Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
While I certainly enjoyed this beer, it did seem a bit too sweet for my taste. Would have loved to have tried it with some food.
Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Batch 58. Head is initially huge, frothy, rocky, light brown, fully lasting. Body
is dark reddish brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain / coffee, dark
chocolate), moderately hoppy (pine/resin, apricot, grapefruit),
with notes of smoke, charcoal, licorice, wood, juniper, alcohol, etc. Flavor
is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately
sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Always fun to re-review HotD beers, since even though I'm not a fan of the hop scent in most of them, they're extremely rich, balanced, and superbly crafted. If only the hops were something more gentle and attractive to my nose, this would probably be on my own Top 50 list.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 I can’t believe how incredible this is new(ish) - Batch 69 up now. But older Adams? Say 5 or 6 years old? Phenomenal.
I can certainly see the appeal of this one, and the world class stature seems well deserved. Smell of aged oak barrels and smoke, a little sweetness. Oh, the taste fulfills all of those expectations and more, with a supple feel, quite carbonated but not overly so. A tiny bit of tart cherry mixed in there?
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice rich aroma. Flavors of caramel and molasses with a balanced sweetness. Finishes slightly sweet and leaves you wanting another sip. A great beer.
omhper (18757) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 Dark brown. Very malty, very rich. Potent, fruity and complex. Somehow I get the feeling however that this beer is like listening on your favourite music in a bad set of headphones.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I did notice all of the different flavors, but that does not necessarily make a good beer. I found it to be rather mixed up, and did not like the ’burnt-bitter’ finish. Not bad, better than many, but overall not one of my favorites.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great big taste in a little 12 oz bottle, although the last oz is mostly yeast. Very dark with a big list of aromas like a trappist ale. The alcohol is high but pretty well masked. I took my time with this one. So many flavors as I sipped on!
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If NASA were to create a beer that tasted like every great beer at once this would be it. I am still shocked by the range of flavors contained in this one beer. First, its like a great Belgian, then a smokey ale, and finally finishing like a mild imperial stout. Very unique.
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very big, aggressive beer. Many flavor attributes are pleasant, but missing is a smoothness that, in this case, would enhance its appeal. Not for the weak.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good one, but it’s a little too sweet for me. The flavor is right up front though, which is good. Almost no head.