3fourths (8295) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2014 Last batch rated: 1
I try to keep these ratings well organized, but I think I might have confused a batch 4 for a batch 44, and a batch 48 for a batch 70... I need to figure this out.
This sort of indulgence is what I travel for anyway, so when itís in front of me this time, the decision to finally try this rare gem is actually an easy one to make. The bottle is brought out to warm up. 15 minutes later itís cracked open and the first few whiffs are discouraging as the oxidation is overwhelming. I fear that this may have been a mistake. But with some time and aeration it begins to blossom, and the rich leather, peat and tobacco that define Adam begin to crawl out of the glass, eventually in concentrations large enough to overtake the oxidation. Adambier #1 is exceptionally dry and has an invigorating, prickly, lingering finish Ė the longest Iíve ever experienced with an Adam. The beer is past its prime for sure, and the oxidation is obviously heavy, but it tends to work in ways similar to decades-old bottles of Thomas Hardys, complimenting (and maybe even enriching) the dark fruit earthy malt character, though the dryness is certainly unlike any vintage Hardyís or J.W. Lees bottles Iíve had. As objective as I can be with this brewery (which is ďnot veryĒ), Adam batch 1 is undoubtedly a delicious experience and Iím glad it happened.
Brew Date: 02-01-2000
Bottling Date: 03-23-2000
Consumed: 03-2008 (8 years cellared)
Thanks to Schroppfy for sharing. Iím not sure if itís faded somewhat after this much time, but thereís certainly a ton of the sticky tobacco, olive and plum resinous malt left in this one, and even some hoppy scents and mild bitterness as well. Itís a beast that stands up to aging, although I prefer Adam between 1-3 years old.
Brew Date: 06-12-2002
Bottling Date: 08-14-2002
Consumed: 08-2004 (2 years cellared)
Dark garnet and ruby brown colored body, mild opaqueness when poured delicately from the bottle, with a salt-and-pepper and toast colored splotchy dark tan head, moderately thick and foamy. Initial smell of this vintage is green olives and peppery, toasty yeast. Palate is somewhat abrasive at first, with very full flavors of pine, oak, whiskey, and even a small anchovy note. This is a good example of one of the less-than-stellar batches (or perhaps bottles) of Adam Ė itís brash, assertive and hearty, but still hints at the core of what Adam is, and at what some cellar time will do - the bouquet of roasted plums and wood especially. This batch is fantastic but does not garner a 5.0Ö it is the next review that represents the best batch Iíve had, properly aged of course.
Brew Date: 08-2003 (estimated)
Bottling Date: 11-2003 (estimated)
Consumed: 03-2006 (2.5 years cellared)
The head is a multicolored cinnamon, salt and pepper creation, sometimes thick on the walls of the glass and other times thin as a few molecules floating on top of the body. The smell of this one is divine Ė what could be the finest aroma Iíve ever sensed Ė simply phenomenal... full of cedar, plums, black cherries, earthy, gritty scents, peppery, dusty yeast, and freshly tilled peaty soil. Moderately thick body, full of carbonation, but also warming the tongue and throat with a velvety coating of sherry, amaretto and rich, sweet pipe tobacco. An amazing experience, and every time I drink Adam it just gets better and better.
Brew Date: winter 2004
Bottling Date: spring 2004
Consumed: 08-2008, 4.5 years cellared
Some acetic notes in the nose, along with heavy peat, smoke, scotch, leather, etc. Rich and robust flavor, tannic dryness across the back... rich toffee, black tar tobacco, rich leather. Really good, but very very different from nearby batches. Not the best version, but kind of surprising that itís only 1 or 2 batches before what I consider some of the best batches of Adam.
Brew Date: spring 2004
Bottling Date: summer 2004
Consumed: 06-2008 (4 years cellared)
Maybe the most amazing nose Iíve ever had out of an Adam... incredibly rich and deep roasted plum, red grape, dry, charred oak, amazingly deep and rich, coats the mouth with a velvety layer of sensuous excitement. Amazingly rich, full-bodied, wondrously roasty and heavy with dark, roasted fruit. Astonishing. One of the best batches Iíve ever had.
Brew Date: summer 2004
Bottling Date: fall 2004
Consumed: 06-2008 (4 years cellared)
Heavy tobacco-resin covered dark fruit, char, smoke, peat, amazingly deep and invigorating nose. Velvet smoothness and bright, active alcohol at the corners of the palate. Amazing softness, richness, and roast could even suggest imperial stout... this more and more seems like a beer than Pannepot will become, years of experimentation and development, decades of internal variation and character. Grab some batch 3 Pannepot these days and have it taste like batch 3 Adam in 12 years. Do it.
Nose is extremely hearty, rich and meaty, with heavy notes of tobacco and blood sausage. Plums and black cherry skins are all over this thing. Pipe tobacco and resinous charred fruit are divine. Wonderful stuff, perhaps a bit on the fruity side, still with some citrus hop character present. Chocolate covered cherries... mmm.
