CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a generous soul. Thanks for making a bunch of MN RBers very happy! Pour is a slightly hazy dark brown with a spare mocha head, lasting, with decent lacing. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, lots of brown sugar and a fair bit of caramel. Also a touch of smoke. Taste is bourbon up front, lingering throughout, backed by dark fruit candied in brown sugar, lots of caramelized wood. A touch of chocolate and smoke push through as well. Finishes with a touch of sweetness and a bourbon tongue coating goodness. Awesome.
KingCecil (2049) - 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 (755) - 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 (2799) - 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 (1284) - 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 (3579) - 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 (369) - 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 (5704) - 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.
Alengrin (1723) - BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2014 The older version with a maturation time of 7 years on bourbon barrels. I cannot thank the friendly people from Hair of the Dog enough for bringing this piece of art to the world: the maturation only adds to the complexity of their regular Adam, making this one of the best beers I ever had the pleasure to taste. Thick, pale beige head, colour very dark brown, aroma infinitely complex with hints of caramel, wood, honey, raisins, liquorice, apple cider, freshly cut strawberries, candi sugar, good quality bourbon, candied dates, vanilla, and so on, and so on - this is one of those masterpieces with a bouquet that seductive that you hesitate to even drink from it, it is as if you would want to whiff the liquid instead. Drinking it, however, is equally worthwile, as this brew immediately displays a richness, complexity and profundity of taste rarely encountered, creamy, sweet but not sticky, mildly and gently spicy, incredibly malty in a multi-layered way, lively, deep and fascinating till the end, when - apart from a toasted bitterness - warm, bourbon-like alcohol comes up only to add to the sublety and complexity. Unforgettable.
Errl (1595) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle..Pour is dark black..Nose is dry oak, roast, chocolate, bourbon, alcohol...Taste is spice, chocolate, bourbon, very layered, dry oak..
vyvvy (3996) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky dark brown with a small head that’s gone quick. The aroma has toffee, caramel, alcohol, oak, brown sugar and is kinda burly overall. It has a full thick body that’s lush and no really any carbonation. The flavor starts with soy sauce, toffee, alcohol, wood, berries and sugary syrup. The finish has weird flavors that seem off to me. There is also barrel and alcohol. I thought this was okay, but expected more from the hype.