
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: 2011 vintage. Thanks, Jeff. Deep brown body, almost black once it makes it to the glass. Dark ruby edges with a soft, thin khaki layer of foam resting on top. Lovely, complex aroma with signature Hair of the Dog descriptors; fig, raisin, woody oak, prune, musty leather, spicy tobacco, plentiful bourbon, earth, sweet molasses, & light touches of anise & wine. Solid battle between robust booziness & offsetting sweetness. Huge oak presence on the palate; if the "wood" part wasn’t appreciated in the aroma, it definitely is in the flavor. Booze soaked oak staves, black cherries, dates, sweet raisins coated with burnt brown sugar, molasses, & a touch of vanilla. Middle to back, you get more of the signature old leather & tobacco flavor with a touch of earth, smoke, & vanilla. Boozy finish with a semi-sweet balance; malty, unattenuated, sweet, warming, & indefinitely intriguing. Thick body, oily & coating. Delicious beer, although I prefer the superior drinkability of regular Adam.
kbudd19 (857) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 bottle sent to me as a "surprise" bottle from Tom10101, thanks man!
Dark brown pour, no head to speak of which isn’t surprising as the bottle makes the no carbonation a matter of fact. Aroma, oh man I could swim in this, bourbon, oak, toffee, light smoke, yum. Taste, a bit hot up front, syrupy mouthfeel, caramel, vanilla, oak, burnt brown sugar, with a warm, bittersweet finish. This is a great beer, and with a bit of carb it would be world class, still delicious though, I’ll have to track down a 2011.
KingCecil (2066) - DENMARK - SEP 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home...vintage ’14 label says 12% alc... It pours dark brown, light murky, no head (?) lack of carb. nuts, plums, oak, raisins, bourbon, leather, tobacco, toffee, brown sugar, warming alcohol.... It would have been fantastic with some carb....
MikeJslc (767) - USA - SEP 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, clear, very thin tan head from lack of carb. Aroma of bread crusts, nutty notes, plums, raisins. leather, tobacco. Flavor of toffee, burnt sugar, caraway seeds, raisins. over-ripe dark fruit, leather, nuts, warming alcohol.
BOLTZ7555 (2958) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled courtesy of Sparky! One of the most generous guys on the site! Have wanted to try this FOREVER! Extremely pungent, aggressive, boozy nose with bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruit. Flavor is much more subtle...reminding me of a mild Utopias. Decadent, refined, minimally carbonated, and dessert forward. Molasses, maple, and brown sugar are all there. Sip it and you’ll be fine...down it and you’ll be passed out on the couch! ;)
mathieuc (2063) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with no head and completely still. Nose is of coconut, vanilla and toffee, exaçtly what I expected! Taste is quite sweet but it’s fine for a dessert beer. Flavors are of caramel, toffee again, coconut and light raisins. Body is full, mouthfeel syrupy and smooth. Absolutely no carb and almost no hot alcohol, this drink like it is 8-9% top. Overall a really nice after supper sipper, I want more!
djd07 (5885) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 one liter thanks to Phil. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong oak, dark fruit, burnt caramel. Thin mouthfeel with nice booze, dark fruit, wood, candy sugar. Good.
Ataraxia (413) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky mahogany brown color, no head at all. Heavy aroma of bourbon, plum, raisin, caramel, fig, wood, hints of vanilla and chocolate. Boozy and sweet taste. Full-bodied, smooth, and thick, but very little carb. Long bittersweet finish.
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to 5000 for sending me this 2011 bottle. Brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is awesome. I get some heavy raisin, maple, oak, vanilla and chocolate notes. The flavor is just as amazing. There is a ton of maple and vanilla notes, as well as some sap, chocolate, caramel, oak and a touch of alcohol. The flavor and aroma are incredibly complex and change each time you take a drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A truly world-class beer. So happy I got to try it. Thanks again Andre.