2-3 inch brown cola colored head. Body is dark plum red. Nose is rich blood scented plums and sweet pipe tobacco, and the red and black cherries and rich, sweet chocolate syrup is exceptional. Huge, rich and frothy, a bit of some burnt, arcid charred chocolate and dry, charred wood, maybe the most char-heavy Adam batch Iíve had. Exceptionally long finish, oily, roast-heavy, dry and parched, bitter but still slightly sweet. Divine.
Batch 70 (?)
Bottling Date: mid-to-late 2007?
Consumed: 03-2008, probably 6-12 months old.
Another one shared by Schroppfy, this time as a comparison to the 8 year old batch 44. Huge dry hopped grassy nose of hops, with alcohol, plum wine, vegetal olive and sticky malt scents. Amazingly vibrant, fresh, chewy, resinous - this beer is the definition of resinous - really damn good, I liked a lot of what this beer had better than the 8 year old bottle, actually.
Bottling date: 11-??-2008
Weak body, sharp and oily, flabby even. Fusel sharp nose of smoked olives and charred tobacco. Really needs time.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Color was not what I was expecting, so it was a nice surprise to see it pour into the glass very dark brown, very thick and creamy looking, its almost black. Growing tannish head with lots of divets and thick foaminess.
Smells of a heavy roasted malt, deep chocolate with some spicey hop notes. What a sniffer, you also smell the strong % of alcohol. Put spiced vodka in with a chocolate - chocolate chip cookie mix and you'd get this smell. Well maybe.
Taste is outstanding. Super complex. Super smooth and syrupy. Is very earthy and deep. Hugely done, heavily roasted malt, giving the all around chocolate taste a deep, sweet feel of a dark chocolate. Has a bit of spice from hops that balances well.
Has many levels of feel, but I think earthly creamy/syrupy is the overall on this bad boy. Has some dryness and sweet tingley things going on in there as well. Complex city.
TheBeerGod (5367) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Weird nose on this one. Almost had a stale or flat aroma to it. Seemed like a musty malt aroma. The taste has a little more to offer with malt, alcohol notes, fruit, and a hint of cocoa, but starts a little harsh. Nice body with a pleasant aftertaste. Finishes very smooth considering the original scent and taste.
jgb9348 (4893) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, Dark brown in colour with a long lasting off-white head. The smell is really strong and of tobacco and smoke characteristics. The taste is very strong and very smokey. After tasting this, I figured I'd come online and find out that this is a 'smoked' beer, but i've found out its really not. A good beer, and definately one that should be tried, because I don't think it really fits into the Traditional Ale category. I bought this as a single bottle at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2004 Rerate thanks to Jimmmack04. I donít know if this beer changed or if I have just grown more appreciative of certain styles, especially innovative ones. All I can say about this beer is it reminds me of a fine cigar after a full meall and with a fine bourbon or scotch. Flavorfull and full with a rich, sweet fruity flavor tempered by tobacco smokiness. Slightly tanic and bitter which is very complimentary. Nice
jonas (5882) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - JUN 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of licorice and raisins.
Color is ebon heaven with a nice creamy head.
Taste includes raisins, chokolate, brandy and other things which cannot be disclosed due to national security. Full body and a long velvety milk-chokolate aftertaste.
Cobra (1100) - - JUN 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Batch # 55. 12 oz. brown bottle. This beer started off on a bad foot with me. It's way, WAY over carbonated, and I got a glass full of foam, and only 1" of actual beer in the bottom of the glass. It was poured cold, but by the time the damn foam settled down, it had gotten warm on me. I hate warm beer. Anyway, it poured out black as coal. Not brown in any sense of the word, but black. Dark tan head that won't quit. I had to scoop it out with a spoon, just to get a taste of beer, and not foam. Strong aroma of alcohol hits you right off the bat, with dried prunes, dates, and other dark fruits coming in a close second. Slight note of hops in the background. Tastes strongly of malts, with a roasty flavor to it as well. Charcoal flavors in it as well. Chalky, and dry finish to it. Not such a bad beer, but let's cut down on the heading agents, ok guys?
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark brown color,tall tan head with small mountainous craters forming,lots of lasting power here.The aroma is malty,chocolate and slightly smokey.Nice flavor,roasted malt,coffee,and alcohol.The aftr taste was malty with a coffeeish taste as well and the alchol following close behind.This is a pretty decent brew but nothing to special IMO.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, poured dark, reddish-brown with a huge light brown head that took its own sweet time to settle - left great lacing though. Aroma is hoppy, roasted malts, carmel and prominent alcohol. Alcohol is also prominent in the flavor - a little too much so for my tastes - along with smoked malts, molasses and piney hops. Mouthfeel is wonderful, full-bodied and lightly carbonated. Long finish of hops and raisans. A rich, well crafted brew that does indeed serve as desert.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2003 5/23/03: bottle.
colossal head which diminishes leaving a good amount of lacing. deep brown-red body. malt and hop aroma, clean and a bit sweet. malty, with a hop aftertaste. somewhat of a wheat bite when beer warms.