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RATINGS: 1726   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Adam is a recreation of a historic beer-style, originally made in Dortmund, Germany and was the first Beer ever released from this Brewery. He is made with Northwest hops, organic pilsner malt, and a variety of specialty grains. The beer is rich and smokey, with notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Best served as a dessert beer. It is great with cigars, or just a warm fire and good company.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2002
8/22/02--Batch #33: Aroma most unusual--estery, spicy--hints of vanilla, cinnamon & sherry---also a lactic sort of tang...Color hazy and deepest brown with faint garnet edges...head light-to-moderate but here to stay! Flavor simply BLOOMS in the mouth...so complex you can’t keep up...changes come faster than a politician who’s losing his lead in the polls. The mouthfeel is so funny...it feels ’frothy’ throughout its transit...never felt a brew do this...Warm burn as an afterthought...This is a thoroughly astounding piece of brewing art.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
notalush (5124) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 {another re-rate, many years later - love it! - so smoky, with a pronounce earthy, leathery character - creamy, balanced, delicious!] This is like no other beer I’ve ever had. The appearance is deep, dark red, without any head to speak of, which gives nothing away about what it will taste like. There is an intense, alcohol and oak aroma to this brew. The flavor seems like a mix of barley wine and apple cider, with some roasted malts thrown in for good measure. The finish reminds me very much of red wine. Highly unusual. Most certainly an experience. - original 3.8 - re-rate, batch 57 - this beer must change a great deal from batch to batch, because this batch is devoid of the vinous qualities, and instead has an intense, smokey, scotch ale flavor, combined with the flavor of an excellent, well-aged barleywine - I like this batch better.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hanedwg99 (3) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2002 does not count
A great mouth hit... full of malt and alchohol, currant and wine... find the nearest fire place and warm woman and your set...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2002
Batch 50: Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a very small, rapidly dissipating head. Strange nutty aroma of malts and alcohol with a distinct oakiness to it. Intense, smokey malt flavors coupled with vanilla and a slight alcohol burn in the finish. After the initial pour it is totally devoid of any head and leaves no lacing on the glass. I love the smokiness of this brew. Wonderful, definitely pick some up if you see it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3450) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 Batch 1 :Dark brown, brown head. Malt nose. Full bodied lightly smoked malt taste. Good mouthfeel Batch 3:aged several years, more deeply smoked flavor is evident

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Dark red, approaching black, with a little white lace but no head at all. Hard to be sure that it is a beer or ale just by looking at it. First impression sipping is wonderful flavor and great big mouth feel. Sweet dark malt, and bitter hop, followed by caramel, clove, and banana (? surpringing in a barley malt, much more common in a wheat beer). Nice hoppiness in the long bitter finish. Alcohol is very present. Would have rated it higher, except that the alcohol content limits its drinkability ... not a good lunch beer or a session beer with a colleagues. More of a ’knock me out at the end of a long week’ sort of brew. I would have rated it much higher if it were an easier drink, instead of a sip and study beer. Still, well worth study, an absolutely tops American ale, and probably better than a rating of 4.1 would suggest. // Rerate 7 December. I rated it too low just because it is not a food or a session beer. It is a fantastic beer, it’s Saturday, I’m sharing a bottle, and it’s wonderful. 4.3 is more like it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9846) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... It reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel... but, I guess it’s not. The commercial description doesn’t lie there. The aroma contains notes of many things... a light splash of red wine vinegar stands out, but there are bursts of prunes and milk chocolate and alcohol. The appearance is that of prune juice, plain and simple. Not attractive... not unattractive. Almost no head nor lacing. High marks on flavor. Originality abounds. Sweet and tart, with prunes, milk chocolate and rich caramel up front. Well-balanced and tart on the backside. Warm alcohol is present from start to finish. Soft carbonation. Full-bodied with an oily, almost syrupy mouthfeel. A long, pleasantly bitter and tart finish. Excellent beer! Big thanks to herbjones for the trade... my first!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Batch #51. This beer is a powerful big dog with a bite that will hurt you. A barley wine type ale with a strong flavor. Caught me by surprise a little. My first though was that it was too tangy and tart. It has a great sense of warmth and the alcohol is fairly well hidden. My problem with this beer was that the appearance was just not appealing. Dark cloudy and wisps of floating sediment were all negative too me. Also the beer had very little head and lacing. This may taste better with age , but it was just a little strong. A great sipping beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2002
head looks like honeycomb, possibly overcarbonated? powerful yeasty and fruity aroma, this beer probably required the most intense pour ever, my arm got tired, flavor has incredible barley/hop intensity with lots of smokey flavors and a sticky/winey palate

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2003 [BATCH 53] This beer seems so innocent sitting there on the shelf with that blank expression, just waiting to knock your unsuspecting ass over. I prefer not to read others' ratings before rating a beer myself so I figured (from the percentile) that this would be another excellent ale - full of hops and malt but nothing outrageously unusual; how wrong I was. I now understand (from the few HOTD beers I've had) that this brewery is nothing ordinary. The Adam pours a deep murky burgandy absolutely void of any carbonation, there is plenty of currant and alchohol on the nose. After taking a sip the currant stands out right away, accompanying this is a kind of salty muskiness you'd find in a good wine. This is an excellent palate beer. However, my only complaint, and it's a small one, is how the alchohol is a bit too prevalent for my tastes. I feel like every time I take a sip there is a burst of flavor which is quickly lessened by the alchohol presence. But, as I said, this is a small complaint. A wonderful beer that deserves solitude when drinking.


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